Abhinandan Varthaman: News

20 Sep 2022

Indian Air Force

Abhinandan Varthaman's MiG-21 Squadron retiring by September end

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to retire a major squadron of MiG-21 fighter planes soon.

22 Nov 2021

Narendra Modi

Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistani jet, conferred Vir Chakra

Indian Air Force Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday received the Vir Chakra from President Ram Nath Kovind.

31 Oct 2020

Shashi Tharoor

After Pakistan minister's Pulwama admission, PM Modi hits at opposition

From Kevadia, Gujarat, where he went to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the opposition for their stand on the Pulwama attack, after a minister from Pakistan admitted his country's hand in the dastardly crime.

Ghus ke mara: Pakistan Minister calls Pulwama attack 'great achievement'

A Minister in Pakistan's Imran Khan-led government seemingly admitted to the country's role in the 2019 Pulwama terror attack.

25 Aug 2020


Jaish-ISI meet in Pakistan's Rawalpindi, Indian intelligence on alert

The intelligence wings in India have been placed on high alert after they learned of a meeting between the notorious terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed and Pakistan's spy agency ISI earlier this month, reports TOI.

13 Dec 2019

Pakistan News

Sanjay Leela Bhansali to produce film on Balakot airstrike

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in collaboration with T-Series' Bhushan Kumar, will be producing a film based on the Balakot airstrike, that was carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) earlier this year.

08 Oct 2019


Air Force Day: Abhinandan Varthaman leads MiG-21 Bison formation

India's hero, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, took to the skies on Tuesday, the 87th Air Force Day, as he led a formation of MiG-21 Bison over Hindon airbase.

06 Oct 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan's 51 Squadron to get citation for downing Pakistan's F-16

The Chief of Indian Air Force, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, will award a unit citation to 51 Squadron, to which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belonged.

02 Sep 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan Varthaman flies with IAF Chief: Details here

Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who brought down an F-16 of Pakistan in February, flew with IAF Chief BS Dhanoa from the Pathankot airbase for some 30 minutes on Monday.

22 Aug 2019

Pakistan News

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman back in cockpit, starts flying MiG-21

Six months ago, Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman sustained grave injuries during an aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani forces.

15 Aug 2019


Pakistan to confer pilot who downed Abhinandan Varthaman's jet

Pakistan has decided to award its pilot who brought down an Indian Air Force jet during February's aerial combat.

14 Aug 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who scripted history in February by shooting an F-16 aircraft of Pakistan while flying a MiG-21 Bison, will be awarded the Vir Chakra on Independence Day, Thursday.

09 Aug 2019


IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman declared fit, to resume flying soon

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistan Army in February, is set to resume flying soon.

08 Aug 2019

Narendra Modi

Over 50 film titles related to Article 370 scrapping registered

On August 5, the Centre revoked Article 370, removing special status of J&K, and splitting the state into two Union Territories.

16 May 2019

Indian Air Force

Meet the 21-year-old graduate who designs IAF's squadron patches

Recently, the MiG-21 Bison Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF), were given special uniform patches commemorating the dogfight in which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman famously shot down an F-16 jet of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on February 27 this year.

If Abhinandan hadn't returned, Pakistan would have faced consequences: Modi

Addressing a rally at Patan in his home state Gujarat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if they hadn't released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

21 Apr 2019

Indian Air Force

IAF recommends Abhinandan Varthaman for Vir Chakra for downing F-16

The Indian Air Force has recommended Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for Vir Chakra, the third highest gallantry award in the military during the war, for downing an F-16 in a dogfight in February.

11 Apr 2019


43 days after airstrikes, Pakistan takes media to Balakot

On Wednesday, Pakistan took a bunch of international media personnel and foreign diplomats to a seminary in Balakot, which was attacked by Indian Air Force jets on February 26.

09 Apr 2019


F-16 kill: IAF presents radar images, but Pakistan denies claims

On Monday, the Pakistani Army continued to remain in a state of denial as it reiterated that Indian Air Force (IAF) didn't shoot down an F-16 jet in the February 27 dogfight.

08 Apr 2019

Pakistan News

IAF nails Pakistan's lies, says Abhinandan Varthaman shot down F-16

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor held a press briefing on Monday in which he confirmed that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shot down an F-16 jet of PAF on February 27.

07 Apr 2019

Narendra Modi

Jaya, Hema, and Urmila: Neta or abhineta?

This election season is not only about political power but star power as well. Though this isn't the first time cine stars jumped into the political arena, thanks to social media their moves are being heavily scrutinized.

06 Apr 2019

Indian Air Force

Pentagon isn't aware that US "counted" F-16s in Pakistan

A day after Foreign Policy published a report claiming the US "counted" F-16s given to Pakistan and none of them were found missing, the Pentagon said it wasn't aware of any such investigation.

06 Apr 2019

Pakistan News

Dismissing US report, IAF proves Abhinandan Varthaman shot down F-16

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday reiterated its claim that a Pakistani F-16 jet was shot down during aerial combat on February 27 near Nowshera area.

05 Apr 2019


US report claims IAF didn't down Pakistani F-16. Cover-up much?

Weeks after India and Pakistan indulged in aerial combat, a US publication has contradicted IAF's claim that it shot down a Pakistani F-16.

29 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Pulwama, Balakot and more: 7 big takeaways from Modi's interview

After kicking off the poll campaign on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave an interview to Republic TV on Friday where he spoke about a range of issues.

27 Mar 2019


Abhinandan Varthaman, on sick leave, chooses to stay with squadron

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who is on a four-week sick leave, has reportedly returned to his squadron in Jammu & Kashmir's Srinagar.

21 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

J&K: 24-year-old rifleman martyred after Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri

An army soldier was martyred on Thursday after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu & Kashmir.

14 Mar 2019


Kartarpur corridor: India, Pakistan hold first meeting; release joint statement

Amid bitter relations between India and Pakistan, officials from both the countries met on the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border on Thursday to discuss modalities for setting up the Kartarpur corridor.

11 Mar 2019

Indian Air Force

Foreign Secretary Gokhale to discuss regional, global issues with Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale today, during which the two officials are likely to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest.

10 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Parties can't use photos of defense personnel, directs Election Commission

At a time when emotions related to defense forces are running high in the nation, the Election Commission on Saturday said political parties can't use photos of defense personnel for their poll campaign.

09 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

India wants "naya" Pakistan to take "naya" action against terrorism

A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he wouldn't allow his country's soil to be used for terrorism abroad, New Delhi on Saturday asked him to move beyond words.

08 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Rajasthan: IAF's MiG-21 crashes, pilot ejects safely

A MiG-21 fighter jet of Indian Air Force crashed near Nal in Rajasthan on Friday. The pilot ejected safely, the IAF said in a statement.

07 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan Varthaman was choked, beaten in Pakistan during captivity: Report

The first 24 hours of captivity in Pakistan were terrible for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the officials from the other side of border tried to extract crucial information from him regarding "Indian troop deployment, high-security radio frequencies and sensitive logistics," reports HT.

06 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Pakistan to send envoy Sohail Mahmood back to India: Qureshi

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today said that his country is sending its envoy, Sohail Mahmood, back to India and is ready to engage with New Delhi to reduce tensions, which are "de-escalating" due to diplomatic efforts by countries like the US, China, and Russia.

05 Mar 2019


Rajasthan Education Minister wants lesson on Abhinandan Varthaman in schoolbooks

Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra today said that he wants state government wants to include a lesson on Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in the school textbooks.

04 Mar 2019


Abhinandan's gunslinger mooch is a rage among Indian youth, men

The hero of the nation, Indian Air Force Wing Commander, Abhinandan Varthaman, returned to the country last week, and Indians have not stopped celebrating since.

04 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

We don't count casualties, government does that: IAF Chief

Almost a week after Indian Air Force jets demolished Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp in Pakistan's Balakot, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said they don't count the number of human casualties.

04 Mar 2019


Masood Azhar is alive: Pakistani media rejects death rumors

Rejecting widespread rumors about his death, a Pakistani news portal confirmed on Sunday that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is alive.

03 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

IAF pilot's wife has important message for "social media warriors"

The wife of Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane, who was among the seven who lost their lives after an IAF jet crashed earlier this week, has asked social media warriors to not spew venom and do something constructive for the country instead.