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We won’t lecture, but want to boost India’s strategic autonomy, says French ambassador

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, Emmanuel Lenain, envoy of France to India, said the Rafale deal has been an outstanding achievement.

India expects ‘nothing dramatic’ from new Pakistan govt, ‘terror must stop for normalisation’

With Shehbaz Sharif government in power now, there's speculation that ties between India and Pakistan, which worsened after Balakot air strike, could see major improvement.

In a first, executive from private sector enrolled in annual National Defence College course

There has been growing push to include private industries as part of defence ecosystem. Enrollment of a Larsen & Toubro official in NDC's 62nd batch part of this larger philosophy.

Terrorists infiltrating through International Border in Jammu & Punjab, says Army chief

General Manoj Pande said Kashmir is witnessing a new trend where local youth are being used by Pakistan's proxy groups to give an indigenous colour to insurgency.

China intends to keep ‘boundary issue’ alive with India, says Army Chief Gen Pande

Gen Manoj Pande said that while India’s intention was to restore the status quo ante as of April 2020 & to re-establish trust at the LAC, it cannot be a 'one-way affair'.

Boost for India’s plan to be aircraft maintenance hub as Navy planes get heavy work done in TN

Air Works & Boeing doing heavy maintenance on 3 P-8I aircraft simultaneously, a significant step as work on this scale takes 'immense capacity, capability and technology'.

Need to renegotiate confidence building measures, says ex Northern Command chief on China standoff

In panel discussion on ‘2 years of crisis in Eastern Ladakh’, Lt Gen (retired) Deependra Singh Hooda also said India & China need to ‘get serious’ about identifying LAC & where it lies today.

Modi govt likely to split post of CDS & Secretary DMA, both held by General Bipin Rawat

Office of CDS was responsible not only for integration of armed forces, but also bureaucratic work as Secretary DMA. Now, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff could be Secretary DMA & report to CDS.

After 60,000 veterans fume about delayed April pensions, defence ministry promises payout today

The Ministry of Defence has granted 58,275 pensioners time until 25 May 2022 to get their identification data updated on SPARSH online system.

This ‘imposter’ wrote & sold book on his ‘life in Army’. Now, he’s under arrest in Kolkata

Military intelligence & Kolkata Police arrested 'Lieutenant Shivam Pandey' & 4 'bodyguards' Monday. His active social media presence led to arrest, but real name still unknown.

On Camera

YourTurn

Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi govt’s modest Rs 65,000 crore disinvestment target for FY23 seems to be a tall order

Government has already met one-third of its Rs 65,000-cr disinvestment target for this year. But legal and procedural delays with high-value companies are now posing hurdles.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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