SpiceJet to fly to Jharsuguda from March

NEW DELHI: Budget carrier SpiceJet will operate daily direct flights to the Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda, Odisha, from Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata under UDAN, the regional connectivity scheme, from March 31. “The airline will launch daily direct flights on the Jharsuguda-Delhi-Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda-Hyderabad-Jharsuguda and Jharsuguda-Kolkata-Jharsuguda sectors,” the airline said in a statement on Wednesday. […]

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Very happy Abhindandan will return tomorrow, expected it under Geneva Conventions: IAF

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it is very happy that captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is returning home but dismissed suggestions that it was a goodwill gesture, insisting it was in line with the Geneva Conventions. “We are very happy Abhinandan will be freed tomorrow and look forward to […]

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Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s family serving India for generations

NEW DELHI: The father of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan after an air combat, on Thursday said he was proud of his son’s bravery and thanked the people for their support and good wishes. In a statement, Abhinandan’s father S Varthaman, who was an Air Marshall, referred to a purported video of his […]

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Pakistan to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as ‘peace gesture’

By Sajjad Hussain ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan Thursday announced that IAF’s captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released on Friday as a “gesture of peace”. The surprise announcement during a joint session of Parliament came barely an hour after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Khan is ready […]

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Air Canada temporarily suspends flights to India as Pakistan closes its airspace

NEW DELHI: Canada’s flag carrier Air Canada on Wednesday temporarily suspended its flights to India due to the closure of Pakistani airspace, amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Pakistan Wednesday closed its airspace for commercial flights and suspended flight operations across major airports. India also closed nine airports in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh […]

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2 pilots among 7 killed in IAF chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir

NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crashed in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, killing both its pilots and four others onboard besides a local resident, officials said. The helicopter crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam around 10.05 am, they said, adding seven bodies have been […]

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Pakistan says two Indian military aircraft shot in Pakistani airspace, one Indian pilot arrested

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested one of the pilots. Military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed in a tweet that one of the aircraft crashed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir while the other fell in Jammu and Kashmir. “One Indian pilot arrested by […]

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IAF strike in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Islamabad has ‘right to respond’ to India’s ‘aggression’, says Pakistan

NEW DELHI:Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said India had committed “aggression” by violating the Line of Control (LoC) and that Islamabad had the “right to respond”. His remarks came after combat jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) bombed terror camps across the LoC on the Pakistani side in a pre-dawn strike. […]

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