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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) designed and developed by state-owned aerospace and defense company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to replace the aging Kiran aircraft fleet of the IAF has commenced spin flight testing in Bengaluru. The spin testing of an aircraft is the most crucial phase of its flight testing.

LSP-04 did one turn spins to the left and right today, piloted by HAL’s Group Captain (R) Harsh Vardhan Thakur and Wg Cdr (R) Pratyush Awasthi, but the testing would be gradually progressed to assess the behavior of the aircraft till six turn spin to either side is completed to meet the target requirements.

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SOURCE: Republic

Pakistan continues to be the hotbed for terrorists while the Indian Army continues to foil its treacherous attempts. In an exclusive report accessed by Republic TV, it has been revealed that 500 terrorists are being trained by Pakistan to infiltrate in Jammu and Kashmir from different launchpads across the LoC.

The Nagrota terrorists had undergone commando training in one such Pakistani terrorist training camp. There are around 500 such terrorists across LoC who are currently being trained to infiltrate and launch attacks in J&K. Security forces are on high alert and have initiated ‘Operation 500’ to eliminate these terrorists. After the Nagrota attack, PM held a meeting and security forces are on a high alert in view of the anniversary of 26/11.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

The Centre has given the go-ahead to the Border Security Force to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles along the India-Bangladesh border to crack down on infiltration and smuggling, sources in the BSF said on Sunday.

The BSF has also started work on sealing segments of the borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan with a smart-technology-aided fence to check the increasing incidents of infiltration.

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SOURCE: THE DAILY GUARDIAN

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar, in a joint media conference, on Saturday accused India of sabotaging the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and sponsoring supporting terrorism in Pakistan.

“The first objective is to disrupt Pakistan’s path towards peace and for the same, sub-nationalism is being promoted in Gilgit-Baltistan, erstwhile FATA and Balochistan,” Qureshi said. The second objective is to disrupt Pakistan’s economy and the third objective is to create political instability in Pakistan, he said. Qureshi added that India has spent Rs. 22 billion for the purpose of carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan.

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SOURCE: Global Business Press

Indian state-owned airframer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is the sole Indian designer and manufacturer of indigenously developed helicopters. Starting from the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) programme in the late eighties to the current Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) programmes, HAL is confident of meeting all Indian armed forces requirements for helicopters in the future.

Atul Chandra spoke with S Anbuvelan, CEO HAL, Helicopter Complex to obtain the latest developments regarding Indian rotorcraft developments.

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SOURCE: Anantha Krishnan M / MANORAMA ONLINE

 The much-awaited move to get Indian Air Force (IAF) doctors back in the cockpit is inching closer to reality. At the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) here, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria reiterated IAF’s commitment to resurrect the ‘flying doctor’ concept, part of the Pilot-Physician Programme (PPP).

Addressing the 59th annual conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM) at IAM recently, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria spoke about the need to get medical professionals of the IAF back into the cockpit.

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SOURCE: ENS

Two days after former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that one day Karachi will become a part of India, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut Monday slammed the leader of Opposition in the state saying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should first work on bringing back Kashmir, which is occupied by Pakistan, and then talk about Karachi.

“First, bring the Kashmir that is occupied by Pakistan. We will go to Karachi later,” ANI quoted Raut as saying. On Saturday, Fadnavis had said, “We believe in ‘akhand Bharat’ (undivided India). We believe one day Karachi will become a part of India,”.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

From being one of the biggest importers, China is fast becoming a leading global arms supplier, with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) leading its foray into multiple countries, including Pakistan.

China is also exporting a whole bunch of assault rifles, ammunition, fighter planes and even submarines. A new research paper on Chinese drone exports — written by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Texas A&M University, with excerpts published by Foreign Affairs — reveals that 18 countries obtained armed drones from 2011 to 2019. Eleven of these countries bought the drones from China, the paper states. 

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to appoint Anthony Blinken, a long-time national security and foreign policy expert who has been enthusiastic about ties with India and called China a “common challenge”, as his secretary of state, US media reported.

Jake Sullivan, a former top state department official in the Obama-Biden administration, is reported to be a frontrunner for the position of National Security Adviser. Michele Flournoy and Lael Brainard are top contenders for secretaries of defence and treasury.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

The Border Security Force (BSF) fired warning shots after it detected suspicious movement at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

During the intervening night, BSF night patrol party fired some shots in forward posts of the Machil sector. A security official said that after the BSF sentry fired some gunshots there was no retaliation reported so no operation was launched in the area till now. 

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SOURCE: EastMojo

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu once again disregarded China’s long-standing claim of the northeastern state being a part of China’s southern Tibet region in an interview with the English daily The Hindu. He stated that Arunachal does not share a “direct border” with China but with Tibet. He went on to state that no one can erase history and that the entire world knows that China annexed Tibet.

This is also not the first time that CM Khandu, has referred to LAC in the state as India-Tibet border as on June 24, on a tweet after the violent faceoff at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, he made a similar statement.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Detailed investigation into the November 19 Nagrota encounter, in which four terrorists were gunned down, have revealed the involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operational commander Kasim Jan, the principal accused in the 2016 Pathankot air base attack. Jan is one of the main launch commanders of Jaish terrorists into India and has links with underground workers all over South Kashmir. He reports directly to Mufti Rauf Asghar, the de-facto chief of the UN designated global terrorist group.

According to Indian counter-terrorism officials, with the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and resurgence of the Taliban, its Deobandi ideological brother Jaish has got hyperactive across the Jammu and Kashmir border with no less than 14 specially trained terrorists waiting at Gujaranwala to infiltrate into India.

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SOURCE: ET

Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal, who took over as executive chairman of OneWeb, said the satellite firm plans to offer broadband services in India by May/June 2022, and is currently in talks with the Indian Space Research Organisation and other authorities. Mittal told ET’s Romit Guha that OneWeb’s broadband services will not conflict with Bharti Airtel’s mobile services as it will serve areas such as deserts and mountainous regions, which are currently unconnected but has demand for such services. Edited excerpts:

Does Bharti Global plan more investments into OneWeb in the near term?

We need a total of $2 billion, out of which $1 billion has already been committed – $500 million by the British government and $500 million by Bharti Global. We have a lot of investor interest from other parties, so we will be able to secure this $2 billion and the company will be on its own feet. We have no debt at the moment, so we will fund it more or less entirely with equity to kick off …

By when can we expect the rest of the $1 billion to be tied up?

A lot of investors are engaged, talks are going on, so I would say it should be in a matter of a few months. Already $50 million has been announced by Hughes and $90 million has been announced by SoftBank… the rest $800 odd million will be raised. In the coming weeks, at least one investor will be announced and there are others in the coming months.

When will we see OneWeb start services in India?

India is slated for service in May-June 2022. October next year, we will provide services in 50 degrees north which will be all of UK, Northern Europe, Polar and Alaska and northern part of Russia. We will start to test these services (in India), sometime in 6-8 months but these services will not be 24/7. Every day, you will have a few hours of service because the satellite revolves around the whole globe. We will start to work with ISRO, other government agencies, start to show through the concept, the power of this satellite constellation in terms of low latency, high speed and high bandwidth. So, by May-June, every inch of India will be covered.

Do you expect any regulatory challenges to the launch?

So, 30 countries have licensing requirements. We have already got the permissions in many of the countries. The rest of the world does not need any permissions. India is one of those 30 countries. We are already engaged with ISRO. The good news is that the Prime Minister has taken upon himself to ensure that there is a private participation in the space program of India. So, yes, we will be applying for landing rights, permissions, setting up ground stations in India.

Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal, who took over as executive chairman of OneWeb, said the satellite firm plans to offer broadband services in India by May/June 2022, and is currently in talks with the Indian Space Research Organisation and other authorities. Mittal told ET’s Romit Guha that OneWeb’s broadband services will not conflict with Bharti Airtel’s mobile services as it will serve areas such as deserts and mountainous regions, which are currently unconnected but has demand for such services. Edited excerpts:

Does Bharti Global plan more investments into OneWeb in the near term?

We need a total of $2 billion, out of which $1 billion has already been committed – $500 million by the British government and $500 million by Bharti Global. We have a lot of investor interest from other parties, so we will be able to secure this $2 billion and the company will be on its own feet. We have no debt at the moment, so we will fund it more or less entirely with equity to kick off …

By when can we expect the rest of the $1 billion to be tied up?

A lot of investors are engaged, talks are going on, so I would say it should be in a matter of a few months. Already $50 million has been announced by Hughes and $90 million has been announced by SoftBank… the rest $800 odd million will be raised. In the coming weeks, at least one investor will be announced and there are others in the coming months.

When will we see OneWeb start services in India?

India is slated for service in May-June 2022. October next year, we will provide services in 50 degrees north which will be all of UK, Northern Europe, Polar and Alaska and northern part of Russia. We will start to test these services (in India), sometime in 6-8 months but these services will not be 24/7. Every day, you will have a few hours of service because the satellite revolves around the whole globe. We will start to work with ISRO, other government agencies, start to show through the concept, the power of this satellite constellation in terms of low latency, high speed and high bandwidth. So, by May-June, every inch of India will be covered.

Do you expect any regulatory challenges to the launch?

So, 30 countries have licensing requirements. We have already got the permissions in many of the countries. The rest of the world does not need any permissions. India is one of those 30 countries. We are already engaged with ISRO. The good news is that the Prime Minister has taken upon himself to ensure that there is a private participation in the space program of India. So, yes, we will be applying for landing rights, permissions, setting up ground stations in India.

SOURCE: PTI

Three Naxals, including a woman cadre, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Monday, police said. A Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan was also injured in the gunfight, they said.

The skirmish took place in a forest around 8 am when a team of SSB’s 33rd battalion was out on patrolling duty from its Kosranda camp, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI. After guns fell silent, bodies of three ultras, including a woman, clad in ‘uniform’ were recovered, he said.

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SOURCE: INDIA TV NEWS

In a chargesheet, the Delhi police have said former JNU student Umar Khalid hatched the conspiracy to fuel Delhi riots during US President Donald Trump’s visit in February this year to spread globally the propaganda over the torture of minorities in India. According to the charge sheet, filed on Sunday, Khalid allegedly left Delhi on February 23 for Patna and came back on February 27 as part of the conspiracy. It further alleged that Khalid held a meeting with other accused persons at an office in Chand Bagh.

In the FIR, police has claimed that the communal violence was a “premeditated conspiracy” which was allegedly hatched by Khalid and two others.

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