Articles about Defence Ministry

Identification delay stalls pensions of 58,000+ retired armed forces personnel

04 May 2022

India
Identification delay stalls pensions of 58,000+ retired armed forces personnel

The Defence Ministry said 58,275 former servicemen—who didn't receive their April pension—will have the same credited to their bank accounts by Wednesday night.

Armed forces want removal of AFSPA from J&K: Rajnath Singh

23 Apr 2022

India
Armed forces want removal of AFSPA from J&K: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday stated India's all three defense forces wanted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) to be removed from Jammu & Kashmir soon.

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande appointed as next Indian Army chief

18 Apr 2022

India
Lieutenant General Manoj Pande appointed as next Indian Army chief

The Defence Ministry on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Manoj Pande as the next Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) of India.

Missile incident regrettable; Indian systems reliable, safe: Rajnath in Parliament

15 Mar 2022

India
Missile incident regrettable; Indian systems reliable, safe: Rajnath in Parliament

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday informed the Parliament that the government has taken "serious note" of the incident in which an unarmed supersonic missile was "inadvertently" launched on March 9 and landed in Pakistan.

Defense Ministry rejected script for featuring gay soldier, says Onir

23 Jan 2022

Entertainment
Defense Ministry rejected script for featuring gay soldier, says Onir

National award-winning filmmaker Onir's script on a gay soldier for his next feature has been rejected by the Defense Ministry, thereby leading to a major controversy.

COVID-19: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tests positive 'with mild symptoms'

10 Jan 2022

Politics
COVID-19: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tests positive 'with mild symptoms'

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Supreme Court allows widening of Char Dham roads citing security

14 Dec 2021

India
Supreme Court allows widening of Char Dham roads citing security

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the central government to go ahead with the Char Dham Highway project.

How India's indigenous AESA radar could boost IAF's capabilities

08 Dec 2021

India
How India's indigenous AESA radar could boost IAF's capabilities

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will demonstrate the use of an indigenously-built active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar late in December.

Rafale maker paid €7.5 million to middleman between 2007-12: Report

09 Nov 2021

India
Rafale maker paid €7.5 million to middleman between 2007-12: Report

French manufacturer Dassault Aviation paid at least 7.5 million euro (Rs. 60 crore) in bribes to a middleman to help secure the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India, French portal Mediapart reported.

Online NDA application for women opens; admissions to be 'provisional'

24 Sep 2021

India
Online NDA application for women opens; admissions to be 'provisional'

The Union Public Service Commission on Friday said it opened the online application for women candidates to apply for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination, 2021.

India will purchase 56 C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus

24 Sep 2021

India
India will purchase 56 C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus

The Defense Ministry on Friday inked a nearly Rs. 20,000 crore contract with Airbus Defence and Space of Spain to procure 56 C-295 medium transport aircraft which will replace Avro-748 planes of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Allow women to appear for November NDA entrance: Supreme Court

22 Sep 2021

India
Allow women to appear for November NDA entrance: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the central government to allow women candidates to appear for the entrance exam to the National Defence Academy (NDA) scheduled in November.

VR Chaudhari to become IAF's next Chief of Air Staff

21 Sep 2021

India
VR Chaudhari to become IAF's next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari is to be appointed as the next Chief of Air Staff, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

PM hits out at critics of the Central Vista project

16 Sep 2021

Politics
PM hits out at critics of the Central Vista project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at critics of the ambitious Central Vista project and asserted that ease of living and ease of doing business was behind the spirit of the work being done under the initiative.

India rethinking strategy on Afghanistan; changing situation challenging: Rajnath Singh

29 Aug 2021

India
India rethinking strategy on Afghanistan; changing situation challenging: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the "changing equation" in Afghanistan is a "challenge" for India, and it has compelled the government to rethink its strategy.

Pegasus row: Defence Ministry says 'no transaction' with spyware maker

09 Aug 2021

India
Pegasus row: Defence Ministry says 'no transaction' with spyware maker

The Union Ministry of Defence today said that it has done "no transaction" with NSO Group, the Israeli company which is at the center of a controversy involving its Pegasus spyware program.

Defence Ministry mulls merit over seniority for top military posts

09 Aug 2021

India
Defence Ministry mulls merit over seniority for top military posts

The Defence Ministry is examining a proposal to select officers for top military posts like the Commanders-in-Chief (C-in-C) in the Army, Navy, and Air Force based on merit rather than seniority.

INS Rajput to be decommissioned on May 21

20 May 2021

India
INS Rajput to be decommissioned on May 21

After 41 years of service, the first destroyer of the Indian Navy, INS Rajput, will be decommissioned on Friday.

Defense ministry to airlift 23 oxygen generation plants from Germany

23 Apr 2021

India
Defense ministry to airlift 23 oxygen generation plants from Germany

The defense ministry has decided to airlift 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany as several states reeled under an acute shortage of medical oxygen due to a massive surge in coronavirus cases, officials said Friday.

Not conceded any territory in the agreement with China: Government

12 Feb 2021

Politics
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

India
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

India
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

India
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.

Imported items, including liquor, to be banned in Army canteens

24 Oct 2020

India
Imported items, including liquor, to be banned in Army canteens

The government is set to ban imported items, including liquor, in the defense canteens as it has ordered its 4,000 military shops to stop purchasing all "direct imported" goods, reported Reuters.

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

19 Oct 2020

India
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

India
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.

Military jet triggered loud noise that shook Paris, nearby areas

30 Sep 2020

World
Military jet triggered loud noise that shook Paris, nearby areas

On Wednesday, a loud noise sent residents of Paris and nearby suburbs into a state of panic, but the French Police soon allayed fears by announcing that the sound was caused by a military jet and not an explosion.

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

03 Sep 2020

India
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.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

01 Sep 2020

India
Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who breathed his last on Monday at the age of 84, weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, was cremated at New Delhi's Lodhi Crematorium with full military honors.

'Gunjan Saxena': IAF writes to Censor Board over negative portrayal

13 Aug 2020

Entertainment
'Gunjan Saxena': IAF writes to Censor Board over negative portrayal

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has written to film certification body Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), thereby objecting to its alleged negative portrayal in the biographical film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.

Atmanirbhar Bharat: Defence Ministry announces ban on 101 import items

09 Aug 2020

India
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.

Defense Ministry accepts Chinese intrusion in Ladakh, later deletes document

06 Aug 2020

India
Defense Ministry accepts Chinese intrusion in Ladakh, later deletes document

For the first time since tensions with China sparked along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) earlier this year, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) admitted to intrusion. This information which was available on MoD's website since Tuesday has now been taken down, said reports.

5 Rafale jets reach India; land at Ambala airbase

29 Jul 2020

India
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.

Independence-Day during pandemic: No school kids, PPE-wearing cops, fewer guests

24 Jul 2020

India
Independence-Day during pandemic: No school kids, PPE-wearing cops, fewer guests

With Independence Day approaching, the Centre has gotten busy planning intricate details of the event at the Red Fort, while keeping in mind the coronavirus pandemic.

Defense secretary tests coronavirus positive, part of South Block sealed

04 Jun 2020

India
Defense secretary tests coronavirus positive, part of South Block sealed

Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining at his home, reports said. The 1985-batch IAS officer is the first top bureaucrat to have contracted COVID-19.

Bengal assures cooperation to Centre's COVID-19 teams sent for assessment

22 Apr 2020

Politics
Bengal assures cooperation to Centre's COVID-19 teams sent for assessment

Earlier, the coronavirus pandemic fueled tensions between Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the Centre, ruled by BJP. But, the Bengal government assured on Tuesday that the visiting teams would be given full cooperation in the state.

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

21 Apr 2020

Politics
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

India
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.

Soldiers in Siachen and Ladakh lack proper gear, ration: CAG

04 Feb 2020

India
Soldiers in Siachen and Ladakh lack proper gear, ration: CAG

Soldiers deployed in brutish locations like Siachen and Ladakh lack adequate gear and ration, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a report filed before the Parliament on Monday.

Republic Day parade 2020: All you need to know

20 Jan 2020

India
Republic Day parade 2020: All you need to know

Every year, India celebrates Republic Day on January 26 to honor the day on which the Constitution of India came into effect.

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