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SOURCE: The Canadian Press

The federal NDP is calling on the Liberal government to ban certain Indian officials from travelling to Canada and to boycott G20 events in India’s Kashmir region, citing the country’s treatment of minorities.

India started its term Thursday in the rotating presidency of the G20, a forum for the world’s largest economies. The hosting role involves convening meetings throughout the year, which will culminate in a leaders’ summit planned for next September in New Delhi.

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SOURCE: ANI

Women soldiers of the Indian and US armies on Thursday trained together under the ‘Yudh Abhyas 2022’, exchanging the best practices while operating under the United Nations (UN) mandate, the Indian Army informed in a statement. The Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army) informed about the exercise in a tweet.

“Exercise #YudhAbhyas 2022Women Soldiers of #IndianArmy & #USArmy train together exchanging best practices while operating under UN mandate. #IndianArmy @USARPAC” the tweet read.

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SOURCE: UNI

On Nov 30, in a joint op by 210 CoBRA & Police in Nelakanker, Chhattisgarh, Maoists opened fire on them. The troops retaliated to the fire but Maoists taking advantage of thick foliage retreated hastily. During search, 4 weapons, 1 IED, materials for making IEDs recovered.

After an encounter in Bija5pur’s Nelankanker area, the Chattisgarh police recovered four rifles, one IED, a knife, gunpowder, torches, medicines, and a 12-bore cartridge in a joint operation with 210 CoBRA commandos.

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SOURCE: ANI

Highlighting the reasoning behind creating an “anti-radicalisation cell” in Gujarat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that it is a proactive step which will control terrorism and riots.

Notably, the BJP in its manifesto has promised to create an Anti-Radicalisation Cell to identify and eliminate potential threats and sleeper cells of terrorist organisations and anti-India forces if voted to power again in the State.

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SOURCE: PTI

India assumed the presidency of the G20 grouping on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a strong pitch for “fundamental mindset shift” to shape a new paradigm of human-centric globalisation.

In an article penned for newspapers across the globe, Modi underscored the theme of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (One World, One Family, One Future), and listed terror, climate change, pandemic as the greatest challenges that can be best fought together.

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SOURCE: UNI

On Thursday, Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) completed the Normal Refit of INS Astradharini 21 days ahead of schedule and handed over the vessel to the Indian Navy. According to a press release, HSL was awarded the project on a competitive basis, and the shipyard also completed a refit on the same vessel ahead of schedule in 2019.

For the past two years, HSL has consistently completed refits on or ahead of schedule. According to the release, it completed 17 ship refits last year, 15 of which were completed on time or ahead of schedule.

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SOURCE: UNI

Lieutenant General DS Rana, GoC of 4 Corps, stated that following the gradual withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from most of the North-East, the Indian Army will train over 3,000 Assam police officers, the first training of its kind in the country. Lt. General Rana went on to say that while peace and normalcy have returned to the North East as a result of the withdrawal of AFSPA, it is the responsibility of the police to keep the peace, which is why the training has been designed.

Notably, the AFSPA Act, 1958 was passed in the Indian Parliament as an act that grants the Indian Armed Forces special powers to maintain public order in “disturbed areas.” .

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SOURCE: ANI

Security forces found a hexacopter drone equipped with modern technology and packets containing heroin weighing 5 kg from a field near the India-Pakistan border in Tarn Taran district of Punjab, police said on Friday.

Tarn Taran Police in a joint search operation with the Border Security Force (BSF) found the hexacopter drone.

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SOURCE: PTI

Police have arrested five persons from the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir for carrying out robberies by posing as terrorists, officials said today. Acting on complaints from several areas of Kulgam district, police constituted a special team to arrest them, they said. A special mobile checkpoint was also set up at Yaripora to catch the five, they said.

Those arrested have been identified as Nazir Mushtaq Malik, Khalid Hussain Deedad, Rizwan Ahmad Deedad, Karman Ahmad Deedad and Abrar Ahmad Teadwa.

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SOURCE: API

Vellon Space, an Indian startup is working to develop Rudra Vayu a customized version of Rudra 1, which can carry up to 25-50 kg of customer payload to Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) and Sun-Synchronous orbit (SSO) at any inclination on dedicated launch. Rudra Vayu is an Airlaunch Vehicle.

Vellon Space also claims it is working to develop a micro space station providing a microgravity lab for experiments. the micro space station will be roughly the dimensions of a Tata Nano Car that the company claims can benefit Indian pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, defense research, nanotechnology companies, and microchips industries.

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SOURCE: PTI

A Border Security Force or BSF soldier, who inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistani side on Thursday morning in the Punjab sector, has been handed over to the Indian authorities, a force spokesperson said. The jawan was undertaking zero line checking along the India-Pakistan international border (IB) near BSF post GG Base in Abohar sector.

The jawan crossed over to the other side inadvertently due to dense fog and resulting “extremely poor visibility” around 6:30 am, the spokesperson said.”He was safely handed over to the BSF during a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers at 1:50 pm,” he said.

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SOURCE: ANI

Taliban on Wednesday said that India may restart 20 stalled projects in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) of Afghanistan said that the Indian charges d’affaires, Bharat Kumar, expressed India’s interest in improving relations and the resumption of Delhi’s projects in Afghanistan, reported Tolo News.

Kumar made the remarks in a meeting with the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Hamdullah Nomani.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said there was no agreement with Russia on Moscow sending a list of more than 500 products for potential delivery, including parts for cars, aircraft, and trains to India.
Addressing mediapersons in his weekly briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “I am not sure if there is any agreement as such. I am not sure if there is an agreement as such or if even such items have been supplied. This is a regular feature and nothing more should be read into it.”

However, he added, “We have regular engagement with Russia on how to expand trade, how to expand it and this has been going on for many years. From time to time both sides indicate areas of interest and priority that they may be looking at and I would urge that nothing more should be read into this.”

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SOURCE: PTI

India does not need to be told what to do on democracy, the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, who assumed Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of December, said here on Thursday.

India on Thursday assumed Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of December, during which it will host signature events on countering terrorism and reformed multilateralism. The Presidency will bring the curtains down on India’s two-year tenure as elected non-permanent member of the powerful UN organ.

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SOURCE: ANI

India on Thursday rebuffed China’s objection to the US-India joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas held in Auli, Uttarakhand, 100 kms away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In a weekly media briefing by the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi said, “These exercises going on with the US in Auli has nothing to do with the 1993 and 1996 agreements. The Chinese side needs to reflect and think about its own breach of these agreements. India exercises with whomsoever it chooses and it doesn’t give a veto to third countries on this issue.”

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