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Army gives commanders on LoC nod to hit back against Pakistani action
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

This move is part of the proactive stance adopted by the Army against Pakistani posts on the LoC since September 2016, when it conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Defence Ministry fast-tracks purchase of Light Machine Guns and sniper rifles for soldiers
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

The Defence Acquisition Council cleared a proposal to procure 7.4 lakh assault rifles for the three services. It also approved procurement of 5,719 Sniper Rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore

Paris terror meet set to turn screws on Pakistan over funding of militants
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

The three-day FATF meeting, which starts on Sunday, will consider technical compliance to the requirements of the FATF recommendations agreed upon by Pakistan.

Simply put: The fight over IAF’s fighters
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

The Indian Express explains the issues in the controversy over the deal to buy the Rafale warjets

Defence Ministry: ‘Rafale deal matter of national security, can’t disclose details’
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

The MoD in a statement said that “the deal secured by the (present) Government is better in terms of capability, price, equipment, delivery, maintenance, training, etc.” than the one negotiated by the UPA government for 126 Rafale fighter aircraft.

Beyond the news: 30 years ago, another Maldives crisis
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Back in 1988, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had faced another siege from another group of opponents. In a lightning operation, the Indian Armed Forces had prevented a coup in the island nation. Another Operation Cactus cannot be expected today — here’s why.

Panel wraps up inquiry against Orissa HC judges
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The enquiry under the in-house procedure against Justices Indrajit Mahanty and S K Sahoo of Orissa High Court was ordered by the then CJI T S Thakur after receiving a complaint from RTI activist Jayanta Kumar Das in September 2016.

Nagaland polls: Centre hopeful of nominations soon
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

No papers for state polls filed till Monday after 11 political parties said they won’t participate

Inquiry against Orissa HC judges: the back story
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Besides the elevation of one of the members of the original inquiry committee, the in-house panel was forced to halt its proceedings in June 2017 after the name of a senior Supreme Court Justice cropped up in the course of the probe.

Ceasefire violation: Four soldiers, including Army Captain, killed in Pakistani shelling
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Two children, identified as Gulnaz Begum, 15, of Islamabad and Yasir Arif, 6, of Shahpur, sustained splinter injuries in the Pakistani firing. An Army jawan too was injured in shelling at Shahpur

Union Budget 2018: Defence gets 1.58% of GDP, lowest allocation since 1962
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Welcoming the defence budget, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was a “very reasoned and realistic accommodation of our expectations”.

After indictment by in-house probe, Allahabad HC judge Narayan Shukla goes on leave
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Justice Shukla case relates to GCRG medical institute, CBI may renew application for sanction to file FIR against him.

Medical Council of India case: In-house probe records ‘adverse remarks’ against Allahabad HC judge
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

The Allahabad High Court judge had come under the spotlight after he made hand-written corrections on September 4, 2017, to his own bench’s order of September 1, so as to allow a medical college in Uttar Pradesh to admit students for the 2017-18 session.

David Petraeus interview: ‘Trump’s Pak tweet an accumulation of many administrations’ frustration’
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Former CIA chief David Petraeus discusses US ties with India and Pakistan.

Young India’s Technicolour Dreams
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Vignettes from the country’s popular neo-middle class and how they’re making sense of the new world order

January likely to record most violations of ceasefire on the LoC since 2003
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Historically, Infiltration during the snow-bound winter months has been low and even the International Border (IB) in Jammu have witnessed increased ceasefire violations over the last few days.

Five months on, understanding Doklam ‘disengagement’, a few other issues
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

It has been assessed that the Chinese had reached seven steps on their 10-step escalatory ladder in Doklam; it is important that India addresses Doklam’s diplomatic fallouts expeditiously.

Lt General Abhay Krishna interview: ‘Need for making quick decisions and strategic intelligence are the lessons from Doklam’
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Eastern Command commander discusses standoff, Myanmar and more with Sushant Singh.

Israel missile deal that was shelved is back on table: report
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat was quoted saying that talks with India on the Spike missile deal were moving in a positive direction, and more details would be disclosed later.

Pakistan considers proposal for DGMO-level meet: report
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Government sources in New Delhi told The Indian Express that no such offer has been made by Pakistan so far, and if such a proposal is mooted by the Pakistan army, “a decision will be taken at an appropriate level”.

Explained: What’s behind the change of colour, trimmed information in new Indian passports
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

The government has decided to not print the last page of the passport, which contains information like the name of the passport holder’s father, mother or spouse, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and any old passport number with the date and place of issue.

Chinese troops could return to Doklam after winter: Army chief Bipin Rawat
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Responding to US Ambassador Ken Juster’s proposal for “reciprocal military liaison officers at each other’s combatant commands” by the US and Indian armies, General Rawat said that the proposal is still being debated and considered.

Two borders, two disputes
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

While India-Pakistan shooting matches continue along the clearly-demarcated Line of Control, the last shot was fired 50 years ago on the far less well-defined Line of Actual Control with China.

Surge in Chinese transgressions, faceoffs on LAC
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

According to official data accessed by The Indian Express, there were 415 transgressions by Chinese soldiers into the Indian side of the LAC in 2017 — as against 271 transgressions in 2016.

Major reduction in Chinese troops in Doklam: Army Chief Bipin Rawat
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

“There has been a very major reduction (of troops) from the Chinese side,” General Bipin Rawat told the media on the sidelines of an Army-industry seminar on indigenisation.

Territorial Army battalion of ex-Armymen to clean Ganga
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

This battalion will be raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, next month as a Composite Ecological Task Force (CETF) battalion of TA for National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).

Chinese road building team enters Arunachal Pradesh, India seizes equipment
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The Chinese track construction was first observed by residents of the area, who informed the ITBP. The ITBP and Army sent a joint patrol on December 28, which asked the Chinese workers to return to their territory.

Rules of engagement: What to make of India-Pak NSAs’ meeting in Bangkok
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

The Pak army has refused to offer DGMO-level talks to bring the temperature down, probably fearing that it would be perceived as a sign of weakness.

India, Pak NSAs met in Bangkok a day after Christmas
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Sources told The Sunday Express that the December 26 meeting between Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua (retd) took place at a ‘neutral venue’ in the Thai capital.

Beyond the News: 2017 saw hottest LoC in recent years
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Army killed significantly more militants trying to cross over, but also lost a large number of soldiers. In 2018, it has to be ‘prepared for everything’.

Indian Army hits back, kills three Pakistani soldiers in cross-LoC raid
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

The LoC has been highly active this year, with 820 ceasefire violations so far, compared to 228 in 2016 and 152 in 2015. The Army has lost 14 soldiers in ceasefire violations on the LoC this year.

J&K: Army guns down Pakistani sniper on Line of Control
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

Day after killing of four Armymen, Pakistan violates ceasefire again in Poonch.

Rs 50,000 crore: Indian Air Force orders 83 Tejas aircraft from HAL
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

The 83 Tejas aircraft will be of Mark-1 configuration, an improved version of the single-engine fighter being inducted into the Indian Air Force.

Plan budget better, panel asks defence ministry
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

The panel also pointed out that from “2012-13 onwards, the ‘Capital’ component of the budgetary allocation has witnessed a persistent decrease in comparison to ‘Revenue’ component of the Budget”

‘Need to understand cyber threats before fighting them’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

At IEThinc, experts discuss emerging threats to national security in the fast-changing digital world.

One phrase, many meanings — what ‘Jai Hind’ is to us all
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

The Indian Express explores the origins of a martial salutation, now to be used by schoolkids as well.