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Tag: Defence Minister

Pakistan Can't Fight Full-Fledged, Limited War With India: Rajnath

New Delhi: Lauding the soldiers who died in the Kargil conflict, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said their heroic acts in all the wars with Pakistan have made him confident that Islamabad can neither engage in “full-fledged nor limited war with India. It can only fight proxy war”. Speaking on the occasion of the […]

Bill proposing Rs 2 cr ex gratia, 5% job quota to kin of martyrs introduced in LS

New Delhi: A private member bill seeking to provide one-time lump sum honorarium of Rs 2 crore, free railway passes and reservation up to 5 per cent in private and public jobs for dependents of martyrs of armed forces, was introduced in Lok Sabha. The bill which proposes a slew of benefits for the dependents […]

Farmer suicides have fallen in five years: Rajnath

New Delhi: The number of farmer suicides has declined in the last five years, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, blaming successive Congress governments for the present plight of farmers in the country. Singh said this in the Lok Sabha while responding to allegations of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who blamed the Centre for […]

Operation Bluestar: About 16K artefacts of Golden Temple not coming back

Amritsar: Thirty-five years have gone, still there is no whereabouts of over 16,000 artefacts relating to the Sikh religion and history after they were allegedly taken over by the Army following Operation Bluestar from the Golden Temple complex. The Shriomani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) says 15,000 rare books, 16,000 artefacts related to Sikh religion and […]

Rajnath to visit Siachen on Monday, meet soldiers

New Delhi: In his first visit outside the national capital as Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh will on Monday interact with soldiers at the Siachen base camp and review the security situation along the borders with Pakistan. “Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh will visit the Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow. During his visit he will […]

'Defence strategy, revamp, more funds Rajnath's priorities'

New Delhi: National security strategy, military and equipment modernisation, defence reform besides garnering more funds for the ministry are the areas of challenge for the new Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to analysts here. Defence experts are also of the view that the helicopter fleet of all three services require extensive replacement. Singh, on Saturday, […]

Naval Commanders to review operations, strategies

New Delhi: The first edition of the three-day biannual Naval Commanders’ conference, to begin in New Delhi on Tuesday, will review major operations undertaken during the past six months, according to a press statement here on Sunday. “The Chief of the Naval Staff, with the Commanders-in-Chief, will review major operational, material, logistics, human resources, training […]

Is Sitharaman giving Pakistan clean chit on Uri, Pathankot attacks, asks Chidambaram

New Delhi: Attacking Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for claiming that no major terror attack took place since the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday questioned her if she was giving a clean chit to Pakistan in the 2016 Pathankot and Uri attacks. In a series […]

Defence minister inducts 3 major artillery gun systems

Deolali: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday inducted three major artillery gun systems, including the M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers and the K-9 Vajra, into the Army. The third gun system inducted is the ‘Composite Gun Towing Vehicle’ for towing some of the existing guns in service with the country, while K-9 Vajra is a self-propelled […]

India presents major opportunity for French defence firms: Sitharaman

Paris: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that India presented a major opportunity for the French defence manufacturing industry even as she pitched for greater defence cooperation between India and France for securing both nations interests. “Indian government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative opens doors to not only a huge market but is also an attractive investment […]

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S-400 missile deal: India reasserts independent foreign policy

New Delhi: By concluding the S-400 Triumf long-range surface-to-air missile system deal with Russia in the face of Washington’s sanctions on Moscow, India reasserted its independence on foreign policy in adherence with New Delhi stated stand that its ties with one country are free of that with a third country. After the signing of the […]

Congress restless over Rafale deal since it couldn't make money: Nirmala

Chennai: Attacking the Congress for its offensive against the Modi government on the Rafale deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the party was “restless” because it could not make money. She accused the previous Congress government of negotiating with “brokers” and not buying important equipment required for the defence forces. “… and […]

China building helipads, other infra in Doklam: Sitharaman

New Delhi: China has built helipads, trenches and other infrastructure in Doklam to maintain its troops during winters, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday. Asked if it is a fact that China has constructed seven helipads in Doklam and tanks and missiles have been stationed there, Sitharaman, in a written reply to the Rajya […]

Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi for 40 minutes

Jodhpur: India’s first woman Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday donned an olive green flight suit to fly in Indian Air Force’s frontline aircraft, Sukhoi Su-30 MKI — an indigenously-built twin-engine fighter jet capable of carrying out nuclear strikes. The supersonic jet piloted by Group Captain Sumit Garg carrying Sitharaman took off from the Air Force […]

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman elected as IDSA President

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been elected President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). IDSA was set up in 1965 by the Ministry of Defence as an autonomous think tank, and it is customary to have the Defence Minister as its President. The Minister chairs the Executive Council which governs […]

Sitharaman teaches 'namaste' to Chinese troops

New Delhi: When Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the India-China border on Saturday, she did not just review security there but also taught Chinese soldiers how to greet with a ‘namaste’. The video clipping of the visit shows a Chinese soldier introducing one of them to the Minister, after which Sitharaman gave the traditional salutation […]

Defence Minister visits Siachen

Srinagar: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday visited the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest and coldest battlefield, and also some other forward posts in the Ladakh region to review the security situation in the area. “During her visit she was accompanied by the Chief of the Army Staff General Bipan Rawat, General Officer Commander-in-Chief, Northern […]

Defence Minister in Kashmir, to visit Siachen

Srinagar:  Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived here on Friday on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir during which she will visit the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield. The minister, who took charge earlier this month, will also visit forward posts on the Line of Control (LoC) along the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the Line […]

Sitharaman takes charge as Defence Minister

New Delhi: Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday took charge as India’s first full-fledged woman Defence Minister. Sitharaman was elevated to the rank of a Cabinet Minister and given the crucial charge in Sunday’s reshuffle of the Narendra Modi Cabinet. However, she could not take charge as Arun Jaitley, who has been holding the additional charge of […]

Jaitley unveils BEML's third metro production line in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday unveiled the third line of metro manufacturing facility of the state-run Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) here to ramp up its production to meet the demand for more such cars. “The third line will enable the company to increase production capacity to 27 cars from 18 per month […]

Defend India's borders with all your might: Jaitley to forces

New Delhi: In the backdrop of rising cross border terror activities in Kashmir and standoff with China in Dokalam, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today called upon the armed forces to defend the country’s borders with “all its might”. In a strong message to Pakistan, he asked it to refrain from continuing with “abhorrent acts” of […]

Israel to maintain strong military ties with US

Jerusalem: Israel will maintain strong military ties with the US, the country’s Defense Minister said on Wednesday. The statement was the first Israeli comment following US President Donald Trump’s alleged intelligence leak reports, Xinhua news agency reported. The relationship with the US “is unprecedented in its contribution to our strength. This is how it has […]

President accepts Parrikar's resignation, Jaitley given additional charge of defence

New Delhi: The decks were cleared for Manohar Parrikar to take over as Goa Chief Minister with President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday accepting his resignation as Defence Minister and assigning additional charge of the ministry to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “The President has accepted Manohar Parrikar’s resignation from the council of ministers with immediate effect under […]

Defence Minister Parrikar steps down to be Goa CM

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday resigned to head a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Goa. Official sources told IANS that Parrikar sent a faxed letter of resignation to the Prime Minister’s Office ahead of the oath taking ceremony, which is likely on Tuesday. Parrikar, who was on Sunday appointed by the […]

Capacity of HAL, Sunabeda to double in 4 years: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday announced that the Centre had decided to double the capacity of engine factory of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) located at Sunabeda in Koraput district