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Talks ‘constructive’, India & China say remaining issues to be resolved in expeditious manner

In a joint statement Monday, Indian Army and PLA said 12th round of Corps Commander level talks 'further enhanced mutual understanding' and resolved to maintain momentum of negotiations.
Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Navy to scrap plans to procure guns from US, considering ‘Make in India’ route now

The Navy’s original plan was to procure the 127 mm guns from the Italian firm Oto Melara, but the deal got stuck due to the VVIP chopper scam.

Indian, Chinese armies set up hotline in Sikkim sector to boost confidence along LAC

The opening of the hotline coincided with PLA Day, a military holiday celebrated by the Chinese army.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

12th round of Indo-China military talks done, movement ‘expected’ in Gogra & Hot Springs 

If a ‘graduated disengagement’ is initiated in Gogra and Hot Springs, this would be the third go at it as China had agreed to do it twice last year. 
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.

Senior US commander meets Army Chief Naravane, holds talks on issues of ‘mutual interest’

General MM Naravane and Commander of US Special Operations Command General Richard D Clarke, who is on a 3-day India visit, also briefly discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Formal induction ceremony of Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal | Twitter/ANI

IAF inducts second squadron of Rafale aircraft at Hasimara airbase

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said induction of the Rafale jets at Hasimara was carefully planned, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in eastern sector.

Support to any act of terrorism is crime against humanity, Rajnath Singh says at SCO meet

Speaking at the SCO conclave in Dushanbe, the defence minister said India is committed to working within the SCO framework for helping create & maintain a secure & peaceful region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his Belarusian counterpart Lt Gen Viktor Khrenin in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 28 July 2021 | Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia

Rajnath Singh meets Belarusian counterpart Khrenin in Dushanbe, holds bilateral talks

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to meet his Tajikistan counterpart Col Gen Sherali Mirzo, on the sidelines of the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting in Dushanbe.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

No consensus yet on structure of theatre commands, discussions, tweaks to continue

The original plan envisaged for theaterisation may be tweaked, this could mean that the number and the structure of theatre commands could change.

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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,...
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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.

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‘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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