India: Today’s news in pictures

India news in pictures -- a roundup of today’s news across the country from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to South Korea to thousands of farmers beginning a eight-day protest march from Maharashtra’s Nashik to Mumbai to press for their demands.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in unveil the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Yonsei University, in Seoul. During Modi’s two-day visit he said that the fundamentals of the Indian economy are sound and it is on the way to becoming a USD 5 trillion economy soon. He added that no other large economy in the world has grown at 7% year after year. (PIB / PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in unveil the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Yonsei University, in Seoul. During Modi’s two-day visit he said that the fundamentals of the Indian economy are sound and it is on the way to becoming a USD 5 trillion economy soon. He added that no other large economy in the world has grown at 7% year after year. (PIB / PTI)

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In a first, Army chief General Bipin Rawat took off in Tejas fighter jet for an aerial tour to witness the capability of the light combat aircraft during Aero India 2019 show in Bengaluru . General Rawat described the made-in-India combat jet as a “wonderful aircraft” that will enhance firepower of the Indian Air Force. General Rawat occupied the seat behind the pilot, and took to the skies above Yelahanka Air Force Station. (Shailendra Bhojak / PTI)

In a first, Army chief General Bipin Rawat took off in Tejas fighter jet for an aerial tour to witness the capability of the light combat aircraft during Aero India 2019 show in Bengaluru . General Rawat described the made-in-India combat jet as a “wonderful aircraft” that will enhance firepower of the Indian Air Force. General Rawat occupied the seat behind the pilot, and took to the skies above Yelahanka Air Force Station. (Shailendra Bhojak / PTI)

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Hardik Patel meets Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav after joint press conference with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at party office in Lucknow. Mulayam Singh Yadav criticised Akhilesh Yadav for the delay in naming party candidates. He also complained that the SP had fewer tickets to distribute because of Akhilesh Yadav’s alliance with Mayawati, as part of this pact, the BSP and SP will contest on 38 seats each. (Deepak Gupta / HT Photo)

Hardik Patel meets Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav after joint press conference with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at party office in Lucknow. Mulayam Singh Yadav criticised Akhilesh Yadav for the delay in naming party candidates. He also complained that the SP had fewer tickets to distribute because of Akhilesh Yadav’s alliance with Mayawati, as part of this pact, the BSP and SP will contest on 38 seats each. (Deepak Gupta / HT Photo)

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Thousands of farmers began their eight-day protest march on Thursday from Maharashtra’s Nashik to Mumbai to press for their demands, including loan waivers, minimum support price and land rights, 11 months after a similar agitation in the state. The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which has organised the approximately 200 kilometre long march, has said the protest will start even as they are holding talks with the BJP-led government in the state. (Shrikant Gorde / HT File)

Thousands of farmers began their eight-day protest march on Thursday from Maharashtra’s Nashik to Mumbai to press for their demands, including loan waivers, minimum support price and land rights, 11 months after a similar agitation in the state. The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which has organised the approximately 200 kilometre long march, has said the protest will start even as they are holding talks with the BJP-led government in the state. (Shrikant Gorde / HT File)

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to protect Kashmiri students in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike. The plea alleged that students from Kashmir Valley are being attacked at different educational institutions across the country after the terror attack. (Anil Dayal / HT File)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to protect Kashmiri students in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike. The plea alleged that students from Kashmir Valley are being attacked at different educational institutions across the country after the terror attack. (Anil Dayal / HT File)

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Twenty four hours on, five Army soldiers are still trapped under snow after their patrol party was hit by avalanche near the China border in Shipka La sector of Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district. Sixteen jawans had gone towards the Shipki La border post from Namagya on Wednesday to repair a damaged water supply line when the avalanche hit them around 11am. A jawan died in the incident. (HT File)

Twenty four hours on, five Army soldiers are still trapped under snow after their patrol party was hit by avalanche near the China border in Shipka La sector of Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district. Sixteen jawans had gone towards the Shipki La border post from Namagya on Wednesday to repair a damaged water supply line when the avalanche hit them around 11am. A jawan died in the incident. (HT File)

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India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has received the final operational clearance (FOC) from military aviation regulator Cemilac for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet. The Chief Executive of Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac), P Jayapal, handed over the FOC certificate and release-to-service documents to Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal BS Dhanoa at the Aero India air show in Bengaluru. (Aijaz Rahi / AP)

India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has received the final operational clearance (FOC) from military aviation regulator Cemilac for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet. The Chief Executive of Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac), P Jayapal, handed over the FOC certificate and release-to-service documents to Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal BS Dhanoa at the Aero India air show in Bengaluru. (Aijaz Rahi / AP)

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inspects a guard of honour during the launch of a Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Goa Shipyard Limited, in Vasco town of Goa. Sitharaman cautioned Indian defence shipyards against constantly pleading with the government for equipment manufacturing contracts while urging them to look abroad for selling maritime battle ware. (PTI)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inspects a guard of honour during the launch of a Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Goa Shipyard Limited, in Vasco town of Goa. Sitharaman cautioned Indian defence shipyards against constantly pleading with the government for equipment manufacturing contracts while urging them to look abroad for selling maritime battle ware. (PTI)

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