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Why Indian Navy pilots haven’t landed on an aircraft carrier in 2 yrs & won’t anytime soon

While INS Vikramaditya's repair and refit process is delayed, landing on aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will likely take place early 2023. Meanwhile, naval pilots train on a shore-based test facility in Goa.

Make in India for the world, says Modi as foundation stone for C-295 plant is laid in Gujarat

Forty of 56 C-295 aircraft will be manufactured at TATA consortium facility in Gujarat's Vadodara, the last of which will be rolled out by 2031.

How ‘graveyard’ of Russian tanks in Ukraine is upending armour doctrines worldwide & for India

Decimation of Russian tanks suggests heavy armour is no longer enough to dominate the battlefield. The 2nd of a 3-part series on lessons for India’s military from the Ukraine war.

Baptism by fire: Raised in first week of 1962 war, how ITBP has grown in size & special role

Headed by a Director General, the force is led by 3 Additional Directors General & 23 Inspectors General. In 2004, ITBP was assigned to secure entire stretch of LAC.

Putin calls Modi ‘patriot’ for staying neutral on Ukraine, here’s why India needs to balance

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will travel to Moscow early next month to hold talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

‘Pacing challenge’ China, ‘threat’ Russia & ‘partnership’ with India, focus of US Defense Strategy

According to the 80-page National Defense Strategy released late Thursday, China & Russia now pose more dangerous challenges to safety & security in US, even as terrorist threats persist.

Tata, Airbus to manufacture C-295 aircraft in Gujarat’s Vadodara, eye exports

16 fly-away aircraft are scheduled to land between September 2023 and August 2025 while the first ‘Made in India’ aircraft is expected in September 2026.

‘Global interest in India-modified M4’ — South African defence firm wants to manufacture in India

Paramount Group in talks with India's Kalyani Group to expand operations as many countries have expressed interest in India-specific modified M4 vehicles, the most capable variant.

Harsh terrain, WW2-vintage arms, command issues — why India was unprepared for 1962 China war

Experts also cite Indian political leadership's miscalculation that China wouldn't launch armed response to Nehru's 'Forward Policy' as a factor in India's unpreparedness for war.

Zhou’s offer, Nehru’s defiance — insights from 3-week ‘lull period’ during 1962 India-China war

Letters between Nehru, Zhou show how they viewed boundary line differently. Some experts say Delhi was considering peace, but Beijing was buying time to launch another offensive.

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Representative image of travellers at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. | Wikipedia

DigiYatra app a massive step forward for Digital India. It’s making...

The DigiYatra app is available on both Apple and Google app stores. It stores no sensitive data.
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Modi govt just expanded scheme to give exporters tax refunds. Why...

RoDTEP gives refunds to exporters on embedded taxes & duties. But, Indian Steel Association says govt's move doesn't cover sector, which remains weighed down by 4-12% of levies.

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Border Security Force (BSF) troops at the Attari border | Image by special arrangement

No more mad rush, book online now to watch BSF-Pak Rangers’...

Online registration begins from 1 January, 2023 to ‘smoothen the process’ for visitors; the decision is part of Centre’s digital push, says BSF.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP...

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.