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NCP chief Sharad Pawar with other party leaders at their Vijay Sankalp rally at Beed in Marathwada on Monday.(PTI)

Didn’t give clean chit to PM on Rafale: Sharad Pawar

Hindustan Times | By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 12:00 AM IST
Pawar said there is need for an investigation into the deal, as the cost of fighter jets has increased many times, but insisted he doesn’t want to make allegations against anyone without any evidence.
Already this year 37 Kashmiri policemen have fallen to militant bullets, while 13 BSF jawans have been killed along the Line of Control or international border(AFP)
Already this year 37 Kashmiri policemen have fallen to militant bullets, while 13 BSF jawans have been killed along the Line of Control or international border(AFP)

Why were the Indo-Pak talks called off? | Karan Thapar column

UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 10:00 PM IST
The two reasons the government gave for the cancellation of talks are far from convincing. They only raise further questions.
“The government has categorically stated earlier as well that all provisions laid down in the defence procurement procedure (DPP) and other relevant guidelines were fully followed in the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft,”a defence ministry official said.(Reuters File Photo)
“The government has categorically stated earlier as well that all provisions laid down in the defence procurement procedure (DPP) and other relevant guidelines were fully followed in the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft,”a defence ministry official said.(Reuters File Photo)

Congress keeps Rafale heat on, govt says all rules followed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 11:12 PM IST
A media report suggested that a bureaucrat red-flagged the purchase of Rafale jets on account of price.
It has been increasingly obvious as the Congress ratchets up the clamour on the Rafale deal that the Modi government is slowly beginning to feel the heat(AFP)
It has been increasingly obvious as the Congress ratchets up the clamour on the Rafale deal that the Modi government is slowly beginning to feel the heat(AFP)

The BJP should accept greater scrutiny

UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 07:30 PM IST
It is almost as if the BJP feels compelled to engage in the Rafale dogfight rather than focus on the core challenge of daily governance, especially on the economic front.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France comes in the backdrop of statements by former French president Francois Hollande which added to the Rafale controversy.(HT File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France comes in the backdrop of statements by former French president Francois Hollande which added to the Rafale controversy.(HT File Photo)

Nirmala Sitharaman likely to meet French defence minister next month

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 07:55 AM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to travel to France next month for a defence ministers dialogue with her French counterpart Florence Parly as the two countries seek to expand their ties beyond bilateral joint exercises, with a focus on West Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Reuters File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Reuters File Photo)

‘RM (Rafale Minister) must resign’: Rahul Gandhi tweets attack on fighter jet row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 11:29 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s attack comes after the former chief of the state-run plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) said the agency could have built Rafale fighters in India had the government managed to close the original negotiations with Dassault.
Former defence minister AK Antony accused the government of being “guilty” of “gravely compromising” national security in the Rafale fighter jet deal.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Former defence minister AK Antony accused the government of being “guilty” of “gravely compromising” national security in the Rafale fighter jet deal.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Defence minister suppressing facts on Rafale deal: Antony

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 06:43 PM IST
Senior Congress leader AK Antony on Tuesday accused defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman of “suppressing facts” on the Rafale deal and asked why the government is not setting up a joint parliamentary committee to probe it.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Dharchula town on Monday to inaugurate a mega medical camp organised by the Army on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.(PTI/File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Dharchula town on Monday to inaugurate a mega medical camp organised by the Army on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.(PTI/File Photo)

Two arrested for WhatsApp chat about killing Nirmala Sitharaman

Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 01:51 PM IST
Two persons were arrested on Monday after a WhatsApp exchange on a plan to allegedly kill defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman while they were apparently drunk, police said as the minister paid a visit to Dharchula town in this district of Uttarakhand.
PM Narendra Modi with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
PM Narendra Modi with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

India, US ink key defence pact, deepen strategic trust

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayanth Jacob and Rahul Singh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2018 11:10 PM IST
The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (Comcasa) was signed by India and the United States on Thursday at the inaugural two-plus-two dialogue between their foreign and defence ministers.
Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami (L) meeting with his Syrian counterpart Abdullah Ayoub (R) in the capital Damascus. Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, Iranian media reported on Monday.(AFP Photo)
Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami (L) meeting with his Syrian counterpart Abdullah Ayoub (R) in the capital Damascus. Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, Iranian media reported on Monday.(AFP Photo)

Iran and Syria sign deal for military cooperation: Reports

Tehran | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 02:47 PM IST
Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami travelled to Damascus on Sunday for a two-day visit, meeting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and senior military officials, local media reported.
G Satheesh Reddy speaking in Noida.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)
G Satheesh Reddy speaking in Noida.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)

Will focus on cutting military imports, says new DRDO chairman

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 11:36 PM IST
New DRDO chairman, G Satheesh Reddy, has been a strong proponent of easing restrictions on military exports and giving incentives to the private sector to build manufacturing facilities and pursue research and development.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI photo)
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI photo)

India-China relations a factor in global stability, says PM Modi

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 10:09 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the increased momentum of high-level contacts between India and China in all spheres, including in the areas of defence and military exchanges.
The protocol has been issued after several rounds of discussions and detailed review of the closure of roads by defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.(HT Photo)
The protocol has been issued after several rounds of discussions and detailed review of the closure of roads by defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.(HT Photo)

Defence ministry lays down protocol for closing roads in cantonments

UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 12:00 AM IST
The local military authorities can initiate the process of closing roads by providing reasons.
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), listens to his lawmaker Shireen Mazari during unveiling party's manifesto for the upcoming general election, in Islamabad, Pakistan July 9, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), listens to his lawmaker Shireen Mazari during unveiling party's manifesto for the upcoming general election, in Islamabad, Pakistan July 9, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)

Shireen Mazari tipped to be Pakistan’s defence minister

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2018 02:10 PM IST
Mazari is known to be a hawk and observers fear her appointment as defence minister could push Pakistan further away from the West and India.
Punjab Congress chief and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar.(HT File)
Punjab Congress chief and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar.(HT File)

Congress has taken Rafale fight to states, says Sunil Jakhar

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 11:16 PM IST
“They shouted us down in the Lok Sabha. But the PM or defence minister will have to answer whether Anil Ambani, whose company, Reliance Defence Limited, bagged the joint venture, knew about the original contract being cancelled,” Jakhar said.
DMK accused defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman of abusing her powers to shift O Panneerselvam’s ailing brother to Chennai in a military helicopter.(Hindustan Times)
DMK accused defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman of abusing her powers to shift O Panneerselvam’s ailing brother to Chennai in a military helicopter.(Hindustan Times)

DMK demands resignation of defence minister, O Panneerselvam over chopper row

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By Press Trust of India, Chennai
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 02:38 AM IST
A day after O Panneerselvam said his New Delhi visit was only to thank Nirmala Sitharaman for arranging a military air ambulance to shift his brother to Chennai from Madurai, Stalin wondered how a defence helicopter can be provided for use by a private individual.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the extended Congress Working Committee meeting, at Parliament House.(HT File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the extended Congress Working Committee meeting, at Parliament House.(HT File Photo)

India had 4 Rafale Mantries but only PM knows about deal, says Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 11:43 AM IST
The Congress party has been asking the Narendra Modi-led government to reveal the price of each fighter aircraft and the total amount of the Rafale deal.
Sources said the notices were moved by Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K V Thomas, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajiv Satav.(PTI FIle Photo)
Sources said the notices were moved by Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K V Thomas, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajiv Satav.(PTI FIle Photo)

Congress gives privilege notices against PM and defence minister over Rafale deal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2018 11:00 PM IST
The notices were given over the statements made by Modi and Sitharaman in Lok Sabha during the debate on the no-confidence motion on July 20.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

After BJP’s attack on Rahul Gandhi over Rafale deal secrecy, Congress’ comeback

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 06:25 PM IST
The Congress party said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman “misled” the nation over the Rafale deal.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman during at interview with Hindustan Times at New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman during at interview with Hindustan Times at New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)

Opposition formation chaotic, yet to happen, says Nirmala Sitharaman on 2019 elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta and R Sukumar
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2018 06:59 AM IST
The NDA government has done enough to address issues with the preparedness and priorities of the military, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
A soldier walks on a deserted road during curfew in Srinagar, Kashmir.(AP Photo)
A soldier walks on a deserted road during curfew in Srinagar, Kashmir.(AP Photo)

UN report on Kashmir baseless, army shows restraint in Jammu and Kashmir: Defence minister

New Delhi | By PTI
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2018 09:12 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman was reacting to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres backing the call for an international probe into the alleged human rights situation in Kashmir.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivers a speech during the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters File Photo)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivers a speech during the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters File Photo)

S-400 missile deal with Russia to go ahead despite US sanctions: Defence minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 10:47 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the CAATSA was an American law and not a UN law, and India has conveyed its position on the issue to the US.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference regarding achievements of Ministry of Defence during NDA government, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference regarding achievements of Ministry of Defence during NDA government, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

On Jammu and Kashmir violence, Shiv Sena wonders if India has a defence minister

Indo Asian News Service, Mumbai | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 03:38 PM IST
Without naming Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally attacked her as “a very weak and ineffective, faceless personality, who is at the helm, which is detrimental to the country”
Motorist using the Elliot Lines road near Kalyaninagar. The road was recently opened to civilian traffic to help reduce commute time in the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)
Motorist using the Elliot Lines road near Kalyaninagar. The road was recently opened to civilian traffic to help reduce commute time in the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)

Monday Musings: Let Cantts be, but open arterial roads to public

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Vaidya
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 02:41 PM IST
Cities that have Cantonments are blessed with considerable greenery and encroachment ­free roads. However, Cantonments should be open to change
Motorist using Elliot Lines road which was opened to civilians on May 21 to help cut down commute time in the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)
Motorist using Elliot Lines road which was opened to civilians on May 21 to help cut down commute time in the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)

Your space: Keep roads open, but regulate traffic for security

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2018 02:15 PM IST
Elliot Lines road (Ghorpadi) and Right Flank road (Wanowrie bazaar) were opened to civilians on May 21. However, military authorities will review the situation and are likely to shut the roads to civilians again. Here’s what readers have to say.
The India-Pakistan border at Wagha near Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT File Photo)
The India-Pakistan border at Wagha near Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT File Photo)

Any talk of peace by Pakistan is taken seriously by India: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman

IANS, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2018 09:23 PM IST
Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement comes after the Pakistan army chief said last month that peaceful resolution of disputes, including Kashmir, would be possible through talks between the two countries.
“The defence corridor in Uttar Pradesh will be the biggest and will play a major role in the country defence manufacturing sector.”(Representative image/HT File)
“The defence corridor in Uttar Pradesh will be the biggest and will play a major role in the country defence manufacturing sector.”(Representative image/HT File)

‘UP to have major share in defence production’

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2018 04:30 PM IST
Union minister of state for defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre stated that Uttar Pradesh would have a major share in the country’s defence production and will transform India from an importer of arms to an exporter.
Members of Palestinian Hamas security forces carry a coffin containing the body of Palestinian engineering lecturer Fadi al-Batsh, who was shot dead in Malaysia, in the southern Gaza Strip April 26, 2018.(REUTERS)
Members of Palestinian Hamas security forces carry a coffin containing the body of Palestinian engineering lecturer Fadi al-Batsh, who was shot dead in Malaysia, in the southern Gaza Strip April 26, 2018.(REUTERS)

Palestinian lecturer killed in Malaysia is buried in Gaza

Reuters, Gaza | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2018 02:36 PM IST
Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip and claimed Batsh as its “son”, has accused Israel’s Mossad spy agency of assassinating him.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.(REUTERS File)
CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.(REUTERS File)

Mike Pompeo confirmed as US secy of state after rocky hearing

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 11:17 PM IST
India had been watching the process closely as the confirmation will determine the timing for the first 2+2 dialogue between India and US’s foreign and defence ministers.
Nirmala Sitharaman with other ministers at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) Defence Ministers' meeting in Beijing on Tuesday.(PTI)
Nirmala Sitharaman with other ministers at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) Defence Ministers' meeting in Beijing on Tuesday.(PTI)

India, China should avoid disputes, says Sitharaman as Sushma flags ‘connectivity projects’

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 07:59 PM IST
The India-China relationship could be a factor of stability in a world of uncertainty, says defence minister
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