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File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh approves procurement of military hardware & platforms worth Rs 13,165 crore

Of the total procurement, equipment worth Rs 11,486 crore will be sourced from domestic entities. Around Rs 3,850 crore allotted for helicopters & Rs 4,962 crore for rocket ammunition.
File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo | Representational image | Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD

Centre dissolves Ordnance Factory Board, transfers employees, assets & management to 7 PSUs

OFB is currently a defence ministry entity and supplies critical arms, ammunition to the three armed forces and the paramilitary.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | Representational image | By special arrangement

China sets up new shelters for troops in forward areas near LAC in eastern Ladakh

Sources said the shelters were installed near Tashigong, Manza, Hot Springs and Churup among others, in response to India’s deployment in the region.
The Dhanush gun developed by Ordnance Factory Board

Need a robust and reliable gun, says Army as artillery modernisation plan faces hiccups

Lt Gen. T.K. Chawla, Director General Artillery, stresses importance of indigenous defence manufacturing while discussing challenges facing Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System & Dhanush.
File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

‘Spend more, spend fast’ — Rajnath’s direction to armed forces ahead of mid-term budget review

Over the last week, the defence ministry has inked contracts worth about Rs 30,000 crore for procurement of transport aircraft and tanks.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.
Representational image of an Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet | PTI file photo

Behind IAF’s new deal for Mirage 2000 spares is a 40-year saga of missed opportunities

India had opportunity to manufacture Mirage 2000s twice, in 1980s and 2000s. But now, it has to buy phased-out aircraft to keep its fleet of 50 going.
The C-295 aircraft | Airbus.com

India signs mega deal for 56 Airbus C-295 aircraft — here’s what lies ahead

The aircraft have a 5-10 tonne capacity, are capable of operating from semi-prepared strips and has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attends the conference of the Chiefs of General Staff of the SCO member states in Russia's Orenburg, on 23 September 2021 | ANI photo

CDS Bipin Rawat attends SCO military exercise in Russia’s Orenburg

The exercise has provided an opportunity to the armed forces of the SCO nations to train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational and joint environment, officials said.

Defence ministry orders 118 Arjun Mark 1-A tanks: Here’s what to expect from ‘Hunter Killers’

Arjun Mark 1-A tanks will be the most potent armoured system in the Army inventory but this could be the last order for this tank, which weighs 68.5 tonnes, since the Army requires lighter tanks.

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The real story is Gandhi, Savarkar were on same page on Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan — and caste

Rajnath Singh's attempt to Gandhi-wash Savarkar has carved his mercy petitions in stone. The debate between politicians and historians is now in the town square.
A pump attendant fills petrol in a bike at a fuel station in New Delhi | Representational image|PTI

Petrol, diesel prices rally to highest ever levels as rates hiked again by 35 paise/litre

Since the ending of the three-week-long hiatus in rate revision last month, this is the 14th increase in petrol price and the 17th time that diesel rates have gone up.

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A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

Move to increase BSF jurisdiction is to ‘curb crime’, Opposition cries ‘attack on federalism’

Home ministry has amended a 2014 notification extending BSF jurisdiction from 15 km to 50 km along Punjab, West Bengal and Assam border.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Lakhimpur Kheri to Kashmir via Punjab is the road India cannot risk taking

Key to handling troubles in Kashmir is Punjab at peace. 30 years back, familiar & evil outside forces were given an opening to set fire to both. India can’t let this happen again.
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