Controversial Indo-French Rafale fighter deal in a nutshell

Controversial Indo-French Rafale fighter deal in a nutshell

If the Narendra Modi government had revealed the final contract price months ago, the political momentum might not have built up around the alleged cronyism of Modi, Ambani, the former president and his film star partner – and Modi might not have become saddled with a potential heir to the Bofors affair, writes John Elliot, South Asia correspondent of Asia Sentinel

China warns US of counter measures to stem sanctions for buying weapons from Russia

China warns US of counter measures to stem sanctions for buying weapons from Russia

China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. “We demand that the U.S. immediately correct the mistake and revoke the so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. must bear the consequences,” the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Over the last 140 years “The Hindu” has stood by its pledge to uphold fairness and justice

Over the last 140 years “The Hindu” has stood by its pledge to uphold fairness and justice

Unlike virtually all its like-minded contemporaries from that historical era, The Hindu has lasted the course, adapting to changing times, facing and overcoming a multitude of challenges, earning the trust and affection of millions of people across the country, and flourishing — thanks, above all, I believe to its fealty to the founding values, which have been contemporised in the Code of Editorial Values as well as the Code of Business Values adopted by the organization in recent times, writes N.Ram, chairman The THG Publications in The Hindu .

Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says India decapitates Pakistani soldiers

Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says India decapitates Pakistani soldiers

The public declaration is unusual, as such action is a direct violation of the Geneva Convention and customary norms of international law on armed conflict.Article 15 of the convention states: “At all times, and particularly after an engagement, Parties to the conflict shall, without delay, take all possible measures to search for and collect the wounded and sick, to protect them against pillage and ill-treatment, to ensure their adequate care, and to search for the dead and prevent their being despoiled.”

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

“In the past decade, China-Russia military drills mainly focused on anti-terrorism and other non-traditional threats,” Major Li Jinpeng, the battalion commander for a Chinese artillery battalion, told Chinese state-run broadcaster CGTN, noting that these exercises appear focused on classical battle campaigns. A military researcher told Chinese media that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army could learn from Russia how to “fight in cities, in deserts, and in mountains.” China,unlike Russia, has not fought a modern war since 1979.

Interracial marriages between Africans and Chinese on the rise as one million Chinese live in Africa

Interracial marriages between Africans and Chinese on the rise as one million Chinese live in Africa

“Forty years ago, it was all but impossible for a foreign man or woman to live in China, let alone marry a Chinese,”Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown of Al Jazeera observed. “But today, marriages like this are no longer exceptional … marrying a foreigner is no longer regarded as marrying down in the way it perhaps once was here.”