Category: News

‘Cut down red tape’: Antony

The Defense Minister’s repeated statements on cutting down unnecessary delays in arms procurement seems to be a reflection of a new purpose towards arms procurement by India. Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major has echoed that sense of purpose, expecting the Indian Air Force to be able to spend all monies budgeted for procurement this year.

Aero India 2009: Bigger than ever

The 25 participating countries include UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Ukraine. China will be participating at this year’s Air Show for the first time.

Macedonia sets up mission in India

The Macedonian Foreign Minister, Antonio Milososki talks about his country’s interests in the region, mutual interest with India in containing terrorism and enhancing trade with India, on the occasion of the inauguration of his country’s embassy in New Delhi.

Indo-Russian naval drills this month

The exercise INDRA-2009 includes the largest non-carrier warship, the Kirov class nuclear battle cruiser Peter the Great. The warship recently participated in Russo-Venezuelan joint naval exercises in the Caribbean. It also has a controversial technical maintenance history with the Russian navy chief in 2004 having said the warship could ‘explode any moment’.

Indians warned against travel to Pakistan

There have been reports in the Pakistani media that several Indian nationals have been arrested over the last two days in Lahore and Multan, and are being accused of being terrorists. Since it has also been reported in the Pakistani media yesterday that the senior police officer in Lahore was unaware of the arrest in his city, it seems that this is the work of other agencies in Pakistan that operate outside the law and civilian control. Indian citizens are therefore advised that it would be unsafe for them to travel or be in Pakistan: Ministry of External Affairs

The story of a glacial trust deficit

The issue that dominates the peace process pursued by the Indian and Pakistani governments on Kashmir since 2004 is about the control of the Siachen Glacier in the region, the world’s highest battlefield. Although a ceasefire has been in place since 2003, thousands of troops on both sides continue to eyeball each other across the extreme terrain.

Maritime Security at Sea with too many Captains

There are more than fifteen good reasons for the confusion that has been India’s maritime security structure. In addition to the Navy and the Coast Guard, that is the number of departments that have a role to play in maritime security and virtually no two agencies, except for the Navy and Coast Guard actually actively coordinate with each other.

Rwandan envoy in India faces genocide charges

In 2006, French Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere issued warrants for the arrest of several Rwandan leaders including the current Rwandan President Kagame as well as Ambassador Nyamwasa to be tried for alleged complicity in the killing of the ethnic Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana which sparked off the genocide of ethnic Tutsis in Rwanda in the 1990s.

But again in February this year, in a case reminiscent of the Pinochet case, a Spanish court indicted 40 Rwandans including Ambassador Nyamwasa for several counts of genocide, human rights abuses and terrorism in the 1990s.

India’s Gorkha Rifle regiments to become undeployable?

In July 2006, the Nepalese Parliament ordered the Government to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. According to Articles 12 and 13 of the Statute, the Court can exercise jurisdiction over any crime committed in the territory of a state party to the statute or any crime committed by a national of a state party to the statute. So, would the actions of Nepalese Gorkhas in the Indian army come under the jurisdiction of the Court if the Nepalese Government ratifies the Statute?