Monday, 4 July, 2022
TopicMinistry of Defence

Topic: Ministry of Defence

Women Army officers say too little, too late as govt finally sanctions permanent commission

Defence ministry letter says selection board will be scheduled when all ‘affected’ SSC women officers exercise their option, complete requisite documentation.

What is Shekatkar report, defence ministry’s first order of business after lockdown

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting Monday to review the status of the Shekatkar report’s implementation. The report has never been made public.

Women won the case in Supreme Court, but Army and MoD have not entered 2020 yet

When the Army says ‘male soldiers not ready to accept orders from female officers’, it ignores the basic tenet of military functioning – an order is an order.

Adani out of race for mega Navy submarine deal, Ministry of Defence shortlists 2 firms

Congress had alleged Modi govt was trying to favour Adani Group, though Navy had rejected its bid earlier.

‘Focus on more Indian tunes’ — Vande Mataram to replace Abide With Me at Beating Retreat

Abide With Me has traditionally concluded annual 45-minute performance of military music as last event of Republic Day celebrations at Vijay Chowk in Delhi.

Tri-services insignia, no lanyard – what new Chief of Defence Staff’s uniform looks like

The tri-services insignia will replace the conventional star, crossed sword and baton on epaulettes that are worn by general officers of the Army.

CDS to be secretary of new Department of Military Affairs, no impact on defence secy post

The new Chief of Defence Staff will be a secretary in the Ministry of Defence, just like the secretaries of defence procurement and ex-servicemen welfare.

Make in India tops Rajnath agenda in Russia, Moscow to pitch for P75I submarine deal

Russia also wants to pitch for a more detailed upgrade of its frontline fighter aircraft Su30 MKI than what is being planned by the Indian Air Force.

To stop relying on imported weapons, govt must create separate MoD for production, rejig DRDO

The naval variant of the Tejas fighter put India in an elite club of nations. But India remains an underperformer in the military-industrial field.

Swedish major SAAB pulls out of P75I race, cites ‘unbalance’ in strategic partnership policy

SAAB official says they are concerned about the Indian side having full control in the strategic partnership model. South Korean company joins race P75I now.

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Attendees pose for a group photo at the 48th G7 Summit on 26 June | PTI

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.