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Armed forces put non-operational expenditure on hold amid Covid-19 fund crunch

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also tells top commanders to ensure operational preparedness, so that ‘adversary’ can’t exploit current situation.
An Army soldier wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Guwahati railway station | Photo: ANI

Terrorists can weaponise coronavirus. Armed forced need to be extra-vigilant

In the third and fourth stage of an epidemic, the scale of infected population overwhelms the resources. The armed forces can be a huge support to the govt.
Security personnel and passengers wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Friday I

Avoid festivals, malls, set up isolation wards — how Army is preparing to fight coronavirus

The Army order, issued on 5 March, asked personnel to postpone non-essential mass gatherings such as festivals, welfare activities and public functions.
An Apache helicopter

Army and IAF fought over Apache choppers, costing us Rs 2,500 crore more. Blame their silos

Purchase of 28 Apache helicopters is the prime example of how India could have worked out a better deal had the IAF and Army not acted in silos.
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‘Momentous’ says Express, ‘fitting finale’ writes TOI in SC ruling on women in forces

A round-up of the most important reports in major newspapers around the country – from TOI and HT, Express and The Hindu to The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror and The Tribune, as well as top financial dailies.
Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February

Sex stereotypes no basis for denying equal opportunity to women in Army: What Supreme Court said

The Supreme Court granted women Army officers permanent commission and pulled up the government for discriminating based on gender. Read the full judgment here.
Women officers in the Indian Army

Army open to giving women officer litigants pension on completion of 20 years of service

The development comes amid an ongoing case in the Supreme Court, where a plea has been filed by 322 women officers, demanding permanent commission.
An Indian Air Force contingent marches along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India’s defence forces can’t wait for Modi’s $5-trillion economy dream. Slowdown is hurting

Armed forces’ modernisation is languishing for two decades. We need to enhance the defence budget to a sustained rate of 3-4 per cent of the GDP.
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Cariappa not an exception. Many Indian generals have talked about military coup

India's generals must remember that when they speak, the impact lasts for a long time. Field Marshal Cariappa's 1970 remark about a military rule is a case in point.
Manoj Mukund Naravane takes charge as Chief of Army Staff

Army chief Naravane must hold back on China border issue till Tibet is settled

Even though there is no immediate threat on India's northern front, new Army chief Naravane's statement can't be dismissed as simply 'taking over office' speech.

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Coronavirus attacks blood vessels, creates strange clots, autopsy studies show

Autopsies have revealed that Covid-19 is no ordinary respiratory disease. The virus is killing people by ravaging the circulatory system.

40 Covid apps across India: Lack of coordination or needed for micro-management?

India now has nearly 40 Covid-19 apps, including Aarogya Setu. The purpose of these apps range from contact tracing to providing health information and issuing e-passes.

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File image of Chinese President Xi Jinping | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

Ladakh military operation has President Xi Jinping’s sanction: China expert Jayadeva Ranade

Jayadeva Ranade says India shouldn’t hurry to settle the issue, questions why China carried out an operation that needed so much planning and money.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.