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Why American F-16 fighter planes never stood a chance to be in Indian Air Force fleet

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F-16 never stood a chance to be in IAF fleet. Lockheed Martin messed it up so much

American F-16 never stood a chance to be in the IAF fleet as its manufacturer Lockheed Martin screwed up on several issues: Its primary weapon the AMRAAM; its sales pitch peddling a point the IAF did not understand; a sales campaign that bordered on outright lies; and finally, Balakot, which proved to be the last nail in the coffin. Read the article by Abhijit Iyer-Mitra to know more.

3 defectors, 6 murders, 3 rapes, 1 party — BJP

Shekhar Gupta tells the stories of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Sanjay Sinh and Sakshi Maharaj and what they say about India’s politics, policing, justice system, and the BJP.

2,400 students dropped out of IITs in 2 years, nearly half were SC, ST, OBC

Over 2,400 students have dropped out from the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the last two years, with nearly half of them belonging to the SC, ST and OBC categories. These dropouts were both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, reports Kritika Sharma.

‘U-turn’ by CRPF on parity with IPS officers leaves paramilitary forces shocked, worried

The CRPF doesn’t want its Recruitment Rules to be amended and has rejected a Supreme Court order that gives the force parity with the Indian Police Service. The position is a complete turnaround for the central police force that had long fought for terms that would allow its own officers to be able to head it, reports Sanya Dhingra.

Rajeev Kumar, a mighty Kolkata cop close to Mamata, is now just a pale shadow of himself

Rajeev Kumar had once towered above the landscape of West Bengal and its capital Kolkata as the high-profile police commissioner of the city. Now, he is a pale shadow of his former self, shuttling between the Supreme Court and the Calcutta High Court, reports Madhuparna Das.

India hasn’t won a world tournament since 2013, needs to find way to go past semis: Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, in an interview, says Indian team has quality but it’s about winning big matches. It should find a way to reach the final and win it. Read the full interview by Lokendra Pratap Sahi.

Lalu Yadav is ‘day-dreaming’ again about alliance with Nitish Kumar

RJD leaders say Lalu Prasad Yadav is keeping a watch on JD(U)-BJP alliance after the RSS ‘snooping’ issue as the party eyes revival of the Mahagathbandhan, writes Dipak Mishra.

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  1. Oh man. This is like you’re trying to blind us and got caught. Sir, the F-16 stands nowhere close to the SU-30 MKI s that IAF operate. And far away from the Dassault Rafale. You didn’t do your homework properly and it’s evident by your lack of knowledge about the hub connection of American jets . In lame man’s language each Lockheed Martin plane talks to the hub. And India in no case would share it’s stratergy with anyone.

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