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NATO launched a new centre Friday for protecting undersea pipelines and cables following the still-unsolved apparent attack on the Nord Stream pipelines and amid concern Russia is mapping vital Western infrastructure for energy and the internet in waters around Europe.
“The threat is developing,” Lt. Gen. Hans-Werner Wiermann, who heads a special cell focused on the challenge, said after NATO defence ministers gave the greenlight for the new centre, located in Northwood, northwest London. (Read More)
Southeast England faces a hosepipe ban later this month, after dry weather and record demand strained a utility’s capacity to provide enough drinking water. The ban from June 26 will impact households in Kent and Sussex, South East Water Ltd. said in a statement on Friday. People using hosepipes after that date to water gardens, wash cars and fill swimming pools will risk fines of as much as £1,000. (Read More)
At least two explosions rocked Kyiv on Friday and air raid sirens blared as African leaders began a peace mission, hoping to mediate between Ukraine and Russia. The peace delegation, including leaders from South Africa, Senegal, Zambia, the Comoros and Egypt, said it was pressing on with plans to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy later on Friday, before talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on Saturday. A Reuters journalist in central Kyiv heard two explosions. (Reuters)
A massive blaze broke out at a shop near Govindaraja Swamy Temple in Tirupati. An ANI report said that the fire was reported from a photo frames manufacturing unit. A chariot nearby also caught fire. There are no reports of any casualties so far.
VIDEO | Fire breaks out at a shop near Govindaraja Swamy Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. More details are awaited. pic.twitter.com/CxS1H3iUjI
Cyclone Biparjoy, which lashed Kutch-Saurashtra region, has left a trail of destruction as it damaged 5,120 electricity poles and rendered 4,600 villages without power even as the authorities said that no loss of human life has been reported. Power supply has been restored in 3,580 villages, while more than 1,000 are still without electricity, officials said. (PTI)
Supreme Court issues notice to former Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra’s wife Preeti Chandra on ED plea challenging Delhi HC order granting bail to her. SC also stays the Delhi High Court order granting bail to Preeti Chandra till further order. (ANI)
Micron Technology Inc. is close to an agreement to commit at least $1 billion toward setting up a semiconductor packaging factory in India, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a move to further diversify its geographic footprint at a time of US tensions with China. (READ MORE)
West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose visited Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district Friday. This was the epicentre of violence between supporters of rival political groups over nomination filing for the state panchayat elections. Attacking ruling TMC, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that, ‘In the land of Rabindra Sangeet, bomb blasts can be heard now. The way state govt and police are acting is a black chapter in the history of democracy & elections in India.’
Ukraine plans to send “several dozen” combat pilots for training to fly U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter jets, Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said on Friday, as western allies prepared the necessary training programmes. “Everything is being done to get it started as early as possible,” Ihnat told Ukrainian national television, adding that the pilots picked for training would have combat experience. (Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit USA and Egypt from 20 to 25 June. At the invitation of US President Joseph Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, PM will pay an official State visit to USA. The visit will commence in New York, where the PM will lead the celebrations of the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations HQ on June 21, says PMO.
Tremors were felt in Assam’s capital city Guwahati and other areas in the North-East. There are no reports of any untoward incident so far. More details are awaited.
Five foreign terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said. The encounter started early morning after security forces launched an operation based on a specific input in Jumagund area near the LoC in the north Kashmir district. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said on Twitter, “Five (05) foreign #terrorists killed in #encounter. Search in the area is going on”. (PTI)
Heavy rains triggered a landslide in Mizoram, PTI says. The landslide occurred on the National Highway 6 that connects Mizoram with rest of India. As of now, there are no reports of casualties in the incident.
Minister of State (MEA) Rajkumar Ranjan Singh’s home was set of fire by a mob in Imphal on late Thursday night. According to the latest reports, petrol bombs were hurled at the residence. Singh, who is in Kerala at the moment, said that no one was injured in the attack. He also said that the ground floor and the first floor of his house have been damaged.
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