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Conventional military force no more deciding factor, says Army chief. Calls for self-reliance
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Conventional military force no more deciding factor, says Army chief. Calls for self-reliance

New Delhi: Alluding to change in the character of warfare, Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande on Tuesday said that conventional force ratios — the measure of military strength and superiority in the past — stand largely blunted in today’s changed scenario.Surveillance and precision are scoring over fire and manoeuvre, and the light and small are prevailing over the large and heavy, he said, adding that warfare had transcended into new domains such as space, cyber, electromagnetic spectrum and information. “The imperative of technology infusion into warfighting systems and to keep pace with technological progression, remains enduring to this day. The impact of external dependency for critical components, supply chain disruptions and weaponisation of denial regimes came to the fore, du...
Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi takes over as Navy chief — challenges include changing warfare, China
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Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi takes over as Navy chief — challenges include changing warfare, China

New Delhi: Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, a communication and electronic warfare specialist, took over as the 26th chief of the naval staff Tuesday following the superannuation of his predecessor, Admiral R. Hari Kumar.Admiral Tripathi told the media that “existing and emerging challenges” in the maritime domain mandated that the Navy remain operationally ready to deter potential adversities at sea in peace and to win wars at sea when asked to do so. “That will remain my singular focus and endeavour,” he added, speaking after inspecting a guard of honour on the South Block lawns in the capital. Show Full Article An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Admiral Tripathi was commissioned on 1 July, 1985 into the Executive...
Indian Coast Guard seizes Rs 600 crore worth of drugs from Pakistani ship
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Indian Coast Guard seizes Rs 600 crore worth of drugs from Pakistani ship

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has seized drugs worth Rs. 600 crore off the coast of Pakistan. The drugs were discovered on a Pakistani ship during an anti-narcotics operation, a PIB press release stated.The ICG said that the ship was identified as a Pakistani vessel despite attempts to evade detection. It said that the ship’s specialist team boarded the suspect boat and confirmed the presence of a sizeable amount of narcotics after thorough checks. The 14-person crew of the ship is currently being escorted to Porbandar for further investigation and legal proceedings. The ICG said that this is the eleventh successful law enforcement operation carried out by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and NCB officials in the last three years. Show Full Article ...
Germany removes restrictions, India can now buy small arms from its firms
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Germany removes restrictions, India can now buy small arms from its firms

New Delhi: Under the new Social Democratic Party government led by Olaf Scholz, Germany has lifted restrictions on the sale of small arms, thereby allowing the Indian military and its state police forces to buy them off the shelf, ThePrint has learnt.Earlier this month, the German government green-lit a request by the National Security Guard (NSG) to buy spare parts and accessories for its MP5 submachine guns that were procured earlier, sources in the know said. This, they added, was a turnaround because the German government had strict regulations in place regarding the sale of small arms to non-NATO countries. Show Full Article It is also learnt that the NSG did procure several MP5s since the restrictions came in 2008, but state p...
Terror commander Masood Azhar resurfaces to launch celeb-style ‘ask me anything’ online service
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Terror commander Masood Azhar resurfaces to launch celeb-style ‘ask me anything’ online service

New Delhi: Ten years after he last appeared in public, delivering a speech to thousands of frenzied followers, fugitive jihadist commander Maulana Masood Azhar Alvi is scheduled to begin directly answering questions from his followers each morning and afternoon, social media channels representing his internationally proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror organisation announced Thursday.The announcement of the celebrity-style ‘ask-me-anything’ service was made by the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Maktab-ul-Rabita, or office for communication, and comes two years after Pakistani officials claimed Azhar was living under Taliban protection in Afghanistan. Late Thursday evening, the Maktab-ul-Rabita provided two Pakistani mobile phone numbers and said supporters of the organisation could send questions usi...
Rafale to Exercise Garuda, a look at Indo-French defence ties as Chief of Defence Staff visits France
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Rafale to Exercise Garuda, a look at Indo-French defence ties as Chief of Defence Staff visits France

New Delhi: Furthering multilevel defence ties, from government to industry, is at the heart of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan’s ongoing official visit to France.The general’s tour follows reciprocatory visits by the countries’ premiers, who were invited to each other’s key events in the last one year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was guest of honour at the French National Day on 14 July 2023, followed by President Emmanuel Macron returning the favour at this year’s Republic Day. During the trip, General Chauhan interacted with the senior civil and military leadership of France. He also met with his French counterpart, CDS General Thierry Burkhard, the chief of the National Institute for Higher Defence Studies and Director General, Armament. Sh...
Russia-Ukraine war a gold mine for US, British defence firms — sales rocket, stock prices soar
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Russia-Ukraine war a gold mine for US, British defence firms — sales rocket, stock prices soar

New Delhi: The last two years have been good for US and UK-based aerospace and defence manufacturers as stock prices have grown, companies announced large-share buybacks and revenue shot up manifold with new orders placed after Washington’s new funding for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific.The four largest US-based firms, Lockheed Martin, RTX Corporation, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics, and the UK’s BAE Systems — which has a US subsidiary that manufactures the M777 ultra lightweight howitzers — have all posted strong financial returns after Russian troops entered Ukraine as part of its “special military operation” on 24 February, 2022. On that day, the share price of Northrop Grumman on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NOC) closed at $395.49 a share. On 23 April 2024, the c...
What is ‘ROCKS’, India’s first air-launched quasi-ballistic missile
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What is ‘ROCKS’, India’s first air-launched quasi-ballistic missile

New Delhi: Last week, the Indian Air Force (IAF) quietly test fired a quasi-ballistic missile — ROCKS — from the Su-30 MKI, marking a significant increase in India’s ability to target deep inside enemy territory without even crossing its own air space.Sources in the defence and security establishment confirmed that the test firing was successful. The missile, a next generation extended stand-off air-to-surface missile, has been designed and manufactured by Israeli defence major Rafael Advanced Defense Systems keeping India’s needs in mind. Show Full Article It is learnt that the missile is a spin-off from the Sparrow series of air launched ballistic missile targets using capabilities of its Spice series of missiles. With several com...
India and Japan hold 10th round of consultations on disarmament, non-proliferation, and export control
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India and Japan hold 10th round of consultations on disarmament, non-proliferation, and export control

New Delhi: The 10th round of India-Japan consultations on disarmament, non-proliferation, and export control was held in Tokyo on April 24.The two countries discussed the progress of the disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives in the areas of nuclear, chemical, and biological substances and the ways to strengthen their cooperation in outer space security, non-proliferation issues, conventional weapons, and export control. The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) Muanpuii Saiawi in the Ministry of External Affairs. The Japanese delegation was led by Director-General for Disarmament, Non-proliferation, and Science Katsuro Kitagawa in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Show Full Article ...
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Youthspeak | The voice of young India

They are part of the country’s demographic dividend. Counting only Indians in the 18-29 age-group, we get a massive population band of 210 million, around a fifth of the total electorate. They are the future of the country, and what vision you have for them for that future is what will catch their attention and perhaps their vote. As the nation heads for an election to choose its 18th Lok Sabha, political parties are vying with each other to woo this cohort. But what does India’s youth want? To find that out, india today correspondents travelled to different geographies—from Kheda in Gujarat to Kangpokpi in Manipur, from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to Baramulla in Kashmir—to tune in to the voices of the young. From different sections of society and from various professions—students, d...
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Lok Sabha 2024 | Why Gen V matters

On April 11, just eight days before Indians go to vote in the first phase of the 2024 general election, social media was populated with a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with seven top gaming influencers of the country. Recorded in March at his official residence, the video showed the prime minister engaging with the young gamers, whose average age was 25, even telling them how he could use some of their “gaming lingo” in his speeches. On another occasion, on March 7, during the presentation of the newly created National Creators Award for online content creators, Modi traded some friendly banter with some of the country’s biggest social media influencers—Ranveer Allahbadia, Shraddha Jain and Kamiya Jani. Allahbadia and Jani, in fact, have also streamed interviews of ...
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Karnataka | Battle of the guarantees

The electoral landscape in karnataka has been marked by a curious paradox since the turn of the century. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been the biggest beneficiary of seats in parliamentary polls in the state since 2004, but has yet to win a state assembly election outright. At the same time, the Congress has come to power twice in Karnataka with a clear majority over these two decades, but has never gone beyond a single-digit seat tally in the four Lok Sabha polls held during these two long decades. Source link
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Andhra Pradesh | On a knife-edge

On march 16, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy paid homage at the memorial of his father and former CM Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on the family estate at Idupulupaya in Kadapa district before going on to announce the names of party contestants for the 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Just hours later, though, his Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) came in for a rude shock as the Election Commission (EC) announced that the state would go to the polls only in the fourth phase, and not the first, as had been the case in the past four elections. Any hope of running a short, sustained campaign leading to a triumphant election in April was shattered. Source link
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Telangana | Advantage Congress

For a state that has been in existence only for 10 years and is therefore the country’s youngest, Telangana is fast becoming the new battleground for hard-fought electoral contests. Just five mon­ths ago, it saw the end of the decade-long rule of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), led by the man who had spearheaded the movement for the state itself, K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), in a bruising assembly election. The summer may be crueller than November, with political temperatures rising in tandem with the mercury. On May 13, three advancing armies—of the ruling Congress, BRS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—will battle for the state’s 17 Lok Sabha seats. Source link