India places order for 36 French Rafale fighter jets

Jamsheed Rizwani

French RafaleParis: France gets the order for 36 RAFALE – multi role combat aircraft ready to fly –  as the first part of the mega contract for the Indian Air Force….as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during the joint press conference with the French President François Hollande today.

The decision on Rafale jets was sealed after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande.

Discussions will continue for the transfer of technology which would permit India to build the aircraft on its own soil.. The French have their own conditions for such transfer of technology which India cannot accept, but things could evolve with the discussions.

The French have not buckled to the pressure of the Indians and the French manufacturer – Dassault – that also has a say in the matter.

As Modi tries to win over hesitant French manufacturers to MAKE IN INDIA, other civilian contracts could also be signed during his first visit to France.

Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi released on bail in Pakistan: India registers protest

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lakhvi copyNew Delhi: Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the biggest enemy of India against whom India had provided clinching evidence to Pakistan pointing that he was the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008, has been released by an order of the Pakistan High Court today.

Lakhvi’s release on bail comes on a day when India’s Prime Minister was in France in the first leg of his 3-nation tour. India has registered a strong protest and Modi has described it as a sad day.

Lakhvi was granted bail last December but had been kept uder detention under a special provisions of law relating to public order. His trial will still continue along with half dozen suspects accused of playing a role in the Mumbai attack.

Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba group (LeT), headed by Lakhvi, was behind the Mumbai attack, Indian Government has alleged and provided evidence in this regard to Pakistan. Lakhvi was arrested in Pakistan on 7 December 2008. Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Ahency (FIA) stated in the charge sheet filed in the Mumbai blast case that Lakhvi had given training to those involved in the Mumbai attack. He had also arranged weapons and ammunition for this purpose. Ajmal Kasab, the lone Mumbai blast terrorist caught by the Police who was hanged in November 2012, had also confessed that he had been recruited by Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. More evidence was provide against him by David Coleman Headley, the American convicted terrorist of Pakistani origin, and a spy who conspired with the Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamist organization in plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks. There is also evidence to prove that Lakhvi was giving instruction to terrorists involved in the Mumbai attack from the LeT control room.

Delhi Police nabs rapist in record time

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rape victimNew Delhi: With the arrest of one Ramesh Kumar (38), a resident of Najafgarh in the capital, a rape case has been solved by the Dwarka Police station (North) in the South-West District in record time.

On Thursday (April 9) at about 10:20 p.m. a lady employee at a Mall at Rajouri Garden, Delhi got down at Dwarka Mor Metro Station from where she boarded a taxi for Madhu Vihar. She was sharing the cab with another passenger, who got down at Rajapuri. When she was alone, the driver parked the taxi at a secluded spot and got into the rear seat. He tried to disrobe the victim and when she resisted, he slapped and punched her on the face and head. The driver, who has been identified as Ramesh Kumar, also assaulted her sexually and threatened to kill her if she raised an alarm. After the incident, the accused began driving towards Madhu Vihar. A passerby, who heard the victim when she cried for help, demonstrated presence of mind and was prompt in informing a PCR Van that chased the taxi and apprehended the accused.

The alleged rapist has studied only up to class 9th and has been running a taxi since 1996. An FIR under Sections 376/342/323/506 of IPC was registered against him today by Dwarka North Police station.

India concludes evacuation from Yemen

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Indian nationals evacuated from Aden on the deck of INS Mumbai in Djibouti ​

New Delhi: With the airlifting of over 630 persons from Sana’a On Thursday by three special Air India flights, India has concluded its evacuation by air.

The total number of Indians evacuated from Sana’a by air has crossed 2900 by eighteen special flights since the beginning of the air operations.

In addition, Indian naval vessels have also evacuated over 1670 Indians from Aden, Al Hudaydah and Al Mukalla ports in Yemen since 31 March.

Indian Naval Ship INS Sumitra evacuated 349 persons, including 46 Indians and 303 foreign nationals from Al Hudaydah port on 9 April.

The entire evacuation effort has resulted in the evacuation of over 5600 persons. These include over 4640 Indian nationals and about 960 foreign nationals from 41 countries.