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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.

Delhi inaugurates world's largest COVID care facility with 10,000 beds

05 Jul 2020

Delhi inaugurates world's largest COVID care facility with 10,000 beds

Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday inaugurated a 10,000-bed COVID care facility in the national capital.

Coronavirus: Rajnath Singh inaugurates mobile testing labs developed by DRDO

23 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Rajnath Singh inaugurates mobile testing labs developed by DRDO

The Ministry of Defence on Thursday unveiled a mobile laboratory that will serve as testing facilities for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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).

BJP's Pragya sacked from Defence panel after 'deshbhakt' Godse remark

28 Nov 2019

BJP's Pragya sacked from Defence panel after 'deshbhakt' Godse remark

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Singh Thakur has been removed from the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence, a day after she referred to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse, as a "deshbhakt (patriot)" during Lok Sabha proceedings.

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.

First Chief of Defence Staff to be announced next month

19 Nov 2019

First Chief of Defence Staff to be announced next month

By next month, India could be looking at its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a single-point military adviser to the government.

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.

IIT-Kanpur's plan to wash away Delhi's pollution awaits clearance

14 Nov 2018

IIT-Kanpur's plan to wash away Delhi's pollution awaits clearance

In an unprecedented approach to tackling pollution in India, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in collaboration with IIT-Kanpur, had earlier announced plans to wash away Delhi's toxic air using artificial rains.

Fitness app Strava "accidentally" reveals secret army locations across countries

30 Jan 2018

Fitness app Strava "accidentally" reveals secret army locations across countries

In a rather shocking incident, top secret military locations and exercise routes of army bases around the world have been revealed by fitness app Strava.

Centre approves Rs. 32,000 cr plan to modernize Coast Guard

17 Aug 2017

Centre approves Rs. 32,000 cr plan to modernize Coast Guard

The Indian government has approved a Rs. 31,748 crore "definitive five-year action programme" to modernize the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

Mumbai: Gold-bars worth Rs. 34lakh recovered from Jet Airways' toilet

22 Jun 2017

Mumbai: Gold-bars worth Rs. 34lakh recovered from Jet Airways' toilet

The Airport Intelligence Unit of Mumbai airport recovered five gold bars from the toilet of Jet Airways flight, which arrived from Dubai.

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.

Defence canteens stop selling Ramdev's Amla juice

24 Apr 2017

Defence canteens stop selling Ramdev's Amla juice

After the Central Food Lab in Kolkata issued an adverse report about the Patanjali amla juice, the Ministry of Defence's Canteen Stores Department discontinued sales of the product.

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.

Indo-US logistics pact faces delays

21 Mar 2017

Indo-US logistics pact faces delays

The much awaited Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement between India and the US is reportedly facing several bureaucratic hurdles due to slow-decision making on the Indian side.

Musharraf: Will face trial if security provided

17 Mar 2017

Musharraf: Will face trial if security provided

Pervez Musharraf stated that he is willing to return to Pakistan to face trial, if the Pakistani army is ready to provide security cover for him.

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.

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.

Tri-services chief likely soon for India

22 Jan 2017

Tri-services chief likely soon for India

Discussions for the appointment of a tri-services chief were underway at the Combined Commanders' Conference held at the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun.

Navy Chief new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee

30 Dec 2016

Navy Chief new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee

Navy Chief Sunil Lanba took over as the new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) from out going IAF Chief Arup Raha; the government is currently working on a new post for inter-services co-operation like a permanent CoSC Chairman or a Chief of Defence Staff.

PM Modi, Parrikar to discuss Chief of Defence Staff appointment

26 Dec 2016

PM Modi, Parrikar to discuss Chief of Defence Staff appointment

Major military reforms are around the corner as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in early January to discuss the mandate of the proposed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

SC provides IT relief to former rulers

14 Dec 2016

SC provides IT relief to former rulers

The Supreme Court has ruled on a nearly 4 decade old dispute between legal heirs of Maharao Bhim Singh of Kota and the Income Tax department.

The suspicious deaths of India's nuclear scientists

06 Dec 2016

The suspicious deaths of India's nuclear scientists

Since 2008, 70 scientists and engineers with various establishments and research centres of the Department of Atomic energy have died due to unnatural causes.

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant against Pervez Musharraf

29 Nov 2016

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant against Pervez Musharraf

The Balochistan High Court has issued an arrest warrant against former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf.

Disability pension not reduced, but significantly increased: Centre

12 Oct 2016

Disability pension not reduced, but significantly increased: Centre

Rubbishing media reports, the Centre said the disability pension for Indian Armed Forces Personnel hadn't been reduced but rather "significantly increased".

Reliance Defence gets clearance for projects

18 Sep 2016

Reliance Defence gets clearance for projects

Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has been cleared by the Defence Ministry for defence projects after it qualified a financial and technical assessment.

The 'Mormugao' is finally launched

17 Sep 2016

The 'Mormugao' is finally launched

The Indian Navy's newest guided missile destroyer was launched by Reena Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba's wife at 11.58 am today.

Scorpene data leak happened in France, not India

17 Sep 2016

Scorpene data leak happened in France, not India

Speaking at the launch of guided missile destroyer Mormugao on Saturday, Navy Chief Admiral Lanba said that preliminary investigations show the leak took place at DCNS office in France, not India.

Navy stealth destroyer being launched this week

16 Sep 2016

Navy stealth destroyer being launched this week

Mormugao, another warship for the Indian Navy and a stealth destroyer of the Visakhapatnam Class, will be launched this Saturday at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).

India, Russia likely to sign another mega defence deal

08 Sep 2016

India, Russia likely to sign another mega defence deal

Bilateral talks between India and Russia gained momentum as another mega defence deal between them seems likely.

Paper asked to hand over all Scorpene data to DCNS

02 Sep 2016

Paper asked to hand over all Scorpene data to DCNS

An Australian court has ordered the newspaper The Australian to hand over all the leaked data and documentation on the Scorpene submarine to its manufacturer DCNS.

Temporary Injunction on further publication of Scorpene data

30 Aug 2016

Temporary Injunction on further publication of Scorpene data

On an application submitted by DCNS, the French defence firm, a temporary stay was granted by the Australian Court on further publication of the Scorpene submarine data.

Scorpene Whistleblower to surrender Data disk to Australian Government

27 Aug 2016

Scorpene Whistleblower to surrender Data disk to Australian Government

According to 'The Australian' newspaper, thousands of pages containing data regarding the Scorpene's stealth and warfare capabilities will reach the Australian Government by Monday.

More Scorpene details made Public

26 Aug 2016

More Scorpene details made Public

Nine more pages of technical data about the French Scorpene submarine designed by DCNS for India were made public by The Australian.

MoD plays down Scorpene leak

25 Aug 2016

MoD plays down Scorpene leak

The Defence ministry has ordered a probe into the leak of documents and data on India's Scorpene submarine systems from DCNS by an Australian media source.

India's Scorpene Submarines Compromised

24 Aug 2016

India's Scorpene Submarines Compromised

A massive leak of sensitive data on the capabilities of India's Scorpene class submarines gravely compromised the Indian Navy.

Pakistani hackers hack Goa Institute of Management's website

16 Aug 2016

Pakistani hackers hack Goa Institute of Management's website

The website of the Goa Institute of Management, a top B-school was hacked by a group of 'Pak cyber attackers'.