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Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Three pitfalls of CDS, Dept of Military Affairs and why it should make us sceptical

CDS Rawat must articulate a management structure in the DMA that is internally consistent and logical. Otherwise, the military risks being neither here nor there.
File photo of CDS General Bipin Rawat | PTI

Bipin Rawat headed-DMA will give preference to domain experts like DRDO and ISRO

The Gen Rawat-headed Department of Military Affairs is currently operating with an interim structure as govt is yet to accord final sanction.

US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin offers to help India on Tejas & AMCA projects

The offer comes ahead of President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India during which the countries are expected to expand defence and military cooperation.

If we had Rafales, we’d have shot down 4-5 Pakistani jets after Balakot: IAF ex-chief Dhanoa

Former IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa says India will hit back harder if Pakistan tries a Pulwama-like attack again.
An Indian Air Force contingent marches along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India’s defence forces can’t wait for Modi’s $5-trillion economy dream. Slowdown is hurting

Armed forces’ modernisation is languishing for two decades. We need to enhance the defence budget to a sustained rate of 3-4 per cent of the GDP.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo: ANI

Yogi Adityanath’s ‘rays’ energise all, he governs through iPad: Top UP IAS officer

At curtain raiser of Defence Expo 2020, officer Avnish Awasthi has fulsome praise for CM Yogi Adityanath much to the amusement of the audience.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

IAF, Navy delaying procurement due to funds crunch. And lesser said the better about Army

Former Defence Minister and current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must keep Indian forces in mind while allocating Budget 2020. The last one was a disaster.
Jawaharlal Nehru (L) and VK Krishna Menon (R) in New York | Wikimedia Commons

Was Krishna Menon thinking of a coup against Nehru? COAS Gen Thimayya had privately said this

In his new book A Chequered Brilliance, Jairam Ramesh writes about the rivalry between Gen Thimayya and Nehru’s defence minister V.K. Krishna Menon.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawat gets cracking, Air Defence Command first priority

General Bipin Rawat says efforts will be made to cut out ‘infructuous ceremonial activities’, which are manpower intensive.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

CDS was needed. But Modi govt also creating Department of Military Affairs is a big bonus

Without the DMA, it would have been a challenge for the Chief of Defence Staff to fulfil role. With it, the CDS can be the prime mover in Indian military.

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Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.