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SOURCE: THE PRINT

With increasing efforts underway from various quarters to enable a more participatory ecosystem for the private space industry, members within the community have come together to launch the country’s first dedicated space think tank, Spaceport SARABHAI (S2). 

The organisation will be based out of Bengaluru, with a satellite presence in Delhi, Berlin (Germany), Sendai (Japan) and Boston (US). Its named after Vikram Sarabhai, who founded and spearheaded India’s space programme.  The think tank aims to elevate the current Indian space industry — largely occupied by ISRO and accompanying private companies that add to its services — to an industry-friendly, financially supportive, regulated space, by providing policy guidance, stakeholder feedback, and research data to the government and the Department of Space. 

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SOURCE: Daily Excelsior

 Former Union Minister and senior All India Congress Committee leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that Congress was ‘unlikely’ to grab 300 plus seats in 2024 Parliamentary elections to reverse the decision of the BJP led NDA Government with regard to abrogation of Article 370 in J&K.

In a move to counter his critics in J&K over Article 370, Azad while addressing a large public gathering at Poonch today said that the matter related to Article 370 was sub-judice before the Supreme Court of India and he would not like to comment on it. The Apex Court or the Parliament can take a review on the decision taken.

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SOURCE: IANS

As the ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits for a verdict anytime on the trumped-up flimsy charges against her by the current military Junta, Myanmar has drifted towards chaos, confusion and near civil war and economic collapse with no end in sight of the current situation.

Was it inevitable with the military holding the levers of power under the 2008 Constitution in whose drafting the civilian leaders had no role to play? Yet, democracy was progressing albeit slowly, but progressively given the constraints of time and objective reality in Myanmar.

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SOURCE: PTI

Dassault Systemes has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tamil Nadu government to set up The Tamil Nadu Centre of Advance Manufacturing (TANCAM) at TIDEL Park in the city, the company said on Tuesday. TANCAM, a first of its kind Centre of Excellence in India, would provide a dedicated IT engineering ecosystem to support the micro, small and medium enterprises sector, startups and the students and enable the growth of industries such as aerospace, defense, automotive and electric vehicles.

The Centre would have facilities for an engineering digital platform to support product design, composites, simulation and digital manufacturing, along with a 3D printer and virtual reality-set up, a company statement said here.

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SOURCE: ET

A spy for Pakistan provided onetime passwords to his handlers to activate social media accounts, Rajasthan Police has said after the arrest of a man. It said Nibab Khan (34) worked for Pakistan’s ISI, since 2015, and helped it activate more than 25 accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp which were used to run propaganda.

Khan was arrested by Rajasthan Police CIDs with the help of central agencies on Sunday under the Official Secrets Act. “He is believed to have been in touch with officials from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. He received remuneration for providing information and supplied information related to the Indian Army in Rajasthan,” the FIR against him alleged.

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SOURCE: PTI

The long-awaited Munsiyari-Milam road on which work started in 2012 is not likely to be completed before the end of 2023, a senior BRO official said on Thursday. After this key strategic road is complete, it would be easy to reach the last security posts at the Indo-China border in Johar Valley by vehicles. The strategically important high-altitude road was to be completed this year but making way through hard rocks is posing a big challenge, BRO chief engineer and incharge of the project MNV Prasad said.

Sub-zero temperatures during winter coupled with the coronavirus lockdown last year, which saw labourers returning home, has further delayed work on the key project, he said.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

The Uttar Pradesh Police have beefed up security in the Ayodhya district after an unknown caller called on the emergency number 112 and threatened to carry out a series of blasts in Ayodhya city and blast the Ram Mandir.

A senior police officer posted at Ayodhya district police headquarters confirmed the threat call. The officer further added that they have identified the caller. “The call was made by a youth from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad,” added the officer.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Thursday hit out at the UN human rights body OHCHR for its adverse comments on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it “betrays” a complete lack of understanding of the security challenges in the region due to cross-border terrorism.

Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said authorities in India act against violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights. Bagchi’s comments came in response to a statement made by the spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on specific incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. He said “baseless and unfounded” allegations were made against law enforcement authorities and security forces of India in the statement.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

In a bid to resolve the military standoff in the Eastern Ladakh sector, India and China are likely to hold the 14th round of corps commander talks in the third or fourth week of December. “The Chinese side has to send up the invitation for the 14th round of talks. The talks are likely to be held in the third or fourth week of this month before the year end,” top government sources told India Today.

The first half of the year would see the entire country, led by the Prime Minister and Indian Army, busy celebrating India’s victory over Pakistan 50 years ago and the creation of Bangladesh.

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SOURCE: PTI

When the government’s thrust is on digitisation, frequent suspension of the internet on “flimsy grounds” is uncalled for and must be avoided, a parliamentary panel has said. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, in its report titled ‘Suspension of Telecom and Internet Services and Its Impact’ called for defining the parameters and a “robust mechanism” for internet shutdown.

It noted that the suspension of telecom services and the internet frequently affected life and liberty of people. The Committee said, “When the Government’s thrust is on digitisation and knowledge economy with free and open access to internet at its core, frequent suspension of internet on flimsy grounds is uncalled for and must be avoided.” “There is a need to monitor the exercise of this provision so that these are not misused to the disadvantage of people at large. The Committee, therefore, recommend that a proper mechanism is put in place at the earliest to decide on the merit or appropriateness of telecom/internet shutdowns,” it said in the report.

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SOURCE:  THE HINDU

A steel-cutting ceremony for two anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) to be built by the Cochin Shipyard for the Navy was conducted at the shipyard on Wednesday. Commodore V. Ganapathy, warship production superintendent of the warship overseeing team (Kochi), conducted the ceremony which marked the beginning of the construction of the fourth and fifth vessels in a series of eight such craft being built by the shipyard.

“These technologically advanced vessels are designed and engineered indigenously and will be equipped with various payloads to cater to the vessels’ functions. The vessel will feature stringent signature and stealth technologies to avoid detection by submarines and other surveillance systems. Significant part of the payloads and solutions will be from Indian firms,” said a release.

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SOURCE:  PTI

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is likely to induct 10 new advanced light helicopters procured from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited by May 2022, its spokesperson said on Wednesday. Moreover, the ICG is planning to induct one offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in 2021 and two pollution control vessels (PCVs) by 2025, added the spokesperson.

The ICG has concluded a contract for procurement of 16 advanced light helicopters (ALH) Mk-III from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bengaluru, which is in consonance with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Out of the 16 ALH ordered, six have already been inducted into the ICG and the remaining 10 aircraft are likely to be inducted by May 2022.

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SOURCE:  HT

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday took up a ?5,100-crore deal with Russia to jointly manufacture AK-203 assault rifles at a facility in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India on December 6 for an annual summit with the Indian prime minister, officials familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The AK-203 deal was on the CCS’s agenda and a deal could be signed soon, said one of the persons cited above. There was no official word on the committee green-lighting the proposed deal, which was cleared by the defence ministry last month, as previously reported. HT spoke to four senior government officials, none of whom confirmed if CCS had cleared it, although the deal faces no hurdles and there’s no reason for any delay.

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SOURCE:  PTI

There have been no incidents of radioactive leakage to the environment from any nuclear power plant in the country in the last three years, the Atomic Energy Ministry said. Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said the safety of nuclear power plants is continuously monitored and reviewed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

“There have been no incidents of radioactive leakage to the environment from any nuclear power plant in the country in the last three years,” he said in a written reply. Responding to another question, Singh said land measuring around 174 hectares in an L-shaped configuration (with each arm of the L being 4 km in length) has been acquired for the LIGO-India Project at Aundha in Maharashtra’s Hingoli district.

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SOURCE:  ANI

Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Director-General Missiles and Strategic Systems (DGMSS) BHVS Narayan Murthy has been given the additional charge of the BrahMos Aerospace corporation. “Distinguished scientist Mr Narayan Murthy has been given the interim charge of the BrahMos Aerospace corporation which manufactures the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for the Indian armed forces,” BrahMos officials told ANI here.

BrahMos officials further told that it is an interim arrangement and DGMSS is already in the Board of Directors of BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd.

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