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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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SOURCE: ANI

As Pakistan seeks to change the constitutional status of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) rejects the same saying that instead of fighting for the interests of the ruling elite in the guise of identity and chauvinism, the real salvation of the oppressed people in the region lies in the establishment of a society free of exploitation.

The constitutional status of the region is intended to be fixed once again. Despite several changes, the constitutional status of the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and the distribution of powers between the local government could not be satisfied with the different governments and the state of Pakistan.

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SOURCE: Siasat Daily

Touting itself as “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir now attracts many Indian tourists including NRIs from the Gulf region keen to visit it. Some Kashmiris living abroad and also playing their part of role to promote tourism and investments in their state amidst the improving situation since the abrogation of Article 370.

In the latest webinar, some prominent NRIs in the port city of Jeddah have been impressed by latest developments in Jammu and Kashmir. The webinar, hosted by a prominent NRI, Pradeep Sharma, hails from Jammu, has explained the changes in terms of development and economic prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir since abrogation of the article 370.

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SOURCE: PTI

India and Pakistan should resolve their differences over the Kashmir issue peacefully through dialogue and consultation, China said on Friday on the third anniversary of the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

In August 2019, the Indian government bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into Union territories and abrogated the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which accorded special status to the erstwhile state.

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SOURCE: ANI

On his first visit to the country, China’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong on Thursday arrived in India and held talks with a senior Indian official regarding the overall situation in the war-torn nation, reported ANI. While it was a quiet visit that took place earlier this week, Xiaoyong also took to Twitter to share a picture from the meeting. 

Notably, it was the official’s first visit to India which came over four months after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi travelled to India.

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SOURCE: News18

The Army has undertaken two separate projects as part of its efforts towards archiving war histories, News18 has learnt. As per sources in the government, the projects have been initiated by the Army’s Training Command (ARTRAC). The Mhow-based Army War College will be the nodal authority for the projects and Delhi-based think tank United Services Institution of India (USI) will support the research work on the military history content as an expert body.

The first project will include digitising and archiving the military history pertaining to the Army. While the digitisation process began in May this year, a government source told News18 that the project will be completed in two phases — the first for content that is declassified and then for unclassified content.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Army is planning to use 5G services to boost frontline troops communication services that will be essential in a tactical battlefield area, sources in the defence establishment said on Saturday. The Army was the lead service when a joint services study was recently conducted on implementation of 5G in armed forces, they said. The study has been completed and its recommendations are being studied by the three services — Army, Navy, Air Force, they noted.

The Indian Army will exploit 5G to support operations in tactical battlefield area, they said.

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SOURCE: HT

The Indian Air Force Heritage Centre coming up in Sector 18 will miss the Independence Day launch. The IAF and the UT?administration had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 3 and the centre was expected to be ready by August 15.

However, at a meeting of the UT and IAF officials on Friday, it was conceded that the project will not be ready by Independence Day. But it was decided to speed up the process of the museum’s establishment to open it to public soon.

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SOURCE: PTI

African American singer Mary Milben, who is known for her moving rendition of ‘Om Jai Jagadish Hare’ and ‘Jana Gana Mana’, is travelling to India to attend the celebrations related to the country’s 75th anniversary of Independence.

“Following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his pilgrimage to India in 1959, I am honoured to represent the United States as a cultural ambassador for the 75th Anniversary celebration of India’s Independence,” Millben said in a statement ahead of her trip at the invitation of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

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SOURCE: PTI

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has opened the doors for persecuted minorities from Pakistan, who fled the country and entered India on or before December 31, 2014, to practise medicine here. It has invited applications from such people who have obtained Indian citizenship for the grant of permanent registration to practise modern medicine, or allopathy.

According to a public notice issued by the Undergraduate Medical Education Board (UMEB) of the NMC on Friday, the shortlisted applicants will be allowed to appear in an examination to be conducted by the commission or an agency authorised by it.

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