Indian Girl Apurvi Gets India Gold At Shooting World Cup

New Delhi: India's Apurvi Chandela shattered the world record on her way to the women's 10m air rifle gold with an incredible sequence of scores that never dropped below 10 in the ISSF World Cup here Saturday. Producing her finest performance, the 26-year-old Chandela shot 252.9 to win the top prize on day one of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) competitions, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. China's Ruozhu Zhao bagged silver with 251.8 while another Chinese, Hong Xu (230.4), finished the tournament's first final with a bronze.

Zhao held the previous world record with 252.4, which she shot at the World Cup in Changwon, Korea last April. Such was Chandela's dominance in the eight-woman final that she finished the event a staggering 1.1 points ahead of the silver medallist. Chandela, who had secured a Tokyo Olympic quota in the last World Championships, was fourth in the qualifications with 629.3.


Pakistani Authorities Take Over Headquarters Of The Jaish-e-Mohammed In Punjab Province

New Delhi: In the backdrop of growing international pressure for action against the banned group that claimed the Pulwama terror attack, Pakistani authorities have taken over a complex in Punjab province that functions as headquarters of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Reports of the takeover came in after Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa visited the Line of Control (LoC) amid mounting tensions with India following the February 14 attack that killed 40 Indian troops.

“Pakistan is a peace-loving country but we will not be intimidated or coerced. Any aggression or misadventure shall be paid back in same coin,” Bajwa was quoted as saying in an army statement. Bajwa reviewed the state of preparedness along the LoC and lauded the morale of troops, chief military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.


HAL Chairman R Madhavan Says Indian Air Force May Place Order For An Advanced Version Of Tejas

New Delhi: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan said at Aero India 2019 that Indian Air Force may place a Rs 50,000-crore order for an advanced version of indigenously produced Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, in the next two to three months.

Madhavan said the first flight of LCA Mk-1A was likely to take place three years after the contract was signed, followed by production a year later. The air force plans to buy 83 Mk-1A jets, taking the total number of LCA variants ordered to 123.

Of the 123 planes on order, 20 each are in the initial operational clearance (IOC) and the more advanced final operational clearance (FOC) configurations. The LCA Mk-1A will come with additional improvements over the FOC aircraft, making it the most advanced Tejas variant so far. The Tejas received FOC for induction into the IAF as a combat-ready fighter at a ceremony held here on Wednesday.


Dassault Aviation Says, There Is No Scandal In Rafale Deal And It Is In The Race For Supply Of 110 Aircraft

New Delhi: Dassault Aviation, makers of the fighter jet, said that it was also in the race for 110 aircraft for the Indian Air Force, for which the government had floated an RFI last year asserting there is ‘no scandal’ in the Rafale deal.

The RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender for the deal was issued by IAF in April 6 2018, the first mega procurement initiative for fighter jets.

This was after the government scrapped the process to acquire 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) around six years ago.


Digvijaya Singh Takes To Twitter To Troll Fellow Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Over Pulwama

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to troll fellow Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu over his comments regarding the Pulwama terror attack. Sidhu has been criticised time and again for his comment that “an entire nation can’t be held responsible” ever since the Pulwama terror attack that left as many as 40 CRPF jawans dead.

Nearly five days after the attack, Sidhu got some friendly advice from Digvijaya Singh. In a tweet, Digvijaya wrote, “Navjot Singh Sidhu ji, apne Dost Imran Bhai ko samjhaiye (Please get your friend Imran Bhai to understand.)”

He followed it up with another tweet saying, “Uski vajah se aap ko gali padh rahi hai (You are being cursed because of him)”.