Morning Brief: Two ISI Agents Arrested; IOC To Lay Longest LPG Pipeline; NHAI To Monetise 40 Projects
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Two ISI Agents Arrested
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested two Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents from the border town of Khavda in Kutch district, late on Wednesday night. ATS is learnt to have recovered several secretive documents carrying sensitive information related to the movements of Indian Army and paramilitary forces in the region.
The two men, identified as Mohammad Alana and Safur Sumara, become active after India carried out surgical strikes on Pakistan last month. In August, an ISI agent was arrested in Lucknow in a joint operation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh ATS and the Rajasthan Crime Investigation Department.
IOC To Lay Longest LPG Pipeline
The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), which is currently planning to import LPG at Kandla in Gujarat, will build a 1,987-km pipeline to connect the port city to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. The pipeline will pass through Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Ujjain and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, and multiple cities in Uttar Pradesh including Allahabad, Varanasi and Lucknow.
This will be the country’s longest LPG pipeline and will carry 3.75 million tonnes of gas per annum.
NHAI To Monetise 40 Projects
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) seeks to mop up Rs 20,000 crore from monetisation of 30 to 40 projects.
The move follows the government’s decision to authorise NHAI to monetise the public funded highway projects in August. Around 75 operational NH projects completed under public funding have been preliminarily identified for potential monetisation using the toll operate transfer model.
India’s Search For New Fighter Aircraft
According to the Diplomat, India’s Defence Ministry has issued a Request for Information to global aircraft manufacturers, seeking application from those interested in constructing medium, single-engine fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.
The Air Force is currently dealing with a serious shortfall and needs over 300 modern, medium role fighter jets to fill the growing gap between its heavier and more sophisticated Su-30MKIs and the indigenously developed light combat aircraft Tejas.
Renault Recalls 50,000 Kwids
The French car giant has recalled over 50,000 units of Kwid, its best-selling car in the country, after reports emerged in the media claiming that the car carries a faulty fuel system and hose clip.
The recall will affect Kwids produced till 18 May 2016, Renault said, adding that the company wants to carry out ‘preemptive and voluntary inspection of the 800cc vehicle’ and will add a fuel hose clip and check the fuel system.
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