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Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal Chaudhari knows the mess IAF is in. Must push the govt for more fighter aircraft

The IAF chief has his platter full to transform it into a modern fighting force, capable of not just defending its borders but also for force projection outside.
A fisherman rows his boat across Dal Lake during sunset, in Srinagar

IAF to hold air show over Dal Lake in Srinagar on 26 September

The air show, part of the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations, aims to motivate the youth of the Valley to join the Air Force and promote tourism in the region.
IAF fighter Sukhoi Su-30 lands during inauguration of an emergency landing strip at Gandhav Bhakasar section on NH-925 in Barmer, 9 Sept 2021 | PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)

Jalore emergency landing strip on highway shows era of standalone military projects is passé

India was a pioneer of emergency landing strips during WW2 but didn’t revive it for a long time. Now it can give IAF more flexibility.
Rolls-Royce India and South Asia President Kishore Jayaraman

Rolls-Royce ready to co-develop, manufacture fighter aircraft engines in India

Rolls-Royce's India and South Asia president Kishore Jayaraman says co-development is in line with ‘atmanirbhar’ design and manufacturing initiative.

C-130J Super Hercules lands on National Highway — Here’s a look at past landings on expressways

On Thursday, the Indian Air Force conducted a mock emergency landing on NH-925 in Rajasthan's Barmer district with C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari gives a speech after the inauguration of emergency landing strip in Barmer, Rajasthan on 9 September 2021

Will develop emergency landing strips in 15 days instead of 1.5 yrs, Gadkari promises IAF

The NHAI took nearly 19 months to construct the emergency landing strip on Satta-Gandhav stretch on NH-925 in Rajasthan's Barmer that was inaugurated Thursday.
Swarm drones showcased at Army Day Parade in New Delhi on 15 January 2021 | By special arrangement

IAF looks to ‘atmanirbhar’ start-ups to boost India’s swarm drone capability

IAF is set to issue a Request for Proposal for swarm drone contracts to 5 start-ups, selected firms to receive support from air force as well as DRDO.
File photo | An Mi-17 at Base Camp | Photo: Gp Capt KS Saini

25 yrs ago, an IAF Mi-17 was shot down while Army, Navy chiefs were touring Siachen

After we landed at Siachen Base Camp, we got to know that a helicopter was shot down by Pakistan. We had to send back a message.
People stand in a queue to board IAF's special repatriation flight from Kabul, on 22 August 2021 | Twitter/@MEAIndia

India evacuates 168 people from Kabul as security situation deteriorates in Afghanistan

The MEA said the Modi government’s priority is to get accurate information about all Indian nationals currently in Afghanistan.

Maya, Bobby, Roobi — ITBP sniffer dogs who returned home from Kabul aboard IAF C-17 aircraft

The three K9 sniffer dogs had been deployed to secure the Indian Embassy in Kabul three years ago.

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If anything is Angela Merkel’s legacy, it is her custodianship of the liberal world order

Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.

Bitcoin, Ether tumble as China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

London: Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens tumbled as China intensified its push to rein in crypto speculation and mining. Bitcoin fell 7.8% to $41,220 as of 7:41 a.m. in New York. The losses were more severe in other coins, with Ether, EOS, Litecoin and Dash all falling more than 7%. Crypto-related stocks also came under pressure, with Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. tumbling 6% in U.S. pre-market trading. China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal, according to a Q&A statement on PBOC’s website. It’s an urgent task for China to root out crypto mining and the crackdown is important to meet carbon goals, according to the guidelines on the website of the nation’s economic planning agency. Bitcoin looks headed toward the $40,000 level or lower, Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at ThinkMarkets, warned. China’s strict approach is part of the reason why Bitcoin prices collapsed in May and have struggled to regain previous all-time highs above $60,000. “The risks are skewed to...


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.