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Apache, Chinook choppers to take part in Republic Day flypast for first time

The Chinooks will comprise 3 newly-inducted transport helicopters in 'vic' formation, while the Apaches will be in arrowhead formation on 26 January.
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IAF’s heavy-lift Mi-26 choppers set to fly back to Russia for overhaul

Ministry of Defence has cleared overhaul of its 3 Russian Halo choppers. Once the process is complete, IAF will operate both Halo & US Chinook helicopters.
An Mi-26 helicopter airlifting a Chinook helicopter

IAF favoured Boeing for new helicopters, revised parameters 5 times: CAG

CAG notes Boeing's Chinook has lesser load capacity and carries fewer troops as compared to Russian Mi-26. Report says Mi-26 too does not meet all criteria.

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Modi govt must consider auctioning loss-making Coal India mines too: Naveen Jindal

India must become ‘Atma Nirbhar’ in coal production. If govt auctions CIL’s loss-making mines, pvt sector can ensure the national exchequer adequately gains.
V. Anantha Nageswaran, member of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council | Image: krea.edu.in | ThePrint Team

High production costs, compliance burden won’t let India emulate China, says PM’s advisor

PM’s Economic Advisory Council member V. Anantha Nageswaran says whittling away unwanted rules and regulations will be a step towards fixing the problem.

Defence

A Heron 1 UAV in flight

India planning to order Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

There is a need for Heron UAVs to add to the existing fleet of drones to meet the Air Force requirements, govt sources said without specifying any number.
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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.