Nirmala Sitharaman at South Block: 'Military preparedness, soldiers welfare top priorities'

Nirmala Sitharaman at South Block: 'Military preparedness, soldiers welfare top priorities'”

Welcoming the appointment of Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister, Mr Singh exuded confidence that the key ministry will get "new energy and strength" under her as women symbolise "shakti" (strength). "I will be available round the clock", Sitharaman said after taking charge.

Rajnath Singh was speaking at an event to hand over indigenously made equipment to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) by defence public sector undertakings.

A priest held prayers in the newly-inducted defence minister's chamber before she assumed charge. She said, "Armed forces my first priority". "We shall ensure that the important characters of what makes "Make in India" an important flagship programme of the Prime Minister is given full play for defence production because India as you know is a very big defence equipment procurer". "Otherwise, we may need a different framework (for procurement)", the Minister said.

"Soldiers (deployed) on the toughest border, challenging situations, should remain absolutely assured that their interests are being watched".

A joint statement issued on Wednesday in the backdrop of wide-ranging discussions between defence minister Arun Jaitley and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera on Tuesday said: "The Ministers endorsed the importance of enhancing interaction between governments and defence industries of the two countries to encourage equipment collaboration including defence and dual-use technologies".

Nirmala Sitharaman approved a grant of over Rs 13 crore which will be released for 8685 ex-servicemen, widows and dependents out of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

Sitharaman is only the second woman after late Indira Gandhi to become the Defence Minister of India, and the first one to take independent charge.

Jaitley also called on Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and discussed ways to deepening defence and security co-operation.

Like this


07 September 2017
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) Sees Price Increase - Up $1.15
It worsened, as 64 investors sold SO shares while 341 reduced holdings. 168 funds opened positions while 262 raised stakes. SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG) has a market cap of $8.49 billion and over the last 12 months, SCG has declined by -17.59%.

07 September 2017
The Research Analysts' Recent Ratings Updates for First Connecticut Bancorp (FBNK)
Laurel Grove Cap Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 1.95% or 30,900 shares. 250,000 are owned by Amici Limited Liability. (NYSE:HON). The Company's subsidiaries include First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard and Frankfort First Bancorp, Inc.

07 September 2017
2 officers injured by vehicle fleeing Brooklyn crime scene
The two officers then noticed a dark-colored Nissan sedan with North Carolina plates speeding down the street, officials said. Investigators said a gun found on the ground near the crash scene may have been used in the incident of shots fired.

07 September 2017
Atlanta Motor Speedway open for Irma evacuees
The mile-and-a-half race track, located 20 miles south of Atlanta, is well equipped to handle thousands of campers for NASCAR races.

07 September 2017
Has $16.28 Million Position in Public Storage
The value of the total investment in Public Storage increased from $8,000 to $8,548,000 increasing 106,750.0% quarter to quarter. MA raised its stake in shares of Public Storage by 87.1% in the 1st quarter. 82,691 shares of the company's stock traded hands.

07 September 2017
Blizzard unveils plans for new e-sports arena in Los Angeles
Blizzard Entertainment's esports will get their own home soon: Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, located in Burbank, California. Many of its popular games - including Overwatch , Hearthstone , and Heroes of the Storm - have thriving esports scenes.

07 September 2017
Private Advisor Group LLC Sells 9228 Shares of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI)
Advisors Asset Management Inc. holds 0.28% of its portfolio in Nuveen Diversified Dividend & Income Fd. for 1.50 million shares. The pipeline company reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01.

07 September 2017
Two army porters injured in cross LoC firing in Poonch
Singh is arriving on three-day visit to the State on September 9 (Saturday) to review the security situation in the State. Lt Gen Anbu also said that there has been a lot of attempts to infiltrate but majority have gone unsuccessful.

07 September 2017
Defense Secretary Mattis warns North Korea it risks "total annihilation"
"We always have military options, but they're very ugly", said Mark Hertling, a retired US Army general and CNN military analyst. President Donald Trump says the United States is considering halting trade with "any country doing business with North Korea".

07 September 2017
Sanctions doubts grow as North Korea warns of 'gift packages' for US
Trump is scheduled to have his first conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping since the nuclear test at 9 a.m. It is unclear, however, whether the North Koreans built vertical or horizontal tunnels.