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Rajnath Singh approves expansion of financial powers to armed forces for revenue procurement

Defence ministry said the primary focus of the enhanced delegation is to procure equipment & 'war-like stores' in a speedy manner for urgent operational necessities.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari | ANI and Facebook

Why Rajnath, Gadkari will land on national highway aboard IAF’s C-130 J Super Hercules

Both ministers will Thursday land on a 3.5-km strip on the national highway in Barmer, Rajasthan. This will be the first such landing on a national highway.
The SkyStriker kamikaze drone | Photo: https://elbitsystems.com/product/skystriker/

Army orders over 100 Indo-Israeli kamikaze drones amid active LAC and precarious LoC 

The SkyStriker was extensively used by Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia to hit moving targets, including armoured personnel carriers.
Women Army officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 ( representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

NDA, military can learn from US how to tweak standards for women without sacrificing fitness

The Supreme Court of India opened gates. Now military leadership must support gender justice and Service imperatives.
Kanwar Jaswant Singh. | Photo from the personal album of Brinda Dubey.

The story of Jaswant Singh, the only Indian to have ever commanded a foreign Air Force

From becoming the only Indian to have ever commanded a foreign Air Force to being called 'the father of sports' in the IAF, Jaswant Singh always packed a punch.

Why the Army ALH MK-4 ‘Rudra’ crash at Pathankot needs a thorough investigation

The weapon system integrated helicopter has no role over water. Lt Col AS Batth and young Capt Jayant Joshi had nothing going for them, materially or training-wise.

IAF aircraft carrying 120 Indians from Afghanistan lands at Gujarat airbase

This is the second evacuation flight carrying officials, security personnel from the Indian embassy. Around 40 people were evacuated earlier Monday from Kabul.
Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) in the Tejas cockpit on 28 February 2020 | By special arrangement

Tejas flying record world’s best, criticism unfortunate, says IAF veteran who flew LCA at 78

Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd), who turns 80 Sunday, also became the oldest man to have flown the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas after a flight in February 2020.
Drones

Heron, Searcher, Sea Guardian, SWITCH — the many UAVs that make up India’s drone arsenal

UAVs are not just meant for long range surveillance but also for carrying out precision strikes. ThePrint gives you a roundup of the various drones in India's unmanned aerial squadrons.

IAF chief Bhadauria speaks to UAE counterpart on ways to strengthen ties between two forces

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria’s two-day 'goodwill visit' to the middle-eastern country comes nearly 8 months after the Chief of Army Staff General Naravane travelled to the country.

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Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

EWS quota is a bad law, it needs to go

The Madras High Court nixed EWS quota in NEET. Not only the Supreme Court, our Parliament too must revisit the EWS law.
Byju Raveendran, founder and chief executive officer of Think and Learn Pvt., speaks during the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong, China| Bloomberg

Bjyu’s acquires coding platform Tynker for $200 million to grow in US

Tynker, launched in 2013, offers classes, camps on coding. The company's co-founders Krishna Vedati, Srinivas Mandyam & Kelvin Chong will remain in their roles after the acquisition.

Defence

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Army taps Bengaluru-based firm for specialised sights in use with forces abroad

The firm, Tonbo Imaging, exports sights and other systems to over two dozen countries. Their products have also been deployed at the LAC, and were used during the 2016 surgical strikes.

3 questions for those dreaming of beating Narendra Modi, but answer the third first

Can Modi be defeated? If yes, how? Is anyone trying to defeat him? These are key questions opposition leaders hoping to take on Modi in 2024 need to answer.
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