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India should focus on ‘SAGAR’ to foster maritime ties, convince neighbours against ‘debt trap’, says CDS Rawat

Guwahati (Assam) [India]: Amid efforts by China to increase its footprint in the Indian Ocean, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that India should focus on Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative to foster its relations with its maritime neighbours.“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call that India believes in SAGAR – Security and Growth for all. We have to continue to move in that mission. We should not allow this mission to go back in any way. We must make sure to tell our neighbours that we are here as friends, we are here to engage with you on equal terms, we consider all our neighbours as equals, partners in the development of this region,” Rawat told the media on the sidelines of an event here. He said that China uses money power…

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“Fully prepared for any challenges on LAC”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst the ongoing tussle along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-China border, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat assured the members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that India is fully prepared for any challenge along the LAC.When CDS was asked in the PAC meeting on Wednesday about the unrest in the Ladakh region along the LAC and if we are ready to deal with unforeseen situations, he replied, “India is fully prepared on the LAC and we are well equipped. We are in a position to give a strong reply,” as per a member who did not want to be named. The official agenda read that the meeting was called for, “Oral evidence of the representatives of Ministry of Defence on the subject ‘Provisioning, Procurement and issue of High Altitude, Clothing, Equipment, Ration and Housing’ based…

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India, US reaffirm commitment to free, open Indo-Pacific: Austin after meeting CDS Rawat

Washington [US]: US Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin on Sunday that it was an honour to meet India’s Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat during his recent US visit, during which they reaffirmed India-US enduring commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.Taking to Twitter, Austin termed Rawat’s visit to the US as “historic”. “It was an honour to meet Indian Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Rawat during his historic visit to the Pentagon last week. We reaffirmed our enduring commitment to a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific and discussed ways to drive greater interoperability between the U.S. and Indian armed forces,” he tweeted.Rawat on Thursday met Austin during which both exchanged views on advancing defence partnership, as per the Pentagon statement.Austin and Rawat exchanged views on priorities for advancing the US-India defence partnership, including through enhanced cooperation in new defence domains such as space, cyber, and emerging…

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In first foreign visit after taking over as CDS, Gen Bipin Rawat to visit Russia, US

In his first visit abroad after taking over as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat will be visiting Russia and the US. New Delhi (India), September 19: Rawat took over his new office as CDS on December 31, 2019, and since then has been declining foreign invitations for focusing on the new assignment of integrating the defence forces as a combined fighting force. “There is a conference of the CDS-rank officers of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement member countries. China and Pakistan are also part of this grouping,” senior defence officials said. The CDS conference would be focusing on addressing the regional security issues and Afghanistan is also likely to come up for discussion, they said.The CDS would also witness the activities of the respective armed forces taking part in the SCO peace mission drills being held in Russia. Indian Army and…

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Taliban is same with new partners, says CDS Rawat

New Delhi, Aug 25: The Taliban is the same as it was 20 years ago, only its partners have changed, Chief Of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday adding that takeover of Afghanistan was anticipated but the timeline was surprising. Speaking at discussion on “The India-US Partnership : Securing the 21st Century, organised by the Observers Research Foundation, he also said India was already preparing a “contingency plan”. He did not elaborate who the new partners were. “Everything that happened is something that was anticipated, only the timeline has changed,” General Rawat said. “We were anticipating the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. We were concerned how terrorist activities from Afghanistan could overflow into India. Our contingency plans are ongoing and we have prepared for that…” he said. “The timeline has certainly surprised us because we were anticipating this happening a couple of months…

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Air Force veterans critical of CDS

Tensions escalated between armed forces over the creation of four new integrated theatre commands on Friday, with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat saying that the Indian Air Force is like “a supporting arm” akin to artillery or engineers in the Army. Tensions escalated between armed forces over the creation of four new integrated theatre commands on Friday, with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat saying that the Indian Air Force is like “a supporting arm” akin to artillery or engineers in the Army. Referring to the row over the statement former Deputy Army Chief Lieutenant General Raj Kadyan said, “The creation of theatre commands in the Indian defence forces has led to a very unfortunate and a very unsavoury controversy. There is a very famous saying by a field marshal in World War 2 that ‘The only thing more difficult is…