HIGHLIGHTS: Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh Cremated With Full State Honours

HIGHLIGHTS: Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh Cremated With Full State Honours
IAF Marshal Arjan Singh Funeral: Arjan Singh had died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday. (PTI)

NEW DELHI:  Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, nation's oldest serving military officer is being accorded a state funeral today at Brar Square in New Delhi. The national flag is flying at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi in the honour of the 98-year-old military legend. Arjan Singh, hero of 1965 India-Pakistan war, was the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank. His family has also planned a ritual for the funeral. Arjan Singh died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday.


Here are the live updates for the state funeral of IAF Marshal Arjan Singh:

Sep 18, 2017
11:02 (IST)
Watch the entire ceremony here: 

Sep 18, 2017
10:16 (IST)
Arjan Singh cremated with full state honours. Military band plays farewell tune as the entire nation bids goodbye to the Air force veteran.  
Sep 18, 2017
10:13 (IST)
Sukhoi fighter jets fly past in the missing man formation in honour of the Indian Air Force's only Marshal Arjan Singh. 

Sep 18, 2017
10:10 (IST)
Choppers fly past the Brar Square for the state funeral ceremony. They are carrying the flags of the Indian Air Force.
Sep 18, 2017
10:07 (IST)
Honour of 17-gun salute accorded to military veteran Arjan Singh

Sep 18, 2017
10:02 (IST)
Last rites ceremony of Arjan Singh, India's oldest serving officer, begins at Brar Square. Defence Minister Namrata Sitharaman, Former PM Manmohan Singh follow the air force officers carrying the casket.
Sep 18, 2017
09:55 (IST)
The National Flag lifted from the casket, folded.
Sep 18, 2017
09:48 (IST)
Veteran BJP leaders present at the ceremony along with many former Air Force officers. Mr Advani is standing right next to former PM Manmohan Singh, as a Sikh priest reads a prayer as part of his last rites ceremony.

Sep 18, 2017
09:27 (IST)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the demise of Arjan Singh, in a tweet. Ms Banerjee said: "Saddened at the passing of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. One of India's greatest of all time. Condolences to his family & IAF family(sic)" read her tweet.
Sep 18, 2017
09:25 (IST)
BJP President Amit Shah pays respects to Arjan in a post on Twitter: "Pained by the sad demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh ji. I express my deepest condolences to his family and friends," Mr Shah wrote on Twitter.
Sep 18, 2017
09:21 (IST)
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lays wreath and pays tributes to Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh, at his last rites ceremony.

Sep 18, 2017
09:20 (IST)
The Shipping Corporation of India, in a tweet, pay respects "to the departed soul of 'Marshal of the Indian Air Force' Arjan Singh, the first 'Five Star' rank officer" of the Indian Air Force.
Sep 18, 2017
09:15 (IST)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pays respects to Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.

Sep 18, 2017
09:13 (IST)
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat pays respects to Arjan Singh's mortal remains, India's only only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank. 

Sep 18, 2017
09:09 (IST)
Several Indian Air force officers carry the mortal remains of Arjan Singh. His body is kept in a casket on platform on a bed of flowers.

Sep 18, 2017
09:06 (IST)
A 17-gun salute will be accorded to Arjan Singh shortly.
Sep 18, 2017
09:05 (IST)

The ceremony is being attended by Current Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Indian Army chief and the Naval Admiral.
Sep 18, 2017
09:04 (IST)
Mortal remains of Arjan Singh, India's first Air Marshal, arrive at Brar Square.
Sep 18, 2017
09:00 (IST)
Military band plays as Arjan Singh's gun carriage draws close to Brar Square. It had left from his house a while back.
Sep 18, 2017
08:52 (IST)
The fly past will be carried out in missing man formation today in honour of Arjan Singh demise. This kind of aerial salute is carried out in remembrance of a fallen pilot.
Sep 18, 2017
08:45 (IST)
Mortal remains of Arjan Singh to arrive at Brar Square shortly. 

Sep 18, 2017
08:42 (IST)

Sep 18, 2017
08:39 (IST)
An icon, A philanthropist, A Legend - Some of the many things Arjan Singh will be remembered for

In 1965, Arjan Singh had led a young Air Force into the war against Pakistan when he was 45

Last year, he received the rare honour to have a crucial Air Force base at Panagarh in West Bengal named after him. Military installations aren't generally named after individuals, especially when they are alive

Arjan Singh kept his flying category even while he was the Chief of Air Staff, informed the current Indian Air Force Chief.

He was conferred the rank of the Marshal of the Air Force in the year 2002

Sep 18, 2017
08:29 (IST)
Arjan Singh Man of many titles: Former Air Chief Marshal

"He would have completed 50 years of retirement in two years. He was the epitome of military protocol," says Former Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis. 

"He is a national hero," added the Former Air Chief Marshal from the Brar Square.

Sep 18, 2017
08:19 (IST)
Gun carriage heads towards to Brar Square Arjan Singh's state funeral
Sep 18, 2017
08:10 (IST)
The entire nation, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent messages of condolence for Arjan Singh.

"Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community," President Kovind tweeted.

PM Modi had said: "India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action."  

He added: "Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh's determined focus on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to our defence capabilities."

The Defence Minister visited the veteran's house

Sep 18, 2017
08:05 (IST)
Arjan Singh's mortal remains will be taken from his home to the funeral site in Delhi Cantonment in a gun carriage procession, a journey of 8 km.
Sep 18, 2017
08:00 (IST)
The cortege for state funeral of Arjan Singh will leave on a gun carriage from his 7-A Kautilya Marg residence at 8:30 am. 

A gun salute will be given, and if weather permits, a fly past will also take place.
Source - NDTV

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