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Tag Archives: Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar secures own goal

  Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar might have secured an own goal by asserting that constitutional authorities can become more corrupt than politicians when vested with absolute power. The barb was seen aimed at the Election Commission days after he recommended an audit of Rs 16.86 crore bills submitted by…

Raksha Mantri’s announcement on strategic partnership expected

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar may announce the much-awaited policy on ‘strategic partnerships’ (SP) during the Aero India show starting Tuesday at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru. The policy is critical to implement defense deals worth over Rs 2-lakh crore signed across various segments. Parrikar had released the DPP…

Is Raksha Mantri returning to Goa?

Power corridors are again abuzz with speculations about Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar returning to Goa if the BJP wins the state elections. These speculations were triggered by BJP President Amit Shah making no bones about the return of Parrikar at an election rally. ” We will decide after the election…

More reprehensible than reprehensible could be

Father A K Antony did it. Since there was no big cut involved like in 2G or 3G, no one pressured him to do it. And that ignominious tradition lives on in the NDA administration. The Department of Medals under the Defence Ministry has not been issuing original medals to…

Ministers with large cash holdings

  Open source data indicates that a number of Ministers had large cash holdings as on March 31, 2016. The Code of Conduct for Ministers stipulates that they must file details of their assets and liabilities with the Prime Minister’s Office annually. This data, collated by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative…

First integrated DCN launched (Updated- 10:51 AM)

The country’s first integrated defence communication network was launched on Thursday, enabling the army, air force, navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. The Defence Communication Network (DCN), a strategic, highly secure and scalable system, has a pan-India reach — from Ladakh…

Private defence players want their foreign partners included as SPs

Domestic defence players have urged the Defence Ministry to create space for their foreign partners in the chapter on strategic partnerships (SPs) in the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, is scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss…

Parrikar to hold crucial meetings on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

  Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will hold crucial meetings with his counterparts from France and the U.S. on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore over the next two days. He is scheduled to address the security summit on June 4 and then head to Vietnam on a two-day…

Expert committee to speed up defence acquisition set up

To avoid delays in the acquisition of military equipment, the defence ministry has instituted an expert committee for ‘Restructuring of the Acquisition wing to make it more effective’. The committee, headed by former director general (acquisition), Vivek Rae, is supposed to submit its report in three months. Earlier this year,…

Parrikar sets defence exports target of $2 billions

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has set a target to raise India’s defence exports to USD 2 billion in the next two years from the current over USD 330 million.“I know it is not easy. Weapons and export of defence goods have double problems. One is whom you are exporting to…

Is Parrikar returning to Goa?

Speculations have mounted about Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reverting back to Goa after he reportedly told a Goa journalist that “yes, I’m coming back.” It’s rumored that a Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards anytime in the next four months, and Parriker would return to Goa to take care of…

Officials who might have facilitated Agusta deal

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said all those who were linked to the tainted VVIP chopper deal were given “good positions” following their retirement. However, he refrained from naming them. Indianmandarins investigations show that Parrikar might have several top officials at the back of his mind. Among them may…

Parl panel raps Govt on Rafale delay

A Parliamentary panel on Tuesday rapped the government for not inking the Rafale deal despite “considerable time” even as the government said the original contract for 126 planes could not be concluded because Dassault Aviation did not agree to certain tender clauses and its own bid. Expressing its unhappiness, the…

NaMo pitches for major maritime investment

Pitching for making the country’s 7,500-km long coastline an “engine of growth”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India wants to mobilize Rs 1 lakh crore investment to enable port development and invited global community to invest. Inaugurating the first Maritime India Summit (MIS) in Mumbai, Modi said it…

India, US to sign logistics deal

India and the United States may “soon” conclude a commercial shipping information exchange agreement, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Tuesday in New Delhi after talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar. Addressing a joint news conference, Parrikar said that the two countries have agreed to conclude the long-pending…

Chief of Defence Staff could be a reality, says Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday indicated that the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) could be a reality soon, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked defence reforms as a priority and stressed that “jointness at the top” was a long-overdue need. The post of CDS was…

Reddy takes charge as Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister

Making it as the 12th Scientific Adviser to ‘Raksha Mantri’ the eminent missile scientist G Satheesh Reddy took over as the SA to Manohar Parrikar. He will serve in the capacity till June 2017. While being appointed to this post he served with DRDO as Director, Research Centre IMARAT and…

G Satheesh Reddy is Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister

As the newly formed government at centre had stated months back that the posts of DRDO Chief and Scientific Advisor to RM will be separated. Keeping with its promise the GoI has appointed the eminent missile scientist G Satheesh Reddy as the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for…

One year of Modi Govt: MoD simple in style, hard in hitting

simple in style, hard in hitting

  Breaking old age British traditions and protocols, Defence Ministry’s working style has changed in the first year of Modi Government. South Block is no longer different than the previous Goa Chief Minister’s office as the style of working remains same. Moving on to the ground; troops look more focused…

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