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The indefatigable Manohar Parrikar: From IIT-grad to 4-time Goa chief minister

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 07:38 PM IST
From the moment he made his way into becoming Goa’s first BJP chief minister in October 2000 after causing a split in the ruling Congress, which had won a full majority barely 11 months earlier - Parrikar became the mainstay of Goan politics.
BJP leader Siddharth Kuncalienkar who visited the chief minister at his private residence revealed that Parrikar was stable but didn’t reply in the affirmative when asked whether he got to speak to the chief minister.(PTI)
BJP leader Siddharth Kuncalienkar who visited the chief minister at his private residence revealed that Parrikar was stable but didn’t reply in the affirmative when asked whether he got to speak to the chief minister.(PTI)

Manohar Parrikar is stable, says CMO after reports of failing health

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 04:02 PM IST
Reports earlier this morning indicated that Parrikar’s health had taken a turn for the worse after his blood pressure dropped.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of long-pending reform measures in the Army, sources said.(AFP/File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of long-pending reform measures in the Army, sources said.(AFP/File Photo)

Govt approves mega reforms in Army: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reportedly approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers, creation of a new post of deputy chief for military operations and strategic planning, and setting up new wings for vigilance and human rights issues.
Speaking at the dedication of the Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, Nirmala Sitharman said the the UP defence corridor will connect as many as six UP cities.(PTI)
Speaking at the dedication of the Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, Nirmala Sitharman said the the UP defence corridor will connect as many as six UP cities.(PTI)

AK-203 Kalashnikov rifles to be made at Amethi’s Korwa, says defence minister

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2019 07:34 PM IST
India has signed a deal with a Russian firm to manufacture 7,50,000 AK-203 rifles, the latest derivative of the legendary AK-47 rifles. These rifles will be produced at the Indian Ordnance Factory at Amethi’s Korwa, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Amethi on Sunday.
PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial, pays homage to soldiers who have sacrificed their lives(BJP/Twitter)
PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial, pays homage to soldiers who have sacrificed their lives(BJP/Twitter)

Highlights| PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial, pays homage to soldiers who have sacrificed their lives

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 06:55 PM IST

Drawing inspiration from the ‘Chakravyuh’ formation, the iconic National War Memorial was Monday unveiled boasts of four thematic concentric circles with a tall ceremonial obelisk at its centre that will bear the eternal flame.Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the memorial, spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex in New Delhi, by lighting the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone-made obelisk.Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar, during a briefing here, also said the Amar Jawan Jyoti built in 1972 underneath the India Gate arch to commemorate soldiers martyred in the Indo-Pak War of 1971, will continue to be there.A senior defence official said the project has been executed at a cost of Rs 176 crore and its design was selected through a global competition.Follow Highlights here:

Sitharaman said that India would be disfavouring first-time voters if the BJP’s work is not recognised.(AFP)
Sitharaman said that India would be disfavouring first-time voters if the BJP’s work is not recognised.(AFP)

Country will face setback of 50 years if PM Modi not voted to power, says defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Bengaluru | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 08:30 AM IST
Lauding Prime Minister Modi, the Defence Minister said, In the history of any nation, it’s not very often that you get a leadership like what you have got know.
Pakistan gifts gold-plated assault rifle to Saudi Crown Prince Salman.(AFP)
Pakistan gifts gold-plated assault rifle to Saudi Crown Prince Salman.(AFP)

Pakistan gifts gold-plated assault rifle to Saudi Crown Prince Salman

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 05:11 PM IST
The unusual gift for a visiting foreign dignitary was presented to Mohammad during his first official official visit to Islamabad.
Pulwama attack Updates| PM Modi pays tribute to slain CRPF soldiers(ANI/Twitter)
Pulwama attack Updates| PM Modi pays tribute to slain CRPF soldiers(ANI/Twitter)

Pulwama attack Coverage| PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama attack

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 11:50 PM IST

The Cabinet Committee on Security met on Friday morning to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of the Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of at least 38 CRPF personnel.The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is headed by the prime minister, defence minister, home minister, external affairs minister and the finance minister. The CCS takes decisions on matters related to security and strategic affairs. Watch| Pulwama attack: India summons Pak envoy, demands action against Jaish Also Read | US condemns Kashmir attack, tells Pak to end ‘safe haven’ to terroristsA Jaish suicide bomber on Thursday rammed a car packed with explosives into a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The CRPF has confirmed 38 deaths in the suicide bombing, counted among the bloodiest in Kashmir. Initial reports, quoting security officials, had said 44 jawans were feared to have been killed in the attack.Also Watch | ‘Big mistake’: PM Modi’s stern warning to terror outfits Follow coverage here:

Narendra Modi can’t say anything against Manohar Parrikar and the reason is Rafale files, Rahul Gandhi said at a Congress youth programme in New Delhi.(PTI)
Narendra Modi can’t say anything against Manohar Parrikar and the reason is Rafale files, Rahul Gandhi said at a Congress youth programme in New Delhi.(PTI)

‘Rafale is why PM Modi is afraid of Manohar Parrikar’, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 09:47 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi sharpened his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday over the Rafale deal. Rahul Gandhi claimed the PM is afraid of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar because he “knows the truth about Rafale”.
George Fernandes passed away Tuesday after a prolonged illness.(HT file photo)
George Fernandes passed away Tuesday after a prolonged illness.(HT file photo)

Why George Fernandes wanted to be reborn as a Vietnamese

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 12:19 PM IST
“If there is a rebirth, I would like to be reborn as a Vietnamese,” George Fernandes had once said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday condoled the demise of former union minister and socialist leader George Fernandes, saying he was frank and fearless and never deviated from his ideology.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday condoled the demise of former union minister and socialist leader George Fernandes, saying he was frank and fearless and never deviated from his ideology.(PTI)

‘He was frank and fearless’: PM Modi condoles demise of George Fernandes

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 10:26 AM IST
88-year-old former defence minister George Fernandes died here after suffering from a prolonged illness.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday linked the Opposition’s criticism of the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal with possible corporate espionage. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday linked the Opposition’s criticism of the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal with possible corporate espionage. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Nirmala Sitharaman slams Opposition attack on Rafale deal

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2019 11:33 PM IST
The defence minister also questioned whether the attack on the government over the purchase of the fighters was aimed to cancel the purchase.
Women will be inducted into the military police in a graded manner, and will eventually comprise 20 percent of its total strength, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Friday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Women will be inducted into the military police in a graded manner, and will eventually comprise 20 percent of its total strength, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Friday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Women to comprise 20% of military police after graded induction: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 09:25 PM IST
The decision to induct women in the military police with an aim to enhance their representation in the armed forces was announced by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat last year.
Union Minister, Smriti Irani address a press conference at BjP headquarter Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, Photos by Amal KS(HT Photo)
Union Minister, Smriti Irani address a press conference at BjP headquarter Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, Photos by Amal KS(HT Photo)

‘Yeh public hai, sab janti hai’: Smriti Irani on Chidambaram’s Rafale charge

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 06:40 PM IST
Chidambaram said the government has compromised national security by denying the Air Force 90 fighter aircraft and said “India will pay Rs 186 crore more per aircraft” after the new deal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public gathering, in Solapur, Wednesday, January 09, 2019.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public gathering, in Solapur, Wednesday, January 09, 2019.(PTI Photo)

‘Irresponsible opposition mocked woman Raksha Mantri’: PM Narendra Modi attacks Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 09:03 PM IST
PM Narendra Modi also spoke about the Quota bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, and gave his reasoning for why there should be simultaneous Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections.
Terming the reduction in number of Rafale fighter jets from 126 to 36 as a “bypass surgery”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched another attack on the BJP government .(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Terming the reduction in number of Rafale fighter jets from 126 to 36 as a “bypass surgery”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched another attack on the BJP government .(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Give me 15 mins: Rahul Gandhi dares PM to Rafale debate in Lok Sabha

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 07:13 PM IST
Speaking outside Parliament, Rahul Gandhi claimed that though the defence minister had said a lot of things in Lok Sabha while replying to his questions, she had not answered any of them.
Rafale row: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman continue to trade barbs in connection with the Rafale fighter deal, this time online (File Photo)(PTI)
Rafale row: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman continue to trade barbs in connection with the Rafale fighter deal, this time online (File Photo)(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi, Nirmala Sitharaman carry on Rafale battle; accuse each other of lying

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 11:33 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on lying on orders given to HAL, while Sitharaman said that she had never claimed that all the orders were signed
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.(Gurinder Osan/HT FILE PHOTO)
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.(Gurinder Osan/HT FILE PHOTO)

Manohar Parrikar’s life in danger over Rafale key files, Congress tells President Ram Nath Kovind

Panaji | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 12:23 PM IST
Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s life is in danger because he possesses key files related to corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal, Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar has said in a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, demanding “fool-proof” security to the former Defence Minister who is recuperating from cancer.
JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak on the Rafale deal in Parliament as charges had been levelled directly against him.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak on the Rafale deal in Parliament as charges had been levelled directly against him.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

‘Why can’t PM Narendra Modi come to House and speak?’: Deve Gowda on Rafale deal

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2019 07:30 PM IST
The former prime minister also hailed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her speech on the issue in the Lok Sabha on Friday, but said it was not sufficient.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(HT/PHOTO)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(HT/PHOTO)

Defence minister resolves issues ailing two projects in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 02:58 PM IST
Union minister of transport Nitin Gadkari and guardian minister Girish Bapat had met the defence minister on Wednesday in New Delhi to sort out the various pending projects of the city
Manohar Parrikar through his picture with a feeder tube protruding from one nostril has sought to have told his detractors that he is still in-charge of the state.(PTI)
Manohar Parrikar through his picture with a feeder tube protruding from one nostril has sought to have told his detractors that he is still in-charge of the state.(PTI)

BJP showing Manohar Parrikar as ‘Superman, He-man’ in staged photo-shoots: Congress

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 02:39 PM IST
Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is being projected as a ‘He-Man or Superman’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and made to pose in staged photo-shoots, the Congress said.
New Delhi and Moscow will sign a logistic supply agreement soon that will allow their military forces to share each other’s facilities.(PTI)
New Delhi and Moscow will sign a logistic supply agreement soon that will allow their military forces to share each other’s facilities.(PTI)

India, Russia may get to share military facilities

New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 09:07 AM IST
India and Russia also discussed joint manufacturing of the AK-103 Assault Rifles. India and Russia will jointly produce the rifles, which will replace the indigenously made INSAS rifles now used by the military, the second officer said.
India recently placed an order for five S-400 missile defence systems, for an estimated $5 billion.(PTI)
India recently placed an order for five S-400 missile defence systems, for an estimated $5 billion.(PTI)

‘We will work it out’, US assures India on Russian S-400

Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 10:05 AM IST
In her remarks, Sitharaman gave no explicit indication that the threat of US sanctions for S-400 purchases was an issue she wanted to raise.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has asserted that New Delhi sees the US as an important partner in the field of defence.(AP)
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has asserted that New Delhi sees the US as an important partner in the field of defence.(AP)

India sees US as an important defence partner, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Washington | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2018 08:30 AM IST
In her remarks at the start of her bilateral talks with the US Defence Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Sitharaman said mutual trust and confidence in defence partnership between the two countries were growing.
Indian army soldiers patrol during a cordon and search operation for suspected militants in Shuhama on the outskirts of Srinagar.(AFP)
Indian army soldiers patrol during a cordon and search operation for suspected militants in Shuhama on the outskirts of Srinagar.(AFP)

Military to withdraw only a few cases against serving and retired soldiers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2018 12:07 PM IST
Often, apart from engaging government law officers, the three forces hire lawyers and private firms to litigate matters in the Armed Forces Tribunals (AFT) and the Supreme Court. These come at a huge expense.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday that former defence minister and current Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, knows a “whole lot of things” about the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday that former defence minister and current Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, knows a “whole lot of things” about the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar knows a lot about Rafale deal, says Surjewala

Panaji | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 06:08 PM IST
Surjewala said as the Defence Minister when the deal was being worked out, Parrikar “knows a whole lot of things”. The Congress has been demanding the resignation of Parrikar as the Chief Minister on account of his ill health.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on October 29, 2018.(AFP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on October 29, 2018.(AFP Photo)

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe pledge to work for Indo-Pacific peace, 2+2 dialogue on cards

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he and Japan Prime Minister Sinzo Abe have agreed that from digital partnership to cyberspace, health to defence and from oceans to space, both sides will strengthen their partnership.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at her home in Safdarjung, New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at her home in Safdarjung, New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

I have to make an effort to smile: Different strokes with Nirmala Sitharaman

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumkum Chadha
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 06:13 PM IST
Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘wow’ moment came when she flew a Sukhoi... at the end of a 44-minute flight, the thrill of “having done it” replaced her initial fears.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman escorts US defence secretary James Mattis to defense ministry office for a delegation level meeting in New Delhi onSeptember 26, 2017.(AP File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman escorts US defence secretary James Mattis to defense ministry office for a delegation level meeting in New Delhi onSeptember 26, 2017.(AP File Photo)

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US defence secretary James Mattis to meet in Singapore today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 08:35 AM IST
The ADMM plus will be attended by 18 defence ministers of the region. Most will likely express their concerns over the rise of Chinese military presence in the Indo-Pacific region and its impact on sea lanes of communication.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman talks on 'India-France Defence Engagement in a Multipolar World', at Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM), a military research institute, in Paris on October 12.(PTI Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman talks on 'India-France Defence Engagement in a Multipolar World', at Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM), a military research institute, in Paris on October 12.(PTI Photo)

‘Testing India’s patience’: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warns Pakistan on cross-border terrorism

Paris | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 09:26 PM IST
According to a release issued by India’s defence ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman made special mention about the continued presence of terrorist infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the immediate neighbourhood and that they are constantly testing India’s patience.
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