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No decision on selling only ‘Made in India’ items in military canteens, says defence ministry

Union Minister Shripad Naik was replying to a query on whether the defence ministry will consider using and selling only 'Made in India' products in its stores.
Decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat during its last journey from Naval Dockyard in Mumbai to Alang in Gujarat | on 19 September

Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat sets sail for last time, to be dismantled & sold as scrap

The vessel had served the Indian Navy for 30 years before being decommissioned in 2017. It had also served in the UK's Royal Navy as HMS Hermes.
NSG Commandos | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

NSG & ITBP allow foreign bidders for sniper rifles, months before embargo kicks in 

The 7.62x51mm sniper rifle is one of 101 items on the negative import list issued in August. Its import embargo kicks in December.
The Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle was tested from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Odisha’s Balasore | By special arrangement

‘Like lighting a match in cyclone’ — Beauty of India’s hypersonic flight tech is in its engine

DRDO's successful test of a Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle this month is a result of several indigenous tech achievements and know-how obtained over two decades.
Satellite image of Chinese positions along Depsang Plains | Credit: @detresfa

Why Depsang Plains, eyed by China, is crucial for India’s defence in Ladakh

The trouble at Depsang Plains, a 972-sq-km stretch strategically and geographically important for India, predates the current LAC crisis.
Representational image of Army personnel during an encounter in Shopian | File photo: ANI

Army inquiry finds troops violated AFSPA powers in Shopian encounter, initiates proceedings

In a statement, Army said authority directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act after inquiry indicated that powers vested under AFSPA 1990 were exceeded.
Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

China, India signal each other on might in Indian Ocean Region, amid tensions on land

A PLA Navy task force is understood to have entered Indian Ocean Region as China seeks to project its dominance. India is keeping a close watch on waters around the country.

Army chief M M Naravane assesses situation along LoC in North Kashmir

The Army chief, who is on a 2-day J&K visit, also discussed issues concerning the present security situation in the Union Territory with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
The Army and other services have been engaged in India's efforts against Covid-19 (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Army, Air Force, Navy reported around 20,000 Covid cases & 35 deaths, govt tells Rajya Sabha

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said there were 16,758 cases in the Army, 1,365 in the Navy and 1,716 in the Air Force.
Pangong lake | Commons

India ‘extra’ alert along LAC stretch, Pakistan border as China delays corps commander talks

Situation at Line of Actual Control, which borders China, remains tense after four rounds of firing occurred at the southern and northern banks of Pangong Tso lake since 29 August.

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An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

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File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.