China, Pakistan Discuss Defence, Trade Corridor During Bilateral Talks

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa with China’s General Han Weiguo in Beijing.


Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chinese counterpart Han Weiguo held bilateral talks during his three-day official visit to Beijing. The two spoke about the multi-million China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, defence cooperation as well as regional and bilateral issues.

The meeting comes days after Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to Islamabad during which he held a comprehensive round of talks with Imran Khan and General Bajwa among others.

Both China and Pakistan’s new government led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan denied reports of differences over CPEC. 

China subsequently announced expansion of the CPEC projects to western regions of Pakistan. It is an apparent move to address Imran Khan’s criticism of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s government on the basis that most of the Chinese-funded projects were being bagged by the dominant Punjab province.

A statement by Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistan army’s media wing  said that General Han “appreciated and acknowledged high professional standing of Pakistan Army displayed while combating terrorism”.

He also appreciated the level of security being provided to the CPEC by Pakistan Army. Over 10,000 Chinese workers are said to be working in the CPEC projects in Pakistan.

The security for them is provided by the Special Security Division comprising 15,000 troops, including 9,000 Pakistan Army soldiers and 6,000 para-military forces personnel.
The Chinese General expressed his keen desire to benefit from Pakistan Army’s combat experience and also expand bilateral cooperation, the ISPR added.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi had praised the Pakistani military’s role fostering close ties between the two countries, saying that it is a “staunch guardian of China-Pakistan friendship”.

The CPEC, a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China’s resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port. 

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Two Arrested in Uttarakhand For Chatting About Killing Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

रक्षा मंत्री निर्मला सीतारमण की हत्या के विषय में WhatsApp पर चैट करने वाले दो लोग गिरफ्तार

रक्षा मंत्री निर्मला सीतारमण (फाइल फोटो)

पिथौरागढ़: रक्षामंत्री निर्मला सीतारमण की हत्या की साजिश के बारे में सोशल मीडिया पर कथित रूप से बातचीत करने वाले दो व्यक्तियों को सोमवार को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया. यह गिरफ्तारी निर्मला सीतारमण के पिथौरागढ़ जिले के धारचूला में एक मेगा मेडिकल शिविर का उद्घाटन करने के लिए आने से पहले हुई. पिथौरागढ़ के पुलिस अधीक्षक रामचंद्र राजगुरु ने कहा, ‘‘रक्षा मंत्री की हत्या के बारे में बातचीत रविवार रात साढ़े नौ बजे व्हाटसएप पर सामने आयी. हमने ऐसे दो व्यक्तियों को चिन्हित किया जिनके बीच यह बातचीत हो रही थी. हमने उन दोनों को केंद्रीय मंत्री के आगमन से पहले सोमवार सुबह गिरफ्तार कर लिया.’’

पुलिस अधिकारी ने बताया कि दोनों आरोपियों के खिलाफ भारतीय दंड संहिता की धारा 506 और आईटी कानून की धारा 66 के तहत मामला दर्ज किया गया है. उन्होंने कहा कि इस बात का पता लगाया जा रहा है कि क्या आरोपियों का कोई आपराधिक इतिहास है या क्या उनके पास कोई हथियार है.

राजगुरु ने कहा कि ‘ग्रुप एडमिन’ के बारे में भी जांच की जा रही है. इस ग्रुप में बातचीत करने वाले एक व्यक्ति ने कहा, ‘‘मैं शूट करूंगा सीतारमण को. कल उसका आखिरी दिन होगा.’’ पुलिस अधीक्षक ने कहा कि मामले की अभी जांच की जा रही है लेकिन प्रथमदृष्टया ऐसा लग रहा है कि दोनों शराब के नशे में बातचीत कर रहे थे. सेवा दिवस के रूप में मनाये जा रहे प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के जन्मदिन के मौके पर सेना द्वारा आयोजित एक मेडिकल कैंप का उद्घाटन करने के लिए निर्मला सीतारमण धारचूला आयी थीं.


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India Must Shed ‘Largest Arms Importer’ Tag, Says Defence Production Secretary Ajay Kumar

Public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports


The secretary in the department of defence production (DP) Ajay Kumar today said India has overtaken China as the world’s largest arms importer and should shed the tag.

He said the public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports and licensing system in some items that had been liberalised.

“India is the world’s largest arms importer, a place which earlier belonged to China”, he said over video conference from Delhi at a seminar organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Mr Kumar said, “If China could (reduce dependence on imports productions) then why cannot India”?

Citing the instance of Mexico, he said the central American country has established a huge aero-manufacturing base and exports to the US and Europe.

According to MR Kumar, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are responsible for 74 per cent of the global arms trade. “What part of that pie we need to have?” he asked, adding that many countries were willing to buy arms from India.

Mr Kumar said that testing infrastructure would be set up for the private sector also.

Former chief of Air Staff Arup Raha said, “unfortunately India continues to depend on imports for high-end weapon systems”. 

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Play Usain Bolt In Defence, Says Spain’s World Cup-Winning Coach

Del Bosque, whose eight-year reign as Spain coach ended after their last-16 exit at Euro 2016, said it was possible Bolt could fulfil his dream of becoming a footballer, despite being 32.

“For a team that counter-attacks hard and transitions quickly into open space, sure (he would fit in). It would be possible, of course,” de Bosque, who guided Spain to the 2010 World Cup title, told the Olympic Channel.

But he suggested the 100m world record holder would be better in defence than up front.

“With space, he could be a very good footballer,” said del Bosque, who also steered Real Madrid to Champions League success.

“He could be a full-back that covers a lot of space, but it depends, because it’s not just about covering 100, or 60 or 70 metres of the pitch.

“It’s about doing it many times over and that requires stamina which I don’t know whether he has or not — although I’m sure he has prepared.

“Without a doubt as a full-back, with his back towards the crowd and the touchline, that’s where he would be most useful.”

Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway, to no avail.

He has acknowledged the pace and rhythm of football is completely different to the athletics track and said it will take time to adjust.

Del Bosque believes that if Bolt makes it as a footballer, it will rank alongside his greatest achievements.

“To start playing professional football at the age of 32 isn’t normal,” he said.

“But he has won a lot during his 32 years of life and, he has earned the right to say: ‘Hey, I want to be a footballer.'”

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ISI Pakistans first line of defence, Says PM Imran Khan

इस्लामाबाद: पाकिस्तानी प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान (Imran Khan) पहली बार शक्तिशाली जासूसी एजेंसी आईएसआई (ISI) के मुख्यालय गए और उसे देश की ‘फर्स्ट डिफेंस लाइन’ बताया. एक आधिकारिक बयान के अनुसार ‘इंटर-सर्विसेज इंटेलिजेंस’ (आईएसआई) के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों ने बुधवार को वरिष्ठ कैबिनेट मंत्रियों के साथ इमरान खान को विभिन्न सामरिक खुफिया और राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा मामलों के बारे में विस्तार से जानकारी दी.

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सेना के मीडिया प्रकोष्ठ ‘इंटर-सर्विसेज पब्लिक रिलेशंस’ (आईएसपीआर) द्वारा जारी एक बयान के अनुसार प्रधानमंत्री ने राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा के लिए, खासकर आतंकवाद विरोधी प्रयासों में आईएसआई के योगदान की सराहना की. उन्होंने कहा कि आईएसआई रक्षा की हमारी पहली पंक्ति है और दुनिया की सर्वश्रेष्ठ खुफिया एजेंसी के रूप में काम कर रही है.


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खान ने आईएसआई के अधिकारियों से कहा कि उनकी सरकार और पाकिस्तान के लोग सशस्त्र बलों और खुफिया एजेंसियों के पीछे दृढ़ता से खड़े हैं. उन्होंने इन संस्थानों की ‘अभूतपूर्व उपलब्धियों’ की सराहना की.

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ISI Our First Line Of Defence, Says Pak PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan has been accused by his critics of being the security establishment’s man. (File)


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has described the ISI as “our first line of defence” as he visited for the first time the headquarters of the spy agency.

Mr Khan, along with senior Cabinet ministers, was briefed on Wednesday in detail on the various strategic intelligence and national security matters by the senior officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence, an official statement said.

“The Prime Minister lauded contributions of the ISI towards national security especially in the ongoing counter terrorism effort. The Prime Minister said that the ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as best intelligence agency of the world,” the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military said.

Mr Khan, who was sworn-in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, has already visited the General Headquarters of Pakistan Army twice – first to get an in-depth briefing on the internal security and geo-strategic situation and then to attend the Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony on September 6.

Mr Khan has been accused by his critics of being the security establishment’s man.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party has accused him of reaching the Prime Minister House through the support of the powerful security establishment.

Mr Khan told ISI officials that his government and the people of Pakistan firmly stood behind the armed forces and intelligence agencies and acknowledged the “unprecedented achievements” of these institutions, the statement said.

Earlier, Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Director General Lt Gen. Naveed Mukhtar received Mr Khan on his arrival. 

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Nirmala Sitharaman First Defence Minister To Visit This Forward Post In Jammu And Kashmir

Nirmala Sitharaman, General Vipin Rawat and other officials at Balbir forward post in Keran sector


When Nirmala Sitharaman got down from a Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter at a forward post close to the Line of Control on Sunday, she became the first Defence Minister to set foot at the army post in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector that has seen numerous action against infiltrators, the Defence Ministry tweeted.

Walking alongside army chief General Bipin Rawat after exiting the helicopter at Balbir forward post, the defence minister met some troops of the 28 Infantry Division before moving towards the main building.

Photos posted by the Defence Ministry show Ms Sitharaman being taken on a brief tour of the army installation, including an inside view of an observation cabin on high ground from where she was shown the forested hills in front of the forward post, beyond which lies Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Before she left for Srinagar to meet the new Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, the troops took a photo with Ms Sitharaman, General Rawat and other senior officers, all of them smiling at the camera.


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman takes a brief tour of Balbir forward post in Keran sector

At the state capital, the defence minister discussed security issues with Mr Malik, officials said.

Mr Malik, 72, is the first career politician to be appointed Jammu and Kashmir governor in the last 51 years. He has been associated with almost all political hues, starting as a socialist student leader to the vice president of the BJP, before being appointed as the Bihar governor last year.

The two also discussed the urban local bodies and panchayat elections to be held in October-December, officials said, adding the governor praised the army’s high level of coordination with the civil administration and the state and central police forces.

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US On India Russia Defence Deal

India is planning to buy 5 S-400 Triumf missile air defence systems from Russia for around $4.5 billion


There is no guarantee for a special waiver for India from the punitive US sanctions over its weapons purchase from Russia as Washington has concerns over the nearly five billion deal, a top Pentagon official has warned ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi next week.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) waiver is intended at preventing US sanctions on countries like India. New Delhi is planning to buy five S-400 Triumf missile air defence systems from Russia for around $4.5 billion.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has publicly been a strong proponent of granting India waivers from sanctions.

“We understand historical India-Russia relationship. We want to have a conversation with India not on legacy, but on future. On CAATSA, Mattis did plea for an exception for India, but I can’t guarantee a waiver will be used for future purchases,” Randall Schriver, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, said.

“Russia is not a country you want to have a strategic partnership,” he told an audience at the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace in Washington yesterday.

He said that the CAATSA was the result of Russian behaviour, not Indian.

“I can’t sit here and tell you that they would be exempt, that we would use that waiver.” Mr Schriver said as he discussed Defense Secretary James Mattis’ priorities for the upcoming 2+2 India meeting in New Delhi.

There was an “impression that we are going to completely protect the India relationship, insulate India from any fallout from this legislation no matter what they do. I would say that is a bit misleading. We would still have very significant concerns if India pursued major new platforms and systems (from Russia),” he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to New Delhi with Defense Secretary Mattis for the inaugural 2+2 ministerial dialogue on September 6.

The format of the 2+2 dialogue was agreed upon between the two sides during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington in June 2017. Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were to travel to Washington to take part in the meeting with their US counterparts in July. But the US had postponed the dialogue citing “unavoidable reasons”.

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G Satheesh Reddy appointed Defence Research and Development Organisation chief

नई दिल्ली: प्रतिष्ठित वैज्ञानिक जी सतीश रेड्डी (G Satheesh Reddy) को रक्षा अनुसंधान एवं विकास संगठन (DRDO) का अध्यक्ष नियुक्त किया गया. रेड्डी रक्षा मंत्री के वैज्ञानिक सलाहकार हैं. कार्मिक मंत्रालय की ओर से जारी आदेश में कहा गया है कि डीआरडीओ के अध्यक्ष पद पर दो साल के लिए उनकी नियुक्ति की गई है. वह इस अवधि में रक्षा अनुसंधान और विकास विभाग (डीओडीआरडी) के सचिव भी होंगे.

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मई में एस क्रिस्टोफर के सेवानिवृत होने के बाद यह पद पिछले तीन महीने से खाली था. रक्षा सचिव संजय मित्रा को पद का अतिरिक्त प्रभार दिया गया था. क्रिस्टोफर को पिछले साल मई में एक साल का सेवा विस्तार दिया गया था. उनका कार्यकाल 28 मई को खत्म हो गया था. वह मई 2015 में दो साल के लिए डीआरडीओ के महानिदेशक नियुक्त किए गए थे.

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क्रिस्टोफर उस वक्त विशिष्ट वैज्ञानिक और कार्यक्रम निदेशक (एयरबॉर्न अर्ली वार्निंग एंड कंट्रोल सिस्टम) और डीआरडीओ में सेंटर फोर एयर बॉर्न सिस्टम, निदेशक के रूप में काम कर रहे थे. डीओडीआरडी की स्थापना 1980 में हुई थी. यह सैन्य उपकरण और साजोसामान के वैज्ञानिक पहलुओं, अनुसंधान, डिजाइन के संबंध में और विकास योजनाओं पर सरकार को परामर्श देता है.

(इनपुट: भाषा)

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G Satheesh Reddy Takes Over As Chief Of Top Defence Research Organisation

G Satheesh Reddy succeeds S. Christopher, who retired in June. (File)

New Delhi: 

Distinguished aerospace scientist G Satheesh Reddy was on Saturday appointed the Chairman of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary in the Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D).

Mr Reddy succeeds S. Christopher, who retired in June. 

The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved Mr Reddy’s appointment for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier, an official statement said. 

Mr Reddy, renowned for his research and development in missile systems and sustained contributions towards advancement of aerospace technologies and industries, is now employed as the Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 

Mr Reddy led the conceptualisation, design and development of inertial sensors, navigation schemes, algorithms systems, calibration methodologies, sensor models, simulation along with development of satellite navigation receivers and hybrid navigation systems. 

Under his leadership, advanced products and varieties of avionics systems have been produced and successfully flight tested in strategic programmes of the country.

A graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in Andhra Pradesh, Mr Reddy is a renowned navigation scientist. 

He holds the distinction of being inducted as fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, London, Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, and has been awarded the full member diploma as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Navigation and Motion Control, Russia. 

He is an Honorary Fellow of Computer Society of India and Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Aeronautical Society of India, Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, US, and many other professional and scientific bodies in the country and abroad. 

Mr Reddy received the prestigious Indian Science Congress Association Homi J. Bhabha Memorial award. 

He is the first defence scientist working in India to receive the Silver Medal of Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, and has been selected for the first IEI (India) and IEEE (USA) joint award for Engineering Excellence.

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