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  • Council of Ministers briefed on Rafale deal
    SourcesCouncil of Ministers briefed on Rafale deal

    Facing relentless allegations of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal, the Modi government is bracing to counter the Opposition onslaught more effectively. On Wednesday, the Union Council of Ministers was briefed about the deal by the National Security Advisor (NSA) besides a top defence official.

    11 months ago
  • BJP preparing for 2019 Lok Sabha polls as scheduled
    SourcesBJP preparing for 2019 Lok Sabha polls as scheduled

    Notwithstanding the push for simultaneous polls, the BJP appears to be in no hurry to go for parliamentary elections along with a round of Assembly elections due this year end.

    11 months ago
  • With eye on polls, Modi reviews schemes with BJP CMs
    SourcesWith eye on polls, Modi reviews schemes with BJP CMs

    Preparing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took stock of the implementation of the various welfare schemes with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of 15 states, who took a pledge to ensure that he comes back to power with a bigger majority in Parliament.

    11 months ago
  • Modi, Shah to hold meeting with BJP CMs
    SourcesModi, Shah to hold meeting with BJP CMs

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will hold a day-long meeting with BJP chief ministers and deputy chief ministers on Tuesday.

    11 months ago
  • Congress demands detailed inquiry into Rafale deal (Lead)
    SourcesCongress demands detailed inquiry into Rafale deal (Lead)

    Launching a fresh assault against the Modi government on the Rafale aircraft deal, the Congress on Saturday demanded a public debate and detailed inquiry into the "secretive" happenings and alleged that the defence procurement procedure had been ignored and senior ministers kept in the dark about the negotiations.

    11 months ago
  • Congress demands public debate, detailed inquiry into Rafale deal
    SourcesCongress demands public debate, detailed inquiry into Rafale deal

    Firing a fresh salvo at the Modi government on the Rafale aircraft deal, the Congress on Saturday accused it of ignoring the defence procurement procedure and keeping senior ministers in the dark about the negotiations, demanding a public debate and detailed inquiry into the "secretive" happenings.

    11 months ago
  • Netanyahu seeks support from Baltic leaders in ties with EU
    SourcesNetanyahu seeks support from Baltic leaders in ties with EU

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has discussed with Lithuanian and other Baltic states' leaders security, business and science cooperation, and asked for diplomatic support in Israeli's relations with the European Union (EU). During his visit to Lithuania, Netanyahu attended a quadrilateral meeting with the prime ministers of the three Baltic states, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, to discuss cooperation. This is the first visit by the Israeli Prime Minister to Lithuania. "Today is a historic day, as this visit is the first visit to Lithuania by the Israeli Prime Minister, the first quadrilateral meeting, and the year is also historic, since all three Baltic countries mark the Centennial of their statehood, and Israel marks its 70th anniversary," Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said in a joint press conference in Vilnius on Friday, Xinhua reported. Skvernelis noted the meeting was productive and he sees potential "to develop the dialogue and practical cooperation" with Israel. Netanyahu called for closer cooperation between Israel and the Baltic states, especially in science and technology. "I'm delighted that the prime ministers accepted my invitation to have the next future Baltic States meeting in Jerusalem. We want to enhance it with the meeting of the Baltic business and technological people and scientists," Netanyahu said in a joint press conference noting that "there are tremendous intellectual powers in Israel, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania". The Prime Ministers of Israeli and the Baltic states also discussed security cooperation. "We are already cooperating in a number of security and defence related areas, and here too I think that we can do more, and we discussed this in some detail," said Netanyahu. Netanyahu also sought for more support from the Baltic states in Israeli's relations with the EU. "I asked the help of my friends here in making correcting in what I think is a distorted view on Israel in the EU," Netantyahu told the conference. During the joint press conference, the Israeli Prime Minister criticized the EU for its decision to provide Iran with 18 million euros development aid to help offset the US sanctions. "This is a big mistake, it is like a poison pill to the Iranian people and to the efforts to curb Iranian aggression in the region and terror beyond the region," said Netanyahu. Relations between Israel and the EU, Middle East peace process, global peace and stability, and situation in Syria and Iran were discussed at Netanyahu's meeting with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday.

    11 months ago
  • India, China to implement confidence building measures for peace along border
    SourcesIndia, China to implement confidence building measures for peace along border

    India and China on Thursday agreed to work towards full implementation of the ongoing confidence building measures and "greater interactions at the working level" to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border.

    11 months ago
  • Australia PM loses ministers in leadership battle
    SourcesAustralia PM loses ministers in leadership battle

    Ten government ministers in Australia offered to resign on Wednesday following a failed bid to oust Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as party leader.

    11 months ago
  • India, Japan reaffirm vow for deeper defence ties, Indo-Pacific stability
    SourcesIndia, Japan reaffirm vow for deeper defence ties, Indo-Pacific stability

    India and Japan on Monday reaffirmed their commitment for greater bilateral defence cooperation and ensuring a peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific region at the annual defence ministerial meeting here. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held talks with her Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera who is on a two-day visit to India at the invitation of the Indian Defence Minister, and reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthen defence and security cooperation under the "Japan-lndia Special Strategic and Global Partnership". Sitharaman will be visiting Japan next year for the next edition of the meeting.

    11 months ago