Three Unused AgustaWestland Choppers Parked In IAF’s Hangars In New Delhi’s Palam Base

New Delhi: The AgustaWestland chopper deal was inked in February 2010 and by the time it was scrapped four years later, three helicopters had already been delivered. The three unused choppers are still parked in the IAF’s hangars in New Delhi’s Palam base, two officials said on condition of anonymity.

An IAF spokesperson on Wednesday declined to comment on what the IAF was planning to do with the choppers.

The extradition of Christian James Michel, 57, the British businessman accused of bribery in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, to India has again turned the spotlight on the now-scrapped Rs 3,727-crore contract for 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF).


Fiery Campaign For Rajasthan Assembly Polls Came To An End; Voting Tomorrow

New Delhi: The last day of campaigning in the state saw 33 events, including two public meetings by PM Modi — in Sumerpur (Pali) and Dausa. With this the fiery campaign for the December 7 Rajasthan Assembly polls came to an end.

BJP national president Amit Shah held a road show in Ajmer, while chief minister Vasundhara Raje held meetings in Kherwara and Bagidora, and a road show in Baran. She did not visit Jhalawar, her home turf. State Congress president Sachin Pilot and former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot campaigned largely in their own constituencies.

While Pilot addressed several meetings in Tonk district and one in Sawai Madhopur, Gehlot held a meeting in Pali’s Jaitaran constituency and several others in Jodhpur district. Congress general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande said that Pilot and Gehlot addressed more than 240 public meetings. Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed more than 30 public meetings, the last on Tuesday.


Upendra Kushwaha-Led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party Likely To Sever Ties With The NDA

New Delhi: A senior party leader said that the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) is likely to sever ties with the NDA and a formal announcement would be made any time now.

The leader said on condition of anonymity that Kushwaha is also likely to put in his papers as Union minister. Kushwaha is the minister of state for HRD in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.

“That (Kushwaha’s resignation) is just a formality which would be completed once he visits the national capital and meets the prime minister,” the leader said. On Wednesday, the RLSP made a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government and the Nitish Kumar regime in Bihar.


PM Narendra Modi And Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi Attack Each Other Over Patriotism

New Delhi: On the penultimate day of campaigning for the December 7 Rajasthan Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked each other over patriotism.

Gandhi said that Modi speaks about nationalism and opens his speeches with Bharat Mata ki Jai [hail Mother India] but alleged the prime minister works for top industrialists. “In every speech of Modi, he says Bharat Mata Ki Jai. What is Bharat Mata? It is our entire country… it is the farmer… it is the sentiments… crores of the youth of the country… women… labourers… and it is we all…,’’ Gandhi said at a rally in Alwar.

He questioned how Modi could forget the farmers if he talks about Bharat Mata. “….you waived Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 people, but not a single penny of Alwar farmers. Are not they [the farmers] Bharat Mata… does not their blood and sweat make Bharat Mata, should not they be having space in the country after so much sacrifice?” he asked, reiterating his criticism of the Modi government’s alleged neglect of the farmers.


Finance Ministry Says, Climate Finance Values Being Transferred By Developed To Developing Countries

New Delhi: The Indian ministry of finance submitted at the COP24 climate conference being held in Katowice, Poland that developed countries of the world are not spending enough to mitigate the impact of climate change.

In a paper titled “3 Essential “S”s of Climate Finance — Scope, Scale and Speed: A Reflection” released on Tuesday on the sidelines of COP 24, the ministry questioned climate finance values being reported by the developed countries as having been transferred by them to developing countries.

The paper also said definitions of climate change finance used in various reports by developed countries were not consistent with the provisions of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This apart, the finance which has come through till now is far lower than that originally promised by the developed nations.