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  • Nirmala Sitharaman visits Rafale jets manufacturing facility in France

    Paris: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday visited a production facility of French aerospace major Dassault Aviation near Paris where the Rafale jets to be supplied to India are being manufactured, official sources said. They said during her visit to the plant in Argenteuil, Sitharaman spoke to officials of the Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, and took stock of progress in production of the fighter jets whose delivery to India will begin

  • Nirmala Sitharaman visits Rafale manufacturing facility in France

    Paris: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday visited a production facility of French aerospace major Dassault Aviation near Paris where the Rafale jets to be supplied to India are being manufactured, official sources said. They said during her visit to the plant in Argenteuil, Sitharaman spoke to officials of the Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, and took stock of progress in production of the fighter jets whose delivery to India will begin

  • 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.

  • HAL Staff, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Nirmala Sitharaman, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Modi government, Rafale, aircraft deal

    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.

  • Francois Hollande’s claims come at time when his associate is facing charges: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Chennai: Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday said former French president Francois Hollande’s claims on the Rafale deal has come at a time when he himself was facing allegations that his partner had received “some funds for some purpose.” She was apparently referring to reports which suggested that Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Entertainment had signed a pact to finance a film by French actress producer Julie Gayet, partner of Francois Hollande,

  • Congress restless because it couldn’t make money: Nirmala Sitharaman on Rafale deal

    Chennai: Attacking the Congress for its offensive against the Modi government on the Rafale deal, Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the party was ‘restless’ because it could not make money. She accused the previous Congress government of negotiating with ‘brokers’ and not buying important equipment required for the defence forces.

  • Surgical strikes a message that India will not tolerate terrorists: Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: The surgical strikes across the Line of Control in 2016 was a message that India would not tolerate terrorists in the garb of intruders and the act of killing soldiers will not go unpunished, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday. Participating in the ‘Parakram Parv’ event, marking the second anniversary of the military action across the LoC, on the lawns of India Gate here, she said it was

  • 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

  • AAP leader sends legal notice to Nirmala Sitharaman over Rafale, demands scrapping of fighter jets deal

    New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said Tuesday he had sent a legal notice to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal. In the notice, the AAP leader demanded that the Rafale deal be scrapped and Dassault Reliance Aerospace be barred from handling or manufacturing Rafale fighter jets. He also sought a probe by a Supreme

  • 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

  • HAL Staff, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Nirmala Sitharaman, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Modi government, Rafale, aircraft deal

    HAL staff is angry with own defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Engineers and other staff of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited are upset over Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman rubbishing the capability of her own ministry’s public sector undertaking in trying to justify the Modi government in the Rafale aircraft deal.

  • It was just a hug, not Rafale deal: Navjot Singh Sidhu hits back at Nirmala Sitharaman

    Chandigarh: Asserting that his hug to Pakistan’s army chief has been blown out of proportion, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu targeted the BJP on Wednesday saying it was just a “jhappi” (hug) and “not a Rafale deal”. The cricketer-turned-politician’s Congress party has been attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale fighter jet deal and alleged a scam worth several crore rupees in the matter.

  • 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.

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