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Sitharaman returning from United States crossing Russian hurdle

Washington, DC: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday concluded her five-day visit to the United States, which officials said was aimed at “accelerating the momentum” of India-US defence ties — from enhancing India’s naval capabilities in the Indian Ocean region, to increase the footprint of American companies in Make in India programme, and substantially increasing bilateral […]

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Nirmala Sitharaman: India sees US as an important defence partner

Washington: Commencing her five-day official visit to the United States, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday asserted that New Delhi sees the US as an important partner in the field of defence. In her remarks at the start of her bilateral talks with the US Defence Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Sitharaman said mutual […]

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Death of tourist in Kashmir completely condemnable: Sitharaman

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the death of a tourist who was targeted by stone-pelters in Kashmir was ‘completely condemnable’ and not ‘very conducive’ for tourism in the Valley. The minister also said armed forces have to be firm with terrorists and described the Kashmir issue as ‘very sensitive’ and nuanced. The […]

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China overhauls Cabinet to run revamped govt under Xi

Beijing: China today appointed a whole new set of top officials, including a defence minister, to head a revamped government, days after President Xi Jinping began his second five-year tenure following the removal of the two-term limit. The new line-up approved by the rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, includes four Vice Premiers, Han Zheng, […]

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Forest Fire: Garud commandos, helicopters pressed into service

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said an advanced light helicopter (ALH) will be pressed into service for rescuing those trapped in the forest fire in Tamil Nadu, due to the hostile terrain. Nine people, who were part of a trekking expedition, have been killed so far in the fire, that started yesterday in […]

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Pak govt refuses to disclose troops deployment in Saudi Arabia

Islamabad: Pakistan government has refused to provide details of its decision to send over 1,000 soldiers to its close-ally Saudi Arabia for deployment, prompting Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani to threaten Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir with “contempt of parliament proceedings”. Pakistan Army announced on 15 February the decision to send troops to Saudi Arabia on a […]

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Niravgate: Opposition party spreading lies, says BJP

New Delhi:┬áThe BJP today alleged that the multi-crore PNB scam involving billionaire jewellery designer Nirav Modi happened during the UPA rule and the Congress was spreading lies to mislead the public. The BJP, which fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to counter the Congress’s charges, claimed that it was under the NDA government that the alleged […]

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Pak fully prepared for India’s aggression: FO

Islamabad:┬áPakistan today said that it was fully prepared to defend itself in case of any “aggression” by India and asked New Delhi to stop blaming it without any concrete evidence. Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal made the comment while addressing a media briefing. If India is bent upon aggression, Pakistan is fully capable of […]

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Suspected terror attack on Army camp in Jammu foiled

Jammu: Security forces today launched a massive search operation after Army personnel foiled a suspected terrorist attack on their camp in Jammu, three days after a deadly strike by Jaish-e-Mohammad group killed seven people at Sunjuwan military station, an official said. “An attack (on a camp) was averted and the terrorist fled away,” Jammu-based Army […]

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Pak will pay for Jammu attack, says Sitharaman

Jammu:┬áDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today blamed Pakistan for the terror attack at the Sunjuwan Military Camp here and made it clear that it will pay the price for the “misadventure”. She asserted that even though evidence of Pakistan’s role may be shared, India still reserved the “right to respond adequately at the time our choosing”. […]