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With Exercise Sambandh, India to showcase naval supremacy in Indian Ocean region

Defence ministry blocks Navy’s ‘unrealistic’ five-year acquisition plan

The plan has been sent back for pruning, because it would double India’s defence budget. Top Navy officials meet new minister Sitharaman to brief her. An elaborate plan drawn up by the Indian Navy to acquire new warships, aircraft, submarines and special equipment over the next five years has met with disapproval from the defence ministry. Officials have termed it ‘unrealistic’, given projected national growth and spending power. The five-year plan, which was submitted earlier this year by Navy HQ to the defence ministry, would have ended up more than doubling the Indian defence budget for capital acquisition, which currently stands at Rs 86,529 crore. Sources told ThePrint that the plan – which includes acquisition of new aircraft carrier-borne fighter jets – is unlikely to be cleared in the current form, as it would put a great burden on the exchequer, and would leave little money for the Army and the Air...
India needs to go about formulating a National Security Doctrine if it intends to change its image as a soft state.

If India starts now, it can finally have a National Security Doctrine by 2022

The widespread international image of India as a ‘soft state’ must be dispelled by the creation of a national security doctrine.
The CBI is probing allegations of corruption in the acquisition of Pilatus PC 7 MkII trainers for the Indian Air Force

As CBI pursues Swiss firm Pilatus, IAF’s trainer fleet remains without maintenance deal

The IAF never signed a pact for maintenance of the fleet in 2011 and now thanks to a CBI probe into Pilatus there's little chance of the deal being signed.
Nirmala Sitharaman being sworn in as defence minister by President Ram Nath Kovind

The biggest challenges Nirmala Sitharaman will face as India’s new Defence Minister

Sitharaman, who is only the second woman defence minister in India's history, is expected to work closely with the Finance Minister to take key industry-related decisions
A representational image of an AgustaWestland chopper.

CBI files 30,000 page chargesheet in AgustaWestland chopper scandal

Former IAF chief SP Tyagi and 8 others have been named in the chargesheet.
The C130J aircraft (for representational purposes) | Source: Ministry of Defence

IAF gets operational training centre for C 130J aircraft at Hindon base

Missions or maneuvers that are deemed too risky to be taught directly on aircraft will be practiced by pilots at the centre
An Apache helicopter

Boeing says Indian Army’s six new Apache choppers will be the ‘most lethal’

The Indian Army is getting the first batch of these helicopters in 2019.

The creeping urban callousness towards the armed forces is a recent Indian trend

A retired air force officer writes about a generation that has not seen a war and does not know how to respect those who serve in the armed forces. Arjun Subramaniam

IAF’s first Jaguar with advanced AESA radar to fly this month

Deep Strike Fighter ability to hit enemy targets, will increase significantly with this major upgrade to fleet.  Manu Pubby

India looks to add muscle to Kaveri engine for upgraded Su-30 MKI fighters

Talks are on with the French side to up-rate the engine for both Tejas and Sukhoi fleets Manu Pubby

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Where’s the sympathy for lonely young people hit by social distancing?

Younger people report higher rates of anxiety and depression when compared with the elderly, and the pandemic hasn’t changed that.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Allow us to restructure loans but no need for blanket recast, banks tell RBI

The Indian Banks’ Association has written to RBI, saying debt recast needs to be completed by September to prevent fresh bad loan creation.

Defence

Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.