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SOURCE: IANS

The final heat treatment of the reactor vessel for the upcoming fifth 1,000 MW nuclear power unit at Tamil Nadu’s Kudankulam has been completed, Russian integrated nuclear power major Rosatom said. According to Rosatom, after the finishing welding and carrying out inspections, the reactor vessel, weighing 320 tons, was moved to a gas furnace and six thermocouples were installed.

The equipment was in the furnace for four days at a temperature of 650 degrees Celsius for 8-10 hours. Specialists recorded thermocouple readings for four days.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

India is articulating its position against the Ukraine war more robustly to counter criticism that it is soft on Russia, but it still has not held Moscow responsible for the invasion and will not alter its policy on importing cheap Russian oil and coal.

In their first in-person meeting since the Feb. 24 invasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told President Vladimir Putin earlier this month that “today’s era is not an era of war” – the clearest position New Delhi has taken on the conflict.

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SOURCE: PTI

India has supplied four km of cryolines, capable of operating at temperatures ranging from minus 269 degrees Celsius to minus 193 degrees Celsius, for the ITER nuclear fusion project taking shape in France.

“As part of its collaboration with ITER for developments in the field of fusion technologies, Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) has supplied approximately four km of cryolines and about six km of return lines for warm gases, manufactured in India, to the ITER Worksite in France,” Atomic Energy Commission Chairman K N Vyas said on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: PTI

India strives to have a relationship with China that is built on mutual sensitivity, respect and interest, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said as he asserted that betterment and strengthening of the Indo-Pacific is a shared objective of New Delhi and Washington, amid Beijing’s growing military presence in the strategic region.

China, which has territorial disputes with many countries in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, has been opposing the US’ proactive policy specifically in the disputed South China Sea.”We continue to strive for a relationship with China, but one that is built on mutual sensitivity, mutual respect and mutual interest,” Jaishankar told a group of Indian reporters here on Wednesday as he concluded his four-day visit to the city.

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SOURCE: ANI

Using 3D printing technology, the Military Engineer Services (MES) has constructed a first-of-its-kind Runway Controller Hut at the Pune Air Force station in just 30 days, officials said Thursday.

The novel construction includes 3D printed concrete foundation and wall panels, besides the ground-floor roof using precast technology. The upper floor panels have been erected with steel girders and are empanelled with toughened glass. The upper-floor roof has been provided with Galvalume and PUF panels.

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SOURCE: PTI

The need to reform the UN Security Council cannot be denied forever, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said even as he noted that India never believed that revamping the top organ of the world body will be an easy process.

India has been at the forefront of the years-long efforts to reform the UN Security Council, saying it rightly deserved a place as a permanent member in the United Nations. Currently, the UN Security Council has five permanent members – United States, Russia, the UK, France and China. Only a permanent member has the power to veto any substantive resolution.

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SOURCE: AFP

The centre on Tuesday appointed Lt General Anil Chauhan (retired) as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan’s appointment comes in the midst of a root-and-branch reform of the armed forces, and nearly a year after the previous defence chief died in a helicopter crash.

The centre has been wary of China’s growing troop presence along the border, and disputes — including deadly Himalayan clashes in 2020 — have been a perennial source of tension.

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SOURCE: PTI

President Droupadi Murmu today said India’s leadership in several fields has become unchallenged now and the country plays an important role as a frontline state in the fight against terrorism. Addressing a group of officer trainees of the Indian Foreign Service (2021 batch), who had called on her at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, she said that India’s strong position is based on its economic performance, among other factors.

“While leading economies of the world are still trying to overcome the effects of the pandemic, India has stood up again and started to move on,” the President said.

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SOURCE: PTI

The banned Popular Front of India (PFI) has been maintaining close ties with a radical Turkish group accused of supplying arms to Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists in Syria and even two PFI leaders were hosted by the terror group, officials said today.

The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, commonly known as IHH, projects itself as a Turkish human rights organisation. However, investigators have found that it is an Al-Qaeda-linked Turkish charity group, which was accused of smuggling arms to terrorists in Syria in January 2014.

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SOURCE: API

The Indian Army has opted against changing the names of regiments, their customs, ethos, or system of regimentation after a note on its internal agenda regarding eradicating colonial legacies caused consternation among active and retired commanders.

Veterans can be confident that traditions and rituals that support our regimentation, morale, and motivation won’t ever be broken. Sensitivities are involved, hence any such concern is unwarranted, according to a senior Indian Army official.

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SOURCE: IANS

The security agencies have claimed that the members of the now banned organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) had been imparting training to individuals to make IEDs at home, supposed to be used by them later.

PFI leaders had been planning to destabilise the nation, sources in the know of things submitted. A written content providing instructions on making IEDs was recovered from Mohammed Nadeem, a PFI leader in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has been taking the help of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in manufacturing ‘Make in India’ K9 Scent Pads which will be produced at 1/100th of the cost of those being procured from abroad.

This initiative of ITBP to approach DRDO would help all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Police Organisations and Security Forces including the Indian Army in having specific explosive and narcotic scent kits to enhance the olfactory conditioning of service of K9s or police dogs in the detection of explosives and narcotics.

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SOURCE: ANI

Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, who is on his first official visit to Australia, was hosted by Royal Australian Navy’s Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Mark Hammond on Thursday. Both leaders reviewed the progress of ongoing maritime engagements and discussed ways to strengthen the partnership of the two navies in the Indo-Pacific region.

This meeting comes as the Indian Navy chief is on their first official visit to Australia upon assuming the office of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS). This key visit saw important discussions on the need to raise the level of synergy and focused efforts for overcoming maritime challenges.

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SOURCE: ANI

 The official Twitter account of Popular Front of India (PFI) has been withheld in India by the social media platform “in response to a legal demand”, a day after the Centre banned the outfit under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for “terror links”.

The government had yesterday ordered the blocking of all the social media traces of the banned outfit, including its Twitter, YouTube channels, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) made the announcement to ban the organisation through a notification issued late on Tuesday night, declaring “the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts as an unlawful association with immediate effect”.

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SOURCE: ANI

Another blast hit a bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur. This is the second blast in the last 8 hours in the district. The second blast occurred at 10:45 pm in a bus at Domail chowk. Earlier, two people were injured after a blast occurred in an empty bus parked at a petrol pump in Udhampur on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred around 10:30 pm near a petrol pump at Domail Chowk in the Udhampur district. Other vehicles parked nearby were also damaged in the blast. The injured were shifted to Udhampur District Hospital. Police and security personnel rushed to the spot soon after the incident. The investigation is underway.

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