Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Topic: Rafale

Fugitive middleman Sanjay Bhandari sues French firm for Rs 92 crore ‘commission’ in 2011 IAF deal

Bhandari claims he had ‘helped’ Thales to ‘sell the upgrade of the Mirage jets by facilitating a meeting’ with a senior defence ministry official. He fled India in 2016.

Pakistan is getting Chinese J-10Cs, which have Israeli connection but are no match for Rafale

Pakistan's is reportedly inducting 25 J-10C fighter jets from China by March. Announcement was made by country’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed at an event last week.

Collaborate or make in India, Rajnath tells French counterpart Parly in defence talks

India & France held Annual Defence Dialogue in Delhi Friday. Visiting defence minister Florence Parly said her country was 'open & ready' to provide more Rafale fighter aircraft.

BJP’s Rafale attack on Congress isn’t flogging a dead horse. There is a method

The BJP, especially under Modi and Shah, is way too smart to waste its time on non-issues. Hence, its complete focus on Congress' past.

Eye on mega deal with Navy, Dassault will fly Rafale Marine to India in 2022 for showcase trip

Dassault Aviation had been in talks with Navy for the naval version of Rafale even before the French giant signed the contract for 36 air force fighters in 2016.

Rafale, S-400 or C-295, all came from out-of-the-box thinking. India should do it more often

Recent defence deals have been successful only because they were made through unconventional means, circumventing the long and tedious procurement processes.

Tough to explain Pegasus to masses amid issues like Covid & inflation, Shashi Tharoor says

In an exclusive interview, IT panel chairperson and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says 'committee will do its job' on Pegasus but it has 'limited powers' unlike US Congress’ panels.

Centre should take cognisance of alleged ‘corruption’ in Rafale deal, says Mayawati

The BSP chief also said the allegations of commission in defence deals and its investigation are not new, It is an old burning issue since the time of the Congress government.

Rafale training of IAF pilots in France comes to an end, eyes on ‘Lethal 16’ next

Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also flagged off 4 more Rafale fighters in France that are expected to land in India Thursday, taking the total number of the aircraft to 18.

IAF set to raise second squadron of Rafale jets in West Bengal’s Hasimara in April

The first squadron of the Rafale jets is stationed at Ambala Air Force station. India is expected to get more Rafale jets from France in the next couple of months.

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inequality report

Dear Oxfam, stop looking for inequality in India, go back to distributing blankets

Oxfam India's 2022 report titled makes sweeping recommendations to fight 'extreme inequality', including reintroducing a ‘wealth tax’. Oxfam, leave economics alone.
Bottles of sunflower oil at a plant in Alekseyevka, Russia | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

India to look at Brazil, Russia for sunflower oil as invasion threat looms over Ukraine

Ukraine is India's biggest supplier of sunflower oil. Any escalation in Russia-Ukraine tension is likely to hit edible oil prices in the country as 70% of its requirement is imported.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.