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SOURCE: ANI

 The tense situation at Indo-China border in Eastern Ladakh will continue and will not ease-off as Chinese Army (PLA) has adopted to a stubborn stance and is not ready to disengage on-ground, said Lt Gen (Retd) Deependra Singh Hooda, Former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command.

The veteran army general was speaking during the Virtual Meet on ‘The Future of Indo-China Relations’, organized by Chandigarh University, Gharuan. The Virtual Meet was attended by former Indian Army General, former Indian Navy Chief, National Security Experts and Senior Administration Officials of Government of Punjab who interacted with the students to apprise them about the on-ground situation between the two Asian powers.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India is developing a new air-launched missile capable of knocking out enemy tanks from a stand-off distance of more than 10km, and a crucial test of the weapon will be conducted in two months at a time when the country is locked in border tensions with China in the Ladakh theatre, top officials familiar with the developments said on Wednesday.

The indigenous missile — named stand-off anti-tank missile (Sant) — is expected to be mated to the Indian Air Force’s Russian-origin Mi-35 attack helicopters to arm them with the capability to destroy enemy armour from an improved stand-off range, one of the officials cited above said, asking not to be named.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

India is closing in on an agreement with the United States that will give it access to satellite data for better accuracy of missiles and drones, government and industry officials said, as it tries to narrow the gap with the powerful Chinese military.

The two sides are expected to announce the pact during the visit next week of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defense secretary Mark Esper for talks in New Delhi with Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

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SOURCE: TNN

As India and China maintain stable but confrontational positions in eastern Ladakh, the external affairs ministry on Thursday said that “the immediate task is to ensure a comprehensive disengagement of troops in all the friction areas”.

The two sides are reportedly engaged in high-level talks to resolve the stand-off. According to sources, China has been asking for a de-escalation of armoured and artillery units before disengagement. That is unacceptable to the Indian side because China has a much easier route to re-arm its troops, unlike India.

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SOURCE: TNN

The Navy will continue to maintain a high-tempo of operations’ andpeak combat readiness’ to tackle any contingency, said Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday, even as the force inducted a new indigenously-built stealth corvette designed for potent anti-submarine warfare.

While the Navy chief reviewed the operational preparedness on the western seaboard off the Karwar naval base amidst the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China, Army chief General M M Naravane commissioned the stealth corvette INS Kavaratti at the naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Indian Navy got its first batch of women pilots for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) missions on Dornier aircraft. The pilots completed Dornier Operational Flying Training (DOFT) on October 20 at INS Garuda in Kerala’s Kochi.

They were operationalised by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) and have been identified as Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop, Lt Divya Sharma and Lt Shivangi.

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SOURCE: ANI

A demonstration was staged in Pakistan occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad against the brutalities and horrors in Jammu and Kashmir during Pakistan’s invasion of the state on October 22, 1947.

Observing October 22 as ‘Black Day’, the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) held protests in all the major towns including in Muzaffarabad of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Thursday.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India said on Thursday the immediate task of its diplomatic and military engagements with China is ensuring a “comprehensive disengagement of troops” in all friction areas in Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The disengagement and de-escalation process has not moved forward despite several meetings of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs and the senior military commanders of the two sides. The commanders are expected to meet for the eighth round of talks by next week.

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SOURCE: Times Now

 India on Thursday yet again lambasted Pakistan for failing to take action against United Nations-designated terrorists such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim and Lashkar-e-Taiba head Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, which are provided shelter by the neighbouring country.

Commenting on the possibility of Pakistan continuing to remaining on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the ministry of external affairs ministry said that Pakistan has addressed only 21 action items so far out of the 27 action items given to them under their action plan. Six important action items yet to be addressed.

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SOURCE: PTI

India has conveyed to prominent Afghan leader Ata Mohammad Noor that it is committed to reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. The former governor of Balkh Province held talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday.

Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Anurag Srivastava said the current situation in Afghanistan including the peace process and increasing number of incidents of violence in that country figured in the talks.

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SOURCE: HT

Even as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) assesses Islamabad’s compliance with a counter-terror financing action plan, India on Thursday accused Pakistan of continuing to shelter terror groups and failing to act against UN-designated terrorists such as Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told a weekly news briefing that Pakistan had addressed only 21 of the 27 items in an action plan given by FATF to curb terror financing and money laundering. His remarks came against the backdrop of the multilateral watchdog’s virtual plenary meeting, which is widely expected to decide by Friday on retaining Pakistan in its “grey list”.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

As Jammu and Kashmir and the entire nation mark the ‘Black Day’ of tribal invasion in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 by a lashkars of 20,000 kabailis (Pakistani tribesmen), tributes from all across the nation are pouring in for the less known martyr–Maqbool Sherwani. He sacrificed himself to save the lives of Kashmiris and to resist invasion on Indian soil.

After entering Jammu and Kashmir loaded like cattle in lorries and trucks, tall and shabby tribesmen entirely plundered the beautiful city of Baramulla on  October 26. The attack was so lethal that only 3,000 citizens of Baramulla out of a total population of 14,000 were said to have survived–a fact that Akbar Khan, a Pakistani commander and main perpetrator of the attack, has himself agreed to in his book ‘Raiders in Kashmir’.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said “illegal and unconstitutional” disempowerment was perpetrated on the people of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year when the Centre abrogated Article 370, asserting that the changes were unacceptable and would be fought against in unison.

The announcement was made after a meeting of senior leaders of the party chaired by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti – the first such meeting after her release from over 14 months-long detention.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Commencement of deliveries of Dassault Rafale to Indian Air Force (IAF) might come as a much-needed boost in the capabilities of the IAF and may prove to be effective in winning a skirmish against our adversaries but they may not be enough to deter a full-scale conflict in the region as Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria called in the Government to fast track procurement of 114 jets under Make in India, while IAF is now focusing on inducting 83 Tejas Mk1A and 200 Tejas Mk2 jets in next 10-15 years.

Dassault Aviation and the French Government already have offered Modi Government more, 36 Dassault Rafale at the same price but with more Indian specific enhancement, for which deliveries can begin from 2024 onwards. IAF has been making a case to procure additional Dassault Rafale, rather than go for another fighter type which already has been crowded due to multiple vendors offering multiple jets to IAF.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Recovered Nirbhay Cruise Missile which had plunged into the sea in recent missile trial, has helped Program Team to identify the snag which happened 8 minutes into the flight and has been tagged as a minor one, coming as a major relief to the Top Management of the DRDO, which has seen multiple missile system trials amid a standoff with Chinese forces in the LAC.

Nirbhay for the first time was fitted with the indigenously developed, Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) propulsion system developed by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) and it was reported earlier, that it was STFE which had developed a Snag, but it has been now told, that it was the booster snag prevented clean separation due to which the missile plunged into the sea.

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