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Twitter cracks whip on OSINT handles for revealing IAF aircraft positions during Balakot strikes

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Twitter suspends OSINT handles for showing positions of IAF aircraft during Balakot crisis

Twitter has suspended several handles which had used open-source intelligence (OSINT) to put out details of Indian military aircraft, other than fighters, on 26 and 27 February, the day of the Balakot strikes and Pakistan’s retaliatory action respectively, reports Snehesh Alex Philip.

Sandwiched between Xi, Putin, Imran in Bishkek, Modi learnt an important political lesson

India may be a rising power, which the world cannot ignore, but in Bishkek, Prime Minister Narendra Modi realised that in the quicksand of international politics, there are no rules. No permanent friends, enemies or acquaintances, writes Jyoti Malhotra.

Subramanian Swamy was right. Modi’s lateral entry plan will make reservations irrelevant

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had, two years ago, categorically rejected all talks about Narendra Modi government ending caste-based reservation policy. Swamy’s statement comes to mind now, when the Modi government in its second term has embarked on an ambitious plan of bringing experts from outside the Indian civil services into the bureaucracy through ‘lateral entry’, writes Dilip Mandal.

IAF gets to work, begins picking the Indians who will go to space on ISRO’s Gaganyaan

The Indian Air Force has begun the process of shortlisting 10 potential astronauts for the country’s maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’. Of the 10, three, including a woman, will make the cut for the mission expected to be launched by 2022, reports Snehesh Alex Philip.

‘Killer’ of Aligarh 2-year-old ‘raped own daughter, bane of women’ but always got bail

For a 48-year-old mother in Aligarh’s Tappal town, where two-year-old Twinkle Sharma was murdered, the anger is tempered by relief. Relief that Aslam, the prime accused in the murder of Twinkle, is back in jail as the woman’s family was at the receiving end of Aslam’s “sexual predatory instincts”, reports Ananya Bhardwaj.

India should abolish state governments since Modi can run the country all by himself

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants all state elections to be held along with the Lok Sabha elections. If his plan were to be implemented, there would be no assembly election across the country for the next five years, Shivam Vij writes.

Dalit IAS, IRS officers say absence of quota in Modi govt lateral entry scheme is illegal

The Modi government’s decision to not extend reservation to domain experts recruited in the civil service through lateral entry has irked several Dalit IAS officers and other civil servants — serving and retired — who argue that the decision is legally untenable, reports Sanya Dhingra.

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