Defence minister Rajnath Singh

The monsoon session of Parliament is in the midst of the ongoing Corona period in the country. In which, some issue is being debated and discussed.

"Met with the families and friends of the deceased Air-warriors of An32 and shared my grief and heartfelt condolences with them. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May God give them strength to bear this monumental loss," he tweeted.

As per the latest updates, the aircraft with 13 people on board was not located by 7:30 am on Tuesday. C-130J and ground patrols of the Army are still carrying out search operations, said officials.

Singh held a held a meeting with Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and newly-appointed Navy chief Karambir Singh at the headquarters of the defence ministry at the Raisina Hills during which he was apprised about the security scenario, officials said.

Former foreign secretary turned minister S Jaishankar has got the External Affairs ministry while Smriti Irani will be the new Women and Child Development Minister along with retaining the Textile Ministry, according to a communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.