Funds to address critical shortfalls in Navy will be provided: Nirmala Sitharaman

Clay Curtis
May 9, 2018

Responding to a question on whether the Army's tough posture in dealing with the situation in the Valley has led to a spike in militancy, the defence minister said the armed forces have to be firm with terrorists. "That is a big change".

Sitharaman's statement gained significance after Indian and Chinese military locked horns for more than 70 days over a construction of a road in Doklam previous year, at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.

Addressing Senior Leadership of the Navy, the Raksha Mantri commended the men and women of Indian Navy for their professionalism and dedication in performing the duties of safeguarding the maritime interest of the nation.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said during the conference: "We are going to analyse our mission-based deployments, maintenance to operational transitional cycle and larger issues of geo-strategic Indian Ocean". "We will have a clear plan of the Navy", she said.

Sitharaman also assured naval commanders that the defence ministry is focussing on these issues and is implementing measures to mitigate the problems.

Feds concerned about large number of recalled trucks on Atlanta highways
Millions of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags have been recalled since 2016, yet many are still on the nation's highways. They say the defect has caused at least 22 deaths and more than 180 injures. "Every vehicle must be accounted for now".

She said that she could see a positive energy in the Commanders because of the ways in which the Government of India has been highlighting the maritime strengths of the country.

"I don't know whether it (the incident) was inadvertent or (committed) knowingly but it is completely condemnable", the minister told reporters at an interaction here.

"Absolutely unfortunate. For a tourist to be killed, it's absolutely condemnable", Sitharaman said.

On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti drove straight to Srinagar Hospital and met the victim's father and condoled the death.

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