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CFM delivers first production LEAP-1A engines to Airbus

CFM International delivered the first two production engines (a shipset) for Airbus on April 2, two days ahead of schedule. This delivery paves the way for installation on the first customer aircraft and for entry into service by mid-year. The name of the initial LEAP/A320neo delivery customer will be disclosed …

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Kashmir Valley cannot Bleed India

Kashmir is again on the boil. It is cyclical feature the periodicity of which is determined by political developments within the state and the vicissitudes of Pakistan state. At present a new government has been ushered in J&K and Pakistan is undergoing an existential crisis. The reverberation of these intrinsic …

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Setback to India’s Pak Policy and the China Factor

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit practically scuttled the progress of the bilateral peace process when he indicated (April 07) in New Delhi that the talks between India and Pakistan was suspended, and there was no reciprocal visit on agenda by an Indian investigation team to Pakistan.  A Pakistani …

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Will ISIS get a foot-hold in India?

With the world’s second largest Muslim population and flourishing fundamentalist Islamic schools like Deobandis, surprisingly, India has not sent more than 25 fighters to ISIS, so far. In my Huffington Post article titled “Why ISIS can’t have much headway with India Muslims?”,  If ISIS ever gets any following in India then it will …

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Gen Zorawar Singh: The Great Warrior

Gen Zorawar Singh Kalhuria was born in a Rajput family of Kulhar, now called  Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh in 1786. Very little is known about his early life.  He left his home at an early age of 16 and took up a job as a private servant of Rana Jaswant …

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The Fearless Mahratta Soldier

I saw it stated in a newspaper that one of the surprises of the war has been the Mahratta. “Surprise” is hardly a tactful word; and it points back to a time when two or three classes of sepoy were praised indiscriminately to the disparagement of others. The war has …

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Rafale Deal – Untying The Knots

The IAF desperately needs to make good the numbers. Three squadrons of the ageing 1960s and 1970s vintage MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighter jets are being phased out in 2015. An additional squadron of the Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft is expected. After last month’s announcement that India’s LCA Tejas programme is …

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