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  • Possibility of renowned IT companies to enter the market of defence

The announcement of a ban on imported defence items by Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh might create a possibility for the big IT companies of India to enter into the market of defence, who have played a restricted role in the Indian military’s technological modernization. Major names, including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, and Wipro might be seen entering into this field.

Cyber technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), swarming drones, blockchain, and quantum computing, could serve as a boon in the foreseeable future. It also could help cyber threats such as deep fakes and social engineering attacks (honey trapping Indian soldiers), etc.

 


  • Volkan Bozkir elected to resolve India-Pakistan disputes regarding Kashmir

UN General Assembly president elects Volkan Bozkir, the first-ever Turkish national to be elected to the Office of the President of the UNGA, interested in resolving the disputes regarding the special territory of Kashmir only if both the parties request. It will be for the ushering of peace in South Asia.

New Delhi’s long held position of Kashmir to be bilateral and that there will be no intervention of any third party between India and Pakistan.


 


  • 697 tons of ammonium nitrate relocated after Beirut blast

Lebanon’s capital Beirut met a horrific tragedy on August 4, which is presumably considered to have happened due to 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being stored in a warehouse at the city’s port. The incident naturally aroused anxiety worldwide, and India has decided to dispose of 697 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in Chennai, after the e-auction of the ammonium nitrate to a Hyderabad-based company.

The consignment that had arrived from South Korea in 2015, was stored due to the lack of legitimate license. The importer had been licensed to import fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate, while the chemical supplied was discovered to be of explosive grade.

 


  • Female soldiers for internal security and combat duties near LOC with Pakistan

For the first time in history, India has employed female soldiers in combat duty posted along LOC. 30 women soldiers, led by Captain Gursimran Kaur of the Army Service Corps (ASC),  a third-generation military officer of her family, called Assam Rifles, have been posted in the Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir.

The women have reportedly made a positive impact within a few days, and are being deployed at security checkpoints leading to LOC. They are also useful in crowd control and frisking of women.

 


  • India to aid Beirut with relief and humanitarian supplies

India’s envoy to the United Nations TS Tirumurti, on speaking at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UNOCHA meeting on Lebanon, announces that the nation has already supplied essential medical items to battle COVID-19. He further informs that the tragedy has deeply affected the entire world and India is shortly to send essentials and food items to help. Discussions with the Lebanese government are being made as how to be of further aid.