Defence Secretary

  • Delhi court to hear PILs challenging SK Sharma's appointment as CAG August 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will on Thursday hear two PILs challenging the appointment of former Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The PILs stated that the many deals were signed by him during his tenure as Defence Secretary are under CAG...
  • Uttarakhand: Tewari seeks special efforts to reunite two-year-old with family June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Moved by the plight of a two-year-old girl separated from her parents, Union Minister Manish Tewari has written to the nodal officer for Uttarakhand rescue operations, seeking special efforts to reunite the child with her family. Media reports had highlighted the case of the child who is probably...
  • U'khand: Locals believe moving Dhari Devi idol caused the cloudburst June 27, 2013

    Shrinagar: An angry river, sparing not even the gods. In the hills, tales of nature's fury are a part folklore and a part faith. Some locals believe Uttarakhand's tragedy is rooted at the Dhari Devi temple outside Shrinagar. For 800 years the deity stood in the middle of the Alaknanda...
  • U'khand: BJP chief Rajnath to flag-off relief material from Lucknow June 26, 2013

    Lucknow: BJP President Rajnath Singh will flag off relief materials for flood survivors in Uttarakhand from Lucknow on Wednesday. "The national president would flag off relief materials and first installment of the fund collected by the party for calamity-hit Uttarakhand tomorrow," BJP state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai said. He said that...
  • Kedarnath temple priest recalls horror, says it was a miraculous exit June 23, 2013

    Guptkashi: Kedarnath Temple's main priest Bagesh Ling while recalling the horror and the ordeal that he and other temple officials went through after massive floods hit the shrine and Uttarakhand last week said that it was a miraculous exit for him. He said, "A glacier broke and carried down an entire...
  • Watch: Many stranded in Uttarakhand's Himalayan tsunami June 23, 2013

    The death toll in Uttarakhand floods has reached 1000 and continues to rise. It is a race against time now to save thousands who are still stranded in the valley before the heavy rains that are expected in less than 24 hours. ...
  • Uttarakhand: Bad weather halts rescue operations June 23, 2013

    Rescue work at ground moving slowly due to rain and threat of fresh landslides looms large. ...
  • Live: Rescue efforts on as Army opens two staging areas in Sukhi, Gangnani June 23, 2013

    Dehradun: 5:57 pm: Army PRO says two administrative and logistic staging areas have been set up at Sukhi and Gangnani to help people travelling by road. Update on IAF rescue operations on June 23: 45 helicopters of the IAF heli-lifted over 3200 pilgrims in 250 sorties. Update on IAF rescue operations since...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Bad weather makes landing at Badrinath difficult June 22, 2013

    CNN-IBN team tried to land its chopper at Badrinath, where rescuers are tying to evacuate people, but failed to do so due to bad weather. ...
  • Uttarakhand: Many dead bodies unrecognisable, says Home Minister June 22, 2013

    Dehradun: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who arrived in Uttarakhand on Saturday to review rescue efforts with state Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, said many dead bodies are unrecognisable and will require DNA testing to confirm their identities. "The area where large helicopters can't land, road routes are being made. Many dead...
  • Uttarakhand floods: High-level meet convened to fasten relief process June 18, 2013

    New Delhi: A high level meeting between Defence Secretary, National Disaster Response Force and other agencies has been convened to expedite the relief process after 58 people died in Uttarakhand following heavy rains that have caused massive landslides and floods in the state, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth told CNN-IBN. "We are...
  • Aam Aadmi Party criticises new CAG's appointment May 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday criticized the appointment of former defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma as the new Comptroller and Auditor General, accusing the United Progressive Alliance government of accusing of weakening constitutional institutions. "Government is slowly but continuously appointing persons who are weak and who don't have...
  • Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma named new CAG May 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma was on Tuesday named as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). The 1976 Bihar cadre officer will succeed Vinod Rai, who superannuates tomorrow after five and a half years of eventful tenure as the head of the Constitutional financial watchdog. "The...
  • Chuck Hagel sworn-in as new US Defence Secretary February 27, 2013

    Washington: Former Republican senator Chuck Hagel was on Wednesday sworn-in as the new US Defence Secretary, in the midst of a controversy over his remarks that India "financed problems" for Pakistan in Afghanistan. Sixty-six-year-old Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday after a bruising confirmation...
  • India used Afghanistan as a second front: Chuck Hagel February 26, 2013

    Washington: In a sharp contrast to US view on India's role in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama's Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has alleged that India has over the years "financed problems" for Pakistan in the war-torn country. A video containing these remarks from an unreleased speech of Hagel at Oklahoma's...
  • India-China military ties top agenda for China visit January 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Resumption of military exercises between the armies of India and China will be high on agenda during the annual defence dialogue starting between the two countries in Beijing on Monday. Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma is heading a tri-services delegation to China for two-day talks as part of the...
  • Obama says no decision on next US defence secretary December 31, 2012

    Washington: President Barack Obama offered strong support for former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the potential next US defence secretary but said in remarks aired on Sunday that he had not yet decided on a nominee for the Pentagon post. Hagel is considered a leading candidate to replace outgoing Secretary of...
  • No Indo-Pak resolution yet on Siachen standoff June 12, 2012

    Islamabad: Indian and Pakistani officials have made no forward movement on resolving the military standoff on the Siachen glacier, with both sides sticking to their stated positions in two-day talks, diplomatic and official sources said on June 11. During talks on June 11 between an Indian delegation led by Defence Secretary...
  • Pakistan playing hard ball on Siachen? June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The Defence Secretaries of India and Pakistan on Monday began talks on the military standoff on Siachen. Reports say that Pakistan wants withdrawal of troops from the glacier, but it could reject a settlement on Sir Creek if India refuses. The two-day talks on the Siachen issue, part of...
  • Indo-Pak talks on Siachen: the real obstacles June 11, 2012

    Demilitarilasition of Siachen is something Pakistan needs more than India. ...
  • Indo-Pak defence secretaries to discuss Siachen June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The defence secretaries of India and Pakistan will be meeting in Islamabad on Monday for 13th round of talks on the Siachen glacier. The word from New Delhi is 'don't expect any breakthrough'. Pakistan has been pushing hard for withdrawal from the Glacier and could retaliate by rejecting...
  • US Defence Secretary to travel to India in June May 23, 2012

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will travel to India in the first week of July, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. The India trip, the first to the country by Panetta in his capacity as the Defence Secretary, is part of his week-long Asia trip during which he will participate...
  • 'Why were Army units recalled if it was an excercise?' April 4, 2012

    Lt Gen (Retd) PN Hoon responded to the reports on suspicious movement of Army units in January. ...
  • Army unit movement to Delhi routine: Defence Secy April 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma has rubbished an report in The Indian Express on suspicious movement of Army units. Speaking to CNN-IBN he said, "The Indian Express story is incorrect and baseless. The facts have been distorted. It was a normal and routine movement." According to a story in...
  • Pakistan needs to address IED issue: Panetta February 15, 2012

    Washington: The US is pushing Islamabad to address the issue of prevalence of Pakistan-manufactured improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan that continues to be a major point of friction between the two countries. US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers on Tuesday that IED is the major reason of casualties of American...
  • Panetta again counts India as a challenge for US January 6, 2012

    Washington: For the second time in less than two months, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the country is facing challenges from rising powers in Asia - China in particular and also includes India in 21st century. "We have got the challenges of dealing with rising powers in Asia....
  • Indo-Pak talks today, Siachen on agenda May 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After a gap of three years, defence secretaries of India and Pakistan today met here to discuss the long-pending Siachen issue. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is leading the Indian delegation at the two-day talks with his Pakistani counterpart Lt General (Retd) Syed Ather Ali. India and Pakistan decided to...
  • Indo-Pak defence talks to begin tomorrow May 29, 2011

    New Delhi: After a gap of three years, defence secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan on the long-pending Siachen issue will kick off on Monday. "Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar will lead the Indian delegation during the two-day talks," a Defence Ministry official said, adding that "India and Pakistan decided to resume...
  • Indo-Pak Defence Secy talks by April end April 4, 2011

    New Delhi: India and Pakistan are likely to resume Defence Secretary-level talks by month-end where they will discuss several issues including demilitarisation of the world's highest battlefield - Siachen Glacier, and Sir Creek. "The talks between the two Defence Secretaries are likely to begin by the end...
  • Former US defence secretary Robert McNamara dies July 7, 2009

    Washington: Robert McNamara, former US defence secretary, businessman and later head of the World Bank, has died at the age of 93. The Washington Post newspaper reported his death on its online edition on Monday after being informed by McNamara's family. McNamara was defence secretary throughout most of the Vietnam war, from...