The Swachhata Sewa Abhiyan by the cantonment board started on September 15 and will conclude on October 2. The Defence Ministry will run a campaign to remove trash from high-altitude areas, mountains and glaciers left by tourists and others there, she said.
Nirmala Sitharaman will need to be resolute and creative in order to energise the defence sector.
First, we need to create a sub-cadre within IAS, trained in the management of national security issues.
On first trip to a border area after becoming the defence minister last week, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the government will ensure availability of whatever is required by the armed forces for their “complete preparedness”
“I along with Gujarat CM and Sitharamanji sat with the core team of the state to formulate the strategy for the polls. We also attended the workshop for those who handle media and social media,” Arun Jaitley told reporters.
The crew, led by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi and comprising Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta, will circumnavigate in five legs, with stopovers at four ports in Australia, New Zealand, Falklands and South Africa.
The newly-appointed defence minister said that Utarlai air base was important from strategic point of view. Nirmala Sitharaman reached Utarlai air base on a special plane where she was received by Air Marshal B S Dhanoa and was given guard of honour.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was received by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Rear Admiral Puneet K Bahl, Flag Officer Commanding, Goa Naval Area.
The crew of the ‘Sagar Parikrama’ comprises of six-member all women team on board the sailing vessel INSV Tarini. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
The big question is how Nirmala Sitharaman pipped everyone to the post and bagged the heavyweight Defence portfolio. The PM may be pleased with Sitharaman’s honesty, hard work, draftsmanship and ability to give a précis of lengthy documents, but other factors also weighed in her favour.
In her first act as the Defence Minister, she approved financial assistance out of the Raksha Mantri Ex-Servicemen Fund (RMEWF) for retired military personnel.
Free expression, that key ingredient of democracy, is today embattled in India. Lynching by cow vigilantes has become common.
Sources said issues related to the security challenges the country was facing on the northern and western borders figured at the meeting between the two.
Welcoming the appointment of Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister, Singh exuded confidence that the key ministry will get “new energy and strength” under her as women symbolise “shakti” (strength).
Defence experts also feel that the frequency of incidents of incursions by the Chinese Army may go up in the coming months and years after the Dokalam face-off, and Sitharaman may face a challenge in handling such complex issues.