Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-23 fighter plane crashed over a
residential area in Mullanpur Dakha village, 15 km from Ludhiana,
at around 10.30 am on April 4, 2003 claiming the lives of five
civilians. The fighter plane had taken off on a routine sortie
from the Halwara airbase, 14 km from the crash sight, when it
caught fire in mid-air. Flt. Lt. P. S. Gill, who was flying the
aircraft, ejected minutes before the crash.
Ministry of Defence is a non-professional body”
the MiG variants crash and the recommendations of the high-powered
committee of flight safety on fighter aircraft accidents remain
mere recommendations, young pilots lose their lives while vital
decisions are kept on the backburner. Retired Air Marshal M. M.
Singh, former AOC-in-C of the Western Command, in an interview
with Aruti Nayar talks of the
reasons responsible for so many air crashes of MiG-21.
Air Marshal M.M Singh (retd)
Mumbai sleeps, Mahesh Bhatt roars
filmmaker with a feeling, Mahesh Bhatt is all set to leave for Iraq with
a group of six people to provide much-needed humanitarian aid and
sympathy to Iraq and its people, who are enduring some of the most
savage bombing from the ‘coalition’ forces led by the USA and the UK. In this free-wheeling interview, Bhatt explains his stand.
or not it changes the destiny of Iraq, the latest Gulf War will
certainly transform the contours of India's tourism map, making it more
focussed around the domestic travellers, for long considered second-rate
citizens by the country's tourism managers.
bungling burglars & stupid thieves
A. C. Tuli
and burglars, as a matter of principle, are painstakingly careful not to
leave behind any telltal proof of their identity as they tiptoe out of a
house or shop with the booty. But, once in a while, even the most shrewd
member of their fraternity can commit a stupid mistake and, as a result,
get caught by the police.
of us have been taught to do it, right from play school to high school,
yet standing in a queue is a habit we seem to ‘unlearn’ the minute
we leave the school gates. This quaintly spelt word implies order,
discipline, patience and an ability to wait for your turn, which may or
may not come.