Congress to protest ‘corrupt’ Rafale deal

first_imgThe Maharashtra unit of the Congress will organise a protest march against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government over the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal, in Mumbai on July 30.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have lied to the country by keeping it in the dark over the Rafale deal. The agreement has no clause requiring the government to keep the price of the deal hidden, but only the technicalities of the fighter jets. The government is trying to hide a scam worth ₹41,000 crore,” said Ashok Chavan, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.Mr. Chavan said the agreement signed during the United Progressive Alliance regime in December 2012 stated that the cost of one Rafale jet is ₹526 crore and the total cost of 36 jets works out to ₹18,940 crore. The cost of one jet under the Modi government, though, is ₹1670.70 crore, which is almost 300% higher than the earlier deal. “The current deal does not share the technology with India, whereas the deal made by the Congress emphasised that,” he said.Mumbai Congress Unit Chief Sanjay Nirupam said, “What forced the BJP government to allot this contract to Reliance Defence, a newly-formed company with no experience whatsoever in making defence planes, over a firm like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, which has been in this industry for years? According to the law, the Standing Committee on Defence and the Comptroller and Auditor General should be informed about any such deal being signed by the government. The fact that Mr. Modi and the Defence Minister have decided to keep the price under wraps reeks of corruption.”last_img read more

Pair of Rep Webber plans recently signed into law by governor

first_img Categories: News,Webber News Proposals address current technology, allow consumer choiceTwo separate plans authored by state Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, making vehicle platooning easier for semi-trucks, and purchasing insurance bundles easier for consumers in Michigan were recently signed into law.House Bill 5749 exempts semi-trucks operating in a platoon from a requirement that they keep a certain distance from each other. Vehicle platooning refers to cars or trucks that are electronically linked to coordinate speeds in order to enhance safety, save time and energy, and reduce emissions. It is already legal on Michigan roads.“Michigan is a powerhouse of technology for autonomous vehicles throughout the country,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “Vehicle platooning increases the safety of self-driving vehicles on Michigan roads and enhances the transportation of goods and services.”House Bill 6432 allows health insurers to bundle multiple types of insurance, such as life insurance or auto insurance, and sell it as a single package for the convenience of consumers. Webber’s measure strikes a 1986 law, which prohibited health insurance agents from selling any type of insurance other than health insurance.“Rather than fulfilling their insurance needs through multiple sellers, Michigan families would rather purchase an insurance bundle through an insurer they already know and trust,” Webber, who serves on the House Insurance Committee. “Michiganders will now have an easier time bundling together crucial insurance services that protect them and their families.”House Bills 5749 and 6432 are now Public Acts 377 and 430 of 2018.### 20Dec Pair of Rep. Webber plans recently signed into law by governorlast_img read more