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Indian Army Chief Manoj Pande conferred honorary rank of Nepal Army General

General Pande was honoured at a special ceremony in Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari's official residence during his ongoing visit to the Himalayan nation.

23 years ago, India won the Kargil conflict. Experts say those conditions no longer apply

After the 2019 Balakot strike, Pakistan has an incentive to react 'more strongly' and 'focus on substantial targets' in the event of a future crisis with India, experts say. But economic, diplomatic, and geopolitical factors will play a decisive role too. 

Air Vice Marshal Arvind Dalaya, who set up IAF’s first permanent chopper unit in Leh, dies at 91

Dalaya also served as the first director of operations of the Helicopter Corporation of India, which later became Pawan Hans.  

BSF develops tear gas shell-dropping drone system for security forces

A clip shared by the force shows at least 6 tear smoke shells placed tightly in a metal cage fixed under a hexacopter drone. The drone system drops the tear shells from the air.

Colonial St. George’s Cross dropped for Chhatrapati Shivaji’s seal on Indian Navy’s new flag

This is the fourth time since 1950 that the naval ensign has undergone a change.

Floating airfield — PM Modi commissions INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier

New INS Vikrant can sail from India to Brazil in one go without stopping to refuel. It has a hospital, fitness centre, kitchen and laundry on board.

Centre gives nod to development of indigenous LCA Mark 2 fighter aircraft project

LCA Mark 2 fighter aircraft will be a replacement for Mirage 2000, Jaguar & MiG-29 combat aircraft in the Indian Air Force. DRDO will be developing the aircraft with a GE-414 engine.

Ukraine’s munitions might be coming from unlikely source — Russia’s new friend Pakistan

A Twitter account tracking military equipment claims that Howitzer projectiles from Pakistan – made explicitly for export to Ukraine – are reaching the war-torn country via Cyprus or Romania.

US grounds Chinook choppers over engine fire episodes, but Indian fleet safe

India 'hasn't faced fire issues' with its Chinook fleet, but Indian Air Force is 'in touch' with both US defence officials and manufacturer Boeing.

Army steps up outreach, plans to sponsor 600 students from J&K, Ladakh to study outside UTs

The students will pursue university education under Northern Command’s scholarship scheme, launched last year. Out of 7,500 who applied this year, more than 6,000 are from Kashmir.

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File photo of Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC ruling on hijab & Gyanvapi won’t just be limited to faith. It’ll be about our democracy

While petitions against Karnataka’s hijab ban are an opportunity to define student rights, those against Place of Worship Act can be a platform to ensure a robust law-making procedure in India.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

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LCH Prachand at Jodhpur Air Base | Photo: Suchet Vir Singh, ThePrint

IAF gets indigenous Light Combat Helicopter ‘Prachand’ after 23-yr journey that began after Kargil

Manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, it is the first attack helicopter that can operate in Siachen. Of the 15 sanctioned, 10 will go to Indian Air Force, 5 to Indian Army.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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