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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will embark on a three-day bilateral visit to US in December first week with the acquisition of weaponized Predator drones and anti-missile shield for Delhi on top of the agenda with Pentagon as the two countries take their defence cooperation to the next level.

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Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday trained guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning if the latter was jealous for not being invited to Pakistan PM Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony.

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“Our neighbourhood is dangerous,” the Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal R Nambiar, said in Shillong on Friday, adding that India has therefore acquired enough deterrence to thwart any “mischief”.

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US President Donald Trump’s waiver to India for the ongoing project in Chabahar port in Iran was a relief to New Delhi. Especially because this waiver comes in addition to the six-month relief from sanctions on the import of Iranian oil granted to seven other countries.

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The Indian army inducted its first batch of artillery guns on November 9 in Deolali and it is expected that over the next two years, a total of 245 guns will be progressively acquired.

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All the focus has been on the first deterrence patrol by INS Arihant, India’s nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made an interesting assertion that India’s nuclear weapons are a pillar of global peace and stability.

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Asserting that Islamabad's support to violence has not benefitted either Pakistan or Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that the "undeclared war" between the two neighbours must end.

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Defence procurement has been simplified and is happening speedily but with "due diligence intact", defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday amid a raging row over the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

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Vietnam has sought suggestions from India to keep South China Sea stable and ensure Freedom of Navigation in the region ahead of President Ram Nath Kovind's trip to Vietnam beginning later this week.

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Asserting that India has been and will remain a long-term partner of Afghanistan, the Afghan finance minister has said that Kabul has no secret deal with New Delhi, while hoping that it can have a similar relationship with Pakistan.

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