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SOURCE: PTI

The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite is expected to be launched by 2022 as India and the US have decided to share Space Situational Awareness Information, which will catalyse efforts to create the conditions for a safe and sustainable space environment. The two sides also expressed the intent to continue the India-US Space Dialogue as well as discussions on areas of potential space defense cooperation.

A joint statement, issued after the 2+2 strategic dialogue between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and their US counterparts Secretary of States Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T Esper, said, “…the ministers applauded the ongoing collaboration between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite scheduled to be launched by 2022.”

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SOURCE: GEO TV

Pakistan warned the world on Wednesday that India’s expansion of its nuclear forces will have “serious repercussions” for peace and stability in South Asia.

Islamabad was reacting to the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which was inked between the United States and India today. Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that Pakistan had time and again highlighted how provision of advanced military hardware, technologies and knowledge to India will have serious repercussions for peace in South Asia.

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SOURCE: DailyExcelsior

Saudi Arabia shows PoK & Gilgit Baltistan as a separate country, earlier it showed them as a part of Pakistan.

In a shocking and humiliating development for the Pakistani Government and its Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has removed Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan from Pakistan’s map.

Official sources said that on October 24, Saudi Arabia released a 20 Riyal banknote to commemorate its Presidency of organizing G-20 summit on November 21-22, 2020. But surprisingly, the backside of the note is enough to leave Pakistan, once Saudi Arabia’s most trusted ally, shell shocked.
Infact, the world map displayed on the backside of the note, does not show Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. According to the stand of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir (PoK), are now independent nations, official said.

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SOURCE: OPINDIA

Parody country Pakistan is at it again. This time, Pakistan-based bots including its citizens now want their country led by Imran Khan, to ‘Do Atomic Attack’ on France. No, it is not a joke, they are saying it in all seriousness. Here is how it all started.

Samuel Paty beheading
Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Islam is in crisis all over the world. The French President had also suggested closing down of places of worship that are suspected of radicalisation. Shockingly, just two weeks later, a school teacher Samuel Paty was publicly beheaded by a radical Islamist. Paty’s ‘crime’ was to show a caricature of Prophet Muhammad to his students.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

 In a joint attack on terrorism emanating from Pakistan, India and the United States on Tuesday called on Pakistan to act on terrorism and not allow its territory to be used for terrorist attacks. The joint statement issued by both sides after the 2+2 meet in the national capital asked Pakistan to “expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of all such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot”. 

“The ministers called on Pakistan to take an immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks, and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of all such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot,” read the statement. 

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SOURCE: PTI

Under intense backlash for alleged Islamophobia from countries like Turkey and Pakistan, a section of users on social media have voiced their support to French President Emmanuel Macron for his comments against terror activities in the country. Also Read – Pakistan To Strengthen Ties With Afghanistan: PM Imran Khan

On Tuesday, a new hashtag started trending on Twitter in India. #IStandWithFrance saw hundreds of social media users tweeting with this hashtag people expressing their support to Macron’s strong decision to take a stand against extremism in France. Also Read – This Pakistan Bank Has Made Hijab & ‘Loose Dresses’ Mandatory For Women Employees, Twitter Slams ‘Discriminatory’ Move.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

With harsh weather conditions expected to set in soon, India and China have intensified talks over the disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China has upped troop deployment along the border areas even as Eastern Ladakh experienced its first snowfall of the season on Monday.

On October 26, the upper reaches of most mountains in and around the area recorded moderate to heavy snowfall. The areas of Depsang plains have been greeted with heavy snowfall, and areas of Pangong Tso have faced moderate to low snowfall.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

A central notification has allowed Indian citizens living outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy non-agricultural land in the Union Territory. The notification puts in place the biggest change facilitated by the abrogation of the special status last year, igniting fears of an eventual demographic shift in the Muslim-majority tip of India and triggering outrage in the Valley and in Jammu as well as across faiths.

Until now, only permanent residents were allowed to buy immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir.

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SOURCE: ENS

Through a unanimous resolution, Pakistan’s National Assembly has asked the government that it should recall its ambassador in France after French President Emmanuel Macron last week refused to condemn the French publication for showing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. However, Pakistan has no ambassador currently posted in Paris as the last ambassador Moin-ul-Haq left France three months ago after being transferred to China, reported The News.

Ever since Moin-ul-Haq’s transfer to China, Pakistan has not yet designated an ambassador to France.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

As India and the United States have signed landmark defence pact BECA with an aim to bolster their military ties, the move has apparently become a matter of concern for China which is locked in a bitter standoff with New Delhi in eastern Ladakh.

India and China were expected to hold the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks last week but Beijing reportedly delayed the meeting. This comes as US Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India on Monday on a two-day visit for the Indo-US 2+2 dialogue during which they are expected to discuss several key and strategic issues, including the ongoing border tension between India and China in eastern Ladakh and Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

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SOURCE: PTI

Indian Army chief General M M Naravane will arrive in Kathmandu on November 4 on a three-day official visit during which he will meet Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, who is also holding the defence portfolio. Gen Naravane will be visiting Nepal from November 4 to November 6 at the official invitation of the Nepalese Army chief, according to a statement issued by the Nepal Army headquarters here.

Continuing a tradition of friendship between the two militaries, Gen Naravane will be conferred with the honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army’ by President Bidya Devi Bhandari during a special ceremony at the Rastrapati Bhawan, the statement said. The tradition, which started in 1950, reflects the strong ties between the two militaries.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India’s border areas with Pakistan in Rajasthan would soon be illuminated with renewable energy as the state government will soon ink an MoU with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to establish Ultra Mega Renewal Energy Power Park, government officials said.

The park to be set up near borders areas will be of 8,000 megawatts (MW) capacity, which will comprise 4,310 MW of wind energy; 3,760 MW of solar energy and 120 MW of power from biomass. Currently, Rajasthan’s solar generation capacity is 4,883 MW.

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SOURCE: FIRST POST

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday notified new land laws for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh and omitted any precondition on the purchase of land in Jammu and Kashmir, as existed under Article 370 for the outsiders.

Before the repeal of Article 370 and Article 35-A in August last year, non-residents could not buy any immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the fresh changes have paved the way for non-residents to buy land in the union territory, sparking fears among locals that this will dilute Jammu and Kashmir’s demography.

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SOURCE: NDTV

Urban land and immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir can now be purchased by residents of any state, with the Centre notifying a new law to integrate the Union territory with the rest of the country. Earlier, only residents of Jammu and Kashmir were allowed to purchase land in the state. But the Centre’s move in August last year, scrapping the state’s special powers under the Article 370 of the Constitution and its bifurcation into two Union Territories, paved the way for the change.  

In a gazette notification, the Centre has omitted the phrase “permanent resident of the state” from Section 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, which deals with the disposal of land in the Union Territory.

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SOURCE: IANS

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed fears that India may use Afghan soil to destabilize and target Islamabad. “Pakistan fears India will use Afghanistan to destabilize us,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of the two-day Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum in Islamabad.

“We tried to be friends with India but could not succeed. We realize that India is ideologically against Pakistan”, he added. The premier said that the Narendra Modi-led government in India was not only against Pakistan as a country but was also against its own Muslim population.

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