DEFENCE MINISTRY

  • Defence ministry clears proposals worth Rs 4,500 crore Yesterday

    New Delhi: The defence ministry on Wednesday cleared procurement proposals worth around Rs.4,500 crore, ministry sources said. The proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar-headed Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex decision-making body in the ministry. The proposals include one for acquiring four survey vessels for the navy worth Rs.2,324 crore. The...
  • SC dismisses Defence Ministry appeals against disabled soldiers: Political executive loses opportunity to earn goodwill 5 days ago

    The writer is former Indian Army Major Navdeep Singh. It is well known that the current political regime is proactive and deeply concerned about the welfare of men and women in uniform. It is also well documented that both the Prime Minister as well as the Defence Minister are sensitive...
  • India approves $2.6 billion mounted gun purchase, says official November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: India approved on Saturday the purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the Army at a cost of Rs 157.5 billion ($2.55 billion), a defence ministry spokesman said. India, already the world's largest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100 billion defence upgrade. In October, the new...
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar fires for Army's new artillery guns November 22, 2014

    New Delhi: In a fresh bid to break the Bofors jinx, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday cleared proposal to acquire 814 artillery guns for Rs 15,750 crore while deferring decision on joint bid by Tata Sons and Airbus to replace IAF's Avro transport fleet and also procurement of 106...
  • DoT for commencing spectrum auction from February 23 November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Spectrum auction for mobile services is expected to start from February 23, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to official sources. The inter-ministerial group, formed to work out modalities for the next round of auction, had suggested February...
  • Manohar Parrikar travels in economy class, avoids Z security November 12, 2014

    Panaji: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said he would use the security cover only when necessary, and avoid using the special aircraft as far as possible. "I have not taken Z security cover in Goa. I would prefer to go around with minimum security. But in Delhi while travelling...
  • Manohar Parrikar meets three defence chiefs, says all procurement process will be transparent November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after taking charge of the Defence Ministry, Manohar Parrikar on Monday met all three service chiefs of armed forces. "All defence procurement process will be transparent but fast, that is my speciality," Parrikar said. Talking about the sinking of a torpedo recovery vessel off the Visakhapatnam coast...
  • IIT-B alumnus Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Cabinet Minister, likely to handle Defence Ministry November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: From a RSS pracharak to a Union Minister, technocrat-turned politician Manohar Gopalkrishna Parrikar, a three-time Goa Chief Minister, is known for his administrative acumen and clean image to leave an indelible mark on the politics of the tiny state. A Mumbai IIT graduate in metallurgical engineering and among the...
  • Will continue to guide Goa government in policy decisions: Parrikar November 9, 2014

    Panaji: Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said he has been asked by the BJP high command to guide the Laxmikant Parsekar-led state government, even after he takes over a bigger role at the Centre. "I will always be guiding Goa government. I may not interfere with the state...
  • Manohar Parrikar resigns as Goa Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar likely to take the post: sources November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Manohar Parrikar resigned as Goa Chief Minister on Saturday. The 58-year-old submitted his resignation through fax to Governor Mridula Sinha. Sources have tipped that state Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is likely to be the next CM, even as a certain section of the Goa cabinet rooted for deputy CM...
  • Modi Cabinet to be expanded on Sunday, Arun Jaitley hints at giving up Defence Ministry November 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Cabinet expansion, Union Minister Arun Jaitley has indicated that he will give up charge of the Defence Ministry. Finance Minister Jaitley was given additional charge of Defence Ministry on May 16. Speaking at a book launch event in the national capital, Jaitley said, "When I took...
  • Race for Goa CM heats up, Parrikar downplays rebellion in party as 3 MLAs eye the post November 8, 2014

    Panaji: With the Union Cabinet expansion due on Sunday, Goa Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who will be moving to the Centre to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's team, has played down the rebellion in the party over the tussle to take his post in the state. Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza...
  • Parrikar may resign as Goa CM today, discussions on his replacement underway November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With a Cabinet expansion likely on Sunday, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to move to the capital soon. As reports of him taking charge as the Defence Minister come to the fore, Parrikar is likely to resign as Goa Chief Minister after meeting the state Cabinet...
  • J&K: NHRC seeks report from Army, local authorities over killing of youths in Budgam November 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday sought reports from the Defence Ministry and local authorities in Jammu and Kashmir over the killing of two youths in Army firing in Budgam district two days back. The Commission issued separate notices to the Defence Ministry and Budgam Police about the...
  • Cameroon army kills 39 Boko Haram fighters: Defence ministry October 26, 2014

    Yaounde: Cameroonian troops killed 39 Boko Haram fighters in clashes with the Islamists, who were carrying out three raids on Cameroon's territory, the defense ministry said. Friday's fighting in the far north of Cameroon near Nigeria also claimed four civilian lives, the ministry said in a statement. Boko Haram rebels,...
  • CAG report on T-90 tanks goes to PAC sub-committee October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: A CAG report which slammed the Defence Ministry for failing to install air conditioners in Russian-built T-90 tanks causing degradation has been referred to a sub-panel of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee for closer scrutiny. The PAC has decided to form three sub-committees this year, including on Defence, Direct...
  • PM to address top military commanders on Friday October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the country's top military commanders for the first time on Friday at a conference during which he will outline his strategic vision and get a briefing on the overall security situation. The Combined Commanders' conference of the three Services is expected to...
  • Army likely to replace the Indo Tibetan Border Police along LAC with China: Sources September 28, 2014

    Leh: In a significant move aimed at countering the increasing threat and incidents of incursion by China's People's Liberation Army, the Centre is contemplating replacing the ITBP by the Army, particularly in the Ladakh sector. Maximum number of incidents of incursion have been reported here. The Army's role in handling the...
  • Barred by the Defence Ministry, Finmeccanica figures in Modi's 'Make-in-India' list September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: VVIP chopper scam-tainted Italian firm Finmeccannica, which was recently barred from doing business in future with the Defence Ministry, has been listed as one of the investors in the defence sector in 'Make in India' project. The 'Make in India' website, created for the campaign, listed Finmeccannica along with...
  • Rs 25,000 crore Navy tender only for private sector: Defence Ministry September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to build capabilities of Indian private sector warship builders, the Defence Ministry has rejected the plea of a stateowned shipyard to participate in the Rs 25,000 crore project to construct four amphibious warfare vessels for the Indian Navy. The Defence Ministry has decided that only private sector shipyards,...
  • IndiaUS military exercise starts September 17 September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The combined IndiaUS military training exercise "Yudh Abhyas 2014" will be conducted from September 17 to September 30, a Defence Ministry statement said on Friday. This is part of the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries. "The training exercise will be conducted in the foothills of the Himalayas in...
  • Army rescues 11,000 people in J&K, 100 columns deployed September 6, 2014

    Jammu: As Jammu and Kashmir faced the worst flood in nearly six decades, Army has launched a major rescue operation and evacuated 11,000 people to safety by deploying 100 columns of troops in floodhit areas of the state. "A total of 11,000 civilians have been rescued, out of these 2,000...
  • India nears $2.5 billion deal for Boeing military helicopters August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, a defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington. The new nationalistled government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen...
  • Defence Ministry scraps Rs 6,000 crore deal to buy 197 Light Utility Helicopters August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Friday scrapped a Rs 6,000 crore deal to procure 197 Light Utility Helicopters. The deal got stuck after AgustaWestland, which was one of the participants, came under investigation in the VVIP chopper deal. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council...
  • Tatra case: Delhi court to consider CBI's closure report on October 7 August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed October 7 for considering the closure report filed by CBI in the case relating to alleged irregularities in supply of allterrain Tatra vehicles to the Indian Army. Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain posted the matter for October 7 after the agency sought...
  • Centre allows Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland to do business in India albeit in a limited capacity August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has allowed Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland to do business with India but in a limited capacity. The Defence Ministry has allowed Finmeccanica to remain in contention in single bid deals; meaning where the company is a lone bidder. Finmeccanica will deal in spare parts and...
  • Defence Ministry clears acquisition proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore July 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Pressing ahead with its policy to promote domestic military industry, the government on Saturday cleared procurement proposals worth over Rs 21,000 crore and also okayed a project for the production of transport aircraft which is open only to Indian private sector companies. Among the major proposals to receive approval...
  • CAG pulls up IAF for MiG27 upgrade project July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The CAG on Friday pulled up the Indian Air Force for an "unfruitful" expenditure of Rs 155 crore for developing an Electronic Warfare system aimed at enhancing capability of the Russianorigin MiG27 fighter aircraft. The government auditor, in its report tabled in Parliament, said the IndiaIsrael joint venture project...
  • Government streamlines industrial licensing for defence equipment June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Streamlining the industrial licensing process for defence equipment, the government on Thursday said permits won't be needed to manufacture items other than those used in the battleground. Industrial licenses would be required only to make items such as tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles; defence aircraft, space aircraft and...
  • Slow pace of buying new ships and weapons: Defence Minister June 24, 2014

    The union budget will be presented on the 10th of July meanwhile Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has called for a need to expedite the process of decision making to enhance the sector. Jaitley said the government would take a "considered decision" on the deal for procuring 126 combat aircraft, which...