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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
A Rafale taking off

Second batch of Rafale fighter jets from France to arrive in India in October

The formal induction ceremony of the first 5 Rafale fighters is to be held at the Ambala Air Station on 10 September.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Emergency procurement tells the sad reality of India’s defence purchases. Rafale’s late too

India’s defence acquisition and manufacturing institutions need a reboot. The ‘business as usual’ approach would not take us far, in a war.

Ram Ram, Rafale. India’s TV news celebrated the arrival of French jets like a moon mission

Anchors compared Rafale to China’s J-20 and Pakistan’s F-16 — and found it ‘better on all counts’. News18 India could see both enemy countries 'were shivering'.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks online | Photo: @INCIndia | Twitter

Congress welcomes arrival of Rafale jets, but questions govt over delay and its cost

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questioned why each aircraft costs Rs 1670 Cr instead of Rs 526 Cr? Why 36 aircraft were bought instead of 126?
The first of five Rafale fighter jets, travelling from France, touches down at Ambala air base in Haryana | PTI

Rafale will help air warriors safeguard our skies with mighty superiority, says Amit Shah

The home minister said the induction of the next generation aircraft is a true testimony of the prime minister's resolve to make India a powerful and secure nation.
A Rafale taking off

IAF inducts Rafale today, here’s how the deadly fighter jets will boost India’s air power

Rafale is considered to be one of the finest fighters in the world. With its avionics, radars & weapon systems, it is the most potent aircraft in South Asia.
One of the Rafale jets that is on its way to India | Twitter: India in France @Indian_Embassy

Five Rafale fighters take off from France, will fly 7,000 km to reach Ambala

The 5 Rafale aircraft will spend the night at a French air base in UAE before arriving at Ambala air base Wednesday where a closed induction ceremony will be held.
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi entering the Parliament for oath taking in Rajya Sabha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

This is the justification ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi is giving for accepting Rajya Sabha seat

Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi addressed several criticisms that arose from his acceptance of the Rajya Sabha nomination and the sealed cover jurisprudence.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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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.