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New Delhi: In 2006-07, India approved the construction of 73 strategic roads along the Sino-Indian border, but 82 percent of these – scheduled to be ready by 2012 – are unfinished. The new deadline is 2018.
Despite ambitious plans, India cannot seem to catch up with China in building infrastructure and militarising the 3,488 km border between the two countries.
The roads are part of a quiet but extensive Indian border-strengthening plan, which includes a new army corps of 35,000 (down from 90,000) soldiers, specifically to counter China’s burgeoning conventional forces across the Himalayas, and 14 strategic rail links to deploy troops and supplies.
There is little doubt that India is wary of Chinese abilities and intentions, despite recent declarations of peace.
“It is not a volatile border. Not a single bullet has been fired for over a quarter of a century now,” Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said in an interview with a magazine ahead of a visit to China.
Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also agreed to “resolve outstanding differences” and maintain “peace and tranquillity” but on the border, “transgressions” – as Chinese pasturers and troops foray along the unmarked Line of Actual Control (LAC) are called – are common.
As many as 1,612 transgressions by Chinese troops inside Indian territory took place between 2010 and August 2014, according to data released by the home ministry.
New roads are being built, but progress is slow
“While our neighbouring countries can reach the borders within two or three hours, our army takes more than a day to reach there. This is a matter of great concern with regard to our defense preparedness.”
This is the observation of a parliamentary committee on defense, alluding to the situation in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
No more than 19 of 73 approved roads have been built, according to the report.
Delays on 40 roads have pushed deadlines by as far as six years, while construction of two roads has not started.
In Assam, India’s longest bridge, 9.15-km long, will be thrown open later this year. It’ll cost Rs.876 crore (nearly $140 million) and is meant to bear the 41.5 tonne T-72 tanks and cut travel time to the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, which lies along the LAC.
Rail plans are still only plans, while China nears the border
India envisages urgently building four rail lines in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir, stretching 1,352 km, to be built collectively by the ministries of railways and defence.
While final surveys continue, China is already extending existing rail lines to the border: ToYatung, a trade centre close to Sikkim, and Nyingchi, a small town bordering Arunachal Pradesh. Both projects are expected to be completed by 2020.
China recently completed a railway line connecting the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to Shigatze, a town close to Nathu La, a strategic border post connecting Sikkim with the Tibetan Autonomous region.
Besides the contentious border, the Sino-Indian border dispute is also fuelled by the Chinese claim to nearly 90,000 sq. km of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers to as South Tibet, and India claims that China illegally occupied nearly 30,000 sq km of the deserted Aksai Chin region of northern Jammu and Kashmir after the 1962 war.
Chinese airfields grow stronger
Six key civilian Chinese airfields in Tibet are being expanded to handle military operations, according to Air Marshal M. Matheswaran (retd), former Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff for Policy, Plans and Force Development.
Alongside, he said, China is deploying advanced military aircraft and support systems such as air-to-air refueling capabilities, airborne advance warning systems, sensors, air-defence systems and missile stocks.
By contrast, India recently opened three advanced landing grounds (ALGs) in J&K’s Ladakh region at Daulat Beg Oldi, Fuk Che and Nyoma, all close to the LAC.
Daulat Beg Oldi is the world’s highest airfield at 16,614 feet. It is about 10 km from the Sino-Indian border and has seen regular landing of heavy transport aircraft.
But such landing grounds are not full-fledged air bases. They are landing strips that can be used to drop-off troops and supplies.
This is why the Indian Air Force wants to upgrade the Nyoma landing ground by 2016-17 to station fighter jets and provide logistical support to the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Ladakh Scouts, an Indian Army unit.
In Arunachal Pradesh, advanced landing grounds are being developed at Tawang, Mechuka, Vijaynagar, Tuting, Passighat, Walong, Ziro and Along, at a cost of Rs.720 crore.
Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force has to deploy its frontline Sukhoi SU-30 MKI aircraft at Chabua and Tezpur air bases in Assam, up to 405 km from the border. The combat jet can cover this distance in less than 15 minutes. (IANS)
Hollywood actor Dave Bautista is set to star in 'Knock at the Cabin', the upcoming movie from Pondicherry-born Indian American Oscar-nominated filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.
The 'Dune' actor is reportedly in negotiations to appear in Shyamalan's upcoming movie, which the secretive filmmaker will both write and direct, as well as produce with Ashwin Rajan under his Blinding Edge Pictures banner alongside Marc Bienstock and Steven Schneider, according to Deadline, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
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Details of the movie -- which is scheduled for release in February 2023 -- are being kept under wraps.
Bautista is currently going through a busy period, having starred in 'Dune' and Netflix's 'Army of the Dead' and recently finished production on 'Knives Out 2'.
He is currently working on the third 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie, and as well as 'Knock at the Cabin', he's also expected to shoot 'Dune 2' and is attached to star in and produce an action movie with Jason Momoa.
The 52-year-old star recently admitted he "almost broke down" when he was cast in 'Dune' because he was so keen to work with director Denis Villeneuve but didn't want to "capitalise" on his friendship with the filmmaker to land his role of Glossu Rabban.
Asked what attracted him to the project, he said: "For me, it was Denis. I really pursued this, because I was tracking 'Dune'. I kept asking my agent, "When auditions would become available? When are they going to release these roles?"
Shyamalan recently explained he has needed to put more "thought"Unsplash
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"But I never hit up Denis personally, because I didn't want to be that guy. I didn't want to try to capitalise on our friendship, so I just waited and waited and waited - and finally, I got a phone call from him, and he offered me the role. I almost broke down; I was so emotional about it.
"Still, it's like, 'Wow, this is crazy that I'm even here'."
Meanwhile, Shyamalan recently explained he has needed to put more "thought" into keeping his stories secret as his career has progressed.
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BitMart just experienced one of the biggest hacks in cryptocurrency history, with losses estimated at a whopping $196 million. Withdrawals have been frozen until further notice as the company undergoes security checks, but CEO Sheldon Xia has promised to compensate affected users out of pocket. By stealing a private key opening two hot wallets, hackers achieved one of the biggest centralized exchange hacks to date by swapping stolen tokens for ether and then depositing the funds to Tornado Cash.
The hack has again raised concerns regarding crypto theft. Investors fall victim to attacks as simple as clicking on a link, giving hackers unfettered access to their wallets. So, it’s no surprise that investing in crypto is considered such a high-risk activity. There are ways to mediate risk and one of such ways is to have a bug bounty, which HUH Token, a new cryptocurrency does have. According to an analysis by Deloitte, more than 25% of all bitcoin could be stolen in one attack. This is perhaps why cyber criminals get so creative in coming up with crafty ways to take your bitcoin. Unfortunately, as crypto is decentralized, stolen crypto is extremely hard to recover. In light of the prediction that 10% of global GDP is to be held in crypto by 2025, it needs to become unassailable. To avoid becoming the next hacking victim, use these expert-based tips to maximize your wallet’s security:
1.Keep your most confidential information offline
Never store passwords and mnemonics onto digital devices, as once hackers gain access to those your crypto is gone. HackerNoon recommends users to write that information down on paper and divide it into two halves. Rather than placing them in your desk drawer, you should hide several copies across various locations and with specific entrusted individuals. Remember to check up on these sites at least twice a year to ensure the information is still readable.
2.Store most of your assets in a cold wallet
Although hot storage wallets are preferred for their convenience, those that rely solely on passwords such as Metamask have experienced significant losses due to ongoing attacks. Ensure you only store limited amounts on there while keeping the bulk of your tokens in a cold wallet. Ledger and Trazor are solid choices.
3.Invest in coins that have undergone bug bounties
A bug bounty is a programme used in crypto to report problems and vulnerabilities as well as to check whether their systems can be hacked. Hackers are invited to attempt to decipher the smart contract coding. The reward increases in value with the size of the bug. With bug bounties, developers can improve their security using real hackers and strengthen their software and contracts. For this reason, it’s useful to consider switching from bigger names like bitcoin and ether to newer, lesser-known crypto with their own bug bounties. HUH Token, for instance, has recently announced one in which different attack vectors can be freely explored on the condition that there’s no major drawbacks for the HUH community. Additionally, HUH websites or infrastructure don’t generally form a part of the bounty programme. HUH can reward up to 50,000 points (1 point being equivalent to $1) to those who manage to penetrate it.
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XRP's price is forming a reversal pattern as bulls defend a critical support level. Meanwhile, HUH Token has rocketed over 400% on its first day of trading and looks set for further gains.
Ripple (XRP) reached a low of $0.76 over the weekend, followed by a brief 10% run-up. This upswing was brief, and it resulted in the formation of another swing low near $0.76, resulting in a double bottom.
This bottom reversal pattern indicates that the downswing has reached its conclusion. As a result, investors can anticipate a noticeable increase in buying pressure, pushing XRP price back to the $0.96 resistance level following a 15% upswing.
Clearing this hurdle will pave the way for liquidity to be collected above the $1.03 swing high. In total, this rise from $0.76 to $1.03 represents a 30% increase.
XRP is also currently trading well below all of its moving averages on a 4-hour and daily chart.
4-Hour Chart According to TradingView
While XRP's price is improving, a break below the $0.76 support level will signal increased selling pressure. If buyers are unable to maintain this level, the cryptocurrency may retrace to the immediate support floor at $0.68.
If Ripple forms a lower low below this level, it will invalidate any bullish outlook and may trigger a crash to the next level at $0.61. Here, buyers have another opportunity to recoup their losses before Ripple falls further.
New cryptocurrency HUH Token (HUH) has rocketed over 400% on its first day of trading and looks set for further gains. HUH's initial coin offering (ICO) started at $0.00000564 but within just a few hours it surged to over $0.00003000.
Traders can still expect plenty of volatility as the new crypto finds its feet but looking at the 15-minute chart indicates that buyers have formed a base at $0.00002720.
15-Minute Chart According to TradingView
As long as this support floor holds the price is expected to continue its upward momentum.
Solid fundamentals and recent media attention are some of the main reasons for HUH Token's successful launch.
As stated in the White Paper, "The dream of HUH Token is a decentralised metaverse in which everyone benefits from the data they generate. The data generated through engagement, whether it is information, opinion, images, sound, or another form of self-expression, generated value for influencers and individuals, because all data generates influence, and HUH believes that influence is a currency that should be shared for the greater good "'.
This concept of "tokenising" influence is unheard of in the cryptocurrency space and has the potential to resonate with the creative and influencer communities. Musicians, artists, and influencers can use this cryptocurrency and its associated social network, "MetHUH," to monetise their works or "influence" by exchanging HUH Tokens.
HUH Token intends to be listed on over 100 exchanges within 12 months. This will mean HUH's price will become more bullish with each exchange listing, as access to the token becomes more accessible.
HUH's creators have also locked in $1 million of liquidity for two years to bolster long-term sentiment.
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