The Morning Wrap: Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Set For IAF Induction; Classical Singer Veena Sahasrabuddhe Passes Away

01/07/2016 10:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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A HAL Tejas multirole light combat aircraft takes off for the type's initial operational clearance for induction into the Indian Air Force, in Bangalore on December 20, 2013. The Indian-built LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)Tejas received its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC II) on December 20, bringing it closer to the aircraft's induction into IAF service, a report said. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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