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SOURCE:  SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) has been grappling with a flurry of protests recently due to the Pakistan government’s plan to amend the region’s constitution to take away financial and administrative powers of the local government. This has resulted in a massive uprising in all the 10 districts of PoJK.

Reports said that on July 1, a joint secretary in the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs in Islamabad sent a letter to the chief secretary of PoJK, informing that the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a six-member committee to seek amendments in the interim constitution of PoJK. The letter has asked the PoJK government to nominate its three members to participate in the deliberations.

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SOURCE:  SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

With a team of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) likely to visit Pakistan by the end of this month, Islamabad is said to be preparing grounds for declaring terror organisationJaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as “missing and untraceable”. Even as all eyes are on whether or not Pakistan takes an action against Azhar, the security agencies in Islamabad are just “going through the motions” of searching for the whereabouts of Masood Azhar. “They are not serious and are simulating action.

Pakistan is trying to mislead the FATF once again. The team of the global terror watchdog is going to visit Islamabad from 28 August,” diplomatic sources told The Sunday Guardian. “India is closely monitoring activities of the law enforcement agencies in Pakistan to check whether they present the real case to the FATF or not. If they do not do so, then India through diplomatic channels will raise it,” sources added.

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SOURCE:  SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

The Reserve Bank of India’s annual report for 2021-22 released earlier this year suggests that there has been a significant rise in the circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 in the last one year, further suggesting that the black currency market is on the rise in India.

According to the RBI’s report, there has been a rise of almost 100% in the circulation of fake Indian currency. This significant rise of fake currency notes is witnessed in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 2000. For the denomination of Rs 500, there is a rise of almost 107% compared to last year and for Rs 2,000, there has been almost a rise 98% when compared to 2020-21.

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SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA

The pro-Indian government militia, Ikhwan-ul-Musli­m­een—that targeted Pakistan-backed milit­a­nts in Kashmir—was launched in 1993 by popular folk singer-­turned militant Kuka Parray, after his surre­n­der to Indian security forces. Soon, the methods they used began to be questioned, as they too began facing accusations of human rights violations similar to those adopted by militants.

“Kuka Parray was a prized asset, not only because he could do the dirty job for the army, but also because he was the only one to provide a breakthrough in a war India seemed to be losing—or at best, not winning—in Kashmir,” says an army officer who had served in Kashmir till 1997.

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SOURCE: APP

Pakistan has called on India to stop human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, reverse demographic changes there, and restore the State’s identity by rescinding its “illegal” measures of 5 August 2019 to pave the way for a dialogue aimed at resolving the decades-old dispute.

“The onus is on India to create conditions for a dialogue to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Ambassador Munir Akram, permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, said in his opening remarks at a webinar on Saturday organized by the Pakistan Mission to mark Youm-e-Istehsal – the third anniversary of the Indian siege of occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

 A loud sound was heard by inhabitants of a locality in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam where some minority families reside too, confirmed local police on Saturday.No injury has been reported and an investigation has been launched into the incident.While speaking to media, Budgam Police said, “At around 0745 hours, a loud sound was heard by inhabitants of Kralpora where some minority families also reside. SSP Budgam along with BDS team visited the site.”

“No injury reported. Further investigation into the incident is going on,” said the police.Later in the day, the police stated that the preliminary investigation suggests that some unexploded old shell in old building material and scrap piled up there might have exploded which caused the loud sound.Meanwhile, Muslim residents of Kursari Panchayat in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda set an example of communal harmony by joining hands with Hindus in moving giant idols to an ancient temple.

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SOURCE: VOA

Afghanistan’s Taliban found themselves confounded this week when Indian and Pakistani diplomats in Kabul almost simultaneously demanded the release of a foreign journalist they had arrested on charges of breaching regulations.

Anas Mallick, a Pakistani reporter, along with his local producer and driver, were allegedly subjected to assault and interrogation after being taken into custody by the Taliban on Aug. 4, 2022. Mallick was held for 21 hours, while his two Afghan associates were released Saturday after more than 42 hours.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

To celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence, commemorative visits are being undertaken by Indian Navy ships to foreign ports in every continent. Various activities and events are planned at each of these ports by Indian Missions on August 15. The tricolour would be hoisted onboard these ships in the presence of Indian diaspora and distinguished local dignitaries. The event is spread across six continents, three oceans and in six different time zones.

Navy crew would conduct band performances in public places and auditorium and will have the ships open for school children, Indian diaspora and local population.

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SOURCE: PTI

Army Chief General Manoj Pande on Saturday visited the forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the operational preparedness, an official said.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reached Jammu on a two-day visit on Friday and was briefed about the prevailing security situation, the official said. “General Manoj Pande, #COAS visited the forward areas of Poonch & Rajouri Sectors and reviewed the operational preparedness along Line of Control. #COAS also interacted with all ranks & exhorted them to keep working with the same zeal & enthusiasm,” the Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI) of the Indian Army tweeted.

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SOURCE: ANI

Clearing roadblocks for taking forward the $7 billion deal for building six new submarines for the Indian Navy, the Defence Ministry has given its approval for amendments in the ongoing tender that would allow the project to move forward.

Along with the approvals taken in terms and conditions for the programme, the Indian Navy has given a commitment to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) that the next line of submarines would be designed in India and would be cleared for exports too.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

Sri Lanka has requested China to defer the arrival of its spy ship Yuan Wang 5 after India raised concerns over the “real purpose” of the voyage. Yuan Wang 5 is a dual-use spy vessel, employed for space and satellite tracking and with specific usage in intercontinental ballistic missile launches. It is a third-generation tracking ship of the Yuan Wang Series, which came into service on September 29, 2007, and was designed by China’s 708 Research Institute.

It is a highly sophisticated missile range instrumentation ship with top-of-the-line antennas and electronic equipment to support the launching and tracking of missiles and rockets.

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SOURCE: ET/IANS

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch India’s newest rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle – Developmental Flight 1 (SSLV-D1) on Sunday. The countdown down for the SSLV-D1 launch will start about six-and-half-hours before the lift off which is scheduled at 9.18 a.m. on Sunday.

The country’s newest rocket is 34-metre tall and weighs 120 ton SSLV-D1. The rocket has a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 500 kg and will carry an earth observation satellite-02 (EOS-02) formerly known as Microsatellite-2 weighing about 145 kg.

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SOURCE: ANI

To enhance capabilities, the Indian Army has been deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI) based surveillance systems on Northern and Western borders. Sources in the Defence establishment have confirmed that apart from deploying AI-based surveillance systems at borders, “They are also using it to keep watch on real-time social media monitoring, pattern recognition and prediction of adversary courses of action, etc.”

“AI-based real-time monitoring software has been deployed for generating intelligence in Counter Terrorist Operations. AI-based suspicious vehicle recognition system has been deployed in eight locations in the Northern and Southern theatre,” a source said.

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SOURCE: ANI

To unlock the mysteries in the heart of the deep sea waters, India has undertook mega ocean mission ‘Samudrayaan’. The country aims to send a team of experts into the deep sea to carry out various deep underwater studies. Samudrayaan Mission is aimed to develop a self-propelled manned submersible to carry three human beings to a water depth of 6,000 meters in the ocean with a suite of scientific sensors and tools for deep ocean exploration. It has an endurance of 12 hours of operational period and 96 hours in case of emergency.

The manned submersible will allow scientific personnel to observe and understand unexplored deep-sea areas by direct interventions. Further, it will enhance the capability for deep sea man rated vehicle development.

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SOURCE: Insider

Russia is slashing prices on its crude, undercutting the price of oil from Saudi Arabia as Moscow moves to send more barrels to Asia. Bloomberg calculations and Indian government data show that Russian barrels were cheaper than Saudi Arabian barrels from April through June. That spread widened to nearly $19 a barrel in May, before easing to a $13 difference in June.

By comparison, in March, Russian crude sold at a $13 premium. In June, Russia beat out Saudi Arabia as India’s second-biggest crude supplier, ranked behind Iraq. Oil from Iraq as about $9 a barrel more expensive than Russian crude in May, but sold cheaper in all other months, per Bloomberg calculations.

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