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PM Modi inaugurates INS Kalvari; dedicates it to the people of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Mumbai today (i.e. Thursday), inaugurated INS Kalvari at Gateway of India.INS Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. “It is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy, and represents a significant success for Make In India,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted after the inauguration.The Indian Navy, too, shared some images, calling the submarine a ‘deadly predator’.Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. The submarines have been designed by a French firm.The remaining five boats of the Project 75 would be delivered by the yard to the Navy by 2020. India has just 15 submarines, a mix of Russian-origin Kilo class vessels and German HDW submarines..The name “Kalvari” translates to “Tiger Shark.” The new boat was built under the “Project 75” initiative to help bring more indigenous military building programs to India.Kalvari can carry 18 torpedoes and travel 1,020 km underwater. The 66-metre submarine can dive up to a depth of 300 metres to elude enemy detection.This Scorpene submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of war, including the tropics.

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PM Modi to dedicate INS Kalvari to the nation today

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will dedicate to the nation, the naval submarine INS Kalvari, at Mumbai on Thursday. The INS Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the Indian Navy by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. The project has been undertaken with French collaboration. The submarine is named after the vicious tiger shark in a Rs 20,000 crore deal that was signed in October 2005.It is the first of the French Scorpene-class submarines which can use torpedoes as well as tube launched anti-ship missiles above and below the surface. Indigenous vesselThe INS Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the Indian Navy by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. It is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy, and represents a significant success for the “Make in India” initiative.The project has been undertaken with French collaboration. Its design is based in the French Scorpene-class (by DCNS of France).The name “Kalvari” translates to “Tiger Shark.” The new boat was built under the “Project 75” initiative to help bring more indigenous military building programs to India.Kalvari can carry 18 torpedoes and travel 1,020 km underwater. The 66-metre submarine can dive up to a depth of 300 metres to elude enemy detection.This Scorpene submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of war, including the tropics.Crew31Length202 feet(61.57 meters)Beam (Width)20 feet(6.10 meters)Draught (Height)19 feet(5.79 meters)Surface Displacement 1,725 tonnesSubmerged Displacement 2,060 tonnes

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INS Kalvari, first Scorpene-class submarine, to be commissioned by PM Modi tomorrow

Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, will be commissioned into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here tomorrow.The prime minister will unveil its plaque at the commissioning ceremony tomorrow, an official told PTI.This will be preceded by reading out the commissioning warrant, hoisting of colours and breaking of commissioning pennant with national anthem, the official said.Pennant is a tapering flag on a ship, especially one flown at the masthead of a vessel in commission.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and top defence officials will attend the commissioning ceremony.”Kalvari underwent around 120 days of extensive sea trials and tests for various equipment,” the official said, adding the vessel is expected to bolster Indias maritime prowess.The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.”The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons,” an official of the MDL said.Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean.The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996 after nearly three decades of service.

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Indian Navy rescues 17 boats with over 180 people off Lakshadweep coast

An Indian Navy ship engaged in search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi today located about 17 boats with over 180 people off Lakshadweep coast.However, it was not clear whether the 180 people included the about 100 fishermen missing after the cyclone.A Defence spokesman said INS Kalpeni was sent to Off Sesostris Bank/Bassas de Pedro, a traditional fishing area off Lakshadweep Island based on Naval P8I aircraft’s inputs about the boats.”She has located about 17 boats with 180 plus people.All these boats reported safe,” he said.He said the people in the boats intended to continue fishing as they have not encountered the cyclone at all.The spokesman said normalcy is being restored on a war- footing at Minicoy island, with the Naval contingent working 24X7.In addition, a relief camp was established to distribute relief materials ferried by naval ships to all 11 villages through their ‘Moopans’ (village heads) as requested by the Lakshadweep administration, he said.Other maintenance activities such as clearing of fallen trees, cleaning of premises of jetty area, Navodaya School, relief camp and Fisheries department premises are being undertaken by Naval personnel present there, the spokesman said. ​

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Armed forces are well prepared for any situation: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Indian armed forces were fully prepared for any eventuality.She made this statement while replying to a question about the reported shortage of arms and ammunition in the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.”The Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force are fully prepared for any eventuality. The required arms and ammunition are being purchased on a continuous process. It is not like that once a particular purchase is completed, then we’ll sit idle for next five years. Defence purchase is an ongoing process.”Talking about the upcoming Gujarat elections, she said, “A very good government has been ruling Gujarat for the last 22 years, which has a blueprint that no partiality is done in Gujarat; the economic development should reach everyone.”She added that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani-led Gujarat Government was working on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’She expressed hope that the people of Gujarat would repose faith in the Bharatiya Janata Party to continue the development.The 14th Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections, 2017 are scheduled to be held on December 9 and 14. The counting will be done on December 18.
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Indian Navy should also try Kamov 226T choppers: Russian firm

With the government clearing the mega-project to acquire 111 helicopters for the Indian Navy, a leading Russian manufacturer wants the Navy to try its Kamov 226T helicopter, saying the chopper aptly meets the force’s needs.”We think of the Kamov Ka-226T JV with India as a synergistic project with further possibilities. For instance, the Indian Navy has recently announced a tender for delivery of 100 (111) helicopters with a mass of up to 5 tonnes. We think it might be good move for Indian ministry for defence to save their money and purchaseKamov 226T with its latest modifications, because we already have solutions of folding blades in the place.”And of course following the framework of Make in India project we will be actively involved in localising the assembly and production of this helicopter on Indian soil,” CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginisky told a visiting foreign media delegation last night.Under the Indo-Russia joint venture to produce 200 Kamov 226T helicopters for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, 60 choppers will be supplied to India in fly-away condition, while the remaining 140 will be manufactured in India under a USD 1 billion deal inked in 2015.In October last year, India and Russia finalised a broad agreement for the joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and two Russian defence majors.India is procuring Kamov choppers to replace its ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.The agreement for the Kamov choppers was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in December, 2015.Last year, Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport and HAL had almost completed the formalities for the joint venture to localise the production of Ka-226Ts and deliver them to the Indian market. The joint venture was registered in May, 2017.Stressing that Ka-226T meets the requirements of the Indian Navy, Boginisky clarified that the Navy’s project for 111 helicopters is a separate project and is not related to the Ka-226T project of the Indo-Russian JV to produce 200 Kamov helicopters.He added that selecting the Ka-226T for the Navy could help the Indian government save a lot of money, as there would be cost reduction due to sharing of service facilities, training for flight and maintenance and other related costs.”Given the first project, this could be an advantageous option for India, as it would already have facilities for maintenance,” he said.When asked about the export prospects of Mi-8/17 and Mi- 171 helicopters, Boginisky said, “We consider that the export potential of these machines is still there. It is proven by a deep modernization to develop the Mi-171A2 model, which includes more than 80 changes and improvements to the platform. The Indian Ministry ofDefence uses many helicopters of this family. It is very reliable and easy to use in any conditions”.
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INS Khanderi to be commissioned in ’18

The Indian Navy will get a new submarine this month with INS Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene submarines being commissioned. The second submarine in the series — INS Khanderi — which was launched earlier this year, will also enter service in 2018.On Friday, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command, said they were “looking to commission the Kalvari this month.””For Kalvari, the procedure was different from the other ships commissioned in the past. For over one year, a number of trials were conducted at sea. We have done more than 120 days at sea with Kalvari already,” he said. The major trials of the underwater platform have been completed.The Navy’s six Scorpene-class stealth submarines are being constructed under the much-delayed Project-75 at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in collaboration with DCNS, France to augment its depleted and ageing submarine fleet.A senior official from the Indian Navy said they were planning to commission INS Khanderi next year. He added that while they had successfully test fired the French SM-39 Exocet anti-ship missile from Kalvari, they were using the German SUT torpedos for the submarine after the Ministry of Defence scrapped Finmeccanica’s contract for the Black Shark torpedoes.The Indian Navy has around 15 active submarines including one nuclear-powered Akula-class INS Chakra, Sindhughosh class (Kilo class) diesel-electric submarines (nine) and Shishumar class (four).
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Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to visit Bangladesh for maritime cooperation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday for a multilateral naval exercise being held under a regional maritime forum set up by India’s initiative.His visit was also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations and to explore new avenues for maritime cooperation, the defence ministry said.It said Indian naval ships Ranvir, Sahyadri, Gharial and Sukanya along with one maritime patrol aircraft P-8I will take part in the International Multilateral Maritime Search andRescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) which will be inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday in the port city of Cox’s Bazar.The exercise is taking place under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) — an initiative of the Indian Navy that was launched in 2008 to bring together littoral states in the region.
ALSO READ Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in 2015 US blogger murderThe IONS has now grown into a formidable organisation comprising 23 member nations and nine observer countries.The ministry said apart from the exercise, an ‘Extraordinary Conclave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meeting of IONS was scheduled on November 28 which will also be attended by Admiral Lanba.
ALSO READ Over-nationalistic attitude tends to undermine conflict resolution mechanism: Indian Navy chiefThe meeting was expected to review the progress made by three IONS Working Groups on maritime security information exchange, interoperability and humanitarian assistance.Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with Chief of the Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy on Monday and several other navy chiefs of other participating countries.The defence ministry said Lanba would also be gifting ‘War Memorabilia’ for the ‘Liberation War Museum’ of Bangladesh.

Indian Navy to soon have 12 mine countermeasure vessels to ensure submarine safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy will soon have 12 Mines Countermeasure Vessels (MCSV) in its fleet. The expansion in fleet is thanks to talks between Goa Ship Yard (GSY), a public centre undertaking under the Ministry of Defence, and a South Korean firm.The MCSV are naval ships used to destroy naval mines. The project cost, which is estimated at Rs 32,000 crore, will help the Indian Navy detect and destroy mines that are a constant threat to submarines.“We are in talks with a South Korean company and our company is also boosting its capacities and mordernising its yard to design and manufacture vessels for the Indian Navy, as well as allies of India,” said SP Raikar, the director of operations with GSY.A Russian delegation recently visited the shipyard to hold talks on frigates which will boost capabilities of Indian navy. “The talk is on with Russia over frigates and we are hopeful,” said a source while speaking to DNA.The source added that talks with the South Korean firm regarding the manufacture of MCSVs has been dragging for the past one year. “There is some price quoting issue as many companies within the country are in fray. However, we are hopeful to bag the order,” the source said. GSY has supplied naval vessels to Myanmar, Oman and Mauritius. In July this year, an offshore petrol vehicle was sold to Sri Lanka. “We will supply one move vehicle in February 2018. In a separate ceremony, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hand over an OPV to the Indian Navy,” Raikar added.

With an eye on China, Indian Navy to deploy warships along critical ‘choke points’ in Indian Ocean

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Navy has approved a major programme that will upscale the warships deployment in the Indian Ocean region.According to latest media reports, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has given nod for the programme that will see as many as 15 warships, aircraft and patrol vessel would be deployed across the Indian Ocean Region that stretches from the Persian Gulf to the Malacca Strait.The development to expand naval footprint in the geostrategic region is seen as an effort by the Narendra Modi government to check China.Beijing has been flexing military muscle and various sightings of Chinese warships and intelligence gathering vessels in the Indian Ocean were reported earlier in May and June.In July, China opened its first overseas base in Djibouti. The small-yet-significant location of this East African nation means that China has better access in the Horn of Africa.In September, China also conducted first military drill in Djibouti. State television CCTV showed armoured vehicles moving on a desert track, groups of soldiers firing automatic weapons, and cannon pointing towards the horizon.Dozens of soldiers have been deployed in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius “to reinforce their hardiness in combat and their mastery of military techniques”, the report said.“This is the first time that officers and soldiers stationed in Djibouti have left their camp to conduct live-fire exercises,” Liang Yang, the base commander, told the broadcaster.Indian Navy’s new deployment plan will see ‘mission-ready warships’ along critical sea lanes and ‘choke points’.At present, the Indian Navy has 138 warships and 235 aircraft and choppers. The Navy is also stepping-up its cooperation with other navies in the region through a series of exercises and special drills.

US ‘considering’ India’s request to provide armed drones for IAF, says top official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Trump Administration is “considering” India’s request for armed drones for its air force, weeks after approving the sale of high-tech unarmed guardian drones to India.”Yes, yes,” a senior administration official told PTI when asked about India’s pending request about the purchase of armed drones as part of its armed forces’ modernisation drive.The armed drones, the Indian Air Force (IAF) believes, would help it strengthen its defence capabilities.Early this year, the IAF had requested the US Government for General Atomics Predator C Avenger aircraft. It is understood that IAF would need 80 to 100 units making it approximately a whopping USD 8 billion deal.The Trump Administration’s consideration in this regard comes months after a successful meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump at the White House on June 26, during which the US announced to sell 22 unarmed Guardian drones to India, which would add the Indian Navy s surveillance capabilities in the strategic Indian Ocean region.”We are at ways to, in terms of Foreign military sales, but really also in defence cooperation broadly how to strengthen our relationship and cooperation,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The official was responding to questions on defence relationship and India’s quest for high-tech defence equipments and technologies from the US as part of its long overdue armed forces’ modernisation drive running into several hundred billions of dollars over the next decade.Previous Obama Administration had designated India as major defence partner and the Trump Administration has accelerated the process of considering Indian requests.”The US Navy and the Indian Navy have been cooperating for many years on counter piracy efforts, on ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean and the and Red Sea and the Persian Gulf,” the official said.”I think that (defence) cooperation is only going to increase based on the need for it to increase and the kind of trust that we are building through personal relationships and through a fundamental understanding that our interests aligned so clearly,” the official said.Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said that in keeping with India’s status as a major defense partner and their mutual interest in expanding maritime cooperation, the Trump administration has offered a menu of defence options for India’s consideration, including the Guardian UAV.”We value the role India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they have even greater capabilities,” Tillerson had said ahead of his visit to India.He did not mention about armed drones. He, however, said “the proposals the US has put forward, including for Guardian UAVs, aircraft carrier technologies, the Future Vertical Lift program, and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft, are all potential game changers for our commercial and defence cooperation.”​

Navy’s P8I aircraft joins hunt for missing Indian sailors off Philippines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy’s P8I, a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft has reached Manila and joined the search and rescue operation for the missing Indian sailors. 10 Indian crew members went missing after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines last week.The 33,205-tonne cargo ship Emerald Star with 26 Indian nationals on board sank off Okinawa.While 16 Indians were rescued, a search for the missing crew members was launched by Indian missions in the Philippines, Japan and China to locate them.”Indian Embassy in Japan has informed me that a helicopter and 2 patrol vessels of Japan Coast Guard are engaged in search/rescue operations,” said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a series of tweets, saidThe minister said the Indian Navy’s P8I aircraft has reached Manila and joined the search and rescue operation for the missing Indians. P8I is a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft.Five Indian crew members of ‘Emerald Star’ are in Irene, the Philippines, and the country’s mission is bringing them to Manila before repatriation to India.

Over-nationalistic attitude tends to undermine conflict resolution mechanism: Indian Navy chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While solutions to traditional maritime security challenges can only be resolved through established conflict resolution mechanisms, Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba on Saturday said that “narrow and over-nationalistic” attitudes tend to undermine them.Admiral Lanba also warned of a growing nexus between perpetrators of a range of maritime crimes as a major challenge at sea.”Since the traditional maritime security challenges, essentially have a state versus state character, the solutions can only solutions can only be arrived through established conflict resolution mechanisms,” he said in his address at the Sagar Discourse 2017, organised by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) at a south Goa resort.”However, narrow and over-nationalistic attitude at times tends to undermine such mechanisms as seen in the South China Sea or in the Korean peninsula. This remains a cause of concern for all of us,” he also said.Lanba also said that dealing with first threats should primarily be a military-diplomatic function.About the non-traditional challenges faced by the Indian Navy, he said: “A sinister nexus also appears to be emerging between various forms of maritime crimes, such as maritime terrorism, piracy, drug-smuggling and gun-running, human trafficking…”.He also warned that large-scale unreported and unregulated fishing was also causing severe ecological consequences, while also underlining the threat caused by climate change.Lanba also said, that the Indian Navy, as the lead agency entrusted with the overall responsibility of maritime security post 26/11, had gained significant success in weaving together a working protocol between different government agencies in order to respond to future security challenges.”The process of evolving a functional structure for coastal security was immediately kicked off and we are progressively been able to establish working protocols between 15 different agencies functioning under six ministries of the government of India, looking after diverse aspects of maritime law enforcement and security in the coastal zone,” he said.

Ex-Navy man steals BMW at knife-point

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A retired Indian Navy officer has been arrested for posing as a Delhi Police officer and stealing a BMW car belonging to a businessman in South Delhi’s Mahipalpur area. The accused, Bharat Singh, had earlier attempted to steal cars by asking for lifts but when that modus operandi failed, he thought donning a police uniform might help him.At 11.58 am on Tuesday, the police was informed about a BMW car being robbed at knife-point at Rangpuri roundabout near Radisson hotel at Mahipalpur. The victim, Khenchand, told the police that he works as a driver with Messrs Gupta HC Overseas Pvt Ltd, an Agra-based firm. In his statement, Khenchand said he had come to the Capital to drop his boss at Indira Gandhi International airport in a BMW X5 SUV (licence plate number UP-80-DZ-9292).”After he dropped his boss, he had to drive to Gurugram for more work and drove the same car from the airport. As he was approaching Mahipalpur, a man wearing a Delhi Police officer’s uniform signalled him to stop,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, South, Chinmoy Biswas.Khenchand told the investigating officers that the man was wearing a uniform with two star badges on the shoulder. When Khemchand stopped, the fake police officer asked him for a lift.Khemchand agreed since it was an officer of the law. Singh sat in the car, and later took out the knife and first snatched the driver’s phone and then asked him to leave the car.Fearing for his life, Khemchand ran out of the car and Singh drove away with his mobile phone.An FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act. The police swung into action and acting on a tip-off, recovered the car when Singh was trying to tow it away with a crane. They found that Singh had served in the Indian Navy till 2001, after which he retired.

Navy Chief visits Vietnam to boost defence ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to boost defence cooperation with Vietnam, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is visiting Vietnam on a five-day trip. Lanba’s visit comes amid increasing activities by China in the South China Sea, and he is likely to discuss this issue with Vietnamese leaders.Lanba, will meet Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich, Chief of General Staff and Vice-Minister of National Defence Van Giang. Lanba will also hold extensive talks with Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam Navy.Vietnam along with neighbouring countries like Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan has been opposing China’s claims in the South China Sea.India has maintained that all disputes should be resolved in accordance with international law. “The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of India and Vietnam, and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation,” a Navy statement said.Lanba will also visit the National Defence Academy of Vietnam where he will interact with student officers and faculty members and deliver a talk on the ‘Importance of Maritime Power’.The Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on many issues including operational interactions and training.Warships from Indian Navy regularly visit ports at Vietnam, with Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmat recently making port call at Hai Phong from September 23 to 27. The Vietnamese Navy ship Dinh Tien Hoang, a Gepoard Class Frigate, also visited Visakhapatnam in February 2016, for participation in the ‘International Fleet Review’.

Kalvari, first of six Scorpene-class submarines, handed over to Indian Navy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was today handed over to the Indian Navy by shipbuilder Mazgaon Dock limited, paving way for its commissioning soon.The development marks a major milestone in Indian Navy’s submarine programme as the vessel is expected to bolster India’s maritime prowess, a senior Navy official said.”History was written at MDL (Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd) with the delivery of the first Scorpene submarine, Kalvari, to the Indian Navy today,” a senior MDL official said.The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.”The state-of-the-art technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons,” the MDL said in a statement.The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996, after nearly three decades of service.The MDL statement said the delivery of the vessel also reaffirms the strides taken by the shipbuilder in the ‘Make In India’ programme.The second of the Scorpenes, Khanderi, was launched in January this year, and is currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials.The third Scorpene, Karanj, is being readied for launch later this year. The rest are in various stages of outfitting.

All-woman Indian Navy embarks on circumnavigation of globe; PM wishes them luck

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wished success to an all-woman team of the Indian Navy as it embarked on circumnavigation of the globe, a first of its kind from India.The six women Naval officers had met the prime minister on August 16 and he had exhorted them to project the country’?s capabilities and strengths across the world.The ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ was flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman near the Panaji coast. The expedition being undertaken on an India-built sail boat INS Tarini is slated to conclude in Panaji in March next year.”Today is a special day! 6 women officers of the Navy begin their journey of circumnavigating the globe on board INSV Tarini,” Modi tweeted today.”The entire nation comes together in wishing the all- women team of Navika Sagar Parikrama the very best in their remarkable endeavour,” he added in another tweet.The expedition will be covered in five legs, with stopovers at 4 ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously, and inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year.The vessel is being skippered by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi and the crew comprises Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

India, Japan to step up naval co-op amid China’s rising presence in Indian Ocean

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Japan have decided to enhance their naval cooperation that will include training for anti-submarine warfare amid the increased control of China in the Indian Ocean Region.Frequent forays by Chinese vessels have been a matter of great concern for India as the Chinese Navy controls ports in Djibouti, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and now Myanmar.The increased frequency of Chinese vessels docked in Karachi and “unusual” activities of their naval units in the Indian Ocean has raised an alarm, sources said.The enhanced naval cooperation was decided on Tuesday during Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to Japan.”The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the success of Japan-India-US Trilateral Maritime Exercise Malabar 2017 in July this year and confirmed their intention to deepen and advance the objectives of this exercise. Japan’s Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera expressed his intention to have state-of-the-art Japanese assets to participate in the Malabar 2018,” the India-Japan joint statement said.Bilateral training and regular interactions between Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have also been decided. Japan has decided to invite Indian Navy personnel to mine countermeasures training held by JMSDF.Navy intelligence reports indicate that on the pretext of anti-piracy operations, the Chinese Navy has enhanced its power in the Indian Ocean Region.The decision to step up military ties is also significant as it comes in wake of China’s increasing efforts to dominate the South China Sea.”The ministers exchanged views and ideas with the aim to further strengthen defence and security cooperation under the framework of the Japan-lndia Special Strategic and Global Partnership,” the joint statement added.

Defence preparedness itself our best defence: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said owing to its geographical location, India had to always remain prepared to defend itself as “it is our best defence”.”It is a harsh reality in today’s world that India, due to its geographical location, has to remain prepared. Our defence preparedness itself is our best defence,” he said here. Jaitley added that even though the entire country had confidence in the armed forces, which represented some of the best traditions anywhere in the world, “as part of our preparedness, we obviously need to equip our forces with all the support system they require”.The Union minister was here to attend an event marking the handing over of a long range surface-to-air missile to the Indian Navy.On the occasion, Jaitley said Indians were now capable of offering services to other developed economies at a cheaper price. “There is hardly any country in the developed world, where the presence of Indian minds is not visible, be it in the field of medicine, science or technology. And therefore, not only do we have a large human resource pool, we have surplus resources which serve other countries too,” he added.The defence minister said India’s resources, compared to other economies in the world, were available at a very competitive price. “That being a reality, over the last few decades we have seen some of the best companies — be it pharmaceutical or IT — shifting their research and development bases to India,” he added. Jaitley also took part in a number of programmes, including the ground-breaking ceremony of the second phase of facility creation at the Bharat Dynamics Limited’s (BDL) Ibrahimpatnam unit and inauguration of the ASTRA weapon system production at the BDL’s Bhanur unit.

‘Drone sale to India would cement bilateral ties with US’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US decision to sell 22 Sea Guardian drones to India at an estimated cost of USD 2 billion will create around 2,000 jobs in the US and “cement” bilateral ties, an American executive involved in the deal has said. “This should be viewed as a significant step in cementing the US-India bilateral defence relationship,” Vivek Lall, chief executive US and international strategic development, General Atomics, told the Atlantic Council yesterday. Lall echoed Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, who tweeted, “Drone Sale Would Cement US-India Ties.” The announcement in this regard was made by Trump in June when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House. This prospective purchase of drones manufactured by General Atomics marks the first of its kind from the US by a country that is not a member of the NATO, Lall said. With China focused on South China Sea, Lall hopes that India has an opportunity to help create and lead a regional balance of power to protect its interests in the Indian Ocean region by building maritime engagements with regional and extra-regional partners. The Sea Guardian is a variant of the tested MQ-9 platform which allows for greater interoperability with the US and allied forces, in a way other platforms do not permit demonstrating the centrality of General Atomics’ products to India’s defence needs, he said. “This platform has 4 million hours in combat, will be able to certifiably fly in Indian civilian airspace and can remain airborne more than a record setting forty hours. Additionally, it has a 40,000-hour design life demonstrating its unique resilience. General Atomics maintains that this platform and its proven performance stands independently of and is unaffected by Israel’s Heron sales to India,” he said. This summer, India received 10 advanced Heron drones from Israel for USD 400 million, making Israel a weapons supplier competitor to the United States. According to Lall, use of the Sea Guardian drones by the Indian Navy will also develop India’s credible capabilities, which is significant for Indian maritime security and naval power projection. “Additionally, India faces a several complex security challenges in this domain such as piracy, terrorism, environmental degradation and narcotics trafficking. Maritime domain awareness would allow the Indian Navy an advantage in patrolling the Indian Ocean, and in tackling its pressing security challenges to achieve grander Indian strategic objectives,” he said. Responding to a question, Lall said at least 2,000 jobs directly related to the sale, and countless indirect jobs, will be created or saved in the US. Lall noted that this is the first major defence deal announced since the designation of India as a major defence partner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sea glory: All-women Indian naval crew eyes record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-member all-women crew of the Indian Navy is set to embark on an eight-month voyage in September to circumnavigate the globe, the first such navigational attempt from Asia. The naval officers led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi will set sail in the naval auxiliary vessel INSV Tarini from Goa and are expected to depart early next month. “We will be passing through some of the roughest patches of sea during the voyage. It will be a tough journey but our spirits are high,” Joshi told reporters today. A native of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, she will skipper, the 55-feet INSV Tarini, built indigenously and inducted in the Indian Navy earlier in February this year. Her team members on-board the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei would be — Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh; Lt. Commander Swathi P from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh; Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati from Hyderabad; Lt. Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi from Manipur and Lt. Payal Gupta from Dehradun. “This all-women circumnavigation attempt would be the first of its kind, not only from India but also Asia. They are well-trained and with their maritime odyssey, they will also set sail into the record books,” Naval Chief of Personnel Vice Admiral A K Chawla said. “They are going to set benchmarks not just for India but for the entire world,” he said. The crew had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. Jamwal, who had joined the Naval Academy in 2011, said the voyage is daunting but they are all trained and set for it. The expedition — ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ will be covered in five legs, with stopovers at four ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa), the Navy said. Capt. (retd) Dilip Donde, the first Indian to undertake a solo circumnavigation, trained the six naval officers, who he said, volunteered to be a part of the expedition. “They will be passing through the Southern Ocean, where the temperature could drop to as low as 4-5 degrees Celsius. Besides, they would also have to navigate through gusty winds and high waves,” Donde said. Joshi said they would be stocking up food supplies, water, books and recreational material, mostly dry items as the voyage span is long. “We will begin with 600 litre of water and we would also have an RO plant on-board. We would carry books and DVDs for recreation,” she said. Asked about the safety measures taken for the crew, Vice Admiral Chawla said, “As per the international maritime convention, the ship’s immediate distress call would be picked up by the nearest search and rescue authority, who would then relay it to us. Also, the vessel is equipped with satellite phones and other modern communication gadgets.” Indian Navy’s Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy, who became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe, solo and non-stop over a 150-day voyage in 2013, said, “There is no quit word in maritime circumnavigation.” “I think what these six officers are attempting is very courageous. In an mountain expedition, you can stop and climb back, but once you are in the sea, you are in the sea. Only your faith and courage can help sail you through,” he said. INSV Tarini, having a wood core and fibre glass sandwich structure, was built by a shipyard in Goa and the vessel has sailed approximately 8,000 nautical miles till date, the Navy said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FOC-IN-C West highlights importance of maritime domain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, today highlighted the importance of the maritime domain and the advantage possessed by India owing to its geographic disposition in the Indian Ocean. Speaking at an event on ‘Maritime India and the Indian Navy’ organised here, he also dwelt on the various roles of the Indian Navy in defending the country’s interest, both in war and peace, and in promoting stability and security. The event was organised by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber’s (IMC) Chamber of Commerce & Industry and IMC Ladies Wing this evening. Luthra explained about the Indian Navy’s sustained operations in the region to secure the country’s national maritime interests. He also highlighted that the Indo-Pacific region is central to global and regional developments and that emerging geopolitics have a strong maritime orientation. He provided details related to centrality of the seas in growth and development and covered aspects about the new government initiatives for Blue Economy, including Project Sagarmala for port-led development of industrialisation, trade and commerce. Speaking on the occasion, Preeti Luthra, President Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) brought out how the association provides support to the families of the naval personnel when they are away on deployments guarding the frontiers. She informed the audience about the various social outreach activities of NWWA. Lieutenant Meenakshi Pandey of the Indian Navy, elaborated on the topic “Life of a woman Indian Naval Officer”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMC to felicitate ‘men in white’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry is set to host an event on Friday to honour the Indian Navy and acknowledge their pivotal role in safeguarding the country. The event called ‘Maritime India and the Indian Navy’ will have Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, flag officer commanding-in-chief WNC as the chief guest.”Maritime India and the Indian Navy is a momentous occasion for the Chamber. It is a day wherein new vistas of cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Chamber is being launched and we plan to actively engage ourselves in many forum and through various modalities, for the welfare of the Navy personnel and their families,” said Dr Lalit Kanodia, President IMC.The event will also have an address by Preeti Luthra, President, NWWA – Western Region and Lieutenant Meenakshi Pandey, staff officer (Operations) at the INS Shikra.Nayantara Jain, President IMC Ladies Wing said, “The Ladies Wing will continue to provide support to those men and women that are building the world that we all dream about, as we women – live courageously, follow our hearts, see potential, believe in ourselves, take risks, and keep making sacrifices for the betterment of society and the nation.”

Naval Academy to increase cadet intake by 2020: Vice Admiral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Naval Academy has plans to increase its cadet intake by 2020 to meet the shortage of officers in the force, a senior official said today. Chief of Personnel Vice Admiral AK Chawla said the deficit was due to multiple reasons and one of them was the stringent entry procedure. “We have an intake of 1,200 cadets. The Navy faces a shortage of around 12 per cent. We are right now in the process of expanding our infrastructure. As soon as we complete the second phase by around 2020, we will increase the intake by 1,700,” the officer said. The chief of personnel made the comments at the launch of the trailer of a National Geographic documentary on the Indian Naval Academy, the largest in Asia. “Inside the INA — an hour-long documentary accurately captures how the men and women of the Indian Navy are trained and shaped into future Naval heroes who serve the nation. “It gives a riveting view into the meticulous mental and physical training that each candidate undergoes … The documentary will be aired on Independence Day at 9 pm,” said Swati Mohan, Business Head, National Geographic.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indin Navy band to perform at Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian Navy band will participate in the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the UK next month, an event of military music performance undertaken by armed forces. The participation of the naval band is expected to strengthen ties between India and the United Kingdom (UK). The two countries have announced 2017 as the ‘India-UK Year of Culture’ to celebrate cultural ties and the 70th year of Indian independence. “The invitation to the Indian Navy band to participate and perform in this prestigious event scheduled from August 1 to 26 is indeed a matter of pride and befitting recognition of the professional prowess of the naval band,” the Navy said. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the largest tattoo performed in the world in the sprawling stretch of the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade in Scotland. The band has been practicing for the last few months to further hone their skills for the event. The band comprises one officer and 65 musician sailors, the Navy said. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo boasts of performances from over 50 bands, and nearly 8,500 visitors attending the daily performances. Nearly 2.5 lakh people are likely to attend the 26-day period this year. Besides India, bands from Australia, France, Germany and Japan are also expected to perform at the tattoo this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak Army chief ‘analysing’ evidence against Jadhav: spokesman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is “analysing” the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Army said here today.Jadhav filed a mercy petition before Gen Bajwa last month, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on June 22. The statement said the former Indian Navy officer had filed the petition after the Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters today that Gen Bajwa was “analysing the evidence against Jadhav. The Army chief will decide on Jadhav’s appeal on merit.” Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International Court of Justice in The Hague in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Pak again denies consular access to Jadhav, says not civilian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today again rejected India’s demand for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav handed down the death penalty by a military court, saying it would be a “travesty of logic” to link his case with Indian civilian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails. India yesterday had sought consular access to the 46- year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death in April by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial for “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement today that “the Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic.” It claimed Jadhav was a serving Indian Navy officer “and was sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property.” Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. And India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so. India moved the International Court of Justice against Jadhav’s death penalty and the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he was dealing with his business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. The denial for consular access came a day after India and Pakistan exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals are lodged in its jails. The lists were exchanged as per the provisions of the bilateral agreement on consular access signed on May 21, 2008. As per the pact, such lists have to be exchanged twice a year, on January 1 and July 1. The Foreign Office also said that Pakistan is committed to implement the 2008 agreement and ensure that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics. “We expect India to reciprocate through action rather than rhetoric.” It said five Indian nationals, who had completed their sentences, were repatriated on June 22. “In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending,” it said. “Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients,” it claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vacation turns tragic for Navy officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Summer vacations took an ugly turn for two children, who lost their mother in an accident on NH-1 on Saturday afternoon. Indian Navy officer Commander B Ghosh was behind the wheel when his car hit a divider on the highway near BDO office at 3.30 pm, critically injuring his wife Sharmila Ghosh and his elder son.The accident took place while the family was on their way to Chandigarh for a holiday. Ghosh, who is posted in Delhi, was accompanied by wife Sharmila and two sons, aged 9 and 13 years. According to the police, a truck in front of the family’s car was being driven recklessly. To avoid a collision with the truck, Ghosh applied sudden brakes and the car collided with a divider.Locals rushed the injured to the nearest hospital, from there they were shifted to the Army Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment. Sharmila succumbed to her injuries around 9 pm. The elder son is still being reported as critical while Ghosh and his younger son received minor injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed in the mishap.After the extended family members were informed about the accident, Ghosh’s sister-in-law, her husband, and a few more relatives flew in from Bangalore, while his brother flew down from Dubai this morning. The entire family is in a state of shock, while Sharmila’s family is yet to be informed.

Government to crack its whip on encroachments in Kalyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After violent protests in the villages of Kalyan on Thursday over a boundary wall built by the Indian Navy, the state government is firm on demolishing alleged unauthorised structures developed by the land and chawl mafias.Meanwhile, the Thane police department arrested four villagers and is conducting searches inside the village to make further arrests.On Thursday, more than 700 persons were booked by the Hill Line and Manpada police for attempt to murder, rioting, molestation and damaging public property. “We have arrested four persons in connection with the entire incident. We are conducting searches in the villages to make further arrests in the case,” said a senior Thane police officer.”The accused persons involved in the incident are on the run, we have kept a watch on their activities,” he added.The state government officials from Ambernath Tehsildar office will visit the villages of Khoni, Nevalli and Bhal to conduct a fresh survey to ascertain the encroachment on the land belonging to Indian Navy.”We will demolish illegal and unauthorised constructions on government land as well as ensure that illegal structures do not come up on such reserved plots,” said Dr Mahendra Kalyankar, Thane District Collector.The Defence spokesperson refused to comment on the queries sent by the correspondent.

We are farmers but were treated like terrorists: Jagdish Mhatre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After farmer protests against the construction of a boundary wall by Indian Navy in Kalyan turned violent on Thursday, police resorted to lathi charge and used pellet guns to disperse the dissenters. The angry villagers claimed that they were treated like terrorists and not as farmers clamouring for their rights.Jagdish Mhatre, 33, Chairperson, BT Gaikwad English Medium School, said, “We were not treated as farmers but as terrorists. The government will never be able to resolve the issue with this attitude.” Mhatre received six pellet injuries during the protest.Bhupesh Mhatre, 17, suffered 17 pellet injuries and was unable to walk when he was taken to a hospital. “We were protesting silently when the police approached us and even used force on the women. Only after this we resorted to stone pelting,” he said.The 1,600-acre defence land has been encroached upon by several commercial and residential illegal constructions. The state government seems to have turned a blind eye to these developments, and this has spiked the growth of such structures.Rahul Sinha, PRO, Defence, said, “The state government had been informed about the land long back. Now we are initiating a project on the land in question and have been given adequate protection from the police for the development of the boundary wall.”Though the police were able to quell the protests, the situation remained tense until late evening. Sources revealed that the villagers will be holding a meeting to decide on further action.

Jadhav seeks clemency from Pak army chief: military

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kulbhushan Jadhav has sought clemency from the Pakistan Army chief over the death sentence handed down to him by a military court, the Army said today, weeks after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the Indian national’s execution. Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, claimed that in his plea, Jadhav has “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property. “Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff (General Qamar Javed Bajwa) to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR said. The statement said that Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which was rejected. Under the law, he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and if rejected, subsequently to the Pakistan President. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. The Pakistan military also released a “second confessional video”, in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen “accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage”. In the video, Jadhav is shown to be detailing his alleged “subversive and terror activities” for which he has been convicted by a military court. “During my judicial proceedings which were held under the field General court martial, I was accorded a defence council by the officials here which were conducting the entire proceedings,” he says in the video. He is also shown apologising for his acts and seeking pardon. The Army said it released the video “so that the world should know what India has done and continues to do against Pakistan.” Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest. Jadhav was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country. India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav on May 8. India has accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by repeatedly denying consular access to Jadhav. In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav. Earlier this month, Pakistan had said that the Indian national would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Navy to train Odisha police on coastal security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy has agreed to impart training to Odisha police on coastal and maritime security from July this year, an official said. Altogether 50 state police personnel would be trained at INS Chilka in two batches starting from July, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Asit Kumar Tripathy said. Stating that the personnel deployed in marine police stations will undergo training, Tripathy said the Navy would provide basic training on seamanship, Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) during counter-terrorism operations, tracking illegal trawlers and pirates. As part of strengthening the coastal security, the state government has set up 18 marine police stations along its 485 km long coastline. Tripathy said the state police headquarters would scrutinise the list of 20 officers and 30 field staff who would participate in the training in phases. DGP K B Singh said the training would aim at acclimatising the personnel with weather condition on sea, efficient use of radars, identification of friend and enemy boats during patrolling. “Of the 18 marine police stations in the state, personnel of five such police stations will be shortlisted for the initial phase of training. Export and import of illegal arms and contraband on sea route, infiltration, unauthorised fishing, entry of anti-national elements and securing vital installations along the coast will be emphasised in the training,” Singh said. Meanwhile, the state government has decided that all boats plying through the coast will be put under surveillance. Fishing boats will be coloured differently to make identification easier and biometric cards issued to fishermen for their easy identification. A transponder will be installed in each and every boat to facilitate surveillance.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Farmers torch vehicles and pelt stones; allege land being acquired by Navy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The farmers’ protest in Maharashtra’s Thane district opposing ​the Nevali airport turned violent after protesters torched vehicles and pelted stones.Farmers have accused the Indian Navy of forcefully acquiring their land, disallowing them to farm.Protesting farmers took to the street and torched vehicles and pelted stones at police personnel. Some policemen have been injured in the incident.The protest is taking place on the Thane-Badlapur highway. Young men and women participated in the protestThane police have sent special forces and riot control vehicles to the spot.(More details are awaited)

Boeing gets 3-year deal for maintenance of Navy’s P-8I fleet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has received a three-year contract for continuing its support for maintenance of the Indian Navy’s fleet of P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, the company said today. In addition to field and logistics service representatives, the contract, which was received early this month, includes engineering support and planning. The scope will also include robust material support, including a 737-based component services programme, which will be executed in conjunction with Boeing Commercial Aviation Services’ Fleet Services division. “With this contract, the Indian Navy can be assured of achieving exceptional operational capability and readiness of the P-8I fleet,” said Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India and vice president of Boeing International. The contract continues the service Boeing provides under the programme’s current initial production contract, scheduled to expire in October. The Indian Navy operates eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft at INS Rajali located near Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu. Boeing is also contracted to deliver four additional P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy. Deliveries will begin in 2020. Apart from P-8Is, Boeing has also supplied C-17 Globemaster III transport planes to the Indian Air Force and will soon deliver 22 AH-64 Apache (advance attack helicopter) and 15 CH-47 Chinook (heavy lift helicopter) to the Air Force.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Navy chief holds talks with top brass of Israeli def forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today held talks with Chief of the General Staff of Israeli Defence Force Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot and explored ways to further deepen defence and security ties between the two countries. In their talks, they deliberated on overall security situation in the region and deliberated on various aspects of defence cooperation between the two countries. “Adm S Lanba CNS calls-on & interacts with Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of the General Staff, Israeli Defence Force,” Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma tweeted, along with a photograph of the meeting. Lanba, who reached there yesterday, also met Major General Udi Adam, Director General of Israel’s Defence Ministry during which various issues relating to bilateral security cooperation figured. The Indian Navy Chief’s trip here comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel next month. Lanba also visited the headquarters of Israeli Defence Forces. He is also scheduled to meet the Commander-in-Chief of Israeli Navy, Commander of Israeli Air Force, Commander of Israeli Ground Forces and a number of high-ranking officials of Israel’s defence ministry, the Navy said in a statement. Defence ties between India and Israel have been growing rapidly and a raft of mega deals including procurement of an air defence system for the Indian Navy are likely to be sealed during Modi’s upcoming visit which will be the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation. India is the largest buyer of Israel’s military hardware and the latter has been supplying various weapon systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles over the last few years, but the transactions have largely remained behind the curtains. The much-awaited deal for Barak-8 air defence missile systems for the navy and procurement of Spike anti-tank missiles for the Indian Army are expected to be firmed up during Modi’s visit. The Indo-Israel cooperation in naval sphere has witnessed an upswing in the last few years. Western fleet ships — Mumbai, Teg, Tarkash and Aditya — had recently visited Hanifa in Israel.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Navy begins search ops for crew of Mexican Navy ship

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman cadet has reportedly fallen from a Mexican sail training ship 560 nautical miles west of Goa and the Indian Navy has launched a search and rescue operation to look for her. It has been reported that the woman cadet was not donning any life saving gear when she fell overboard at 2 PM yesterday. “The Indian Navy has launched a ‘Search and Rescue’ operation to look for a lady cadet who has reportedly fallen overboard from Mexican Sail Training Ship (STS) Cuauhtemoc, at 1400 hrs on June 11 in position about 560 NM west of Goa,” the Navy said in a statement. Boeing P8I aircraft was pressed into service last night as well as today as part of the operation. The Mexican ship was scheduled to visit Mumbai between June 21 26 and its last port of call was Port Said, Egypt. The ship’s next port of call was Singapore. Indian Navy ship Teg which was enroute to Mumbai from Port Louis, Mauritius has been diverted and is likely to arrive in the area tonight, Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said. He said additionally, INS Mysore, with two helicopters onboard, has sailed from Mumbai today and is likely to arrive in the area later in the evening to look for the cadet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women to be allowed in combat role in Indian Army, says Gen Bipin Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a transformational move, the Indian Army is all set to open up combat positions for women, a gender barrier broken by only a few countries globally.Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said the process to allow women in combat role, currently an exclusive domain of men, is moving fast and initially women will be recruited for positions in military police.”I am looking at women coming as jawans. I am going to start it soon. Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans,” he said, giving details of the move to allow women in the male-dominated positions in the Army.The Army Chief said he was ready to recruit women as jawans and the matter is being taken up with the government.”We have already started the process,” Gen Rawat told PTI in an exclusive interaction recently.He said women will have to show grit and strength in taking up challenges in combat role and shattering the glass ceiling.Very few countries including Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France , Norway, Sweden and Israel have allowed women in combat roles.The roles of military police include policing the cantonments and army establishments, prevent breach of rules and regulations by soldiers, maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and extending aid to civil police whenever required.Creating history, the Indian Air Force, last year, had inducted three women as fighter pilots, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis.A decision on having women as fighter pilots will be taken after evaluating performance of the three women — Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh who are now part of IAF’s fighter squadron.The Indian Navy is currently deliberating on a policy on having women onboard the ships. The Navy allows women in various other segments including in legal, logistics, naval architecture and engineering departments.

Cyclone Mora: India hands over relief materials to Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today provided relief materials to cyclone-hit Bangladesh and handed over 33 fishermen who were rescued by the Indian Navy after they got trapped in the storm. Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla handed over to Bangladeshi authorities in Chittagong 33 fishermen who were rescued by the Indian Navy 96 nautical miles south west of the Bangladeshi port city yesterday. The fishermen were rescued by the Navy’s Marine commandos on board its ship INS Sumitra which was sent to the cyclone- battered country as part of India’s assistance in relief and rescue operations. “They were rescued by the Marine commandos on board the ship in a daring operation. The commandos jumped into the sea to rescue the fishermen as the boats could not be lowered on account of the sea state,” the Indian Navy said in a statement. Shringla also handed over relief materials to the Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong. The Indian Navy has also deployed P-81 aircraft as part of its rescue operations in the country. Cyclone Mora killed at least nine persons and rendered over 50,000 families homeless besides causing widespread damage in coastal regions. The cyclone has affected over a quarter million people in the country, the disaster management ministry said. As many as 286,000 people in 16 coastal districts were affected by the storm, Additional Secretary Golam Mostafa was quoted as saying by bdnews24. Around 54,500 families have lost properties in the storm as nearly 60,000 houses have been damaged along with 1,592 acres of farmlands, he said. Cox’s Bazar, the longest unbroken sea beach in the world, bore the brunt of the cyclone, with five people dead, over 20,000 houses destroyed and hundreds of trees uprooted, blocking roads all over the district. Mora, packing winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, made landfall in the country on Tuesday, tearing through the southwest districts including low-lying areas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Arun Jaitley hails successful test firing of torpedo from Scorpene Submarine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday, congratulated the research team for conducting the successful test firing of torpedo missile from first indigenously built Scorpene Class Submarine.Jaitley tweeted, “Congratulations to our scientists, engineers on successfully test firing torpedo from the first indigenously built Scorpene Class Submarine.”He further encouraged the development and said, “This indigenously built stealth Submarine will soon add potent underwater capability to the Indian Navy.”Earlier in January, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Submarines), Mohit Gupta said that the Indian Navy was also planning to induct two scorpene class submarines this year.

India provides help as death toll tops 100 in Lanka floods

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian Navy ship with relief materials reached Colombo today as the death toll from the worst floods since 2003 in Sri Lanka crossed 100 and authorities warned of more rains. The Disaster Management Centre issued an urgent evacuation warning for residents living along the Kelani River and within the Divisional Secretariats of Kollonnawa, Kaduwela, Wellampitiya, Kelaniya, Biyagama, Sedawatte, Dompe, Hanwella, Padukka and Avissawella. At least 200,382 people belonging to 52,603 families were affected in 14 districts. Further, 12,007 people belonging to 2,937 families were relocated to 69 safe locations as of Saturday morning, it said. The death toll crossed 100 while 99 others were missing, officials said but did not provide the exact numbers. Sri Lanka’s tri-forces personnel including more than 1,000 Army troops were engaged in the rescue and relief operations. A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) airman died after falling from a helicopter during a flood rescue operation in Neluwa area in Galle. The Meteorology Department said that rain and windy conditions are expected to continue. “Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces,” it said. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management, appealed to the UN, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighbouring countries to provide assistance to affected people, especially in the areas of search and rescue operations. India in response dispatched three Navy ships with emergency supplies to help Sri Lanka in the rescue and relief operations. The fist Indian navy ship with rescue and relief materials arrived this morning at the Port of Colombo. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who was present to receive the ship, said: “We are grateful to India for sending relief at such a short notice so quickly.” He said India’s move to send relief materials demonstrated the Indo-Lanka relations which are at an excellent level. INS Kirch diverted to Colombo to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations, arrived in Colombo Port today. Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu handed over the relief items brought by INS Kirch to Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake. Two more Indian Navy ships — INS Shardul and INS Jalashwa — have also left for Sri Lanka with relief materials including food medicines and water. Medical and diving teams along with boats and helicopters are also being sent on board INS Jalashwa to assist Sri Lanka in rescuing people from flood-hit area, Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said. The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful Southwest monsoon, officials said. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had activated the Emergency Response Unit to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation. Sri Lanka, which has been heavily deforested for cash crops, often witnesses landslides during the monsoon season. Last year, more than 100 people were killed in a massive landslide in the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Mother’s appeal received, considering It, says Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly three weeks after India handed over to Pakistan an appeal by the mother of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death on charges of ‘spying’, Islamabad has said it is being considered.”Pakistani authorities have received an appeal against the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav from his mother, which is being considered,” reported NDTV quoting Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs.On April 26, the appeal on behalf of Jadhav was given to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua by Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale, who also handed over a petition by Jadhav’s mother seeking the Pakistan government’s intervention for his release and expressing the desire to meet him.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: After facing humiliating defeat at ICJ, Pak to constitute new team of lawyers However, Pakistan’s top diplomat also said that the International Court of Justice has not given any order regarding consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav.”The ICJ has only asked Pakistan to keep a stay on Jadhav’s execution until it arrives at a decision,” Aziz said.
ALSO READ Cleric who wanted Sonu Nigam’s head shaved now offers Rs 20 lakh to garland Pak PM with Jadhav’s shoesAddressing a press conference, Aziz said that when it comes to cases involving the death penalty, the international court has always given a stay order.Aziz claimed that Jadhav Jadhav was not an ordinary Indian, he was ‘an officer in the Indian Navy who has also admitted to carrying out espionage activities in Pakistan.’
ALSO READ ‘Kulbhushan Jadhav is bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab’, says Pervez Musharraf Jadhav was given death sentence by the Field General Court Martial earlier this month, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the “pre-meditated murder” was carried out.The ICJ has asserted its jurisdiction over the case of the 46-year-old former Indian Navy officer while noting that the circumstances of his arrest remain disputed.

Navy dispatches ship, Dornier aircraft to assist Maldives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy has sent a ship and an aircraft to help Maldives in locating a landing craft which went missing two days back. The Navy sent the INS Kirch and a Dornier aircraft for a search and rescue operation for the missing Maldivian Landing Craft Maria 3, Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said. The landing craft was travelling from K Thulusdhoo, an island in Maldives to L Gan, another island. It had six persons on board.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC to draw plans with Navy, Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to take precautionary measures and discuss its preparations ahead of the monsoon season, the civic body is likely to hold a meeting with Indian Navy, Army cable operators, mobile operators, MMRDA and other stakeholders.According to the disaster management department of BMC, the authorities will discuss chronic details and an action plan will also be chalked out. The disaster management will coordinate with these agencies in case of any eventuality.A senior official of BMC’s disaster management said a representative of the Army and the Navy will be present at the disaster control room to assist operations during emergency. “The purpose of the meeting is to coordinate better with other agencies during emergency,” said an official. He also added that mobile operators can be used to flash SMS during an emergency.”This year, we have identified more number of flooding spots and this needs to be shared with other agencies like Navy and Army, so that they are aware and can reach the spot in case their help is required,” said the official. On their part, the disaster management department is prepared and is in touch with over 30 different agencies.It has already sent out banners, with details of officials and other agencies at landslide prone and flooding areas. The team has been in process of identifying schools or similar places where residents can be given immediate shelter if the situation arises. “We are identifying more than three to four places like schools where citizens can be given shelter during emergency,” said the official.Last year, there were around 284 spots which were prone to landslide. The banner or board that will be put up in all such landslide-prone or flooding areas, will have information like do’s and don’ts, emergency contact numbers, local civic officials, police, fire brigade and school or an address of a similar place where locals can take shelter.A STEP AHEADThis meeting is held every year, wherein crucial information is discussed.
The disaster management department is in touch with over 30 different agencies.
It has already sent out banners, with details of officials and other agencies at landslide prone and flooding areas

Goa: Two dead, 30 missing as bridge collapses in river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two persons died and 30 went missing after a Portuguese-era bridge over Sanvordem river in south Goa collapsed this evening, the police said. There were over 50 people standing on the dilapidated bridge when it caved in near Curchorem village. The people had gathered on the bridge to watch the rescue operation of a youth, who had jumped into the river to commit suicide, the police said. “While the rescue teams have recovered two bodies from the river so far, at least 30 people are still missing. Some of those who fell into the river, managed to swim ashore,” the police said. The incident took place when a youth, who had jumped into the river to commit suicide was being rescued by the fire and emergency service personnel, a police official said. “Around 50 people had gathered on the bridge to see the rescue operation. When the bridged caved in, all of them were flung into the river. However, some of them managed to swim to the shore,” the official said. The Indian Navy has been requested to assist in the rescue operations and the divers have rushed to the spot. The fire and emergency services has begun the search operation. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over the bridge collapse incident. “Spoke to Goa CM Shri @manoharparrikar regarding the bridge collapse on Sanvordem river. Search and rescue ops have been intensified,” Singh tweeted. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ stays Jadhav’s execution, instructs Pakistan to implement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major boost to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. “Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings,” ICJ President Ronny Abraham said while reading out the verdict. The UN’s highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it “of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order”. “The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order,” a press release from the global court said. Asserting its jurisdiction over the case, the court backed India’s contention that there has been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times. India and Pakistan, it noted, have been signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977. As soon as the order came in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the verdict as a “great relief”. They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed the battery of lawyers presenting India’s case. In Islamabad, Pakistan said it did not accept the ICJ ruling in matters related to national security. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India, saying it was “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case of Jadhav to ICJ. The unanimous verdict of the 11-judge bench comes three days after the two countries gave their submissions during which India demanded annulment of the sentence and described Pakistan’s trial to convict Jadhav as “farcical”. Pakistan, in turn, had argued that the 46-year-old Indian national was a spy and India’s plea was “misconceived”. The court said Pakistan had indicated that the execution would probably not take place before August 2017. “This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the Court has given its final decision in the case.” It also noted the urgency of the case since Pakistan had given “no assurance that Mr. Jadhav will not be executed before the Court has rendered its final decision”. Examining India’s argument that is a risk of irreparable prejudice, it said, “… the mere fact that Mr. Jadhav is under a death sentence and might therefore be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India”. India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8. The next day, the global court gave Jadhav a lease of life and stayed the death sentence as a provisional measure. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. Jadhav’s case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, Singapore navies begin mega exercise in South China sea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navies of India and Singapore today began a seven-day-long mega maritime exercise in the South China Sea which has been witnessing a growing Chinese assertiveness. Four warships of the Indian Navy and long range anti- submarine warfare aircraft P-8l are participating in the SIMBEX (Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise), which is aimed at increasing interoperability between the two navies. A diverse range of operational activities at sea have been planned during the course of the exercise. “The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), integrated operations with surface, air and sub-surface forces, air defence and surface encounter exercises,” Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said. A number of warships of Singapore Navy are participating in the exercise along with maritime patrol aircraft Fokker F50 and F-16 aircraft. Held since 1994, it is the 24th edition of the annual exercise between the two countries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Admiral Sunil Lanba attends int’l maritime review in Singapore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today attended Singapore’s first International Maritime Review held at the country’s prime Changi Naval Base here. Lanba attended the review along with navy ships INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta. A total of 46 warships from 28 countries are in Singapore for the review, an event organised by the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) to celebrate its 50th years of establishment. Admiral Lanba will also attend the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2017 tomorrow. His visit aims to consolidate existing Maritime Cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues between India and Singapore. Defence cooperation between the two countries is robust and is primarily focused towards Maritime Cooperation. India signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement with Singapore in 2003, which was renewed in 2015. Indian Navy and Singapore Navy are partners in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a Maritime Cooperation construct conceptualised and pioneered by Indian Navy in 2008. The Indian and Singapore navies will conduct bilateral exercise “SIMBEX” off Singapore from 18 to May 24. Both countries have been conducting “SIMBEX” since 1994. Both navies also engage in Navy to Navy Staff Talks, which commenced in 2004. The 12th Staff Talks were conducted in March 2017 and the 13th Staff Talks are scheduled to be held in 2018. The Singapore Navy has participated in all the MILAN- series interactions organised at Port Blair by the Indian Navy. Warships of both countries regularly visit each other’s ports. Lanba, who arrived in the country yesterday, held extensive talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lai Chung Han and explored ways to further step up maritime cooperation between the two countries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav trial: India has upper hand over Pakistan, says Attorney General

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today is set to hear the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of espionage, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Monday expressed optimism saying that India has the upper hand in the matter. ?I think India has a very good case on violation of all international norms and treaties,? Rohatgi told ANI. He further reiterated that Pakistan?s trial of Jadhav had rejected all international laws as well as human rights, as he was tried in a military court without the presence of an attorney. The ICJ on May 9 put a stay on the death sentence given by Pakistan to the alleged Indian spy. The development came after India instituted proceedings against Pakistan, accusing the latter of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations” in the matter of detention and trial of Jadhav, and sought a stay on his death sentence. India earlier contended that it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform the accused of his rights, an official release from the ICJ said. India further said that, in violation of the Vienna Convention, the authorities of Pakistan were denying it its right of consular access to Jadhav, despite its repeated requests. It’s also pointed out that India learned about the “death sentence against Jadhav from a press release.” India submitted that it had information that Jadhav was “kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy, and was then shown to have been arrested in Baluchistan” on March 3, 2016, and that the Indian authorities were notified of that arrest on March 25, 2016. India also asked the ICJ to declare the decision illegal being violative of international law and treaty rights and restrain Pakistan from acting in violation of the Vienna Convention and international law by giving effect to the sentence or the conviction in any manner, and directing it to release the convicted Indian National forthwith, if Pakistan is unable to annul the decision. Pakistan had claimed that Jadhav was arrested from the Baluchistan province last year. A military court sentenced him to death, alleging he was involved in espionage and anti-national activities. Pakistan also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.” India out rightly denied the claims, saying Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was running a business, and adding he was a retired Navy officer. Pakistan has turned down 16 requests from India for consular access to Jadhav. Jadhav was sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) last month for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak may not accept ICJ’s jurisdiction in Jadhav’s case: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan may not accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which has stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, a media report said today. According to Dunya News, Attorney General of Pakistan was today briefed on Jadhav’s case after the Hague-based ICJ stayed the execution of the 46-year-old Indian, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “spying”. In the briefing, it was stated that Pakistan does not accept the international court s jurisdiction to order the state of Pakistan on issues that involve its national stability, the channel said. India, in its appeal to the ICJ, has accused Pakistan of “egregious” violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy but Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan on March 3, 2016. Jadhav was sentenced to death for “espionage and subversive activities”. India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government. It also said that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran. India has also handed over to Pakistan an appeal by Jadhav’s mother, initiating a process to get his conviction overturned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Medical visa only on Sartaz Aziz’s recommendation:India to Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Only a letter of recommendation by Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz will enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India, the External Affairs Ministry said today, a condition reflective of the strained ties between the two neighbours. Though MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay termed as “baseless” reports that India has stopped giving medical visas to Pakistani citizens, he made it clear that only a recommendation letter by Aziz will be cleared “immediately”. “We have suggested that their Foreign Minister or Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaz Aziz give a recommendation letter and it will be cleared immediately, without any delay,” he said, adding the insistence on a recommendation letter would enable to ascertain that the requests received from Pakistan are genuine. He also referred to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj herself receiving these requests on social media and on emails. It is difficult to ascertain authenticity of such requests, he added. He also asserted that “in previous years, thousands of medical visas have been issued to Pakistani citizens to come to India and benefit from the health facilities here.” India’s decision to impose the condition on medical visas for Pakistani nationals comes in the backdrop of growing tension in Indo-Pak ties due to the retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav episode and the recent beheading of two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan army regulars.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai’s dabbawalas celebrate ICJ’s stay of Jhadav’s execution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mumbai?s famed ?dabbawalas? celebrated the stay of the execution of ‘alleged’ Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav on Wednesday, by distributing sweets. ?We thank the Government of India (GOI) for moving to the ICJ and help put a stay on Jhadav?s execution. He has been illegally punished by Pakistan, which, used the deceitful measures to rig his case,? said one of the dabbawalas. ?He is irrefutably an Indian, and hails from Mumbai. Thus, every Mumbaikar is brimming with pride and is awaiting for Jhadav?s safe return home,? said another dabbawala. Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan province last year. A military court sentenced him to death, alleging he was involved in espionage and anti-national activities. Pakistan also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

African pirates tell court they miss home, fish; seek mercy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifteen men, nationals of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, arrested by the Indian Navy for piracy, today sought leniency while recording their statements before the sessions court here. They have already pleaded guilty. “The court recorded their pleas under section 313 of Criminal Procedure Code,” said special public prosecutor Ranjeet Sangle. Under section 313, an accused can explain (in person) any circumstances appearing in the evidence against him or her at the end of the trial. All the accused told the court — two of them speaking in Hindi which they have picked up during the incarceration while others through interpreter provided by Somali embassy — that they had taken 22 Thai and Myanmarese nationals hostage on their ‘mother ship’ ‘Prantalay 14’ which was intercepted by the Indian Navy in the Arabian sea on January 28, 2011. Before capturing them, the Navy fired warning shots and they returned the fire, the pirates told the court. One of the accused said the gang comprised 25 persons, but ten of them drowned as they jumped into water after their vessel caught fire due to Navy’s firing. “Ten tairna nahin aata tha, pani mein mar gaya….Pura jahaj pe aag lag gaya,” (Ten who could not swim drowned… whole ship was on fire), said Bon Jhon Ali, a Kenyan. The accused accepted that statements of prosecution witnesses against them were correct. They pleaded for mercy, saying they were in jail since 2011 and had already suffered enough punishment. Last year the accused had pleaded guilty. The court however only took their statements on record without passing any order. “Macchi khane ka aadat hai, jail mein macchi nahi milta, ….yahanpe jail ka khana hamko pasand nahin (I am used to eating fish, no fish is served in jail…we don’t like the food in jail),” Ali said, seeking court’s leniency. He wanted to meet his family, he added. Rage Rissaq Abdile, an Ethiopian who sustained bullet injury during the Navy operation, said he was not well. “Mein bimarwala hai, bahut taklif hai, family ka saat saal se malum nahin, family paisa manage kiya malum nahin (I am unwell, in a lot of pain, hasn’t heard from family for seven years, do not know how the family is managing (to earn) money),” Abdile said. He signed off saying “Jai Hind”. A total of 120 pirates were caught by Navy and Coast Guard between January and March 2011 and charged under sections of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. One of them died during the trial.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No information about location or condition of Kulbhushan Jadhav, says MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has sought from Pakistan details of the appeal process in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in which it has made 15 attempts to get consular access to the Indian national given death sentence by a military court there.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India was “concerned” as it has no information about the location or the condition of Jadhav, who Pakistan says was in their custody.Noting that the ministry had “called in” the Pakistan deputy high commissioner yesterday, he said Pakistan has been asked to provide details of the trial against Jadhav.”Pakistan claims there has been legal proceedings against Jadhav. If there has been any proceedings against (him), we would, officially, like to see details of those proceedings,” Baglay said.India would also like to know how it can proceed in the case, and asked Shah about various options available in Pakistani legal system, Baglay said, noting that India is still awaiting a reponse to its demands for consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav.”Yesterday also we asked for consular access to Jadhav and in the past we made 13 such requests,” Baglay said, adding it was important given the nature of charges levelled against the retired Indian Navy officer.”We don’t know anything about Jadhav’s location or condition in Pakistan. It is a matter of concern for India. We are concerned about his health and whereabouts,” he maintained.On reports that Pakistan will present a dossier on Jadhav with evidence of his alleged spying activities, Baglay merely said that in past also Pakistan has attempted to “misinform” the international community.India had also reiterated that Jadhav was innocent and false charges were framed against him when the Pakistan deputy high commissioner was summoned.Shah was also told that not giving consular access to Jadhav amounted to violation of human rights as well international norms as the two countries have a bilateral agreement on consular access.Pakistan army had on Monday ruled out consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav, days after India had made a strong case for access to the Indian prisoner on death row.Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale had met the Pakistan foreign secretary last week and demanded a certified copy of the charge sheet and the army court order in the case, besides consular access to the retired naval officer.”We definitely want to appeal against the judgement but we cannot do it unless we have the details of the charges and a copy of verdict. So, my demand was that the details of the charge sheet and a copy of the verdict be provided to us,” Bambawale had said after the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Give details of appeal process in Jadhav case: India to Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has officially sought from Pakistan details of the trial proceedings against Kulbhushan Jadhav as well as the appeal process in the case, the External Affairs Ministry said today. Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India has asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 15th time. Pakistan is yet to heed to India’s request for consular access to Jadhav who has been given death penalty by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying. India awaits formal response from Pakistan to its two demands – consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav, said Baglay. “We don’t know anything about Jadhav’s location or condition in Pakistan,” he said, adding it is a matter of concern for India. Yesterday, India had summoned the Pakistan deputy high commissioner here in connection with Jadhav’s death sentence and made a fresh demand for consular access to the retired Indian Navy officer. Earlier this week, Pakistan Army had ruled out access to him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan has no right to give death sentence to Jadhav: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain today said Pakistan should be ready for a “tough reaction” from India if it executes Indian Navy former officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, given death penalty by its military court. “Pakistan has no right to punish and give death sentence to Indian national Kulbhusan Jadhav. And if Pakistan goes ahead with this decision it should also get ready for a tough reaction from India,” Hussain told reporters. India today warned Pakistan that execution of the death sentence handed down to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court yesterday would be taken as “pre-meditated murder” and Islamabad should consider its consequences on bilateral relations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

U.K. Defence Minister signs White Shipping Information Agreement with Western Naval Command

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command Girish Luthra on Tuesday signed an agreement on Sharing of White Shipping information with Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, who is on a visit to India. A twelve-member United Kingdom delegation, led by Michael Fallon, visited the Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy here. Defence Minister Fallon in his interaction with Western Naval Command discussed on aspects related to Defence and Naval Cooperation, Maritime Security and current environment in the Indo-Pacific region, Progress on maritime issues, as outlined in the Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP) 2015. The UK delegation also visited INS Kolkata, a frontline indigenously built stealth destroyer of the Indian Navy and was conducted around the ship. The Royal Navy and the Indian Navy have for long shared a healthy relationship of mutual respect, trust and professionalism. The two have engaged in a bilateral naval exercise named KONKAN 2004 onwards. The last edition of the KONKAN series of exercises was held in December 2016 and INS Tarkash is scheduled to participate in KONKAN 17 off the coast of UK in May 2017.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

In Maharashtra, a village awaits Kulbhushan Jadhav’s return

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of a small village in western Maharashtra are hoping that despite the odds stacked heavily against their local lad Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan, will return home. People in Jadhav’s native Javli village in Satara district today condemned Pakistan and demanded the release of Jadhav, the retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death yesterday by a Pakistan army court on alleged “espionage” charges. A villager said that Jadhav has built a house in his farm at Javli and used to visit the village two-three times a year. “The Indian government should get him released at any cost. It is their responsibility. India should pressurise Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav,” the villager said. “It is our request that he should be released as early as possible. Indian government should apply twice the pressure and efforts it did while securing the release of armyman Chandu Chavan,” he said. 22-year-old Chavan had crossed into Pakistan on September 29 last year, the day India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, 10 days after an attack by suspected Pakistani militants on a camp in Uri that killed 19 soldiers. He was handed over to India on January 21, after four months in captivity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fadnavis slams Pakistan over death penalty to Jadhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today condemned Pakistan for the death sentence given to retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court on alleged espionage charges. He said the move is aimed at diverting the Pakistani people’s attention from failures of their government. “We strongly condemn the act of Pakistan military. It’s an effort to divert the attention of Pakistani people from the domestic failures and artificially counter the established fact that the neighbouring country sponsors terror activities in India,” Fadnavis told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amnesty blasts Pak military court system for sentencing Jadhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Awarding of death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan shows how the country’s military court system rides “roughshod” over international standards, Amnesty International today said. In a strongly worded statement, the rights body said military courts are an inherently “abusive system” that are best left to deal with issues of military discipline, not any other crime. “The death sentence given to Kulbushan Jadhav shows yet again how Pakistan’s military court system rides roughshod over international standards. Stripping defendants of their rights and operating in notorious secrecy, military courts do not dispense justice…,” said Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director of Amnesty International. Amnesty opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances, regardless of who is accused, the crime, guilt or innocence, or the method of execution, he added. The statement came in reaction to the Pakistan army chief approving execution of Jadhav for his “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” in that country. Pakistan security officials had “arrested” Jadhav on March 3 last year in Balochistan after he reportedly entered from Iran. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Indian Navy officer, but denied the allegation that he was in any way connected to the government. India has said Jadhav’s execution would be treated as a “premeditated murder”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China ignores India’s role in rescuing hijacked ship

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today claimed full credit for rescuing a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the strategic Gulf of Aden, ignoring Indian Navy’s role in the operation. While a Chinese navy statement last night omitted any reference to the Indian Navy in providing helicopter cover to the Chinese ship whose special forces boarded the Tuvaluan ship under hijack, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the operation demonstrated “effectiveness of the Chinese naval force in the field of fighting against pirates”. When questioned about the absence of any mention of the Indian Navy’s role in the operation, Hua said China’s Ministry of Defence should be approached for details. “According to what we have learnt from the military on April 8 at 5 PM the 25th convoy of Chinese navy which was conducting the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden in Somali waters received reports from the UKMTO (United Kingdom Marine Trade Operation) about the hijack of Tuvalaun ship OS35,” she said. “The fleet vessel Yulin set out for the area immediately and rescue operation started early morning on April 9. Under the cover of helicopters, special force members of the navy boarded the ship and rescued 19 (Filipino) crew members on broad. Both the ship and the crew members are safe now,” she told reporters. Hua did not mention the assistance the Indian Navy provided to the Chinese navy in the operation. Her comments came a day after the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) said in a statement that it rescued the ship. When asked about the Chinese navy’s statement, Indian Navy spokesperson in New Delhi referred to his tweet, “Indian Navy Chetak Helicopter on top of PLA Navy boats carrying boarding party to MV OS35 in coordinated anti piracy ops @SpokespersonMoD”. He also posted a picture which showed an Indian helicopter flying over a Chinese navy vessel. The surprise omission of Indian Navy’s role in the operation comes as the Indian Navy in New Delhi said that the navies of the two countries worked in a well-coordinated operation to rescue the vessel. However, Hua, without detailing what cooperation she referred to, said, “We always remain positive towards international cooperation in combating pirates. We are ready for more cooperation in this regard.” Asked about the Indian Navy’s role, she said “I have already given what I have learnt to you. The Chinese convoy received a report from the UKMTO and conducted rescue operation. With regards to details I point you to the Chinese defence ministry.” The Indian Navy yesterday said it sent its frontline warships, INS Mumbai and INS Tarkash, to coordinate with the Chinese navy. The two Indian ships were in the region as part of an overseas deployment. At the end of the operation, the Chinese navy thanked the Indian Navy for its role in the operation. “In a show of international maritime cooperation against piracy, a boarding party from the nearby Chinese navy ship went on board the merchant ship, while the Indian naval helicopter provided air cover for the operation. It has been established that all 19 Filipino crew members are safe,” Indian Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said yesterday. The reported coordination among the navies came amid a strain in ties between the two countries over a range of issues including the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, China’s opposition to India’s NSG membership and Beijing blocking India’s effort to declare JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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