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Dec 08, 2021 10:59 PM IST
‘Will remember Gen Rawat as an exceptional leader’: Blinken tweets
My deep condolences on the deaths of Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Rawat, his wife, and colleagues who perished in today’s tragic accident. We’ll remember Gen. Rawat as an exceptional leader who served his country and contributed to the U.S.-India defense relationship. https://t.co/yjLv9R05on
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) December 8, 2021
US secretary of state Anthony Blinken took to Twitter to share his condolences on the demise of CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others in the IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. “We’ll remember Gen Rawat as an exceptional leader who served his country and contributed to the US-India defense relationship,” Blinken tweeted.
Dec 08, 2021 10:15 PM IST
Uttarakhand govt declares three-day state mourning for demise of CDS Bipin Rawat
Uttarakhand government has declared a three-day state mourning from December 9 to 11 to condole the death of CDS Bipin Rawat.
Dec 08, 2021 09:33 PM IST
Cremation of CDS Bipin Rawat, and his wife to be held on Friday
Cremation of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and his wife to be conducted on December 10 in Delhi Cantonment, reports ANI. “Their mortal remains are expected to arrive in the [Delhi] in a military plane by tomorrow evening,” the report added.
Dec 08, 2021 07:36 PM IST
In today’s CCS meeting led by PM, 2 minutes of silence observed for IAF chopper crash victims
During today’s CCS meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, and attended by Union home minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval, and external affairs minister S Jaishankar, among others, observed two minutes of silence and paid tributes to the deceased in the IAF chopper crash. CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat were among 13, who lost their lives in the crash that happened near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.
Dec 08, 2021 06:36 PM IST
‘Served with utmost diligence’: PM Modi says he is ‘deeply anguished’ by the IAF chopper crash in which CDS Bipin Rawat died
Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. His passing away has saddened me deeply. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/YOuQvFT7Et
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer condolences for the death of CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others who died in the IAF chopper crash. In a series of tweets, PM said Rawat was an “outstanding soldier” and a “true patriot”, who served with “utmost diligence.” Read more.
Dec 08, 2021 06:22 PM IST
SKM unanimously accepts Centre’s revised draft policy
The five-member committee of SKM has unanimously accepted the revised draft proposals from Centre, farm union leader Inderjit Singh told HT. “It is very likely that the farmers’ agitation will be called off tomorrow when a formal invitation for talks is sent to the farm body,” he added.
Dec 08, 2021 06:09 PM IST
IAF confirms the death of CDS Bipin Rawat in IAF chopper crash
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.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed the death of CDS Bipin Rawat along with his wife Madhulika Rawat. Besides then, 11 others on board the chopper have died in the incident.
Dec 08, 2021 05:45 PM IST
Wing commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of IAF chopper
Wing commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of IAF chopper Mi-17V5 that crashed with 14 passengers, including CDS Bipin Rawat, on board near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. He is the commanding officer of the 109 Helicopter Uni, ANI reports citing sources.
Dec 08, 2021 05:35 PM IST
Bail pleas of 2 cops held in connection to extortion case involving Param Bir Singh dismissed
Mumbai City Sessions Court has dismissed the bail plea applications of police officers Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke, who were held in connection with the extortion case involving the former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Dec 08, 2021 05:10 PM IST
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to meet later today
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) will meet at 6.30pm today, reports ANI.
Dec 08, 2021 04:46 PM IST
Olaf Scholz sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor
Olaf Scholz sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor. He replaced Angela Merkel, thereby ending her long 16-year-old tenure.
Dec 08, 2021 04:17 PM IST
Rajnath Singh to issue statement on crash in Parliament tomorrow
Defence minister Rajnath Singh to give statement on IAF chopper crash in Parliament tomorrow.
Dec 08, 2021 04:15 PM IST
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojna to continue till 2024
Union minister Anurag Thakur said on Wednesday that the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojna will continue till 2024.
Dec 08, 2021 04:12 PM IST
Army chief Gen Naravane briefs Rajnath Singh on IAF chopper crash
Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane briefs defence minister Rajnath Singh on IAF chopper crash in Delhi’s South Block.
Dec 08, 2021 04:04 PM IST
SKM holding meet on whether to call off agitation; describes IAF chopper crash ‘very painful incident’
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is holding a vital meet on whether to end agitation, offers condolences for the victims of the IAF chopper crash that was carrying CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, among 12 others. The farmer union describes the crash incident as a “very painful incident.”
Dec 08, 2021 03:52 PM IST
Rajnath Singh reaches the residence of CDS Bipin Rawat
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has reached the residence of CDS Bipin Rawat. The CDS along with his wife Madhulika Rawat, and other staff, was in the IAF chopper that crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.
Dec 08, 2021 03:26 PM IST
Air Force chief VR Chaudhuri on way to IAF chopper crash site
India’s Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhuri is flying to the IAF chopper crash site.
Dec 08, 2021 03:20 PM IST
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to visit IAF chopper crash site in Nilgiris
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin to leave for Coimbatore at 5pm and head to the crash site in Nilgiris district.
Dec 08, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Rajnath Singh briefed PM Modi about IAF chopper crash
Defence minister Rajnath Singh is monitoring the situation regarding the IAF chopper crash. He has also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the crash in which CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika, among 12 others, were on board.
Dec 08, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Defence minister Rajnath Singh to brief Parliament on IAF chopper crash
Defence minister Rajnath Singh to brief Parliament on IAF chopper crash where CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, among 12 others, were present.
Dec 08, 2021 02:57 PM IST
14 passengers were on board crashed IAF chopper, eight ambulances on spot for rescue operations
As many as 14 passengers were on board the IAF chopper, including CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, among others, which was heading to Wellington from Sulur. A total of eight ambulances are currently on spot for rescue operations, with local police and army present as well. Those who have been rescued are being shifted to a government hospital in Coonoor.
Dec 08, 2021 01:54 PM IST
IAF confirms Bipin Rawat was onboard army chopper that crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu
An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
The CDS was accompanied by his wife Madhulika Rawat, his staff and some other officials. Here’s latest report by Hindustan Times.
Dec 08, 2021 01:36 PM IST
Army chopper carrying senior defence officials crashes in Tamil Nadu
CDS Bipin Rawat, his staff and some family members were in the Mi-series chopper that crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu. Search and rescue operations launched from nearby bases, news agency ANI reported qouting sources.
Dec 08, 2021 01:03 PM IST
As Omicron spreads, Europe cautioned over rising Covid-19 cases, deaths
Deaths and hospitalisations from Covid-19 will continue to rise in Europe in the coming weeks as vaccination rates remain insufficient to counter the trends, a key European health agency warned Tuesday. Read More
Dec 08, 2021 11:37 AM IST
In fresh letter to SKM, Centre says ready to accept all demands of farmers
In fresh letter to SKM, Centre says ready to accept all demands of farmers. Five-member SKM team currently in an informal huddle in Capital. Main discussion set to begin at 2pm on a decision whether to call off stir.
Dec 08, 2021 11:10 AM IST
SC stays proceedings in FIRs registered by Tripura police against journalists
The Supreme Court stays proceedings arising out of FIRs registered by Tripura police against two journalists over their reports on communal violence in the state; issues notice to the police.
Dec 08, 2021 10:40 AM IST
Activities level are reaching pre-pandemic levels: RBI
Globally, economies are opening up, activities level are reaching pre-pandemic level, says Governor Shaktikanta Das.
Dec 08, 2021 10:38 AM IST
‘Outrageous and unprecedented’: Sonia Gandi on suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs
At CPP meet, Sonia Gandhi terms suspension of 12 Opposition Rajya Sabha MPs as outrageous and unprecedented. She also said it violates both Constitution and rules.
Dec 08, 2021 10:21 AM IST
RBI retains GDP growth target at 9.5% in FY22
The projection for real GDP growth is retained at 9.5% in 2021-22, consisting of 6.6% in Q3, and 6% in Q4. Real GDP growth is projected at 17.2% for Q1 of 2022-23 and at 7.8% for Q2 of 2022-23: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
Dec 08, 2021 10:20 AM IST
RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 4%, retains accommodative policy stance
Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep the policy repo rate at 4% and the stance remains accommodative. MSF rate and bank rate remain unchanged at 4.25%. Reverse repo rate also remains unchanged at 3.35%: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das following MPC meeting
Dec 08, 2021 08:45 AM IST
SKM’s 5-member committee to hold urgent meeting today
Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s 5-member committee to hold an urgent meeting in New Delhi at 10 am today, news agency ANI reported.
Dec 08, 2021 07:27 AM IST
Encounter underway in Shopian
Encounter has started at Check Cholan area of Shopian districts in Jammu and Kashmir. Further details shall follow.
Dec 08, 2021 07:10 AM IST
Pfizer shot gives less immunity to Omicron than to other strains: Early study
Researchers in South Africa have found in an early study that Pfizer’s vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) actually provides less immunity to the Omicron variant than to other major versions of the virus. Read More
Dec 08, 2021 06:17 AM IST
Australia follows US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
Australia will not send officials to the upcoming winter Olympics in Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday, joining a US diplomatic boycott of the event. Read More
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Rawat never cared for his popularity, dog-loving general took hard decisions
General Rawat’s previous appointments included those of the army chief, army vice chief, Southern Army commander, corps commander in the North-east and division commander in Kashmir.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 11:31 PM IST
Delhi Police spent over ₹7 crore for security during farmers’ stir: MoS Home
- When asked about the number of farmers who lost their lives in the ongoing stir, and if the Centre has announced any compensation for their families, Union minister Nityanand Rai said police and public order are state subjects.
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 11:34 PM IST
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Need to expand fleet, improve manufacturing to counter Pakistan, China: IAF chief
Beijing’s aggressive intent is most visible in the rapid enhancement of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s operational infrastructure, such as additional airfields in the Tibet Autonomous Region. China has also deployed air defence units, advanced aircraft and drones at these facilities.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 10:46 PM IST
Meat-climate debate is a red herring in India
- The meat-climate debate is pretty much a red herring for a country like India where meat has a minuscule presence in Indian diets
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 10:21 PM IST
Employers have developed more sophisticated modes of exploitation: Gayathri Poti
- Advocate Gayathri Poti, granddaughter of late Justice P Subramonian Poti – the former CJI of Kerala and Gujarat high courts, said that nowadays employers have developed more sophisticated modes of exploitation and only a “trained eye” can identify it.
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 11:25 PM IST
Written by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
CDS General Rawat’s shocking demise throws up questions on succession
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has become the senior-most military officer in the country after Rawat’s demise. Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari and navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar are both around two years junior to him.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 09:40 PM IST
US, Russia condole Gen Rawat’s death, recall how he strengthened defence ties
Russian ambassador Nikolay Kudashev expressed his deepest regret at Rawat’s death in a tweet and said that “India has lost its great patriot and dedicated hero”.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:59 PM IST
Sonia Gandhi calls off birthday celebrations over CDS Rawat’s demise
Issuing an advisory, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal wrote on Twitter, “Hon’ble Congress President has decided not to celebrate her birthday, tomorrow the 9th December. Urging party workers and supporters to strictly avoid any celebrations.”
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 09:07 PM IST
News updates from HT: After CDS Rawat chopper crash, PM Modi chairs CCS meet
- Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:49 PM IST
General Bipin Rawat loved sweets, fauj and was wary of China
- When as Army Chief General Rawat and his men confronted the PLA at Doklam Plateau in June 2017 at Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction, he used to say when in doubt, one should pray. Today, we pray for the fearless CDS.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:31 PM IST
HT THIS DAY: December 9, 1956 — Russia win soccer Gold Medal
Yugoslavia, who win the soccer Silver Medal for the third time running, dominated the first half. Their team played better, individually moved the ball faster and generally dictated terms
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:31 PM IST