2018-02-07 02:21:22

National News
Rafael fighter aircraft agreement
The government has said the details of the agreement on Rafael fighter aircraft with France cannot be disclosed to the public.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, the Inter-Governmental Agreement, IGA, between India and France on the purchase of the aircraft is classified information.
She said the material exchanged under the IGA is governed by the provisions of the Security Agreement signed between the two Governments in 2008.
The Inter-Governmental Agreement was signed on 23rd September 2016 for the supply of direct flyaway of 36 Rafale aircraft.

India-UAE to ink 12 pacts during PM Modi's visit
As many as 12 agreements will be signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s visit to the UAE later this week as India and the oil-rich Gulf nation look to intensify economic cooperation, a top diplomat said today.

Govt expects every citizen to have home by 2022: Puri
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is a "roaring success" and the government's aim of housing for all by 2022 will be achieved, Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said, rejecting in the Lok Sabha a Congress member's claim of the scheme being a failure.

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-1
Balasore (Odisha), Feb 6 (PTI) India today successfully test-fired its short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-1 with a strike range of over 700 km from a test range off the Odisha coast, Defence.

International News
China conducts successful missile defence test
By K J M Varma Beijing, Feb 6 (PTI) China today announced that it has successfully carried out a mid-course ground-based missile interception test within its own territory, on a day when India test fired its short-range nuclear-capable Agni-1 missile.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts off at Cape Canaveral
The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off at 3:45 PM local time at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on its highly anticipated maiden test flight.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars. The 23-story tall Falcon Heavy was launched from the same site used by NASA's towering Saturn 5 rockets to carry Apollo missions to the moon more than 40 years ago.

Sports News

First Khelo India School Games
Haryana continues to dominate medals tally at the first Khelo India School Games in New Delhi. Haryana now has 54 medals with 20 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals. Delhi with 18 gold, 19 silver and 24 bronze medal are in the second position followed by Maharashtra with 52 medals which include 16 yellow metals. Our correspondent reports that a lot of power packed performances were seen on the 6th day of games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday.

Championship winner Konsam Urmila Devi lifting the weight of expectation with a touch of class.
Manipur's Urmila won the gold with a big margin in the girls' 44kg category of weightlifting.
In volleyball, Delhi and Bengal grabbed the gold medals in the boys' and girls' sections.

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