Friday, 19 August, 2022

Topic: Defence

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.

SPARSH will make defence pension digital, but problems won’t disappear. Ask pensioners

Failure to implement revised OROP and go for SPARSH should ring alarm bells for defence minister. And it won’t be ‘minimum govt, maximum governance’.

16th round of India-China talks yield ‘no immediate outcome’, parleys to continue

Corps commander-level talks between India and China were held for over 12 hours Sunday at Chushul-Moldo meeting point.

Army to conduct trials of AI enabled unmanned all-terrain vehicles in Ladakh next month

Trials will also be held in deserts before the Army selects its final product and goes for large scale acquisition.

India and Egypt work towards building strategic relationship with focus on defence & security

From holding joint military exercises to exporting wheat as Russia and Ukraine stop supplies, New Delhi and Cairo are redrawing their relationship as geopolitical tensions rise.    

Days of soft power are over. Defence is the new diplomacy tool for India around the world

As India focuses on more bilateral and multilateral military exercises, it's pushing for hard power when it comes to striking defence deals.

Modi govt announces Agnipath scheme for armed forces. Here’s what 4-year service is all about

Enrolment under scheme will be all-India, all-class & will form a distinct rank in armed forces, besides having distinctive insignia. Aim is to keep 3 services younger & reduce pension burden.

Why likely €1 bn French deal is a reminder of India’s failure to build indigenous jet engine

Despite successes in the space and missile programme, India’s hopes of powering fighters with a homemade engine haven’t succeeded.

Tech issues behind delay of China’s 3rd, and most advanced, aircraft carrier, says media report

Type 003 was originally supposed to be launched on 3 June. Satellite imagery from US-based think-tank CSIS shows the extent of preparations for its launch before it was put off. 

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Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.