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First five Rafale jets enroute India: All details here

27 Jul 2020

First five Rafale jets enroute India: All details here

Years after India inked a deal with France for 36 Rafale jets, the first lot of five jets took off from Merignac airbase in Bordeaux today, ushering in a new phase in bilateral ties of both countries.

#ThatWas2019: Here's a review of 2019's landmark Supreme Court judgments

30 Dec 2019

#ThatWas2019: Here's a review of 2019's landmark Supreme Court judgments

2019 has been quite the year: Narendra Modi returned to power, Jammu and Kashmir had its special status stripped, and the students of Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia triggered a nationwide movement like the Opposition never could.

CJI Gogoi retires: Here's a look at his eventful tenure

17 Nov 2019

CJI Gogoi retires: Here's a look at his eventful tenure

Justice Ranjan Gogoi retired on Sunday as the Chief Justice of India. Punctuated by a series of landmark judgments, Gogoi's 13-month tenure was as consequential, as it was controversial.

Rajnath Singh receives first Rafale jet in France

08 Oct 2019

Rajnath Singh receives first Rafale jet in France

On Tuesday, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh received the first of the 36 Rafale jets in France on behalf of the Indian Air Force.

Won't sell F-21s to anyone except India: Lockheed Martin

14 May 2019

Won't sell F-21s to anyone except India: Lockheed Martin

US company Lockheed Martin, which leads the aerospace industry, has offered a new deal to India. The company has said it will not sell newly-rolled F-21 jets to any other country if India decides to purchase 114 planes.

Rahul sends love to Modi after he calls Rajiv "corrupt"

05 May 2019

Rahul sends love to Modi after he calls Rajiv "corrupt"

Taking the political discourse in the country to a new low, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told Rahul Gandhi that his father Rajiv was "corrupt number 1" when he died.

Was Rafale-deal stopped for Michel Mama: PM Modi asks Congress

09 Jan 2019

Was Rafale-deal stopped for Michel Mama: PM Modi asks Congress

PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched an attack on Congress and Gandhi family by mentioning Christian Michel, the middleman of AgustaWestland, and asked if the Rafale deal got delayed because of him.

#RafaleDeal: SC verdict on court-monitored probe due for Friday

13 Dec 2018

#RafaleDeal: SC verdict on court-monitored probe due for Friday

The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce its verdict on a batch of pleas demanding a court-monitored CBI probe into the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal on Friday.

#RafaleDeal: French NGO wants probe into Rafale deal, alleges corruption

24 Nov 2018

#RafaleDeal: French NGO wants probe into Rafale deal, alleges corruption

A French anti-corruption NGO, Sherpa, has filed a complaint with the office of the French National Financial Prosecutor against the French government and Dassault Aviation, alleging corruption in the Rs. 59,000cr Rafale deal signed in September 2016.

Dassault CEO on Rafale-Deal: We chose Reliance, I don't lie

13 Nov 2018

Dassault CEO on Rafale-Deal: We chose Reliance, I don't lie

Eric Trappier, the CEO of Dassault Aviation has rubbished allegations made by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi about the selection of Reliance Defence as an offset partner in the controversial Rafale deal.

Shatrughan Sinha criticizes BJP govt over Rafale deal

15 Oct 2018

Shatrughan Sinha criticizes BJP govt over Rafale deal

Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha criticized the BJP government at the Center over the Rafale deal.

Will 'Shotgun' Shatrughan take on Modi in Varanasi next year?

12 Oct 2018

Will 'Shotgun' Shatrughan take on Modi in Varanasi next year?

Shatrughan Sinha, also known as Shotgun, might compete with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the PM's own constituency, Varanasi.

#RafaleDeal: Report says Reliance was 'mandatory' for Dassault, French-company denies

11 Oct 2018

#RafaleDeal: Report says Reliance was 'mandatory' for Dassault, French-company denies

In the ongoing controversy over Rafale Deal signed between India and France, a French media investigative journal Mediapart has found choosing Reliance was 'mandatory' for Dassault, but the company has dismissed the claims.

Rahul attacks Ambani over Rafale deal; calls him PM's 'BFF'

07 Oct 2018

Rahul attacks Ambani over Rafale deal; calls him PM's 'BFF'

Attacking industrialist Anil Ambani, Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday said one can land Rafale deal contracts worth "Rs. 1.3 lakh crore" if he is the PM's "BFF" (best friend forever).

#RafaleDeal: Rahul fires fresh salvo, says Modi 'betrayed India's soul'

22 Sep 2018

#RafaleDeal: Rahul fires fresh salvo, says Modi 'betrayed India's soul'

In a fresh attack on the Rafale issue, Congress President Rahul Gandhi alleged PM Modi and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a "surgical strike" on the defense forces.

Rafale-deal: Hollande's bombshell catches BJP in crossfire, opposition strengthens attack

22 Sep 2018

Rafale-deal: Hollande's bombshell catches BJP in crossfire, opposition strengthens attack

Comments of France former President Francois Hollande that Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as its partner in the multi-million dollar Rafale deal has caught the Narendra Modi led Centre in a crossfire, with the opposition demanding his resignation.

SC adjourns hearing on PIL seeking stay on Rafale deal

18 Sep 2018

SC adjourns hearing on PIL seeking stay on Rafale deal

The Supreme Court adjourned hearing on a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.

After no-confidence motion, Congress mulls privilege motion against Sitharaman, Modi

23 Jul 2018

After no-confidence motion, Congress mulls privilege motion against Sitharaman, Modi

Congress is likely to move a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal.

Rafale Deal: All you need to know about the controversy

13 Jun 2018

Rafale Deal: All you need to know about the controversy

In April 2015, when PM Modi had announced the purchase of 36 "ready-to-fly" Rafale jets, the nation rejoiced, but the incessant attacks by the Congress over the new deal has raised some valid concerns.

IAF begins process to buy 110 fighter jets worth $15bn

08 Apr 2018

IAF begins process to buy 110 fighter jets worth $15bn

Indian Air Force (IAF) began the process of buying around 110 fighter jets worth an estimated $15bn. This will be one of the largest orders in recent years.

Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

15 Nov 2017

Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

The Congress party has alleged that a "huge scam is brewing" in the deal to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for $8.7 billion.

India to have first Rafale base in Ambala by 2019

02 Oct 2017

India to have first Rafale base in Ambala by 2019

India is all set to have its first Rafale base in Ambala, Haryana.

CCI gives its nod to Reliance-Dassault joint venture

29 Jan 2017

CCI gives its nod to Reliance-Dassault joint venture

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced that it had approved the joint venture between French aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation SA and Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group.

Investors decry RCom's plans

17 Oct 2016

Investors decry RCom's plans

RCom's recent disclosure of a non binding term sheet with Brookfield Infrastructure for RCom's tower assets has drawn flak from investors.

Reliance Communications sells its tower business

16 Oct 2016

Reliance Communications sells its tower business

Reliance Communications (RCom) has agreed to sell a majority stake in its mobile phone tower business.

Reliance-Dassault JV to execute defence offset obligations

04 Oct 2016

Reliance-Dassault JV to execute defence offset obligations

Reliance Defence will be Dassault Aviation's Indian strategic partner and they will enter into a Dassault-Reliance joint venture (JV) called 'Dassault Reliance Aerospace'.

Lockheed Martin proposes to shift F-16 production line to India

06 Aug 2016

Lockheed Martin proposes to shift F-16 production line to India

On Thursday, American defence major Lockheed Martin offered to move its lone F-16 fighter aircraft production-line, Block 70, to India as part of the 'Make in India' program.