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Modi govt made defence exports jump 700%. Now it must radically reform ordnance factories

PM Modi targets $5 billion in defence exports in next 5 years. If 'Make in India’ reaches its full potential, $10-15 billion is achievable in a decade.
Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai

Jagran calls for coronavirus antidote, Bhaskar criticises ‘bitter’ Delhi election campaigns

A weekend round up of editorial comment in leading Hindi newspapers on the most topical issues of the day.
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Boeing plans trials of its Super Hornet jets on ski-jump ramp to meet Indian requirements

Top Boeing official Thom Breckenridge said the aircraft will fulfill the Indian requirements and that they are in discussion with the Indian Navy for the trials.
Visitors near the third generation main battle tank Arjun at the 11th edition of DefExpo, in Lucknow Wednesday

HAL ties up with Israeli firm & Dynamatic Technologies to manufacture drones

The MoU, signed at DefExpo 2020, calls for manufacturing & selling of drones to Indian defence forces, paramilitary forces & central armed police forces.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking during the 11th edition of DefExpo, in Lucknow in February | PTI

India to strengthen outer space capabilities but responsibly: Modi at DefExpo inauguration

At the biennial event in Lucknow, PM Modi said India’s focus is on increasing defence exports to Rs 35,000 crore from Rs 17,000 crore.
Police officials checking preparation for the Defence Expo at the venue in Lucknow | By special arrangement

150 foreign stalls, state-of-art weapons & VIPs — what Defence Expo in Lucknow will offer

The expo, scheduled from 5-9 February, has led to a sharp increase in the price of hotel rooms, with some touching nearly Rs 70,000 per night.
Defence Expo 2018

Will Starbucks ‘exhibit’ its military equipment at the great Indian Defence Expo?

The ministry will have little defence for the fiasco that the show is heading towards, with exaggerated numbers and important tenders set in the midst of it.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

Govt spells out defence industry vision: $5 billion exports by 2025, leader in AI, cyberspace

Rs 1,000 crore startup funds, 3 million jobs in defence ministry’s plan for next seven years.

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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
Mukesh Ambani at ThePrint Off the Cuff

Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.