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Ban on Nuclear Weapons in Outer Space - UN Russia canceled the resolution
  • The United States and Japan have submitted a draft resolution to the UN to reaffirm that nations will not station nuclear weapons in outer space. brought together in the Security Council. However, Russia, one of the Council's permanent members, used its veto power to cancel it.
  • Regarding this, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasiliy Nebenzia, said, 'The agreement to prevent the destruction of weapons of mass destruction in outer space was made in 1967. In this situation, the current decision is full of absurdity. He said that the aspect of banning all types of weapons in outer space was not included in that resolution.
  • However, the United States has accused Russia of once again obstructing efforts to curb arms proliferation by canceling the resolution.
The Supreme Court dismissed all the petitions related to the VVPAT case
  • The opposition parties are continuously raising various doubts about the electronic voting machines. Opposition parties have made various allegations including that the machine can be modified to vote for a particular symbol by pressing any button. However, the Election Commission continues to deny these allegations.
  • Subsequently, the opposition parties insisted that the votes recorded in the electronic voting machine and the acknowledgment slips should be fully counted and compared. The Commission did not agree to this.
  • In this case, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a voluntary organization, seeking an order to fully count and compare the acknowledgment slips with the votes.
  • Following this, the Supreme Court Judges cannot restrict the Dotal based on suspicion or issue orders to the Dotal Commission. The Supreme Court has no power to control another constitutional body.
  • In this case, Supreme Court Justices Sanjeev Khanna and Deepang Dutta rejected all the petitions filed for complete counting and comparison of the voting slips with the votes recorded in the Electronic Voting Machine (VVPAD).
  • The Supreme Court upheld the reliability of electronic voting machines and acknowledgment slip machines. The Supreme Court has rejected the demand to switch back to the ballot system. A bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Deepang Dutta of the Supreme Court has given two recommendations to the Election Commission.
  • The machines must be sealed and protected for at least 45 days after the declaration of election results. It has been said that the candidates will have to pay a fee to check the voting machine after the election and the fee will be refunded if any fault is found in the machine.
  • The symbol loading unit should be sealed after uploading the symbol to the device. In the same room where the voting machines are placed, the marking machines should be placed. It has been informed that 5% admit cards should be verified as per earlier procedure.
MoU with Indian Air Force, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
  • The Indian Air Force today launched a digital journey of integration with the DigiLocker platform, a flagship initiative under the Digital India programme. At a function held at Air Force Headquarters, Vayu Bhawan, the Indian Air Force and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) signed a landmark MoU to enhance DigiLocker's secure and accessible document repository services.
  • This pioneering integration will revolutionize the way vital service documents of serving and retired Indian Air Force personnel are issued, accessed and digitally verified. By harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology, the Indian Air Force reaffirms its commitment to data security, operational efficiency and seamless access to information.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Defense Ministerial Meeting in Kazakhstan recognized 'One Earth, One Family, One Future'
  • Defense Secretary Mr. Krithar Aramane participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Defense Ministers' meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan today. Defense Ministers of all SCO member states signed the terms at the meeting. A joint statement was issued after the meeting. 
  • The SCO Defense Ministers endorsed the idea of 'One Earth, One Family, One Future' rooted in the ancient Indian philosophy of 'Vasudaiva Family'.
  • The Defense Secretary reiterated India's firm commitment to maintaining peace, stability and security in the SCO region. He stressed the need for a zero-tolerance approach to combating terrorism in all its forms for the prosperity and development of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. 
  • Mr. Krithar Aramane reminded the United Nations of India's long-standing proposal for a comprehensive conference on international terrorism. He also highlighted India's proposed 'Security and Development for All in the Region (Sagar)' concept for the Indo-Pacific region.

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