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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (C) watches the closing ceremony during joint military manoeuvres between the UAE and the French army in the desert of Abu Dhabi on May 2, 2012. Reuters.
The United Arab Emirates is flexing its military muscle in a chaotic, post-Arab Spring Middle East.
What was once a nation with a limited presence on the international stage is acquiring advanced weaponry, instituting universal military service, and expanding its fleet of fighter jets and heavy vehicles.
A country of less than 10 million citizens has even proven willing frequently to use military force around the region.
The biggest sign of this came in August, when the UAE cooperated with Egypt to bomb Islamist militias vying for the Libyan capital; the Emirates had contributed a dozen aircraft to the international campaign that helped oust Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi back in 2011. Also in 2011, it contributed...
Barely 26 now, Dr Chaitanya Giri was not even born when the European Space Agency (ESA) conceptualised its Rosetta mission. He is the sole Indian scientist on the crew in charge of the Rosetta mission that achieved the feat on November 12 — landing robotic spacecraft Philae lander on a comet.
After finishing his BSc (Honours) in Chemistry and MSc in Biophysics from Mumbai, where he grew up, Giri did his PhD in chemistry from France and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany.
“I am a third generation scientist working on the mission and the most fascinating fact is that Rosetta was conceptualised when I was not even born. The success of the mission is entirely credited to the million man-hours invested by close to a thousand scientists and engineers across three generations. All I can say is I have stood on the shoulders of giants,” Giri said in an email to The Indian Express.
Philae lander is the first ever spacecraft to land...
CRPF asks govt to replace Insas guns with AK rifles
Deeptiman Tiwary, TNN
Nov 13, 2014, 05.30AM IST
NEW DELHI: At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is stressing on 'Make in India', CRPF has said bye-bye to locally made Insas rifles. The largest force fighting Maoists has written to the government to replace all Insas rifles it uses with AK (47/56) rifles because of the former's poor operational quality.
CRPF has said the gun gets frequently jammed at crucial times and is a danger to the life of jawans during anti-Naxal and anti-insurgency operations. The move, if approved by the government, would mean massive procurement of AK guns in the years to come as over 40% of guns used by the three lakh strong force are Insas rifles.
"We have sent a proposal to the government that all Insas rifles with the force be replaced by AK rifles. The Insas has a problem of jamming. Compared to AK and X-95 guns, Insas fails far more frequently. While the error percentage in AK guns is...
By REEMA ABBASI
Whether 12-year-old Anjali became Salma of her own free will remain wrapped in mystery.
This week, the Hindu community, activists and the media have held noisy protests, including a strike in Sukkur, over the forced conversion of three Hindu girls from the Meghwar, Bheel and Kohli clans in Sindh.
One, 12-year-old Anjali, who is in the spotlight because of her age, was sent to a shelter home for 10 days by a judge.
She is said to have been taken to a remote dargah of Bharchoondi Shareef in Interior Sindh, where she allegedly converted to Islam to marry a Muslim man.
Her family says she was abducted; activists suspect the shrine’s keepers were party to her nikah, and the dargah’s keepers say they don’t subscribe to force.
Meanwhile, the incensed Mukhi (leader) of the Meghwars is clear that as Anjali is a child of 12, she cannot marry or convert to any other religion by choice.
“Therefore, the police must ensure the girl is returned to her parents,” says Jaswant...
A gunfight broke out between Mujahideen and government forces in South Kashmir's Kulgam district this afternoon, an official told
He said after receiving an input about the presence of Lashkar Mujahideen in Chinargam village of the district, police's counter-insurgency Special Operation Group, various units of army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force cordoned off the area.
As the forces were conducting searches,Lashkar e tyyba Mujahideen believed to be two in number opened fire from a house. Sources said the Mujahideen were from Lashkar-e-Toiba.
The Mujahideen are trapped in a house as the exchange of fire is going on.
Reportedly four Mujahideen got trapped, two have been identified as Abas Malla resident of Nowpora Frisal and Manzoor malik resident of Chanigam.
Flesh lites have been installed at encouter site.
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India is setting up a new ground station in Vietnam to monitor satellites and upgrading an existing facility in Indonesia, with New Delhi finally waking up to proactive “space diplomacy” of Beijing.
India is keen to set up the new station in Vietnam in collaboration with the Association of South East Asian Nations or Asean. This is going to be the first major project coming out of collaboration between India and Asean in the field of space technology, although Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched satellites of several members of the 10-nation bloc through bilateral arrangements. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the project with his Asean counterparts at Nay Pyi Taw.
The prime minister attended the India-Asean summit at the capital of Myanmar on Wednesday. He is also understood to have recently asked the Isro to speed up the project in collaboration with the Asean.
The new India-Asean station in Vietnam will primarily track launch vehicles and satellites....
here we go guys...
India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur near here as part of a user trial by Army.
Defence sources said the state-of-the-art missile, which is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads, was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range at about 10.40 hrs.
It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.
Describing the trial as "fully successful," ITR Director M V K V Prasad told PTI that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command.
The sophisticated missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by SFC and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise,...
India working on building fastest supercomputer
India-made super computer PARAM Yuva II had been ranked 44th in the prestigious Green500 List for Super Computers.
Top science centres in the country like ISRO, IISc and select IITs have started work on a mission to build and run the fastest supercomputer that will work at exaflops per second, faster than the current Petaflops performance worldwide.
There is no exaflop supercomputer in the world yet and the first one is expected to emerge around 2019-2020, which is exactly when India has planned to launch its own.
India’s proposed new supercomputer is set to work at 132 exaflops per second as against an 1 exaflops per second machine being built by Cray Incorporated, the iconic American computer company which has projected that its machine would be ready by 2020.
The IISc-Isro project has the backing of the Centre which has set aside Rs 11,000 crore for its development (roughly $2 bn), apart from support to the other major...
The conviction of seven army officers in the Machil (Kupwara) fake encounter case of 2010 in Jammu and Kashmir should be seen as one of a piece in the BJP's gameplan where it is changing the game itself in this strife-torn state. The conviction has forced Chief Minister Omar Obdullah to acknowledge it as a "watershed" event, and the chances are it will impact sentiments in the state ahead of assembly elections due this month and the next.
With a series of moves that began some time in December 2013, Narendra Modi has quietly shifted the chatter on Jammu & Kashmir away from mere separatism to development and peace. Separatism is not about to decline suddenly, but the buzz around the state is changing quietly. The links to the nation are being reforged. Modi has probably been to J&K more than to any other states after being election, evenchoosing to spend Diwali day in the Muslim-dominated valley.
The BJP is thus not only changing the gameplan, but the game itself by playing its...
I start the thread about UGLY VIETNAMESE and expect to get constructive comment and posting from every members. Welcome all. Please don't troll, person attack and insulting.
Vietnamese spend big money on luxury goods, live on borrowed funds
VietNamNet Bridge – A report says two-thirds of Vietnam’s GDP comes from individual consumption, including purchases made by Vietnamese smitten with luxury goods.
Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon has quoted a survey by Roy Morgan as saying that Vietnamese are major customers for luxury brands, though income per capita in the country is less than $2,000 a year.
Vietnam, which has a high percentage of young consumers, is now a hot market for Apple. The smartphone manufacturer said that its sales soared by threefold within the first three months of the year, and a two-fold increase could be seen every quarter. The high growth rate still continues.
Today’s Vietnamese consumers have two different consumption behaviors....
- Border hostilities with Pakistan, LoC aggressions, threats to China main policy of nexus
- Army-Extremists nexus very effectively exposed by Mumbai’s ATS probe |
- ATS chief got assassinated under the garb of 26/11 for exposing nexus of evils |
- Indian army officers arrested in November 2002 for running suicide training camp on the outskirts of Mumbai
- General Premnath Hoon former Chief of Western Command and Colonel Jayant Jayant Chitale, imparted training on Sri Lankan Tamil militants of LTTE |
- Extremist Hindu officers like Col Chitale served at Army Selection centers to inducted like-minded youngsters as commissioned officers in Indian army |
- Col Jayant Chitale also headed the Army Services Selection Board Centre in Pune for several years
- Unholy nexus carried out a number of unauthorized and unsanctioned operations in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and China’s Tibet and Xinjiang areas
- Former Indian PM V.P. Singh disclosed before the Jain...
lets hope he can bring cricket to pakistan. He was almost successful with Ireland this summer.
New ICC president – The Express Tribune
Najam Sethi getting rewarded for his 7 punctures in ICC in favor of the big three!!!!! He helped India England and Australia become big three through rigging!!!
And who cares about ICC president, it's weak ceremonial position. But if they make Imran Khan the president, boy, he will be more powerful than Obama!!!
ICC is weak without Imran Khan. It'll cease to exist.
The agents of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) the premier intelligence agency of India, Iranian, Bangladesh nationals along with Hezbollah activists have obtained Pakistani Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) in connivance with the officials of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control alleged on Wednesday.
"I have sufficient proof regarding the involvement of Nadra officials in the issuance of CNICs to agents of RAW, Iranian, Bangladesh nationals along with the activists of Hezbollah," he claimed while chairing a meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control.
Through a laptop connected with the main database of the Nadra foreign nationals enter their data to get CNICs, according to him. He said that most of such cases have occurred in Karachi, hence Nadra officials in Karachi should be investigated. He directed the Nadra chief to...
Defence.pk's Exclusive Interview with a PAF topgun, Air Commodore (R) Kaiser Tufail
04 March 2014
Q1: Assalam-o-alaikum, first of all I would like to welcome you to defence.pk and would request you to please give our international audience a brief snapshot about yourself and your career with the Pakistan Air Force.
I, was Educated at Cadet College Hasanabdal (1967-1972). Commissioned in PAF in 1975. Flew trainers (T-6G Harvard, Mushaak, T-37, MiG-15UTI, FT-5) and fighters (F-6, Mirage-III/5, F-16A/B, Mirage F-1E, F-7P, F-7PG). Member of ‘Sherdils’ aerobatics team (1980-1982). Commanded No 8 Tac Attack Sqn, No 34 Tac Attack Wing, and PAF Base Masroor. Staff jobs included Director Operations at AHQ, and Deputy Commandant Air War College. Attended courses at Air War College and National Defence University. Retired in 2005. Now settled in Lahore.
Q2: Please tell us what the PAF F-16’s MLU-MIII and Block-52+ induction program means for PAF’s operational...
My old man, well, my old man fought in Nam alright, he is quiet about his time over there though, I don’t know why back then.
He was a Navy Corpsman, an equivalent of an Army Medic, he didn’t work on the field, he worked on a place called “Evacuation Hospital” in Pleiku, a place where Casualty send to after their respective BAS Clearing station send them off. Also known as “the Meat Factory”, a nicknamed derived by nature of Evacuation Hospital, where bodies, body parts and what left of a man who were once soldier just hours ago, and they tried to piece them back together, hopefully matching the same body parts to the same body.
In a way, it was a bad gig compare to field medic, where you only see casualty from your own unit, in an evac hospital, you deal with all sort of casualty any unit in the area can throw at you, and that’s a lot…
Up there in a hospital, there are not always only Military personnel all around, you got all sort of civilian in there too, you got civilian...
Lockheed Martin is the only serious contender left for Turkeys naval frigate project after the Turkish navy rejected BAE Systems proposal. The project, however, could still be shelved for technical reasons
U.S. defense industry giant Lockheed Martin has been left as the only bidder in the $3 billion project for the joint manufacture of six frigates for the Turkish navy after Ankara rejected the remaining contender BAE Systems proposal.
The project, however, may still not be awarded to Lockheed Martin if an agreement cannot be reached on the technical aspects of missile integration. Such an eventuality would cause the project to be shelved and then reshaped.
The long-delayed project envisions the TF-2000 frigate as a regional anti-air warfare vessel that would respond to aerial threats and also provide support functions such as command control, communication, reconnaissance and early warning. It would be bigger, heavier and more efficient in terms of war capacity than...
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