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  1. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.
  2. Puja âThe Cycloneâ Tomar is one of Indiaâs biggest names in the popular MMA promotions in One Championship who has seen a childhood full of hardships, struggles and privation. After losing her father at an early age of seven, Puja had to take up farming in order to take care of her mother and two sisters. After she grew a little older, she decided to take up wushu, also known as Chinese Kung Fu, to earn some extra income and as it turned out, Puja was better than the rest of the crowd. She went on to become a five-time Gold medalist at the National Wushu Championship and even represented her country in the Wushu World Championships. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@tomar_puja) In 2013, she decided to take her talents to the octagon MMA cage. Having participated in the Super Fight League in New Delhi and winning her first two bouts in first round knockouts, the Uttar Pradesh athlete received an invite to compete in the One Championship and she grabbed the opportunity with both hands. However, her transition to a professional MMA fighter wasnât easy with the main thorn in her side being the people of her village. âI come from a small village of Budhana where a lot of people were against my choice of career,â Puja told MensXP. âThey used to say âsheâs a girl, she canât go outside, she canât play. What if she breaks her legs? How will she get married?â and they were not happy with me practicing MMA,â she added. But it was too late to sway Pujaâs mind. She had already dedicated her life to the craft and there was no looking back for her. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@tomar_puja) The Steadfast athlete took her first international trip to Indonesia where she lost to Muay Thai expert Tiffany âNo Chillâ Teo who locked her in an armbar after four minutes into round one. Since then Puja has fought four more bouts at the elite platform and has even picked a win against the local favourite Priscilla Gaol back in January 2019. Now a veteran, Tomar has done multiple international tours but she misses homemade food. âWe donât get food like India when I am travelling, and I miss our food whenever I go abroad,â she said. Looking back at the inception of her career, Puja believes that India has experienced a massive boom in the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts and more and more athletes are making it to big stages to fight on an international level. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@tomar_puja) âWhen I started practicing MMA, it wasnât as famous as it is right now. Even One Championship also has a lot of fighters from the Indian origin. I believe India will grow by leaps and bounds in the octagon cage in the future,â she said. If there is a wish that Puja were to be granted, it would be to bring about the kind of recognition and fame Indian cricketers receive to MMA athletes. âI hope we also get the kind of recognition cricketers do. The sponsors and the kind of support they get from the Indian population, I really wish something like that can be seen for us as well. If that happens, MMA Fighters will also grow and make their country proud,â the athlete said. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@tomar_puja) Lastly, Puja believes that even though India has come a long way, women in this country continue to face major challenges when it comes to personal safety. In order to deal with such issues, she highly recommends taking up any form of martial arts. âIt is brilliant from the fitness perspective and also for self defence,â Puja further added. View the full article
  3. Try and behave indecently in front of women, especially a woman who's supposed to be a really good Mixed Martial Arts fighter and you done f****d up. The world, so full of creepy disgusting human beings, was made a better place very recently when Brazilian MMA brawler Joyce Vieira decided to get a man in line who decided to 'give himself a good time' at the cost of her dignity and self-respect. View this post on Instagram Treino de carnaval #maythai #amor #stilodevida #muitoamorenvolvido #carnaval2019 A post shared by Joyce Vieira 𧿠(@eujoycevieira) on Mar 4, 2019 at 9:18am PST According to MMAmania.com, Vieira was in the middle of a swimsuit photoshoot on one of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro when one of the men present at the venue had the not-so-great idea of pleasuring himself out in the open while ogling at the fighter. Based on what the 26-year-old told a local newspaper, people present at the venue first asked the man to cover himself up and get away from the venue. However, instead of accepting his mistake and leaving with whatever grace he had left, the guy continued to masturbate while “making noises and groaning.” “When I looked over there he had his shorts down and was standing on a path where people pass all the time, including children,” she told the local channels. This is when the Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu specialist decided to take matters into her own hands and gave hell to Josinei Ferreira, the offender. Unaware of who he was messing with, Ferreira punched her back. May you all bring the same energy to the rest of your week that Joyce Viera brings to pervs at her photo shoot. pic.twitter.com/AcKyYfLHV5 — Hektic_One (@Hektic1One) April 22, 2019 “The punch made me even angrier. I wanted to kill him,” she said. Soon enough, Vieira went to work on the freak, tackling him and beat the crap out of the loser before handing him over to the cops and lodged an official complaint against him on the charges of sexual harassment. However, Ferreira was released by the police as he made them believe that he was only peeing and had nothing to do with Vieira. Raged with the decision by de Janeiro's finest she commented: “We feel powerless. It's very strange because he's going to be in the same city as me, and who knows he might be in the same places … I have received an innumerable number of messages from women saying that (in such situations) they didn't file a report, because they know the suspects would end up being released. I think the punishment for these cases should be more severe.” Albeit the punishment for something so shameful must be nothing less than imprisonment, the fact that Ferreira got his ass handed to him for his obscene behaviour, has to bring some amount of joy to Vieira. A couple of months ago, coincidentally in the city of Rio de Janeiro itself, another man tried to rob professional UFC fighter, Polyana “Iron Lady” Viana with a cardboard gun and paid a hefty price for his foolishness.
  4. Every nation stands tall and remains unbreakable courtesy to the knights in uniforms who stand guard at our borders, shores and skies 24X7. These fearless (and needless to say, selfless) men and women hold the country's defences, laying down their lives in the line of fire to ensure that their countrymen get to lead a life that's not threatened by fear or uncertainty. Their job description is special for more than one reason. We find them setting up their homes in the most remote areas of the country, or someplace with adverse climatic conditions, marking their territories and standing guard over it, should its borders be threatened. The Indian subcontinent boasts of such mighty knights of its own, who put on such a display of bravado in the face of challenge, which is matched only by a few others. (c) Twitter Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is one such Indian officer who wears the uniform with pride and stands by its ideals to the hilt. Abhinandan is a National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla alumnus, who is an officer with 51 Squadron of the Indian Air Force, which is known as Sword Arms and is based in Srinagar. Hailing from Chennai, Abhinandan has been a fighter pilot with the IAF for the last 16 years and was an established Sukhoi-30 fighter pilot before he joined the 51 Squadron. A native from Chennai, Abhinandan was brought up respecting the principles of the armed forces, since his father is also an Air Force veteran. (c) Twitter Born to noted Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman, who retired as the Air-Officer-Commanding of the Eastern Command in Shillong in 2012, Abhinandan appeared in an episode of 'Jai Hind' in 2011, which was telecasted on NDTV Good Times. Holding a title of Flight Lieutenant at the time, he had said that it takes “bad attitude” to be a good Sukhoi pilot. He further added that there were no two ways about “blind faith” and trust that officers place on their co-pilots and the training they receive. The 34-year-old Wing Commander, who currently flies a MiG-21 Bison, was captured by the Pakistan Armed Forces after he crash-landed across the LoC after an aerial dogfight with his Pakistani counterparts who had infiltrated the Indian airspace early morning yesterday, in retaliation to India's airstrike on terror camps in Pakistan and PoK. (c) Twitter The videos of his captivity began doing the rounds of social media. The first one showed the fighter pilot being beaten by an angry mob comprising of Pakistani locals until the Pakistani army intervened and brought Abhinandan to safety. The second video clip showed a wounded and blindfolded Abhinandan enquiring about his whereabouts, and calmly giving his name and service number when enquired by the Pakistani officers. The third and final video showed him in a better space of mind, sipping on a cup of tea and informing the world that the Pakistani Army has treated him very well, and assuring that they've have been “thorough gentlemen” in their behaviour. However, for most Indians, the video series did more than just the obvious. (c) Twitter Sure, we saw the Pakistani Army's graciousness in keeping up with the ideals and ethics of combat, and hold up the principles of humanity but it was also Abhinandan's grit and strength in the face of adversity that stirred the spirit of every Indian who saw the man hold his chin up even when he realised he was in Pakistan's captivity. In a tweet earlier today, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh hailed Abhinandan an as “embodiment of a mentally tough, selfless and courageous soldier” and hoped for his safe return at the earliest. #WingCommanderAbhinandan is an embodiment of a mentally tough, selfless & courageous soldier. During these testing times the country stands, as one, behind him & his family. Our efforts are on & under the #GenevaConvention we hope that the brave pilot would return home soon. — Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) February 28, 2019 But it isn't just the minister who feels that way. Several young people across the country have come to find a different kind of hero in Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. They have seen Abhinandan prove that his nerves are made of steels, whose display of quiet strength and composure took away the power from his captors. Abhinandan faced the Pakistani Army officers with the kind of attitude and demeanour befitting an officer of the Indian Armed Forces. Not only did he display immense strength of will, but he also didn't step away from the ideals an officer must abide by, and followed protocol by displaying dignity of character and respect towards the officers of the Pakistani army. (c) Twitter He quickly became the prime example of the kind of hero people wish to look up to, since Abhinandan's calm during such a moment of duress inspired respect not only from his fellow countrymen, but also from Pakistani citizens, who praised his bravado and show of dignity. But if you thought the video was all, hold your thoughts. Did you know, that according to an India Today report Abhinandan swallowed all the confidential documents and maps he had on himself to ensure they don't end up with the Pakistani army after he gets captured? Here is what 20-somethings are saying about their new-found hero in Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman: (c)Flickr/MensXP Even though he was captured, Abhinandan maintained the dignity of being a representative of our Forces as well as our country, and stood by demands of protocol he might have been given the training for. (c) Flickr/MensXP We agree to what Aditya pointed out right there. Being a soldier Abhinandan ensured that none of confidential documents or information he possessed could be accessed by the Pakistani army officers. He stood his ground and displayed integrity. (c) Flickr/MensXP Not only as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, but also as a fellow human being, Abhinandan was respectful to the Pakistani officers in the video, and acknowledged their graciousness and hospitality after his captivity. (c) Flickr/MensXP Abhinandan's calmness and display of respect towards Pakistani officers has touched the hearts of million! (c) Flickr/MensXP Abhinandan made numerous young men and women in the country and around the world, stop and take note of the bravado and do or die spirit thriving in the heart of every soldier around this world. Now that Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has gone on record to state that Abhinandan will be released on 1st March, as a sign of de-escalation and peace treaty between the two countries, we positively hope that the growing tension will recede and both nations can give peace a chance. Pakistan will release Indian Pilot Abhinandan tomorrow as a gesture of peace: Prime Minister Imran Khan pic.twitter.com/6aUN4S9JVb — Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) February 28, 2019
  5. Twelve days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack shook the nation and killed over 40 CRPF jawans, the IAF (Indian Air Force) today breached the LoC (Line of Control) and struck JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terror camps in Balakot. This is the first time in almost two decades that IAF's jets crossed the border and fired in aggression. The fighter jets ambushed the terror camps with 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs. The strike was carried out around 3:30 AM by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets. IAF operates multiple fighter jets like the Sukhoi 30MKI, MiG 29UPG, SEPECAT Jaguar, and HAL Tejas. But, the Mirage 2000 has been a trusted jet since the 1999 Kargil Conflict, the last time it fired weapons in aggression. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia The Mirage 2000 is built by French company Dassault Aviation - the makers of the controversial Rafale jets. The IAF calls the jet "Vajra", meaning thunderbolt for its precision aiming and intercepting abilities. The Jets were first commissioned in 1985 and it was in response to Pakistan Air Force's acquisition of the American F-16 fighter. © WikiMedia Initially, 36 single-seater aircraft and four twin-seater were ordered, but after its remarkably successful performance in Kargil, the government ordered 10 more. The jet is technically classified as a multi-role aircraft, meaning it can carry out air-to-ground bombings, air-to-air superiority combat, interception, as well as reconnaissance. © Wikimedia / SRA Greg L. Davis Even though it seems like an old aircraft on paper, India has upgraded the jet's avionics to the latest standard (Mirage 2000I) and it is classified as a fourth generation fighter. Powering the fighter is a single SNECMA M53 turbofan that generates up to 95kN of thrust in afterburner stage. The engine has a single shaft modular design which helps in reducing the weight and in turn increases manoeuvrability. It can fly at a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 or 2,330kmph. © Safran It has a built-in DEFA 554 autocannon and can fire up to 1,800 rounds per minute. Five hardpoints (location where missiles and bombs are attached) are located on the fuselage and two on each wing. For today's strike, GBU-12 Laser Guided bombs were used and R.550 missile was loaded to counter any possible threat from Pakistan's air force. © WikiMedia / SSgt. Glenn B. Lindsey This is the same jet that was also landed on Yamuna Expressway near Mathura in 2015. For today's attack, reports suggest that Sukhoi 30MKI were also kept on standby to assist the Mirage 2000 in case of retaliation from Pakistan Air Force. At the same time, the attack was also backed by an EMB-145 AEW&CS "Netra" aircraft from Agra to look out for aerial targets and provide better radar coverage.
  6. It was a big day for the Indian Air Force at Aero India 2019, as India's very own self-made fighter jet whizzed through the sunny skies demonstrating India's military prowess and strength. Called the Light Combat Aircraft or LCA Tejas, the fighter jet is all set to join our forces guarding the skies as it was given the nod of operational clearance to be included in the Air Force. Unveiled for the public yesterday at the Aero India 2019 show, CEMILAC presented the weaponised jet's operational clearance certificate to Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff, at the ceremony. Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas MK I for Indian Air Force https://t.co/uvYB5u0IQW @DefenceMinIndia @AeroIndiashow @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/RbK0j7Nsjo — DRDO (@DRDO_India) February 20, 2019 Apart from carrying out attacks and aiding defences on the Indian side, Tejas can deliver weapons too with easy precision. Additionally, "LCA Tejas performed air-to-ground attacks and air-to-air refuelling at IAF's Vayu Shakti air display at Pokhran in Rajasthan on February 16," Marshal Dhanoa told the media. Flying of LCA Tejas by Chief of the Army Staff & Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI https://t.co/FrhWEGLZ6y pic.twitter.com/dfLGdPC1Zv — DRDO (@DRDO_India) February 21, 2019 The operational clearance also marks a great day for Indian aeronautical engineers, scientists and defense industry because not only does Tejas make our forces more powerful and therefore more confident, but it also proves that India continues to become more self-sufficient with every passing day. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat who took a sortie in Tejas, said thus sharing his experience on flying the jet, “flight in LCA Tejas was an experience of a lifetime. From what I could witness, avionics are very good, it's targeting is very good. It's a wonderful aircraft if it gets added to inventory it will increase our air power." Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat was flown in trainer version of DRDO's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to demonstrate operational capabilities of the aircraft during #AeroIndia2019 at Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/sdP0fwv3iE — All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) February 21, 2019 The event also touched a few cords when the Indian Air Force's aerobatic team came together in the 'Missing Man' formation to pay homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who christened the LCA “Tejas”. The formation also honoured Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who lost his life after a mid-air collision during the rehearsals for Aero India air show just a day before the ceremony. They did pay a fitting tribute. The missing man formation at #Aeroindia2019. pic.twitter.com/teBST43gg9 — Meghna Girish (@megirish2001) February 20, 2019
  7. You have to be either really brave or really dumb to try and mug a professional MMA fighter, who is known as 'The Iron Lady', with a fake gun made up of cardboard. Yes, you read that right. When Polyana Viana was standing by herself waiting for a cab in a remote corner of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a mugger believed he had found an easy target to rob. Little did he know that the apparently helpless lady was a professional strawweight UFC fighter with a 10-2 MMA winning record. According to Viana, when the thief saw her all alone he sat next to her and asked her for the time. “I said it (the time), and I saw he wasn't going to leave. So I already moved to put my cell phone in my waist. And then he said, 'Give me the phone. Don't react, because I'm armed.' Then he put his hand over (with a gun), but I realised it was too soft,” Viana told the 'de Janeiro police. © Polyana Viana Judging by how close the robber was to her, Viana knew that he wouldn't have enough time to reach for the gun even if he was indeed packing. She quickly stood up, threw a couple of punches and a kick to his head, and once the stunned man fell to the ground, she wrapped him in a rear-naked choke from behind. The robber's face had multiple fractures and when the police arrived, they had to take him to a medical faculty to fix him up a bit before escorting him to the police station. When word about the incident broke out, the Iron Lady became an instant hit with people from all over the world commending her for her valour, some even showing sympathy towards the poor thief who made the worst mistake of his life and regretted almost instantaneously. On the left is @Polyana_VianaDF, one of our @UFC fighters and on the right is the guy who tried to rob her #badfuckingidea pic.twitter.com/oHBVpS2TQt — Dana White (@danawhite) January 7, 2019 Competition and fitness are great reasons to train in the #martialarts but #selfdefense is an even better one. #PolyanaViana #selfdefense #mma #martialarts #hardtargethttps://t.co/VI4m6yBtG0 pic.twitter.com/VLQ0hpvYLU — The Dojo (@The_Dojo_FC) January 7, 2019 You should never mug people! You should especially never mug women!! And definitely make sure you never ever mug a female UFC fighter!!! https://t.co/jdCfX9oxCn #PolyanaViana — Perez (@ThePerezHilton) January 8, 2019 So this piece of trash decides he's so pathetic he's going to threaten a woman and steal her phone. Thing is... that woman was Polyana Viana... a UFC fighter. This is the result. God I love stories like these. pic.twitter.com/0QA8TzMEya — John Campea (@johncampea) January 7, 2019 I mean, if you're going to run around trying to mug people in Brazil, you'd better have a strong rear-naked choke defense. That's just a given. https://t.co/zBlvK7QQmS — Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) January 6, 2019
  8. It's a rather sad day for the film fraternity as actor-turned-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan has been diagnosed with early stages of throat cancer. But the good news is, the man is battling the disease head on and is in full spirits, dealing with everything patiently. (c)Twitter While Rakesh is dealing with cancer, he's certainly lucky to have son Hrithik Roshan by his side, boosting his spirits and making the frenzied moment a bit more relaxed, by giving him all the support he needs. The 69-year-old filmmaker was diagnosed with 'squamous cell carcinoma of the throat' (throat cancer) and he will be undergoing surgery today for the same. What's rather astonishing in a good way is the fact that Mr. Roshan, despite having a major surgery today, didn't miss out on 'gym time' with his actor son Hrithik, and both took a selfie together right after their workout! This possibly has to be the best will-power in place and we're loving the strength he's fighting the disease with. On Instagram and Twitter, Hrithik shared a picture with Rakesh captioned- “Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldnt miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know. Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him. .Love you Dad.” A post shared by hrithik_roshanðµ (@hritikroshanfanclub) on Jan 7, 2019 at 9:24pm PST Admirers and fans Tweeted and showered some good wishes too. He will surely be alright soon. Prayers for Roshan Family.. ð — Rupil Dev Lamsar (@rupildev) 8 January 2019 My wishes for his speedy recovery! — Rima Chaturvedi (@RimaChaturvedi) 8 January 2019 Prayers for Rakesh sir ððspeedy recovery.... We all r waiting for many n more movies.... Please sir get well soon... Superhero ðð — Dr.Abinash (@DrAbinashpatta1) 8 January 2019 The very talented actor-turned-filmmaker has given us many hits including the 'Krrish' franchise and is currently working on 'Krrish 4'. Apart from that, the father son duo have also worked on 'Kaho Na Pyaar Hai', 'Koi Mil Gaya' and 'Kaabil' together and we certainly want to see more of them this year. (c)Twitter Here's hoping the surgery and the healing process pan out rather well and Rakesh Roshan recovers promisingly. After all, we love the fighter within him.
  9. Soaring high up in the sky, maneuvering a loaded, uber-hefty aircraft under your able hands, and zooming around the sky fighting enemy planes in the sky, is a dream many young boys come to live for. However, the same cannot be said for young girls, who usually do not even consider being fighter pilots on most perfect days. © TOI But this scenario might be changing real soon because young women are now constantly proving that sky is indeed the limit when it comes to dreaming big, and living it too. One such stellar example is that of Priya Sharma from Rajasthan, who decided to go all out and turn her dream into a reality by donning that hat of India's 7th woman fighter pilot, in the otherwise male dominated industry. © TOI Not just that, Priya has now also become the 3rd woman fighter pilot to come out of the western state. As per reports, out of the 139 cadets that graduated from the Indian Air Force academy in Dundigul, only 35 were fighter pilots and Priya happened to be the only woman amongst the lot! It was her father's posting at the Air Force station in Karnataka that first sowed the seed of becoming a fighter, and well there was no going back on it with her graduation now! © BCCL This is a proud moment for our nation, but more so for the young girls and women, who had so far stuck to more “regular” career choices in this field. © Panchayat Times Earlier with Avani Chaturvedi who made history by flying solo on a fighter jet, and now with Priya joining the league of female fighter pilots in the country, we can only wish them greater successes in the future.
  10. A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet does a low-level flyby over Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. Photo: REUTERSTOKYO: A US F15 fighter jet crashed off the southern coast of Japan on Monday but the pilot ejected...
  11. Remains of the Indian Air Force's Jaguar that crashed in Gujarat's Kutch. Photo: ANIAn Indian Air Force pilot was killed Tuesday after his fighter jet crashed in the remote Kutch desert region of Gujarat state, officials said.Sanjay Chauhan was on...
  12. Remember playing Street Fighter in a video game parlour when we were kids back in the day? Well, you no longer have to live in nostalgia as every Street Fighter game is available to play today. Of course, it won't be as memorable or nostalgic as playing it in a video game parlour; however, if you want to relive those memories, you can now do so on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. © Capcom Capcom released the latest Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection recently and we've been playing it non-stop ever since we got our hands on it. It's funny how the game is as old as I am and thirty years later I'm still playing these games, only in the comfort of my room. Street Fighter III was probably the biggest fighting game that launched back in 1997 and it took Indian video game parlours with a storm. I remember standing in line for 20 minutes just to play a round of this game. Having said that, today I can play this game in my air-conditioned room without cursing the person in front of me. © Capcom Another great quality was the ability to compete with your friends in a nail-biting fighting game like 'Street Fighter'. You will be happy to know that you can now play against other players online in this retro old-school game. © Capcom Street Fighter III has also been the go-to game in the competitive scene due to the game's deep gameplay, a kickass soundtrack and a revolutionary parry system. Apart from Street Fighter III, the collection also includes every Street Fighter game from our childhood, namely: the original Street Fighter (1987); five iterations of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991), Champion Edition (1992), Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992), Super (1993), and Super Turbo (1994); all three iterations of Street Fighter Alpha: Alpha (1995), Alpha 2 (1996), and Alpha 3 (1998); and all three iterations of Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997), 2nd Impact (1997), and 3rd Strike (1999). © Capcom You will also be happy to know that every game is a perfect port of the arcade machine which means you will be able to play the game flawlessly on your preferred platform. So, if you're like me and want to relive this classic game from your childhood, you can buy it from digital stores of your preferred platform.
  13. An amateur MMA boxer in New Taipei City in North Taiwan committed a horrendous crime after figuring out that his girlfriend, who he met through Tinder, wasn't a virgin. Gary Chu, the suspect in the case, committed suicide after killing Yee-min Huang who was just 27. He, reportedly, was also suspecting her of being with other men. The trouble began on May 19 when the girl didn't come back to her house. On May 26 then the victim's brother asked for public help to find her sister who he assumed was being held captive by her tinder boyfriend. © Twitter Chu, during that time claimed in a Facebook post that he had 'never once hurt her or restricted her freedom', suggesting that Yee-min was to blame as she kept coming back to him and that he had decided to break up with her. In the same post, the murderer possibly revealed his motives for the crime, writing: 'After we met on Tinder, she lied to me saying she was a virgin. I felt deceived and betrayed when I found out she had been lying and also cheating on me with other men.' © Twitter Correspondingly, the victim's brother informed the police of the development and after carrying out the search in his apartment the police found the remains of the girl in Chu's flower garden. The body of Yee-min was cut up by Chu and thrown in the garden in bin bags. Later, on 27th May Chu's body was found hanging from a tree. While this murder-suicide has shaken entire Taiwan, it was later revealed that Chu was a serial offender who had even tortured his ex-wife who made pictures of her injuries public.
  14. Israel has carried out a number of strikes in Syria against what it describes as Iranian targets as well as on what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah. Photo: AFPJERUSALEM: The Israeli military has used its newly acquired F-35...
  15. Taiwan has accused China of 'sabre rattling' with its air and naval drills near the island recently. Photo: AFPTAIPEI: China sent fighter jets and other military aircraft near Taiwan Friday in the latest of a series of drills which Beijing has said...
  16. The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers to Bahrain on Sunday, UAE state news agency WAM reported. DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a civilian...
  17. Photo: AFP The United Arab Emirates said two Qatari fighter jets "dangerously approached" two passenger flights on Monday, the third such incident between the Gulf rivals. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have clashed repeatedly over alleged airspace violations this year, as a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf enters its 10th month. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority condemned the "reckless manner in which two Qatari fighter jets dangerously approached two UAE-registered commercial aircraft while flying over Bahraini airspace today, in a flagrant and serious threat to civil aviation and air navigation safety". One of the aircraft was forced to "do an emergency manoeuvre to avoid colliding with the Qatari jets," the aviation authority said in a statement published by the official WAM news agency. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar in June. Qatar is barred from using the airspace of the four states, although UAE airlines are not technically banned from operating flights through Qatari airspace. Abu Dhabi is now looking at rerouting flights to Bahrain to avoid Qatari airspace.
  18. Hailing from a place as beautiful and peaceful, yet conflicted, as Tibet, Tenzin Pema never knew her home while growing up. After the early days of struggle, her parents followed in the footsteps of the Tibetan diaspora and moved to India in a bid to start afresh. Their dream of starting a family was finally coming true after Tenzin was born in Sikkim. But, their happiness was short-lived. At the age of three, Tenzin lost her mother. A young girl who was yet to understand the ways of the world lost one of the important individuals in her life. And, if that wasn't enough in an alien country, Tenzin was left to fend for herself at the age of seven after her father's demise. The family of three was now reduced to one. It was the beginning of a long and impending journey, full of struggle and hardships - one which would test a young girl to the limits before shaping her character, giving her individuality, and eventually helping her fight the adversities through Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). © Tenzin Pema The death of her parents meant that Tenzin would shuffle through the houses of family friends and shelter homes across the city. It was not easy for the young girl to either understand the kind of situation she was in, or the reason behind her struggles so early in life. But, hearing the legends of Muhammad Ali and watching his boxing videos alienated her from pain and helped her escape all the problems. With dreams of being a boxer, Tenzin began her sporting journey in 2013 when she started competing in school tournaments. In a couple of years, her talent was spotted through Indian government's 'Khelo India' initiative. In a bid to leave her struggles behind and become a professional boxer, Tenzin travelled to Delhi in 2016 and began practicing at the famed Indira Gandhi National stadium. © Tenzin Pema For someone who grew up knowing nothing but struggles and hardships, Tenzin finally had a purpose and a reason to break free in life. "I found a way to make something out of my life. I was working really hard and trained till I dropped on the floor. But, the cut-throat competition in the Indian boxing circuit forced me to reconsider my option. That's why I decided to pursue MMA," Tenzin told MensXP. She began her training in kickboxing and, call it fate, Tenzin's efforts garnered the attention of coach Shally Sharma who later became her mentor and best friend. But, while Tenzin was growing as a kickboxer with every training session, she was still not through with adversities. © Tenzin Pema "I was living in Delhi at a rented accommodation and was also paying the monthly fee to train at the Indira Gandhi stadium. Some of my friends back home helped me out with the rent initially, but I knew I had to something about it. So, I started doing front-office jobs to meet my daily expenses," she said. But, the biggest help came from Manjushree Dayanand who was the office administrator at the Indira Gandhi stadium at that time. "I met her (Manjushree) during my early days there. She has a big heart. She got to know about the struggles of my life. And without any hesitation, she adopted me to ensure my focus remained on sports. I wouldn't be here without her help," Tenzin thanked her guardian. © Tenzin Pema With finally some moments of happiness in her life, Tenzin repaid the faith of her coach Shally, guardian Manjushree and all the other helping hands by clinching a bronze medal at the 9th National Grappling Championship in 2016. Her international success followed a year later, when she won another bronze medal at the 2nd International Thai Martial Arts Games And Festival in Bangkok. Thanks to her triumphant outing, Sports Authority of India (SAI) offered Tenzin a yearly contract where she would no longer need to pay for her training at the Indira Gandhi stadium. Her heroics in Bangkok also earned her a sponsorship from ONGC India who are aiding the 23-year-old with financial support. The Tibetan National Sports Association (TNSA) also supports the first-ever woman fighter from their community. © Tenzin Pema After a bronze medal finish in Bangkok, Tenzin was expected to improve her performance in the third edition of the tournament this year. But, even before she could step into the ring, getting herself enrolled for the tournament became her biggest challenge. "I don't have an Indian citizenship. I carry a Tibetan refugee passport which makes it quite troublesome for me to travel abroad for tournaments. SAI had helped me attain the necessary documents for the visa last year and I was hoping they'd do the same this time around as well. But, they didn't take me or the tournament seriously. I was made to wait at the administrative office for an entire day, only to be told that they cannot help me," Tenzin disclosed. © Tenzin Pema Disheartened, low on morale and with no option in sight, Tenzin found a saviour in a Tibetan friend who sponsored her and helped in attaining the necessary documents for the visa - a decision he wasn't going to regret in future. Expected to do good, Tenzin did even better this time in Bangkok, bagging one silver medal apiece in both the categories - K1 kickboxing and Glory kickboxing - she participated in. "Irrespective of my struggles and hardships, the sight of our national tri-colour being raised at the podium is just priceless. Knowing that you're representing your country at the international level is what makes you feel good, but eventually making the country proud is a feeling every athlete longs for. It made me forget everything that has happened in my life," Tenzin said proudly. © Tenzin Pema While Tenzin has done her bit, there hasn't been a single mention of her heroics in the media or by SAI whose solemn purpose is to nurture young talent in the country. There has been no fanfare, no cash rewards and no recognition for Tenzin. "India has great players, but I guess they all have to make a Bollywood debut before expecting any sort of recognition or reward from the government," she joked. "My opponents in the competition took great pride in representing their country. And, so did I. But, they got rewarded and were offered jobs by their respective nations. So, why wasn't I?," the heart-broken Tibetan kickboxer asked. © Tenzin Pema For a girl who lost pretty much everything at the age of seven, Tenzin is unfazed by the lack of recognition or reward from SAI and the Indian government. "I've known pain and struggle all my life. Things not working in my favour is nothing new for me. I have always believed in doing my bit, whatever happens later is just my luck. I will not let politics or partiality affect me or my future as an athlete. Given an opportunity, I'll still go and give my 100 per cent for the country," she said. Just like Tenzin, we - at MensXP - are not enticing readers, SAI or even the Indian government to pity this young star by highlighting her struggles. This isn't about fame, money or the ludicrous shebang that usually follows in majority of the cases. The aim to give credit where it's due, or else being an athlete would mean nothing in this country.
  19. Well, a fighter does need all of their body parts to work in that line of profession, and I'm saying that in the least offensive way. But, then there are people out there who don't play by the rules and prove everyone wrong in the best way possible. Here we have Nick Newell, who is a fighter in more than one sense. The 31-year-old MMA fighter from Milford, Connecticut, was born with congenital amputation of his left arm, which finishes just below his elbow. But, he did not let that come in the way of his dream and proved everyone who thought he wouldn't stand a chance in a normal fight wrong, in the best possible way. Bloody Elbow Recently he beat Vicente Luque, at LFA35 in the first freaking round, or you could say, he beat him single-handedly. (Okay, I'm sorry) Reportedly, Newell was able to take Luque down and started a rear-naked choke. It seems like the submission was too much for the American-born Brazilian MMA fighter as he tapped at the 2:10 mark. In his post-match speech, he said, “Life is a cold hard place. It will chew you up and spit you out. But if you make it your bitch, you can do anything. You can either become a victim of circumstances or you can create your own. I'm out here, I'm creating my own circumstances. I'm one of the best fighters in the world and I belong in the UFC. That's it. That's final. I gave you 14 reasons why I belong in the UFC. I'm one of the best fighters in the world and I proved it 14 times.” Youtube Out of his 15 fights, this became his 14th win. Even though the fact that he only has one hand doesn't really slow him down, he does need time to prepare his body for fights. He fought after a long time since his last match was over two years ago. He announced his retirement from MMA following his win against Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24 in 2015, saying his body couldn't keep up with the sport any longer. Facebook But, he sure as hell isn't giving up anytime soon. Now, we all hope he soon gets his contract with the UFC.
  20. It is a great matter of pride to share this news with you. The huge list of 'firsts in India' has now gotten slightly bigger, thanks to Indian Air Force flying officer Avani Chaturvedi. In 2016, a trio of female pilots, made history by getting inducted in the Indian Air Force fighter squadron. Even today, our hearts swell up with pride when we hear the names – Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh. These women underwent intense and strenuous training programme to fly fighter jets. Twitter Avani was commissioned as the flying officer, along with Bhawana and Mohana; after the Government decided to induct women into fighter stream on an experimental basis for 5 years initially. Fast forward to the present time and Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet solo. On February 19, Avani flew a MiG-21 “Bison”, an aircraft which is said to have virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world i.e. 340 kmph. Reportedly, she undertook the sortie from IAF's Jamnagar base. Twitter Before flying “Bison”, Avani undertook solo sorties in aircrafts like Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers. The whole nation is beaming with pride over Avani's remarkable feat. Honestly, Avani completely deserves all this love and support she is getting from across the country. Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian Woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when on 19 Feb 2018 she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight. The photos attached were taken after her sortie. #Respect pic.twitter.com/QZ5oG5ybqY — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) February 21, 2018 ð AVANI CHATURVEDI SCRIPTS HISTORY! ð¹1st INDIAN WOMAN to Fly a FIGHTER JET SOLOð ð¹Flew MiG-21 Bison which has the HIGHEST Landing& Take Off SPEED in the WORLD-340 Kmphð ððWATCH #AvaniChaturvedi SAY "Flying Solo gives a Special Feeling" ðU GO GIRLð#ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/fzt2I5HBIm — Empressð¸ (@iempress_1) February 22, 2018 Congratulations to Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi for creating history and becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, the MiG-21 "Bison", solo. #AvaniChaturvedi #girlrising #touchthesky pic.twitter.com/uhjrBrO4OM — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) February 22, 2018 Congratulations to Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi Ji for creating history and becoming the 1st Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, the MiG-21 "Bison", solo. Good wishes for your bright carrier Sister.#AvaniChaturvedi #girlrising #womenempowerment pic.twitter.com/7zIvH3ds3t — khemchand sharma (@SharmaKhemchand) February 22, 2018 Congrats Avani Chaturvedi to become the first woman in Indian history flying a fighter aircraft solo MiG-21 'Bison' which has world's highest landing and take off speed 340 mph. There's no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise!#AvaniChaturvedi #ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/PcDtDo0DU8 — Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) February 22, 2018 Salute our first woman officer #AvaniChaturvedi to fly fighter aircraft (MIG 21) alone. After one year, she can be deployed in combat missions. Way to go girl, fly in sky and inspire youth.#Vandematram pic.twitter.com/oIUzjnK8Jz — Neetu Garg (@NeetuGarg6) February 22, 2018 Flying Offcer #AvaniChaturvedi bcms first #IndianWoman to fly a fighter aircraft Solo on Feb19th - that too the legendary Mig21Bison ! Congratultns n #Respect ðð»ð Pics after her solo sortie (Pc ssbcrackofficial) “Touch the Sky with Glory” ðð» @IAF_MCC @adgpi @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/NjYKZmt4Tm — Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) February 22, 2018 Avani's achievement has compelled the whole nation to salute her and say “Kudiyon ka hai zamana.” And jokes apart, Avani's journey so far is proof that when a woman is decides to rise above all, no force is stronger than her determination.
  21. MMA fighter Timothy Woods probably experienced the longest 83 seconds of his life because that was how long it took for him to accidentally knock himself out during a fight. During a fight with Tim Caron in Lincoln, Rhode Island, things for Woods went wrong in the weirdest way ever. Obviously when it comes to an MMA fight, there are a lot of things that can go awry but I don't think anyone was expecting one of the opponents to knock himself out. Woods plan of throwing his opponent to the ground ended up backfiring quite spectacularly about just 83 seconds into the fight and it actually looks pretty dangerous. Here, look for yourself – Tim Caron vs. Timothy Woods #CES48 Yup Self KO pic.twitter.com/CP2Nr5fHxd — Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) February 3, 2018 I just have one word – ouch. As the video shows, Woods was up against the ring's wall when he attempted to throw Caron to the ground, but everything went oh so wrong. Instead, he hit his head on the floor, knocking himself out cold, and if that wasn't enough, his unfortunate series of events didn't just end there. His opponent, Caron, was just so into the fight that he didn't even realize that Woods was unconscious. Or maybe he just likes punching stuff so much that he didn't notice anything that had happened, and kept on throwing punches at the passed-out Woods till the time referee came and broke it up. The fight was over in just 83 seconds (was it a record?) and Caron won by technical knockout. Luckily, Woods was conscious after a few minutes of being laid out cold! Timothy Woods coming to minutes after being KO'd #CES48 pic.twitter.com/Q5TSpFdCck — Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) February 3, 2018 Does it count? Does this still count as a win?? I mean technically he did KO himself.... — Sheev Palpatine (@sheevpalpatine0) February 4, 2018 Gone so wrong. World's Greatest Hip Tosses Gone Wrong. — chestychastain (@chestychastain) February 3, 2018 Nothing makes sense. What? Knocked himself out? That doesn't make sense. — Andy Jones (@Andeeshopify) February 4, 2018 True. Now there's something you don't see everyday! — Peter Kemmerer (@petefrompa) February 3, 2018 But the best part is that he's completely fine. To all fans and supporters, thank you for your unwavering positivity and support. It means the world to me! — Timothy D. Woods (@goodsoldiermma) February 3, 2018
  22. US fighter jets were to sent to investigate an unidentified flying object off the coast of San Diego, as it revealed in classified footage, yesterday. The video was released by the United States Department of Defence (DoD) and it reveals a mystical white oval that was hovering above the Pacific Ocean. The footage was analysed by a secret programme that deals with investing reports of UFOs. The Pentagon has officially admitted that the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programmes existed and ran from 2007 to 2012 and was allowed $22 million in funding. The footage released by the DoD was taken in 2004 where an encounter was registered with the object. It was chased by two Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets, from the aircraft carrier Nimitz. © US Navy Commander Fravor was flying one of the two jets for a routine training exercise and was diverted to investigate the UFO that was spotted on radar. The Commander was 160Km into the Pacific Ocean off San Diego at the time of the incident. “Look at that thing, dude,” one of the pilots is heard exclaiming in the clip. “It's rotating,” Fravor told The New York Times the object was about 40ft long and had no wings or rotors. The UFO had no plumes and could outpace the F-18s easily. It was big enough to churn the sea 50ft below it, he said. © Youtube He said: “I literally chased the thing and it started to mirror us — it was like it became aware we were there. I cut across to see if I could get closer and it rapidly accelerated and disappeared. Within a matter of a second, it was gone.” © US Department of Defence Fravor told the Daily Telegraph“It jammed the radar. You couldn't lock it with a conventional radar. You could passively track it and see it, but if you tried to grab a lock it wouldn't allow you to do that. “When it takes off and goes to the side, that's a significant amount of distance to travel in a very short period of time — we're talking miles. That thing just goes poof and in about a second it's off the side of the screen.” In a very serious warning to governments around the world, the pilot warned that we need to take this threat seriously as a species. He stated that we as a species do not know the intent of these UFOs. He urged the governments to try to understand what they are doing here if they are of extraterrestrial in nature. Fravor suggested governments study and develop technology in case these objects have a bad intention. Source: Daily Telegraph
  23. Here you are raving about 4G speeds on your smartphone while America and Russia are busy building 6G fighter jets that can tackle more or less any airborne attack with the snap of a finger. These sixth generation aircrafts are being developed and boast of some mind blowing features that will revolutionise security and defence in a way the world couldn't ever imagine. © The National Interest The U.S., for instance, has been working on their sixth gen F/A-XX programme since its announcement in 2014. XX stands for a unique number, like 22 in the case of the F- 22 Raptor, that would take numeric form once the prototype sees the light of day. The fighter jet will have with state of the art technology that would help it attain higher speeds and altitudes as compared to other jets. © YouTube The idea is to employ Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology or ADVENT to these next gen fighter jets, in order to help them achieve better fuel economy as well as hermeneutic cruise speeds. These jets can also be launched and land on the U.S.'s swanky new $16 billion warship USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78. But that's not all. These fighter jets will also be covered in smart skins that will be built out of sensors and communicative channels that will gather information from all available sources, like satellites, and keep the pilot updated. The best features of the fighter jet that caught our eye, at least, were improved stealth mechanisms that make it difficult to be detected and the possibility of flying it unmanned, because a reduced number of casualties is a sign of true advancement. © Defence Talk Now, if the U.S. is building smart jet fighters, how can Russia be far behind? They unveiled the MiG-41 sixth gen fighter jet that was touted to fly above the atmosphere. Does that make this a spaceship, woah! Well probably, except that it's not going to fly to the moon, so the flight would still be at a limited altitude, insane nonetheless! The MiG-41 comes with pretty much the same features as the ones in the proposed F/A-XX jets-- improved stealth properties, advanced laser weaponry, smart skins, Mach 4-4.3 speeds (which means that the jet is capable of going four or four point three times the speed of sound-- super duper sonic, 4500kmph, to be specific), can be operated unmanned and intercept most forms of airborne attacks. © Sputnik While the F/A-XX is supposed to relieve the old F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets, the MiG-41 would put the MiG-31 Foxhound to rest in its birth place. The F/A-XX won't be operational till 2030 but the MiG-41 could be seen taking charge early in 2020.
  24. SEOUL: The US military flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday amid high tensions over North Korea?s nuclear and missile programmes, South Korea?s military said. The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, the South?s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release on Wednesday. The US military said in a separate statement Japanese fighters had also joined the drill, making it the first night-time combined exercise for the US bombers with fighters from Japan and South Korea. After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the South?s release said. The South Korean military said this was part of a regular exercise to bolster military defences and also to display the alliance between the United States and South Korea. US Air Force Major Patrick Applegate said: ?Flying and training at night with our allies in a safe, effective manner is an important capability shared between the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea and hones the tactical prowess of each nations? aviators.? ?This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime, anywhere,? the US release quoted him as saying. The US bombers had taken off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. In August, Pyongyang threatened to shoot intermediate-range missiles towards the vicinity of Guam, a target frequently subjected to sabre-rattling from the North. South Korean and US government officials have been raising their guard against more North Korean provocations with the approach of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea?s ruling party, which fell on Tuesday. North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test in recent weeks in defiance of U.N. sanctions as it races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States. The North Korean party anniversary passed without any missile launches or nuclear tests, but officials are wary the North could engage in more provocations at any time, especially with China to begin its all-important Communist Party Congress on Oct. 18.
  25. BACKGROUND: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivers a keynote address, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, September 20, 2017. AFP/Mark Wilson/Getty Images; SUPERIMPOSED IMAGE: US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, DC, June 26, 2017. AFP/Nicholas Kamm NEW DELHI: Apart from the concerns over Afghanistan's security challenges, fighter jets and drone deals are set to dominate the agenda when US Defence Secretary James Mattis visits India this week. Mattis is likely to seek to convince India to purchase Lockheed Martin's F-16 Block 70 aircraft ? a lucrative deal pegged at approximately $15 billion. In 2016, the United States designated India a "Major Defence Partner" and Trump has sought to further boost military ties, praising India for contributing to regional peace and stability and purchasing US military equipment. Lockheed has offered the most upgraded version of the fighter jet to India, which is the world's largest weapons importer. The US manufacturer competes with Swedish defence giant Saab, whose Gripen E made its maiden flight in June. India has said it requires at least 100 single-engine fighters to counter the growing air threat posed by China and Pakistan. Both Saab and Lockheed offered to build the jets locally to comply with Modi's "Make-in-India" initiative, which aims to cut imports and build a domestic defence industry. US giant Boeing has also made an offer to set up a manufacturing facility in India for production of its F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft if it bags a deal. A drone deal for the Indian Navy will also likely be up for discussion, a source familiar with the negotiations told AFP. "Since Chinese assets have started to dominate the Indian Ocean region, the Trump administration is keen on fast-tracking the acquisition of the drones," the source said. Many commentators have said that US-India cooperation is crucial to countering an increasingly assertive China, which has been developing its military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Interests 'well beyond South Asia' Mattis is scheduled to arrive in Delhi late Monday and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new defence minister in the first visit by a top US official since Donald Trump became US president in January. "The United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia," a Pentagon statement said. US India Strategic Partnership Forum President Mukesh Aghi said Mattis' visit is a sign "the political leadership in both countries place defence cooperation as a top priority". Trump and Modi met for the first time in Washington back in June.
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