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The Ministry of Defence meeting to review the progress on implementing the Shekatkar report | Photo: ANI

What is Shekatkar report, defence ministry’s first order of business after lockdown

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting Monday to review the status of the Shekatkar report’s implementation. The report has never been made public.
Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February

Women won the case in Supreme Court, but Army and MoD have not entered 2020 yet

When the Army says ‘male soldiers not ready to accept orders from female officers’, it ignores the basic tenet of military functioning – an order is an order.
A Kilo-class submarine of the Indian Navy (Representational image) | Commons

Adani out of race for mega Navy submarine deal, Ministry of Defence shortlists 2 firms

Congress had alleged Modi govt was trying to favour Adani Group, though Navy had rejected its bid earlier.

‘Focus on more Indian tunes’ — Vande Mataram to replace Abide With Me at Beating Retreat

Abide With Me has traditionally concluded annual 45-minute performance of military music as last event of Republic Day celebrations at Vijay Chowk in Delhi.
CDS uniform

Tri-services insignia, no lanyard – what new Chief of Defence Staff’s uniform looks like

The tri-services insignia will replace the conventional star, crossed sword and baton on epaulettes that are worn by general officers of the Army.
The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

CDS to be secretary of new Department of Military Affairs, no impact on defence secy post

The new Chief of Defence Staff will be a secretary in the Ministry of Defence, just like the secretaries of defence procurement and ex-servicemen welfare.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh before he flew the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru | PTI

Make in India tops Rajnath agenda in Russia, Moscow to pitch for P75I submarine deal

Russia also wants to pitch for a more detailed upgrade of its frontline fighter aircraft Su30 MKI than what is being planned by the Indian Air Force.
An Indian Army soldier climbs down from a Schilka air defence weapon system | Representational image | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

To stop relying on imported weapons, govt must create separate MoD for production, rejig DRDO

The naval variant of the Tejas fighter put India in an elite club of nations. But India remains an underperformer in the military-industrial field.
A SAAB submarine | saab.com

Swedish major SAAB pulls out of P75I race, cites ‘unbalance’ in strategic partnership policy

SAAB official says they are concerned about the Indian side having full control in the strategic partnership model. South Korean company joins race P75I now.
Kashmir militancy

The 3 major reforms for Indian Army restructuring and what they will mean for the force

The idea is to make the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army leaner, to enhance its combat capabilities, and check human rights violations and corrupt practices.

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V. Anantha Nageswaran, member of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council | Image: krea.edu.in | ThePrint Team

High production costs, compliance burden won’t let India emulate China, says PM’s advisor

PM’s Economic Advisory Council member V. Anantha Nageswaran says whittling away unwanted rules and regulations will be a step towards fixing the problem.

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A Heron 1 UAV in flight

India planning to order Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

There is a need for Heron UAVs to add to the existing fleet of drones to meet the Air Force requirements, govt sources said without specifying any number.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.