Defence Minister

  • Defence Minister defers decision on Navy chopper deal over AgustaWestalnd links 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The NDA government has deferred its decision on the procurement of 16 multi-role 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 scam-tainted firm AgustaWestalnd. The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un replaces his defence minister June 25, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un 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 Yong-Chol replaced Jang Jong-Nam 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 June 14, 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 24, 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 terrorists with 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 21, 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. ...
  • LoC killings: Antony does a U-turn, blames Pakistan Army August 8, 2013

    Defence Minister AK Antony's U-turn came under opposition pressure. He was forced to concede that the earlier Army statement on LoC killings was right and that the Pakistan Army was behind the killings. ...
  • LoC killings: Is dialogue still the only way forward with Pakistan? August 8, 2013

    The killing of five Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir has put bilateral talks under cloud. ...
  • The Last Word: Options the Army can consider to check Pakistan's adventurism on the LoC? August 8, 2013

    Five Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops along the LoC in the Poonch sector on Tuesday, sparking outrage in India. If given a free hand what are the tactical options the army could consider to check Pakistan's adventurism on the LoC? That's the question Karan Thapar discussed with a...
  • News 360: Pakistan Army involved in LoC killings, says AK Antony August 8, 2013

    Union Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday did a U-turn and blamed the Pakistan Army for the "brutal" killing of five Indian soldiers at the LoC. ...
  • LoC killings: BJP seeks clarification from PM over Antony's 'goof up' August 7, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP leaders led by LK Advani on Wednesday raised with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh their objections to Defence Minister AK Antony's statement on the killing of Indian soldiers along the LOC, terming it as a "goof-up", and pressed for a clarification on the serious matter. BJP leaders were...
  • CPI-M demands clarity in Antony's statement August 7, 2013

    CPI-M on Wednesday demanded clarity in Defence Minister A K Antony's statement on the martyrdom of five Indian soldiers in Poonch.  "Several questions have been raised following the statement made by the Defence minister. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister should clarify what happened and what is the reality," CPI-M...
  • LoC killings: AK Antony has 'bailed out' Pakistan, says Yashwant Sinha August 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha slammed the government for misleading the nation in the wake of LoC killings and demanded that talks with Pakistan should be put on hold as long as it used terror against India. Regretting that the political class failed to unite on the gruesome...
  • 'Armymen tempted to have extra-marital affair if denied leave' June 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Denial of leave to Army personnel including officers and soldiers may tempt them to have extra-marital affairs and in extreme cases, they may also resort to misbehaviour and flirting, an Army study has said. In its study 'roadmap to promote dignity of women and care for girl child...
  • Army refuses to share information on soldiers mutilated at LoC May 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Army has refused to make public under RTI information on soldiers whose bodies were mutilated in skirmishes with Pakistani Army or infiltrators along the Line of Control during the last five years even though such details have been given by Defence Minister in Rajya Sabha. Three months after the...
  • Antony for 'sternest' action in sex scandal cases in Navy May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of several alleged sex scandals in the force, Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday asked the Navy to take "sternest possible action" against its officers who are found involved in such "inappropriate behaviour". Referring to some isolated incidents of inappropriate behaviour by a few personnel, Antony...
  • Lookout notice against Tyagi in chopper deal: Antony May 6, 2013

    New Delhi: CBI has issued a lookout notice against a former IAF chief in connection with alleged irregularities in procurement of VVIP helicopters, Defence Minister AK Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday. In a written reply to the House, he said, "CBI has issued Lookout notice against a number...
  • Mohanlal too seeks pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt March 23, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: As more and more film personalities express moral support for Sanjay Dutt, convicted for possession of arms illegally, ace Malayalam superstar Mohanlal too says the Bollywood actor should be shown leniency. Mohanlal expressed his support through a post on Facebook Saturday. He writes that over the last 20 years,...
  • Antony under scanner: Is personal honesty in politics enough to check corruption? February 19, 2013

    Defence Minister AK Antony claims government is not divided on the chopper deal issue, and rules out quitting over it. ...