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SOURCE: PTI

India intends to deploy the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system by next month to defend itself from Pakistani and Chinese threats as it is pursuing an extensive military modernisation effort encompassing air, ground, naval and strategic nuclear forces, Pentagon’s top intelligence official has said during a Congressional hearing.

India started receiving the delivery of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia in December last year, Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, Director of Defence Intelligence Agency, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a recent Congressional hearing.

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SOURCE: HT

The Indian Navy will start the flight trials of Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet carrier based multi-role fighters at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa from May 23 as the US craft is one of the contenders for 26 fighters onboard soon to be commissioned INS Vikrant indigenous aircraft carrier.

It is understood that two fighters of the US Navy will land in INS Hansa towards the end of this week for take-offs from the 283-meter mock-up deck of India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The aircraft carrier is expected to come out of a major overhaul and become operational next month.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy Wednesday successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval anti-ship missile launched from a Naval helicopter from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha, DRDO sources said.

The mission met all its objectives. It is the first indigenous air launched anti-ship missile system developed for the Indian Navy, they said.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

The Indian Navy on Wednesday announced it had conducted the maiden test-firing of the country’s first indigenously developed anti-ship missile.

The Indian Navy said the ‘Naval Anti-Ship Missile’ was fired by a Sea King helicopter off the missile test range at Balasore. The Indian Navy noted the test was carried out in cooperation with the DRDO, which developed the weapon. It tweeted, “This firing is a significant step towards achieving self-reliance in niche missile technology and reaffirms the Indian Navy’s commitment to indigenisation.”

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SOURCE: PTI

The British government is monitoring the trial of Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik very closely, UK Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmad told the House of Lords on Tuesday.

Lord Ahmad, however, pointed out that Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was charged under Indian law and therefore part of an independent judicial process. The minister, who is in-charge of South Asia and the Commonwealth in the Foreign Office, was responding to questions in the Upper House of the UK Parliament on a range of issues when he was asked about the trial of Malik by Pakistani-origin Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Qurban Hussain, under the heading of “Human Rights Situation in Indian-administered Kashmir”.

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SOURCE: WION

Latest satellite images have come to the fore, showing China’s increased infrastructure activity close to the Indian borders near the northern Ladakh territory. The image shows China’s People’s Liberation Army making a massive bridge to carry heavier vehicles near the Pangong Tso Lake—the 135-km-long landlocked lake that is partly in the Ladakh region and partly in Tibet and has witnessed skirmishes between India and China since May 2020.

According to a report in The Print, this is the second bridge that China is building over the territory held by it at Pangong Tso. The report claims that it is capable of carrying armoured columns.

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SOURCE: AFP

In Indian-administered Kashmir, shopkeepers are spending hundreds of dollars each to install security cameras mandated by authorities in a move activists say is aimed at creating a surveillance state — and outsourcing the cost.

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has struggled to quell a decades-old insurgency and strengthen its hold over the Muslim-majority region, where a large number of people do not want to be part of India.

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SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST

India and Pakistan have fought four wars over Kashmir since 1947. In addition to the full-fledged conventional wars, Pakistan has sponsored and supported a proxy insurgency in Kashmir over the last three decades. The proxy war began by supporting terrorist organizations like the Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Hizbul Mujahidin (HM).

However, over the last three decades, the proxy war has evolved and become highly sophisticated and complex: the rapid spread of the internet and mobile phones led planners within Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to realize the potential of information technology revolutions in Kashmir.

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SOURCE: WION

Financial Action Task Force(FATF), the anti-terror financing watchdog has lauded France’s prompt announcement of sanctions against Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terror attack in 2019.

Over 40 personnel of India’s Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, 2019. The attack was perpetrated by UN-listed Pakistan based terror organization Jaish-e-Mohammed. 

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SOURCE: WION

India’s external affairs minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar has backed African representation at the United Nations Security Council, a long-standing policy of the Indian government. Speaking at the Indian Council of World Affairs or Sapru house, EAM said that Africa must have an “adequate presence and voice in global decision-making, including in the reformed UN Security Council” and New Delhi in turn counts on “Africa to stand up for a partner with whom it has a past, a present and a future.”

India has been calling for reform of the United Nations Security Council which reflects a world of 1940 and not of this century. While deliberations have been happening under inter-governmental negotiations, it hasn’t been going anywhere, especially with China not enthusiastic about reforms at the top UN body.

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SOURCE: Daily Excelsior

Pakistan is likely to continue to modernise and expand its nuclear capabilities by conducting training with its deployed weapons and developing new delivery systems in 2022 as it perceives it as key to its survival, given India’s nuclear arsenal and conventional force superiority, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official has told lawmakers.

Lt Gen Scott Berrier, Director, Defence Intelligence Agency told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a recent Congressional hearing that Pakistan’s tense relationship with India will continue to drive its defence policy.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

The statement issued by Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was nothing short of an intimation, nay confirmation, of the apocalyptic economic crisis that the island nation confronts. The numbers thrown by Mr Wickremesinghe are self-explanatory of the mess that he will need to clean up to put Sri Lanka back on track. Government revenues cover only 40 per cent of the expenditure being incurred. The fiscal deficit is around 13 per cent of GDP.

The foreign exchange reserves are virtually non-existent. According to Wickremesinghe, “It is a challenge for the treasury to find USD 1 million.” Petrol stocks are down to just one day. Sri Lanka is looking at power cuts of around 15 hours a day because a quarter of the electricity is produced from oil which the government has no money to buy. There are huge shortages of medicines. Shortages of virtually every other commodity, including food, are inescapable. With the government being “compelled to print money” to pay salaries, there is a danger of hyper-inflation. Government finances will get more squeezed because of massive rise in interest rates.

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SOURCE: PTI

Seventy-five years after she was separated from her family during the violence at the time of the Partition, a woman born in a Sikh family who was adopted and raised by a Muslim couple met her brothers from India at Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province, according to a media report on Wednesday.

At the time of the Partition, Mumtaz Bibi, who was born in a Sikh family, was an infant who was lying on the dead body of her mother killed by a violent mob, the Dawn newspaper reported.

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SOURCE: ANI

The family members of the Ranjit Singh, killed in Tuesday’s Baramulla grenade attack protested in Rajouri today seeking justice for the deceased family member. Officials said that hundreds of villagers from Bakhar and nearby villagers assembled at the highway and blocked it for traffic.

“I want justice for my deceased father. He was the one who took care of the family. Now, who will take care of us? Today, this happened to my father. Tomorrow it can happen to some other person. We are four sisters with a small brother. We want justice”, said deceased Ranjit Singh’s daughter.

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SOURCE: PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday advocated pro-active coordinated counter-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir as he held three back-to-back meetings to review the situation there as well as arrangements for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra and asked security forces to ensure zero cross-border infiltration to wipe out terrorism in the union territory.

The marathon meetings held by the home minister came in the backdrop of recent targeted killings in the valley which included a Kashmiri pandit Rahul Bhat, who was gunned down by terrorists last week.

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