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Army personnel during a parade | Representational image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Govt wants adultery to stay criminalised for armed forces, challenges 2018 SC verdict

In a plea in the Supreme Court, Defence Ministry said the 2018 judgment scrapping Section 497 of IPC ‘may cause instability’ within the applicant’s services.
Representational image. A file photo of the cantonment in Agra. | Photo: ANI

Army halts monetisation of defence land plan amid Covid-induced real estate slump

Army chief General M.M. Naravane says land monetisation plan is a good way to beat the budgetary constraints, and it will resume once the sector picks up.
Representational image of R-Day parade | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

No kids under 15, no standing spectators, shorter parade — Covid forces a ‘different’ R-Day

The 2021 Republic Day parade on 26 January will come just days before India completes a year of its battle against Covid-19.
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Upgraded Israeli drones, Airbus aircraft, Tejas — deals on defence ministry agenda for 2021

The defence ministry is expected to sign a deal for the 83 LCA Mk 1 A around next month when India’s air show Aero India takes off in Bengaluru.
Indian Army soldiers atop a T-90 tank in Ladakh | Representational image: ANI

Army well entrenched to counter any misadventure by China in Ladakh, says defence ministry

Defence Ministry says airlift assets proved their mettle by mobilising huge quantum of war-waging machinery and battle-ready troops in the Northern Sector in quick time frames.

Political leadership was a letdown. Indian armed forces can’t afford another decade like that

A multi-billion-dollar process for armed forces' modernisation is currently underway. India's political class must deliver and not carry on with the piecemeal approach.
The Narendra Modi government has announced a 30 per cent pay cut for MPs, and suspended MPLADS funds | Photo: ANI via Lok Sabha TV

Indian military won’t reform by itself. But Parliament’s diluted role is a bigger concern

In developed nations, the defence committee is the main driver for national security reforms. But the Modi govt in India has completely diluted Parliament's role.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

India stocks up missile arsenal as it prepares for another tense summer in Ladakh

India has awarded a $200 million contract to Israel for supplying an undisclosed number of SPICE bomb-guidance kits, and between 300 and 320 Spike-Long Range Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.
The defence ministry successfully tests the 5.56 x 30 mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) designed by DRDO on 10 December, 2020. | ANI

DRDO sub-machine gun clears defence ministry trials, could soon be inducted in armed forces

The 5.56x30 mm joint protective venture carbine is a gas-operated semi automatic weapon and has a rate of fire more than 700 rounds per minute.
The Smash 2000 plus | By special arrangement

Navy orders Israeli SMASH 2000 Plus systems to tackle drones, more contracts in offing

The contract, awarded by the defence ministry, is expected to increase operational effectiveness with quicker and more accurate strike abilities against drones.

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A resident receives a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine at a senior citizen care home in Premnitz, Germany | Photo: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz | Bloomberg

Herd immunity could be closer than we think, vaccines must end isolation

Evidence is compelling that a robust and rapid vaccination campaign could render Covid less of a threat than seasonal flu through building herd immunity.
Representational image. DHFL Logo | Twitter

Why bankrupt DHFL’s ordinary FD holders will lose more money than banks that supported it

DHFL’s committee of creditors has approved Piramal Capital’s offer of around Rs 37,000 crore for the company, which has a debt of nearly Rs 85,000 crore.

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File image of the Dakota vintage aircraft of the IAF | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.