IAF acknowledges that a pilot has gone missing: Pakistan claims his captivity
After the tweet from Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson of Pakistan armed forces that ‘one Indian pilot is arrested by the Pakistani troops’, it rose the speculations as Indian Air Force also hasn’t given any official statement as such.
Amidst this high tension between the two countries, a 46-second video is seen circulation in social media which shows an Indian IAF officer under Pakistan custody. The soldier in the video is all bruised and tied up who went on saying, "My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan. My service number is 27981. I’m a flying pilot. My religion is Hindu.” This video released by the Pakistan Army has also shown documents of the arrested pilot. The pilot who is blindfolded was probed to answer few confidential questions to which he denied to respond.
In a fresh bulletin released Indian Air Force has officially confirmed that one pilot has gone missing and has acknowledged that Pakistan has claimed that the pilot is in their captivity.
"India had informed about counterterrorism (CT) action it took yesterday (Tuesday) against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks. Against this Counter Terrorism Action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
"The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," the MEA spokesperson added.
The video concludes with the commander saying, “May I request a little information? Am I with the Pakistani army?”. The video is shaking the grounds for both the netizens who watched it and to the IAF who lost two of their pilots reportedly.
While we are already dealing with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, an unfortunate incident took place in Vishakapatnam earlier today. During the early hours of Thursday, Styrene gas leaked from the LG Polymers Pvt Ltd. The leaked gas spread through a three kilometers radius and has affected thousands of people. Until now, eleven people have lost their lives and hundreds of the victims got hospitalized. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has visited Visakhapatnam this afternoon and examined the situation. He has announced an ex gratia of Rs. one crore to the deceased families.
Jagan has also announced an ex gratia of Rs. 10 lakhs to the people who are in the Intensive Care Units. He has assured that the government will bear all the hospital expenditures of the victims. Jagan also announced an aid of Rs. 10,000-15,000 to the villagers who are living in the surrounding areas of the factory. The Chief Minister also assured a financial help of Rs. 25000 per animal, for the people who lost their cattle and the other livestock.
Meanwhile, the Government of India has given permission to LG Polymers Pvt. Ltd. to airlift 500kgs of 4-Tertiary Butylcatchol (PTBC) from Daman Airport to Vishakhapatnam. This chemical will be useful in preventing any further leakage of Styrene gas from the plant.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has directed the local and district officials to take the necessary steps. Already, all the nearby residents got evacuated from the area. The officials have stated that the gas leakage now got neutralized.
Power Star Pawan Kalyan shared his displeasure over the government of Andhra Pradesh opening the liquor shops. Pawan shared his anguish in a series of tweets mentioned below. Pawan questioned this move of the government saying that the AP government failed to keep its promise to the public.
‘YCP led AP GOVT' has become ‘CORONA FRIENDLY’, this Govt came into power with an electoral promise to people that, they will implement ‘COMPLETE LIQUOR BAN’ and of course, they later changed it as ‘PHASE WISE BAN’. Now, during ‘Covid-19’ they have the opportunity to fulfill their election promise of liquor ban, but chosen to open liquor shops instead & the result is this. In this life-threatening Pandemic; all TEMPLES, MASJIDS & CHURCHES are forced to close as social (physical) distancing is not possible. But LIQUOR SHOPS, are ok to be opened, even if they DON’T maintain SOCIAL DISTANCE’???
Pawan Kalyan also shared a newspaper article about a tragedy that took place in AP. A woman along with her daughter attempted suicide because her husband abused her physically after getting drunk. Pawan shared the same and wrote, 'It’s painful to see to look at the suicides, due to opening of liquor shops in AP'
With the help of his Jana Sena party members, Pawan Kalyan is trying his best to help the needy. Pawan is also extending helping hand and support by providing the relief supplies for those in need.
‘YCP led AP GOVT ‘has become ‘CORONA FRIENDLY’, this Govt came into power with an electoral promise to people that ,they will implement ‘COMPLETE LIQUOR BAN’ and of course,they later changed it as ‘PHASE WISE BAN’.(cont..)
Badminton World Federation (BWF) disclosed on 22nd April 2020, that World Champion P V Sindhu is now one of their ambassadors for the 'i am badminton' awareness campaign. During the campaign, players will speak about their adoration for the sport and promote a clean and honest play. Sindhu mentioned that it is key to play a clean and fair game in any sport. She went on to add, “This message starts with one voice. If we as ambassadors can highlight this, then I think this will spread to more players.” Sindhu is just twenty-four years old, and has already got the silver medal in the Olympics for India.
Five years ago, the formation of BWF's Integrity Unit began, and to spread awareness for the same, this year’s campaign will be its main focus.
Other players who are part of this initiative are: Canada's Michelle Li, the Chinese duo of Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong, England's Jack Shephard, Germany's Valeska Knoblauch, Hong Kong's Chan Ho Yuen and Germany's Marc Zwiebler.
In a recent statement released by BWF, it’s said that, “It's hoped such a concerted effort will not only raise awareness across the entire badminton landscape but encourage players to be active participants in shaping the integrity of the sport. Every player has the right to compete in a clean and fair sport. Match-fixing, match manipulation, and doping are contrary to the spirit of sport. As an ambassador, we all play an important role in safeguarding the future of badminton.”
One of the main goals of the ‘i am badminton’ campaign is to open conversation against match-manipulate. The players can share their experiences and discuss the importance of maintaining integrity, and stand against doping in sports.
Being clean and honest is very important in any sport . This message starts with one voice . If we ambassadors can hightlight this,then I think this will spread to more players . Looking forward to working closely with @bwfmedia #IAMBADMINTONpic.twitter.com/v0Pv9jBr4F