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Now, Modi govt wants to give I-T department a smart makeover

A 12-member panel of senior officials has been created to accomplish the task of restructuring I-T dept.



India, Russia discuss joint manufacturing projects, including Kamov helicopters and naval frigates

In a meeting of the 18th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) held here, the two sides also agreed to take forwardinter-governmental arrangements for facilitating joint manufacturing of spares for Russian origin equipment in India under the 'Make in India' initiative.

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  • Noting that the India-US relationship in defence has acquired the dimensions of a strategic partnership over the last decade, she said that the two countries have made considerable progress. Sitharaman capped off her trip with a visit to Hawaii – the headquarters of what early this year was rechristened as US Indo-Pacific Command.

    While no announcements were made with regard to shifting of F-16 production base to India or deals in armed drones, officials privy to the high-level talks said “US is leaning way forward” in meeting India's needs and aspirations in the defence sector and is taking steps that would help it achieve its strategic goals.

    Spokesperson for US State Department Heather Nauert while addressing the media on India purchasing fuel from Iran, said, “The President had addressed it, he was asked whether or not India would buy oil from Iran after sanctions are reimposed. And President said, ‘we’ll take care of that’.

    Adm. Lanba's visit to Russia comes around a week after the two countries signed a USD 500 million deal for construction of two missile frigates in Goa for the Indian Navy.

    Amid protest against a proposed refinery in Maharashtra involving India, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the Gulf nation's envoy to India Ahmed Albanna said the state government will allocate land in coming weeks.

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India "will soon find out" about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions after India signed a USD 5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from Russia. India last week inked a USD 5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Russia. The deal comes under purview of CAATSA sanctions of US, which targets Russia, Iran and North Korea. Under the CAATSA sanctions, only Trump has authority for the presidential waiver to India.

    The agreement was signed between defence PSU Goa Shipyard Ltd and Russia's state-run defence major Rosoboronexport under the government-to-government framework for defence cooperation. Russia will provide design, technology and some materials to GSL for construction of the ships in India.

    Stating that the intent to slap sanctions on Russia was to impose costs for its "malign behaviour", the US also made it clear that any waiver will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis, adding it cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions.

    India aims to consolidate bilateral military relations & to explore new avenues for defence cooperation.

    On the face of it, the US’s muscular approach to China is music to Indian ears. But the government thrives on ambiguity because it’s useful in diplomatic fudge. So our Indo-Pacific policy is a direct counter to China’s BRI, but we’re afraid the Quad will spook the Chinese. Only we believe our nonsense.

    Describing the recently-inked USD 5.4 billion S-400 missile defence system deal as the "largest contract" in the history of Indo-Russia ties, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said it was one of the "speediest" agreements to be signed between the two countries and there were no protracted negotiations.

    India has inked a $5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Moscow.

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