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A Rafale fighter jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Congress outs new page of MoD Rafale note, hints ‘bank guarantee dropped after PMO talks’

A Union Defence Ministry note from 2015 has triggered a fresh controversy over the Rafale deal between India and France.
Image of a Rafale aircraft

Nobody flagged any objections before me, says IAF officer who led Rafale negotiations

Reacting to a news report about MoD officials raising objections to the Rafale deal, former IAF deputy chief S.B.P. Sinha says he’s heard about this only now.
A Light Combat Helicopter

India pulls off big feat as indigenous combat helicopter decimates target in air

The indigenous Light Combat Helicopter has been designed and developed by state-run defence manufacturer HAL.
Indian army personnel | PTI

Arrogant bureaucracy and a sulking Army are not good for India’s national security

The military leadership resents the overarching power of the bureaucrats in the MoD.
Ministry of Defence | Commons

Defence ministry says both police and Indian Army jawans to blame for bust-up at Bomdila

Ministry is probing how a local-level brawl escalated into a war of institutions, after IAS body demanded action against Indian Army personnel.
A file image of Indian Army in Srinagar | Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Indian Army proposes different appraisal form for Lt Cols who miss promotion, stokes anger

The Indian Army proposal is reportedly meant to distinguish the officers still motivated to work from those who lose heart
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There is growing civil-military dissonance and acrimony in India’s defence ministry

The Indian military needs to introspect and ensure that no one has the cause to cast aspersions on its personnel.
BJP tweets F-16 image on Air Force Day

BJP leaders, Naidu’s office send out Air Force Day greetings with jets India doesn’t have

Union minister Piyush Goyal and V-P Venkaiah Naidu’s secretariat used images of Lockheed Martin’s F-16, an aircraft the Indian Air Force has never possessed.
Francois Hollande

Dassault didn’t pick Anil Ambani’s Reliance as Rafale partner: French ex-president

Francois Hollande’s claim could mean trouble for Modi govt which has so far maintained it had no role to play in selection of Reliance Defence.

Navy’s eagerness to buy $20 billion aircraft carrier cuts into funds for Army & Air Force

Indian Navy’s proposal, however, is yet to secure an ‘in principle’ approval from the ministry of defence.

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An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Here are Pakistan’s new strategies behind the Pulwama terror attack

Pulwama suicide attack, use of a Kashmiri attacker, and a pre-attack video is an attempt by Pakistan to reassert its equities over Kashmir dispute.
most favored nation

Revoking Pakistan’s MFN status: Proportionate reply or Modi exploring diplomatic steps first?

A day after the horrific attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel, Narendra Modi government withdrew ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status for Pakistan, in place since 1996.

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An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Pulwama attack raises questions on Kashmir’s intelligence and security structure

Attack on CRPF convoy required getting explosives, rigging the vehicle and training. How did multiple security agencies in J&K fail to pick up on this?
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Modi’s BJP is sliding down the Rafale slope. It must stop outraging and come clean

All the Modi govt needed to do was come clean on Rafale – ‘We dismissed bureaucratic objections as we wanted deal done quickly for IAF’.