Simmering Problems In The South China Sea!

South China sea has become a zone of conflict. China's hegemony, muscle flexing and sweeping control over the sea and certain islands have antagonised the littoral countries like Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. China claims of complete sovereignty of the sea , including some Islands together with huge untapped and even undiscovered maritime and mineral resources such as 11 billions of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. China claims that foreign militaries can not carry out any clandestine intelligence gathering activities  in the areas which they claim are under their absolute control. However, the USA is not prepared to accept this claim of China. It says that under the UN Law all the littoral countries are free to navigate through the ar...

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Demand To Repeal AFSPA From North-Eastern Part Of India

AFSA (Armed Forces Special Power Act) has been in force in the North East for years. However, the people are fighting for withdrawal of the law which they consider 'draconian'. It is alleged that under the cover of the act, the security forces indulge in excesses with impunity. To justify themselves they point out to the recent incident in Nagaland in Mon  district when security forces have gunned down 13 civilians very recently. The AFSPA is in force primarily in three states Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. However, Imphal Municipality council area is not being covered by the act. This apart, the act is also in force in three districts of Changlang, Longing and Tirap of Arunachal Pradesh plus areas coming under eight police stations of districts in Arunachal Pradesh boarding Assam. ...

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Who Will Be India’s New Chief Defence Staff?

Death of general Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu has created an unprecedented void in the Indian military hierarchy. General Rawat also served as the secretary of newly created department of military affairs. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the cabinet committee on security on 8th of December. PM Modi and other CCS (Cabinet Committee Security) members were briefed about General Bipin Rawat's death. Some reports suggests that the succession issue was also discussed in the CCS meet. General Rawat was chosen as India's first chief of defense staff and assumed office on January 1, 2020. Reports suggests that there is no immediate line of succession mapped out to choose the next CDS. Military chiefs of the army, Navy, and Air force have vice chief...

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