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SOURCE: IANS

Pointing out a “glaring instance” of politics destroying an extremely significant piece of intelligence shared between two nations, a security expert on Thursday said that Israel had shared with India certain transcripts about the possible threat to the life of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi that went missing after the assassination of the top Congress leader in 1991.

“In recent history, in the last three-four decades, the most critical information Israel shared with us was certain transcripts relating to possible threat to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s life. Eventually, as the situation played out, the threat materialised… Once he was no more, the political dispensations were very different.

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SOURCE: PTI

Observing that the USCIRF’s recent annual report that criticised India for alleged violations of religious freedom is based on omission and commission of facts utilising partial data, an Indian diaspora think-tank has urged the US State Department to reject it.

In its annual report on Wednesday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended that India be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern (CPC)”, alleging that the status of religious freedom in the country has worsened.

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SOURCE: UNI

The 7th India-Indonesia Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting was held here on Friday, where both sides agreed to enhance collaboration in areas of defence industry, maritime security and multilateral cooperation. The JDCC was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Indonesia, Air Marshal Donny Ermawan Taufanto, MDS, a Defence Ministry statement said.

The progress made on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives deliberated in meetings of Working Groups on Defence Cooperation and Defence Industries Cooperation was also reviewed by the co-chairs.

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SOURCE: IITK News

In a significant development aimed at forging strategic partnerships, Lt. Gen. Upendra Dwivedi, PVSM, AVSM, Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), accompanied by ADG Major General C.S. Mann and other high-ranking army officers, visited the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur). The distinguished guests were welcomed by Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Director of IIT Kanpur, and Prof. Kantesh Balani, Faculty in-charge, Army Cell, IIT Kanpur.

The visit facilitated in-depth discussions between the army officials and IIT Kanpur’s faculty members specialising in defence-related areas, focusing on exploring potential collaborations to develop niche technology solutions for the Indian Army. The institute’s professors showcased IIT Kanpur’s research capabilities by providing an overview of the ongoing defence projects at the institute.

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SOURCE: ANI

An encounter broke out between security forces and Naxalites in the core area of the battalion in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh, on Friday morning, officials said. According to officials, the exchange of gunfire between security forces and Naxalites occurred two to three times since morning, but all soldiers remain safe and secure.

The District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Cobra soldiers were conducting an anti-Naxal operation in the Raigudam area. “The encounter is still ongoing”, Sukma SP Kiran Singh Chawhan said. More details are awaited.

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SOURCE: IANS

The J&K Police have attached property worth lakhs of rupees belonging to a terror handler currently operating from Pakistan in Baramulla district, an official statement said on Thursday. The police said the property in the form of land belonging to a terror handler currently based in Pakistan named Adrees Ahmad Mir, a resident of Singtung Gowhallan in Baramulla district, has been attached.

“The action was taken under Section 83 of the CrPC. Following a probe by the police, it was found that the property belonged to an absconder,” the statement said.

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SOURCE: AFI

Pakistan Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir on Thursday said India is Pakistan’s “arch rival” and his country will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmir. Addressing the passing out parade of the Pakistan Air Force at the Asghar Khan Academy in Risalpur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Army Chief General Asim Munir recalled the India-Pakistan situation of 2019, saying India is our “arch rival”, Pakistan for Kashmir. Will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the people and soldiers of the country.

“Silence of the world over Kashmir is deafening..” Pakistan Army Chief Munir expresses frustration over lack of international support for their stance on Kashmir.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday condemned the pro-Khalistan slogans at a public event attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and stressed that this shows the kind of political space that has been given in Canada to separatism, extremism, and violence. During the weekly presser, MEA spokesperson Jaiswal said, “PM Trudeau has made such remarks earlier as well…His remarks illustrate once again the kind of political space that has been given in Canada to separatism, extremism, and violence.

” Further, Jaiswal emphasised that this encourages a climate of violence and criminality in Canada. “This not only impacts India-Canada relations but also encourages a climate of violence and criminality in Canada to the detriment of its own citizens,” he said. During the Khalsa Day Celebrations that took place in Toronto, loud chants of pro-Khalistan slogans were seen being raised in the presence of Canadian PM Trudeau, as well as opposition leader Pierre Poilievre.

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SOURCE: ANI

India is “watchful” of the presence of a Chinese vessel in the Maldives and taking “appropriate measures” to safeguard its national and economic security, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

“As these developments are concerned especially in our neighbourhood and beyond. All these developments which have an impact on our national security, on our economic security, we are watchful of them and we take whatever appropriate measures that are taken to safeguard it,” MEA official spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said in a press briefing.

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SOURCE: AP

President Joe Biden has called Japan and India “xenophobic” countries that do not welcome immigrants, lumping the two with adversaries China and Russia as he tried to explain their economic circumstances and contrasted the four with the U.S. on immigration.

The remarks, at a campaign fundraising event Wednesday evening, came just three weeks after the White House hosted Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for a lavish official visit, during which the two leaders celebrated what Biden called an “unbreakable alliance,” particularly on global security matters.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Thursday blasted the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for attempting to “interfere” in its electoral exercise and continuing to indulge in “propaganda” against the country, “masquerading” as part of an annual report.

In an unusually sharp reaction to the USCIRF’s latest report that has criticised India for alleged violations of religious freedom, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said the organisation is known to be a “biased” entity with a political agenda.

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SOURCE: PTI

As leading universities across the US continue to witness protests against Israeli military action in Gaza, India on Thursday said there has to be a right balance between freedom of expression, sense of responsibility and public safety in every democracy.

Hundreds of students were arrested by the US authorities with an aim to quell the protests. “We have seen reports on the matter and have been following related events. In every democracy, there has to be the right balance between freedom of expression, sense of responsibility and public safety and order,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said at his weekly media briefing.

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SOURCE: PTI

A senior BSF official on Thursday said an intruder killed along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district might have been sent to carry out reconnaissance of the area and test the alertness of troops for a potential infiltration attempt.

Border Security Force (BSF) troops thwarted an infiltration bid on Wednesday night at Samba’s Regal post along the IB and killed an intruder, officials said. The body of the intruder was retrieved from the spot on Thursday.

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SOURCE: ANI

In the case of Indian nationals who were duped with job offers in Myanmar, External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said that three Indians had contacted for repatriation and one has already been brought back. During the weekly media briefing, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal, “Three Indians in Myanmar contacted the Indian government for repatriation and one of them has returned. We are in touch with the two other departments.

And the embassy there is working as to how they can get them released as early as possible.” He futher reminded of the notice to job-seekers that cautioned them to be careful, while applying for job in South East Asian country.

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SOURCE: ANI

India has refuted reports of Indian companies taking over visa issuance at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo. The Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a statement that the companies being referred to in the report are not India-based and any reference to India is “unwarranted.” “We have seen reports and comments including in social media regarding Indian companies taking over visa issuance at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Colombo,” the statement read.

“The companies referred to in these reports are not India-based or Indian and are headquartered elsewhere. Any reference to India in this context is unwarranted.” the Indian mission added. As per the local Sri Lankan media outlet, The Daily Mirror stated that chaos broke out at the BIA last night following the controversial takeover of the on-arrival visa issuance process at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by an Indian company.

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