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Project 636.3

Last year, Russia offered India to sell 3 Old Kilo-class Diesel-Electric conventional submarines and carry out Major Refit and Life Certification (MRLC) for three existing Kilo submarines in the Indian Navy for $1.5billion. 3 old submarines on offer to India have been decommissioned from the Russian Navy in 2020 and 2019 since then kept in storage as they moved forward with the construction of Project 636.3, an improved version of the Kilo-class.

Russia has offered 3 Old Kilo-class submarines for a $250 Million deal but after factoring in MRLC cost that is around $170-200 Million per ship, each ship will come to $260-300Million. MRLC carried out on a decommissioned ship will only add service life by 10 years but this will boost the strength of the kilo fleet back to the original 10 in the Indian Navy.

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SOURCE: NDTV

Weapons looted by Taliban in Afghanistan can get smuggled into India and used in terror-related activities, Director General of Border Security Force said today, acknowledging threats emancipating from Afghanistan for the first time. “It’s a cause of worry since the Taliban cadre is now free and they have weapons. We are alert and are in touch with our sister agencies,” DG BSF Pankaj Singh said.

Talking to reporters on the eve of the 57th Raising Day of the paramilitary, the BSF head said at least 67 drone sightings have been made this year till now along India’s western border with Pakistan. ‘Right now, the frequency of drones that are coming to our country is fairly small and these are by-and-large Chinese-made drones…they are very good…and carrying small payloads and in 95 per cent cases, they are carrying drugs” he added. 

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SOURCE: PTI

BSF director general (DG) Pankaj Kumar Singh on Tuesday said that the “demographic balance” has been upset in border states like Assam and West Bengal over a period of time and that was probably the reason that the Centre recently extended the force’s jurisdiction.

Rejecting allegations that the October notification of the Union home ministry (that expanded its jurisdiction to undertake search, seizure and arrest within a larger 50 km stretch from the international border in Assam, West Bengal and Punjab as compared to the earlier 15 km) interfered with local policing, he said the BSF was not trying to “act as a parallel police” and the powers to investigate and file charge sheets continue to remain with the state.

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SOURCE: ET

Maldives has defended its defence pact and partnership with India notwithstanding the opposition protests. The Parliament Committee on National Security (241 Committee) of Maldives recently stated that agreements between Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and the Indian military do not contain any clauses that cause concern to the island nation.

Opposition MP and Former Defense Minister Adam Shareef Umar had requested the Parliament review three agreements between MNDF and the Indian military to develop a dockyard in Uthuru Fila Falhu (UTF) base, an agreement to operate a Dornier aircraft with Indian assistance, and a hydrography agreement.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

 National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday blamed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. While addressing a public gathering at Chatroo in Inderwal, J&K, Omar Abdullah said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took advantage of “our weakness”.

“Following the Assembly elections of 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir, I extended a hand of friendship to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (PDP founder). I warned him against stitching an alliance with the BJP and told him it would prove to be extremely dangerous for the people of Kashmir,” said the former J&K Chief Minister.

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SOURCE: Task & Purpose

AChinese government-sponsored war movie that celebrates how roughly 120,000 communist troops were unable to destroy a vastly smaller force of U.S., British, and South Korean service members has become China’s highest grossing movie ever. “The Battle at Lake Changjin” appears to be China’s answer to Hollywood’s approach of fictionalizing historic events. The movie, which is loosely based on the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, has made more than $800 million so far.

In American military history, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir is remembered as a titanic struggle fought in the brutal cold in mountainous terrain described by Maj. Gen. Oliver P. Smith, commander of the 1st Marine Division, as “never intended for military operations.”

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SOURCE: DEFENSE NEWS

The crash into the sea of a British F-35B combat jet on Nov. 17 was caught on video and has been subsequently leaked on Twitter. The video shows the jet attempting to take off from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the eastern Mediterranean.

The short-take-off-and-vertical-landing version of the F-35 fails to generate sufficient lift or thrust and the pilot ejects as the aircraft falls over the front of the warship. The ejection and a parachute floating down can be seen in the video posted by the Twitter account @sebh1981.

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SOURCE: IANS

The Indian authorities are trying to complete the border fencing work in most parts between the northeastern states and Bangladesh by next year to fortify the security along the international frontiers, the BSF officials said on Tuesday.

The Border Security Force (BSF) officials, on the eve of the 57th raising day of the para-military force — on Wednesday, said that smuggling of narcotics, cattle, various other contraband, apart from infiltrations are still going on along the India-Bangladesh borders, and the security personnel have successfully controlled these activities to a large extent.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report in Parliament, said the modernisation of Army base workshops (ABWs) was plagued by administrative inefficiency and delay in decision to execute the project.

The Army, in 2017, decided to corporatise ABWs on Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) model. “The implementation of GOCO model is fraught with risks and operational challenges,” the CAG said. It asked the Ministry of Defence to formulate a strategy to mitigate all risks, including deployment of existing manpower, and to ensure modernisation of workshops without further delay. Repair and overhaul of weapons, vehicles and equipment of the Army is done at Army base workshops.

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SOURCE: ANI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will spend a night near the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan on December 4. Top Home Ministry sources told ANI that Mr Shah will stay with BSF personnel during his two-day visit to Rajasthan between December 4 and 5.

The Home Minister will visit Jaisalmer on December 4 and meet with BSF personnel guarding the International Border in the region. Mr Shah’s visit to Jaisalmer coincides with the 57th Raising Day event of the BSF being celebrated there for the first time.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has criticised the defence ministry for lack of planning in implementing a decision to provide dress allowance to armed forces personnel in lieu of basic uniforms. In a report tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the CAG said the ministry took several months to issue clarifications on the matter after the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission to provide dress allowance to Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs) in place of basic uniforms was accepted.

It said the Ministry of Finance (MoF) accepted the recommendation of the Pay Commission in August 2017. The amount of dress allowance was to be credited to the salary of employees with effect from July 2017, the national auditor said.

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SOURCE: PTI

Maoist posters were spotted in several villages of Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Tuesday, stoking fear and panic in the area, an official said. The posters were claimed to be put up by the Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of the CPI (Maoist).

Residents of villages in Barakhama, Midiakia, Bataguda and Rebingia panchayats in Balliguda block noticed the posters in the morning, Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) G R Rahgabendra said. The handwritten notes warned people not to venture into forests as bombs and land mines have been planted at many places.

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SOURCE: NDTV

India has summoned Pakistani’s Charge d’Affaires to convey deep concerns over “desecration of the sanctity of Gurdwara Shri Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur” by a Pakistani model and a clothing brand. The Pakistani model’s photoshoot at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in her country has been criticised widely for hurting sentiments of Sikhs. The model, Sauleha, was seen bareheaded in the photos posted on Instagram. Covering one’s head in a gurdwara is mandatory.

“Pakistani Charge d’Affaires was summoned today to convey our deep concern at the incident of desecration of the sanctity of Gurdwara Shri Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur by a Pakistani model and a clothing brand,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.

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SOURCE: INDIA TV

At least 40 Bangladeshi nationals were arrested in Mumbai’s Bhiwandi area on Tuesday, for residing illegally in India. DCP, Zone 2, Bhiwandi, Yogesh Chavan told reporters that the arrested men were working as laborers at various locations. “They didn’t possess any valid documents for staying in India,” he said.

“They were here on basis of fake documents&were working in different companies in Bhiwandi & outskirts. Case registered. They’ve been sent to 2-day Police custody”, he further said.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

Aman has been arrested in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, the police have said. The accused, Nibab Khan, 32, is a resident of Chanesar Khan’s Dhani.

Intelligence Director-General Umesh Mishra said Khan ran a small shop selling mobile SIM cards in Jaisalmer and was spying for ISI for “a long time”. Mishra said Khan had gone to Pakistan in 2015 where he came in contact with an ISI handler. There he was given 15 days of training and Rs 10,000 in return. While coming back to India, Khan started spying for the Pakistani intelligence agency.

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