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An Air Force Special Forces AC-130 gunship in an undated photo, which was used by the US military to attack targets around the Taliban of Kandahar (File photo) | Photo by U.S. Air Force/Getty Images via Bloomberg

US conducts several airstrikes in Afghanistan in effort to protect allies amid withdrawal

Taliban has been gaining territory and taking over customs posts at Afghan border crossings, seizing much of the govt's revenue. It now controls half of the country’s 419 districts.
India's Neeraj Chopra reacts during the final of the men's javelin throw event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, on 7 August 2021 | Gurinder Osan | PTI

With Olympics ‘golden throw’, Subedar Neeraj Chopra could land promotion in Army

Neeraj Chopra, who belongs to 4 Rajputana Rifles, initially took to the javelin to lose weight. Now, he's earned India's first Olympics gold in athletics.
Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) in the Tejas cockpit on 28 February 2020 | By special arrangement

Tejas flying record world’s best, criticism unfortunate, says IAF veteran who flew LCA at 78

Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd), who turns 80 Sunday, also became the oldest man to have flown the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas after a flight in February 2020.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

India & China finally disengage in Gogra, temporary structures removed, ‘buffer zone made’

The development comes days after 12th round of corps-commander-level talks between India & China, which were held on 31 July on Chinese side of the LAC.
Drones

Heron, Searcher, Sea Guardian, SWITCH — the many UAVs that make up India’s drone arsenal

UAVs are not just meant for long range surveillance but also for carrying out precision strikes. ThePrint gives you a roundup of the various drones in India's unmanned aerial squadrons.

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant begins sea trial, Navy says ‘historic’ day

The 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier is the largest and most complex warship built in the country. Vikrant is expected to be commissioned into Indian Navy in 2022.
File photo of Army chief General M.M. Naravane | ANI

Scrap L1 concept for procurement, need revolution in bureaucratic affairs, Army chief says

At a seminar by the United Services Institution, Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane speaks out against procedural lacunae in defence procurement, emphasises need for more agile processes.
A Heron 1 UAV in flight

Project Cheetah set to take off, India to get upgraded & armed drones from Israel

Under the project, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Israeli Herons will be upgraded to undertake specialised and longer surveillance missions & precision strikes.
Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Indian Navy to deploy 4 frontline warships early August in next edition of Malabar exercise

The ships are also scheduled to carry out bilateral exercises with the navies of Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

IAF chief Bhadauria speaks to UAE counterpart on ways to strengthen ties between two forces

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria’s two-day 'goodwill visit' to the middle-eastern country comes nearly 8 months after the Chief of Army Staff General Naravane travelled to the country.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

Defence

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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