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Army chief says admission of women to NDA ‘not a big deal’, joint training has raised standards

Common training for men and women officers at the Officer Training Academy, Chennai, which Gen. Naravane himself instituted in 2017-18, has led to improved standards, he said.

Army resolved to show ‘zero tolerance’ towards terror, says General Naravane

Army chief Naravane said a 'proxy war' continues as terrorists are still there at launch pads across the border in Pakistan. He said a threat on the western front can't be ignored.

India ‘not averse’ to demilitarising Siachen — if Pakistan meets preconditions: Army chief

Army chief Gen Naravane said in a press conference that Pakistan has to accept Actual Ground Position Line separating the two countries’ positions for demilitarisation to proceed.

War is an instrument of last resort, but India prepared, Army chief says on Ladakh tensions

Gen Naravane also makes it clear that China’s new land law, which seeks to unilaterally delineate and demarcate territorial boundaries with India and Bhutan, isn’t binding. 

China wants to cement status quo, India wants de-escalation as 14th-round talks begin in Ladakh

Disengagement at Hot Springs could finally happen, but ‘legacy issues’ Depsang and Demchok could take longer, so tensions between India and China are expected to continue.

Fugitive middleman Sanjay Bhandari sues French firm for Rs 92 crore ‘commission’ in 2011 IAF deal

Bhandari claims he had ‘helped’ Thales to ‘sell the upgrade of the Mirage jets by facilitating a meeting’ with a senior defence ministry official. He fled India in 2016.

Rajnath Singh, MoS Defence Ajay Bhatt test positive for Covid

Taking to Twitter, both the Union ministers said that they currently under home quarantine and urged those who had come in their contact to get themselves tested.

Mega deal in mind, Rafale M takes off from Navy’s Goa test range, Boeing F/A 18 next

The marine version of the French fighter jet performed a ski-jump —a crucial take-off capability — to demonstrate its ability to operate from Indian aircraft carriers.

Hot Springs in focus at India-China talks this week, not ‘legacy issues’ Depsang & Demchok

With new commanders on both sides and after a significant gap without military escalation, sources are hopeful of progress at the 14th round of talks, scheduled for Wednesday.

Defence ministry’s ‘mammoth’ digital survey of 17.78 lakh acres of land — how, why & what next

The largest landowner in the country, Defence Ministry used drones, satellites, 3D modelling for faster, efficient survey in 4,900 pockets, remote terrain to check encroachment

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
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Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.

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The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

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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