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India to receive first Rafale jet in France on Dussehra

“However, October 8 has been chosen now because it is not only celebrated as IAF Day but the auspicious festival of Dussehra also falls on this date in 2019,”

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New Delhi, Sep 10 : India will receive the first Rafale fighter aircraft from its French manufacturer Dassault Aviation in France on October 8, defence sources said on Tuesday. The first batch of the aircraft will, however, arrive in India by May next year for which preparations are already underway in the country.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with a team of senior officials, is scheduled to travel to France for receiving the first aircraft in a ceremony. India has signed a multi-billion dollar deal with France and Dassault Aviation for procuring 36 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“As per the earlier plan of action, the first Rafale aircraft was to be handed over to India in the last week of September. The current Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa was scheduled to travel to France along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for the ceremony.

“However, October 8 has been chosen now because it is not only celebrated as IAF Day but the auspicious festival of Dussehra also falls on this date in 2019,” said a defence official.

The first squadron of Rafale aircraft will be stationed at the Ambala Air Force Station, a strategic IAF base located around 250 km away from the India-Pakistan border. The second batch will be stationed at the Hasimara base in West Bengal located strategically near the border between India and Bhutan. As per sources, more than Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned for revamping the two air bases for inducting the Rafale jets.

On Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa formally resurrected IAF’s 17 Squadron, which will be equipped with the Rafale, at the Ambala Air Force Station, before the aircraft begin to arrive in India in batches. The 17 Squadron, also known as the ‘Golden Arrows’, had been disbanded in 2016 after the phasing out of the MiG 21 aircraft.

In the past, the squadron has been equipped with aircraft including the Harvard-II B, the De Havilland Vampire and the Hawker Hunter. Dhanoa had commanded the squadron during the Kargil War of 1999. Earlier, the squadron was stationed in Bathinda.

The Rafale is an extremely capable, fourth generation, multirole aircraft with advanced weapons. The aircraft will come equipped with Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems and other India-specific enhancements.

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Ram Mandir: Modi’s ex-aide Nripendra Mishra gets leading role

According to sources, he has also spoken of approaching the court in case he is not included in the trust and not given the right to worship Ram Lalla.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nripendra Mishra has been appointed chief of of temple construction committee while Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was named Chairman of Ram Mandir Trust at the first meeting of Ram Janmabhoomi Tritha Kshetra Trust held here on Wednesday.

Champat Rai, the international Vice President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has been appointed the General Secretary while Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj the Treasurer.

It was decided in the meeting that a joint account would be opened at a State Bank of India branch in Ayodhya. A total of nine resolutions were passed in the meeting, and another meeting would be held again after 15 days in Ayodhya. The construction committee will decide when the construction will begin.

Chartered accountancy firm, V. Sankar Aiyar & Co in anjit Nagar here, was entrusted with the responsibilty of deciding on the mode of donation.

New Chairman of the trust, Nritya Gopal Das said Ram Temple model would be the same as decided by the VHP “but a discussion would take place on making it higher and wider”.

Among those also present in the meeting that lasted about three hours were Mahant Dinendra Das, Joint Secretary, Home, Gyanesh Kumar, Anil Kumar Mishra, Vasudevanand Saraswati, Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Principal Secretary Avneesh Awasthi, Parmanand Ji Maharaj, Ayodhya district officer Anuj Jha, Kameshwar Chaupal, Balendra Mohan Singh Mohan Mishra of thee Ayodhya royal family.

The Mahant of the Nirvani Ani of Vaishnava Vairagi Akharas, Dharmadas of Hanumangarhi in Ayodhya, also reached the spot during the trust meeting. However, he was not a part of the meeting and was seated in another room outside. Mahant Dharmadas had been demanding since long to join the trust.

According to sources, he has also spoken of approaching the court in case he is not included in the trust and not given the right to worship Ram Lalla.

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Jamia student moves High Court, seeks Rs 1 cr in damages

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Another Jamia Milia Islamia student here on Wednesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court seeking Rs 1 crore compensation over alleged police brutality on campus on December 15.

The plea, filed by Md. Mustafa through advocate Nabila Hassan, seeks the court’s direction to the Delhi Chief Secretary, the Home Department and the Department of Law to pay the compensation and provide free medical treatment.

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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Wishful thinking to target $5 tn economy by 2025: Manmohan

Pathways can emerge only through solid dialogue and discussions on the challenges of taking the country forward, he added.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Lashing out at the government for its lack of focus, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday termed the Centre’s hopes of turning India into a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25 as “wishful thinking”.

“Today the government does not want to acknowledge the word slowdown. This is not a good sign,” he said after releasing “Backstage – The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years” by former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

“In such a scenario, raising India to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25 is wishful thinking”, he said.

Pathways can emerge only through solid dialogue and discussions on the challenges of taking the country forward, he added.

At the same time, he expressed the hope that there will be a debate for carrying forward the economic reforms innitiated.

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