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UK’s House of Commons defence panel calls for expansion of AUKUS to include India, Japan

Suggestion by chair of House of Commons defence select committee reflects evolving dynamics of Indo-Pacific and global security. India & Japan are part of QUAD with US, Australia.

‘Ekla Chalo Re’ to ‘Saare Jahan se Achha’ — military bands to play Indian tunes at Beating Retreat

At this year’s Beating Retreat ceremony, Indian tunes based on classical ragas will be performed by military bands. There will also be 3-D anamorphic projection and drone shows.

Sukhoi & Mirage fighters collide mid-air in Madhya Pradesh. 1 pilot killed, 2 eject safely

The Su-30 MKI & Mirage 2000 crashed during a training exercise. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is monitoring the situation, an inquiry has been ordered to 'determine cause of accident'.

Why Iran’s drone programme is a ‘triumph’ – Harsh sanctions, western components & simple designs

Tehran's drone programme can be traced back to 1980s. Iranian drones are cheap, have more range & flight endurance, besides stealth capabilities & counter GPS jamming systems.

How France is ready to help India diversify from Russia — build fighters to submarines

French envoy Emmanuel Lenain said France was willing to partner on critical projects. It comes at a time when New Delhi is trying to reduce its military dependence on Moscow.

Is Russia fortifying Moscow? Pantsir-S air defence seen at 2 spots amid Ukraine airstrike fears

Placement of Pantsir-S air defence system has led to speculation Russia could be fearing air attack. It remains unclear whether this is part of larger plan to bolster air defences.

Hero of ‘Operation Rajiv’ — Param Vir Chakra recipient Capt Bana Singh joins Bharat Jodo Yatra

Capt Singh, who joined Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, was awarded highest wartime gallantry medal for bravery during 1987 recapture of strategic height in Siachen.

‘6,500 kgs across 750 km’ — Indian Army awards mule for ‘physical robustness’ while serving along LAC

On 75th Army Day, a Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card was awarded to a mountain artillery mule — Hoof Number-122 — for its service in 'inhospitable' areas near LAC in Yangste.

Last hurrah for Navy’s Winged Stallions: IL 38 aircraft to make 1st & last Republic Day flypast

Last of legacy fleet to be decommissioned by year-end. Long-range surveillance & anti-submarine warfare aircraft proved its mettle in 1978, when it traced wreckage of Air India jumbo.

India & Russia begin joint manufacturing of AK 203 rifles in UP, might export them too

India and Russia had inked an agreement in December 2021 for procurement of 6,01,427 assault rifles through Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi.

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A jet flies by a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floats off the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday | Reuters

The balloon that heightened tensions between US, China. Made Biden move...

Beijing wasn’t happy Blinken postponed his visit after the balloon incident. It played down his cancelled visit by announcing nothing had been planned by either side.

How Maharashtra plans to make Mumbai & satellite towns a 250...

Maharashtra govt's goal is to eventually make the state a trillion-dollar economy. For this, it’s pushing to boost the economy of its most valued asset — the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.

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India is modernising its armed forces and trying to reduce defence imports | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Budget 2023: Defence gets 13% more than last yr. Pensions &...

Capital budget increased to Rs 1.62 lakh crore from 1.52 lakh crore. Navy, Army see substantial increase but allocation for procuring aircraft, aero engines goes down.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.