New Delhi: A decade after tsunami struck the eastern coast of the country killing thousands, an Indian Air Force officer today published a book chronicling the despair and heroism that the force's personnel faced while tackling the wrath of the sea.
National security is being "compromised" with a "fast-eroding" combat aircraft squadron strength of the Indian Air Force vis-a-vis the neighbouring countries, leading to a "very grim" situation, a parliamentary panel said on Monday.
IAF Chief Arup Raha today said the Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the October crash of a Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft, that led to the grounding of the entire fleet for a month, will be completed in a fortnight, days after the Russian envoy indicated human error behind the incident.
With the Maldivian capital facing an acute water crisis after a fire in the city's water treatment plant, India on Friday sent an IAF transport aircraft and naval vessels carrying a large consignment of water to meet the immediate requirement of over 100,000 people.
The Indian Air Force will organise a marathon on December 13-14 to celebrate the grit displayed by the Indian armed forces personnel in the Battle of Longewala, one of the first major contests between the armies of India and Pakistan during the 1971 war and an inspiring tale of courage in the face of insurmountable odds.
The IAF on Tuesday said it could not swiftly deploy helicopters yesterday to the area where Maoists attacked a CRPF team in Chattisgarh killing 14 personnel since there was no clarity that the landing spot in the dense forests was sanitised.
Over 30 ships, submarines and aircraft of the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard and state agencies have been deployed for an exercise off the western coast, ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack.
Highlighting the importance of a strong defence to preserve harmony, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said though India is committed to peace, "we must be prepared to use our might to safeguard the sovereignty of our nation, if the need ever arise".