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From January 22nd to 27th, the Indian Army and Indian Air Force joined forces for a large-scale airborne training exercise dubbed “Exercise Devil Strike” near the strategically crucial Chicken’s Neck in North Bengal. This impressive display of military might showcased the seamless integration of forces and assets from both branches, highlighting their ability to operate synergistically in a complex networked battlefield environment.

Exercise Devil Strike was designed to meticulously practice the entire spectrum of operations an airborne force might encounter. Over 1,000 paratroopers from the Eastern Command, along with elite GARUD special forces commandos from the IAF, took part in the exercise. They were supported by an array of aerial assets, including:

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The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has taken a bold step towards a greener future, setting an ambitious goal of generating 22,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power by the fiscal year 2031-32. This significant move underlines India’s commitment to self-reliance in clean and sustainable energy sources.

“This initiative is not just about meeting our energy needs, but also about strengthening our nation’s energy independence and securing a cleaner future for generations to come,” declared Bhuvan Chand Pathak, NPCIL Chairman and Managing Director, at the inaugural ceremony of the 32nd National Laser Symposium at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT).

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In a landmark move that promises to propel both nations into the forefront of the global satellite launch market, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) and Arianespace SAS, France, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India. This strategic partnership leverages the combined strengths of India’s LVM-3 heavy-lift launch vehicle and Arianespace’s Ariane-6, positioning them as formidable players in the lucrative space race.

The MoU signifies a collaborative effort to cater to the evolving demands of the global launch service market. Both LVM-3 and Ariane-6 boast the capability to launch heavier communication and earth observation satellites, a segment experiencing significant growth. Additionally, their versatility extends to deploying satellites critical for mega constellations, a burgeoning trend revolutionizing space-based communication and data gathering.

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In a move that has sparked considerable intrigue and speculation, Canada recently announced its intent to investigate alleged Indian interference in its last two general elections, held in 2019 and 2021. The decision, which comes less than four months after Canada accused India of involvement in the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, adds another layer of complexity to the already nuanced relationship between the two nations.

Highly-placed sources suggest that the initiative stems from Jagmeet Singh, a prominent figure within Canada’s political landscape and leader of the New Democratic Party, a coalition partner of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. While the exact motivations behind the investigation remain unclear, some observers speculate that Trudeau’s administration may be seeking to redirect attention away from allegations of Chinese interference in Canadian politics.

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Amid an unusual winter with less snowfall than usual, the Indian Army continues to maintain a heightened vigil in the Kashmir Valley against potential infiltration attempts by militants. Officials report that due to the milder winter conditions, all infiltration routes across the Line of Control (LoC) remain accessible, posing a constant security threat.

This lack of heavy snowfall, usually a natural barrier during winter, has extended the window for potential infiltration attempts. Intelligence sources indicate that a significant number of militants remain active in launchpads across the LoC, eager to exploit the open routes.

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Amid the attack on merchant navy vessels in the Red Sea and deployment of the Indian Navy’s ships in the region, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India’s greater capability, its own interest and reputation today warrant that it actually help in difficult situations.

The Indian Navy has deployed 10 of its ships in the region, Mr Jaishankar said responding to a question at an interaction at the Indian Institute of Management, Mumbai.

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The Indian Navy officials on Tuesday said that they have rescued a hijacked fishing vessel ‘Al Naemi’ with 11 Somali armed pirates. The officials said that the Navy’s Marine Commandos carried out the operation and rescued the crew including 19 Pakistani nationals.

The official said that the navy rescued the vessels through swift, persistent and relentless efforts by the Mission Deployed Indian Navy warship in the Southern Arabian Sea approx 850 nm West of Kochi. “It also prevented misuse of fishing vessels as Mother Ships for further acts of Piracy on Merchant Vessels,” the officials said.

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US Ambassador Eric Garcetti on Tuesday hailed the swift action taken by the Indian Navy against pirates to rescue sailors of merchant ships operations ensuring the safety of shipping in the Indian Ocean.

Addressing a meeting of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Garcetti said the Indian Navy was not only rescuing Indian crew but also sailors belonging to other countries being attacked by pirates and missiles of terror groups.

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The “threat” posed by China offers an opportunity for the US and India to make strong agreements, including a genuine Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to ensure that the two countries will look at each other as first partners, according to Darrell Issa, an influential American lawmaker.

Issa, a Republican Congressman from California, said this during a conversation with Aparna Pande, Research Fellow, India, and South Asia with the think tank Hudson Institute here on Monday.

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The government on Monday announced diversion of Chenab river water through diversion tunnels at Drabshalla in Kishtwar district to expedite the 850-MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project in Jammu & Kashmir. “A major milestone has been achieved at the 850 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project in Jammu & Kashmir with the diversion of Chenab river through diversion tunnels at Drabshalla in Kishtwar district, at 11:30 AM on January 27, 2024,” the power ministry said in a statement.

The diversion of river flow will enable isolation of dam area, paving way for the excavation and construction works, it said.

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The historic Vijay Chowk in the national capital came live to foot-tapping tunes and synchronised steps by members of armed forces during the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony on Monday to mark the end of Republic Day celebrations.

The sun setting down provided a majestic background as soldiers marched to Indian tunes. The music bands of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) played captivating tunes before a distinguished audience including President Droupadi Murmu, who is Supreme Commander of defence forces, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union ministers.

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‘Maratha Military Landscapes’ representing extraordinary fortification and military system envisioned by the Maratha rulers will be India’s nomination for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List for the 2024-25 cycle, the Culture Ministry said on Monday.

The twelve components of this nomination are — Salher fort, Shivneri fort, Lohgad, Khanderi fort, Raigad, Rajgad, Pratapgad, Suvarnadurg, Panhala fort, Vijay durg, and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, and Gingee fort in Tamil Nadu, it said in a statement.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that they have recovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at Shamshan Ghat Sherpur area of Kathua district. “Early morning search operation conducted by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of District Police Kathua along the Bein Nalla near Shamshan ghat, two suspicious objects packed in Polythene were discovered hidden in bushes,” police said.

Police said that the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was called to inspect the objects.

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In a significant development for India’s air defense capabilities, India and France have agreed to expedite price negotiations for the purchase of 26 Rafale M (Marine) fighter jets. Both nations acknowledge the importance of the deal and have opted to prioritize it after the upcoming General Elections in India.

The Indian Navy will acquire 22 single-seater Rafale M jets, specifically designed for aircraft carrier operations from IAC-I and II. Additionally, four twin-seater Rafale B (Marine) variants will serve pilot training purposes.

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In a landmark move that promises to propel India’s defense manufacturing to new heights, Rolls-Royce, the renowned British engine manufacturer, has forged a seven-year strategic partnership with Hyderabad-based Azad Engineering. This groundbreaking collaboration will see Azad Engineering manufacture crucial components for Rolls-Royce’s cutting-edge defense aircraft engines, marking a significant leap for India’s self-reliance in the aerospace sector.

The partnership throws open doors for Azad Engineering, granting them entry into the coveted global supply chain for Rolls-Royce’s advanced aero engines. This strategic move aligns perfectly with India’s vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat,” or self-reliance, showcasing a robust commitment to building a thriving domestic defense manufacturing ecosystem.

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