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Talks ‘constructive’, India & China say remaining issues to be resolved in expeditious manner

In a joint statement Monday, Indian Army and PLA said 12th round of Corps Commander level talks 'further enhanced mutual understanding' and resolved to maintain momentum of negotiations.
Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Navy to scrap plans to procure guns from US, considering ‘Make in India’ route now

The Navy’s original plan was to procure the 127 mm guns from the Italian firm Oto Melara, but the deal got stuck due to the VVIP chopper scam.

Indian, Chinese armies set up hotline in Sikkim sector to boost confidence along LAC

The opening of the hotline coincided with PLA Day, a military holiday celebrated by the Chinese army.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

12th round of Indo-China military talks done, movement ‘expected’ in Gogra & Hot Springs 

If a ‘graduated disengagement’ is initiated in Gogra and Hot Springs, this would be the third go at it as China had agreed to do it twice last year. 
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.

Senior US commander meets Army Chief Naravane, holds talks on issues of ‘mutual interest’

General MM Naravane and Commander of US Special Operations Command General Richard D Clarke, who is on a 3-day India visit, also briefly discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Formal induction ceremony of Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal | Twitter/ANI

IAF inducts second squadron of Rafale aircraft at Hasimara airbase

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said induction of the Rafale jets at Hasimara was carefully planned, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in eastern sector.

Support to any act of terrorism is crime against humanity, Rajnath Singh says at SCO meet

Speaking at the SCO conclave in Dushanbe, the defence minister said India is committed to working within the SCO framework for helping create & maintain a secure & peaceful region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his Belarusian counterpart Lt Gen Viktor Khrenin in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 28 July 2021 | Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia

Rajnath Singh meets Belarusian counterpart Khrenin in Dushanbe, holds bilateral talks

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to meet his Tajikistan counterpart Col Gen Sherali Mirzo, on the sidelines of the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting in Dushanbe.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

No consensus yet on structure of theatre commands, discussions, tweaks to continue

The original plan envisaged for theaterisation may be tweaked, this could mean that the number and the structure of theatre commands could change.

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Drone policing during Covid exposes India’s need for data protection law

Modi govt's Draft Drone Rules 2021 do not have any of the incremental provisions of the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 or any mention of safeguards to privacy.
File photo of NSE building in Mumbai | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Hope of continued Covid stimulus, economic recovery pushes Sensex, Nifty to record highs

The run-up in stocks comes ahead of the RBI's monetary policy Friday, where interest rates are expected to be left at an all-time low even as inflation rises.

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File photo of Army chief General M.M. Naravane | ANI

Scrap L1 concept for procurement, need revolution in bureaucratic affairs, Army chief says

At a seminar by the United Services Institution, Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane speaks out against procedural lacunae in defence procurement, emphasises need for more agile processes.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.