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Abhinandan Varthaman: Officer in the Indian Air Force
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman VrC is a decorated Indian Air Force officer. In the 2019 India-Pakistan standoff, he was held captive for 60 hours in Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in an aerial dogfight. He was conferred the Vir Chakra gallantry award in August 2019.

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Gunslinger's gone: Abhinandan Varthaman's evolving style

Earlier in August, he was also conferred with the Vir Chakra on the 73rd Independence Day.
DNA - Published

IAF chief BS Dhanoa flies last combat sortie with copilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Abhinandan became a national hero after he shot down an F-16 of the Pakistani army during India's attack on a terrorist camp in Balakot, deep inside the Line of Control, on February 27.
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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman keeps it simple!

As Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman flew a sortie in MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa from the Pathankot airbase, Twitter users were missing the officer's iconic..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

We both fought Pakistanis and we both ejected: IAF chief does sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman

IAF chief BS Dhanoa who flew his last sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman, drew parallels with him saying both of them had fought Pakistanis and had ejected. "Both of us got ejected and both of us fought..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pleasure to fly with Abhinandan: IAF chief after doing MiG-21 sortie together

Vir Chakra awardee Varthaman who shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet post-Balakot operations had resumed flying operations on August 23.
DNA - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman flies sortie of MiG-21 with IAF Chief

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a sortie in a MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with IAF Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. Varthaman fighter jet was shot down during Pakistan counter-attack on..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to fly MiG-21 during Apache induction

The first batch of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters, which is world's most lethal attack helicopter, arrived in India in July at the IAF Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad
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Indian Air Force's Abhinandan Varthaman starts flying MiG 21

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February, has started flying MiG 21 jet again.
IndiaTimes - Published

Vir Chakra for Abhinandan Varthaman, Vayu Sena medals for Balakot bombers

Wing Commander Varthaman, who downed a Pakistan jet during an aerial combat in February and was held captive for three days, has been conferred the Vir Chakra, India's third-highest war time gallantry..
DNA - Published

President approves 132 gallantry awards; Vir Chakra for Wing Commander Abhinandan

Six Navy personnel have been awarded gallantry awards including one Shaurya Chakra for Marine Commando Amit Singh Rana for his role in two operations in Jammu and Kashmir in which eight terrorists were..
DNA - Published

Independence Day: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to get Vir Chakra

Abhinandan to be awarded.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Abhinandan Varthaman to start flying MiG 21 within next two weeks: Sources

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is set to fly MiG 21 within next two weeks as a medical board cleared his return to fighter cockpit. The 36-year-old IAF pilot had sustained injuries while ejecting..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistani army spokesman posts misleading clip

On Feb 27, Ghafoor claimed Pak had captured two IAF pilots but later said only one, Abhinandan, was in their custody
DNA - Published

Inspired by Abhinandan , Bhopal-based cop sports gunslinger moustache

A Bhopal-based policeman has styled his moustache taking inspiration from Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's classic gunslinger moustache.
DNA - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman's moustache should be given status of 'national moustache': Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday proposed in the Lower House that the moustache of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be given the status of 'national..
DNA - Published

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's 'Abhinandan' for team India after decisive win over Pakistan

Famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has complimented the Team India for their decisive win over Pakistan in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.
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Abhinandan is now in Rajasthan school text


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Wing Commander Abhinandan's unit comes out with 'Falcon Slayers' shoulder patches

The new patches brought out by the 51 Squadron of IAF depict a MiG21 in the foreground along with a red-coloured F-16 with 'Falcon Slayers' written on top and 'AMRAAM Dodgers' written at the bottom of..
DNA - Published

To mark his shooting down of Pakistan's F-16, Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Bison squadron gets new patches

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Bison squadron has got new patches made with “Falcon Slayers” and “AMRAAM Dodgers” embossed on them to mark his shooting down of the Pakistani..
IndiaTimes - Published

Retd air force official Anil Kumar Kaushik joins Congress

He ridiculed the present government for claiming credit for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in just two days.
DNA - Published

Watch: Wing Commander Abhinandan thanks families of his colleagues

In the 119 second video, Abhinandan can be seen being "mobbed" by colleagues for a photograph and the fighter pilot happily obliges them with selfies and photographs.
DNA - Published

Cheers and selfies in Wing Commander Abhinandan's latest video

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is hale and hearty. He seems to have recovered well and is spreading cheers, according to the latest video of the IAF pilot who was held captive in Pakistan earlier..
IndiaTimes - Published

Had warned Pak of consequences if they had not returned Abhinandan: PM Modi

PM Modi shares some nuggets about what went down during that high-tension period,
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IAF recommends Abhinandan Varthaman for wartime gallantry award 'Vir Chakra'

While Abhinandan has been recommended for the Vir Chakra, the 12 Mirage 2000 pilots who bombed targets in Pakistan are being recommended for the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry for their acts of bravery,..
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman shifted out of Srinagar amid safety concerns

The IAF pilot went on leave in mid-March after security agencies completed a nearly two-week debriefing following his return from Pakistan.
DNA - Published

Military veterans urge President Ram Nath Kovind to preserve 'secular', 'a-political' character of armed forces

Over 150 military veterans, including eight former chiefs, in a letter to President Kovind, expressed concern over "politicisation of the armed forces". In the letter, the veterans objected to..
IndiaTimes - Published

Have 'irrefutable evidence' of MiG-21 shooting down Pakistan's F-16: IAF

The IAF on Monday said it has “irrefutable evidence” that not only did Pakistan deploy F-16s in the intended strike on Indian military installations across the Line of Control on February 27, which..
IndiaTimes - Published

Shot down Pakistan's F-16 during aerial dogfight on February 27: IAF

The Indian Air Force has refuted a report in a US magazine that all Pakistani F-16s were accounted for after the February 27 dogfight. The IAF has officially reiterated that the MiG-21 being flown by..
IndiaTimes - Published

Balakot toll could be 300: Abhinandan's father

Air Marshal Simhakutty Vardhaman (retired), father of wing commander Abhinandan, the fighter pilot who was briefly in Pakistan custody, said on Wednesday that the laser-guided smart bombs (SPICE -..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returns to his squadron in Srinagar


IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

Debriefing of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman completed: IAF sources


IndiaTimes - Published

US played key role in release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Pakistan was not ready to 'give in' but US made it clear that the Wg Cdr won't be a 'bargaining chip'.
IndiaTimes - Published

'You hunted the hunter': IAF praises Wing Commander Abhinandan

Posting a poem on its official Twitter handle @IAF_MCC, 'Sabke Bass Ki Baat Nahi', written by Bipin Allhabadi, the IAF described the fighter pilot's feat as something that is not possible for everyone...
IndiaTimes - Published

EC asks political parties to desist from displaying photos of defence personnel

The Election Commission Saturday asked political parties to "desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel" against the backdrop of a picture showing a hoarding with images of Indian Air..
DNA - Published

Tamil Nadu CM Paliniswami seeks Param Vir Chakra for Abhinandan

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer Param Vir Chakra, the country's highest military honour, on Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, captured..
IndiaTimes - Published

Wing Commander Abhinandan not on social media, all accounts on his name are fake: IAF

Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman does not have a social media account, the Indian Air Force took Twitter to clarify this. There are numerous fake accounts in his name and IAF attempts to..
DNA - Published

Wing Cdr Varthaman's moustache new rage in Kolhapur youths

Wing Commander Varthaman became a national hero when he shot down a Pakistani F-16 while chasing it out in his MiG-21 bison during Indian air space violation by Pakistan. As his MiG-21 went down, the..
IndiaTimes - Published

What is the fate of Indian Prisoners of War (POW) captured during the Indo-Pak 1971 by Pakistan?

The capture and release of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman have once again put the spotlight on the Indian POW’s neglected and forgotten by the successive governments but not..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman's health on road to recovery

The Army Hospital Research And Referral in the New Delhi said the pilot is recovering well as on Sunday.
DNA - Published

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman wants to return to cockpit at the earliest

Varthaman told senior IAF commanders and doctors treating him that he wants to start flying at the earliest, the officials told. On Wednesday, he became the first IAF pilot to shoot down an F-16..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman to get Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the first recipient of the 'Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar' instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, a functionary of the..
IndiaTimes - Published

No deal was negotiated by India to get back Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Pakistan on Wednesday launched strikes against Indian military installations. About 20 Pakistani air force aircraft launched the attack at 9.45 am in which Indian airforce was able to bring down one of..
DNA - Published

Surat: Unique saree to mark the bravery of Wing Commander Abhinandan

As soon as Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned home from Pakistan on Friday, there was celebration all over the country. While some took social media to express their..
DNA - Published

'Good to be back in my country': Abhinandan Varthaman's first reaction after release from Pak custody

"It is good to be back in my country," was the first reaction of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he set his foot back on Indian soil.
DNA - Published

Defence Minister Sitharaman, Air Chief Dhanoa meet Abhinandan Varthaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Saturday met Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a day after he returned from Pakistan.
DNA - Published

Samjhauta Express services restored; Train to run from India on Sunday: Railways

Samjhauta Express will leave for Pakistan from Delhi on Sunday after the two neighbours agreed to operationalise services at their ends, a senior railway official told PTI. The announcement came a day..
IndiaTimes - Published

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