Manohar Parrikar said the process to acquire new choppers for VVIP travel began in 1999. His predecessor, A K Antony, said the process had begun in 1990. But that is just one point the two made contrasting claims.
On the Indian side, the judgment refers to the Tyagi brothers — Juli, Docsa and Sandeep Tyagi — the Tyagi “family”, as well as to their cousin, the former Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi.
With reservation-seeking Jat protesters erecting blockades across Haryana, the body of Pawan Kumar can’t be brought home by road. The Army too appealed to the “people of Haryana” to give a “befitting farewell to this brave son of their soil”.
The condition of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried in snow for six days after the avalanche in Siachen, remains critical, according to the medical bulletin.
The miraculous survival of the jawan and the incident itself, has generated a debate on the tough conditions close to 3000- 4000 men belonging to three battalions served under at the highest battlefield in the world.
Amongst the Indian platforms that paraded in front of the high profile delegation off the east coast was INS Vikramaditya- India’s biggest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, destroyers INS Kolkata, Mysore, frigates- Shivalik, Satpura, Teg amongst others.