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1st indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant delivered to Navy, India among rare few with capacity

Vikrant has been built with 76% indigenisation, at a cost of about Rs 20,000 cr, & will significantly enhance the Navy’s presence in the Indian Ocean Region. It will be commissioned next month.

Addressing China challenge among objectives as US Navy outlines updated navigation plan

US Chief of Naval Operations Navigation Plan Update (NAVPLAN) 2022 was released Tuesday by Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of US Naval Operations.

Army’s quest for close-quarter battle carbines continues. Here are its options 

Army has been trying to acquire CQB carbines since 2008 to replace outdated & ageing 9mm British Sterling 1A1 submachine guns. MoD gave nod to induct new weapons this week.

After China rolls out 5G at LAC, Indian Army seeks high-speed network for mountainous terrain

Army has sought bids from companies for 4G- and 5G-based network that's envisaged to provide reliable & secure voice, messaging & data services at altitudes of up to 18,000 feet.

China’s pressure tactics along LAC continue, aim to ‘keep the pot simmering’

The tension isn’t limited to the 1,597-km border in Ladakh, but stretches to the Eastern Sector where the Chinese are busy building infrastructure, including villages, close to the LAC.

Eye on LAC, China plans to build highway through India-claimed Aksai Chin

The expressway could also go near the LAC flashpoint areas of Hot Springs, Depsang Plains & Galwan Valley

F/A-18 Super Hornet built for carrier ops, ‘compliant’ with INS Vikramaditya & Vikrant — Boeing

F/A-18's completion of trials in Goa reinforced its ability to operate off Indian carriers & Indian Navy will benefit from US Navy's tactics and upgrades, says manufacturer Boeing.

AAP’s Sanjay Singh & BJP’s Varun Gandhi allege Agnipath casteism. Army & Rajnath reject ‘rumour’

Sanjay Singh & Varun Gandhi question requirement to submit caste certificate for Agnipath recruitment, but Army officers say it has always been there. 

16th round of India-China talks yield ‘no immediate outcome’, parleys to continue

Corps commander-level talks between India and China were held for over 12 hours Sunday at Chushul-Moldo meeting point.

India’s submarine plans hit by dwindling fleet as Navy decommissions INS Sindhudhvaj

India is left with just 15 submarines, seven of which are the Russian Kilo class. Project 75 is in doldrums with foreign firms shying away from bidding process.

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Opposition leaders protest outside Parliament | Representative image | ANI

Confused, aimless—why Opposition parties live up to Ronen Sen’s ‘headless chicken’ remark

From ‘compromising national security’ to 'playing havoc' with institutions, the Opposition continues to attack Modi while failing to reflect on own actions.
A suspension pylon in Tamil Nadu | Commons

You thought power subsidy is a Delhi-Punjab problem? Check out Tamil Nadu’s power sector mess

RBI data shows Indian discoms owe power generation firms over Rs 4.5 lakh crore, almost a third of which is owed by Tamil Nadu, where power subsidy cost is twice that of food subsidy.

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Women Army officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 ( representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

First batch of 19 women cadets join NDA, set to begin training this week

The cadets will train for three years at NDA, Khadakwasla for the 148th course. The Supreme Court last year paved the way for women to take the NDA test for the first time.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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