Meet the Rafale Pilot Wing Commander Manish Singh from a UP Village Ballia who made history by flying the beast home from France

It was a moment of pride for seven Indian Air Force pilots who brought the first batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft to India from France on July 29 . Minutes after landing at Ambala Air Force Station, the seven pilots were welcomed by the Air Force chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

The pilots include Group Captain Harkirat Singh who is the Commanding Officer of the 17 squadron, Wing Commander Manish Singh, Group captain R Kataria, Wing Commander Abhishek Tripathi, Wing Commander Siddhu and Wing Commander Arun.

As the Rafale jets landed in Ambala, people of Bakwa village in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh erupted in joy as Wing Commander Manish Singh belongs to this village.
Manish’s father, Madan Singh, is a retired army jawan

Wing commander Manish Singh from Small village Ballia (Red marked )

Wing Commander Singh got his early education at a private school in the village and after studying in the village till Class IV, he went to the Sainik School in Karnal. Wing Commander Singh joined the IAF and was posted in Gorakhpur in 2017-18. After the government finalised Rafale deal with France, Wing Commander Singh was selected by the IAF to go to France for training.

Wing Commander Manish Singh has once again proved that talent is not dependent on facilities as he comes from a remote village but has achieved great heights by flying a fighter plane like Rafale.

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Rafale fighter jets land at IAF Airbase in Ambala

The first batch of Rafale fighter jets that took off from France on Monday has landed at the Ambala airbase today giving the country’s air power a strategic edge over its adversaries in the neighbourhood. 

The five fighter aircraft, which were flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, arrived here after covering a distance of 7,000 km with air-to-air refuelling and a single stop in the United Arab Emirates.

Prime Minister Modi welcomed the arrival of the first batch of five Rafale jets at the IAF Station in Ambala Wednesday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s also welcomed the arrival of the first batch of five Rafale Jets

 A security blanket has been thrown around the air force station by the police, on the request of the IAF to prevent any photography and videography of the arrival of the aircraft. Further, Section 144 has also been imposed in four villages close to the Ambala airbase.

“Golden Arrows” Reach Home Tweeted by Indian Air Force.

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Digital Air Strike : Indian Government Banned 59 Chinese Apps Including Tiktok, UC Browser, Club Factory


Indian Government has announced a ban on 59 such Chinese apps, including Tik Tok. IT Ministry has decided to disallow the usage of these apps both in mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.

Here is the list of apps blocked by the government:

The government justified its move saying the apps were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and national security.

“The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the press release said.

Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space. At the same time, there have been concerns relating to data security and safe-guarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians, the Union ministry of electronics & IT said in a press release today.

“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,” the press release mentioned.

This decision came among the India-China clash at the borders on 15-06-2020. Tensions on the Indo-China border have spiked after 20 troops, including an Indian commanding officer, were killed in the face-off in Galwan valley.

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List of Soldiers who have made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on 16-june-2020 :

In the continuing dispute between India China on LAC, Indian Army Colonel and two Other Soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives during a violent face-off between troops in the Galwan area in Eastern Ladakh on Monday night.

Hours After Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.

Here is the list of Soldiers who have made Supreme Sacrifice :-

Naib Subedar Satnam Singh

Naib Subedar Mandip Singh

Sepoy Kundan Kumar

Sepoy Aman Kumar

Naik Deepak Singh

Sepoy Chandan Kumar

Sepoy Ganesh Hasda

Sepoy Ganesh Ram

Sepoy K. K. Ojha

Sepoy Rajesh Oroon

Sepoy C. K. Pradhan

Naib Subedar Nandu Ram Soren

Havildar Sunil Kumar

Colonel B. Santosh Babu

Sepoy Jai kishore Singh

Havildar Bipul Roy

Sepoy Gurtej Singh

Sepoy Ankush

Sepoy Gurwinder Singh

Havildar K. Palani

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India-China border tensions LIVE Updates: Chinese side suffered 43 casualties, says report; total 20 Indian Army personnel dead in bloody Galwan Valley face off

Hours after the Indian Army said that a Colonel and two soldiers had died in Monday night’s violent faceoff, it confirmed 17 more “who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temp in the high altitude terrain” have succumbed to their injuries.

Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20,” the official statement read.

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Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap after Sushant’s death: Accuses Salman Khan And Family Of “Sabotaging” His Career

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on the morning of June 14. He was 34. The actor’s cause of death, as per the postmortem report by Cooper Hospital, Mumbai, was asphyxiation due to hanging.

This issue has raised questions about the film industry’s treatment of young talent.

The director of Dabangg film 2010, Abhinav Kashyap, in a lengthy Facebook post, wrote that Salman Khan and his family sabotaged all of his films, bullied and intimidate him, which eventually led to his divorce.

Abhinav Kashyap directed the 2010 film Dabangg.

Read Abhinav Kashyap’s full post here:

My appeal to the Government to launch a detailed investigation. Rest in peace Sushant Singh Rajput… Om Shanti.. But…

Posted by Abhinav Singh Kashyap on Monday, June 15, 2020

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Indian Army Colonel and two other soldiers Killed in Violent face off with Chinese Troops- “India-China Stand-off”

In the continuing dispute between India China on LAC, Indian Army Colonel and two Other Soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives during a violent face-off between troops in the Galwan area in Eastern Ladakh on Monday night.

“During the de-escalation process ongoing in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place Monday night with casualties on both sides. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,” the Army said in a statement.

Senior military officials from the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation, the army said, signalling that the efforts to stablish the situation is still work in progress..

These are the first Indian casualties in a clash with the PLA since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.

Military commanders of the two armies, Major General Abhijit Bapat, commander of the Karu-based HQs 3 Infantry Division and his Chinese counterpart are holding talks at the site of the clash to defuse tensions.

All the deaths are from thrown stones and rods that were used by the soldiers, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity. The army did not comment on this. However, this won’t be the first time the two armies have engaged in fisticuffs or used stones as missiles to attack each other in the area.

In Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath singh reviewed the current operational situation after the clash on the LAC, along with the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar was also present. Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had cancelled his scheduled visit to Pathankot on Tuesday.

The encounter happened along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh where rival soldiers were caught in a standoff that began with a confrontation between rival patrols near Pangong Tso on the night of May 5-6.

The Indian Army is said to have suffered three casualties, including a colonel, in the sector on Monday, said one person familiar with the matter. Both sides suffered fatal casualties on Monday, claimed another person familiar with the matter. Both asked not to be named. The number of Chinese casualties wasn’t immediately known.

Mr. Zhao said, “We both agree to resolve this issue through dialogue and consultation and make efforts for easing the situation and upholding the peace and security along the border area.”

Former Northern Army commander Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd) flagged concerns about the “serious escalation” along the LAC saying that it reflected the heightened tensions on the ground. “This will require diplomatic intervention,” he said.

The talks took place at two locations along the LAC — brigadier-ranked officers met in the Galwan area and Colonel-ranked officers in Hot Springs — as part of continuing efforts to resolve the standoff.

Last week Army chief General Naravane said disengagement of Indian and Chinese forces was taking place in a “phased manner” along the LAC where the situation was “under control”.

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Ministry of external affairs (MEA) Gives warning- Pak over reported arrest of two High Commission staffers

The two Indian high commission officials in Pakistan who had gone missing early on 15-06-2020. will be released soon, the Indian mission has been told by Pakistani authorities, people familiar with the development told defence sources.

In a strong demarche that referred to media reports on the arrest of the two high commission staffers, the external affairs ministry had told Haider Shah that there should be no interrogation or harassment of the Indian officials. India also underlined that it was Pakistan’s responsibility to ensure safety and security of the Diplomatic Mission’s personnel.

“The Pakistani side was asked to return the two officials along with the official car to the High Commission immediately,” a government source.

For the next six to seven hours, the external affairs ministry in New Delhi and the high commission in Islamabad repeatedly flagged the case to Pakistan’s foreign office. But Pakistani foreign office did not give any details, claiming that they were still “looking into the matter”.

Indian officials had suspected that the high commission staffers had been picked up by Pakistan’s security agencies when they went missing earlier on monday. Their detention was suspected to be a case of tit-for-tat since New Delhi had expelled two officials posted in Pakistan high commission for spying.

Was it suicide or planned murder? said Kangana Ranaut after Sushant Singh Rajput’s Tragic death!!

After the devastating news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has divided social media into two. Even as the actor’s family prepares for his funeral at the Pawan Hans cremation chamber at Vile Parle, Mumbai. Many Bollywood actors and filmmakers have called for an inward look, questioning the role of ‘Bollywood mafia’ in the apparent suicide of a 34-year-old promising actor, who managed to carve his opening in the industry without a Godfather.

Kangana Ranaut, who has always stood and speak up about the issue, released a video on social media.

Kangana Ranaut slams nepotism over Sushant Singh’s death, asks ‘why didn’t he get awards?’

Demise of Sushant Singh Rajput(A face always smiling) triggered my questions yet again!

  • What was there that he could have wanted from life?
  • What was there that he could not have achieved in his coming years? Or he could not have hoped to achieve in the coming years?
  • Were there financial issues?
  • Or was he not able to cope with a separation, break-up, rejection?
  • What could have been there?

There are several such questions which make a merry go round in my mind and i never reach the conclusion even if i try my best. And these are not only related to Sushant Singh Rajput(SSR). It is related to may such incidents. Do you know About 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population(source:wiki)

Even though we know there are very little chances that we may narrow down the reasons or thoughts of a person leading to such a capital decision. But we still try.

What could have been the reasons for these suicides?

  1. Former TV actor and popular Indian film star, Sushant Singh Rajput, who entertained cinema lovers all across with his innumerable performances sent shockwaves across the country with the news of his suicide. The 34-year-old actor reportedly ended his life by hanging himself at his Bandra residence, where he was living alone during the lockdown. The reason behind him taking this extreme step is not clearly known, however, early reports allege that he was suffering from Depression for the past 6 months.
  2. Depression is a hidden disease and the manifestations are as varied as the people it affects. In the entertainment industry, there is a lot of pressure to perform, not only on screen but off screen too by making right friends, being in news in the right manner, and being in touch with the right people. We have lost too many young and promising people in the entertainment industry to mental health issues. There are sporadic attempts to create a healthy atmosphere to people in the industry to talk about what’s troubling them, but we are still struggling. We will probably never know what triggered this suicide, but possible reasons can be a restricted lifestyle due to lockdown and the resultant sense of isolation.” Says Dr Prakriti Poddar, a mental health expert, MD Poddar Foundation
  3. Rajput gained fame from a hit daily soap ‘Pavitra Rishta,’ after which he stepped into Bollywood. He was one of the brightest stars among the younger lot, who gave stupendous performances in films such as Kai Po Che, the biopic of MS Dhoni, Kedarnath and a film on mental health issues, Chicchore. The actor was last seen in a film on an OTT platform.
  4. Incidentally last week, Rajput’s ex-manager, Disha Salian also committed suicide after jumping off a high-rise building in Mumbai’s Malad area.

Deep down we see all the celebrities so connected to their fans and other celebrities through social media. Are they really connected? When social media started, it had a dream of reaching everyone and giving everyone a voice. Did it? If it did, do we listen to those? SSR was a man of generosity. He once donated one crore to Kerala Flood Relief Funds on behalf of a fan.

But were any of us was available when he actually needed a friend.

What solution can be there?

While we have come a long way with regards to openly talking about mental health, especially with celebrities opening up about their struggles, it still remains a stigma among many. We live in a world where people still think that mental health is not a very serious matter. This incident is just another reminder that we need to break the silence and stigmas related to this health condition. Your mental health should be your priority but at the same time, you must be supportive of other people battling with a similar condition.

Dr Prakriti Poddar adds, “While some show signs that can indicate their suicidal tendencies, there are many who may never say or do anything to indicate that they may end their life. Talking about suicide, seeking access to the means such as guns, pills, or other objects that could be used in a suicide, self-loathing, and giving away prized possessions or making arrangements for family members are some potential indications. An episode of depression, psychosis, or anxiety, a significant loss, such as the death of a partner or the loss of a job, loss of social support, a personal crisis or life stress, especially one that increases a sense of isolation, and exposure to the suicidal behaviors of others, such as friends, peers, or celebrities can put an individual at a higher risk for suicide. The unrelenting pandemic has only added to it.”

Only solution that seems viable to me is that having at least one friend to whom you can open without a hesitation, without a thought of right and wrong. A friend who won’t judge you on your choices, your decisions. Have someone as the friend and Become the friend for someone. Moreover, it could be family, father, mother, brother, sister anyone.

How to help someone ?

If you have recognised these symptoms in someone close to you and think that they might take any drastic step then first of all, just share the information about the same to their family and friends.

No matter what, just don’t leave them alone. They need your support now, more than ever. Listen to them without judging, arguing or yelling at them. Apart from that ask them to seek professional help.

Does Govt have a part play here? To be true, majority of the suicides in India comprise of farmers. There are happiness ministries at places, do they research what leads to an act of ending life?

The United Nations (UN) released its World Happiness Report and India was at a dismal 144 rank of a total 156 nations surveyed. India has been scored at 3.573 points nestled between Lesotho and Malawi nations. Pakistan, on the other hand, has been ranked 66 with a score of 5.693. Pakistan, A country that we always compare ourselves with and feel proud in winning against, is also way ahead of this in this game. I feel there is no root cause analysis to this situation in India. All the happiness ministries are on paper and contribute Aryabhatt’s invention in this field.

RIP SSR! You will be missed! They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. I’m quite sure your second life will be much longer than your first one.

Comments are open for discussion.

Correction and criticism is always welcome.

Adieu! till we meet again.