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INS Rajput to be decommissioned on May 21

20 May 2021

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.

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

24 Oct 2020

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.

Military jet triggered loud noise that shook Paris, nearby areas

30 Sep 2020

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.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

01 Sep 2020

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

'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.

Defense Ministry accepts Chinese intrusion in Ladakh, later deletes document

06 Aug 2020

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.

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

24 Jul 2020

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

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

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.

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

04 Feb 2020

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

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.

Bengal's tableau won't be seen at R-Day parade this year

02 Jan 2020

Bengal's tableau won't be seen at R-Day parade this year

In what could ignite fresh tensions between Centre, ruled by BJP, and the Trinamool government in West Bengal, the Ministry of Defense rejected the state's tableau proposal for Republic Day parade.

First CDS Bipin Rawat speaks on new role, his strategy

31 Dec 2019

First CDS Bipin Rawat speaks on new role, his strategy

The 27th Chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, is all set to take office as India's first Chief of Defense Staff, and quite naturally the expectations from him are high.

Pragya Thakur demands FIR over Congress MLA's 'burn her' threat

08 Dec 2019

Pragya Thakur demands FIR over Congress MLA's 'burn her' threat

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Singh Thakur reached a police station in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, late Saturday, demanding an FIR against a Congress MLA.

People afraid to criticize Modi government, says industrialist Rahul Bajaj

01 Dec 2019

People afraid to criticize Modi government, says industrialist Rahul Bajaj

Bajaj Group chairperson Rahul Bajaj on Saturday raised several concerns about the Narendra Modi government at an event.

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.

He used my father's ill health, Parrikar's son slams Gandhi

15 Nov 2019

He used my father's ill health, Parrikar's son slams Gandhi

With the Supreme Court dismissing pleas seeking review on its earlier order that said it was satisfied with how the deal for 36 Rafale jets was signed with France, the Bharatiya Janata Party got new ammunition to target Congress.

Chowkidar chor hai: SC closes contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi

14 Nov 2019

Chowkidar chor hai: SC closes contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi framed his campaigning for 2019 Lok Sabha polls on "Chowkidar Chor Hai", but results showed it failed to connect with masses.

Jaish terrorists in Delhi, airports in North India on alert

03 Oct 2019

Jaish terrorists in Delhi, airports in North India on alert

In an alarming piece of news, four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists have reportedly entered Delhi to carry out a terror attack. A red alert was sounded late on Wednesday after security agencies received this information.

Will Bipin Rawat be India's first Chief of Defense Staff?

15 Aug 2019

Will Bipin Rawat be India's first Chief of Defense Staff?

From the rampart of Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on India's 73rd Independence Day that the nation will soon get a Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) for better coordination between all three legs of forces- Army, Air Force, and Navy.

Meet the IAS-officer who will be Amit Shah's private secretary

08 Jun 2019

Meet the IAS-officer who will be Amit Shah's private secretary

There have been enough indications to prove Union Home Minister Amit Shah will enjoy the maximum clout in the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

From JNU student to FinMin, tracing Nirmala Sitharaman's incredible journey

31 May 2019

From JNU student to FinMin, tracing Nirmala Sitharaman's incredible journey

On Friday, Nirmala Sitharaman took charge as India's new Finance Minister, making her the senior-most woman in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

#RafaleDeal: Center files fresh affidavit in Rafale review case

04 May 2019

#RafaleDeal: Center files fresh affidavit in Rafale review case

The Center has filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court on Saturday against the petitions seeking review of the top court's Rafale deal verdict in December 2018.

Wealthy Muslim family behind Sri Lanka attack that killed 359

25 Apr 2019

Wealthy Muslim family behind Sri Lanka attack that killed 359

Locals of Dematagoda, a quiet suburb in Sri Lankan capital Colombo, had no clue that a wealthy family in the neighborhood was planning something sinister behind closed doors.

SC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi over #ChowkidarChorHai comment

23 Apr 2019

SC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi over #ChowkidarChorHai comment

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a formal contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for attributing his Chowkidar chor hai comment to the top court's 10 April judgment.

Delhi: In a first, mother, daughter receive PhD degrees together

18 Mar 2019

Delhi: In a first, mother, daughter receive PhD degrees together

Getting a PhD is a huge achievement and a memorable experience. However, for 56-year-old Mala Dutta, whose dream of receiving a PhD came true 34 years after college, it was even more memorable.

Now, Attorney General says Rafale documents weren't "stolen" but "copied"

09 Mar 2019

Now, Attorney General says Rafale documents weren't "stolen" but "copied"

Two days after he told the Supreme Court that classified documents related to Rafale Deal were "stolen" from Ministry of Defense, Attorney General KK Venugopal on Friday clarified that the papers were in fact "photocopied".

Reports of jawan's abduction from home are untrue: Defense Ministry

09 Mar 2019

Reports of jawan's abduction from home are untrue: Defense Ministry

The Defense Ministry, in a tweet, clarified the army jawan, who was reported to have been kidnapped by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, is safe.

#RafaleHearing: 'Secret' Rafale deal files stolen, Center tells SC

06 Mar 2019

#RafaleHearing: 'Secret' Rafale deal files stolen, Center tells SC

The government told the Supreme Court that "secret" Rafale deal-related documents were stolen from the Defense Ministry and petitioners filing review pleas in the matter are relying on classified documents, violating the Official Secrets Act.

Women officers soon eligible for permanent careers in #IndianArmy branches

05 Mar 2019

Women officers soon eligible for permanent careers in #IndianArmy branches

The Defense Ministry has announced that women inducted as short-service commissioned (SSC) officers will soon be eligible for permanent careers in all the 10 branches of the Indian Army.

South Korea, US to end their large-scale joint military exercises

03 Mar 2019

South Korea, US to end their large-scale joint military exercises

The US and South Korea today said they will end their annual large-scale joint military exercises as Washington pursues efforts to improve ties with North Korea.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi hospital

02 Mar 2019

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi hospital

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at a Delhi hospital where he was taken after Pakistan released him. She told him India is proud of his courage and determination.

Taliban attack joint US-Afghan base, kill 23 Afghan security forces

02 Mar 2019

Taliban attack joint US-Afghan base, kill 23 Afghan security forces

At least 23 Afghan security forces were killed in a Taliban attack on a joint US-Afghan base in southwestern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, as fighting continued during a pause in peace talks between the insurgents and American negotiators.

India Strikes Back: IAF's successful operation lauded by politicians

26 Feb 2019

India Strikes Back: IAF's successful operation lauded by politicians

In a huge overnight operation, Indian Air Force completely destroyed terror camps in Pakistan days after Jaish-e-Mohammed executed the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.

OFB to manufacture 114 India's first-ever long-range artillery gun 'Dhanush'

20 Feb 2019

OFB to manufacture 114 India's first-ever long-range artillery gun 'Dhanush'

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has received a bulk production clearance from the Indian Army and the Defense Ministry for production of 114 'Dhanush' artillery guns, officials said yesterday.

Beware of this fake-message asking for donations for Pulwama martyrs

16 Feb 2019

Beware of this fake-message asking for donations for Pulwama martyrs

On Thursday, 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred and 40 others were injured in Pulwama by an explosion carried out by terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slams Rahul Gandhi over Rafale allegations

08 Feb 2019

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slams Rahul Gandhi over Rafale allegations

After Rahul Gandhi, citing a report by The Hindu, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being "directly involved in the Rafale scam", Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has hit back.

Defense Ministry approves procurement of 73,000 assault rifles from US

02 Feb 2019

Defense Ministry approves procurement of 73,000 assault rifles from US

In a major move towards infantry modernization, the Defense Ministry has cleared a long-pending proposal of the Indian Army to procure around 73,000 assault rifles from the US under fast track mode, official sources said today.

Only dignified activities allowed on INS Viraat: Vice Admiral Luthra

03 Dec 2018

Only dignified activities allowed on INS Viraat: Vice Admiral Luthra

Only "dignified activities" will be permitted on board the Indian Navy's decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat, Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said today.

Boost for armed forces: Defense ministry approves Rs.3,000cr for BrahMos

01 Dec 2018

Boost for armed forces: Defense ministry approves Rs.3,000cr for BrahMos

On Saturday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the procurement of military equipment worth Rs. 3,000cr, reported news agency PTI.