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A screenshot of the image falsely claiming that IAF carried out air strikes in Nepal. | Photo: Twitter

Claim of ‘IAF air strikes on Nepal’ shows images from Libya in 2011 and Bengaluru in 2019

A Twitter user has falsely claimed the IAF crossed the border to ‘conduct airstrike on the Nepal territories’, and an Indian jet was shot down and two pilots killed in retaliation.

Pakistani jets did not cross LoC day after Balakot strikes, says IAF chief Dhanoa

The Indian and Pakistan air forces engaged in a dogfight on 27 February, a day after Indian fighter jets attacked Jaish terror camps in Balakot.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar at Parliament House

‘Modi’s ouster on 23 May will be India’s fitting reply to the most foul-mouthed PM’

‘Modi needs to be warned that he’s guilty of anti-national activity in trying to ride on sacrifices of Army & CRPF martyrs in a dirty election campaign,’ writes Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Asif Ghafoor

A 2-star general ‘takes charge’ of Pakistan’s policies while PM Imran Khan goes to China

This week, Pakistan military spokesperson Asif Ghafoor laid out his army’s doctrine of illegal disappearances: All is fair in love and war — on its own people.
Indian soldiers

Swift & sustained retaliation — what Indian Army is discussing at commanders’ meet

In address to top commanders, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat highlighted the changing threats India faces and his vision to counter them.

Australian researchers pick imaginary holes in IAF strikes on Balakot

ASPI’s analysis suggests that IAF missed its targets because it incorrectly programmed its bombs. But the analysis is based on illogical assumptions.
Rahul Gandhi

Modi poster boy for Pakistan: Rahul Gandhi throws back jibe, calls for Rafale probe

Congress president Rahul Gandhi responded to PM Narendra Modi’s poster jibe, and pressed forward the corruption charge by demanding a probe in the Rafale deal.
Tamil Nadu farmers during a march in New Delhi | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Pulwama-Balakot helps Modi in polls — issues of farmers, jobs, Rafale don’t exist anymore

Once the political temperature is back to normal, it is disadvantage BJP — unless Imran Khan gifts this election to Modi by keeping the tension alive.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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.