Top news of the day: Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat killed in IAF helicopter crash; RBI holds rates citing uncertainty and fragile recovery, and more

Gen. Bipin Singh Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat in New Delhi on September 18, 2017.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Chief of Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat, wife and 11 others killed in IAF helicopter crash

The Indian Air Force tweeted: “With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen. Bipin Rawat, Mrs. Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident.” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country.”

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RBI cites ‘considerable uncertainty’, fragility of recovery in holding rates

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Modi government repealed the farm laws undemocratically: Sonia Gandhi

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Air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missile ready for serial production

Major airframe assemblies indigenously developed by Indian industry, says Defence Ministry.

‘Highly unlikely’ existing vaccines will fail against Omicron: WHO

In the fight against all COVID-19 variants, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said, “the best weapon we have right now is to get vaccinated.”

Olaf Scholz takes reins from Angela Merkel for new German era

Mr. Scholz has pledged broad "continuity" with the policies of Ms. Merkel while making Germany greener and fairer.

U.S. House passes $768 billion annual defence authorisation

The bill, which passed the House 363-70, asks the President to provide a ‘Grand Strategy With Respect to China’, advises the Secretary of Defence to deepen alliances in the Indo-Pacific and contains measures to reform how harassment and sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces are prosecuted, among other provisions.

Meta opens new office in India; will skill 1 crore small businesses

The new office building in Gurugram will house teams from across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

The Ashes | Captain Cummins takes 5 wickets; England crash to 147 on rain-curtailed opening day

England captain Joe Root won the toss, opted to bat and lost opener Rory Burns on the very first delivery of the Ashes series, a late swinging yorker from Australia paceman Mitchell Starc. It set the tone for the opening two sessions, which were more like open season for Australia's pace bowling pack.

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