Doklam standoff: As tensions mount over the standoff at the trijunction with Bhutan, the PLA skipped the ceremonial border meetings on Independence Day. This is the first time since 2005 that this meeting on August 15 was not held.
Embassies of the three major European countries have been in constant touch with their governments, besides being briefed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the developing situation.
The soldier in Indian social consciousness has evolved — from being looked upon as a member of a colonial army to the last word on patriotism.
In the eastern sector, as reported by The Indian Express, Army units in Sikkim have already been staged forward as they undertake their Operational Alert this month which has been advanced from October. No movement of troops has, however, taken place in Ladakh, the other major area where India and China share a disputed border.
Doklam standoff: PLA soldiers pitch 80 tents; Army advances exercise for units in Sikkim. The Indian Express has learnt that the number of Chinese troops in the area is estimated to be less than 800, which means that it is not a full PLA infantry battalion.
The option of a prolonged standoff is based on the premise, sources said, that the Chinese would not like to escalate the situation to a military conflict.
A more nationalistic Beijing and the location of the dispute make the current India-China crisis different from the earlier stand-off
Chinese made a new demand that besides troop withdrawal, the Indian side should also thoroughly investigate into the illegal trespassing by its own soldiers.
According to other officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity since the case “is sub-judice”, said the AFT judgment casts aspersions on the integrity of the Army’s judicial process.
Developed by the DRDO, Akash missile system was planned to be inducted in the IAF from 1994 to replace the Pichora missile system. A medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defence system, Akash can target enemy aircraft up to 30 km away, at altitudes of up to 18,000 m.
One is a veteran journalist who has watched the India-China engagement for six decades, and disagrees strongly with the official Indian narrative. The other was India’s Ambassador to China until 2016, and has been one of New Delhi’s key negotiators with Beijing. The Indian Express put the same set of questions to both.
In a report titled ‘War no solution to problems, says Nawaz’, the Pakistani newspaper The News, said in its edition of June 25, 1999: “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated his call for dialogue with India for defusing a war-like situation along the Line of Control (LoC).
Indian and Chinese troops are arrayed face-to-face on the Dolam plateau, close to the Indian Army post of Doka La, located between Batang La to the north and Gymochen to the south.
The CAG report has come amid tension between India and China in the Sikkim sector.
Sources said that this was not a threat to cut off supply lines, in which India holds a distinct advantage on the LoC, it was only meant by the two sides to dissuade the other side from further escalation.
In his complaint filed in March, Colonel S S Shekhawat of 21 Para (SF) refers to the incident of December 21, 2011, in Jorhat, where his unit was located
Ammonium Nitrate, which has been used by terrorists in many bombs in India, has an RE factor of 0.42. Only 100 grams of PETN can fully destroy a medium-sized car.
According to two MPs present for the meeting, many members of the committee raised the matter of the statement by the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on June 29, who had threatened India with dire consequences for the stand-off.
Indian and Chinese troops have stood face-to-face on the Dolam plateau for nearly a month now. Neither side has seemed willing to back off. Where can things go from here? There are six possible scenarios.
India considers Jampheri ridge, which lies in Bhutan, to be of military importance and is insistent on denying China access to it. There is a single Bhutanese Army post at Jampheri ridge called Chela Post. Indian and Bhutanese military patrols link at Jampheri ridge every month.
The order allows the army to make up for deficiencies in 46 types of ammunition and 10 types of spares for weapon platforms, provided the budgetary support is available.
General Zhao Zongqi, commander of the Chinese Western Theatre Command, who is responsible for the Indian border, was on a three-day visit to India from December 8 to 10 last year, where he had met the then Army chief, General Dalbir Singh.
Sources said that the dispute remains “localised”, with no movement of Chinese troops detected in any other disputed sector on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.
The Navy has been particularly concerned about deployment of Chinese submarines, which have been docking in Colombo and Karachi.
Exactly to this day 18 years ago, the 18 Grenadiers and 8 Sikh snatched the crucial feature back from Pakistani intruders, decisively turning the course of the Kargil conflict. Paving the way for the heroic victory was the Indian Air Force, the munitions for whose assault were supplied by Israel, and tweaked with Indian engineering ingenuity.
A few months into his stint, the fighter pilot, who commanded a frontline squadron in the Kargil War, became the first Air chief to write a letter to all officers of the Indian Air Force, asking them to be ready for operations at short notice.
The IAF’s authorised strength of 42 fighter squadrons “is the minimum strength necessary to dominate a two-front conflict”, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said.
The construction of these 73 ICBR roads was sanctioned by the UPA government in 2005, and work was to have been completed by 2012. The proposed date of completion has now been revised to 2020.
Excerpts from an interview with Joshua T White who served at the Barack Obama White House as senior adviser & director for South Asian affairs at the National Security Council till January 2017
By being proactive on the LoC, the Army seeks to not only prevent infiltration, but to also claim moral ascendancy over Pakistan
The Indian DGMO had initiated a similar request on May 2 after two Indian security personnel were killed on the LoC and their bodies mutilated
The Indian Army has denied Pakistan Army’s claims that five Indian soldiers were killed and several injured in a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday.
It is a routine meeting which had been decided earlier. The agenda of the meeting is not known,” sources in Army headquarters said.
Zahir had sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Army for foreign travel, giving the reason for his travel as ‘Umrah’.
On detecting the fleeing intruders, the soldiers chased them and in the ensuing firefight, both were killed around 100 metres from the Indian post, said sources.
Pre-emptive action taken to counter terror in Valley: Arun Jaitley