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National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015

March 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015 at different venues located in 41 centres throughout the country on Sunday the April 19, 2015.

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015

March 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015 at different venues located in 41 centres throughout the country on Sunday the April 19, 2015.

Jaitley warns Pakistan against 'unaffordable adventurism'

October 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Today, Defence minister Arun Jaitley warned Pakistan against 'unaffordable adventurism'. This is the first interaction of Arun Jaitley with media after begin discharged from AIIMS.

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New defence procurement policy likely soon, says defence ministry's finance official

May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): The government is planning to come up with a new Defence Procurement Policy (DPP), as the previous one, which is just about a year old, is not working as expected.

New defence procurement policy likely soon, says defence ministry's finance official

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): The government is planning to come up with a new Defence Procurement Policy (DPP), as the previous one, which is just about a year old, is not working as expected.

Pakistan claims credit a year after Osama killing

May 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Islamabad, May 3 (IANS) The Pakistan government and its armed forces played a vital role in tracking down Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden through a mobile phone SIM, says Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar.

Pak Govt, military played 'fortuitous' role in Bin Laden hunt, says Defence Minister

May 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Islamabad, May 3 (ANI): Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has said that the Pakistan Government and the armed forces played a vital role in hunting down former Al- Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden through a mobile phone chip.

China, US vow stable military ties

May 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Beijing, May 2 (IANS) China and the US Wednesday pledged to maintain "healthy and stable bilateral military relations".

Indian American gets key Pentagon job

May 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) Indian American security expert Vikram J. Singh has been appointed to the key post of deputy assistant secretary of defence for South and Southeast Asia at the Pentagon.

Indian defence forces record 83 fratricides in 12 years

May 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) India's army, navy and air force have lost a total of 1,362 personnel in suicides and another 83 soldiers to fratricides since the year 2000, Parliament was informed Wednesday.

'Chinese chopper violated Indian air space'

May 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Admitting to violation of Indian airspace by Chinese helicopters in March this year, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Wednesday said these incidents were taken up with Beijing through diplomatic channels.

Government has nothing to hide in defence deals: Antony

May 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony has clarified in parliament that there is nothing to hide and fear for the government in the Indian

India lost over half of its 872 MiG jets in 40 years

May 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Over the last 40 years, India lost more than half of its MiG combat fleet of 872 aircraft and 171 pilots, the Rajya Sabha was informed Wednesday.

Tatra truck deal: Antony assures action after CBI probe

May 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K Antony on Wednesday said the government would take stringent action against those involved in corruption and in the procurement of Tatra heavy-duty trucks for the army.

'Indian defence procurement system still not perfect'

May 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) With time and cost escalations plaguing military acquisitions, Financial Advisor (Defence Services) A.K. Chopra admitted Wednesday that the procurement systems are still far from being perfect and are still evolving.

Demining: US official in Sri Lanka (With Image)

May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Colombo, May 2 (IANS) A US official has ended a week-long visit during which he meet NGOs in Sri Lanka's north and discussed the progress in de-mining activities.

Indian Air Force participates in Exercise 'Shoorveer' in Rajasthan

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Somewhere in Rajasthan Desert, May 1 (ANI): The South Western Command, Army is conducting Exercise 'Shoorveer' in the desert sector of Rajasthan.

BJP seeks PM statement on defence preparedness

May 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday sought an explanation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a parliament panel reported that country lacked defence preparedness.

Indian Air Force participates in Exercise 'Shoorveer' in Rajasthan

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Somewhere in Rajasthan Desert, May 1 (ANI): The South Western Command, Army is conducting Exercise 'Shoorveer' in the desert sector of Rajasthan.

UK MoD's 9-day Olympic security drill to include snipers, missiles, fighter jets

May 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

London, May 1 (ANI): Keen to ensure full proof security for the London Olympics that take place in July this year, the British ministry of Defence will undertake a nine-day training exercise that will see missile practise drills, helicopters and gunships in operation.

Year after Osama, world still unsafe

May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) A year after Osama bin Laden was hunted down and killed at his safehouse in Pakistan's military town of Abbottabad by elite American forces, an event that made splashing headlines the world over, strategic analysts across the spectrum are agreed that little has changed and the Al Qaeda may be weakened but is still dangerous.

Army Chief defends letter written to PM

April 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Mumbai, Apr 30 (ANI): Defending the letter written by him to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in which he warned that the country's security is at stake, Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, on Monday said giving details of the preparedness to the Defence Minister and all those concerned is an ongoing process.

Dedicated navy, air force satellites by 2014

April 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) India's navy and air force will have dedicated communication satellites between 2012 and 2014, Defence Minister A.K. Antony told parliament Monday.

Israeli government blasts former spy chief's 'PM unfit to conduct war' comments

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Jerusalem, Apr 30 (ANI): Israeli Government officials have rejected former chief of security agency Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin's criticism of the country's political leadership.

'Pak intelligence says Taliban may be planning another attack on Adiala Prison

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Islamabad, Apr 30(ANI): Pakistan intelligence agencies have warned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may be planning another attack on the Adiala prison.

Bangaru Laxman quits BJP national executive committee

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman, who was sentenced to a four-year jail term on charges of corruption, resigned from the party's national executive committee on Monday.

Four-year prison sentence for ex-BJP chief Laxman insufficient: Hazare

April 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Ralegan Siddhi, Apr 30 (AN): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said the four-year prison sentence given to former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman on charges of bribery is to feeble to strike fear in the hearts of all corrupt politicians.

Former Shin Bet chief slams Netanyahu and Barak over misleading Israeli public on Iran

April 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Jerusalem, Apr 29 (ANI): Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin has criticized Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak over the country's 'messianic political leadership', which is misleading the public on issues related to Iran.

Israel leaders misleading public on Iran: Ex-security chief

April 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

London, April 28 (IANS) The former chief of Israel's domestic intelligence agency has accused the country's leadership of "misleading" the public on the merits of a possible military strike on Iran, BBC reported.

$195m 'Tomorrow Never Dies' stealth ship put up for sale in scrap market

April 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Melbourne, Apr 28 (ANI): Sea Shadow, the ship that inspired the radar-evading vessel that was the base of evil media mogul Elliot Carver in the 007 film 'Tomorrow Never Dies', is expected to fetch a little more than 50,000 dollars in the scrap market.

Bangaru Laxman sentenced; Congress asks BJP for introspection

April 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): Hours after former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman was sentenced on Saturday to four years in jail for taking a bribe of Rs. one lakh in a fictitious arms deal case 11 years ago, the ruling Congress Party on Saturday hit out at the main opposition, saying it is high time for them to rethink about their organization.

Bangaru Laxman sentenced to four years in fake arms deal case (Update)

April 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman was on Saturday sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined Rs. one lakh in connection with the fictitious arms deal case.

US economic growth slows to 2.2 pct in first quarter of 2012

April 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): The pace of economic growth in the United States has slowed down to 2.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, as compared to three percent in last three months of 2011.

Panetta reveals 'four most nail biting moments in Osama Abbottabad raid'

April 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Washington, Apr 28(ANI): The most nail biting moment in the Abbottabad raid that killed former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden came when the helicopters carrying the Navy Seals left Afghan airspace to enter Pakistan's territory, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said.

India test-flies naval version of LCA

April 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Bangalore, April 27 (IANS) India Friday conducted the maiden flight of the naval version of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over this tech hub under a partially cloudy sky.

India and China 'cannot be contained', says Australian Defence Minister

April 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Canberra, April 27 (ANI): Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said that it is impossible to contain India and China.

New international prize for South Asian journalists

April 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A new prize for journalists and columnists covering South Asia has been instituted to promote new voices in the region, US-based news website the Daily Beast said Thursday.

Cabinet nod for defence varsity in Gurgaon

April 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The cabinet Thursday approved acquisition of 205 acres land in Haryana's Gurgaon district, at a cost of Rs.162 crore, for setting up the Indian National Defence University (INDU).

Russia seeks US explanation over post-2014 Afghan presence

April 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Moscow, April 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The terms and goals of the projected US presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 need to be clarified, the Russian foreign ministry said Thursday.

China's aircraft carrier undertakes new trial on sea: spokesman

April 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Beijing, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): China's Defence Ministry said Thursday that the ongoing sea test of the country's aircraft carrier is not related to the current regional situation.

JuD Chief Saeed rejects Pak gov. appeal to maintain low profile

April 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Co-founder of banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Chief of Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has reportedly rejected the Pakistan government's appeal to limit his public appearances and activities, as United State has announced a bounty of US$10-million upon India's most wanted militant........

VVIP helicopters deal row: CPI-M asks Govt. to clarify facts in Parliament

April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

New Delhi, Apr 25 (ANI): Expressing concern over reports of corruption in the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters by India, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Basudev Acharya on Wednesday demanded that the government must clarify the facts in Parliament.

During security review, India talks about Pakistan's Shaheen

April 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Pakistan's test-firing an intermediate range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Wednesday, less than a week after India conducted its 5,000-km Agni-V test figured in a monthly security review Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony conducted with the three service chiefs later in the day.

Antony asks for fresh report on VVIP chopper deal

April 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K. Antony today directed his ministry officials to get a fresh report from the Indian Embassy in Rome following a media report alleging malpractices in the procurement of 12 helicopters for the VVIP Communication Squadrons of the Indian Air Force from Ms. Agusta Westland.

Russia, China complete first stage of naval drills

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Moscow, April 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia and China have completed the first stage of naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, off the coast of Qingdao in eastern China.

Apex court stays release order of 16 women army officers

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) As the Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the release of another 16 short service commission women army officers, it was told that the women officers whose services were restored earlier on its directions were not being promoted to the next rank even though they fulfilled the required criteria.

Libya, Iraq want to buy Russian arms: Minister

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Moscow, April 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Libya and Iraq continue to show interest in buying Russian-made weaponry despite regime changes in these countries, a minister said Tuesday.

Uneasy truce between government, army chief

April 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) With a little over a month for army chief, Gen. V.K. Singh, to retire and the last three weeks passing without much public airing of differences, an uneasy truce appears to be prevailing between him and the defence ministry.

Antony tells Commanders modernisation process will get topmost attention

April 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Asserting that while modernisation remains the topmost priority of the government, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Tuesday said this however cannot be done at the cost of a set of core values-transparency, probity and accountability.

Saeed rejects Pak govt's request to maintain low profile

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Islamabad, Apr 24(ANI): Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has rejected the Pakistan government's 'request' to limit his public appearances and activities.

Iran making overtures to China on access to captured US spy drone technology: Report

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Tehran, Apr 24 (ANI): Iran, which claims to have hacked software of an advanced US spy drone, is reportedly making overtures to China to potentially give them access to the sensitive aircraft technology.

Panetta dismisses Iran's US spy drone 'software hacking' claims

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has dismissed Iran's claims that it had hacked software of an advanced American spy drone that was brought down on its territory last year, and is now building its own copies of the aircraft.

Pakistani daily rues political rift over crash probe

April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Islamabad, April 24 (IANS) A Pakistani daily has described as "agonising" the political rift over the probe into an aircrash here that left 127 people dead.

US to expand intelligence operations

April 24, 2012 at 3:40 AM

Washington, April 24 (IANS) The US is planning to expand its intelligence operations against high-priority targets such as Iran as part of a new initiative, a media report said.

US naval chief accorded ceremonial welcome in Delhi

April 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): The Chief of Naval Operations of the United States, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, received a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Ministry of Defence in New Delhi on Monday.

Britain's air defences to prevent Olympics Games terror attack put to test

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

London, Apr 22 (ANI): Britain's air defences to prevent any plane suicide attack during the Olympics were put to test recently.

UPA not diffident about decisions: Congress

April 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Congress Saturday rubbished opposition parties' allegation of policy paralysis in the party-led United Progressive Alliance and said the launch of nuclear-capable missile Agni-V showed that the government was not diffident about taking decisions.

PM briefed about Agni-V, India's future missile programme

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was Saturday briefed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief V.K. Saraswat on the launch of India's nuclear capable long-range missile Agni-V that was successfully test fired Thursday.

Australian women soldiers serving at frontline live under fear of torture and rape

April 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Canberra, April 21 (ANI): Australian service women serving at the borders live under constant fear of being raped or tortured if captured, according to a study.

India's missile technology at par with global best: DRDO

April 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): After the successful launch of its Agni-V missile, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday said India was now at par with the most of the developed nations of the world in the domain of missile and defence technology.

No cap on Agni missile project: India

April 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Bouyed by the success of its long-range Agni-V ballistic missile test, India Friday said it will not 'cap' its three-decade-old programme and continue to develop more missiles in the series with modern, latest technologies.

Maini firm to supply components to Airbus

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Bangalore, April 20 (IANS) Maini Precision Products has bagged an order from global aerospace major Airbus to supply components to its aircraft platforms, the city-based company said Friday.

CBI team meets army chief over Tatra bribery claims

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team met Army Chief General VK Singh on Friday to seek clarification over his claims that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by an equipment lobbyist to clear a defence deal.

Journalist killed in Pakistan

April 20, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Islamabad, April 20 (IANS) A senior journalist of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper was found murdered in a house in Karachi Thursday, police said.

Agni-V will adequately meet India's deterrence: Natarajan

April 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief M. Natarajan Thursday hailed the successful Agni-V test, noting that the 5,000-km range missile will 'adequately meet' India's nuclear deterrence needs.

Experts hail Agni-V, want it operational soon

April 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India's strategic affairs experts Thursday hailed the nation's successful test of the Agni-V 5,000-km long range ballistic missile as a 'significant' demonstration of technological proficiency, but urged the defence scientists to get the warhead delivery platform operationalised to put up a 'credible' nuclear deterrent.

India test-fires 5,000 km Agni-V missile, China cautious

April 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Launching itself into an elite club of nations with the capability of hitting targets 5,000 km away, India Thursday successfully tested a long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile that can reach Beijing and Shanghai in China, and all of Pakistan.

BJP hails Agni-5 launch as proud milestone

April 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday 'hailed' the successful launch of the Agni-5 missile.

Decision to re-open NATO supply line should be practical not emotional one: Editorial

April 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Islamabad, Apr 19 (ANI): A final decision to re-open NATO supply routes that have been shut since the deadly November 26 airstrike, should be a practical and not an emotional one, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said.

NDA Commandant conferred Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

April 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Pune, April 19 (IANS) The Commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla has been conferred the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in recognition of his distinguished service, an official said here Thursday.

5,000-km Agni-V missile propels India into elite club

April 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday stormed into an elite club of nations with the capability to hit targets 5,000 km away, with the successful test of the much-anticipated Agni-V long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, described as 'China killer'.

Scientists express happiness over successful test launch of Agni-V

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

New Delhi/Chennai/Wheeler Island, Apr 19 (ANI): The Indian scientific community on Thursday basked in the glory of the successful test-firing of the 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V.

Vice President Ansari hails successful launch of Agni-V missile

April 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): Hailing India's successful launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said our scientists have done the nation proud with this splendid achievement.

Agni-V test fired successfully, India create history

April 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM

India has created history and achieved another milestone in its defence system when it successfully tested the much-awaited Agni-V

Obama calls for punishing US soldiers behind disgusting Afghan body abuse pics

April 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): White House spokesman Jay Carney has said President Barack Obama wants American soldiers shown in photos apparently abusing Afghan corpses to be held accountable and punished.

Agni-V successful launch major milestone in India's missile programme: Antony

April 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony congratulated Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists for the successful launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V on Thursday morning.

India creates history, tests 5,000 km Agni-V missile

April 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday created history with the successful testing of the much awaited Agni-V long-range ballistic nuclear-capable missile, described as 'China killer', that can accurately hit targets more than 5,000 km away.

India tests 5,000-km range Agni-V missile

April 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday created history with the successful testing of the much awaited Agni-V long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile that can accurately hit targets more than 5,000 km away.

Russia to sell missile systems to Belarus

April 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Minsk, April 18 (IANS) Russia will continue selling its air defence missile systems to Belarus in 2012 at discount prices, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

Agni-V test fire postponed till Thursday

April 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

New Delhi, Apr 18 (ANI): The launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V has been postponed till Thursday due to inclement weather.

Agni-V to be test fired off coast of Odisha today

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, Apr 18 (ANI): India is all set to test fire its 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V on Wednesday from a test range in Wheeler island off the coast of Odisha.

Pakistan gives go-ahead for reopening NATO supply routes

April 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Islamabad, Apr 18 (ANI): Pakistan's decision-making body on national security has reportedly given the green signal for reopening of vital supply lines to NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Iran making progress on indigenous missile

April 18, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi has said the country was making progress in the development and manufacture of an indigenous version of the Russian S-300 air defence missile system.

Indian Army chief-designate conferred medal for distinguished service

April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Indian Army's chief-designate and present Eastern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh and vice chief Lt. Gen. Shri Krishna Singh were among senior armed forces officers conferred medals for distinguished service of the most exceptional order by President Pratibha Patil here Tuesday.

Indian Army empowered to fast-track special equipment for commandos

April 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Stung by Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over gaps in defence preparedness, the government Tuesday decided to fast-track army acquisition and projects and as a first step, empowered the army to buy equipment for special forces commandos.

Pakistan, US to hold talks on new terms of engagement

April 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Islamabad, April 17 (IANS) Pakistan will hold talks with the US on "new terms of engagements", the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

US, China engaging in cyber war games: Report

April 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) US and Chinese officials have been "discreetly engaging" in cyber war games in a bid to prevent military escalation between the two countries if either felt they were being targeted, a media report said Monday.

Impressive 55 percent voting in Delhi civic polls

April 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Delhi witnessed 55 percent polling, its highest in 15 years, in the civic polls held Sunday, Delhi's election commissioner Rakesh Mehta said describing it as "impressive but below the anticipated 60 percent".

Oz defence analysts call surge in Taliban violence mere propaganda

April 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Melbourne, Apr 16(ANI): Australian defence analysts have described a surge in Taliban violence as a mere propaganda, while the country's Foreign Minister Bob Carr said it will not speed up plans for the withdrawal of Australian forces.

Af-Pak region a continuing cause of concern: Antony

April 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (ANI): Describing the situation in the Af-Pak region as a 'continuing cause of concern', Defence Minister AK Antony today called upon the top brass of the Indian Army to be vigilant and take all appropriate steps keeping in view the developments in Afghanistan in the last couple of days. Addressing the Army Commanders' Conference here, Antony said, India remains steadfast in its commitment to provide support and assistance to Afghanistan so that it evolves into a stable country, strengthened by pluralism and free from external interference.

Terror in Kabul: Antony asks armed forces to be vigilant

April 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Describing the security situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region as a 'continuing cause of concern', Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday called upon the top brass of the Indian Army to be vigilant and take steps keeping in view the latest terror attacks by the Taliban in Kabul.

Pak parliament approves new recommendations on ties with US

April 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Islamabad, Apr 13(ANI): A joint session of the Pakistan parliament has unanimously approved new recommendations on ties with the United States.

President Patil's office rejects land-grab charges

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil finds herself in a controversy over her post-retirement home in Pune, but her office Thursday rejected allegations of land-grab as "malicious" and asserted that no rules have been violated.

Rashtrapati Bhavan issues clarification on President's post-retirement home

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): The Rashtrapati Bhavan has issued a clarification over media reports claiming that President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has 'grabbed' land much in excess of her entitlement to build her post retirement home in Pune, and termed the news items to be factually incorrect and malicious.

New ISI chief plans Europe visit

April 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Islamabad, April 12 (IANS) The new chief of Pakistani spy agency ISI, Lt. Gen. Zahirul Islam, is planning to visit "some European countries" along with his predecessor Lt. Gen. (retd) Ahmed Shuja Pasha to exchange views with intelligence and military officials on ties with the US and the NATO, a media report said Thursday.

Antony asks DPSUs to maintain transparency

April 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Stung by criticism that he had prior knowledge of complaints over irregularities in the army ordering Tatra trucks, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Thursday issued a "stern warning" to defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) and asked them to keep their dealings with clients and stake-holders "transparent."

'No difference between establishment and armed forces', says Pallam Raju

April 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju on Thursday said there is no difference between the establishment and the armed forces, and added that the government is working in harmony with the three services.

ECIL launches two high-tech defence products

April 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Defence public sector undertaking Electronics Corporation Of India Ltd (ECIL) Wednesday unveiled two high-technology products - a carrier ethernet switch router and a secure network access system (SNAS) - on its 45th foundation day.

Corruption will not be tolerated in defence procurements, asserts Antony

April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Kochi, Apr 11 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here today that corruption would not be tolerated in defence procurements.

Afghan Defence Minister says US security presence needed beyond 2014 to ensure country's stability

April 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): Afghanistan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak has stated that a long-term security partnership and the presence of U.S. forces beyond 2014 will be needed to ensure Afghanistan's stability and "give the right messages" to both its population and its enemies.

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