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  • Offset clause was a must, not firm’s name: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Paris/New Delhi: In France, on a three-day visit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has refuted Congress allegations that she has gone on a cover-up operation and insisted that the government had no part in the selection of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as a joint venture partner in the Rafale deal.

  • Rafale Deal: Why PM Narendra Modi did not seek CCEA nod

    NEW DELHI: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not have the approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security when he said India would procure 36 Rafale fighter jets during his visit to France in April, 2015. In an interview with CNN-News18, Sitharaman said what the PM had made was only an expression of interest to negotiate a deal for the Rafale

  • Congress alleges Modi government ‘manipulated’ Rafale deal process

    New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday accused the Modi government of “manipulating” the process of Rafale fighter jet agreement by “punishing” bureaucrats who raised objections to the deal and rewarding “obliging officials”, as Rahul Gandhi raised questions on Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s France visit.

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    Government working to realise Bapu’s vision on sanitation: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Narendra Modi government believed in Mahatma Gandhi’s vision on sanitation and was working to realise it. “Gandhi ji said that sanitation is more important than independence. The government believes in this vision of Bapu,” the Minister said. She said even after 72 years of Independence and despite many awareness programmes about sanitation and personal cleanliness launched by earlier governments, not much progress could be achieved.

  • Rafale Deal: PM, defence minister must quit, says Congress

    Mumbai: Despite a heat wave in Mumbai, hundreds of Congressmen gathered on Mumbai roads to protest the Rafale deal scam. During a show of strength, the party leaders demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Later, the delegation of the party met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and sought a probe by the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) or a Supreme Court monitored inquiry into the controversial Rafale

  • Rafale deal: UPA government cancelled deal as Robert Vadra’s company not accepted as middleman, says BJP

    New Delhi: Giving a new twist, the BJP on Monday sought to drag Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law and businessman Robert Vadra into the Rafale controversy by alleging that the previous UPA government had cancelled the fighter jets deal with France as Vadra’s company was not accepted as the “middleman”. “You must have heard the name of Sanjay Bhandari, who works as middleman in defence deals. His name had earlier appeared in how he arranged

  • Forces within JNU ‘waging war against India’, says Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has alleged that there are forces within the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which are “waging a war” against India. Continuing her claim, the Defence Minister, an alumnus of JNU, said that such forces have often been seen with elected representatives of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU).

  • Neither HAL’s, nor IAF’s interests served: Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday lashed out at the erstwhile UPA government for not finalising a deal for buying the Rafale aircraft and thereby failing to take care of the interests of the IAF.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu could have avoided hugging Pakistan Army chief: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s gesture of hugging Pakistan’s army chief impacted soldiers back home and asserted that the Punjab minister could have “avoided it”. Cricketer-turned politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.

  • Creation of better education, health facilities in border areas a priority: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Pithoragarh: Creation of better educational and health facilities in border regions of the country is a priority for the Centre, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Monday. Inaugurating a medical camp organised by the Army in Dharchula, Sitharaman said such events reflected the Centre’s concern for people living in border areas.

  • 2+2 dialogue: India, US ink critical defence pact; discuss cross-border terror, H1B

    New Delhi: Reflecting growing congruence in ties, India and the US Thursday signed a landmark security pact, decided to set up hotlines between their defence and foreign ministers and deliberated on thorny issues such as India’s purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia and import of crude oil from Iran.

  • 2+2 dialogue, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sushma Swaraj hold talks with US counterparts

    India, US ink COMCASA after inaugural 2+2 dialogue: Officials

    New Delhi: India and the US Thursday inked a long-negotiated pact under which critical and encrypted defence technologies will be provided to the Indian military by the Americans, officials said here. The ‘Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA)’ was signed after the first two-plus-two talks External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

  • Karnataka Rains: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman loses her cool at minister Sa Ra Mahesh in public

    Bengaluru: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lost her cool at a press conference, while she visited Kodagu district which was hugely affected by floods to review the army’s relief operations, in a press conference she lost her cool and blasted at Karnataka minister Sa Ra Mahesh publicly. “Central minister following in-charge minister, unbelievable,” she said, which was recorded on camera.

  • Karnataka Rains: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to visit flood-hit Kodagu tomorrow

    Madikeri (Karnataka): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit tomorrow the floods and landslide-ravaged Kodagu district, bordering Kerala, where rescue and relief operations are underway in full swing. The torrential rains that lashed the district last week has left a huge trail of destruction and claimed at least 16 lives. Thousands have been rendered homeless.

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    No-Confidence Motion: Rahul Gandhi puts rafale deal on political radar

    New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has put the Rafale fighter aircraft deal on the national radar. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, though a Rajya Sabha member, was present in the Lok Sabha when Rahul pointed out that the UPA government was to get the Rafale fighter aircraft at Rs 520 crore a piece, but with PM Modi negotiated a price of Rs 1600 crore per aircraft, thereby benefiting a businessman friend to

  • India defies US, to go ahead with Russia deal

    Our defence relation with Russia has endured several decades and we have conveyed about it to a US Congressional delegation which visited India recently , Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Min.

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