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A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Ertugrul series, propaganda, money — security agencies flag growing Turkey sway in Kashmir

From shows capturing Kashmiri youth’s imagination to money trickling in via NGOs & businesses, steady increase seen in Turkish influence & projection of President Erdogan as role model.
Indian Army soldiers atop a T-90 tank in Ladakh | Representational image: ANI

Govt looking at ‘highly confidential’ China proposal to reduce tensions in Ladakh 

Both India & China are continuing with troop rotation as they look set to maintain forward deployment through Ladakh’s bitter winter as the LAC standoff continues.
An Army soldier wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Guwahati railway station | Photo: ANI

No mandatory 14-day quarantine if Army, Navy, IAF personnel travel by air for leave or duty

June guidelines allowed soldiers to skip 14-day quarantine, but did not specify air travel. The new rule will help personnel go for temporary duties and short leaves.
Australian PM Scott Morrison, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, US President Donald Trump and Indian PM Narendra Modi | Wikicommons

Australia will finally rejoin Malabar exercise, add muscle to Quad & send message to China

Australia's decision to rejoin the annual maritime exercise held by India, US and Japan indicates a hardening of stance by Canberra against China's aggression.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Chinese soldier captured in Ladakh’s Demchok area, to be returned

The soldier, who strayed across LAC, has been given medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes, and will be returned once formalities are completed, the Indian Army said.
A vehicle moving through PoK in the Neelam Valley along the Tangdhar sector of the LoC | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Use of tech, new security grid in Kashmir ‘substantially’ cut infiltration from Pakistan

According to official figures, 27 terrorists have infiltrated into India so far this year, as against 130 in 2019 and 129 in 2018.
Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

Indian & Sri Lankan Navy to hold 3-day military exercise to show growing strategic interests

Indian Navy has participated in a number of joint maritime exercises in last few weeks, including a 3-day drill with Japanese Navy in September & one with US Navy in July.
Brahmos lauBrahmos launch from INS Chennai | DRDOnch from INS Chennai | Twitter/@sneheshphilip

India successfully test-fires naval version of BrahMos missile from INS Chennai

BrahMos will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, making the destroyer another lethal platform of Navy, defence ministry said.
Then-PM Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Indian National Defence University in 2013 | Photo: Integrated Defence Staff (ids.nic.in)

India’s still waiting for a defence university that was proposed in 1967, while Pakistan has 2

The Indian Defence University was first proposed in 1967, and while a foundation stone was laid in Gurugram in 2013, nothing has materialised yet.
A file photo of Indian Army soldiers on a patrol near Dal Lake in Jammu & Kashmir (representational image) | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Govt working on surrender policy for Kashmir youth joining terror groups, Army officer says

Lt Gen. B.S. Raju says the Army is working more on ensuring surrender rather than going for straight killings as it ‘gives us no pleasure to kill young boys who have picked up arms’.

On Camera

PM Modi virtually addressing the people of West Bengal during Durga Puja | PTI

Modi is the only Indian mass leader after Gandhi who has used religious symbolism so well

Modi’s two Navratri addresses to the nation deserve closer attention. They were a complex amalgam of carefully crafted and thoughtfully arranged messaging, just like Brand Modi.
Representational image | Commons

Covid crisis shows once again why US dollar is world’s dominant currency

A lack of global alternatives helps explain some of the dollar’s role. The euro’s status as a reserve currency remains limited & China’s currency is still subject to capital controls.

Defence

Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

Will continue maintaining high-tempo of operations, says Navy chief amid tensions with China

Admiral Karambir Singh reviews operational preparedness of the Indian Navy’s warships deployed at sea ahead of upcoming Malabar maritime exercise.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.