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39 CRPF jawans were killed in the blast in Pulwama

The IED twist to Kashmir terrorism — ‘worst fears’ of security forces have come true

Attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama is something that the security establishment had long feared. More than terrorists, they say, IEDs are their biggest enemies.
Masood Azhar

Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammad is a potent force in Kashmir

Masood Azhar, who was released in exchange for passengers in the 1999 Kandahar hijacking, has been behind several high-profile attacks on Indian forces.
C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft

CAG report blames ‘inadequate training’ for 2014 Super Hercules crash that killed 5

A simulator for the aircraft had been installed in 2012, but could not be used for training because IAF & manufacturer couldn’t finalise a usage contract.

39 jawans killed after terrorists bomb CRPF convoy on Kashmir highway

The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place around 3.15 pm in Kashmir's Pulwama.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Dassault was not the lowest bidder — CAG report contradicts Modi govt on Rafale

CAG says a defence ministry panel report stated in March 2015 that Dassault was not L1 in the original bidding process for 126 jets, and so a contract could not be signed with it.
An Mi-26 helicopter airlifting a Chinook helicopter

IAF favoured Boeing for new helicopters, revised parameters 5 times: CAG

CAG notes Boeing's Chinook has lesser load capacity and carries fewer troops as compared to Russian Mi-26. Report says Mi-26 too does not meet all criteria.
Congress raises questions on $7.8 billion Rafale deal, alleges scam

NDA Rafale deal cheaper by 2.86% but price could have been cut further: CAG report

IAF didn't want six India-specific enhancements that the Defence Ministry insisted on, the report says.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Modi govt’s Rafale deal cheaper than UPA’s, says CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General said the weapons package negotiated by the Modi govt was cheaper than what was being offered to the UPA.
A file image of Indian Army in Srinagar | Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

India signs contract for 72,400 assault rifles with US firm

India will get 7.62 mm rifles from SiG Sauer firm under the deal for one year.

Finally, Modi govt starts process to acquire 111 choppers for desperate Navy

Of the 111 Naval Utility Helicopters to be procured, 95 will be manufactured in India by the selected Indian partner.

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An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Here are Pakistan’s new strategies behind the Pulwama terror attack

Pulwama suicide attack, use of a Kashmiri attacker, and a pre-attack video is an attempt by Pakistan to reassert its equities over Kashmir dispute.
most favored nation

Revoking Pakistan’s MFN status: Proportionate reply or Modi exploring diplomatic steps first?

A day after the horrific attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel, Narendra Modi government withdrew ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status for Pakistan, in place since 1996.

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An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Pulwama attack raises questions on Kashmir’s intelligence and security structure

Attack on CRPF convoy required getting explosives, rigging the vehicle and training. How did multiple security agencies in J&K fail to pick up on this?
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Modi’s BJP is sliding down the Rafale slope. It must stop outraging and come clean

All the Modi govt needed to do was come clean on Rafale – ‘We dismissed bureaucratic objections as we wanted deal done quickly for IAF’.