Manohar Parrikar

Balloon came flying in from Pakistan, possibly to test our security: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the balloon-shaped object that was shot down by a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft came flying from the Pakistani side. “Ministry of Defence has written a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the matter with Pakistan. Though it had no payload, it could have been set to test our security and gauge our response time. In 15 minutes Sukhoi (from Jodhpur)

Rajnath Singh, Manohar Parrikar hold meeting to assess internal security

In the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday held a high-level meeting in New Delhi to assess internal security. Chiefs of NSA, Intelligence Bureau, National Investigation Agency and Director Generals of the BSF and the NSG also attended the Home Ministry meeting. Parrikar discussed security related issues with DGMO and vice-chiefs of the Indian Air Force. Singh and

PM Narendra Modi trusts Pakistan more than his ministers: Congress

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making an unscheduled visit to Pakistan to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the Congress Party on Wednesday said that the former trusts `those on the other side of the border` more than his ministers. “Looks like the Prime Minister trusts those on the other side of the border more than us even when they have betrayed us again and again. The kind of

Need Immediate Action For Pathankot, Says PM Narendra Modi To Nawaz Sharif

After 80 hours, the operations have been completed at the Pathankot Air Force Base which was attacked over the weekend by terrorists who came from Pakistan. Here are the top 10 developments in this big story: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a phone call from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, assuring him of his support in the investigation to uncover how the lethal assault was conceived and executed. According to

Government downplays Manohar Parrikar remarks on anti-ISIS operations under UN flag

India today downplayed remarks of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that the country could undertake anti-ISIS operations under a UN flag if the global body adopts a resolution in this regard. “It is not as if India has been part of every UN-led mission. We have participated in peacekeeping operation but then we pick and choose where we need to participate. “It is a hypothetical situation. Right now there is no UN

Congress slams Manohar Parrikar for his Rs 20 crore birthday bash

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has been asked by Goa Congress secretary Girish Chodankar to call off his upcoming birthday celebrations and contribute the funds to the Tamil Nadu flood relief instead. The former CM of Goa will be celebrating his birthday on December 13th. “Time and again Parrikar has said he was against such celebrations and now he is getting himself felicitated by spending nearly Rs 20 crore. People are

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar mulls retirement from politics

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday hinted at retiring from politics, while also admitting to a crisis of credible leadership in a small state like Goa. Speaking at a function organised by the Lokmmanya Multipurpose Co-Operative Credit Society, in Mapusa town about 10 km north of Panaji, Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, also said that his attention would always linger on Goa and that if the state government veers

Agents to be allowed but no scope for mischief: Manohar Parrikar

To ensure transparency, government will soon allow foreign defence firms to appoint agents but the companies will have to upfront mention the “reasonable” remuneration to be paid and won’t be allowed to dole out any bonus or success fees, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said. Drawing a distinction between agents and middlemen, he said the government will not leave room for any “hanky-panky”. “Agents do not mean middlemen. There will be scope

Manohar Parrikar makes controversial comment on ex-servicemen

The behaviour of ex-servicemen protesting the notification on OROP scheme is “unlike that of a soldier” and they have been misguided, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today, a day after the war veterans decided to return their medals. He termed one rank, one pension (OROP) decision as his biggest achievement in the last one year and said it was the BJP government that had finalised the measure. “This is unlike

One Rank One Pension implemented, says Manohar Parrikar

In a bid to break the deadlock, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday announced that the government has agreed to implement `One Rank, One Pension` scheme. The veterans have, however, rejected the government’s offer. Addressing a press conference after holding two separate meetings with agitating ex-servicemen and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah earlier in the day, Parrikar said: “The government has decided to implement the OROP.” Saying that the

Will India use Kasim Khan's confession to nail Pakistan's lie on terror?

With the security forces achieving a major breakthrough by capturing alive a terrorist involved in the attack on a BSF convoy in J&K’s Udhampur on Wednesday, the onus now lies on the Indian government to use his ”confession” to nail Pakistan’s blatant lie on its continued covert support to terror operators. Since Pakistan has categorically denied giving any direct or indirect support to terrorist outfits operating on its soil, the

Anna Hazare to begin hunger strike on October 2 over Land Acquisition Bill, OROP

Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced that he would go on indefinite hunger strike from October 02 over Land Acquisition Bill and One Rank, One Pension (OROP). Hazare will stage his strike from Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. The veteran anti-corruption activist has already voiced his opposition against the contentious land bill. Hazare had earlier this year written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him not to pass the new