Middlemen

  • Bribes are still a reality in India's defence deals: Surya Gangadharan February 14, 2013

    CNN-IBN's Surya Gangadharan joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the Agusta Westland chopper deal. Q. Is corruption a part of defence deals in India? Asked by: Priya A. Corruption does seem to dog defence deals in this country. Beginning with Bofors 30 years ago to today's helicopter...
  • Nitish asks officials to crack down on middlemen September 6, 2012

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday directed a crack down against middlemen in development and welfare schemes so that the benefits could reach in their entirety to the people. The state government will not tolerate the role of middlemen in government schemes and the district administration should launch...
  • Antony says ban on middlemen in defence deals to stay February 17, 2008

    New Delhi: The Union Defence Minister AK Antony has sent a tough message to middlemen saying that the ban on them in defence deals will stay. "The government stand is very clear. There is no question of middleman in any defence case," Antony said. Antony tried to defend the integrity of...
  • Reliance has something fresh to offer Kerala farmers September 13, 2007

    Wayanad (Kerala): Wayanad district in North Kerala looks lush and fertile, but farmers here have been struggling with poverty and falling prices. A spate of farmer suicides has even forced the state government to declare Wayanad a disaster-hit area. However, the entry of retail giant Reliance Fresh, has brought new...
  • Middlemen swindle flood relief, victims left high and dry August 28, 2007

    Belgaum (Karnataka): A temporary tin shed has been Afsar Bano's home for the last three years. Afsar Bano and her husband Anwar Sheikh were landless labourers in Kudachi village in Chikkodi Taluka of Belgaum district. In 2005 when the state's worst floods ravaged the district, Afsar Bano lost home, hearth...
  • India 360: Retail vs local vendors June 20, 2007

    Inflation has crossed six per cent and there is a rise in the price of food across the country. Prices of milk vegetables and pulses have risen in most cities. Tomatoes are costing Rs 15 a kilo, onions are at Rs 18 and the prices of fruit, milk and pulses...
  • Govt won't allow middlemen in arms deals October 24, 2006

    New Delhi: As the country gears up to negotiate mega defence deals running into billions of dollars, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday declared that no middlemen would be allowed in such deals. "There is a ban in force on middlemen," Mukherjee said while elaborating that as per the norms...
  • Regulate, not ban middlemen: PM October 15, 2006

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says he would rather regulate than back a ban on middlemen in defense deals, as announced by Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee. "Earlier the Government tried to get the agents to be registered. But nobody accepted the offer. So, it was a non-starter," said Mukherjee. Thus came...
  • Defence agents trouble UPA Govt October 14, 2006

    New Delhi: "Earlier, the Government tried to get the agents to register themselves. However, nobody accepted the offer, so the scheme was a complete non-starter," says Pranab Mukherjee The Defence Ministry had recently decided to restore the ban on middlemen in arms deals. However, that was before the Prime Minister stepped in....
  • Govt bans brokers in defence deals October 11, 2006

    New Delhi: Bofors brought the ban on arms dealers. But in 2001, on the recommendation of the then chief vigilance commissioner N Vithal, the NDA government lifted the ban. The idea, perhaps, was to bring the shadowy arms bazaar out into the sunlight. The only condition was that middlemen register...