Huma Siddiqui

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Indian Air Force to have more fighter squadrons in this decade, says Deputy IAF Chief

Talking about the 114 fighter aircraft deal which is underway, he said, “The `Make in India’ initiative as mentioned in the recently released Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 will be taken into consideration.”

Stating that the fleet will be much more capable by then, he said, “Our adversaries are also getting technologically superior and more number of aircraft.”

Afghan women call for unified regional support for peace and empowerment of women

The year 2020 marks a new beginning in Afghanistan. Everyone will accept that Afghanistan post-2001 has made so many gains that cannot be rolled back.

Wow! BrahMos missile with 400 km range and enhanced ‘Make in India’ components test-fired successfully

The missile which is being made in India under an Indo-Russian joint venture, in today’s test, featured an indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other Made in India sub-systems, thus taking the indigenous

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‘Quad’ Foreign ministers to meet in Tokyo, countering China’s growing aggression on agenda

On Tuesday (Sept 29, 2020) both India and Japanese Navies bid farewell to each other at the end of ‘Japan-India Maritime Exercise’ or JIMEX. The exercise according to the Indian Navy spokesperson was held in the North Ara

Atmanirbhar Bharat in Defence sector: Corporatisation of OFB debate – Concerns and the future

Post Corporatisation, OFB will be allowed to forge partnerships with the private the sector as per the MoD’s approved policy and will continue to receive orders from the country’s security forces.

The first time corporatisation was suggested was in 2000 by Nair Committee

Atmanirbhar Bharat in Defence: The new DAP to focus on making India a global manufacturing hub

In the new DAP there are steps outlined which are expected to help in reducing not only the timelines for procurement of defence equipment, but also talks about the easy mechanism to buy essential items through Capital Budget

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India fast tracks procurement of 72,000 assault rifles for the Indian Army

These rifles are being procured at a cost of Rs 780 crore through the Fast Track Procedure (FTP) for the modernisation of the Infantry arm of the Indian Army. Today’s approval comes close on the heels of the ongoing tension

Vedas in South America! Argentine lawyer Dr, Nancy Gallo uses Indian Vedic Science to resolve conflicts

She is the author of a new thought, the Vedic Advocacy based on the tripartite structure of knowledge with roots in the Vedic Science of India.

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India-China border standoff: Heavyweight tanks and armoured vehicles deployed in eastern Ladakh

The T-90 heavy weight, T-72 and the BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles have the capability of operating in extreme temperatures which can go up to almost minus 40 degrees Celsius, accompanied by high-speed freezing winds.

Through the Rohtang tunnel, the T-90 tanks, the Indian Army Infantry's Combat Vehicles will get closer to the LAC. (ANI Image)

Neighbourhood First: Post COVID-19 India and Sri Lanka to deepen relations

While recalling the close ties and while talking about the COVID-19 crisis, the Sri Lankan leader thanked New Delhi for extending support, especially financial support to deal with the economic impact.

“Under neighbourhood first policy and SAGAR Doctrine, India will give priority to Sri Lanka,” Prime Minister Modi told the Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapakse while congratulating him for his recent victory said “.”

Vande Bharat Mission: More Indians return home under the sixth phase of repatriation

From repatriation to delivering medical assistance during the COVID-19 times, which were undertaken in the region.

According to the MEA spokesperson this is the platform which allows for exemption from institutional quarantine for incoming passengers on VBM flights.

Modi at UNGA 2020: India to push for UNSC reforms at 75th UNGA; PM’s address through video statement

Modi at UN General Assembly: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is going to address the 75th Session of the General Assembly, on Saturday (Sept 26, 2020 6.30 pm IST).

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Post-COVID-19: Sixth-round of India –Peru FTA negotiations expected to take place later this year

Through negotiations the two sides are keen on enhancing not only the two-way commerce and investments but also the procedures for customs and market access for goods and the movement of professionals.

Both India and Peru want the rules and norms which will help in promoting trade-in services to be relaxed.

India-Sri Lanka to hold first virtual summit: Focus on military cooperation and economic cooperation

The relations have been growing and have witnessed several high-level visits and the two sides have been working towards strengthening not only economic relations but the two sides have been focusing on other sectors too.

During the global lockdown the leaders have been in touch and India has also sent help to tackle the health and economic impact of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

SAAB calls India’s new defence FDI model “very attractive”, seeks more clarity on Strategic Partnership model

In a virtual interaction with the media persons Mats Palmberg, Head of SAAB’s Gripen India campaign, said his company is planning to set up an advanced industrial body, the Indian Aircraft Company (INAC).

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Who owns the Moon? No one! But we can use the resources, says Christopher Johnson, Space Law Advisor, Secure World Foundation

Besides encouraging sustainable lunar resource extraction, it also seeks to ensure transparency and peace in outer space, and to facilitate international cooperation.

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China now forces Tibetans into labour camps for military-style training

In August, Tibet’s regional government website last month had posted a notice which stated in the first seven months of 2020, almost 15 per cent of the region’s population --- half a million were trained in the labour cam

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India expands Maritime Security footprint in IOR! Joins Djibouti Code of Conduct, Jeddah Amendment as an Observer

This comes amidst the growing tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

The Indian Navy has picked up the increased presence of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). (Representative image)

India-China Border Talks: India needs to be alert, should not be taken in by talks, experts opine

“As China has mobilized its four theatres, India should not be taken in by the talks as this may be a part of Strategic Surprise,” opine experts.

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India-China Border Standoff: Marathon talks remain inconclusive! India pushes for early restoration of Status Quo Ante

The meetings will continue further, though the next date has not been firmed up yet. While the effort to resolve the crisis is seen, there seems to be hardly any consensus on disengagement from all friction areas.

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Neighbourhood First: India gives a soft loan of USD 250 million to the Maldives

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, India was the first country to provide continued assistance and had dispatched a team of doctors and specialists who assisted the local authorities in the in COVID-preparedness in March.

Women power in Indian Navy! Female officers selected as Airborne Tacticians in the helicopter stream

They are a part of a group of 17 officers of the Indian Navy which has four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard (13 officers of Regular batch and 04 woman officers of Short Service Commission batch).

Aatmanirbhar Bharat: FDI cap raised to 74 per cent in defence sector

In May this year, while announcing the fourth tranche of the fiscal package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman had indicated that the FDI limit in the defence manufacturing sector under the automatic route will be raised.

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Historic! Army begins process to grant Permanent Commission to women officers

According to an official release by the Ministry of Defence on Saturday “in order to make the proceedings transparent, women officers have been permitted to witness the proceedings as observers.”

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Refrain from making attempts to change Status Quo, India tells China; Army chief in Kashmir to review security situation

India has urged the Chinese side to strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control and not to make any further attempts to unilaterally change the status quo.

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COVID-19 an opportunity to build back better world order: Dr Mihir Kanade, Member, UN Expert Mechanism on RtD

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, on the last day of the March session of the United Nations Human Rights Council earlier this year, renowned international law scholar from India, Dr Mihir Kanade was elected on the newly establis

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Amidst standoff with China, India to sign ARLS with Russia; Talks on with the UK, Vietnam for LSA

“Warships usually need to replenish their fuel every few days; the lack of access to ports therefore can be a serious operational limitation,” say experts.

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