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Beijing: A drone that was shot down in Pakistan has been identified as having been made in China, a state-run daily said Saturday. This is exactly what India had said.

The drone was “recognized in Beijing as the Chinese-made DJI phantom 3”, the People’s Daily reported, citing the Shanghai-based Observer website.

The Phantom 3 Advanced represents the most intelligent, most powerful, and most accessible drone to date, the report said.

The drone sells for $1,200.

DJI is a Chinese technology company founded in 2006 by Frank Wang and headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It manufactures commercial and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles for aerial photography and videography.

Pakistan on July 15 said an “Indian spy drone” was shot down by its army along the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. India denied the claim, saying no such drone crashed or was shot down.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations- the military’s media wing — said the drone was equipped with a camera and was taking photos. It was shot down in Bhimbher sector along the Line of Control (LoC), it said.

A spokesperson of the Indian Army, however, said: “Some reports of a drone crash in PoK are being referred to. No drone or UAV crash of the Indian Army has taken place.”

A day later, India said the drone Pakistan shot down and alleged to be belonging to India was a Chinese one available off the shelf.

“We have seen the pictures. It looks like a Chinese drone available off the shelf. It is not of Indian design, not of any unmanned aerial vehicle category held in Indian inventory,” Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar had said.

Islamabad had summoned Indian High Commissioner T.C.A. Raghavan and registered a protest over what it called a violation of its airspace by an Indian ‘drone’.

(IANS)

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Survey Shows That More Women Support Live-in Relationships in India

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

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For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement.

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According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins.

More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages.

On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage.

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In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset.

Also Read: Night-owl women not for long-term relationships: Study

Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” (IANS)

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