Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman, 58, is the current Union Defence Minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Earlier, she held the position of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, during the first three years of the NDA regime. She served as a member of the National Commission for Women between 2003-2005. She was first inivited to become a member fo the BJP's National Executive in 2008, after which she became actively involved with party's economic and political resolutions. She was appointed as the National spokesperson of the party in 2010. In 2012, Sitharaman worked directly under Modi, given the responsibility of organising BJPs media campaign for the elections.
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Why is govt, Defence Minister hiding purchase price: Congress

“Is it correct that per aircraft pricing of Rafale as per UPA negotiation comes to 80.95 million dollars (Rs 526.1 crore) as against Modi government’s per aircraft negotiated price of 241.66 million dollars (Rs 1570.8 crore) as per current exchange rate?” Randeep Surjewala said

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Rafale deal: Govt says Congress charge shameful

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was highly critical of the UPA government for not finalising the Rafale deal during its decade-long rule.

Nirmala Sitharaman hits back at Opposition, calls allegations relating to Rafale deal as 'shameful' 

Rafale deal: Nirmala Sitharaman hits back at Opposition, calls allegations ‘shameful’ 

Calling the bickering over the deal as “disservice” to the armed forces, Sitharaman also cited the urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force as the main reason for sealing the deal.

Nirmala Sitharaman hits back at Opposition, calls allegations relating to Rafale deal as 'shameful' 

Return land no longer needed by Army: Mehbooba Mufti to Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman assured Mufti to look into the issue of revision and payment of rent to land owners of High Ground, Anantnag. She regretted the delay and inconvenience caused all these years to land owners who have not been paid rent, the spokesman said.

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Nirmala Sitharaman on China’s objection: Not bothered with someone else’s stand on Arunachal Pradesh

China had objected to Sitharaman’s first visit to the border state on Saturday and Sunday, saying her tour of the “disputed area” was not conducive to peace in the region.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeks votes in Modi’s former Assembly seat

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday campaigned for the BJP in the Tamil-dominated pockets of the Maninagar Assembly constituency

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Manmohan Singh ignored ‘organised plunder’ under his rule: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Demonetisation was done with cash to GDP ratio in mind, the Defence Minister said, stressing it was not a ‘sudden decision’.

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China objects to Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, says not conducive to peace and tranquillity of region

The Indian side should work with the Chinese side to make contribution to properly revolving the issue through dialogue and create enabling environment and conditions, Nirmala Sitharaman said

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Nirmala Sitharaman visits forward army posts in Arunachal, takes stock of defence preparedness

The defence minister interacted with the troops at Army posts at Kibithu in Anjaw district and lauded their dedication to the service and their efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain

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Funds for survey of railway to Tawang soon: Nirmala Sitharaman tells Arunachal CM Pema Khandu  

While state chief minister raised the urgent need to establish a cantonment in the capital area of Itanagar, Sitharaman assured that this would be accorded high priority.

Nirmala Sitharaman hits back at Opposition, calls allegations relating to Rafale deal as 'shameful' 

Nirmala Sitharaman at Arunachal: People of the state are ‘real sentinels’ for guarding frontiers of the country

The Defence Minister said it is necessary to prioritise peace for development and the Centre will definitely respond to any need of the state and its borders

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Naval chief Sunil Lanba calls for maritime environment to be devoid of all types of threats

“Although conflict resolution mechanisms have been established to address concerns between nations, undermining these institutions by unilateralism and maritime muscle flexing is resulting in fragile security situation at many places,” Lanba said.

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Nirmala Sitharaman should take inspiration from Indira Gandhi: Shantaram Naik

The Congress remembers the role played by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in keeping the country united, but BJP leaders and workers, with their divisive approach, are working against Patel’s teachings, Naik said.

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Indian Army finalises mega procurement plan to replace ageing weapons

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman conveyed to the Army during the conference that modernisation of the force was a priority for the government and all its “deficiencies” will be addressed to strengthen its combat capability.

Nirmala Sitharaman hits back at Opposition, calls allegations relating to Rafale deal as 'shameful' 

Status equivalence: Another panel to look at military-civil officers’ parity

This follows the rising disquiet among serving military officers — exhibited on social media platforms — that the Army had agreed to an existing committee’s recommendations on status equivalence.