VIF Information Alerts - 7th May 2019
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Images show construction of China’s third and largest aircraft carrier
Published: Hindustan Times

07 May 2019

Construction of China’s first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analysed by a US think tank. The images from April, provided to Reuters by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, reveal considerable recent activity during the last six months on a large vessel at the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai.

China has not formally confirmed it is building a third carrier, despite recent hints in state media, and the timing and extent of its carrier programme remain state secrets.Click here to read...

France call for India, Japan, Germany, Brazil as permanent members at UNSC
Published: Deccan Chronicle

07 May 2019

India and nations like Germany, Brazil and Japan are "absolutely needed" as permanent members of a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council to better reflect contemporary realities and the addition of these key members to the UN high-table is among "strategic" priorities, the French envoy to the UN has said.Click here to read...

How Chinese Spies Got the N.S.A.’s Hacking Tools, and Used Them for Attacks
Published: The New York Times

06 May 2019

Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies and private companies in Europe and Asia, a leading cybersecurity firm has discovered. The episode is the latest evidence that the United States has lost control of key parts of its cybersecurity arsenal.Click here to read...

Pakistan's assessment says Afghanistan could descend into new 'civil war': Report
Published: The Economic Times

06 May 2019

Pakistan's internal assessment about the future of Afghanistan sees the neighbouring country engulfed in a 'civil war' again with the US and the Taliban failing to reach a peace deal, a media report said Monday. "We do not want to be pessimistic, but the situation on the ground suggests that there is a remote chance of the ongoing talks between the Taliban and the US leading to any peace deal," said a senior Pakistani official, who is part of the team dealing with Afghan affairs.Click here to read...

Political outfits of Nepal's Dy PM, former PM unite to form 'Samajwadi Party Nepal'
Published: Business Standard

06 May 2019

Nepal's former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and incumbent Deputy Prime Minister Upendra Yadav announced the merger of their respective parties on Monday to formally establish the 'Samajwadi Party Nepal' during an event in Kathmandu.
Yadav's Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) and Bhattarai's Naya Shakti Party united, vowing to fight together for the federalism of the nation by amending the constitution, along with fighting for the rights of Madhesi, Janajati, and minorities, amongst others.Click here to read...

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