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Top news of the day: Rajnath Singh formally receives first Rafale, Physics Nobel goes to dark matter and exoplanet discoveries, and more

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs “shashtra puja” on a Rafale jet fighter during an handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France on October 8, 2019. France has delivered to India its first Rafale jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs “shashtra puja” on a Rafale jet fighter during an handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France on October 8, 2019. France has delivered to India its first Rafale jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal.   | Photo Credit: AP

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India receives first Rafale from France

The first batch of four aircraft will fly to its home base in India by May 2020. The Minister performed a brief shastra puja on the new aircraft as he emblazoned it with an ‘Om’ tilak and laid flowers and a coconut, just before he took off in it for a sortie. He was joined by senior representatives of the Indian Armed Forces to mark the ceremony. | Wg Cdr Abhinandan leads MiG-21 Bison formation at IAF parade

Dark matter, exoplanet discoveries win Physics Nobel

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics rewards new understanding of the universe’s structure and history, and the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system.

RSS chief says lynching is a ‘western construct’

Mohan Bhagwat said the word ‘lynching’ does not originate from Indian ethos but comes from a separate religious text, and such terms should not be imposed on Indians.

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee urges India to end communication blackout in Kashmir

“India’s communication blackout in Kashmir is having a devastating impact on the lives and welfare of everyday Kashmiris,” the Committee tweeted. “Its time for India to lift these restrictions and afford Kashmiris the same rights and privileges as any other Indian citizen.”

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent chief killed in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security said Umar was a Pakistani citizen, though some reports claim he was born in India.

Regional disputes should be resolved peacefully through dialogues and consultations: Chinese envoy

Over the past year, the two sides have actively implemented the important consensus between the two leaders, upgraded and improved the quality of China-India relations, says Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong.

Militant killed in J&K encounter

An official said a gun battle broke out between militants and security forces on the outskirts of in Pulwama district’s Awantipora town in the morning following a tip-off about the presence of ultras in the area.

Stop our exclusion from 6th Schedule, Meghalaya minor tribes tell CM

Five minor tribes – Bodo-Kachari, Hajong, Koch, Mann and Rabha – are clubbed as “unrepresented tribes” for nomination in Meghalaya’s autonomous tribal councils. These councils are in the names of Garo, Jaintia and Khasi, the State’s three major matrilineal communities.

U.K. says chances of Brexit deal fading fast

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office gave a gloomy assessment after a call between Mr. Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mary Kom enters quarterfinals at World Boxing Championships

The 36-year-old Mary Kom triumphed 5-0 against Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong, a spunky boxer who kept the veteran on her toes with an aggressive approach but just didn’t connect enough.

Saina Nehwal receives Danish visa after seeking MEA help

Hours after seeking the intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs for obtaining a Danish visa, badminton star Saina Nehwal conveyed that she obtained the travel document

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