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CBI probe into Manipur encounter killings could set precedent for Kashmir

With the Supreme Court directing the CBI to conduct a probe into encounter killings in Manipur, the stage might be set for similar investigations into cases of alleged Army excesses in other regions under AFSPA.  APURVA VISHWANATH 

After major blow in trial court, CBI approaches High Court against arms dealer Abhishek Verma

The verdict by a lower court – now being challenged by the CBI – had put all agency cases against Abhishek Verma on a weak wicket as it had struck at the core of prosecution argument. MANU PUBBY

In likely policy reversal, mega ammunition orders ‘reserved’ for pvt sector may now allow PSUs

OFB out but BEL, ECIL likely to get in; controversy over banned foreign companies remains MANU PUBBY

Fall of Mosul, new search brings some hope, uncertainty for families of missing Indians

While there is reason to believe that the men who went missing in Mosul after IS seized control of the city, Sushma Swaraj has maintained they are alive. As General V. K. Singh arrives in the Kurdish city of Erbil to coordinate a search mission, the families of the men remain in the lurch.  CHITLEEN K. SETHI 

Attack on pilgrims is a sign of the frustration in terrorist ranks. We are putting tremendous pressure — Ram Madhav.

As the BJP-PDP government in Kashmir comes under attack from within the Sangh Parivar and opposition parties, Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of the BJP, says security forces are winning the war against terror in the Valley. RAMA LAKSHMI

Adarsh: The officers who took a stand

The MoD probe report commends two officers who it says were the only ones who stood up for the truth. MANU PUBBY

Gen. Vij “appears to have provided protective umbrella” to help alienate land for Adarsh — MoD probe

What the Defence ministry probe report into Adarsh scam says on role of top military officers MANU PUBBY

Two former Army Chiefs, 8 top officers indicted by MoD inquiry into Adarsh scam

Gen. N.C. Vij provided "protection umbrella", Gen. Deepak Kapoor "ill advised" to take flat, govt should use Adarsh for military housing, probe report says. MANU PUBBY

India Foundation calls off China visit after visa trouble, Beijing says not true, visit on

Two members denied visa, delegation leader Alok Bansal’s held back; was to travel next week MANU PUBBY

Beyond guns and missiles, real juice of India-Israel defence ties is in the “small stuff”

As PM Modi visits Israel, specialised Indian defence companies sign tech transfer, JV agreements critical to India’s strategic goal of creating a multi-layered domestic arms industry. MANU PUBBY

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.

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The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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