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PM Modi gives Padma Shri award to former Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday handed over the Padma Shri award, one of India’s highest civilian awards, to former Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh in Singapore. Koh was among 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) receipts of the prestigious award this year. “Prof Tommy Koh, former diplomat of Singapore, was handed over the Padma Shri award by Prime Minister […]

Indian Army to revive Israeli Spike missile purchase plan

India is set to place an order for Israeli ‘Spike’ missiles in a bid to boost its anti-tank capability against arch rival Pakistan, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The Indian Army wants to buy the Spike missile as a “stop gap” measure before the Defence Research and Development Organisation can come up with an indigenous anti-tank missile […]

Army on standby in Shillong following communal clashes as mobs defy curfew orde…

Shillong residents stayed off the streets on Friday and the army was kept on standby after curfew was imposed in some parts of the city following clashes between two communities the day before. Offices witnessed scanty attendance and people prepared for the eventuality of an extended curfew by shopping for essentials. Brief skirmishes and standoffs were reported throughout the day […]

High alert in Kashmir over ‘militant plot‘ to target security installations

Security personnel in Kashmir have been placed on high alert in the wake of inputs that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants may try to target their installations on the seventeenth day of Ramzan, which coincides with the Battle of Badr. The Battle of Badr was a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in Muhammad’s struggle with […]

No forensic analysis in 13,000 rape cases every year, says Maneka Gandhi

Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi said on Friday there was no forensic analysis in 13,000 rape cases every year as the country’s laboratories lacked the capacity. “We have found that the weakest part of crime detection is forensic,” she said while announcing a plan to strengthen the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Jammu. Her ministry and […]

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who announced surgical strikes, takes charge as Northern Army…

In a significant rejig of the Indian Army on Friday, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, who announced the September 2016 surgical strikes in Pakistan, assumed the charge of the new Northern Army Commander, replacing Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu who took over as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff. Lt.Gen. Singh, 58, will be the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern […]

Who gave the shooting order, Madras HC asks Tamil Nadu govt on anti-Sterlite pr…

The Madurai branch of Madras high court on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu government to explain the circumstances that forced the police to open fire on May 22, resulting in the death of 13 people during a protest in Thoothukudi, against Sterlite Industries. The court wanted to know “who gave the shooting order” and “whether the standard operating procedures were […]