China is building a bridge across a lake in Ladakh on China’s Himalayan border with India — a move condemned by the Indian government, which called it an “illegal construction.”

It is the second and sturdier of two Chinese bridges across the Pangong Tso lake. Speaking to CNBC, a retired general of the Indian Army, who used to be stationed in Ladakh, said the new bridge is capable of supporting tanks and armored personnel carriers and would help China speed up deployment between the river banks.

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The defence ministry’s move to grant an Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to the Army in March to get the indigenous satellite GSAT 7B was long-awaited. It’s just that it came too late. The AoN is only the first step in the long and arduous defence procurement process which may or may not necessarily culminate in an order.

If and when the final order is placed, this will be the first-ever dedicated communications satellite for the 13-lakh-strong Indian Army. The force did not have a dedicated satellite of its own; it shared the services of the GSAT 7A for the Indian Air Force (IAF) launched in 2018 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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On May 13, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested the HS200 solid rocket booster, an integral part of its upcoming manned mission in space, called Gaganyaan.

This rocket booster is used for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III), which will be a part of the Gaganyaan mission. The successful completion of the test marks a major milestone for the human space flight mission as the first stage of the launch vehicle is tested for its performance for the full duration, according to a statement by ISRO.

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been dominating headlines across the globe and Twitter trends are no different. Now, a country-wise analysis of tweets on the subject has revealed that India-based handles were the number one source of pro-Russia tweets between February, when the war began, and May this year.

Research conducted by Ashoka University’s Centre for Analysis of Network Data and Insight Derivation (CANDID) also shows that a dip in pro-Russia tweets by India-based Twitter users was followed by a decline in the total number of pro-Russia tweets.

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Intelligence agencies interrogating Indian Army soldier Pradeep Kumar Prajapat, who was honey-trapped by a Pakistani woman agent, have stumbled upon some startling revelations. The soldier, who was caught on May 18, was brought to Jaipur for a joint inquiry in which many facts came to light. He was arrested on May 21 under Official Secrets Act.

According to intelligence officials, Prajapat introduced a few of his colleagues to the woman agent and even provided rocket missile launch videos and other important documents to her. He was produced before the court on Sunday from where he was sent on four-day police remand. He is being intensively questioned.

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Naval Group has withdrawn its bid from the Indian Navy’s long-deferred Project 75(I) programme to acquire six diesel-electric attack submarines, the company has confirmed.

The French shipbuilder told Janes on 23 May that it is unable to compete for the INR400 billion (USD5.15 billion) programme because of conditions contained in the project’s request for proposals (RFP) document.

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Captain Abhilasha Barak has created history by becoming the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator. The announcement was made on the official social media page of the Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army) on Wednesday.

Captain Barak’s achievement has been described as a “Golden Letter Day” in the history of Indian Army Aviation. Upon successful completion of her training, Captain Barak was awarded the Coveted Wings along with 36 Army pilots, the post said.

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The government promoted Lt Gen Manoj Pande to the rank of General and appointed him Chief of the Army Staff (COAS or Army Chief) recently. This promotion-cum-appointment is a “first” because Gen Pande is an officer who was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (known in the army as “Engineers”) and he is the first Engineers officer to be appointed COAS. Incidentally, “Corps” should be pronounced as “core”, not as “corpse”!

This writer, a veteran Engineers officer, has received queries from people who ask questions like: #When only a soldier can command the Army, how has an engineer been appointed as its Chief? #If an engineer can be Army Chief, why cannot a medical officer be Army Chief? #What command experience would an engineer have that can make him eligible for the post of Army Chief? 

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India said on Tuesday that the leaders of the other members of the Quad group of countries understood its position on Russia’s conflict in Ukraine when they met in Tokyo.

“There was a general and good appreciation of the position that India has taken with regard to Ukraine,” India’s foreign secretary, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, told reporters in the Japanese capital.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will give a detailed description of the functioning of the Assam Rifles to a Parliamentary panel on Wednesday as the force is tasked with the maintenance of law and order in the North East along with the Indian Army and also guards the Indo-Myanmar border in the region.

The 30-member committee under the chairmanship of senior lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal Abhishek Manu Singhvi will hear the views of MHA officials who will explain to the panel about the functioning of Assam Rifles.

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PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti recently opposed the BJP government’s order to replace Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s embossment on one side of the police medal for Gallantry and Meritorious Service with ‘The National Emblem of Government of India’.

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti said that it reflects the ”sick mindset’ of BJP. She said that Sheikh Abdullah lives in the hearts of the people and erasing his pictures would not accomplish anything.

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A trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed near Mianwali during a routine training mission, a statement issued by the PAF spokesperson said Wednesday.

However, no loss of life or property occurred as the pilot ejected from the aircraft safely.  “A PAF trainer aircraft has crashed near Mianwali during a routine training mission. Pilot ejected safely while no loss of life or property was reported on the ground,” the statement said.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

China is working with India to handle specific matters and try to arrange for eligible Indian students to return to China at an early date, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here on Tuesday.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry previously announced that it hoped the Indian side can provide a list of Indian students who have the actual need to return to China. With the list submitted a while ago, Chinese MFA spokesperson Wenbin was asked whether there is a timeline about their entry.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police has killed three Pakistani terrorists in an Encounter in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.The gunfight claimed life of one cop.

Police said it was a chance encounter and all the three terrorists killed belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit.  “Three Pakistani militants were killed. One Jammu and Kashmir Police official also attained martyrdom in this chance encounter. We had put nakas all over Kreeri area of Baramulla, which is close to Gulmarg…We had said it earlier in the month of November last year that our focus this year would be foreign terrorists. So far 22 foreign terrorists have been killed in various gunfights,” said Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar. 

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Police on Tuesday (May 24) claimed to have busted a terror module by arresting eight terrorist associates of JeM in Awantipora area of South Kashmir. Police said that based on specific input, several suspects were arrested, and further leads were developed that lead Police and security forces to bust a terror module of outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad operating in Awantipora.

The police spokesman identified them as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, Manzoor Ahmad Dar all residents of Waged, Fayaz Ahmad Rather resident of Pastuna, Shabir Ahmad Rather resident of Syedabad Pastuna, Mohd Latief Rather resident of Syedabad Pastuna, Sheeraz Ahmad Mir resident of Aripal and Waseem Ahmad Bhat resident of Pastuna.

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