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Defence items already being exported include the advanced light helicopter, offshore patrol vessels, personal protective gear, surveillance systems and a variety of radars. (Photo @airnews_abad)

Cabinet approves export of Akash missiles

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:53 PM IST
The export version of Akash will be different from the weapon system currently deployed by the Indian armed forces, the defence ministry statement said without specifying the differences in configuration.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh addressing the FICCI session on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh addressing the FICCI session on Monday.(ANI Photo)

‘Unprovoked aggression a reminder of how world is changing’: Rajnath Singh on Ladakh standoff

HIndustan times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:32 PM IST
The defence minister said the future generations will be proud of what our forces have managed to achieve this year.
Defence minister addressing the valedictory session of FICCI’s annual conclave on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Defence minister addressing the valedictory session of FICCI’s annual conclave on Monday.(ANI Photo)

‘Indian economy likely to return to pre-Covid levels by end of this fiscal year’: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:07 PM IST
The defence minister said that when the Covid-19 outbreak was first reported, the government’s utmost priority was to save the lives of the people of the country. He said that the government was always certain that “we would bounce back”.
In his remarks, the defence minister also said that India’s “brave soldiers” were fearlessly engaged in protecting the country’s borders when people were largely confined to their homes in view of the rising cases of coronavirus.(HT Photo)
In his remarks, the defence minister also said that India’s “brave soldiers” were fearlessly engaged in protecting the country’s borders when people were largely confined to their homes in view of the rising cases of coronavirus.(HT Photo)

‘Can’t even build their roads’: Rajnath Singh’s stinging jibe at Pakistan

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 12:07 AM IST
In an address at an online event, Singh also highlighted the effective response by India’s armed forces in dealing with various security threats including the challenge to the country’s territorial integrity or confronting cross-border terrorism.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the conference on the second day.(@rajnathsingh/Twitter)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the conference on the second day.(@rajnathsingh/Twitter)

Four-day Army Commanders’ Conference begins in Delhi today

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 08:58 AM IST
The event will be attended by senior officers of the Army including the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, all Army Commanders, Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) of the Army HQ and other senior officers.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh(PTI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh(PTI)

Chinese defence minister seeks meeting with Rajnath Singh amid LAC row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 11:30 PM IST
This is the third time that the Chinese defence ministry has sought a meeting with Singh after the standoff erupted in early May, they said. The Indian side is yet to respond to the Chinese request.
Officials aware of the developments said the former president was on ventilator after undergoing a successful brain surgery for removal of a clot.(PTI)
Officials aware of the developments said the former president was on ventilator after undergoing a successful brain surgery for removal of a clot.(PTI)

Ex-President on ventilator support after testing Covid positive

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 12:31 AM IST
Officials aware of the developments said the former president was on ventilator after undergoing a successful brain surgery for removal of a clot.
File photo: Defence minister Rajnath Singh.(PTI)
File photo: Defence minister Rajnath Singh.(PTI)

‘Rafale jets will revolutionise capabilities of Indian Air Force’: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 04:01 PM IST
Defence minister Rajnath Singh thanked the French government, Dassault Aviation and other French companies for the timely delivery of the aircraft amid the Covid-19 crisis.
IAF chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said the air force was poised to counter any aggressive action by the adversary.(HT Photo)
IAF chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said the air force was poised to counter any aggressive action by the adversary.(HT Photo)

Rajnath asks IAF to stay prepared for any eventuality amid border row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 02:16 PM IST
In his address, RKS Bhadauria said the air force was well prepared to counter short-term as well as strategic threats and the units were evenly poised to counter any aggressive action by the adversary.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Chinese are still inside Indian territory and that China isn’t ready to return to the pre-May 2020 position.(ANI)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Chinese are still inside Indian territory and that China isn’t ready to return to the pre-May 2020 position.(ANI)

Has Modi government accepted Chinese occupation in Ladakh? asks Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 08:01 PM IST
India and China have been in talks to reach consensus on easing tensions between the two armies in the Finger Area near Pangong Tso and Depsang plains, as well as pulling back weapons and equipment from “friction points” in other sectors in Ladakh.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh exchanges sweets while interacting with Indian Army personnel as he visits the forward posts near Line of Control, in Kashmir on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh exchanges sweets while interacting with Indian Army personnel as he visits the forward posts near Line of Control, in Kashmir on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

After Ladakh visit, Rajnath tweets video of meeting with soldiers who took on PLA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 04:25 PM IST
An attack on the commanding officer of the Bihar regiment Colonel Santosh Babu was reported to be the trigger for the June 15 scuffle.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Leh’s Stakna.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Leh’s Stakna.(ANI)

Defence minister Rajnath Singh in Leh amid India-China LAC stand-off

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 09:27 AM IST
Defence minister Rjnath Singh will be visiting Ladakh two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to the sector on July 3.
New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane during a meeting in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI photo)
New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane during a meeting in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI photo)

Rajnath Singh begins his Ladakh visit to assess military preparedness

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 06:31 AM IST
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will accompany the minister, the officials said.
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
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.
Instead of jettisoning them, ensure China complies with border agreements(REUTERS)
Instead of jettisoning them, ensure China complies with border agreements(REUTERS)

Don’t give the military total freedom | Opinion

By Shyam Saran
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 08:17 PM IST
This is an abdication of political responsibility and opens the doors to future crises in conflicts
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh addressed Uttarakhand Jan Samvad virtual rally on Monday.(ANI)
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh addressed Uttarakhand Jan Samvad virtual rally on Monday.(ANI)

‘Bound by roti-beti’: Rajnath Singh says India-Nepal ties are unbreakable, beyond ordinary

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 12:58 PM IST
“India-Nepal ties are not ordinary, we are bound together by ‘roti-beti’ and no power in the world can break it,” Singh said while addressing Uttarakhand Jan Samvad virtual rally on Monday.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also attacked Congress for its ‘ discreet silence’ on Article 370.(PTI Photo/File)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also attacked Congress for its ‘ discreet silence’ on Article 370.(PTI Photo/File)

China wants to resolve dispute via talks, India not a weak nation anymore: Rajnath Singh

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 03:52 PM IST
Rajnath Singh also said that India plans to uplift development in Jammu and Kashmir to a point when the PoK starts feeling jealous.
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh addressed the ‘Jammu Jan Samvad rally’ via video conferencing on Sunday.(ANI)
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh addressed the ‘Jammu Jan Samvad rally’ via video conferencing on Sunday.(ANI)

‘Fate of J&K will change’: In Rajnath Singh’s address, a hint on PoK

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 12:42 PM IST
The defence minister said that, under PM Modi’s leadership, Jammu and Kashmir will touch great heights and “people from the PoK will wish they were part of India”.
File photo: Union defence minister Rajnath Singh.(ANI)
File photo: Union defence minister Rajnath Singh.(ANI)

‘PM Modi’s leadership amid Covid-19 crisis lauded across globe’: Rajnath Singh at Jammu Jan Samvad rally

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 01:14 PM IST
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday addressed the ‘Jammu Jan Samvad rally’ via video conferencing.
George made mistakes, but he had both courage and empathy(PTI)
George made mistakes, but he had both courage and empathy(PTI)

Why India today needs a George Fernandes

UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 01:59 PM IST
George made his mistakes — I would never deny that — but there was a lot he said and did that was right. He had the courage to be different and stand by his opinions. We could do with a man like that today
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told CNN-News 18 that a meeting between senior Indian and Chinese military officials would take place on June 6 to discuss the border situation.(ANI)
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told CNN-News 18 that a meeting between senior Indian and Chinese military officials would take place on June 6 to discuss the border situation.(ANI)

Indian Army matched Chinese troop build-up at LAC: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 03:44 AM IST
Rajnath Singh told CNN-News 18 that a meeting between senior Indian and Chinese military officials would take place on June 6 to discuss the border situation.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh urged the MSMEs to work for placing India among the top 10 nations in defence technologies.(ANI)
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh urged the MSMEs to work for placing India among the top 10 nations in defence technologies.(ANI)

Rajnath Singh exhorts MSMEs to make India ‘Atma Nirbhar’ in defence tech, products

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2020 08:14 PM IST
Asserting that keeping MSMEs strong is one of the priorities of the government, Rajnath Singh said there are more than 8,000 MSMEs, tiered partners of many defence organisations - ordnance factories, DPSUs and service organisations.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing MSMEs E-conclave themed, ‘Business Continuity for MSMEs in Defence & Aerospace Sector’ in New Delhi on May 21, 2020.(ANI)
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing MSMEs E-conclave themed, ‘Business Continuity for MSMEs in Defence & Aerospace Sector’ in New Delhi on May 21, 2020.(ANI)

Defence more aggravated than other sectors amid Covid-19, says Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Harshita Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2020 07:10 PM IST
The Defence Minister appreciated the role played by Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nation’s fight against global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(ANI file)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(ANI file)

Defence Minister attends virtual convocation ceremony of Jaipura Institute of Management

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 08:24 PM IST
Over 900 students from the institute’s Noida, Lucknow, Jaipur and Indore campuses graduated at the e-convocation.
At present, India is one of the top importers of military hardware globally. The government has been focusing on making India a hub of defence production.(PTI)
At present, India is one of the top importers of military hardware globally. The government has been focusing on making India a hub of defence production.(PTI)

Rajnath Singh approves setting up of testing facilities for domestic defence industry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2020 07:36 PM IST
The Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) is aimed at boosting domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing, officials said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the closing ceremony of 'Ekal Abhiyaan Parivartan Kumbh' in Lucknow on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the closing ceremony of 'Ekal Abhiyaan Parivartan Kumbh' in Lucknow on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Forceful religious conversion biggest sin, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 10:01 AM IST
He also made it clear that mass conversions need to be checked across the country.
Defence personnel rehearse for ''DefExpo 2020 Inaugural Ceremony'' at Vrindavan Yojna, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
Defence personnel rehearse for ''DefExpo 2020 Inaugural Ceremony'' at Vrindavan Yojna, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

DefExpo to focus on showcasing India’s potential to become manufacturing hub

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2020 09:40 AM IST
The main theme of the Expo is ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and the focus will be on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Indian values consider all religions equal.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Indian values consider all religions equal.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Pakistan and America are theocratic nations, India is secular: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2020 03:08 PM IST
Rajnath Singh underlined that India had never declared its religion would be Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist and people of all religions could live here.
A compelling biography of a controversial figure, a look at Shi’ism in Pakistan, and witty essays are on the reading list this week.(HT Team)
A compelling biography of a controversial figure, a look at Shi’ism in Pakistan, and witty essays are on the reading list this week.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 07:49 PM IST
VK Krishna Menon, Shi’ism in Pakistan, and a book of witty essays are on our list of good reads this week
Menon became Nehru’s kindred soul from the 1930s(HT Archive)
Menon became Nehru’s kindred soul from the 1930s(HT Archive)

The saga of Krishna Menon and the Indian Army

The Print | By Shekhar Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 08:34 AM IST
If Nehru and Krishna Menon had listened to Thimayya, India would not have lost the 1962 war
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