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Dassault, Boeing and Saab — the front-runners for IAF’s 114 fighter jet contract

French company Dassault Aviation, American firm Boeing and Swedish Saab are the front-runners for the IAF’s contract for 114 fighter jets. However, the Russians are still in contention with two aircraft, as is US manufacturer Lockheed Martin, writes Snehesh Alex Philip.

Narendra Modi’s 2019 mantra: Forget ‘achhe din’, fear terror, Pakistan, Muslim

Prime Minister Narendra Modi isn’t going to voters on his track record but on the fear of the terrorist across the border and the Muslims within. It’s a battle on his terms, writes Shekhar Gupta.

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Film producer Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting for the number one spot in terms of their subscribers on YouTube. The competition took a nationalist tone when Kumar urged Indians to subscribe to the T-Series channel under #BharatWins. Read Talk Point to find out what mediapersons have to say on this.

Drinking very hot tea or coffee daily can increase risk of cancer by 90%, says large study

A new study has found that drinking tea, coffee or any hot beverage above the temperature of 60°C can increase the risk of oesophageal cancer by 90 per cent. The study was published in the International Journal of Cancer, reports Sandhya Ramesh.

Who after Modi: With Amit Shah’s nomination, BJP sets up a succession plan for 2024

By fielding party president Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP seems to have chalked out a succession plan for 2024. D.K. Singh writes on how the likely entry of Shah in the Lok Sabha is meant to lay the ground for transition of power five years later.

India’s challenges have become worse under PM Modi, says Pew survey

A survey by Pew Research Center has found that nearly 55 per cent of the country’s population is happy with the way things are going in the country even though majority of the Indians believe that various challenges facing India have become much worse in the last five years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, reports Ruhi Tewari.

Australian researchers pick imaginary holes in IAF strikes on Balakot

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has claimed the Israeli-origin SPICE 2000 bombs used by the IAF missed their targets because the IAF incorrectly programmed the bombs. But, there are flaws in the ASPI’s analysis, writes Col. Vinayak Bhat (Retd).

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