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File photo of Eric Trappier, chairman and chief executive officer of Dassault Aviation SA | Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Will be more than happy to supply more Rafale jets to India: Dassault CEO

On picking Reliance Defence as offset partner for the controversial Rafale deal, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier says offset rules allowed company freedom to choose.

The MoU Anil Ambani mentioned in Airbus email was not Rafale

The Congress attacked the Narendra Modi government and Anil Ambani Tuesday, saying the latter had 'advance knowledge' of Rafale deal.
Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Reliance Defence rejects Rahul’s allegations of Ambani interference in Rafale deal

Reliance Defence said the email cited by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was a reference to its cooperation with Airbus Helicopter and had no connection with the Rafale contract.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

PIL in Supreme Court calls offset policy a scam, seeks to repeal it

The PIL seeks that all offset contracts with private organisations after 2005 be disclosed by the government, and must be quashed. New Delhi: Amidst the controversy over the Rafale fighter jets deal, a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeks the repeal of the government's offset policy on the basis that the “scam” is against public interest. The matter, which is listed for February 1, calls for the repeal claiming the offset deal has driven up the cost of various defence deals signed without actually bringing a tangible gain to the domestic industry. Saurabh Jain, a 35-year-old lawyer who has filed the PIL, contends that the government's policy, which allows foreign defence suppliers to enter into offset contracts with private Indian companies, is being misused to favour preferred Indian companies and is leading to corruption and wastage of national resources. “Foreign suppliers are misusing and mis-playing the liberty in Indian Government...
India among world’s 3 emerging arms producers, HAL in top 100: Report

India among world’s 3 emerging arms producers, HAL in top 100: Report

The SIPRI report comes as a shot in the arm for HAL, which lost out in the Rafale deal after Dassault Aviation chose Reliance Defence as its offset partner.
Rahul Gandhi

Dassault paid kickbacks to Anil Ambani, its CEO lying: Rahul Gandhi  

Rahul Gandhi asks why Dassault 'invested Rs 284 crore in loss-making' Reliance Defence, calls Rafale deal a partnership between Modi and Anil Ambani.
Rahul Gandhi

At chat with Rahul Gandhi, current & ex-HAL employees say ‘hurt by govt jibe’ on Rafale

Nirmala Sitharaman had said recently that the UPA-era deal for 126 Rafales had fallen through because HAL did not have the capability to make the jets.
Eric Trappier, Chairman, Dassault Aviation and Anil Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Group | Official release from Reliance Group and Dassault Aviation Incorporate

Another version of Dassault statement on Rafale shows it wasn’t forced to pick Reliance

New version of Dassault statement indicates it may have been misinterpreted as being forced to pick Reliance Defence for Rafale offsets.
A Rafale fighter jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Picking Reliance as partner was our choice, Dassault says again after new Rafale row

Was Dassault forced to pick Reliance or just an offset partner in India, is the question that’s triggered a new Rafale controversy.
Rafale aircraft

Rafale row gets nasty as Rahul Gandhi calls PM Modi ‘a thief’

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hits back and accuses Rahul Gandhi of helping Pakistan by questioning price of Rafale fighter jets.

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Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

The Mandal-Mandir era is over, make way for Modi

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.