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SOURCE: REUTERS

Brazilian planemaker Embraer sees India, Saudi Arabia, the European Union and the United States as strategic markets for its defence unit as it looks to expand sales of the C-390 Millennium, the head of Embraer Defense said on Tuesday.

India has an open tender to buy military planes while Saudi Arabia, looking to replace an aging fleet of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules, is currently in “early engagement” with Embraer, Bosco da Costa Junior told reporters at an event.

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SOURCE: ANI

With Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi set to take over as the new Chief of Army Staff on June 30, the Indian Army will see major leadership changes in its important Commands and Corps formations. Lt Gen NS Raja Subramani will take over as the next Vice Chief of Army Staff on June 30 succeeding Lt Gen Dwivedi, defence sources told ANI. The Vice Chief of Army Staff is one of the most important appointments in the Army headquarters as he looks after many important verticals of the force including modernisation and indigenisation.

Lt Gen Dwivedi was appointed as the new chief of the Indian Army on June 11. With the retirement of Southern Army Commander Lt Gen Ajai Kumar Singh due on June 30, he is likely to be succeeded by Lt Gen Dhiraj Seth, who is presently commanding the South Western Army Command in Jaipur. The Southern Command headquartered in Pune has one of the largest areas of responsibility with its formations starting from Jodhpur, Rajasthan and down below including the Kutch border with Pakistan.

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SOURCE: PTI

NASA administrator Bill Nelson has said that the US space agency will expand collaboration with India and it will include a “joint effort” aboard the International Space Station with an Indian astronaut.

Nelson’s comments came after a fact sheet issued by the US and India after the iCET Dialogue between US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday said they were working toward commencing advanced training for ISRO astronauts in the US.

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SOURCE: IANS

In a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and strengthening self-reliance in defence manufacturing, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has received a request for proposal (RFP) by the Ministry of Defence for procurement of 156 light combat helicopters (LCH). The news led to a more than 4.3 per cent jump in HAL shares to Rs 5,427 in morning trade on Tuesday.

On Monday, the HAL stock jumped 4.62 per cent. “We would like to inform that a Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued by the Ministry of Defence for the procurement of 156 Light Combat Helicopters (90 for the Indian Army and 66 for the Indian Air Force (IAF),” said HAL in a regulatory filing. The tender is expected to be worth Rs 45,000-Rs 50,000 crore with helicopters to be acquired by the Indian Air Force and Indian Army. HAL saw its consolidated revenue jump of 52.19 per cent to Rs 4308.68 crore in Q4 FY24 as compared to Rs 2,831.19 crore in Q4 FY23.

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SOURCE: IANS

India on Tuesday reiterated that it supports the ASEAN-led efforts and the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus to resolve the precarious humanity and security situation in neighbouring Myanmar. India said it remains steadfast in its support for Myanmar’s transition towards an inclusive federal democracy.

“As an immediate neighbour and friend of the people of Myanmar, India has been repeatedly calling for an immediate cessation of violence by all sides, release of political detainees, humanitarian assistance and the resolution of the crisis through constructive dialogue,” said Kshitij Tyagi, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva.

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SOURCE: PIB

“There has been around 200 times increase in Space StartUps in just about two years,” said Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Earth Sciences, MoS PMO, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space,Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here at New Delhi today.

This quantum jump has been possible because of a major policy decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open up the Space sector to the private sector and allow public-private participation in a big way, said the Minister.

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SOURCE: PTI

 The United States has said it supports direct discussions between India and Pakistan but the pace, scope and character of talks should be determined by the two neighbouring countries.

Responding to a question at his daily news conference on Thursday, State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said the US values its important relationships with both India and Pakistan. “As we have said, we support direct discussions between India and Pakistan, but the pace, scope and character should be determined by those two countries, not by us,” he said.

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SOURCE: PTI

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday strongly opposed the extension of Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh’s detention by one year, calling the Punjab government’s move a “clear violation of the Constitution and of the basic human rights and civil liberties”.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), an apex gurdwara body, also condemned the extension of Amritpal’s detention. The detention of radical preacher Amritpal, who is lodged in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail under the National Security Act (NSA), has been extended by a year from April 23, 2024.

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SOURCE: IANS

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that New Delhi holds “no authority or ground” to raise questions on references made on Jammu and Kashmir in the Pakistan-China Joint statement issued in Beijing after talks between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Qiang on June 8.”It is an established fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally-recognised disputed territory. The dispute has been on the agenda at the UN Security Council for over seven decades,” read a statement issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office.

“The relevant Security Council resolutions clearly stipulate that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations,” the statement added.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

China is pressing India to restart direct passenger flights after a four-year halt, but New Delhi is resisting as a border dispute continues to weigh on ties between the world’s two most populous countries, officials he said.

India-China relations have been tense since the biggest military confrontation in decades on their disputed Himalayan border killed 20 Indians and at least four Chinese soldiers in June 2020. Thousands of troops remain mobilized on each side.

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SOURCE: ANI

At the Eurosatory 2024 Defence Show in Paris, India’s indigenous military technologies, including the Netra airborne early warning and control aircraft and the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher systems, have garnered attention from European and Southeast Asian nations interested in acquiring these advanced systems.

The systems are part of the Indian weapon platforms and technologies on display at the India pavilion at the ongoing Eurosatory 2024 Defence Show in Paris.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Gulf region has become an increasingly important strategic partner of India and an integral part of its ‘extended neighbourhood’ under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a report by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) stated.

PM Modi’s second-last visit before the Lok Sabha elections was to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar India’s relationship with the Gulf states has transformed ever since PM Modi assumed office in 2014. The Gulf has become a foreign-and security-policy priority for India, in which New Delhi too has increasing interests and influence, writes Viraj Solanki, a Research Fellow for South and Central Asian Defence, Strategy and Diplomacy, IISS in the report for the ISPI.

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SOURCE: IANS

“Samosa Caucus” — the group of Indian-Americans in US Congress — has a strong chance of getting another member next year with the victory of Suhas Subramanyam in the Virginia Democratic primaries. He won the intra-party election on Tuesday to pick the Democratic candidate to contest the November general election for the House of Representatives from a constituency held by it.

The constituency includes some suburbs of Washington. Meanwhile, in primaries in New Jersey last week, Indian-American Rajesh Mohan won the Republican ticket for a House seat but faces an uphill battle because it is in a strongly Democratic constituency.

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SOURCE: ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met with a bipartisan United States Congressional delegation led by Congressman Michael McCaul, which is currently on a visit to India. Former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is part of the delegation that called on PM Modi today. The delegation had yesterday met with the Tibetan spiritual leader DalaiLama at his residence in Dharamshala.

After the meeting Pelosi took to X to post: “Today, it was my honor to join a bipartisan Congressional delegation to meet with His Holiness, the 14th @DalaiLama, in Dharamsala, India. In our meeting, we strongly reaffirmed Congressional support for the people of Tibet.”

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SOURCE: ANI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Colombo on Thursday as he embarked on his first visit after the beginning of the new term. He will hold meetings with the leadership of Sri Lanka.

EAM Jaishanakr also thanked Sri Lankan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya and Eastern Province Governor Senthil Thondaman for their warm welcome. The External Affairs Minister noted that Sri Lanka is central to India’s Neighborhood First and SAGAR policies.

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