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China hasn’t responded to India’s proposed dates for next commanders’ meet on disengagement

The two armies’ corps commanders last met on 14 July, and agreed to give each other about a fortnight for disengagement at Pangong Tso.
Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong | ThePrint

Disengagement complete at most points, says China, but again blames India for Ladakh tensions

Chinese envoy Sun Weidong reiterated his allegation that it was India that triggered Galwan Valley clash by violating the understanding reached at 6 June commanders’ meeting.
The first of five Rafale fighter jets, travelling from France, touches down at Ambala air base in Haryana | PTI

Rafale will help air warriors safeguard our skies with mighty superiority, says Amit Shah

The home minister said the induction of the next generation aircraft is a true testimony of the prime minister's resolve to make India a powerful and secure nation.
Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd) was among the IAF fighter pilots who flew the first seven Mirage 2000 jets to India | ThePrint Team

As Rafale lands, IAF veteran recalls ‘quiet’ 1985 induction of another French warhorse

Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd) and his colleagues spent six months in France before they brought home India’s first seven Mirage 2000 fighter jets.
An IAF Rafale fighter jet is welcomed at the Ambala air base with a water salute | Twitter screengrab

India’s Rafale lands in Ambala, Rajnath warns those who threaten territorial integrity

Five aircraft and seven pilots land after 8,500-km journey from Merignac in France, welcomed at Ambala with traditional water salute.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during the "Business Russia" conference in Moscow, Russia

Hypersonic nuclear weapons Russian Navy is getting and why they are unrivalled

Russia has said that its Navy will now be equipped with hypersonic nuclear missiles, which can travel 5 times faster than the speed of sound and are highly manoeuvrable.    
Then Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa at the September 2019 resurrection ceremony for 17 Squadron, which will operate the first batch of Rafale jets, at Ambala air base | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

Balakot, Kargil, 1971 — Rafale base at Ambala steeped in history, military significance   

Ambala air base is home to a shrine dedicated to the Sufi saint Pir Baba, and personnel posted there believe it protects them during all major operations. 
A Rafale taking off

IAF inducts Rafale today, here’s how the deadly fighter jets will boost India’s air power

Rafale is considered to be one of the finest fighters in the world. With its avionics, radars & weapon systems, it is the most potent aircraft in South Asia.
Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

Navy deploys large number of ships in Indian Ocean to send clear ‘message’ to China

Since tensions in Ladakh began, three service chiefs have been meeting regularly to plan military strategies.
The Indian Air Force contingent at Merignac in France with a Rafale jet | Indian Embassy in France | Twitter

Rafale jets just the latest — Indo-French fighter aircraft love affair dates back to 1953

India has bought 5 types of French fighters since 1953. While Jaguar was made by a French-British company, rest including Rafale are products of Dassault Aviation.

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Congress blaming UPA for poll losses because it needs scapegoats to save Rahul from blame

In episode 538 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta delves into the latest mess in Congress where leaders are blaming UPA govts for poll losses to pave Rahul Gandhi's comeback.
The Orchard road in Singapore. | Pixabay

Decline of shopping mecca Orchard Road shows just how badly Covid has hit Singapore

With global travel restrictions robbing Singapore of around $20 billion in tourism receipts, the glitzy shopping hub is tracing the country’s economic decline.

Defence

Representational image of troops standing guard at an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir | Photo: ANI

Kashmir sees jump in terrorist encounters ahead of Article 370 removal anniversary

Until 30 July, 148 terrorists have been killed in encounters in Kashmir valley. But 116 of them have been killed since April.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.