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HAL Could Have Built Rafale Fighters In India, Says Former Chief T Suvarna Raju

New Delhi: T Suvarna Raju, who was heading Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) till recently, said that HAL could have built Rafale fighters in India, had the government managed to close the original negotiations with Dassault and had actually signed a work-share contract with the French company. He questioned why the Union government was not putting out the files in public.

He admitted that HAL may not have been able to build the planes at the desired “cost-per-piece”, one of the reasons why that deal fell through, but insisted that the company has the ability to make advanced fighters.

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Cabinet Approves Ordinance On Tripl Talaq As Government Fails To Enact It As A Law

New Delhi: The Union cabinet has approved enacting the triple talaq law by an executive order nearly 10 months after the NDA government first moved a bill in Parliament. The cabinet on Wednesday signed off on an ordinance to make instant triple talaq an offence.

Instant triple talaq, the Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives immediately by uttering the word “talaq” thrice, had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in August last year.

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RSS chief Says, Hindu Rashtra Does Not Mean The Country Without Muslims

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has taken up many issues concerning the organisation including Hindu Rashtra. He was speaking at the three-day conclave ‘Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective organised by the RSS where he has said that the RSS works for fraternity in the country which is based on unity in diversity.

He said that this is an eternal ideology that the RSS follows which has been named as Hindutva by people across the world therefore the RSS calls the country as Hindu nation. The RSS chief said that Hindu Rashtra does not mean the country without Muslims. This is not the case. The day such ideology is propagated, Hindutva will vanish. Hindutva talks about global fraternity.

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Mohan Bhagwat Says, RSS A Unique, Incomparable And Democratic Organisation

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat launched a three-day outreach by introducing the organisation as “unique, incomparable and a democratic organisation.” He said that the effort was to “share the idea of RSS with everyone.”

Bhagwat said that the RSS does not wield the “remote control” over any of its offshoots, nor does it aspire for “domination”, seen as an oblique reference to the opposition’s charge that the organisation micromanages the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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BJP Alliance In Goa Fails To Reach Consensus On Replacing Parrikar

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party and its alliance partner in Goa fail to reach consensus on the appointment of new Goa chief minister with Parrikar’s inability to continue functioning as the chief minister. Actually party legislators are seeking a ‘temporary’ solution while alliance partners demanded a permanent way out of the impasse.

BJP leaders Ram Lal, BL Santosh and Vijay Puranik who were sent by the party’s central leadership to Goa, camped in the state and held meetings with party MLAs and alliance partners in a bid to ‘understand their opinion’ of the current situation.