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Govt clears production of 5L AK-203 rifles ahead of Putin’s visit

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The government has approved the plan for production of over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, sources said.

The government is seeing it as an endeavour to provide a big boost to self-reliance in defence manufacturing in India.

The project, worth Rs 5,100 crore, is in partnership with Russia. Sources said that this endeavour reflects the deepening ties between the two countries in the defence sector.

The project will provide business opportunities to various MSMEs and other defence industries for supply of raw material and components, which will lead to generation of new employment opportunities.

The project marks a significant stride towards making UP a key contributor in the ascendent defence manufacturing prowess of India.

The 7.62 X 39 mm caliber AK-203 Rifles will replace in-service INSAS Rifle inducted over three decades back. AK-203 Assault Rifles, with an effective range of 300 meters, are light weight, robust and easy to use Modern Assault Rifles with proven technology that will enhance the combat potential of soldiers to adequately meet present and envisaged operational challenges.

“They will enhance the operational effectiveness of the Indian Army in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism operations,” the source said.

The project will be implemented by a special purpose Joint Venture called Indo-Russian Rifles Private Ltd (IRRPL).

It has been created with erstwhile OFB [now Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL)] of India and Rosoboronexport (RoE) and concern Kalashnikov of Russia.

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India logs 4,272 fresh Covid infections, 27 deaths

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 India on Thursday reported 4,272 fresh Covid infections in the past 24 hours against the previous day’s 3,615 count, as per the Union Health Ministry data.

During the same period, 27 more Covid-related deaths took the nationwide death toll to 5,28,611.

Meanwhile, the active caseload stands at 40,750 cases, accounting for 0.09 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 4,474 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,13,999. Consequently, the recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Daily Positivity rate has been reported to be 1.35 per cent and the Weekly Positivity Rate stands at 1.51 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,16,916 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.47 crore.

As of this morning, the Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 218.17 crore.

Over 4.09 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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India logs 3,615 new Covid cases, 22 deaths

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In the last 24 hours, India reported 3,615 new Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The new fatalities increased the overall death toll to 5,28,584.

The active caseload at 40,979 accounts for 0.09 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 4,972 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,09,525. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent.

Meanwhile, the daily and weekly positivity rates stood at 1.12 per cent and 1.55 per cent, respectively.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,23,293 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.44 crore.

As of Wednesday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 217.96 crore.

Over 4.09 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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India reports 3,230 fresh Covid cases, 32 deaths And Mumbai sees 51 new cases, 256 fresh infections in Maharashtra

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 India has reported 3,230 fresh Covid infections and 32 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

With the fresh fatalities, the death toll mounted to 5,28,562 as per the report.

Meanwhile, the active caseload of the country presently stands at 42,358 cases, accounting for 0.10 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 4,255 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,04,553. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent.

Meanwhile, India’s daily positivity rate stands at 1.18 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate in the country currently also stands at 1.58 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 2,74,755 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.41 crore.

As of Tuesday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 217.82 crore.

Over 4.09 crore adolescents have been administered with first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

On Monday, the country has recorded 4,129 Covid cases.

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