Rajnath to inaugurate country’s first IAF heritage centre in Chandigarh today


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Union defence minister Rajnath Singh will be in Chandigarh on Monday to inaugurate the country’s first Indian Air Force (IAF) Heritage Centre that has come up at the Government Press building in Sector 18.

UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit will be the guest of honour at the inauguration that is planned at 11.30 am. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhari will be hosting the function along with the UT administration.

The heritage centre has eight attractions in total, including aircraft models and weapon displays. The biggest attraction, however, is its very own flight simulator. In addition, informative exhibits, including aero engines, aircraft, kiosks and other air force artefacts, machines/fixtures, films on achievements and personalities, and guides have also been set up. A souvenir shop is also part of the museum.

The centre will be maintained by the UT administration, while the weapons and other equipment have been set up by the air force.

Singh will also inaugurate Chandigarh Police’s CenCOPS, a centre for cyber operations and security, at the Government Press building.

Later, the defence minister is scheduled to inaugurate the municipal corporation’s fifth cow shed at Raipur Kalan at 3.30 pm. The minister will also lay the foundation stones of the hostel block at Government College, Sector 46, and extension of Kurukshetra Boys hostel at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12.

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