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Two Chinese nationals were arrested at Siddharthnagar’s Kakrahwa post on the Indo-Nepal border after they were intercepted entering Uttar Pradesh illegally on Tuesday. The man was identified as Zhou Pulin, a native of Sichuan in China, while the woman was identified as Yuan Yuhan, a native of Chongqing in China.

The police also recovered two Chinese passports, a tourist visa for Nepal, mobile phones, two Chinese SIM cards and a total of nine cards of different types in two small bags.

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The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore in the US has reverberated across the Indian coal and petcoke markets, sparking concerns about potential supply chain disruptions and price impacts.
According to S&P Global Commodity Insights, the incident, triggered by a vessel collision with a supporting pylon, has led to the suspension of navigation through Baltimore Harbor, a critical hub for coal exports.

India, a major importer of US thermal coal, is bracing for challenges in its supply chain following the bridge collapse.

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SOURCE: PTI

Six Naxalites, including two women cadres, were killed in an encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Wednesday, a police official said.

The gunfight took place in the forest area located along the Talperu river near Chipurbhatti village under Basaguda police station area, when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

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SOURCE: AFI

In a recent opinion piece published on “The Print,” Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon (retd), Director of the Strategic Studies Programme at the Takshashila Institution and former military adviser to the National Security Council Secretariat, advocates for the establishment of an airborne command post. This proposition comes at a crucial juncture when advancements in satellite-based geospatial monitoring technologies have made concealing underground facilities increasingly difficult. Lt Gen Menon argues that an airborne command post presents a compelling solution to this challenge, offering enhanced survivability and redundancy to the nuclear command authority.

The primary rationale behind the proposal for an airborne command post lies in the evolving landscape of strategic defense. With the advent of sophisticated satellite surveillance capabilities, the concealment of underground facilities, traditionally used for housing command centers, has become a daunting task. Once detected, these fixed installations are susceptible to targeted attacks, including communication jamming, thereby compromising the command and control capabilities vital for nuclear deterrence.

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SOURCE: AFI

Russia’s atomic energy giant, Rosatom, is in discussions with Indian nuclear authorities to supply technology for small modular reactors (SMRs). This collaboration could address India’s growing energy demands while providing a clean and sustainable solution.

Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rosatom Overseas, highlighted the company’s experience in SMR technology. Rosatom is currently constructing its first land-based SMR in Yukatia, a remote province in Russia. This 190 MWt (55 MWe) power plant utilizes enriched uranium and requires minimal land (only 15 acres). Scheduled for operation in 2028, this project showcases the potential of SMRs to provide clean energy in geographically challenging regions.

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SOURCE: PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the central government will consider revoking Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Jammu and Kashmir. In an interview with the JK Media Group, Shah also said the government has plans to pull back troops in the Union Territory and leave law and order to the Jammu and Kashmir police alone.

“We have plans to pull back troops and leave law and order to the Jammu and Kashmir police alone. Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir police were not trusted but today they are leading the operations,” he said.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Air Force’s ‘Gagan Shakti’ mega exercise is slated to be held over 10 days starting April 1, encompassing both western and northern fronts, sources said on Tuesday. Fighter planes and helicopters taking off from different parts of the country will “engage pseudo targets” at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan during the massive exercise held every five years, the sources in the defence establishment said.

Ahead of ‘Gagan Shakti 2024’, the Indian Army has been involved in providing logistical support to the IAF in the true spirit of “achieving synergy in various domains”, they said.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

The U.S. is closely following reports of the arrest of Indian opposition figure Arvind Kejriwal and encourages a fair legal process, a State Department spokesperson said on Monday after Germany’s reaction to the case sparked a protest from India.

Kejriwal, a national opposition figure and chief minister of Delhi’s capital territory, was arrested by India’s financial crime-fighting agency on Thursday on corruption charges that his political party rejects, a month before national elections.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

India supports the Philippines upholding its sovereignty and hopes to find new areas of cooperation including in defence and security, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was speaking at a press conference during a visit to Manila. His Philippine counterpart Enrique Manalo said the two countries were exploring ways of ensuring the Indo-Pacific stayed free and peaceful.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to India for its swift and decisive action in rescuing Filipino crew members of a merchant ship attacked by Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden this month.

The Indian Navy’s medical team rescued all the crew members of MV Confidence and provided them critical care after the merchant ship sustained an attack by a Houthi missile strike while sailing the Gulf of Aden on March 6.

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SOURCE: ANI

Satyam Surana, an Indian student, who came to the limelight when he picked up the tricolour from the road, defying the attack at the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom by extremist elements last year, is now alleging hate and smear campaigns against him during the student union elections at the London School of Economics this year.

Satyam has alleged that, just 12 hours before the voting, a very ‘well-planned’ campaign was launched against him, somehow linking him with the Bharatiya Janata Party and calling him a ‘fascist’ to boycott him and his campaign.

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SOURCE: PIB

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) connected the strategic Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road in Ladakh on March 25, 2024. This 298-km road will connect Manali to Leh through Darcha and Nimmu on Kargil – Leh Highway. The road is now the third axis apart from Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh which connects Ladakh to the hinterland.

The Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road derives its strategic importance from the fact that it is not only shorter vis-a-vis the other two axes, but crosses only one pass; Shinkun La (16,558 feet) on which tunnel work is about to commence by the BRO. This will result in the road having all weather connectivity to the Ladakh region. The connectivity will strengthen the defence preparedness and provide a boost to the economic development in the Zanskar valley.

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An explosion occurred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district late on Tuesday night but there was no report of any injury, officials said. The blast was reported in a lane adjacent to a religious place in the vicinity of the district hospital in Poonch town around 11.15 pm, causing panic among the locals, they said.

Police and army personnel along with forensic experts rushed to the scene to investigate the nature of the blast, officials said, adding preliminary probe suggests that the blast occurred after suspected terrorists hurled a Chinese grenade.

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Chennai-based space startup Agnikul Cosmos has announced a delay in the test launch of its “AGNIBAAN SOrTeD” (Sub Orbital Technology Demonstrator) mission. Originally planned for March 22, 2024, the launch is now on hold to allow for additional readiness checks.

In a statement, Agnikul Cosmos cited the need for further preparations as the reason for the postponement. The company says it may require additional time beyond the originally planned NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) window. A new NOTAM will be issued soon to inform of the rescheduled launch date.

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SOURCE: AFI

The plight of the MV Abdullah, a Bangladeshi cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, continues with no immediate resolution in sight.

Both the Bangladesh government and the ship’s owner have rejected an offer from the European Union (EU) and the Indian Navy to assist in operations onboard the vessel. This leaves negotiations with the pirates as the primary course of action for securing the safe return of the 23 crew members.

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