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Navy successfully test-fires land-attack BrahMos missile

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New Delhi, April 21, 2017: An Indian Naval ship for the first time on Friday fired a land-attack BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

“Land attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was fired for the first time from an Indian Navy’s stealth frigate, off the eastern coast, at a land target,” said a source in the Ministry of Defence.

“So, far only anti-ship version of BrahMos had been fired by Indian Navy,” the source added.

This puts India in a select club of nations with such capability.

The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007.

The BrahMos missile, with a range of 290 km and a Mach 2.8 speed, is capable of being launched from land, sea and sub-sea pads against sea and land targets.

BrahMos, jointly developed by India and Russia, is considered the only supersonic cruise missile in the world. The missile was first inducted in the India Navy in 2005.

India is developing 450 km and 800 km range BrahMos missiles and an air launched version, designed to be delivered from Su-30 jets. It is also in the development phase.

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Voting begins in first phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Jammu/Srinagar, Nov 17: Polling began on Saturday for the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections under tight security arrangements.

Voting started at 8 a.m. and will end on 2 p.m.

Very few voters were seen outside polling stations in the valley while voters started coming out in good numbers in the Jammu region.

Fifteen districts of the state — seven in Jammu region, six in valley, two in Ladakh — were going to the polls. There were a total of 3,296 polling stations — 1,303 in the valley and 1,993 in the Jammu region.

In Jammu region, Saturday’s polls were being held in Doda, Ramban, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Kathua, Samba and Jammu district while in the valley it was taking place in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Badgam and Srinagar districts.

Polling is also scheduled today in Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil districts.

The state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra said 5,585 candidates were in the fray for for 420 sarpanch and 1,845 panch posts in the first phase.

He said 85 sarpanchs and 1,676 panchs were already been elected unopposed.

Keeping the ground situtaion in mind, Kabra said 491 polling stations in the valley and 196 in the Jammu division have been declared as hypersensitive.

Contingent plans have been drawn for polling stations close to the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border so that these can be shifted to other places in case of a ceasefire violation.

Heavy deployments of police and central paramilitary forces have been made to ensure a peaceful polling process.

Separatists have called for a protest shutdown on Saturday asking the people to stay away from these elections.

This is the first of the nine-phased panchayat polls.

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India, Britain share assessment of global terror threats

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New Delhi, Nov 16: Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, India and Britain on Friday shared their assessment of terror threats across the world, including cross-border terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region during the 12th Meeting of India-UK Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism here.

“Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry said.

“They shared assessment on the prevailing terrorist threats globally and in their region including cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region,” it stated.

The meeting came ahead of the 10th anniversary of the four-day cross-border terror attack in Mumbai that started on November 26, 2008, and left over 160 people dead and over 300 injured.

The attack was carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In Friday’s meeting, both sides exchanged views on current counter-terrorism challenges, including countering radicalisation and violent extremism, combating financing of terrorism and preventing use of internet for terrorist purposes and agreed to strengthen cooperation in dealing with these challenges.

“The two sides also deliberated upon measures to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation through regular exchange of information, mutual capacity building efforts, sharing of best practices and mutual legal assistance,” the Ministry statement said.

“Cooperation in multilateral fora such as United Nations and Financial Action Task Force was also discussed,” it added.

During the meeting, the Indian side was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter-Terrorism) in the External Affairs Ministry, while the British delegation was led by Jane Marriot, Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.

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Radicalisation of youth in Kashmir still poses a challenge : Army

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Srinagar, Nov 16 : The army’s northern command chief Lt General Ranbir Singh said there is a decline in the number of youths joining militancy in Kashmir but radicalization of youths is still high in the Valley .

With regard to recruitment , it is a matter of satisfaction that for the past some time there has been a relative decline in the number of youths joining militancy.

“There have been large number of reports of radicalisation of youths and Army’s Goodwill Schools were helping check the radicalisation,” Singh said.

“Army Goodwill Schools as part of Operation Sadhbhawna by the Army have acted as a catalyst to ensure no radicalization takes place & there have been no reports of any student of AGWS who has got carried away towards radicalization,”GOC-in-C Northern Command said.

“Panchayat polls are an integral part of our democratic process. We are hopeful to have a secure environment & people should be able to come out to vote in a free & frank manner,” Lt General Ranbir Singh GOC-in-C Northern Command, said.

 

 

 

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