DEFENCE

  • Every fishing vessel in India's EEZ to be tracked: Manohar Parrikar January 19, 2015

    Panaji: The government is working on a "special mechanism" to track all vessels operating in India's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday. "Any vessel entering India's exclusive economic zone will be tracked through a special mechanism. Every fishing boat will be given an electronic identity...
  • DRDO Chief Avinash Chander sacked 15 months ahead of his contract term January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday removed Chief of top defence research organisation Avinash Chander, 15 months before his contract was to end. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi "approved the termination" of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from January 31, an official notification...
  • Special focus on defence sector at Vibrant Gujarat Summit, 11 MoUs signed January 13, 2015

    Gandhinagar: Gujarat rolled out the red carpet for global business leaders who brainstormed and pledged investment in the state at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit but the special focus was on defence. Other areas of focus in the three-day event were health, food security and climate change. Eleven MoUs were signed in...
  • US to invest $1 billion in renewable energy projects in India January 13, 2015

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Secretary of State John Kerry met on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit and the two are believed to have discussed modalities of the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement. Sources said that the two leaders also discussed an energy pact that will be taken...
  • India, US keen to have 'excellent outcome' of Barack Obama's India visit January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Terming the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama as a "landmark" trip, India said both countries were working hard to have "excellent outcome" from it. Significantly, US Secretary of State John Kerry, in Gandhinagar, said that the two sides will try to make progress on key issues...
  • Defence procurement policy will be industry friendly: Manohar Parrikar January 11, 2015

    Gandhinagar: Government on Sunday said it will come up with industry friendly defence procurement policy with a view to attracting overseas and domestic investment for manufacture of equipment in the country. "Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2015 will have an industry friendly approach for the defence production,"...
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hands over first overhauled Su-30 MKI to Air Chief January 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over the first overhauled Su-30 MKI to Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Nasik on Friday. According to a government release, the handing over of the world's first overhauled Su-30 MKI coincides with 50 years of...
  • J&K: One BSF soldier killed in fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Hiranagar sector January 5, 2015

    Srinagar: In a fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistan resorted to heavy firing on Monday in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir killing one Border Security Force (BSF) soldier. The Kathua district collector said the situation was very serious as Pakistani shells have landed three to four klometres inside the...
  • India wants to engage Pakistan in 'low-intensity war': Pakistan Defence Minister January 5, 2015

    Islamabad: Amid the war of words between India and Pakistan over cross-border firing and the December 31 'terror boat' incident, Pakistan's defence minister has alleged that India "wants to keep his country busy in a low-intensity war". "India wants to keep us busy in a low-intensity war or low-intensity...
  • Pakistani boat kept sending signals of non-compliance despite getting cornered by Coast Goast January 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The Coast Guard has stated that despite being cornered by it, the suspicious boat continued sending signals of non-compliance. The suspicious boat was Pakistani because of its construction and flag it was bearing. It can be called a terror bid if it is established but the matter is...
  • Government allows BEML to supply spare parts for Tatra trucks, assures changes in Defence Procurement Policy December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: In a big bang announcement just before the end of the year, the government gave conditional approval for defence deals with banned firms and also assured changes in the Defence Procurement Policy to legalise representatives from foreign defence firms by mid February. and partially lifted the ban...
  • Manohar Parrikar's high jump, mining ban, bikini issue kept Goa busy December 21, 2014

    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...
  • 'My Birthday Song' navigates the space between real and surrealism, says director Samir Soni December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Actor-turned-director Samir Soni is currently busy shooting his directorial debut 'My Birthday Song' in the capital with actor Sanjay Suri in the lead role. The crew of the film, co-produced by Soni and Suri under the latter's Kahwa banner, shot some scenes in south Delhi and Defence Colony...
  • Defence ministry clears proposals worth Rs 4,500 crore December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The defence ministry on Wednesday cleared procurement proposals worth around Rs.4,500 crore, ministry sources said. The proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar-headed Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex decision-making body in the ministry. The proposals include one for acquiring four survey vessels for the navy worth Rs.2,324 crore. The...
  • Self Defence December 16, 2014

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  • Government mulling to legalise arms representatives: Manohar Parrikar December 13, 2014

    Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the government is planning to legalise representatives of various foreign arms companies in the country, for speedy purchase of military hardware. "We will allow company representatives. They will be middlemen. When I say middlemen it doesn't mean commission agents or 'dalals'. He will...
  • SC dismisses Defence Ministry appeals against disabled soldiers: Political executive loses opportunity to earn goodwill December 13, 2014

    The writer is former Indian Army Major Navdeep Singh. It is well known that the current political regime is proactive and deeply concerned about the welfare of men and women in uniform. It is also well documented that both the Prime Minister as well as the Defence Minister are sensitive...
  • '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...
  • Russia 'a pillar of strength', says Modi as the two countries sign seven agreements, 13 MoUs December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: India's strategic partnership with Russia is 'incomparable in content', said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Russia has been "a pillar of strength" for India, said Modi after holding the annual summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin who is on a day-long visit to New Delhi. Modi said that "we...
  • 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...
  • Modi tweets in Russian to welcome Russian President Putin to India on Thursday December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared tweets in Russian to welcome President Vladimir Putin to India on Thursday and said he was delighted to welcome Putin to the country and was looking forward to a productive visit "that will take India-Russia ties to newer heights". "Times have changed, our friendship...
  • India successfully tests 4,000 km Nuclear capable Agni-IV missile December 2, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: India on Tuesday successfully test fired its 4,000 km nuclear capable Agni-IV missile from a defence base in Odisha, an official said. The Agni-IV, a strategic missile which can carry a one tonne nuclear warhead, was tested fired at 10.19 am from a launch pad from the Wheeler Island, the...
  • India approves $2.6 billion mounted gun purchase, says official November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: India approved on Saturday the purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the Army at a cost of Rs 157.5 billion ($2.55 billion), a defence ministry spokesman said. India, already the world's largest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100 billion defence upgrade. In October, the new...
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar fires for Army's new artillery guns November 22, 2014

    New Delhi: In a fresh bid to break the Bofors jinx, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday cleared proposal to acquire 814 artillery guns for Rs 15,750 crore while deferring decision on joint bid by Tata Sons and Airbus to replace IAF's Avro transport fleet and also procurement of 106...
  • India must be prepared to use might if need arises: Pranab Mukherjee November 21, 2014

    Tezpur: Cautioning against various threats facing the subcontinent, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said it was imperative for India to have an effective deterrence and strong defence to promote development and it must be prepared to use its "might" if the need arises. "Today, our nation is on the path...
  • DoT for commencing spectrum auction from February 23 November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Spectrum auction for mobile services is expected to start from February 23, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to official sources. The inter-ministerial group, formed to work out modalities for the next round of auction, had suggested February...
  • Manohar Parrikar travels in economy class, avoids Z security November 12, 2014

    Panaji: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said he would use the security cover only when necessary, and avoid using the special aircraft as far as possible. "I have not taken Z security cover in Goa. I would prefer to go around with minimum security. But in Delhi while travelling...
  • 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...
  • Defence forces should cut dependence on imported wares, says Pranab Mukherjee November 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The defence forces should reduce dependence on imported equipment, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said, noting that they should be equipped with modern weapons to counter complex security threats, including the scourge of international terrorism. Citing recent increase in FDI ceiling in defence from 26 to 49 per...