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  • HAL Staff, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Nirmala Sitharaman, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Modi government, Rafale, aircraft deal

    HAL staff is angry with own defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Engineers and other staff of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited are upset over Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman rubbishing the capability of her own ministry’s public sector undertaking in trying to justify the Modi government in the Rafale aircraft deal.

  • It was just a hug, not Rafale deal: Navjot Singh Sidhu hits back at Nirmala Sitharaman

    Chandigarh: Asserting that his hug to Pakistan’s army chief has been blown out of proportion, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu targeted the BJP on Wednesday saying it was just a “jhappi” (hug) and “not a Rafale deal”. The cricketer-turned-politician’s Congress party has been attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale fighter jet deal and alleged a scam worth several crore rupees in the matter.

  • Forces within JNU ‘waging war against India’, says Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has alleged that there are forces within the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which are “waging a war” against India. Continuing her claim, the Defence Minister, an alumnus of JNU, said that such forces have often been seen with elected representatives of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU).

  • Neither HAL’s, nor IAF’s interests served: Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday lashed out at the erstwhile UPA government for not finalising a deal for buying the Rafale aircraft and thereby failing to take care of the interests of the IAF.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu could have avoided hugging Pakistan Army chief: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s gesture of hugging Pakistan’s army chief impacted soldiers back home and asserted that the Punjab minister could have “avoided it”. Cricketer-turned politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.

  • Creation of better education, health facilities in border areas a priority: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Pithoragarh: Creation of better educational and health facilities in border regions of the country is a priority for the Centre, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Monday. Inaugurating a medical camp organised by the Army in Dharchula, Sitharaman said such events reflected the Centre’s concern for people living in border areas.

  • HAL Staff, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Nirmala Sitharaman, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Modi government, Rafale, aircraft deal

    Poor health of HAL led to collapse of Rafale deal under UPA: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: The negotiations for procurement of 126 Rafale jets under the UPA government fell through as state-run HAL did not have the required capability to produce the jets in India in collaboration with French company Dassault Aviation, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Thursday. Sitharaman also said that an unprecedented intervention in 2013 by then Defence Minister A K Antony when the cost negotiation committee was giving final touches to the deal

  • Indo-US strategic ties get a thumbs up

    The most heartening development in the 2+2 Indo-US dialogue in New Delhi between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman representing India and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattison on the US side has been the strengthening of strategic cooperation. With the signing of the communications compatibility and security agreement (COMCASA) the way has been paved for greater Indian access to cutting-edge US military

  • 2+2 dialogue: India, US ink critical defence pact; discuss cross-border terror, H1B

    New Delhi: Reflecting growing congruence in ties, India and the US Thursday signed a landmark security pact, decided to set up hotlines between their defence and foreign ministers and deliberated on thorny issues such as India’s purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia and import of crude oil from Iran.

  • Stop terror attacks from your soil: India, US to Pakistan

    New Delhi: India and the US on Thursday told Pakistan not to let its soil be used by terrorists to carry out cross-border terror attacks while demanding that the perpetrators of earlier terror attacks be expeditiously brought to justice. New Delhi and Washington also committed to work together toward advancing a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

  • 2+2 dialogue, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sushma Swaraj hold talks with US counterparts

    India, US ink COMCASA after inaugural 2+2 dialogue: Officials

    New Delhi: India and the US Thursday inked a long-negotiated pact under which critical and encrypted defence technologies will be provided to the Indian military by the Americans, officials said here. The ‘Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA)’ was signed after the first two-plus-two talks External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

  • 2+2 dialogue, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sushma Swaraj hold talks with US counterparts

    2+2 dialogue: Nirmala Sitharaman, Sushma Swaraj hold talks with US counterparts

    New Delhi: India and the US Thursday held the first edition of the twice-deferred two-plus-two talks, covering entire expanse of the bilateral ties and looking to further expand their global strategic cooperation, including in the Indo-Pacific region. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the talks with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

  • 2+2 Dialogue: India buying Russain missile system part of talks but not primary focus, says Mike Pompeo

    Washington: India buying a missile defence system from Russia and oil from Iran would be part of the 2+2 dialogue, but not the talks’ primary focus, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis are headed to India for the talks tomorrow with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This is the inaugural 2+2 dialogue between the

  • Karnataka Rains: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman loses her cool at minister Sa Ra Mahesh in public

    Bengaluru: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lost her cool at a press conference, while she visited Kodagu district which was hugely affected by floods to review the army’s relief operations, in a press conference she lost her cool and blasted at Karnataka minister Sa Ra Mahesh publicly. “Central minister following in-charge minister, unbelievable,” she said, which was recorded on camera.

  • Karnataka floods: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces Rs. 1 crore aid

    Kodagu (Karnataka): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced a financial aid of Rs. 1 crore from her Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme for the flood-hit districts of Karnataka.”I am a member of Parliament from Karnataka. I want to offer Rs 1 crore from my MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development) for Kodagu district,” Sitharaman said while taking part at an event.

  • Karnataka Rains: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to visit flood-hit Kodagu tomorrow

    Madikeri (Karnataka): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit tomorrow the floods and landslide-ravaged Kodagu district, bordering Kerala, where rescue and relief operations are underway in full swing. The torrential rains that lashed the district last week has left a huge trail of destruction and claimed at least 16 lives. Thousands have been rendered homeless.