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Security forces on Friday busted a terrorist hideout and seized a 51-mm mortar along with three shells and a pistol in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.

The hideout was unearthed during a joint search operation by police and Rashtriya Rifles in the Sangla area of Surankote, they said. No arrests have been made in connection with the recovery, which also included a pistol magazine and five rounds, they said.

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SOURCE: UNI

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday conducted raids at the premises of several Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) functionaries in connection with the LTTE- (a banned outfit)- inspired Arms seizure case and for their alleged links with LTTE sympathisers and receipt of foreign funds. NIA said the raids were held in six locations in Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Sivaganga and Tenkasi districts. Several incriminating documents, books relating to banned terror outfit LTTE and electronic gadgets, including laptops, mobiles and sim/memory cards and pen drives were seized during the raids.

Searches were also conducted at NTK functionary YouTuber ‘Sattai’ Duraimurugan’s residence at Shanmuga Nagar, in Tiruchi and questioned his family members for nearly two hours as he was not present in the house.

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SOURCE: AFI

India’s ambitious plans to co-develop the BrahMos-II Hypersonic Cruise missile with Russia have hit a roadblock, with both countries yet to finalize an agreement and timeline for the development of this cutting-edge missile system. Despite discussions between National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev last year, progress has been slow, and significant developments have yet to materialize.

The BrahMos-II project holds immense strategic significance for both India and Russia, representing a leap forward in hypersonic missile technology and bolstering the countries’ defense capabilities. In 2022, Atul Rane, the CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, expressed optimism about the BrahMos-II’s potential, highlighting its anticipated capabilities comparable to Russia’s Tsirkon (Zircon) missile, albeit with a slightly lower speed of Mach 6. This ambitious endeavor, however, comes with a price tag, as the BrahMos-II is expected to be more expensive than its predecessor, the BrahMos Cruise missile, which operates at Mach 3.

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SOURCE: AFI

The image has emerged that shows design of the Fleet Support Ships (FSS) that are currently under construction for the Indian Navy. These ships, which are being built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Visakhapatnam, represent a significant milestone in India’s shipbuilding industry and its pursuit of self-reliance under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

The FSS are large, multipurpose vessels that will provide logistical support to the Indian Navy’s fleet at sea. They will be able to refuel and rearm other ships, provide fresh water and provisions, and carry out repairs and maintenance. The first ship is expected to be delivered in 2026, with the remaining four ships to follow over the next few years.

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SOURCE: AFI

Tata Advanced Systems (TAS), a leading player in India’s aerospace and defense sector, is taking its manufacturing game to new heights through digitalization, streamlined processes, and cutting-edge technologies. This move positions them as a key player in the aerospace industry’s ongoing digital transformation.

TAS embraces lean manufacturing solutions like Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) and SAP S/4HANA, streamlining processes and boosting operational efficiency. This digitalization drive allows for better resource allocation, improved production control, and ultimately, faster turnaround times.

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SOURCE: ANI

All frontline aircraft, including the Rafale fighter jets and Prachand attack choppers, will take part in the Indian Air Force’s Exercise Vayushakti, Air Force Vice Chief-Air Marshal AP Singh said on Friday. The exercise is scheduled to be held on February 17 in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer. “All frontline aircraft, including the Rafale fighter jets and Prachand attack choppers, would be taking part in Exercise Vayushakti. We would also be airlifting Army guns in the exercise,” AP Singh said here. The exercise Vayushakti has been going on since 1954.

The Air Force Vice Chief said that the IAF would be showcasing its capability to carry out accurate bombing on targets in the exercise. “The Made in India LCA Tejas, Prachand attack helicopters and ALH Dhruv would be taking part. In a span of two hours, we would be dropping around 40-50 tonnes of ordnance in a one- to two-kilometer radius,” he said. “Army to fire weapons from Rudra choppers during the exercise and the Ultra Light Howitzer of the Army would be showcased underslung a Chinook chopper,” he added.

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SOURCE: AP

For decades, India has focused its defense policy on its land borders with rivals Pakistan and China. Now, as its global ambitions expand, it is beginning to flex its naval power in international waters, including anti-piracy patrols and a widely publicized deployment close to the Red Sea to help protect ships from attacks during Israel’s war with Hamas.

India sent three guided missile destroyers and reconnaissance aircraft in November when Yemen-based Houthi rebels began targeting ships in solidarity with Hamas, causing disruptions in a key trading route that handles about 12% of global trade.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has launched an investigation into an overnight shooting incident at the South Surrey residence of Simranjeet Singh, a friend of India-designated Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canada-based CBC news has reported.

In a statement, Surry RCMP said that they responded to reports of gunshots just after 1:20 am Thursday at a residence located near the 2800 block of 154 Street. CBC News reported that Corporal. Sarbjit Sangha said officers stayed in the area and spoke to neighbours and witnesses, and are currently reviewing CCTV footage to find out more about the shooting. No one was injured.

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SOURCE: ANI

India and Maldives will hold the second core group meeting in the national capital over the presence of Indian military personnel in the island nation, sources said. The first meeting of the High-Level Core Group between the Maldives and India was held in Male on January 14.

India and the Maldives “agreed to fast-track the withdrawal of Indian military personnel” from the island nation, the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said following the first core group meeting. “During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, both sides reviewed the existing bilateral cooperation. Discussions were held on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including development cooperation,” the Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release earlier.

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SOURCE: ANI

Indian Navy has declared 2024 as ‘Year of Naval Civilians’ to improve administration, efficiency and well-being of Naval Civilians by addressing all facets of Civilian HR Management in a time bound manner. Major focus areas towards maximising administrative efficiency, digital initiatives, generic and specific training programmes and welfare activities have been identified for implementation in 2024. Naval Civilian Personnel constitute about a third of Indian Navy’s total workforce and contribute significantly to its operational effectiveness across all domains.

Civilian personnel impact the overall performance of Naval formations such as Command Headquarters, Dockyards, Material Organisations, NADs, Naval Armament Inspectorates, Training Establishments and several other types of support units. A number of initiatives have been conceived and implemented in the past in order to enhance organisational efficiency and satisfaction levels amongst civilian personnel.

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SOURCE: PTI

America’s partnership with India is among the most consequential ones, the Biden administration said Thursday hours after it notified the Congress of its decision to sell 31 armed drones to India at an estimated cost of nearly USD 4 billion. “I would say that our partnership with India is one of our most consequential relationships. We work closely with India on our most vital priorities,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at his daily news conference.

“We have had a close working relationship with the (outgoing Indian) ambassador (Taranjit Singh Sandhu), have been able to work with him on a number of those shared priorities, including the crucial role India plays in ensuring a free open Indo-Pacific that is connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient,” Miller said.

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SOURCE: IANS

Reiterating that its partnership with India is one of the most consequential relationships, the US has said it is working closely with the country on “most vital priorities”. The remarks by State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller came hours after the Biden administration notified the US Congress on Thursday of its decision to sell 31 armed drones to India.

“I would say that our partnership with India is one of our most consequential relationships. We work closely with India on our most vital priorities,” State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at his daily news briefing on Thursday.

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SOURCE: IANS

Four Indian students have died in quick succession in the US, sparking fears regarding the safety and security of those studying abroad, and angry netizens calling for a travel advisory. The most recent reported case was of Shreyas Reddy Benigeri, a student of Lindner School of Business in Cincinnati, on Thursday after the deaths of Purdue University’s Neel Acharya, MBA student Vivek Saini in Georgia, and University of Illinois’ Akul B Dhawan.

Announcing Benigeri’s death, the Indian Consulate in New York said that a police investigation is underway even as calls for an advisory for Indian students grew louder among netizens.

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SOURCE: ANI

Security forces have conducted search operations and area domination in vulnerable areas of the hills and valley districts of the state, seizing weapons, Manipur Police said on Friday. “Search operations and area domination were conducted by security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of hill and valley districts,” Manipur Police posted on X.

“During the operation the following items were recovered: (i)01(one) 12G shotgun, 01(one) .22 automatic rifle with magazine, 09(nine) Single barrel rifle, 01(one) country made 9mm pistol with magazine, 02(two) improvised mortars, 01(one) improvised mortar bomb, 06(six) improvised mortar bomb loader, 01(one) Kenwood radio set, 10(ten) 12 bore rounds, 05(five) 9mm rounds from Churachandpur district on 31.01.2024,” the police added.

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SOURCE: AFI

India’s indigenous light tank, named “Zorawar,” is gearing up for development trials in April-May. This 35-ton behemoth, jointly developed by DRDO and L&T, is designed specifically for high-altitude operations, posing a potential counter to China’s ZTQ-15 “Black Panther” tank already deployed in the Ladakh region.

While initial trials are expected to take up to three years for production clearance, the Indian Army has already placed an order for 59 Zorawar tanks, with a total requirement exceeding 300. L&T will handle the initial production, paving the way for other private players to join in later.

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