Day: March 1, 2019

'Abhinandan cut' given for over 650 people in Bengaluru

Pilot Abhinandan made to record video statement by Pak before being handed over to India

March 1, 2019 10:38 pm

Lahore: The handing over of pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to India at Wagah was delayed on Friday as he was asked to record a statement on camera by Pakistani authorities before he was allowed to cross the border, according to sources. It was not clear whether he was made to record the video under duress. The video also had several jump cuts indicating […]

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Pakistan returns pilot to India; describes him as 'POW'

Pakistan returns pilot to India; describes him as ‘POW’

March 1, 2019 10:11 pm

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Friday announced the returning of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India but described him as a “prisoner of war” (POW). In a statement issued minutes after the pilot crossed over to India from the Wagah-Attari border, the FO said, “While in captivity, he was treated with dignity and in line with international law.” “The captured Indian Air […]

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Pakistan returns pilot to India; describes him as 'POW'

Happy to have Abhinandan Varthaman back from Pakistan: IAF

March 1, 2019 10:03 pm

Wagah: “We are happy to have him back,” said a top IAF officer Friday night shortly after the captured Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to Indian authorities by Pakistan at the border point here. Reading out a brief statement, Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor, assistant chief of Air Staff, told a posse of reporters that the pilot will be taken for a detailed medical […]

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Enthusiastic crowd at Attari wait for the return of their 'hero'

Enthusiastic crowd at Attari wait for the return of their ‘hero’

March 1, 2019 9:14 pm

 Attari (Amritsar): A large number of people from different walks of life thronged the Attari border Friday to witness the return of their “hero” Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who is expected to touch home soil after his release from Pakistan. Wing Commander Varthaman, son of a decorated IAF veteran, was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy […]

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Abhinandan true hero, an inspiration for whole nation Ranveer Singh

Abhinandan true hero, an inspiration for whole nation: Ranveer Singh

March 1, 2019 9:10 pm

New Delhi: The way Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman conducted himself in the face of adversity is truly inspiring, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh said Friday. Singh said the news about Abhinandan’s release from Pakistan has the entire country rejoicing but one should not forget the recent terror attack in Pulwama where 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan on […]

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US vows Philippines defence if attacked in China-claimed sea

US vows Philippines defence if attacked in China-claimed sea

March 1, 2019 7:06 pm

Manila: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday vowed to defend the Philippines against “armed attack” in the disputed South China Sea, in Washington’s starkest warning yet against Chinese claims to most of the strategic waterway. Speaking in Manila after meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Pompeo said Beijing’s actions in waters also claimed by the Southeast Asian nation and other neighbours were a threat. “China’s island-building and military […]

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Boy's drowning in school: Army sets up Fact Finding Board

Boy’s drowning in school: Army sets up Fact Finding Board

March 1, 2019 7:04 pm

Kolkata: The Army has constituted a Fact Finding Board into the death of a 5-year-old boy with special needs at a school run under the aegis of its Eastern Command, a Defence communique said Friday. The Board would give its recommendations about putting in place effective measures to obviate recurrence of such incidents, said the communique issued nine days […]

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Bomb hoax at Khar railway station

Islamic countries backing India in fight against terror

March 1, 2019 6:52 pm

Hyderabad: India is getting “abundant” support of Islamic countries in the fight against terror, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Friday. The government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has decided with pertinacity that the time has come to wage a decisive battle against terrorism in the wake of the Pulwama attack, he […]

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GST collection drops to Rs 97,247 cr in Feb

GST collection drops to Rs 97,247 cr in Feb

March 1, 2019 6:49 pm

New Delhi: GST collections in February dropped to Rs 97,247 crore from Rs 1.02 lakh crore in the previous month, the Finance Ministry said Friday. However, compliance improved and the number of sales return or GSTR-3B filed for the month of January up to February 28, 2019 stood at 73.48 lakh. This is higher than […]

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Heavy shelling by Pak in areas along LoC in Rajouri, Poonch; woman injured

Heavy shelling by Pak in areas along LoC in Rajouri, Poonch; woman injured

March 1, 2019 6:39 pm

Jammu: Pakistan on Friday heavily shelled areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts leaving a woman injured, the eighth consecutive day that it has violated the ceasefire. Officials said Pakistan troops used heavy guns including Howitzer 105 mm to target civilian areas in Poonch. “Pakistani troops resorted to firing and mortar shelling along the LOC […]

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