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India and France writing new chapter in defence ties, says French Defence Minister Parly 

India will acquire a world class capability, truly among the best in the world that would give your air force an incredible sovereign tool, French Defence minister Florence added.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Vijeta is the war film with a difference that deserves a rewatch this Independence Day

Govind Nihalani’s gentle coming-of-age movie stars Shashi Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Rekha and some great footage of MiGs in the sky.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with special forces personnel in Ladakh Friday | By special arrangement

India prepares for ‘collusive’ threat from China & Pakistan, Rajnath asks forces to be ready

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the armed forces to be prepared to respond at a short notice as well as build & sustain military capabilities to deter any adversary.

IAF to induct 5 Rafale fighters on 29 July in Ambala, their first mission could be in Ladakh

The IAF, in a statement, Monday said that after the arrival, ‘efforts will focus on operationalisation of aircraft at the earliest’.  
Mandeep Mehra and Sapan Desai (R) | MIGIMS & Researchgate

Story of 2 Indian-origin doctors behind one of the biggest medical research scandals in years

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

Joint Air Defence Command will lead to sub-optimal utilisation of assets. Not a great idea

The decision to form the ADC has operational risks. Its consequences could lead to an irreversible fracture of the very integrity of the IAF’s air operations.
Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif

ACM Idris Hassan Latif — WWII veteran who chose India over Pakistan and went on to head IAF

Latif led the first fly-past over New Delhi after India became a republic in 1950. He was instrumental in procuring Jaguar, MiG-23 & MiG-25 aircraft for the IAF.
Indian Air Force pilots

Indian Air Force cancels Services Selection Board interviews amid coronavirus outbreak

The fresh dates for the interviews would be intimated in due course of time.
Army personnel put on a performance during the parade | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Joint training command for Army, Navy & IAF in the works, Nagpur the likely base

The development puts Army plan to shift ARTRAC from Shimla to Meerut on hold for now.
S Jaishankar at a press conference in New Delhi

Hours after Jaishankar’s assurance, IAF to fly to coronavirus-hit Iran to evacuate Indians

In Srinagar, Jaishankar meets worried family members of Kashmiri students stuck in Iran amid coronavirus outbreak.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.


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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?