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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Order to open Cantt roads

Order to open Cantonment roads to public came after pleas from MPs

The Army asked for certain roads in four cantonments — Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, Satwari road at Jammu, Cannanore Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment – to be exempt from the order due to security reasons.

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BJP says I-T cases against Chidambaram kin Cong’s ‘Nawaz Sharif moment’, he hits back

Lashing out at Sitharaman’s remarks, Chidambaram tweeted, “The buzz in Delhi is that Ms Nirmala Sitaraman will be removed as Defence Minister and appointed as the lawyer of the Income-tax department. Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitaraman.”

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Sitharaman says Sharif’s remarks on 26/11 attacks vindicate govt’s stand, Pakistan ex-minister blames India over delay in trial

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan questioned the haste in hanging Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive, and asserted it was done to bash Pakistan in international forums.

No tension between navies of India, China in Indian Ocean Region, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The defence personnel of the two countries were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam area near Sikkim last year and it had resulted in tension between the two Asian giants. 

J&K Cabinet approves ordinance awarding death for rape of girl below 12 years

Tourist death in stone pelting: ‘Incident to impact tourism in valley’, J&K CM calls all-party meeting tomorrow

The fragile tourism industry in Kashmir has taken another blow with the death of the Chennai tourist, and the sector fears that the incident may further affect the already falling footfall in the troubled Valley.

In cases of sexual abuse seven of 10 prepatrators known to victim: Nirmala Sitharaman

In seven of 10 sexual abuse cases perpetrators known to victim: Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman termed “ridiculous” the views of those who cite dress as the reason for rape.

Not every year, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will now be celebrated every alternate year, says Sushma Swaraj

Sushma, Sitharaman did not confront China on Doklam: Congress

Noting Modi was slated to visit China later this month for an informal summit meeting with President Xi Jinping, it asked if he will take up the issue.

Differences should not become disputes, Nirmala Sitharaman tells Chinese defence minister

“We are guided in our relations with China by the consensus reached between our leaders that at the time of global uncertainty, India-China relations could be a factor of stability and that we must not allow our differences to become disputes,” Sitharaman said.

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Differences shouldn’t lead to disputes in India-China ties: Nirmala Sitharaman

In August last year, India and China ended their 73-day standoff between their troops in Dokalam. The standoff had strained ties considerably between the two countries.

Nirmala Sitharaman arrives in China

Nirmala Sitharaman arrives in China to attend SCO defence ministers’ meeting

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is already at Beijing on a four-day visit here to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting to finalise the agenda for the summit of the eight-member political, economic and security bloc.

SCO meeting: Sushma Swaraj departs for six-day visit to China, Mongolia, Sitharaman to join her on April 24

SCO meeting: Sushma Swaraj departs for 6-day visit to China, Mongolia; Sitharaman to join on April 24

Talks between Swaraj and Yi will take place in order to take forward attempts by both countries to reset ties strained by last year’s 73-day Doklam military standoff as well as a host of other issues.

This govt has faced tonnes of questions, we’re continuously put on test: Nirmala Sitharaman at Express Adda

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on being an outsider in Delhi, the civil-military relationship and modernising the Forces.

Nirmala Sitharaman witnesses IAF exercise in the north east sector

See video: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman witnesses IAF exercise in northeast sector

After Pasighat, Nirmala Sitharaman proceeded to visit the Air to Ground weapons range at Dullong Mukh.

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Can’t force forces to procure indigenous weapons: Nirmala Sitharaman

Referring to criticism of delays in procurement of bullet proof jackets for the armed forces, Nirmala Sitharaman said it is not like “over the counter buying of things” and the government was putting sincere efforts to meet demands of the armed forces.

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India-US: ‘2-by-2’ dialogue put off, India says no to defence minister talks

The inaugural ‘2-by-2’ dialogue was scheduled to be held in Washington this month, but was postponed as the US Secretary of State-designate, Mike Pompeo, is still awaiting his confirmation by the US Senate.