Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PM Narendra Modi Leaves For The Netherlands After Concluding US Trip

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for the Netherlands, the final leg of his three-nation tour

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for the Netherlands, the final leg of his three-nation tour, after concluding his visit to the US.

In the US, PM Modi held talks with President Donald Trump today during which the two leaders vowed to strengthen cooperation on terror. India and the US also urged Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes.

"Wrapping up a historic visit, setting a new milestone in #IndiaUSrelationp. PM departs for Netherlands, last leg of his three nation tour," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

In the Netherlands, PM Modi will have an official meeting with Dutch PM Mark Rutte, with whom he will have a discussion on global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change.

He will meet with CEOs of Dutch companies and "will encourage them to join the Indian growth story."

"I will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and meet Queen Maxima," he had said in a Facebook post before leaving for his three-nation trip.

PM Modi will also address the Indian diaspora in the country.

Possible Sale Of Boeing C-17 Aircraft To India Approved - Pentagon

IAF C-17 Globemaster III Airlifter has proved again that it remains the world's best air lifter after the total fleet celebrated the historical milestone of achieving 3 million flying hours in May 2015

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to India of one Boeing C-17 transport aircraft, with an estimated cost of $366 million, a Pentagon agency said on Monday.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement it notified Congress on Monday of the sale, which includes four turbofan engines, a missile warning system, a countermeasures dispensing system and an identification friend or foe transponder.


Growing Nuclear Arsenals Increase Concerns About Possible Pakistan-India War

Chinese supplied Weishi-2 ballistic missile renamed by Pakistan at the NASR (Hatf-IX) Hatf IX. The missile can deliver a sub-kiloton nuclear warhead over a range of 60 km

India and Pakistan have fought three wars and have been on the brink of another several times, a worrying prospect given that both have growing stockpiles of nuclear weapons and questions about how secure they are.

The arms race between the South Asian neighbours has moved to enhancing the delivery systems for the warheads, which could annihilate the subcontinent several times. India's recent launch of more than 100 satellites with a single rocket foreshadows the capability of sending up a missile with multiple nuclear weapons.

The volatility of the situation is further exacerbated because neither country has a national missile defence system, and it likely would take several years to get one in place.

While the policy of mutually assured destruction has kept hostilities from overheating so far, experts believe that a misunderstanding or misadventure could escalate to a full-fledged war with nuclear weapons in play.

And there are plenty of risks.

Supersonic BrahMos missiles are prepared for an exhibition in New Delhi, India, Aug. 1, 2016

Kashmir A Flash Point

Kashmir has been a flash point since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947 and caused the most recent flare-up last November. Both sides accuse each other of harbouring terrorists who launch cross-border attacks. Therefore, the question is whether the nukes in South Asia could fall into the wrong hands during mobilisation in the fog of war.

Nuclear arms experts Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris estimate that Pakistan has 120-130 nuclear warheads compared with India's 110-120. India is said to have a stockpile of 540 kilograms of weapons grade plutonium, enough to produce 130 warheads. Pakistan has 3,100 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, sufficient to build 300 warheads. That's a lot to keep an eye on.

“The nukes were safe when these were in storage areas in both countries,” Michael Krepon, co-founder and senior associate at Stimson Center, said in an interview with VOA's Urdu Service. “But when these have to be moved around in a state of war, it surely raises a red flag about their security on many counts.

Serious Concerns

“The biggest concern was about Pakistan's tactical weapons, which have a very short range,” Krepon said. “It means that these will have to be moved very close to the battlefield. There are fears that independent groups who want to settle scores with either Pakistan or India could attack them.

“Secondly, these could be attacked by Indian warplanes. Thirdly, since the fissile material has to be transported separately to combine with the main structure, this fissile material could also come under attack. These factors pose greater concerns, especially in the United States.”

Professor Scott Sagan of Stanford University adds: “The plausible place to move these tactical nuclear weapons would be to roads where these would be less vulnerable to Indian attack due to their flexibility. However, this also generates a fear that these could become vulnerable to terrorists' seizure in whole or in part. The same was true for India.”

The countries have continued to expand their nuclear capacity long past the stated goal of a “credible deterrence” the vow of no first use. “No first use policy in India was a misnomer, and India would opt for the first strike if it deemed necessary,” said Mueed Yousuf of the United States Institute for Peace.

Professor Paul Kapoor of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School added: “If India used nuclear weapons, it would use them in massive way to inflict an unacceptable harm to adverse countries.”

A Two-Pronged Policy

Zamir Akram, a former Pakistani ambassador and U.N. representative, said Pakistan's nuclear doctrine initially was based on India's much larger superiority in conventional weapons. However, in response to India's “Cold Start” doctrine, allowing it to attack Pakistan with conventional weapons to prevent nuclear retaliation, Pakistan changed its policy of minimum credible deterrence to full spectrum response with tactical weapons armed with low-grade nuclear material for use in the battlefield, Akram said.

Kapoor says that results in a two-pronged policy: use low-grade tactical nuclear weapons in a conventional war, and use nuclear weapons in case of an imminent nuclear attack by India.

“While Pakistan had a bigger stockpile of nukes as compared to India, the induction of very short-range tactical weapons into its conventional warfare mechanism was a worrying factor,” Krepon said.

India developed its first strategic ballistic missile in 1996 with a range of 250 kilometers. During the last decade, it has added medium- and long-range missiles that can reach Pakistan and China.

Pakistan has missiles capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads up to 2,750 kilometers, enough to target all major Indian cities, and cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Iranian Jab On Kashmir

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

New Delhi: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today used a Ramazan message to urge Muslims around the world to support Kashmiris against "oppressors and tyrants", reviving a seven-year-old wound and signalling fresh tensions with India.

Khamenei's message, on Twitter, comes amid concerns in Iran that India has slowed down its implementation of the Chabahar port project on the Gulf of Oman following worries that the US under President Donald Trump may withdraw from an agreement between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program. That agreement had led to a thaw between the West and Iran, which allowed New Delhi to engage with Tehran without the fear of sanctions.

"Muslim world should openly support people of Bahrain, Kashmir, Yemen etc and repudiate oppressors and tyrants who attacked" people during the Ramazan month-long fast that ended with Id, Khamenei said today.

In 2010, when India was gradually reducing oil imports from Iran under American pressure, Tehran thrice referred to the Kashmir crisis in a period of six months. India had then summoned Iran's top diplomat in New Delhi and registered a formal protest.

Valley Protests

Violent protests broke out across Kashmir after Id prayers today, leaving dozens injured, but the authorities were relieved as the trouble was smaller than feared. A cop was lynched outside Srinagar's Jamia mosque last week.

CONFIRMED: US Clears $2 Billion Drone Deal

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi Meets Donald Trump, US Clears $2 Billion Drone Deal

The Guardian has cutting edge technologies that do not exist in the current Indian Navy arsenal

Washington: The US has cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged today to deepen their defence and security cooperation.

The US and India look forward to working together on advanced defence equipment and technology at a level commensurate with that of America's closest allies and partners, said a joint statement issued after the India US Summit at the White House.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Modi pledged to deepen defence and security cooperation, building on the United States' recognition of India as a Major Defence Partner.

"Reflecting the partnership, the US has offered for India's consideration the sale of Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial Systems, which would enhance India's capabilities and promote shared security interests," the joint statement said.

Resolving to expand their maritime security cooperation, they announced their intention to build on the implementation of their "White Shipping" data sharing arrangement, which enhances collaboration on the maritime domain awareness. Mr Trump welcomed PM Modi's strong support for the US to join as an Observer in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium. Noting the importance of the upcoming MALABAR naval exercise (involving the US, Japan and India), the leaders determined to expand their engagements on shared maritime objectives and to explore new exercises.

Earlier in his remarks to the press, PM Modi said there is increasing possibilities for enhancing cooperation in order to protect "our strategic interests (that) will continue to determine the dimensions of our partnership".

"With regard to security-related challenges, our enhanced and growing defence in security cooperation is extremely important. We have spoken at length on this subject as well. "The strengthening of India's defence capabilities with the help of USA is something that we truly appreciate. We have also decided to enhance maritime security cooperation between the two nations," the prime minister said.

"President Trump and I have also spoken about strengthening bilateral defence technology and our trade and manufacturing partnership, which we believe will be mutually beneficial to us. We also discussed international issues and our common strategic interests in this country," he said. Mr Trump said the security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important.

"Our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces, and next month they will join together with the Japanese navy to take part in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean, Mr Trump said.

On June 22, media reports here said that ahead of PM Modi's visit, the US has cleared the sale of 22 predator Guardian drones, a force multiplier that will boost the Indian Navy's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The deal was estimated to be worth two to three billion dollars, the reports said, adding that the decision was communicated to the Indian government and the manufacturer by the State Department.

"On defence cooperation, there was a sense that combination of convergence and regular exchanges on policy, the fact that today we are major partners in exercises with each other, all these underline the fact that India and the US recognise each other key defence partners," Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters at a news conference. "This was really an occasion for us to send a message that India was a reliable dependable partner, that was fully reciprocated on the American side," he said.

In a late night statement, the White House said completion of these sales would increase bilateral defence trade to nearly $19 billion, supporting thousands of US jobs.

"If selected, United State offer to sell F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft to India would represent the most significant defence cooperation between the US and India to date," the White House said.

According to the White House, the United States remains a reliable provider of advanced defence articles in support of India's military modernisation efforts.

United States-sourced defence articles, including the Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial System, Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 aircraft will further enhance the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces and provide additional opportunities for interoperability.

The US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) remains the premier forum for deepening collaboration on defence co-development and co-production, it said. The seven DTTI Joint Working Groups continue to discuss a range of technologies and platforms for potential co- development, including India's participation in the Future Vertical Lift program, it added.

DTTI representatives met most recently in April. Key military and civilian defence leaders continue to meet via reciprocal counterpart visits and strategic and policy dialogues, promoting closer service ties and improving interoperability among our forces, the White House said. The annual MALABAR naval exercise, occurring in July in the Indian Ocean, will be the most complex to date, including participants from the US Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

The United States and India also participate in the VAJRA PRAHAR Special Forces exercise, the RED FLAG air force exercise, and YUDH ABHYAS army exercise, it added. According to General Atomics, the Predator Guardian UAV, a variant of the Predator B, can be used for wide-area, long- endurance maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

It can stay in the air for up to 27 hours and can fly at maximum altitude of 50,000 feet.

The Indian Navy made the request for this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform last year. This maritime capability will be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy who has procured other advance technologies including Boeing P-8 aircraft.

The Guardian has cutting edge technologies that do not exist in the current Indian Navy arsenal.

TOUGH MESSAGE: India, US Call On Pakistan To Stop Sponsoring Terror Attacks

Prime Minister Modi hugs US President Trump at the White House, in Washington

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists

Washington: Sending out a strong message to Pakistan, India and the US on Tuesday urged the country to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes and to “expeditiously” bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump also vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists. “Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us,” Modi told reporters in his joint address with Trump at the White House.

The joint statement issued after the meeting between the leaders said the two sides “called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terror attacks on other countries.” It further called on Pakistan to “expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot attacks and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan-based groups.”

The prime minister said, “We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this. Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation.”

Trump said both nations are “determined” to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. “The security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism,” he said.

Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar said the two nations noted that in their joint statement that terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought in every part of the world, and the US and India would do it together. “Our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces, and next month they will join together with the Japanese navy to take part in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the Indian Ocean,” Trump said.

In their address at the White House Rose Garden, the two leaders also touched on trade, security, bilateral co- operation and instability in Afghanistan, among other issues. Modi termed his talks with Trump, the first between the two leaders, as an “important page in the history of India-US relationship”.

He said he discussed in detail with Trump defence and security cooperation between the two nations. The two leaders have spoken over phone thrice before this meeting. Describing both countries as “global engines of growth”, the prime minister said trade, commerce and investment are key areas of mutual co-operation.

“Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are actively looking at,” he said. Trump said he is keen to work with Modi on creating a “fair and reciprocal” trade relationship between the two nations and called for the removal of “barriers” for the export of US goods into Indian markets.

“It is important that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” he added. The US president said that ties between India and US have never been stronger and better. Before their meeting began, he thanked India for ordering military equipment from the US. He expressed pleasure about an order by an Indian airline company for 100 new American planes, calling it one of the largest orders of it is kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs.

“We’re also looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long- term contracts to purchase American natural gas, which are right now being negotiated, and we will sign them. Trying to get the price up a little bit,” he said.

Referring to the GST reform to be implemented across India starting next month, Trump said it was “the largest tax overhaul in your country’s history”. “We’re doing that also, by the way. Creating great new opportunities for your citizens. You have a big vision for improving infrastructure, and you are fighting government corruption, which is always a grave threat to democracy,” he said.

India is the fastest growing economy in the world Trump said and added, “We hope we will be catching up you very soon.” Both leaders also expressed concern over rising instability in Afghanistan caused by terrorism, and agreed to continue strengthening coordination for ensuring peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Trump also called for the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs to be “rapidly” tackled, and thanked Modi for “joining us in applying new sanctions against Pyongyang.” “The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly,” Trump said.

Indian Soldiers Stopped Us From Constructing Sikkim Road, Complains China

The People's Liberation Army on Monday accused the Indian military of stopping the construction of a road in what it claims to be China's "sovereign territory" in the Sikkim section of the India-China border and said the move has "seriously damaged" border peace and tranquillity.


Chinese army says Indian soldiers crossed Line of Actual Control

Says move has 'seriously damaged' border peace and tranquillity
In a statement, the Chinese defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said recently China had begun the construction of a road in DongLang region, but was stopped by Indian troops crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

"The China-India boundary in Sikkim has delineated by historical treaty. After the independence of India, the Indian government has repeatedly confirmed it in writing acknowledging that both sides have no objection to Sikkim border," the statement said.

"For China to build the road was completely an act of sovereignty on its own territory and the Indian side has no right to interfere," it said.

Earlier, the Chinese side briefed the Indian side on this issue, it added.

"In this context, the Indian troops unilaterally provoked trouble which was in violation of the relevant agreement between the two sides and the mutual consensus of between the leaders of the two countries," it said.

"This seriously damaged peace and tranquillity in the border areas. China is committed to developing bilateral relations with India, but also firmly defend its legitimate rights and interests," it said.

"We hope that the Indian side will meet China halfway, and do not take any actions to complicate the boundary problem, and jointly maintain momentum of good development of bilateral relations".

Tension mounted in a remote area of Sikkim after a fight broke out between personnel of the Indian Army and the PLA, leading to Chinese troops damaging bunkers on the Indian side of the border.

The incident happened in the first week of June near the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim after a face-off between the two forces, which triggered tension along the Sino-Indian frontier, official sources in New Delhi said.

After the scuffle, the PLA entered Indian territory and damaged two make-shift bunkers of the Army, the sources said.

After the India-China war of 1962, the area has been under the Indian Army and the ITBP, which is the border guarding force and has a camp 15 km from the international border.

This is apparently the reason why China stopped a batch of 47 Indian pilgrims from crossing through Nathu La border in Sikkim into Tibet to visit Kailash and Manasarovar.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here that the Foreign Ministries of both the countries were in touch over the entry of 47 Indian pilgrims blocked by China from entering Tibet at the Nathu La border in Sikkim.

"According to my information, the two governments are in touch over this issue," Mr Geng told reporters, declining to elaborate whether it was due to any weather-related issues like landslides and rains.

He said the issue was being discussed by the two foreign ministries. China last week refused entry to 47 Indian pilgrims who were scheduled to travel to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim.

The pilgrims were scheduled to cross over to the Chinese side on June 19 but had failed to do so due to inclement weather. They waited at the base camp and tried to cross again on June 23 but were denied permission by the Chinese officials.

This is the second route agreed by the two counties for the Kailash yatra. Till 2015 the Yatra was being organised by External Affairs Ministry since 1981 only through Lipu Pass in the Himalayas connecting the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in India with the old trading town of Taklakot in Tibet.

The Nathulla route enabled pilgrims to travel 1,500 km long route from Nathu La to Kailash by busses.


Indian, Pakistani Army Clash On LoC

Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said in winter capital Jammu that the Pakistan Army "initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing" of small arms, automatics and mortars in Bhimber Gali sector along the LoC

JAMMU: The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Monday evening on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

Defence Ministry spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said in winter capital Jammu that the Pakistan Army "initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing" of small arms, automatics and mortars in Bhimber Gali sector along the LoC.

The Pakistan shelling and firing started at 8.15 p.m.

"The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively," he said, adding that firing exchanges were going on when the last reports came in.

Military Officers Who Have Blood of Kashmiri Brothers On Their Hands Are Our Targets: Al-Qaeda

"All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against implementation of sharia," the outfit said in the document

by Raj Shekhar

NEW DELHI: Shifting its focus to the Indian subcontinent, global terror outfit al-Qaida has said it will target Indian security installations and leaders of Hindu "separatist" organisations.

The outfit has released an elaborate document titled 'Code of conduct for Mujahideen in the subcontinent' detailing its objectives, targets, and do's and don'ts for members.

"All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against implementation of sharia," the outfit said in the document.

This is an exact reproduction of the text, "Officers are a greater priority than soldiers. The greater is the seniority, greater is our priority to kill him. Those officers of the military who have the blood of our Kashmiri brothers on their hands are our targets," the outfit said.

The document makes several references to Kashmir, and the opening note even refers to a resident of UP's Sambhal, Maulana Asim Umar, UP, as the 'emir' or chief of the so-called al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

Indian intelligence sources said they were keeping a close tab on the development as it comes soon after former Hizbul commander Zakir Musa floated a new outfit and openly acknowledged support from Qaida.

Recently, a DSP was brutally lynched by a mob outside Jamia Mosque in Kashmir. The document accessed by TOI also mentions that hostages should either be traded for a brother, given up for ransom or be killed, besides elaborating on targets in Pakistan, Arakan (Myanmar) and Bangladesh.

Sources said the most worrying part was that the outfit had invited different groups fighting in the subcontinent to pledge their allegiance to what they refer to as the "Islamic emirate of Afghanistan", and stand up against intelligence agencies and the groups they sponsor.

According to an official dealing in counter terror operations, Qaida is also trying to establish that its objectives and modus operandi are completely different from that of the so-called Islamic State, its arch rival.

"The document mentions that the Mujahideen will not attack common Hindus, Muslims or Buddhists and also not strike places of worship. This is in sharp contrast with ISIS (another abbreviation for IS, also known as Daesh) which has been targeting mosques on priority," the official added.

AQIS, said officials, was the top threat to India at present. Formed by Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri and Asim Umar in September 2014, the outfit is backed by Pakistan's secret service ISI and has sleeper cells in various parts of the country, the officials added.

In December 2015, security agencies, including Delhi's special cell, had busted several sleeper modules of the outfit across the country. Umar Hyderabadi, Abu Sufiyan, Mohammed Sami and Dr Sabeel, brother of 2007 Glasgow airport bomber Kafeel, have been identified as key members. Farhatullah Ghori, suspected to be responsible for the Gujarat Akshardham attack, has also been listed as an AQIS member.

US-India Ties Have ‘Never Been Stronger’, Says Donald Trump After Modi Meeting

PM Narendra Modi during the joint statement with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday

Narendra Modi hails the US as primary partner in rapid social and economic transformation, Donald Trump lauds PM for overseeing growth rates faster than any major economy

Washington: US President Donald Trump declared Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As Modi hailed the US as his country’s primary partner in its rapid social and economic transformation, Trump paid tribute to the Indian leader for overseeing growth rates which are faster than any other major economy in the world.

“The relationship between India and the US has never been stronger, never been better,” Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden as he stood alongside the Indian prime minister.

“I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all you are accomplishing together. “Your accomplishments have been vast. India has the fastest-growing economy in the world. We hope we’ll be catching you very soon in terms of percentage increase—I have to tell you, we’re working on it!”

The two men, who both rose to power after portraying themselves as outsiders battling a complacent elite, appeared to make an immediate connection.

Modi gave Trump a bear hug during their joint appearance before then showering praise on the US leader.

“In our conversation today, President Trump and I have discussed all dimensions of US-India relations,” he said at the end of a visit which has seen the announcement of several defence deals.

“We want to take our strategic partnership to new heights.”

Modi said there was no reason for the US and India to be rivals, stressing that both he and Trump shared a joint desire to increase productivity, growth and job creation.

“We consider the United States as our primary partner in India’s socio-economic transformation in all of our flagship programs and schemes,” said Modi.

“I’m sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump’s vision for ‘Making America Great Again’ will add a new dimension to our cooperation,” added Modi in reference to Trump’s signature campaign slogan.

Fighting Terrorism

Modi and Trump struck a common note on terrorism, vowing to strengthen efforts to fight the menace, during their joint statement at the White House.

The fight against terrorism is our main priority, Modi said after talks with the US president.

“We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalization and agreed to cooperate on this. Fight against terrorism and their safe havens is an important part of our cooperation,” he said.

Trump said both nations are “determined” to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. “The security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said.

Setting Up The Defence Industrial Ecosystem

Outside of policy design, the biggest challenge to developing India’s defence industry is human resource and skill development

Last week was an interesting one for Indian defence manufacturing. On Monday, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd and US plane-maker Lockheed Martin Corp. signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show to produce F-16 fighter jets in India. On Tuesday, in Delhi, Reliance Defence entered into a strategic partnership with Serbia’s Yugoimport for ammunition manufacturing in India. On Wednesday, back in Paris, Reliance Defence joined hands with France’s Thales to set up a joint venture that will develop Indian capabilities in radars and high-tech airborne electronics.

In Moscow, on Friday, defence minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart signed off on a road map for strengthening bilateral military ties. Meanwhile, at home in India, the army rejected, for the second year in a row, an indigenously-built assault rifle after it failed field tests—a pointed reminder of how the country’s sub-par defence industry continues to damage the military’s operational preparedness.

For the most part, India has sought to make up for that failing at home with imports from abroad. Between 2012 and 2016, India was the world’s largest importer of major arms, accounting for 13% of the global total and increasing its arms imports by 43% from the 2007-11 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri).

That being said, in recent years there has been a greater focus on developing indigenous capabilities through technology transfers and joint production projects with international partners. The Narendra Modi government has also put defence at the core of its flagship domestic manufacturing programme, Make in India. It has opened up the still largely state-run sector to private players and foreign firms in an effort to build a “defence industrial ecosystem” that will not only support the country’s military requirements but also emerge as an important economic lever—generating exports, creating jobs, and spurring innovation.

The target is to source about 70% of India’s military needs from domestic sources by 2020. This is an ambitious plan—that’s approximately how much India imports at the moment—but it is one that has been in the works for quite some time now. Notably, the defence manufacturing industry has been open to the private sector for well over a decade, and several foreign firms are involved in the joint production of weapons systems in India.

Yet the defence industrial ecosystem hasn’t quite taken off. The Indian military is still heavily reliant on foreign imports and state-owned defence firms are still the dominant force in the market. Private firms, though growing in number, have struggled to find their feet. It is too early to say if the incumbent administration’s efforts will bring better results, but much will depend on how its “strategic partnership” model, released late May, plays out on the ground.

Conceptualised by the Dhirendra Singh committee in 2015, this model has the defence ministry identifying a few Indian private companies as strategic partners (SPs) to tie up with a few foreign original equipment manufacturers to produce some big-ticket military platforms. In the process, the SPs are expected to help catalyse the country’s defence industrial ecosystem. This has already led to some concern about the ministry of defence (MoD), often criticized for not offering a level playing field to the private sector, picking favourites.

As Laxman Behera from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (Idsa) notes, “Time and again, the MoD has deviated from its own promise of fair play in award of contracts and handed over large orders to DPSUs (defence public sector undertakings) and OFs (ordnance factories) on nomination”.

Moreover, the MoD also prohibits its strategic partners from working in more than one segment. This is supposed to ensure that the SPs keep their focus but, as Richard Heald at the UK India Business Council points out, this “ring-fencing of six strategic platforms” is problematic because “many of the six named domestic champions have already invested in defence verticals that may be different from those they are selected to focus on. Then, questions are being raised as to whether mechanisms will be put in place to achieve ‘value for money’ once the sector has been awarded to a strategic partner on an exclusive basis”.

Yet another issue is that of how small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) will respond to this model. SMEs are crucial to building a vibrant and robust ecosystem. In particular, they do a much better job of absorbing, developing and commercialising niche technology, which is key in the defence sector. But while the government acknowledges their role and importance, it is unclear if its policy supports that vision.

Outside of policy design, the biggest challenge to developing India’s defence industry ecosystem is undoubtedly human resource and skill development. The Dhirendra Singh committee report deals with this issue at length, noting that “India at present does not have a structured framework and a robust system to prepare its human resources to address all issues connected with building and sustaining defence systems”. The report recommends several measures to bridge this skills gap—from changes to academic curriculum to setting up institutions that specialize in defence and security to raising a new generation of system integration managers. The government must consider these carefully.

Ahead of Modi-Trump Meeting, US Designates Hizbul Chief Syed Salahuddin As Global Terrorist

Syed Salahuddin is the head of the Kashmiri terrorist group, Hizbul Mujahideen

The announcement comes just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump for the first time

The US on Monday designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a specially designated global terrorist, a move welcomed by India which said it underlines quite strongly that both the countries face threat of terrorism.

The move by the State Department comes just hours before the first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Who is Syed Salahuddin?

Syed Salahuddin leads the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of two most active militant groups in Kashmir, and heads the militant collective United Jehad Council

The 71-year-old has long been an opponent of India-Pakistan dialogue, and has advocated against a peaceful resolution to Kashmir. He turned to militancy in the late 1980s and is widely viewed as allied to hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Salahuddin claimed responsibility for the attack in Pathankot on January 2, 2016 but it was met with a sceptical response among India’s security establishment, which blames the Jaish-e-Mohammed
As a consequence of this designation, US citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.

As a senior leader of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the State Department said in September, 2016, Salahuddin, also known as Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces”.

“Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people,” the State Department said.

Following the designation of Salahuddin as the global terrorist, the State Department in a notification said he has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.

India welcomed the US’ move.

“...It underlines also quite strongly that both India and the US face threat of terrorism,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system.

Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other nations, it said.

PM Modi To Meet President Trump For First Bilateral Summit Today At 1:20 AM IST

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will host his "true friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House today for their first meeting as they look to strike a personal rapport and discuss a range of "strategic issues" of common interest, including trade and counter-terrorism.

Modi and Trump would spend several hours together in various settings including one-on-one and delegation-level meetings, a reception and a working dinner.

"Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!," Trump had posted yesterday on his official (@POTUS) Twitter handle.

Modi, in his reply to Trump, thanked him for the "warm personal welcome" and said he was "greatly" looking forward to the meeting and discussions.

The working dinner that Trump is hosting for Modi is the first of its kind under the current US administration.

"During the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counter-terrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had said.

Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna said the first face-to-face meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump will give them an opportunity to look at the entire gamut of Indo-US engagement and to exchange views on issues of global interest.

Prime Minister Modi, in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, said that the logic of the Indo-US strategic ties is "incontrovertible" and the two countries have an overriding interest in securing the world from terrorism, radical ideologies and non-traditional security threats.

In an uncertain global economic landscape, India and the US stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation, he said.

He recalled his visit to Washington last June and his address to a joint session of the US Congress, where he said that the relationship between India and America had overcome the "hesitations of history".

"A year later, I return to the US confident in the growing convergence between our two nations," he said.

"This confidence stems from the strength of our shared values and the stability of our systems. Our people and institutions have steadfastly viewed democratic change as an instrument for renewal and resurgence," he said.

Modi said the confidence in each other's political values and a strong belief in each other's prosperity has led to greater engagements between the two countries.

"The logic of our strategic relationship is incontrovertible," Modi said while noting that defence was an area of mutually beneficial cooperation.

On the eve of Modi's US visit, the Trump administration had dismissed reports that it has been ignoring India, saying President Trump realises that the country has been a "force for good" in the world and ties with it were important.

"I think that it would be wrong to say that this administration has been ignoring or not focused on India," a senior administration official had said.

"I think that the US really appreciates India, and I think that President Trump realises that India has been a force for good in the world and that it's a relationship that's important. And I think that will come through in the visit on Monday," the official said.

"Yes, this will be the first opportunity for them to sit down and have a conversation, but I think that this is still fairly early on in the administration," the official said.

PM Narendra Modi Meets US State Secy Rex Tillerson, Talks With President Donald Trump Shortly

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today and discussed ways to boost Indo-US strategic ties ahead of the Indian leader's first meeting with President Donald Trump

Washington: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today and discussed ways to boost Indo-US strategic ties ahead of the Indian leader's first meeting with President Donald Trump.

Tillerson met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian prime minister is staying. Earlier, US Defence Secretary James Mattis had also called on Modi.

Ahead of Modi's visit to Washington, Tillerson had said that the trip would strengthen the Indo-US relationship and help advance the common interest in fighting terrorism and promoting economic growth.

Tillerson had said this during a meeting here with visiting Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week.

"The Secretary noted the Prime Minister's visit will strengthen ties between the United States and India and advance our common interest in fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region," a State Department spokesperson had said.

The two agreed that the two countries have a deep and growing strategic partnership and hope to work more closely on regional and global issues, the official had said.

Meanwhile, PM Modi and US President Trump will meet at the Oval Office of the White House for 20-minutes between 1.20 a.m. and 1.40 a.m. (Indian timing on Tuesday June 27). As per an official advisory issued, this 20-minute meeting will be followed by an hour-long delegation-level talks between the two sides in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

Thereafter, Modi and Trump will proceed to the Rose Garden to deliver joint opening statements to the media. 

Following the joint opening statements to the media, both leaders and their respective delegations will attend a cocktail reception hosted by Vice President Mike Pence on the State Floor of the White House between 3:00 a.m. and 3.30 a.m.

This will be followed by a dinner hosted by President Trump for the Indian Prime Minister and his delegation at the same venue (State Floor) between 3.30 a.m. to 5.30 a.m.

After the dinner, Prime Minister Modi will leave for his hotel.

PAYBACK TIME: Mallu Cyber Soldiers Hack 100s of Pakistani Websites

IDN reached one of the Website listed below: Screenshot of the Pakistani Website everfight.pk

Greetings citizens of India

We are back after a short break, you may think we had time for break to relax. Don't ever dream like that.

Day and night, we have been observing any matter related to our nation's cyber security. Well, you know our style of pay back right?

Yes Porkis, we, Indians are only familiar with the custom of chopping heads off even if you just try to have a plan of attacking on our cyber space.

Just have a look over 100s of your websites and have a KitKat break to enjoy the very next operation. Please don't forget to check updates on your UNIVERSITY WEBSITE!


ചെറിയ ഇടവേള ഞങ്ങൾ തീർത്തത്/ ലൈവ് ആവാതിരുന്നത്... ഞങ്ങൾ വിശ്രമത്തിൽ ആയിരുന്നു എന്ന് ആരും കരുതേണ്ട

രാജ്യസുരക്ഷ സംബന്ധിച്ച കാര്യങ്ങളിൽ ഞങ്ങൾ ഓരോ നിമിഷവും അതീവ ജാഗരൂഗരാണ്. പുറത്തു നിന്നുള്ള ഒരു അറ്റാക്കിനും കണ്ണിനു കണ്ണ് എന്ന രീതി അല്ല ഞങ്ങൾ പിന്തുടരുന്നത് എന്ന് അറിയാമല്ലോ....

അതേ... ഞങ്ങളുടെ കണ്ണിന് അല്ല, പുരികത്തിനു കൊണ്ടാൽ പോലും ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് അവരുടെ തല കൊയ്തിട്ടാണു ശീലം.

ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ...... യൂണിവേഴ്സിറ്റി വൈബ്സൈറ്റ് ഹാക്കേറ്സ് ഹാക്ക് ചെയ്തതിനു പകരമായി ഒന്നിനു നൂറായി, പാക്ക് യൂണിവേഴ്സിറ്റി സൈറ്റ് അടക്കം ഞങ്ങൾ ഹാക്ക് ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നു.

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जो लोग सोचते हैं कि हम जहां खेल से बाहर सोचते हैं, हम फिर से वापस आ जाते हैं, ज
हां हम भारतीय साइबर स्पेस के आसपास घूमने वाले घटनाओं को और अधिक करीब लेते हैं, प्रिय पोर्किस हमने आपको चेतावनी दी है कि अगर हमारी साइट में से एक को स्पर्श करें तो हम आपके 100 को ले लेंगे, इसे हमारी अनुस्मारक के रूप में लेंगे केरल विश्वविद्यालय और अन्य इंदान विश्वविद्यालय की साइटें हैंकिंग के लिए


For the comprehensive list of hacked sites please visit Facebook Page of  Mallu Cyber Soldiers