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IAF fighter plane crashes in Uttar Pradesh, pilots safe

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Lucknow: A Jaguar fighter plane of the Indian Air Force crashed on Tuesday in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh minutes after it took off for a routine sortie, officials said. Both the pilots ejected safely.

The plane took off from the Bamrauli air strip but within minutes of being airborne, the pilots sent signals to the ground staff that there was some major technical glitch.Copy of air force--621x414

When they could not control the aircraft any longer, the pilots ejected and the plane crashed close to the FCI’s (Food Corporation of India) godown, near Naini area.

The pilots are safe but the plane was destroyed.

A fire broke out in the fighter plane and fire tenders were rushed to the crash site. Senior officials immediately rushed to the spot.

Officials told IANS that the area has been cordoned off and there were no casualties on ground. (IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)