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China is the second biggest spender of defence after the US. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)(AP)

China hikes defence budget to $209 bn, 40% increase in army renumeration

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:03 PM IST
  • Friday’s increase is over three times higher than India’s defence budget of about USD 65.7 billion (including pensions).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rides in an Army tank at Longewala in Jaisalmer in this file picture from 2020. The Prime Minister on Friday said that India needs to shed off its import-dependent status and fast track its defence manufacturing capabilities. (PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rides in an Army tank at Longewala in Jaisalmer in this file picture from 2020. The Prime Minister on Friday said that India needs to shed off its import-dependent status and fast track its defence manufacturing capabilities. (PTI File Photo)

Focus should be on providing defence equipment to smaller nations: PM Modi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 12:56 PM IST
  • The Prime Minister, while addressing the webinar on effective implementation of budget provisions in the defence sector, outlined that India is manufacturing defence equipment to more than 40 nations.
China, the world’s second-largest economy, sank by a historic 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a year earlier following a battering by the Covid-19 outbreak in the first quarter.(REUTERS)
China, the world’s second-largest economy, sank by a historic 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a year earlier following a battering by the Covid-19 outbreak in the first quarter.(REUTERS)

Moderate increase in China’s defence budget likely in Covid-hit year, say experts

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The Chinese finance ministry is expected to announce the outlay for the sector on the first day of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, which begins for a delayed and short session on Friday.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with her deputy Anurag Thakur and a team of officials ahead of the Union Budget in New Delhi on Saturday. Lack of adequate funds could hit the military’s modernization programmes, experts have said.(PTI PHOTO.)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with her deputy Anurag Thakur and a team of officials ahead of the Union Budget in New Delhi on Saturday. Lack of adequate funds could hit the military’s modernization programmes, experts have said.(PTI PHOTO.)

Meagre hike in defence budget could hit modernization plans

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 03:51 PM IST
If the defence spending allocated for 2020-21 is calculated against last year’s revised estimates of Rs 3.31 lakh crore, the increase is not even 2%. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech in Parliament on Saturday made no mention of defence except that national security was a top priority.
The only power capable of partnering with India to balance China is the US. India should indeed partner other powers like Japan, Australia and France, but only the US provides the decisive power capabilities to swing the military balance(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The only power capable of partnering with India to balance China is the US. India should indeed partner other powers like Japan, Australia and France, but only the US provides the decisive power capabilities to swing the military balance(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Analysis| India and the US must take bolder steps on China

By Kunal Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2020 07:50 PM IST
With China threatening US hegemony, the latter has the requisite motivation to halt the former’s ascent
T-90 Bhishma tanks march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, January 26, 2016.(Vipin Kumar/ HT File)
T-90 Bhishma tanks march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, January 26, 2016.(Vipin Kumar/ HT File)

India’s defence planning has no clear strategic direction

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 08:58 AM IST
We must ensure the success of Make in India because no nation can build security largely through imports.
The defence budget, which is part of the Union Budget to be presented later this week will be adequate to acquire so-called stand-off weapons and fund essential capital acquisitions.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The defence budget, which is part of the Union Budget to be presented later this week will be adequate to acquire so-called stand-off weapons and fund essential capital acquisitions.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Modest defence budget hike may require tweaks in military’s shopping list

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 06:17 AM IST
In the interim budget for 2019-20, announced on February 1, defence was allocated 319 trillion, a hike of 6.87% compared to the previous year. The budget will be presented on July 5.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Defence budget will be adequate to acquire stand-off weapons: Officials

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2019 02:49 AM IST
In the interim budget for 2019-20, announced on February 1, defence was allocated 319 trillion, a hike of 6.87% compared to the previous year. The budget will be presented on July 5.
There will be no compromise on the issue of defence preparedness on account of lack of resources, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh assured the Rajya Sabha on Monday, while replying to a question on defence allocation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
There will be no compromise on the issue of defence preparedness on account of lack of resources, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh assured the Rajya Sabha on Monday, while replying to a question on defence allocation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

No funding constraints for defence budget: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 11:49 PM IST
The minister informed the House that the government will not allow any adverse impact on defence preparedness on account of fund constraints.
Imran Khan said no protocol should be extended to such elements who are “seeking refuge behind democracy” - a reference to members of the PML-N and PPP parties.(HT Photo)
Imran Khan said no protocol should be extended to such elements who are “seeking refuge behind democracy” - a reference to members of the PML-N and PPP parties.(HT Photo)

Pakistan PM Imran Khan slams money launderers

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 10:52 AM IST
The government claimed its defence budget was kept unchanged at Rs 1,152,535 million for next fiscal (2019-20).
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the funds saved will be used for the development of the newly-merged tribal areas as well as in Balochistan.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the funds saved will be used for the development of the newly-merged tribal areas as well as in Balochistan.(PTI File Photo)

In rare move, Pakistan military agrees to defence budget cut amid economic woes

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 01:12 PM IST
Major General Asif Ghafoor said that voluntary cuts in the defence budget for next fiscal year would not be at the cost of defence and security.
The Indian military is highly professional, secular and apolitical. In the past 72 years since Independence, it has never let the nation down(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
The Indian military is highly professional, secular and apolitical. In the past 72 years since Independence, it has never let the nation down(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

The politicisation of the armed forces must stop

By Deepak Kapoor
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 06:04 PM IST
Swaying it for electoral gains by proclaiming successes of the military against the traditional adversary Pakistan is certainly leading to politicisation of the military. This must be stopped
Former NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya has said that the Congress’s poll promise to implement minimum income guarantee scheme is almost impossible to roll out.(ANI)
Former NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya has said that the Congress’s poll promise to implement minimum income guarantee scheme is almost impossible to roll out.(ANI)

‘More than defence budget, Congress’s income plan almost impossible’: Arvind Panagariya

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 11:47 AM IST
Former NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya has said that the Congress’s minimum income guarantee poll promise would cost 13 per cent of the Union Budget.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leave at the end of the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5.(REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leave at the end of the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5.(REUTERS)

China economy to grow by 6-6.5 % in 2019, defence outlay increases by 7.5 %

Beijing, Hindustan Times | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 10:05 AM IST
China also aims to increase its defence spending by 7.5 percent for this year, compared with a planned 8.1 percent rise in 2018.
Though much below that of the US, China’s defence budget is already more than three times that of India’s.(AP)
Though much below that of the US, China’s defence budget is already more than three times that of India’s.(AP)

‘Not a threat’, says China, readies to up defence budget

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 07:19 PM IST
The release of China’s defence budget this week will be closely followed worldwide as Beijing rapidly modernises its massive army.
India is still seeking to replace its Soviet-era MiG aircraft, while countries such as Japan and South Korea have acquired modern stealth fighters such as Lockheed’s F-35.(Bloomberg)
India is still seeking to replace its Soviet-era MiG aircraft, while countries such as Japan and South Korea have acquired modern stealth fighters such as Lockheed’s F-35.(Bloomberg)

India keeps fighter jet makers waiting. And waiting. And waiting

Bloomberg | By Anurag Kotoky and Iain Marlow
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 07:14 PM IST
India’s rapidly aging fighter jets make it a lucrative potential prize for the likes of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.
Indian Army T-90 (Bhishma) tanks move along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on January 26.(Bloomberg)
Indian Army T-90 (Bhishma) tanks move along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on January 26.(Bloomberg)

Budget: Govt increases military spending to Rs 3 lakh crore

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 11:44 AM IST
The interim budget includes a capital outlay of 1,08,248 crore for buying new weapons and systems at a time when the military has sharpened its focus on upgrading its capabilities with new fighter jets, submarines, artillery guns, missiles and other weapons.
An Indian army contingents marches during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26.(AFP)
An Indian army contingents marches during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26.(AFP)

Opinion | Army is drowning in hefty pensions and salaries

By Pavan Srinath
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 12:39 PM IST
The Indian Army’s pensions and salaries alone amount to Rs1.82 lakh crores – a whopping 42 % of the defence budget. This situation is not new, but has continued to grow worse thanks to successive pay commissions, OROP, and India’s inability to reform and rethink the armed forces.
Finance Minister outside Parliament on Friday.(HT photo)
Finance Minister outside Parliament on Friday.(HT photo)

Budget 2019 highlights: Tax relief, mega pension plan for unorganised workers in poll year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Budget 2019 Highlights: Finance minister Piyush Goyal presented the interim budget 2019 and proposed a slew of changes to the income tax slabs as well as a host of schemes for the farmers.
Defence expert SK Chatterjee opined that the defence budget must be made keeping in mind the “severe threat scenario.”(PTI/Representative Image)
Defence expert SK Chatterjee opined that the defence budget must be made keeping in mind the “severe threat scenario.”(PTI/Representative Image)

Ahead of interim budget, defence experts pitch for increase in funds

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 09:24 PM IST
Ahead of the Interim Budget to be presented on February 1, defence experts are of the view that the government must increase its expenditure on the defence sector.
Ahead of the Interim Budget to be presented on February 1, defence experts are of the view that the government must increase its expenditure on the defence sector.(HT File Photo)
Ahead of the Interim Budget to be presented on February 1, defence experts are of the view that the government must increase its expenditure on the defence sector.(HT File Photo)

Interim budget: Defence experts pitch for increase in funds

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 01:20 PM IST
Defence analyst Swaran Singh also said that currently, about 27 per cent of India’s revenue is allocated for defence. “This is fairly impressive,” he said.
The Indian Army has 450,000 infantry troopers, of whom only half go into ground battle and use the rifle as their primary weapon.(Shutterstock/Representative image)
The Indian Army has 450,000 infantry troopers, of whom only half go into ground battle and use the rifle as their primary weapon.(Shutterstock/Representative image)

Indian Army to cut down order for assault rifles to 250,000 due to budget constraints: Report

Bloomberg, New Delhi | By NC Bipindra
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 07:53 PM IST
The 1.3 million-strong Indian Army pruned its original requirement for 800,000 rifles, which would have cost $2.5 billion, to prioritise spending and advance the purchase of more up-to-date equipment, a person familiar with the matter said.
Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif at a news conference in Islamabad on May 23, 2018.(Reuters)
Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif at a news conference in Islamabad on May 23, 2018.(Reuters)

Nawaz says being punished for treason case against Musharraf

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2018 10:12 PM IST
Nawaz and his family members are facing three corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau under the directives of the Supreme Court.
BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade(HT File)
BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade(HT File)

A large chunk of India’s defence budget goes towards staff salaries, not equipment

UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 05:55 PM IST
Reports on defence spending such as the one by SIPRI that names India in the list of the top five defence spenders in the world do not always present the complete picture
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa speaks at the 54th Munich Security Conference, February 17(AFP)
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa speaks at the 54th Munich Security Conference, February 17(AFP)

The nuclear aspect of Pakistan’s defence spending needs to be watched

UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 07:39 PM IST
It unveiled the largest hike in its defence budget in more than a decade last week, with the outlay for fiscal 2018-19 crossing the Pakistani Rs 1 trillion-mark for the first time
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