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Parrikar presents Agusta sequence, Sonia ‘welcomes revelations’Congress MP Abhishekh Manu Singhvi addresses the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. ANI photo

Parrikar presents Agusta sequence, Sonia ‘welcomes revelations’

04 May 2016 | 4:23 PM

NEW DELHI: Despite stiff opposition from the Congress, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that he only wanted to provide sequence of the events in connection with corruption in the Rs 3,600-crore sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India.

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New Delhi, May 4

Despite stiff opposition from the Congress, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that he only wanted to provide sequence of the events in connection with corruption in the Rs 3,600-crore sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India. 

“This matter is not of today, this pertains to year 2002. I just wanted to inform the House, the chronological order of events, without any comments on them, so that the House is aware of when it took place and what happened,” Parrikar said in the Upper House.

“Whether they want or don't want, it is for them (Congress),” he added amid uproar in the Upper House.

“Why did UPA not initiate an investigation into who all took bribes in the corruption scam matter,” BJP MP Bhupender Yadav said as the debate began.

Congress MP Abhishekh Manu Singhvi defended the Congress and called the BJP’s claims “sensationalism”.

“Here is an insecure ruling party trying to foist a charge of corruption on persons unconnected to the case. We need to have more sense than sensationalism,” Singhvi said.

“Do we have to now rely on distortions of Italian Court judgements? Just because you have in-built hatred for certain names doesn't mean they could l be put in place for initials used (in the judgement),” Singhvi said.

“This fixation with finger-pointing at one person, doesn't that affect investigations? Don’t think you can intimidate us,” Singhvi said.

“The company, AgustaWestland, had been allowed to participate in aero displays in Bengaluru in 2015, he said.

“In 1999, the IAF made a suggestion to replace MI8 VVIP helicopters. Vajpayee’s government was in power at that time,” he said.

JD (U), the Congress’s ally in Bihar, wondered why the central government was stalling Parliament when it had investigation agencies at its disposal.

“There’s no need to make false accusations. Accusations need corroboration, else it simply defames people for no reason,” Yadav said. “There are so many more important issues going on in the nation. They are the ones that should be discussed in the House.”

BSP president Mayawati, however, demanded an investigation monitored by the Supreme Court.

“They are most welcome,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on BJP’s “revelations” earlier in the day.

Parrikar, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, had earlier on Monday said that his address in the Parliament would include how and when necessary clauses or provisions were relaxed to suit the company.

Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has accused the Centre of pursuing a politically motivated campaign to defame the grand old party through the AgustaWestland scam. — Agencies

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04 May 2016 | 5:14 PM

FRESNO (CALIFORNIA): Shoes and bottles were hurled at former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh during a gathering in California yesterday. The incident took place when Captain Amarinder was addressing the people of Indian origin.

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04 May 2016 | 1:20 PM

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday questioned former IAF Chief SP Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan after an Italian court held that bribes were paid to clinch the Rs 3600 crore VVIP helicopter deal.

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04 May 2016 | 12:50 PM

NEW DELHI: We are seriously considering the Court's suggestion for holding a floor test in Uttarakhand, the Centre told Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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04 May 2016 | 4:10 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (INDIANA): Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to a commanding victory in Indiana on Tuesday, putting him on a glide path to the party's presidential nomination as Ted Cruz finally ended his campaign.

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Kerala govt under attack on woman's murder, cops say probe on track

04 May 2016 | 3:44 PM

PERUMBAVOOR (KERALA): Investigations to trace the killer of a young poor woman who was brutally murdered in Ernakulam district apparently after being raped is on the right track, the Kerala Police said on Wednesday.

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04 May 2016 | 2:54 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 19-year-old Dalit nursing student was allegedly gangraped in Varkala, days after the rape and brutal murder of a law student in Kerala's Ernakulam district that sparked protests by students and rights activists.

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04 May 2016 | 12:52 PM

NEW DELHI: The Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday recommended the expulsion of beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya.

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’84 riots: 1,020 to get Rs 2 lakh

03 May 2016 | 7:47 PM

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today approved Rs 2 lakh as compensation to each of more than 1,000 Sikh families, who migrated to Punjab from different parts of the country in the wake of the 1984 riots.

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04 May 2016 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:Girish Sharma, ‘Jaipur Police Commissioner for a day’, lost the battle for life last night.

Indian-origin trainee RAF pilot dies in UK

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03 May 2016 | 9:15 PM

LONDON: A 25-year-old Indian-origin trainee pilot with Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) was killed when his aircraft crashed in a remote field in the West Midlands region of England.

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04 May 2016 | 1:56 AM

DHAKLA (JHAJJAR):Nearly a century after a Haryana braveheart laid down his life fighting for the British in Egypt, the soil from the grave of the World War-I hero was brought to his native village today.


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04 May 2016 | 11:52 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the tobacco industry to adhere to rules requiring stringent health warnings on cigarette packs, but ordered a state high court to hear all pleas challenging the same.

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04 May 2016 | 1:46 AM

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NoFarmers await lifting of their crop in the grain market at Bhagi Vandar village in Bathinda. Tribune file photo

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04 May 2016 | 1:14 PM

CHANDIGARH: The diversion of wheat from Punjab to Haryana to get prompt payment and fall in yield of the main rabi crop could be responsible for the state not meeting its target of wheat procurement this year.

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04 May 2016 | 2:59 PM

PATIALA: Almost seven hours after a 7-year-old girl on her way to school was kidnapped in broad day light from near Polo Ground in Patiala by unidentified persons at around 7.40 am here on Wednesday, the police found the girl from near Sular. Her kidnappers fled the spot.

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Liquor truck ‘seized’, but cops, excise officials in denial mode

04 May 2016 | 11:40 AM

FARIDKOT: The seizure of a truck loaded with 100 crates of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and beer at Kotkapura in Faridkot has landed the police and the Excise and Taxation department in an awkward position.

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Murthal gangrape: Police submits report in sealed cover

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04 May 2016 | 4:17 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Police submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court a report on suspected gangrapes in Murthal during Jat protests for reservation and requested the court to keep it sealed to protect victim’s identity.

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04 May 2016 | 12:39 AM

Srinagar: Almost eight years after the first train started chugging in Kashmir, the Northern Railway is introducing two fast passenger trains with limited stops from Banihal to Baramulla from Thursday.

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04 May 2016 | 12:41 AM

DEHRADUN: The failure of the Department of Agriculture to do a proper assessment of the total crop loss suffered by farmers due to deficient rainfall during the rabi season has led to delay in Central assistance for mitigating the problems of the drought-hit farmers in Uttarakhand.

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04 May 2016 | 10:56 AM

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04 May 2016 | 12:51 AM

SINGAPORE/BEIJING: The IMF has retained its growth forecast for India this year at 7.5%, largely driven by private consumption even as weak exports and sluggish credit growth weigh on the economy.

NoAtletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann shoots to score during the UEFA Champions League semi-final, second-leg football match against Atletico Madrid in Munich, Germany, on May 3. AFP photo

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04 May 2016 | 3:59 PM

MUNICH: Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final on away goals on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich, in which both sides missed a penalty, with the exhilarating tie finishing 2-2 on aggregate.

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Central law needed to legalise betting in cricket: BCCI to SC

04 May 2016 | 4:27 PM

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that betting in cricket matches could be legalised only if a central law was enacted in this regard.

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04 May 2016 | 4:02 PM

BERLIN: Departing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been assured a bittersweet farewell at the German club with the pending celebration of a record fourth straight Bundesliga title soured by another failure to shine on the European stage.

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