Entire China Within India’s Nuke Strike Zone

Entire China Within India’s Nuke Strike Zone

India's most formidable missile will undergo one more pre-induction trial "within this year" before it is inducted into the Agni-V regiment. The missile's canister-launch version makes it deadlier because it gives the armed forces the requisite operational flexibility to swiftly transport and fire the missile from anywhere they want

by Rajat Pandit



Doklam: New concern for India

New Delhi: A massive, full-fledged Chinese military complex is being built within Doklam, show new satellite images five months after India and China ended a 70-day standoff in the region that lies to the east of Sikkim.

The clearest-ever satellite images available so far indicate a Chinese buildup within the region that Bhutan claims as its own. Last month, NDTV broke the story with images of a new road being built by the Chinese in the Doklam plateau which is approximately 10 km wide. What the new images show are several military structures along the East-West road in the disputed region.

This image shows the entire disputed Doklam area. On the left is the Indian post of Doka La in Sikkim and to the east is the Sinche La pass between Doklam and China. To the north is the undisputed part of China, in what is known as the Chumbi Valley.

The structures are visible in an image of the road that the Chinese have been building over several years. This is approximately 10 km to the east of the Indian position in Sikkim.

There are trenches visible at another site where there is Chinese construction. In all locations, military structures and infrastructure is visible. There are two helipads, clearly demarcated by an H marking.

While artillery guns are not visible in these images, there are areas which are dug out and look like gun emplacements. India has always been wary of China moving artillery to this area.

To the left is the Indian post of Doka la in Sikkim and just 81 metres away are the Chinese structures.

Because of the Doklam stare down, the Chinese couldn't stretch their road south. But they haven't moved from the area either.

Google Earth images from March 2005 and May 2011 offer a clear comparison. A rough path is visible in the earlier image, but in the second one, the rough path has been paved and widened.

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On October 7, the External Affairs Ministry, responding to reports by NDTV and the Indian Express on Chinese activity in the region stated, "We have seen recent reports on Doklam. There are no new developments at the face-off site and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement. The status quo prevails in this area. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect.

Satellite images available in the public domain and shot in December indicate that the Chinese never stopped their infrastructure buildup in the region. Just 81 metres from an Indian post, the Chinese have constructed proper structures.


'Spike missile deal back on track after talks with PM Modi'

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revived the deal to buy Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel just weeks after New Delhi had exited the $ 500 million deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday after wrapping up his trip to PM Modi's home state Gujarat.

Following talks I have held with my friend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track. This is very important and there will be many more deals," Mr Netanyahu announced in a 35-second video statement late on Wednesday evening.

PM Netanyahu's statement, who is on his first visit to India, did not elaborate on the details of the understanding that has been reached with New Delhi.

It is being speculated that the fresh deal that New Delhi signs could be much less than the $ 500 million negotiated earlier. News agency Reuters said Israel's Channel 1 television was reporting that the original deal worth $ 500 million would be cut in half.

India had opted out of buying the anti-tank guided missiles in December after the Defence Ministry decided to back the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which promised to deliver a world-class missile within four years.

But the Army had been against being made to wait for DRDO-developed missiles, pointing that it would leave the Indian soldiers badly out-gunned till at least 2022.

So how do we bridge the gap between now and 2022? It's through the Spike. Rather than going whole hog we are in the discussion with the government" to fill in the gap, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said last week.

Spike is a man-portable "fire and forget' missile that can hit moving targets such as a tank, allowing the soldier who fires the missile to quickly move for cover.

Cancelling the deal would, according to experts, give Pakistan's foot-soldiers an edge over Indian infantry soldiers because they have portable anti-tank missiles that can strike Indian tanks and bunkers at a distance of 3-4 km; India's equivalent missiles have a range of just 2 km.

India had opted for Spike, manufactured by Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, over the Javelin missiles offered by Washington in 2014.

New Delhi had earlier declined to confirm if the Israeli side had raised the Spike deal at the bilateral meetings on Monday.

I am not at liberty to go into the details of the discussions but it is suffice to say that where individual defence procurement is concerned the relevant matters are discussed by officials," Vijay Gokhale, secretary (economic relations) had said.


Israel PM at Modi’s home state

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Ahmedabad. The Israeli Prime Minister is on a day-long visit to PM Modi's home state Gujarat. The two leaders held a roadshow with an eight-km ride in a motorcade -- a change in plan from an open-top vehicle decked with flowers due to security reasons -- from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram. Some 50,000 people lined up on the route that the two leaders took, and there was heavy security, including the deployment of Israeli snipers.

1. Mr Netanyahu and his wife, after reaching Sabarmati Ashram, spun a charka in PM Modi's presence. He then took them about the riverside campus. The Israeli Prime Minister, after taking a brief stroll on the campus, signed a guestbook.

2. Mr Netanyahu is spending about seven hours in Gujarat before leaving for Mumbai. Later in the day, PM Modi and Prime Minister Netanyahu will inaugurate the iCreate Center at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad and will also visit a centre of excellence for agriculture established by Israel in Sabarkantha, some 100 km away.

3. A village located on a small hill 10 km from the Rann of Kutch is set to receive the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep, a gift that Mr Netanyahu has brought for PM Modi. During PM Modi's visit to Israel in July last year, the two leaders rode the mobile unit on the country's Olga beach; it can purify up to 20,000 litres of sea water per day.

4. Traffic was blocked along the route of the roadshow till noon, the Gujarat Police said. A kilometre-long periphery was a fortress today with 12 teams of the elite 'Chetak commandos', Quick Response Teams, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the police guarding venues.

5. Special squads were deployed on high-rise buildings along the route and also on the Sabarmati river in speedboats for when the leaders are at the Ashram.

6. Around 50 tableaux had been put up on the roadside along the route, accommodating people from different states of the country who welcomed the leaders as they passed by. One of the tableaux showed tribal dancers from Junagadh in Gujarat.

7. Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrived in India on Sunday on a six-day tour. PM Modi broke protocol to receive them at the airport and hosted them at a private dinner without officials attending.

8. The visit has been marked by warmth between the two leaders, with Mr Netanyahu calling PM Modi a "revolutionary leader" and the Prime Minister referring to his guest as "my friend Bibi.

9. PM Modi has called the Gujarat visit an opportunity "to see the fulfilment of the promise, which our mutual cooperation holds in diverse areas such as agriculture, technology, and innovation".

10. Benjamin Netanyahu heads next to Mumbai where he will, on Thursday, open a memorial for 26/11 terror attack victims at Chabad House. Eleven-year-old Moshe Holtzman, who lost his parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka Holtzberg, in the attack, will also be present at the ceremony.


Quake hits Myanmar

  • Published in World

Authors: Subcontinent Times

Updated: Jan 12, 2018 00:38 IST

Naypyidaw [Myanmar], Jan 12 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Myanmar on Friday.

The epicentre of the quake was located at 186 km North-West of Rangoon.

No causality or loss of property has been reported.



India Reaching Its Goal of A Nuclear Triad

India Reaching Its Goal of A Nuclear Triad

India's indigenously-constructed nuclear submarine INS Arihant, which was quietly commissioned into service in 2016, has reportedly suffered major damage and has not sailed for months, according to a news report. The submarine was launched in 2009 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was formally commissioned by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil

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