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Siddharth Nath Singh.(HT File Photo)

US firms to push skill development, job opportunities in UP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2018 03:47 PM IST
The United States’ biggest manufacturing exporter Boeing has agreed to impart skill development training to youths in Uttar Pradesh.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday threw up 11 challenges for startups to come up with potential solutions for technological needs of the defence establishment and said it would ensure their ideas and prototypes will get a market.(PTI)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday threw up 11 challenges for startups to come up with potential solutions for technological needs of the defence establishment and said it would ensure their ideas and prototypes will get a market.(PTI)

Sitharaman’s 11 challenges for defence startups

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 11:43 PM IST
Challenges include individual protection system with built-in sensors, see-through armour, carbon fibre winding, active protection system, secure hardware based offline encrypt or device for graded security and development of 4G/LTE based tactical local area network, among others.
Congress’ campaign strategy follows an assessment that the corruption issue is going to hurt the BJP’s electoral prospects not only in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram state elections but also in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(PTI)
Congress’ campaign strategy follows an assessment that the corruption issue is going to hurt the BJP’s electoral prospects not only in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram state elections but also in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(PTI)

Congress to launch people’s movement on Rafale deal to target Modi ahead of 2019 polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 11:33 PM IST
At a meeting chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Working Committee decided to weave the party’s campaign around alleged wrongdoing in the Rafale deal and bank frauds.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave the go-ahead to the state government for using the defence land but with the condition that the city civic body, BBMP, will speed up the process of providing alternative land to her ministry.(HT/File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave the go-ahead to the state government for using the defence land but with the condition that the city civic body, BBMP, will speed up the process of providing alternative land to her ministry.(HT/File Photo)

Defence ministry parts with land in Bengaluru for state’s infrastructure projects

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2018 07:04 PM IST
Located at 10 places, these parcels of defence land totally measure 55,819 sq metres. For eight projects, the government agreed to exchange the defence land measuring 45,165. 84 sq metres whose value is Rs 282.09 crore. The rest of the land would be taken on the ‘basis of licence’.
he US, European and Russian rivals are expected to compete for the Rs 21,738-crore NUH programme by stitching up alliances with Indian firms under the government’s ‘strategic partnership’ model.(HT File Photo)
he US, European and Russian rivals are expected to compete for the Rs 21,738-crore NUH programme by stitching up alliances with Indian firms under the government’s ‘strategic partnership’ model.(HT File Photo)

Deck cleared for purchase of 111 naval utility helicopters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 11:26 PM IST
The defence ministry on Monday cleared “platform-specific” guidelines for the purchase of 111 naval utility helicopters
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman formally hands over two types of indigenously built high-power multi-fuel engines to the Indian Army, in Chennai on Saturday.(PTI)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman formally hands over two types of indigenously built high-power multi-fuel engines to the Indian Army, in Chennai on Saturday.(PTI)

Sitharaman hands over ‘Made in India’ high-power multi-fuel engines to Army

Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 08:25 PM IST
The engines, manufactured by engine factory, Avadi — a unit of Ordnance Factory Board, Department of Defence Production — were fully indigenised for the first time under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ programme.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the media at AICC in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the media at AICC in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)

Rafale deal: Taxpayers will pay Rs 1 lakh crore, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 05:50 PM IST
The Congress accused Nirmala Sitharaman of ‘lying’ on Reliance Defence Limited’s offset contract in Rafale deal
Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha the number of visas has actually gone up from 1,08,000 in 2014 to 1,29,000 in 2018.(PTI)
Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha the number of visas has actually gone up from 1,08,000 in 2014 to 1,29,000 in 2018.(PTI)

Will raise H-1B visa issue at 2+2 dialogue with US: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2018 04:46 PM IST
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the prevailing sentiment in the US about tightening of visa norms was a cause of concern for the “Indian government”.
DMK accused defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman of abusing her powers to shift O Panneerselvam’s ailing brother to Chennai in a military helicopter.(Hindustan Times)
DMK accused defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman of abusing her powers to shift O Panneerselvam’s ailing brother to Chennai in a military helicopter.(Hindustan Times)

DMK demands resignation of defence minister, O Panneerselvam over chopper row

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By Press Trust of India, Chennai
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 02:38 AM IST
A day after O Panneerselvam said his New Delhi visit was only to thank Nirmala Sitharaman for arranging a military air ambulance to shift his brother to Chennai from Madurai, Stalin wondered how a defence helicopter can be provided for use by a private individual.
Congress Uttarakhand in-charge Anugrah Narayan Singh (C) with Congress state unit chief Pritam Singh (L) and leader of opposition Indira Hridayesh (R) in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Congress Uttarakhand in-charge Anugrah Narayan Singh (C) with Congress state unit chief Pritam Singh (L) and leader of opposition Indira Hridayesh (R) in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

Cong to review Rafale deal if it comes to power, says its U’khand in-charge

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2018 10:05 PM IST
The Congress will review the Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France if voted to power in the 2019 general election, its Uttarakhand in-charge Anurgah Narayan Singh said here on Wednesday
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan conducting proceedings in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 24, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan conducting proceedings in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 24, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Privilege notices against PM Modi, defence minister Sitharaman under consideration: Speaker

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 02:28 PM IST
The notices were submitted by the Congress charging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman for allegedly misleading the House on the Rafale deal issue during the debate on the no-confidence motion on July 20.
Sources said the notices were moved by Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K V Thomas, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajiv Satav.(PTI FIle Photo)
Sources said the notices were moved by Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K V Thomas, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajiv Satav.(PTI FIle Photo)

Congress gives privilege notices against PM and defence minister over Rafale deal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2018 11:00 PM IST
The notices were given over the statements made by Modi and Sitharaman in Lok Sabha during the debate on the no-confidence motion on July 20.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi walks back after hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi walks back after hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)

Congress likely to move privilege motion over Rafale deal, BJP hits back

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 11:54 PM IST
Congress leader Anand Sharma said the party leadership would take a call on whether to move the privilege notice in a day or two.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to wreak havoc on India’s security for his political considerations.(PTI)
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to wreak havoc on India’s security for his political considerations.(PTI)

Congress collectively lying to defend Rahul Gandhi on Rafale deal: BJP

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2018 09:26 PM IST
The Congress has been demanding that the government share details of the Rafale fighter aircraft price as it accused the Modi government of buying them at a much higher price than it was originally negotiated.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

After BJP’s attack on Rahul Gandhi over Rafale deal secrecy, Congress’ comeback

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 06:25 PM IST
The Congress party said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman “misled” the nation over the Rafale deal.
Rahul Gandhi’s fresh attack on the government over the deal comes two days after he told Parliament that French president had conveyed to him there was no problem in sharing details relating to the Rafale deal.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Rahul Gandhi’s fresh attack on the government over the deal comes two days after he told Parliament that French president had conveyed to him there was no problem in sharing details relating to the Rafale deal.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nirmala Sitharaman flip-flopping on Rafale deal secrecy clause, smells like a scam: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2018 08:19 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of doing a “flip-flop” on the secrecy clause of the Rafal deal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as Congress President Rahul Gandhi walks away after hugging him in the Lok Sabha during a no-confidence motion debate in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as Congress President Rahul Gandhi walks away after hugging him in the Lok Sabha during a no-confidence motion debate in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI photo)

No-confidence motion: Rahul Gandhi launches scathing attack on NDA govt; gives PM Modi a hug

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 12:06 AM IST
In a nearly hour-long speech, Gandhi accused the government of crony capitalism, repeated allegations of wrongdoing in the Rafale deal and said the entire country had become a victim of what he termed “Jumla Strikes” (deception).
The NDA government under the Bharatiya Janata Party signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets.(PTI Photo)
The NDA government under the Bharatiya Janata Party signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets.(PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi on Rafale; France says can’t reveal details on sensitive deals

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 07:22 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi alleged that defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had spoken “untruth” “under pressure from Modi” when she claimed that the Indian government could not reveal details of the deal due to a confidentiality clause in the agreement with France.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi is wrong on Rafale deal, Nirmala Sitharaman cites Macron interview to assert secrecy clause

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 06:37 PM IST
During the debate on no-confidence motion, Sitharaman said the India-France agreement to buy the fighter jets was signed in 2008 by the then-defence minister A K Antony and it had the confidentiality clause.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demanded that aTDP MP’s remark in Telugu against Prime Minister Modi during the no-confidence motion in Parliament on July 20, 2018, be expunged.(PTI)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demanded that aTDP MP’s remark in Telugu against Prime Minister Modi during the no-confidence motion in Parliament on July 20, 2018, be expunged.(PTI)

BJP protests TDP’s remark in Telugu about PM Modi during no-confidence motion

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 05:04 PM IST
As TDP MP Jayadev Galla ended his speech terming the division of Andhra Pradesh as “undemocratic and unscientific”, his party colleague Naramalli Sivaprasad stood up and passed a remark in Telugu against Prime Minister Modi.
File photo of Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.
File photo of Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

Defence minister has all the time to inquire into religious affiliations of parties, persons: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2018 04:29 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said Rahul Gandhi has to come out to say very clearly what he meant when he said the Congress is a Muslim party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump at White House in Washington DC.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump at White House in Washington DC.(PTI File Photo)

India, US 2+2 dialogue may take place on September 6

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 11:52 PM IST
Officials said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will meet their Indian counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman on September 6.
A soldier walks on a deserted road during curfew in Srinagar, Kashmir.(AP Photo)
A soldier walks on a deserted road during curfew in Srinagar, Kashmir.(AP Photo)

UN report on Kashmir baseless, army shows restraint in Jammu and Kashmir: Defence minister

New Delhi | By PTI
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2018 09:12 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman was reacting to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres backing the call for an international probe into the alleged human rights situation in Kashmir.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds a press conference in New Delhi.(ANI Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds a press conference in New Delhi.(ANI Photo)

Is Congress a Muslim party: Nirmala Sitharaman asks ‘janeu dhari’ Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2018 12:10 PM IST
The Congress chief must come out and tell very clearly what he meant when he said that the Congress was a Muslim party, senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivers a speech during the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters File Photo)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivers a speech during the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters File Photo)

S-400 missile deal with Russia to go ahead despite US sanctions: Defence minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 10:47 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the CAATSA was an American law and not a UN law, and India has conveyed its position on the issue to the US.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC.(PTI File Photo)

India, US 2+2 dialogue to be held in first week of September, says defence minister

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 06:06 PM IST
The United States postponed the talks with India twice but later said it was a priority.
The twice-deferred two-plus-two dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US is now expected to take place in early September.(Reuters Photo)
The twice-deferred two-plus-two dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US is now expected to take place in early September.(Reuters Photo)

India, US 2+2 dialogue likely in September, venue may be shifted to New Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2018 12:31 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also meet the two US principals in case Washington agrees to New Delhi as the venue for the dialogue. The high-level talks, which were set to take place in Washington on July 6, were deferred by the US.
Britain's secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson arrives in Downing Street in London on June 26.(REUTERS)
Britain's secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson arrives in Downing Street in London on June 26.(REUTERS)

Nirmala Sitharaman dismisses report of UK defence minister turning down meeting

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2018 09:26 PM IST
A Sunday Times report said that UK secretary state for defence, Gavin Williamson, has been accused of angering one of the world’s largest emerging economies by snubbing his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman
Former PM PV Narasimha Rao and US President Bill Clinton were among the leaders from both sides that helped shape a stable bilateral relationship between the two countries.(PIB)
Former PM PV Narasimha Rao and US President Bill Clinton were among the leaders from both sides that helped shape a stable bilateral relationship between the two countries.(PIB)

Resilience a hallmark of anomalous Indo-US bilateral ties | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By C Uday Bhaskar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2018 08:01 AM IST
The radical shift in Indo-US bilateral ties took place post 2008 over the nuclear issue. The US wanted to keep the global nuclear weapons club restricted to five members with China being the last entrant, which India vehemently opposed.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier said that talks for buying the S-400 systems from Russia were in the final stage.(PTI)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier said that talks for buying the S-400 systems from Russia were in the final stage.(PTI)

India-US military ties take a hit after American sanctions against Russia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2018 09:04 AM IST
The US has already flagged concerns about the proposed sale of Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems to India saying it would complicate interoperability between Indian and American forces, and also asked India to lessen its dependence on Russian military hardware.
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