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Private players cry foul as HAL submits 2 bids for mega Navy chopper deal

State-owned HAL has filed one bid on its own and one with Russian Helicopters for the Naval Utility Helicopter. The Indian Navy wants to purchase 111 NUHs.
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Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
HAL's Aircraft research and design center in Bangalore | Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg News

Russia says will select HAL as partner for India contract to buy 114 fighter jets for IAF

State-run manufacturer HAL has been at the centre of a raging political slugfest over the Rafale deal, which has seen questions raised over its competence.

HAL set for talks with European firm to arm Tejas with air-to-air missile

After integration issues with Israeli Python-5 on Tejas, IAF looks to equip Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with the French air-to-air missile ASRAAM.
Police personnel stand near the wreckage of the Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft | Shailendra Bhojak/PTI

The 7 jet and chopper deliveries IAF is still waiting for from HAL

Over the last two decades, IAF has been hit by numerous delays because of HAL. ThePrint takes a look at an IAF note to defence ministry from last year with details of delays.
Outside HAL's Aircraft Research and Design Center in Bangalore | Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg News

Instead of grief & alarm, Indian politicians are foolishly celebrating failures of HAL

Rather than depending on a pool of ‘generalist’ bureaucracy, the government should look for the best available talent for leading HAL.
Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft wreckage in Bengaluru

HAL work ethos needs ‘drastic’ change, but blame game will solve nothing: IAF veterans

A day before Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru, IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa had hit out at HAL for blaming it for delays. Former officers agree with chief’s assessment.
Police personnel stand near the wreckage of the Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft | Shailendra Bhojak/PTI

Mirage jet crash after upgrade raises serious questions on HAL ability

IAF says the Mirage 2000 aircraft that crashed in Bengaluru Friday was on an ‘acceptance sortie’ after being upgraded by the state-owned HAL.

Goyal’s budget smartly resists temptation to go overboard on income guarantee

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CBI’s ICICI Bank FIR could hurt lending & Indian economy

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File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.