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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Pulwama attack: BJP cautious, party leaders asked to meet families of victims, avoid calls for war

Party sources said the leadership was upset with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement that there was intelligence failure from the Indian side.

MoD's note on Rafale wasn't about parallel negotiations, but parallel viewpoints: Former Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar

According to a report Friday in The Hindu, a Defence Ministry note dated November 24, 2015, flagged the PMO’s discussions to then Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar.


Rahul Gandhi says Govt lied to SC, Sitharaman says PMO inquiries not interference

With the spotlight returning to the Rafale deal ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and rocking proceedings in the House, the government hit back.

Opposition steps up Rafale heat, Mallikarjun Kharge demands JPC inquiry

The report said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had interfered in price negotiations in the Rafale deal.

'Flogging a dead horse,' Nirmala Sitharaman tells Lok Sabha on Rafale

"Periodical enquiries by the PMO cannot be construed as interference," Nirmala Sitharaman told Lok Sabha.

Watch: Manohar Parrikar, Nirmala Sitharaman ask 'How's the josh?'

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi used, "How's the Josh" recently in Mumbai, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Goa CM Parrikar too used the dialogue and audience replied with "High Sir" just like in the film.


Defence Minister watches Uri film along with war veterans

She also posted a video of her entering the movie hall as the crowd present there chanted Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Vande Mataram, "How is the josh?".

IAF worry: In next two years, only 26 fighter squadrons, short by 16

Around the same time, the Pakistan Air Force will have 25 fighter squadrons while China’s PLA Air Force is estimated to have the capacity to bear 42 squadrons against India. 

Sitharaman's corporate warfare remarks prove graft in Rafale deal: Cong

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, during a press conference here, said Sitharaman's recent statement has "conclusively proved that this is a government of the suited-booted, for the suited-booted and by the suited-booted".

Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor

Private companies TVS, Data Patterns and Alpha Designs would make investments of Rs 50 crore, Rs 75 crore and Rs 100 crore, respectively. 

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Modi's Day 2 in Germany

Narendra Modi enters the second day of his Germany visit.

2014: The year of PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the top news and newsmaker in 2014. He led BJP to a historic election victory and formed a stable government at the Centre.


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Rafale deal couldn't take place without Reliance, says report

A report has claimed a top official of Dassault Aviation said in 2017 that a joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance group was a condition to win the 36 jet Rafale deal.