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Gopichand Thotakura is poised to make history by becoming the second Indian citizen to travel to space. He will travel to space as part of the crew for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin’s New Shephard-25 (NS-25) mission.

The flight date will be announced soon. Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, a former Indian Air Force pilot, was the first Indian citizen to travel to space in 1984.

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Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra visited Washington, DC, United States, from April 10-12. During his visit, Foreign Secretary Kwatra undertook a detailed review of the progress made towards further consolidating the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, informed the Embassy of India in the US.

During his visit to Washington, DC, Foreign Secretary had discussions with his counterparts at the State Department, Deputy Secretary Richard Verma and Deputy Secretary Kurt Campbell, as well as other senior officials, the embassy’s press release said.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said India’s budget for infrastructure on the border with China was increased significantly after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. India should have learnt lessons from the 1962 war but no headway was made in the development of border infrastructure till 2014, he claimed, adding that the Modi government increased the budget for the same from ? 3,500 crore to ? 14,500 crore.

With China, India must have “realistic, grounded and practical policy,” Mr Jaishankar said, interacting with youth at an event titled ‘Why Bharat Matters: Opportunity for youth and participation in global scenario’ here.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India was committed to respond to any act of terrorism perpetrated from across the borders, and asserted that since terrorists do not play by rules, there cannot be any rules in the country’s answer to them.

Attacking the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) dispensation over its response to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, he said that after a lot of deliberation at the government level, nothing fruitful came out at that time as it was felt that the cost of attacking Pakistan was more than not attacking it.

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The induction of heavy-lift helicopters and logistic drones, deployment of all-terrain vehicles and laying of an extensive network of tracks are among a host of measures that have enhanced India’s combat prowess in Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, officials said on Saturday.

As the Indian Army marks the 40th year of its presence on the strategically-significant Siachen glacier, the officials said there have been extensive improvements in the operational capabilities of the force due to the enhancement of infrastructure in the region in the last few years.

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On the India and China border dispute, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that till the borders are secured the forces will remain there while interacting with the youths of Pune about India’s global rise and improved opportunities.

He was at Pune for the launch of the Marathi translation of his book: Why Bharat Matters. “Delighted to launch the Marathi translation of my book: #WhyBharatMatters in Pune today. The last decade has seen a profound transformation in our society as much as our diplomacy. Confident that during Modi 3.0, this will serve as the foundation for the journey towards Viksit Bharat,” posted Jaishankar on X.

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Four Maoists were on Friday sentenced to rigorous imprisonment by a NIA special court in connection with a 2014 case relating to assault, threat and arson against a senior Kerala Police officer, according to an official statement.

Accused Roopesh has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment along with ? 2.35 lakh in fine, while accused Kanyakumari has been sent to six years rigorous imprisonment with ? 1.05 lakh fine by the NIA special court in Ernakulam, Kerala, said the statement issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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Reasi Police and Indian Army’s 58 RR have busted a terrorist hideout in the Lancha area of Mahore and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition including two tiffin IEDs with electric detonators, two pistols, 400gm explosive powder.

SSP Reasi Mohita Sharma says, “Joint operation with the Army is still going on in the area of Mahore and security forces in Reasi are committed to neutralising any nefarious designs of anti-national elements.”

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China and India have made “positive progress” to resolve the border standoff, with both sides maintaining close communication through diplomatic and military channels, a senior foreign ministry official said here on Friday.

The foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning’s remarks were a further elaboration of China’s reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement in which he said that ties with Beijing are important for New Delhi and the “prolonged situation” at the borders should be addressed urgently.

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The eighth ex-Indian Navy veteran has “certain requirements to fulfil”, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday, clarifying his status. He was put on death row by a Qatar court in an espionage case before being released.

In a press briefing on Thursday, the official spokesperson of MEA, Randhir Jaiswal said, “Time and again I have conveyed that he has certain requirements to fulfil. As and when those requirements get fulfilled, he will come back. That is where the story is.”

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Canada has reduced dozens of its Indian staffers posted in its missions in India, months after New Delhi forced Ottawa to downsize its diplomatic presence.

A Canadian high commission spokesperson on Friday said the slashing of the size of the Indian staff was necessary given the reduction of Canadian staff in the country. “I can confirm that the Government of Canada has implemented some staff reductions across our network of missions in India,” the official said.

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The Centre has advised citizens on Friday against travelling to Iran and Israel until further notice in view of the “prevailing situation in the region”. The advisory from the foreign ministry came amid Iran’s threats to retaliate against a suspected Israeli airstrike on its embassy in Syria this month.

Countries including the US and Russia have issued similar travel advisories for their staff and citizens in the region.

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India on Friday described as “positive development” the move by the Taliban regime to restore private land rights to Afghan Hindus and Sikh minorities.

According to reports, the Taliban administration has taken steps to restore property rights of the Hindu and the Sikh communities. “We have seen reports on this issue. If the Taliban administration has decided to restore property rights to their citizens belonging to the Afghan Hindu and Sikh community, we see this as a positive development,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said.

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India on Friday said it relocated its staff from its consulate in Myanmarese city of Sittwe to Yangon in view of the precarious security situation in that region of Myanmar. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said India is closely monitoring the situation in Myanmar, adding the Indian consulate in Mandalay remains functional.

Asked about reports of kidnapping of three Indian youths, he said the Indian embassy is working on the matter and hoped that they would be back home soon.

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Admiral R Hari Kumar, CNS along with Mrs Kala Hari Kumar, President Navy Welfare and Wellness Association NWWA were on farewell visit to Southern Naval Command SNC, Kochi from 03 to 06 April 2024. During the visit, CNS interacted with the officers and sailors of SNC on ‘Connect with CNS’ forum at Sagarika auditorium, Naval Base, Kochi. The interaction was attended by personnel of SNC units including outstation units.

Various contemporary issues of Operations, Training, Human Resource development, digitisation and other transformation initiatives of Indian Navy were discussed and concerns raised were addressed. In another event, CNS interacted with defence civilians of Kochi. He acknowledged their invaluable role as a formidable workforce supporting IN’s high tempo of operations.

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