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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.
A man holds the flags of India and the US in New York in this file photo.(Reuters Photo)
A man holds the flags of India and the US in New York in this file photo.(Reuters Photo)

‘Respect their rights’: US to India on citizenship law protesters

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2019 11:51 AM IST
A statement in support of protesters was significant, it was pointed out by observers, coming so close to the second edition of the annual 2+2 ministerial meetings.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said statements by Congress leaders criticising the government on the Rafale air craft only strengthened Pakistan.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said statements by Congress leaders criticising the government on the Rafale air craft only strengthened Pakistan.(ANI)

‘Congress should have welcomed Rafale’: Rajnath Singh on shastra puja row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 02:52 PM IST
Congress leader Malikarjun Kharge had criticised Rajnath Singh for performing shastra puja on the Rafale aircraft after he took delivery of the first of the 36 warplanes in France on October 8.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.(AP)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.(AP)

‘Not aggression but self defence’: Rajnath after India gets first Rafale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 05:05 AM IST
The Defence Minister was speaking after he completed a sortie on a Rafale jet. The plane was flown by a French pilot as Indian pilots have just begun training on the India-specific Rafale aircraft.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will officially receive the first Rafale combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force in France today.(Twitter/rajnathsingh)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will officially receive the first Rafale combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force in France today.(Twitter/rajnathsingh)

Rajnath Singh to receive first Rafale fighter aircraft in France today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 09:15 AM IST
At France’s Merignac air base, the Defence Minister will receive the first Rafale combat aircraft manufactured for India bearing the tail number RB-01, which are the initials of IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
During his days as Home Minister, Rajnath Singh would perform Shastra pooja every Dussehra. (ANI photo)
During his days as Home Minister, Rajnath Singh would perform Shastra pooja every Dussehra. (ANI photo)

Ahead of first Rafale jet delivery, Rajnath Singh to perform ‘shastra pooja’ in Paris

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 03:26 AM IST
The Minister will be meeting French President Emanuel Macron and then proceed to Bordeaux for receiving the first Rafale aircraft made for India.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was addressing a gathering at the 66th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Mātā Amritānandamayī Devī at Kollam in Kerala.(ANI PHOTO.)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was addressing a gathering at the 66th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Mātā Amritānandamayī Devī at Kollam in Kerala.(ANI PHOTO.)

India ready for terror threats along its coastline: Rajnath Singh in Kerala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 06:43 PM IST
Singh said that when he was Home minister, the Pulwama incident had taken place killing 40 CRPF soldiers and no one in the country would be able to forget the sacrifice of the CRPF personnel who had been killed in that terror attack.
The Indian Air Force is (IAF) preparing to begin a fresh hunt for new-generation mid-air refuelling planes to extend the reach of its fighter jets(PTI)
The Indian Air Force is (IAF) preparing to begin a fresh hunt for new-generation mid-air refuelling planes to extend the reach of its fighter jets(PTI)

IAF to begin fresh hunt for mid-air refuelling aircraft

New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 04:16 PM IST
The IAF currently operates a fleet of six Russian-origin Ilyushin-78 tankers that are plagued by maintenance problems and more refuellers are required to stay prepared to counter China in the eastern sector.
Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh speaks during the party's Jan Jagran programme on removal of Article 370 in Patna on Sunday.(PTI)
Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh speaks during the party's Jan Jagran programme on removal of Article 370 in Patna on Sunday.(PTI)

‘Don’t repeat mistakes of 1965, 1971’, Rajnath Singh warns Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 11:34 PM IST
Rajnath Singh said Pakistan could disintegrate further if it does not stop over human rights violations on its soil.

Watch: Rajnath Singh becomes first defence minister to fly in Tejas

Hindustan Times | By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 06:53 AM IST
Rajnath Singh became the first defence minster to take a sortie in the indigenously built Tejas. The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas from HAL airport in Bengaluru.
Rajnath Singh flies in Tejas light combat aircraft of Indian Air Force .(ANI Photo)
Rajnath Singh flies in Tejas light combat aircraft of Indian Air Force .(ANI Photo)

Rajnath Singh flies in Tejas: 10 things to know about the ‘Made in India’ combat aircraft

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 04:38 AM IST
Rajnath Singh is taking the Tejas sortie in order to boost the morale of those who have been involved in the development of the aircraft.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh prepares to fly in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh prepares to fly in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)

‘Smooth and comfortable,’ says Rajnath Singh after 30-min sortie on LCA Tejas

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 04:28 AM IST
Defence minister Rajnath Singh flew in the LCA’s trainer as a familiarization sortie from the HAL airport in Bengaluru’s eastern suburb. Before taking off for a 30-minute sortie, the pilots of the 45 Squadron Flying Daggers acquainted the Defence Minister with the air prowess of the home-grown fighter
Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the first woman in the country’s military history to be posted in any Indian mission abroad(Twitter)
Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the first woman in the country’s military history to be posted in any Indian mission abroad(Twitter)

IAF officer Anjali Singh becomes India’s first woman defence attaché

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2019 01:28 AM IST
Until now, only male officers from the three services were appointed as military attaches in overseas Indian missions.
Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa at an event in Bangalore, Feb. 20, 2019.(AP File)
Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa at an event in Bangalore, Feb. 20, 2019.(AP File)

Creating the CDS: It’s not the what, but the how that matters

By Lt Gen NS Brar (Retd)
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:40 AM IST
The Red Fort announcement to synergise capabilities and bring about change in our military structures will need strong political intervention and follow-up to translate concept into reality.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)

India’s no first use principle is a legacy that must be preserved

UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 06:53 PM IST
The time to abandon the NFU policy has not come yet. Instead, India should work for a global treaty on NFU that includes all the de jure and de facto nuclear weapon powers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Arun Jaitley(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Arun Jaitley(PTI photo)

‘Friend with whom walked step by step’: PM Modi’s tribute to Arun Jaitley

Manama | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 04:39 AM IST
Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Bahrain National Stadium, Prime Minister Modi said he was tied down by responsibility due to which though he is steeped in grief, he has to carry on with his duties.
Jaitley, the then finance minister, was again given charge of the defence ministry on Mar 14, 2017 after Parrikar quit the Union Cabinet to become Goa chief minister.(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Jaitley, the then finance minister, was again given charge of the defence ministry on Mar 14, 2017 after Parrikar quit the Union Cabinet to become Goa chief minister.(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

In two stints as defence minister, Arun Jaitley ushered in major military reforms

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 04:36 PM IST
In the first term of the Narendra Modi government, Arun Jaitley was in-charge of defence ministry and his tenure saw clearance of a number of big ticket reform measures and simplification of military acquisition process.
Nuclear-capable Akash at the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, January 26, 2017(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Nuclear-capable Akash at the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, January 26, 2017(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Govt’s shift in nuclear posture shows this is a new New Delhi | Opinion

By Abhijnan Rej
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 09:25 AM IST
Pakistan’s nuclear blackmail is a concern, but the Indian move is diplomatically questionable, strategically unsound.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a reception organised on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on August 15.(Photo: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a reception organised on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on August 15.(Photo: PTI)

Rajnath Singh’s hint on ‘no first use’ change is message to Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 02:04 AM IST
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh hinted on Friday India might change its “no first use” policy for nuclear weapons, introducing a level of ambiguity in a key security doctrine against the backdrop of heightened tensions with Pakistan.
Shoigu had flown to Kaliningrad to attend a ceremony marking the start of construction of a new military academy.(Reuters FILE)
Shoigu had flown to Kaliningrad to attend a ceremony marking the start of construction of a new military academy.(Reuters FILE)

Russian jet chases NATO plane away from defence minister’s aircraft: Report

Moscow | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 12:40 PM IST
Reports said a Spanish F-18 jet based in Lithuania had tried to approach Shoigu’s plane, prompting one of two Russian SU-27 fighter jets accompanying him to see it off.
The Class 10 student of Acharya Ramesh Chandra Inter College said she came to know about her family’s plans for her marriage earlier this month.(HT image)
The Class 10 student of Acharya Ramesh Chandra Inter College said she came to know about her family’s plans for her marriage earlier this month.(HT image)

‘Kranti’ against child marriage in a village in UP’s Bahraich

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Saurabh Chauhan
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 10:29 AM IST
Eldest among four siblings, Kranti became a part of NGO Dehat’s ‘Child Parliament’ initiative in Bahraich.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, 83, will receive India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna today.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, 83, will receive India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna today.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Emergency, Sanjay Gandhi: As Pranab Mukherjee receives Bharat Ratna, a look at his memoirs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 12:00 PM IST
The former president’s political career began in 1969 and there was no looking back after that. He has been a member of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and has held top posts of Defence Minister, Finance Minister, External Affairs Minister, Leader of Lok Sabha, Leader of Rajya Sabha and the President of India.
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh with Army chief General Bipin Rawat.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh with Army chief General Bipin Rawat.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Defence minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh wants land issues with army sorted out

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Anupam Srivastava, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2019 10:43 AM IST
Defence minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh does not want delays in projects in the state capital due to hindrances like land disputes.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Thursday, July 11, 2019.(PTI photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Thursday, July 11, 2019.(PTI photo)

Rahul Gandhi’s first Lok Sabha speech is about Wayanad, sets up face-off with Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 09:54 PM IST
Speaking during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi highlighted the problems being faced by farmers in Kerala, particularly in his constituency Wayanad.
The defence minister told the Rajya Sabha that “no soldier with a disability will be inconvenienced”.(HT Photo)
The defence minister told the Rajya Sabha that “no soldier with a disability will be inconvenienced”.(HT Photo)

Taking away tax benefits from soldiers being rethought: Defence minister

New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 03:41 PM IST
The government had announced last month through CBDT that disability pension will be taxed if the soldier had served his full term with the three services - Indian Navy, Indian Army and Indian Air Force. The CBDT notification had said that only those who were “invalidated” from service because of disabilities during their service will continue to get tax benefits.
The budget includes a capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore for buying new weapons and systems at a time when the military plans to upgrade its capabilities with new fighter jets, submarines, artillery and other weapons.(PTI)
The budget includes a capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore for buying new weapons and systems at a time when the military plans to upgrade its capabilities with new fighter jets, submarines, artillery and other weapons.(PTI)

Defence allocation same as interim budget, customs waiver for imports

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 11:05 PM IST
The armed forces will have to prioritise their purchases for optimal utilisation of the available resources, said a senior army official who did not want to be named.
Singh is an experienced and old-school politician. In his previous avatar as Union home minister, he ensured the Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) had all they needed in terms of welfare measures, infrastructure and equipment.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Singh is an experienced and old-school politician. In his previous avatar as Union home minister, he ensured the Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) had all they needed in terms of welfare measures, infrastructure and equipment.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Defence minister Rajnath Singh may have to adopt balanced approach

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 08:17 AM IST
These two episodes reflect, partly, the opportunities and challenges that the defence ministry will face.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among the 100 most influential women driving the UK-India relationship forward alongside one of Britain’s senior-most Cabinet ministers Penny Mordaunt.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among the 100 most influential women driving the UK-India relationship forward alongside one of Britain’s senior-most Cabinet ministers Penny Mordaunt.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Nirmala Sitharaman among 100 most influential women driving UK-India relationship

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 08:11 PM IST
The ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations: Celebrating Women’ list was launched by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to mark India Day in the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday.
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant at Baraulia village in Amethi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant at Baraulia village in Amethi on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Want to work for Parrikar’s adopted village: Goa CM

Lcuknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2019 12:46 PM IST
Baraulia is among the two villages in Amethi – Hariharpur being the other – that were adopted by Sawant’s predecessor late Manohar Parrikar when he had become a Rajya Sabha MP from UP soon after being named the country’s defence minister.
The Modi government faces a string of daunting challenges from reforming the security architecture and structuring the armed forces to strengthening the defence industrial base and military readiness(PTI)
The Modi government faces a string of daunting challenges from reforming the security architecture and structuring the armed forces to strengthening the defence industrial base and military readiness(PTI)

The defence policy must be prioritised

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 07:30 PM IST
The government has enormous political capital to bring in defence reforms. Band-aid fixes won’t work
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