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Narendra Modi launches Rs 1,000 cr projects in Congress heartland

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Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched over Rs 1,000 crore worth of projects in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli city and accused the Congress of aiding those who he said want to weaken the Indian Army.

“Today, there are two camps in the country. One is the government that is trying to strengthen our Army. The other wants to weaken our Army at any cost,” Modi said, flagging off the 900th coach of Modern Rail Factory and a Humsafar Rake in Rae Bareli, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

“The country is seeing that the Congress stands by those powers who don’t want our armed forces to be strengthened,” he added, in an obvious reference to Sonia Gandhi’s son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s attacks on him over the Rafale jet deal with France.

The Prime Minister said the country was watching “such people” who he added were “getting support of countries pitted against India”.

“What is the reason that people in Pakistan clap when some of our leaders speak?”

 

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The Prime Minister pointedly accused the Congress of raising questions over the dignity of the Defence Ministry, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Force, France and the Supreme Court over the purchase of Rafale jet aircraft.

“Some people only accept lies and speak lies. For them the country’s Defence Ministry, Defence Minster and Air Force officers are liars. The French government is also a liar. Now, the country’s Supreme Court is also a liar for them.

“But truth does not need ‘shringaar’ and lies will always die. The country will never forgive the Congress over its attitude towards the Army.”

 

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Again, the Prime Minister said “some people” felt ashamed of shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

“What kind of people are they who do not care about the country? I know that they want to abuse Modi. They want to frame Modi for corruption. But I want to know why they have put the country’s pride at stake for this? Why is national security being put on stake?”

Laying the foundation stone for development projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore in Rae Bareli, Modi accused the Congress of ignoring the military’s demand for modern aircraft and bulletproof jackets.

 

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“After Kargil War, our armed forces sought modern aircraft. The Congress ruled the country for 10 years but it did not strengthen the Air Force. The Army demanded 186,000 bulletproof jackets in 2009 but the demand was not met. After forming the government in 2014, we purchased and handed over 50,000 bulletproof jackets. In April, an order has been given to procure all 186,000 bulletproof jackets which are being manufactured here,” Modi said.

It would take more than a week to speak about the “sins” of the Congress, he said.

On defence deals, the Congress history was linked with Bofors scamster “Quattrocchi Mama”, he added. Italian businessman Quattrocchi was linked bribery charges in the Bofors scandal.

Another “uncle Christian Michel”, Modi said, was involved in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper procurement deal, he added.

 

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“We have also seen how the Congress sent its lawyer to save this accused. I want to know why the Congress is enraged and speaking lies. Is it all because there is no ‘Quattrocchi Mama’ and ‘Christian Michel uncle’ in defence deals being done by BJP government?”

“Had a Congress government been formed after 2014, our pride, Tejas fighter jet, would have been put in cold storage…

“Our government gave permission to buy 83 new Tejas fighter planes. We also gave permission to sanction Rs 1,400 crore to double the capacity of HAL to manufacture Tejas.

“The Congress attacks the Army with a pre-decided strategy to weaken it… In Congress regime, neither soldier nor farmer was taken care of.”

 

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Setting the tone for the 2019 general election, Modi underlined a range of programmes introduced by the BJP in Rae Bareli across health, housing and employment sectors criticizing the Congress for not being able to deliver in a region considered its stronghold.

The Prime Minister also targeted the Congress for delaying development work in Rae Bareli and assured that the Modern Coach factory will become a “global manufacturer”.

“This factory was sanctioned in 2007 and was built in 2010. For four years, parts of the coach from Kapurthala were assembled and painted here. The factory that was supposed to make new coaches was never allowed to work at its full capacity,” said Modi.

 

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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