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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses with officers at a forward base in Ladakh, 17 July | PTI

Hybrid war, Quad or sitting it out? The 5 options for India against China

China is readying to dig in for the winter at the LAC. And India has a luxury of options to deal with it.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Twitter: @IAF_MCC

ACM Bhadauria said we’re ready for two-front war with China-Pakistan, but there are deficits

Modern warfare is not just about boots on the ground. It encompasses new fighting capabilities that include cyber, psyops and space technologies among others.
Priyanka Sohoni

PLA’s eye is on 1959 Claim Line. But Modi, Xi can get around it and make peace before winter

The 1959 Claim Line tactically forecloses all Indian options to threaten Aksai Chin and other areas secured by the PLA prior to and during the 1962 War.
Xi Jinping

Are Chinese incursions ordered by local PLA heads or Beijing? Xi’s reforms hold answer

In ‘India's China Challenge’, Ananth Krishnan writes about Xi Jinping’s sweeping military reforms, and the complex relationship between the Communist Party and the PLA.
Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

China, India signal each other on might in Indian Ocean Region, amid tensions on land

A PLA Navy task force is understood to have entered Indian Ocean Region as China seeks to project its dominance. India is keeping a close watch on waters around the country.
Army chief M.M. Naravane interacts with the troops while reviewing operational situations on the ground in Eastern Ladakh on 24 June

India can’t afford a knee-jerk reaction on the LAC. That’s what China is hoping for

The weight of decision making on the govt to give a go-ahead for military actions such as Surgical Strikes or a Balakot is very heavy.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi | PTI

Did Jaishankar, Wang Yi really break the ice in Moscow? India can’t forget — winter is coming

While the Narendra Modi govt has shown its willingness to negotiate, will its domestic compulsions allow it to progress with talks towards logical conclusion?
A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India sits on Black Top with Helmet under its boots. A 1962 tactic by China is now likely

For India, it would be naive to celebrate a small operation because China will not respond the way we did for the last four months.
An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

Army thwarting PLA on Pangong Tso south bank is a warning that India is ‘fighting fit’

While the PLA is digging its heels in areas under its occupation, the Army’s advance gives New Delhi some advantage in the ongoing talks with the Chinese.
Army Chief General MM Naravane meets Army Chief commended troops as he visited forward areas in Eastern Ladakh and reviewed the operational situation on the ground on 24 June 2020 | ANI

The truth of Galwan must come out, unlike the 1965 battle with Pakistan in Khemkaran

A key question surrounding the Galwan clashes is that if the soldiers were carrying weapons, as informed by S. Jaishankar, then who gave orders not to use them?

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.