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CAG report flagging ammunition shortage factually wrong: Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dismissed as "factually wrong" a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of weapons with the defence forces.

Pathankot Attacks - Latest news !!!

As the operation against the terrorists entered the third day, NSG, IAF and Army officers said there was no collateral damage to the strategic Air Force assets. At least two terrorists are believed to be holed up in a two-storey building in the complex.
Forty hours into the operation against the terrorists who stormed the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, investigating agencies have not yet made any significant recoveries that could give a clue to their identity or the route they took to enter India.
A top intelligence officer told reporters they were not sure whether the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Their initial presumption was based on a piece of paper recovered from SP Salwinder Singh’s vehicle, which was snatched by the terrorists and abandoned later. “It is all a presumption till now that they belonged to JeM. We have not recovered any GPS sets yet that could have given clues about their location. It could be LeT as well… we don’t know yet,” said…

Army Colonel killed in Kupwara encounter !!!

A Colonel with the Army’s elite Para Commando unit was on Tuesday killed in an encounter with militants in the forests of Kupwara.
Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, received injuries in a gunfight with militants near the Line of Control.  His parent unit is 21 Para, a special forces unit that traces its roots to the Maratha regiment called Wagnakhas (tiger claws). Wagnakhas were named so in tribute to the assassination of Afzal Khan, the Adil Shahi dynasty general, by Shivaji the Great using a tiger claw that is now kept in Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 
Colonel was airlifted to 15 Corps base hospital in Srinagar but succumbed to his injuries.Another soldier from the Territorial Army battalion was injured in the exchange of gunfire. The colonel had been awarded the Sena Medal for displaying gallantry and leadership in Operation Rhino, the counter-insurgency operation in Assam.
Col Mahadik, who hailed from Satara in Maharashtra, is survive…

OROP Row : Veterans returning metals, protests at Jantar Mantar !!!

Over 2,000 ex-servicemen protesting against the government's "diluted" one-pension-one rank scheme today returned their medals in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, the organizations spearheading the movement claimed today as they hit back at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his "unlike soldiers behaviour" remark aimed at them.  "The veterans had threatened to leave the medals on the road if we didn't accept it. Hence, we accepted those," District Collector Sanjay Kumar told reporters. Colonel retd) Anil Kaul, spokesman of the protesters in Delhi, said 2,000 ex-servicemen's medals were deposited at the district collector's office. Our people from Mumbai, Pune, Vadodara and Bangalore will return their medals next. By the way, this is just the trailer," he added.  
TheOROProw had escalated with Defence MinisterManoharParrikarterming attempts by veterans to burn medals as an insult to the nation and asked the protesting ex-servicemen to prov…

Indian Army Releases Amar Chitra Katha & Aan Comics on War Heroes

In a latest defence news, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, Adjutant General of Indian Army released a new series of Amar Chitra Katha and Aan Comics. Amar Chitra Katha, India’s favorite storyteller, is presenting a book on inspirational stories of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees, as a tribute to the recipients of the highest gallantry award in India. The new 248 page comic narrates inspirational stories of 21 of India’s brave sons who have been awarded India’s highest gallantry award. The all-colour, beautifully illustrated comic tells the story of each hero’s life from childhood to the battle in which they proved themselves victors over incredible odds.

Four Aan Comics were also released today based on the heroics of four war heroes who fought in 1965 Indo Pak war and were awarded Maha Vir Chakra. They were Maj Asaram Tyagi, Maj Bhaskar Roy, Sub Ajit Singh and Sub Tika Bahadur Thapa.

From the numerous wars on India’s borders, to intervention in military crisis abroad, the soldiers of the Indian Ar…

Defence ministry clears projects worth Rs 25,000 crore

NEW DELHI: The defence ministry on Wednesday night cleared several major long-pending stalled projects worth over Rs 25,000 crore, including the Rs 11,929 crore one for 56 medium transport aircraft by the Tata-Airbus consortium, Rs 2,900 crore for 145 American M-777 ultralight howizers and Rs 3,000 crore for around 200 Russian Kamov light utility helicopters

The defence acquisitions council, chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, also cleared the acquisition of two Boeing 777-300 (extended range) aircraft from Air India for the dedicated use by President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi as the Desi Air Force One, as was first reported by TOI earlier this week. The two wide-bodied aircraft will now be reconfigured for the VVIPs, which will include a an executive office and bedroom, and then fitted with advanced self-protection suites to jam and defeat hostile incoming missiles and encrypted satellite communication facilities by Boeing.

The DAC also cleared the initial…

Army Institute of Management Technology(AIMT) Pitches for Make in India in Defence Sector

Based on ‘Make in India’ campaign conceptualised by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aimed at facilitating investments and fostering innovations for the manufacturing sector in India, the AIMT at Greater Noida organised a day-long Seminar at its campus on 9th May 2015. AIMT is an esteemed and premier management institute situated in Greater NOIDA conducting a two year full time residential MBA course for the wards of Army personnel. The theme of seminar was ‘Make in India Made Easy- Opportunities and Challenges in Defence Sector’.



Lt Gen Philip Campose, the Vice Chief of Army Staff, inaugurated the seminar and emphasised on the need for a synergised approach by all stakeholders to ensure success of the campaign in full measure. Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production delivered the Thematic Address at the Seminar and highlighted the need for a concerted effort on part of Defence Industry to leverage on the Government initiative and give a fillip to def…

Nitin Gadkari visited Iran

Tehran: The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari calling on the President of Iran, Dr. Mohsen Rouhani, in Tehran, during his visit to Iran from May 5-7

Radha Krishna Mathur IAS has been granted an extension of Secretary, DRDO

It seems that the Government of India has a massive shortage of competent bureaucrats. Perhaps, this is the reason why a number of officers are being given extended tenures of the additional responsibilities they are handling. Days after Rajan S Katoch IAS MP 1979 was granted another extension to shoulder the additional responsibility of Director, Enforcement.Radha Krishna Mathur IAS MT:1977 too has been granted an extension. He will continue to hold the additional charge of Secretary, Defence Research and Development Organization, apart from his responsibility as Secretary, Defence. His tenure has been extended till May 24.

No report of defence sector networks being attacked: Parrikar

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that there are no reports of defence sector networks being attacked by cyber hackers and foreign intelligence agencies.Parrikar further said said the government has taken a number of steps to protect confidential information pertaining to the defence sector from cyber attack."There are no reports of defence sector networks being attacked by cyber hackers and foreign intelligence agencies,” Parrikar said."However, cyber attacks are faced by Internet connected personal computers and these relate to unauthorised data access, denial of service, compromise of logic credentials," he added.He was replying to a query on whether reports of defence networks being continuously attacked by cyber hackers and foreign intelligence agencies have come to the notice of the government."To protect important and confidential data from cyber attack, the operational networks of the Armed Forces are air gapped f…