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Russia on Wednesday confirmed that there will be no delays in the delivery of the S-400 air defence systems to India and a payment mechanism for the deal is being worked out, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov adding the missile systems will significantly enhance India’s air defence capability. Last week, the government acknowleged …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of insulting Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s “pioneer woman defense minister”, in the Rafale controversy. Rahul Gandhi had earlier alleged that the prime minister “got a woman” to defend him in parliament instead of facing the debate on the fighter jet deal at the core of a huge political …

Rahul Gandhi addresses the media on Rafale deal issue

Addressing to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent speech on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday the prime minister got “a woman” to defend him in Parliament, provoking a sharp retort from Narendra Modi. Addressing to Modi as a prime minister who claimed to have a broad chest, Gandhi said, he had “run …

Women representation in the CRPF and CISF will consist of 15 percent while it will be five percent in BSF, ITBP, and SSB, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said Tuesday. Mr. Rijiju stated in Lok Sabha that the central government has been working for enhancement of women representation in the constabulary of paramilitary forces. “Our aim …

Rahul Gandhi addresses the media on Rafale deal issue

Rahul Gandhi today seized on the Supreme Court order reinstating exiled CBI chief Alok Verma to reinforce his petition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government on the Rafale jet deal. The top court today set aside the government’s post-midnight order on October 23 to divest Mr. Verma of his powers, send him and …

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha stated on Friday that he was in favor of setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into alleged financial irregularities in the Rafale deal, a vehement demand by the opposition parties led by the Congress. Deploring the pandemonium in Parliament over the matter, the actor-turned-politician, who represents Patna Sahib Lok …

Top BJP leadership comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Amit Shah on Friday praised Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her reply in the Lok Sabha, saying she demolished Congress’ lies and misinformation campaign on Rafale fighter jets deal. Soon after Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech, PM Modi tweeted: “Defence Minister’s speech in the Parliament demolishes the …

Congress President Rahul Gandhi stated on Friday that the narrative for upcoming Lok Sabha elections will not revolve around the Ram temple but matters such as jobs, farmers’ problems and “corruption in the Rafale deal”. “The narrative for 2019 elections is very easy. Jobs for India’s youth. What will set the narrative is the destruction …

State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has created a profit of Rs. 7,334 crores in the last four years, according to details provided by the government in Lok Sabha Wednesday. The company has made a net revenue of Rs. 58,651 crores between the financial year 2015-16 and September last year, as per the details. …

Former ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, comprising with advocate Prashant Bhushan, have requested the Supreme Court seeking a review of its December 14 verdict in Rafale case that gave the government a clean chit. The Supreme Court had ruled that there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process behind the Rafale jet deal, …

The indigenously developed and built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is on final induction after going all the tests, said a confirmed official on Monday. “LCA Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) are on final induction after going through each of the tests,” said DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy in a radio …

Rafale deal Centre says procurement procedure ‘completely followed’

The Congress on Monday asked Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to state in public what “dirty secrets” he had about the Rafale fighter jets deal that he continued to hold the top post despite his ill-health. Congress’s chief spokesperson RandeepSurjewala claimed that Mr. Parrikar was learned to have lost his cool in a current cabinet …