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SOURCE: ET

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has for the first time signed a licensing deal for apparels, toys and stationary in a step that the organisation feels will play a game-changing role in creating awareness and kindling interest of the students, children and public.

ISRO, in its over 50 years of existence has for the first time signed a long term deal with India’s leading brand management and licensing company, Black White Orange (BWO) Brands, which will produce, market and distribute official merchandise starting August 15th, ISRO’s foundation day.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

At Depsang plains in Eastern Ladakh, Chinese troops have been blocking Indian patrols for sometime and deliberately giving a face-off, so the Indian Army started doing it too, a senior defence official said. Resolving the issue would take time, he noted.

“Since 2013, our capacity grew, number of troops increased and so our patrols increased. As our presence and capacity increased, it [face-off] was bound to happen,” two officials said. India was making an alternate access to the crucial Sub-Sector North (SSN), which consisted of the Depsang plains and Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO). The alternate access was there across Saser La, an ancient trade route. Currently, the airfield at DBO was accessible by the 255-km-long Darbuk-Shyok-DBO (DSDBO) road.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in New Delhi on his maiden trip to India on Tuesday evening. Blinken is the third high-ranking official in the Biden administration to visit Delhi after Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in March and Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry in April.

According to the US State Department, Antony Blinken’s trip to New Delhi is meant to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to strengthening bilateral ties with India. The US Secretary of State will be in the national capital for a little over 20 hours.

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SOURCE: PTI

DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy on Tuesday stressed on the need to build an indigenous defence system in the country as almost 50 per cent of such technologies are currently imported from other countries. Reddy was addressing a programme through video conference on Building Future Defence Capabilities – Strategic Strides organised by IIM Shillong to mark the sixth death anniversary of former president APJ Abdul Kalam who died while delivering a lecture here.

The DRDO chairman emphasised the Make in India’ initiative which greatly depends on knowing the Know-how’ and Know-why’ of technology development for creating self-sustainability in the country.

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SOURCE: Asianet News Media

Bureaucratic wrangle has hampered the decision-making process of the government on a report submitted by the Defence ministry-appointed committee on the risk and hardship allowances. The committee, which was formed to study the disparity of compensation amount between the Central Armed Paramilitary Force and the Indian Army despite having similar risk and hardship, gave its report in February this year, but the file is dangling between the ministries of defence and finance. 

It was set up in the wake of the Pulwama attack of 2019, wherein 40 Central Reserve Police Force were killed in a terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir. 

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SOURCE: TNN

DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial drones, “hopes” to enter India, following the government’s recent move to open up the sector by removing the plethora of approvals and clearances. India’s revamped drone policy is expected in about two months. The Shenzhen (China) -based DJI, that is present in many countries, is likely to make its plans for India known once the new rules have been put in place.

“DJI applauds the Indian government’s plans to liberalise and open the drone market. Drones are driving economic growth and boosting worker productivity and safety across the globe…. India stands to see similar benefits from the adoption of this exciting new technology. While it is too early for definitive plans, DJI would hope to be part of this exciting new chapter. We will continue to watch how the draft rules develop with interest and hopes for India’s future,” DJI said in a statement to TOI on Monday.

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SOURCE: HT

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will virtually inaugurate the Indigenisation Summit on Defence and Aerospace this year (ISDA 2021), with an aim to provide a boost to the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in the state and nurture it as a potential supplier to India’s booming defence sector.

Uttar Pradesh additional home secretary (ACS) Awanish Awasthi, while speaking on the matter a day ago, said that the state’s MSME industry can become a reliable supplier to the country’s defence sector with the “right guidance” on the requirement of materials.

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SOURCE: TNN

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday evening reached Tajikistan on a three-day trip to attend a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), during which he may also meet with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe at Dushanbe.

Sources said though a bilateral meeting between the two defence ministers has “not yet been scheduled”, India is not averse to a discussion if China wants it. “A bilateral meeting with China is not ruled out,” said a source. “Singh, as it is, will stress the need for a peaceful settlement of all issues through dialogue in the region, including in war-ravaged Afghanistan, during his address at the SCO defence ministers’ meet on Wednesday,” he added. On July 14, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had also held an hour-long meeting with his counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of another SCO meet at Dushanbe.

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SOURCE: PTI

A group of astronomers, including from India, has detected a very short, powerful burst of high-energy radiation that lasted for about a second and had been racing towards the earth for nearly half the present age of the universe, according to a statement by the Ministry of Science & Technology on Tuesday.

The burst detected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope on August 26, 2020 turned out to be one for the record books — the shortest gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the death of a massive star, it said. GRBs are the most powerful events in the universe, detectable across billions of light-years. Astronomers classify them as long or short based on whether the event lasts for more or less than two seconds.

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SOURCE: HT

France will have delivered a total of 35 omni-role Rafale fighters by end-2021 to India with a last fighter making a solo journey to soon to be activated Hashimara air base in north Bengal in January 2022. Already 26 fighters have been delivered with 24 landed in India and remaining two kept for IAF pilot and technician training in France.

Given the reliability of strategic ally France, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy have evinced keen interest in Rafale platform due to its weight to power ratio and maritime strike capabilities. Apparently, the IAF leadership wants to acquire another 36 Rafales in future and the Navy is looking at Rafale-M as a fighter option onboard INS Vikrant (Indigenous aircraft carrier-1), to be commissioned next year.

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SOURCE: Times Now

A report said on Tuesday that China is beefing up its military positions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Amid the ongoing border standoff that started in April-May last year and has been partially resolved so far, the report said Beijing has been ramping up its military positions in the region.

These include carrying out enhancements at airbases and building new ones, as well as adding air defence units. According to The Telegraph Online, China has since last year undertaken construction of new airbases, runways and heliports along the de-facto border.

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SOURCE: PTI

India and Russia will carry out a 13-day mega military exercise with a focus on counter-terror operations in the Russian city of Volgograd from August 1, the Indian Army said on Tuesday. It said the 12th edition of the “Indra” exercise will be yet another “milestone” in strengthening the bilateral security cooperation and will serve to reinforce the longstanding bond of friendship between India and Russia.

The Army said 250 personnel from each side will participate in the 12th edition of the joint military exercise. “The 12th edition of Indo-Russia joint military exercise Indra-21 will be held at Volgograd, Russia from August 1 to 13,” the Army said. It said the exercise will entail the conduct of counter-terror operations mandated under the UN’s framework of joint forces against international terror groups.

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SOURCE: Times Now

Amid reports of poll-rigging in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Legislative Assembly elections, huge demonstrations were held in PoK against the Pakistani Army. Thousands of people took to the streets against Pakistan Army as several reports emerged that Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) interfered in the election process of PoK which as conducted on July 25.

PTI won 25 seats, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) 11 and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) bagged 6, reports suggested. The PoK assembly has a total of 53 members, however, only 45 are directly elected. The opposition parties are up in arms with the Imran Khan government and have termed the election process in PoK a farce.

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SOURCE: HT

The earth observation satellite developed by the Indian start-up Pixxel will target an October launch with Indian Space Research Organisation mission, a company official said on Sunday. The satellite was to be launched aboard the PSLV-C51 mission in February this year but the company had to back out due to a last minute glitch in the software.

“There was a problem with GPS acquisition and logging in the satellite which we were able to resolve in a couple of days. But we had missed the window to ship the satellite to ISRO launch site. The satellite is completely ready and we used the time to do another round of testing. We were waiting for the next opportunity that ISRO mission would go to the orbit we need. We will be launching the satellite in October,” said Awais Ahmed, founder and CEO of the company (incorporated as Sygyzy).

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SOURCE: HT

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) informed Parliament on Tuesday that it has sought six more months to frame rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA. The MHA said it has asked committees on subordinate legislation in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha time till January 9, 2022.

Replying to a question posed by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai said that the CAA has been notified on December 12, 2019 and has come into force from January 10, 2020. “The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been requested to grant further extension of time upto 09.01.2022 to frame the rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019,” Rai further said in his reply.

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