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RAFALE JETS INDUCTED IN IAF

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Finally the Rafael is here. This is about nine months off schedule and their technical induction could take a few weeks more, but they can still give our air defences a boost just as Chinese aggression lends urgency to the need to be prepared for a two-front war with both our regional adversaries, China and Pakistan. With the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) concentrated and on the offensive on a barren Tibetan Plateau, the Indian Air Force with Rafael fighter as its spearhead weapon will decide the outcome of the battle in case the red flag goes up

 The Centre hopes that the rest of the deliveries follow in quick order, by 2021-end, ahead of the original schedule of mid-2022. Until then, we could rely on the advanced combat capabilities of just a few to deter external aggression. Defence analysts have argued that the high acquisition cost of Rafales, an estimated ₹1,640 crore per aircraft, is explained by the use of special weaponry they enable. Exactly how sharp a spearhead they will grant our Air Force is classified information, officially, but if they can strike precision targets from a long range with nuclear-tipped missiles, then it need not take a whole squadron of 18 such jets to pose the requisite deterrence.

Two of the five jets are two-seat trainers, while three would be configured for combat. In all, six of the 36 jets would be trainers, though each of them could be pressed into action. The emphasis on fewer but deadlier planes is said to be in line with the Air Force’s strategic need for up-to-date firepower. As claimed, Rafales can undertake reconnaissance missions, launch various kinds of attacks, and engage enemy jets in air-to-air combat, all guided by avionic systems that confer a significant advantage in modern warfare.

 What makes these fighters especially fearsome, say experts, are the versatile missiles they can be loaded with. An air-to-air Meteor shot can reportedly hit a moving target more than 120km beyond a pilot’s field of vision, for example, while the shorter-range Mica can strike an enemy plane without it being alerted by radar. The aircraft’s deep-strike cruise missile Scalp is no less stealthy; reputedly, it can hit ground targets accurately, and that too with devastating effect.

The superiority of this weaponry was the principal point cited by the government—customization was another—to justify a magnified bill of $8.7 billion for 36 planes after it rejected its predecessor’s old $12.6 billion outlay for 126 Rafales, 108 of which were to be assembled locally by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). While the newly delivered ready-to-fly jets would be far more potent than the “bare-bone” ones that our Air Force was counting on earlier, the aerial domination of any theatre of war still requires a sizeable fleet of fighters. Against the sanctioned strength of 42, our Air Force has only 30 squadrons right now.

Read Also: Lucknow all set to host Defence Expo from February 5, Rafale jets to be showcased

It is here that the locally-developed Tejas, India’s own light combat aircraft, must come into play—soon. Equipped with a new engine, it was found combat-worthy a few years ago. It is time now for HAL to speedily roll them out in large numbers, if only to fill squadron gaps and replace ageing MiG-21s and Mirage fighters. Given the appropriate training and coordination software, a few lethal Rafales backed by a swarm of low-cost Tejas fighters could conceivably shield the country from foreseeable threats.

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AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj says a conspiracy is underway for slow death of Arvind Kejriwal

Saurabh Bharadwaj also slammed the Tihar administration, BJP, Centre and Delhi LG and held them responsible for denying insulin to Kejriwal and said the Delhi Chief Minister has been suffering from Type-2 diabetes for the last 20-22 years.

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The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is being pushed towards a slow death inside Tihar jail as he is being denied insulin and consultations with his doctor.  AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told the media that Arvind Kejriwal, who is suffering from Type-2 diabetes, has been asking for insulin and a video conferencing with his family doctor as the jail administration is not allowing him to do so.

Bharadwaj said he wants to say with full responsibility that a conspiracy is underway for the slow death of Kejriwal. He said his claims were on the basis of blood sugar readings of the Delhi Chief Minister in jail. He also slammed the Tihar administration, BJP, Centre and Delhi LG and held them responsible for denying insulin to Kejriwal and said the Delhi Chief Minister has been suffering from Type-2 diabetes for the last 20-22 years.

On Friday, the Delhi chief minister’s council Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Kejriwal has not been administered insulin to control his sugar levels since his arrest, and termed it alarming and shocking. The Enforcement Directorate had on Thursday claimed before the court that Kejriwal has been taking high sugar intake by consuming foods like mangoes and sweets every day, inspite of the fact that he was suffering from Type-2 diabetes, to create grounds for medical bail.

Kejriwal refuted the claims of the Enforcement Directorate by asserting before a court that the food he consumed was in accordance with the diet chart prepared by his doctor. Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that he only uses sugar free in his tea.

Bharadwaj further added that overall, it was a conspiracy to give a slow death to Arvind  Kejriwal so that his multiple organs get damaged and when he comes out of jail after 2-4 months he goes for the treatment of heart, kidney and other organs.

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Rahul Gandhi says BJP will not get more than 150 seats in Lok Sabha elections

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said these BJP people are saying that they will secure this many or that many seats and but he wanted to make it clear that BJP will not get more than 150 seats.

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With completion of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections yesterday, the stage is set for the 2nd phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which has lead the political parties to intensify and accelerate campaigning. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too, with his eyes set on the 2nd phase was addressing a public rally at Bihar’s Bhagalpur on Saturday.

Addressing the rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said these BJP people are saying that they will secure this many or that many seats and but he wanted to make it clear that BJP will not get more than 150 seats.

Rahul Gandhi expressed his confidence that the I.N.D.I.A. Bloc will emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha elections. He also stressed on the party’s vision for INDIA once elected to power. Rahul Gandhi said, As soon as the INDIA alliance government comes, they will end the Agniveer scheme. He said India does not need two types of martyrs and added that everyone should get pension.

Gandhi further added that they will change GST and there will be one tax, minimum tax. He also talked about doubling the salary of Asha and Anganwadi workers. Gandhi said they are giving 2 guarantees to the farmers. The Congress party is going to waive off the farmers’ debts, and secondly, they are going to provide a guaranteed minimum support price to the farmers of India.

Congress leader even promised that his government would provide all diploma holders and graduates in India with the right to an apprenticeship. During the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to be held on April 26, 4 constituencies in Bihar, including, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, and Purnia ,Katihar will go for elections.

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav says BJP’s 400 paar film has become a super flop on the first day itself

Tejashwi Yadav said the INDIA Bloc had held block wise meetings and the feedback that has come is very good that the BJP’s 400 paar film has flopped on day 1 of the Lok Sabha elections. He said the people of Bihar are aware and will teach BJP a lesson.

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After the first phase of the Lok Sabha election got completed, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party and said that the BJP’s 400 paar film has become a super flop on the first day itself. The RJD leader told that the media that there is no competition in the first phase of the elections as Bihar will give shocking results this time.

Yadav added that the Mahagathbandhan is winning all 4 seats in the first phase. He said the INDIA Bloc had held block wise meetings and the feedback that has come is very good that the BJP’s 400 paar film has flopped on day 1 of the Lok Sabha elections. He said the people of Bihar are aware and will teach BJP a lesson.

Tejashwi Yadav said there is no competition in the first phase. He said the people of Bihar will give shocking results this time. He added the BJP government has not done anything for the people of Bihar. He said the promises made by Modi ji in 2014 and 2019 were not fulfilled. Yadav added the public is tired of BJP’s statements and false promises. He said the opposition has promised that they will give a special package to Bihar along with special status.

Tejashwi Yadav said today the rally is with Rahul Gandhi ji in Bhagalpur. The entire INDIA Bloc and the Mahagathbandhan are working together. The RJD leader pointed out that unemployment is the biggest issue in Bihar. He said other important issues being faced by the people of Bihar are poverty, inflation, investment in the state. He said Migration and floods are also issues which need to be looked at.  He added the people of BJP are very worried. He said the people of BJP say that they will abolish the Constitution. He said those who destroy the Constitution will themselves be destroyed.

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