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UAE govt reaches out to India over carbine deal, firm offers to manufacture rifles locally

UAE govt is likely to push more at the higher level for the deal, which the Defence Ministry had in-principle decided to scrap as it wants to divert it to ‘Make in India’ initiative.
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No decision on selling only ‘Made in India’ items in military canteens, says defence ministry

Union Minister Shripad Naik was replying to a query on whether the defence ministry will consider using and selling only 'Made in India' products in its stores.
NSG Commandos | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

NSG & ITBP allow foreign bidders for sniper rifles, months before embargo kicks in 

The 7.62x51mm sniper rifle is one of 101 items on the negative import list issued in August. Its import embargo kicks in December.
The Army and other services have been engaged in India's efforts against Covid-19 (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Army, Air Force, Navy reported around 20,000 Covid cases & 35 deaths, govt tells Rajya Sabha

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said there were 16,758 cases in the Army, 1,365 in the Navy and 1,716 in the Air Force.
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Govt plans to scrap 2 defence deals under foreign procurement, could go ‘atma nirbhar’ way

The projects for procuring carbines and self-propelled air defence system had been in the works for long, but were stuck due to price & technical requirements, among others.
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Govt says Gunjan Saxena portrays IAF in ‘negative light’, HC refuses stay on streaming for now

Hearing petition flied by defence ministry and IAF, Delhi HC has issued notices to producer and directors of Gunjan Saxena film, Zee, Netflix.

Defence Ministry signs Rs 2,580-crore deal to procure Pinaka rocket launchers

Officials said the Pinaka regiments will be deployed along India's border with China and Pakistan to further enhance operational preparedness of the armed forces.
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Modi govt eyes export of defence products in Indian Ocean region and Africa

A consolidated list of items for possible exports, both from the government and private sector, is being worked upon.
Preparations under way in New Delhi's India Gate ahead of the 74th Independence Day celebrations | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht

Guard of Honour squad quarantined, NCC cadets instead of school kids — I-Day in a pandemic

The 74th Independence Day celebrations to be held at the Red Fort Saturday will be the first national event during the Covid pandemic.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.

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Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
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Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.


Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.