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India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed and developed HTFE-25 (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine) a 25 kN turbofan engine that has achieved its designed thrust levels in trials and a fully completed engine has also been developed. HAL has claimed that in the acceleration trials HTFE-25 has achieved up to 55% of the speed and slowly that will be enhanced in further trials to achieve its designed thurst levels in a set time.

Two core engines have that have been produced so far and are undergoing development trials. Cold weather trials and Hot weather high altitude trials were completed at Leh. The engine can be used on a 5-ton weight class aircraft in a single engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine-ton weight class with a twin-engine configuration.

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India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and NewSpace Research & Technologies Pvt Ltd that is working on Air Launched Flexible Asset (ALFA -S), an air-launched swarming drone system to penetrate contested airspace and take out vital targets will also be capable of taking out air vehicles such as MALE Class UAVs and Helicopters in hard kill.

The New Version of ALFA-S will be equipped with an EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red) seeker that will enable it to take out low-speed aerial threats with a hard kill option. ALFA-S working as part of the swarm mode will be able to take out multiple aerial targets even other attack swarm drones pushed inside Indian areas.

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SOURCE:  DEEPAK HILORI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s HAL has commenced work on the development of the Hindustan Lead-Fighter Trainer program that will be based on the two-seater trainer version of the Tejas Mk1. HLFT-42 program is seen as a bridge to get rid of conversion types altogether from all fighter jet types that the Indian air force plans to acquire soon so that pilots will be familiar with jets that they will eventually fly in their squadrons.

HAL is developing this program keeping a close eye on the export market where Boeing-Saab developed T-7 Red Hawk is likely to storm the market soon and will challenge current the market leader in this segment, that is Korean developed T-50 Golden Eagle.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Thursday successfully test-fired indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) at a military installation in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar. The defence ministry said the missiles destroyed the targets with precision at two different ranges.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the maker of the ATGMs, and the Indian Army on the successful trial of the weapon. “Indigenously developed laser-Guided anti-tank guided missiles were successfully test-fired from Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun by the DRDO and Indian Army,” the ministry said.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

In a report presented in both Houses on Thursday, the parliamentary standing committee on defence questioned the shortfall in the demand for budget for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The committee presented its action-taken report, referring to the previous fiscal ending March 31, and said against the projection of Rs 23,460 crore, an amount of Rs 20,457.44 crore was allocated to the DRDO. The committee, in its original report, had observed that there was a shortfall of Rs 3,002.56 crore in the approved allocation for the 2021-22 financial year for the DRDO as against the proposed budget estimate allocation. The ministry, in its reply, said the department was managing within the allocated funds by the re-prioritisation of project activities.

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SOURCE: PTI

Union minister Jitendra Singh assured the members of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that there is better nuclear safety in India as compared to many other countries and there are enough safeguards in the Indian nuclear plants.

Responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour, Mr Singh said standard operating procedures are in place to ensure that there is no emergency situation in the country’s nuclear plants.

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SOURCE: PTI

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested Salim Qureshi alias `Salim Fruit’, a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, for allegedly aiding the gang’s terrorist activities.

He was a close aide of fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel, the NIA said in a release. Qureshi played an active role in extorting huge amounts of money in Shakeel’s name from property dealings and dispute settlements for raising “terror funds in furtherance of terrorist activities of D company,” the agency claimed.

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SOURCE: PTI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today discussed the situation in Sri Lanka, developments in Myanmar and other pressing global challenges at a meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

It is understood that the rising tensions between China and Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high-profile visit to Taipei also figured in the talks that took place on the margins of an ASEAN conclave in the Cambodian capital, reported Press Trust of India.

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SOURCE: PTI

In a rare feat, five women officers of the Indian Navy carried out the first independent maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the North Arabian Sea onboard a Dornier aircraft. The Navy on Thursday described the mission by the women officers from its ‘INAS 314’ frontline naval air squadron in Porbandar as “historic”.

The aircraft was captained by Mission Commander, Lt Commander Aanchal Sharma, and other members of the team are Lt Shivangi and Lt Apurva Gite (both pilots), and tactical and sensor officers, Lt Pooja Panda and Sub Lt Pooja Shekhawat.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Nagas cannot merge with India but cannot live apart from Indians, due to the necessity of interdependent relationship among peoples and nations, the chief of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim or Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN, said on Wednesday.

In a statement marking seven years of the signing of the Framework Agreement with New Delhi, NSCN (I-M) chairman Q. Tuccu said, the coexistence of the Nagas and Indians is a “natural necessity because no individual or nation exists in total isolation from others”.

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SOURCE: DailyExcelsior

The pace of construction of roads has increased after the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 from 6.54 kilometres to 20.6 kilometres a day. Now, the total length of roads in Jammu and Kashmir has touched 41,141 kilometres.

The increased pace of macadamization of roads and growing road length indicate how rapidly Jammu and Kashmir has developed during the past three years. According to official data, road length in Jammu and Kashmir has increased to 41,141 kilometres and the percentage of blacktop roads has reached 74 per cent as compared to 66 per cent in 2019.

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SOURCE: ANI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held his first meeting with newly-appointed Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry and reaffirmed India’s commitment as a dependable friend and reliable partner to the economic recovery of the island nation.

S Jaishankar is in Phnom Penh to attend the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, an annual event that takes stock of the ASEAN-India partnership. “A warm first meeting with FM Ali Sabry of Sri Lanka. Congratulated him on his new responsibility. Reaffirmed India’s commitment, as a dependable friend and reliable partner, to the economic recovery and well-being of Sri Lanka. Neighbourhood First,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

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SOURCE: ANI

Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday said that there has not been any progress between India and Pakistan since 2019 regarding the resumption of trade. In August 2019, relations between India and Pakistan worsened when Pakistan decided to downgrade diplomatic ties with India, recall its high commissioner from New Delhi, expel the Indian envoy to Islamabad and suspend bilateral trade.

On being asked whether there has been any progress concerning the resumption of trade ties with Pakistan since 2019, the minister in his written response to Rajya Sabha in his written response in Rajya Sabha said: “In August 2019, Pakistan announced the suspension of bilateral trade with India. Pakistan partially relaxed its ban on trade with India in September 2019 by permitting trade in certain pharmaceutical products. There has not been any progress regarding resumption of trade with Pakistan since then.”

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SOURCE: NEWS18

Close on the heels of a gang war leaving two people dead in Vancouver, Canadian Police authorities have issued a list of 11 notorious gangsters, nine of which are of Punjab origin, warning the public to avoid being near them.

In a series of tweets from the Vancouver police handle, officials of the British Columbia and Vancouver Police said these 11 gangsters were linked to a slew of killings and shootings in the province. “It is highly likely a rival gangster will target them with violence,” said CFSEU Asst. Cmdr. Manny Mann, adding that the men listed are a risk to their friends and family as well.

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SOURCE: GREATER KASHMIR

A labourer was killed and two others wounded after terrorists lobbed a grenade at the migrant workers in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday, police said.

A police spokesman said the attack took place in the Gadoora area of the district. “Terrorists hurled grenade on outside labourers at Gadoora area of #Pulwama. In this #terror incident, one labourer died and two others were injured. Area cordoned off. Further details shall follow,” said a police spokesman.

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