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An Instagrammer did what two govts couldn’t. Indians and Pakistanis came to pawri together

Memes are the new confidence-building measures between two nuclear foes who are not talking. With pawri, Pakistanis are saying: ghar mein ghus ke laughter se maara.
Pakistan science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry | Twitter

Pakistan still obsessing over Abhinandan. How about an update on Israeli pilot Army ‘caught’

In Pakistan, PML-N leader's remarks on minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi are a more serious threat to national security than minister Fawad Chaudhry claiming a terror attack.

There was ‘no pressure’ on us to release IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, says Pakistan

Pakistan claimed that there was 'no pressure' to release Varthaman, a day after Opposition leader said that FM Qureshi pleaded a meeting to release him fearing an attack from India.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

Bajwa’s ‘legs were shaking’ — Pakistan leader on India’s threat after Abhinandan’s capture

Pakistan opposition leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said its Army chief's reaction came after its Foreign Minister said India would attack by 9 pm if Abhinandan was not released.

A Pakistani official, politician, army man, reporter walk into a TV show. Only one is a hero

From Arnab Goswami to Abhinandan Varthaman, many reliable Indian figures also make an entry in Ehd-e-Wafa, a TV drama sponsored by Pakistan military’s PR wing.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

A year on, IAF hero Abhinandan is training for another Balakot and training young pilots

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, now posted in the western sector, is due for promotion and command position next year.
The IAF's Akash Ganga team during the 87th Indian Air Force Day celebrations at Hindon Airbase, in Ghaziabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | The Print

Not much has changed for IAF a year after it was outgunned by Pakistan

India has made some progress in moving to acquire fighters, tech and equipment but it is yet to get its hands on any.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

‘Make chai, not war’ – Imran Khan’s message that almost won him the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Today, IAF’s Abhinandan Varthaman lives on in Pakistan’s memory either as a mannequin inside a war museum or as a poster boy for a tea stall.
Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa meets Flight Cadets | ANI File Photo

What would have happened if Abhinandan Varthaman was flying a Rafale, ex-IAF chief asks

Former IAF chief Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa took a veiled dig at previous govts, saying they kept negotiating for 10 years to get the advanced multi-role jets.

On Camera

Supreme Court

Judges need to focus on cases, not HR, procurement and finance. The NJIC is good idea

Imagine you were accused of a crime. What would you rather have the judge focus on — your case, or the agenda for the committee meeting on constructions?
A view of the Anand Vihar bus terminal as migrants return to their states after the announcement of a week-long lockdown, in New Delhi on 19 April. | Photo: ANI

Urban unemployment jumps as states announce Covid curbs, economic indicators hit

Urban unemployment rate touches double digits in the week ended 18 April. Business shutdowns and curbs on movement again set to hit urban economy.

Defence

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in Delhi | PTI

Military hospitals could now treat civilians as Rajnath seeks armed forces’ aid in Covid fight

Hospitals run by all 63 Cantonment Boards also asked to accommodate Cantt residents and those from outside approaching them for treatment.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.