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Defence minister Sitharaman withdraws order that ranked military officers with bureaucracy

Touchy topic for armed forces since October 2016 resolved; supremacy of military officers over civilian counterparts to be maintained.
File photo of Narendra Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman, Kalraj Mishra and Ravi Shankar Prasad at the launch of 'Make in India', 2014 | Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

रक्षा क्षेत्र के लिए ‘मेक इन इंडिया’ शुरू होने से पहले ही खत्म

तमाम घोषणाओं के बावजूद एक भी बड़ा प्रोजेक्ट शुरू नहीं हुआ है. लगभग एक साल हाथ में रह गया है, मोदी सरकार के पास 2019 में दिखाने लायक शायद बहुत नहीं हो.
File photo of Narendra Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman, Kalraj Mishra and Ravi Shankar Prasad at the launch of 'Make in India', 2014 | Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

For the defence sector, Make in India ended before it began

Despite announcements almost every month, not one big project has taken off. With just about a year left, Modi govt unlikely to have much to showcase in 2019.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Defence ministry causes confusion, ‘okays’ project for which tenders were issued in March

Govt release credits minister Sitharaman for promoting Make in India in defence sector; ministry sources say this could be because ‘final version’ has now been approved.
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during its induction

With last-minute approval, India set to snap up world’s last available C-17 Globemaster

Two years after the special request made to hold aircraft for India, defence ministry committee clears signing of contract.
Collage of Nirmala Sitharaman, Jayant Sinha,M. J. Akbar, Suresh Prabhu

Why is code of conduct not being applied to NDA ministers on India Foundation board?

The code bars ministers from even being on advisory boards, but four ministers continue to advise the India Foundation, and the Cabinet Secy is silent.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Naval Commanders' Conference

Defence ministry may ease licensing rules for private players

Minister Nirmala Sitharama seeks to know why deemed licences not be given; DRDO asked for tech list for commercialisation.
India and US discussed defence cooperation but India has said it won't send troops to Afghanistan

As India & US discuss defence cooperation, Army foils Pak-backed terror attack on LoC

Pakistan’s BAT team, notorious for beheading Indian soldiers, tried to push intruders; India says it won’t send troops to Afghanistan.
Nirmala Sitharaman shouldn't just focus on big weapons purchases but improving the defence forces as well

Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘modernisation’ drive must go beyond buying big weapons systems

Even as India continues its big-ticket weapon buying spree, Sitharaman must address the key question of the soldier behind the machine, and the structure behind the soldier.
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...

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You know who’s really going local? Not RWA uncles, but Indian millennials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Atmanirbhar Bharat plan three months ago, but India’s millennials have been vocal for local for some time now.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.