The less-than-supersonic sale of French Rafale fighter jets to India has highlighted the obstacles facing foreign arms firms seeking to do business with the world’s biggest weapons importer. India has signed a series of key defence deals under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of a $100 billion upgrade of its Soviet-era military hardware, making […]

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L&T Shipbuilding, part of the $16-billion engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T), is eyeing around Rs 9,000 crore orders over the next three years, mostly from the Navy. L&T diversified into shipbuilding earlier this decade and is yet to make money in the segment. The company, which has two facilities — at Kattupalli near Chennai […]

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India and France have had long-standing defence ties, which continue with the ongoing Scorpene submarine project and the Mirage-2000 upgrade programme, and now the Rafale deal . French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian tells TOI that the bilateral ties will touch new heights in the years ahead. Excerpts: The Rafale deal has been long in […]

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BJP President Amit Shah today said the Uri attack was part of a “long war” forced on India by Pakistan and declared that the country is committed to giving a “strong reply” to Pak-sponsored terrorism. Shah while echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s view that those responsible for the terror strike last Sunday will not go […]

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Curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town in the early hours of Sunday after three persons were detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) triggering stone pelting. “Curfew was imposed in Kishtwar town and other nearby areas around 0400 hours today as a precautionary measure”, SSP Kishtwar, Sandeep Wazir told PTI. He said […]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that India would ratify the Paris climate deal on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing delegates at the BJP’s national council meeting in Kozhikode, Mr. Modi said that, “on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, India will ratify the decisions reached at the Conference of Parties (CoP) […]

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