Definite progress has been made in ongoing deliberations for the theaterisation plan and the Indian Air Force (IAF) remains fully committed to the tri-services integration for enhancing comprehensive national combat power, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said on Sunday.

In an interview to PTI, the Chief of Air Staff said the IAF is hopeful that the final structures, as and when they come out, would be potent, robust and capable of tackling the existent and future threats. “The process of theaterisation of the Indian Armed forces is at a deliberation stage. There are a few issues which are being discussed and definite progress has been made in this aspect,” he said.

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India should comprehend the situation along its unsettled western and northern borders as a ‘two-front’ contingency and prepare for it accordingly, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said on Sunday, referring to the possible challenge from a collusive military threat from China and Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Chief of Air Staff said India could be attacked on all fronts, starting from military standoffs to information manipulation and blackouts in the future and its security doctrines and capabilities will have to cater to such possibilities.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India will not cede even an inch of its land to China and hoped that the remaining issues relating to the eastern Ladakh border standoff between the two countries will be resolved through dialogue.

Singh also said that India will give a befitting reply to anyone threatening its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity as it no longer remained a “weak” country. “Our political opponents keep raising certain questions without fully knowing the facts,” he said referring to the opposition’s criticism of the government on the eastern Ladakh standoff.

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One of the biggest reforms in the Indian military envisaged to achieve a lean and mean force, the Agnipath recruitment scheme, has become a law-and-order issue, triggering civil unrest across the country. The Narendra Modi government has been trying to douse the fire, with first the military brass, followed by the National Security Advisor, having made appearances on national television in what looks like a desperate attempt at firefighting.

Videos and pictures of those who claim to have been defence aspirants destroying public property and indulging in arson and rioting have come as a rude shock to the Centre.

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SOURCE:  Shephard Press 

On 7 April, a Bayraktar TB2 UAV was seen on satellite imagery at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Murid. This was the first official confirmation of the delivery of these systems to Pakistan.

In Google Earth imagery, two ground control stations (GCS) can be seen alongside a variety of support equipment. Typically, one GCS is capable of handling up to three UAVs. This indicates that the PAF has received at least 2-6 UAVs. Recently, there have been regular flights by these aircraft under the call sign ‘Raider’.

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During his most recent visit to the UK and Europe, the “President” of the Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) Sultan Mehmood has been busy trying to set up two propaganda campaign groups. One such campaign group is the so-called ‘Friends of Kashmir’ and the other is the ‘Yassin Malik Defence Committee’. Mehmood has issued a deadline for August 31 by which time he expects these two campaign groups to have established networks in all major cities and towns of the UK and across Europe.

He intends to achieve the above target deadline by making use of the mosques, the Pakistani High Commissions as well as a religious zealot Pakistan and PoJK diaspora.

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Following the launch of the Indian communication satellite ‘GSAT-24’ on a foreign rocket, from foreign soil, India’s space agency has taken control of the satellite. The Master Control Facility of the state-run Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) has also inferred based on initial data, that the satellite is in good health.

It was after a 40-minute flight, during the wee hours of Thursday that the GSAT-24 was placed in an initial Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (which can be understood as a temporary parking slot), by the European Ariane 5 rocket, launched from French Guaina. In the coming days, the Master Control Facility, situated in Hassan, Karnataka, India, would issue commands to raise the orbit of the satellite and place it in the Geosynchronous orbit (which can be understood as a final parking slot). The satellite is expected to remain in this orbit and function for a period of 15 years. A satellite placed in Geosynchronous orbit is in sync with the Earth’s rotation.

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US National Security coordinator John Kirby on Saturday said that the US wanted other countries including India to help them increase the costs and consequences of the war on Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine conflict. Addressing a press briefing, Kirby said the US shares a deep partnership with India but Washington wants international pressure on Russia amid the Ukraine conflict. “We’re glad that India is coming. There are a lot to discuss on the agenda with India. We have a very deep partnership with them, even in the defence world,” he said.

“I’ll let Indian leaders speak for themselves here, but obviously, what President Biden is focused on, what the administration is focused on is making sure that the costs keep rising for Putin, that it`s harder for him to wage war. And obviously, we want to see all nations participate in those kinds of efforts,” Kirby added. India in recent weeks has spiked energy imports from Russian despite global sanctions on Moscow.

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India’s integrated drone manufacture and drone-as-a-service (DAAS) provider Garuda Aerospace will set up a production facility in Malaysia at an outlay of Rs 115 crore, said a top company official. “We have decided to set up a drone production facility in Malaysia with a production capacity of about 50 drones per day. We will be importing the components from India and other countries,” Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder & CEO of Garuda Aerospace, told IANS.

The city-based company has tied up with with HiiLSE Global Sdn Bhd (HiiLSE Drones), a drone start-up in Malaysia. “This partnership will define an ecosystem of drones with advanced artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning technologies,” Jayaprakash said.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Former Governor NN Vohra today said it is only through good governance and effective policing that the resurgence of pro-Khalistan forces in Punjab can be dealt with effectively.

Delivering a talk on “Internal Security” at the State Police Headquarters here for police officers from across the state, the former Defence and Home Secretary expressed serious concern over anti-national and subversive elements spreading their networks from one shore to another and activating their sleeper cells whenever they found it opportune to strike, particularly when the domestic environment is disturbed with communal divisiveness.

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SOURCE: Statesman News Service

National Conference President and MP from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday asked the government of India to shun its “stubborn attitude and reframe its Kashmir policy”.

He said this while addressing party workers, functionaries, and delegates in Central Kashmir’s Magam hamlet. Lamenting my way or the highway attitude of the BJP, Dr Farooq said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly Kashmiris are paying a heavy price for the Center’s Kashmir policy.

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Sidhu Moosewala’s latest song SYL, the first to be released after his death, has been removed from YouTube. The song highlights various issues such as undivided Punjab, 1984 Sikh Riots, farmer laws, Sikh flag hoisting at the Red Fort during the farmer agitation and Sikh militants.

SYL not only became an instant hit but also found itself in controversies like most of Sidhu’s song. The song was set to be released before the Operation Blue Star anniversary but the late singer was killed on May 29. It is among the few recorded songs of Moosewala, whose videos he was yet to shoot.

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Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh who was sentenced to death for spying by a Pakistan court in 1991 and passed away in 2013 in Lahore, has died on Saturday night.

Her last rites will be conducted today at Bhikhiwind in Punjab. Sarbjit Singh was a farmer from Bhikhiwind in Punjab near the India-Pakistan border, who mistakenly crossed over the border after having a couple of drinks. However, he was sentenced to death by a Pakistan court in 1991.

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India sent the next shipment of 3,000 Metric Tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan yesterday. External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that India’s commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people remains steadfast. So far, India has successfully completed shipment of 33 thousand 500 MTs of wheat to Afghanistan in partnership with World Food Programme.

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The chance arrest of two Chinese nationals at the Bihar-Nepal border by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) earlier this month led the Uttar Pradesh Police to a sprawling club run illegally by a Chinese national in a village on the outskirts of Delhi. The club functioned had under the radar without any obstruction for the past two years in Greater Noida, only 40 km from the national capital.

As on Saturday, Xue Fei (36) alias Lekpa Sherpa, a Chinese national, and Petekhrinuo (22), a resident of Nagaland, had been arrested by the police, while three Indians and another Chinese national were on the run. Police and internal intelligence agencies suspect the arrests could be linked to a larger syndicate of organised crime that may include espionage. 

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