Defence Pride

Induction of Rafales to make IAF much stronger to deter any threat to country: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the touch down of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in country’s Military History.

In a series of tweets, Mr Singh said, these multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the Indian Air Force.

The Defence Minister congratulated the Indian Air Force on a professionally executed ferry. He expressed confidence that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will continue to live upto their motto of “Udayam Ajasram”.

Mr Singh expressed happiness that Indian Air Force’s combat capability has got a timely boost. He said, the Rafale jets were purchased only because Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the right decision to get these aircrafts through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France, after the long pending procurement case for them could not progress.

Mr Singh thanked him for his courage and decisiveness. He also thanked the French Government, Dassault Aviation and other French companies for ensuring the timely delivery of the aircraft and its weapons, despite the severe restrictions posed by COVID pandemic.

The Defence Minister said, this aircraft has very good flying performance and its weapons, radar and other sensors and Electronic Warfare capabilities are amongst the best in the world.

He said, its arrival in India will make the Indian Air Force much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country. 

Mr Singh said, the Rafale jets were purchased when they fully met the operational requirements of the IAF. He said, the baseless allegations against this procurement have already been answered and settled.

The Defence Minister added that if it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the Indian Air Force, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity.

PM Modi: Rafael Virtue

PM Modi welcomes Rafales, says there is no virtue like protecting the Nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the arrival of Rafale fighter jets in India.

In a tweet in Sanskrit, Mr Modi said, there is no virtue like protecting the nation, there is no vow like defence of the nation and protecting the nation is the best Yagna.

He said, touch the sky with glory, Welcome.

Rafael Touch India

5 Rafales escorted by 02 SU30 MKIs as they enter the Indian air space.

Nation confidence build up started with many historical achievements are being achieved in ModiEra.It took 13 years for Defence to take the decisions in matter of nation army combating the border adversaries on security basis,an early decesion to fill defense deal is pivot for nation security.

DM said in tweet, I would like to add, if it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the Indian Air Force, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

The Birds have landed safely in Ambala. The touch down of Rafale combat aircraft in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History. These multirole aircraft will revolutionise the capabilities of the Indian Air Force: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh


Radio waves welcome French India naval warship delta 63 many thanks wish you happy hunting. May touch sky with glory is thus welcome pilots Rafael on radio. Rafael 5 has touched Indian territorty. Indian 25 AME ready to get training for maintenance.

Five #Rafale jets in the Indian airspace, escorting flanked by two Su-30MKIs.

Nation with pride Indian Air Force needed Next Generation fighter plane but delayed for two decades @narendramodi govt build IAF rolling with power big quantum jump in IAF.

Today the first batch of #Rafale jets is reaching Ambala airbase. #RafaleInIndia. The aircrew bringing the #Rafales to #India is headed by Group Captain Harkirat #Singh, a decorated with Shaurya Chakra fighter pilot, who is the commanding officer of the No. 17 Squadron, #Ambala.

The first Indian #Rafales to land in Ambala. Airforce Chief, Air Chief Marshal RK Bhadauria to receive them. They have flown over 7,000 kms from France with a stop over near Abu Dhabi #RafaleInIndia reports DD

Rafael five jet fighters enters India territory,after taking off from the UAE, Indian #Rafale contingent establishes contact with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata, deployed in the Western Arabian Sea:

Bhumi Pujan Ram Temple

PM to take part in Bhumi Pujan for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Aug 5

The Bhumi Pujan for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya is just one week away. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the ceremony on 5th of August. While preparations are in full swing for this historic event in this ancient city, many programs are being organized in other parts of the state too. Soil and water from many sacred places in state is being sent to Ayodhya.

AIR correspondent reports that the soil and water of Sangam, the confluence of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and saraswati will be sent today to Ayodhya for use in the construction of Ram Temple. People of Mathura,The city of Lord Krishna also performed special Rajat Shila Poojan or worship of Silver brick in which local MP Hemamalini participated online. The brick will be send to Ayodhya along with the holy water of many ponds of the city.

Saints and religious heads in Ancient City Chitrakoot have already sent the holy water from Bharat koop to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das who is head of Shri Ram janmabhoomi teerth shetra trust. Yesterday Deputy Chief Minister of state Keshav Prasad Maurya met Nritya Gopal Das and offered donation of Six lakh six thousands to the Trust on behalf of late Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Ashok Singhal, his late guru Gurujan Singh and family members. 

Earth-bound asteroid

Two class 10 girls from Surat, Gujarat, have come across a near-Earth asteroid that NASA has acknowledged as a rare find

Two schoolgirls from Gujrat in India have discovered an Earth-bound asteroid while they were going through images from a University of Hawaii telescope.

The asteroid is presently near Mars and its orbit is expected to cross that of Earth in about one million years’ time, said SPACE India, a private institute where the two 14-year-old girls received training.

“I look forward to… when we will get a chance to name the asteroid,” said Vaidehi Vekariya, who added that she wants to become an astronaut when she is older.

The asteroid, currently called HLV2514, may be officially christened only after NASA confirms its orbit, a SPACE India spokeswoman said.

Radhika Lakhani, the other student, said she was working hard on her education. “I don’t even have a TV at home, so that I can concentrate on my studies.”

Asteroids and comets pose a potential threat to Earth, and scientists discover thousands of them each year. In 2013, an asteroid heavier than the Eiffel Tower exploded over central Russia, leaving more than 1,000 people injured from its shockwave.

The two girls, who hail from Surat, discovered the object as part of an asteroid search campaign conducted by SPACE India along with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), a NASA-affiliated citizen scientist group.

IASC Director J Patrick Miller confirmed the discovery, according to an email from him to the girls seen by Reuters.

The girls used specialised software to analyse the images snapped by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii, and made the discovery in June, SPACE India said.

The institute is among the few private space education initiatives in India, a country known for championing low-cost space technology that has spurred missions to the moon and Mars.

UN turn 75

 UN campaign happening in 2020 – UN turns 75.

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate: UN75. Launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, it promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want.

The 75th milestone is happening during the worst global health emergency of our time. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive upheaval in nations across the globe that has no parallel in recent history. As the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres puts it, “More than a health crisis, it is a human crisis.”

While COVID-19 has disrupted the world, the world also faces other dramatic changes and complex challenges. From the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations will encourage people to put their heads together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realize a better world by 2045, the UN’s 100th birthday.

UN’s one-minute survey – – serves as our primary tool for input at scale. The survey is an important tool to engage as many people as possible in our global conversation, despite restrictions arising from Covid-19.

The views and ideas that are generated will be presented to world leaders and senior UN officials at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly in September 2020, and disseminated online and through partners continuously.

Take the one-minute survey and have your say in the future of the world. The survey is available in both Hindi and English and other languages.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert in prison

The lecturer, who fears for her mental health according to letters smuggled out of jail, is now in a desert facility.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran since 2016


Kylie Moore-Gilbert: A British-Australian academic transferred to ‘notorious’ Qarchak prison in Iran The lecturer at Melbourne university jailed in Iran on spying charges has been moved to a notorious women’s prison, a human rights group has said fear mental health.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been transferred from Evin prison to Qarchak prison, a desert facility notorious for its poor conditions and overcrowding, the Centre for Supporters of Human Rights said.

The group said its information came from Reza Khandan whose wife, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, is also imprisoned in Evin.

FIR against Riya

Sushant Singh Rajput’s father files FIR against Riya Chakrabarty, 4 others

In Bihar, an FIR was lodged in a police station of Patna in film actor Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case.  Inspector General Sanjay Kumar told AIR that the case was lodged by father of the deceased actor at Rajiv Nagar Police station on July 25. The FIR was lodged against five people including actress Riya Chakrabarty under various sections of IPC.

Meanwhile, a four member police team of Patna reached Mumbai today in connection with the suicide case. Sources said that the father of Sushant Singh Rajput has alleged that provoking circumstances are responsible for the suicide of his son.

Veteran actor Kumkum passes away

Veteran actor Kumkum passes away in Mumbai

Bollywood actress #Kumkum who acted in more than 115 movies like ‘Mother India’, ‘Kohinoor’, ‘Aar Paar’ and many more, at the age of 86 passed away on Tuesday at her residence in Bandra, Mumbai tribute pour for departed soul.

Her sister-in-law Shenaz informed that Kumkum, whose real name was Zaibunnissa, died at around 11.30 am at her Bandra residence due to age-related issues. She said that actor Kumkum’s last rites took place at Mazgaon cemetery.

Kumkum hailed from Hussainabad in Sheikhpura district, Bihar.

Her most memorable film appearances include “Mr. X in Bombay”, “Mother India”, “Kohinoor”, “Ujala”, and “Naya Daur”.

She also starred in the first Bhojpuri film “Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo” in 1963.

But her popularity rests mostly on the songs that were picturised on her be it “Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re” from “Kohinoor” (1960); “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” from “Aar Paar” (1954) or “Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan” from 1956’s “CID”.

She was discovered by actor-director Guru Dutt in the 1950s, who cast her in “Aar Paar” song for an uncredited role. She later earned a small role in Dutt’s “Pyaasa”.