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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Krishn Kaushik


Explained: The Sela Tunnel – importance and the strategic edge it promises
Thu, May 19, 2022

The strategically-significant Sela Tunnel project in Arunachal Pradesh is nearing completion. A look at its features and why the project matters.

Explained: Where two new ships will figure in the Navy’s overall expansion plan
Thu, May 19, 2022

Surat is a Visakhapatnam Class guided-missile destroyer, which has the capability to attack other ships; Udaygiri is a Nilgiri Class frigate, which are usually faster and more manoeuvrable.

In $60-million UN scandal, a $2.5-million housing investment in Goa — and no house to show for it
Mon, May 16, 2022

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), which deals with operational projects, had entrusted the entire sum to a single British businessman and now faces $22 million in bad debts, as per a New York Times Report earlier this month.

Ladakh standoff shows China intends to keep boundary issue alive, says Army Chief Gen Pande
Tue, May 10, 2022

Pande said that through the dialogue between the Corps Commanders from the two sides, “many friction areas have been resolved after talking to each other.”

The Sunday Profile: General Manoj Pande, the right man at the right place
Sun, May 08, 2022

General Manoj Pande has broken a glass ceiling by becoming the first Army Chief from Corps of Engineers. But, whether it’s his qualifications, career, postings or diligence, the General has been on a march

Almost all defence orders will now go to domestic industry: Army Vice Chief
Sun, May 08, 2022

An Acceptance of Necessity is accorded by the Defence Ministry for a particular weapon system or equipment at the beginning of the procurement process.

No more jostling on LAC, issues being resolved through hotlines: Northern Army Commander
Fri, May 06, 2022

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi says India is now negotiating with assertiveness on Ladakh.

Explained: Submarine tech that India wants
Wed, May 04, 2022

What is AIP technology, how is it different, and why does the Indian Navy want it?

Before Modi meets Macron, French opt out of India project for submarines
Wed, May 04, 2022

The group, one of the five shortlisted international players for the Rs 43,000-crore project, said it cannot meet conditions of the Request for Proposal (RFP) and will, therefore, not continue with its bid.

Gen Manoj Pande becomes first Chief from Corps of Engineers
Sun, May 01, 2022

Gen Pande is the most senior Army officer in the country and has spent most of his career serving along the northern borders facing China. This is significant as India’s two-year standoff with China remains unresolved.

DGMO Lt Gen BS Raju to take over as Army Vice Chief
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Lt Gen BS Raju’s elevation will be a rare instance of an officer taking over as Vice Chief before heading any of the seven commands of the Army, or becoming a Principal Staff Officer. Raju, who has 19 months of service left before retirement, is expected to serve as an Army Commander later.

Germany in a dilemma amid calls to do more to stop Russia
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

Wolfgang Schmidt, who is the head of the Chancellery and Minister for Special Affairs, is one of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s closest aides.

Experts see little hope in Ukraine-Russia talks
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

Ukraine has proposed to Russia that it will be willing to let go off its aspirations to join the NATO and opt for neutrality in lieu of security guarantees from other countries. But many experts believe that this is not going to work out.

Talks pragmatic, Zelenskyy-Putin meet likely soon: Ukraine negotiator
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his daily statement on Tuesday evening, after the negotiations, that the “signals we hear from the negotiating platform can be called positive” but, he said, “these signals do not drown out the ruptures of Russian shells”.

Russia-Ukraine crisis: Meanwhile, war business as usual at arms stopover town in Poland
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

At the heart of Rzeszow is City Hall, which has Ukraine’s blue-and-yellow flag in the front along with the white-and-red of Poland. And, it’s through Rzeszow’s civil airport, barely 100 km from the border, that weapons shipped from the West are transported to Ukraine, which then make their way to the frontlines — from Kyiv to Mariupol.

At this Ukraine-Poland border crossing, many refugees say they hope to return home someday
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Every 10 minutes they pick their bags and everything they can carry while fleeing their homes and take a couple of steps forward— leaving their country and lives behind.

War is new normal, a trickle returns home under ‘illusion of safety’
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

In the early days of the invasion, Andrew Ohirchak would see over 50,000 people coming to Lviv on trains. “But in the last ten days or so, the number is down to 10,000-15,000,” says the 19-year-old computer programming student.

Express from the Frontline: Missiles shatter Lviv calm, and an opera
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

The first of the blasts hit around 4.45 pm, minutes after a public opera performance in front of the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and featuring a singer from Kharkiv—the city that has been at the receiving end of Russian invasion—was cut short by air sirens.

A Letter From Lviv: ‘We will win because we can’t lose’
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Among the westernmost cities of Ukraine, and now the world’s entry point into the country, Lviv is removed from the war but readying for it. KRISHN KAUSHIK captures a city and its people living in that transitory moment when the past, which lingers in Lviv’s Soviet remnants, is set to make way for an uncertain new

Month into war, a message from 16th century tower: ‘Will fight till the end’
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

In this oblast (province), which has largely been untouched by Russian aggression, more than 30,000 people have joined the Armed Forces, and 20,000 more have volunteered to join the Territorial Defence Force, according to Maksym Kozytskyy, who heads the Lviv Oblast Military Administration.

Lviv Ukraine’s small haven of peace — and transit for those fleeing war
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

The city’s limits are guarded by volunteers and the police, with a checkpost marked by sand bags, barbed wire, concrete blocks, tyres and metal slabs.

We are at capacity, can’t accept another wave of refugees, says Warsaw Mayor
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Speaking to The Indian Express, Trzaskowski said the Russian invasion has proven Poland’s stand right, and Europe needs to be more assertive against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine, he said, is also fighting for Poland’s freedom.

Sent away from Ukraine, 17-yr-old struggles to cope as a refugee
Tue, Mar 22, 2022

Gregory is a volunteer at Warsaw Central, the main railway station in Poland that is a transit point for the deluge of refugees from Ukraine — over 2 million so far.

Day 25 of war: At Warsaw Central, a city welcomes war refugees, a Putin dartboard provides some relief
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

Warsaw is hosting the largest share. Over 200,000 refugees have chosen to remain in the city, marking a 16 per cent hike in its population of around 1.8 million before the war began.

Explained: The rank-pension case
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

The Supreme Court has upheld the govt scheme for one rank, one pension (OROP). What was the history of the retired service personnel’s demand, and on what grounds was the govt proposal challenged?