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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

IAF chief contradicts CDS Rawat, says plan is to buy 114 foreign fighters besides LCA Tejas

CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat had said IAF was planning to buy the indigenous LCA Tejas instead of 114 ‘Make in India’ foreign jets.
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.
File photo of CDS General Bipin Rawat | PTI

Make short service lucrative, raise retirement age: CDS plan to reduce defence pensions

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat tells parliamentary panel that many steps are being actively considered for saving on the defence budget.
The Ministry of Defence meeting to review the progress on implementing the Shekatkar report | Photo: ANI

What is Shekatkar report, defence ministry’s first order of business after lockdown

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting Monday to review the status of the Shekatkar report’s implementation. The report has never been made public.
File photo of CDS General Bipin Rawat | PTI

India’s joint military theatre command process to finish in 3 years, says CDS Bipin Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawat also said a number of theatre commands, beginning with a joint tri-services Air Defence Command, will also come up.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Economy is Modi’s biggest challenge, says Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran calls CDS ‘historic’

A round up of the Hindi newspapers opinion pages to reflect the viewpoint from the heartland on topical issues.
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Tri-services insignia, no lanyard – what new Chief of Defence Staff’s uniform looks like

The tri-services insignia will replace the conventional star, crossed sword and baton on epaulettes that are worn by general officers of the Army.
The CDS will be announced soon. | Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Services rules amended for Army, Navy and Air Force, CDS can serve till 65

At least five names have been sent to the PMO for the appointment of first CDS, but the file is yet to be signed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Amar Ujala & Jagran back Modi on CAA, Bhaskar says Jharkhand verdict shows anger against BJP

A round-up of the Hindi newspapers opinion pages to reflect the viewpoint on topical issues from the heartland.

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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh | Photo: Flickr

Indian economy will be booming by next August, worst behind us — HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh

At ThePrint's Off the Cuff, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh said govt should reduce stakes in state-owned banks to 51% and pursue aggressive asset monetisation & privatisation.

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Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.