Mysterious thundering sound in Bengaluru due to 'routine' IAF flight test
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 The sonic boom was probably heard while the aircraft was decelerating from supersonic to subsonic speed between 36,000 and 40000 feet altitude, a Ministry of Defence statement said.
Heavy rainfall has been reported in the coastal areas of Bengaluru. Indian Meteorological Department Director, Bengaluru, CS Patil provided fresh updates over current weather situation as well as upcoming weather forecast. He said, "For last 24 hours, coastal districts experienced widespread rainfall of 10 cm. In the next five days, coastal districts are very likely to face isolated rainfall in next five days. North- interior Karnataka is likely to experience heavy rainfall on July 09 and July 10".
No preparations were done this year for 'Lalbagh Flower Show' which is conducted every year in Bengaluru. Move to cancel the show came in order to control the pace of coronavirus spread in the city. Thousands of visitors from across country come to attend the event.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Apache attack helicopter, at a forward airbase near India-China border, carried out night operations. These attack helicopters are fully loaded with fire-and-forget anti tank guided missiles, air to air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions. Apache helicopters also have modern Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to provide versatility to the helicopter in a network centric aerial warfare. These aircrafts have been modified specifically to suit the exacting standards demanded by IAF.
Indian Air Force's MiG-29 fighter aircraft conducted night operations at a forward airbase near India-China border. Chinook heavylift helicopter also joined the night operation. The Indian Air Force has significantly enhanced deployment of frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in its key bases along the Line of Actual Control. The air activities in the Ladakh area and other places along the China border had gone up extensively soon after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel lost their lives.
Amid India-China border tensions, Indian Air Force personnel stated that they are ready in all aspects to undertake any operational tasks. A squadron leader of Indian Air Force at a forward airbase near Indo-China border said, "Every air warrior at this base and across IAF is fully trained and capable to meet all the challenges. Our josh has always been high and touching the sky with glory." IAF wing commander at a forward airbase near Indo-China border said, "We have all resources in terms of men and equipment to meet all the challenges. IAF is ready in all aspects to undertake all operational tasks and for providing requisite support for military operations."
The Indian Army distributed relief items among the poor and backward people living in far flung and border areas of Kashmir valley. The relief materials were distributed under the operation 'Sadbhavna'. It was sponsored by NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies). It is here to mention that Ministry of Defense has tied up with NASSCOM Bangalore to provide relief to poor people of valley. Gujjar and Bakerwal people living in higher reaches of Gulmarg and people living in Machil areas of Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar area of Kupwara district were given this relief in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.