PM Narendra Modi Thursday announced the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff. The CDS is a high military office that oversees and coordinates the working of the three Services, and offers seamless tri-service views and single-point advice to the Executive (in India’s case, to the Prime Minister) on long-term defence planning and management. So, why has India not appointed a CDS till now? Nirupama Subramanian explains.
Alongside the dip in consumption demand, the steady slide in investment activity has been progressively intensifying. PM Modi is learnt to have reviewed the state of the economy with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and top officials of the Ministry on Thursday to assess measures being planned to tackle the slowdown.
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has left Earth’s orbit and is moving towards the Moon, which it will orbit over a series of manoeuvres before the ultimate soft landing, scheduled on September 7. Here’s what has happened so far, and what to expect next.
On Independence Day, PM Modi’s message to the nation invited people to take ownership of the change. But the real message will resonate across the nation only when restrictions imposed on the people in Jammu and Kashmir, after its special status was scrapped on August 5, are lifted.
The story of a couple — a differently-abled man and his frail wife — who were stuck for three days amid pouring rain on the roof of a small house and then on a mango tree in Kabalapura village 15 km from Belagavi, has been one of the most poignant to emerge from the floods that hit north Karnataka last week. Johnson T A reports.
Due to heavy traffic under the pouring rain, Irshad Khan was told over the phone that all six men accused of killing his father Pehlu Khan had been acquitted. Irshad said he was “shocked” by the verdict while his mother Jaibuna said, “I was heartbroken. All of us have been very troubled ever since the verdict was announced.”
Israel has barred two American Democratic congresswomen — Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar — from visiting the country, hours after President Trump urged the country to block them. Tlaid and Oman, the first Muslim women elected to Congress, have been outspoken critics of Trump and vocal in their support of the Palestinians.
Some villages near the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal celebrate Independence Day on August 18. They mark their freedom not only from the British but also from East Pakistan, and recognise it as the day they officially joined India in 1947.