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Chinese ships in Pak’s Gwadar port a matter of concern for India


The presence of the navy ships of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the port city of Pakistan's Balochistan in future will be a matter of concern, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Friday (Dec.... More

Pakistan close to deal for four Turkish warships


Pakistan is giving final touches to its deal for acquisition of four warships from Turkish state-owned company MILGEM, sources said on 28 November. Sources said that process was nearing completion and construction of the ships would start in... More

Pakistan seeks Polish assault rifles


A Pakistani delegation visited Poland recently to discuss procurement of some 500,000-800,000 assault rifles in a requirement that could be worth US$2 billion. The potential of the acquisition and transfer of technology related to the production of small... More

Bangladesh for Indian Ocean unity on seafarers’s safety


Bangladesh’s President M Abdul Hamid put emphasis on building strong bridges among the Indian Ocean littorals with a collective sense of responsibility and sharing of resources to ensure safety of sea users, reports BSS. "The safety of lives... More

India struggles to solve its fighter jet procurement puzzle


In a rude shock to India, which has been preparing to issue a global tender for single-engine fighter jets, America's Lockheed Martin, considered a front-runner for the deal, has announced that it will not guarantee total transfer... More

India begins road construction for easy mibilisation of troops on China border


The work on the all-weather road in Indian state of Uttarakhand has begun with the construction of the 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch which will make it easier for the armed forces to mobilise troops and armaments to the... More

Turkish military manufacturers push for business with Pakistan


Turkish producers of tactical military goods, Askeri Elektronik Sanayi, Military Electronic Industries (ASELSAN), and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have set their sight on expanding their activities in Pakistan after labelling it “a very important market.” The Turkish defence... More

Russia’s Ka-226T helicopters assembled in India may be supplied to third countries


Russia’s Kamov Ka-226T helicopters assembled in India may be supplied to third countries after Russia fulfils the basic contract for the delivery of 200 such rotocraft to that country, Rostec Corporation Director for International Cooperation and Regional... More

Advantage Pak, worries Indian Army, as $500 million Israeli missile deal ends


The Indian government's decision to opt out of a $500 million missile deal with Israel will leave Indian soldiers badly out-gunned by Pakistani forces, army sources said. The bottom line is this: Pakistan has portable anti-tank missiles... More

India, Myanmar joint military exercise begins in Meghalaya


A group of 15 officers from the Myanmarese Army is arriving in Guwahati in Indian state of Assam, on Sunday (Nov 19) for a six-day bilateral military exercise with counterparts from the Indian Army at Umroi in... More

With eye on China, Pakistan, Indian Army looks to procure 60 surveillance...


Seeking to bolster its ability to monitor movements of Chinese and Pakistani troops, the Indian Army is looking to procure 60 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The Army issued a request for information (RFI), which stipulates that the drones should... More

Bangladesh releases RFP for standard light armoured vehicle platform


The Bangladesh Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) released a request-for-proposal (RFP) for a standardized light armoured vehicle (LAV) platform for command (Comd), ambulance (AMB) and reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S) roles. The DGDP’s RFP, issued on November 07, reads:... More

Turkish defense industry targeting South Asian markets


Leaders from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Far East are showing a lot of interest in Turkey's defense companies. For example, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, during his recent visit to Ankara, personally participated... More

Presence of P-3 Orion in Pakistan Navy irks Indian navy


Presence of Lockheed P-3 Orion in the Pakistan Navy’s Air Arm has been irritating the enemy. Recently, Indian navy had held air-based anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean with Japan. Indian navy had conducted the exercises with the... More

Indian armed forces say no to indigenous ‘Tejas’, ‘Arjun’


Armed forces of India have virtually given the thumbs down to the proposed advanced versions of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft and Arjun main-battle tank by strongly pitching for mega acquisitions of foreign single-engine fighters and... More

US troops will ‘join’ Afghan forces in joint operations


US President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing American troops in Afghanistan to participate in joint operations with Afghan forces and to call in air strikes when needed, US officials said. Foreign Policy reported that several current and former... More

Chinese Naval training ship docks Sri Lanka on a 4-day goodwill visit


The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy docked at the Colombo Port on 10 November on a four-day goodwill visit. During the ship’s port call in Colombo, Rear Admiral Yan... More

No shortage of weapons in Army: Indian Army Chief


Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday (Nov 10) that the armed force is not facing any shortage of arms and it can give a befitting reply to the country’s enemies, contrary to claims of... More

Submarine scandal surfaces between Russia and India


An unprecedented scandal broke out between Russia and India with Moscow suspecting that Delhi granted US Navy representatives access to the Russian nuclear submarine of Project 971I, operated by the Indian Navy since 2011. According to, the incident... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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