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Netherlands'' King Willem-Alexander , Queen Maxima, gets warm welcome in Alappuzha        PM Modi has no understanding of economy: Rahul        INX Media: Chidambaram conspired with son, misused official position, says CBI charge sheet        US dream shattered, 311 Indians land in Delhi after deportation from Mexico        US to host 2020 G7 summit at a Trump golf resort        Trump speaks over phone with Turkey''s Erdogan over cease-fire in Syria        Twin blasts in Afghanistan''s mosque kill 62        China''s Q3 GDP growth slows to 6%, slowest in 27 years        Ranchi Test: India eye clean sweep against Proteas        Pakistan sacks Sarfaraz as captain in Test, T20I formats        Mentally-unstable man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt        BSF jawan killed, 1 injured in firing by Bangladeshi troops along border in West Bengal        At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia        UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance        Nearly 100 people injured in Catalonia unrest on Wednesday: Medics        Indo-Pak bilateral ties subject to approval from PMs of both countries: Ganguly        Aiden Markram ruled out of Ranchi Test with wrist injury        Indian challenge ends at Denmark Open        Aussie cricketer Watson apologies for 'illicit' social media posts        India's performance was no match to atmosphere at Salt Lake: Chhetri        
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Main News
IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France
 
Merignac: The Indian Air Force on Tuesday received its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased from France in presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh here. Singh attended the handover ceremony of the first Rafale fighter jet acquired by the IAF along with his French counterpart Florence Parly at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation facility in Merignac, southwestern France. "Rafale will boost India''s air dominance exponentially," Singh said after receiving the aircraft. Singh, who earlier held wide-ranging talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said his visit was aimed at "expanding the strategic partnership" between India and France.

Arrangements have also been made for a traditional Indian Shastra Puja, or weapons'' worship which forms part of Dussehra celebrations and this year also marks Air Force Day - IAF''s 87th anniversary. Singh is scheduled to fly a sortie in the Rafale jet following the Shastra Puja, which will conclude with the traditional breaking of a coconut before the new aircraft. India had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016. The first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India by May 2020.

All 36 jets are expected to arrive in India by September 2022, for which the IAF has been reportedly undertaking preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots. The Rafale is a twin-jet fighter aircraft able to operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base. The manufacturers describe it as a fully versatile aircraft which can carry out all combat aviation missions to achieve air superiority and air defence, close air support, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes and nuclear deterrence.


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KERALA NEWS
Netherlands'' King Willem-Alexander , Queen Maxima, gets warm welcome in Alappuzha
 Alappuzha: Netherlands'' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are on a two-day visit to Keral  
Scribe's death:Kerala IAS officer's suspension extended
Kerala's CPI to discuss Vedas and Marxism in seminar
Kerala Assembly session from Oct 28
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
US to host 2020 G7 summit at a Trump golf resort
 Washington: The G7 Summit in 2020 would be held at President Donald Trump''s golf resort in Florida
Trump speaks over phone with Turkey''s Erdogan over cease-fire in Syria
Twin blasts in Afghanistan''s mosque kill 62
At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia
NATIONAL NEWS
PM Modi has no understanding of economy: Rahul
 Mahendragarh: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has n
US dream shattered, 311 Indians land in Delhi after deportation from Mexico
Mentally-unstable man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt
Senior Odisha BJP leader Damodar Rout quits party
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