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Former HAL chief had nailed Def Min Sitharaman’s lie, she must quit: Rahul Gandhi

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Former HAL chief had nailed Def Min Sitharaman’s lie, she must quit: Rahul Gandhi

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, September 20, attacked defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, demanding her resignation for ‘lying’ about HAL’s capability to build Rafale aircraft in collaboration with Dassault.

The attack came after the former boss of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited T Suvarna Raju told Hindustan Times (HT) that the state-run plane maker could have built Rafale fighters in India if the government had closed the original negotiations with Dassault and signed a work-share contract with the French company.

“When HAL can build a 25-tonne Sukhoi-30, a fourth-generation fighter jet that forms the mainstay of the air force, from raw material stage, then what are we talking about? We could have definitely done it (licence produced the Rafale jets),” Raju, who retired on September 1, said, according to the HT report.

He questioned why the Union government was not putting out the files in public. “Dassault and HAL had signed the mutual work-share contract and given it to the government. Why don’t you ask the government to put the files out in public? The files will tell you everything,” he said.

He admitted that HAL may not have been able to build the planes at the desired “cost-per-piece”, one of the reasons why that deal fell through, but insisted that the company has the ability to make advanced fighters.

“You have to see the life-cycle costs and not the cost per piece of a fighter. Life-cycle costs would have definitely been cheaper. And ultimately it’s about self reliance. There is a learning curve. If the French are making 100 jets in say 100 hours, I will take 200 hours as I am doing it for the first time. I can’t do it in 80 hours. It’s a scientific process,” he said.

After the HT report, Rahul Gandhi launched a fresh attack on Modi government. Referring to Sitharaman as “RM (Rafale Minister)”, he tweeted to say that former HAL chief, TS Raju, had “nailed” her “lie” and her position had become “untenable”.

“The RM (Rafale Minister) tasked with defending corruption has been caught lying again. The former HAL Chief, T S Raju, has nailed her lie, that HAL didn’t have the capability to build the RAFALE. Her position is untenable & she must resign,” he said.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]The Congress has alleged that the government caused loss of over Rs. 41,000 crore to the exchequer and endangered national security by bypassing the state-run HAL in favour of “some businessman friends” for the offset contract in the Rafale deal.

Under India’s offset policy, foreign defence entities are mandated to spend at least 30 per cent of the total contract value in India through procurement of components or setting up of research and development facilities.

On Tuesday, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said HAL was “dropped” from the deal when the UPA was in power, because it couldn’t agree on terms of production with Dassault. She told news agency PTI that it was former defence minister AK Antony’s unprecedented intervention that led to the deal being cancelled after the price negotiation committee had almost finalised the deal.

The minister also said that HAL lost out on the chance to build the warplanes because of the UPA regime. She accused Antony of not supporting Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in getting the Rafale deal.

Former defence minister AK Antony denied the charge as false and accused the minister of suppressing facts.

Air Chief Marshal AY Tipnis, a former IAF chief, said building Rafales in India would have been a challenging task for the HAL though not impossible with transfer of manufacturing technology from France. “The fact is HAL has not performed to the level it could have. It promises more than it can deliver and quality of work has been substandard in many cases. It has also backtracked on its promises.”

The NDA government’s decision to enter into a government-to-government deal with France to buy 36 Rafale warplanes was announced in April 2015 with the deal signed a little over a year later. This replaced the UPA regime’s decision to buy 126 Rafale aircraft, 108 of which were to be made in India by HAL using parts imported from France.

The Rafale deal has become controversial with the opposition, led by the Congress, claiming that the price at which India is buying Rafale aircraft now is Rs 1,670 crore for each, three times the Rs 526 crore, the initial bid by the company when the UPA was trying to buy the aircraft. It has also claimed the previous deal included a technology transfer agreement with HAL.

The deal has also become controversial on account of the fact that one of the offset deals signed by Dassault is with the Reliance Group of Anil Ambani. The Congress claims the earlier deal was scrapped and a new one signed just to provide Ambani this opportunity for an offset deal. Both the government and Reliance have repeatedly denied this.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe, BJP launches Modi Ka Parivar campaign

The Prime Minister reacted to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s comments in Adilabad, Telangana and he questioned the leader of the opposition on dynastic politics. He said INDIA alliance leaders say Modi does not have a family. He replied by saying that his life is an open book and he lives for the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe, BJP launches Modi Ka Parivar campaign

The BJP on Monday launched a major online campaign Modi Ka Parivar to counter RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Many top leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and Union Minister Piyush Goyal added Modi Ka Parivar suffix to their names on X.

The Prime Minister reacted to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s comments in Adilabad, Telangana and he questioned the leader of the opposition on dynastic politics. He said INDIA alliance leaders say Modi does not have a family. He replied by saying that his life is an open book and he lives for the country.

Earlier RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing workers of the grand alliance at Jan Vishwas Maha Rally on Sunday. He said What can be done if Narendra Modi does not have a family of his own? He added PM Modi keeps bragging about the Ram temple. He said he is not even a true Hindu. He said in Hindu tradition a son shaves his head and beard on the demise of his parents. Modi did not do so when his mother died.

Talking to the media in a press conference BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi said for the INDIA Bloc, there are no Hindus. He said for them Hindus are backward, Dalit, Savarn, North Indian, South Indian, Kannada, Tamil Tellugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, and even Hindi, but not Hindu. He said the opposition parties want to see India in pieces.

He pointed out that a family divided the country to get into politics and today they stand with those who want to divide India so that they get to rule at least 1 division of the country. The Bihar deputy chief minister Vijay Kumar Sinha slammed Lalu Prasad Yadav for his comments, deeming them offensive and disrespectful to Sanatan Dharma.

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passes away after battling cancer

PKD Nambiar passed away due to a prolonged battle with cancer. 

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passed away

PKD Nambiar, who wore many hats as a successful entrepreneur, marketing and political strategist, and TV personality, passed away recently due to a sudden cardiac arrest on February 23. Reports said the MD and CEO of Flags Communications Pvt Ltd and Chairman of Nambiar Group of Companies, was battling cancer for quite some time.

Nambiar’s death has left a deep void in the marketing and communications world. He made remarkable contributions as a brand builder of various companies and individuals and was a trailblazer, known as a “start-up turn around and growth specialist”.

Hailing from Kerala, Nambiar had started creating ripples when he was just 20 years after he started his career with Mitsui in Delhi. Four years later, he made a promising foray into entrepreneurship, with his remarkable vision and leadership skills.

Reports quoted his son Ayush Nambiar as saying: “After nearly two years of valiantly battling cancer, he remained vibrant in spirit and filled with light energy until his final breath.”  

Journalists, entrepreneurs and analysts mourned the death of Nambiar. Among them was Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur, columnist and television personality. While expressing his condolences on X, Poonawalla posted that he was shattered on hearing the news.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad. The projects are related to road and rail sector with major focus on power sector.

Speaking at the event, PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter. He said soon India will become the third largest economy in the world.

He said the contribution made by the people of Telangana was never given due respect even after many decades after India became independent. PM Modi said the BJP government at the Centre gave great importance to the development of Telangana and has honoured the tribal community in the state. He pointed out that nobody would have imagined that a tribal woman will become the president of the country.

He said nobody would have imagined that the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda would be celebrated as a national festival. PM Modi said the government of India has formed a separate ministry for the development of the tribals.

He also inaugurated NTPC’s 800 MW (Unit-2) of Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli. The project will supply 85% power to Telangana and will have the highest power generation efficiency of approximately 42% among all power sectors of NTPC in India.

The newly electrified Ambari-Adilabad Pimpalkhuti rail line was also inaugurated during the event. PM Modi also laid down the foundation stone for 2 major national highway projects connecting Telangana with Maharashtra and Telangana with Chattisgarh through NH-353B and NH -163.

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