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Morning briefing: India’s defence exports grew 32.5%; SC's notice to ECI on plea to count all VVPAT slips, and more

Apr 02, 2024 08:57 AM IST

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India’s defence exports grew 32.5% this fiscal and crossed the 21,000-crore mark for the first time as the country remains focussed on boosting the indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem as well as military exports, the defence ministry said on Monday. “Defence exports have touched a record 21,083 crore (approx. US$ 2.63 billion) in the Financial Year (FY) 2023-24, a growth of 32.5% over the last fiscal when the figure was 15,920 crore. The recent figures indicate that the defence exports have grown 31 times in the last 10 years as compared to FY 2013-14,” the ministry said in a statement. Dig deeper

India produces a raft of weapons and systems including the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), different types of helicopters, warships, tanks, artillery guns, warships, missiles, rockets, a variety of military vehicles and ammunition.(HT_PRINT)
India produces a raft of weapons and systems including the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), different types of helicopters, warships, tanks, artillery guns, warships, missiles, rockets, a variety of military vehicles and ammunition.(HT_PRINT)

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the BJP-led central government on a petition seeking the complete counting of all Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) paper slips in the general elections. A bench comprising justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta issued notices to the ECI, while taking note of the petitions filed by activist Arun Kumar Agrawal and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), news agency ANI reported. Dig deeper

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Kareena Kapoor Khan celebrated the success of her recently released film, Crew, last night with her girl gang. Karisma Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora, and Mallika Bhat met at Kareena's residence in Mumbai. Karisma shared pictures from their night-in on social media, and their outfits for the pyjama party will serve as a sartorial inspiration to upgrade your closet with statement-making casual looks. Dig deeper

That’s all we have at this hour in our Morning briefing. Catch you in the afternoon

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