Author: Vimal Singh

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UK backs out to save face – India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to ICJ

Indian Defence News: India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was on Monday re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. Mr. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections...

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Armed forces say no to advanced versions of indigenous ‘Tejas’, ‘Arjun’

Indian Defence News: The defence budgets have very little money for new projects with the bulk of the capital being used for instalments of deals inked earlier. Forces say the DRDO-defence PSU lobby “over-promises and then under-delivers” with huge time and cost overruns. DRDO contends the forces continue to cold-shoulder indigenous platforms in their hunger to acquire foreign one. NEW DELHI:...

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How India stacks up against China, and why China can’t win despite its military superiority

Indian Defence News: Whenever India and China face off on the border, the immediate question that arises is, who is the bigger military power? Obviously, it’s China. China dwarfs India in overall defence capabilities. Its defence budget stands at $152 billion against India’s $51 billion, which is three times that of India. But that doesn’t mean China can subdue India. Governments...

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China, ISIS threats get India, US together in Sri Lanka and Maldives

Indian Defence News:  China has consolidated its hold on Maldives, building infra with its standard predatory pricing methods. China’s infra push is natural given that China is possibly a world leader in land reclamation. China’s financing mechanisms mean that it could be controlling large areas of Maldives fairly soon. NEW DELHI: China’s aggressive play in the Indian Ocean region has...

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Indian Air Force, DRDO successfully test-fire guided ‘Glide Bomb’

Indian Defence News: Designated as the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), the bomb released from the IAF aircraft was guided through precision navigation system. NEW DELHI: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday successfully tested an indigenously-built lightweight ‘glide bomb’ at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Chandipur. Designated as the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW),...

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As China aims for ‘world-class army’, Asia starts to worry

Indian Defence News: Xi Jinping’s call to build a military that can “fight and win” has alarmed China’s neighbours, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower. China’s military budget has grown steadily for 30 years, but remains three times smaller than that of the US. BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge to build a “world-class army”...

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China Plans World’s Longest Tunnel To Divert Brahmaputra Water: Report

Indian Defence News: The move, that is expected to “turn Xinjiang into California”, has raised concerns among environmentalists about its likely impact on the Himalayan region, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. BEIJING:  Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used to build a 1,000-km long tunnel, the world’s longest, to carry water from Brahmaputra river in Tibet close to...

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China Set To Block Masood Azhar Ban Defying US, India

Indian Defence News:  The proposal, which had the backing of UK and France too, was introduced by the US in January this year. It was put on a technical hold by China which is set to expire this week on Thursday. BEIJING: In what could plunge India-China ties into fresh turmoil, China is likely to officially block and thereby terminate...

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NIA Charges Zakir Naik For Radicalisation

  Indian Defence News:  NIA has chargesheeted the “televangelist” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for heading an ‘unlawful association’ The agency accused him of inciting youth to take up terror acts and join global terror outfits like Islamic State NEW DELHI: Controversial preacher Zakir Naik deliberately insulted the religious beliefs of Hindus, Christians and Islamic sects like Shia, Sufi...

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More Red-Eye Flights On Cards As Airports Choke

Indian Defence News: Only three airports – Chennai, Bengaluru and Trivandrum – can handle four more flights an hour this winter. All other big airports remain choked in terms of runway capacity. The aviation ministry has requested airlines to move some flights in red-eye hours to make room for regional connectivity flights. NEW DELHI: India may be the world’s fastest-growing aviation...