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3 Rafale fighters with Indian enhancements to arrive on Feb 1-2

The stage is set for Indian Air Force (IAF) to receive the last four Rafale fighters from France from February, with all of them fully equipped with India specific enhancements, which will give extra teeth to fight any regional adversary.

It is understood that three Rafale fighters are expected to leave Istres-Le Tube air base, north-west of Marseille in southern France, around February 1-2 depending on the weather conditions and arrive in India after due mid-air refuelling by a close ally, the United Arab Emirates Air Force, using Airbus multi-role transport tankers.

While the last fighter is nearly ready with fresh paint and enhancements, for reasons best known to IAF, the fighter will arrive only in April 2022. The last of the 36 contracted fighters from France is the first fighter used for training IAF personnel after the deliveries started from France. Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar inspected this fighter at the Istres air base during his visit to France for a high-level defence dialogue in December 2021.

Although IAF remains tight-lipped over what India specific enhancements are on Rafale, it is learnt that these relate to long-range Meteor air-to-air missile, low band frequency jammers, advanced communication systems, more capable radio altimeter, radar warning receiver, high altitude engine start-up, synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target indicator and tracking, missile approach warning systems and very high-frequency range decoys. On the arrival of the fighter jets, the IAF will test the specific enhancements to their satisfaction under Indian conditions apart from verifying the original equipment manufacturers claims as per agreement.

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Covid-19: India reports over 2.51 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 15.88%; 627 deaths

India recorded 2,51,209 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 627 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Friday (January 28), the country saw 3,47,443 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.60 per cent, and total recoveries data reached 3,80,24,771.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 21,05,611 (5.18 per cent), the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,92,327. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

The daily positivity rate is at 15.88 per cent today. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,37,48,555 samples have been tested up to January 27 for COVID-19. Of these, 15,82,307 samples were tested on Thursday.

Also Read: J&K govt orders transfers, postings in civil administration

Meanwhile, according to data released by the health department, Delhi reported 4,291 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 34 deaths. As a result, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in the national capital dropped to 9.56 per cent.

On Wednesday, the national capital reported 7,498 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths in a day as the positivity rate rose marginally to 10.59 per cent.

In view of the decline in fresh Covid cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to lift weekend curfew and the odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city besides allowing restaurants, bars, cinema halls and theatres to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.

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Jammu

Delegation of Jammu University Teachers’ Association calls on Lt Governor

Today, the office-bearers of the Jammu University Teachers’ Association called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.

The delegation led by the President of the Association, Prof. Pankaj Srivastava, submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to various welfare issues of the teachers of the University including promotion under CAS; grant of earned leave and enhancement of the age of superannuation to 65 years in favour of teachers, and various other benefits as per UGC regulations, besides establishment of housing society exclusively for University teachers.

The Lt Governor, while interacting with the delegation members, advised them to make continuous efforts to create a conducive environment for learning and innovation in the University.

The Lt Governor assured them that the issues projected would be looked into meticulously for their early redressal.

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JKP Border Battalion aspirants submit memorandum to Div Com Jammu

Today, a delegation of aspirants seeking recruitment in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Border Battalion called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.

The Aspirants apprised the Divisional Commissioner that they had applied for the post of Head Constable advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Recruitment Board in 2019 and appeared in Physical and medical tests. But now, the JKP HQRS (police recruitment board) has reissued an advertisement notification for the recruitment of Head Constable in the border battalion.

The Aspirants demanded the withdrawal of the new advertisement issued by JKP HQRS. They further appealed to conduct the written examination of already qualified candidates and give a separate ad for more vacancies.

The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that the matter would be taken up with police authorities.

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Covid-19 Stats

28 Jan 2022, 6:01 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,622,709 Total Cases
492,356 Death Cases
38,024,771 Recovered Cases

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