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Indian air force pilots walk away from their IL-76 medium cargo jet after landing

China ‘deploys’ S-400s, IAF has war gamed the scenario multiple times for air ops

India has also pushed in more air defence and radar systems in Ladakh since 20 May giving India a full view of the deployment and activities across LAC.
The plan to have a India-China DGMO hotline to defuse any future standoffs between the two armies has hit a wall

India, China corps commanders to meet in Ladakh tomorrow but major breakthrough unlikely

This will be the 3rd such meeting taking place between 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen. Harinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart Major General Lin Liu. 
An Army convoy moves along the Srinagar-Leh National highway, in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir, 17 June, 2020. | PTI

China rolls out new cheap and lightweight howitzers amid tensions at LAC

The howitzers are designed for rugged terrains and border regions. They also have an edge in engine speed, endurance and flexibility, especially in Himalayan border areas.

Rafale to land in India on 27 July, will be combat-ready early as France diverts missiles

Rafale jets will take off from Istres and fly to French airbase in UAE before landing in Ambala. French air refuellers will carry out 2 mid-air refuelling of the fighters till UAE.
NSAB Chairman P.S. Raghavan | By special arrangement | ThePrint

If you don’t shoot, you don’t escalate: NSAB chief explains how India, China have avoided war

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, National Security Advisory Board Chairman P.S. Raghavan talked about the Galwan Valley clash and the way forward for India & China.
Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

China is trying to ‘bully’ India against building road in Pangong area

China gains no particular strategic advantage by positioning themselves at Finger 4 other than 'land grabbing', according to India's defence and security establishment.
Colonel (retd) Sonam Wangchuk in Leh | Photo: Sajid Ali | ThePrint

Kargil hero Col Wangchuk says need strong political will to strengthen India’s borders

Maha Vir Chakra recipient Colonel (retd) Sonam Wangchuk, who fought the Kargil War in 1999, also says Army should prioritise deploying local Ladakhis in LAC region.
Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Flickr

China has now recruited mixed martial arts fighters into its army in Tibet: State broadcaster

20 mixed martial artistes from Enbo Fight Club, which has produced UFC fighters in the past, have been enlisted to form ‘Plateau Resistance Tibetan Mastiffs’.

Army chief Naravane briefs Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on situation in eastern Ladakh

The Army chief was in Ladakh on a two-day visit from 23 June. He also informed the defence minister on India's military preparedness in the region.
An Indian Army truck on a Kashmir highway leading to Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Chinese game plan in Galwan — push Indian patrols 4 km behind LAC

Chinese incursions in Ladakh are believed to be pressure tactics driven by Beijing’s unease about the pace of Indian construction activity in the border area.

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Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.