Defence Minister

Keshubhai Patel, the BJP leader whom Narendra Modi replaced as chief minister of Gujarat in 2001, died on Thursday at the age of 92.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the strategic Alternate Alignment NH-310 (Gangtok to Nathula), JNM Axis, built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Sikkim.

The aircraft had arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on July 27, 2020.

A large delegation of senior functionaries of French Defence Industries which includes Eric Trappier Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA will be present during the ceremony.

Singh had arrived in Tehran on a transit halt to New Delhi from Moscow, after concluding a three day visit to Russia for the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers that took place on Friday.

"Leaving Moscow for Tehran. I shall be meeting the Defence Minister of Iran, Brigadier General Amir Hatami," Rajnath Singh tweeted.

According to sources, China requested for the meet yesterday. India has urged China to sincerely engage with it to restore peace and tranquillity in border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation.

"The list of 101 equipment for domestic purchase only will be expanded further. The purpose of this list is to boost the industries in the country," Modi said.

The systems and sub-systems in the list of 108 items include mini and micro UAVs, ROVs, uncooled NV-IR sights for weapons (short-range), mountain footbridge, floating bridge (both metallic), mines laying and marking equipment.

Nadda said that with this PM Modi has completed the oath taken by BJP of getting the Ram Temple constructed a the site.