Surya Gangadharan

  • Bodies of 4 INS Sindhurakshak sailors found, no hope of survivors 16-08-2013 08:41 PM

    Mumbai: Navy divers have recovered the bodies of four sailors from the mangled remains of INS Sindhurakshak which sank off the Mumbai coast following two massive explosions. The Navy says that there is no chance of any of the 18 sailors aboard to have survived the explosions in the subamarine....
  • INS Sindhurakshak: Bodies of 2 sailors found, search on for 16 Navymen 16-08-2013 10:32 AM

    Mumbai: Over 56 hours after twin blasts and massive fire on the submarine, INS Sindhurakshak at Mumbai's Naval dockyard, the Navy divers have found bodies of two sailors. The search is on for 16 others who were on board the submarine. The Navy has released the names of the sailors,...
  • INS Sindhurakshak fire: Navy lacks salvage expertise, say sources 16-08-2013 09:40 AM

    Mumbai: It's been 56 hours and hope is fading for the 18 Navymen trapped in the submarine, INS Sindhurakshak. There is more worry news with sources saying that the Indian Navy may be incapable with a rescue operation of this magnitude. Sources also say that the Navy generally contracts two...
  • India launches its 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant 12-08-2013 12:08 PM

    Kochi: India launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. The launch took place in Cochin...
  • India to launch its 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant today 12-08-2013 08:37 AM

    Kochi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. The launch will take place...
  • India to launch first indigenous aircraft carrier 'INS Vikrant' on Monday 11-08-2013 11:03 PM

    India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday, making an entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size and capability. ...
  • Pak violates ceasefire at LoC again, 1 BSF personnel injured 11-08-2013 12:00 PM

    In yet another ceasefire violations by Pakistan, firing was reported along the Line of Control (LOC) at the Kanachak sector near Jammu on early Sunday morning. Pak targetted two posts of Border and Security Forces (BSF) in which one of its personnel was injured. ...
  • Hafiz Saeed's public appearance exposes Pakistan; experts say no talks 09-08-2013 09:35 PM

    New Delhi: Even as Pakistan talks dialogue and there is an Intelligence Bureau alert on Haifiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Toiba chief was seen leading Eid prayers in Lahore. The LeT is suspected in both the attack on Indian consulate in Jalalabad and in the recent killing of jawans on LoC. Saeed,...
  • Safety, security of Indians is primary concern: Ex-envoy to Pak 09-08-2013 03:20 PM

    Former Envoy to Pakistan G Parthasarthy said primary concern is safety and security of Indians and not talking at a high level also send a wrong message across Pakistan. Five Indian soldiers were killed by the Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of Jammu...
  • Army to probe LoC killing of 5 soldiers 08-08-2013 05:39 PM

    New Delhi: The Army will start an enquiry into the ambush and killing of five soldiers on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday at the Line of Control in the Chakan da Bagh sector in Poonch. Five soldiers were killed by Pakistani soldiers who crossed over to the Indian...
  • LoC killings: Blame game within the government on Antony's statement 08-08-2013 09:05 AM

    New Delhi: There seems to be a divide within the government on Defence Minister AK Antony's statement in Parliament on the Poonch LoC killings of five Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops. The Ministry of Defence sources have told CNN-IBN that Antony's statement was vetted by the PMO and changed to...
  • LoC killings: 'MoD changed its press release at the behest of PMO' 07-08-2013 09:52 PM

    New Delhi: The controversy over Defence Minister AK Antony's statement on the LoC killings continued on Wednesday with sources telling CNN-IBN that the changes in the press releases could have been made at the behest of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The PMO could have been consulted twice over the...
  • 10 railway lines planned along India's borders: better late than never

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    Four years of labour at heights of more than 16,600 feet over a distance of 1,142 km...little wonder the Tibet railway made it to the...

  • IAF questions HAL's plan to develop a new basic trainer 01-08-2013 10:00 AM

    New Delhi: The Indian Air Force is up in arms over the Hindustan Aeronautics plan to develop a basic trainer. This is not the first time when the IAF and Hindustan Aeronautics are locking horns. Earlier they had tiff over quality issues leading to MiG-21 crashes. However, this time it...
  • Big Takeaways from the India-China border talks?

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The Big Takeaway from the India-China Joint Mechanism that ended two days of talks on Wednesday? We have some carefully crafted language from the MEA...

  • What raising a new mountain strike corps means for India

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    There's a certain delicacy evident in the Army's approach to last night's breaking news on the Cabinet clearing the 64,000 crore proposal for a mountain...

  • Cabinet clears Rs 64,000 crore proposal for a new Indo-China border unit 18-07-2013 09:33 AM

    The Cabinet has cleared Rs 64,000 crore proposal for raising a new China oriented mountain strike corps. The corps is tasked for the defence of the east where intrusions by the Chinese troops are on the rise. It will take nearly seven years to raise and will comprise of three...
  • Serving IAF officer demands scrapping of MiG-21, can Air force afford to retire it? 17-07-2013 07:23 PM

    New Delhi: Forty eight hours after the crash of a MiG-21 over Nal airbase in Rajasthan and the death of its young pilot, Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, survivor of a near fatal MiG-21 crash, has become the first pilot to move to court demanding scrapping of the MiG-21 fighter...
  • How accidental was the PLA's Raki Nulla adventure?

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The Raki Nulla face off in April between Indian and Chinese troops was "accidental, not deliberately staged", is the word from the men in green...

  • Defence Ministry has asked armed forces to reduce fuel use: Sources 09-07-2013 10:48 PM

    Rising prices of international crude are also affecting defence supplies. Army sources are saying the Defence Ministry has asked armed forces to reduce fuel use by 4 to 5 per cent. ...
  • Defence Ministry reworks on its budget as fuel price rises 09-07-2013 02:13 PM

    New Delhi: The rising prices of international crude is also affecting defence supplies. The Defence Ministry has asked armed forces to reduce use of fuel by 20 to 40 per cent, Army sources said. Sources said the order came in the wake of sharp increase in fuel prices and has...
  • On India-Bhutan relations and the China factor

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    India has cut the subsidy in the cooking gas it supplies to Bhutan. Prices have spiralled there and people are in difficulty. The MEA says...

  • Air rescue at high altitudes is not a joke

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    Did you know that after six hours of flying, pilot fatigue sets in? Or that the 30-year-old vintage Chetak/Cheetah helicopters maintain 60 per cent serviceability...

  • Uttarakhand: IAF chopper crashes in Gaurikund, eight dead 25-06-2013 06:55 PM

    Gauchar: An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter engaged in rescue efforts in flood-hit Uttarakhand, crashed on Tuesday afternoon north of Gaurikund, killing eight people, including five crew members. The Mi-17 V-5, returning from Kedarnath, was on a rescue mission when the crash occurred. The exact reason of the crash is...
  • Serious deficiencies hinder counter-insurgency operations in the Maoist heartland

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The Maoist attack on a Congress party election convoy in Chhattisgarh has again underscored the apparently casual approach to security. Sources said the road used...

  • Sino-Indian border dispute: a reality check

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    Around the time Manmohan Singh was telling off Li Keqiang about Chinese shenanigans on the LAC, AK Antony was chairing a meeting in the MoD...

  • China deploys Su-27 fighters in Tibet, can target key Indian air bases 20-05-2013 11:52 AM

    New Delhi: China's all-weather fighter base in Tibet is now widening its range of options in the event of a conflict with India. Intelligence intercepts and satellite monitoring has confirmed that China may have to some extent overcome Tibet's extreme altitude and temperatures to operationalise an all-weather airfield near the...
  • Connecting the dots: The Raki Nulla face-off, Li Keqiang's visit 20-05-2013 11:50 AM

    "Tensions along the Line of Actual Control don't give leverage unless you stay there," said a senior diplomat with long experience of China. And China didn't stay on at Raki Nulla in eastern Ladakh during the face off last month, raising the question as to why it happened in the...
  • What made China pull out of Ladakh? 10-05-2013 03:35 PM

    New Delhi: Four days after the face off with Chinese troops ended at Raki Nulla in eastern Ladakh, there's no clarity in Delhi on just why it happened. Indian diplomats expect some of the fog will clear when External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid returns from Beijing. "It could have been...
  • India-China face-off in Ladakh: reading between the lines of actual control

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    With the status quo ante restored at Raki Nulla, it would seem India has had the better of China in the 20-day-long face-off. Going by...