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Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

States seek Army help to fight Covid but ‘overstretched’ forces have limited doctors to spare

Latest demand has come from Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who Monday wrote to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling for the Army to set up 11,000 beds in the national capital. 
Airbus' A330 MRTT | www.airbus.com

India looks to lease mid-air refueller from French Air Force for training, more could follow

IAF's refueller fleet currently comprises six Russian IIyushin-78 tankers, first inducted in 2003, which are facing maintenance and serviceability issues.
PM Narendra Modi with Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, on 28 April 2021 | Twitter/@ANI

IAF chief Bhadauria speaks to PM Modi, ensures 24×7 readiness to help in Covid relief tasks

Bhadauria also said that hospitals under the IAF have increased Covid-19 facilities and are also allowing civilians wherever possible.
The Army and other services have been engaged in India's efforts against Covid-19 (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Army, Navy, Air Force seek emergency financial powers for 3 months to tackle Covid crisis

The proposals from the three armed services are currently under the active consideration of the govt, and a decision is expected shortly. 
Rafale jet at the induction ceremony in Ambala. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

IAF set to raise second squadron of Rafale jets in West Bengal’s Hasimara in April

The first squadron of the Rafale jets is stationed at Ambala Air Force station. India is expected to get more Rafale jets from France in the next couple of months.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S Bhadauria on a Mirage 2000 aircraft | Source: IAF

IAF chief flies Mirage 2000, force shows capabilities of Spice 2000 used in Balakot strike

Mirage 2000 aircraft also carried out a long-range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of 2019 Balakot operation against Pakistan.
The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Govt gives financial powers to armed forces’ command heads to clear projects up to Rs 200 cr

Financial powers have been delegated to Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Air Officer Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, additional director general of Indian Coast Guard.
An Apache helicopter in action | Source: Boeing India

India is a market like no other, Boeing says as it outlines 20-year plan

Boeing currently has 62 aircraft in operation with the Indian military — Apache, Chinook, P8I, C17 — and is eyeing fighter contracts from IAF and Navy.
File photo | The Tejas aircraft used by IAF | Wikimedia Commons

‘We’ll monitor HAL’s delivery’ — IAF appoints team to ensure mega Tejas order is on schedule

Defence officials also said the contract for 15 indigenous Light Combat Helicopter is set to be awarded by March this year.
Airbus' A330 MRTT | www.airbus.com

Airbus emerges frontrunner as IAF looks at 10-year lease for mid-air refuellers

Airbus' A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft has also been leased by the UK Royal Air Force since 2008 under a 27-year contract.

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Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

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A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.