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SOURCE: LIVEMINT

In a major boost to its capabilities, the Indian Army is soon going to get Israeli Heron and American mini drones for upgrading its surveillance capabilities in Eastern Ladakh and other areas along the China border.

“The deals for the acquisition of the Heron surveillance drones is in the final stages and is expected to be inked in December. The Herons are going to be deployed in the Ladakh sector and they will be more advanced than the existing fleet in the Indian armed forces,” government sources told ANI.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

Noting that a situation of “no war nor peace” will prevail between India and China for the time to come, former Army chief Gen V.P. Malik (retd) said the country should not be in any kind of hurry to pull back troops from Ladakh, adding that the forces have to remain alert against the Chinese.

In an interview to ThePrint, Gen Malik also said that the Chinese incursions at multiple locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh in early May indicated “intelligence and surveillance failure”.

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SOURCE: ET

The cybersecurity breach at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) may have remained undetected for more than six months, reveals a report from Singapore-based cybersecurity firm Group-IB.

Experts from Group-IB, who discovered and analysed an archive containing dtrack, a remote-administration tool attributed to North Korean group Lazarus, says that analysis “revealed that the logs contained data from a compromised machine running Windows that belonged to an employee of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).”

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SOURCE: WION

Asserting that their stand against Pakistan sponsored terrorism, two prominent Members of European Parliament (MEP) wrote to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, condemning Islamabad for not yet having brought to justice those who orchestrated the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

In a letter to Khan on November 24, Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki and Italian MEP Fulvio Martusciello requested to know what action has Pakistan “taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist organisation, based in Pakistan, known to have carried out the multiple shooting and bombing attacks that happened in Mumbai in 2008?”

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SOURCE: PTI

India said on Thursday that it will keep the global spotlight “firmly” on cross-border terrorism and on the epicentre of the global menace, in an apparent reference to Pakistan on the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar applauded the courage of India’s security forces for continuing to defend the country “so resolutely”. “Will keep the global spotlight firmly on the menace of cross-border terrorism against India. And on the epicentre of global terrorism,” he said in a tweet.

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SOURCE: Republic

On the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack that was planned and perpetrated by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, hoardings were seen in Srinagar calling out Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism. Ahead of DDC elections in J&K, Pakistan has been trying to disturb the situation by continuous ceasefire violation along the border. Moreover, last week, security forces exposed Pakistan-based terror groups’ attempt of 26/11 type attack in Nagrota.

The hoardings in Srinagar show how Kashmiris are united against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, and despite Pakistan’s attempts to intervene in the UT, they stand together with India. 

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Twelve years since 26/11 terror attacks of 2008, Mumbai’s security apparatus has seen a sea change with Indian Coast Guard standing out as one of the key maritime security agencies. From a meagre 74 vessel to patrol the 7,500 kilometre coastline of India, the force is on its way to become a 200-vessel strong force.

In 2017, the Centre approved a Rs31,748-crore, five-year programme to add to the Coast Guard’s resources. “This has seen the Coast Guard fleet of vessels grow 134 ships which are operational. Fifty seven ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian shipyards. The air wing too has increased from 44 aircraft in 2008 to 58,” said a spokesperson from Indian Coast Guard.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

Sitting between the two cops, I tried to think of ways to escape. What would I tell them? Could I call Atta? Maybe he would be able to help me through his journalist contacts. But then I was reminded of his last words. He said he would disown me if I mentioned him. Disowned, abandoned, betrayed . . . Should I just be honest? 

The bike entered a gated premise and halted. It was a police station. I was taken inside and made to sit on a chair. This was my first encounter with the Pakistani authorities. Before this, Atta had handled everything, but now I was left to my own devices. What was I to do? .

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Hafiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder sanctioned by the UN Security Council, is not serving time in jail but at his Johar Town house in Lahore from where he runs the terror group, according to people familiar with the matter.

Saeed was formally placed under arrest in July 2019, months before he was sentenced to 10 years and six months in jail in a terror financing case in February this year that was described by the United States as an “important step forward”. Last week, Saeed was handed down another set of jail terms in two more cases of terror financing.

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SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA

Israelis are holding ceremonies to pay respects to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, demanding that the perpetrators of the carnage be brought to justice and condemning “Pakistan-sponsored terrorism”.

Israelis, and Indian students and caregivers paid respects to the victims in Jerusalem, Rehovot and Tel Aviv on Wednesday and ceremonies are planned in Beersheva and Eilat on Thursday. A virtual ceremony on Zoom is also planned for Thursday at 8 PM Israel time (11:30 PM IST). Hundreds have registered to take part in the event.

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SOURCE: IANS

With barely 48 hours remaining for the DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir, two Indian Army soldiers were killed in an attack in broad daylight just outside the union territory capital.

Terrorists attacked a patrolling party at Shariefabad on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Thursday. According to sources, the militants ambushed the patrolling party and fired at them indiscriminately critically injuring the two soldiers who later succumbed.

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The Indian-Americans along with other communities staged a demonstration in front of the Capitol Hill on November 25 on the eve of Mumbai terror attack’s 12-year-anniversary. On November 26, 2008, a group of Pakistani terrorists entered via sea route held to ransom the city of Mumbai and took lives of at least 160 people including foreigners.

 To pay respect to the victims, a truck was included in the protest with the billboard asking for justice, outside Pakistan and Turkey’s embassies in the United States. 

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SOURCE: PTI

India and Bahrain on Wednesday agreed to further strengthen their historic ties, including in areas of defence and maritime security, as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Bahraini counterpart discussed the entire gamut of bilateral issues as well as regional and global matters of mutual interest.

Jaishankar arrived on Tuesday on the first leg of his six-day three-nation tour to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Seychelles. His two-day maiden visit to Bahrain is seen as important as it comes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the world.

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SOURCE: TASS

The Russian and Indian Navies may hold joint drills in the Baltic Sea, following a meeting of their representatives at the headquarters of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday.

“During a meeting of the Indian military delegation led by Naval Attache at the Embassy of the Republic of India in Russia Commodore Manish Chadha with Baltic Fleet Commander Admiral Alexander Nosatov, the Indian side expressed its wish to hold joint drills of the fleets of both countries in the Baltic Sea and take part in the events of celebrating Russia’s Navy Day in 2021,” the press office said in a statement.

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SOURCE:  The Tribune

The Ministry of Defence is all set to issue a formal tender for making six new generation stealth submarines under a $7 billion project that will entail an Indian manufacturer’s tie-up with a foreign partner for making these under-sea vessels.

The formal tender states the request for proposal (RFP) is expected any time now. Known as ‘Project 75-India’, it will be done under the strategic partnership model policy to make conventional diesel-electric vessels. The RFP has undergone the process of legal vetting and was expected to be released soon to the short-listed companies. Issuance of an RFP is the second stage of tendering process. 

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