Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, whose appointment as Army chief had kicked up a row, on Thursday took over as the next head of the 1.3 million strong force succeeding General. Bikram Singh who retired from services.
Beijing: Army Chief General Bikram Singh today visited a naval base and a naval ship in Shanghai on the final day of his China visit during which he interacted with the People`s Liberation Army top brass to improve ties between the two militaries.
Terming Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh`s ongoing and Vice President Hamid Ansari`s just-concluded China visit as "significant", former union minister Jairam Ramesh said Thursday India needs to "deepen the political dialogue" and that Indian states should engage with provinces in the neighbouring country.
General Bikram Singh arrived here on Wednesday on a rare visit to China, the first by an Indian Army Chief in nine years, aimed at bolstering high-level strategic communication and mutual trust between the militaries of the two neighbours.
The new government will take steps to tackle situations where defence procurement cases get stuck on basis of anonymous complaints and the acquisition for armed forces gets delayed, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said on Thursday.
Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party has charged the UPA Government with being in a hurry to make key appointments before May 16, one of the leaders of the ruling combine has cautioned it not to act hastily in appointing the next Army chief.
BJP Lok Sabha candidate and former Army Chief Gen VK Singh today slammed Defence Ministry`s decision to go ahead with the process of appointing the next Army Chief, saying it is "ethically" wrong and would make the present chief "ineffective".