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South Korea Offers Its K21-105 Light Tanks for Mountain Warfare to Indian Army.
Asia

South Korea Offers Its K21-105 Light Tanks for Mountain Warfare to Indian Army.

India deployed comprising T-90 and T-72 CIA (Combat Improved Ajeya) tanks which were air lifted to reach at the frontline by India. Whereas on the other side of border, Pakistan mobilized its Type 15/ VT-5 light tanks in the area.However, the VT-5’s lighter 105mm main cannon could do less damage to a modern Main Battle Tank and could be easily outpowered by the Indian T-90s and T-72CIAs in a head-on firefight.The VT-5s were designed with the assumption that they are less likely to encounter heavy Indian tanks at such high altitudes but the Indian Army surprised the PLA.Still, employing these costly assets to the frontline posed several logistical issues. Thus, the need for a lighter tank was acutely felt. The Indian Army thus floated a Request for Information (RFI) in April to acquire 350
China to Deliberately Creating Tensions
China

China to Deliberately Creating Tensions

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been accused by Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), on May 9for deliberately creating tensions in the Taiwanese strait and using “cognitive warfare” to demoralize the Taiwanese people. Presenting its report to legislative Yuan, MAC stressed that Beijing continuously coerces Taipei into accepting its ‘One China’ policy along with the “1992 consensus” asserting that it was the only way to better cross straight relationship. While Taiwan has long been demanding autonomy, China claims sovereignty over the island asserting it to be a “sacred and inseparable” part of the country’s territory.Sharpening its language, the Taiwanese agency highlighted that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) frequently conducts military drills in the straight, only to safegu
J-K: PMGSY work to start in Rajouri’s Kalakote, people to get, employment opportunity.
Asia

J-K: PMGSY work to start in Rajouri’s Kalakote, people to get, employment opportunity.

Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, India: The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has brought employment opportunity in Rajori’s subdivision Kalakote which brought a smile to people living in these remotest hilly areas.The 15 km PMGSY road stretches from Mathiani to Odhan connecting over 12 villages in this region."People are getting employment. There was no connectivity. Patients used to die before reaching the hospital. Now, vehicles are coming to the doorstep. Due to lockdown and COVID pandemic, people cannot go for work to other places. Not just the locals, but people from Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh also came here for work," Parvinder Singh, a local working as a labourer in the project told ANI.Another labourer Yaspal Singh said, "This area has been very backward. People ha
G7 statement criticised Beijing’s increasing presence in East and South China seas: China condemns
China, Politics

G7 statement criticised Beijing’s increasing presence in East and South China seas: China condemns

Beijing, China: Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) countries that criticised Beijing's increasing presence in the East and South China seas. It responded them very sharply against the joint communique.China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin strongly condemned the outcome of the G7 meeting in London, reported NHK World.In a joint statement released on Wednesday in London, representatives from the G7, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, had condemned Chinese actions in East and South China seas.Wang denounced the G7 nations in a news conference, saying their move is an interference in China's sovereignty and runs counter to the current trend of peaceful development and cooperation.Wang also reiterated China's st...
Response delayed by Chines Embassy when asked for comment on Blinken’s interview.
China

Response delayed by Chines Embassy when asked for comment on Blinken’s interview.

The commitments was done to included regulatory changes on agricultural biotechnology and commitments to purchase some $200 billion in U.S. exports over two years is swept with the dealBlinken arrived in London on Sunday for a G7 foreign ministers meeting where China is one of the issues on the agenda.In the interview, Blinken said the United States was not aiming to "contain China" but to "uphold this rules-based order - that China is posing a challenge to. Anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we're going to stand up and - and defend it."Biden has identified competition with China as his administration's greatest foreign policy challenge. In his first speech to Congress last Wednesday, he pledged to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and to boost U.S. tec...
Australia to increase Military Budget.
China, Conflict, World

Australia to increase Military Budget.

Canberra, Australia: Amid China's growing military aggression Australia has increased id defence budget and will be conduction more joint exercise with US.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Canberra would work with allies including Washington to focus on "pursuing peace, stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific," South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported."Working with the United States, our allies and Indo-Pacific neighbours, we will continue to advance Australia's interests by investing in the Australian Defence Force, particularly across northern Australia," Morrison said, SCMP cited agencies.This comes days after Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton raised the alarm about the possibility of Australia becoming embroiled in a regional military conflict.Dutton last week sa...
Indian army’s India Army Tests Firing Capability of Arjun Mk-1 Alpha tanks ‘Desert-Storms’.
Asia

Indian army’s India Army Tests Firing Capability of Arjun Mk-1 Alpha tanks ‘Desert-Storms’.

At the Pokhran Field Firing Range in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer, on the weekend. The Indian Army demonstrated the combat capabilities of its Arjun Mk-1 Alpha tanks in a live-fire exercise Konark Corps (XII Corps) GOC Lt. Gen. PS Minhas, Battle Ax Division GOC Major-Gen. Ajit Singh Gehlot and other officials observed the firing capabilities of the latest tank, The Times Of India reported, according to eurasiantimes. This tank is the cavalry's latest workhorse handed over to the service in February 2021 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai. The Defense Acquisition Council had cleared the procurement of 118 Arjun Mk-1A tanks (earlier called Mk-II) at an estimated price of Rs 8400 crore. A senior official was quoted as saying by TOI, “Seeing the current scenario and challenges, the fir
Poll shows that Japanese public in support of Taiwan Strait
Asia, China, Politics

Poll shows that Japanese public in support of Taiwan Strait

Tokyo, Japan: A poll has said amid growing distance with next-door neighbour China, that a significant amount of Japanese people are in the support of Yoshihide Suga's government policy to pursue peace and stability in the Taiwan StraitAs many as 74 per cent of respondents in the poll supported Japan's engagement toward stability in the Taiwan Strait, while 13 per cent were opposed, Nikkei Asia reported while citing a survey it conducted with Nikkei TV Tokyo.This comes in the backdrop of the first US-Japan in-person meet of US President Joe Biden's term. In a joint statement, Suga and Biden had underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cro...
UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will sail to India this autumn
Asia, Singapore

UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will sail to India this autumn

New Delhi, India:, The British High Commission (BHC) said on Monday informed that, the UK's carrier strike group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth is set sail to India in the autumn on its maiden operational deployment as a representation of the 'Indo-Pacific tilt' in its foreign policyThe BHC statement said that the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier will sail to India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the wider region."The Carrier will visit West Coast Ports where it will engage in a series of events to maximise bilateral relations benefitting both countries' trade and political alliances. The ship will conduct a series of joint exercises with Indian military forces in the Indian Ocean, expanding our interoperability and enhancing our capabilities to defend against shared threats and protect our d...
Jammu and Kashmir back in the most desired tourist places in India
Asia, Conflict

Jammu and Kashmir back in the most desired tourist places in India

NEW DELHI — Result of sincere efforts being made by the Indian federal government could be seen, the in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. As it is back in the list of most desired tourist destinations in the country, especially for the domestic travel enthusiasts This season, the increase in the domestic tourist inflow in the valley is quite surprising despite the surge in coronavirus cases. However, the region still awaits the footfall of international tourists due to the coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Tourism is a vital lifeline for Kashmir’s economy, contributing nearly 10 percent to the region’s GDP and generating employment for more than one hundred thousand people. It also caters to all