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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

China’s missile defense system for Pakistan aimed at India’s BrahMos missile


This week China’s Academy of Sciences confirmed it had sold a sophisticated missile defense system which was considerably superior to its “home-made missile systems”. The move signaled a dangerous level in arms race in the... More

India – Myanmar Navy exercise begins


India-Myanmar Navy Exercise 2018 began in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The Union of Myanmar Navy Ships UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (Frigate) and UMS Inlay (Off-shore Patrol Vessel) arrived on Sunday to participate in the... More

The ‘Chubby Girl’ giving China an edge over India


China’s indigenously developed military transport aircraft, the Y-20, is being built in significant numbers, with latest satellite imagery showing six planes at various stages of completion at the production hub of Yanliang. The home-grown transporter... More

COLUMN

150 hrs to a new dawn?

Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon who counts the vote. Even more importantly, it is about who gets to collate it. With rigging/tampering with ballot and ballot boxes fairly widespread in... More

Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft...

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines. Dr. Nagao told this correspondent in an email... More

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

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

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