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SOURCE: THE WIRE

Exactly 46 years after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced her 20-point programme during the Emergency she imposed in 1975, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh proclaimed an analogous number of reforms his ministry had effected in 2020, which like the previous declarations, appear unconvincing and feeble.

Releasing the e-booklet on June 7 that provided an overview of 20 reforms undertaken by his Ministry of Defence (MoD), Singh declared that these would make India a future ‘global powerhouse’ in materiel development and manufacturing. In a flashback reminiscent of Gandhi’s reform programme, Singh stated that the booklet reflected the government’s resolve “under the able leadership of PM Narendra Modi, to make the defence sector stronger and more efficient”, as India progressed rapidly towards self-reliance in its military equipment needs.

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SOURCE: SCMP

Nearly a year after a deadly clash on its border with India, China has reasserted its claims to the area, with a survivor of the confrontation saying he was willing to give his life to safeguard the country’s sovereignty. In a ceremony to commemorate military martyrs on Friday, Qi Fabao, a Chinese regimental commander who sustained head wounds in the attack, said he was not afraid of making the sacrifice.

“If the army is compared to a sharp sword, then the blood of the soldier is the edge. We have no fear of sacrifice, and always hold the belief that we would rather sacrifice our lives than lose an inch of our territory,” state broadcaster CCTV quoted him as saying on Friday. “We will march forward in battle, and go forward courageously. Go forward and die … This is the determination of the frontier soldiers to serve the country.”

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SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE 

May has just gone by and nuclear India is now 23 years old. The decision to test nuclear weapons in 1998 was taken to enhance the country’s security against the individual and collusive threats from nuclear armed neighbours. Questions, however, continue to be asked whether the country is more secure after having acquired nuclear weapons. Given that Pakistan continues to use terrorism against India, and that China has not been deterred from undertaking transgressions across the Line of Actual Control, how have nuclear weapons enhanced India’s security? Despite possessing a nuclear arsenal, why does the country remain vulnerable to attacks? Why does India not threaten nuclear use against such provocations? Is nuclear India really more secure?

Answers to these questions require a correct understanding of the role, as well as the limitations of the role, of nuclear weapons. These are powerful weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Their destructive capability makes the possessor powerful in some dimensions and more vulnerable in others. The weapons are not usable for every threat. In fact, they outright rule themselves out for use in certain contingencies since their brute power imposes a constraint on their own use, as well as on the use of other conventional capabilities in their presence.

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SOURCE: RepublicWorld/PTI

As the debates around the abrogation of Article 370 continues to get triggered every once in a while, the Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command, Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi in an exclusive conversation with Republic Media Network on Saturday asserted that the valley of Jammu and Kashmir has undergone a massive change. He asserted that in the past one and a half years, the atmosphere of the valley has changed from that of ‘violence’ to that of ‘peace’ and ‘tranquility’.

‘Massive change in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370’: Lieutenant General
Reminiscing the days before the abrogation of Article 370, Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi asserted that the atmosphere was engulfed with violence, with the incidence of stone-pelting and firing very common in the area. Having given an insight into the past, he went on to highlight the period post abrogation of Article 370, and said, “The government came in and undertook many initiatives for the development which was, for a very long time, not talked about in the region.”

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SOURCE: PTI

The Congress on Saturday asked its leaders to follow the party’s stance on the issue of abrogation of Article 370 as articulated in the August 6, 2019 resolution of the CWC, after its leader Digvijay Singh’s remarks sparked a row.
“The decision of revoking Article 370 and reducing the statehood of J&K is extremely, I would say, sad decision, and the Congress party would certainly have a relook on the issue,” Singh purportedly said, according to excerpts of his clubhouse conversation available on social media.

He was responding to a question about the “way forward” on the issue “once the Modi government is gone”.
The BJP launched a scathing attack on Singh and top party leaders, accusing them of speaking “the language of Pakistan” and spewing venom against India. “The Congress Party has clearly stated its position on Jammu and Kashmir, in its resolution of August 6, 2019 of the Congress Working Committee. This is the only official stance of the party.
“I urge and request all senior leaders to refer to the same,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, when asked about Singh’s remarks.

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SOURCE: TNN

A 19-page chargesheet drawn up by CID’s Counter Intelligence Kashmir wing against arrested Mehbooba Mufti aide and PDP youth wing president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra paints him as a ruthless politician who was willing to become an “asset” of Pakistanbased terror outfits in return for help in getting his party’s opponents out of the way.

The chargesheet, backed by the statements of five protected witnesses and technical intelligence, includes sheaves of annexures that detail his alleged attempts to eliminate political opponents. It also mentions alleged payments to terror groups to “swing electoral battles” in PDP’s favour.

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SOURCE: CNBCTV18.com

The recent cyberattack on air travel solutions software major SITA and a number of airlines including Air India have been linked to the Chinese state-sponsored threat actor APT41. Airlines have been warned to comb through their networks and trace the campaign that may be concealed within their networks. SITA is one of the leading global IT providers for nearly 90 percent of the world’s airline industry.

According to a report by Group-IB analyst Nikita Rostovcev, “After Air India, it was evident the world’s national carriers are dealing with one of the biggest supply-chain attacks in the airline’s history. SITA’s data breach is estimated to have revealed data of 4.5 million passengers.”

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SOURCE: ET

India and Italy are working on strategic areas including energy transition and defense industry with prospective investments here in these sectors, according to Italian envoy to India Vincenzo De Luca. “In the defense industry we can do more. We have new potential to invest directly in India,” De Luca said while addressing a session titled ‘Italy and India, partners in sustainability and multilateralism’ as part of Ambassador series organised by leading public policy body Ananta Aspen Centre on Thursday.

It may be recalled that the India-Italy Summit last year decided to focus on widening defence partnership including manufacturing.

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SOURCE: SWARAJYA

On 12 June 2001, a relatively unknown missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, blasted off from its canister at the Integrated Test Range of the Defence Research and Development Organisation in Orissa’s Chandipur and roared majestically into a clear sky breathing out orange plume and leaving behind a cloud of smoke. It was, perhaps, the first time that the defence minister and all the service chiefs were present to witness the test launch of a missile.

Twenty years later, this missile — BrahMos — has evolved, as its makers say, into a ‘brahmastra’, becoming a critical component of the offensive firepower of the Indian Army and the Indian Navy. The Indian Air Force is close to inducting its air-launched version, and the missile may even find a foreign buyer soon.

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SOURCE: PTI

Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne has held talks with Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on ways to further enhance defence and security cooperation between the two countries.

Gunaratne expressed his views on matters of defence cooperation and recalled the long-existing bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries, according to a report in Colombo Page news portal. The meeting held on Friday focused on areas of bilateral cooperation, including the matters of mutual relevance, it said.

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SOURCE: ANI

A map installed in Indore’s Footi Kothi area has sparked a controversy as it showed countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan as part of India. The Congress raised objections over the map installed by the Indore Municipal Corporation. The party believes the map might have an effect on foreign policy and could lead to friction with other countries. Also Read – ‘Will Restore Article 370 in J&K if Voted to Power’, Congress’ Digvijaya to Pakistani Journalist in Alleged Clubhouse Chat

Congress State Spokesperson Amin Ul Khan Suri said, “The way the Municipal Corporation has prepared the map of Akhand Bharat, we want to ask if there has been a change in the foreign policy. Will there not a conflict be created with the countries which were shown within Indian territory?”

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Hours after the ghastly terror attack in Sopore, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said it has identified the perpetrators, who were involved in the attack, which claimed the lives of two constables and two civilians. IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar confirmed to India Today that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were involved in today’s attack. Both terrorists were identified as Fayaz War and Mudasir Pandit.

The top cop said that Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces are on the job and the terrorists will be neutralised at the earliest.

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SOURCE: PTI

Five activists of Myanmar-based Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) were arrested with arms and ammunition in a joint operation by the Assam Rifles and the Mizoram police from a border village in southern Lawngtlai district on Saturday, an Assam Rifles official said.

He said that the joint operation was carried out in Kakichhuah village near Indo-Myanmar international border on the Indian side based on specific information. One 9 mm. pistol and a 9 mm revolver, 55 rounds of bullets, and five hand grenades were recovered from their possession, he said.

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SOURCE: TNS

A day after the seizure of a huge quantity of automatic foreign-made weapons by the State Special Operation Cell (SSOC), the Punjab Police are trying to ascertain the route from where the weapons were smuggled into India.

A preliminary probe pointed out that the weapons were smuggled from Pakistan for carrying out terrorist activities in Punjab. The prime suspect, Darmanjot Singh, aka Darman Kahlon, has links with banned terrorist organisations like the Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Liberation Force based in Pakistan and having operatives in the US, UK and Canada.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Odisha police on Saturday recovered three tiffin improvised explosive devices (IED) and explosives from the Mandapalli area of the state’s Malkangiri district. In a tweet, BSF Odisha said that explosives belonged to Maoists and the threat had been thwarted.

“On 12th June, alert troops of BSF and Odisha Police thwart Maoist threat and recovered 03 Tiffin IEDs and explosive in the general area of Mandapalli in Swabhimaan Anchal, Malkangiri along AP-OD border,” the BSF tweeted.

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