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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Strength of security and self-reliance not achievement, but necessity, says Rajnath Singh

At an event where medium range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) was inducted into IAF, Singh said developments in Afghanistan indicates uncertainty has spread globally.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari gives a speech after the inauguration of emergency landing strip in Barmer, Rajasthan on 9 September 2021

Will develop emergency landing strips in 15 days instead of 1.5 yrs, Gadkari promises IAF

The NHAI took nearly 19 months to construct the emergency landing strip on Satta-Gandhav stretch on NH-925 in Rajasthan's Barmer that was inaugurated Thursday.
Representational Image | The existing Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft | Wiki Commons

Modi govt okays 6 more ‘eyes in the sky’ for IAF, DRDO project to cost Rs 11,000 crore

The DRDO will get 6 aircraft from Air India, get them modified & fit them with the Airborne Early Warning & Control system that can detect & track all flying objects faster than ground-based radars.

Rajnath, Gadkari inaugurate emergency landing strip for IAF aircraft on NH-925 in Rajasthan

A Hercules C-130J plane, carrying the Union ministers & CDS Bipin Rawat, conducted a mock emergency landing on NH-925 in Barmar, India's first national highway used for this purpose.
Representational Image of Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir | File photo: ANI

India begins theaterisation of military, unified commands will take 2-3 years to create

Services have been told to dual-task commander-in-chief rank officers to work on structures of 4 identified theatres — 2 led by Army, 1 each by Air Force & Navy.
The C-295 aircraft | Airbus.com

IAF to get 56 C-295 Airbus aircraft as Modi govt clears ‘Make in India’ deal

The nearly $3 billion-deal is the first project in India in which military aircraft will be manufactured by a private company.
Representational image | Twitter/@smritiirani

Centre says women can join National Defence Academy, tells SC it needs time to implement change

Centre tells Supreme Court that it wants status quo maintained for November exam since infrastructural changes need to happen, top court sets next hearing for 22 September.
Swarm drones showcased at Army Day Parade in New Delhi on 15 January 2021 | By special arrangement

IAF looks to ‘atmanirbhar’ start-ups to boost India’s swarm drone capability

IAF is set to issue a Request for Proposal for swarm drone contracts to 5 start-ups, selected firms to receive support from air force as well as DRDO.
File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter @rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh approves expansion of financial powers to armed forces for revenue procurement

Defence ministry said the primary focus of the enhanced delegation is to procure equipment & 'war-like stores' in a speedy manner for urgent operational necessities.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari | ANI and Facebook

Why Rajnath, Gadkari will land on national highway aboard IAF’s C-130 J Super Hercules

Both ministers will Thursday land on a 3.5-km strip on the national highway in Barmer, Rajasthan. This will be the first such landing on a national highway.

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A screen shows a broadcast of Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking at a ceremony marking the centenary of the Chinese Community Party, taking place at Tiananmen Square, in Shanghai | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

How the World Bank scandal is linked to Xi Jinping regime’s growing sense of entitlement

The Ease of Doing Business report and its deserved demise should not worry us. Concern about what will follow next.
Representational image of a Carlsberg signboard | Photo: Carsten Snejbjerg | Bloomberg

Carlsberg India, United Breweries, others fined Rs 873 cr for cartelisation in beer sale

CCI directed United Breweries and Carlsberg India to pay penalties of approximately Rs 750 crore and Rs 120 crore, besides passing a cease-and-desist order.

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The C-295 aircraft | Airbus.com

India signs mega deal for 56 Airbus C-295 aircraft — here’s what lies ahead

The aircraft have a 5-10 tonne capacity, are capable of operating from semi-prepared strips and has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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