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File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh grants emergency financial powers to armed forces to set up health facilities

The Defence Minister's office said he invoked special provisions to empower the armed forces to speed up efforts in the nationwide fight against Covid-19.
C-17 and IL-76 aircraft airlifted cryogenic oxygen containers from Air Force Station Hindan to Panagarh for recharging, in support of the fight against Covid-19. | Photo: Twitter/@IAF_MCC

Emergency financial powers to tenure extension of SSC doctors — how MoD is aiding Covid fight

IAF ramps up its operations and has flown multiple missions taking oxygen tankers for filling besides transporting equipment and medical staff across the country.
File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh assures support to Indonesian counterpart Subianto in tracing missing submarine

The Indian Navy has already sent a deep submergence rescue vessel to support the Indonesian Navy's effort to trace the submarine that went missing Wednesday around the Bali Strait.
File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in Delhi | PTI

Military hospitals could now treat civilians as Rajnath seeks armed forces’ aid in Covid fight

Hospitals run by all 63 Cantonment Boards also asked to accommodate Cantt residents and those from outside approaching them for treatment.

Top IAF commanders begin 3-day conference, review India’s security challenges

The bi-annual commanders' conference was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Air Headquarters in Delhi.

Kerala bid to investigate central agencies for gold smuggling probe ‘unfortunate’, says Rajnath

Kerala govt has recommended a judicial inquiry against central agencies, including ED, for allegedly 'derailing the probe' in gold & dollar smuggling cases.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of National Defence of South Korea Suh Wook at the inauguration of the Indo-Korean Bilateral Friendship Park in Delhi cantonment, on 26 March 2021 | Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia

Rajnath Singh, South Korean Defence Minister inaugurate Indo-Korean bilateral friendship park

The park has been built to commemorate the contribution of Indian peacekeeping force during the Korean war of 1950-53, officials said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (left) and the visiting US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin | Ministry of Defence

‘New Delhi key to Indo-Pacific’ — Eye on China, India & US call for deepening of defence ties

Both countries identified artificial intelligence, information sharing, logistics, space and cyber as key areas of cooperation besides expanding military-to-military engagement.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin | Photo: Flickr

Not military deals, but China & deeper India ties to be in focus on US defense secy’s visit

Lloyd Austin is first US Secretary of Defense to include India on his maiden trip abroad. His visit begins Friday, and he’s set to meet PM Modi, Rajnath, Jaishankar, and NSA Doval.

Mamata blaming BJP for leg injury is out of desperation to win polls, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister also said Congress & Left parties have lost their political significance in the country, stating the BJP will form the government in Bengal with a clear majority.

On Camera

Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Four issues that will dominate news for rest of 2021

Covid will dominate the headlines, but here are four stories, none of which is currently prominent in the news, to watch for the rest of 2021.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt pushes BPCL privatisation, opens financial data to bidders

The BPCL privatisation, which could be the country’s biggest, is crucial for India. The govt needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.