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India develops advanced laser pods to boost fighter jet’s attack skills: Source


India's state-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced and most sought after weapon targeting system in the world, which sharpens the attack capabilities of fighter jets in all-weather conditions. With this development, it... More

India’s largest coastal defence exercise begins


Ten years after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, the Indian Navy will coordinate ‘Exercise SEA VIGIL’ — the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast — on January 22 and 23. The first-of-its-kind exercise will be undertaken... More

India plans to extend coastal surveillance radar system to Maldives


With Maldives’ defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi due to visit India on her first tour this week, India plans to renew its offer to extend the coastal surveillance radar systems (CSRS) project to the island neighbour, as... More

Modi’s populism could turn India into another Philippines or Argentina


Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, doesn’t have much in common with the leader of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. At least not in terms of their leadership tactics. Look below the surface though. You’ll soon see that there... More

‘Kashmiri body bags sell well in India for gaining votes’


Fighting in the disputed territory of Kashmir has intensified since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 amid rising attacks by Hindu hardliners against minorities in the country, further deepening frustration with New Delhi’s... More

Over 50% of Rs 59,000 crore Rafale price already paid amid political...


India has already paid more than half of the Rs 59,000 crore owed to France under the contract inked in 2016 for the 36 Rafale fighter jets, which will be delivered between November 2019 and April 2022. The... More

At the Raisina Dialogue, the ‘Quad’ makes it amply clear that China’s...


When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, speaking at the inauguration of the Fourth Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi between January 8 and 10, said that the “principle of might is right cannot be applicable to the... More

A handful of Kolkata’s Jews whose 19th century synagogues are taken care...


It took a few minutes to locate the Neveh Shalome synagogue in Kolkata’s congested and busy Brabourne Road business district. The synagogue, which is taken care of by Muslims, seems to be desperately trying to make its presence... More

PM Modi inaugurates India’s 1st private sector howitzer gun-making unit


Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex of Larsen and Toubro in Gujarat, the first private facility in the country where the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns will be manufactured. L&T had in 2017 won... More

India-specific enhancements in Rafale plane to help achieve superiority over adversaries: Defence...


Dismissing media reports suggesting that advancements sought by the Narendra Modi-government has shot the price of a Rafale planes by 41 per cent as "factually inaccurate", the Defence Ministry on Friday said the India specific enhancements would... More

US-India ties in 2019: What’s new, good or bad


Relations between the United States and India ended 2018 with a thud. While bilateral trade is up, trade sentiments are down. We secured important new defence agreements at the inaugural ‘2+2 Ministerial Dialogue’ on Sept. 6 in... More

As China expands, India contracts


A leading British diplomat to India once narrated an interesting anecdote to me. His story began with his visit to Phuntsoling in southern Bhutan. Bhutan is a peaceful and peculiar Himalayan nation, rated as the world’s happiest country,... More

Demographic shift impacts South India


If the Tamil Nadu government is hiring Bengali teachers, attribute it to two fundamental demographic shifts: the South is getting older; and the natural growth rate of population is also the lowest in the region. The regional disparity... More

Financial switches of Bhutan and India to be integrated soon


In marking 50 years of Indo-Bhutan diplomatic relation, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would soon integrate Bhutan financial switch and national financial switch of India to facilitate cash-less cross border digital... More

Lawlessness in India’s Uttar Pradesh: Successive police chiefs have let the force...


It was amusing to see some time ago, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government claim that the law and order situation in the state had improved after Yogi Adityanath took over as the More

US discusses potential missile defence cooperation with India


The Trump administration has discussed a potential missile defence cooperation with India as part of its effort to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, the Pentagon has said, asserting that New Delhi is a "key element" in America's... More

BJP’s declining popularity with voters exposes cracks within


Signs of nervousness have become apparent among leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party as questions are raised over the “inevitability” of Narendra Modi’s government returning to office in the coming elections. Memories of the historic mandate won... More

Citizenship Bill: India’s NE to see publicity blitz


Cornered by the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in across the northeastern States, the Centre has decided to push a ‘region-specific’ narrative in its support. A senior official said the government is planning publicity material to push... More

Lack of HAL blades for choppers likely to haunt Indian army in...


The air force has warned of a crisis looming on the troops at the world’s highest battleground, Siachen Glacier, as Hindustan Aeronautics LimitedNSE 0.74 % (HAL) fails to manufacture the rotor blades critical for its light helicopters. The... More

Indian PM’s pre-poll handouts to cost billions, breach fiscal targets: Report


A series of vote-catching measures planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he braces for a difficult general election may cost more than Rs. 1 lakh crore, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Much of... More

Differences in Assam units of both BJP and Congress over Citizenship Bill...


Two seemingly contradictory positions of the BJP and the Congress on the controversial and potentially explosive 2016 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill have left the people of Assam, which is simmering with discontent, and other northeast Indian states, not... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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