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PM Modi in his address also asked students to practice three mantras. He said that students should follow the goals set by them in their lives by following the mantras of self-confidence, self-awareness and selflessness.(PTI Copy)

PM Modi to address Combined Commanders' conference in Kevadia today

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:34 AM IST
During the event, the PM is expected to be intimated about the progress made in the creation of the theatre command. In a step towards restructuring the defence forces, the defence ministry would be creating the Air Defence Command.
CDS General Bipin Rawat’s mandate includes bringing about jointness in operations, logistics, transport, training, support services and repairs and maintenance of the three services. (AFP PHOTO).
CDS General Bipin Rawat’s mandate includes bringing about jointness in operations, logistics, transport, training, support services and repairs and maintenance of the three services. (AFP PHOTO).

Military leaders will have to match political vision behind theaterisation: CDS

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • General Bipin Rawat said the Indian armed forces face greater challenges than any other military in the world and India urgently needs to bring about structural reforms in higher defence and operational organisations.
During the event, presentations are expected to be given to the Prime Minister regarding the progress made in the field of the creation of theatre commands.(ANI)
During the event, presentations are expected to be given to the Prime Minister regarding the progress made in the field of the creation of theatre commands.(ANI)

PM Modi to address top military commanders in Kevadia, Gujarat in March 2021

ANI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 01:15 PM IST
"The Prime Minister would be addressing the top commanders of the Indian Army, Air Force and the Navy and is expected to give directions to the defence forces for being prepared for the challenges in the near and distant future," government sources said.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat advised Nepal against signing off on loans from other countries in the region(PTI)
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat advised Nepal against signing off on loans from other countries in the region(PTI)

Why Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat cautioned Nepal about China’s footprint

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:26 PM IST
In his keynote address at an online event hosted by a Nepal think tank, Gen Rawat underscored the deep and extensive ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu before pointing out that Nepal was opening to other countries including China based on its independent foreign policy.
The increased retirement age of officers will allow colonels, brigadiers and major generals to serve longer, with jawans and junior commissioned officers from some non-combat branches also getting service extension that will see them retire at the age of 57 instead of around 40 to 52. (PTI photo)
The increased retirement age of officers will allow colonels, brigadiers and major generals to serve longer, with jawans and junior commissioned officers from some non-combat branches also getting service extension that will see them retire at the age of 57 instead of around 40 to 52. (PTI photo)

Proposal to raise retirement age, slash pensions in armed forces

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 12:09 AM IST
The proposed cuts in pensions range from 25% to 50% of the entitled pension depending on an officer’s length of service at the time of leaving the job.
Gen Rawat said that the armed forces will have to work through the budgetary constraints by finding the best solutions through new acquisitions and optimisation considering the macro-economic parameters.(PTI photo)
Gen Rawat said that the armed forces will have to work through the budgetary constraints by finding the best solutions through new acquisitions and optimisation considering the macro-economic parameters.(PTI photo)

India’s security would be maintained in ‘extended neighbourhood’ as well: Gen Bipin Rawat

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The Chief of Defence Staff said that India values its emerging relationship with the US and cherishes its traditional relationship with Russia, adding the country shares a mature and robust defence and security framework with both these powers.
The government expects Bipin Rawat to bring about jointness among the three services by 2022. One of the key objectives behind jointness, or jointmanship, is the setting up of theatre commands for the best use of military resources to fight future battles. (Representational photo@IAF_MCC)
The government expects Bipin Rawat to bring about jointness among the three services by 2022. One of the key objectives behind jointness, or jointmanship, is the setting up of theatre commands for the best use of military resources to fight future battles. (Representational photo@IAF_MCC)

India speeds up work on setting up Air Defence Command

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Air defence refers to protecting the military’s assets from aerial threats such as the enemy’s fighter planes and missiles and the new Command --- likely to be headquartered in Allahabad --- will control the air defence resources of all the three services.
Military negotiations with China have hit a roadblock due to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s reluctance to vacate positions held by it in what New Delhi claims as Indian territory.(PTI)
Military negotiations with China have hit a roadblock due to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s reluctance to vacate positions held by it in what New Delhi claims as Indian territory.(PTI)

‘De-escalation may take longer, Army prepared’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 12:10 AM IST
Reversing the trust deficit created by the brutal clash at Galwan Valley will also be enormously hard, and it is expected to be an impediment to the disengagement and de-escalation processes, HT reported on July 3.
The veterans sought an overhaul of the country intelligence system.(ANI)
The veterans sought an overhaul of the country intelligence system.(ANI)

Make 1962 war report public: War veterans

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2020 04:11 AM IST
The statement signed by 143 veterans said the report should be made public so that “the military-bureaucratic-political system and the public” can learn from past mistakes.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh did not attend office on Wednesday and Thursday as the first floor section of the South Block in which he has his office is being sanitised.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh did not attend office on Wednesday and Thursday as the first floor section of the South Block in which he has his office is being sanitised.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Defence ministry official in home quarantine

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 01:37 AM IST
The chief of defence staff and the three service chiefs have had no direct contact with Kumar in the past four to five days, the officials added.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, second right, with Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, right, India Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, left, and the chief of Indian Naval staff Admiral Karambir Singh.(AP)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, second right, with Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, right, India Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, left, and the chief of Indian Naval staff Admiral Karambir Singh.(AP)

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, 3 services chiefs to address press at 6pm

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 05:23 PM IST
It is not known what the feature of discussions would be, but it is likely to focus on the Covid-19 efforts and the way forward in the post-lockdown phase. The nationwide lockdown is set to end on May 3.
General Rawat knows that just creating commands is insufficient. The technology needed to merge communication systems, and the creation of a cadre of officers dedicated to the new tri-service structure, are among other steps that are needed(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
General Rawat knows that just creating commands is insufficient. The technology needed to merge communication systems, and the creation of a cadre of officers dedicated to the new tri-service structure, are among other steps that are needed(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Integration is the way to go | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2020 06:18 PM IST
India’s defence forces need it. But the process will be delicate
If the defence forces have to retain talent, wages of its personnel have to be on a par with other branches of the government and the civilian economy(Sunil Ghosh/HTPHOTO)
If the defence forces have to retain talent, wages of its personnel have to be on a par with other branches of the government and the civilian economy(Sunil Ghosh/HTPHOTO)

Think creatively to offset funds crunch in defence

By Harsh V Pant and Kartik Bommakanti
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 06:52 PM IST
The defence budget is shrinking. The CDS can play a key role in ensuring the most efficient use of resources
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana, a mission to help in supplying water to every house-hold by 2024, at a function in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan) (PTI12_25_2019_000056A)(PTI)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana, a mission to help in supplying water to every house-hold by 2024, at a function in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan) (PTI12_25_2019_000056A)(PTI)

PM Modi to pay homage to martyrs at National War Memorial ahead of R-Day celebrations

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 08:46 PM IST
71st Republic Day: Republic Day Deputy Commander Major General Alok Kakkar said that this would be the first time the Prime Minister will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial on the Republic Day.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

‘War on terror isn’t ending’: CDS General Rawat explains with a banquet analogy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2020 10:43 AM IST
General Rawat said that terrorism cannot be tackled unless we get to its roots.
Put it all together, and General Naravane came across as a clear, articulate thinker, committed to the Constitution(ANI)
Put it all together, and General Naravane came across as a clear, articulate thinker, committed to the Constitution(ANI)

HT Editorial| Indian Army Chief: Starting on the right note

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2020 07:35 PM IST
The new Indian Army chief, General MM Naravane’s emphasis on the Constitution is welcome
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat inspects the Guard of Honour, at South Block lawns, in New Delhi on January 1.(Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat inspects the Guard of Honour, at South Block lawns, in New Delhi on January 1.(Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)

Theatre command model must focus on future battles: Experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 01:56 AM IST
As the country’s first chief of defence staff (CDS), the mandate given to General Bipin Rawat includes facilitating the restructuring of military commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing jointness in operations, including through establishment of theatre commands.
Gen Bipin Rawat takes over as the CDS on Wednesday.(ANI)
Gen Bipin Rawat takes over as the CDS on Wednesday.(ANI)

Won’t copy models of the West: CDS Rawat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2020 11:57 PM IST
General Rawat’s first public comments after taking over came on the day PM Narendra Modi said the appointment of the CDS was a “momentous and comprehensive reform” that would help India face challenges of modern warfare and that the position carried the “tremendous responsibility of modernising our military forces”.
General Bipin Rawat appeared in his new uniform as the Chief of Defence Staff on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.(Arvind Yadav / HT Correspondent)
General Bipin Rawat appeared in his new uniform as the Chief of Defence Staff on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.(Arvind Yadav / HT Correspondent)

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat’s new peaked cap makes him ‘feel lighter’. He explains why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 03:56 PM IST
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the Army gave details about the olive green uniform which ‘represents the parent service – in this case the army - but will have all components of the three services’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a series of tweets on the post of Chief of Defence Staff on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020, shortly after Gen Bipin Rawat inspected a tri-services guard of honour.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a series of tweets on the post of Chief of Defence Staff on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020, shortly after Gen Bipin Rawat inspected a tri-services guard of honour.(ANI)

PM Modi calls CDS ‘momentous, comprehensive reform’ as Gen Bipin Rawat takes charge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 02:17 AM IST
A gazette notification issued by the government on Monday created a new department of military affairs or Sainya Karta Vibhag that will be headed by India’s first CDS.
A gazette notification issued by the government on Monday created a new department of military affairs or Sainya Karta Vibhag that will be headed by India’s first chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.(ANI)
A gazette notification issued by the government on Monday created a new department of military affairs or Sainya Karta Vibhag that will be headed by India’s first chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.(ANI)

India’s 1st chief of army staff Gen Bipin Rawat to head dept of military affairs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2020 09:54 AM IST
The new department is an addition to the four existing verticals in the Union defence ministry —the departments of defence, defence production, defence research and development and ex-service welfare.
India's first Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat inspects the Guard of Honour at South Block lawns in New Delhi, on 31 December.(PTI Photo)
India's first Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat inspects the Guard of Honour at South Block lawns in New Delhi, on 31 December.(PTI Photo)

Army better prepared to face challenges along the borders with Pak, China: Gen Rawat

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 03:30 PM IST
Before becoming the Army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the LoC with Pakistan, the LAC with China and in the northeast.
Gen Rawat takes over as CDS after serving as Army chief for three years.(Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times photo)
Gen Rawat takes over as CDS after serving as Army chief for three years.(Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times photo)

Five things you need to know about Chief of Defence Staff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 07:40 PM IST
The creation of a CDS was suggested almost two decades ago by the Kargil Review Committee (KRC), in February 2000.
(PTI Photo)
(PTI Photo)

General Bipin Rawat: A leader not afraid of tough calls, challenging status quo

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 02:27 AM IST
Those who have known the 61-year-old general for several decades say Rawat thinks outside the box, takes hard decisions and is not afraid of challenging the status quo.
Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana and Atal Tunnel Yojna at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.((Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO))
Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana and Atal Tunnel Yojna at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.((Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO))

General Rawat appointed India’s 1st Chief of Defence Staff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 11:46 PM IST
India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will be a four-star officer responsible for heading the department of military powers in the defence ministry.
Current Army chief General Bipin Rawat is widely expected to be named country’s first CDS, who will head the department of military affairs in the defence ministry and act as the principal military adviser to the defence minister on all tri-services matters.(HT File Photo/ Representative Image)
Current Army chief General Bipin Rawat is widely expected to be named country’s first CDS, who will head the department of military affairs in the defence ministry and act as the principal military adviser to the defence minister on all tri-services matters.(HT File Photo/ Representative Image)

Govt amends rule, sets Chief of Defence Staff’s maximum age limit at 65 yrs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 01:32 AM IST
The Saturday notification issued under the Army (Amendment Rules) 2019 puts the CDS on a par with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) in terms of the retirement age.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Singh Rawat during the launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Singh Rawat during the launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

‘This is not leadership’: Army chief Bipin Rawat slams anti-CAA protests

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 02:15 AM IST
General Rawat’s term as Army chief ends on December 31 and the government is likely to name the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) before that. He is widely believed to be the front-runner for the post.
Newly commissioned army officers march during the 142nd passing out parade at Indian Military Academy (IMA), in Dehradun, on December 7.(PTI Photo)
Newly commissioned army officers march during the 142nd passing out parade at Indian Military Academy (IMA), in Dehradun, on December 7.(PTI Photo)

7 things to know about the Chief of Defence Staff and why it was needed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 08:44 AM IST
The CDS will not exercise any military command, including over the three service chiefs, so as to be able to provide impartial advice to the political leadership.
The CDS will head the Department of Military Affairs, within the ministry of defence, while being the permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee(AP)
The CDS will head the Department of Military Affairs, within the ministry of defence, while being the permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee(AP)

A leap for national security

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 08:39 PM IST
The CDS decision is welcome. But challenges lie ahead
The CDS will direct the three service chiefs and create new theatre commands for an optimal military response in case of hostilities. (Photo @DefenceMinIndia)
The CDS will direct the three service chiefs and create new theatre commands for an optimal military response in case of hostilities. (Photo @DefenceMinIndia)

Govt sets up Dept of Military Affairs to be headed by Chief of Defence Staff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 05:24 AM IST
While the government is yet to announce the name of the first CDS, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is the front-runner for the post. He retires as army chief on December 31.
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