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Maharashtra’s ‘military village’ says no one cares for it even in this ‘Balakot election’

Every family of Apshinge village has someone in the Army, but veterans here say soldiers today are just political pawns and Modi shouldn’t ask for votes in the name of Balakot.
Manjul | Firstpost

Maneka Gandhi’s ‘Dyer’ warning for Muslim voters, and varying ‘degrees’ in poll heat

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Mother questions Army’s Shaurya Chakra process, says ‘unsung hero better than insulted one’

Meghna Girish wants to know why a recommendation for Shaurya Chakra for her son Major Girish, killed in 2016 in J&K, was changed to an official report mentioning a soldier's gallant action.
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Swift & sustained retaliation — what Indian Army is discussing at commanders’ meet

In address to top commanders, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat highlighted the changing threats India faces and his vision to counter them.
Dhanush, also known as the 'Desi Bofors' on display at the event | Ministry of Defence

Indian Army gets some indigenous firepower as it inducts ‘Desi Bofors’ Dhanush today

The Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur handed over 5 of the 114 guns that the Army has ordered.
Indian Army soldiers | Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Terrorists barge into Army jawan’s home & kill him in Jammu & Kashmir’s Sopore

Police said Army jawan Mohammad Rafi Yatoo, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to a hospital but died of his injuries.
Major Leetul Gogoi

Not too late: Why Indian Army must bring closure to Major Leetul Gogoi’s ‘human shield’ case

Indian Army may have punished Major Gogoi for indiscipline, but it’s the ‘human shield’ case that it needs to probe before it faces a PIL.
A Pakistani soldier stands guard on a street in Karachi (Representational image)

Pakistan-based Facebook pages posed as Kashmiri activists to push anti-India rhetoric

Posted in Urdu and English, the pages boasted a combined total of more than three million followers by the time they were exposed and pulled by Facebook.
Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

7 Pakistan posts across LoC destroyed after Indian Army retaliates to ceasefire violations

Officials said that there was heavy mortar shelling and firing along LOC in Poonch district and Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.
The Dhanush gun developed by Ordnance Factory Board

With Dhanush howitzer, Artillery Corps lends a major combat arm to Indian Army at LoC

Dhanush howitzer makes outranged Pakistani artillery units more vulnerable to Indian counter-battery fire, something India has wanted since the Kargil War.

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Xi Jinping addressing the conference in Beijing

A shorter Belt & Road by China will be even more dangerous

A leaner Belt & Road will allow China to better deploy its infrastructure firms, subsidies, technology & finance non-bankable strategic projects.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.