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No lessons learnt from past; 'Military History of India' makes clear

Sometime in 2001-02, a Group of Ministers headed by L.K. Advani, the then Deputy Prime Minister of India, had accepted a recommendation of a task force headed by Arun Singh, a former Minister of State for Defence, to create the post of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to ensure that the three wings of the armed forces operated on the same page, particularly in times of conflict.

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An unforgettable and most admirable admiral

Omnipotence in Ronny’ s case meant that such mentioned punishments, excepting withdrawal, were ‘administered’ by him very often/more usually summarily, except relegations which involved the defaulter being marched up to his office.

'No insurgency can thrive without women’s support'

“She Goes to War” is an intriguing title for a book. Written by veteran journalist Rashmi Saksena, who is also Associate Director, Society for Policy Studies (SPS),  the book on women militants of India was launched at the India International Centre, New Delhi on May 24, 2018. The event facilitated discussion on a topic that is seldom discussed in mainstream media and made one question the dominant narratives.

Pakistan's perilous state - the roots lie deeper

Title: Pakistan under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State; Author: Madiha Afzal; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House India; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 599

All hope is not lost: 'Comrade in arms' former RAW and ISI chiefs team up in new book

Theirs has been the most vicious of all relations -- one was a former chief of India's RAW and the other of Pakistan's ISI -- but their coming together in a first-of-its kind groundbreaking book of dialogues highlights that "all hope is not lost" as far as sub-continental relations are concerned.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.