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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.
Group Captain Harkirat Singh (inset) will be the first commanding officer of the new Rafale squadron | Background photo: Twitter | Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) | Inset photo: Twitter | @rajnathsingh

A little known story about Grp Capt Harkirat Singh, who will command first Rafale squadron

Group Captain Harkirat Singh was awarded Shaurya Chakra in 2009 for his brave act that helped save his MiG 21 Bison that had developed engine complications.

How a woman officer helped IAF hit back when Pakistani jets targeted India after Balakot

The IAF plans to recommend the woman officer's name for a medal for distinguished service.
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan custody | @OfficialDGISPR/twitter

What Wing Commander Abhinandan told his wife when he called while in Pakistan’s custody

While one ISI officer punched Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s ribs, another walked in and made him speak to his wife, a former IAF helicopter pilot.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

IAF officer told Wg Cdr Abhinandan to turn back, but he couldn’t hear her

IAF’s analysis of the 27 Feb dogfight with PAF reveals that the officer repeatedly told Abhinandan to turn back, but he couldn’t hear her due to suspected radio jamming.

On Camera

Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.