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Representational Image | The existing Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft | Wiki Commons

Modi govt okays 6 more ‘eyes in the sky’ for IAF, DRDO project to cost Rs 11,000 crore

The DRDO will get 6 aircraft from Air India, get them modified & fit them with the Airborne Early Warning & Control system that can detect & track all flying objects faster than ground-based radars.

DRDO successfully flight tests new generation surface-to-air Akash missile

The missile has been indigenously manufactured by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.
A BSF trooper operates a drone near Chenab river, Akhnoor, in Jammu, in this February 2021 image | Representational photo | ANI

DRDO says its anti-drone system can help Army prevent Jammu airbase-like attacks

The D-4 drone system is capable of early detection of drones and damaging their hardware, destroying micro-drones by jamming the command and control links, the DRDO said.
Representational image. | Special Operation Group using drones to monitor a curfew imposed by the administration, in Srinagar in August 2020. | Photo: ANI

India needs to shop for anti-drone systems. And we are already late

Despite DRDO's existing system to jam and take down drones, which was employed during the PM's Independence Day speech at Red Fort last year, why was it not procured?

India successfully test fires nuclear-capable Agni-Prime missile in Odisha

DRDO officials said Agni-Prime is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni series and is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1000 and 2000 km.
Representational image | Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

China-backed hackers RedFoxtrot targeted defence research, telecom in India, US firm finds

US cybersecurity firm Recorded Future's report says hacker group targeted Indian establishments for six months while border tensions between India, China were high.

850 oxygen plants to be set up from PM Cares Fund in various districts, says DRDO chief

Dr G Satheesh Reddy also said the DRDO was prepared to provide all kinds of support including temporary hospitals specific to Covid in various cities.

DRDO invites bids to transfer technology of anti-Covid drug 2-DG for bulk production

According to the Expression of Interest document, applications should be submitted before 17 June for the drug that aids faster recovery of hospitalised Covid patients.
Elbit's Autonomous Towed Howitzer Ordnance System (ATHOS). | Photo courtesy: Elbit Systems

Israel’s ATHOS gun system or Atmanirbhar ATAGS? Defence negative list to finalise next week

The towed gun system is part of Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan that was drawn up in 1999. An Israeli firm has been in the race for over two years now.
DRDO's Covid-19 antibody detection kit 'Dipcovan' that can detect spike as well as nucleocapsid (S&N) proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus | DRDO | Twitter

‘DRDO Dipcovan brand too similar to Dispovan’ — Syringe maker warns govt agency of legal action

Medical device company HMD asks DRDO to withdraw Dipcovan brand, & pledge to not market, use, advertise or exhibit for sale goods under the name.

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Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Chief Minister of Punjab during the swearing-in ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh, on 20 September 2021 | PTI Photo

Punjab’s many Dalit Sikhs – Ramdasia, Ravidasia, Mazhabis, Ranghretas, Rai, Sansi

Charanjit Singh Channi is a Ramdasia, whose elevation as Punjab CM has propelled the issues and political identity of Dalit Sikhs to the centre stage of the state's politics.

HDFC to double retail loans as consumer demand picks, Covid uncertainty declines

HDFC's retail loans grew around 9.3 per cent slower than its overall book's 14.4% in the June quarter, much lower than SBI (16.5%) & ICICI (20%) growth in that portfolio.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin in New Delhi, on 20 March 2021 (file photo) | Twitter/@rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh speaks to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin ahead of PM Modi’s visit to US

During the telephone call, Defence Minister Singh and his American counterpart spoke on issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation, including situation in Afghanistan.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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