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World’s most sophisticated fighter jet ‘Rafale’ to be manufactured in MIHAN: Anil Ambani

Anil Dhirubhai Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Group, said that Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) at MIHAN would be the first in the private sector to be the home of the final assembly line for the manufacturing of the most sophisticated fighter jet Rafale in the world.

Ambani declared the same while laying the foundation stone of DAAP – manufacturing facility of Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL)at  MIHAN-SEZ (Multimodal International Hub at Nagpur Special Economic Zone).

He said, “MIHAN would also be India’s first and complete state of the art aviation ecosystem with dedicated aerospace facilities and ancillary units. The Dassault-Reliance partnership will bring high levels of technology-transfer. It will make India a major supplier into the global aviation supply chain. It will be the endeavour of both Dassault and Reliance to fully support Narendra Modi’s Make in India and Skill India initiative and accelerate India’s pursuit of self sufficiency in the aerospace sector.”

DRAL will manufacture components for the legacy Falcon 2000 series of civil jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation and thus will become part of its global supply chain. The joint venture also represents an unequalled Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Dassault Aviation of over 1000 million euros, the largest such defence FDI in one location in India.

The DRAL facility will train thousands of skilled workers in aviation assembly and integration and lead to huge employment generation in Nagpur and its surrounding areas. It will also house an organic ecosystem of over 200 MSEs to secure the component and avionics manufacturing needs of Rafale and Falcon jets.

Dassault Aviation Chairman Eric Trappier during the event said, “This foundation stone laying demonstrates Dassault’s firm commitment to implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India program. It gives the 65-year-long strong association of Dassault-Aviation in India a new momentum and the will of future manufacturing developments.”

The Reliance Aerostructure will hold a majority 51% stake in DRAL whereas Dassault Aviation will hold 49% share. The plant is expected to start production in first quarter of 2018.

The foundation stone was laid in the presence of Florence Parly – Minister of Armed Forces of the French Republic, Devendra Fadnavis – Maharashtra Chief Minister Minister, Nitin Gadkari – Minister of Road, Transport, Shipping and Highways, Guardian Minister – Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Alexandre Ziegler – Ambassador of France to India.

The Dassault-Reliance manufacturing facility will manufacture several components of the offset obligation connected to the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters from France, signed between the two governments in September 2016. Ambani’s mother Kokilaben, wife Tina and son Jai Anmol Ambani too graced the event along with several prominent politicians and businessmen of the city.

Photos by: Thakur Raship Singh

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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