A K Antony

India to keep all its options open to dismantle terror infrastructure: Antony

A.K AntonyNew Delhi, Jan 7 : Defence Minister AK Antony today said that India would keep all its options open to dismantle the “terror infrastructure” in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks.

The Defence Minister’s statement reflected the Indian officials increasing frustration at what they see as Pakistan’s unwillingness to fully probe the Mumbai carnage in which militants killed more than 170 people.

Antony reviews security situation

A K AntonyNew Delhi: Defence minister AK Antony asked the service chiefs to make a presentation on the current security scenario and the threat perceptions. Antony also discussed the preparedness of the armed forces in tackling them, officials added.

The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser (NSA) MK Narayanan. Services chiefs Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major and Army chief General Deepak Kapoor, apart from Defence Secretary Vijay Singh participated in the discussions, officials said. The meeting lasted for nearly one hour.

Antony inaugurates Army College of Medical Sciences

A K AntonyNew Delhi, Jan 5 : Defence Minister AK Antony today inaugurated the Army College of Medical Sciences here at Delhi Cantonment.

The plan to open the Army College of Medical Sciences (ACMS) was initially conceptualized in the year 2003. Then Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and then Army Chief jointly laid down the foundation stone on January 28, 2004.

Inaugurating the medical college, Antony appreciated the excellent infrastructure and state of arty building of the ACMS, and mentioned the continuous support of the government to the Army to open more educational institutions for their wards.

Defence journal Sainik Samachar turns 100 today

Defence journal Sainik Samachar turns 100 todayNew Delhi, Jan. 2: Defence Minister AK Antony today released a coffee table book "Soldiering On" to commemorate the centenary of the Sainik Samachar, the fortnightly journal of India's Armed Forces, here today.

The journal had started its journey, rather tentatively, as a sixteen page Urdu Weekly on January 2, 1909, to provide to Army personnel a summary of news with a military bias. Rare photographs, memorable documents and vignettes of the heroics of the Indian Armed Forces are the hallmarks of the coffee table book.

Antony clears several proposals to augment coastal security

A K AntonyNew Delhi, Dec 20 : Defence Minister AK Antony today asked the Coast Guard to lease or hire ships from the global market in the quickest possible time to meet shortages and augment the coastal security.

The Defence Minister reviewed in detail all aspects relating to coastal security at a high-level meeting here attended by Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, Director General of Coast Guard Vice Admiral Anil Chopra and Director General Acquisition SK Sharma.

Approval has been accorded for global acquisition of cutting-edge equipment and interceptor boats on a fast-track basis, a high-ranking official in the Defence Ministry said.

Antony reviews preparedness of Armed Forces

A K AntonyNew Delhi, Dec 18 : Defence Minister AK Antony today met the three services chiefs and Defence Secretary to review the overall security situation and to take stock of the state of preparedness of the Armed Forces.

The position with regard to certain critical equipment and the status of ongoing acquisition was reviewed in detail, top Defence Ministry sources said.

Antony emphasised the need for the forces to be fully geared up to face any challenge or threat that may arise. Security along the land and maritime borders, particularly in the light of terror threats was reviewed.