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AgustaWestland: Omissions and commissions in deal, says Parrikar

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday quoted the Italian court judgment while speaking on the AgustaWestland issue, and said that “there were cases of omissions and commissions at various stages of decision making process” in the deal.

Replying to the debate on the AgustaWestland chopper deal in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Parrikar said that the “single vendor situation was created by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government so that Agusta could become the final vendor” and it would benefit them.

Parrikar took a jibe at Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and said: “Abhishek Manu Singhvi almost convinced me by his argument, now I understand how convincing he is. But the brief is very weak, and even the best advocate can’t win the case.”

“The Italian court has said there are omissions and commissions at various stages of decision making process indicate malafide and corrupt action given by the goal to favour a particular vendor. The deal was cancelled by the government under advise of CAG,” he added.

Parrikar said: “The country wants to know as to who instigated, supported and benefited from corruption, We can’t let this pass. Fact that there was corruption in the matter is brought out in extensive details in recent judgments.”

“Request for Proposal (RFP) stated that field evaluation trials (FET) would be carried out in India, however, this was given a go-by,” he added.

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Anil Ambani Group sues Congress’ Singhvi for Rs 5,000 crore

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Ahmedabad, Dec 15 : The Reliance Anil Ambani group has filed a Rs 5,000-crore ($ 780 million) defamation suit here against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, accusing him of making “false, defamatory and libellous statements”.

The suit has been filed in the Gujarat High Court.

According to company sources, the Congress leader “made false, defamatory and libellous statements against the group. We have filed a Rs 5,000-crore suit for damages against him for making these false and defamatory statements”.

Singhvi had, on November 30, attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, contending that he was “fooling” people by saying the government had not waived loans of big defaulters.

Alleging that the government had written off Rs 1.88 lakh crore debt of wilful defaulters, he had said: “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and out of those, three top Gujarat-based companies — Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”

He had charged that the Finance Minister, instead of declaring these liabilities as NPAs, was “trying to help the defaulter with further defence contracts like the Rafale deal”.

A Reliance Defence statement had earlier clarified the joint venture between Reliance Aerostructure Ltd and Dassault Aviation was a bilateral agreement between two private companies — and had nothing to do with the government.

The statement had added: “Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd will be only one of the key players in the discharge of offset obligations. Over 500 large, medium and small Indian companies will benefit from the offsets which are nothing but an export obligation for goods and services from India. Offsets referred to are spread over a period of nearly 10 years.”

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Union cabinet clears Triple Talaq Bill

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New Delhi, 15th December: Union government on Thursday(15th December) cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make the practice of “instant” triple talaq an offence.

The draft bill was sent out to states earlier this month proposed that triple talaq be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence that would attract a jail term of three years.he practice of Triple Talaq as illegal

On August 22 the Supreme Court announced the practice of Triple Talaq as illegal.Now the bill will be introduced in both Upper and lower houses for approval in the winter session of Parliament.

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NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh to curb pollution in Ganga river

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New Delhi, Dec 15: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday imposed a complete ban on the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh located on the banks of river Ganga.

The green court ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on those who will violate the rule. The ban includes plastic items such as polybags, items used for serving or packing food, plates cutlery and others.

Earlier, in July and December 2015 also, the tribunal also prohibit the usage of plastic. The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had expressed displeasure at the pathetic state of affairs on the banks of the river Ganga and had reprimanded the civic authorities, news agency IANS reported.

Following this, then the green panel passed a numbers of orders to make the river pollution-free. However, the use of plastic items continued unabated.

The tribunal’s earlier directions were also motioned to make the Ganga pollution-free.

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