Post Archive

September 2011

The German envoy to India Thomas Matussek is to leave his position as ambassador. A career diplomat, he will be leaving the foreign service, as well.

The Indian Ministry of Defense has put on hold the proposed Joint Venture between government-owned Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited.

India Monday successfully test fired Prithvi-II — its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable ballistic missile — from a test range in Orissa, an official said.

In a first, the Ministry of Defense has called in the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to investigate a case of a conspiracy to improperly procure contracts from the office of the Directorate General of Resettlement.

This is not what it sounds like. The drug is said to ‘improve physical and mental performance in High Altitude and Hypoxic Conditions’ and is said to be rich in antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that improve performance of brain, heart, kidney and lungs and also improves blood circulation.

The Indian Navy’s first P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft looks painted and ready. But the crucial bells and whistles are still to come and the aircraft will be delivered in early 2013, ahead of seven others.

An Indian Army team of stunt motorcyclists displayed their skills outside India for the first time, ever, on the occasion of Military Naadam, which commemorates the Mongolian Ministry of Defense Centennial..

Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed Tuesday evening in a suicide blast at his house in Kabul. He was meeting a group of Taliban insurgents when the explosion was triggered, Xinhua reported, quoting an unnamed source from Rabbani’s office.

Pakistan has been an unreliable ally of the US in the war against terror and failed “on occasion” when forced to choose between Washington and the Al Qaeda, says US Vice President Joe Biden.

External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna will hold talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi later this week to focus on deepening economic and strategic ties between the two countries.

Indian defense Public Sector Unit, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a contract last week to supply 46 radars to enhance coastal security.

The Indian Navy came in for a hard rap from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Thursday for buying Russian MiG-29K combat planes without their weapons systems, rendering them toothless.

Three Indian Air Force (IAF) officers had to face disciplinary action after a Rs.338-crore aerostat radar suffered a major accident, requiring repairs that cost INR 30.2 billion, the government’s auditor has found.

India and Bangladesh Tuesday cemented their ties by signing a comprehensive framework agreement and with pacts on a variety of issues ranging from land disputes to tiger conservation.

Seeking to expand India’s defense ties with Mongolia, army chief General Vijay Kumar Singh Tuesday left for Ulan Bator on a three-day visit, during which he will interact with the security and political top brass of the Central Asian country.

An Indian Army aviation unit, comprising six light helicopters and 70 personnel, will leave Wednesday for a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Congo’s restive Kivu province.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) Tuesday lost another MiG-21 combat aircraft in a crash near Rajpura town in Punjab’s Patiala district. The young pilot, who was on a routine training sortie, bailed out to safety before the crash.

Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma Monday visited the Line of Control (LOC) dividing Indian and Pakistani Kashmir and was briefed about the recent ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts from across the other side, a defense official said.

The production of warships for the Indian Navy has faced considerable delays and a cost escalation of around 225 per cent in the case of the Kolkata-class destroyers and 260 per cent in the case of Shivalik-class frigates.

In a ruling that will benefit Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in the armed forces, the Delhi High Court has said that those officers who are forced to leave before completing their tenure due to disability and poor health are eligible for all medical and insurance benefits.