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IAF’s MIG-27 Fighter Jet crashes near Jodhpur in Rajasthan

The Mig-27 fighter jet was on a routine sortie when the accident took place leaving at least two injured near Jodhpur air base

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A Mig-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The  Mig-27 fighter jet was on a routine sortie when the accident occurred
  • To investigate the accident, a court of enquiry has been ordered
  • Rafale jets and the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ will be introduced within 2 years

On Monday, June 13, a Mig-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has crashed near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, said officials. Even though the aircraft crashed, the pilot ejected safely from the aircraft.

In a statement, Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Manish Ojha said, “An IAF MIG-27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur on Monday at about 11.30 a.m. The aircraft was airborne from Jodhpur airbase and was on a routine training sortie. The pilot ejected safely.”

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The  Mig-27 fighter jet was on a routine sortie when the accident took place leaving at least two injured near Jodhpur air base. MiG-27 jets are known to be IAF’s one of the oldest of aircrafts and will be discontinued soon.

Last year in 2015, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said to a news channel that all MIG-27s which have not been upgraded will be phased out in the next couple of years after the introduction of Rafale jets and the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’.

To investigate the accident, a court of enquiry has been ordered, said Ojha.

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“A house has been damaged while some nearby houses have reported cracks. However, no casualty or serious injuries have been reported to anyone from the area where the plane crashed,” a police official told IANS on phone from Jodhpur. (IANS)

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This Quarantine Centre is A Place To Delight: Filled with Music, Yoga and a Menu of choice

This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of the menu for the people staying there!

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Rajasthan's quarantine centre has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks. Pixabay

BY ARCHANA SHARMA                                                                                                  A COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks as it offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of menu for the people staying here!

Called as Parda Chundawat Quarantine Centre, it has set example by creating a serene environment where people wake up listening to soothing music. Then, there are Yoga and meditation classes where they exercise to shoo off negativity from their mind.

In fact, the daily schedule of those admitted here is quite impressive. They wake up listening to melodious bhajans at 6 a.m. Soon after, there are two yoga classes — one for the people who love to do indoor exercise while the other for those who are interested to do yoga under open sky.

All guidelines of social distancing are followed by the people while performing yoga.

Soon after Yoga, they go for aerobics where they stretch their body rhythmically on different music beats. Thereafter, they get breakfast of their choice and are served lunch in the afternoon. As they take nap in afternoon, the evening time at 5 p.m. awaits for another interesting activity where they listen to their favourite songs of renowned singers including Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar amongst others, while sitting together.

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This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model. Pixabay

Special games and activities are available for kids which include spelling, synonyms, pronunciation, painting etc. Kids find this environment really engaging, says Sabhla sub divisional officer Manish Faujdar who is in charge of this centre.

Also, there are psychological experts who help in counselling. “People coming here are quite worried about their future life, their spouses and families. These counsellors help them connect to meditation with scientific facts which make them feel joyful and relieves them of their stress,” says Chhaya Choubisa, assistant director, Information and public relations, Dungarpur.

Faujdar says that when admitted, these people were quite aggrieved and angry. “We saw an unseen fear in their eyes and mind. Therefore, we introduced a few activities which can make them relieved from their stress, offering mental peace to them. We wanted to divert their attention and hence launched music therapy. We connected the music system to youTube where there were bhajans in morning, filmy songs in the evening and Aarti and patriotic songs later. Eventually, their anger vanished and they look joyful now with no stress or anger seen amongst them.”

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District collector Kanaram also visited this place and praised these innovations. (IANS)

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Rajasthan Leverages Technology To Ensure Safety of Students

Leveraging technology for students' safety

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Rajasthan is leveraging technology extensively to enable stranded students in Kota to return to their homes. Pixabay

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Rajasthan is leveraging technology extensively to enable stranded students in Kota to return to their homes.

So far, more than 27,000 students have been re-partriated, out of which 12215 are from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, 2,813 from Madhya Pradesh, 342 from Gujarat, 3,000 from Bengal, 2000 from Maharashtra and 38 from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Similarly, 2,200 students hailing from Rajasthan have been sent to their respective native districts.

District Administration is providing end-to-end support which includes data collection, state-wise sorting of the data and location-wise sorting of the number of students from each state so that the government can arrange transportation for these students. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to the respective state governments to come forward to help these students to return their homes on humanitarian grounds.

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Safety of student is of utmost priority and this can be achieved with the use of technology. Pixabay

“It is our duty to send kids back to their home. These are teenagers living away from their parents and preparing for examinations. We do not want them to struggle with anxiety due to lock down and hence we are putting all the efforts to make sure they reach back home safely. We have been co-ordinating with all the CMs of other States as well to ensure safety and security of the children,” said the Chief Minister.

The CM added, “The government has been working to bring migrant labourers in other States back home as well.”

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“Kota is the city which is the education capital of India and students from all the 35 states and union territories come here to study and fulfill their dreams, we requested the ministry of home affairs to prepare guidelines so that we can send back the kids to their home all the governments from various States have coordinated well enough and more than 70% of kids have been sent back home in a great manner and a very safe manner,” said Om Birla, Speaker, Lok Sabha.

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As a first step of the repatriation process, students are required to fill in the Form created by administration which is sent to all students. The students are required to provide their name contact number, state district and boarding location and coaching ID proof. Team is actively compiling and sorting the data according to the states. After data sorting, buses are being organised wrt number of students per boarding locations and students is notified of its reporting time. (IANS)

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GoI Directs Indian Navy and Air Force to Bring Back Citizens Stuck in Gulf Countries

Navy, IAF get ready to evacuate stranded citizens from Gulf nations

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Indian Navy and Air Force were briefed to get their machines ready in order to bring back the Indian citizens from the Gulf countries. Pixabay

The government has directed the Indian Navy to get their big sailing engines ready to bring back citizens stuck in the Gulf countries due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.

India has imposed a travel ban both within the country and oversees till May 3 to fight the Covid-19 outbreak. The directions were issued last week during a meeting of three service chiefs and the Chief of Defence Staff with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Cabinet members.

Navy and Air Force were briefed to get their machines ready in order to bring back the Indian citizens from the Gulf countries.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had stated that the missions in the Gulf countries were liaisoning with local authorities to move Indian citizens to one place. The Indian missions there have opened the registration process for Indians who want to return.

The Indian Embassy in Qatar tweeted: “We are collecting data about the people requesting repatriation to India…. At this stage, the purpose is only to compile information. No decision or details yet on resumption of flights to India.”

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The government has directed the Indian Navy to get their big sailing engines ready to bring back citizens stuck in the Gulf countries due to the coronavirus induced lockdown. Wikimedia Commons

It further stated that as and when a decision is taken, the Embassy will make a clear announcement. “Please note that the form has to be filled separately for each individual, even if they are members of a family,” the Embassy tweeted.

INS Jalashwa, an amphibious assault ship, and two Magar class tank-landing ships are being readied for the evacuation purposes.

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These ships have started making arrangements as per the standard protocols laid out to deal with suspected Covid-19 cases like social distancing and sanitisation. The Indian Navy has started removing non-essential equipment in order to accommodate the evacuees. These three ships can bring back around 2,000 people while maintaining social distancing.

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The Indian Air Force has been evacuating citizens from countries affected by Covid-19 frequently since January, which includes flights to China, Japan, Iran, Kuwait and Italy. The force has stated that it has kept C-17 Globemaster and C-130s on standby which can be used whenever they are required.

Apart from them, Air India flights are also being kept on standby to pick up stranded Indians from the Gulf countries. Earlier, the Navy had carried out evacuation efforts in war-torn areas like Lebanon (2006) and Yemen (2015). Before that, evacuation was carried in 1990 during the first Gulf War between Iraq and Kuwait when around 1.5 lakh people were evacuated. (IANS)