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Call in the Army when all else fails, not to do the railways’ and PWD’s job

This bridge building task is being assigned to the Army in a city that has the richest municipal corporation, i.e. Mumbai’s BMC.
Not just Elphinstone, Army was to build another bridge 6 km away, but nothing moved

Not just Elphinstone, Army was to build another bridge 6 km away, but nothing moved

The Bombay HC directed the state to seek the Army’s help in building a bridge near Sandhurst Road station, but it’s stuck in red tape and litigation.
Ministers announcing the Indian Army building bridges at Elphinstone bridge in Mumbai

Divide over the Army building bridges in Mumbai reflects state of civil-military relations

Unfortunately, there is now a build-up of the perception that the Army is no longer the last resort but is fast becoming the first one because other institutions have abdicated their responsibilities.
Pakistani military welcomes extremists into parliament

Pakistani military welcomes extremists into parliament

Army is working with a deliberate strategy get extremists and militants into the mainstream democratic process, but analysts say it’s a catch-22 situation.
Spate of chopper crashes raises questions on crew safety and training

Spate of chopper crashes raises questions on crew safety and training

Ten service personnel have been killed in four chopper crashes this year, only one of which was an ageing helicopter, the Chetak.
The videos of the surgical strikes against Pakistan were released by Prime Minister's office | Wikimedia Commons

Surgical strikes had great propaganda value, but has only made things worse

In the short term, the strikes had great propaganda value that can be used for political gains, and stirring nationalistic fervour.
Navy march

Challenges to a credible national security doctrine

As the Prime Minister calls for development of intellectual capital within the armed forces, it is time for a credible National Security Doctrine.
The Indian chopper fleet consisting of a Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter are set to be fitted with air-to-air missiles

India’s chopper fleet to get teeth with air-to-air missiles

Final price negotiations are on for India's Rudra choppers and the first firing from the Light Combat Helicopter to be held by year-end.

Reports of beefing up of forces by China in occupied Tibet can’t be trusted

Most of these reports are repetitive in nature or have images picked up from old exercises in areas looking similar to Tibet claiming authenticity.
File image of Indian Army troops meeting with their counterparts from People's Liberation Army in 2016 | PTI

Decoding Doklam: Back to status quo, no mention of road construction

Both China and India refrain from mentioning ‘road construction’; patrols to continue
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.