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SOURCE: AFP

A stranded cargo ship that has been blocking one of America’s busiest ports will be removed Monday nearly two months after it struck and destroyed a bridge in Baltimore, authorities said over the weekend. The complex operation would see the nearly 1,000-foot (300-meter) Dali container vessel transported to a marine terminal, marking a major step in reopening the key shipping channel.

The Singapore-flagged ship lost power before it plowed into a support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, causing it to collapse and killing six construction workers who had been atop the major transit route.

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SOURCE: IANS

The first consultations between Russia and India on the launch of a visa-free group tourist exchange are scheduled for June, and a bilateral agreement is to be signed by the year-end, Nikita Kondratyev, Director of the Russian Economic Development Ministry’s Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, told Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik.

“The process with group visa-free trips has moved a little. The Indian side returned with the answer that they are at the final stage of internal state coordination and asked us again for the latest draft of the document and promised to return in the very near future. I think we will hold the first consultations with them in June to discuss a draft agreement,” Kondratyev said on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum ‘Russia–Islamic World: Kazan Forum 2024’ in the city of Kazan.

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SOURCE: PTI

More than 3,300 CISF personnel will take over the complete counter-terrorism and anti-sabotage security duties at the Parliament complex from Monday, following the withdrawal of over 1,400 CRPF staff from the country’s most important symbol of democracy, official sources said.

The Parliament Duty Group (PDG) of the CRPF wound up its entire administrative and operational paraphernalia — vehicles, weapons and commandos — from of the complex on Friday and its commander, a Deputy Inspector General (DIG)-rank officer, handed over all the security points in the complex to the incoming CISF group, the sources said.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Border Security Force along with the Punjab Police recovered a drone in the border area of Tarn Taran district on Saturday. The recovery was made in a joint operation with Punjab Police. “During the search operation, at about 11:30 am, troops successfully recovered 01 drone from a farming field adjacent to village Rajoke in Tarn Taran District. The recovered drone has been identified as a China-made DJI Mavic 3 classic.

A reliable information and coordinated efforts of BSF and Punjab police successfully recovered yet another illicit drone from across the border,” an official statement issued by BSF read. Earlier, the Border Security Force (BSF) detected and recovered a Pakistani drone from the border area of Amritsar district on Thursday.

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SOURCE: PTI

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday urged the Centre to order a probe into the twin terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir a day earlier and also asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism in the region.

The former chief minister said if a probe is not ordered into the two gruesome incidents, his party would “invite an international committee” to conduct an investigation to find out the culprits behind such attacks.

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SOURCE: PTI

Jailed radical preacher Amritpal Singh, who is contesting from the Khadoor Sahib seat in Punjab as an Independent candidate, has been allotted the poll symbol of ‘mike’. He was among the 169 Independent contestants, out of total 328 candidates who have been allotted election symbols.

Amritpal, the chief of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ outfit, is lodged in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail under the National Security Act. Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, who is contesting from the Faridkot (reserve) constituency as an Independent, has been allotted the poll symbol of ‘Ganna Kisan’ (sugarcane farmer). Khalsa is the son of Beant Singh, who was one of the assassins of late prime minister Indira Gandhi.

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SOURCE: Gajraj Corps

Attack Helicopter Prachand brings in high manoeuvrability and Lethal Firepower with precision to Gajraj Corps, Indian Army. Prachand in action hitting targets with pin-point accuracy during a training exercise.

The first indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has officially joined the Indian armed forces, in what is being seen as a big boost to the country’s defence capability as well as a milestone achievement in the journey of self reliance in the defence sector.

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SOURCE: PTI

Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar has said that trade ties between Islamabad and New Delhi have remained suspended since 2019 due to the imposition of “heavy duties” by India on imports from Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. In a written reply submitted to the National Assembly on Saturday, Dar, who also holds the deputy prime minister’s slot, said: “India decided to impose 200 per cent duty on imports from Pakistan, suspended the Kashmir bus service and trade across the Line of Control after the Pulwama attack.”

According to the Dawn newspaper, Dar was responding to a question by Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Sharmila Faruqui seeking details about trade challenges faced by Pakistan in its relations with neighbouring countries, especially India.

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SOURCE: PTI

Iran is looking at some investments from India in Chabahar region post a long-term deal on the Chabahar Port operations, a top Iranian diplomat has said.

Talking to PTI, Davoud Rezaei Eskandari, Acting Consul General of Iran in Mumbai, also said that the Chabahar Port deal could be a turning point for its ”most relations” with India. India on May 13 signed a 10-year contract to operate the strategic Iranian port of Chabahar that will help it expand trade with Central Asia.

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SOURCE: ANI

Union Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he is declaring from the pious land of Prayagraj that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India and the nation will take it back. “Rahul Baba (Gandhi), I am saying this on the pious land of Prayagraj, PoK is ours, will be ours and we will take it back. You kept Article 370 for 70 years, but people voted for PM Modi and he abrogated it,” said Shah at a rally in Prayagraj on Sunday.

“Rahul Baba (Gandhi) used to say there would be bloodbath once Article 370 is removed…Rahul Baba, five years have passed (since the abrogation of Article 370). Leave alone the talk of the bloodbath, no one has the guts to throw a stone there,” Amit Shah said. Further Shah slammed Congress and Samajwadi Party’s top leadership for not attending Ram Mandir’s pran pratishtha despite being invited for the ceremony.

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SOURCE: UNI

The Indian Army has ‘successfully’ conducted a week-long Forward Area Tour (FAT) for defence experts, encouraging civil-military fusion in defence technology. The tour spanning May 12 to 19 facilitated the defence experts to get a first-hand experience of the operational and administrative challenges faced by troops deployed in forward areas of Arunachal Pradesh, thereby motivating them to formulate inventive technological solutions to the problems, Army sources said on Sunday.

Sources said that seven qualified defence experts from various defence industries, StartUps and academia formed part of the FAT team. On May 12, the delegates arrived at Dinjan Military Station in Assam’s Dibrugarh district, the country’s easternmost Army formation, and were oriented towards the operational perspective including terrain dynamics, surveillance, logistics problems and various defence requirements in the forward areas.

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SOURCE: PTI

One person was killed and two others were injured after unidentified attackers shot them at Naoremthong area in Manipur’s Imphal West district, police said. The incident took place around 8 pm on Saturday outside their rented accommodation, a police officer said.

The dead has been identified as Shree Ram Hangsada (41) from Jharkhand, he said.

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SOURCE: AFI

Former Project Director Chandrayaan and ISRO scientist Mylswamy Annadurai said that that Mangalyaan 1 has lived for more than 8 years, and it has done its job.

“Mangalyaan 1 has done its job. Mangalyaan 1 was planned for 6 months, and it has lived for more than 8 years. Setback happened in the lander of Chandrayaan-2, but the orbiter was still working. Chandrayaan-3 has shown that we can now safely land at identified places on the South Pole.

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SOURCE: IANS

The nation can still recall how Punjab was caught in the grip of terrorism in the latter 1980s that could be countered only through sustained use of armed police, socio-political efforts at restoring peace and the diplomatic initiatives taken for mobilising world opinion against the call of ‘Khalistan’.

The environment of hurt feelings amongst Sikhs created by Op Blue Star at the Golden Temple, the rise of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as the fulcrum of the ‘Khalistan movement’ in the state, and the full exploitation of the situation by Pakistan which pumped in arms, explosives and trained militants into Punjab had all combined at that time to push the level of terrorist violence all over the state to an unprecedented high with things coming to a pass where people in Chandigarh and Mohali stopped leaving their houses after sunset.

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