Monday, 23 May, 2022

Topic: Rafale

Rafale jets formally inducted into IAF, put up aerobatics display at Ambala Air Station

Rafale jets were formally deployed into IAF Squadron No. 17, known as the Golden Arrows. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French minister Florence Parly were among those present.

Rafale’s operational induction ‘very important step’ amid border tensions, Rajnath Singh says

Rafale jets were inducted into IAF at a ceremony in Ambala amid LAC tensions. Since arrival in July, the fighters have flown in Leh and completed bombing practice.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly to attend Rafale induction ceremony in Ambala

Five Rafale fighter jets, that arrived in India on 29 July, will be formally inducted into the IAF Thursday. A second batch of four to five jets is likely to arrive by November.

Sushant Singh Rajput case rules prime time, Zee News discusses Aatmanirbhar Bharat

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.

The long list of misses, and few hits, in India’s defence acquisitions

Most of India’s defence programmes take about two decades before being fielded. For whatever reason this has become the norm, it is no longer sustainable.

NEP’s invisible reboot button and immunity-boosting Rafale news

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

The unnamed unemployment monster, and one thing Rafale cannot do

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Swamy’s ‘proof’ in Rajput case, flights of fancy on Rafale & Ram Madhav’s new Sputnik

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

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'.

Rafale’s Hammer story captures what’s wrong with India’s defence acquisition

The Hammer is only the latest and most high profile case in a frenzy of ‘emergency procurements’ kicked off by the Ladakh crisis.

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Inflation made luxury cars even more expensive but sales remain in fast lane. See Mercedes

For years, the luxury car market in India was biased towards the entry-level. But today, cars below Rs 40 lakh account for the smallest fraction of sales.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.