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  1. People wade through a water-logged road past a stalled passenger bus during rains in Mumbai, August 29, 2017. Photo: Reuters MUMBAI: Torrential rains lashed India?s financial hub Mumbai for the second time in weeks on Tuesday, flooding low-lying areas and paralysing traffic at the country?s second busiest airport after a plane overshot the runway. Low visibility, strong winds and slippery conditions caused the SpiceJet flight to overshoot while landing on Tuesday night and skid onto the grass. The airline said all 183 passengers on the flight from the northern city of Varanasi were safe, but the incident led to widespread disruptions. India?s largest carrier Indigo and rivals Jet Airways and Vistara issued advisories saying they had halted all flights to and from Mumbai due to unavailability of runways and bad weather conditions. The airport was earlier shut down for 30 minutes while the downpour hampered visibility. A deluge in Mumbai last month killed 14 people, wrecked homes and caused chaos in the city of 20 million people. Tuesday?s rain delayed services on the heavily used local train network, a rail official said, while road traffic was heavily disrupted by flooding. The state of Maharashtra?s Education Minister Vinod Tawde in a tweet advised all schools and colleges in the city to remain closed on Wednesday, when the weather department forecasting that heavy rains would continue. On Wednesday, NDTV reported that flight operations are still affected at Mumbai airport, with a total of 56 flights having been diverted as the main runway is yet to become operational. The media outlet stated that Mumbai recorded 210mm rainfall and its suburb 303mm in the last 24 hours until 8:30am today. "The iconic 'dabbawalas' of Mumbai have cancelled their delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office goers in the city. 'The over 5,000 'dabbawalas' who deliver around two lakh 'dabbas' (tiffins) a day won't be able to do so today as they returned only this morning after being stranded at railway stations,' Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association said," NDTV reported.
  2. One of India's most celebrated soldiers, the hero of 1965 war, and Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Arjan Singh breathed his last at the age of 98 on Saturday, after suffering a cardiac arrest. With Singh's demise, India has lost its last five-star officer and the only Marshal of the IAF. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too mourned the death of this legendary hero, who proved his gallantry during the World War II and the 1965 India-Pakistan war. India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation. pic.twitter.com/8eUcvoPuH1 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2017 During the Second World War, he courageously faced the Japanese Army while serving as a pilot officer in the British-Indian forces appointed in Burma (now Myanmar). For his “fearless and exceptional” service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross in the year 1944. In his career span, Arjan Singh has flown varied kinds of aircraft taking the Indian Air Force to greater heights with his unmatched skills. Singh is also remembered for his role in the India-Pakistan war of 1965, where he (then Chief of Air Staff) successfully guided the Air Force towards victory and beat the Pakistan Air Force, despite the latter having access to top class US jets. © Twitter / Narendra Modi PM Modi too appreciated his efforts and wrote in his tweet that “India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action.” He further added, when he went to meet him some time back, he tried to salute PM Modi despite his ill-health. Sometime back I met him, who despite his ill health tried to get up to salute even though I said no. Such was his soldier discipline. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2017 My thoughts are with his family & those mourning the demise of a distinguished air warrior & fine human, Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh. RIP — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2017 Born on 15 April, 1919 in Lyallpur, Punjab (which is now in Pakistan), Arjan Singh graduated as a pilot officer from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. He served in the Indian Air Force till 1969 and post his retirement became an ambassador to Switzerland in 1971. Later, in the year 1974 he served the country as High Commissioner to Kenya and became the Lt. Governbor of Delhi in 1989. © Twitter / Doordarshan News In the year 2002, he was given the highest military rank of Marshal and is said to be the only IAF officer to receive this honorary rank. Before him Army chiefs K M Carriappa and Sam Manekshaw are said to be awarded with this rank. Last year, the IAF honoured Singh for his services by naming its Panagarh (West Bengal) air base after him. He became the only living officer to have a base named after him. The base will now be known as Air Force Station Arjan Singh. © Twitter / Doordarshan News According to a report in The Times Of India, a state funeral will be given to the heroic Marshal of the Indian Air Force and the national flag will fly at half mast mast in all government buildings on Monday. Padma Bhushan awardee, Arjan Singh will be forever remembered for his unrivaled, supreme and exceptional skills and bravery and as the nation mourns his demise, we pray for this air warrior to rest in peace. President Ram Nath Kovind too mourned the demise of Arjan Singh. Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community 1/2 #PresidentKovind pic.twitter.com/j1Tlw2GWsI — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 16, 2017 A great loss for the Nation & the #IndianAirForce : Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh passes away at R&R Army Hospital, New Delhi. Today pic.twitter.com/u6FpQIUg7a — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) September 16, 2017 Aum Shanti #ArjanSingh ji,only Indian Air Force officer to b promoted to 5-star rank.Soldiers never die,u were& will always b an inspiration pic.twitter.com/CLoASehBBE — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 16, 2017 We do feel a sense of loss when a Hero leaves us. But Marshal of Airforce #ArjanSingh will live with us till d word 'Bravery' is around.ðð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/FAplMRe27s — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 16, 2017 Marshall of the Indian Air Force #ArjanSingh was a distinguished war hero. My salute to him as his soul ascends to the skies. — Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) September 17, 2017 Deeply saddened by the demise of #ArjanSingh ji, Marshal of Indian Air Force.My sincere condolences.May his soul rest in peace — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 16, 2017 A soldier &diplomat par excellence,Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh's demise is an irreparable loss.India has lost a true hero.Deepest condolences — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 16, 2017 Saddened by the demise of 1965 war hero & Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh. He was the father of our Air Force modernisation efforts (1/2). — Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) September 16, 2017 Graduated at RAF Cranwell 1939 Led No1 squadron WW2 Burma campaign 1st Marshal of the IAF#ArjanSingh an iconic legend passes away at 98. pic.twitter.com/9X9PZgQhTH — Amandeep SinghBhogal (@AmandeepBhogal) September 16, 2017
  3. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/9c995ac8544e831eca7707fc18e45107.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xNC8yMDE3IDM6MTI6MjEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1YSlVObmlucGVOOEJlWTY4WE1KSlp3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The ongoing Shaheen-VI Pak-China joint air exercise is in full swing with participation by Pakistan Air Force?s pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew, said a statement released by the PAF. JF-17 Thunder, Mirage, F-7PG and ZDK aircraft from PAF along with People?s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-8, J-11, JH-7 and KJ-200 AWACS aircraft are taking part in the air exercise. ?The exercise will further strengthen the working relationship between both the air forces and help in learning from each other experiences,? said the PAF statement. The exercise, Shaheen-VI, is the sixth in the series of joint air exercises with PLAAF and is conducted every year in the two countries on an alternate basis. Last year, the PLAAF contingent visited Pakistan for the exercise. F7-PG aircraft parked at Korla Air Base in China. -PAFA Mirage aircraft departing for a sortie. -PAFPAF JF-17 aircraft parked at Korla Air Base in China. -PAF
  4. People hold banners showing victims of Saudi-led air strikes during a demonstration outside the United Nations offices in Sanaa, Yemen August 29, 2017. Picture taken August 29, 2017. REUTERS DUBAI: Human Rights Watch accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of war crimes on Tuesday, saying its air strikes killed 39 civilians including 26 children in two months. The rights group said five air strikes hitting four family homes and a grocery store were carried out either deliberately or recklessly, causing indiscriminate loss of civilian lives in violation of the laws of war. The coalition has repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes and says its attacks are directed against its foes in Yemen?s armed Houthi movement and not civilians. Yemen has been torn by a civil war in which Yemen?s internationally-recognized government, backed by a coalition supported by the United States and Britain, is trying to roll back the Iran-aligned Houthi group which controls most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa. ?The Saudi-led coalition?s repeated promises to conduct its air strikes lawfully are not sparing Yemeni children from unlawful attacks,? said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. ?This underscores the need for the United Nations to immediately return the coalition to its annual ?list of shame? for violations against children in armed conflict,? she said. On August 4, coalition aircraft struck a home in Saada, killing nine members of a family, including six children, ages 3 through 12. On July 3, an air strike killed eight members of the same family in Taiz province, including the wife and 8-year-old daughter, the organization said. HRW said it interviewed nine family members and witnesses to five air strikes that occurred between June 9 and August 4, and did not detect any potential military targets in the vicinity. The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than three million and ruined much of the impoverished country?s infrastructure. The Saudi-led coalition was formed in 2015 to fight the Houthis and army troops allied with them who have fired missiles into the kingdom. HRW called on United Nations Security Council to launch an international investigation into the abuses at its September session. On Monday, the UN said it has verified 5,144 civilian deaths in the war in Yemen, mainly from air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition, and an international investigation is urgently needed.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ab23ad8c764f59c5f1f53a70f2c47153.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS85LzIwMTcgNjoxMzoxNyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPVpRd1FKOFE5cDV5cVNVSXhITTFWa2c9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] BEIJING: The air forces of China and Pakistan began joint training exercises in China on Thursday. China has dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops, said Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the People's Liberation Army Air Force, adding the Chinese navy's aviation troops also participated in the training. Pakistan has sent JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and early warning aircraft to join the exercise, named "Shaheen VI," which will run until September 27, Shen said. "To build a world-class air force, we need to learn from foreign armies and improve our capability to complete multiple tasks," said Shen, adding the Chinese air force will increase international exchanges and sharpen its combat effectiveness. The "Shaheen" joint training was launched by the Chinese and Pakistani air forces in March 2011.
  6. A crewless aircraft blasts off from the Kennedy space center, Florida on Thursday. It was supposed to be a secret, but the cat is out of the bag now! And, we've some juicy info about this secret mission for you. It was SpaceX that launched the US Air Force's super-secret space shuttle as schools and businesses boarded up for Hurricane Irma, which is probably going to hit Florida by this weekend. It was a good day for Elon Musk and his team as it was SpaceX's 16th successful return of a first-stage booster. Though booster rockets are normally discarded at sea but as per SpaceX's normal practice, it landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral for eventual reuse. So to be precise, a crewless aircraft, a technology testing mini-shuttle capable of spending years in orbit, rode an unmanned Falcon rocket on Thursday. © Air & Space Magazine As far as we know, there are two X-37B orbital test vehicles in existence and officials haven't revealed anything about what the spacecraft is doing up there. FYI between the two X-37B's they have already logged five and a half years in orbit. The first mission was launched in 2010 and the last one lasted almost two years and ended making the headline ‘US military's secret space plane lands with sonic boom in Florida' on 7th of May 2010. Earlier, the missions relied on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rockets. But as SpaceX earned a reputation in the market the company provided a lift for the experimental mini-shuttle. Also, Air force officials said they wanted to use a variety of rockets for the X-37B program. Their objective? To be able to launch as quickly as possible, if warranted. If we talk about the size of the the mini-shuttle, they are 29ft long, with a 14ft wingspan. Now, this is way smaller if compared to Nasa's retired space shuttles which were 122ft long, with a 78ft wingspan. We all know Elon doesn't keep too many secrets from the public when it comes to revealing his company's plans for the future. You can check his Instagram account or Twitter account to stay up to date. It is indeed regularly updated. But this time it was meant to be a secret. So at the Air Force's request, the company stopped providing details about the X-37B's shuttle a few minutes after the lift off. The booster's return to SpaceX's landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force station was broadcasted live. No secrets here. When a SpaceX launch controller announced, “The Falcon has safely landed, ” cheers erupted at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. A day well spent! You can watch the launch below:
  7. Every Indian should know about the IAF.
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  9. Anyone with a love of travel and in a salaried job knows the pain of saving money for a holiday. You watch all those stunning travel pictures your friends keep sharing with ‘YOLO' hashtags and wonder how they manage the expense. When we were kids, the only time we got to check in to places (and not even on Facebook) were the customary annual trips our parents took us to. Well, looks like all that is going to change as Air India has just offered a massive discount for students, senior citizens and army personnel. The airline is offering a 50 percent discount on air tickets to the three categories. The official Twitter account of Air India posted the offer: #AIUpdate: Effective #today avail 50% #discount on #Students along with #ArmedForces #SeniorCitizens Pl visit https://t.co/T1SVjRluZv #FlyAI pic.twitter.com/n29xNWsyB5 — Air India (@airindiain) September 1, 2017 The offer starts from September 1 and is subject to availability of seats, as mentioned in the tweet. We anticipate a crazy rush for air tickets on the site, fingers crossed. There is no mention of a last date for the discount, so we are assuming it's open ended right now, but since offers as good as this one often run out of resources soon enough, we wouldn't bet on this being a long-term thing. Also, the discount is on base fare of domestic economy class, so it's not for a Zindagi-Na-Milegi-Dobara-Euro trip. It's more like a Yeh-Jawani-Hai-Deewani-holiday thing, but hey no one's complaining. *Cough* Goa *cough* © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures If, like us, you're wondering if college students are eligible, let us tell you they totally are. Any student between the age of 12 to 26 and enrolled in a full-time course at an educational organization “recognized/aided by/ affiliated to a central or State educational board” is eligible. Picture this: a family with 2 senior citizens, 2 students, and 2 adults working in the Armed Forces. That's a bonus holiday right there!
  10. It comes days after Afghan officials said the country´s own air force killed up to 13 civilians in separate strikes targeting a Taliban base in Herat-Reuters (File photo) Thirteen civilians from the same family were killed and another 15 wounded in a US air strike on Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan authorities said Thursday. US Forces-Afghanistan said it has launched an investigation into the incident which an Afghan official said also killed more than a dozen insurgents hiding in a house in Dasht-e-Bari village in volatile Logar province near Kabul on Wednesday. It comes days after Afghan officials said the country´s own air force killed up to 13 civilians in separate strikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat. "In the operation the US forces came under the attack by the Taliban and foreign forces returned fire and forced the Taliban insurgents to hide in the civilian houses nearby," Saleem Saleh, a spokesman for the Logar provincial governor, told AFP. "Then the foreign forces called in air support and bombed the civilian house which led to civilian casualties." Saleh said the victims were from the same family and most of the dead were women and children. "I heard two big bangs and when I went out of my home I saw the building which was bombarded was totally destroyed," Nazar Khan Kochi told AFP. "We pulled out the dead bodies from the rubble and debris and buried them. "It was a very painful day for us," he said, describing the incident as a "massacre" and adding no Taliban were among the dead. Photos showed dead women and children wrapped in shrouds as relatives prepared to bury them. Logar provincial police spokesman Shahpoor Ahmadzai confirmed the number of casualties. The US is the only foreign force currently carrying out air strikes in Afghanistan. The US military said it has launched an official probe into the incident which comes three weeks after a US air strike allegedly killed 11 civilians in neighbouring Nangarhar province -- charges the Americans have vehemently denied. "United States Forces-Afghanistan takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and is working with our Afghan partners to determine the facts surrounding this incident (in Logar)," it said in a statement. Ordinary Afghans have borne the brunt of the grinding conflict which began in October 2001, with record high civilian deaths this year. In the first half of the year, 1,662 civilians were killed and more than 3,500 injured, with deaths in Kabul accounting for nearly 20 percent of the toll, according to a UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report published last month.
  11. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary, who has expressed an interest in buying up parts of insolvent German airline Air Berlin, gives a press conference in Berlin on August 30, 2017. AFP/Odd Andersen BERLIN: Ryanair chief executive Michael O' Leary on Wednesday said his airline would not make a bid for insolvent Air Berlin, slamming what he called a German "stitch-up" designed to benefit Lufthansa. Several airlines are jostling to take over parts of Air Berlin after it filed for insolvency earlier this month, a process Ryanair has been fiercely critical of. The chief executive of the Irish no-frills airline said at a press conference in Berlin that Ryanair would only join the scramble for assets if it "was a fair and open process". "But we are not getting involved in this process because it is a stitch-up," O'Leary said. Air Berlin filed for insolvency after the main owner Etihad Airways suddenly pulled the funding plug following years of losses. The German government then stepped in with a 150-million-euro ($180-million) bridging loan to keep the carrier's planes flying for the coming weeks. O'Leary accused the government and the two German airlines of conspiring to allow Lufthansa to take over a debt-free Air Berlin in violation of anti-trust rules, charges the government rejects. The pugnacious Ryanair boss said awarding Air Berlin to Lufthansa would give Germany's flagship carrier control over "95 percent of the domestic market". This would make Lufthansa "not just a German champion but a German monster who will increase the cost of air travel for millions of Germans for the next 10, 15, 20 years". German newspaper Bild has reported that Lufthansa ? which already leases 38 of Air Berlin's 140 planes ? could buy up to 70 aircraft with as many as 3,000 crew for its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings. Other interested airlines cited in media reports include package holiday firm TUI, British low-cost carrier EasyJet and Thomas Cook subsidiary Condor, as well as Bavarian entrepreneur Rudolf Woehrl. German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said last week that "for competition reasons, no single company can take over Air Berlin". Ryanair has lodged complaints with German and European Union anti-trust authorities, urging them to investigate the "obvious conspiracy playing out in Germany".
  12. KABUL: At least 11 Afghan civilians were killed and 16 wounded on Wednesday when a NATO helicopter attacked a house where Taliban insurgents had taken shelter in Logar province, east of the capital, Kabul, the local governor said. There was no immediate confirmation that NATO or US aircraft were involved, but a spokesman for Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Kabul, said in an emailed statement it was aware of the reports and was looking into them. Logar Governor Halim Fedaee said the incident occurred in Dashte Bari district near the provincial capital Pul-e Alam. "The Taliban took position in a civilian house and fired a rocket at a NATO helicopter," the governor said. "The house owner begged the Taliban to leave, but they didn´t.? The helicopter took a turn, came and hit this house that caused these deaths. "The incident, a day after reports that an Afghan air strike killed at least 13 civilians in the western province of Herat, underlines the risk that a recent increase in air raids by US and Afghan forces will increase civilian casualties. United Nations figures showed a 43 per cent spike in civilian casualties from both Afghan and US air strikes in the first half of the year, with 95 killed and 137 wounded, as the pace of air operations has increased. Civilian casualties caused by US air strikes have long been a source of friction in Afghanistan, and the risk of further casualties may increase if the US steps up operations as part of President Donald Trump´s new strategy for Afghanistan. Earlier, Resolute Support denied a Taliban statement that a US helicopter had been shot down in Logar province. It said a helicopter had made a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue.
  13. Drills over the past few months have mostly focused on flying near self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, and by Japan?s southern island chain to the north of Taiwan. Image: Reuters No amount of interference or shadowing of its aircraft will stop the Chinese air force from carrying out long-range drills, the defense ministry said, announcing another round of exercises of the type that have unnerved Taiwan and Japan. The air force carried out further long-range exercises on Thursday, the ministry said late that same day, without giving details of where they happened. Japan said it was concerned about bombers flying close to its territory. Such ?normal? drills accord with international law and practices and are part of an ?ordinary need? to raise combat abilities and strengthen the military, it added. ?No matter what obstructions are encountered, the Chinese air force will carry on as before; no matter who flies with us, the Chinese air force will fly a lot and as normal!? the ministry added, citing an air force spokesman. Japan?s government said six Chinese bombers flying from the East China Sea on Thursday passed close to its islands on route to the Pacific Ocean. It was the first time we have recorded Chinese military aircraft flying this route,? Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera said during a regular press briefing on Friday. ?We expressed our concern through diplomatic channels,? he added. Drills over the past few months have mostly focused on flying near self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, and by Japan?s southern island chain to the north of Taiwan. Taiwan?s military said earlier this month it was on a high state of alert following three straight days of drills by the Chinese air force near it. China has been increasingly asserting itself in territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. It is also worried about Taiwan, run by a government China fears is intent on independence. Beijing has never ruled out the use of force to bring proudly democratic Taiwan under its control, and has warned that any moves toward formal independence could prompt an armed response. China is in the midst of an ambitious military modernization program that includes building aircraft carriers and developing stealth fighters to give it the ability to project power far from its shores. Taiwan is well armed with mostly US weaponry, but has been pressing Washington to sell it more high-tech equipment to better deter China.
  14. An air traffic control tower is pictured at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, August 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: India is considering setting up remote air traffic control (ATC) towers to cut costs and overcome labour shortages, government sources told Reuters, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to open dozens of regional airports to boost air travel. Remote monitoring allows traditional concrete control towers to be replaced with dozens of high resolution, infra-red cameras around runways that feed live images to screens in buildings far from the airport. The technology, used in countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland and Sweden, enables flights at multiple airports to be monitored from one location, reducing the need for air traffic controllers and physical towers at every airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has initiated a study on remote monitoring of flights, with a recommendation expected in September, one of the sources said. A decision to proceed could be a boost to companies like Sweden's Saab and Canada-based Searidge Technologies that are in talks with the airport regulator to bring the technology to India. "India is one of the biggest opportunities in terms of the business potential," said Varun Singh, marketing director at Saab India, adding that it has held several discussions with the airport regulator. Searidge, which has set up remote digital towers in Hungary, Albania and Azerbaijan, said it has also presented its technology to the airport regulator. Air passenger traffic in India, the world's fourth biggest market, is growing at over 20 per cent annually. Plans are underway to revive 50 regional airports in the next two years under a new scheme to boost connectivity between small cities. Low-cost carriers IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe, and SpiceJet have ordered dozens of new, small planes from European turboprop maker ATR and Canada's Bombardier to fly regional routes. Regulator key The AAI is working with India's aviation safety watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on the study and has sought information from countries where remote towers are in use, one source said. The plan hinges on DGCA's approval because remote tower technology is not standardised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, which is still drawing up regulations. In the meantime, countries follow their own safety guidelines. "Remote ATC is all the more needed for India given our vast area, low traffic at regional airports and the need to keep airfares low," said Amber Dubey, India head of aerospace and defense at consultancy KPMG. However, in several parts of India availability of reliable power and telecom connectivity are a challenge, said Dubey. While there have been power failures at ATC towers at two of India's biggest and busiest airports ? Delhi and Mumbai ? in the past, no incidents or accidents occurred as a result, according to local media reports. The bigger concern, however, is the transfer of data from the airport to the remote tower. An ATC official at India's airport regulator said they are yet to understand how the data transfer will work, what medium will be used and what the backup will be. "If the (data transfer) medium goes blank, the airport will be cut off," said the official, who did not wish to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Controllers would also need to be trained to recognise and adapt to local conditions, including weather and topography, of multiple airports instead of just one, the source added. Costs and challenges The economics are appealing, however. The cost of servicing a regional airport with remote monitoring could be between 15-50 per cent of building individual concrete towers, depending on how many airports are monitored, according to estimates by Saab. Savings also come from not having to station air traffic controllers, who are in short supply, in remote parts of the country for only a couple of flights a day. India has over 3,100 controllers but needs close to 3,900, and with more airports planned, demand is set to rise. "With low traffic levels, controllers can monitor flights from multiple airports," said Neil Bowles, head of Air Traffic Management at Searidge. Saab, which has been operating remote towers in Sweden for two years and is in talks with about 10 other countries, said to ensure uninterrupted electricity it would equip the remote tower with backup supply similar to how it is done at airports. "Whatever you do for normal towers, you will do for this," said Saab's Singh.
  15. DUBAI: At least 30 people were killed in an air strike that hit a hotel north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, the armed Houthi movement said. Al Jazeera television said dozens of people were killed and wounded in the attack in the Arhab area. A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting the Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen, was not immediately available for comment. Reuters was not immediately able to independently confirm the reports. The Houthis, who control Sanaa and northern Yemen, are fighting the internationally recognized government which is backed by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the country´s civil war.
  16. Internet is a dank and a super dark space for anyone and every one who is settled and nestled in the wonderful world of ‘Game Of Thrones'. Episodes being leaked, HBO being hacked and spoilers flying like mosquitoes in the air, it's a game of spoilers and thrones alike. © HBO The internet is swimming in a pool of fake spoilers which, I have to say, are hilarious. Jon Snow uses Dragon glass to construct AT-AT's to take down the White Walkers #FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers pic.twitter.com/JQTt3m0vHe — Darth VaderNo1™ð (@Darth_VaderNo1) August 17, 2017 After slaying the Night King and all three dragons, single handed, Lyanna Mormont takes the Iron Throne!#FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers pic.twitter.com/OLdR3xpzzO — Nolene Dougan (@NoleneDougan) August 17, 2017 Some people predict that Dany and the vamp back in King's Landing will switch to sisterhood. Daenerys and Cersei become best friends and share the 7 kingdoms equally and live happily ever after ð #FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers — ariana (@msarianayo) August 17, 2017 This has to be the mother of fake spoilers right here! Bran wakes up. All a dream. #FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers pic.twitter.com/xESyt9quJv — Shea Browning (@SheaBrowning) August 17, 2017 Of course, there is Jon Snow in the theories Jon Snow hugs the Night King Melting the ice around his heart And the people of Whoville cheered#FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers pic.twitter.com/EevWQl6hWz — LamonTReacTs (@LamonTReacTs) August 17, 2017 John Snow does not condemn the white walkers for their killings because "there is blame on both sides" #FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers — Monserrat Benavides (@MonserratB) August 17, 2017 Also, there was mention of a Trump theory which is funny! Donald Trump ends up on the Iron Throne. Scarier than Cersei #FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers — Generalissimo Trump (@Pol_PoTrump) August 17, 2017 But this mention of Greyjoy is major ‘Burrnnnnn'. Damn! #FakeGameOfThronesSpoilers Theon's dick comes back as a White Walker. — Téa Lackovich ð (@LackovicTea) August 17, 2017 In another world, gear up for the next episode tomorrow when hell is going to break loose.
  17. Passengers board a German carrier Air Berlin aircraft at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files Air Berlin ? Germany's second-largest airline ? filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday after key shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses, leaving valuable runway slots up for grabs. The move offers Lufthansa and rivals a chance to acquire slots at airports such as Berlin Tegel and Duesseldorf, with Germany's largest airline keen to defend its domestic position against expansion by low-cost rival Ryanair. Lufthansa confirmed it was in talks to take over parts of the business, while a source said easyJet was the second airline referred to by the government as being in talks with Air Berlin. The British budget carrier declined to comment. The insolvency comes with thousands of Germans enjoying summer holidays, and just ahead of a September general election. The German government has granted a bridging loan of 150 million euros ($176 million) to allow Air Berlin to keep its planes in the air for three months and secure the jobs of its 7,200 workers in Germany while negotiations continue. The government said it expected decisions to result from these negotiations in the coming weeks. Lufthansa has already leased Air Berlin planes to provide flights by its Eurowings budget airline and has made no secret of its interest in taking on more of Air Berlin's business while being mindful of the potential obstacles posed by debts and anti-trust issues. "Lufthansa has played a canny waiting game over a number of years and is now well placed to cherry-pick those parts of Air Berlin's operation that suit it best without buying the whole loss-making enterprise," said Jonathan Wober, an analyst at CAPA-Centre for Aviation. Record loss Ryanair said Air Berlin was being prepared for a Lufthansa takeover, which it said would breach competition laws. But German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said he was confident there would be no anti-trust issues because the business would be sold off in bits. In a statement published after trading hours, the Irish carrier said it had lodged a complaint with the German and European competition authorities regarding "the obvious conspiracy" playing out in Germany over Air Berlin. "This manufactured insolvency is clearly being set up to allow Lufthansa to take over a debt-free Air Berlin, which will be in breach of all known German and EU competition rules," Ryanair's statement said. A spokesperson for the European Commission said it was in "constructive contact" with Germany about the Air Berlin issue. European Union state aid rules allow rescue and restructuring aid to companies that are in financial difficulty, but such aid is subject to strict conditions. Air Berlin, which became famous for its "Mallorca shuttle" services, piled up debt after a series of takeovers and bookings have been hit in recent months by concerns over its finances. It made a net loss in almost every year since 2008 and in 2016 reported a record deficit of 782 million euros ($915 million), equivalent to more than 2 million euros a day. Funding from Etihad Airways, which bought into Air Berlin in 2011, has helped keep it afloat and the Abu Dhabi-based airline provided an additional 250 million euros in April. But Etihad has been reviewing its European investments after they failed to yield the profits expected. Alitalia, another of Etihad's investments, is also in administration and is seeking bidders. Talks between Etihad and TUI, Europe's largest tour operator, about forming a joint venture holiday airline by merging TUIfly with Air Berlin's leisure airline Niki collapsed earlier this year. Shares in Air Berlin last traded down 34 percent at 0.51 euros on Tuesday, valuing the airline at about 60 million euros. Ten years ago the carrier was worth around 1 billion euros. Lufthansa shares were up 4.7 percent at 20.59 euros. Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) blamed the shortcomings of past management at Air Berlin for its woes and expressed anger with Etihad. "It is a scandal that Etihad is dodging its responsibility and is leaving Air Berlin's staff out in the cold," VC President Ilja Schulz said in a statement.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Two air commodores of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were promoted to the rank of air vice marshal on Tuesday by the government, said a statement released by the PAF. Hamid Rashid Randhawa and Nasser ul Haq Wyne were promoted as air vice marshals Air Vice Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa was commissioned as a pilot in the PAF in June 1988. A qualified flying instructor, he has commanded a squadron, a wing and an air base. In his staff appointments, he has served as assistant chief of the air staff (safety) and personal staff officer to the chief of the air staff at Air Headquarters. He is a graduate of the Combat Commanders? School and the National Defence University. He holds a Master?s degree in War Studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Vice Marshal Nasser ul Haq Wyne was also commissioned as a pilot in the PAF in June 1988. He is a qualified flying instructor and has commanded the Flying Instructors? School, a squadron, a wing, and an air base. As part of his staff assignments, he has served as the secretary to the chief of the air staff at Air Headquarters. He has also served as air attaché to China. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College and National Defence University. He holds a Master?s degree in Strategic Studies and War Studies and Defence Management. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military).
  19. KARACHI: The Pakistan Air Force held spectacular air shows at Karachi's Sea View Beach to celebrate the country's 71st Independence Day on Sunday. The air show featured aircraft of the PAF, as well as aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Air show marks Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad, Karachi The events are being held to celebrate the country's Independence Day The special appearance of 'Solo Turk' ? the famous aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force ? and the internationally acclaimed 'Saudi Hawks' of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF jets added colour to the event. The PAF and army's Puma, Augusta and Mi-17 helicopters also participated in the air show. geo_embedgallery
  20. ISLAMABAD: An air show is under way in the federal capital featuring aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force, as well as Turkey and Saudi Arabia. President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, senior civil and military officials, as well as a large section of the public, are in attendance at the event, which is being narrated by a Turkish official. The event is being held at the Fatima Jinnah Park in relation with the Independence Day of Pakistan being observed today. The special appearance of 'Solo Turk' ? the famous aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force ? and the internationally acclaimed 'Saudi Hawks' of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF jets will add colour to the event. PAF to hold air show in Islamabad, Karachi on Aug 14 The air show will be held at Fatima Jinnah Park, Islamabad and Sea View Beach, Karachi. A similar air show is expected to take place at Karachi's Sea View Beach. A full-dress rehearsal for the event was held on Sunday in Islamabad and Karachi.
  21. KABUL: Several senior members of Daesh's central Asian affiliate were killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. The attack on Thursday killed Abdul Rahman, identified by the US military as the Kunar provincial emir for Daesh-Khurasan, according to a statement from the command in Kabul. "The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K [Daesh-Khurasan]," said General John Nicholson, the senior US commander in Afghanistan. Three other senior Daesh-Khurasan members were also among those killed in the strike in eastern Kunar province. Nicholson has vowed to defeat Daesh militants in Afghanistan this year. The group's emir, Abu Sayed, was reported killed in a strike on his headquarters in Kunar in July, the third Daesh emir in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2016. In April, Nicholson deployed a 21,600-pound (9,797 kg) "Massive Ordnance Air Blast" bomb against Daesh positions in neighbouring Nangarhar province, one of the largest conventional weapons ever used by the United States in combat. On Saturday, Afghan officials said as many as 16 civilians, including women and children, had been killed by a US air strike in Nangarhar, but American officials said only militants were killed. As part of an increased campaign against both Daesh and the Taliban, the dominant Islamist militant group in Afghanistan, the US Air Force has dropped nearly 2,000 weapons in the country as of the end of July, compared to fewer than 1,400 in all of last year. Despite some battlefield successes by Afghan and American special operations troops, Daesh has continued deadly attacks around Afghanistan, fueling fears that the group is seeking to bring the group's Middle East conflict to Central Asia.
  22. ISLAMABAD: The sky over Islamabad and Karachi will be buzzing on Independence Day as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plans to hold air shows in Karachi and Islamabad on August 14. A number of official events are planned on Sunday to celebrate the country's 70th Independence Day. The air show will be held at Fatima Jinnah Park, F-9 Park, Islamabad and Sea View Beach, Karachi. On Saturday, a full-dress rehearsal was carried out in Islamabad with PAF jets whizzing the capital's sky. According to Radio Pakistan, the special appearance of 'Solo Turk' ? the famous aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force ? and the internationally acclaimed 'Saudi Hawks' of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF jets will add colours to the event. The event will also feature a para-drop by tri-services personnel of the elite Special Services Group.
  23. RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) war hero Air Marshal (retd) Inamul Haq Khan passed away here in Rawalpindi on Thursday after prolonged ailment, a spokesman for the PAF said. Haq was a hero of 1965 and 1971 wars with India, the spokesman said, adding that he was ailing for quite some time. He aged 90. PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman expressed immense grief over the demise of Pakistan's war hero. Born in Patiala, India, in May 1927, Haq got commission in 5th GDP course of the Royal Pakistan Air Force in 1947, the spokesman said in a statement. He was inducted in the Royal Pakistan Air Force as a fighter pilot in December 1949. Haq was conferred with Hilal-e-Jurrat in recognition of his services in the 1971 war. He was also bestowed with Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). His funeral prayers will be held at PAF Base Noor Khan on August 11 with complete military honour.
  24. KABUL: Two Afghan women working for a security firm searching people entering Bagram air base near the Afghan capital Kabul were killed on Wednesday and two others wounded by unknown gunmen, officials said. The four were shot outside the base by two masked gunmen on a motorbike, said Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the provincial governor of Parwan. "Two of them were killed and two wounded," she said. "The attackers managed to escape the area." There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was checking the report. In June, six Afghan guards working at Bagram for a private security contractor were killed while on their way to work in an attack claimed by the Taliban. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military which runs Bagram, the largest US base in Afghanistan. The number of Afghan personnel working at Bagram was cut sharply last year after a mechanic detonated a suicide vest, killing four Americans and wounding 17 other people.
  25. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed cable operators in the country to abide by laws and ?refrain from illegally off-airing of transmission and complete suspension of transmission? of licensed TV channels, said a press release from the regulatory authority. ?[Cable operators should] refrain from being part of any illegal activity including but not limited to disturbing, shuffling or repositioning the transmission of PEMRA?s licensed TV channels?,? added the press release. The regulatory authority also said that strict action would be taken against licensees or other elements found violating the laws including ?imposition of fine and/or suspension of revocation of license?.