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First Female Chief Justice of Uttarakhand
Justice Ritu Bahri has been sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. The appointment follows the retirement of Justice Vipin San... Justice Ritu Bahri has been sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. The appointment follows the retirement of Justice Vipin Sanghi in October 2023, leaving the position vacant. Born on October 11, 1962, in Jalandhar, Punjab, Justice Bahri hails from a family of distinguished lawyers. With a strong legal background, she enrolled as an advocate in 1986 and climbed the ranks, serving as Assistant Advocate General of Haryana before being appointed as a Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court on August 16, 2010. Her historic appointment as Chief Justice marks a significant milestone for Uttarakhand, and she is the first woman to hold this position in the state.
First Survey Vessel Large INS Sandhayak Commissioned
The Indian Navy commissioned its latest survey vessel, INS Sandhayak, at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam on February 3, 2024. Built at Garden Reach Shipbuil... The Indian Navy commissioned its latest survey vessel, INS Sandhayak, at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam on February 3, 2024. Built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, INS Sandhayak is the first in a series of four Survey Vessels (Large). The vessel, with over 80% indigenous content, is designed for comprehensive coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys, equipped with advanced hydrographic instruments and a top speed of over 18 knots. In addition to its primary role, INS Sandhayak can gather oceanographic and geophysical data, and it has limited defense capabilities. The commissioning underscores India's growing maritime capabilities, enhancing autonomy in mapping waters and showcasing the success of the Make in India initiative in the defense sector.
Indian Air Force
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to conduct Vayu Shakti-24, a major exercise in Rajasthan on February 17, showcasing its offensive and defensive capabilities d... The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to conduct Vayu Shakti-24, a major exercise in Rajasthan on February 17, showcasing its offensive and defensive capabilities during day and night operations. Over 120 aircraft, including 77 fighter jets like Rafales, Mirage-2000s, Sukhoi-30 MKIs, and Tejas, will participate, along with helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and surface-to-air missile systems. For the first time, assets like Rafales, Prachand light combat helicopters, and Samar surface-to-air weapon systems will be included, alongside joint operations featuring the army's M777 ultra-light howitzers. The exercise aims to demonstrate precision strikes using a variety of missiles, precision-guided munitions, bombs, and rockets coordinated through the IAF's integrated air command and control system (IACCS).