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WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 20, 2018, 07:18 PM(IST)

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India working on unmanned tanks, vessels, robotic weaponry for future wars

In an ambitious defence project, the government has started work on incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the operational preparedness of the armed forces in a significant way that would include equipping them with unmanned tanks, vessels, aerial vehicles and robotic weaponry.

China's gold mine at Arunachal border may become another flashpoint with India: Report

China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found, a media report said on Sunday.

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned Sunday, blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments.

Syrian monitor says insurgents quit enclave, state media denies it

A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the insurgents.

Polls open in Venezuela election boycotted by opposition

Polling stations across Venezuela opened Sunday for a presidential election boycotted by the opposition in which President Nicolas Maduro is expected to be easily reelected.


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