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Get IAF back to full strength before thinking about integrating the services

The IAF is not fundamentally opposed to theatre command or an empowered CDS. There needs to be better understanding between the three services. Having broadly...

I lived through a night of horror just because a CRPF camp moved next to my Kashmir home

It is time to talk about the increased vulnerability of civilians in Kashmir who live in constant danger because their space is encroached by the army and paramilitary forces.

Mehul Choksi bigger defaulter than Nirav Modi, probe says 143 LOUs issued over two months

CBI says Mehul Choksi alone defrauded PNB of Rs 4,886 crore, which makes him the bigger defaulter than his nephew Nirav Modi.

As Justin Trudeau visits India, Sikh groups in Canada are demanding a separate nation

Sikh groups in Canada, USA and UK openly support a separate Sikh nation, and Indian security agencies believe they are trying to revive militancy in Punjab.

The debate over integrating the services: Understanding the Air Force perspective

Flexibility, concentration of effort & centralised control are essential for best utilisation of the IAF. These could be compromised under theatre commands.

Muslim man who was not in Kasganj during violence slapped with rioting & sedition charges

Minorities commission chief writes to UP CM Yogi urging him to re-examine the case of Zahid Ilias Jagga, who is named in an FIR with serious charges.

China’s fifth-gen fighter jet now in operation; India’s plans with Russia still stuck

Proposal to use HAL resources to fund development project blocked even as Air Force faces budget crunch. Project now requires PMO intervention.

Tibet sees sharp jump in Chinese air force activity after Doklam standoff with India

Dual-use airports see 2-4 fold traffic increase; fighter jets and early warning aircraft deployed in the region permanently.

NSA Doval quietly visits Bhutan, reviews strategy amid Doklam build-up

PM Modi expected to visit Bhutan this year as India steps up reach-out, even as China pushes for a boundary deal with Himalayan nation.

Sunjuwan attackers had local support, suggests initial probe

J&K Police suggests the militants were from Pakistan, and that the attack was planned much in advance. Probe now handed over to NIA.

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Representative image of an ethanol-blended fuel station plug | Wikimedia Commons

Ethanol blended fuel to power vehicles. Will it hurt your car’s engine?

India’s reliance on ethanol blended fuel is only set to increase in the wake of rising crude oil prices. But are we going to adapt in time?
A shopkeeper arranges stock at a grocery store in Bengaluru | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Inflation raised monthly expenses of 92% Indian families in last 3 months, finds online survey

A LocalCircles poll found that 70% of respondents felt their monthly household budget increased by 10% while 55% expected expenses to go up by another 10% in the next 3 months.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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