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US deploys missile defence system at South Korean golf course

Facing North Korea threat, US deploys missile defence system in S Korea

The US THAAD system’s missiles have a range of 200 km and can reach a height of 150 km to destroy incoming missiles from an adversary like North Korea.
Shyam Saran talks about India’s complicated relationship with the US

Doklam proves China is biggest diplomatic challenge for India: Shyam Saran

Ex-foreign secretary Shyam Saran says just like in Doklam, the Chinese use small but incremental moves to exert power, and the dilemma is when to react. China is the biggest diplomatic challenge India faces today, and the recent crisis at Doklam is an example of it, according to former foreign secretary Shyam Saran. “This challenge is likely to only grow,” said Saran in conversation with ThePrint journalists Monday. Saran said in his new book, How India Sees the World, he has explained how, in emerging as a greater power in the world today, China is harking back to its rich history – in which it was a dominant and uncontested power in Asia. However, in the present global context, China’s growth as a regional power clashes with India coming to the fore. “As China’s footprint is expanding westwards and India’s footprint is expanding, particularly eastwards, it is bumping up against what China sees as an expansion of its interests,” Saran said. “How do...
One of the submarines that could be refitted by India

India gets moving on $ 2.5 billion refit, lease of third Russian nuclear submarine

The nuclear-powered Chakra III will take six years to complete and India is keen to embed shipbuilders during its refitting.
missile deal

Make in India priority for Sitharaman, first challenge is Ambani vs L&T

New defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to take crucial call on Rs 20,000 cr LPD contract; Adani vs Tata next
The plan to have a India-China DGMO hotline to defuse any future standoffs between the two armies has hit a wall

India-China DGMO hotline talks hit a wall as China seeks 48-hour notice

The creation of a hotline was agreed to during the Prime Minister's first visit to China in 2015.
The CBI is probing allegations of corruption in the acquisition of Pilatus PC 7 MkII trainers for the Indian Air Force

As CBI pursues Swiss firm Pilatus, IAF’s trainer fleet remains without maintenance deal

The IAF never signed a pact for maintenance of the fleet in 2011 and now thanks to a CBI probe into Pilatus there's little chance of the deal being signed.
Brookings India discussion on six nation survey : P.S.Raghavan, Stephen Smith and Gordon Flake

‘Indians rate themselves high about their global influence’

Six-nation survey reveals India responds most positively to American influence in the Trump era
A Google Earth image shows the site of the new nuclear facility in Blauchistan

Exclusive: Pakistan builds new tunneled nuclear weapons storage facility in Baluchistan

The new facility can store 30-60 Shaheen-III missiles, will bring entire India, even Israel into target range.
Arun Jaitley's visits Tokyo and discusses Asia-Africa Growth Corridor plan

India, Japan exploring joint defence business opportunities in Africa

High-powered delegation accompanies minister Arun Jaitley to Tokyo, discusses Asia-Africa Growth Corridor plan.
J&K High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom will be questioned by the NIA for involvement in the terror funding case

Top Kashmiri lawyer to face NIA grilling over terror funding

Mian Abdul Qayoom had allegedly received money from across the border in 1990s and owns several properties worth crores of rupees in J&K and Delhi.

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Food combining ‘ayurvedic’ taboos are back as fad. It’s ok to mix fruits with vegetables

Popular tips on ‘food combining’ are floating on social media and are followed by many. But are we ready to look into the evidence?
A Paytm All-In-One POS payment device at a medical store | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Paytm’s tumultuous ride continues as stock sinks again ahead of earnings call

Ahead of the results Saturday, Paytm’s shares dropped as much as 7.7% in early trading Friday. The company's quarterly and half-yearly results will also be announced over the weekend.

Defence

Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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