Abhinanadan Varthaman

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IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman declared fit, to resume flying soon

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.

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

21 Apr 2019

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.

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

21 Apr 2019

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.

43 days after airstrikes, Pakistan takes media to Balakot

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.

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

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.

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

08 Apr 2019

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.

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

06 Apr 2019

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.

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

06 Apr 2019

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.

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

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.

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

29 Mar 2019

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.

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

21 Mar 2019

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.

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

07 Mar 2019

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.

Rajasthan Education Minister wants lesson on Abhinandan Varthaman in schoolbooks

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.

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

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.

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

03 Mar 2019

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.

Wondering where Abhinandan Varthaman got indomitable strength from? His mother

03 Mar 2019

Wondering where Abhinandan Varthaman got indomitable strength from? His mother

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to his motherland on Friday after spending almost three days in Pakistan's captivity.

Will Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman be able to fly again?

03 Mar 2019

Will Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman be able to fly again?

The week gone by has been tumultuous for the nation. The capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and his release on Friday evoked million of emotions among countrymen.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi hospital

02 Mar 2019

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi hospital

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at a Delhi hospital where he was taken after Pakistan released him. She told him India is proud of his courage and determination.

Poonch: Pakistan's ceasefire violation kills mother, her two minor kids

02 Mar 2019

Poonch: Pakistan's ceasefire violation kills mother, her two minor kids

On Friday night, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir killing three members of the same family and seriously injuring two others. A nine-month-old baby was among the ones who lost their lives.

Pakistani minister wants Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

02 Mar 2019

Pakistani minister wants Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

On Saturday, Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry moved a motion in National Assembly, calling for a Nobel Peace Prize for the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan for the efforts he took to "deescalate tensions" with India.

Pakistan uses F-16 against India, US seeks more information

02 Mar 2019

Pakistan uses F-16 against India, US seeks more information

After Pakistan used F-16 jets to target military installments in India earlier this week, the United States is seeking more information.

To honor IAF-pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, family names newborn after him

02 Mar 2019

To honor IAF-pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, family names newborn after him

A baby born yesterday evening, when IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was about to be released by Pakistan, was named after him by a family in Rajasthan's Alwar district.

Pakistan's propaganda video delayed Abhinandan Varthaman's release

02 Mar 2019

Pakistan's propaganda video delayed Abhinandan Varthaman's release

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return to India was delayed due to the heavily edited video, which Pakistan released just an hour before he crossed over the border, claimed reports.

Pakistan: Petition filed to stop the release of Abhinandan Varthaman

01 Mar 2019

Pakistan: Petition filed to stop the release of Abhinandan Varthaman

A Pakistani citizen today filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court to stop the imminent release of the captured Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, saying he committed crime against the country and should be put on trial.