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Rafale deal — Behind CAG math, three costs: benchmark, aligned, final
Thu, Feb 14, 2019

CAG report on Rafale deal: There were three costs considered by the INT during its deliberations: a benchmark cost, an “aligned price, and the final offer.

NDA Rafale deal price 2.86% less than UPA rate, Dassault gets benefits too: CAG report
Thu, Feb 14, 2019

The CAG, which did not disclose pricing details in absolute terms, came to this conclusion after considering fourteen items under six component packages of the deal.

Explained: What the CAG report says on Rafale deal
Thu, Feb 14, 2019

CAG report on Rafale tabled in Parliament compares UPA deal for 126 Rafale aircraft with NDA deal for 36 jets. How was this worked out? What else does the CAG report cover or not cover?

Two weeks before Rafale announcement, Anil Ambani met French Defence officials
Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Rafale: When Anil Ambani visited the French Defence Minister’s office, it was known that PM Modi would make an official visit to France from April 9-11, 2015.

In dispute over selection panel, delay in sending defence attaches abroad
Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Sources said the matter has reached a stage where the three service chiefs have sought a meeting with the ministry to resolve it at the earliest.

Selection norm for CBI chief diluted, Shukla is not qualified enough: Kharge
Sun, Feb 03, 2019

Kharge, who was part of the three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that the government replaced the criterion of “experience in investigation in anti-corruption cases” with “experience in investigation and anti-corruption cases”.

Government rubs it in, tells Alok Verma to join work for a day today
Thu, Jan 31, 2019

In a letter sent to Verma Wednesday, MHA said: “You are directed to join the post of DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards immediately”.

No decision on new CBI chief, selection panel to meet again
Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Sources said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi concurred with the view. The committee, sources said, is expected to meet again in the next couple of days. Kharge is learnt to have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene the meeting before January 31.

IAF worry: In next two years, only 26 fighter squadrons, short by 16
Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Around the same time, the Pakistan Air Force will have 25 fighter squadrons while China’s PLA Air Force is estimated to have the capacity to bear 42 squadrons against India. 

Alok Verma to be a keynote speaker at SRCC event next month
Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Alok Verma, who was removed from the post of CBI chief, is likely to speak about his story of what it takes to build organisational identity through personal history.

Interim CBI chief illegal, call panel to select new Director: Kharge writes to PM
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

The scathing two-page note raises serious questions of propriety, on the record and how events were conducted to ensure the ouster of former CBI Director Alok Verma.

Peace talks: Key Naga group says no headway
Tue, Jan 15, 2019

FNR also gave a call to “re-imagine the Indo-Naga Peace Process,” a call for a complete overhaul which signals a dead-end for the ongoing peace process. But the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks and Deputy National Security Advisor, R N Ravi, denies that the talks have reached a dead-end.

CVC’s Alok Verma verdict: Clean chit in some, call for probe in other cases
Sun, Jan 13, 2019

The CVC also dismissed two other allegations by Asthana, one about Verma helping cattle smugglers in West Bengal and another about the transfer of a Special Information Report related to a Joint Director of the CBI.

CBI reverses Verma orders, negates action against IAS officer in a coal scam case
Sun, Jan 13, 2019

The CBI order declared four office orders issued on Wednesday and Thursday, after Verma was reinstated by the Supreme Court as CBI Director, as non-est (does not exist).

Both Sides Now
Sat, Jan 12, 2019

An academic’s poignant account of visiting the Line of Control from either side of the Indo-Pakistan border.

No same-sex relations in Army, we are conservative: Gen Bipin Rawat
Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Rawat’s remarks were in response to a question during his annual press conference on the Supreme Court rulings that decriminalised adultery and same-sex relations.

Fate still in balance, CBI chief Alok Verma takes charge, brings back key men
Thu, Jan 10, 2019

Meanwhile, the high-powered selection committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met to decide on the future of Verma. However, no decision was reached, with the committee scheduled to meet again at 4 pm Thursday.

Clock ticking, Naga talks stuck for long over issue of symbols
Mon, Jan 07, 2019

It is politically not viable for the Centre to accept demands such as a separate Naga flag, even though, sources said, it has agreed to guarantee protection of the Naga identity.

CBI asks social media firms to use intrusive photo tech to track suspects
Mon, Dec 31, 2018

Sources told The Indian Express that they are not aware of any legal bar in India for the use of PhotoDNA for cases other than child exploitation.

The Army must march ahead
Mon, Dec 31, 2018

On issues like inclusion of women, it cannot afford to lag behind society, or even reflect it. The forces must lead society, not politically but culturally.

China builds air assets in Tibet, Indian missile units head east
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

For the contentious eastern border with China, the IAF also plans to deploy a squadron each of Chinook and Apache helicopters, besides the Russian S-400 missile system and a squadron of the Rafale fighter aircraft.

Rafale verdict: Redacted CAG report? experts say no precedent, no provision
Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Given that there is no CAG report so far and, therefore, nothing has been sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Government, in its application, asked the court to correct this.

Simply Put: Why aircraft carriers are needed
Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has made a strong case for a 2nd indigenous aircraft carrier. While govt considers it too expensive, the Chinese expansion in the Indian Ocean Region cannot be overlooked.

Overwhelming superiority over Pakistan at sea, says Navy chief Sunil Lanba
Tue, Dec 04, 2018

Addressing the annual press conference before the Navy Day, Admiral Lanba said, “By 2050, we will also have 200 ships, 500 aircraft and be a world-class navy”.

Analysing complaint seeking Rafale probe: French prosecutor
Wed, Nov 28, 2018

“Sherpa sent a letter to the National Public Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) conveying information from the Indian press by drawing the attention of the PNF to this case,” spokesperson for the French National Public Prosecutor’s office has said.

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