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RKS Bhadauria takes charge as new Indian Air Force chief

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NEW DELHI: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Monday took charge as the 26th chief of the Indian Air Force.

He succeeds Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who retired after 41 years of service in the IAF.

Bhadauria, who was serving as the Vice Chief of Air Staff, was earlier heading IAF’s Bengaluru-based Training Command. As the Deputy Chief, he was the chairman of the Indian negotiating team for the 36 Rafale combat aircraft deal with France.

Bhadauria is one of the few Air Force pilots to fly a Rafale. In July, during Exercise Garuda between the Air Forces of India and France, Bhadauria had flown the Rafale aircraft.

Speaking to reporters after taking over as the IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said, “We were prepared then, we will be prepared next time. We will be ready to face any challenge, any threat.”

Asked about the recent reports of Pakistan reactivating the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps that were destroyed in the Balakot airstrikes in February, IAF chief said, “We are aware of the reports and we will take necessary action as and when required.”

During his 39-year-long career, RKS Bhadauria has been awarded several medals including the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Vayu Sena Medal, and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. He was appointed honorary Aide De Campe to the President of India in January this year.

Bhadauria was among the first Indian Air Force officers to fly the Rafale fighter jet and sources said he played an instrumental role in finalising the Rafale deal with France.

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No improvement in Pranab Mukherjee’s condition, former president is on ventilator support

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The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee does not appear to be improving. Pranab Mukherjee is on ventilator support.

The hospital said, “There has been no change in the condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee since this morning. He is in an unconscious state and is currently on ventilator support. ”

At the same time, hospital officials have issued a statement after fake news came out on the social media platform about Mukherjee’s health condition.

The former president’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee refuted speculation about his father’s deteriorating health, saying his father was alive.

He tweeted, “My father Mr. Pranab Mukherjee is still alive and hemodynamically stable in his condition! The speculation and fake news being circulated on social media by reputed journalists clearly shows that media has become a factory of fake news in India. ”

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