The Indian Air Force (IAF) is observing the first anniversary of Balakot air strikes that were targeted at terror camps in Pakistan on February 26, 2019. To mark the significance of one of the most complex operations in modern warfare executed with military precision and punch, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria flew a five aircraft mission from Srinagar Air Base on Wednesday.

Flying alongside the Chief of Air Staff’s MiG-21 Type 69 was two Mirage-2000s and two Sukhoi-30 MKIs – the aircrew from squadrons that had participated in the operations on February 26, 27 last year. At the helm of IAF affairs since October 2019, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria is widely seen as a man backing home-grown efforts in aerospace and defence sector. Continue reading


India’s defence exports are increasing and will be worth Rs 35,000 crore by 2024, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.  He was addressing employees and officials of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at their Kannada Naadahabba celebrations here.

Singh affirmed that India’s defence exports will continue to grow based on HAL’s strength, adding that in the long run, the country cannot be dependent on imports.  He said that with the private defence industry as a competitor, HAL has to partake in competitive bidding — which is a new situation — and hence this environment has to be seen as an opportunity. Continue reading


A year after Pakistan outgunned and outnumbered the Indian Air Force on 27 February through “Ops Swift Retort”, not much has changed on the ground. Pakistan was armed with better fighter planes, Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles like AMRAAMs and backed by state-of-the-art SAAB airborne warning and control systems (AWACS), and left the Indian Air Force wanting in many places.

From limitations of the Su 30 MKI radar to pick up enemy fighters properly to the technical issue faced by the Mirage 2000 aircraft over firing their Mica air-to-air missile, the list of the shortcomings that the IAF experienced is long. If Pakistan were to repeat the “Swift Retort” today, the situation doesn’t look great even a year later. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force redefined the nature of the conflict between India and Pakistan. It all changed on 26 February 2019 when our air warriors pierced through Pakistan’s defence systems and annihilated terror havens deep in their territory.

Pulwama had to be avenged, and so it was. On the anniversary of the Balakot airstrike, Times Now spoke to Indian Air Force head Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in which he sent a stern message to Pakistan. He said such an attack can be carried out again against terrorism if needed and that the IAF is much stronger today. Continue reading


A Bangladeshi student of Visva-Bharati University was allegedly asked to leave India for uploading photographs of the anti-CAA protests on Facebook. The first-year student, identified as Afsara Anika Meem, was asked by the Centre to leave the country for participating in ‘anti-government activities’, the Telegraph reported.

The 20-year-old student who had come to India in 2018 from Bangladesh’s Kustia is pursuing a Bachelor of Design degree at the department of fine arts. The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office had issued a ‘leave-India’ letter dated February 14 after several students and faculty members of the varsity took to the streets to protest against the contentious Act passed by the Parliament in December. Continue reading


Beating everyone’s expectations, on the early hours of February 26, 2019, twelve Indian Air Force’s Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Indian Airspace for the first time to strike the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror launch pads across the Line of Control. The unprecedented cross-border strike, which targeted the biggest JeM hideout in Balakot in a counter-terrorism operation was a retaliation to avenge the Pulwama attack on the CRPF convoy killing multiple troops on February 14 in Pulwama, J&K.

The Mirage-2000 fighter jets are made by Dassault Aviation, the French company who also manufactures the Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts that are now inducted in the IAF as the fifth-gen multi-role combat jets. The Mirage-2000 dropped 1,000-kg laser-guided bombs. Continue reading


India on Thursday refuted the claim made by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Muslims and their places of worships were targeted in three-day-long Delhi riots, calling it “factually incorrect, selective and misleading” and advised bodies such as OIC to desist from making “irresponsible” statements.

“OIC statement is factually inaccurate, selective & misleading. There is an effort on the ground to restore normalcy & create confidence. We urge these bodies not to issue irresponsible statements,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a media briefing. Kumar was responding to the OIC statement alleging the violence was targeted against Muslims lives, mosques and Muslim-owned properties. Continue reading


Speaking on the second day of his visit following high-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump, interestingly, brought up the Blue Dot Network, leading some to wonder whether the recent meet between the leaders of the two largest democracies, may have also functioned as a primer for India’s participation in the initiative, launched as recently November 2019.

The US State Department website states that the Blue Dot Network “will bring together governments, the private sector, and civil society under shared standards for global infrastructure development.” Currently, the three primary member states of the initiative include the US, Japan and Australia, however, any country can become a member as long as they subscribe to the principles that govern its functioning. Continue reading


A day after US lawmakers reacted sharply to the violence in the Indian capital, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Washington accused US President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights.Slamming the US president, Bernie Sanders said Trump’s statement regarding the violence in New Delhi during his India visit was a “failure of leadership”.

Asked about incidents of violence during his India visit, the US president had said, “As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn’t discuss that with him (PM Modi). That’s up to India.” Reacting to the issue, Bernie Sanders on Wednesday tweeted, “Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying ”That’s up to India”. This is a failure of leadership on human rights.” Continue reading


The Indian spy agency’s former chief, AS Dulat, flew to Srinagar in early February on a hush-hush mission for the government — a quiet, top secret meeting with detained National Conference (NC) leader and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, multiple senior officials said on condition of anonymity.

The brief for Dulat’s secret mission was simple: to suss out Abdullah’s mood in “accepting the new reality of Jammu & Kashmir after the nullification of Article 370”, according to one of the officials. The government effectively revoked the state’s special status on August 5 last year and detained several leaders including Farooq, his son Omar Abdullah, and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Mehbooba Mufti of the Peoples Democratic Party. Continue reading


An army jawan died after he fell into a deep gorge following an avalanche in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, said the army on Thursday. “Sepoy Karnail Singh, 22, was deployed on the forward post in Gurez sector. On February 26, owing to sudden snow avalanche, he fell into a deep gorge,” an army official said.

He said Singh was rescued and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar, where he succumbed. The army on Thursday paid tributes to Singh at the Badami Bagh Cantonment. “Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, GOC Chinar Corps and all ranks paid homage on behalf of the nation,” the official said. Continue reading


As protests against amended citizenship law turned violent in northeast Delhi, the Zee News Editor-in-chief, Sudhir Chaudhary, visited the violence-affected areas and met people who bore the brunt of the riots.  When the Zee News team went to the violence-hit Chandbagh area, and spoke to those who have lost their near and dear ones they repeatedly alleged one person responsible for the violence. The man alleged to be the kingpin behind the riots is Haji Tahir Hussain.

Tahir is a corporator of Aam Aadmi Party from Ward 59 of Nehru Vihar, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, under Mustafabad assembly constituency falling in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Continue reading


On a day when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to use violence in Delhi to his political advantage, India upped security for 260 Ajmer Sharif-bound Pakistan citizens who would be visiting India after a of two years. Imran batted for Pakistan’s minorities saying, “No one should attempt to harm them,” as he tried to juxtapose the unfortunate rioting in Delhi and take the upper moral ground.

“Security has been upped at Ajmer Sharif and the Pakistan pilgrims would arrive in a wholesome welcome at the annual week-long Urs, which has stood for communal harmony and religious tolerance for over 800 years,” Ajmer Collector Vishwamohan Sharma said. Continue reading


The ground seems to be shifting from under the feet of established grassroots political parties in Kashmir with unending detentions of top leaders adding to their isolation. In the political vacuum, left behind by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference, there is now a perceptible shift away to a nebulous group made up of deserters from mainline parties.

The gravitational shift has been visible post-August 5 following the scrapping of Article 370 and splitting of the state into two Union territories, followed by detentions of the big political guns, including three former chief ministers — Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act. Continue reading


Dr. Girish Deodhare chief of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed in a video tweet posted by the Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL that India’s new fighter named as Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) will get a new name to declassify it from the LCA-Tejas Mk1/IA program due to incremental growth in its payload and fuel capabilities while it continues to be called as Tejas Mk2 program internally for documentation purpose till it gets a new name.

MWF will have a maximum take-off weight of 17500 kg which world over is classified as Medium weight category aircraft and no longer can be called LCA the Acronym which has been synonymous with Tejas Mk1A program from the mid-’80s. MWF is the new Acronym for the next fighter jet program under development till it gets official name likely by Prime minister’s office. Continue reading

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