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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday and asserted that there can be no military solution to the Ukraine conflict, while also underlining that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have catastrophic consequences.

During their telephonic conversation, Modi and Zelensky discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the prime minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday and said that the endangerment of nuclear facilities amid the Russia-Ukraine war could lead to catastrophic consequences for the environment.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reiterated its deep concern about landmine explosions close to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). IAEA is also continuing its consultations and other efforts to agree and implement a nuclear safety and security zone around the ZNPP as soon as possible.

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Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday made it clear that the Indian Air Force is not opposed to the tri-services theaterisation plan but asserted that the doctrinal aspects of the force should not be compromised by the proposed structures.

At a press conference ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8, he said the IAF has recently updated and revised its doctrine to keep it relevant, noting that no single service can win wars on its own. Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the IAF has reservations about certain aspects of the proposed structures under the tri-services integration process, but it supports the overall plan that aims to ensure tri-services synergy.

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Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday said the benchmark for the situation to become normal in eastern Ladakh would be to return to status quo ante prior to the standoff and complete withdrawal of troops from all friction points and asserted that appropriate “non-escalatory” measures were taken following China’s recent air activities in the region. 

The Chief of Air Staff said Chinese actions along the frontier including in the Ladakh sector are being monitored constantly and the IAF’s overall preparations are part of continuing efforts irrespective of challenges from China.

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Indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), ‘Prachand’, is set to showcase its aerial prowess during the Air Force Day fly-past on October 8 in Chandigarh. The LCH will be among a range of aircraft and helicopters to be deployed for the Air Force Day fly-past at the Sukhna Lake complex in Chandigarh, officials said.

For the first time, Air Force Day celebrations are being held outside the Delhi NCR. Officials said besides the LCH Prachand, various other aircraft including Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Sukhoi, Mig-29, Jaguar, Rafale, IL-76, C-130J and Hawk will be part of the fly-past.

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A total of 10 members of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other proscribed outfits were on Tuesday designated as terrorists by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Those designated as terrorists include Habibullah Malik alias Sajid Jutt, a Pakistani national, Basit Ahmad Reshi, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla but is currently based in Pakistan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Kandoo alias Sajad, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore but now lives in Pakistan, Zafar Iqbal alias Salim, who is from Poonch but presently residing in Pakistan, and Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehman alias Sheikh Sahab, who hails from Pulwama.

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Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari was speaking at the customary press meet before the annual air force day on October 8 said, In the past, wars have been fought on land, at sea, and in the air, according to IAF Chief V.R. Chaudhari. Today, even in the traditional realms, the conduct of operations is being impacted by emergent domains like cyber and space.

“To adapt to these changes, the IAF is undergoing a makeover so that we can fight and prevail in conflicts of the future… In order to keep the ideology of the IAF current, we recently upgraded and altered it.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said 42,000 people lost their lives to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir over the years but security situation has improved now to such an extent that no one dares to call a hartal or indulge in stone-pelting.

Mr Shah also said the Modi government wants to end terrorism, corruption, bring all-round development and make Jammu and Kashmir number one in the country. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted towards terrorism, ensuring complete control of the security forces over the situation, he said, while inaugurating or laying foundation stones of development projects here.

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The 78th anniversary of the Indian Air Force Day will be observed on October 8. 74 aircraft will participate in a flypast above Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh as part of the celebrations.

For the people of Chandigarh, this will be a fantastic chance to witness the power of the Indian Air Force firsthand. Therefore, if you want to see the flypast on October 8th, make plans to go to Sukhna Lake. This comprises fighters, cargo planes, helicopters, and single-engine MiG-21 aircraft. 

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah handed over appointment letters on Tuesday to the family of four Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel who were killed in terror-related violence in the valley, officials said.

“The families of four JKP martyrs were given job letters by the home minister at the Raj Bhavan here,” an official said. The home minister shared photos on Twitter of his meeting with the relatives of the police personnel killed by terrorists in the Kashmir valley.

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Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged both India and China to solve disputes via peaceful means. Speaking to ANI about the India-China confrontation and its impacts on regional issues, he said, “Two big countries will have different opinions on how to run things. We can put across our respective stand on different issues but in end, we should close this discussion and get the best deal out of this – what is your best option, what is my best option.”

He also discussed India-Singapore relations, the code of conduct in the South China Sea and Singapore-ASEAN concern about aggressive Chinese policies.

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Reinforcing the Indian Navy’s commitment to maritime security, INS Tarkash completed its anti-piracy deployment in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) on Tuesday. This 41-day anti-piracy deployment is the first such deployment in GoG by the Indian Navy warship. The deployment included port calls at Dakar in Senegal, Lome in Togo, Lagos in Nigeria and Port Gentil in Gabon.

Apart from anti-piracy patrol and joint exercises with regional navies at sea, the deployment was utilised for capacity-building activities like training in damage control and fire fighting, diving, medical aspects and casualty evacuation, the Indian Navy said.

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IAF Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday said that the Indian Army will be communicating with China over the issue of any air space violation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Speaking at a press conference on the upcoming 90th Air Force Celebration Day, he said, “We will use the Indian Army hotline to communicate with the Chinese in case of any air space violation or other issues.”

“Disengagement has taken place in areas along the LAC. We are keeping an eye on Chinese Air Force activities. We have increased the presence of radars and air defence networks. Appropriate non-escalator measures have been taken in time,” added Mr Chaudhari.

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The Chief of Air Staff will unveil the new pattern of combat uniform for Indian Air Force personnel on Air Force Day here on Saturday, officials said. Air Force Day marks the official induction of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1932. Every year, the day is celebrated in the presence of the Indian Air Force chief and senior officers.

“There will be a parade in the morning at the Air Force station here. On the occasion, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari will unveil the new combat uniform for air force personnel,” an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer told reporters here.

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India’s defence exports to various countries have increased manifold in recent years, the latest deal is to export Indian rocket launchers to Armenia. According to reports, India would supply the ‘Pinaka’ multi-rocket launcher system, which can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds to Armenia besides anti-tank missiles and a variety of ammunition as part of a package agreement.

The complete details of these armaments have not yet been disclosed. Pinaka saw service during the Kargil War, where it was successful in neutralising enemy positions on the mountaintops.

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