Manu Pubby

Senior Editor, ETWriting on defence and strategic affairs since 2005. Expertise in defence affairs, terrorism and security, the strategic environment around India and other issues of national interest. Particular focus on the defence industry and military economy.\n\nAssignments include staying and reporting from the Siachen Glacier, multi nation war games in the Indian and Pacific Ocean, Jammu and Kashmir and India's north east, reportage from across the globe including Afghanistan, Egypt and the neighbourhoood.\n\nTwice awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, the KCK International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism and the Press Council of India National Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism.
  • Amid standoff, China builds road to mineral rich area

    Amid standoff, China builds road to mineral rich area

    The blacktopped road, designed to take on heavy transport vehicles, has come up right next to the LAC close to India’s Gogra post, in an area that satellite images suggest hold valuable natural resources like gold. Completed in barely three weeks, the road is just under four kilometres long and connects to a larger network that China has built along the LAC for the past few years.

    Rajnath backs bilateral talks with China as Pentagon dials to help

    Rajnath backs bilateral talks with China as Pentagon dials to help

    The offer for help with the border situation came during a telephonic conversation between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US counterpart Mark T Esper on Friday. Those familiar with the details told ET that Singh while placing faith on existing bilateral mechanisms with China, also underscored the importance of being "resolute" and "patient". The US side, sources said, further expressed concern on the build up of troops in Ladakh.

    Standoff at Sikkim’s Naku La adds to LAC tension

    Standoff at Sikkim’s Naku La adds to LAC tension

    Sources say that Chinese troops set camp after a shallow incursion in North Sikkim early this month, following a faceoff in which soldiers from both sides were injured. The altercation on May 9 weighed heavier on the Chinese side that suffered more injuries, following which the shallow incursion was made by PLA soldiers, two independent sources have confirmed.

    Chinese bunker in finger area, Galwan build-up raise concern

    Chinese bunker in finger area, Galwan build-up raise concern

    The incident has brought back memories from the Kargil war, when the Chinese side used the opportunity to build a five-kilometre-long track along the Pangong Tso lake to step up patrolling. The track was completed in record time after Indian troops were pulled out to counter the Pakistani incursions.

    Indian Ocean becoming new focus of activity after South China Sea, need to augment security: Defence Secretary

    Indian Ocean becoming new focus of activity after South China Sea, need to augment security: Defence Secretary

    “We are still not even looking at going beyond our own territorial waters. Our fishermen are not trained, they don’t have the craft. And, we don’t have the security umbrella for our fishermen to be going deeper and for tapping resources even in our EEZ,” the Defence Secretary said at a webinar organised by the Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis.

    Why Ladakh road built last year has been a thorn in China's flesh

    Why Ladakh road built last year has been a thorn in China's flesh

    The Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi Road, which connects Leh to the strategic Karakoram pass, is strategically important. A threat to this road would be akin to the danger posted by the Pakistani occupation of heights in Kargil and Drass that threatened to cut off the vital supply line to Leh and the Siachen glacier.

    China deploys excessive troops along Pangong Tso

    China deploys excessive troops along Pangong Tso

    The standoff at Ladakh, triggered by an excessive deployment of forces by the Chinese side, is being monitored closely by the top leadership including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who has been getting regular updates on the evolving situation.

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