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The two frigates under construction at Yantar shipyard in Russia | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India gets Ukrainian engines for its stealth frigates, sends them to shipbuilder in Russia

Construction of two frigates for Indian Navy are going on according to schedule — first one to be delivered by 2022-end & the second 6 months later in 2023.
A 2018 satellite image of a road being built in Tsari Chu valley, with previously constructed PLA post marked | Photo: Col. Vinayak Bhat | ThePrint

China builds village on ‘Arunachal Pradesh territory’ it occupied in 1959

The area was overrun by China in 1959, in what's known as Longju incident. In 2018, ThePrint reported that PLA had set up a military base in Tsari Chu valley, where village now stands.
Rafale jet at the induction ceremony in Ambala. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Rafale fighter jet to debut at Republic Day parade

A single Rafale aircraft will culminate the flypast by carrying out the 'Vertical Charlie' formation during the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath.
A Rafale fighter jet of the IAF getting refuelled mid-air | File image | Credit: IAF

IAF looks to lease mid-air refuellers amid critical shortage, seeks offers from Airbus, Boeing 

India’s refueller fleet currently comprises six Russian IIyushin-78 tankers, first inducted in 2003, that are facing maintenance and serviceability issues.
Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Around 3,500 armed forces’ doctors, health workers receive Covid vaccine on Day One 

While 3,129 healthcare personnel from the Army got the vaccine, the number stood at about 250 for the Navy. The figure for IAF is yet to be ascertained.
An Indian Railways goods train in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

All about Mil Rail — Railways wing whose officer received an Army award for the first time

Group ‘C’ officer Amresh Kumar Choudhary, who was closely involved in managing operations in the aftermath of Pulwama attack, was conferred Chief of Army Staff Commendation Friday.
Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

4,000 soldiers posted in Leh to get Covid vaccine starting Saturday

As more doses of the vaccine are produced, plan is to eventually cover every soldier in Ladakh, including those facing off with Chinese troops at LAC.
Swarm drones showcased at Army Day Parade in New Delhi on 15 January 2021 | By special arrangement

Army showcases swarm drones at Army Day Parade, plans to scale up capability soon

Army termed the drone system a disruption technology, which can hit targets 50 km inside enemy territory. The system has been developed in collaboration with a Bengaluru startup.
Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane inspects the guard of honour at the 73rd Army Day event in New Delhi Friday | Photo: PTI

No one should make the mistake of testing Army’s patience — Gen. Naravane on LAC stand-off

Addressing the 73rd Army Day event, Gen. Naravane said India has given ‘befitting response’ to conspiracy to make unilateral changes on the border.
ideaForge's SWITCH tactical drone. | Photo: Special arrangement

Indian firm bags Army’s Rs 140-crore deal for high altitude UAVs, eyes exports too

The Army has ordered an advanced version of SWITCH tactical drones, which are made to operate in high altitude areas like Ladakh. The delivery will take over a year.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as US President and Vice-President, respectively, this week | ThePrint

Biden now in White House, vaccine partnership should be India-US priority

The Biden-Harris team understands that the US is still only one of the few countries with the capacity and resources to lead a global vaccination effort. India is another.
RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Prospects of a strong rupee face headwinds from RBI desire to hoard dollars

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said emerging markets need to build reserves as buffers against external shocks even at the risk of being added to US' watchlist for currency manipulation.

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File image of the Dakota vintage aircraft of the IAF | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.