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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Rarely you come across a 140-ton monster Truck with Army green camouflage moving on the road and even rare is finding out that it was carrying India’s longest ranged nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V with a range of 5500-8000km with Strategic Forces Command (SFC) personals likely on the delivery run where photographed moving the missile to undisclosed location has the internet and people cant keep claim due to obvious reasons.

Picture of Agni-V that was widely shared on the social media platforms is for the first time shows missile in its operational configuration that includes canister housing of the missile and the Transport-cum-Tilting vehicle-5 for better road mobility and to reduce reaction time drastically. Agni-V tested nearly a decade ago for the first time as a Beijing specific missile system but with ability to hit the longer range with lighter payload meant friends and allies were also nervous about its development, due to which they were no successor to the Agni-V program at least on the land-based system.

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SOURCE: TNN

India is confident of its strategic deterrence capability, which will get a greater punch with the ongoing induction of Agni-V missiles and Rafale fighters as well the commissioning of nuclear submarine INS Arighat this year, though it still lags behind both China and Pakistan in the number of nuclear warheads.

China now possesses 350 nuclear warheads, while Pakistan has 165, as compared to 156 of India, as per the latest assessment of the Stockholm International Peace Institute (SIPRI) released on Monday. The nine nuclear-armed countries together possess an estimated 13,080 nuclear weapons, with Russia (6,255 warheads) and the US (5,550) leagues ahead of the rest. The others are France (290), UK (225), Israel (90) and North Korea (40-50). These figures, of course, are not exact because countries by and large keep their nuclear weapons programmes shrouded in secrecy.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

Reports that India has opened ‘formal channels of communication’ to the Taliban, thereby changing its decades-old policy, created something of a stir in strategic circles. Clearly, with about 50 per cent of US troops already out of Afghanistan, the clock is ticking. Standing staunchly by Kabul is all very well, but the reality is that the Taliban are not going anywhere, and will be part of any future dispensation in Afghanistan.

That’s the central pivot of all decision-making. That, and what the Taliban want themselves. That’s tricky, since it depends just who the ‘Taliban’ are at this point in time.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Saturday’s announcement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on archiving, declassifying and compiling of war histories is a long overdue initiative that signals that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is at last willing to shed its shroud of confidentiality over happenings long gone by. Largely conforming to global practices, the policy has the potential to kick-start multiple initiatives within the MoD and the three services that will offer researchers, analysts and historians an easy lens into studying military operations in the post-Independence period.

Interlinked challenges

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SOURCE: EASTMOJO

According to a report by activist group Justice for Myanmar (JFM), an arms manufacturer majority-owned by India has been supplying military technology to Myanmar’s coup regime for coastal surveillance. Reportedly, at least seven shipments of military tech have been made till now.

The JFM released a report on Monday, exposing Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) of selling radar supplies and communication equipment to the armed forces of the Myanmar regime, who have killed more than 860 civilians since the coup in February.

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SOURCE: Express News Service

 Though officials have claimed that the security forces have an upper hand against militants and that the militancy is on a decline, as many as 13 security personnel lost their lives to violence by militants this year.  

Of them, seven were from Jammu and Kashmir Police, three from the CRPF and three from the Army. They were killed in nine separate incidents in the Valley, three of which took place in south Kashmir, three in Srinagar, two in Sopore and one in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

India is looking at a “recalibration” of its bilateral ties with Sri Lanka as China is gaining massive inroads in the Indian Ocean island nation, multiple sources have told ThePrint. Colombo had last month decided to go ahead with the controversial $1.4 billion special economic zone (SEZ) project, the Colombo Port City project, funded by Beijing.

New Delhi, which aimed at resetting bilateral ties with Colombo following the return of the Rajapaksa regime, now believes that Sri Lanka has taken a firm decision on “completely aligning” with China even if that means doing away with the balancing act with India, sources said.

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SOURCE: TNN

India on Sunday indicated it could consider joining the so-called Build Back Better World (B3W) plan of the G7, described by the US as an affirmative initiative for meeting the tremendous infrastructure needs of low- and middle-income countries. The announcement of the proposal followed US President Joe Biden’s discussions with G7 leaders on strategic competition with China and is aimed at countering Beijing’s growing influence in these countries.
The government said it would study the proposal.

“I can confirm relevant agencies of the government will study the specifics of the proposal as appropriate at a later stage,” MEA additional secretary P Harish said.

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SOURCE: HT

A trust deficit persists between the Indian and Chinese armies a year after their soldiers were involved in a brutal clash along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the remote Galwan Valley, and the lack of confidence in each other has hampered the disengagement of rival troops from friction points in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the border row said on Monday on the condition of anonymity.

The Galwan Valley clash of June 15, 2020 was the first deadly skirmish between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC in more than five decades, and pushed the bilateral relationship to breaking point — it left 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number of Chinese troops dead.

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SOURCE: TNN

Transport minister Firhad Hakim visited Shalimar Shipyard on Monday and promised a robust turnaround for the 135-year-old ailing public sector undertaking (PSU), Shalimar Works. The minister met the senior officers of the state-run unit to assess the current situation and ways to improve its operations. Shalimar Works has produced close to 600 vessels so far and had also supplied ships to Indian Navy in the past. The shipyard was taken over by the Government of West Bengal in 1980.

However, it was established by Turner Morrison in 1885 during the British period. It has been a major ship repairing unit of the east coast and became operational well before the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) was set up.

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SOURCE: The Indian Express

Four months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged in Pangong Tso, and two months after Corps Commander-level talks failed to make headway on pullback of troops from other areas of eastern Ladakh, China has suggested negotiations at the level of Division Commanders — an offer that the Indian side is said to be considering.

Division Commander-level talks involve teams headed by officers of the rank of Major General. This is different from the Corps Commander-level talks that involve more senior officers — Lt Generals who head Corps or equivalent formations.

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SOURCE: Times Now

It was a proud day for more than a billion Indians as 135 peacekeeping troops received United Nations medals for their stellar performance in South Sudan.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) took to its official Twitter handle and said, “Take a bow, people of #India! Some 135 of your peacekeeping troops, based in #SouthSudan and serving with #UNMISS, have received @UN medals for their outstanding performance in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area. #ServingForPeace”

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SOURCE: Times Now

The Central government on Monday told the Supreme Court that its notification inviting non-Muslims refugees residing in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship does not relate to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) called the move a  “mere delegation of power vested with the Central Government to local authorities. A similar delegation of power has been permitted by the Centre in 2004, 2005, 206, 2016 and 2018 also and no relaxation whatsoever has been made in respect of the eligibility criteria between different foreign nationals which are laid down in the Citizenship Act, 1955 and rules made thereunder, the MHA said.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Kerala government has no role in bringing back four widows of Islamic State fighters from the state languishing in a jail in Afghanistan and it was an issue to be decided by the Centre, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday. Responding to a query on the Centre’s alleged disinterest in bringing them back to India, Vijayan told reporters here that it was a matter to be decided by the Centre and the state government has nothing to do with it.

According to him, a stand is needed to be taken onthe matter considering it as an issue of the nation. Noting that the women from the state are jailed in Afghanistan, the chief minister also said “it is needed to know if they are ready to come to India. Their family’s opinion should also be sought.” Vijayan said the Centre should take a decision considering all these matters.

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