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CBI probing five cases of defence procurement deal

Over the past three years there are nine cases relating to alleged irregularities in defence purchases which the CVC has referred for inquiry.


Nine cases of alleged irregularities in defence procurement have been referred to the government by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for inquiry and five cases have been taken up by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation in the last three years, Lok Sabha was informed.


In a written reply, defence minister Arun Jaitley said, "During the last three years and in the current year, there are nine cases relating to alleged irregularities in defence purchases which the CVC has referred for inquiry".


He said whenever complaints alleging violations of procurement procedures or irregularities are received by the Defence Ministry, they are "examined and after due scrutiny, appropriate action is taken. Wherever necessary, the case is referred to appropriate agency for further investigation".


In the last five years, there have been several cases of alleged corruption in defence procurement including the AgustaWestland chopper procurement scam.


To another query, the Minister said 42.7% of the modernisation funds were spent by the three Services on buying equipment from foreign vendors.


On the procurement made from indigenous sources, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, "69% of the total revenue and capital requirement of armed forces were met through indigenous procurement".


On converting the decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikrant into a museum, Jaitley said several representations have been received including those from late Gopinath Munde, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Ministry of Culture for converting the old warship into a museum.




Major fire at Lotus Business Park building in Mumbai

Strong winds at the top further aggravated the intensity of the flames at Lotus Business Centre at Andheri in Mumbai


Fire brigade, Navy and Coast Guard personnel are fighting a grim battle to rescue firemen trapped on the terrace of a 22-storey commercial building blazing up in a western Mumbai suburb where two helicopters have been pressed into service to evacuate them.


A Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said that around 15-20 fire fighters were stuck on the terrace of Lotus Business Park on Andheri Link road.


Dramatic video footages showed Navy and and Coast Guard helicopters lowering ropes on the rooftop to help the stranded firemen clamber up to safety from their perilous perch.


An unspecified number of fire fighters have so far been rescued after showers reduced the intensity of the blaze that forced them to cling precariously to railings and scaffoldings of the glass-facade tower, raising fears about their safety.


The choppers were rushed to the rescue of stranded firemen after gusty winds fanned the fire making their evacuation impossible by any other means.


According to fire brigade officials, 22 fire engines, 10 water tankers and 6 jetties have been deployed to quell the blaze.


"We have also requested the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and others to provide additional fire engines to help us bring the fire under control," the officer said.


"We had initially categorised the fire at Grade 2 and sent 12 fire engines to the spot. The strong winds at the top further aggravated the intensity of the flames and we have now further upgraded the fire to the top notch," the official added.


According to officials, the blaze started on the 21st floor of the building around 11:30am and soon spread to the 20th floor.


There were no reports of any civilian casualties yet as people working in the offices were quickly evacuated by the fire brigade.


"We got a request from the fire brigade to provide aerial help to the firemen who have been stuck on the 22 storey commercial building. The Indian Navy has deployed a Seeking Charlie helicopter and the Coastguard a Chetak to rescue them," a Navy spokesperson has said.




2 years ago

Fire at lotus this is so bad..
some one shots these video on the spot..

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