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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 | INC | 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.
At the seminar organised by the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi | Twitter: @rajnathsingh

IAF to focus on bombs & air-to-air missiles for edge over Pakistan

IAF chief says force had lost the edge to Pakistan Air Force over the past 15 years but adds that the Rafale fighters will tilt the scales in India’s favour. 
Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India will purchase 110 new fighter jets in staggered manner, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who is mandated with prioritising capital procurement, says India will likely buy more submarines for the Navy too.

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Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ is only too accurate

Among Indians, unlike other regressive trends, the emphasis on caste has not weakened even though more and more Indians today have received modern educations.
Attendees view the Apple Inc. iPhone 11 after an event in Cupertino, California, U.S. | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Apple & Samsung’s assembly partners pledge Rs 11,000 crore investment in India

Foxconn & Wistron are among firms picked to make smartphones under a new government plan that’s aimed at encouraging global companies to shift manufacturing beyond China.

Defence

Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

5th military-level LAC meeting on, India could press for Chinese troops’ return from Finger 4

India will ask for the Chinese troops to fall back behind Finger 8 at Pangong Tso. Since the last meeting, the status quo has remained on the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.