DEFENCE FORCES

  • Defence PSUs should be globally competitive, says Antony June 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday said that the defence public sector units (DPSUs) need to compete with private organizations and global companies to get orders and should work towards reducing costs and improving quality and productivity. Addressing a meeting of the consultative committee attached to his Ministry, Antony...
  • Pakistan fighter pilot wins battle of sexes, now she's ready for war June 13, 2013

    Mushaf Air Base: With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only warready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19...
  • Indigenous aircraft carrier to be launched in August: Antony May 11, 2013

    Panaji: Indian Navy's indigenouslybuilt aircraft carrier would be launched on August 12, 2013, while INS Vikramaditya (purchased from Russia) will arrive before the end of 2013, Union Defence Minister AK Antony said in Panaji on Saturday. "INS Vikramaditya is going to be a reality, as promised the ship would be delivered...
  • Manpower crunch: Indian Army short of 9,590 officers April 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The Indian Army is short of 9,590 officers. Sources told CNNIBN on Wednesday that the current intake of officers at various academies will ensure that the deficit will be cut by two per cent every year. Intake of officer cadets at the National Defence Academy rose from 1,800 to...
  • Australia apologises for abuse in military November 26, 2012

    Canberra: Australia's government and defence force commander apologised to hundreds of victims of abuse within the military on Monday, clearing the way for victims to receive compensation. In an address to Parliament, Defence Minister Stephen Smith acknowledged that soldiers, sailors and member of the air force had suffered abuse, often...
  • 'China has resources but India not underprepared' April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Noting that China has more resources to dedicate for modernisation of its defence forces, government on Thursday asserted that India is not "underprepared" in anyway and is also acquiring capabilities to build its infrastructure along the border for security needs. "China's budget is four times that of India so...
  • Are we battle ready? Panel summons service chiefs April 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The parliamentary standing committee on defence on Monday asked the three service chiefs to appear before it on April 20 on the issue of defence preparedness. The development follows Army Chief General V K Singh's leaked letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a series of CNNIBN reports. According...
  • Govt, Army differ on promotion to women officers July 7, 2010

    New Delhi: Even as the Army challenged a Delhi High Court verdict on permanent commission to women defence officers in the Supreme Court, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju on Wednesday struck a different note, saying his ministry was in favour of opening up more streams of...
  • Sex charges against Lt Gen fabricated: wife June 3, 2010

    In the first case of its kind since the new Army chief took over, his chief engineer officer Lt Gen AK Nanda has been accused of sexual misconduct by the wife of a younger officer of his staff. The incident reportedly took place during an official visit to Israel last...
  • Allow foreign investment in defence: IAF ViceChief November 19, 2009

    New Delhi: Procurement for Indias defence forces is hampered by politics and the country must be bold enough to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector, said Indian Air Force ViceChief Air Marshal P K Barbora on Thursday. "We have to take stepswe need to be bold enough to invite...
  • Full of fury but is India's defence battle ready January 18, 2009

    CNNIBNs Anubha Bhonsle sets out to find the needs of the three wings of Indias armed forces, and discovers they need a lot to be fully battle ready. ...
  • Defence Minister meets Service chiefs, reviews security December 18, 2008

    New Delhi: War clouds are still hovering over the subcontinent following the Mumbai terror attack despite the Indian political leadership publicly playing down the military option. Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday reviewed the security situation at a meeting with the three Service chiefs and senior Defence Ministry officials where he...
  • Military fails to woo, 108 NDA seats vacant May 4, 2008

    New Delhi: Even as the Indian Army is grappling with acute shortage of middle rung officers due to their mass exodus to the corporate sector, the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadagvasla in Maharashtra has fallen short of 108 quality cadets for its latest batch. This year only 192 cadets turned...