MAJOR HEADLINES (17 MARCH)

 


US to send some long range anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine for defence

US President Joe Biden said the US will send 'longer range' anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine. 
Biden also accused Russian troops of holding doctors and patients hostage in Mariupol hospital.

India spending less than 1% of defence budget on research: Parliament panel raises alarm

n Demands for Grants for Defence Research and 
Development Organisation that was presented in the parliament on Wednesday were raised.
A parliamentary panel has expressed concern over India’s spending on defence research 
 they said to be stagnant over the last five years and accounts for less than one per cent of the country’s GDP.

Sonia Gandhi appoints Congress leaders to suggest organisational changes in 5 states

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday appointed five senior leaders
 to assess the post-poll situation in five states and suggest organisational changes

Health Minister Mandaviya directs officials to be alert as Covid cases spike in China, other countries

A high-level meeting was chaired by the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday on the rising
 number of Covid cases in China and other countries.
According to officials in the health ministry, the Union Health Minister 
has directed officials for strict compliance in three aspects:
 High level of alertness on the case rise, intensified surveillance of infection and aggressive genome sequencing.
Storm brewing in Bay of Bengal, likely to transform  into a huge cyclone next week: IMD

A low pressure area brewing over southwest Indian Ocean is expected to intensify into a cyclone by 
early next week with forecasts suggesting that it may move towards 
Bangladesh and adjoining north Myanmar, the weather office said on Wednesday.

Private sector role must to help country develop indigenous weapon systems: Former Air Chief

Former Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) RKS Bhadauria on Wednesday said that the private sector 
must play a role in helping the country in developing indigenous weapon systems.
There is a need to provide a level playing field to the private sector industry to 
help the country produce indigenous weapon systems for the country, 
former Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) RKS Bhadauria said on Wednesday.

Man found dead on railway ground in
 UP's Kanpur:
A body of a man was found on a railway ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. The police investigation is underway.
The dead body of a man was found in a forest area of a railway ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. 
The incident took place at Nirala Nagar Railway Ground in the Govind Nagar area.

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