Modi gives lot of decentralised authority to ministers: Jaitley

Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, on Friday sought to project Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who give his ministers a lot of "decentralised authority contrary to what a lot of people feel".

Defence alertness best guarantee for peace in region: Arun Jaitley

As Indian Navy added more firepower following induction of the first home built stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette `INS Kamorta` on Saturday, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said effective defence preparedness is the "best guarantee" for peace in the region.

NDA would think of manufacturing weapons in India: Jaitley

The NDA government would think about indigenous manufacturing of defence weapons, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday here said.

Jawans prepared to respond to ceasefire violations: Arun Jaitley

In a strong message to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday asserted that Indian armed forces are fully prepared to respond to any ceasefire violation by it.

In-principle approval for 3 Sainik schools in UP, 2 in Rajasthan

Government has given in-principle approval for establishment of three Sainik schools in Uttar Pradesh and two in Rajasthan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley informed Lok Sabha Friday.

India has asked China to cease activities in PoK: Jaitley

The government keeps an eye on Chinese presence in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and has asked China to "cease such activities" there, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley informed Lok Sabha Friday.

Shortfall of Army officers now less than in 2010

The shortfall of army officers has come down in the last five years. This year, the shortfall was at 17.77 percent compared to 26 percent in 2010, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament.

North Korea replaces Defence Minister

North Korea`s leader Kim Jong-Un has replaced his defence minister, a report said Wednesday -- the latest in a series of senior military reshuffles since Kim came to power in late 2011.

Jaitley declines to speculate on using troops for Iraq evacuation

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday declined to specualte on the possibility of use of Indian troops to evacuate Indian nationals stranded in conflict-ravaged Iraq.

Putin orders central Russia forces on `full combat alert`: Defence minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops in central Russia on "full combat alert" for snap drills, the defence minister said on Saturday.

Policy measures for Kashmiri Pandits` return in next few days: Jaitley

Centre will announce policy measures for return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley in the next few days, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said while voicing optimism about the situation in J&K and promising that Modi government will make special effort for its development.

Talks welcome, but within framework of India`s statute: Jaitley

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said the central government is ready for dialogue with anyone who wants to talk, but within the framework of the country`s constitution and its sovereignty.

Govt to work on policy framework for missile exports: Chander

Hyderabad: Many countries have expressed interest in acquiring missiles developed by India and efforts would soon be made on laying down a policy framework to tap this export potential, according to Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister Avinash Chander.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley arrives in J&K to review security situation

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley arrived here on Saturday to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir along with top Army commanders. Jaitley will be in the state for two days.

Defence Minister briefed on IAF`s operational preparedness

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley was Friday briefed by the Air Force on its operational preparedness and its immediate requirements such as 126 Rafale combat aircraft for carrying out its assigned tasks.

Navy holds war room brief for Arun Jaitley on critical requirements

Navy chief Admiral Robin Dhowan on Thursday briefed Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on the issues facing the maritime force including the depleting under-water force levels and the status of the indigenous nuclear submarine programme.

Jaitley reviews defence land management

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reviewed the functioning of the department managing military land against the backdrop of several scams involving defence land such as Adarsh, Sukna and Jodhpur during the UPA regime.

Arun Jaitley to review AgustaWestland chopper scam case

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will review the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal with the ministry preparing a presentation for him on the procurement which was scrapped after allegations of bribery and payment of kickbacks.

Defence modernisation had slowed down, will be speeded up: Jaitley

The defence modernisation had "slowed down" in the last few years and providing the required equipment to the armed forces in a speedy manner would be the top priority of the Modi government, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

Insurgents hit Yemeni army; 30 militants and eight soldiers dead

The Yemeni army killed more than 30 al Qaeda insurgents in heavy fighting on Wednesday, a senior military commander said, after the Islamists attacked military posts in a southern province where the government launched an offensive two weeks ago.