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The region has been plagued by narco terrorism. The drug cartels have been very active in the region right from Mexico down to Peru. And this fight against transnational organized crime and drug trafficking has increased the region s requirement for modern protection equipment for their security forces. This makes it a potential market for military stores. Many of the countries and the police military forces of the region are engaged in the modernization of its forces which will give Indian companies the opportunity to exploit that market explained a top diplomat.On the list of systems that are likely to be exported include artillery systems, protected vehicles, electronic warfare, naval combat management system, military communications C4I solutions, small arms, night vision devices, and other related military equipment.In a major policy shift, the government in its first term had notified a new strategy for export of defence products that not only encourages the sale of military equipment to foreign nations.India Chile Defence Cooperation Later this year an Indian Naval Delegation is expected to travel to Chile to attend the EXPONAVAL 2020from December 1 4 at a naval base in that country. An invitation has been extended by the Commander of the Chilean Navy to Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and also for one of the Indian warships to attend an event at Valpariaso during their expo, sources have confirmed to Financial Express Online. Also, an invitation has been extended to M s BrahMos to participate in the event.As per the laws for supply any industrial or defence equipment in Chile, companies all over the world are required to register themselves with the Chilean Armed Forces and the Joint Staff.So far several Indian Companies with the help of the Indian Mission in Santiago have registered themselves with Chilean Armed Forces. Some Indian companies including M s Brahmos; M s Azista Industries;M s Reliance Naval Engineering; M s Goa Shipyard Ltd., are now registered. And registration of some companies including #8212; New Space India Limited; Neo Power; Hindustan Aeronautics Limited; Ordnance Factory Board; and BEML is under process.In March this year, the Chilean Navy has acquired an Anchor Handling Towing Supply and Standby Vessel (AHTSSV) ocean support vessel from Indian shipyard Larsen amp; Toubro Shipbuilding for a value of $ 11.5 million. This unit was part of an order for four supply vessels (PSVs) and two vessels specializing in towing and handling and anchoring of offshore platforms (AHTSSV) made in 2013 by Halul Offshore Services Co. WLL (HOSC) from Qatar to L amp;T Shipbuilding. The delivery of the AHTSSV, with around $ 20 million each, was cancelled by HOSC in 2016 due to the fall in demand for services from the oil industry. The acquisition of the ship, which has been carried out through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) modality of the United States Department of Defense, will be managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) and the pre delivery work is scheduled to be completed in Chennai, soon, an informed source told Financial Express Online.The Chilean Navy is undergoing modernisation. And India could offer Indian shipyards and industry for major Make in India initiatives. Also, there could be a possibility of co operation in the field of Scorpene Submarines. The Chilean Navy has been operating this class of Submarine since 2005 and has developed considerable operational and maintenance expertise. And from India s point of view, there could be cooperation in training, procedures, documentation, syllabi, maintenance and repair aspects including inventory management without the influence of the OEM, explained a source.What can India do in the region?Delegations from the armed forces can visit these countries. And the Indian government can offer specialized training for officers in Basic and Advanced Mountain Warfare Courses. There could be cross deputation of instructors at respective training establishments. Cross deputation of instructors at respective training establishments; Cross deputation of observers during multinational exercises.The focus markets will be Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras and other countries in the region which are looking for body armour, plates, aircraft protection, naval protection, for homeland security bulletproof jackets, helmets, night vision devices, general munitions etc.MSME MKU Company based in the UP Defence Industrial Corridor has been perhaps the only one from India working in the region for a number of years now. And have been regularly supplying body armour for security forces of several of the Latin American countries.Shipbuilding prospects with the South American ShipyardsThree nations in the region have three best shipyards that currently exist in the South American region: COTECMAR Colombia; SIMA Per ; and ASMAR Chile. Though they already have full order books, Indian companies could look at joint ventures in shipbuilding.The attraction for BrahMos MissilesBesides Chile, countries like Brazil too had discussions with the BrahMos officials about the possibility of buying the missiles from India.
What do all the martyrs who were victims of brutal political assassinations in Lebanon and Iraq have in common? The answer is clear: they all rejected Iran and its armed militias meddling, prioritized their countries interests, and spoke the truth freely. The degree to which the scenes in Beirut and Baghdad resemble is incredible; we could almost go as far as saying that the two popular national movements that openly rejected Iran s interference and accused it of stealing the countries of their wealth are copies of one another.Their rhetoric stressed that things had gone too far, enough was enough; remaining silent was not an option. The accumulated suffering is too great, and the ruling political regimes are riddled with corruption, governing in accordance with their interests and those of their cronies and capitulating to foreign interests and dictates. Observers affirm that the circumstances, events, and the perilous nature of this period have led the Iraqis and Lebanese to prioritize their respective countries' interests over those of their sectarian groups and to push for independent decision making in both countries, to leave the Iranian orbit and redirect their compasses toward the Arabs. True, some parties and individuals inside Iraq and Lebanon are indeed neither inclined toward nor in favor of Arab rapprochement, and they often create obstacles to hinder this kind of rapprochement because they believe that it would threaten Iranian interests in both countries. However, it seems that things are not the same as they had been, as evidenced by the difficult and unenviable situation that the groups who subordinated their countries' interests to foreign directives find themselves in today.
BY BALFORD HENRYSenior staff reporterbalfordh@jamaicaobserverWednesday, July 08, 2020
Joint operationIndian Intelligence agencies believe that Pakistan and China are acting in tandem. Additional Pakistani troops have been moved closer to the LoC in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir sector as well as near the Punjab and Jammu borders. The Chinese People;s Liberation Army, which was very active from May 1 to May 18, has massed troops at 18 locations near the LAC. In seven locations in Ladakh they had crossed the border, and of these, in five positions they moved 3 to 4 km inwards. The Chinese forward movement was accompanied by the building of huts, bunkers and roads. Since then there has been some pull back of Chinese forces.Bypassing chiefGeneral Bipin Rawat became the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in January this year. But since the post is newly created, the profile and duties of the CDS on a daily basis are still unclear. It is learnt that sometimes Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane is taken aback when General Rawat talks directly to Army officers on defence matters, going over his head.Waiting in wingsAttorney General K K Venugopal, 89, was keen to step down after his three year tenure ended earlier this year, due to his advanced age. But, he was persuaded to accept a year ''s extension. The government is in talks with senior counsel Harish Salve, currently based in London, to eventually take over the AG ''s post. Salve has impressed Prime Minister Modi after his legal victory on Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice. He charged a token fee of one rupee for the complex case. Salve has requested a grace period of eight months to decide on the offer, as he has some personal work to tie up first.Cup and lip slipThe Congress believed it had sewn up the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Manipur, and would also succeed in toppling BJP Chief Minister N Biren Singh, since it had persuaded a few disgruntled former Congress MLAs who has switched to the BJP to return to its fold. But there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. Thanks to some deft moves by Assam Deputy Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Biren Singh survived, at least temporarily. The Congress was so flat footed that it sent Ajay Maken and Gaurav Gogoi as election observers for the Rajya Sabha poll without first finding out the quarantine rules in Manipur. When the observers landed in the state, they were sent into quarantine since they had failed to book return tickets for the same day. The Congress also did not reckon that blood is thicker than water. Though Congress MLA Imo Singh is from an old Congress family, he is the chief minister ''s son in law and took full advantage of the relationship. Imo Singh jumped ship as did several other turncoats. The BJP may have won this round, but the question is how much longer Sarma will remain content to play second fiddle to CM Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam, considering he is the BJP ''s master strategist for the entire Northeast.Veteran ''s victoryWhen the 77 year old Lingayat leader B S Yediyurappa was appointed Chief Minister of Karnataka it was presumed it was a stop gap arrangement and the real power in the state would lie with BJP General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh, who would eventually succeed him. But BSY ''s masterful handling of the Covid pandemic in Karnataka has silenced his critics. Even though Bengaluru is the third largest city in India, its Covid 19 figures and death rate are lower than all other metropolises such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad. The experienced BSY enlisted the cooperation of the Opposition and the minorities, in the all out war against the disease. The CM heeded the advice of medical experts and senior bureaucrats. Santhosh may have had his way in selecting non entities as BJP candidates for the three Rajya Sabha seats, but BSY remains boss of Karnataka. An impressed Amit Shah consulted the Karnataka CM for advice on how to tackle the pandemic in the National Capital Region.
Join @KashmirObserverOnline London All pupils in England will be expected to return to school in September as part of government plans unveiled on Thursday, which include dividing students into separate groups to limit the spread of COVID 19.At present, only some students in certain year groups and the children of key workers are at school, depending on the area and set up.
Road Transport amp; Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that the government will not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects even if it is via Joint ventures. Moreover, the government will also ensure that Chinese investors are not entertained in various sectors and in SMEs and MSMEs.Is it just posturing by the government or will this be the future of India China relationship? And at the end who loses? Do we lose out on much needed CAPEX for the Infra? On India Development Debate we spoke to Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary, Jayant Dasgupta, Fmr Representative To WTO, Manoj Joshi, Observer Research Foundation and Blaise Fernandes, Director, Gateway House.
Hollywood is still struggling with the ;new normal; brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Major blockbuster movies continue to be delayed with no end in sight while television and film production, distribution and overall business is operating on a day to day basis at best. The simple fact is that no one knows what the short or long term ramifications caused by COVID 19 truly are.And yet, the show must go on. To unpack how Hollywood is attempting to navigate the increasingly murky waters of the pandemic, Observer spoke with Stephan Paternot, CEO of Slated, an online film financing, sales, packaging and development marketplace.
The driving force behind the decision of the ailing 90 year old, who has influenced Kashmir politics for decades, to quit the separatist group Monday has divided Kashmir observers in the Indian political and security establishment, central and state officials responsible for dealing with Hurriyat affairs told ThePrint.Officials who have dealt with the separatist conglomerate in the past are also divided along the same lines.
Join @KashmirObserverOnline Washington: With an eye on the aggressive Chinese behaviour, the United States;s Defense Bill - National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal 2021 - has sought fighter jet training detachment for India, Japan and Australia in the US Pacific territory of Guam.The move comes six months after the US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen signed a memorandum of understanding for Singapore to set up a fighter jet training detachment in Guam.
The front entrance of Tyson''s Fresh Meat plant. Some observers see the Black Lives Matter movement as a tidal wave washing away America s original sin, slavery, and the systemic racism it fostered for more than 400 years.
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Join @KashmirObserver Urge Govt To Expedite ApprovalSrinagar Around 800 Kashmiris stranded in Dubai due to the COVID 19 outbreak have arranged two chartered flights for their return to the Valley and urged the Indian government to expedite the clearance for their landing in Srinagar.
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Well, Bollywood diva Chitrangada Singh also seems to be a keen observer of the game. She recently held a question and answer session on Twitter for her fans. One of those fans asked her about the cricketer she likes the most. In reply, Chitrangada took the name of former Indian captain MS Dhoni. Chitrangada, who starred in films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Desi Boyz, Sorry Bhai, Inkaar and Baazaar, is currently penning a short film script amid the lockdown. The actress is in the final stages of finishing the script. She will next be seen alongside Abhishek Bachchan in Bob Biswas.
As that goes on, your choices for streaming movies absolutely explode this month. Downton Abbey, Joker, Rocketman, The Fantastic Mr. Fox are just a few coming available. Over at Disney , Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker starts Monday, which Disney has grandly named Star Wars Day. For the first time, all nine movies will be available in one place. Plus, all those spinoffs, of course, and starting today, two oldies: George of the Jungle with Brendan Fraser and Homeward Bound with Michael J. Fox.Speaking of Canadian actors, Amazon Prime today starts running the first season of Bonanza, the old TV western with Lorne Greene in charge of the ranch and his clan.
Donald Trump likes to claim that he is the first U.S. president to ”get tough ” on China. Trump, along with his advisers and supporters, argues that his trade war and export controls have made him Beijing ''s worst nightmare. Whereas previous presidents carried out policies that allowed China to take advantage of the United States, the narrative goes, Trump is the first chief executive to stand up to China and robustly defend America ''s interests.But this narrative does not withstand scrutiny. On the contrary, a growing number of Chinese government officials and strategic thinkers believe Trump ''s policies offer China significant strategic benefits; as a result, they would in fact prefer to see Trump reelected in November. These Chinese observers have analyzed Trump ''s weakening of the United States ' reputation and leadership in global governance institutions, destruction of its post ndash;World War II alliance structures, and exacerbation of domestic political polarization and concluded that these trends not only harm Washington ''s international position but also boost Beijing ''s global standing.
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