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Ockhi: Centre offers all aid to Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today visited cyclone-hit Kerala and assured the state of all help while asserting that rescue operations would continue till every missing fishermen was brought back safely. A total of 20 fishermen from the state were rescued by Navy today while the toll in rain-related incidents in the aftermath of ‘Ochki’ cyclone […]

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Rescue operations to continue in high seas: Sitharaman

Thiruvananthapuram: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said search and rescue operations in high seas would not be stopped or diluted till all fishermen, who are missing since Cyclone Ockhi hit Kerala shores, were brought back safe. Naval ships, helicopters, Coast Guard vessels and Air Force planes are engaged in the rescue and relief operations to […]

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India, Singapore vow to deepen defence ties

New Delhi: India and Singapore today signed an agreement to deepen cooperation in the maritime security domain and called for ensuring freedom of navigation in critical sea lanes against the backdrop of China’s increasing military manoeuvres in the Indo-Pacific region. The two countries also resolved to boost overall defence cooperation with a particular focus on combating […]

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Economy

Modi ‘solely responsible’ for economic mess: Cong

Delhi: The Congress today held Prime Minister Narendra Modi “solely responsible” for creating a “mess” of the economy, after Standard & Poor’s kept its sovereign rating for the country unchanged. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma the government was taking shelter under these “dubious” certificates from rating agencies. Rating agency Moody’s had on last Friday raised […]

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India

S&P’s report appreciation of govt’s reform measures: Sitharaman

Delhi: Rating agency Standard & Poor’s report on India is a reflection of its appreciation of the steps taken by the government to keep the economy stable and ensure a high growth trajectory, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. She said besides keeping its sovereign rating for India unchanged, the rating agency complimented the country […]

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Congress wants to break Army’s morale, says Sitharaman

Ahmedabad: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today attacked the Congress, saying the party regularly makes statements that seek to “break the Army’s morale and reduce its stature”. She rued leaders of the Sonia Gandhi-led party often speak the language of separatists and support those who talk about dividing the nation. Talking to reporters here, the minister also […]

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India

China objects to Kovind’s visit to Arunachal

Beijing: China today strongly objected to President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should refrain from “complicating” the border dispute when bilateral relations are at a “crucial moment”. President Kovind visited Arunachal Pradesh yesterday. “The Chinese government never acknowledged the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and our position on the border issue is consistent […]

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Rahul attacks Modi govt over price of Rafale fighter aircraft

Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today hit back at Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the multi-crore Rafale deal, claiming it was “shameful” that her boss was “silencing” her. He also asked her whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken permission from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) before announcing the purchase of the Rafale fighter […]

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Shift juveniles from jails to remand homes: Rajnath to J-K govt

Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to move all juveniles, arrested for pelting stones and other unlawful activities, from jails to remand homes and review their cases sympathetically, officials said. The decision is considered to be an attempt to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir by […]

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Rafale deal finalised following a transparent procedure: Sitharaman

Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today that allegations relating to the procurement deal for 36 Rafale fighter jet were “shameful” and that such bickering was a “disservice” to the armed forces. Her remarks came a day after the Congress accused the prime minister of changing the “entire deal” to benefit a businessman. “These allegations […]