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The US is keen on leveraging its strategic partnership with India -- a growing Asian economic, military and geo-political power -- in balancing the rise of China in the larger Indo-Pacific domain. The first American President to have visited India twice during his tenure, Barack Obama has been committed to forging deeper cooperation with India, which he calls a 21st-century centre of influence.
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HAL, which celebrated 75 years of its existence on 23 December, is emphatically proving to the world that India's aerospace industry has come of age. The state-owned enterprise is now preparing itself to participate even more vigorously in the realisation of a stronger military and modern defence industry through the government's mantra of "Make in India".
There is growing public concern that all too often the country's affluent and influential walk free from incontrovertible crimes by marshalling top legal assistance, and by capitalising on conveniently weak and shoddy investigation, and on a judiciary that declares that it goes by evidence delivered by a prosecution that has failed to prove its case. Acquittals often result from technicalities, with circumstantial evidence being overlooked.