India successfully test fires Prahaar missile From Odisha Amid Heavy Rain  


बालेश्वर (ओडिशा): भारत ने स्वदेश में विकसित और सतह से सतह पर कम दूरी तक मार करने वाली बैलिस्टिक मिसाइल ‘प्रहार’ का गुरुवार को भारी बारिश के बीच ओडिशा तट से सफलतापूर्वक परीक्षण किया. आधिकारिक सूत्रों ने बताया कि रक्षा अनुसंधान एवं विकास संगठन (डीआरडीओ) द्वारा विकसित ‘प्रहार’ मल्टी बैरल रॉकेट प्रणाली ‘पिनाका’ और मध्यम दूरी की बैलिस्टिक मिसाइल ‘पृथ्वी’ के अंतरों को पाटने में सक्षम है. इसके अलावा वह विभिन्न दिशाओं में कई लक्ष्यों को साध सकती है.

यह भी पढ़ें : देश में विकसित गाइडेड बम और एंटी टैंक गाइडेड मिसाइल का राजस्थान में हुआ परीक्षण

सूत्रों ने बताया कि यह परीक्षण सफल रहा, क्योंकि लक्ष्य तक पहुंचने से पहले इसने 200 किलोमीटर तक की दूरी तय की और मिशन के सभी लक्ष्यों को प्राप्त किया. इस अत्याधुनिक मिसाइल का यहां के पास स्थित चांदीपुर समन्वित परीक्षण रेंज (आईटीआर) से दोपहर 1 बजकर 35 मिनट पर परीक्षण किया गया. इसे मोबाइल लॉंन्चर से दागा गया. सूत्रों ने बताया कि यह हर मौसम में, हर क्षेत्र में अत्यधिक सटीक और सहयोगी तरकीबी हथियार प्रणाली है.


यह भी पढ़ें :  चीन ने परमाणु आयुध् ले जाने में सक्षम अत्याधुनिक सुपरसोनिक विमान का परीक्षण किया

उन्होंने बताया कि यह ठोस ईंधन से लैस कम दूरी वाली मिसाइल है. एक सरकारी बयान में बताया गया, ‘डीआरडीओ ने आईटीआर, बालेश्वर के लॉन्च कॉम्पलेक्स तीन से ‘प्रहार’ मिसाइल का सफल परीक्षण किया.’ रक्षा मंत्री निर्मला सीतारमण ने मिशन सफल होने पर डीआरडीओ, सेना, उद्योगों और टीम के अन्य सदस्यों को बधाई दी. उन्होंने कहा कि ‘स्वदेश में विकसित ‘प्रहार’ हमारी रक्षा क्षमताओं को और बढ़ाएगा.’ परीक्षण के दौरान सैन्य प्रमुख जनरल बिपिन रावत और डीआरडीओ अध्यक्ष जी सतीश रेड्डी मौजूद रहे.

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अधिकारियों ने बताया कि मिसाइल के परीक्षण से पहले चांदीपुर स्थित लॉंन्च पैड संख्या तीन की दो किलोमीटर की परिधि में रहने वाले 4,494 लोगों को अस्थायी तौर पर वहां से हटाया गया. जिला राजस्व विभाग के एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि सुरक्षा उपायों के तहत पांच गांवों से इन लोगों को हटाया गया. परीक्षण के शीघ्र बाद आईटीआर अधिकारियों से इजाजत मिलने पर वे अपने घरों में लौट आए.

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Kim Jong Un Offers To Dismantle Nuclear Test Site


People at Seoul Station in Seoul, South Korea, watch a TV screen featuring 2 leaders.

TOKYO: 

The offer by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came with a caveat. He would permanently dismantle his country’s main nuclear site, but only if only if the United States makes concessions first.

President Trump called the developments part of “tremendous progress” in outreach to Kim’s regime yet made no new commitments.

Kim’s announcement did appear, however, to give a boost to diplomatic overtures.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was “prepared to engage immediately” with North Korea to move dialogue ahead. Pompeo also plans to meet the North’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, in New York next week during the United Nations General Assembly.

Kim’s proposal Wednesday came after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang seeking to push forward the two countries’ peace process and advance dialogue with the United States. Standing side by side after their second day of talks, Kim and Moon declared that they had taken a major step toward an “era of peace and prosperity” on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim pledged to visit the South Korean capital, Seoul, in what would be a first for a North Korean leader. He also said he would allow in “external inspectors” to verify that a key missile test site has been disabled.

Later, Moon, who has fervently pursued engagement with the North, made history by addressing an audience of 150,000 people at a performance of the “mass games,” North Korea’s synchronized gymnastics and dance show.

“We have lived together for 5,000 years and been separated for 70 years, ” he told the audience in the huge May Day Stadium. “We must live together as one people.”

The talks were supposed to enhance cooperation between the two Koreas, as well as pave the way for a second summit between Kim and Trump later this year.

Experts said it was far from clear that Kim had made concessions that would make a summit an attractive proposition for the U.S. administration, but Trump himself reacted positively, saying on Twitter that the news was “very exciting.”

“We had very good news from North Korea, South Korea. They met, and we had some great responses,” he told reporters at the White House on Wednesday morning.

“A lot of tremendous things. But very importantly, no missile testing, no nuclear testing,” Trump said.

He noted with apparent approval that the latest inter-Korean summit included a proposal for a potential joint North Korean-South Korean bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games, adding, “We have a lot of very good things going.”

Trump said nothing about a potential second summit with Kim, with whom he met in Singapore in June.

Trump is expected to meet with Moon on Monday in New York, when both attend the annual United Nations General Assembly. Moon is expected to use the meeting to urge further U.S.-North Korean engagement.

In Pyongyang, Kim focused on relations with South Korea. The two Koreas are still technically at war 65 years after an armistice ended the Korean War.

“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim said. “The road to our future will not always be smooth, and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of head winds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”

Talks between the United States and North Korea have reached an impasse over who should make the next move. Washington wants Pyongyang to take a meaningful step toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program. North Korea, however, is pushing for the United States to declare the 1950-1953 Korean War formally over and claims Trump made a promise to that effect in Singapore.

Members of Trump’s own administration are known to be more wary about North Korea’s intentions.

“While North Korea has stopped testing missiles and nuclear devices, they have NOT moved toward denuclearization,” tweeted Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

In a joint statement with South Korea, North Korea pledged to “permanently dismantle” a missile engine test site and launchpad at Tongchang-ri “in the presence of experts from related countries.” That is a site it had already promised to close, although allowing foreign inspectors into the country would be a step forward.

North Korea also “expressed the will to continue taking further steps like permanent dismantlement” of its main Yongbyon nuclear facility, but only if the United States takes “corresponding steps” that are based on Trump’s agreement with Kim at their June summit.

But there was not enough in terms of new, concrete promises to satisfy many experts. Senior Trump administration officials want North Korea to begin by declaring its nuclear and missile sites, rather than making piecemeal, unilateral concessions. Experts also think North Korea has continued to build nuclear weapons this year.

“The world needs to remember that North Korea has other nuclear and missile facilities, and that these concessions will not necessarily limit or end their nuclear or missile programs,” said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Hanham said North Korea made similar offers during previous rounds of negotiations, but the steps it ultimately took – demolishing a cooling tower at Yongbyon in 2008, for example – were easily reversed.

But others took a more positive view.

John Delury, a professor at Seoul’s Yonsei University, argued that the two men succeeded in keeping negotiations moving forward in a process that was always going to be gradual.

Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, said it would take time to understand the significance of what Kim was offering, especially in relation to North Korea’s Yongbyon facility, home to the country’s only nuclear reactor and key to its production of weapons-grade plutonium – although other sites are thought to produce highly enriched uranium.

“If Yongbyon is actually frozen, it will not mean the end of their nuclear program. It will not even mean the end of their production of nuclear weapons. But it will be a significant decline in their ability to produce more nuclear material and nuclear weapons,” Lankov said.

Moon and Kim also agreed to several measures to ease tensions across the world’s most militarized border, including the establishment of a buffer zone near the front line, the suspension of artillery drills and field maneuvers there, and a mutual pullback of 11 border-guard posts by year’s end.

The leaders agreed to set up another buffer zone in the Yellow Sea where they would suspend maritime drills and the firing of guns, as well as a no-fly zone in border areas to prevent accidental plane clashes.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Congress Demands Floor Test In Goa, Says Race On For Top Post


Panaji: 

Congress legislators in Goa Tuesday met Governor Mridula Sinha and demanded floor test by the BJP-led government to prove its majority in the Assembly. 

The move came at a time when 62-year-old Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is admitted in the AIIMS in Delhi for a pancreatic ailment.

The Congress legislators, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, demanded that the governor should summon one-day session of the Assembly for a floor test.

Mr Kavlekar said the governor assured them that she would get back on the issue in the next three-four days.

During the meeting with the governor, the Congress MLAs contended that the Parrikar-led coalition falls short of a majority in the 40-member Assembly and that the Congress has the required numbers to form the government.

“Let the state government prove on the floor that they have majority or else we can show that we have more legislators than them,” Mr Kavlekar told reporters after meeting Governor Sinha.

The Congress has 16 seats in the Assembly. The state is being ruled by the BJP with the support of Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), NCP and Independents.

The BJP has 14 seats in the Assembly, GFP and MGP have three each and NCP has one. There are also three Independents.

The Congress legislators also urged the governor not to allow dissolution of the Assembly.

Mr Kavlekar said the BJP might force dissolution of the Assembly and another election in just one-and-a-half year.

The Assembly polls in the state were held in February last year.

“The BJP has a habit of recommending dissolution of the House when they dont have numbers with them. The governor should not allow such action in Goa as Congress is the single largest party in the House,” Mr Kavlekar said.

“We dont want another election within one-and-a-half years,” the Congress leader added.

“If the (BJP-led) coalition can’t run the government, then we are ready to take over,” he said.

Mr Kavlekar said a “race has begun within the government for chief ministership” as Mr Parrikar is hospitalised.

“Some of the BJP leaders are in touch with us as they are upset because their own party is talking about hiring the leaders from outside for CMs post,” he claimed.

Mr Kavlekar said the Congress will announce its chief ministerial candidate when the governor summons one-day session of the Assembly to conduct a floor test.

“There is absolutely no dispute amongst us on who would be the Chief Minister. We will reveal the name when floor test is called,” he said.

Congress Legislature Party had yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Governors office on Monday but could not meet Governor as she was out of station.





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To Hit Or Not To Hit; Aaron Finch Faces Test Debut Dilemma


Australian cricketer Aaron Finch is all set for his Test debut against Pakistan in October. Finch, who has played 93 One-day Internationals (ODIs) and 42 T20Is for his country, has admitted that he may have to curb his national aggression if he makes it to the playing XI. Earlier in the month, Cricket Australia’s national selection panel included five uncapped players in its first Test squad. Finch, known for his exploits in the shorter form of the game, is tipped to open the batting with Matt Renshaw.

“Being aggressive has made me reasonably successful in international cricket in the two shorter formats so I suppose it depends where in the order they see me fitting in if there is a spot for me in the XI,” Finch said.

“If it’s at the top, I think it’s about playing your natural game, if it’s in the middle there’ll obviously be times you come in against a lot of spin and the ball’s reversing. So I’ll sit down with the coach and captain over the next week or so and start nutting out some plans,” Finch further added.

The right-handed batsman is inclined to put up his best show and do what he does best — score runs.

“After 10 or 12 years you build up a game plan that works well for you and it’s not about going right away from that because it’s Test cricket or playing in the sub-continent,” he said.

“I think it’s about just changing your mindset slightly.”

As well as his batting prowess, Finch brings vast experience to a squad missing Steve Smith and David Warner due to suspension over the South Africa ball-tampering scandal, and including four other debutants.

“I’ve been around for quite a while and I can probably be a sounding board for some of the younger guys if they need a chat,” he said. “Where Tim (Paine) and Justin (Langer) think I can help out, I will.”

The first Test is in Dubai from October 7 with the second in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

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“Failing Gender Test In 2014 Shattered My World”: Dutee Chand Tells NDTV


Sprinter Dutee Chand, who bagged two Asian Games silver medals in Indonesia, in an interaction with NDTV at the Yuva Conclave talked about her struggles and journey so far. Dutee said that she did not have an easy childhood and had to face a lot of obstacles. “I had a very difficult time growing up. I used to run barefoot on the road, on the riverbank. Could not even afford warm clothes”, Dutee said. The current national champion in the women’s 100 metres, talking about the most difficult phase of her life when she was forced out of the Asian Games 2014 in a row over her gender, said that she was determined to make up for lost time as she finally got her chance in Indonesia. “When I failed the gender test, it shattered my world. I was always raised as a girl but suddenly one day, they told me I wasn’t one”, Dutee Chand said.

Vinesh Phogat, Asian Games 2018 gold medallist, then spoke about facing resistance for being a woman wrestler. 

“Geeta and Babita got to hear all that a lot more. But my mom used to tell me that my relatives used to comment on what I wore. It used to make me very angry,” Vinesh said.

In the popular Hindi movie, Dangal, which is the story of Vinesh’s father and her elder sisters – Geeta and Babita, it was shown that the Phogat sisters had a very strict childhood. 

Vinesh validated the fact that their training used to be very intense and they used to feel that they are living in a jail.

Talking about what inspired her to make sports her career option, Vinesh said, “When Karnam Malleswari won the Olympic medal and she got a Rs 1 crore prize, it inspired a lot of people. That encouraged my family to send me in as well”.





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A Rishabh Pant Record That Went Unnoticed In India’s Loss In Final Test


India lost the fifth and final Test by 118 runs at The Oval, London as hosts England completed a 4-1 series win. However, there were many positives for Indian cricket despite the crushing defeat. Hanuma Vihari impressed on debut, Ravindra Jadeja’s solid performance with both the bat and ball, KL Rahul’s scintillating century and Rishabh Pant’s maiden Test hundred. Pant showed India might have finally found a replacement for MS Dhoni behind the stumps. The 20-year-old’s knock also helped him enter the record books as he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test.

The previous best for an Indian wicketkeeper in the fourth innings was an unbeaten 76 from former India captain MS Dhoni, also against England in 2007.

Pant and Rahul added 204 runs for the sixth wicket to raise hopes of an improbable victory, however, Adil Rashid removed both in quick succession to end India’s resistance.

Pant had come in for a bit of stick from fans for his poor glovework in the final Test but more than made amends with the bat in hand. He struck 15 fours and four huge sixes and such was his dominance that even Rahul, who was firing on all cylinders, dropped anchor letting Pant cut loose as he launched into England’s spin duo of Rashid and Moeen Ali.

Pant muscled the ball through the gaps as England had attacking field set and forced them to get into a defensive mindset as they got free runs.

When the final session started, India needed 166 runs in 32 overs and there were serious hopes of an astonishing victory. India had come very close to chasing 438 at the Oval in 1979 and Pant-Rahul were dreaming big.

But Rashid had other ideas. The England spinner produced, arguably the ball of the Test series, that pitched on the rough on the leg and clipped Rahul’s off-bail. In his very next over, Pant tried to hoick Rashid for yet another maximum but only managed to give an easy catch to Moeen Ali.





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Xiaomi Poco F1 Seen to Pass Scratch Test, But Fail Pass Burn, Bend Tests


Xiaomi Poco F1 Seen to Pass Scratch Test, But Fail Pass Burn, Bend Tests

Photo Credit: YouTube/ JerryRigEverything

The plastic build of the Xiaomi Poco F1 was failed to pass the bend test

Poco F1, the new smartphone from Xiaomi that already gained huge popularity in India, has now undergone some durability tests. These come in the form of scratch, burn, and bend tests to ultimately check how the new smartphone performs in terms of toughness. The latest development comes days after Xiaomi officially confirmed the splash resistance of the Poco F1. The Chinese company also highlighted that the smartphone has Quick Charge 4.0 support, though it was initially announced with Quick Charge 3.0.

None other than YouTuber JerryRigEverything has released a video showing the durability of the Poco F1. Once unboxed, the YouTuber begins the Poco F1 durability test by start scratching the display panel that comes with a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The display is found to withstand scratches of up to 6 on Mohs’ scale of hardness. However, some deeper grooves were found at a level of 7. “It’s covered in Gorilla Glass, and you won’t have to worry about keys or coins or razor blades scratching the large 6.2-inch display,” the narrator describes in the video.

After scratch testing the display panel, the YouTuber took the sides of the Poco F1 to check the paint job. The shiny paint wasn’t able to resist the attacks of the sharp razor.

 

The fingerprint sensor that sits at the back of the Poco F1 is found to be “invincible” that resists scratches even from a sharp blade. Similar is the case of the protector covering dual rear camera setup that helps bear scratches. However, the back panel of the smartphone is highly prone to scratches. The plastic back, nevertheless, doesn’t shatter in case of any sudden drops, unlike models such as OnePlus 6 that carry a glass back.

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Further, the YouTuber took a burn test under which the screen of the Poco F1 wasn’t able to withstand an open flame even for few seconds. The phone also failed to pass the bend test. But notably, the body requires a huge force to change its shape.

 



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Tottenham Hotspur To Test Liverpool’s Title Credentials, Watford Eye Manchester United Scalp


The installation of Joe Gomez alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, allied to the continued improvement of young full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold and the addition of Alisson, makes the current Liverpool defence far harder to breach than on their last visit to Wembley.

Harry Kane ran riot back then in October last year, scoring twice and forcing Klopp to substitute Dejan Lovren after just 30 minutes as Spurs cruised to a 4-1 win.

Kane will be keen to get back among the goals with lingering questions over his early-season form and fitness in a FIFA World Cup 2018 hangover since picking up the Golden Boot in Russia.

And there will be even more responsibility on Kane’s shoulders with captain Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli ruled out through injury.

Defeat at Watford just before the international break punctured Spurs’ own push to be considered title contenders.

But victory for Spurs will take them level with Liverpool at the top of the table for at least a few hours before other front-runners Chelsea, Watford and Manchester City are in action later on Saturday.

More United woe at Watford?

Watford are the early surprise package of the season thanks to four straight wins to stand alongside pace-setters Liverpool and Chelsea.

Hornets boss Javi Gracia has earned a reputation for big scalps, upending Barcelona and Real Madrid during his time in Spain with Malaga, and thrashing Chelsea 4-1 in his first match in charge at Vicarage Road to go with victory over Spurs two weeks ago.

United got back on track with a comfortable win at Burnley before the international break to calm the storm surrounding Jose Mourinho’s future.

But should Mourinho’s men suffer a third defeat in five league games, the chances of catching the likes of Liverpool and City would already look forlorn.

Pellegrini needs points

At the other end of the table, West Ham remain the only side without a point after four games despite a huge transfer spend of nearly 100 million over the summer.

Former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini has not just been backed in the transfer market, but also with the patience of the Hammers hierarchy.

However, the Chilean is now the favourite to be the first Premier League manager of the season to be sacked and his odds will only shorten if he fails to inspire a response away to Everton on Sunday.

Fixtures (all times GMT):

Saturday:

Tottenham v Liverpool (1130), Bournemouth v Leicester, Chelsea v Cardiff, Huddersfield v Crystal Palace, Manchester City v Fulham, Newcastle v Arsenal (all 1400), Watford v Manchester United (1630)

Sunday:

Wolves v Burnley (1230), Everton v West Ham (1500)

Monday:

Southampton v Brighton (1900)



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Murali Vijay Responds To His Test Omission With Century In County Cricket


A poor run in the first two matches against England led to the exclusion of India opener Murali Vijay from the playing XI in the third Test. Vijay was not even included in the 18-member squad for the final two Test matches of the series. Overcoming a string of failures on the English soil, the 34-year-old on Thursday, slammed a gritty century in his maiden appearance in county cricket. Playing for Essex, Vijay scored a hundred in the second innings helping his team register an eight-wicket win against Nottinghamshire.

In the first innings of the match, Vijay scored 56 runs, showing signs of return to form. The opener looked confident as he struck nine boundaries in the first innings. Improving his performance in the second, Vijay scored 100 in 173 balls (including 15 boundaries) as his team Essex, easily chased down the target of 282 in the fourth innings.

In the recently concluded India-England series, Vijay scored 20, 6, 0 and 0 in the four innings of the first two games. Playing against the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the opener was seen struggling, which created pressure on the middle order. But on his county debut, Vijay provided Essex with stability in the top order.

Vijay recently agreed to join Essex for the rest of the English side’s County Championship campaign. He came in as a replacement overseas player following the exit of Australian seamer Peter Siddle.

Essex head Coach Anthony McGrath earlier had expressed happiness over Murali’s inclusion in their team.

“We’re delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order. Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about,” said Anthony McGrath on Murali joining the team.

Essex have two more games left in the County Championship’s First Division.





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