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North Korea and the musings in Capitol Hill

North Korea and the musings in Capitol Hill

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 May 2019

Soon after Kim Jong-un, DPRK’s Supreme Leader returned from his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, DPRK fired two short-range ballistic missiles within the space of a week. The...

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In Search of a Trigger this Summer

In Search of a Trigger this Summer

By: Brig Anil Gupta |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 May 2019

Come summer and coinciding with the “Durbar” move, it has almost become a routine that the Valley is set on fire by the elements inimical to the return of normalcy and peace in Kashmir....

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Firepower needs willpower:

Firepower needs willpower: "GOCO” – free gifts for private sector

By: Neeraj Mahajan |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 May 2019

•  The Indian Army is facing an acute deficiency of ammunition and spares. Almost 60-70 % of the army’s inventory is out-of-date and unserviceable due to lack of spares for repair,...

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Japan-Russia dilemma over the territorial dispute

Japan-Russia dilemma over the territorial dispute

By: Simran Walia |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 May 2019

Relations between Russia and Japan have strained mainly due to the issue of obstinate territorial dispute between the two nations over the Southern Kuril Islands. Peace talks between Japan and...

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Sixth US-Taliban Talks – little gain?

Sixth US-Taliban Talks – little gain?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 May 2019

The sixth round of US-Taliban talks at Doha, Qatar concluded on May 9 with spokesman for Taliban stating, “The sixth round of talks … ended, with some progress made on the draft agreement...

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General Elections: Unsavoury incidents tarnishing image of Armed Forces

General Elections: Unsavoury incidents tarnishing image of Armed Forces

By: Col Jaibans Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 May 2019

Exercising their voting rights has emerged as yet another challenge that the soldiers of the nation face in their day to day existence. One remembers that during army service one did not get to...

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ISIS is a Big Hurdle for Afghan Peace

ISIS is a Big Hurdle for Afghan Peace

By: Manish Rai |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 May 2019

Islamic State Afghanistan claimed responsibility for an attack on the communication ministry building centrally located in capital Kabul last month. The Islamic State’s local arm has repeatedly...

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IAF receives its first Apache AH-64E helicopter

IAF receives its first Apache AH-64E helicopter

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 May 2019

First AH-64E (I) – Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA on  10 May 19. Air Marshal AS Butola, represented...

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Beyond Defence Deals: The Alchemy of Elections

Beyond Defence Deals: The Alchemy of Elections

By: S.N. Misra |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 May 2019

There is a consensus that the NDA government (2014-2019) has followed broadly the same path of economic liberalisation as the UPA government during (2004-2014). To be fair to the NDA, they have...

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India’s Iran Predicament: Striking the Right Balance

India’s Iran Predicament: Striking the Right Balance

By: Nasima Khatoon |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 May 2019

The six month period of waiver granted by United States to India, China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, Taiwan and Greece to reduce their Iranian crude  import to zero, expired on May 2. The...

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Significance of the New Baghdadi Video

Significance of the New Baghdadi Video

By: Nikita Kohli |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 May 2019

Five years after he stood at the pulpit of the al-Nuri Mosque and declared a new Caliphate, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reappeared in a rare video uploaded and dissemated by the group’s...

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Proscription of Masood Azhar: Significance and aftermath

Proscription of Masood Azhar: Significance and aftermath

By: Dr. Simrit Kahlon | Date: 10 May 2019

So, the world has finally realised that Masood Azhar is a terrorist! One wonders about the reason behind this enlightened thought especially so far as China is concerned. China has relented, not...

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Surgical Strikes-Avoidable Debate

Surgical Strikes-Avoidable Debate

By: Brig Anil Gupta |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 May 2019

In the ongoing elections for the Indian Parliament, “Surgical Strikes” have become a bone of contention. Modi government used the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army in September 2016...

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Is Pak chopping its own foot?

Is Pak chopping its own foot?

By: Maj Gen Harsha Kakar |Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 09 May 2019

The headlines in every Pak newspaper last week was the press conference conducted by the Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR), General Asif Ghafoor. In his press conference...

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What pales the counter-terrorism regime

What pales the counter-terrorism regime

By: Arpita Anant |Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 May 2019

Mohammad Masood Azhar Alvi was listed as an international terrorist to be subject to sanctions on May 1, 2019 by the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the United...

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Specter of ISIS over South Asia

Specter of ISIS over South Asia

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 May 2019

A news report titled “Intelligence officials fear more Sri Lanka-style ‘terrorist spectaculars’ as Isil look to tourist destinations’ in ‘The Telegraph’ dated April 27, 2019, has...

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UN can only address terror, not proxy war

UN can only address terror, not proxy war

By: RSN Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 May 2019

The journey towards getting Masood Azhar declared a ‘Global Terrorist’ has taken ten years. These intervening years saw no respite in attacks by the jihadis of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). It...

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INS Vela: The Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine

INS Vela: The Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 May 2019

Vela, the fourth Scorpene class submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 06 May 2019, by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr Ajay Kumar,...

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INS Ranjit Sails into Sunset Culminating 36 years of Glorious Era

INS Ranjit Sails into Sunset Culminating 36 years of Glorious Era

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 May 2019

INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer  was decommissioned at a solemn yet grand ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam culminating a glorious era on 06 May 2019. The decommissioning ceremony was...

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It is Win-Win for All but India still has a Long Haul

It is Win-Win for All but India still has a Long Haul

By: Brig Anil Gupta |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 May 2019

India has secured a big diplomatic victory with the listing of Masood Azhar, Pakistan –based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Chief as global terrorist by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after...

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