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Report on Pakistan pilots training on Rafale traced to Egyptian site run by ‘ex-radical’

Cairo-based Youm7, which offers news from Egypt and West Asia, was reportedly the first to state that PAF pilots had received training on Rafale jets.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses to media after filing his nomination papers for Amethi Lok Sabha seat, in Amethi

Rahul Gandhi should give Rafale scam evidence to SC, says Dainik Jagran

A round up of the Hindi and Tamil newspapers opinion pages to reflect a north-south viewpoint on topical issues.
official secrets act

Is it time for India to re-examine the need for Official Secrets Act in 2019?

The Official Secrets Act, which the Modi government wanted to use against the Rafale ‘stolen’ papers, is a law that punishes breaches of national security.
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If Pakistani pilots trained on Rafale, then its weapons system has already been compromised

This would be a serious violation of the India-France secrecy pact, whether by intent or by default remains to be seen.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

IAF wants fresh info from France as concern rises over reports of Pakistani pilots’ Rafale training

The jets were similar to what India is buying. IAF wants to know what kind of training Pakistani pilots or engineers on secondment to Qatar received. French ambassador says fake news.
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SC order on ‘stolen’ documents: Did Modi govt miscalculate by being opaque on Rafale deal?

The Supreme Court has agreed to allow petitions challenging Rafale deal based on defence ministry documents accessed by The Hindu newspaper.
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The two comments that landed Attorney General K.K. Venugopal in the spotlight this week

Attorney General Venugopal’s comments about ‘stolen’ Rafale documents and lawyer Indira Jaising raised quite a few eyebrows.
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Editors Guild condemns govt’s threats over ‘stolen’ Rafale files, says media won’t be intimidated

The Editors Guild of India issued a statement calling on the government to refrain from attempting to undermine the independence of media in reporting on the Rafale deal.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.