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The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Army HQ orders reduced attendance in offices, no face-to-face meetings as Covid cases rise

Army's new instructions, coming into effect from Monday, call for conduct of all meetings via phone calls or video conferences.
The Ministry of Defence meeting to review the progress on implementing the Shekatkar report | Photo: ANI

Bureaucracy intact in Indian military. DMA only brings ill-advised orders for armed forces

CDS Rawat-led Department of Military Affairs is trying to fix measures for habitat and infrastructure projects of the armed forces. But its measures signal far-reaching reforms.
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.
CDS General Bipin Rawat

Modi govt’s CDS is big reform, but this is what the charter lacks

The dual advisory role given to CDS Bipin Rawat and the three chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force will likely create confusion.
The CDS will be announced soon. | Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s CDS-Dept of Military Affairs: Cosmetic change or increasing defence efficiency?

The Narendra Modi government formally announced the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff as well as a Department of Military Affairs.
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.
The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

CDS to be secretary of new Department of Military Affairs, no impact on defence secy post

The new Chief of Defence Staff will be a secretary in the Ministry of Defence, just like the secretaries of defence procurement and ex-servicemen welfare.

On Camera

Delhi University | Photo by Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi University has just one obsession — exams. And it has made a mess of it.

After months of back-and-forth over the much-criticised online Open Book Examinations, Delhi University has postponed its exams once again.
File image of Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal | Photo: ANI

India has fiscal and monetary space to boost demand: Principal Economic Advisor Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal said at India Global Week that the government has been careful not to spray money and take a step-by-step approach to economic revival.

Defence

Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint

India, China corps commanders to meet next week, will focus on next round of disengagement

Agenda for the corps commanders meeting will be finalised after India-China Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination meet likely to be held Friday.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.