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India and Russia joint military exercise Indra 2016 begins

The eighth edition of joint military exercise ‘Indra-2016’ between India and Russia has begun in Russian city of Vladivostok.

The main focus of this edition of bilateral military exercise is on Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.

Key Facts

  • The eleven days bilateral military exercise seeks to achieve interoperability in joint operations.
  • Troops from both sides would acquaint themselves with the respective approach to such counter-Terrorism operations.
  • Indian army contingent is represented by 250 soldiers from the Kumaon Regiment . It is led by Brigadier Sukrit Chadah.
  • Russian army is being represented by 250 soldiers from the 59th Motorised Infantry Brigade.

The ‘Indra’ series of annual bilateral exercises and is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Russia since 2003. The seventh edition of this military exercise or ‘Indra-2015’ was held in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, India.

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Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze medal in World Deaf Shooting Championships

India’s Priyesha Deshmukh (23) has won a historic bronze medal in the first World Deaf Shooting Championships held in in Kazan, Russia.

She claimed the third position with total score of 180.4 in the 10 metres air rifle category and it was her maiden international participation.

In the finals, Ukraine’s Svitlana Yatsenko (201.6) and Serbia’s Gordana Mikovic (200.3) won gold and silver medals respectively.

Priyesha Deshmukh had qualified for the medal or final round after scoring 404.9 in the qualification round. Since last three years, she has been winning national gold in her the handicapped category.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives assent to Big Brother law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given his assent to the legislation consisting of a package of controversial anti-terror amendments.

The legislation is dubbed as Big Brother law was adopted by the lower and upper houses of Russian parliament in June 2016.

The nick-name Big Brother law was coined by Edward Snowden, US intelligence contractor turned privacy activist. He has condemned the law despite being given asylum in Russia.

Key provisions of law

  • Boosts the surveillance powers for the security services and grants them access to any user’s messages without any judicial oversight.
  • Mandatory for communication (network) service providers to store users’ calls, messages, photographs and videos for six months and the metadata for up to three years.
  • Federal Security Service (FSB) should be provided with the stored data. Companies and service providers must provide it necessary encryption mechanisms to access files.
  • Tougher sentences for extremism and criminalises several offences. For certain crimes the age of criminal responsibility reduced to 14.

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