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Armed forces are apolitical: Government

New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) The government on Wednesday asserted in the Lok Sabha that the Armed Forces are apolitical. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members Manoj Rajoria and Raghav Lakhanpal had asked in a written question whether the government was aware of any attempts of politicisation of the armed forces. The MPs also asked if the government has any policy on the issue, and wh...

6 days ago
To woo FDI, nation must be secure from external, internal threats: Army Chief

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) At a time when an emerging India is looking to attract more and more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), it was imperative to assure investors and build confidence in them that the nation is secure both from external and internal threats, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Thursday. The economic development and military modernisation and the existence of the armed forc...

8 days ago
Government, military shake up in Saudi Arabia amid unpopular Yemen war

Riyadh, Feb 27 (IANS) The Saudi King has sacked the country's Army Chief and other top generals and named new ministers and governors across the kingdom in a major shake-up in the government and military leadership amid a three-year-war with Shia Muslim rebels in Yemen. A series of royal decrees approved by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on Monday night announced the changes as part o...

10 days ago
Army in India should remain non-political: Azad

Guwahati, Feb 25 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said that the Indian army has remained non-political since Independence and should continue to remain the same. We have great regard for the army, they are our protectors. But the army should not look into the growth of any political parties in the country. The Army Chief's duty is to protect the territory and ever...

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Rhythms of history: A rocking retelling of the later 20th century

Anyone who thinks that the only place you could find the likes of, say, Stalin, Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein and Elvis Presley together would be in an encylopaedia or a detailed tome of socio-cultural history, would not be entirely right. For creative expression can sometimes take some very unexpected forms and unlikely inspirations. But rarely could anyone, even in ...

13 days ago
Government trying to divert attention from PNB scam: Congress on Rawat remark

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Reacting to Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat's remark that the AIUDF has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam, the Congress party said the government and the BJP are trying to divert attention from the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. Rawat triggered a major row with his remark that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been growing fa...

13 days ago
Status quo in Doklam, Bhutan firmly with India, government tells Parliamentary panel

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) There has been a status quo in Doklam ever since the stand-off with China was defused in August last year and Bhutan still firmly stands with India, senior government officials told a parliamentary panel on Thursday. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, that met on Thursday, was briefed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary...

13 days ago
AIUDF, civil society slam Army chief for questioning party's rise

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) A day after Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat attributed the rise of Assam-based political party AIUDF to illegal immigration from Bangladesh, the party on Thursday hit back saying his remarks were political and uncalled for. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) found its views echoed by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin ...

13 days ago
Army chief questions AIUDF's rise on Muslim support, triggers row

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has triggered a major row with his remarks that the AIUDF party has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam allegedly on the support of the Muslim population as Pakistan and China pushed Bangladeshi migrants into the northeast to destabilise India. AIUDF chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal took strong objection to the shocking sta...

13 days ago
Ajmal objects but Army defends chief's remarks on AIUDF's rise

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Indian Army on Thursday defended its chief General Bipin Rawat's comments about the growth of the AIUDF, a political party in Assam, allegedly because it enjoyed the support of the Muslim population as Pakistan and China were pushing illegal Bangladeshi migrants into India. AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal took strong objection to the shocking remarks. The...

14 days ago
Students from Manipur meet Army Chief

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A group of students from Manipur on Wednesday met and interacted with Army chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat. The group, consisting of 11 boys and nine girls from Sajik Tampak in Manipur, is on an India tour as part of Army's outreach programme that aims to foster the spirit of national integration across the entire swathe of the country. Rawat shared his experienc...

18 days ago
Egypt court jails 65 Morsi loyalists up to 10 years

Cairo, Feb 18 (IANS) An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday 65 loyalists of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi up to 10 years in prison over inciting anti-state riots, protests and violence. Zagazig Criminal Court sentenced 44 defendants to 10 years in jail and 21 to two years while acquitting eight of the said charges, Xinhua reported. The convicts are mostly members and s...

19 days ago
Army chief meets students from J&K

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday met students from Jammu and Kashmir, who are on a tour to Delhi, and encouraged them to join the Indian Army, an official said. The group of 13 students, accompanied by two teachers, met General Rawat, who shared his experiences while serving in various areas with the students and motivated them to work hard and contribute...

22 days ago
Indian Army chief in Nepal, visits temple

Kathmandu, Feb 13 (IANS) Visiting Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat offered prayers at the Bindhyabasini temple in Nepal's Pokhara city on Tuesday, a day after he arrived here to participate in the Nepal Army Day celebrations. General Rawat and several Nepal Army officers were welcomed by the temple's development committee. He was happy to offer prayers in the temple. We were amazed ...

22 days ago
Pakistan Army chief in Kabul for defence conference

Kabul, Feb 13 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Kabul on Tuesday, where he is expected to attend the Chief of Defence Conference, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. US Army General John Nicholson, the commander of the Resolute Support mission, and Afghan Army chief Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi will also attend the conference, reports Daw...

23 days ago
Defence Minister to visit Jammu as Sunjuwan anti-terror operation continues

Jammu, Feb 12 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is visiting Jammu on Monday even as the anti-terror operation inside the Sunjuwan army camp here is still going on, army said. The Defence Minister will visit the injured soldiers and civilians at the Satwari army hospital here. She will also meet the families of martyred soldiers and injured persons. Sitharaman will be br...

24 days ago
Nine killed in terror attack, Army chief in Jammu

Jammu, Feb 11 (IANS) The death toll in a terror attack on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir was put at nine on Sunday as Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrived here to review the anti-terrorist operation at the site. Reviewing earlier casualty figures, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Devendra Anand said three terrorists had been killed in the fighting that broke out before dawn on Sat...

24 days ago
Army confirms 9 fatalities in Jammu attack

Jammu, Feb 11 (IANS) A Defence Ministry spokesman on Sunday confirmed that nine people were killed in the ongoing anti-terror operation in an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to media persons here, Colonel Devendra Anand said three terrorists have been killed in the operation that has been going on since Saturday inside the Sunjuwan army station in Jammu city. Earlier rep...

24 days ago
Fourth holed-up militant in Jammu attack killed

Jammu, Feb 11 (IANS) Security forces on Sunday gunned down one more militant who was holed-up inside an army camp here after a group of terrorists attacked the military station, killing five soldiers and a civilian on Saturday. With this, the number of militants killed in the attack has risen to four, defence officials said. At least 10 persons, including soldiers, women and children, we...

24 days ago
Army chief in Jammu to review anti-terror operation

Jammu, Feb 11 (IANS) Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat arrived here on Sunday to review an anti-terror operation at the Sunjuwan camp which was attacked by JeM militants a day ago leading to the deaths of two soldiers. The victims, including a junior army officer, were killed and nine others injured after the group of heavily-armed Jaish-e-Muhammad militants dressed in army fatigues stormed ...

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