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  1. Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala's death was an honourable one. He was martyred during a terrorist encounter in Jammu and Kashmir back in 2017. The late Garud commando, who gunned down five terrorists before sacrificing his own life for his motherland, was awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously last year. Recently, his friends and fellow soldiers from the Indian Air Force's Garud Commando Force decided to honour his memory by lending a hand in his sister's wedding in Patna. IAF Garud Commando Corporal J P Nirala who martyred yesterday in line of duty during the raging gunfight at Hajin, J&K. Om Shanti Braveheart! ððpic.twitter.com/aTWWfLwmqN — पà¥à¤°kash™ (@iPraksy) November 19, 2017 Nirala was the only brother to his four sisters, and his untimely death left his entire family stranded. So, when the family was buckling under the pressure of accumulating the required funds to get Nirala's sisters married off, the Garud commandos came to the aid of their martyred mate's rescue. J.P.Nirala (Air Force Commando) | Ashok Chakra https://t.co/nm7fprPo6o pic.twitter.com/EsTjfgYWYc — IndiaUnited (@indiaunited01) January 27, 2018 Reportedly, every commando in the force contributed Rs 500 for the cause and eventually, the squad had collected nearly 5 lakh rupees at the end of the fundraiser. The collected amount was used to fund Nirala's sister's wedding. 'Brother in arms' when sister needs it most: @IAF_MCC #Garud commandos bid adieu fellow martyr J P Nirala's sister during her marriage on their hands in #Bihar, who died fighting terrorists in #kashmir in '17 & rcvd Ashok Chakra Pic courtesy: @ashwaryas pic.twitter.com/oP2azlC2wa — Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) June 13, 2019 Pictures of the fellow commandos making the bride walk on their palms, as a mark of respect, have since gone viral online. People on social media cannot stop praising the example of solidarity and brotherhood that the commandos have shown towards their martyred brother and comrade.
  2. The World Cup fever has gripped the entire planet at the moment, but ahead of the much-awaited India vs Pakistan match scheduled for 16th June, the fervour and craziness in the air is at its peak, because like always, this is a highly-anticipated match, which will be watched by everyone, irrespective of their loyalties. So, ahead of this match, a Pakistani TV commercial has been going viral for all the wrong reasons. The advertisement shows a look-alike of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was in Pakistani captivity , wearing the colors of the Indian team jersey. This is the our hero's personality, no one can remain untouched. But next time plz use some good actors. Btw #ShikharDhawan exclusion must be a relief for many competitors #CWC19 #abhinandan pic.twitter.com/mrBFLFLh2d — Megha Jainð®ð³ (@i_meghajain) June 11, 2019 While Indians have mocked fans across the border with the 'Mauka Mauka' ad, a lot of angry Indian fans feel this was below the belt and not in good taste at all. This is shameful. Please just let this be a cricket match. This is beyond just simple banter. #CWC19#INDvPAK https://t.co/shsUrYpCHl — Ritayan Basu | à¦à¦¤à¦¾à§à¦¨ বসৠ(@ritayanbasu) June 11, 2019 Abhinandan's Capture Mocked in Racist #Pakistani Ad For World Cup Clash Against #India. This is how #racism, #nationalism and #sports combines to produce toxic outcomes. Entirely unnecessary. #CWC2019 #crickethttps://t.co/7gcMx2CxjI — Swati Parashar (@swatipash) June 11, 2019 Some people from Pakistan are actually quite in support of this advertisement, and feel there is obviously nothing wrong with it. Abhinandan again ð¤£âï¸ That's an interesting idea about Pakistan-India match in @cricketworldcup being played on 16th June ð #PakvsIndia #Abhinandan #CWC19 #IndiavsPak pic.twitter.com/W3EzxJfYdn — Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) June 11, 2019 However, someone was quick enough to state some facts to stomp all over this uncalled celebration of this mockery. The advertisement is an epic fail because Pak hasn't won a single match against us in the World Cup and the whole #Abhinandan incident was a win for us as well, seeing how he was returned to us safely. Think thoroughly before you try to start a banter, Pak. #EpicFail #CWC19 https://t.co/CHgsJOOFLz — Rahul Mishra (@RahulDKMishra) June 11, 2019 The main question is, how far can you go when it comes to national pride? Is dragging a national and a sensitive issue really important when it comes to making a point? These guys have their hearts filled with hate. #Pakistan stooping to a new low#abhinandan https://t.co/X1KpCfKeFO — SnehalRajani (@Snehal_Rajani) June 11, 2019 Our soldiers are way above a mere, crass advertisement and mockery of this kind not only belittles an individual, but is also a joke on the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers of a country.
  3. Every Indian is proud of the country's armed forces, and not just because of all the extraordinary things that they get done on a daily basis, but also because of the kind of security they give us at the cost of personal dangers and sacrifices. © Twitter However, while we shed tears and mourn the loss of every life lost at the border, the sad truth is, time eventually erases their names from our memories much like the sacrifices they make. However, there remain some individuals who never forget the ones who left by making the ultimate sacrifice of life for us and the country. © Twitter The “squad” never forgets their mates who were martyred in the line of duty, even after decades go by. For instance, the IAF Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa just showed us what real-life 'squad goals' look like by flying a MiG-21 in the 'missing man' formation to pay tribute to martyred squadron leader Ajay Ahuja who died during the Kargil War in 1999. 20 years since the fateful day when Pakistan downed the IAF aircraft Ajay Ahuja was flying, and later killed him, the IAF Chief made the decision to remember the squadron leader's sacrifice through the flypast near Bhatinda and honour the fallen comrade-in-arms. © Twitter Squadron leader Ajay Ahuja was part of Operation Safed Sagar at Kargil and the 'Missing Man' formation in the form of an arrow with a gap between two aircrafts depicting the missing man is how his fellow comrades decided to honour Ajay's memory. © Twitter If this isn't what squad goals should be made up of, then what is? A squad isn't the best only when they fight beside you, but when they choose to remember and celebrate you years after you are gone. And the IAF just showed us how to best get it right.
  4. What's the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says doctor? Injections, painkillers, antibiotics, and perhaps a man with a grumpy face sitting with stethoscope. I am sure you get my point. Well, no matter what thoughts come to your mind, dancing never finds its way to the list. But, thanks to the Indian Air Force doctors, people can now imagine doctors as someone who is cool and likes to do fun stuff. Something like, clapping along to show that happiness is the truth, because they're happy. Twitter In case you didn't get it already, we're talking about the viral video of IAF doctors, who took a break from their work to dance to 'Happy', and let's just say this is the coolest thing we've seen on social media in recent times. Twitter Be it doctors, air force officers or patients; everyone is seen enjoying while dancing and dabbing to the tunes of Pharell Williams' hit song. Reportedly, it was shot at the 12 Air Force Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. If you Remember the Gangnam Style by the 68 DSSC at Wellington, in 2013, this will make your day. Indian Air Force Docs doing their thing with, Happy, at the No. 12 Air Force Hospital. ððððð Spreading Happiness and Joy. pic.twitter.com/U8Ce4B6Bec — LCA Tejas (India) ‏اÛÙ Ø³Û Ø§Û ØªÛجس (@Leopard212) April 27, 2019 This is one dance party I am sure all of us want to be a part of. People on Twitter too feel the same and are in love with these 'Happy' IAF doctors. Love it !! — INJESTERS (@rockyandmayur) April 27, 2019 Really cool, the docs of IAF are really chilled out folks ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð» — rajð®ð³ (@RajeshPunia) April 27, 2019 This will make your day. The HAPPY Air Force Hospital!!!!@IAF_MCC doing their thing :) (Thanks to Baba Leopard Singh/Leppeshwar Prasad for sharing this)https://t.co/v4e3b2HQj4 — Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep) April 27, 2019 Because I'm happy Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!! https://t.co/8mJvl7S2Oz — Poonam Agarwal (@poonamjourno) April 27, 2019 Happy to see Military Medical corps dancing on the Happy Song..!! @SpokespersonMoD @IAF_MCC @adgpi https://t.co/nNnqNcodPd — Pranay Upadhyaya (@JournoPranay) April 27, 2019 This for sure will make you happy. https://t.co/khwvXNoHL7 — Abhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) April 27, 2019 In fact, this is not the first time that jawans have stunned people with their dance moves. Earlier, in 2013, officers at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington were seen dancing to Psy's 'Gangnam Style'.
  5. IAF wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman needs no introduction. While our B-town celebs are flocked by fans for their fictional representational of characters on screen, Abhinandan Varthaman is a real-life national hero who not only braved all odds to survive an extremely difficult situation but has won the respect and hearts of everyone in the country. © Twitter The squadron leader was captured by Pakistani army last month and he returned 2 days later and was advised to be on a sick leave. However, he surprised everyone once again with his determination when he decided to join back his squadron in Srinagar. The IAF pilot chose to go back to serving his nation instead of staying home. People on social media are lauding him by calling him a lion who's returned for the kill and a hero who is back to serve his nation. He has already expressed his desire to go back to flying fighter jets and hence a medical board is supposed to review his health before a decision can be made on the same. He was captured by Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison was shot during an aerial combat and even though he was captured and interrogated, he continued to choose his loyalty towards his motherland over saving himself after he refused to give away any sensitive information about India.
  6. Over the years we have come to think of Ajay Devgn as being synonymous to Bollywood's most sought-after action hero. Sure, Akshay Kumar is also a leading name in the category, but when it comes to someone who has been acing each and every role in this category, we can only think of Devgn. Ajay made the entire country eat out of his hands when he first graced the screen as Bajirao Singham, the righteous and daring cop who would go to the end of this world to bring the culprits to justice. View this post on Instagram What do you think are they telling each other? A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Jan 19, 2019 at 8:57am PST We have loved him and his daredevilry in the 'Singham' series, and feel that no one could have done it better than the man himself, but as per latest reports, it seems Ajay is all set to explore other aspects and roles in the action category and he will next be seen portraying the role of an IAF Wing Commander in the film titled 'Bhuj: The Pride Of India'. The film is reportedly based on true incidents, wherein Ajay will be seen essaying the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. The airstrip was destroyed by Pakistani air strikes and Karnik mobilised 300 local women to rebuild it for the Indian Air Force aircrafts to make a safe landing. Karnik played a pivotal role in helping keep the airstrip operational amidst heavy bombing from Pakistan. View this post on Instagram mood A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Jul 7, 2016 at 9:57am PDT The film has been written, and will be directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya and talking about Vijay Karnik and the feat he achieved during the war, producer Bhushan Kumar told the media, “This courageous tale needs to be told because we want the current and the coming generation to know about this brave soldier, Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who played a significant role in India's victory in the 1971 war. He was heroic enough to take this bold step of involving civilians in a war. Also, who better than Ajay Devgn for the role of Vijay Karnik?” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Jun 6, 2016 at 7:26am PDT Karnik recalled the events from the eventful incident and he is glad that Ajay has agreed to play his character in the film. Talking to the media he said, “We were fighting a war and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss. But I took the decision and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked and they followed it bravely. Also, I could only see Ajay Devgn essaying my character and I'm glad that he's on board.” We can't wait for this one.
  7. Abhinandan Varthaman - the name literally every Indian knows and will never, ever forget. The Wing Commander has now become the epitome of bravery and courage in the country and no could be more proud about it. It's actually not just him, but his name as well that has inspired people and some have even named their new-born after him. Bollywood is also not behind, and people are already planning to make movies about him. But, some people have also decided to cash in on his popularity in the worst way. Turns out, a lot of fake accounts with his name sprung up online soon after his release and well, it's not him, folks! We all know how the number game on social media works, and it's so sad that some people will go to any extreme lengths to get that, even if it means impersonating a national hero online. Government sources confirm that this is a fake Twitter account #AbhinandanVarthaman pic.twitter.com/4mxahDz7Gn — ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2019 Even the Indian Air Force had to step in and issue a proper warning as more and more fake accounts popped up. #FAKE ACCOUNTS : Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman does not have a social media account on any portal (Facebook /Instagram /Twitter). Please avoid following any fake accounts being used in the name of any IAF Airwarrior for spreading misinformation. Jai Hind!!! pic.twitter.com/nG8C7ZUkQ6 — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 6, 2019 So, just a PSA, yes we all would love to follow him on Twitter, but obviously, the real him. Beware of the fake accounts!
  8. Losing a loved one is the most painful thing I can think of, and unfortunately, all of us have to go through it at some point in our lives. But, no one can understand the extremities of that loss like the people who work in the Defence, and their families do. Yesterday, the last rites of Squadron leader Siddharth Vashisht, who died in a Mi-17 chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, were performed with full military honours in Chandigarh. His family, including his wife Squadron Leader Aarti Singh and other fellow officers, were present to bid farewell and mourn the loss. His wife stood in full uniform as his father lit the funeral pyre. The Air Force personnel present gave a gun salute in the presence of officials from the IAF, the civil administration and all the people who turned up to pay their last respects. People couldn't help but salute Squadron Leader Aarti Singh's bravery at this difficult time while mourning for him. Her head was held high, as she clutched the tricolour to her chest, and the internet hailed her stoic spirit. This is Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. He was cremated in Chandigarh today. RIP. pic.twitter.com/UUMeT120Id — Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 1, 2019 Salute to d family n mam Aarti Singh u r really strong woman.. Thousand of salutes for u mam.. RIP Squadron leader Siddhartha vashisht.. Y desh sda aapka karazdaar rhega.. ððððð jai hind #SiddharthVashisht @narendramodi @thekiranbedi — Ritu Rohilla (@7febRitu) March 2, 2019 Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, two army personnel who earned the utmost respect of every individual. RIP Wing Commander Siddharth Vashisht, civilians killed due to cease fire violation in Poonch and Other Martyrs of Kupwara Encounter. pic.twitter.com/CADh5xAyee — Ravi Jadav (@ravijadav94) March 2, 2019 Heart felt condolences for your loss, squadron leader Aarti Singh. ð RIP #SiddharthVashist ð Nation salutes your Courage & Sacrifice. — விà®à®¯à¯ (@vijaytwitts) March 2, 2019 Another most moving picture of the day...Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht...standing with the poise that only a few possess! #Salute pic.twitter.com/S1kRzva91D — aditi avasthi (@avasthiaditi) March 1, 2019 We salute to our hero Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was the pilot of the Mi-17 helicopter that crashed in Budgam,J&K on February 27 was cremated in Chandigarh earlier today. (In pic 1: his wife Squadron Leader Aarti Singh holding the folded tricolour)@narendramodi pic.twitter.com/NfC0xrodBc — Vattsalya Upadhyay (@vattsalya) March 1, 2019 India will always remember your martyrdom Hero #SiddharthVashisht. Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader #SiddharthVashisht who was pilot of the #Mi17 @IAF_MCC that crashed in. I pray to God to give you and family the power to bear this suffer. ðð pic.twitter.com/4Hp19u6cFd — Natin Singh (@natinsingh7) March 1, 2019 Salute to Squadron Leader Siddhart Vashishth. And may God give strength of Squadron Leader Aarti Singh! Such a sad loss for India. RIP ððpic.twitter.com/iH9dyOC6nz — Amit Panchal (@AmitHPanchal) March 1, 2019 Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. cremated in Chandigarh. We welcome #Abhinandan, let us not forget the sacrifices of the 6 Defence Personnel who we lost in the Mi-17 crash. pic.twitter.com/yJZ5VCWci4 — Pinank Paleja (@metcoexport) March 1, 2019
  9. “I am not supposed to tell you this” - It's the most important quote of the week and everyone in the country has heard it at least once, all thanks to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The entire nation has been celebrating the return of the IAF pilot and #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan has been trending since his release was announced by Pakistan. But, before that, it was this line that got people to respect him even more. When the Pakistani Army asked him about the details of his mission, he only had one answer - “I am sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this”. It exploded on social media and became a talking point everywhere. The brave and stoic manner in which he deflected all the questions thrown at him, while in captivity, struck a chord with everyone in the nation. But, that one line wields so much power now, that even Indian police departments are using it to give out important messages. Well, the Mumbai Police better watch out because Nagpur Police is here to take their crown. When someone asks for your OTP : "I am not supposed to tell you this"#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan #NagpurPolice — NagpurCityPolice (@NagpurPolice) March 1, 2019 Like always, it got a lot of praise online and everyone appreciated it a lot. Nailed it ! ðhttps://t.co/YWZMxD84Hg — shubham charjan (@Oyeeee_Lucky) March 1, 2019 Yep. Hail the patriotic fervour of India Kudos to #NagpurPolice for saluting the Heroes of the Indian Defence Services. Jai Hind! — Mallika Kaleem (@MallikaKaleem) March 1, 2019 Someone great, I'm sure. Who handles your account? Nice https://t.co/H78EDhCYZm — Sachin Verma (@sachinverma1) March 1, 2019 Bohot. @NagpurPolice IT team = Bahut icchh Hard. https://t.co/VLnplPF9Ln — Manthan Sawarkar (@TweetyManthan) March 1, 2019
  10. On Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that his government will release captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman today as a 'gesture of peace'. Since then, the nation's happiness and excitement knew no bounds as people from across the country geared up, like one big family, to welcome their hero. © Facebook Reportedly, the convoy of vehicles carrying Varthaman reached the Attari Wagah Border late afternoon, from where he was handed over to India moments ago as he crossed the LoC. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was kept in the custody of the Pakistan Army since Wednesday, after his aircraft crashed on the other side of the LoC, during aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes. © Twitter When the news of Varthaman's captivity made headlines, the nation had only one prayer on their lips, 'Bring Back Abhinandan'. Furthermore, the hashtags #SayNoToWar and the happiness in both the countries over the release of Varthaman, prove that both people across the border stand united for peace and against war. Pakistan: Visuals from Wagah in Lahore; IAF Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman will soon be handed over to the Indian Air Force at Attari-Wagah border pic.twitter.com/xEPghVgNzi — ANI (@ANI) March 1, 2019 In fact, earlier today, in a truly heartwarming gesture, Varthaman's parents were given a standing ovation by the passengers as they deboarded the flight in Delhi. While expressing his gratitude to Varthaman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said every Indian is proud of him. Now that the nation's hero is back, people can't stop rejoicing and the insane crowd at Wagah Border cheering for him and his return reiterates the same. Bravest of brave Wing Commander Abhinandan return backs to India ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/vHqjLaVy8W — Shubhi (@shubh_i_am_87) March 1, 2019 Welcome back Abhinandan sir the entire nation is proud of your selflessness and bravery ! We salute you ðð Jai Hind!ð®ð³ð®ð³#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/cMOm69uf7p — Ritesh Pandeyð (@RiteshPandeys) March 1, 2019 Finally pahunch gaye. Jai Hind.ð®ð³ ð #Abhinandan #AbhinandanVarthaman #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/0SPfT2uO6D — Goutam Kunal (@goutamkunal) March 1, 2019 Welcoming home a true fighter, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. — Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) March 1, 2019 Welcome back #Abhinandan ...a true war hero! And pathetic propaganda attempts by Pakistan - again. They keep doing it, and some people in India, and indeed around the world, keep falling for it :( Hope folks in India and other countries get a little wiser after this episode. — Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) March 1, 2019 #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan Salute To Abhinandan And Welcome To India pic.twitter.com/bHb1anMFm6 — Technical Hindustani (@TecHindustani) March 1, 2019
  11. 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
  12. Amid the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that his government will release captured Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, tomorrow as a 'gesture of peace'. © Reuters Varthaman was kept in the custody of the Pakistan Army since Wednesday, after his aircraft crashed on the other side of the Line of Control, during combat between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes. "We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow," Khan said in his address to the joint session of Pakistan Parliament. © Twitter During his speech he also said, "Yesterday I tried to call (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to say that we don't want escalation. Our push for de-escalation doesn't mean we are afraid." Even since the announcement was made, Twitter is being flooded with thank you messages for Imran Khan. @ImranKhanPTI you have again demonstrated a player attitude. Great job sir Ji. You will remain as hero. — Netaji (@AritraAmi) February 28, 2019 @ImranKhanPTI Huge Respect Sir!! #SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/AeLMgh3I5z — Kavitha Gajendran (@kavithazahir) February 28, 2019 A gesture of peace, @ImranKhanPTI and a moral one. Well done https://t.co/YJbQW98gEg — Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) February 28, 2019 Great News- @ImranKhanPTI says the Indian Pilot #AbhiNandan will be released tomorrow as a “goodwill gesture” ð — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 28, 2019 Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after an engagement with Indian forces on February 27, will be released by Islamabad on March 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan has confirmed. Welcom home brother we are waiting #Abhinandan pic.twitter.com/KGcJViGkv5 — Romil Squad (David Osehal) (@DavidOsehal) February 28, 2019 #SaluteOurForces Pakistan PM Imran Khan finally announces the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by tomorrow. Pakistan finally listens to the voice of millions of Indians.What a great news! #WelcomeBackAbhinandan!#AbhinandanVartaman pic.twitter.com/RyIWLbzjje — Monu Singh (@smonu5820) February 28, 2019 Gesture shown by #pakistan is welcomed. #SayNoToWar @ImranKhanPTI #SayNoToTerrorism — prasad (@iamprasad007) February 28, 2019 Not just India, but people from Pakistan too are reacting to their PM's peace gesture and thanking him for releasing Varthaman. @ImranKhanPTI We warmly welcome to your decision. pic.twitter.com/ZyeVgLyjKC — Shafin Baig شاÙÛÙ (@shafinbaigINC) February 28, 2019 Love u @ImranKhanPTI #پاک_ÙÙج_ÙÙ_ÛÙ pic.twitter.com/D4TIcs0mq2 — Wisal Khan (@wisalbcn) February 28, 2019 Impressive speech by PM @ImranKhanPTI good peace gesture to return indian piolet #pakistanstandforpeace — Jawad butt (@Jawadsh12376337) February 28, 2019 and that by no means is One Country's victory over the other. It is a peace gesture. Great step indeed long live humanity — Yasir Bhat (@YasirBashir86) February 28, 2019 Our Hero is Tippu Sultan. @ImranKhanPTI You're a great Leader. #SayNoToWar — Affaf Inayat (@InayatAffaf) February 28, 2019 And yes our PM @ImranKhanPTI released Indian pilot.applause https://t.co/MlrwR4agGT — Quratulain (@Quratul78156808) February 28, 2019 #WelcomeBackAbhinandan @ImranKhanPTI Comes up with good decision on releasing abinadan on peace gesture and also ready to support pulwama attack investigation if india shows evidence @narendramodi Consider pak peace gesture and start peace negotiation to short out issues.. — sheik abdullah (@sheik_king) February 28, 2019 Huge respect for this man @ImranKhanPTI And yes thats us we want peace ð®ð³ðµð° #SayNoToWaar pic.twitter.com/D5xvc2JQX1 — Shahrukhmagsi (@Shahrukhmagsi5) February 28, 2019 These reactions and the hashtag #SayNoToWar that people have flooded the social media with, proves that people in both countries stand united for peace and are against war and the common enemy- terrorism.
  13. With the tensions increasing between India and Pakistan, we are trying to find respite in the situation for our Armed Forces, who're either in captivity or battling the current scenario to give us peaceful nights. In the midst of these screaming tensions though, a newborn baby in Rajasthan's Nagaur region has been named 'Mirage', after the Mirage 2000 fighter jets, used by the Indian Air Force, in the 26th February's air strikes against Pakistan-based terror camps. © Twitter The baby has officially been christened 'Mirage Singh Rathore' and his father, SS Rathore hopes that his son joins the nations' security forces when he grows up, someday. “We named our child Mirage Rathore to commemorate the strike on Pakistan by the Mirage jets. We hope he will join the security forces when he grows up," He told a local news agency while in conversation with them. © Twitter The boy, obviously born on Tuesday when India went ahead with the air strikes, was named the same to commemorate a memorable day, according to his family. His uncle, who is in the Air Force said he received news of two good developments on Tuesday. One was India's attack on Pakistan territory and the other was the birth of his nephew. Well, this does lean on some solid shreds of patriotism and when Mirage does grow up, we're sure he's going to consider joining the security forces after he finds out the back-story to his name. Well, if you thought the name 'Stalin' was a bit too idealistically communist for little boys growing up in Kerala, then Mirage is definitely going to one-up them with this historic memory that reeks of patriotism. © Reuters In the wee hours of the 26th morning, 12 Mirage-2000 jets entered the Pakistan air space and dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp-site, in Balakot. The Mirage-2000, developed by a French company, Dassault Aviation is one of the deadliest aircrafts in existence and it was first commissioned in 1985. It was first recognised when it was used in the Kargil warfare in 1999, following which the Government placed additional orders for 10 more Mirage-2000 jets in 2004, making it a total of 50 jets. © Reuters We're sure it would be an honour for baby Mirage to grow up with a name like that, but without actually flying a Mirage-2000 jet into war, when he does decide to join the forces!
  14. Amidst the building uncertainties around an impending possibility of war between India and Pakistan, as well as growing political-military pressure owing to India's stern action against Pakistan's indolence towards terrorism breeding on their home ground, the situation has now gone even murkier with IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being held in Pakistan's captivity. After India's early morning airstrike on three terror camps located in Pakistan and PoK on 26th February, which eliminated the terrorist camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi, Pakistan retaliated yesterday with aerial combat by trespassing and infiltrating the LoC. Wing Commander Abhinandan had been one of the officers who was facing Pakistan's onslaught and defending the country, when his aircraft was attacked, and he crash landed across the LoC. #WATCH Raveesh Kumar, MEA: One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts. pic.twitter.com/Bm0nVChuzF — ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2019 Soon after, a video showing a bloodied officer surfaced on social media, wherein the person stated that he was Wing Commander Abhinandan and his service number was 27981. Following this, in an official media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed the infiltration and also that a MiG 21 aircraft was lost during the engagement and that the pilot was missing in action. Later, another video showed that the Indian pilot's wounds had been treated and he was heard saying that the Pakistani army officers were “thorough gentlemen” and are looking after him well. However, that did little to bring a calm over the nation's shared anxiety over the officer's captivity. Social media immediately exploded with demands for the quick and safe return of Abhinandan, and #BringBackAbhinandan hashtag began to trend. Read what people from all over the country are saying: I'm getting calls from well meaning friends saying that let the savarna men argue it out...a Muslim name should keep low. That too a woman. I have no intention if curbing speech and nor will I be sharing tales of threats and abuse.. I'm angry today. #BringBackAbhinandan — Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) February 27, 2019 Bring back... If War begins definitely humanity loses.. #SayNoToWar #BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/PutcdFedP3 — Ejas Ahamed (@jmejasahamed28) February 27, 2019 We want our braveheart back.#BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/XGYcCseiow — Komal Khatnani (@KhatnaniKomal) February 27, 2019 677, I repeat 677#PakistanStrikesBack #BringBackAbhinandan #BringBackAbhi #BringBackAbhinandhan pic.twitter.com/7azwimaQ9i — Shakoor.Raja (@ShakoorRajaPTI) February 27, 2019 These are turbulent times, and in the wake of the engagement with F-16 and his capture, we salute Wing Commander Abhinandan who has been very calm under duress. We do hope there is a rescue operation currently underway to bring him home safe. #BringBackAbhinandan — Adya Mishra (@Adya_04) February 27, 2019 The only thing that matters is the safe return of our Air Force pilot. All efforts should be directed at de-escalation and ensuring his release from Pakistani custody. #BringBackAbhinandan — Akshay Marathe (@AkshayMarathe) February 27, 2019 We struck they struck. Let's end this now. #SayNoToWar Let's put our might together to #bringBackAbhinandan. Meanwhile, do not forget this entire tragedy where we have lost 4 lives is because of one man's failures in all depts, including Kashmir. This is squarely Modi's failure. — Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) February 27, 2019 I really hope the geneva convention is followed. I really pray and hope we get our man back. I urge the leadership of my country to please think through each and every move while Abhinandan breathes behind enemy lines #Maytheforcebewithyou #BringBackAbhinandan @adgpi @PMOIndia — Vibhor Mohla (@Vibhormohla) February 27, 2019 At this point , our attention should completely shift to Wing Commander #Abhinandan We want him back to the country he represents , to the country he has given his everything , to the country that is praying for him. @PMOIndia@MEAIndia#BringBackAbhinandan ð®ð³ — Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) February 27, 2019 We hope Wing Commander Abhinandan comes back home soon, safe and sound.
  15. The Indian government made its stance on cross-border terrorism very clear yesterday, as the Indian Air Force (IAF) took on the propagators of terror and destruction left to thrive under Pakistan's aid and protection, in the early hours of 26th February 2019. The Indian Air Force carried out an air-borne, non-military strike on three prime terror locations in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to eliminate terrorists and training camps in the area. The air-strike was carried out using hi-tech fighter jets Mirage 2000s which successfully destroyed the camps of three major terror-outfits - Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba - functioning out of three pivotal centres in the area, namely Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi. #WATCH: Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi https://t.co/Th0TjwO99o — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 While very little details about these camps were known earlier, recent reports suggest that JeM's Syed Ahmad Shaheed's centre in Balakot, which also served as a prime location for terror outfits as a 'jihad launchpad', was no less than a 5-star resort situated atop lush green hills in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Here are all the inside details on the architecture and hi-tech facilities in the Balakot terror camp, as reported by an exclusive TOI report: · Started in 2003-2004, the Balakot facility spread over six acres of forest area and boasted of large halls and dormitories, which could house more than 600 people at a time. · The training ground spread across a whopping two-acre clearing where the terrorists would reportedly light bonfires and train. Intel Sources: Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot,Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators pic.twitter.com/b7ENbKgYaH — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · The ammunition dump in the camp was loaded with as many as 200 AK rifles with “uncountable rounds”, hand grenades, explosives and detonators as well. · The entry pathway of the Balakot terror camp bore a gruesome and spooky look, while the staircases bore the painted-on flags of countries like USA, UK and Israel to motivate the terrorists' hatred. Intel Sources: Flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on staircases seen in Jaish e Mohammed facility destroyed by Indian Air Force jets in Balakot pic.twitter.com/266CEI0hGR — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · A parking lot was reserved for the SUVs of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brothers. · The Main hall had false ceilings covered with LED bulbs and JeM flags gracing the columns. · A minimum of 26 recent recruits were from Rawalpindi and Attock in Pakistan. The youngest one being 1997-born Abdul Hafeez. Intel Sources: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan pic.twitter.com/th1JWbVrHw — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · Men from 10 different Pakistan districts were being trained at Balakot, namely Gujrat, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Muzaffarnagar, Rajanpur, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi and Attock. · Every year, the centre carried out an annual parade of terrorists after the completion of training in April.
  16. The wee hours of 26th February witnessed the Indian Air Force (IAF) pulling off a brave operation that was carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan. A group of 12 Mirage 2000 aircrafts carried out swift air strikes to eliminate multiple terror camps and launch pads. The Indian fighter jets dropped bombs weighing 1,000 kgs in a 21-minute operation that resulted in the elimination of the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot. India's retaliatory strike came in the wake of the dastardly suicide attack in Pulwama, that claimed the lives of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. Ever since the news of India's so-called 'surgical strike 2.0' surfaced, everyone has been saluting the IAF for successfully carrying out the brave operation. #India struck biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot; a very large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and fidayeenjihadis were eliminated: Sh Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary pic.twitter.com/D8kk4gWfWI — PIB India (@PIB_India) February 26, 2019 While some hailed the Indian fighter pilots for avenging the Pulwama martyrs, others took immense pride in India's new approach of tackling fire by fire. Amid all the congratulatory messages, the sports fraternity wasn't far behind either. From Virender Sehwag to Saina Nehwal, the Indian sports fraternity was seen joining the chorus in lauding the IAF. IAF's pre-dawn strike across the border also evoked a response from Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who will be seen leading his side against Australia in the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Taking to Facebook, Kohli shared a picture of himself alongside his teammates in what appears to be a training session. The Indian skipper captioned the image with the popular phrase: "How's the Josh?". The phrase comes from the Bollywood flick, 'Uri - The Surgical Strike' - a dramatised account of the Indian Army's retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack in the valley. Going by the mood in the country, it wasn't hard to guess what Kohli was trying to say with his social media post. But, it was great to see the Indian captain drawing inspiration from the IAF to motivate himself and his team going into the second and final T20I - a must-win game that'll help the hosts in levelling the series.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. When anyone in the country decides to join the armed forces, it is given than their life and their soul has been authorised for serving the nation. Our brave men fight wars not just on the borders, but the wars they fight everyday in their heart when they serve the nation, while their family prays and waits for their arrival. IAF Squadron leader Samir Abrol was no different when it came to serving his country. © Facebook Squadron leader Samir Abrol and Siddharth Negi were killed while test flying the Mirage 2000 aircraft at the HAL airport in Bengaluru. The pilots tried to eject themselves but failed to do so as the flames engulfed them. This gave rise to many questioning the hygiene standards of aircrafts bought and given by the system to our pilots in the Air Force. #UPDATE The other pilot who had also ejected has succumbed to injuries in hospital. Both were test pilots- Squadron leader Negi and Squadron leader Abrol. #Bengaluru https://t.co/WZYA5RzWSU — ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2019 After Samir's brother Sushant making some valid points that are stark and alarming in questions, Samir's wife , Garima Abrol has now penned an open letter demanding answers for the loss of her husband and thousand other officers who die due to negligence in the system. Sushant Abrol: A train derails & the system wants the Railway Minister to step down but every now and then these crashes happen. Is anyone raising fingers against the Ministry, the defence minister? I have utter respect for Ma'am and I am looking up to her for an answer. https://t.co/GCaxJ4SDrZ — ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019 Besides highlighting the pain of loss and how a soldier's family is braver than any of us, Garima raises some very valid points that demand our immediate attention. While the messages of empathy and sympathy will continue to flow for the Abrol family, let's not let this chance go and ensure that Samir's sacrifice is the face of change, not just another case of negligence.
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