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The Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande visited the Bombay Engineer Group and Centre, Khadki in Pune on Saturday. During his visit, General Pande interacted with troops, praising them for maintaining high standards of professionalism and dedication to duty.

The visit started with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bombay Sappers War Memorial. He paid homage to the bravehearts who have made the sacrifice in service to the nation.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is spreading false propaganda on the Agniveer military recruitment scheme.

Mr Gandhi, in his first election meeting in Haryana for the Lok Sabha polls on Wednesday, had said that the Agniveer scheme would be scrapped and thrown in the dustbin if the INDIA bloc came to power.  Mr Shah said that 25 per cent of the Agniveers would get permanent postings in the Army, while reservations in state government and paramilitary forces would be given to the remaining 75 per cent. Therefore, there would be a rare Agniveer who would not be employed, the home minister said.

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Border Security Force troops apprehended a 21 year old Bangladeshi national near the border fence in Punjab’s Amritsar district, officials said on Saturday.

Officials further added that a Bangladeshi passport was found from his posession. BSF said in a statement, “On 25th May’ 2024, at about 3:30 pm, forward deployed BSF troops in border area of district Amritsar observed suspected movement of a person near Indian side of the border fence. Despite being cautioned, the individual continued to advance, on which the BSF troops acting swiftly, challenged and apprehended the person, trying to exfiltrate near the border fence”.

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Three Naxalites were killed in encounters with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region on Saturday, police said.

Two Naxalites were gunned down in Bijapur district, while another was neutralised in neighbouring Sukma district, they said. In Bijapur, the gunfight occurred in a forest near Jappemarka-Kamkanar villages under the Mirtur police station limits, where a team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxalite operation, an official said.

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US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti has proposed to develop a “QUAD satellite” involving the partnership of India and the US.

During his official trip to Bengaluru on Friday, he visited the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) headquarters and met with Chairman S Somanath and discussed the ongoing cooperation between India and the US in the field of space.

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Russia has said it is ready for serious expansion of cooperation with India in the area of atomic energy, including building high-capacity nuclear power units at a new site in India. Department of Atomic Energy secretary Ajit Kumar Mohanty on Thursday met with Alexey Likhachev, the Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia and discussed ways to further bolster nuclear energy cooperation between two countries.

A statement by Rosatom said officials of the two sides visited the site of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex (PDEC) being built in Seversk, Tomsk region in Russia.

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Delving into India’s approach to the uncertain world shaped by its broadening horizons, widening interests and reformist agenda, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar underlined the importance of cooperation and coordination amongst countries, particularly in Asia. Speaking at the Nikkei Asia 2024 Future of Asia Forum on ‘India’s Role in an Uncertain World,’ Jaishankar said, “India and Japan are close partners in our efforts towards a reformed multilateralism, including United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms.

Our cooperation in Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad, grouping of four democracies — India, Australia, the US, and Japan) is a force for good, increasingly recognized by the world as such.” The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is composed of 15 member states, including five permanent members with veto power and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms.

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Kongsberg Maritime has opened a new facility in Kochi, India, as part of a strategic drive to enhance customer support and prepare for future assembly of its waterjet products.

Delegates attending the special opening ceremony included Norway’s Ambassador to India, May-Elin Stener, Bejoy Bhasker, Director (Technical), Cochin Shipyard, and senior officials from the Indian Navy and Coastguard. 

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Stating that connectivity is crucial for the progress of any region, India said that it is essential to uphold the basic principles of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) charter and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the member states.

Reiterating its strong stand against terrorism, India also stressed that the SCO member states must unite in the fight against terrorism and there should be no place for “double standards.”

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Defence Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Samir V Kamat visited the Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) in Assam’s Tezpur on May 23 and said that cutting-edge technologies are crucial to bolstering the nation’s strength and self-reliance.

The DRDO chief emphasised the importance of reformation and transformation to optimize the performance of an R&D organisation, stating that cutting-edge technologies are crucial to bolster the nation’s strength and self-reliance.

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SOURCE: IANS

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday slammed the Central government over national security, claiming that it did not take any action on the border issues involving China.

“The BJP contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections making national security an issue, but what happened after that? China came to the borders and destroyed the understanding that the two countries developed over the years. They (China) knew that the Narendra Modi government only talks, but doesn’t take any action,” Mr Tharoor said while interacting with mediapersons here.

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A pair of rare 10-rupee banknotes that were recovered as they floated away from a shipwreck on their way from Bombay to London in 1918 are to be auctioned next Wednesday.

Noonans Mayfair auction house in London will offer the notes as part of their World Banknotes sale and are estimated to fetch between GBP 2,000 and 2,600. The two 10-rupee banknotes were recovered from the wreck of the SS Shirala, which was sunk by a German U-boat on July 2, 1918, and bear the date of 25 May 1918 on them.

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National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday praised Israel for strongly defending its borders amidst sharp escalation by Hamas and other terror outfits and explained how its harnessing of technology thwarted the evil designs of a ‘gang of rivals’.

Addressing the 21st BSF Investiture Ceremony, NSA Ajit Doval said: “Some days ago, there were a series of missile attacks on Israel from Iran. Out of 1500 missiles, 99 per cent of missiles were stopped while only two to three could hit its territory. This is the strength of technology.”

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Senior defence officials from India and the US have met here to discuss opportunities to strengthen space cooperation and identified potential areas for collaboration with the American industry, the Pentagon said Friday.

Meeting for the second annual US-India Advanced Domains Defence Dialogue (AD3), the officials discussed a wide range of bilateral cooperation. The American team was led by Vipin Narang, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defence for Space Policy, and the visiting Indian delegation was led by Vishwesh Negi, India’s Joint Secretary for International Cooperation.

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NASA will soon provide advanced training to Indian astronauts, with the goal of mounting a joint effort to the International Space Station, a top American diplomat said Friday.

US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti made these remarks while speaking at the “US-India Commercial Space Conference: Unlocking Opportunities for US & Indian Space Startups,” hosted by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and the US Commercial Service (USCS) in Bangalore.

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