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Sharang Gun system inducted in Army

Under the direction from the Ministry of Defence, Sharang Gun system, indigenously manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) was officially inducted in the army. Notedly, the induction of Sharang Gun in the Indian Army will strengthen the national security in land-locked border areas to destroy enemies with more effective and accurate firing efficiency. Sharang Guns are being simultaneously developed at Gun Carriage Factory and Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, making it the first time for any indigenised gun system to receive approval for bulk production within a record time due to indigenisation and proof trials of guns in the same.

 

Hizbul Mujahideen attempts to reorganize its North Kashmir base

The Indian Army breaks the news of Hizbul trying to reconstruct its base in north Kashmir, right after three HM militants were slain in an encounter with security forces in J&K’s Baramulla district. Brigadier NK Mishra reveals that militants belonging to the terrorist group were killed in north Kashmir after a long gap where only Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad were active in recent years and had been dealt with. He also adds that militants who are looking for a chance to join the mainstream will be given the opportunity, however, the aspiring terrorists will not be spared, given the preparations being made by the army to foil the plans of the terror group on several occasions.


 


 

Shipping Ministry directs all major ports to use only Indian built tug boats

To boost the Make in India policy of the government, the Shipping Ministry has announced decided directions to all the major ports to use only Indian built tug boats from now onwards. The government aspires to create an ecosystem for shipbuilding, ship repair, ship recycling and flagging in India. The Ministry aims to promote the Indian ship building industry and to conduct discussions with some leading countries for Make-in-India ship building. In order to promote shipbuilding in India, procurement of port crafts are in need of alignment with the revised make-in-India order.

 

India-Pakistan Question to remain on the agenda of UNSC

Foreign office spokesperson of Pakistan on Twitter talks about the lingering of India-Pakistan Question to prevail on the agenda of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) until Kashmiris were granted their inherent right to self-determination. The Question remained on the agenda since India has never implemented UNSC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which guaranteed a free and impartial plebiscite under auspices of the United Nations (UN). It is rumored to have resurfaced after India tried to remove Kashmir dispute from the Security Council’s agenda under the agenda item of “India-Pakistan Question” which was brushed aside as “outlandish.” The agenda can be closed under the circumstance of resolution to a dispute, implying Kashmiris to be granted their inherent right to self-determination, or in the presence of a consensus decision of the Security Council to remove it from its agenda.

 

Defence Minister’s visit to Tehran

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, after attending the SCO at Moscow, visited Tehran on the request of the Defence Minister of Tehran. The meeting that lasted less than 90 minutes, had the highlights of taking forward bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan. The visit is significant in view of India’s considering the country as part of its extended neighborhood and also key to connectivity projects.