Monday, 4 July, 2022

Topic: SIPRI

India, Pakistan, China appear to be expanding nuclear arsenals: Swedish think tank

A study by Swedish think tank SIPRI revealed that India has 150 nuclear warheads, while China and Pakistan had 320 and 160 respectively, as of January 2020.

China has become a major exporter of armed drones, Pakistan is among its 11 customers

Defence experts say Chinese arms supplies, especially in India’s neighbourhood, should be a cause for concern.

India is now the world’s third largest military spender

India’s military expenditure grew by 6.8% in 2019 as the country climbed up the rankings from fourth spot.

Priyanka’s first speech is dull, but brings Congress campaign back on track

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.

Russia remains India’s biggest defence supplier despite tilt towards US

SIPRI report shows India no longer world's biggest arms importer, says its imports from Russia fell to 58 per cent in 2014–18 from 76 per cent in 2009–13.  

India among world’s top five defence spenders, thanks to tensions with China

New Delhi saw an increase of 5.5 per cent in defence spending in 2017. However, this doesn't mean the armed forces are deploying state-of-the-art equipment.

On Camera


Ghouse Mohammed and Riyaz, arrested for the murder of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli | ANI

Why we should know where Udaipur killers lie on the staircase of radicalisation pyramid

Udaipur’s violent executioners had reached the highest point of radicalisation where the only option left before them was to kill their innocent victim.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.