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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


Air Cmdre Rana takes charge as AFAC chief

Covai Post Network

Air Commodore V.P.S. Rana today took over the command of Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) here from Air Commodore N.S. Vaidya, who proceeded on promotion to Headquarters Training Command, Indian Air Force.

The handing and taking over of command was carried out at a solemn ceremony at the college which was attended by all personnel of the station.

Rana was commissioned in Administrative Branch in December 1984 and is a Category ‘A’ Master Fighter Controller, with unique distinction of serving in all categories of Air Defence Control and Reporting units, an official release said.

He commanded a Radar unit during ‘Operation Vijay’ and participated actively during ‘Operation Parakram’ in J&K sector.

During his appointment as Director Operations, he was instrumental in development and operationalisation of Integrated Air Command and Control System and other associated projects.

Before assuming present assignment he served as Principal Director Air Force Works at Air Headquarter, New Delhi and was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service in 2014 and was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 1995.

He was on deputation to Zambia in capacity of Air Adviser to Indian Military Advisory Team and instructor to Defence Services Command & Staff College Lusaka, Zambia.