The Indian government is set to approve a proposal to build an additional 875km road worth 13000 crores in 37 different locations near the China border, with 70% of the road being built in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as South Tibet.
Government is keen to fast track development in areas closer to border with China to ramp up local connectivity but also that can be used to deploy troops at much shorter duration. In the last five years, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has built 3,097 km of roads in Arunachal Pradesh and 3,140 km in the Union Territory of Ladakh.Continue reading
Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) officials revealed that mass production of the WS-15 Emei engine for the Chinese Chengdu J-20 fighter programme has begun, indicating that the engine programme has reached a certain level of maturity.
Last year, Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) confirmed the first flight of the J-20 with WS-15 engines, which will significantly improve the J-20’s push-to-weight ratio with a maximum thrust of 18.4t (180kN), compared to about 15t for the older WS-10 engines, making it comparable to the US’ most advanced Pratt and Whitney F119 engine for the Lockheed Martin F-22.Continue reading
Bharti Enterprise-backed OneWeb on Sunday completed its constellation of 618 low earth orbit satellites that would allow it to offer broadband internet services from space in every corner of the world.
Indian Space Research Organisation’s Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) placed 36 OneWeb satellites in a low earth orbit following a successful launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.Continue reading
A large number of Khalistan supporters staged a protest at the iconic Times Square here to express support for the fugitive radical preacher Amritpal Singh. The protesters took out a car rally that originated from the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in the Richmond Hill neighbourhood and culminated at Times Square in the heart of Manhattan city on Sunday afternoon amid tight security.
With blaring music and loud horns, a multitude of cars with Khalistani flags and LED mobile billboard trucks displaying photos of Singh criss-crossed the streets near the venue.Continue reading
The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has claimed that absconding pro-Khalistan radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh is currently hiding in Nepal and requested the Himalayan nation’s government agencies to arrest him if he tries to flee.
The Mission made the claim in a letter to the Department of Consular Services under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 25.Continue reading
With the latest crackdown on pro-Khalistan leaders and supporters in India, protests have been staged in different countries around the world, reportedly trying to create a majority representation in support of the formation of a separate Khalistan state.
Not surprisingly, the Khalistan movement has got strong support in Pakistan, which India claims, extensively supports, facilitates and harbours Khalistani elements to continue their demand for a separate state.Continue reading
Pakistan has begun in-house consultations to decide whether to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meetings of the defence and foreign ministers in India since New Delhi has already extended invitations to Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Tribune reported.
The defence ministers’ meeting is scheduled in April in New Delhi while foreign ministers would meet in May in Goa. India is the current president of the eight-nation SCO is holding a series of events. Barring one event where Pakistan was denied entry over a map controversy, Islamabad has attended all other events, including the chief justices’ conference and meeting of energy ministers via video link, Tribune reported.Continue reading
Two people were shot at a Gurudwara in Sacramento County, California on Sunday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s office stated the shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. (local time) at the Gurdwara Sacramento Sikh Society temple. Both of the victims are in critical condition, the sheriff’s office said.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Amar Gandhi said the shooting is not related to a hate crime and described the incident as a shootout between two men who knew each other. Sgt. Gandhi said three people were involved in a fight that escalated into a shooting. He said “suspect 2” was down when “suspect 1” shot suspect 2’s friend.Continue reading
Secessionist Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh chose to create ‘Warris Panj-Aab De’, phonetically similar to ‘Waris Punjab De’ already formed by Deep Sidhu’s brother, to piggyback on the late actor’s popularity after the radical preacher failed to take control of the existing outfit, documents confiscated during a crackdown on him show.
Deep Sidhu’s brother Mandeep created an organisation in Fathehgarh Sahib on July 4, 2022, in accordance with Deep’s desires to promote ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’, spread awareness about pollution-related issues, draw drug-addicted youths towards sports, and aid people during natural disasters, among other goals.Continue reading
India will play a big role in the launch of OneWeb’s satellite broadband services globally, according to Sunil Bharti Mittal, the executive chairman of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications firm, which on Sunday launched 36 Internet satellites into space through India’s most powerful ISRO rocket.
“India has a big role to play in the launch of OneWeb’s services globally. Tens of thousands of user terminals would be required with the launch of our services, and India will become a real place to manufacture these terminals, especially with the given Chinese terminals that are unlikely to be accepted in most parts of the world,” Mr Mittal said while speaking to reporters today.Continue reading
The Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Jindal on Monday filed a complaint in Delhi Police against Pro-Khalistani protesters who are protesting at Indian Embassy, in Washington, USA and requested Delhi Police to lodge FIR against them and to take strict action against them by revoking their passport as per law.
The complaint stated that the Protesters threatened and abused the Indian Ambassador to the USA, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and the staff of the Indian embassy in Washington. They also vandalized the Indian embassy and verbally abused an Indian journalist in Washington and also physically attacked him, also provoking and inciting the public at large against the Union of India just outside the Indian Embassy.Continue reading
An assistant platoon commander of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was killed on Monday when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxalites went off in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said.
The incident occurred at around 7:40 am between Etepal and Timenar villages under the Mirtur police station limits when teams of CAF were out on an area domination operation to ensure security for road construction work in the area, an official said.Continue reading
While the self-styled Sikh radical preacher Amritpal Singh is still on the run, another of his associates was brought to Assam on Monday and lodged at the Dibrugarh central jail, raising the total tally of ‘Waris Punjab de’ members in the prison to eight.
According to sources, a team of Punjab Police accompanied the aide, identified as Varinder Singh, to Dibrugarh’s Mohanbari airport on Monday where they were received by the Assam counterparts. The police then took him to the Dibrugarh central jail under tight security.Continue reading
The Dalai Lama has named an eight-year-old boy born in Mongolia but raised in the United States as the reincarnation of the third most important spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism.
According to the Times, the spiritual leader was photographed with the boy during the ceremony in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, recognising the boy as the 10th Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche.Continue reading
Two militants of the Niki Sumi-led faction of NSCN (K) escaped from Khonsa Jail in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, by killing a security guard on duty, police said on Monday.
Roksen Homcha Lowang and Tiptu Kitnya, who were lodged at the UTP cell of the jail, snatched the service rifle from constable Wangnyam Bosai and fired upon him at around 5 pm on Sunday and escaped from the jail, Arunachal Pradesh Police spokesperson Rohit Rajbir Singh said.Continue reading