QWrap: CAG Report Tabled in RS; Mulayam Wants Modi to be PM Again

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1. CAG Report on Rafale: NDA’s Deal 2.86% Cheaper & Other Takeaways

The Rafale deal negotiated by the NDA government to procure 36 fighter jets was 2.86 percent cheaper than UPA's 2007 offer, the Comptroller and Auditor General said in its report.

With regard to India Specific Enhancements, the deal was 17.08 percent cheaper, according to the CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, 13 February.

In terms of engineering support package and performance-based logistics, the deal was 6.54 percent more expensive than the Congress-led UPA’s offer, it stated.

The report gives relief to the Narendra Modi-led government, which has been facing fervent attacks by the Opposition parties over the fighter jet deal.

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2. This Is Love: Couples Share What It’s Like to Be Gay in India

6 September 2018 was a momentous day for the LGBTQ+ community in India. The part of the archaic law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised queer sex was knocked down.

Same-sex couples were free to love.

At least from the activism standpoint, things were looking brighter.

To find out how things were in the everyday reality, we caught up with three same-sex couples.

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3. Survey Reveals 46% of Urban Millennials Learn About Sex By Age 13

A recent sex survey by video content platform, Vitamin Stree, has revealed that though 46 percent of urban millennials in India learn about sex at the age of 13, a majority admitted to having had unprotected sex.

The online survey was conducted in October 2018 among 2,500 individuals, out of which 235 identified themselves as bisexual and 66 identified themselves as homosexuals.

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4. Budget 2019: Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha Adjourned Sine Die

Both houses of Parliament have been adjourned sine die, bringing an end to the Budget Session 2019 on Wednesday, 13 February.

Prime Minister Modi addressed the Lok Sabha for the last time ahead of the 2019 elections on the last day of the Budget Session 2019.

Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha had been adjourned sine die, meaning that The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, two Bills which have cleared Lok Sabha, will lapse on 3 June, when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends.

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5. Modi Thanks Mulayam For 2019 Polls Endorsement, Rahul Disagrees

Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday, 13 February, said he would want Narendra Modi to return as the prime minister for a second term.

Speaking at the Lok Sabha, Yadav said he wanted to congratulate Modi for trying to work together with everyone and move forward, and that he would want all the members to win and for Modi to becomes the prime minister again.

“I want to congratulate the prime minister for trying to work with everyone and move along. What I want to say that may all the members win again, and you [Modi] become the PM again.”
Mulayam Singh Yadav

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6. 16 Students Injured in Explosion at a School in J&K’s Pulwama

A mysterious explosion inside the premises of a private school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama area left at least 16 students injured on Wednesday, 13 February, ANI reported citing official. The injured students have been shifted SHMS Hospital.

The explosion took place around 2:30 pm inside a classroom at Falai-e-Millat school at Narbal, Pulwama

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