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    Man with ‘ISI links’ arrested for blackmailing woman colonel

    Man with 'ISI links' arrested for blackmailing woman colonel
    A woman colonel filed a police complaint in Dwarka, alleging that she had been receiving morphed and obscene pictures through WhatsApp from two unknown numbers.

    New Delhi, September 19A man suspected of having links with Pakistani spy agency ISI was arrested here for allegedly threatening to upload morphed pictures of a woman colonel on the internet, the police said.The accused, Mohd Parvez, who is in his early 30s, was arrested on September 13 by the local police but after it was found that he had visited Pakistan a few times, the matter was transferred to the Special Cell for probe, they said.A woman colonel filed a police complaint in Dwarka, alleging that she had been receiving morphed and obscene pictures through WhatsApp from two unknown numbers.

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    She was threatened that if she did not speak to the sender of the messages, the pictures would be circulated on the internet, the police said.After she blocked the two numbers, the woman colonel’s daughter started receiving morphed pictures and messages from the Facebook profile of a woman, they said.The person sending the pictures and messages asked the woman’s daughter to speak to the sender and threatened her with uploading the pictures on social media.The woman colonel approached the police and a case was registered. On the basis of the information gained through the Facebook profile and the records of the two numbers, Parvez was detained.During his interrogation, it emerged that he had visited Pakistan and had made SIM cards available to some Pakistani nationals. It was suspected that he is linked with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the police said.He was found to have suspicious antecedents and is being questioned by the Special Cell sleuths in connection with the matter, they said.It is suspected that he was threatening the woman colonel since he wanted to extract sensitive information from her, an angle that is currently being probed. PTI


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    OBITUARY ARJAN SINGH — A MAN OF FEW WORDS AND A FEARLESS PILOT

    A LEADER WHO RULED SKIES AND HEARTS

    CAPTAIN DECLARES 3-DAY STATE MOURNING:ARJAN SINGH’S DEATH:

    SPIRIT OF THE LEGENDARY MARSHAL LIVES ON

    PRESIDENT KOVIND, PM MODI CONDOLE DEATH OF MARSHAL ARJAN SINGH

    WHEN ARJAN SINGH SOLD OFF HIS FARM FOR IAF PERSONNEL

    FAREWELL, MARSHAL IAF’S GRAND LEADER

    SITHARAMAN VISITS WESTERN COMMAND

    ARMY PREPARES TO FIGHT OUT WAR WITH CHINA AT HIGH ALTITUDE:PEACE TIME TRAINING

    PM HAILS MARSHAL’S ROLE IN ’65 WAR

    MARSHAL ARJAN SINGH DIES AT 98 FIRST 5-STAR RANK OFFICER OF INDIAN AIR FORCE, LED FLEDGLING IAF IN 1965 WAR AT AGE OF 46

    OF NATIONALISM & ANTI-NATIONALISM BY MAJOR GENERAL MRINAL SUMAN

    A TALE OF TWO UNIFORMS BY LT GENERAL BHOPINDER SINGH (RETD)

    PHOTOS OF THE UPGRADED MIG-29 THAT RUSSIA JUST SENT TO SYRIA

     


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    OBITUARY Arjan Singh — a man of few words and a fearless pilot

    Arjan Singh — a man of few words and a fearless pilot
    File photo of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. PTI

    New Delhi, September 16Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, an icon of India’s military history, will always be remembered as a war hero who had successfully led a young IAF during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.The only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal, the Air Force equivalent to the Army’s five star field marshal, Singh was a fearless and exceptional pilot who had flown more than 60 different types of aircraft.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)He played a major role in transforming the IAF into one of the most potent air forces globally and the fourth biggest in the world.”His contribution to the Indian Air Force is monumental to the least. The IAF grew with him. He was epitome of military leadership in classical sense and it is, therefore, not surprising that he was honoured with the rank of Air Force Marshal,” former Vice Chief of IAF Kapil Kak said.Singh was honoured with the rank of Marshal on the Republic Day in 2002. Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw and K M Cariappa were the only two army generals honoured with the rank of field marshal.Known as a man of few words, Singh was not only a fearless pilot but had profound knowledge about air power and applied it in a wide spectrum of areas.Singh had assiduously led the IAF during the 1965 war and denied success to Pakistani air force though it was better equipped with American support.”His most outstanding contribution was during that war,” said Kak.Commending his role in the war, Y B Chavan, the then Defence Minister had written: “Air Marshal Arjan Singh is a jewel of a person, quiet efficient and firm; unexcitable but a very able leader.”In 1944, the Marshal had led a squadron against the Japanese during the Arakan Campaign, flying close air support missions during the crucial Imphal Campaign and later assisted the advance of the Allied Forces to Yangoon.In recognition of his feat, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on the spot by the Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia, the first Indian pilot to receive it. — PTI


    A leader who ruled skies and hearts

    A leader who ruled skies and hearts
    A file photo of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. PTI

    Vijay Mohan

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, September 16

    On August 15, 1947, the first flypast over the Red Fort in New Delhi that roared overhead in perfect formation and with perfect timing was led by Marshal of the Air Force, Arjan Singh. “In those days we had no radar or navigation aids and yet we flew in with pin point accuracy. Everything depended upon the formation leader’s judgement and he pulled off a perfect feat. This was the man,” recalled Air Marshal Randhir Singh (retd), a city resident who retired as Air Officer Commanding in Chief, South Western Air Command, and had flown as the Marshal’s wingman during the flypast.The IAF’s grand old man is no more, but he has left strong and cherished memories behind of life well lived. Many IAF officers who had served with him or under him reside in the city.Air Marshal Randhir Singh recalled that he had first met the Marshal at Kohat in the North West Frontier Province. The Marshal was then serving with No.1 Squadron while Randhir Singh joined No.3 Squadron.“We used to meet informally in the officers’ mess. He was helpful and a good human being,” Randhir Singh said. “He was an excellent swimmer and held the university colours in the sport. Every Sunday, officers would have a swimming competition, but he never used to participate because he knew that he could easily beat all of us,” he recalled.Officers recalled him as a great leader, both in the air as well as on the ground, who had a great understanding of varied operational and administrative aspects and was also quick to convert on different types of aircraft.“The Marshal was the type in whom others would have full faith,” recalled Air Marshal MM Singh, a former AOC-in-C, Western Air Command, who retired in 1988. “He was a perfect soldier who led from the front.” Air Marshal MM Singh commanded the same squadron, No.15 during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the same outfit which the Marshal had commanded earlier. “Even after I retired we used to meet frequently as we were both members of the Dashmesh Academy Trust at Anandpur Sahib.” MM Singh said.Marshal Singh had attended two official IAF events in Chandigarh in recent years after he was elevated at Marshal of the Air Force. In 2007, he attended the President’s Fleet Review at the Chandigarh Air Force Station when AJP Abdul Kalam was the Supreme Commander. In 2013, he was by the then president, Pranab Mukherjee, presented Colours to No.3 Base Repair Depot. On both occasions, was seen dressed in immaculate ceremonials with a soldierly bearing keeping in step with the present generation of men in blue despite his age.

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    Arjan Singh’s death: 3-day state mourning

    Chandigarh: Expressing grief over the death of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday declared a three-day state mourning. There would be no official celebrations and the National Flag would fly at half-mast in all government buildings during these days, an official spokesperson said. In a condolence message, the CM said Arjan Singh’s contribution to the nation would forever remain etched in history. Amarinder also lauded Arjan Singh’s outstanding services as an envoy to various countries. TNS


    Spirit of the legendary Marshal lives on

    God doesn’t make many like him anymore! Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh straddled the aviation scene in the country literally from its inception.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Marshal Arjan Singh during the At Home at the President’s house in New Delhi on January 26, 2016.Earning his spurs in the Arakan campaign in the World War II, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, he was part of the pioneers who nurtured the fledgling Air Force of India through the turmoil of partition in 1947.

    As the IAF grew in stature so did its responsibilities, which unfortunately, were not tested in the 1962 war. But then came the redemption of our armed forces in the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict.

    Spearheading the aerial campaign under Arjan Singh’s stewardship, the IAF came out with flying colours. Then Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh was just 45 years of age but what he did was much more than victories and kills that his aviators scored – the Indian Air Force had been set on a path of professionalism, the results of which we are seeing today with modern aircraft and top notch professionals flying them.

    This writer, who was a Class V kid during the 1965 war, remembers how Arjan Singh was a household name during those heady days.

    After retiring in 1969, Arjan Singh went on to serve India in more ways than one, from philanthropic acts to political and diplomatic assignments.

    Very few people outside the Air Force know that he started, with his own money, a special fund for the wards of non-combatants of the IAF.

    He was a senior colleague, patron and a father figure to all men and women in blue – and he was so ably supported by his wife Teji.

    One always remembered the Marshal for his ramrod straight gait.

    The annual IAF Day parade on October 8 was graced by the sight of a ninety year old serving IAF officer walking smartly at Air Force Station Hindan and moving on to the dais to take the salute – not a stumble, not a waiver and woe betide anyone who tried to give him a helping hand, thinking he was old!

    After the parade, he was the cynosure of all eyes as he mixed with one and all and obliged everyone with a photograph.

    The last three years saw time take its toll on his physical health, but his memory was as sharp as ever.

    Just a year back, despite medical issues, the Marshal came to release a book in which were listed all who had died in Air Force flying accidents.

    When asked how he had mustered the strength, he said that was the least he could do for those who had laid down their lives for India. That was the spirit of the Marshal that will live on for ever.


    President Kovind, PM Modi condole death of Marshal Arjan Singh

    President Kovind, PM Modi condole death of Marshal Arjan Singh
    File photo of Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force. — PTI

    New Delhi, September 16President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mourned the death of Marshal Arjan Singh and hailed his excellent leadership in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when the Indian Air Force saw substantial action.”Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community.

    President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mourned the death of Marshal Arjan Singh and hailed his excellent leadership in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when the Indian Air Force saw substantial action.”Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community.

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     “Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh was a WW II hero & won our nation’s gratitude for his military leadership in 1965 war,” Kovind said in a series of tweets.“India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation,” PM Modi tweeted.

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    India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation.

    Modi said the determined focus of Singh, who was promoted to the five-star rank of Marshal of the Air Force in 2002, on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to India’s defence capabilities.”India will never forget the excellent leadership of Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.

    India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action.

     

    Modi recalled how the ageing war hero stood up to salute him despite his ill health.”Sometime back I met him, who despite his ill health tried to get up to salute even though I said no. Such was his soldier discipline,” he said.

    My thoughts are with his family & those mourning the demise of a distinguished air warrior & fine human, Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh. RIP

    He said his thoughts were with Singh’s family and those mourning the demise of the distinguished air warrior and a fine human being,” the prime minister added. PTI


    When Arjan Singh sold off his farm for IAF personnel

    When Arjan Singh sold off his farm for IAF personnel
    The man who led the IAF in the 1965 war has sold off his farm near Delhi. File photo

    Roopinder Singh

    Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh, DFC, has always had a larger-than-life image, and this is one person whose deeds continue to justify it. The Indian Air Force’s only Field Marshal has inspired generations of flyers ever since he joined the IAF in 1939 and was posted to IAF’s Number 1 squadron at Ambala in January 1940, flying in frail Westland Wapitis.The man who led the IAF in the 1965 war has sold off his farm near Delhi, and entrusted a corpus of Rs 2 crore to a trust devoted to the welfare of retired Air Force personnel. Known for personal probity and punctiliousness, the MIAF has set a wonderful example in using personal wealth for the welfare of others.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“This is leadership from the front, which the IAF has seen right from the time he joined it in 1939, the gallantry in the Imphal campaign of 1944 and the conflict of 1965. It is unprecedented and completely selfless, which is what his actions have been throughout,” says Pushpinder Singh, editor of the Vayu Aerospace Review.The Marshal of Air Force and Mrs Arjan Singh Trust will seek to open avenues of financial relief for ex-IAF personnel and their dependents who need assistance.The money has been invested in RBI bonds and it is expected that the returns from it will be Rs 16 lakh and “15 per cent of the interest will be added to the corpus and the rest disbursed to those applying for assistance,” says the MIAF.MIAF Arjan Singh, his wife Teji Arjan Singh and their son Arvind Singh will be the trustees for life, but it will be run by the president of the Air Force Association and other ex-officio members of the IAF.“I had full support of the family,” says Arjan Singh. His wife, Teji recalls that when she asked him, why he had put her name on it, he replied: “If you hadn’t agreed, how could I have done it?”The farm that MIAF Arjan Singh sold was the last link he had with land, which was very dear to him. His grandfather, Risaldar-Major Bhagwan Singh, had a farm near Lyallpur, now called Faislabad, in Pakistan, where the young Arjan Singh spent his childhood, watching planes and dreaming of flying one, someday. After Partition, the family was allotted 80 acres of land in Churwali village, near Adampur, Punjab. “I was also allotted a pucca house. Kartar Singh, a good man, used to look after the land and when I sold it, I gave the house to him. I sold off the land because I could not take care of it as I was in service. In fact, when I told Sardar Swaran Singh (the then External Affairs Minister), in whose constituency my land fell, how much I had sold it for, he chided me for selling it below the market rate,” he said in an earlier interview when this writer wrote his biography. The family also had land in Terai, which was tilled by his father Kishan Singh and other family members.“I am no longer a Jat as you said in the book, I have no land now,” said Arjan Singh, recalling a comment made in the book, written two years ago, that the Jat in him was kept alive by the farm.For this Aulakh Jat, giving up his land is a great gesture, and by setting up a trust for the welfare of others, Arjan Singh has set a shining example in a nation where such things have become rare. He has also institutionalised the trust by ensuring that family members do not run it. IAF officials “who are more in touch with the current needs” control it. This makes it even more important that his example be emulated. For this a climate has to be created, where such trusts are encouraged.The founder of The Tribune, Dyal Singh Majithia, set up a number of trusts to serve the public, including The Tribune Trust, Union Academy (later known as Dyal Singh School and Dyal Singh College), Lahore, Dyal Singh Library and Dyal Singh College, New Delhi. The nation, on the whole, had gained a lot from philanthropic trusts like the Dorabji Tata Trust, which helped set up the first cancer hospital in Asia, and the Birla Educational Trust that runs hundreds of primary schools and colleges.Unlike these luminaries, MIAF Arjan Singh comes from a service background. His father, Kishan Singh, a civil engineer, worked in Ceylon Railways. However he has always been large-hearted, and eventually it is not what you have that counts, it is what you give that makes a difference. The IAF will surely remember this magnificent gesture of its Field Marshal for a long time.
    This piece was originally published in The Tribune on December 24, 2004


    FAREWELL, MARSHAL IAF’s grand leader

    Marshal Arjan Singh effortlessly transcended stereotypes. This teetotaller dapper fighter pilot was a soldier’s General and also a successful diplomat.

    Marshal Arjan Singh was the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to a five-star rank.

    Then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with the then Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh, during the late 1960s.

    Celebrating togetherness Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh with his wife Teji, who left for her heavenly abode in 2011.

    Marshal Arjan Singh deboards a MiG 21. file photos

    Roopinder Singh

    India has lost a great man. The Indian Air Force’s only 5-star officer — a towering personality in all respects — Arjan Singh, DFC Marshal of the Indian Air Force, was a gentleman, soldier, and a diplomat. Above all, he was a leader who led from the front—in peace, war and even in philanthropy.Arjan Singh effortlessly transcended stereotypes. This teetotaller dapper fighter pilot was a soldier’s General and also a successful diplomat. His ramrod posture and piercing gaze gave him a commanding presence, but he had the knack of making people feel at ease while he was talking to them. I was a diffident college student when I first introduced myself to him, but he made me comfortable. Decades later, when I requested his permission to write his biography, he started off by saying that there was not much that could be written about him. He was truly modest, with not much to be modest about.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)MIAF Arjan Singh DFC passed away at 98. Risaldar-Major Bhagwan Singh’s grandson Arjan Singh was born to Kishan Singh and Kartar Kaur on April 15, 1919, at Kohali village in Lyallpur, now in Pakistan. Soon after the birth of his son, Kishan Singh went to Edinburgh University to study engineering and then worked with Ceylon Railways. Arjan Singh studied in Government School, Montgomery, and then at Government College, Lahore. He was in his fourth year when he was selected for the Indian Air Force. He trained in England and later joined No. 1 Squadron at Ambala in January 1940. He flew a Hawker Audax, which was shot down in the NWFP by the Pathans later that year. His gunner was injured in the crash.Squadron Leader Arjan Singh was in Delhi for a meeting in 1943 when he met the pretty, young and petite Teji. The rest, as they say, is history. The two married in 1948 in Delhi at the Janpath house of Sir Sobha Singh, father of noted writer Khushwant Singh. Promotions and postings followed. Arjan Singh was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in June, 1944 by Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia during World War II, for his bravery in defending the Imphal Valley.After Independence, Arjan Singh built up the Indian Air Force virtually from scratch and was a key force in all the three major wars. He was the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force when, in recognition of the Air Force’s contribution in the 1965 war, the rank of the Chief of Air Staff was upgraded to that of Air Chief Marshal. He was also conferred the Padma Vibhushan that year.  He retired as Air Chief Marshal in 1969.Two years later, he was appointed Indian Ambassador to Switzerland and the Vatican. In 1974, he was appointed High Commissioner to Kenya. He was Member of the Minorities Commission in 1980 and served as Lt. Governor of Delhi in 1989. He was conferred the rank of Marshal of the Indian Air Force on Independence Day in 2002. He was pleased that the adjunct Retd. would no longer be used with his name, ever. Field Marshal is a life-long appointment. Two years later, I got a call from Arjan Singh Aulakh. “I am no longer a Jat as you said in the book, I have no land now,” he said. I had written in his biography that the Jat in him was kept alive by the farm. “I discussed it with Teji and my children, and we sold the farm to set up The Marshal of Air Force and Mrs Arjan Singh Trust to provide finances for ex-IAF personnel and their dependents in need of help.” The couple had three children. Son Arvind teaches in a university in America, elder daughter died in a car accident in 1999 and is survived by her husband and two children and youngest Asha lives in Delhi. It was in 2011 that Arjan Singh lost his wife Teji, his partner in all his endeavours and the wind beneath his wings.After her, he continued to soldier on strongly as ever, making his presence felt on all important occasions, national and those connected with the Indian Air Force. His 97th birthday was celebrated in great style by the IAF and the Panagarh (West Bengal) air base was named after him. Today a heart attack sent him to hospital and eventually, as the Marshal of the Indian Air Force soared to meet his maker, he would certainly have looked back at the fulfilling sorties in a life well lived.