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Initiation of Defence Roadmap between India and France

The Indian and French governments have recently unveiled a collaborative “defence industrial roadmap”. The upgrade in defence production collaboration will focus on co-designing and co-developing future military hardware. Additionally, key agreements were signed for cooperation in the realm of space, according to officials from Reader Wall.

Defamation Case Verdict against Donald Trump

In a recent development, a New York jury has found former US President Donald Trump guilty of sexual assault and defamation against writer E. Jean Carroll. Consequently, the jury ordered Trump to pay damaged amounting to $83.3 million to Carroll.

Maharashtra Government Responds to Maratha Quota Activist’s Demands

The Maharashtra Government stated that they have accepted all the demands put forth by pro-Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange-Patil after he threatened with staging a hunger strike if his demands were not met. This response kept him from marching towards the country’s commercial capital.

Women Take Center Stage at Republic Day Parade

Major Saumya Shukla from the Army Service Corps led the 75th Republic Day Parade on Kartavya Path, igniting feelings of pride among young girls. Lt Priyanka Sevda of the 262 Field Regiment also made her presence felt by leading the Pinaka rocket system.

Open-door Policy Remains in Politics, Says BJP Leader

As per Reader Wall’s report, Sushil Kumar Modi, senior BJP MP, has indicated that Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister, might be on his way back to the National Democratic Alliance. He was quoted saying that doors in politics are never permanently closed and open as per requirement.

Government Clarifies on Purpose of Aadhaar

The government has announced that Aadhaar cards, including their PDF versions, will now clearly outline that they act as proof of identity, but not as evidence of citizenship or date of birth. This move has been initiated to advise government departments and organizations not to use it for the latter purposes.

Missile Attack on US Warship by Yemen Houthi Rebels

Houthi rebels in Yemen reportedly launched a missile at a US warship patrolling the Gulf of Aden. The ship was forced to shoot down the missile in response. This incident marks an escalation in maritime conflicts in the Middle East.

New Zealand Announces Test Squad

According to Reader Wall’s source, Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra have been named in New Zealand’s squad for their upcoming two-match Test series against South Africa. The series will kick off next week.

Thorough Discussion Needed on the India-Myanmar Border Fencing Decision

Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland’s Chief Minister, has called for a comprehensive discussion over the decision to fence the India-Myanmar border put forth by the Central Government.

SC Conflict to be Heard by Five-Judge Bench

A conflict involving a sitting Justice of the Calcutta High Court will be taken up suo motu by a bench of the five seniormost judges of the Supreme Court chaired by the Chief Justice of India.

First Execution Using Nitrogen Gas in Alabama

In a first, a convict in Alabama was executed through nitrogen gas. The convulsions experienced by the man during the execution have once again triggered debates on capital punishment.

Tata-Airbus Collaboration to Build India’s First Private Helicopter Assembly Line

During the recent visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India, Airbus Helicopters announced collaborating with Tata to establish a Final Assembly Line (FAL) for helicopter assembly. This will be the first such facility in India in the private sector.

US Temporarily Suspends Funding to UN Agency for Palestinians

After several Gaza staffers under the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees were suspected of participating in a militant attack against southern Israel, the US, the agency’s largest donor, has decided to pause its funding temporarily.


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