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President Confers Vir Chakra On Abhinandan Varthaman

Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed an enemy jet during an aerial combat with Pakistan in 2019 and was held captive for three days in that country, was on Monday honoured with the Vir Chakra award by President Ram...

22 November 2021

Wing Commander Abhinandan, Who Shot Down Pak's F-16, Flies Mig-21 Bison Over Air Force Day Parade

Three Mirage 2000 aircrafts and two Su-30MKI fighter aircrafts also flew in 'Avenger formation'. The planes are being flown by pilots who took part in Balakot airstrike.


Wing Commander Abhinandan Medically Fit, Begins Flying Again

A senior IAF officer said that Wing Commander Abhinandan was declared fit following examination of injuries sustained during the incident in which he had landed across the Pakistani side of the border


Pakistan Air Force Displays Wing Commander Abhinandan's Mannequin At War Museum

Just ahead of the World Cup match between India and Pakistan, an advertisement on a Pakistan channel featured a spoof on Abhinandan.

10 November 2019

IAF Chief Says He Is 'Honoured' To Fly Last Sortie With Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Dhanoa flew a sortie with Abhinandan in a twin-seater MiG-21 trainer aircraft at the Pathankot Air Base on Monday. He is set to retire from the IAF later this year following nearly four decades in service.


Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Awarded Vir Chakra

36-year-old IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had suffered injuries while ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison during the aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani air forces on February 27.

14 August 2019

Air Force Day Videos: Tendulkar Thanks Indian Soldiers Even As Sukhoi Jet 'Shot Down' By Pakistan Makes Appearance

Sachin Tendulkar attended the 8th Indian Air Force Day, which was dominated by Balakot with the 51 Squadron, the 9 Squadron and 601 signal unit getting citations for their roles in the air strike on terrorist camps in...

08 October 2019

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Wing Commander Abhinandan’s Moustache Should Be Made ‘National Moustache’: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made national moustache.

24 June 2019

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16 June 2019
'Cup Kahan Leke Ja Rahe Ho' Pakistan TV Channel Mocks Abhinandan's Capture As Teaser To Cricket World Cup Clash Vs India

'Cup Kahan Leke Ja Rahe Ho' Pakistan TV Channel Mocks Abhinandan's Capture As Teaser To Cricket World Cup Clash Vs India

India will clash with Pakistan in a Cricket World Cup 2019 match in Manchester on June 16. After having lost the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in...


11 June 2019
Cricket World Cup: 'Where Are You Taking The Cup?' Pakistan TV Airs Abhinandan Spoof Ahead Of India-Pak Match – WATCH

Cricket World Cup: 'Where Are You Taking The Cup?' Pakistan TV Airs Abhinandan Spoof Ahead Of India-Pak Match – WATCH

In a 33-second video released by Pakistan's Jazz TV, the character impersonating Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman can be seen sporting the Indian Air Force...


21 April 2019
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Shifted Out Of Srinagar

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Shifted Out Of Srinagar

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been shifted out of Srinagar and posted to a frontline air base in the western sector.


10 March 2019
Evidence Of Pakistan Deploying F-16 Jets, One Shot Down By IAF Pilot Abhinandan: India

Evidence Of Pakistan Deploying F-16 Jets, One Shot Down By IAF Pilot Abhinandan: India

United States has been asked to examine whether the use of F-16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale.


07 March 2019
Fake Accounts Of Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman On Social Media, Misinformation Being Spread: IAF

Fake Accounts Of Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman On Social Media, Misinformation Being Spread: IAF

'Wing Commander Abhinandan does not have any official social media account on Twitter and Instagram,' the IAF said.


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04 March 2019
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Flying Fighter Plane Again Depends On His Fitness: IAF Chief

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Flying Fighter Plane Again Depends On His Fitness: IAF Chief

Queried about the number of terrorists killed in the February 26 IAF attack in Balkot, Pakistan, he said it was for the government to give out the number.


04 March 2019
Salman Khurshid Says Abhinandan 'Matured' As Fighter Pilot Under UPA, Courts Controversy

Salman Khurshid Says Abhinandan 'Matured' As Fighter Pilot Under UPA, Courts Controversy

After attracting criticism on the social media for 'taking credit', Khurshid Sunday said that he had only 'stated the truth'.


03 March 2019
Wrestler Bajrang Punia Wins Gold In Bulgaria, Dedicates Medal To IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Wrestler Bajrang Punia Wins Gold In Bulgaria, Dedicates Medal To IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Punia, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments


03 March 2019
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Undergoes Debriefings By Security Agencies

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Undergoes Debriefings By Security Agencies

Varthaman arrived in the national capital by an IAF flight at around 11:45 pm Friday, nearly two-and-half hours after he crossed over to India through the...


02 March 2019
Abhinandan Varthaman Says He Was Subjected To Mental Harassment By Pak Military: Report

Abhinandan Varthaman Says He Was Subjected To Mental Harassment By Pak Military: Report

Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa met Wing Commander Varthaman at the Army RR Hospital in New...


02 March 2019
Back From Pakistan, Wing Commander Abhinandan Undergoes 'Cooling Down' Process In Delhi

Back From Pakistan, Wing Commander Abhinandan Undergoes 'Cooling Down' Process In Delhi

Varthaman arrived in the national capital around 11:45 PM Friday and soon after he was taken to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME)


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02 March 2019
Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Wing Commander Abhinandan In Hospital

Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Wing Commander Abhinandan In Hospital

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman arrived in the national capital by an IAF flight around 11:45 PM Friday, nearly two-and-half hours after he crossed over to...


02 March 2019
Pak Foreign Minister Claims Indian Pilot Abhinandan Not Released Under Any Pressure

Pak Foreign Minister Claims Indian Pilot Abhinandan Not Released Under Any Pressure

'There was no pressure on Pakistan to release him nor any compulsion. We wanted to convey to them (India) that we do not want to increase your sorrow', Foreign...


02 March 2019
BCCI Greets Abhinandan Varthaman: You Rule The Skies And You Rule Our Hearts

BCCI Greets Abhinandan Varthaman: You Rule The Skies And You Rule Our Hearts

The BCCI on Friday put out a picture of the Indian Team’s jersey bearing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s name and number 1 on it as a tribute...


02 March 2019
Good To Be Back In My Country, Says IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman After Release From Pak Custody

Good To Be Back In My Country, Says IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman After Release From Pak Custody

Captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India late on Friday after nearly 60 hours in Pakistan.


01 March 2019
IAF pilot Abhinandan Was Made To Record Video Statement By Pak Before Being Handed Over To India

IAF pilot Abhinandan Was Made To Record Video Statement By Pak Before Being Handed Over To India

It was not clear whether he was made to record the video under duress. The video also had several jump cuts indicating that it had been edited heavily,...


01 March 2019
Documentation, Procedural Delays Held Up Release Of IAF Pilot Abhinandan By Pak For Several Hours

Documentation, Procedural Delays Held Up Release Of IAF Pilot Abhinandan By Pak For Several Hours

The sources said Pakistan postponed the time of his release twice


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