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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

India’s capturing of key strategic heights along the southern bank of the Pangong Lake during the intermittent night of August 29 and 30 and the subsequent firing incidents at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on September 7-8 marked a new round of escalation in China-India border confrontation, which has been going on since early May.

The Chinese government expressed its displeasure at these developments by apparently changing the official communication strategy that it followed since the beginning of the stand-off and seizing the initiative to launch a public opinion offensive by releasing its own version of the developments along the China-India border first and coming up with Chinese names for contested points at the LAC.

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SOURCE: NDTV

A Delhi-based freelance journalist who gave sensitive information about India’s border strategy and army deployment to Chinese intelligence has been arrested, the police said on Saturday, claiming to have a busted a major spying operation amid soaring tensions between the two countries.
The Delhi Police said it has also arrested a Chinese woman and her Nepalese associate, and claimed that they were paying huge amounts of money to the freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma for allegedly providing sensitive information.

“Special Cell has arrested a freelance journalist, Rajeev Sharma, for passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence. One Chinese lady and her Nepalese associate have also been arrested for paying him large amounts of money routed through shell companies. Chinese intelligence tasked the journalist for conveying sensitive information in lieu of large amounts of money,” the police said.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The successful test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) earlier this month, puts India in an elite group of nations that possess hypersonic cruise-vehicle technology.

This is a result of several indigenous technological achievements and know-how obtained over the past two decades. This development assumes added significance in the backdrop of the ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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SOURCE: CITY TODAY

The UN Security Council (UNSC) designated international terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Maulana Masood Azhar’s three nephews, each carrying a US-made M4 sniper, have been killed in three different encounters in Kashmir in the last three years.

A number of US-made M4 sniper rifles, used by Nato forces to fight terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, have fallen in the hands of Azhar’s guerrilla group, JEM, in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Released by India in exchange for the IC-814 hostages at Kandahar in December 1999, Azhar has been designated as an international terrorist by the UNSC in May 2019, after years of sustained resistance by China.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The aggressive stand of some Democrats on the Kashmir issue during last year’s Congressional hearings is the main reason behind the shift in Indian-American vote towards Republicans.

Republican Indian-Americans say the sharp criticism of India’s Kashmir policies by Democratic Party members on Capitol Hill served as “a wake-up call” for many in the community. It made Indian-Americans reflect on “who was India’s friend and who wasn’t.”.

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SOURCE: Times Now Digital

Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh on Saturday said that Pakistan is trying to disturb the peace by using drones to drop weapons in the Union Territory, however, the security forces have been able to restrict such activities.

“Pakistan is trying to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir by using drones to drop weapons. They are also trying to infiltrate terrorists. Dropping of weapons by drone is challenging but we have been able to restrict such acts and have got some success,” news agency ANI quoted the DGP as saying.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

With India’s China Study Group (CSG) meeting on Friday, the stage has been set for a meeting of military commanders of the two countries in the coming week, to discuss disengagement and subsequent withdrawal of PLA troops from Ladakh.

The outcome of the military commanders’ meeting will largely depend on PLA’s posture along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and its deployment in occupied Aksai China.

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SOURCE: PTI

India’s premier defense research institute DRDO has set up eight advanced technology centers to research futuristic military applications, the government said on Saturday. Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, said these centers will also provide support to academia to undertake research on new technologies in niche areas for military use.

“The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has created eight advanced technology centers across India to carry out research activities in the identified futuristic/new technology areas,” he said. In August, the DRDO had set in motion a long-awaited process to usher in mega reforms as well as to create enabling infrastructure for developing futuristic military weapons.

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SOURCE: ET

Narco-terrorism is one of today’s buzzwords in both foreign and domestic policy in South Asia, especially in the context of the contentious India-Pakistan relations, according to Siegfried O. Wolf, a Germany based specialist on South Asia.

“Pakistan’s involvement in state-terrorism and sponsorship of international Jihadism are well-known and documented. Moreover, there are increasingly numerous reports regarding Islamabad’s engagement in a phenomenon described as narco-terrorism,” writes Wolf in his latest paper ‘Pakistan’s bigger plans of narco-terrorism’.

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SOURCE: Express News Service

After nine months of dry run, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will soon be taking to the skies. Two PSLV rocket launches are planned, tentatively, in November, and the work is underway in full swing at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC-Shar) in Sriharikota.

The last mission executed from Indian soil was PSLV-C48 carrying “spy” satellite RISAT-2BR1 on December 11, 2019. Although GSLV-F10 launch was planned on March 5, the mission had to be postponed due to technical reasons. Since then, the pandemic has crippled ISRO operations.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Double-humped camels will now be used for transportation and patrolling by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh’s treacherous terrain. This plan originally from three years ago will come into effect amid the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Areas like Daulat Beg Oldie or DBO and Depsang where these camels will be deployed at more than 17,000 feet are among locations where armies of both countries have mobilized in great numbers. The animal is also known as Bactrian camel and is found in the Nubra valley of Ladakh at heights of over 12,000 feet. It is natural for the terrain. These camels are being reared at the defence institute of high altitude research in Leh by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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SOURCE: Times Now Digital

The opposition has asked the government to engage with international media to mount pressure on Pakistan and build a global opinion against it for sponsoring terrorism and providing safe haven to fugitives such as Dawood Ibrahim.

Through a Zero Hour mention in Rajya Sabha, Sasmit Patra of the BJD said the government should increase international pressure on Pakistan by escalating its engagement with the G-8 nations. Amid increased international pressure, Pakistan recently banned 88 terrorists including Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim in an attempt to slip out from the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list.

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SOURCE: ANI

The government will allow private companies to utilise infrastructures of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which are otherwise not available elsewhere in India under Indian National Space, Promotion and Authorisation Centre (INSPACe), said Union Minister of Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha regarding the involvement of private initiative in space exploration, Singh said on Thursday, “Government will allow them to utilise those infrastructures of ISRO which are otherwise not available elsewhere in India and there will be reasonable charges for utilisation of government infrastructure which will be varying depending on the requirement.”

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SOURCE: ANI

With Pakistan Army trying hard to push terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army has deployed additional 3,000 troops in Jammu and Kashmir to plug any such infiltration attempts.

“An additional brigade has been deployed on the LoC to plug infiltration and this move has given good results too,” top sources told ANI. The additional troops deployed on the LoC have been successful in foiling almost all the major attempts of infiltration and terrorists have not been allowed to cross over, they said.

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SOURCE: FPJ

A carrier that served the Indian Navy for 30 years before being decommissioned three years ago, will reach Alang in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district tomorrow.

The warship will be dismantled and sold as scrap. The longest-serving warship, inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987, was bought by Shree Ram Group for Rs 38.54 crore at an auction conducted by the Metal Scrap Trade Corporation Limited last month.

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