NEW DELHI:  Indian Air Force fighter jets will be able to effectively tackle Chinese Air Force fighters over Tibet in the event of hostilities between the two countries. A new yet-to-be-released document, "The Dragon's Claws: Assessing China's PLAAF Today" makes the point that the IAF has significant operational advantages over the Chinese Air Force in operations in the Tibetan Autonomous Region which lies to the North of the Line of Actual Control between the two countries. 

GANDHINAGAR:  Voting has ended for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat in an election that has become a huge prestige battle between the BJP and the Congress. BJP chief Amit Shah, who makes his debut in Parliament, and union minister Smriti Irani will win two seats with ease, but senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is struggling to get re-elected from the third with the BJP determined to stop him. "Never seen such a tense and bitter battle in my entire political career," Mr Patel told NDTV, but was confident he will make it. 176 Gujarat legislators have voted and results are expected later this evening.

CHANDIGARH:  Amid a growing chorus for the removal of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala whose son is accused of stalking a woman in Chandigarh, the party, sources say, has ruled out his resignation, saying the matter is related to his son. 23-year-old Vikas Barala and his friend have been accused by Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a Haryana bureaucrat, of stalking and trying to kidnap her; she shared her shared ordeal in a Facebook post. The duo, charged with only stalking and drink driving, were out on bail within hours of their arrest by a police patrol car.

 The BJP's Poonam Mahajan met Rajinikanth on Sunday evening, setting off much buzz at a time the south superstar has hinted at warming up to politics. BJP sources, however, dismissed the meeting as a "courtesy call"

A lookout circular has been issued against Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, to prevent him for leaving the country. The Congress leader, who is being probed in corruption and foreign exchange violation cases, has appealed to the Madras High Court to get the directive cancelled. The court will take up his request on Monday.

 Rajiv Gandhi was "genuinely interested" in developing military ties with the US and the former Indian Prime Minister had shown he could move India's foreign policy in new directions, according to a declassified CIA document.

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