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Not conceded any territory in the agreement with China: Government

12 Feb 2021

Not conceded any territory in the agreement with China: Government

India, on Friday, said it has not conceded any territory as a result of the agreement with China for disengagement of troops in the Pangong lake area.

Forty-six security-personnel killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2020

08 Feb 2021

Forty-six security-personnel killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2020

Pakistan resorted to 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations last year in which 46 security force personnel were killed, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, referring to Pakistani hostilities along the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Can INS Viraat be rescued before its end?

13 Dec 2020

Can INS Viraat be rescued before its end?

After completing the last leg of its journey in September this year, Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat awaits being stripped apart for scrap.

After Army chief's Nepal visit, foreign secretary-level talks could resume

02 Nov 2020

After Army chief's Nepal visit, foreign secretary-level talks could resume

Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is set to meet Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli on Thursday.

Amid India-China border row, Australia to join Malabar naval exercise

19 Oct 2020

Amid India-China border row, Australia to join Malabar naval exercise

The Defence Ministry on Monday announced that Australia will be joining the upcoming Malabar naval exercise, completing the Quad or quadrilateral coalition along with the United States and Japan.

BrahMos missile successfully test-fired at nearly 3X speed of sound

30 Sep 2020

BrahMos missile successfully test-fired at nearly 3X speed of sound

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

Pune institute develops 'immunity-boosting' room freshener to limit coronavirus spread

03 Sep 2020

Pune institute develops 'immunity-boosting' room freshener to limit coronavirus spread

A Pune institute has developed a herbal-based room freshener to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Union Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.

Atmanirbhar Bharat: Defence Ministry announces ban on 101 import items

09 Aug 2020

Atmanirbhar Bharat: Defence Ministry announces ban on 101 import items

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced an import embargo on 101 items in a bid to boost the indigenization of defense production.

5 Rafale jets reach India; land at Ambala airbase

29 Jul 2020

5 Rafale jets reach India; land at Ambala airbase

The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets have entered the Indian airspace, the Defence Ministry confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after, the jets were confirmed to have landed at the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Ambala airbase.

Centre's COVID-19 team stopped from leaving hotel in Bengal

21 Apr 2020

Centre's COVID-19 team stopped from leaving hotel in Bengal

Already on two ends of the political spectrum, the BJP-led Centre and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool locked horns again today when a team was sent to the state to assess COVID-19 spread.

SC clears permanent commission, command roles for women Army officers

17 Feb 2020

SC clears permanent commission, command roles for women Army officers

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Army.

What are the responsibilities of India's Chief of Defence Staff?

03 Jan 2020

What are the responsibilities of India's Chief of Defence Staff?

On Monday, General Bipin Rawat stepped into the role of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

Pragya Thakur apologizes for Godse remark; says statement was 'distorted'

29 Nov 2019

Pragya Thakur apologizes for Godse remark; says statement was 'distorted'

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Singh Thakur has tendered an apology for praising Mahatma Gandhi's assassin in the Parliament.

Row erupts over terror-accused Pragya's nomination to Defence Ministry panel

21 Nov 2019

Row erupts over terror-accused Pragya's nomination to Defence Ministry panel

In a controversial move, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Thakur has been nominated to the parliamentary consultative committee of the Ministry of Defence.

#RafaleDeal: French official criticizes Hollande, but doesn't deny his claims

24 Sep 2018

#RafaleDeal: French official criticizes Hollande, but doesn't deny his claims

Just days after former French President Francois Hollande's comments about the controversial Rafale deal triggered a political slugfest in India, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, has said that Hollande's comments "render no service to France."

Afghanistan: 43 soldiers killed in week's third attack on personnel

19 Oct 2017

Afghanistan: 43 soldiers killed in week's third attack on personnel

At least 43 soldiered were killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province today.

VVIP chopper scam: CBI files chargesheet against ex-IAF chief Tyagi

01 Sep 2017

VVIP chopper scam: CBI files chargesheet against ex-IAF chief Tyagi

The CBI has filed a charge sheet against former IAF chief SP Tyagi in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

Weren't treated like farmers, but terrorists, say Maharashtra protesters

23 Jun 2017

Weren't treated like farmers, but terrorists, say Maharashtra protesters

After police used pellet guns on protesters in Maharashtra's Thane, agitators alleged they were treated "not as farmers, but terrorists".

Maharashtra: Police use pellet guns after farmers' protest turns violent

22 Jun 2017

Maharashtra: Police use pellet guns after farmers' protest turns violent

An agitation by farmers in Maharashtra's Thane turned violent when protesters clashed with security personnel, pelted stones, and police used pellet guns on them. Several were injured.

Secretary-level reshuffles: Rajiv Gauba named Home Secretary

22 Jun 2017

Secretary-level reshuffles: Rajiv Gauba named Home Secretary

16 secretaries were designated to various departments under centre's latest bureaucratic re-shuffle.

Strategic Partnership Model: India to kick-start Rs. 60,000 crore submarine-project

12 Jun 2017

Strategic Partnership Model: India to kick-start Rs. 60,000 crore submarine-project

India is set to commence an ambitious Rs. 60,000 crore submarine project, termed Project 75 (I), the first of its kind under the Strategic Partnership model launched last month.

AgustaWestland scam: Delhi HC stops SP Tyagi traveling abroad

31 May 2017

AgustaWestland scam: Delhi HC stops SP Tyagi traveling abroad

Shashindra Pal Tyagi, former Indian Air Force Chief and co-accused in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, was stopped by the Delhi HC from travelling to Indonesia, revoking a trial court order that had earlier given him permission.

New doctrine would facilitate Army, Navy, IAF co-ordination: Defence Ministry

24 Apr 2017

New doctrine would facilitate Army, Navy, IAF co-ordination: Defence Ministry

The Union Defence Ministry is set to formally release India's Joint Defence Doctrine this week.

Kamov helicopter deal: Putin gives green signal for manufacturing

07 Apr 2017

Kamov helicopter deal: Putin gives green signal for manufacturing

Ending a long wait, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave approval to begin manufacture of 200 Kamov 226 light utility helicopters worth $1 billion under the 'Make in India' initiative.

Govt to buy 7.6 lakh medals for soldiers

05 Apr 2017

Govt to buy 7.6 lakh medals for soldiers

The government is scrambling to procure 7.6 lakh medals for soldiers after it came to light that they were forced to procure replicas to wear on their uniforms.

Leh & Ladakh: Tunnels to improve connectivity to Chinese frontiers

25 Mar 2017

Leh & Ladakh: Tunnels to improve connectivity to Chinese frontiers

Even as the strategic Rohtang tunnel is running two years behind schedule, the Defence Ministry decided to construct four more tunnels to improve all-weather connectivity to treacherous roads connecting Chinese frontiers and Leh and Ladakh.

Cabinet reshuffle likely after April 12

16 Mar 2017

Cabinet reshuffle likely after April 12

Sources have stated that the Prime Minister may be considering a Cabinet reshuffle after April 12.

Can Jaitley fill the void left by Parrikar?

15 Mar 2017

Can Jaitley fill the void left by Parrikar?

Manohar Parrikar took oath as Chief Minister of Goa, leading a coalition spearheaded by the BJP.

LG rejects AAP's compensation plan to OROP suicide victim's family

10 Mar 2017

LG rejects AAP's compensation plan to OROP suicide victim's family

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal rejected the decision of the AAP government to provide Rs. 1cr compensation to the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishen Grewal who committed suicide over the OROP issue last year.

Another BSF jawan alleges harassment in the forces

07 Mar 2017

Another BSF jawan alleges harassment in the forces

In another setback for the BSF, Jawan Sindhav Jogidas has released a video alleging harassment. When he extended his leave by two days, he was allegedly fined and asked to become a Sahayak, which he refused.

Higher calibre imported weapons to replace 2,00,000 INSAS rifles

06 Mar 2017

Higher calibre imported weapons to replace 2,00,000 INSAS rifles

Higher caliber imported assault rifles (7.62x51), to be indigenously manufactured later, will replace nearly 2,00,000 INSAS rifles after 20 years of service.

INS Viraat, world's oldest aircraft carrier, all set to retire

06 Mar 2017

INS Viraat, world's oldest aircraft carrier, all set to retire

A ceremony will be held in Mumbai on March 6 for decommission of INS Viraat, the world's oldest aircraft carrier in service, after 30 years with the Indian Navy.

Family alleges Sahayak had injury marks

05 Mar 2017

Family alleges Sahayak had injury marks

A fresh post-mortem was conducted on Lance Naik Roy Mathews after his family alleged that his body bore injury marks. The post-mortem was conducted at the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Army says media "sting operation" spurred Kerala jawan's suicide

04 Mar 2017

Army says media "sting operation" spurred Kerala jawan's suicide

An Indian Army spokesperson said "the guilt" from revelations made in a media "sting operation" might have spurred jawan Roy Mathew to commit suicide near his Nashik camp.

Army jawan criticized 'Sahayak' system; found dead

03 Mar 2017

Army jawan criticized 'Sahayak' system; found dead

In January 2017, Roy Mathew, an army jawan, had conducted a sting operation against army's 'sahayak' (buddy) system which showed army officers exploiting jawans.

INS Viraat may be sold as scrap after retirement

21 Feb 2017

INS Viraat may be sold as scrap after retirement

Indian Navy's INS Viraat, set to retire on March 6, could be sold as scrap, as a proposal to convert it into a museum remains in limbo.

Reliance, US Navy sign warship repair contract

15 Feb 2017

Reliance, US Navy sign warship repair contract

Sources said Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd signed an agreement with the US Navy for undertaking service, maintenance and repair of the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy at the Reliance Shipyard in Gujarat.

Israel passes controversial bill legalizing Jewish settlements

07 Feb 2017

Israel passes controversial bill legalizing Jewish settlements

The Israeli parliament has passed a law that retroactively legalizes thousands of Jewish homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, further diminishing chances of achieving longstanding peace.

Israel to build 2500 new settlement homes

26 Jan 2017

Israel to build 2500 new settlement homes

In the second such announcement since Trump assumed office, Israel's Defence Ministry stated that it will build 2500 new settlement homes in the West Bank.

Donald Trump invites Israel's PM to Washington

23 Jan 2017

Donald Trump invites Israel's PM to Washington

US President Donald Trump has extended a formal invitation to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu to visit him in Washington in February.