Pranav Kulkarni


What govt hasn’t declassified: In defence archives, book that suggests Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose survived Taipei crash
Mon, May 30, 2016

Despite the political rush to declassify Netaji files – the Centre has so far declassified 175 files and the West Bengal government 64.

Manohar Parrikar on AgustaWestland probe: Invincible hand guided action or inaction
Thu, May 05, 2016

During the discussion on the AgustaWestland deal, an angry Congress repeatedly clashed with the ruling BJP and later staged a walkout.

Contrasting claims on AgustaWestland chopper deal: A tale of two defence ministers
Thu, May 05, 2016

Manohar Parrikar said the process to acquire new choppers for VVIP travel began in 1999. His predecessor, A K Antony, said the process had begun in 1990. But that is just one point the two made contrasting claims.

Scorpene takes to water but India needs more submarines quickly
Mon, May 02, 2016

The sea trials of the first Scorpene, which mark a movement on the development cycle of the submarine, needs to be followed by an accelerated implementation of the plan already in place.

Defence Ministry says all Agusta shops shut but Tata JV got its OK
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

The IRL, however, says that the proposal approved in September 2011 was for AW-119Ke helicopters, but the model was upgraded to AW-199Kx and fresh approval was granted by FIPB on September 19, 2013.

VVIP helicopter deal: Italian court leans on Haschke’s testimony to indict ex-IAF chief S P Tyagi
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

On the Indian side, the judgment refers to the Tyagi brothers — Juli, Docsa and Sandeep Tyagi — the Tyagi “family”, as well as to their cousin, the former Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi.

Permanent commission: Navy moves to reinstate three women officers
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

In November, the SC restrained the Navy from releasing 17 women officers eligible for being granted permanent commission in select branches.

US to back India’s aim to be ‘net security exporter’
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Would like to work with them in increasing number of ways, says Defence Secretary Aston Carter

Defence ministry dilemma: Who pays for the expenses incurred by the Army
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

‘Guidelines being looked into so that Army does not spend from own pocket’.

Sitaram Yechury draws parallel with Hitler’s nationalism
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Government wants to make every argumentative Indian a seditious Indian, says D Raja.

JNU row: Arun Jaitley expects Congress in forefront against ‘such people’
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Jaitley said, "I expect mainstream political parties like Congress to be in the forefront of being against these people. Please don't do anything that lends respectability to such people."

Question of joint patrolling with the US does not arise, need to cut the flab from the military: Parrikar
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

“As of now, India has never taken part in any joint patrol; we only do joint exercises. The question of joint patrol does not arise,” said Parrikar.

Defence Budget: Looking at new weapons, forces find capital outlay slashed
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Defence budget rises less than 5%, capital allocation reduced 8.5 % following under-utilisation.

Two fathers grieve, question Jat quota stir
Wed, Feb 24, 2016

On Monday afternoon, Sandeep was on his way to pick up Jaipal, a construction site manager in Delhi’s Azadpur, from Kondli border after reports suggested that roads had opened up.

Jat agitation: Roads blocked, Para officer Captain Pawan Kumar’s body being flown home
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

With reservation-seeking Jat protesters erecting blockades across Haryana, the body of Pawan Kumar can’t be brought home by road. The Army too appealed to the “people of Haryana” to give a “befitting farewell to this brave son of their soil”.

Siachen: Death (and some glory) at 20,000 ft
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

PRANAV KULKARNI puts together details of the three-decade-old war at the world’s highest battlefield

Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad passes away, nation pays tribute; last rites today
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad passed away at the Army's Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi

Siachen soldier Hanamanthappa Koppad’s condition worsens
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Hanumanthappa was trapped inside an air pocket under 35 feet of snow after a massive avalanche hit Siachen on February 3.

Siachen miracle: 25-feet air pocket kept Lance Naik Hanamanthappa alive
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Siachen avalanche: Army sources said Hanamanthappa was detected with the help of a radar, but rescue teams had little hope of “discovering him alive”.

Soldier battles for life after Siachen miracle, next 24-48 hours critical
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

The condition of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried in snow for six days after the avalanche in Siachen, remains critical, according to the medical bulletin.

Life at the highest battlefield in the world, Siachen is a cold war at its coldest
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

The miraculous survival of the jawan and the incident itself, has generated a debate on the tough conditions close to 3000- 4000 men belonging to three battalions served under at the highest battlefield in the world.

Fleet Review: When the President rules the waves
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

The Fleet Review is a ceremonial and stately inspection of the naval warships by the President.

Manohar Parrikar rules out troop withdrawal from Siachen
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Asked if the proposal to convert Siachen into a "peace mountain" still exists, the minister said: "The decision (on deploying troops) on Siachen is based on the security of the nation."

President Pranab Mukherjee calls for peace as India projects naval might
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

Pranab Mukherjee watched as the Navy's surface, sub-surface and aerial platforms performed maneuvers off Visakhapatnam's Rama Krishna beach.

India’s naval might on full display at International Fleet review off Vizag coast
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Amongst the Indian platforms that paraded in front of the high profile delegation off the east coast was INS Vikramaditya- India’s biggest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, destroyers INS Kolkata, Mysore, frigates- Shivalik, Satpura, Teg amongst others.

Need stronger laws to govern seas: R K Dhowan
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Comments come amid South China Sea tension between US and China

CBI probe ordered into allegations against two Major Generals
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

"The Defence Ministry has forwarded to CBI complaints received against Maj Gen Ashok Kumar and Maj Gen S S Lamba and has sought a reply," defence sources said on Thursday.

Rafale deal: India wants more add-ons
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Defence Ministry sources indicated that the government machinery worked against time to complete the much-expected Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) two weeks ago.

From Pathankot to Kupwara, tales of courage and sacrifice
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Mukherjee also approved the award of two Kirti Chakras and eight Shaurya Chakras to Indian Army personnel on the occasion of Republic Day.

Netaji files declassified: Indira govt wanted Japan to keep ashes during Emergency
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Taking IB’s inputs, the MHA on August 20, 1976, further wrote to MEA, “Bringing back the ashes will give a fillip to the Forward Bloc which is at present an insignificant force.”

Dassault, DCNS officials to accompany French President
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

The company officials will be part of the delegation that will be arriving with Hollande on January 24.

PM Narendra Modi’s hotline to Francois Hollande broke Rafale ice
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

With France unwilling to agree to offset clause, Modi’s phone call before COP-21 visit changed game

Pakistan Army has derailed talks many times, says Army chief Dalbir Singh
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

The Army Chief said while Pakistan had closed down many terrorist training camps on its side of the border due to “international pressure”, 17 of 42 camps were still active.

Hero of Bangladesh war Jack Jacob dies at 92
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

The body will be kept in the hospital’s research & referral (R&R) unit until Thursday morning, then sent to Brar Square in Delhi cantonment at 1 pm.

Simply put: Raised offset threshold, other features of new defence procurement norms
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

The new DPP is expected to pave the way for ‘Make in India’.

New Defence Procurement Policy promises to make defense market more lucrative
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

The new DPP has stressed reducing delays in procurements by eliminating repetitive procedures.