Modern Indian artist S H Raza passes away
Iconic Indian artist Syed Haider Raza, known for his abstracts, passed away on Saturday at the age of 94.
 
Raza's works had very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy.
 
Raza is touted as one of Indian modern art's greatest painters. He was a founder-member of the Progressive Artists' Group that wished to break with the revivalist nationalism established by the Bengal school of art and to encourage an Indian avant-garde engaged at an international level.
 
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1981, the Padma Bhushan in 2007 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2013. He was also conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) in 2015.
 
He became one of India's priciest modern artists in June 2010 when his seminal work, "Saurashtra" was sold for Rs 16.42 crore at a Christie's auction.
 
Raza was in the ICU of a private hospital for the last two months.
 
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INS Viraat embarks on farewell voyage to Kochi
India's magnificent second aircraft carrier, 'INS Viraat', which in its previous avatar led the British task force that retook the Falkland Islands in 1982, lifted anchor on Saturday afternoon for her final voyage from Mumbai to Kochi, powered by her own boilers, prior to her scheduled de-commissioning.
 
The ageing 750-feet long 'giant' - as the name signifies - served the Indian Navy with distinction for almost six decades. It is expected to reach the Southern Naval Command base on Wednesday for the pre-decommissioning preparations, official sources said here.
 
This will entail a spell in a dry dock for dismantling and retrieving valuable and sensitive equipment including the engines, radars, big and small guns and other weaponry.
 
Kicking-off the dismantling process on May 6, her fleet of Sea Harrier aircraft flew off for the last time from her deck and was given a formal farewell at INS Hansa, in Goa two days later.
 
Ranked as the oldest functional, floating aircraft carrier in the world and the last British-built ship serving the Indian Navy, INS Viraat was the star attraction at the International Fleet Review held in Visakhapatnam in February this year.
 
As HMS Hermes, the vessel had served the Royal Navy from 1959 to 1964 and led South Atlantic Task Force on an 8,000 km voyage to free the Falkland Islands from Argentina, which had taken them over. Everyone had said it couldn't be done, but the task force achieved the near impossible, much to the happiness of Iron Lady of Britain, the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
 
Sailing at 28-knots plus speeds, the ship gave a spectacular performance with aircraft onboard operating round-the-clock, units from the ship shredding many enemy aircraft in the air and neutralizing other challenges on the ground during the 74-days long conflict in which Argentina lost to the UK.
 
After that war, she was kept as a reserve, decommissioned from active service in 1985 and in April 1986, India which was scouting for a second aircraft carrier to replace its ageing INS Vikrant, decided to buy the vessel for Indian Navy.
 
On May 12, 1987 - the ship capable of handling Sea Harrier jump jets with a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), other fighter aircraft and all types of helicopters, plus a total crew complement of 1,600 - was commissioned under the White Ensign of the Indian Navy.
 
Built by Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, UK, the vessel's keel was laid in 1944 at the height of the World War II. She was launched on February 16, 1953 and formally commissioned into the Royal Navy on November 18, 1959.
 
The vessel displaces 28,500 tonnes and one of her most striking visual features was the 12-degree ramp on the bows which improved safety as well as the radius of operation/payload carrying capacity of the Sea Harrier fighters.
 
She came with a Close in Weapon System for self-defence, Computer Aided Action Information Systems which gave the command a total picture of the tactical scenario based on information fed to the computer from all onboard sensors, enabling quick decision-making and warding off all threats.
 
After the dismantling process in Kochi - which may take around a couple of months - INS Viraat will be towed back to her base in Mumbai, for formal decommissioning, the date of which has not been finalized yet.
 
Moreover, the fate of the decommissioned aircraft carrier is also not clear whether it would be converted into a permanent floating museum, a tourism centre or relegated to a ships' graveyard for breaking down to scrap - a la the first decommissioned aircraft carrier (INS) Vikrant, in 2014.
 
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No signs of missing IAF plane, Parrikar monitors search op
The search continued on Saturday for the missing AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force that went missing on Friday over the Bay of Bengal and has been untraceable since.
 
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reached Tambaram in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and went on an aerial survey in an IAF plane over the area where search and rescue operations are going on.
 
There has been no signal pickup or spotting of debris from the missing aircraft yet.
 
The AN-32 transport aircraft with 29 people on board went missing on Friday over the Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast.
 
"Defence Minister reviewed the situation and utilisation of assets and resources and has directed that if necessary more resources to be diverted to the effort," Defence Ministry officials said.
 
"The Minister was appraised of the difficult conditions under which the operations are being carried out during the last 24 hours. The sea is very choppy and there is thick cloud cover in area," the official said.
 
Parrikar has directed all top officials to be in touch with the families of those who were on board and provide them information that may be required.
 
"The search is going on. If there is any substantial development it will be made known," Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee, Public Relations Officer for IAF told IANS.
 
Only a catastrophic accident in a "no talk/radio zone" or "dead zone" could destroy an aircraft suddenly, an experienced pilot with the Indian defence forces told IANS late Friday.
 
The search and rescue operation by Indian Navy and Coast Guard, which went on through the night, continued on Saturdaay and more assets were deployed.
 
Two P8I surveillance aircrafts and two Dornier are continuing the search while one Dornier is on standby at Port Blair.
 
One AN 32 and two C-130 Hercules aircrafts and Mi-17 V5 with floats are also on standby.
 
At present, 13 ships of the Indian Navy and four ships of Coast Guard are involved in the search operation. 
 
A submarine was also sent for locating transmissions from the emergency locator beacon on board the missing aircraft. Emergency locator beacons usually get activated in case a plane crashes.
 
Those on board the AN-32 included six crew members, 15 personnel from the IAF, army, navy and Coast Guard, and eight civilians who were family members of the personnel.
 
The aircraft, an upgraded AN-32 belonging to 33 Squadron, took off from Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai at 8.30 a.m., and was expected to land at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 11.30 a.m., officials said, describing it as a "routine sortie".
 
According to a report submitted to the Defence Minister by Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the recorded transcript of Chennai air traffic radar showed last pickup of the aircraft was 151 nautical miles east of Chennai, when the aircraft was observed to have carried out a left turn with rapid loss of height from 23,000 feet.
 
The last contact with the aircraft was established roughly around 15-20 minutes after the take-off, sources said.
 
According to the IAF, the AN-32 is a twin engine turboprop, medium tactical transport aircraft of Russian origin. It can carry a maximum load of around 6.7 tonne or 39 paratroopers.
 
The aircraft's maximum cruise speed is 530 kmph.
 
"Planes are designed to fly even during an emergency. There will be reaction time to the pilots facing an emergency to send out messages for help or turn towards safety," an Indian defence forces pilot told IANS.
 
According to the pilot, an AN-32 aircraft will not drop down like a stone or vanish into thin air in the case of normal emergency, as there will be reaction time.
 
"But in the case of a catastrophic threat, the pilots will not have the necessary reaction time," he said.
 
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