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India favoured Rafale also because of its ‘nuclear advantage’

India picked the Rafale because France didn't have a problem with the aircraft being nuclear-capable, according to former Indian envoy Rakesh Sood.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

France takes responsibility for 36 Rafales, says nothing stronger than Letter of Comfort

The CAG report tabled in Parliament Wednesday had flagged the 'drawbacks' of a Letter of Comfort compared to a sovereign guarantee.
39 CRPF jawans were killed in the blast in Pulwama

The IED twist to Kashmir terrorism — ‘worst fears’ of security forces have come true

Attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama is something that the security establishment had long feared. More than terrorists, they say, IEDs are their biggest enemies.
Masood Azhar

Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammad is a potent force in Kashmir

Masood Azhar, who was released in exchange for passengers in the 1999 Kandahar hijacking, has been behind several high-profile attacks on Indian forces.
C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft

CAG report blames ‘inadequate training’ for 2014 Super Hercules crash that killed 5

A simulator for the aircraft had been installed in 2012, but could not be used for training because IAF & manufacturer couldn’t finalise a usage contract.

39 jawans killed after terrorists bomb CRPF convoy on Kashmir highway

The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place around 3.15 pm in Kashmir's Pulwama.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Dassault was not the lowest bidder — CAG report contradicts Modi govt on Rafale

CAG says a defence ministry panel report stated in March 2015 that Dassault was not L1 in the original bidding process for 126 jets, and so a contract could not be signed with it.
An Mi-26 helicopter airlifting a Chinook helicopter

IAF favoured Boeing for new helicopters, revised parameters 5 times: CAG

CAG notes Boeing's Chinook has lesser load capacity and carries fewer troops as compared to Russian Mi-26. Report says Mi-26 too does not meet all criteria.
Congress raises questions on $7.8 billion Rafale deal, alleges scam

NDA Rafale deal cheaper by 2.86% but price could have been cut further: CAG report

IAF didn't want six India-specific enhancements that the Defence Ministry insisted on, the report says.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Modi govt’s Rafale deal cheaper than UPA’s, says CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General said the weapons package negotiated by the Modi govt was cheaper than what was being offered to the UPA.

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Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.