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Abhinandan Varthaman

War hero Abhinandan Varthaman accorded with Vir Chakra

Abhinandan was part of the Srinagar-based 51 squadron and had flown to thwart an aerial attack launched by the Pakistanis on Feb 27, 2019

22 Nov 2021 12:22 PM

Pak leader likely to be booked for treason over Abhinandan remarks

Posters of Sadiq have also appeared in Lahore, dubbing him a 'traitor'

01 Nov 2020 9:18 PM

Puducherry cafe makes 321 kg chocolate statue in honour of Abhinandan Varthaman

In the past, the cafe has made statues of Mahatma Gandhi, APJ Abdul Kalam, Charles Chaplin, Rajinikanth and MS Dhoni as well.

26 Dec 2019 9:11 AM

Pakistan stoops to new low with Varthaman's mannequin display at PAF museum

A Twitter post by Pakistan journalist and political commentator Anwar Lodhi showed a photo of the mannequin of the IAF braveheart.

11 Nov 2019 1:45 PM

Abhinandan Vartaman's 51 squardon to get citation award for Balakot

The award is slated to be received by commanding officer Group Captain Satish Pawar on Oct 8.

06 Oct 2019 11:26 AM


Here are some reactions after Abhinandan Varthaman trims his gunslinger moustache

Videos and photos from Monday's flight of the MiG-21 however, showed that Varthaman had shaved off the moustache.

03 Sep 2019 3:04 PM

Watch: Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed Pak F16, flies with IAF chief

IAF chief Dhanoa also a MiG-21 pilot and had flown the planes during the 1999 Kargil war while commanding the 17 Squadron, during the war.

02 Sep 2019 1:39 PM

IAF probe finds 5 officers guilty in Feb 27 Srinagar chopper crash

Six IAF personnel on board and a civilian on the ground had lost their lives in the crash.

23 Aug 2019 1:04 PM

IAF pilot Abhinandan returns to cockpit after 6 months, starts flying MiG 21

Varthaman was conferred Vir Chakra, the coveted wartime gallantry medal, for downing the F-16 jet of Pakistan during the aerial combat.

22 Aug 2019 8:06 AM

'Witnessed Abhinandan shooting down Pak's F-16 fighter jet,' says Squadron Leader

'I was the one who was providing him with the air situation picture. I saw the fading of F-16 blip from my screen,' Agarwal said.

16 Aug 2019 8:46 AM


Pakistan to give top military awards to two pilots for downing Indian jet

The investiture ceremony will be held on March 23 next year after Pakistan Day parade in the capital, Paistan Army said in a statement.

15 Aug 2019 10:59 AM

Abhinandan Varthaman to get Vir Chakra

The MiG-21 Bison piloted by Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman had chased and shot down a F-16 which fell into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on February 27.

15 Aug 2019 1:41 AM

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman clears medical tests, fit to fly fighter jets again

IAF has recommended a gallantry award – Vir Chakra – the third-highest wartime gallantry award - for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

09 Aug 2019 9:17 AM

Abhinandan Varthaman, Balakot pilots to be awarded with top military honours

Vir Chakra is India’s third-highest wartime gallantry award, after the Param Vir Chakra and the Maha Vir Chakra.

08 Aug 2019 10:56 AM

Inspired by Abhinandan Varthaman, Bhopal-based cop sports gunslinger moustache

Kailash Pawar feels that sporting a gunslinger moustache like Abhinandan helps him feel more patriotic for the country.

13 Jul 2019 8:36 AM


Abhinandan's moustache should be made national moustache: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

'Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made national moustache,' Chowdhury said.

24 Jun 2019 4:45 PM

Humour gone wrong?

Describing the ads as ‘cringeworthy’, Sania tweeted, “Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border.

14 Jun 2019 1:54 AM

ICC CWC'19: Spoof on Abhinadan Varthaman aired as promotinal video by Pakistani TV

The advertisers have recreated the video released by Pakistani military after IAF Wing Commander Abhinadan Varthaman was in captivity.

11 Jun 2019 4:10 PM

Time for rise of Modi the statesman

It invariably has diminishing returns, the subject targeted compensating by realigning with powers opposed to India.

25 May 2019 12:13 AM

Pakistan would have paid for harming IAF pilot: PM Modi

PM said Opposition parties had been asking for proof of the Pulwama and Balakot attacks “but they are silent now”.

22 Apr 2019 1:49 AM