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Army's cocker spaniel Sophie (left) and Labrador Vida have been awarded commendations for their bravery | By special arrangement

PM Modi praises Sophie, Vida, Balram. Here’s what the brave canine soldiers did for country

Sophie & Vida received Chief of Army Staff Commendations on Independence Day for their bravery. PM Modi urged people to opt for desi dogs if they plan to have one as a pet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Bring home dogs of Indian breed, create Indian games for computers — PM Modi on Mann ki Baat

In his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat, PM Modi urged startups in India to make toys for the world, and entrepreneurs to develop Indian games for computers & mobiles.
Nagaland govt banned consumption of dog meat in July, triggering a huge debate (representational image) | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Medicinal value to prosperity — for many Nagas, dog meat is more than just a source of food

Naga groups have been calling on the government to reverse a ban on dog meat, announced in July, on the grounds that it hurts their cultural values.
A police officer and trainer works with a dog sniffing a box with a sample at Carabineros de Chile Dog Training School in the Parque Metropolitano | Bloomberg

UK, Germany and now Chile is training dogs to sniff out coronavirus

In Germany, eight dogs from the country's armed forces had a 94 per cent success rate in detecting Covid-19 from the saliva of 1,000 people.
The viral picture of dogs tied in gunny bags shared on Twitter

Nagaland bans sale of dog meat after incidents of pets being ‘shot at sight’ spark outrage

Local authorities had in May released a ‘shoot-at-sight’ order to kill dogs found roaming the streets purportedly from fear they might spread coronavirus.
Santosh Kumar and his family, along with Mr Tommy, on their way home to Bundelkhand | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

This migrant family is returning to Bundelkhand with a special friend — ‘Mr Tommy’

Santosh Kumar and his family decided to relocate to their native village in Bundelkhand after they could not make ends meet in Panipat due to the nationwide lockdown.
Representational image | PEXELS

Young dogs are more similar to human teenagers than we think

Dog-owner relationships during adolescence mirror that of child-parent relationships in many ways.

Covid-19 sniffer dogs — UK’s latest idea to tackle the spread of the virus

A £500,000 government program will back clinical trials to train dogs to see if they can spot Covid before symptoms even appear.
Representational image | Commons

Good dogs don’t make good co-workers

The value of having a dog with you during your workday will depend on the type of work, the workplace, the type of dog and your own style of work.
Indian dogs | Flickr

Veterinary services must go on, animals can’t suffer during COVID-19, Modi govt tells states

Government has urged veterinarians and other related officials to ensure strict personal hygiene and avoid public gatherings.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.