Close co-operation between India and Japan
‘Quad’ a four-nation coalition between India, USA, Australia and Japan was re-launched in November 2017 to construct a defensive shield from China’s expansionist movements in the Indo-Pacific region. While New Delhi signed the ACSA with Tokyo, India now shares the military logistics with all its partners in the Quad. India and Japan both extended their military bases to each other’s army, naval and air forces as bilateral defence cooperation in the midst of China’s rising belligerence.
A 5-Point Plan to resolve LAC Border standoff
S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi were in talks in Moscow on Thursday evening and they agreed to a 5-point plan to resolve the longstanding LAC border standoff. This 5-point plan included adhering to all current agreements and guidelines on border security, ensuring stability and security, and taking any action that might exacerbate matters. The Joint Statement released stated that Mr Jaishankar along with Mr Wang believed that both parties should be directed by a set of consensus reached between the representatives of the two nations on improving relations between India and China, such as not encouraging disagreements to become conflicts.
MDL’s milestone in its Project 17A
MDL was awarded four Advanced Stealth Frigates by the Indian Navy. Out of which, it laid the keel of its third four Advanced Stealth Frigates. This is being considered as a milestone in the Project 17A. What stands out for P17A ships is their construction itself as it is quite modern from the concept of conventional frontline warship. Modern technology like IC Methodology has been adopted in the construction of these ships. P17A warships are follow-on warships of the Shivalik class stealth frigates. Four of the frigates will be constructed by MDL in Mumbai and three by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata.
Recovery of 3 US-made M series carbine rifles in Kashmir
Three US-made sophisticated M series carbine rifles have been found in Kashmir by the police, two more of them were found in a hideout in Uri, near the LOC while one more was found in a truck meant for transport along with other ammunition. The matter of concern for the security personnel has arisen as the militants in the valley are used to practicing with AK-47 or AK series and the recovery of these M series carbine rifles.
Abrogation of Article 370- A stepping stone for the development of J&K
The abrogation of Article 370 had dismantled the “speed breaker” of overlapping legislation that had hindered the development cycle in J&K and Ladakh, said the Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. He said that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are receiving advantages from the numerous socio-economic and educational development initiatives of the national government. Naqvi said that the abolition of Article 370 in 2019 lifted political and legal hurdles to the growth of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, and both UTs are seeing major changes along with many other areas of the country. Naqvi highlighted all the bold reforms taken in that area to transfer “disaster into an opportunity”.