Sunday, 2 October, 2022

Topic: MiG-21

Xi shells, bombs & blasts near Taiwan shore, and hand-me-down MiG-21’s flight into sunset

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

On coronavirus, Indians can overcome fear the way I did on my MiG-21 in 1986

Fear for a soldier is the onset of doubt that a mission won’t be accomplished. But fear is never the solution, India should know that as it fights coronavirus.

IAF’s 26 Squadron celebrates 50th anniversary — it could well be the last

The 26 Squadron is likely to be number plated latest by March when the IAF phases out non-upgraded Bis and Type 96 versions of the MiG-21 fighter jets.

India gets modern Rafale, but is only major air force to fly these 6 outdated aircraft

From Soviet-era MiGs to British Avro transporters and French-origin Chetak/Cheetah helicopters, these 6 IAF aircraft need to be phased out soon.

Kargil’s little-known fact: How IAF used helicopters to target intruders at high altitudes

IAF had planned to use helicopters as primary strike weapons. But their slow speed meant they would be sitting ducks. So what did IAF do?

Haven’t counted Pakistan’s F-16s, says Pentagon after US magazine claimed it did

Foreign Policy magazine claimed Pakistan's F-16s were found to be intact after a count by US defence personnel, which goes against India's position that it downed one of the jets on 27 February.

NaMo TV’s launch without licence shows clear collusion between party & govt

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MiG-21 fighter jet crashes at Bikaner, pilot ejects safely

The aircraft took off from the Nal airbase near Bikaner on a routine mission.

This is the MiG-21 Bison, the fighter jet Wg Cdr Abhinandan flew to take on Pakistan’s F-16s

As questions arise over presence of MiG-21 Bison in the IAF inventory, ThePrint takes a look at the history of the aircraft.

We hit target, we don’t count casualties: IAF chief on Pakistan strike

Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa says IAF not in business of counting casualties, refuses to comment on PM Modi's claim that Rafale would've changed outcome.

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Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.


File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.