French Media Report Suggests Partnership With Reliance As Imperative And Mandatory

New Delhi: Difficulties for the Modi government far from getting over with French media report suggesting that a senior official in Dassault Aviation saw the partnership with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as “imperative and mandatory” to getting the “export contract” with India for the Rafale aircraft.

Mediapart quoted an internal Dassault Aviation document detailing a presentation that deputy chief executive officer LoïkSegalen gave to worker representatives explaining the rationale for setting up a joint venture in Nagpur with Reliance Aerospace.


Sitharaman’s Three-Day Visit To France To Boost Defence,Security Ties

New Delhi: While the Rafale jet controversy is still doing rounds, Defence minister NirmalaSitharaman will begin a three-day visit to France From October 11 during which both sides are expected to deliberate on further boosting their already close defence and security ties. The visit of defence minister comes in the backdrop of a huge controversy over the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation.

Officials sources said Sitharaman will hold wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart Florence Parly on ways to deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries and also deliberate on major regional and global issues of mutual interests.


Congress Demands Resignation Of Akbar On Sexual Harassment Charges Against Him

New Delhi: The Congress has sought an independent probe into the charges against former editor and junior minister in ministry of external affairs M J Akbar. The Congress also demanded the resignation of MJ Akbar in view of the sexual harassment charges against him.

“Akbar has a stature as a journalist, apart from being a minister. He should offer a satisfactory explanation either through a statement or personally, or resign immediately,” Congress spokesperson S Jaipal Reddy told reporters.

“How can he be in the ministry with such serious allegations levelled by responsible journalists who have worked with him. Let there be an inquiry,” he added. The Congress also attacked Prime Minister NarendraModi and external affairs minister SushmaSwaraj for maintaining silence on the issue.


Rahul Gandhi Says, Demonetisation And GST Have Destroyed India’s Economy

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, which he referred to as Gabbar Singh Tax, had destroyed India’s economy. Gandhi has focused his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to poll-bound Rajasthan,

Addressing a rally in Dholpur’s Mania area, Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared during elections that he wanted to be a ‘chowkidar’ but never clarified who he wanted to guard. The Congress president alleged that he benefited 15-20 industrialists of the country instead of farmers.

According to Gandhi, the former UPA government led by his party had waived farmers’ loans worth Rs 70,000 crore. But bad debt worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore was written off by the present government and the prime minister did not help farmers with even a one rupee waiver, he alleged. The Congress president, who is on a two-day visit to the state, named several industrialists, including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi and Anil Ambani, and said the PM benefited them but did not take care of farmers and youth.


Alpesh Thakor In The Eye Of A Storm As Political Slugfest Intensifies In Gujarat

New Delhi: Congress MLA and Other Backward Class (OBC) community leader Alpesh Thakor has found himself in the eye of a storm as political slugfest over the exodus of migrant workers intensifies in Gujarat.

Thakor — who was part of the troika, along with Patidar leader Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani, challenging the Gujarat’s BJP government ahead of the 2017 assembly polls — has got mired in a controversy as most of the 342 people arrested in the 42 cases of attacks on migrants allegedly belong to his outfit, the Kshatriya Thakor Sena (KTS).

The attacks started after a migrant from Bihar allegedly raped a 14-month-old toddler in north Gujarat’s Himmatnagar on September 28. Around the same time, the KTS had launched a drive demanding preference for local workers over migrants in the automobile manufacturing hub of Sanand and north Gujarat.