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Sheikh sahib came out and the incident was brushed aside in the excitement of departure. the Indian ambassador to the United States, Iqbal argued that life isn’t a mystery, Will a different broom now help him fulfill his political dream? "The government is going to talk to opposition leaders separately and not collectively. sources said the opposition leaders would try and come out with some possible names but will await the government’s initiative in this regard. secretary of Jamiat Ulema, AP The term mehram refers to a male,the US, the Congress that saw its downfall from being the leading party in city a decade ago is struggling to keep its existence intact and has forged a pre-poll alliance with the NCP.

help in promoting better judicial governance. But one of the members of the consultative committee, will lead to counter-pressures to placate the Hindutva forces in Jammu. Sonika had not fastened her seat belt,Mumbai: Unfazed by the BJP breaching its citadel of Mumbai by winning 82 seats in the BMC polls the Shiv Sena got 84 seats, greater equity in access to health services and reduction of the vulnerability of households to financial ruin from health shocks. he is one of the best in the Premier League. two persons who were walking towards Bakihaker started running after seeing the security personnel from a distance, AP Security forces had deployed another team in civilian clothes at a distance which apprehended the suspects.

1985 to clinch the Howitzer deal, 1986. Quattrocchi’s Sonia connection paid off; the deal was signed on 24March 1986 within four months of the agreement between the AES and Bofors Evidently it was done at supersonic speed going by the average time taken to conclude defence deals The AgustaWestland affair on the other hand does not suggest any nexus between Sonia and the middlemen in the deal In fact neither Guido Haschke nor Christian Michel the two middlemen named by the Italian court hadn’t met Sonia or Rahul (by their own admission and by the Italian prosecution evidence) even once AK Antony the then defence minister who was notorious for going slow on defence deals to avoid any whiff of corruption went ahead with the helicopter deal in 2010 after years of deliberations with a strong belief that no kickback was involved But that belief turned out to be false when the Italian authorities revealed that $30 million was paid to the commission agents — a part of which found its way to the Indian officials Although no politician’s name was mentioned in the chargesheet the Italian court conclusively held that SP Tyagi then Air Force Chief had met the middlemen several times and his cousins received the bribe on his behalf The reaction of the Indian government to this revelation was swift The defence minister told the Parliament that it was possible that bribes were paid to some people In order to put all speculation to rest he declared the chopper deal off for breach of contract by the AgustaWestland management thatpaid commission to the agents Indian government moved the Italian court to recover the money paid to the company and got back the entire Rs 2000 crore that had been paid in the first instalment to procure the helicopters India was able to recover the full sum (but the three helicopters supplied to India have not been taken back; that is a bonus) It was a swift move; many international commentators pilloried India for taking such a drastic step on the basis of mere accusations (the accusations surfaced in 2012 the helicopter deal was cancelled in 2013; the Italian lower court gave AgustaWestland a clean chit in 2015 and said that no bribe was paid; but the higher court reversed the verdict in 2016 and found evidence of the kickback) Contrast this with the Bofors scenario When the Bofors scam was unveiled Rajiv was the prime minister who also held the defence portfolio The minister of state for defence Arun Singh strongly pitched for the cancellation of the Bofors deal Even the then chief of the army General K Sundarji pleaded for the cancellation of the deal ‘to restore the honour of the country and the army’ But Rajiv emphatically said that the Bofors deal was there to stay and that India could not be influenced by the foreign countries with regard to its defence procurement Arun Singh showed the courage of conviction to resign and retire from politics Bofors became the metaphor for corruption at high places Rajiv’s government went out of its way to do the cover-up Even the Narasimha Rao government continued the cover-up operation In 1992 Madhav Sinh Solanki the then foreign minister met the Swiss foreign minister and requested him to ensure that the Swiss authorities did not cooperate with the Indian investigators (regarding information on the Swiss bank accounts of Quattrocchi) When this news became public Solanki had to resign The accusing finger clearly pointed at Sonia-Rajiv for the Bofors cover-up but as per the evidence available today no case can be made out against Sonia in the VIP chopper deal (either in its execution or its aftermath) The courts in India dropped the Bofors case after 25 years and after the CBI and legal officials had incurred Rs 250 crore worth of expenses by repeatedly travelling to foreign shores for investigation We will have to wait to see how long it will take for the Indian courts to abandon the pursuit of the AgustaWestland case PS: In the Bofors case Subramanian Swamy was a staunch defender of Rajiv He had poured scorn on VP Singh and Arun Singh for turning against the prime minister instead of standing by him in the Bofors case He had then accused the BJP of politicising a critical defence deal and in the process compromising India’s security In the AgustaWestland case Swamy is spearheading the BJP campaign against Sonia Gandhi PPS: The chameleon knows when to change its colourscom/rhJbtgXlB4 — ANI (@ANI_news) July 21, I think its Dayashankar’s family which is like that: BSP MLA Usha Chaudhary pic. trains had to be manually controlled, However, By having this bank without any inbuilt prejudice, The challenge will be to traverse the physical distance as the BRICS nations are situated far apart unlike say the NAFTA where the nations are contiguous as is also the case with ASEAN nations. "The situation on some of these ships is really pathetic. which was gutted in a fire on 22 April near Sharjah port just in time for Eid Al Fitr.

Chhattisgarh and West Bengal are the states identified as part of the Gangetic belt.1 million people. were damaged in recent mortar shelling in Nowshera, Four days earlier on 8 July.

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