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An Indian Army truck on a Kashmir highway leading to Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Defence ministry extends emergency powers to armed forces as India-China stand-off continues

Anti-drone systems, HAMMER weapon systems for Rafale jets are among major capital procurements under emergency powers.
File photo of Union Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar | Twitter @DrSJaishankar

India, China not in nuclear arms race, got them with different objectives: Jaishankar in Moscow

Addressing a think tank in Moscow, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said Ladakh standoff has ‘disturbed’ the foundation of India-China ties in the past year.

Why Modi govt is suddenly ‘looking west’, talking to the Taliban and Pakistan

Talks with Taliban, J&K leaders, thaw with Pakistan are strategic imperatives for Modi govt. It can’t covet US as Quad ally in the east & work at counter-purposes with them in the west.
The download page for ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app | Brent Lewin | Bloomberg

TikTok ‘definitely hopeful’ India ban will be lifted, in talks with govt to resume operations

TikTok is hoping it can open up in India again, giving back creators their platform for content, but experts say New Delhi is unlikely to roll back the ban.
File photo of India's former foreign secretary Shyam Saran | Photo: Special arrangement

China continues with LAC stand-off to show India who is the stronger power: Shyam Saran

Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran says Beijing wants all Asian countries to recognise that the ‘hierarchy’ in Asia is headed by China, or face consequences.
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China’s military recruiting jobless Tibetans on border to form ‘volunteer militia’: Intel reports

Intel inputs say the Chinese PLA and police authorities are recruiting the unemployed youth from Yadong county, located opposite Sikkim, and other neighbouring areas in the region.
A Rafale fighter jet of the IAF seen flying in Leh last month | ANI

A year since Galwan, IAF remains battle-ready in Ladakh with missiles, radars & fighter jets

In weeks before Galwan Valley clash, IAF had helped deploy Army personnel and equipment to Ladakh, besides bringing in winter stocks for the additional soldiers posted there.
Representational image taken from the southern bank of Pangong Tso, looking across to the 'fingers' on the northern bank | Photo: Visharad Saxena | By special arrangement

Army buys 17 boats to move troops faster at Pangong Tso amid India-China stalemate at LAC

The 35-foot-long boats currently are not fitted with any weapons, but can be equipped with light weapons according to any future requirement.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar with his Russian and Chinese counterparts Sergei Lavrov (C) and Wang Yi (R) during the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in Moscow on Thursday. | ANI

Encouraged by India, China focusing on disengagement efforts, says Russia

Deputy Chief of the Russian mission Roman Babushkin said Russia encourages both sides in advancing their ties at common multilateral platforms like BRICS, SCO and RIC.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

China changes stance, wants de-escalation before disengagement in Ladakh. India disagrees

De-escalation before disengagement could give China an advantage as it can move troops back much faster than India due to its better infrastructure.

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Between British colonisers and Indian immigrants, how Zimbabwe’s cricket culture grew

Cricket was played as a colonial inheritance, and then as a legacy of Indian identity, before it became a way to find place in nationalist Zimbabwean sporting culture.
Ather Energy’s electric scooters at its experience centre in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti/ThePrint

Electric scooters are becoming a rage and Bengaluru’s Ather has quietly raced ahead

Nearly three years since it launched its first scooter in 2018, Ather Energy’s revenues have increased from Rs 11.7 crore in FY19 to Rs 48.8 crore in FY20.   


An ordnance factory in India (Representational image) | Broadsword

What is essential defence services Bill and how it will impact ordnance factories and others

Strike proposed by employees’ federations of ordnance factories from 26 July, against Modi govt decision to corporatise them, perhaps triggered introduction of the Bill.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.