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China gets closer to its dream of a blue-water navy with rapid expansion of African base

From laser-dazzling US pilots to the construction of a new navy pier, the country has done a lot at its Djibouti base in Africa over the last year.
Sumarine base Yulin

Up-close with Yulin, China’s most vital nuclear sub base that’s a big threat to India

An analysis of Google Earth images of 1 September 2017 shows that Yulin remains as important today as it was in 2001, when construction work began.
View of the facility

China takes the dive, puts thrust on building nuclear submarines

Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ gave boost to its Blue Water navy ambitions and funds were made available for the expansion of the nuclear submarine programme.
A Chinese Navy vessel. The Chinese Navy is building warships to add to its fleet much faster than imagined.

High-speed production: Chinese navy built 83 ships in just eight years

Chinese experts produce designs which surpass the most modern ships of the US navy in size, volume, armament and quantity

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.