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(From left) Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton, the country’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne with Defence Minister Rajnath and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in New Delhi Saturday | Photo: Twitter/@rajnathsingh

Afghanistan takes centrestage at India-Australia 2+2 talks

India & Australia held their inaugural 2+2 dialogue Saturday, with plans to enhance their ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ by expanding the scope of joint military exercises.

Terror fallout from Afghanistan, China and Indo-Pacific top agenda of India-Australia talks

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton held bilateral talks Friday, ahead of the first ever 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and Australia tomorrow.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Strength of security and self-reliance not achievement, but necessity, says Rajnath Singh

At an event where medium range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) was inducted into IAF, Singh said developments in Afghanistan indicates uncertainty has spread globally.

Rajnath, Gadkari inaugurate emergency landing strip for IAF aircraft on NH-925 in Rajasthan

A Hercules C-130J plane, carrying the Union ministers & CDS Bipin Rawat, conducted a mock emergency landing on NH-925 in Barmar, India's first national highway used for this purpose.

Australian foreign, defence ministers to attend 2+2 ministerial talks in India on 11 September

The focus of the 2+2 dialogue is likely to be on boosting cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the face of China’s growing military assertiveness & Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter @rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh approves expansion of financial powers to armed forces for revenue procurement

Defence ministry said the primary focus of the enhanced delegation is to procure equipment & 'war-like stores' in a speedy manner for urgent operational necessities.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari | ANI and Facebook

Why Rajnath, Gadkari will land on national highway aboard IAF’s C-130 J Super Hercules

Both ministers will Thursday land on a 3.5-km strip on the national highway in Barmer, Rajasthan. This will be the first such landing on a national highway.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaking at an event in Gujarat's Kevadia, on 2 September 2021 | Twitter/@rajnathsingh

No major terrorist attack took place in India since Modi became PM in 2014, says Rajnath Singh

Speaking at an event, Singh also slammed the Congress for not being sensitive enough towards the Army jawans as it kept the issue of One Rank-One Pension unresolved for 40 years.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, on 29 August 2021 | PTI

Want solution through dialogue, won’t compromise: Rajnath Singh on border row with China

The defence minister in his speech at an event Monday also asserted that India will never allow the Chinese PLA to act on the LAC in a unilateral manner under any circumstances.

Pakistan has resorted to proxy war against India after losing twice, says Rajnath Singh

Addressing students of Defence Service Staff College Sunday, the defence minister further said Pakistan is targeting India by providing arms, funds and training to terrorists.

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I asked a simple question on Twitter. About 300 historians replied.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.

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A Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft

IAF signs deal with France to purchase phased out Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

None of these aircraft would be used for flying and they are being acquired to help improve the serviceability of around 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, sources said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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