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Nirmala Sitharaman meets James Mattis
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Nirmala Sitharaman meets James Mattis

Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman receives US Defence Secretary James Mattis in New Delhi. Ajai Shukla in his column for Rediff.com, writes, "When United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis meets his Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Tuesday, it will be a first handshake between an unusually powerful American incumbent and a greenhorn Indian one. General Mattis is a vastly experienced combat soldier who has commanded an infantry battalion in Iraq in 1991, an ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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DefMin sacks 13 officers for 'non-performance'

Action has been taken according to a memorandum that requires 'periodic review of performance of government servants'.Ajai Shukla reports. In an unprecedented move, the defence ministry sacked 13 officers of the Ordnance Factory Board on Thursday, August 31, for non-performance. This is a revolutionary move in a ministry where decision-making is glacial and bureaucrats recount, only half humorously: 'Officers get sacked for taking controversial decisions; no officer has ever been sacked for not ...
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Soldiers' morale at Doklam sky high

'The situation in Doklam has plateaued; militarily, the Chinese know they can do nothing here,' an Indian general tells Ajai Shukla. IMAGE: Indian soldiers patrol the border with China. Photograph: Utpal Baruah/Reuters With China's defence ministry warning New Delhi that 'restraint has its bottom line', Indian Army officers participating in the Doklam faceoff have provided first detailed accounts of how the situation has evolved. They say the Doklam bowl -- which is disputed between China and ...
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5 ways the IAF can be battle ready

'While fighter pilots must not be sent into combat in inferior aircraft, an obsessive quest for outright combat superiority will leave an air force short of numbers,' says Ajai Shukla. Air Force Day, celebrated on October 8 each year, provides occasion to revisit the Indian Air Force's biggest worry -- its declining squadron numbers -- and to examine how this could be reversed within its budget. Military planners estimate that the IAF needs 42 fighter squadrons to tackle a two-front threat ...
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Why did Kiltan join navy without sonar, copter?

'An ASW corvette without towed array sonar and an ASW helicopter is nothing more than a feeble joke,' says a retired navy commodore.Ajai Shukla reports. IMAGE:The INS Kiltan, which Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned on October 16, 2017 at the Visakhapatnam naval dockyard. Like numerous Indian warships before it, the navy's newest anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the INS Kiltan, joined the fleet on Monday, October 16, 2017, without equipment crucial for discharging its ...
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In Uttar Pradesh, gangrape survivor ends life after Baghpat police fails to take action despite Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's orders

A 16-year-old gangrape survivor ended her life over alleged police inaction in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat on Saturday. What's shocking is the fact that the local police failed to initiate any inquiry in the case despite strict orders from Chief Minister Yogi ...
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Army readying for next Chinese intrusion in Uttarakhand

So far, the Central Sector has never seen active hostilities, remaining peaceful even through the 1962 war.A reason for the Central Sector having remained peaceful is the towering Himalayan watershed that defines the border.Ajai Shukla reports. In August, knife-edge diplomacy between New Delhi and Beijing managed to defuse a tense 71-day confrontation between border troops at Doklam, near the border tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan. But now, India is readying for possible Chinese ...
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Don't deport Rohingyas: Citizens write to Modi ahead of SC hearing

The Narendra Modi government must lead a "global response" to the "humanitarian tragedy" that is unfolding in Myanmar's Rakhine and prepare a "bold vision" that addresses the needs of thousands of Rohingya who have fled their homes in the wake of violence that has gripped the state.That is the crux of a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and signed by 51 eminent citizens. The two-page letter was released by human rights organisation Amnesty International India and deals ...
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Surface-to-air missile: India's 1st tri-service weapon

DRDO to develop army version of the medium range surface-to-air missile.IAF and naval versions of MR-SAM already exist.This makes these missile platforms the first tri-service weapon in service with India's military, notes Ajai Shukla. A year ago, the army was planning 'surgical strikes' across the India-Pakistan Line of Control to avenge the killing of 19 Indian soldiers near Uri, on September 18. But Pakistani retaliation was anticipated and a key Indian Air Force base, protected only by ...
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India needs a 2nd aircraft carrier quickly

The Indian Navy has only one aircraft carrier.The INS Vikramaditya carries just 26 unreliable MiG-29 fighters and 10 helicopters -- insufficient to battle a serious foe, notes Ajai Shukla. IMAGE: The INS Vikramaditya is India's only aircraft carrier as the navy awaits the INS Vikrant. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters The Duke of Wellington's description of the Battle of Waterloo -- 'The nearest run thing you ever saw in your life, by God!' -- also describes the Sino-Indian stand-off at ...
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