Defence

  • Army, BSF responding effectively to ceasefire violations by Pakistan: Defence Minister 3 hours 24 minutes ago

    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...
  • INS Kamorta, India's first indigenously built stealth warship commissioned into Navy 6 hours 2 minutes ago

    Vishakhapatnam: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday commissioned India's first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare INS Kamorta at naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam. The warship has been built by the state-owned Gardenreach Shipbuilders in Kolkata and is the first vessel in the Navy whose all weapon systems are manufactured indigenously. Speaking...
  • Centre allows Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland to do business in India albeit in a limited capacity 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has allowed Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland to do business with India but in a limited capacity. The Defence Ministry has allowed Finmeccanica to remain in contention in single bid deals; meaning where the company is a lone bidder. Finmeccanica will deal in spare parts and...
  • Firms tool up for defence orders on Narendra Modi's 'make in India' pledge 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Some of India's biggest companies are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks for the country's military, buoyed by the new government's commitment to upgrade its armed forces using domestic factories. India, the world's largest arms importer, will spend $250 billion in the next decade on...
  • Will try to get Civil Defence subject in school textbooks: Rajnath Singh 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry will take the initiative to introduce civil defence as a subject in school textbooks and curriculum to inculcate knowledge of this important life-saving skill in young minds. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said he would write to the Human Resource Development ministry to include the...
  • India conducts successful trial of surface-to-air 'Akash' missile August 13, 2014

    Balasore: For the second day in a row, India on Wednesday successfully conducted trial of its indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile, which has a strike range of 25 km, from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Air Force. "The sophisticated Akash missile was...
  • Stronger India-US defence ties are essential for peace around globe: Chuck Hagel August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: US defence secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the Indian government's decision to raise the FDI cap in defence sector. Speaking at the Silver Jubilee function of the Observer's Research Foundation (ORF), Hagel said that increased investment towards defence and an industrial partnership with India is the way to going...
  • KBC 8: Big B hails Lucknow's all-women fighter group 'Red Brigade' girls August 7, 2014

    Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has praised his latest guest Usha Vishwakarma on 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 8' as "young and feisty" for leading an all-women fighter group in Lucknow. 25-year-old Usha trains women in her 'Red Brigade' group in self-defence practices against abuse and other forms of exploitation. "Usha Vishwakarma from Lucknow, UP fought...
  • Cabinet approves 49% FDI in defence, 100% in railway infrastructure August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Moving ahead with the economic reforms, the Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the long-delayed proposal for raising FDI limit in defence to 49 per cent and fully opened up the railway infrastructure segment, like high-speed trains, for foreign investment. The decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister...
  • Defence deals with Finmeccanica put on hold August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: All deals in pipeline with Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, whose British subsidiary AgustaWestland is facing probe in the VVIP chopper deal, have been put on hold till further orders, officials said on Tuesday. Sources said circulars have been issued by the defence ministry that all procurements and acquisition cases in...
  • FDI in Defence sector would be serious threat to security: CPI July 29, 2014

    Coimbatore: Allowing FDI in Defence sector would be a serious threat to India's security, CPI Tamil Nadu Secretary, D Pandian said on Tuesday. FDI can be allowed in the manufacturing sector, by which there would be more production and employment opportunities, but in the defence sector, it would prove to be...
  • The CJ Show: Saluting the pride of India - our soldiers July 28, 2014

    On the show this week we focus on issues that our soldiers and their families face. ...
  • 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 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...
  • Venue for War Memorial, museum for Kargil heroes to be finalised soon July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The central government would soon finalise the venue for construction of a War Memorial and a museum in the honour of the soldiers who laid down their lives fighting the 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan, said Defence Minister Arun Jaitley after he paid homage to the martyrs at...
  • Congress leaders named to head Parliament committees July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the decision over the Leader of Opposition still looms over the Congress, many Congress leaders will now chair a number of Parliament committees. KV Thomas will head the Public Accounts Committee while Kamal Nath will head the Parliament committee on Defence. Veerappa Moily will head the Parliament...
  • Defence Ministry clears acquisition proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore July 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Pressing ahead with its policy to promote domestic military industry, the government on Saturday cleared procurement proposals worth over Rs 21,000 crore and also okayed a project for the production of transport aircraft which is open only to Indian private sector companies. Among the major proposals to receive approval...
  • CAG pulls up IAF for MiG-27 upgrade project July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The CAG on Friday pulled up the Indian Air Force for an "unfruitful" expenditure of Rs 155 crore for developing an Electronic Warfare system aimed at enhancing capability of the Russian-origin MiG-27 fighter aircraft. The government auditor, in its report tabled in Parliament, said the India-Israel joint venture project...
  • Two Chinese choppers transgressed the LAC, entered Uttarakhand in April, June July 15, 2014

    Two Chinese helicopters entered Indian territory in Uttarakhand on two occasions in April and June after which the Army launched protests with the Chinese Army, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. "Due to differing perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by both India and China, transgressions do occur....
  • BS Bassi wants compulsory self-defence training for girls July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Saturday pitched for compulsory self-defence training for girls from the age of seven years even at the expense of saying "goodbye" to regular subjects so that she can be able to "hit back" if somebody dares to misbehave with her. "I want to...
  • Budget 2014: Defence companies' shares slide amid FDI hike July 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Shares of defence equipment makers fell sharply by as much as 10 per cent on Thursday amid Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raising foreign direct investment in the sector to 49 per cent. Bharat Electronics shares tanked 9.71 per cent, while Astra Microwave Products was down 8.45 per cent on the...
  • Budget 2014: No major boost to Defence, Jaitley allots Rs 2.29 lakh crore July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced just an additional Rs 5000 crore for the Defence Budge, taking the amount allocated to the the Indian Defence to Rs 2,29,000 crore. In the Interim Budget presented by the UPA-II government, the amount was Rs 2,24,000 crore. In the Narendra Modi...
  • Government further eases norms for entry into defence production July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday further eased the process of obtaining an industrial licence for defence production activities by doing away with the requirement of submission of an affidavit with regard to safety and security procedures. "It has been decided that the applicants for Industrial License for Defence Products would...
  • FDI beyond 26 pc in defence sector on case-by-case basis: Arun Jaitley July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Foreign Direct Investment beyond 26 per cent in defence sector may be permitted on a case-to-case basis in areas that can result in access to modern and state-of-the art technology, the government today said. "As per the current FDI policy, up to 26 per cent FDI is permissible in...
  • Army Chief addresses China's National Defence University cadets July 4, 2014

    Beijing: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Friday addressed the cadets of the National Defence University here, a day after holding hectic parleys with China's military top brass on a host of issues including the implementation of the new border defence mechanism. On the last day of his visit to Beijing,...
  • Pentagon notifies US Congress of proposed sale of Harpoon missile to India July 3, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of $200 million arguing that it will strengthen India-US strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner. The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes...
  • Western leaders rush to meet Modi as India plans to allow FDI in defence June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Western governments are rushing to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the Indian government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment. Senior politicians from France, the United States and Britain arrive in quick succession over the next 10 days...
  • Government streamlines industrial licensing for defence equipment June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Streamlining the industrial licensing process for defence equipment, the government on Thursday said permits won't be needed to manufacture items other than those used in the battleground. Industrial licenses would be required only to make items such as tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles; defence aircraft, space aircraft and...
  • '51 pc FDI in defence will be a game changer for India' June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Raising foreign direct investment cap to at least 51 per cent in the defence sector will help India become a major manufacturing and export hub, reducing dependency on imported equipment. "India can be a game-changer only by allowing at least 51 per cent FDI in the sector. With...
  • Antony criticises Modi government over FDI move in defence June 25, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former Defence minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi-led NDA government for its move to allow 100 per cent foreign investment in defence sector and alleged it was aimed at appeasing multinationals and corporates. Speaking at a function at the KPCC office, he said...
  • 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...