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When the Army is called to aid the civil authorities, the operations are extremely sensitive. Patience and deliberation are of utmost importance. Minimum force and minimum collateral at the risk of own casualties is the thumb rule.

 

Rejecting google's proposal to have its Street View service cover India makes for bad optics for a government that put digital-era technology at the heart of one of its flagship programmes. But, more important, it is an opportunity lost—in terms of the myriad small things the panoramic, 360o street-level imaging service would have facilitated.

 
 

Yes, according to a new analysis by a Stockholm-based think tank.

 

India has stepped up efforts to sell an advanced cruise missile system to Vietnam and has at least 15 more markets in its sights, a push experts say reflects concerns in New Delhi about China's growing military assertiveness.

 

As if her tormentor and Republican rival Donald Trump’s poisonous taunts weren’t enough, the US Democratic presidential-aspirant Hillary Clinton has a severe internal problem that is ballooning by the day. 

 

In September 2008, with only 35 minutes to spare before the then 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group met in Geneva to discuss the one-time waiver for India from rules that forbade nuclear trade with a country that hadn’t signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, US President George W. Bush managed to persuade Chinese President Hu Jintao to support the move, or risk the opprobrium of being the only holdout.

 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has set up a 12-member committee headed by Lieut-Gen DB Shekatkar (retd) to suggest structural changes in the Army, the IAF and the Navy on cutting down flab and reducing revenue (maintenance) expenditure.

 

Recent developments in the Indian Ocean have been a witness to India’s mustering enough political will to advance its regional interests through actionable deliverables, visibly in opposition to mere notional assertions of the past.

 

In last Friday’s Hiroshima speech, President Barack Obama called for a “moral awakening” on the part of leaders and citizens throughout the world: “The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of the atom requires a moral revolution as well.” 

 

Fearing that terrorists lodged in jails may indoctrinate and radicalize ordinary prisoners, the Central Government has planned to set up exclusive jails around the country for convicted terrorists and those facing trials in terror cases.

 


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