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N-capable Prithvi-II missile test fired successfully

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Bhubaneswar: With a strike range of 350 km, Nuclear- capable Prithvi-II surface-to surface missile was successfully test-fired from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.
Integrated Test Range (ITR) Director MVKV Prasad said the missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and powered by liquid propulsion twine engines.
“It was a perfect launch and all mission objectives were met,” he said.
He added that the missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 at Chandipur at around 9.45 am.
The missile also features an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory.
“The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise,” a defence scientist said.
Prithvi II is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program) is now a proven technology.
Earlier, the trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on November 14, 2014 from the same test range.

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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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