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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

In a big boost to maritime power, the Indian Navy is set to commission INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, in Mumbai on Thursday. The addition of INS Vela to the defence fleet will give a major fillip to India’s capabilities in dealing with possible maritime security threats in the face of China’s growing assertiveness and presence in the Indian Ocean region.

“It is a proud moment for all of us. It has an indigenous set of batteries and has an advanced communication suite of indigenous make so it has taken the concept of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ further,” Captain Anish Mathew, Commanding Officer of INS Vela told ANI.

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SOURCE: ANI

The conferment of Vir Chakra on Indian Air Force Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman came as a huge embarrassment to Pakistan, said Indian Defence experts pointing out that Pakistan could not digest the fact that despite flying an outdated aircraft- MiG-21, Varthaman shot down Pakistan’s frontline aircraft F-16.

“Abhinandan’s award is a huge embarrassment to Pakistan. It clearly depicts the world that Pakistan pilots lack professionalism. Abhinandan was flying a vintage aircraft MiG-21, which is almost outdated and he shot down the street of the art and the frontline aircraft of Pakistan F-16. Pakistan could not digest this, hence giving a strange reaction,” Retired Major General and Defence expert PK Sehgal told ANI.

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SOURCE: INDIA TV NEWS

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday said that a normal relationship cannot be established with China until all the issues are resolved. Addressing the ICC Annual Session & AGM in Delhi, Shringla said, “We still have some outstanding issues despite several rounds of talks with China & will obviously not be in a normal relationship with China, until everything is resolved”.

Speaking of the India-China standoff in Ladakh, Shringla said, “Last year, we saw that China maintained an aggressive posture & attempted multiple transmissions along our border in eastern Ladakh. It wasn’t conducive to peace & security, as a result of which, we were not able to conduct normal relations”

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SOURCE: THE FEDRAL

In the recent Climate Change meeting at Glasgow, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that nuclear power provides more than a quarter of the world’s clean power. “Over the last half century, nuclear power has avoided release of more than 70 giga-tonnes of greenhouse gasses. Without nuclear power, many of the world’s biggest economies would lack their main source of clean electricity,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

Tamil Nadu has less thermal power capacity, but has the maximum capacity of nuclear power among all states.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Employees of the two ordnance factories in Tiruchi are understood to have decided to extend their fullest cooperation to the protest announced by trade unions next month to highlight the difficulties they have been facing post-corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board.

Earlier this month, the All India Defence Employees’ Federation, Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh and Confederation of Defence Recognised Federations communicated to the Secretary – Defence Production, the notice for observance of protest from December 8-10 by employees of 41 ordnance factories through demonstrations and wearing black badges.

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SOURCE: WION

Unchallenged Xi Jinping with renewed mandate by CCP, during his conversation with US President Joe Biden has tried to create an impression of bipolar world order in existence even as the rest of the world amidst COVID-19 pandemic continues its rebalancing between unipolar, bipolar and multipolar global order as per their perception.  

If Beijing has its way, it will use all instruments of power (ethical and unethical) to be sole superpower at global stage and have China-centric Asia at regional stage, for which sub-ordination of India is considered essential. To achieve that the containment plus encirclement (concirclement) of India is a strategic necessity to be able to coerce it to China-centric alignment, preferably without undertaking contact warfare.  

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SOURCE: INDIA TV

A major controversy is brewing in Punjab ahead of the Assembly polls after Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress government appointed Balwinder Singh Kotlabama, brother of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Pannu, as the chairman of Punjab Genco Limited.

Balwinder’s appointment has sparked massive uproar with the BJP and the SAD calling it open terror appeasement. SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Chief Minister Channi should answer the people. “The government has appointed Sikhs for Justice office bearer’s brother (Balwinder Singh Kotlabama) as chairman (of Punjab Genco Ltd). CM (Charanjit Singh) Channi should answer to people on this,” he said.

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SOURCE: ANI

 Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI is trying to destabilize Bangladesh by strengthening the roots of Islamic terrorism in Dhaka, which was formed in 1971 as a secular country. Stressing on the role of the ISI besides the LeT, Bangladeshi minister Hasan Ul-Inu had said “Pakistan’s ISI is trying to destabilize Bangladesh from the time Bangladesh became independent and these aspects cannot be ignored,” reported Bangladesh Live News.

The relationship between terror in Bangladesh and its support by Pakistan was established in 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery attack in the posh locality of Dhaka that killed 20 people from five different countries.

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SOURCE: PTI

Army Chief Gen M M Naravane has said that India was conscious of Bangladesh’s efforts to deny space to terror groups that are carrying out subversive activities against India. In a message played out during an event on Wednesday to mark 50 years of India-Bangladesh ties, he also asserted that “the historic Land Boundary Agreement” (LBA) between the two countries has shown how an issue related to border can be “resolved with mutual negotiations and a constructive outlook”.

This, at a time when “certain countries” have been trying to “alter the status quo by force, and bypassing traditional rules and protocols, with complete disregard to territorial integrity of others,” Army Chief Naravane said, without naming any country.

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SOURCE: Air Recognition

Russian Helicopters Holding plans to complete the certification of the latest Ka-226T multirole helicopter in 2022, CEO Andrey Boginsky told TASS. “Next year. Considering that we are not in a hurry and have engaged the resources of the design bureau and the test center, we will coordinate our activity with colleagues from Rosoboronexport to define priorities. We also have other projects: we need to continue work on Ka-32, Ansat-M, Mi-171A3 and Ka-62,” he said.

In addition to India, for which the helicopter has been developed, Ka-226T has also evoked interest from China and Saudi Arabia, he specified.

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SOURCE: ANI

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane today praised Bangla people who stood to their right to liberty and independence in 1971. General Naravane’s address comes at an event organised by the Indian Army’s think-tank Centre Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) to release the book ‘Bangladesh Liberation @50 years Bijoy’ In his speech, General Naravane acknowledged that the Bangladesh Liberation War changed the lives and destinies of millions of Bangla brothers and sisters.

“I pay homage to those brave hearts on both of the borders forgave it all for a brighter and secured tomorrow,” said the Indian Army Chief.

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SOURCE: GREATER KASHMIR

 Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday stoutly justified the abrogation of Article 370 by linking it to impetus in “financial activities, transparency in administration and growth in J&K’s economy.”

She refused to borrow the argument, even for question sake, that J&K economy had taken a hit in any manner after abrogation of Article 370. “For..bringing in transparency in governance.. accountability, I would honestly thank abrogation of (Article) 370. If that was the obstruction for bringing in a transparent and a democratised government, we’ve done ourselves a biggest favour by that abrogation. Within last two years, after the abrogation, the entire administration is now visible for every citizen of J&K to see what’s going on here. It cannot be a few families’ oligopoly. Money of the people should go to the people and it should be in a transparent process,” she said.

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SOURCE: ANI

At least three terrorists were killed in a brief shooting in Srinagar city on Wednesday, police sources said.
They said the three were killed in the Rambagh area in a brief encounter Wednesday evening .

There is a possibility of another fatality, they added. The identities of the slain could not be established immediately.
Details about the encounter are emerging, they added.

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SOURCE: PTI

The CBI has filed a chargesheet against two Navy Commanders Jagdeesh and Abhishek Shaw in connection with the alleged leakage of confidential information related to INS Sindhuratna-MRLC project, officials said today. In the fresh charge-sheet, the agency has also named Commander Ajit Pandey and retired Naval officer commodore Randeep Singh for alleged “leakage of information related to advance payment related to INS Sindhuratna-MRLC project”, they said.

They said while two charge sheets had already been filed against six people earlier, the probe against Navy officer Commander Jagdish, who was arrested on September 21, and Commander Abhishek Shaw was still on.

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SOURCE: Outlook Web Bureau

Former India cricketer and Bhartiya Janata Party MP Gautam Gambhir has allegedly received death threats from ‘ISIS Kasmhir’ on Tuesday night, Delhi Police officials said. Gambhir, hero of the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ICC World Cup finals for India, received death threats in the form of emails.

According to the DCP Central Shweta Chauhan, an investigation is underway and security has been beefed up outside Gambhir’s residence in Rajendra Nagar area. In a letter to DCP Central Shweta Chauhan (in possession with Outlook India), it is said that the death threats were sent on email at 9:32 PM IST to Gambhir and his family. Gambhir, the former IPL-winning captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, works as a TV commentator as well.

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