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#ModinFrance For once India does not go with a begging bowl to #France… In fact it is probably the French that will be begging India this time!

The #Rafale fighter deal is stalled not only due to the high costs involved, but also due to disagreement on how the local component of fighters to be produced in India. Dassault has taken the position that it cannot guarantee the quality of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) built 108 Rafale fighters after the first 18 are imported. But many experts here say that this is a whim of Dassault and a lack of trust in the Made in India dear to Mr Modi. Dassault may want another local partner, like the private-sector giant Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), to complete the deal. RIL, with its $10 billion cash hoard, has already set up a defence sector business unit, Reliance Aerospace Technologies Pvt Ltd (RATPL), The initial estimation of $12 billion has also escalated to over $22 billion, which is twice as much as the cost of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter.#Areva is in the fray for six new nuclear power plants in collaboration with Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). But…

Rescue Mission Needed #CharlieHebdo

| Francois GautierAs a Frenchman, I couldn’t help being moved seeing 40 heads of state walking together in Paris on January 11 along with two million other people marching for a better world, the children singing the Marseillaise, and the ‘Je suis Charlie Hebdos’ painted on a thousand faces. Something happened in France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre: the French spirit of Liberte-Egalite-Fraternite rose up, probably as never before in the last 100 years.There were, however, many Muslims in France who begged to differ. It has been reported that hundreds of French government websites were compromised by French Islamic hackers and messages such as ‘I am Muslim and not Charlie’ posted. It’s also come out that thousands of French Muslim boys refused to participate in the minute of silence in French schools on January 9 for the dead journalists.Many Muslims, and non-Muslims, have also been saying that maybe the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists had it coming as they kept insulting Islam. How do …