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Agra-Lucknow Expressway: launches with landing of 8 IAF jets

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As a part of the grand opening of India’s longest expressway, the Indian Air Force fighter jets has touched the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Monday in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father are present, and Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has opened the Agra-Lucknow express highway.

This six-lane 302 km long expressway connects the city of TajMahal with state capital city Lucknow. Four Mirage 2000s from Gwalior and four Sukhoi jets from Bareilly also performed the simulated landings on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway at Unnao which is around 50km from Lucknow.

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The newly formed Agra-Lucknow Expressway, without a doubt, is the most major infrastructure projects in the country.

  • It has a design speed up to 120km per hour and also has automatic traffic management systems which aimed at reducing road accidents and also at the time of fog.
  • The six-lane expressway can expandable upto 8-lanes. As per the reports, the bridges (8-lane Bridge across Ganga River) and underpasses have been made 8-lanes to avoid heavy traffic congestion.

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  • This expressway includes four rails over bridges, 13 major bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 148 pedestrian underpasses, 57 minor bridges and nine flyovers.
  • Taking safe and security measures into consideration, the entire expressway is planned to be lined with metal beam carrier on both the sides and wire fencing with advanced Traffic Management system.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority has built the Agra-Lucknow Expressway in a record time of 23 months.
  • It connects the cities Agra and Lucknow via Shikohabad, Firozabad, Etawah, Unnao, Mainpuri, Auraiya, Kanpur Nagar, Kannauj and Hardoi.
  • The expressway starts at the village of EtmadpurMadra near Agra and ends at the village of SarosaBharosa near Lucknow.

The new Agra-Lucknow Expressway did not face any legal problems like other projects in the state. The Chief Minister, who had recently taken a ride with his family on the expressway, had warned: “I request you to drive on the road with caution and not exceed a speed limit of 100 km an hour.”

Indian Air Force’s AN 32 Plane With 29 Passengers Goes Missing

IAF AN 32 plane goes missing

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) with 29 people on board went missing over the Bay of Bengal on Friday, Defence Ministry sources said.

The aircraft was flying from Chennai to Port Blair. Those on board included six crew members.

“The aircraft departed at 8.30 a.m. and was due at Port Blair at 11.30 a.m. The aircraft has not reached. Search operations are on,” a senior IAF official reportedly said to us over telephone from New Delhi.

“We have deployed Coast Guard aircraft and ships to search for the plane,” a Coast Guard Official told to our sourcesOfficials said it was a “courier flight” with service personnel on board.

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Map of Rescue operation

A major search and rescue operation has been launched by the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal. The Navy has also launched a surveillance aircraft in search of the missing plane in the Bay of Bengal.

A Dornier aircraft has also been sent and four ships,  Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar have been diverted to the region at full speed.

The plane was on a courier flight, officials say.There are  Russian-made AN-32s in service with the IAF. Once filled with fuel the aircraft is capable of flying for up to four hours.

Navy officials said that P-8I surveillance aircraft, a Dornier and four ships had been deployed in the search operation.

India’s First Women Fighter Pilots Commissioned Today

India’s First Women Fighter Pilots

Creating the history in the forces, a batch of three India women fighter pilots were inducted in the Air Force Fighter Squadron. If we remember, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had earlier declared on the occasion of Women’s Day, that India will get its first batch of women fighter pilots on June 18. This morning Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar formally commissioned the women fighter pilots along with flight cadets of various branches of IAF at a combined graduation parade held at Air Force Academy in Dundigal.

The three young women are in 20’s, Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh, Mohana Singh of Rajasthan and Bhawana Kanth of Bihar has cleared their first stage of training and has about 150 hours of flying. And once they clear the Combined Graduation Parade Spring Term 2016, the flying officers from Sunday will be trained for six months on advanced Jet Fighter- British built Hawks at Bidar in Karnataka. On successful completion of III stage training at Bidar, these officers will get a chance to fly fighter jets like Sukhoi and Tejas.

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Avani Chaturvedi: Born in Santa, Madhya Pradesh, Avani was greatly inspired by her brother who is in the Army. Her father is an executive engineer at the state government.  She did her schooling from Adarsh School in Rewa and Btech from Banasthali University, Jaipur and her interests towards flying made her join the Flying Club in college.

Mohana Singh: Born in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, Mohana was inspired by her family who has been working for armed forces of the nation. Her grandfather was a Flight Gunner in the Aviation Research Centre and father who is a Warrant Officer in the IAF. Mohana Singh did her schooling from Air Force School, New Delhi. She then joined BTech in Electronics & Communication from Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technologies, Amritsar. “Joining the Indian Air Force for flying was a dream instilled by parents and grandparents,” said Ms. Mohana Singh.

Bhawana Kanth:  A girl who is born and brought up in Begusarai, Bihar is a daughter of an officer in the Indian Oil Corporation. Bhawana did her schooling in Refinery DAV Public school and BE in Medical Electronics from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore. She was always interested in flying planes right from her childhood, which made her opt fighter stream after Stage I training.

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Well, achievement of these three young women is a milestone in the Indian military forces, which has permitted women into combat roles for the first time. In February, President Pranab Mukherjee had announced regarding the women entering into combat roles in near future.