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  • 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.

  • Rafale deal: Congress leaders meet CAG, demand early report on ‘irregularities’ in it

    New Delhi: A delegation of senior Congress leaders Wednesday met the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on the Rafale fighter jet deal and asked the auditor to prepare a report on alleged irregularities in it. The Congress delegation handed a memorandum to the CAG and said it expects the truth to prevail after the report on the Rafale deal is made public. “We have given a detailed memorandum along with enclosures on

  • 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.

  • Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony accuses PM Narendra Modi of compromising national security in Rafale deal

    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader A.K. Antony on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “gravely compromising national security and defence preparedness” by reducing to 36 the number of Rafale fighter jets purchased from France. “In 2000, the Indian Air Force (IAF) told the then NDA government that they require at least 126 fighter aircraft. With threats looming on both eastern and western borders, modern air power is very crucial.”In the present context, the

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

    Poor health of HAL led to collapse of Rafale deal under UPA: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: The negotiations for procurement of 126 Rafale jets under the UPA government fell through as state-run HAL did not have the required capability to produce the jets in India in collaboration with French company Dassault Aviation, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Thursday. Sitharaman also said that an unprecedented intervention in 2013 by then Defence Minister A K Antony when the cost negotiation committee was giving final touches to the deal

  • Ram Mandir, Rafale not discussed in BJP’s national executive meeting

    New Delhi: For a party that is boastful of ruling at the Centre for another 55 years, post 2019, the BJP seems to be shy of discussing contentious issues. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar abruptly ended a press conference, held to brief the media on the national executive, when asked about the Ram Mandir, saying it was not in the resolution, nor discussed.

  • IAF Vice Chief back Rafale, says it is beautiful, will add teeth to IAF’s combat capabilities

    New Delhi: In the midst of a raging political squabble over purchase of 36 Rafale jets, the Vice Chief of the IAF said Wednesday that the “beautiful” aircraft will give India “unprecedented” combat capabilities and those criticising the deal must understand the procurement norms. Air Marshal S B Deo also indicated unhappiness over delay in delivery of indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and suggested that private sector

  • Rafale deal: Modi govt is deceiving country and violated guidelines, says Congress

    New Delhi: The Congress today accused the government of “deceiving” the country and promoting crony capitalism in awarding a private entity the contract for the multi-crore Rafale aircraft deal, which it described as the “mother of all deals”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must give answers to the nation, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. The Congress will demand in Parliament that the prime minister speaks on

  • Rafale fighter deal is the father of all scams: AAP

    Thane: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said the Rafale fighter deal will prove the “last nail in the coffin” of the BJP government. Alleging that Narendra Modi government agreed to pay an “astronomical price” for procuring the fighter jets from France, AAP MP Sanjay Singh termed the transaction as the “deal of scams”.

  • IAF gets strategic edge with Rafale

    India inks deal with France for 36 fighter jets in first fighter plane contract in 20 years.

  • Rafale deal likely to go to Cabinet panel soon

    New Delhi: The much-awaited deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets is in the final stage, and will go to the Cabinet Committee on Security soon, said informed sources. According to sources, the deal is likely to cost 7.87 billion euros, after a tough negotiation from the Indian side which also caused delay in finalisation of the deal.

  • France offers to start Kaveri engine for Tejas

    New Delhi : France has offered to help India revive the unsuccessful Kaveri engine project for indigenous Tejas aircraft and a host of other high-end collaboration as part of the offsets in the multi-billion Euro Rafale fighter plane deal which is now in the final stages. Defence sources said the file on the purchase of the 36 Rafale aircraft in a fly-away condition from France has been finalised and is likely to be

  • Rafale deal not done yet, trying to cut price: Govt

    New Delhi : The deal for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter planes from France is not done yet, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday with an assertion that the government was negotiating to reduce to deal value and “save a lot” of money. He accused Congress of spreading rumours that the Rafale deal was being signed for $ 9 billion.

  • Panel Unhappy Over Rafale Deal Delay

    NEW DELHI: Even as negotiations between India and France for the sale of 36 Rafale jet fighters are on, a parliamentary panel on Tuesday expressed its displeasure over the non-conclusion of the deal.  The panel is headed by BJP’s Major General BC Khanduri (retd).   According to sources, the law ministry had cautioned the government on some clauses in the draft agreement, especially a clause on material breach. The law ministry also suggested

  • Rafale aircraft deal in final stages: Parrikar

    New Delhi : The multi-billion dollar deal for purchase of 36 Rafale combat aircraft is in “final stages” of price negotiations, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.

  • IAF wants over 100 Rafale or similar jets

    New Delhi : Indian Air Force today said it would need at least six squadrons comprising 108 Rafale or similar jets to shore up its capabilities as it hoped that the contract for 36 French fighter aircraft would be inked by year-end. Noting that two squadron of 18 Rafale jets each might not be enough, Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said his force would like to have at least six