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Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police stated. The skirmish took place in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a team of BSF’s 114th battalion was out on a search operation, police said. “Four BSF troopers were killed …

Businessman Ratul Puri is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, a government official stated on Thursday. Puri was summoned by the ED in a money laundering case as part of the AgustaWestland probe. Puri has, however, denied any wrongdoing on his part related to the AgustaWestland chopper …

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday filed a supplementary charge sheet in Delhi’s Patiala House court against Christian Michel, the stated middleman in the Agusta Westland case. David Syms, the partner of Christian Michel, has also been named as an accused. Some unique individuals and firms have been named as accused in the charge sheet. Michel …

India and the US are planning to revive the Defence Policy Group (DPG) between the two countries after a four-year gap, with a discussion on the text of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) one of the key items on the agenda, according to senior officials familiar with the matter. BECA will permit India …

The United States on Tuesday said it will “utilize all available resources” to ensure Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Masood Azhar, was held accountable countering Chinese charges that it has circumvented UN security council’s sanctions committee to blacklist the Pakistan-based terrorist leader. “While we strongly prefer that UNSC designations take place through the committee process, the United States and …

The United States on Tuesday announced it had received the sale of 24 MH-60R Seahawk choppers to India. The multi-mission helicopters can detect, track and attack submarines and surface ships. A defense department agency that deals with the sale of US military equipment to foreign countries have notified Congress of the sale that will cost …

Afghan vice presidential candidate, the former intelligence chief, and interior minister Amrullah Saleh has called for a regional effort to fight terrorism of the kind represented by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar, calling it a “venomous arm” of Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). “…whether China does or doesn’t see him as a terrorist, …

Pakistan is denying to acknowledge the damage caused by the Indian Air Force’s unprecedented, peace-time, cross-border strike against a terror camp in Balakot on February 26 although the proof exists in front of its eyes in the form of the bombed-out structures, IAF chief BS Dhanoa said on Friday. He asserted that Indian fighter planes …

The Pentagon has strongly rejected the reports that the US spied on India’s anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test by sending a reconnaissance aircraft from its base in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to monitor the development. It, however, said the United States was aware of India’s first test-fire of an anti-satellite missile. “No US assets …

A mysterious explosion in a car at Banihal rocked the Ramban area of Jammu and Kashmir early on Saturday morning. Initial reports suggested that it appeared to be a cylinder explosion, news agency ANI quoted CRPF sources as saying, adding that a CRPF convoy was at a significant distance from the site of the explosion …

India has shared critical evidence with the US that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) indeed used F-16 fighters in its attempted strike on February 27 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector as a counter to the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, the previous day. South Block officials …

Pakistan has told it is investigating 54 people detained over the Pulwama suicide attack but claimed that no details linking them to the bombing have been found so far. The February 14 terror attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers triggered a major stand-off between India and Pakistan. A statement by the Pakistan Foreign Office said …