IAF Chief Dhanoa leads ‘Missing Man’ formation in Mig-21
Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) B.S. Dhanoa on Monday paid tribute to Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja who lost his life 20 years back during the Kargil conflict by flying a ‘missing man’ formation in a Mig-21. He was accompanied by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Western Air Command Air Marshal R Nambiar.
ACM BS Dhanoa led a four aircraft, MiG-21 ‘Missing Man’ formation flypast at AF station Bhisiana, in Bhatinda to honour the valour and supreme sacrifice of men killed in action during Operation Safed Sagar at Kargil, an IAF Spokesperson said in a statement.
“The ‘Missing Man’ formation is an aerial salute accorded to honour the fallen comrades-in-arms,” the Spokesperson stated. This is probably the first time an Air Chief and AOC-in-C flew in the same formation to pay homage, ACM Dhanoa observed after the flypast.
KCR prays at Tirumala temple
Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Monday offered his prayers at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala. He was accompanied by his family members, wife K. Shobha.
After an overnight stay atop the town Mr. Rao visited the temple during the VIP break this morning.
Nepal on high alert
Security forces in Nepal were on high alert Monday amid a general strike called by an outlawed communist group suspected in a series of explosions that killed four people and wounded seven more in the capital.
Schools and main markets remained closed on Monday in Kathmandu while traffic was thin during rush hour.
The group had called for a nationwide general strike to pressure the government in releasing their detained members.
Police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said authorities were investigating Sunday’s blasts. The first two explosions occurred within minutes apart in two Kathmandu neighborhoods, while the third one was a few hours later.
Modi in Varanasi for thanksgiving visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his parliamentary constituency and offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Monday, four days after he steered the BJP to power in New Delhi with a resounding victory of 303 seats in the Lok Sabha. He was received at the airport by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik.
Flanked by BJP president Amit Shah and Mr. Adityanath, Mr. Modi entered the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and paid obeisance to the deity as priests recited Sanskrit ‘shlokas’ in the sanctum sanctorum and blew conch shells.
Modi in Varanasi for thanksgiving visit, offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple
Fire at textile shop in Ernakulam
A major fire broke out at a textile shop on T.D. Road near the busy Ernakulam market area on Monday morning.
The fire was spotted at K. V. Babu and Sons around 10.30 am.
Fire tenders from several units are fighting the fire, which has spread to nearby shops. Thick fumes have engulfed the area, causing breathing difficulty to people in the neighbourhood.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi paid homage to former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee, former vice president Hamid Ansari, former prime minister Manmohan Singh also paid homage to the late prime minister at the Shanti Van on the banks of the Yamuna here.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, several senior Congress leaders and MPs also paid respects to the late leader.
"Many democratic nations as young as India, soon degenerated into dictatorships. "On his death anniversary, let us remember Jawaharlal Nehru Ji's contribution in building strong, independent, modern institutions, that have helped democracy survive in India for over 70 years," the Congress president tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday recalled the contribution of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in nation building on his 55th death anniversary.
"Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his death anniversary. We remember his contributions to our nation," Modi tweeted.
Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Independent India's first and longest serving prime minister, he remained in office until his death on May 27, 1964.
Trump is first head of state to meet Japan's new emperor
Under a blazing hot sun at Japan’s Imperial Palace, President Donald Trump on Monday became the first world leader to meet the new emperor of Japan.
The president, who is on a four-day state visit, was the center of attention at a grand outdoor welcome ceremony where he took a solo walk down red carpets, reviewing Japanese troops as the guest of honor. The pomp and pageantry then gave way to meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about trade and other world issues.
Trump’s “state call” opened with handshakes and greetings from Naruhito, who ascended to the throne on May 1, and his wife, Empress Masako.
As he approached the emperor, Trump said, “How are you? Thank you very much.” The first lady told the empress, “Nice to meet you.”
After exchanging pleasantries inside the palace, the couples emerged and walked to a raised platform as the national anthems of both countries were played.
French Open: Federer returns with easy win, Kerber knocked out
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer made a triumphant return to French Open after three-year absence, easing past Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in the men's singles first round, while fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber was shocked by Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova in the women's singles here.
Federer enjoyed one-sided ovation from the crowds in a redecorated Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday, while competing at the clay major for the first time after 2015, Xinhua reported.
"The reception I got today was crazy. It was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this. It was a beauty. So I'm very, very happy," Federer told a news conference.
The Swiss third seed used one hour and 41 minutes to overcome Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 through 36 winners, setting up a second round encounter with Germany's Oscar Otte.
(With inputs from agencies)