Abhinandan Varthaman

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

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.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali to produce film on Balakot airstrike

13 Dec 2019

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.

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

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.

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

06 Oct 2019

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.

Abhinandan Varthaman flies with IAF Chief: Details here

02 Sep 2019

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.

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

22 Aug 2019

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.

Pakistan to confer pilot who downed Abhinandan Varthaman's jet

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.

Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day

14 Aug 2019

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.

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.

Over 50 film titles related to Article 370 scrapping registered

08 Aug 2019

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.

This game by IAF lets you fly their helicopters, planes

25 Jul 2019

This game by IAF lets you fly their helicopters, planes

Gaming lovers, rejoice!

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

16 May 2019

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

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.

Jaya, Hema, and Urmila: Neta or abhineta?

07 Apr 2019

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Foreign Secretary Gokhale to discuss regional, global issues with Pompeo

11 Mar 2019

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.

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

10 Mar 2019

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.

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

09 Mar 2019

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.

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

08 Mar 2019

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.

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.

Pakistan to send envoy Sohail Mahmood back to India: Qureshi

06 Mar 2019

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.

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.

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

04 Mar 2019

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.

Masood Azhar is alive: Pakistani media rejects death rumors

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.

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.

OIC passes resolution on Kashmir "atrocities", India says "matter internal"

03 Mar 2019

OIC passes resolution on Kashmir "atrocities", India says "matter internal"

On Saturday, India rejected a resolution by Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir, saying the matter was internal.

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.

Masood Azhar's brother confirms Indian jets struck JeM's camp

03 Mar 2019

Masood Azhar's brother confirms Indian jets struck JeM's camp

Contradicting Islamabad's version that Indian Air Force jets destroyed just a few trees and not any camp in Balakot, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's younger brother has confirmed the outfit's "learning institute" was attacked.

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.