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Indian, Chinese armies set up hotline in Sikkim sector to boost confidence along LAC

The opening of the hotline coincided with PLA Day, a military holiday celebrated by the Chinese army.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

12th round of Indo-China military talks done, movement ‘expected’ in Gogra & Hot Springs 

If a ‘graduated disengagement’ is initiated in Gogra and Hot Springs, this would be the third go at it as China had agreed to do it twice last year. 
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.

Senior US commander meets Army Chief Naravane, holds talks on issues of ‘mutual interest’

General MM Naravane and Commander of US Special Operations Command General Richard D Clarke, who is on a 3-day India visit, also briefly discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Formal induction ceremony of Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal | Twitter/ANI

IAF inducts second squadron of Rafale aircraft at Hasimara airbase

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said induction of the Rafale jets at Hasimara was carefully planned, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in eastern sector.

Support to any act of terrorism is crime against humanity, Rajnath Singh says at SCO meet

Speaking at the SCO conclave in Dushanbe, the defence minister said India is committed to working within the SCO framework for helping create & maintain a secure & peaceful region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his Belarusian counterpart Lt Gen Viktor Khrenin in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 28 July 2021 | Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia

Rajnath Singh meets Belarusian counterpart Khrenin in Dushanbe, holds bilateral talks

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to meet his Tajikistan counterpart Col Gen Sherali Mirzo, on the sidelines of the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting in Dushanbe.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

No consensus yet on structure of theatre commands, discussions, tweaks to continue

The original plan envisaged for theaterisation may be tweaked, this could mean that the number and the structure of theatre commands could change.
File photo | A contingent of the Indian Army showcase their skills on Army Day, in Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India, Russia to hold 13-day mega military drill to counter terror operations in Volgograd

The 12th edition of Indo-Russia joint exercise 'Indra-21' will strengthen bilateral security cooperation & reinforce the longstanding bond between the two nations, Indian Army said.
File photo of Indian Army soldiers after capturing a hill during the Kargil war | Photo: Commons

‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.

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Students wait outside an exam centre as they arrive to appear for the NEET exam, in Lucknow, on 13 September 2020 | ANI File Photo

Reactions to OBC medical quota is exposing Indians’ flawed merit argument all over again

I didn’t see any protest or anger by Savarnas against EWS quota. No one wrote: 'I will not get treated by a doctor who did their degree under EWS reservation.'

Modi govt defers sale of 2 public sector banks to next financial year due to delays

Finance ministry is yet to finalise modalities to seek approval in Parliament for the sale, which leaves little time for the process to be completed this year.

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Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Indian Navy to deploy 4 frontline warships early August in next edition of Malabar exercise

The ships are also scheduled to carry out bilateral exercises with the navies of Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.