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DEFENCE

India’s defence projects stuck due to delay in ‘strategic’ policy


The much-touted "strategic partnership (SP)" policy to boost the Indian private sector's role in production of new-generation weapon systems, in collaboration with global armament majors through joint ventures here, is yet to become operational... More

China’s PLA using new equipment for all-weather border monitoring


China's military is bolstering the management of its border defence by developing new types of equipment including a satellite early warning system that can be used to monitor the border areas in all environments,... More

Pakistani flotilla takes part in 24 countries military drills in Saudi Arabia


A Pakistani flotilla participated in the Joint Gulf Shied 1 drills concluded in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. According to Arab News, Pakistan troops were joined by forces from 24 other countries including Bahrain,... More

Russia proposes to sell 21 used, cheap MiG-29s, India wary of hidden...


Having suffered a huge cost escalation of $2.4 billion (Rs 155,794,800,000) in the price of the 'free of cost' aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov from Russia six years back, India will decide on a proposal... More

Pakistan in talks with Russia on buying air defence systems


Pakistan’s Defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan confirmed to Sputnik that Islamabad was in talks with Moscow on the issue of purchasing air Defence systems, adding that Pakistan was interested in such weapons. "Air Defence system... More

IAF to conduct the biggest war game near Pakistan, China borders


An all-encompassing coordinated and composite exercise named Gaganshakti is being conducted by the IAF from April 8-22. The aim of this exercise is real-time coordination, deployment, and employment of Air Power in a short... More

Indian decision on F-16, F-18 could lead to 5th gen fighter jets:...


The trajectory of the India-US defence ties in the fighter jet segment depends on New Delhi's decision on the F-16 and F-18 warplanes being offered by the US, a top Defence Department official has... More

US concerned over Russian sanctions’ implications on India


 The Pentagon is "very concerned" over the possible implications of Russian sanctions on defence ties between India and the US, a top defence department official has said.India could face sanctions for purchasing high value... More

Delivery contract on S-400 systems for India won’t be signed at Moscow...


A contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf missile systems to India won’t be signed during the current visit by Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Moscow, a source in military-diplomatic circles told TASS... More

Fewer foreign exhibitors for India’s DefExpo, China hasn’t responded to invitation


Fewer foreign exhibitors will take part in DefExpo-2018 and China has not responded to an invitation to the defence ministry’s military systems exhibition that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai... More

Russia not keen to stop defence supplies to Pakistan


Russia’s former in-charge of India and Pakistan, Gleb Ivashentsov, has defended Moscow’s growing strategic ties with Islamabad, stating that “refusing dialogue with Pakistan would not be in the interest of Russia.” “We view Pakistan... More

India wary as Maldives, Pak discuss joint EEZ patrolling in Indian Ocean


Ringing alarm bells in India, Maldives and Pakistan have discussed the possibility of joint patrol of the vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the strategically-located Indian Ocean state during the visit of the Pakistan... More

Could China help Pakistan make its nuclear arsenal even deadlier?


Last week, Chinese officials confirmed the sale of a sophisticated optical tracking system to Pakistan. The nation has been developing multiwarhead nuclear missiles, and the infusion of advanced Chinese tech brings it one step... More

US closely watching Russia’s plan to sell S-400 air defence system to...


The United States has said it has discussed with India a newly enacted American law that could potentially determine the purchase of the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia as sanctionable activity. In a... More

Pakistan announces Babur Sub-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) test


Pakistan Navy had successfully test-fired the submarine-launched version of the Babur – i.e. the ‘submarine-launched cruise missile Babur (SLCM Babur)’. The SLCM Babur has a stated range of 450 km. According to press release from... More

India refuses to divulge info on damage to nuclear submarine INS Arihant


The government Thursday (March 29) declined to give information on the extent of damage and cost of repairs of the indigenously-built nuclear submarine INS Arihant, stating it cannot be done "in the interest of... More

IAF war games to tackle Doklam-like crisis


At a time when India is preparing itself for more Doklam-like crisis in the future, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will carry out war games for rapid deployment of troops from one valley to... More

China to upgrade Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter with world-class radar system


China will upgrade Pakistan Air Force JF-17 fighter jets with a world-class radar system that will substantially improve the combat capability of the aircraft, a top Chinese radar researcher said. Hu Mingchun, head of the... More

India set to launch high power S-band communication satellite for armed forces


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch a high power S-band communication satellite GSAT-6A on Thursday at the behest of the country's armed forces. The 2,000 kg satellite will provide mobile... More

Pakistan defends nuclear safety record after US sanctions companies


Pakistan has defended its record on nuclear safety after the United States sanctioned seven Pakistani companies over alleged links to the nuclear trade, saying the suspicions over the companies should not be used to... More

Vessels of US 7th. Fleet conduct exercise with Indian frigate Tarkash


The Arleigh Burke-class US guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), along with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sampson (DDG 102), sailed... More

COLUMN

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More