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14th round of military talks fails to break Hot Springs logjam, breakthrough ‘likely next time’

The latest round of India-China military talks, held on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo meeting point, took place Wednesday over nearly 13 hours.

Army chief says admission of women to NDA ‘not a big deal’, joint training has raised standards

Common training for men and women officers at the Officer Training Academy, Chennai, which Gen. Naravane himself instituted in 2017-18, has led to improved standards, he said.

Army resolved to show ‘zero tolerance’ towards terror, says General Naravane

Army chief Naravane said a 'proxy war' continues as terrorists are still there at launch pads across the border in Pakistan. He said a threat on the western front can't be ignored.

India ‘not averse’ to demilitarising Siachen — if Pakistan meets preconditions: Army chief

Army chief Gen Naravane said in a press conference that Pakistan has to accept Actual Ground Position Line separating the two countries’ positions for demilitarisation to proceed.

War is an instrument of last resort, but India prepared, Army chief says on Ladakh tensions

Gen Naravane also makes it clear that China’s new land law, which seeks to unilaterally delineate and demarcate territorial boundaries with India and Bhutan, isn’t binding. 

China wants to cement status quo, India wants de-escalation as 14th-round talks begin in Ladakh

Disengagement at Hot Springs could finally happen, but ‘legacy issues’ Depsang and Demchok could take longer, so tensions between India and China are expected to continue.

Fugitive middleman Sanjay Bhandari sues French firm for Rs 92 crore ‘commission’ in 2011 IAF deal

Bhandari claims he had ‘helped’ Thales to ‘sell the upgrade of the Mirage jets by facilitating a meeting’ with a senior defence ministry official. He fled India in 2016.

Rajnath Singh, MoS Defence Ajay Bhatt test positive for Covid

Taking to Twitter, both the Union ministers said that they currently under home quarantine and urged those who had come in their contact to get themselves tested.

Mega deal in mind, Rafale M takes off from Navy’s Goa test range, Boeing F/A 18 next

The marine version of the French fighter jet performed a ski-jump —a crucial take-off capability — to demonstrate its ability to operate from Indian aircraft carriers.

Hot Springs in focus at India-China talks this week, not ‘legacy issues’ Depsang & Demchok

With new commanders on both sides and after a significant gap without military escalation, sources are hopeful of progress at the 14th round of talks, scheduled for Wednesday.

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BBC is Britain’s only imperial legacy with purpose, UK must value it to remain in soft-power war

It’s deeply worrying that the Johnson govt, filled with defenders of the country’s imperial past, seems intent on rendering this last great British asset valueless.

Mahindra expects strong recovery in auto sales as supply chain constraints ease

According to Mahindra, the auto industry is poised for a very strong rebound because it has been buffeted by a number of factors over the last 2-3 years.

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Won’t be silent if rules-based order challenged, envoy Lindner says as German warship visits

In an exclusive interview, the German ambassador to India said port call of the German warship Bayern in Mumbai shows the significance of the Indo-Pacific region.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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