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The Delhi Gymkhana Club | Photo: delhigymkhana.org.in

British Empire’s sun hasn’t set on Indian officers’ clubs — centre of civil-military tussle

In ‘India’s Power Elite’, Sanjaya Baru writes that BJP’s greater political prominence to military heroes has not always raised their profile within the power elite.
(From left) IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, GoC 15 Corps Lt Gen. D.P. Pandey and GoC 'Victor Force' Maj. Gen. Rashim Bali address a press conference in Srinagar Friday | Photo: ANI

7 militants, including chief of Al Qaeda-inspired AGH killed, Amarnath Yatra was target

Police & Army say militants are picking ‘soft targets’ but Yatra will be protected, reveal that Hizbul & Lashkar operatives are joining outfits like AGH to revive them.
File photo | Students light candles to pay tribute to soldiers, who were killed in the encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh | PTI

Army, IB, CRPF — India needs culture of accountability to prevent Chhattisgarh, Ladakh repeat

The 1971 war was the finest moment for India’s defence and security establishment — intelligence and accountability saved lives. Now errant officers get promotions.
The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Army HQ is in the middle of a makeover, and these are the changes introduced so far

From having 3 deputy chiefs to DG Rashtriya Rifles being moved out to Northern Command as ADG, many key changes have taken place at the Army HQ over the last one year.
A Rawalpora resident stands amid smoke from the gutted remains of some local homes | Azaan Javaid | ThePrint

Houses caught fire in Shopian encounter ‘because of stacked dry grass’, not us, says Army

One family alleged that security personnel had forced them to set their house in Rawalpora on fire during 13-15 March encounter, but Army denies it.
Lt General Ved Prakash Airy was a Lt Colonel at the time of the 1971 war. He died in 2007 | By special arrangement

How an Indian Army officer ensured a slain Pakistani soldier’s feats in 1971 didn’t go unnoticed

This is the story of Lt Gen. Ved Prakash Airy and Pakistan Army’s Lt Col. Mohd Akram Raja, who died in 1971 while leading a counter-attack against the former’s unit.
Abhinav Delkar, the son of MP Mohan Delkar | ANI

My father met Modi, Shah to air grievances but got no response — son of MP who killed himself

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
The last salvo event at the decommissioning of the 130mm Self Propelled M-46 Catapult Guns and the 160mm Tampella Mortars. | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Catapult guns & Tampella mortars, 2 long-serving artillery systems Army just decommissioned

Catapult guns had been in Army’s inventory for nearly 4 decades while Tampella mortars were inducted after 1962 war. They were decommissioned Tuesday.
A Rawalpora resident stands amid smoke from the gutted remains of some local homes | Azaan Javaid | ThePrint

3 days of terror: Kashmir village recounts living through gun battle that left it in ruins

Past three days marked pure chaos for Rawalpora as it became the site of perhaps the most intense violence Kashmir has seen since the killing of Riyaz Naikoo last May.
National Defence Academy | Twitter | Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff

Probe in Army recruitment scam finds candidates in defence academy who paid ‘bribes’ to get in

CBI handed probe into Army recruitment scam, books 17 officers and personnel for alleged bribery & irregularities in admissions to National Defence Academy (NDA), Officers Training Academy (OTA).

On Camera

File photo of Wen Jiabao | Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s essay on his mother is rattling Xi Jinping’s China

Wen Jiabao was Chinese premier from 2003 to 2013. His essay on his mother is more than what Xi’s China can like, share, subscribe.
An ICICI Bank (Representational image) | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

ICICI is hiring more investment bankers, in its biggest push in the sector since 2017

According to Ajay Saraf, head of investment banking and institutional equities at ICICI Securities Ltd, the new roles will be concentrated in sectors such as technology and health care.

Defence

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in Delhi | PTI

Military hospitals could now treat civilians as Rajnath seeks armed forces’ aid in Covid fight

Hospitals run by all 63 Cantonment Boards also asked to accommodate Cantt residents and those from outside approaching them for treatment.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.