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India and US to hold second round of 2+2 talks on 18 December, sign key defence pact

Delhi and Washington will formally sign the Industrial Security Annex in this round of talks, which will ease transfer of high-level technology from US to India.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh before he flew the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru | PTI

Make in India tops Rajnath agenda in Russia, Moscow to pitch for P75I submarine deal

Russia also wants to pitch for a more detailed upgrade of its frontline fighter aircraft Su30 MKI than what is being planned by the Indian Air Force.
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Royal Bengal Tiger of Cricket, Kejriwal’s date with Saandh ki Aankh & Dhoom 4 with Scindia

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
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26/11 won’t happen again, Pakistan will get befitting reply on infiltration: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted India has never been on the offensive on the Pakistani side, but would take action until it stopped its infiltration efforts.
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Islamabad condemns Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘disintegration’ of Pakistan

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, during a rally in Haryana, asked Pakistan to forget Kashmir and fight an 'honest battle' against terrorism, warning that no power can stop its disintegration if it did not mend its ways.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Top Gun to dhoti swag, Rajnath Singh’s biggest strength is also his weakness

While Rajnath Singh draws his strength from his support base in Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah’s strength lies in his proximity to Modi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with the Rafale fighter jet (representational image) | Photo: Twitter

With Rafale puja, Rajnath Singh was just Hindu Everyman. Criticising him is political suicide

Only a few years ago, almost all of India queued up outside temples to feed milk to Ganesha idols. So why the brouhaha now?
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in France | PTI

IAF gets Rafale, but French fighter jet won’t be able to solve India’s air power conundrum

On 8 October 2019, the first Rafale for the Indian Air Force was handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. This delivery is the latest in a series of much-needed yet perennially delayed steps taken to bolster the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities. The IAF has historically been the largest and best-equipped force in the region — reliant principally on license production of Soviet aircraft types to make up mass, and a privileged relation with Moscow to ensure access to high technology. The twin sticks of numerical and technological security have allowed the IAF to deter outright conflict in many cases and outfight its adversary when war became inescapable. History is replete with examples of the Indian Government taking swift and decisive action to maintain the IAF’s overall edge in the region, from the decision to induct and produce hundreds of MiG-21s from 1962 onward, to the emergency procurement of...
Manish Sisodia, Arvind Kejriwal and Gopal Rai at the launch of AAP manifesto

In Indian TV ads, Aam Aadmi Party is the new Patanjali this festive season

Patanjali, which used to sponsor most prime time news shows once upon a time, is almost absent now. Instead, it's the Aam Aadmi Party ads that have taken over.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with the Rafale fighter jet (representational image) | Photo: Twitter

India shouldn’t terrorise us with taxes & customs, Rafale engine maker tells Rajnath Singh

CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines, the manufacturer of Rafale jet engines, also revealed plans for $150 million investment in India towards training and maintenance.

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Vir Das incident proves rogue sneezing and coughing are the new guns during Covid-19

Comedian Vir Das’s Twitter post showing a neighbour threatening to sneeze on him points to a growing global trend of people using sneezes & coughs as threats.

Yogi vs Uddhav vs Piyush Goyal: Will politics over migrant workers hurt economic revival?

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s accusation that the Railways is not running enough trains to ferry migrant workers sparked a Twitter war with Railway minister Piyush Goyal.

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Ladakh stand-off, Kashmir, ammunition & training — agenda for Army commanders’ meet tomorrow

The biannual event is attended by the top Army leadership to brainstorm on new security and administrative issues, and plan a roadmap.
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PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.