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Xi Jinping arrival prep

India can’t afford to be defensive against China like it has been with Pakistan on terror

Avoiding war with China will cost Delhi in long run. Beijing’s LAC aggression will return.

Has CAG Siachen report exposed Modi govt’s muscular national security pitch as hollow?

The CAG has flagged acute shortage and inadequate reserve of equipment and rations for Army troops in high-altitude areas of Siachen, Ladakh and Doklam.
Army chief Naravane at Siachen. | @NorthernComd_IA | Twitter

Army Chief Naravane makes maiden trip to Siachen, will do aerial recce of LoC, LAC tomorrow

Army officers say such visits act as morale booster for troops who brave extreme challenges due to harsh weather, high-altitude conditions, difficult terrain.
Indian Army in Siachen

74 deaths in 3 years puts spotlight back on avalanche danger for Indian Army

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that 16 Army personnel were killed until 1 December this year. On 4 December, four others were killed.
Soldiers doing yoga in the snow

Siachen area, world’s highest battlefield, now open to tourists: Rajnath Singh

In a bid to boost tourism in Ladakh, the govt is opening the area from Siachen base camp to Kumar Post to show people the "tough work" done by the Army.
Indian Army in Siachen

In massive Siachen clean-up, Army plans to rid glacier of 100 tonnes of trash a year

The biggest challenge in cleaning up Siachen has been the height of the glacier, which ranges between 18,000 and 21,000 feet.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes to soldiers in Siachen

Defence minister Rajnath Singh visits Siachen, reviews security preparedness

On day 3 as defence minister, Rajnath Singh was in Siachen to pay tribute to the soldiers and met with top military commanders of the area.
Khardung La ridge as seen from Leh - Pass on horizon | Pic courtesy Air Cmde RA Maslekar

When a spy story from India-US mission during the Cold War spooked an IAF pilot

IAF pilots flying sorties over Khardung La in late 1970s were told by their supervisors to watch out for some antennae.
In this Nov 18, 2001 file photo, then defence minister George Fernandes interacts with the jawans at Siachen | PTI

Defence procurements delayed because files get ‘stuck in orbit’: George Fernandes in 2003

As Defence Minister, George Fernandes had also passed an order making it mandatory for ministry officials to spend a week in Siachen before making decisions.
In this Nov 18, 2001 file photo, then defence minister George Fernandes interacts with the jawans at Siachen | PTI

George Fernandes never interfered in defence acquisition or promotion plans

George Fernandes was a proud Indian, a fine diplomat and a charming host.

On Camera

File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.
Representational image | Picpedia

Modi govt drops plan to merge 3 state-owned general insurance companies

Decision to merge the 3 companies — National Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd — ahead of their proposed listing was announced in 2018 budget.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

There’s ‘thinning down’ of Chinese troops at Finger 4 at Pangong lake, but no pullback yet

India-China disengagement at Pangong lake will be a focus area in the next round of military talks at the corps commander level. 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.