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DEFENCE

India, Seychelles revive talks on naval base at Assumption Island


India has announced a $100 million soft loan to the Seychelles for defense as the two countries agreed to revive talks on the delayed Assumption Island project. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced... More

Indian Navy chief in Dhaka: Defence ties, new areas for naval cooperation...


Amidst growing influence of China on Bangladesh, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has landed in Dhaka on a five-day "goodwill visit". Militaries of both the countries have been maintaining strong ties over the years,... More

BD-India navy joint patrol in Bay of Bengal from June 27


The naval forces of Bangladesh and India will, for the first time, conduct a joint patrol exercise, namely the Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT), in the Bay of Bengal from June 27. The aim is to... More

Pakistan attends Ist Int’l defence forum in Beijing


Pakistan’s delegation led by Chief of Operational Planning Bureau of the Joint Staff Headquarters of the Pakistan Armed Forces Major General Aneeq attended here the 1st International Defense Forum at its International College of... More

Russian firm offers smart fencing technology to India for border with Pakistan


Nikiret — a subsidiary of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation- ROSATOM has agreed to provide critical technology of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) to India- based CORE Energy Systems. The partnership will explore... More

Marines in Afghanistan will get assist from MQ-9 Reaper drones


General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems has received a $39.6 million contract to provide MQ-9 Reapers to a Marine advisory unit in Afghanistan for air overwatch and reconnaissance, according to Pentagon announcements. The Reapers, the first Group 5... More

Bangladesh Air Force signs deal with China for additional K-8W trainer aircraft


Dhaka signed an intergovernmental agreement with Beijing on 20 June for the procurement of an undisclosed number of additional Hongdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (HAIC) K-8W Karakoram basic jet trainers for the Bangladesh Air Force... More

Pakistan Army team wins international military drill competition in the UK


The Pakistan Army team won an international military drill competition known as the ‘All Arms and International Pace Sticking Competition’ held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK. A team from Pakistan Military Academy, which only... More

L&T opposes plan to give submarine project to Mazagon Dock


With the government considering a proposal to move a Rs 60,000-crore project to build submarines to the public sector on a nomination basis, India’s top shipbuilder Larsen and Toubro has sought the Niti Aayog’s... More

Pak army chief meets Polish defence minister, military leadership


General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reached Poland on an official visit. During the visit COAS met Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of National Defence and Deputy Minister of National Defence. The COAS also held... More

Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India


Pakistan now has 140-150 nuclear warheads as compared to 130-140 of India, with China hovering around 280, as per the latest report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which was released on... More

India and Russia to hold tri-service military exercise ‘Indra’


The tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 will take place in an Indian military base in the second half of this year. According to Interfax news agency, a Russian military delegation has visited India to... More

India plans defence equipment factories in Vietnam


Vietnam would become a prime destination for Indian businesses, especially in defense and military sectors, Sitharaman was quoted as saying by VN Express last Thursday. The minister had earlier opened a representative office of India's... More

China, India & Pakistan adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernisation drive


China is pushing ahead with modernising its nuclear weapon delivery systems and has added to its arsenal as it boosts military expenditure, according to a report released by an independent think tank on Monday. As... More

India-Japan talks to focus on defence and security


India and Japan will hold their '2+2' dialogue this week with the participation of foreign and defence secretaries of both countries as the bilateral focus shifts slightly from infrastructure and economy to defence and... More

Pentagon’s new helicopter for Afghans lacks lift of old Russian ones


The US Army’s Black Hawk helicopters are less capable for some missions conducted by Afghanistan’s Air Force than the Russian-made ones they’re replacing, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general. It’s a setback six years after... More

Visitors, buyers show keen interest in Pakistan’s defence products at Eurosatory Expo


Professional visitors and buyers from over 60 countries showed keen interest in the high-end defence and security products of pakistan exhibited at the thematic and tastefully decorated Pakistan Pavilion in the world's largest defence... More

US approves sale of 6 more Apache attack helicopters to India


The U.S. State Department has approved a potential direct commercial sale of six additional Boeing AH-64E Apache heavy attack helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation... More

India to host first BIMSTEC war games in September


India will host the first military exercise of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) group focussing on counter-terrorism in September. As part of this, a conclave of the... More

India is not ready for a two-front war!


A parliamentary committee has taken exception to the low defence expenditure in India, noting that, in the current geo-political scenario, the country “cannot afford complacency” on the question of preparedness for a two-front war. It... More

Mauritius Islanders mount resistance to Indian naval base


Resistance is building up among the residents of a small island in Mauritius against a proposal by the Indian Navy to build a base on their land. Six organizations have come together in the... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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