Daily Archive: March 10, 2018

Arvind Kejriwal’s SOS To Rahul Gandhi: “Exert Pressure On PM Modi”

NEW DELHI : Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal has asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi for help to bring a law in parliament to stop the court-mandated sealing drive in the national capital. This is the first time that Mr Kejriwal has reached out to Mr Gandhi. The Chief Minister’s request comes after attempts to amend Delhi’s masterplan were seen to have run into trouble at the Supreme Court.

Traders have called for a shutdown next week to protest the sealing drive that forced closure of nearly 400 shops in Lajpat Nagar and Greater Kailash on Thursday.

Mr Kejriwal has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quickly enact a law to shield small commercial establishments running out of residential areas from the sealing drive.

"The traders are on the verge of starvation and each shop is means of livelihood for many people," Mr Kejriwal told PM Modi. He said a gap in the existing laws had led to the present crisis and so, "it is the responsibility of the Central government to remove these anomalies," the chief minister said.

A second letter to Rahul Gandhi suggested the AAP government did not expect the BJP-led national coalition to act on its own.

Source: NDTV

France Wanted India To Announce Talks For 36 More Rafale Fighters

New Delhi : A letter from the French Defence Minister Florence Parly addressed to her Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman on February 26 indicates that the French government was keen to announce that both countries are in talks for 36 more Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force.

This was, however, not announced in the joint statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi today and it’s unclear at what stage the talks presently lie.

In her letter to Ms Sitharaman, Florence Parly wrote, "As written by the President of the French Republic to the Prime Minister of India on 25th October 2017, we would like to initiate discussions on the proposal of providing an additional thirty-six aircraft to the Indian Air Force, with a very significant share of Make in India." Ms Parly added, "A message to this effect during the visit would be particularly appreciated."

Senior sources in the Ministry of Defence Ministry whom NDTV spoke to in the days prior to the visit of the French President have said that while New Delhi has not ruled out a further acquisition of Rafale fighters, there is no immediate decision likely till the first tranche of Rafales, which are already on order, start arriving in 2019. These jets were ordered in 2016 in a controversial Rs 58,000-crore government-to-government deal between India and France.

Source : NDTV

Thane: All India Kisan Sabha’s protest march continues. Over 30,000 farmers are heading to Mumbai from Nashik, demanding a complete loan waiver among other demands. The march will reach Mumbai on 12th March. #Maharashtra

Thane: All India Kisan Sabha’s protest march continues. Over 30,000 farmers are heading to Mumbai from Nashik, demanding a complete loan waiver among other demands. The march will reach Mumbai on 12th March.