Today in pics: Arup Raha takes over as IAF chief, cold wave across India
Tue Dec 31 2013, 16:02 hrs
Arup Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, took over as the 24th chief of the Indian Air Force succeeding Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne.
Air Marshal Arup Raha with former Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne after taking over as Air Force Chief in New Delhi (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
In a brief ceremony, Raha, 59, assumed the charge of the air force from Browne in presence of senior officers, including new Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K Sharma and Deputy Chief Air Marshal S Sukumar. Born on December 26, 1954, he will remain the IAF chief for three years.
Air Marshal Arup Raha with former Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne after taking over as Air Force Chief in New Delhi. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Soon after taking over, Air Chief Marshal Raha, in his message to the 1.75 lakh-strong force, said the IAF is on a trajectory of modernisation and is transforming into a strategic aerospace power with full spectrum capability.
Outgoing Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne takes guard of honour after Air Marshal Arup Raha took over as Air Force Chief. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Members of a group of Pakistani hindu refugees at Jantar Mantar for their various demands in New Delhi. As Delhi recorded the lowest minimum temperature in a decade for the month of December as mercury dipped to a chilling 2.4 degrees this morning. (PTI)
People warm themselves around a bonfire during a cold winter day near Balurghat. (PTI)
People warm themselves in front of a bonfire during a cold day in Jaipur. (PTI)
An elderly woman sits near a fire underneath an overhead metro bridge in New Delhi. The temperature in New Delhi dipped to 14 degrees Celsius on Monday. (AP)
A young boy reacts to the photographer outside a makeshift tent in New Delhi on a cold Monday. (AP)
A child wrapped in a shawl walks outside his makeshift tent on a cold day in New Delhi. (AP)
A young girl cooks a meal outside a makeshift tent as others do their daily chores, in New Delhi. (AP)