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Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks PM Wickremesinghe; Rajapaksa sworn in

27 Oct 2018

Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks PM Wickremesinghe; Rajapaksa sworn in

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today issued two extraordinary gazette notices making controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa the new Prime Minister and formally recognizing Ranil Wickremesinghe's dramatic dismissal, leading to a constitutional crisis.

MoD: Jets manufactured by HAL cost more than foreign ones

19 Oct 2018

MoD: Jets manufactured by HAL cost more than foreign ones

A recent review of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has revealed that jets manufactured by the state-run defense company cost more than the same jets produced abroad by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Indian Navy 'urgently' needs 12 minesweeper-ships; left with only 2

30 Sep 2018

Indian Navy 'urgently' needs 12 minesweeper-ships; left with only 2

The Indian Navy currently has only two minesweeper ships at its disposal to safeguard sea lanes and ports spread across thousands of kilometers of coastlines in the eastern and western seaboards, a top Navy officer has said.

Colombo: Indian arrested over plot to assassinate Sri Lanka President

26 Sep 2018

Colombo: Indian arrested over plot to assassinate Sri Lanka President

An Indian national who was aware of an alleged plot to assassinate the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has been arrested.

#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."

SC adjourns hearing on PIL seeking stay on Rafale deal

18 Sep 2018

SC adjourns hearing on PIL seeking stay on Rafale deal

The Supreme Court adjourned hearing on a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.

Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

18 Sep 2018

Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

Russia's Defense Ministry said one of its reconnaissance aircraft with 15 people on board has been brought down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea.

India should shed 'world's largest arms importer' tag: Official

14 Sep 2018

India should shed 'world's largest arms importer' tag: Official

Secretary in Department of Defense Production (DP) Ajay Kumar today said India has overtaken China as the world's largest arms importer and should shed the tag.

UPSC website hacked, picture of Doraemon displayed; now restored

11 Sep 2018

UPSC website hacked, picture of Doraemon displayed; now restored

The official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) was hacked late on Monday, meaning it has joined the long list of government-run websites to have met the fate.

Government ends rumors: Bengaluru remains host for Aero India

08 Sep 2018

Government ends rumors: Bengaluru remains host for Aero India

Putting a stop to all speculations and suspense, the Union Government announced today that Aero India, Asia's largest military aviation exhibition, will be held in Bengaluru this time as well.

India buying Russian missile system isn't the main focus: Pompeo

06 Sep 2018

India buying Russian missile system isn't the main focus: Pompeo

India buying a missile defense system from Russia and oil from Iran would be part of the 2+2 dialogue, but not the talks' primary focus, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

Helicopter crash kills 12 in northern Afghanistan

03 Sep 2018

Helicopter crash kills 12 in northern Afghanistan

At least 12 people were killed, including two Ukrainians, when a helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, Afghan and foreign officials said.

Govt clears procurement of 111 Naval helicopters at Rs. 21,000cr

25 Aug 2018

Govt clears procurement of 111 Naval helicopters at Rs. 21,000cr

In a major decision, the Defense Ministry today gave its nod to the acquisition of 111 Utility Helicopters for the Navy at a cost of over Rs. 21,000cr besides approving separate procurement proposals worth nearly Rs. 25,000cr, according to officials.

Kerala hit by worst-ever flood, death toll rises to 72

16 Aug 2018

Kerala hit by worst-ever flood, death toll rises to 72

Kerala is witnessing its worst-ever flood- 72 people have lost their lives, operations have been suspended at Kochi Airport till August 18, and trains cancelled on the Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil route.

Afghanistan: Taliban fighters try to seize Ghazni city, kill 14

10 Aug 2018

Afghanistan: Taliban fighters try to seize Ghazni city, kill 14

Taliban fighters tried to overrun the southeastern Afghan city of Ghazni early today, hiding inside homes before slipping into city streets in the night to attack security forces.

SC summons CBI chief again over Manipur fake encounters probe

30 Jul 2018

SC summons CBI chief again over Manipur fake encounters probe

CBI director Alok Kumar Verma, on Monday, was summoned by the Supreme Court to give an explanation for the agency's slow pace of investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur by Indian security forces.

Nirmala Sitharaman hands over 'Made in India' engines to Army

28 Jul 2018

Nirmala Sitharaman hands over 'Made in India' engines to Army

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today, at a function, formally handed over two types of indigenously built high-power multi-fuel engines to the to Vice Chief of Army Staff Devaraj Anbu.

Security forces have killed over 580 terrorists since 2015: Govt

25 Jul 2018

Security forces have killed over 580 terrorists since 2015: Govt

Security forces have killed 581 terrorists since 2015 while 69 personnel died in ceasefire violations, Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre told the Lok Sabha today.

China's defense expenditure 3 times more than India last year

25 Jul 2018

China's defense expenditure 3 times more than India last year

China's expenditure on the military was three times more than India's last year, but the share of its defense spending in GDP was less than India's, Union Minister Subhash Bhamre said today.

Rafale deal 'smells-like-scam'; Defense Minister doing flip-flop on secrecy-clause: Rahul

22 Jul 2018

Rafale deal 'smells-like-scam'; Defense Minister doing flip-flop on secrecy-clause: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today alleged the controversial Rafale jet deal "smells like a scam" and accused Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of doing a "flip-flop" on the secrecy clause.

#DefenseDiaries: Tejas fighter jet misses another deadline for combat readiness

09 Jul 2018

#DefenseDiaries: Tejas fighter jet misses another deadline for combat readiness

The indigenously developed Tejas fighter jet, first approved way back in 1983, has missed yet another deadline for becoming fully combat-ready.

South Korea starts two-day war games to defend against Japan

18 Jun 2018

South Korea starts two-day war games to defend against Japan

South Korea will begin two days of war games today to practice defending the disputed Dokdo islands off its east coast, against an unlikely attack by Japan.

US approves $930mn deal to sell 6 Apache-attack-choppers to India

13 Jun 2018

US approves $930mn deal to sell 6 Apache-attack-choppers to India

The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $930 million, the Pentagon said, underlining that this will strengthen India's ability to deter regional threats.

Rafale deal: Sitharaman refutes scandal allegations; says allegations are politically=motivated

05 Jun 2018

Rafale deal: Sitharaman refutes scandal allegations; says allegations are politically=motivated

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today, addressing a press conference said that there was absolutely "no scandal" in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France and allegations of the wrongdoings relating to it were politically motivated.

Budget constraints force Army to cut down order for rifles

04 Jun 2018

Budget constraints force Army to cut down order for rifles

Budgetary constraints have forced the Indian Army to order 250,000 modern assault rifles, as against 800,000 rifles, its original requirement worth $2.5 billion, wrote Bloomberg.

Army finalizes Rs. 15,000cr deal to procure critical weapons, tanks

13 May 2018

Army finalizes Rs. 15,000cr deal to procure critical weapons, tanks

After years of deliberations, the Army has finalized a mega Rs. 15,000cr project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously to overcome long delays in imports and address the problem of a dwindling stockpile.

Indian defense procurement system is a mess: Report

10 May 2018

Indian defense procurement system is a mess: Report

Latest defense ministry report has ridiculed the Indian weapons-buying system for being inflicted with "multiple decision-heads, duplication of processes.....delayed execution, no real-time monitoring, no project-based approach and a tendency to fault-find rather than to facilitate."

This Pune-couple on a mission to help Siachen soldiers breathe

27 Apr 2018

This Pune-couple on a mission to help Siachen soldiers breathe

A Pune-based couple, in their 60s, has sold most of their ornaments to install an oxygen plant at the Indian Army's main base camp in Siachen, which will be a huge help to almost 9,000 soldiers posted there.

Defense Ministry clears purchase of military equipment worth Rs. 3,687cr

28 Apr 2018

Defense Ministry clears purchase of military equipment worth Rs. 3,687cr

On Friday, the Defense Ministry announced the procurement of military equipment worth Rs. 3,687cr.

India hands over helicopter, tanks to Bangladesh as 1971 memorabilia

27 Apr 2018

India hands over helicopter, tanks to Bangladesh as 1971 memorabilia

India has handed over a Mi-4 helicopter and two PT-76 tanks to Bangladesh as part of 1971 Liberation War memorabilia.

Supreme Court website reportedly hacked minutes after Judge Loya ruling

19 Apr 2018

Supreme Court website reportedly hacked minutes after Judge Loya ruling

Minutes after the SC refused to order an independent probe in Special CBI Judge BH Loya's death, its website reportedly came under attack from hackers.

Major reform: India sets-up new body for improved defense planning

19 Apr 2018

Major reform: India sets-up new body for improved defense planning

In a major reform in Indian defense, the government has constituted the high-powered Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Defence Expo begins; major military firms showcase latest weapons

11 Apr 2018

Defence Expo begins; major military firms showcase latest weapons

India's mega defense exhibition, Defense Expo-2018, began today with the participation of major global and domestic military firms, which are eyeing billions of dollars of contract as part of the country's military modernization program.

Website of Indian Defense Ministry hacked, Chinese characters visible

06 Apr 2018

Website of Indian Defense Ministry hacked, Chinese characters visible

The website of India's Defense Ministry was hacked today, with users being shown a message about an "unexpected error" and some Chinese characters on top of the screen.

Government rejects roll-out of Google's Street View service

29 Mar 2018

Government rejects roll-out of Google's Street View service

The government of India has rejected a proposal from Google to introduce its Street View service in the country, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha.

Indian Army and Navy has shortage of 274 pilots: Government

28 Mar 2018

Indian Army and Navy has shortage of 274 pilots: Government

Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State in the Defense Ministry, today informed Lok Sabha that there is a shortage of 274 pilots in the Army and the Navy.

Infantry guarding borders to get new rifles, carbines, LMGs soon

24 Mar 2018

Infantry guarding borders to get new rifles, carbines, LMGs soon

Indian infantry guarding borders with Pakistan and China are finally set to receive a small number of assault rifles, close-quarter combat (CQB) carbines, and light machine guns under the fast-track procedure (FTP) after over a decade of delay.

Mandatory military service for new government employees?

15 Mar 2018

Mandatory military service for new government employees?

Indians wishing to get into government service, take note. Irrespective of your job profile, you might have to serve in the armed forces for the first five years.

Defense Ministry to acquire new advanced weapons worth Rs. 16,000cr

14 Feb 2018

Defense Ministry to acquire new advanced weapons worth Rs. 16,000cr

The Defense Ministry has approved mega weapons acquisition proposals worth Rs. 15,935cr.