Philippines approves the deal of BrahMos missile

The endorsement of the deal of the Philippines for the BrahMos missile brings improvement and power for both of the nations. For India, it is the start of arms sales inside ASEAN and could prompt more agreements with other Southeast Asian countries. Concerning the Philippines, which aims to modernize its obsolete equipment, the said acquisition of the powerful Indian-Russian Brahmos supersonic missile will fortify its naval forces capacity to defend its cases in the  South China Sea.

Ergo, what caused the Philippines to support the arrangement? To begin with, the BrahMos is a short-Range, ramJet-powered, single warhead, supersonic anti-ship/land-attack cruise missile created and fabricated by India and Russia. The capacity of the frame of the work to be coordinated with land, air, and ocean stages give the framework the genuinely necessary adaptability in current warfare.

BrahMos rocket flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or very nearly multiple times the speed of sound. As indicated by Strategic Affairs, “the BrahMos is a unique missile as it can be deployed on land, sea, and underwater against different types of targets on land and sea.”

 In addition, experts consider the Brahmos acquisition to be an incentive for cash choice for developing nations with restricted money for defense Spending.

Furthermore, the Brahmos shows its high valued quality, and the Philippines trusted it. On December 31, 2021, the defense secretary of the Philippines, Delfin, Lorenzana said on his Facebook post that he recently signed the “ notice of award.” He said in his brief post, “negotiated with the Government of India, it includes the delivery of three batteries, training for operators and maintainers as well as the necessary Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package.”

The acquisition and the agreement of the $375 million deal benefited both nations to boost India’s effort to become a significant exporter of defense hardware and, for the Philippines, to strengthen its naval defense in the South China Sea.

Written by – Lalaguna, Aloha Mae L

Scent of the rain

Short Story by Akansha Bhardwaj (Entry No. 4)

Strong winds blow my hair from my face, soothing my body. Giving me the feeling of someone being there, patting my head as if saying: “it’s okay”, “you’re okay”. Being in the rain, staring at the clouds, brings back the memories of those days where I used to slide across the rooftop with my brother, carefree and spirited. The scent of rain used to reach us way before the rain ever did. The excited giggles that used to fill up our home, the loud footsteps and shrieking, betting on who would reach the rooftop first, are now mere memories I look back on.

Were those the good days? I wonder, now standing on the very same rooftop with the absence of those footsteps and a presence of silence that defines my closed-off relationship with my brother, the same scent of rain brings me solace as if telling me to let go. And so, I step into the pouring rain. It feels nice, cold and warm at the same time.

My clothes stick to my body, and then I laugh. I laugh as I feel the rain around me, making me wish I was a child again. The rain does this to me, making me feel whole. I question myself did I change or was it, my brother, that now we won’t even look at each other? Did we finally grow up? Was this how growing up feels like? Is it time to let go of my childish wish for my brother to once again push me across this rooftop that now I stand on? The rain hits me hard this time, bringing me back to reality, me standing alone in the middle of my rooftop. I lay down and close my eyes, letting the rain and its scent make me feel safe again. That’s where I am now: a safe place, lying with my eyes closed with no worries about what tomorrow brings with it, where I can cry and blame it upon the rain. Ah, I think to myself, “if I could stop the time, now would be the perfect timing”. It feels ticklish, though now that I’m laying down facing those dark clouds, afraid of the thunders that are sure to come by any second now. I think to myself, “I better get up and head downstairs”.

“Are you planning on staying there forever?” I hear.

Keeping my eyes closed, I smile to myself, recognizing that irritating voice. If I open my eyes now, would he know that I had cried or would he too pretend to blame the rain? I hear footsteps. Not long after, I feel the warmth of a body lying down beside me. I turn my head and look at him. He sure did grow a lot, looking tired from the last time I met him. I feel him grabbing my hand and squeezing it.

“How did we end up like this?” he said.
We stayed like that for a long time until we could hear our parents shouting for us to come down.
We laugh hearing those familiar words.

“It feels nice,” he says, and hearing him say this, I could feel the melancholy leaving my body just like that.
“It sure does,” I reply, and as the thunder starts to hit, we get up to leave.
I turn back and look up at the skies and think, “maybe not that much has changed” the feeling of a hand squeezing mine, I turn back to look at my brother looking down at me with warmth in his eyes, and I smile back.
The scent of rain that lingers after the rain now holds memories of my home feeling whole once again.

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The Meme coin that Elon wants to take to the moon.

The Beginning.

Dogecoin created as a joke based on a popular meme featuring a Shiba Inu (a Japanese breed of dog). By IBM software engineer Billy Markus from Portland and Adobe software engineer Jackson Palmer, who set out to create a digital currency that could reach a broader demographic than Bitcoin. It is an open-source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that started in 2013 as a way to satirize the hype surrounding cryptocurrencies. It based on Litecoin. Users could buy, sell and exchange DogeCoin from popular Digital Currency Exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, WazirX, namely a few.

The Rise of Dogecoin.

Dogecoin started as something of a joke meme of sorts, but after it was created, it gained a following. In 2017 it also Joined the crypto bubble that got the values of so many coins up significantly. But shortly after the bubble burst in 2018, Dogecoin lost much of its value, like others, but it still had core supporters who trade it and use it to tip content creators on Twitter, Reddit and Twitch( Mostly used for gamers for live streaming).

The Boom.

Basically, the valuation of a particular coin depends on News, among other factors, of course. In the world of Crypto, positive News like being supported by a big company Or a famous person investing in a particular coin can do wonders for the whole crypto market.

It was Feb of 2021, just two days after Elon Musk(CEO of Tesla Inc.) said he was going take a break from Twitter “for a while.” Suddenly came up with a Tweet Musk first tweeted “Doge” and immediately followed it up with “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto.” In the past, Musk has been in support of Crypto, even going as far as accepting Bitcoin as a mode of payment in Tesla Inc. After that Tweet, The valuation of Dogecoin has Skyrocketed From 3.77 INR in Early Feb to being just shy of 30 INR In early April. And so on and so froth Elon has been supporting Doge ever since through his tweets Even say in one of his tweets “Doge Barking at the Moon.”

Written By – Shubham Kaushik

Why is Signal preferred over WhatsApp?

Whatsapp’s new privacy policy is brainstorming almost everyone across the world. Users are worried about their privacy not remaining private anymore. Meanwhile, most of them are trying to switch their messaging apps to other platforms. And one of the platforms being preferred the most over WhatsApp is SIGNAL.

Let’s have a look into why Signal is more secure than WhatsApp with these 5 topmost reasons of its preference:-

1.  Signal is open-source and the entire source code for android, iOS and desktop application is available for examination of any sort of potential backdoors.

2. Signal is owned by a non-profit organization, unlike a tech giant that has stakes in monetizing the data, appalling history and poor track record in terms of security and privacy.

3. Signal has been using domain fronting on/off along with other methods for obscuring the traffic for circumventing censorship.

4. Signal, as opposed to WhatsApp, stores minimal metadata, in fact, the only thing it stores is the phone number, time of account creation and last connection to signal servers, whereas WhatsApp stores a wealth of information such as IP address, mode, battery consumption, app usage, etc. This means WhatsApp when hit the information disclosure request by law enforcement will be compelled to give complete information.

5. Most of the features such as private chats, auto-detection of old messages, disappearing messages, etc. come to signal first and then are replicated by other platforms including WhatsApp.

I hope you have got a clear picture of what makes Signal different or better from other messaging apps.

Written By – Maram Roshini

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Reason why #XiaomiJawabdo is trending on Twitter!

By Mansi Yadav
#XiaomiJawabDo trending on Twitter after Gaurav Chaudhary’s tweet.

On 17th October 2020, Indian Youtuber Gaurav Chaudhary, also known as Technical Guruji, raised Twitter’s concern. He stated that Xiaomi Smartphones are not displaying the weather conditions of any city in Arunachal Pradesh. He asked his Twitter Fam to spread the word regarding this using the #XiaomiJawabDo.

Gaurav Chaudhary’s tweet on Xiaomi phones

Many people on Twitter started retweeting and asking Xiaomi the reason behind this malfunction. So, what possibly could the reason be?

Table of Contents

Xiaomi: Loyal Chinese company. 1

Know it all: The History of Indo-China disputes. 1

Did Xiaomi phones make corrections?. 1

Xiaomi: Loyal Chinese company

Xiaomi smartphones don’t show the weather of Arunachal Pradesh and extend support to China.

It’s pretty much evident that India and China have disputes regarding Arunachal Pradesh. So, Xiaomi being a Chinese company, has come out to support the People Republic Party of China. 

Even after the ban on Chinese products made by Narendra Modi, many people use Chinese phones because they are way cheaper. You can’t convince someone to buy a Samsung phone having low-quality features over a Xiaomi phone having more features at the same price. 

Know it all: The History of Indo-China disputes

How long will the Indo-China war continue?

China occupied Tibet in the late 1960s. During that time, to maintain peace, the British divided a line between the two nations giving China most of Tibet, and that line is known as the McMahon Line. Later, Beijing backed off and claimed that Tibet’s provincial government had no right to sign a treaty.

The present scenario refuses to acknowledge the McMahon Line as the border between India & China. It claims that Arunachal Pradesh must come under its territory, and there have been disputes at LAC regarding this. 

Did Xiaomi phones make corrections?

Gaurav tweets after Xiaomi corrects its mistake.

Well, On 18th October 2020, Gaurav Chaudhary tweeted that Xiaomi corrected their mistakes and added the cities of Arunachal Pradesh, thereby showing all cities’ weather conditions except Leh. He asked Xiaomi to correct their errors in one go. 

What are your reviews on this move made by Xiaomi phones? Is China crossing a particular line of decency?

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