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Brahmos Missile Successfully Test-Fired

Brahmos missile was successfully test-fired for its full range of 290-km during the launch jointly conducted by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace.
Jointly developed by India and Russia, the versatile BRAHMOS has been operationalised in the Indian Armed Forces with all the three services.
With this successful mission, the indigenous content in the formidable weapon has reached a high value, thus bolstering India’s defence indigenisation and the flagship ‘Make in India’ programme.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated team DRDO, BrahMos and Industries for today’s successful mission.

India Slammed UK’s Labour Party for Intervening on Kashmir

(New Delhi)India Slammed UK’s Labour Party for Intervening on Indian Kashmir Issue
India slammed the UK’s Labour Party after it passed a resolution calling for international intervention on the Kashmir issue.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday described the Labour Party’s move as an attempt at “pandering to vote-bank interests”.
There is no question of engaging with the Labour Party or its representatives on this issue, he said.
The UK’s opposition Labour Party on Wednesday passed an emergency motion on Kashmir calling for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to “enter” the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people.

Imran Khan Counting His Tasbih on Kashmir Issue

(New York)Imran Khan Counting His Tasbih on Kashmir Issue
Bunch of aggressive Pakistani reporters Pressed Own Prime Minister Imran Khan to Count his #Tasbih (string of beads used by Muslims while praying) 
Journo Asked Pointed question on Kashmir Trump took a Swipe “Where do U find reporters like these?”Then PM,s Tasbih was Noticed
Donald Trump’s dislike for journalists is well-known and this was quite evident when he encountered a bunch of aggressive Pakistani reporters who pressed him on Kashmir, forcing the US President to ask Prime Minister Imran Khan, “Where do you find reporters like these?”
President Trump met Prime Minister Khan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday and the two leaders discussed bilateral ties, the Kashmir issue and the faltering Afghan peace process.
During the joint press interaction, the Pakistani media, angered by India’s revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, posed a volley of questions to Trump on the situation in the Valley.
When a Pakistani journalist asked Trump about the situation in Kashmir, the president mocked him by asking him whether he was a member of Khan’s team.
“Are you from his (Imran Khan) team? You are making a statement, not asking a question, the US President said, snubbing him.
The Pakistani journalist again pressed Trump about the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir to which Trump turned towards Khan and asked him, “Where do you find reporters like these?”.

Imran’s Former MLA Seeks Asylum In India

[Chd,Pb]Imran’s Former MLA Seeks Asylum In India
Baldev Kumar (43), along with his wife and two children came to India last month and is presently staying at Khanna in Punjab’s Ludhiana district.He is Former MLA Of Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Barikot seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
When asked why he left his country and came to India, Kumar said, “the whole world is watching what is the situation in Pakistan now. We were expecting from (Pakistan PM Imran) Khan Sahib that when he came (to power), the fate of Pakistan will change, he said, claiming Imran failed to do so.
“You are watching the situation (in Pakistan) and I am also watching the same. That day our Sikh girl was kidnapped. Such things should not take place,” said Kumar.
.He said, “had minorities been getting rights in Pakistan, such situation should not have arisen.”
He further said he has also requested his other family members to leave Pakistan.
Kumar said that there were several families in Sindh and Nankana Sahib which told him that if he got asylum there (India), then they would also try to leave Pakistan.

Dr Manmohan Singh’s SPG Cover Withdrawn

[New Delhi,]Dr Manmohan Singh’s SPG Cover Withdrawn
Dr Singh, who was India’s prime minister from 2004 and 2014, will continue to enjoy Z plus security cover — one of the highest — to be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably by the CRPF
As per Home Ministry “The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies.
The decision to withdraw the security provided by the Special Protection Group (SPG), the country’s highest grade of protection, was taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from various intelligence agencies.
With the removal of SPG cover from Singh, the top notch security cover will now be given by the SPG only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gandhis — Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.

Prez Trump May Discuss Kashmir with PM Modi at G7 Summit in France

[Washington]Prez Trump May Discuss Kashmir with PM Modi at G7 Summit in France
US President Donald Trump has said that he would discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the situation in Kashmir and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France this weekend.Trump’s comments to a question on the tension between India and Pakistan came a day after he made separate phone calls to Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday while welcoming visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump said he was happy to try and help calm the situation in Kashmir amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.
India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality

Ghulam Nabi Is Still Not Azad To Disturb J&K:Stopped at Airport,Sent Back

[New Delhi,Jammu] Ghulam Nabi Is Still Not Azad To Disturb J&K:Stopped at Airport,Sent Back
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at the Jammu airport on Tuesday and sent back to Delhi,The second time in a month the former chief minister was not allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier on August 8, Azad was briefly detained and sent back from the Srinagar airport after the administration imposed restrictions following the Centre’s move to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate it into Union territories.
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MoHA Issues Security Advisory On Kashmir;Cong Demands Statement

[New Delhi]MoHA Issues Security Advisory On Kashmir;Cong Demands Statement
The Jammu and Kashmir administration asked Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to immediately cut short their stay in the Valley and return as soon as possible in the wake of intelligence inputs of “specific terror threats” to the pilgrimage
.As the House was debating the Dam Safety Bill, leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of the security advisory.”As we sit here, news from outside says a security advisory has been issued … the government should make a statement,” he said.
Meenakshi Lekhi, who was in the Chair, however, asked the members to continue the discussion on Dam Safety bill.
Lekhi said the matter would be looked into and the debate should be allowed to continue.

IAF Aircraft with 13 People on Board Goes Missing:Jorhat

[New Delhi]IAF Aircraft with 13 People on Board Goes Missing:Jorhat
An AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force lost contact with ground agencies around 35 minutes after it took off from Jorhat in Assam on Monday
The aircraft got airborne at around 12:25 PM and lost all contacts with ground staff at around 1 PM
A total of eight crew and five passengers were on board the aircraft

Center Makes “Body Scanners” Mandatory For 84 Airports

[New Delhi]Center Makes “Body Scanners” Mandatory For 84 Airports
The Centre has directed 84 airports across the country to install body scanners by March 2020, replacing existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, according to an official document.
“Walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors cannot detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. Body scanners detect both metallic and non-metallic items concealed on the body,” states the circular sent by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to all airports in April this year.
Of around 105 operational airports in the country at present, 28 are classified as hypersensitive, including those in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and in conflict areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast while 56 airports are categorized as sensitive.
These 28 hypersensitive and 56 sensitive airports would have to install body scanners by March 2020 while the remaining airports can install it by March 2021, as per the circular.