Military

  • Uttarakhand government gives final touches to Char Dham yatra preparations 15-04-2014 02:17 PM

    With just a fortnight to go for the start of the annual Char Dham pilgrimage, Uttarakhand government is giving final touches to preparations for the yatra route to ensure a smooth and trouble-free journey for the devotees en route to the four Himalayan shrines. "Almost all major roads on the...
  • SSB to now recruit women officers 14-04-2014 01:44 PM

    New Delhi: Breaking the male bastion in the five decade-old Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the government has approved recruitment of young women as 'combat officers' in the second largest border guarding force. The women officers, after induction, will have an opportunity to serve in far-flung border locations of the force...
  • India, Russia sign Rs 2,600 crore deal for anti-tank ammunition 31-03-2014 06:50 PM

    New Delhi: India has signed a deal worth over Rs 2,600 crore with Russia to procure 66,000 anti-tank shells to meet the shortfall of critical ammunition faced by its armoured fleet including the latest T-90 tanks. The two sides signed the deal on March 27 for the supply of anti-tank...
  • South Korea fires shells at North Korean waters after drills 31-03-2014 11:14 AM

    South Korea on Monday returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals' disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean military official said. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange. No...
  • Register defence personnel as voters at their posting place: SC to EC 24-03-2014 03:13 PM

    New Delhi: In a major relief for defence personnel, the Supreme Court on Monday directed Election Commission to register the military personnel as general voters in the constituencies where they are posted. SC also says defence personnel stationed in peace stations as on January, 2014 and till date may register...
  • Russian troops seize Ukraine marine base in Crimea 24-03-2014 11:05 AM

    Russian troops took over a Ukrainian marine base in Feodosia early on Monday, one of the few military facilities that was still flying a Ukrainian flag in Crimea after Russia's annexation, a Ukrainian serviceman said. First Lieutenant Anatoly Mozgovoy told Reuters on the phone from inside the base that there...
  • Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control 23-03-2014 07:01 AM

    Crimea: Russian troops used armored vehicles, automatic gunfire and stun grenades on Saturday to seize a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea a day after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Ukrainian forces also abandoned a naval base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters, and had...
  • Russia assures US of no military action in eastern Ukraine 21-03-2014 07:06 AM

    Washington: Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu has promised his US counterpart Chuck Hagel that Moscow will not take any military action in eastern Ukraine, the Pentagon has said. The assurance came during an hour-long telephone call between the two leaders, in which Hagel expressed concerns about the Russian military actions...
  • Sienna Miller in talks for 'American Sniper'? 19-03-2014 11:04 AM

    London: Actress Sienna Miller is in talks to star in 'American Sniper'. The 32-year-old actress is in early negotiations to take on the lead female role, opposite Bradley Cooper, in Clint Eastwood's upcoming movie, reported Contactmusic. Jaimie Alexander, 30, and Evangeline Lilly, 34, were previously linked to the part, as...
  • Haryana LS poll nomination to commence from Saturday 14-03-2014 06:33 PM

    Chandigarh: The process of filing of nomination papers for the April 10 election to 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana will commence from Saturday, the State Chief Electoral Officer said on Friday. The filing of nomination will continue till March 22, scrutiny will take place the next day and withdrawal...
  • US lawmakers ask Pentagon to welcome Sikhs in military 11-03-2014 11:49 AM

    Over 100 members of Congress from both Democratic and Republican parties have urged the US defence department to end the presumptive ban on Sikh Americans serving in the US military with their beards and turbans. In a letter to Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, the lawmakers specifically requested that the US...
  • Putin talks tough but cools tensions over Ukraine 05-03-2014 08:07 AM

    Moscow: Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, US Secretary...
  • Russia tightens grip on Ukraine; world capitals, stock markets rattled 04-03-2014 09:16 AM

    Kiev: Russian troops said to be 16,000 strong tightened their stranglehold on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets. The West struggled to find a way to get Russia to back down, but with little beyond already threatened...
  • Scientists develop pizza for hungry US troops that has a three year shelf life 03-03-2014 01:55 PM

    The solution to ration that keeps while retaining taste is finally here. Scientists in the US seem to have developed a pizza that has a shelf life of three years, The Mirror reported. Faced with the demands of soldiers posted abroad who were reportedly desperate for pizza, scientists at the...
  • Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base 02-03-2014 07:13 PM

    Perevalne: Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armoured vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base on Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff. In Kiev, Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian...
  • Lt Gen PR Kumar to be new Army DGMO 28-02-2014 05:29 PM

    Lt Gen PR Kumar, on Saturday, will take over as Director General Military Operations (DGMO) from Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, who retired on Friday. "Lt Gen Kumar will take over as DGMO tomorrow from Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia who will retire today after a tenure of more than 18 months,"...
  • Antony defends Army, says no possibility of military coup ever 23-02-2014 04:48 PM

    Seeking to put a lid on fresh controversy over movement of two army units near Delhi in 2012, Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday said Indian military is a responsible force which obeys the civilian government's decisions and in no circumstances there will be a military coup in the...
  • Military plane crashes in eastern Algeria, 103 dead 11-02-2014 07:01 PM

    Algiers: An Algerian military transport plane crashed Tuesday in the country's mountainous east, killing 103 people, according to an Algerian intelligence official. The intelligence officer said the crash killed everybody on board, including the 4 crew members, a total of 103 people. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he...
  • IMA receives bomb threat, one arrested 26-01-2014 07:22 AM

    Dehradun: One person has been arrested from Dehradun in connection with the bomb threat to the Indian Military Academy. Last week, on January 22, the IMA received a letter saying the institution would be blown up as the entire nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day on Sunday. The arrested man...
  • Defence Ministry to keep out Finmeccanica group from military show 24-01-2014 08:06 PM

    After scrapping the Rs 3,600 crore chopper contract, Defence Ministry on Friday said it is ousting AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccannica from the biennial military exhibition DefExpo starting February 6. The step comes after India scrapped the contract on January 1 after finding that AgustaWestland allegedly breached the pre-contract integrity pact...
  • US court gives conditional consent to Sikhs to enter military in turbans 24-01-2014 02:48 PM

    A Sikh can be allowed to enter the US military with turban and beard, the Pentagon has said, noting that the approval in this regard would be given on a case by case basis and there is no universal or automatic approval to the new relaxed religious norms. "It does,"...
  • US ready to support Russia for Sochi Olympics security 21-01-2014 12:42 PM

    The US said its military stands ready to offer full support to Russia in its security preparations for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. "The US has offered its full support to the Russian government as it conducts security preparations for the Winter Olympics," Xinhua quoted Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby as...
  • London: Prince Harry quits as helicopter pilot, take up army desk job 17-01-2014 05:59 PM

    Prince Harry will quit his role as an ace Apache helicopter pilot to take up a desk job in the British Army, it was announced on Friday. "The Prince will take the position of SO3 (Defence Engagement). His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving...
  • Indian Army tries to control situation, not escalate it: Bikram Singh 13-01-2014 12:57 PM

    New Delhi: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday refuted allegations that the Indian Army was not retaliating strongly during ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Speaking to media at the annual press conference, the General said that the endeavour of Indian Army was to control the situation at the border and...
  • CBI unearths major recruitment scam in Indian Military Academy, books 3 Lieutenant Colonels 11-01-2014 12:27 PM

    Unearthing a major recruitment scam in the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, the CBI has booked three serving Lieutenant Colonels in connection with the case. Lieutenant Colonels Akhilesh Mishra, Jagdish Bishnoi and Ambarish Tiwari have been accused of issuing fake experience certificates to candidates in recruitment to group C and...
  • China mulls first joint military command system: Report 03-01-2014 02:52 PM

    China's military plans to set up a joint operational command so that the world's biggest army could efficiently respond to a crisis, the state media reported on Friday, amidst regional tensions over the PLA flexing its muscle over contesting territorial claims. Setting up a joint operational command system is a...
  • Pentagon sees 50 per cent rise in reports of sexual assaults in 2013 28-12-2013 08:54 AM

    The number of sexual assaults reported across the US military rose by around 50 per cent in the 2013 fiscal year compared with 2012, the Pentagon said on Friday. The Pentagon said a review of preliminary data from the government's 2013 fiscal year, which began in October 2012, showed there...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to PM against Indo-Sri Lankan military exercise 21-12-2013 12:37 PM

    Expressing dismay over reports of Indian Coast Guard participating in naval exercises with Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to recall the two ships and Coast Guard personnel participating in the event in the island nation. "This is in complete...
  • Indian, Afghan Army conduct joint operational exercises 19-12-2013 05:15 PM

    The Indian Army and Afghan NationalArmy carried out various operational exercises as part oftheir joint training in Jodhpur on Thursday.Southern Army Commander Lt Gen Ashok Singh surveyed theexercises between the two armies, defence spokesperson S DGoswami said. The joint training being conducted for the last few daysis aimed at promoting...
  • Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, scales back 23-11-2013 08:26 PM

    Egypt downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey on Saturday and ordered its ambassador expelled from Cairo, a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries that have mounted since the Egyptian military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi this summer. Egypt's Foreign Ministry said the Turkish envoy has been considered persona...