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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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Bhayandar: Two youths die in accident while returning from ‘Pathaan’ night show

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In a tragic incident, two youths died after their bike was hit by the driver of a rashly driven truck in Bhayandar late on Thursday night. The duo were returning home after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road. According to the police, the mishap was reported at Golden Nest circle at around 12:30 am when the deceased who have been identified as-Abrar Ali Manihar (22) and his friend Tufail Shamim Shah (26)- both resident of Azad Nagar in Bhayandar (east) were returning home on the latter’s bike after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road.

Declared dead on arrival by doctors

The truck was headed towards the Phatak road from the direction of Kashimira. Both who suffered severe head and other injuries were declared dead before admission by on-duty doctors of a nearby hospital. “We have arrested the 45-year-old truck driver identified as Usman and booked him under section 304 (a) of the IPC for causing death by negligence,” confirmed senior police inspector of Navghar police station- Milind Desai. Further investigations were under way.

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Maharashtra: MHT CET 2023 launches official website; syllabus, dates, exam details released

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell has launched the website for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) 2023.

In addition, the MHT CET syllabus for Technical Education, Medical Education, and Higher Education exams has been announced by the CET Cell. MHT CET 2023 registration, admit card, exam result, and admission process will take place on the official website cetcell.mahacet.org.

MHT CET 2023 exam dates were announced earlier this month. The entrance exam for Engineering, Agriculture, and Pharmacy courses will be held from May 9 to 20, according to the tentative schedule.

MHT CET is scheduled for May 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. The PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) group exam will be held on May 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

Aside from MHT CET, the CET Cell also conducts entrance exams for Management, Hospitality, Higher Education, and other fields for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

It is also in charge of Maharashtra’s NEET counselling, which leads to admission to the state’s government and private medical colleges.

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Man marries daughter-in-law in UP

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In a shocking incident, a 70-year-old man has married his 28-year-old daughter-in-law in Chhapia Umaro village, here.

Photographs of the ‘couple’ are now going viral on the social media.

Kailash Yadav, who works as a chowkidar at the Barhalganj police station, lost his wife 12 years ago and his third son also died sometime later.

Kailash got his widowed daughter-in-law, Pooja, married again but the wedlock did not last, after which she returned home and started living in her husband’s home.

Kailash, without informing anyone in the neighbourhood or the village, quietly married Pooja and it was only after the photograph went viral that people came to know about it.

Inspector J N Shukla of Barhalganj police station said that he had seen the photograph on the social media and would now inquire about the marriage.

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