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Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Around 3,500 armed forces’ doctors, health workers receive Covid vaccine on Day One 

While 3,129 healthcare personnel from the Army got the vaccine, the number stood at about 250 for the Navy. The figure for IAF is yet to be ascertained.
Swarm drones showcased at Army Day Parade in New Delhi on 15 January 2021 | By special arrangement

Army showcases swarm drones at Army Day Parade, plans to scale up capability soon

Army termed the drone system a disruption technology, which can hit targets 50 km inside enemy territory. The system has been developed in collaboration with a Bengaluru startup.
Rahul Gandhi | @INCIndia | Twitter

Aaj Tak takes on Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on farmers, Mirror Now on adultery in armed forces

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Army personnel during a parade | Representational image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Govt wants adultery to stay criminalised for armed forces, challenges 2018 SC verdict

In a plea in the Supreme Court, Defence Ministry said the 2018 judgment scrapping Section 497 of IPC ‘may cause instability’ within the applicant’s services.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

India stocks up missile arsenal as it prepares for another tense summer in Ladakh

India has awarded a $200 million contract to Israel for supplying an undisclosed number of SPICE bomb-guidance kits, and between 300 and 320 Spike-Long Range Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.
Canteen Stores Department head office, Adelphi, Mumbai | CSD

Shut down canteens, relieve sahayaks — here’s how the armed forces can really cut costs

The various measures proposed to reduce the manpower and the pension bill are only incremental reforms that shy away from radical measures.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting with CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and other officials (for representation) | Photo: ANI

Not fair to cut defence pay, pensions and inject funds in airlines, banks

The armed forces community refused to grasp the consequences of a slowing economy. OROP was made into an emotive issue.
Army personnel during a parade | Representational image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Proposal to increase retirement age, cut down pension in armed forces irks officers, veterans

A note by the Department of Military Affairs, headed by CDS General Bipin Rawat, proposes changes to the retirement age and pension policy, which could potentially cut costs.
An Army soldier wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Guwahati railway station | Photo: ANI

No mandatory 14-day quarantine if Army, Navy, IAF personnel travel by air for leave or duty

June guidelines allowed soldiers to skip 14-day quarantine, but did not specify air travel. The new rule will help personnel go for temporary duties and short leaves.
Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

India in Ladakh is breaking ‘China is invincible’ myth. Pentagon needs to catch up

It's worth remembering that even as the Soviet Union collapsed, Pentagon’s 1989 report was still extolling its prowess. The talk of China’s ‘rising’ power is a Beijing product.

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What Shahnawaz Hussain’s shift to Bihar says about Muslim leaders’ options in BJP

Shahnawaz Hussain can pick up where Chirag Paswan had left off in ‘Mission Nitish Demolition’. The BJP can also ensure his induction as the sole Muslim face in Bihar cabinet.
Radhika Gupta | Photo: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Why Edelweiss fund is still bullish on India’s runaway stock market

An Edelweiss balanced fund that invests in both stocks and bonds has boosted its equity allocation to about 75%, from just 30% in March.

Defence

Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Around 3,500 armed forces’ doctors, health workers receive Covid vaccine on Day One 

While 3,129 healthcare personnel from the Army got the vaccine, the number stood at about 250 for the Navy. The figure for IAF is yet to be ascertained.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.