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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.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘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 (for representation only)

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.
Indian military (representational Image) | Commons

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.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Indian military isn’t politicised like China, Pakistan but the seeds have been sown in 2019

The Modi government and the Indian armed forces will have to introspect and arrest this trend rather than wait for another debacle.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

CDS was needed. But Modi govt also creating Department of Military Affairs is a big bonus

Without the DMA, it would have been a challenge for the Chief of Defence Staff to fulfil role. With it, the CDS can be the prime mover in Indian military.

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Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad, Wednesday, 14 October, 2020.| PTI

Pollute oceans and it’ll come back at us like it did in Andhra, Telangana: Manpreet Badal

We don't seem to have learnt the lesson from cyclones Ockhi and Amphan and continue to dump toxic wastes in the Indian Ocean. Our punishment this time could be severe.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

IndusInd, however, denied any sale talks, calling it a rumour. It said the bank’s founders reiterate their full support 'now and always'.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.