Unrest growing in India’s army, central armed police forces

On January 14, 2017, an army soldier from Dehradun reportedly approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly with a complaint. He was subjected to torture and disciplined, according to the report. On January 13 2017, Constable Balvir of  the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in Aurangabad in Bihar, was reported to have shot and killed four … Read more Unrest growing in India’s army, central armed police forces

PM Modi ‘salutes’ soldiers, veterans on Army Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished all soldiers, veterans and their families on the occasion of Army Day. “Greetings to all soldiers, veterans & their families on Army Day. We salute the courage & invaluable service of the Indian Army,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Applauding the Indian Army for its courage and valour, the … Read more PM Modi ‘salutes’ soldiers, veterans on Army Day

IAF does not raise Bills for PM’s visits Abroad on Air Force Planes

The Prime Minister is entitled free travel on Indian Air Force planes for which no bills are raised, IAF said in a RTI response. Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra had sought information from the Prime Minister’s Office on the laid down procedure for clearing bills of IAF BBJ aircraft chartered flights for the Prime Minister’s foreign … Read more IAF does not raise Bills for PM’s visits Abroad on Air Force Planes

Major Roadblock hits India’s Ambitious Project for making Air Force One for Prime Minister’s Foreign Travel

An ambitious project of creating a dedicated fleet of aircraft for the Prime Minister’s foreign travel has hit rough weather. Last year, the government had proposed to take away two Boeing-777s from Air India’s fleet to be dedicated for the PM’s use abroad, on the lines of the US President’s Air Force One. Air India … Read more Major Roadblock hits India’s Ambitious Project for making Air Force One for Prime Minister’s Foreign Travel

Government appoints new chiefs to Intelligence Bureau and RAW

The Narendra Modi government on Saturday named new chiefs to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Anil Dhasmana has been named the new chief of India’s spy agency RAW, which looks after intelligence-gathering from foreign lands. Dhasmana is a 1981-batch Madhya Pradesh-cadre officer. He will be replacing Rajinder Khanna, a 1978-batch … Read more Government appoints new chiefs to Intelligence Bureau and RAW

Extradition requests for 110 fugitives made by India

India’s requests for extradition of 110 fugitives are at various stages of execution in various countries, government said today. The US, UAE, the UK, Canada, Germany, Nepal, Bangladesh, Iran, Singapore, Australia, Nigeria, Denmark, South Africa and France are among the 47 countries with which India has inked the treaty till date, Minister of State for … Read more Extradition requests for 110 fugitives made by India

Govt puts Indian Navy’s Made in India Submarine programme into Top Gear

Indian Navy has a commendable track record in indigenously designing and constructing advanced front line warships such as destroyers, frigates, anti-submarine warfare corvettes and landing crafts. Currently it is in the midst of constructing an aircraft carrier. Among the three branches of the armed forces, the Navy has the distinction of having a staggering 85-90% … Read more Govt puts Indian Navy’s Made in India Submarine programme into Top Gear

‘Part of a plan to create a civil war?’: Mamata alleges unauthorised army deployment across Bengal

The West Bengal government alleged on Thursday that the Indian Army had been deployed across the state without due permission from the state administration. This was after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claimed that troops had been stationed outside the state secretariat. More army deployment in diff Bengal districts Jalpaiguri,Alipurduar, Darjeeling,Barrackpur, N24Pgs, Howrah,Hooghly,Kol,Murshidabad Burdwan — Mamata … Read more ‘Part of a plan to create a civil war?’: Mamata alleges unauthorised army deployment across Bengal

Demonetisation—Indian Army soldiers help in printing new currency notes

In a bid to ease the currency crisis in India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has sought the help of the Indian army. At least 200 army men have been deployed to work on a ‘war-footing’ at the currency note printing units across the country to aid staff members in the 24×7 printing process. … Read more Demonetisation—Indian Army soldiers help in printing new currency notes

India-US sign Rs 5,000 cr deal for 145 M777 howitzer guns

India has signed a deal with the US for importing 145 M777 lightweight Howitzers for the Indian Army today. The deal will cost Rs 5,000 crore. The Defence Ministry had given its nod for the deal in October this year to strengthen Army, which was facing an armament crunch especially in this segment of the … Read more India-US sign Rs 5,000 cr deal for 145 M777 howitzer guns

Indian Air Force Has Airlifted Over 165 Tonnes Of Banknotes Since November 19

The Indian Air Force has airlifted over 165 tonnes of new currency notes from four printing presses to various parts of the country to cut down the time taken to transport cash from the source to main distribution centres to meet the surge in demand post demonetisation. Sources said the Indian Air Force (IAF) was … Read more Indian Air Force Has Airlifted Over 165 Tonnes Of Banknotes Since November 19

Army seeks relaxation on cash deposit deadlines for jawans

The Army is planning to request the government to allow its soldiers deployed in remote areas to deposit and exchange Rs 500 and Rs1,000 currency notes at banks beyond the December 31 deadline as part of the demonetisation drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A large number of soldiers from the Army are deployed in … Read more Army seeks relaxation on cash deposit deadlines for jawans

Cabinet Committee gives Approval to buy 12 Dornier aircrafts for Navy

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today gave its nod to buy 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft for Indian Navy at a cost of about Rs 2,500 crore. Defence sources said the proposal was first given Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) by the Defence Acquisition Council in October 2014 and has finally been approved by the … Read more Cabinet Committee gives Approval to buy 12 Dornier aircrafts for Navy

Printers expected a New Year launch for new notes, caught unawares

While both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Reserve Bank of India have been at pains to emphasise that there is “sufficient stock” in the 4,400-odd currency chests located all over the country, officials of a key currency printer, the Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL), admit the launch date for the new … Read more Printers expected a New Year launch for new notes, caught unawares

India, Japan to push $1.65-bn amphibian plane deal

The leaders of India and Japan will discuss ways of taking forward the $1.65-billion US-2i amphibian search and rescue aircraft deal, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the country later this month. Highly-placed sources told FE, “On Monday, ahead of the India-Japan annual summit, there was a meeting in the ministry of defence to discuss … Read more India, Japan to push $1.65-bn amphibian plane deal

What Is Russia’s Plan With India?

On the weekend of October 15 and 16, Russian president Vladimir Putin visited India for the bilateral meeting of leaders of Russia and India, and the BRICS summit in Goa. As usual, president Putin spent few hours in India. This made it more difficult to cover all the important issues of the strategic partnership between … Read more What Is Russia’s Plan With India?

India set to emerge as 3rd largest aviation market: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government was working on a mission mode for expansion of the aviation sector and that India was poised to become the third largest aviation market in the world. Praising his government for being the first to come out with an aviation policy, Modi said, “It is estimated … Read more India set to emerge as 3rd largest aviation market: Modi

India Resolves US-2 Aircraft Price Issue With Japan: Deal back on Track after Two Years

The first-ever defense deal between India and Japan is back on track after two years as Japan has offered a price concession for the purchase of 12 US-2 amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy, according to an official with the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). “Japan has offered a price concession of more than 10 … Read more India Resolves US-2 Aircraft Price Issue With Japan: Deal back on Track after Two Years

‘Used to hear about Israeli Army’s feats, now Indian Army is no less,’ PM Narendra Modi says

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday again took the opportunity to refer to the surgical strikes in Pakistan and said India’s army, “which everyone is talking about”, is now as good as the vaunted Israeli army. “Everyone is talking about our Army, we used to hear about similar feats of Israel. But now everyone knows the … Read more ‘Used to hear about Israeli Army’s feats, now Indian Army is no less,’ PM Narendra Modi says

PM Modi hits out at Pakistan during BRICS Summit, terms it ‘Mothership of Terrorism’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at Pakistan, saying countries must work together against terrorism. Modi said BRICS must play an active role in setting a direction that supports “our common aspirations and goals”. PM Modi was speaking at the welcome meeting on day two of the Summit where he urged member nations … Read more PM Modi hits out at Pakistan during BRICS Summit, terms it ‘Mothership of Terrorism’