DEFENCE MINISTER

  • Manohar Parrikar's high jump, mining ban, bikini issue kept Goa busy 4 days ago

    Panaji: While Goa remained busy during the entire year for some reason or the other, the unexpected elevation of its Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the post of Defence Minister surprised many. Amid the discussion of ban on bikinis on the beaches, Goa's Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar hogged limelight, after he...
  • 'Strong response' needed to counter terror attacks: Manohar Parrikar December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: A week after 11 security personnel were killed in terror attacks in Kashmir, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the militants had come from Pakistan and India will have to give "strong response" to check such "blatant attempts". The Defence Minister, who visited Kashmir on Thursday, said a...
  • New government policy on 'representatives' for arms purchase, blacklisting December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Resolving to end perennial delays in arms procurement, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said government will unveil a "clear-cut" policy in January on engaging "representatives" for arms purchase and announce fresh norms to blacklist erring firms. Promising a raft of steps to speed up military procurement, Parrikar said...
  • J&K: Defence Minister, Army pay tribute to Uri terror attack martyrs December 11, 2014

    Srinagar: A week after the deadly terrorist attack in the Uri sector of Jammu & Kashmir, the Army on Thursday paid tribute to the soldiers who were slain in the attack. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was also present for the ceremony in memory of the martyred soldiers. "The brave Army personnel's...
  • Need to build defence capabilities over next 3 years: Manohar Parrikar November 12, 2014

    Panaji: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the country need not worry about Pakistan and China, but needed to build the defence capabilities over the next three years. Assuring that there would be transparency in the functioning of his ministry, he also said that crucial defence purchases would be...
  • Watch: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar fumbles in Hindi! November 10, 2014

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar filed nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh on Monday. The Minister who fumbled in Hindi assured that he would work on it in the coming days. ...
  • Will not allow country to be defenceless against enemies: Parrikar November 10, 2014

    Lucknow: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who took charge of the country's most heavyweight portfolio on Monday said that he would not allow the country to be defenceless against its enemies. Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections, Parrikar said, "I was given my portfolio last...
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar files nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from UP November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who took charge as the Union Defence Minister on Monday filed his nomination papers for upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh. Talking to the reporters after filing nomination papers, Parrikar said, "I am proud to have filed my nomination from Uttar...
  • Parrikar refuses to comment on portfolio November 9, 2014

    Former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar who will be inducted into the Union Council of Ministers today refused to comment on his portfolio. ...
  • India must act responsibly along the LoC: Pakistan Defence Minister October 9, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday asked India to act responsibly along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir region. Asif said Pakistan was fully capable of giving a befitting reply to Indian aggression, The Nation reported. "We don't want to convert border tension between two nuclear neighbours...
  • MH17 crash site still unsafe for investigators: Dutch September 12, 2014

    The Hague: The site in eastern Ukraine where flight MH17 crashed two months ago is still too unsafe for investigators to resume the recovery of victims' remains, Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine HennisPlasschaert said. A ceasefire between Russianbacked separatists and Ukrainian government forces "is being violated and its existence remains fragile,"...
  • Defence alertness best guarantee for peace in region: Arun Jaitley August 23, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: As Indian Navy added more firepower following induction of the first home built stealth antisubmarine warfare corvette 'INS Kamorta' on Saturday, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said effective defence preparedness is the "best guarantee" for peace in the region. Jaitley also pushed for turning India into a key manufacturer of defence...
  • Army, BSF responding effectively to ceasefire violations by Pakistan: Defence Minister August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Army and Border Security Force are responding effectively to the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, said Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire as many as 16 times in the last 16 days. The heavy firing on Saturday morning killed two civilians...
  • Defence Minister defers decision on Navy chopper deal over AgustaWestalnd links July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government has deferred its decision on the procurement of 16 multirole helicopters for the Indian Navy as one of the two companies in the race for the deal is linked with Finmeccannica the parent organisation of the scamtainted firm AgustaWestalnd. The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence...
  • North Korea leader Kim JongUn replaces his defence minister June 25, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's leader Kim JongUn has replaced his defence minister, a report said on Wednesday. The latest in a series of senior military reshuffles since Kim came to power in late 2011. General Hyon YongChol replaced Jang JongNam as Minister of the People's Armed Forces, the South's Yonhap news...
  • 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...
  • MM Joshi hopeful of Cabinet berth, Modi makes controversial appointments May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, speculations are already rife over the next Defence Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker. Currently Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of Defence along with the Finance portfolio. Meanwhile, questions are also being raised over the controversial appointments of...
  • Growing distrust between Antony and defence forces a worry for India February 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the Indian Navy is saddled with an aging fleet and has seen a wave of 11 mishaps involving warships in the last few months, Defence Minister AK Antony said he was saddened by the resignation of Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi, but its prompt acceptance seems...
  • No question of compromise in Italian Marines case: Antony February 23, 2014

    Kochi: Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday said there was no question of any compromise with regard to the case relating to the two Italian marines who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012. "Government policy is that as per Indian rules the case will...
  • Just a bunch of girls hanging out: Photo of women defence ministers of Norway, Sweden, Netherlands and Germany go viral February 4, 2014

    If you saw this photo out of context, you'd think it's just another bunch of women posing for a group photo during a night out perhaps? Actually, these are the female defence ministers of Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany got together for a group photo at Munich's Bayerischer Hof...
  • BJP demands Antony's statement on Kashmir infiltration bid October 3, 2013

    New Delhi:The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded a statement from Defence Minister AK Antony on the gunfight between the army and infiltrators in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. The BJP said the operation was underway though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Sep 29...
  • Security forces will deal with terrorists with a firm hand: AK Antony September 26, 2013

    New Delhi:Defence Minister AK Antony has denounced the terror attack on Thursday in Jammu and said the security forces will deal with the terroristswith a firm hand. Antony conveyed his condolences to the family of an officer and the soldiers killed in the attack, an official statement in New Delhi said. "The...
  • The importance of being Mulayam Singh Yadav September 20, 2013

    Mulayam Singh Yadav is known as a 'slippery' customer in the political circles of India. The former wrester turned a top ranking 'socialist' leader, who once almost became the Prime Minister is still nurturing the ambitions of addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort. The three times...
  • India, Kyrgyzstan agree to boost defence cooperation September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: India and Kyrgyzstan have agreed to enhance bilateral defence cooperation in areas such as training and UN peacekeeping, an official release said on Friday. Kyrgyz Defence Minister, Maj. Gen. Taalaibek Omuraliev on Friday met Defence Minister AK Antony in New Delhi and they discussed a range of issues of mutual interest...
  • Not an inch of territory will be ceded to China: Antony September 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Under all-round attack, government on Friday told Parliament that not an inch of the country's territory will be ceded to China and the army is free to act in case of any dispute. Defence Minister AK Antony said capacities, including military capabilities, are rapidly being built along the Line...
  • India strengthening capability on China border September 2, 2013

    Hindon: India is trying to have "more understanding" with China, while at the same time strengthening its capabilities along the disputed border with its neighbour, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Monday. "India and China have an unsettled border. Talks are going on to find an amicable solution to the long pending...
  • Families of INS Sindhurakshak crew to get 'special' compensation: AK Antony August 22, 2013

    Indicating that all 18 crew members in the ill-fated submarine INS Sindhurakshak have died, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said treating it as a "special case", compensation would be given to their families. "I will ask the Navy to treat the incident as a special case," he said in Rajya...
  • INS Sindhurakshak fire: 'Sabotage' angle not ruled out, says AK Antony August 22, 2013

    Not ruling out the "sabotage" angle behind explosions on Navy's destroyed submarine INS Sindhurakshak, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said the incident has cast a shadow on the force's capability to safeguard country's maritime interests. Giving clarifications in the Rajya Sabha on the August 14 submarine accident, he said the...
  • J&K: Pak violates ceasefire yet again, fires at Kotha post in Samba August 12, 2013

    Jammu: In the fifth ceasfire violation in 48 hours, Pakistan on Monday night fired at the Kotha post of the Border Security Force in Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been at least 57 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in 2013. On Monday at 5 am, Pakistan violated ceasefire...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 8, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...