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The biggest challenges Nirmala Sitharaman will face as India’s new Defence Minister

Sitharaman, who is only the second woman defence minister in India's history, is expected to work closely with the Finance Minister to take key industry-related decisions

Swedish bid for Indian fighter contest gets Adani push

Indian Air Force wants to procure 18 aircraft directly from a foreign vendor, while 96 more are to be made with the Indian partner

Critical trials for desi trainer soon, HAL looks to start production in December

Basic trainer aircraft to undergo crucial trials to check its stability and utility in devastating situations.

Defence ministry retires 13 babus for non-performance

Group-A officers from Ordnance Factory Service asked to leave; the move is part of larger plan to cut the flab.

In big military reforms, 57000 personnel to be redeployed as govt cuts flab

Postal establishment in peace locations to be shut; signals, ordnance, supply units restructured In a set of new reforms, described as the biggest post-independence, over...

IAF gets operational training centre for C 130J aircraft at Hindon base

Missions or maneuvers that are deemed too risky to be taught directly on aircraft will be practiced by pilots at the centre

Indian offer to sell Brahmos missiles to Vietnam stalled

Vietnam is reconsidering deal as it is in direct talks with Russia for supply of similar missiles

For first air force exercise with Israel, IAF to send C 130 special operations aircraft

Exercise Blue Flag will take place in November with US, France, Germany among other participants

Boeing says Indian Army’s six new Apache choppers will be the ‘most lethal’

The Indian Army is getting the first batch of these helicopters in 2019.

Decoding Doklam: Back to status quo, no mention of road construction

Both China and India refrain from mentioning ‘road construction’; patrols to continue

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

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Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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