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File photo of Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh (R) during her induction into the IAF in 2017. She and colleague Pratibha (L) form the second batch of women fighter pilots inducted into the force | IAF

Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh will be first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

Flt Lt Singh, who was commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, is currently flying a MiG-21 Bison.
Sub Lieutenants Riti Singh and Kumudini Tyagi of the Indian Navy | By special arrangement

In a first, 2 woman Navy aviators will operate from warship, IAF trains woman pilot for Rafale

Indian Navy's Sub Lts Riti Singh & K. Tyagi will be deployed as helicopter ‘observers’ after training. The IAF, meanwhile, is training MiG-21 Bison pilot for Rafale.
Pangong lake | Commons

India ‘extra’ alert along LAC stretch, Pakistan border as China delays corps commander talks

Situation at Line of Actual Control, which borders China, remains tense after four rounds of firing occurred at the southern and northern banks of Pangong Tso lake since 29 August.
A Rafale taking off

Second batch of Rafale fighter jets from France to arrive in India in October

The formal induction ceremony of the first 5 Rafale fighters is to be held at the Ambala Air Station on 10 September.
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Indian Air Force officer dies by suicide in Jammu with service pistol

This is the second incident of suicide among the Indian Air Force personnel posted in the Jammu region this month.
Tejas Fighter jet | Twitter | @DRDO_India

As Tejas begins flying near Pakistan border, IAF & HAL join hands to boost LCA availability

About half-a-dozen Tejas aircraft are doing stints at various bases in the western sector, including at two locations that will host Tejas Mk 1A squadrons in the future.
Jahnvi Kapoor in a still from the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl | YouTube/ Netflix India

Gunjan Saxena on Netflix made me a bechari, from being a strong woman in my daughters’ eyes

Every scene in 'Gunjan Saxena — The Kargil Girl' that was laced with gender bias evoked sympathy from my daughters, writes retired Army officer Captain Shikha Saxena.
Janhvi Kapoor in a still from the movie 'Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl' | YouTube screengrab | Netflix India

Gunjan Saxena’s IAF coursemate Sreevidya Rajan shocked by filmmakers’ ‘twisting of facts’

Flight Lieutenant Sreevidya Rajan says Gunjan Saxena was neither the first woman to be posted to the Udhampur base, nor the first woman to fly in Kargil.
File photo | T-55 tanks in Rajasthan during Ex Brasstacks | Source: MoD Photo Division

ACM ‘Chotu’ Bhadauria was one of the youngest leaders of Gen Sundarji’s Exercise Brasstacks

In 'Full Spectrum: India’s War 1972-2020', AVM Arjun Subramaniam (retd) writes Exercise Brasstacks was the result of Gen Sundarji’s desire to push the limits of deterrence.
IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.

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A participant at the 'Love World Peace Parade' in Berlin on 21 September

Why we’ll need masks even with a coronavirus vaccine

One study has shown that if everyone wears masks that are only 75% effective, the number of people infected by each coronavirus carrier will shrink fourfold.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.

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Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?