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Indian Army is worried now that men can legally have sex with...


The Supreme Court judgment decriminalising homosexuality is said to have got the military brass worried over what it exactly means for Indian soldiers. Also, there is confusion, or a lack of consensus, among military law experts whether the... More

Nepal withdraws from BIMSTEC military drill


Nepal Army has withdrawn from the controversial Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) level military exercise following the prime minister’s direction on Friday. Read Also: OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE... More

Only 1 Rafale fighter jet out of 36 will arrive in India...


As the political slugfest over Rafale deal continues, it is being learnt that only one of the total 36 Rafale fighter aircraft with India-specific enhancements will be supplied to New Delhi from Paris until the end of... More

Joint naval exercise with India and Sri Lanka gets under way


Indian Naval Ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh reached Trincomalee in Sri Lanka to participate in the sixth edition of SLINEX 2018, a bilateral naval exercise, from September 7 to 13. The inaugural ceremony held on board SLNS... More

China is testing Railgun rockets in Tibet to strike India


China is testing the first electromagnetic railguns that can launch rockets. And it's testing them...in Tibet? Chinese media claims this would be the world's first electromagnetic surface-to-surface rockets. As to why they are being tested in remote Tibet,... More

Could Myanmar form a coast guard?


A week after a mysterious “ghost ship” showed up near Thongwa, just 12 km from Yangon, the government of Myanmar showed interest in a bold move: organizing a coast guard. Director General of the Department of Marine... More

Pakistan could soon emerge as world’s 5th largest nuclear state


missile Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is expected to increase to 220 to 250 by 2025 if the current trend continues, according to a latest report by authors keeping a track... More

How top-secret US system will allow India to track Chinese submarines


When a US warship or aircraft detects a Chinese warship or submarine, the warships, submarines and aircraft of the Indian Navy operating in the region will get to know instantly about the presence of the Chinese vessels... More

Indian Army moves away from tradition, plans new cell with focus on...


The Indian Army will be setting up a new directorate for social media in its headquarters in a move that marks a major shift from its traditionally conservative approach to the platform. Army chief General Bipin Rawat said... More

Alarming number of crashes IAF has seen in last 9 months


A MiG-27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur Tuesday, the latest in a rising — and worrying — list of accidents that is depleting the obsolete inventory of the Indian Air Force. On March 14, Minister of State for Defence... More

Bangladesh joins Naval Exercise Kakadu in Australia


Biennial maritime Exercise Kakadu, the largest regional of its kind, taking place both ashore and at sea off the coast of Darwin, Australia. Exercise Kakadu, which started in 1993, is a premier multilateral regional maritime engagement hosted by... More

Sandwich Syndrome ails Indian defence


It is widely perceived that state-owned Indian defence public sector units (DPSUs) have been deficient in meeting ever-growing demands of the armed and security forces. Indian military-scientific-industrial-complex (MSIC), built and nurtured over long period of time—even pre-dating... More

Why Modi govt & Army picked this general to protect borders with...


Soldier-diplomat Lt Gen. Yogesh Kumar Joshi assumed charge of a crucial Army corps covering borders with both China and Pakistan over the weekend – a selection that indicates the importance the Modi government attaches to the sensitive... More

India to tell US it is going ahead with S-400 deal with...


India is expected to convey to the US during the upcoming 'two-plus-two' talks that it is going ahead with the Rs 400 billion deal with Russia to procure a batch of S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems,... More

India successfully tests Russia-designed tank shells


The first shipment of Russian 125-millimeter Mango tank shells produced in India under license agreement successfully passed check tests, and the producer began to supply them to the Indian army, the press service of shells' developer, Russia's... More

Indian Army needs new eyes in the sky


India's Ministry of Defence has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for Mini Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (High Altitude) for the Indian Army. A total of 75 units are needed and the Request for Proposal (RFP) is... More

Japan gifted new FPVs join Coast Guard fleet


Two brand new Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV), gifted by Japan joined the Sri Lanka Coast Guard fleet during a Commissioning Ceremony held at the Colombo Port on Wednesday (August 29), Defence Ministry said. "SLCG Samudra Raksha" and... More

US warns India: Won’t continue to tolerate your defence buys from Russia


The US has put India on notice with regard to its military and strategic partnership with Russia: Change course, or possibly face sanctions. The statement comes as India prepares to buy five S-400 missile defence systems from Russia... More

China says it is helping Afghanistan with defense, counterterrorism


China’s defense ministry said on Thursday that it was supporting Afghanistan’s defense and counterterrorism efforts, a day after Beijing denied a plan to build a base in Afghanistan and to send Chinese forces to the war-torn country. China’s... More

The militaries of nuclear-armed India, Pakistan, China are suddenly friendly. Why?


As you read this Wednesday morning, a senior General of the Indian Army is slated to be airdropped alongside a Pakistani officer at a beautiful lakeside town called Chebarkul in Russia’s Ural mountains. He will be accompanied... More

From Su-57 to project 75I: Why India views Russia as essential strategic...


Having granted India a waiver under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), Washington made it clear that it wanted New Delhi to "reduce inventory of Russian-produced major defense equipment and advanced conventional weapons." However, India... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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