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Global Updates: Iran hails lifting of UN arms embargo

Iran hails lifting of UN arms embargoApprox Read Time: 5 min Iran hails lifting of UN arms embargo In News: Iran hails lifting of UN arms embargo A decade-long UN arms embargo on Iran has expired on 18th of October, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States.The arms embargo had barred Iran from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets. News…


Signal to China: Quad navies to sail together

Quad navies to sail togetherApprox Read Time: 3 min Quad navies to sail together (US, India, Japan & Australia) In News: Quad navies to sail together In the backdrop of recent border military confrontation with China, India has finally invited Australia to take part in its top-notch trilateral Malabar naval exercises with the US and Japan to be held in November this year. News Summary: The 24th edition of Malabar…


What’s in India-US defence deals

Defence DealsApprox Read Time: 3 min Defence Deals In News: India and the US are preparing for the third 2+2 ministerial meeting between the two countries.One of the items on the agenda will be the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) — a pact which will lay the foundation for deeper military cooperation. About "2+2" dialogue: In foreign policy parleys, ‘Two plus Two’ is the term used for the institutionalisation…


National Security: Rudram-1, desi anti-radiation missile, tested successfully

Rudram-1Approx Read Time: 4 min In News: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO ) has successfully tested the New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGRAM) also called the Rudram-1.This is the first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country.The missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft and all mission objectives were successfully met. About: Anti-radiation missile Anti-radiation missiles are designed to detect, track and neutralize (disrupt) the enemy’s radar, communication assets and other radio…


India: No legal basis for bid to alter status of Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-BaltistanApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: Pakistan’s civil-military leadership has agreed to make Gilgit-Baltistan(GB) the ‘fifth province’ of the country.Pakistan’s minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan affairs said last week that PM Imran Khan make a formal announcement to elevate Gilgit-Baltistan to the status of a full-fledged province with all constitutional rights. News Summary: The local leaders of Pakistan stand divided over making Gilgit-Baltistan as 5th Province.Some of them are demanding more autonomy while others…


CAG slams French cos for not fulfilling Rafale offset terms

Rafale Defense Deal ReportApprox Read Time: 6 min In News: Rafale Defense Deal Report The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Report titled “management of defense offsets” was tabled in the Parliament recently which dwells upon several defense deals including Rafale. News Summary: Rafale Defense Deal Report Observations on French Firms: The CAG has slammed the French firms Dassault Aviation and MBDA which are the main companies in the contract…


How cops took cue from West, used new tech in riots conspiracy probe

New Tech in ProbeApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: The chargesheet on Delhi riots was recently filed by the Delhi Police.Due to the sensitivity and complexity of the cases, Delhi Police has used high-end technology, advanced techniques, and scientific tools, in the process of filing the chargesheet. New Tech in Probe Technologies used by Delhi Police: Internet Protocol Details Records (IPDR) analysis: The Delhi Police conducted an Internet Protocol Details…


Russia: Minimal chance of extending last major nuclear pact with US

New START treatyApprox Read Time: 3 min New START treaty In News: Russia has noted that there are minimal chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - their last major nuclear arms pact - as it does not accept conditions set out by the US.The New START treaty, which limits the number of US and Russian nuclear warheads , was signed by the U.S. and Russian Presidents in Prague in 2010.The…