Monday, 24 September, 2018

Topic: Ministry of Defence

Francois Hollande

Dassault didn’t pick Anil Ambani’s Reliance as Rafale partner: French ex-president

Francois Hollande’s claim could mean trouble for Modi govt which has so far maintained it had no role to play in selection of Reliance Defence.

Navy’s eagerness to buy $20 billion aircraft carrier cuts into funds for Army & Air Force

Indian Navy’s proposal, however, is yet to secure an ‘in principle’ approval from the ministry of defence.
Rafale fighter aircraft of Dassault Aviation company at Paris Air Show | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Nirmala Sitharaman’s answers do not explain Modi govt’s refusal to disclose Rafale details

Rafale controversy reveals pitfalls of both excessively centralised decision-making and of emphasis on public positioning rather than strategic outcomes.
Nivedita Vidyapith Entrance - Barrackpore Cantonment, Kolkata

MoD has politicised security for electoral reasons. Opening of cantonment roads shows that

Cantonments may be colonial creations in their origins, but that does not mean that the military does not need exclusive spaces.

The first Dakota to land in Srinagar in 1947 and save the airfield will soon fly again

The refurbished Dakota, called ‘Parushurama’, bearing tail no VP 905 is now part of the IAF Vintage Flight. It will fly next week to Jamnagar.
A file image of the Brahmos WPN System

Govt’s new defence production policy can only work with a strong private push

With an emphasis on joint research and testing as well as govt push for exports, the draft policy has got the direction right.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

Govt spells out defence industry vision: $5 billion exports by 2025, leader in AI, cyberspace

Rs 1,000 crore startup funds, 3 million jobs in defence ministry’s plan for next seven years.
File photo of Narendra Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman, Kalraj Mishra and Ravi Shankar Prasad at the launch of 'Make in India', 2014 | Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

In presentation to PMO, junior defence minister admits Make in India hasn’t taken off

Minister of State Subhash Bhamre laid out some ‘hard facts’ in the presentation in November 2017, and blamed delays on lack of accountability.
Nirmala Sitharaman | Official FB page

Two ministers appoint different officers as defence ministry spokesperson on same day

Confusion after Sitharaman appoints Defence Accounts Service officer Rajashekar, Irani picks Information Service officer Pandey on the same day.
Military officers

Finally, a sense of relief in Ministry of Defence’s longest-running war

The order changing military officers’ equations vis-à-vis civilian officials has been rescinded. Further heartburn needs to be prevented.

This is what cheaper and better looking electric vehicles can do for you

Charging will last for months in electric vehicles, it's cleaner and convenient to use and also reduces air and noise pollution.

Christian priests accused of rape: Isolated events or eroding credibility of Indian church?

While allegations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal are under investigation, there is pressure on Bishops' Council to initiate a full-fledged probe. Experts weigh in.