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Won’t allow Modi government to play with national security : Congress on Rafale Deal

Jakhar asserted , “If Anil Ambani can make fighter jet without any experience, I can also do that.”Jakhar pointed out how a business like Ani Ambani , who has zero experience in making of fighter jets, can sign deal with France to built Rafale fighter jets that will defend our borders.

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New Delhi, Aug 11 : Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar said that his statement in Lok Sabha was meant to sought attention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the high-profile Rafale deal and warned that he won’t allow Modi government to play with national security.

Jakhar asserted , “If Anil Ambani can make fighter jet without any experience, I can also do that.”Jakhar pointed out how a business like Ani Ambani , who has zero experience in making of fighter jets, can sign deal with France to built Rafale fighter jets that will defend our borders.

“Businessman Anil Ambani has zero experience of making any kind of aircraft, much less a fighter jet which is going to defend our borders. Hence, I said, if a person without any experience can make a fighter jet, then I can also do that. We will not let anyone play with the national security and lives of our brave soldiers,” Jakhar said.

“BJP government  is trying to distract people from this issue. To emphasise this point, we wanted to draw their attention with help of a so-called replica of Rafale fighter jets. Won’t let Modi government  play with national security, the Congress leader said.

Jakhar on Saturday claimed that his statement “he can make better Rafale” in Lok Sabha was misquoted.”My statement was misquoted. I used the replica of Rafale fighter ( used the paper plane in the Lower House) jet to convey a message to the present government that nation’s security is not a child’s play,” Jakhar said.

Senior Congress leader and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday led the Opposition’s protest against the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal in the Parliament premises.

The Congress party has demanded  the constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate the alleged scam in the Rafale deal.

Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers Sinha and Shourie on Wednesday alleged that the Rafale jet deal was “unilaterally” finalized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by violating mandatory procedures, and this defence scandal was “larger than any thus far”.

 

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Bengal transport staff demand safety after corona positive case

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Kolkata, Jul 14 (IANS): A group of employees of state-run West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation on Tuesday staged protest at the Sector-V depot after a colleague tested coronavirus positive to demand health safety measures.

Sources said a Transport Department employee was also detected with Covid-like symptoms.

They demanded immediate sanitisation of the Sector-V depot and the barrack where they live.

“We are protesting to demand immediate sanitisation of the bus depot and the barrack where we stay. The Transport Department has to assure us that they will take care of our health during the pandemic,” said Abhijit Hore, a corporation staff.

Hore said that the government must take necessary measures to protect the health of transport employees who are running bus services.

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Number of recoveries five times higher than active cases in Delhi

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With 1,606 new coronavirus cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capitals Covid-19 tally touched 1,15,346 on Tuesday, while 3,446 people have succumbed to the deadly virus so far.

According to Delhi government’s daily health bulletin, as many as 93,236 people have recovered, almost five times the number of active cases which stands at 18,664. A total of 1,924 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

On June 23, the city had witnessed the highest single-day peak of 3,947 cases, but the figures have come down steadily since then despite the number of tests increasing.

Testing numbers in the city have also gone up since the commencement of rapid antigen tests last month. Over 5,650 RT-PCR and 15,413 rapid antigen tests were conducted on Tuesday.

Currently, 4,194 beds are occupied in the hospitals out of a total capacity of 15,300 — 2,041 in the dedicated Covid Care Centres out of 9,294 and 128 in the dedicated Covid Health Centres against the availability of 544 beds. Over 10,695 people are under home isolation.

The number of containment zones in the national capital stood at 657, one less than the previous day.

Last week, the number of containment zones increased by more than 150 after the city government decided to break the existing hotspots into smaller clusters for better surveillance.

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4,526 new corona cases in TN, 4,743 discharged

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Chennai, Jul 14 (IANS): Tamil Nadu on Tuesday registered 4,526 new coronavirus cases while the number of such patients cured and discharged from various hospitals totalled 4,743, the Health Department said.

With new cases, the southern state’s total tally is 147,324, including 97,310 cured persons. There are now 47,912 active cases in Tamil Nadu.

A total of 67 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24-hour cycle took the state’s death toll to 2,099.

The number of infected children in the state in the age group 0-12 went up to 7,304.

The state capital Chennai continued to head the Covid-19 infection table with 1,078 new cases and a total tally of 79,662. Active cases in the city total 15,814, with 1,858 patients discharged in Chennai on Tuesday.

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