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Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos test fired from Odisha’s Chandipur

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Odisha, July 16 : Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was on Monday test fired from the Integrated Test Range  at  Odisha’s Chandipur.

BrahMos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, can cruise at speeds of up to Mach 3.0, or three times the speed of sound.

According to ANI, the missile was test-fired at 10.18 am and is aimed at “increasing its life”. The test-firing is aimed at increasing the missile’s life from 10 to 15 years.

The test-firing is to “validate service life extension” of the missile , Sudhir Kumar Mishra, chief of BrahMos Aerospace said.

“The test-firing is aimed at increasing the missile’s life from ten to fifteen years,the test-firing will allow the armed forces to maintain an inventory of the missiles for a longer duration,” Mishra said.

The Brahmos is a two-stage supersonic cruise missile that was jointly developed by India’s Defense Research Development Organization and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia.

Recently, India demonstrated the vertical dive capability of Brahmos, which can used against targets in mountains and also against aircraft carriers.While China has nuclear-capable DF-21 missiles, to be used against aircraft carriers, “ours will be conventional missiles”, he said.

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4 Army personnel, 2 Terrorists in killed Pulwama encounter

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Pulwama Encounter

Srinagar, Feb 18: Four Indian Army personnel and two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian Army personnel of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, have been identified as Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar, and Sepoy Hari Singh.

Besides this, a civilian named Mushtaq Ahmad also lost his life in the gunfight.

Identification of bodies of the two terrorists, yet to be confirmed.

Police appeal locals to leave the encounter site

The officials recovered one AK-47 and one pistol.

A top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander linked to Pulwama Attack believed to be trapped in the ongoing encounter with security forces, news agency ANI reported citing sources.

The gunfight erupted on Sunday late night after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded the village following the information that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were hiding in the area.

The same outfit that carried out the February 14 attack claiming lives of nearly 40 CRPF troopers.

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Supreme Court sets aside NGT order allowing re-opening of Tuticorin plant

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Supreme Court of India

New Delhi, Feb 18: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the National Green Tribunal’s order which had allowed the reopening of Vedanta group owned Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.

While setting aside the order on maintainability, a bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran asked Vedanta and Tamil Nadu government to approach the High Court and since the plant has been locked up for quite some time, they could urge the High Court Chief Justice for an expeditious hearing and interim relief.

On May 28 last year, the plant was shut down permanently when the state government had ordered the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to seal and “permanently” close the plant in aftermath of protests over pollution concerns.

The protests had turned violent, in which 13 people lost their lives in police firing on May 22-23 in Tuticorin.

The apex court judgement came on the TNPCB’s plea against the December 15, 2018, NGT order directing it to give its consent.

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Aircel-Maxis case: Interim protection of P Chidambaram, Karti extended till March 8

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Patiala House Court on Monday extended the interim protection of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till March 8 in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The ED is probing the Aircel-Maxis deal under the PMLA after taking cognisance of a 2011 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) complaint in the case.

On November 26, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had informed the Court that it has been granted permission by the central government to prosecute Chidambaram in connection with the case.

Chidambaram has denied all charges leveled by the central probe agency.

The agencies are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

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