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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, Tuesday. | PTI

Chinese troops’ violent conduct has violated all mutually agreed norms, says Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India is committed to a peaceful resolution of the current border standoff, but any attempt by China unilaterally alter the status quo is unacceptable. Read his full speech here.
File photo of NSCN (I-M) chief Thuingaleng Muivah | ANI

‘Coordinated attempt to create confusion’ — full statement by NSCN(I-M) on Naga peace deal

NSCN(I-M) has alleged that media is reporting distorted and manipulated stories on the Naga issue targeting the rebel group and its chief Thuingaleng Muivah.
Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan fined Re 1 by Supreme Court | Twitter

‘His conduct reflects adamance and ego’ — full text of SC verdict in Prashant Bhushan case

Supreme Court said Prashant Bhushan can face jail for three months and will be debarred from practice for three years if he doesn't pay Re 1 fine by 15 September.
Suspected Covid-19 patients being transported to various hospitals from the Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi

Full text of Bombay HC judgment quashing FIRs against foreigners at Tablighi Jamaat event

The Bombay HC observed that the circumstances show there was probability that these foreigners were chosen to be made scapegoats.
File image of the Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Read full text of SC order upholding right of Travancore’s ex-royal family in running Padmanabhaswamy temple

The Supreme Court court overturned the 2011 Kerala high court verdict which had taken away all rights of the royal family from management and affairs of the temple.
File photo of Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds

Australia warns of a ‘more unstable, more dangerous and more vulnerable’ post Covid world

Speaking on Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the region around Indo-Pacific is witnessing strategic realignment similar to that of World War 2. Read her full speech here.
Off The Cuff with Richard Haass | ThePrint

This is a China that seems to care less about what the world thinks of it: Richard Haass

At ThePrint's digital Off the Cuff, Richard Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations, discusses India and China, the upcoming US elections, politics post Donald Trump and more. Read the full conversation here.
File image of IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath | Photo: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

Targeted policies, managing debt, ‘green’ economies — Gita Gopinath’s Covid survival guide

IMF's chief economist Gita Gopinath talks about how countries can handle the consequences to economies, environment, and health systems. Read the full interview here.

This is not the time to investigate origins of Covid but to fight it: Israel envoy Ron Malka

Speaking at ThePrint's Off The Cuff, Ron Malka stressed on the strengthening ties between India and Israel. Read the full interaction here.

China and India pose no threat to each other: Ambassador Sun Weidong

The Chinese Ambassador to India was addressing the Confederation of Young Leaders and said both the countries should seek understanding through communication and constantly resolve differences.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.