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

Alaska re-ups Henton for PBA Governors’ Cup

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Azarenka makes winning return after break to have baby 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska Aces PLAY LIST 03:19PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska Aces00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments The Aces, though, bowed to eventual champion Ginebra early in the playoffs.The Providence product returned to the country on Tuesday and has already joined the team practices which started on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring his time away from the Philippines, Henton was signed up by NBA D-League squad Santa Cruz Warriors, where he netted an average of 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.The Aces are eyeing a better outing in the season-ending conference after an eight-game losing streak derailed their campaign the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking to recapture its lost glory, Alaska is bringing back LaDontae Henton for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-5 forward is seeking a better campaign this time with the Aces after he averaged 31.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks in last season’s quarterfinals finish.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Money at my London hotel room tour allowances: Butt

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Salman Butt claimed that the thousands of pounds of cash discovered by British police at his hotel room during spot-fixing investigation in late August was part of his legitimate tour allowances.Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamer were provisionally suspended by International Cricket Council following allegations of spot-fixing in a News of the World sting expose.The British tabloid had claimed that the Pakistani trio had conspired with London-based bookie Mazhar Majeed to bowl deliberate no-balls for money during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in August.There were subsequent accusations that police had discovered USD 24,036 in marked notes in Butt’s hotel room.However, Butt said the wades of money were legitimate as they were tour allowances given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.”Well I think everybody knows the Pakistan Cricket Board pays us daily allowances on tours and it was a long tour,” he said in an excerpt of interview at his Lahore home with Sky Sports due to be broadcast later.”About 11,000 pounds of that money was from our daily allowances and being the captain I had an extra entertainment allowance which amounts to about 4,500 pounds from the tour, which I had with me,” said Butt.Butt’s case, and that of Asif and Aamer, will be heard by a three-man panel chaired by English lawyer Michael Beloff, who heads the ICC’s code of conduct commission, at a hearing in Doha, Qatar, next month.Butt said he is determined to resume playing professional cricket and his love for the game has not diminished despite the spot-fixing scandal.advertisement”The love of the game has got me there and that love is bigger than anything. I still remain positive and I know what I’m made of and where I’ve come from, and how I’ve played my cricket. Believe me, it has been a lot of passion all throughout my life,” he said.Asked if he was worried he would never play at the top level again, Butt said “I would certainly not like to think like that.”Butt also spoke about the support he’s received since spot fixing allegations came out in late August.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more