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For almost 10 years, soldiers have been purchasing medals from the market as the army grappled with the shortage.(PTI)

Indian Army signs contract for 1.7 million medals

PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 01:53 AM IST
Soldiers are awarded medals for gallantry and distinguished service among other key landmarks in their military careers.
During the event, presentations are expected to be given to the Prime Minister regarding the progress made in the field of the creation of theatre commands.(ANI)
During the event, presentations are expected to be given to the Prime Minister regarding the progress made in the field of the creation of theatre commands.(ANI)

PM Modi to address top military commanders in Kevadia, Gujarat in March 2021

ANI |
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 01:15 PM IST
"The Prime Minister would be addressing the top commanders of the Indian Army, Air Force and the Navy and is expected to give directions to the defence forces for being prepared for the challenges in the near and distant future," government sources said.
Road widening work underway on a stretch between Joshimath and Badrinath shrine in Chamoli district.(HT file photo )
Road widening work underway on a stretch between Joshimath and Badrinath shrine in Chamoli district.(HT file photo )

‘Vital for army’: Centre asks SC to review Char Dham road project order

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:32 PM IST
On September 8, the apex court upheld the recommendation of the minority members of the HPC and asked the implementing agencies to reduce the width of the road to 5.5m for the whole project. The Centre wants the road width to be 7.5 m.
The model (of SAI) is similar to commercially available messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS.(Shutterstock)
The model (of SAI) is similar to commercially available messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS.(Shutterstock)

Indian Army launches indigenous mobile app ‘SAI’, will facilitate secure messaging

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 12:24 PM IST
The indigenous messaging application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group.
For repairing roads, NHAI regional officers of have been granted permission to spend up to ₹10 crore.(HT Photo)
For repairing roads, NHAI regional officers of have been granted permission to spend up to ₹10 crore.(HT Photo)

Question hour: Land acquisition for Pathankot-Mandi four lane initiated, says Jai Ram

Hindustan Times/Shimla | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 11:42 PM IST
The CM said the width of the road will be 30 to 40 metres and a revised detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared.
Gen Rawat said that the armed forces will have to work through the budgetary constraints by finding the best solutions through new acquisitions and optimisation considering the macro-economic parameters.(PTI photo)
Gen Rawat said that the armed forces will have to work through the budgetary constraints by finding the best solutions through new acquisitions and optimisation considering the macro-economic parameters.(PTI photo)

India’s security would be maintained in ‘extended neighbourhood’ as well: Gen Bipin Rawat

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The Chief of Defence Staff said that India values its emerging relationship with the US and cherishes its traditional relationship with Russia, adding the country shares a mature and robust defence and security framework with both these powers.
The plea alleged that the makers kept the IAF in the dark about the intent of the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, which was a negative portrayal of the air force based on misleading and manipulative facts.(PTI)
The plea alleged that the makers kept the IAF in the dark about the intent of the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, which was a negative portrayal of the air force based on misleading and manipulative facts.(PTI)

Delhi high court refuses to stay streaming of Gunjan Saxena movie

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 01:50 PM IST
Justice Rajiv Sakdher told additional solicitor-general (ASG) Sanjay Jain that the MoD has moved the court very late and an interim injunction on the telecast of the movie cannot be granted, as it has already been released
Pranab Mukherjee was India’s President from 2012 to 2017.(Raj K Raj/HT Archive)
Pranab Mukherjee was India’s President from 2012 to 2017.(Raj K Raj/HT Archive)

Pranab Mukherjee to be cremated in Delhi today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 09:21 AM IST
Mukherjee, 84, died of multiple organ failure after he was admitted to New Delhi’s Army Hospital Research and Referral three weeks ago.
A still from the web series Avrodh. It is based on the 2016 surgical strikes and is getting rave reviews from viewers.
A still from the web series Avrodh. It is based on the 2016 surgical strikes and is getting rave reviews from viewers.

NOC needed to show Army theme content on OTT: Industry reacts in defence

Hindustan Times | By Aprajita Sharad
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2020 10:41 PM IST
Documentaries, movies and OTT platforms that depict Army theme content will soon be asked to seek an NOC from the Ministry of Defence. Filmmakers say it will draw undue attention, and public should learn self-censorship.
An all women contingent of the Indian Army during the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)
An all women contingent of the Indian Army during the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)

Centre grants permanent commission for women officers in Army

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 03:13 PM IST
The Selection Board will be scheduled as soon as all eligible SSC women officers exercise their option and complete proper documentation.
Citing the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, the Centre moved an application before the Supreme Court to extend the deadline expiring in May by six months.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Citing the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, the Centre moved an application before the Supreme Court to extend the deadline expiring in May by six months.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

SC extends deadline to give women permanent posting

Hindustan Times, Supreme Court | By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2020 05:14 AM IST
The Centre agreed to grant a permanent commission to women in 10 non-combat streams and was directed by the apex court to complete the process in three months.
Ordnance Factory workers in Pune during a protest against the Centre’s move to corporatize the country’s ordnance factories.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Ordnance Factory workers in Pune during a protest against the Centre’s move to corporatize the country’s ordnance factories.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Employees at 41 ordnance factories to go on indefinite strike against corporatisation

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 10:54 PM IST
The date of the beginning of the strike is yet to be announced but the employees’ unions said that the strike will be deferred if the killings in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley , in which the Indian Army lost 20 soldiers, leads to a crisis
National Cadet Corps cadets.(HT file)
National Cadet Corps cadets.(HT file)

NCC Yogdan: Cadets join fight against COVID-19

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2020 11:37 AM IST
The Ministry of Defence had recently allowed temporary employment of National Cadet Corps cadets under ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’ and guidelines were also issued.
If the defence forces have to retain talent, wages of its personnel have to be on a par with other branches of the government and the civilian economy(Sunil Ghosh/HTPHOTO)
If the defence forces have to retain talent, wages of its personnel have to be on a par with other branches of the government and the civilian economy(Sunil Ghosh/HTPHOTO)

Think creatively to offset funds crunch in defence

By Harsh V Pant and Kartik Bommakanti
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 06:52 PM IST
The defence budget is shrinking. The CDS can play a key role in ensuring the most efficient use of resources
The CDS will head the Department of Military Affairs, within the ministry of defence, while being the permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee(AP)
The CDS will head the Department of Military Affairs, within the ministry of defence, while being the permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee(AP)

A leap for national security

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 08:39 PM IST
The CDS decision is welcome. But challenges lie ahead
India’s model of civil-military relations has overly focused on procedural control, which has come at a cost. Simply put, this form of civilian control has had an adverse impact on its military effectiveness(PTI)
India’s model of civil-military relations has overly focused on procedural control, which has come at a cost. Simply put, this form of civilian control has had an adverse impact on its military effectiveness(PTI)

Creating a new framework of civil-military relations | Analysis

By Anit Mukherjee
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2019 07:48 PM IST
The current model has hurt military effectiveness. The CDS announcement is a historic opportunity to reform it
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(AFP file)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(AFP file)

$10 billion targeted for creating job opportunities for 20-30 lakh people by 2025, says Rajnath Singh

Hyderabad [Telangana] | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2019 12:51 PM IST
Rajnath Singh on Friday said his ministry has set a target of $26 billion for aerospace, defence services and goods by 2025,
Indian Army scrutinizing the bags seized from NDFB (S) terrorists near Kokrajhar in Assam.(PTIFile Photo)
Indian Army scrutinizing the bags seized from NDFB (S) terrorists near Kokrajhar in Assam.(PTIFile Photo)

After 30 years, Army begins pullback from counter insurgency ops in Assam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 06:21 AM IST
The troops will be pulled back in different phases spread over an year as per the decision following a review by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs, a top official of the state government said.
HT Image
HT Image
In August this year, the SC quashed General Court Marshal (GCM) proceedings that found a colonel guilty of adultery.(Photo @adgpi)
In August this year, the SC quashed General Court Marshal (GCM) proceedings that found a colonel guilty of adultery.(Photo @adgpi)

Army wants adultery to remain offence for discipline in its ranks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 07:30 PM IST
In September 2018, the SC scrapped adultery as a criminal offence, ruling that the 19th century law that “treats a husband as the master”, was unconstitutional.
The CBI also carried out searches at the residence and office of Bhandari in connection with the deal, officials said.(FILE PHOTO/ Representative Image)
The CBI also carried out searches at the residence and office of Bhandari in connection with the deal, officials said.(FILE PHOTO/ Representative Image)

2012 Pilatus Aircraft Deal: IAF officials, arms dealer booked for graft

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 11:57 PM IST
India paid Rs2,895.63 crore for 75 Pilatus trainer aircraft in May 2012. The Swiss-made planes replaced the indigenously built, 1988 vintage HPT-32 trainers, which were grounded after a series of accidents.
IThe decision to withdraw the provision of ‘ration in kind’ had met with criticism from several quarters within the three services of the armed forces.(AFP)
IThe decision to withdraw the provision of ‘ration in kind’ had met with criticism from several quarters within the three services of the armed forces.(AFP)

Centre restores free ration for defence officers in peace areas that was withdrawn in 2017

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 06:47 PM IST
The facility was withdrawn by the government in 2017 and it started paying a certain amount in instead of the ration to defence personnel.
Currently, in India, the Q400 aircraft used by SpiceJet and the ATR aircraft used by IndiGo have less than 80 seats.(AFP File Photo)
Currently, in India, the Q400 aircraft used by SpiceJet and the ATR aircraft used by IndiGo have less than 80 seats.(AFP File Photo)

Government may remove ‘landing charges’ at 15 defence airports for aircraft with less than 80 seats

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2019 04:45 PM IST
Ministry of Defence is looking in the matter after an airline requested the civil aviation ministry to waive the landing charges.
On Sunday, footage circulated on China’s Weibo microblogging service of an object travelling up into the sky, leaving a white trail behind it, over the Bohai Sea, partly closed at the time for military drills.(Reuters FILE/ Representative Image)
On Sunday, footage circulated on China’s Weibo microblogging service of an object travelling up into the sky, leaving a white trail behind it, over the Bohai Sea, partly closed at the time for military drills.(Reuters FILE/ Representative Image)

‘Do you believe in UFOs?’: China hints at test of new missile

Beijing | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2019 03:19 PM IST
The People’s Liberation Army typically does not announce new missile tests, but occasionally drops hints about what it is up to, amid a massive modernisation push championed by President Xi Jinping to ramp up combat capabilities.
The defence ministry in the statement said it takes a “firm stand” against those who commit offences under the Enlistment Act.(HT Photo)
The defence ministry in the statement said it takes a “firm stand” against those who commit offences under the Enlistment Act.(HT Photo)

Indian man in Singapore faces trial for defaulting compulsory national service obligations for over 5 years

Singapore | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 11:20 AM IST
National service (NS) is compulsory for male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) who are above 18 years of age.
The defence equipment MoU was signed by Air Marshal Richard Knighton on behalf of the UK’s ministry of defence and Barun Mitra, additional secretary (defence production) in India’s ministry of defence.(PTI/Representative Image)
The defence equipment MoU was signed by Air Marshal Richard Knighton on behalf of the UK’s ministry of defence and Barun Mitra, additional secretary (defence production) in India’s ministry of defence.(PTI/Representative Image)

India, UK sign ‘step change’ defence MoU

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 02:02 PM IST
The defence equipment MoU was signed by Air Marshal Richard Knighton on behalf of the UK’s ministry of defence and Barun Mitra, additional secretary (defence production) in India’s ministry of defence.
The Congress has been raising the Rafale fighter jet deal on a regular basis in its electoral campaign against the BJP.(REUTERS)
The Congress has been raising the Rafale fighter jet deal on a regular basis in its electoral campaign against the BJP.(REUTERS)

No link between tax exemption and Rafale deal: Govt on report

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2019 07:39 PM IST
A statement by the ministry of defence said that “neither the period of the tax concession nor the subject matter of concession relate even remotely to the Rafale procurement being concluded during the tenure of the present government”.
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma has withdrawn his petition challenging his supersession for the post of Navy chief(HT)
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma has withdrawn his petition challenging his supersession for the post of Navy chief(HT)

Vice admiral Bimal Verma withdraws plea challenging Karambir Singh’s appointment as navy chief

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 03:52 PM IST
He had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal challenging the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief
The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans to establish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars and several contemporary conflicts.(AFP)
The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans to establish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars and several contemporary conflicts.(AFP)

UK to raise new battalion of Gurkha Rifles, hails their bravery, sacrifice

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 08:28 AM IST
The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans to establish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars and several contemporary conflicts.
The Election Commission’s direction came after a complaint by the ministry of defence.(PTI)
The Election Commission’s direction came after a complaint by the ministry of defence.(PTI)

‘Don’t use photographs of defence personnel for election campaigns,’ EC tells political parties

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 09:17 AM IST
The ministry of defence had written to the EC that photographs of defence personnel were being used by political parties in advertisements as part of their election propaganda.
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