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CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Flexible procurement rules, hand-holding defence PSUs: CDS’ plan for domestic manufacturing

General Bipin Rawat’s plans to boost defence manufacturing comes just before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘structural reforms’ announcement.
An M777 155mm lightweight field howitzer

CDS Bipin Rawat to work on items for import ban, artillery guns could be included

FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of measures to boost ‘Make in India’ in defence sector, including raising the FDI limit in manufacturing to 74%.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Navy will provide crucial intelligence to northern, western border theatre commands: Rawat

Speaking about integration plans of the Services, CDS General Bipin Rawat said the upcoming Air Defence Command will prevent fratricide.
CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Tour of Duty at nascent stage, Army looking to make SSC more ‘lucrative’, says CDS Rawat

CDS Bipin Rawat said bringing in a concept like ‘Tour of Duty’ requires deep study into its financial viability for the Army.
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Eye on China, IAF deploys Su-30 squadron equipped with BrahMos missile in Tamil Nadu

The ‘Tiger Sharks’ squadron is based in Thanjavur. IAF has made this move with an eye on increasing Chinese presence in Indian Ocean Region.
CDS General Bipin Rawat

Pakistan should be blacklisted by FATF, isolated diplomatically: CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Speaking at Raisina Dialogue, Gen Bipin Rawat says end to terrorism can only happen the way Americans responded to 9/11, and if certain states stop sponsoring terrorists.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Stop celebrating CDS. Gen Rawat will barely be able to command forces thanks to bureaucracy

The bureaucratic sleight of hand has put Gen Bipin Rawat at a disadvantage even as his tenure as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff has just begun.
Outgoing Army Chief Bipin Rawat hands over the baton to Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, who took over as the 28th Chief of Army Staff | Indian Army

CDS & 3 chiefs must speak in cryptic military language and not get provoked by Indian media

Army chief Gen Naravane’s first media interview created a controversy over his Pakistan-related remarks. But there’s a way to avoid it in future.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawat gets cracking, Air Defence Command first priority

General Bipin Rawat says efforts will be made to cut out ‘infructuous ceremonial activities’, which are manpower intensive.

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Apple-maker Taiwanese company Foxconn to invest $1 bn in Tamil Nadu plant over next 3 years

Move comes as part of efforts of global companies to diversify their supply chains and reduce dependence on China. India has been trying to woo these firms.

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Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.