Encounter breaks out between security forces, terrorists in J-K’s Kulgam

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] (ANI): An encounter has broken out between security forces and terrorists in the Hasanpora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam on Sunday.“Encounter has started at Hasanpora area of Kulgam. Police and security forces are on the job,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted. Further details are awaited. (Image source: Unsplash)

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37 Houthi militants killed in battle with Yemeni army in Marib: Military source

Sanaa [Yemen]: Thirty-seven Houthi militants were killed on Saturday in a battle with the Yemeni army in Yemen’s central province of Marib, government military source told Xinhua.The ground battle took place in the area of al-Balak al-Sharki in the government-controlled southern Marib, during which the army recaptured several positions of the militia, he said on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the Yemeni army announced the launch of 23 airstrikes, killing 160 Houthi militants and destroying 17 vehicles in southern Marib frontline, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV reported.Houthi media made no comment on the battle. In February last year, the Iran-backed Houthi militia began a major offensive against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government army to capture the strategic oil-rich province.


Army bids farewell to Param Vir Chakra awardee Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav

New Delhi [India]: Param Vir Chakra awardee, Subedar Major Yoginder Singh Yadav, on his superannuation on Saturday received a traditional send-off from the Army. He was presented with garlands and bouquets.“Indian Army bids farewell to the Hero of Tiger Hill, Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Yoginder Singh Yadav, Param Vir Chakra on his superannuation with a traditional send-off. Nation will always be grateful for his gallant services,” Army Training Command, Indian Army tweeted on Saturday. On the 75th Independence Day of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the rank of Honorary Captain upon Yadav.“On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, Subedar Major (Honorary Lieutenant) Yogendra Singh Yadav, Param Vir Chakra, was conferred the rank of Honorary Captain by the President of India,” read a statement released by the Ministry of Defence.According to the ministry, Yadav was awarded for his gallant act during the…

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Russia increases military co-operation with Indonesia

Moscow [Russia]: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev held a series of high-level consultations with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs of Indonesia Mohammad Mahfud in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, during which both sides explored ways of expanding military and military-technical cooperation between the countries, the Russian Security Council said on Tuesday.The meeting was also attended by representatives of military departments, special services, financial monitoring services, law enforcement agencies, and ministries of justice of the two countries. “The parties identified ways to expand military and military-technical cooperation, as well as collaboration on legal and regulatory issues and ensuring international information security,” the council said in a statement.The parties considered the prospects for cooperation in combating drug trafficking and organised crime, as well as countering terrorism. The issues of combating the laundering of the proceeds of crime and terrorism were also discussed.The…


Chopper crash: Mortal remains of 4 IAF personnel, 2 Army personnel identified

New Delhi [India]: The mortal remains of four Indian Air Force personnel and two Indian Army soldiers who died in the military helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu earlier this week has been completed.Thirteen of the 14 people on board the Mi-17V5 helicopter, including India’s first chief of defence staff (CDS), his wife Madhulika Rawat were among those killed after it crashed on December 8. Earlier, the bodies of General Rawat his wife and his defence assistant Brigadier LS Lidder, whose bodies were positively identified, were cremated with full military honours in the Brar Square crematorium in the national capital on Friday.The Indian Army said that Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik B Sai Teja, who lost their lives in a military chopper crash on December 8, have been positively identified.The mortal remains have been released to close family members on Saturday…


Encounter breaks out between security forces, terrorists in J&K’s Shopian

Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists at the Check Cholan area of Shopian on Wednesday morning.“Encounter has started at Check Cholan area of Shopian. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police today. More details are awaited.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad urges security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations in J-K

Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday urged security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations in the Union Territory.While speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a public rally in the Rajouri district, the senior Congress leader compared militancy to the game of ‘snake and ladders’ and said, “Non-militant, civilian killings fuel militancy and undo all the gains.” Heaping praises for the Army’s work in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said, “Armymen are doing great work here in close cooperation with locals but they should avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations.”The Congress leader said many times it has been seen terrorists run and enter a house in order to hide and security forces use explosives to blast the entire house, resulting in civilian killings. “That should be avoided,” he said.Recalling the days…


New Zealand to send troops to Solomon Islands to restore order after unrest

Wellington [New Zealand]: New Zealand’s government pledged on Wednesday to deploy several dozens of soldiers to the Solomon Islands to assist local forces in ensuring security on their territory after it was hit by riots last week.“New Zealand will send a deployment of New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police to Solomon Islands in the coming days. This is a short-term, immediate response and we will continue to monitor the situation,” Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta was quoted as saying in a statement. According to Defense Minister Peeni Henare, the first group of 15 military personnel will go to the islands on Thursday, and the second unit comprising 50 troops will be deployed over the weekend.Over the past several days, Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea sent groups of soldiers to the crisis-hit island nation. According to New Zealand’s media, the Samoan security…

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Battle of Garibpur’s 50th anniversary, marks India-Pakistan’s first direct encounter in 1971

Dhaka [Bangladesh] : India and Pakistan’s first direct encounter in the War of Independence for Bangladesh took place fifty years ago on November 21. Armies of both nations were well-equipped with tanks and fighter jets at Garibpur near Khulna’s Boyra.Reports say, Indian army had destroyed 13 M24 Chaffee light tanks and two F-86 Sabres (fighter jet) along with capturing of two Pakistani air officials by Muktibahini, reported Bangladesh Live News. Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, the second-in-command of India’s then 45th Cavalry C Squadron, believes that the Indian army could have advanced to Jessore Cantonment in East Pakistan following the victory in the battle of Garibpur. But the squadron commander Major Daljit Singh Narang, who was responsible to give instructions, had died during the combat. While Pakistan’s army had been attacking Indian territory and Mukti Bahini Camps through tanks and warplanes.Reportedly, two weeks before Indira…


War hero Abhinandan Varthaman to receive Veer Chakra

New Delhi [India] : Indian Air Force ace pilot Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman will be awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony on Monday.Varthaman was recently promoted to the rank of Group Captain. Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during aerial combat on February 27 a day after the Balakot airstrike.In the process, he flew over Pakistan occupied Kashmir and his MiG-21 was hit and he had to eject over the territory controlled by the enemy.He was then taken into custody by the Pakistan Army. The Pakistan Army was forced to release him due to the extensive pressure exerted by the Indian side along with international intervention into the matter.Abhinandan was part of the Srinagar-based 51 squadron and had flown to thwart an aerial attack launched by the Pakistanis on February 27, 2019.India had launched an…


Mamata Banerjee condemns terror attack on Army convoy in Manipur

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday condemned the terrorist attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur in which five soldiers and two of their family members were killed.“I strongly condemn the dastardly attack by militants on a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles in Manipur. It pains me to learn that we have lost five brave soldiers, including the CO and his family members. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The entire nation awaits justice!” tweeted Banerjee. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh also condemned the attack on Assam Riffle’s convoy. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed a few personnel including the CO and his family at Churachandpur today. The State forces and Paramilitary are already on their job to track down the militants.…

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PC to Women Officers

New Delhi [India]: After the Supreme Court cautioned the Indian Army of contempt, the Centre on Friday assured that it will roll out Permanent Commission option to all eligible Women Short Service Commission Officers (WSSCO) in the Army.The Centre told the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that a swift decision would be made within ten days with regard to eleven women army officers, who have approached the top court, to grant Permanent Commission (PC). As the apex court warned that it was going to initiate contempt proceedings against the Indian Army for failing to grant PC to eleven women officers in line with its previous orders, the Centre submitted that it was ready to grant Permanent Commission to the officers before the Court.The Bench in its order noted that Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said that those officers whose case is not before…

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‘Fire and Fury’ Corps Commander

New Delhi [India]: Amid the ongoing military standoff with China, Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta would be the new commander of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps by the end of this month.He will succeed Lt Gen PGK Menon who would be completing his tenure of more than a year and represented India in the talks with China to resolve the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh on multiple occasions. “Lt Gen Sengupta is going to take over as the next commander of the Fire and Fury Corps and would be heading the talks from the Indian side with the Chinese whenever they take place,” government sources told ANI.Due to the sensitive nature of the corps which is looking after both the China and Pakistan borders, the new corps commander would get around 15 days with his predecessor to understand each and every facet of the…


Nepal Army chief to be conferred with title of Indian Army ‘General’ during India visit

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Nepal Army Chief General Prabhu Ram Sharma on Tuesday departed for New Delhi for a four-day visit to India on the official invitation of Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.“Nepal Army Chief General Prabhu Ram Sharma departs for New Delhi for a four-day visit to India on the official invitation of Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane,” said Nepal Army spokesperson. In course of his India visit, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Sharma is scheduled to be honoured with the title of Honorary ‘General of Indian Army’ by the President of India, reported Khabarhud“According to the NA Directorate of Public Relations, India’s President Ram Nath Kovind will present him the title on November 10. The presentation of the title of Honorary General to the Army Chief of each country by Nepal and India remains as a unique military tradition,” the…


India must enhance military capabilities in line with changing world, says PM Modi

Nowshera (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, while addressing soldiers in the Nowshera district of Jammu and Kashmir, emphasised on expanding and transforming India’s military capabilities in line with the changing world.He also highlighted the need for ensuring an integrated military leadership, modern border infrastructure and changes in technology. “Indian military power needs to be expanded and transformed according to the changing needs. The fast-changing technology landscape has demanded new changes. That is why it is critical to ensure coordination in the integrated military leadership. The Chief of Defence Staff and the Department of Military Affairs are taking steps in that direction. Similarly, modern border infrastructure will enhance the country’s military muscle,” said PM Modi.“Connectivity in border areas from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, from Jaisalmer to Andaman Nicobar has been established with modern infrastructure, leading to unprecedented improvement in the…

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Indian Army destroys boxes suspected to be loaded with IEDs in J-K’s Poonch

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: The Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police recovered two boxes suspected to be loaded with improvised explosive device (IED) during a search operation in the Bhata Durian forest of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, said the Indian Army sources on Friday.The boxes were destroyed on the site, said the sources. Further details are awaited.

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Army’s counter-terrorism operation

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Indian Army’s counter-terrorism operation in the Nar Khas forest area of Poonch continued on Friday morning.As the operation progresses in the Poonch district, the Indian Army special forces have been deployed to search and target small groups of terrorists hiding in the thick forests there. Yesterday evening, army sources told, “As per the ground assessment, there may be two to four terrorists operating in small groups. Forces are moving carefully inside the dense forest areas to hunt them down.”The terrorist groups are surrounded now in a particular area and the Special Forces operatives along with other troops can establish contact anytime now, they further said.A lot of surveillance equipment has been deployed to support operations on the ground.Sources had said areas are being sanitised and all necessary measures are being taken.The Nagrota-based 16 Corps commander is constantly keeping…


Imran Khan receives summary on appointment of new ISI DG amid ‘issues’ with Pakistan Army

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The ‘issues’ between the Imran Khan and the Pakistani Army pertaining to the next Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director-general seems to be heading towards a settlement as the Prime Minister Office on Monday received a summary from the defence ministry in this regard.“Yes, a summary has been moved [regarding the appointment of new ISI chief],” confirmed a relevant official while requesting anonymity, official sources told The Express Tribune. However, the official refused to disclose details associated with the name(s) included in the summary for the new DG ISI.Pakistan is witnessing uncertainly and confusion, the past few days regarding the appointment of the new ISI Chief in the country.This came after the Pakistan military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations issued a notification regarding the appointment of Lt General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as DG ISI despite the fact that his appointment was not issued…


India, US Army contingents train for extreme cold weather conditions during Yudh Abhyas 21

New Delhi [India] : Indian and US Army contingents carried out numerous training activities during the ongoing ‘Yudh Abhyas Exercise’ in Alaska, US wherein the Indian Army taught the US soldiers how to survive the avalanches and extremely cold weather conditions.As part of the ongoing Indo-US Defence Cooperation, the Joint Military Training Exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021” is being conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska. The 14-day exercise had commenced on October 15. During the exercise, the American troops demonstrated the setting up of their Arctic tents (can hold upto 10 troops per tent) which was followed by a demonstration and later competition of setting up a tent in the fastest time possible by a mixed team of Indian and US troops, Indian Army said.The contingent of the Indian Army, comprising a team of instructors from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), took…


US diplomat meets Pak Army chief, discusses security situation in Afghanistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: US Charge d’ Affairs to Pakistan, Angela Aggeler called on Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi and discussed the current security situation in Afghanistan and topics of bilateral cooperation.During the meeting on Monday, matters of mutual interest, the current security situation in Afghanistan, and bilateral cooperation in various fields came under discussion, Geo News reported citing the statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). “Pakistan desires to maintain the tradition of bilateral engagement and wishes for an enduring relationship with the United States,” said Gen Bajwa during the discussion with the US diplomat.He reiterated the need for global convergence in Afghanistan to avoid a humanitarian crisis over there and pushed for coordinated efforts for the economic uplifting of the Afghan people.This meeting comes amid fraught ties between Islamabad and Washington.Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and…


Imran Khan likely to meet probables for ISI chief amid ‘impasse’ with Pak Army over appointment

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is setting new precedence by himself taking interviews of candidates for top public offices and in the latest such instance is likely to meet probables to appoint the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general, one of the most powerful offices in the country, reported Dawn.Presiding over a hurriedly called meeting of the parliamentary committee of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) at Parliament House, the prime minister assured the worried party leaders that the issue of appointment of new ISI chief had been amicably settled by him and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and that the government would complete its five-year term, according to Dawn. Fawad Chaudhry, Information Minister, after completion of the meeting, said that the notification regarding the appointment of the new chief of the country’s premier spy agency would be issued…

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Rashtriya Indian Military College proposed

New Delhi [India]: The Union Ministry of Defence on Thursday proposed to permit girls to be admitted to Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS).The proposal came hours after Supreme Court directed the Centre to take immediate steps to allow girls to take the entrance exam for admission in Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) which is to be held on December 18, 2021. A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul while asking the Centre to allow girls to take the entrance exam for admission this year in RIMC instead of waiting till June 2022, directed the government to publish a modified advertisement within two days to seek applications from girls.The Bench, however, was not convinced with the decision of the Centre and ordered that girls will be allowed to sit in the entrance exam this year itself.Earlier, the bench had…


Indian Army contingent reaches Sri Lanka to participate in Exercise Mitra Shakti ’21

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: An Indian Army contingent on Sunday reached Sri Lanka to participate in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21. The Indian contingent received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army for the exercise slated to be held from October 4-15.“Exercise #MitraShakti21 #IndianArmy contingent participating in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21 reached Sri Lanka and received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army,” Indian Army tweeted. The eighth edition of India-Sri Lanka bilateral joint Exercise Mitra Shakti will be conducted at Combat Training School, Ampara in Sri Lanka.An all arms contingent of 120 personnel of the Indian Army will participate in the exercise along with a battalion of the Sri Lankan Army, the Ministry of Defence informed in a statement.“The aim of the exercise is to promote close relations between armies of both countries and enhance inter-operability and sharing best practices in counter-insurgency and…


Sudanese Prime Minister believes coup attempt reveals need for army reform

Khartoum [Sudan]: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok expressed the belief on Tuesday that the attempted military coup indicated the need for army and security agencies reform.“The [attempted] coup is a manifestation of a national crisis, it indicates the need for a reform of our security agencies and military institutions,” Hamdok said in an address, broadcast on Sudanese television. The prime minister described the thwarted coup as an attempt by supporters of ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in 2019, to undermine the democratic transition.Hamdok pledged that all those involved in the coup will be held accountable.

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Suspicious movement : Uri

Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: A suspicious movement was detected along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri area of Baramulla district on the intervening night of September 18-19, according to the PRO Defence, Srinagar.However, the exact area where the suspicious movement took place in Uri is still not known. The PRO Defence of Srinagar is searching for the area. “A search of the area is under progress,” PRO Defence, Srinagar said.Further investigation is underway.Earlier, a police team in Noor Bagh area of Srinagar was attacked by terrorists on Saturday.“A team of Police while laying cordon came under fire from terrorists in Noor Bagh, Srinagar. Terrorists fled the scene -1 pistol and 1 AK 47 recovered. Reinforcement of Police and CRPF expanded the cordoned area. Search underway,” said Jammu and Kashmir Police.According to J-K police, terrorists fled after firing and dropped their weapons.A…

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Attestation parade of 460 new recruits of J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) Regimental Centre on Saturday held an attestation parade of its 460 new recruits at the parade ground of the recruit training camp in Dansal village of Jammu. Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], September 18 : The attestation parade, depicting the graduation of a recruit and transformation into a young soldier, was reviewed by Commandant of Officers Training Academy in Chennai and colonel of JAK LI regiment Lt Gen MK Das. The Commandant congratulated the soldiers for their immaculate parade and impressed upon selfless service towards the nation. He also lauded their contribution towards encouraging more youth from Jammu and Kashmir to come forward to join the security forces. Addressing the recruits, Das said, “You all were selected for the army through an unbiased and strict procedure. Now, after 40 weeks of training, you all are polished…


PM Modi slams Opposition for criticising Central Vista project, says modern infrastructure pertinent for economic development

New Delhi [India], September 16 : Indirectly slamming Opposition for criticising the Central Vista project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that they never mentioned the Defence Offices Complexes are also a part of the project as that would expose their ‘falsity’, adding that modern infrastructure is pertinent for economic development of the country.While interacting with Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian Officers during the inauguration ceremony of the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in the national capital, the Prime Minister said: “The people who were criticising the Central Vista project never mentioned the Defence Offices Complexes, which is also part of the Centra Vista… They knew their falsity would be exposed.” “When we are focusing on ease of living and ease of doing business, modern infrastructure plays an equally important role. This is the idea behind the…


Taliban to build ‘regular’ army, include former servicemen

Weeks after the Taliban’s announcement to form a caretaker government, the Taliban-led government’s “acting chief of staff”, Qari Fasihuddin on Wednesday said that they are working to form a ‘regular’ army and the plan to form one will be finalised soon. Kabul [Afghanistan], September 16 : “Our dear country should have a regular and strong army to easily defend and protect our country,” Fasihuddin said, reported TOLOnews. He mentioned that former members of the army, who served in the former government, will also be included in the new army and the Taliban will stand against any threat, whether external or internal.“Those who have received training and are professional should be used in our new army. We hope this army should be formed in the near future,” he said, reported TOLOnews.The former servicemen nonetheless state that they are yet to be asked to resume their…

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PM Modi to inaugurate Defence Offices Complexes

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue on Thursday at 11 AM.As per the official release by the Prime Minister’s Office, “Prime Minister will visit the Defence Office Complex at Africa Avenue and interact with Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian Officers. This will be followed by his address to the gathering.” The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy and Air Force. The buildings will provide modern, secure and functional working spaces.An Integrated Command and Control Centre has been established for managing building operations, while also catering to the end to end safety and surveillance of both the buildings.The new Defence Office Complexes are state-of-the-art and energy-efficient, with comprehensive security management measures. One of the…

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Women Empowerment Centre in villages

Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: As a part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav’, the Indian Army established a women empowerment centre in Bernate village along the Line of Control in Baramulla district of North Kashmir.The Army has taken the initiative to empower women in remote villages. The centre has tailoring and cutting schools to provide vocational training to girls. Around 30-40 girls have enrolled themselves at the empowerment centre for the classes so far. Sariya Begum, a trainer at the centre, told ANI that more than 10 girls are skilled in tailoring who can train others too.“Through this initiative, these girls are learning and want to be independent. I am grateful to the Army that they have paid attention to our village. There are more than 10 girls who are skilled and can train others. We all are grateful and are hoping the…

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Army foils infiltration attempt along LoC

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Army on Thursday night foiled an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector, informed officials.“Last night there was an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control in the Poonch Sector. The infiltration bid was foiled by our troops,” said PRO Defence Jammu. Further details are awaited.Earlier on Wednesday, terrorists hurled a grenade at a police post in Sherbagh of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag districtMeanwhile, Indian intelligence agencies have issued as many as 10 alerts regarding terrorists crossing the border and planning something “big” in the Kashmir valley.

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Indian Army to continue training Afghan cadets

New Delhi [India]: In a significant step, the Indian Army has decided to continue training Afgan cadets in its institutions till they complete their courses and would let their embassy take a call on their future.Around 130 soldiers from Afghanistan are receiving training in different academies of Indian defence forces including the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. “It has been decided that we will allow these cadets to continue their training and complete their respective courses. After that, the Afghan embassy officials would take a call on their future,” sources in the Army told ANI.As part of the capacity building program, the Indian defence forces have been training Afghan cadets and soldiers for more than a decade now in different military skills at its academies and thousands of Afghan National Army soldiers have received training here in India.The highest number of Afghan students are…

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Indian Navy organises senior Nationals 2021

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Indian Navy – Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (IN-MDL) Cup organised Senior Nationals 2021 in Mumbai, on Wednesday.The Senior Nationals 2021 was held at the Indian Navy Watermanship Training Centre, Mumbai. The event was presided over by Rear Admiral Gurcharan Singh, Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Western Naval Command, Mumbai.The event witnessed participation from over 13 premium sailing clubs from across India.

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Chaos in Afghanistan directly related to disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops: China at UNSC

New York [US]: China, which abstained from voting on the UN Security Council resolution on Afghanistan, has blamed the disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops for the chaos in Afghanistan.“Recent chaos in Afghanistan is directly related to the disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops. We hope that relevant countries would realize that withdrawal is not the end of responsibility but the beginning of reflection and correction,” said the Chinese representative at the UNSC. Resolution on Afghanistan has been passed by the United Nations Security Council. This crucial resolution was adopted with the support of 13 members with Russia and China abstaining and no one voting against the resolution.Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla was chairing the UNSC meet under the Indian presidency in which the resolution was adopted.The Chinese representative on UNSC resolution on Afghanistan said that “China has huge doubts about the necessity & urgency of…

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Russian Defense Ministry to evacuate 500 people from Afghanistan

Moscow [Russia]: Russia is set to evacuate more than 500 people from Afghanistan on the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Ministry informed on Wednesday.The four military transport aircraft will airlift over 500 Russian citizens as well as citizens of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Belarus Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan) and Ukraine, TASS news agency reported. As many as four plans have formed a group and are awaiting further instructions in Ulyanovsk, the ministry said.On Monday, leaders of the CSTO member countries had gathered for the special session of the bloc held via video conference. The key focus of the session was the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the security of the countries participating in the organization.The Taliban entered Kabul last week, causing the civilian government to collapse. As a result, many countries have started evacuating their citizens and diplomatic…

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Afghan war: Real Story behind the Rise of Taliban

By Subhro Majumder On 15th August 2021, the Taliban captured Kabul and Afghanistan’s current President, Ashraf Ghani fleed the country. He wrote a letter to the people of his country, however, they believe that they were betrayed by him. The US military has already pulled out of the conflict and it is also evacuating others with its aeroplanes and helicopters. To get to the bottom of this conflict, it is a must for us to learn about its history. The background of the proxy war between the US and Soviet Union in the 1980s was in Afghanistan. The rebel forces in the country were supported by the US, whereas the country’s government was backed by the Soviet Union. With time, the power of the Soviets decreased and in 1989, it withdrew its forces from Afghanistan. It was perceived as a colossal loss for them…

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US troops to stay in Afghanistan till all Americans out, says Biden

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden has committed to keeping US troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means maintaining a military presence there beyond his August 31 deadline for withdrawal.“US is committed to getting every American out of Afghanistan — even if it means potentially extending the mission beyond his August 31 deadline for a total withdrawal,” Biden said in an exclusive interview with American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Biden’s pledge came as 5,000 people were evacuated from Kabul’s airport and armed members of the Taliban kept some Afghans desperate to leave the country from reaching the airfield.On Sunday, the Taliban declared victory after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad and his government collapsed.Like many other countries, the US started evacuating its nationals and some Afghans with links to foreign governments and organisations.The US government has said that thousands of…

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Kabul airport reopens as additional US troops land

Washington [US]: Afghanistan’s Kabul airport has reopened as the first C-17 landed with US Marines on board, an official said on Monday.“By the end of the day, we expect nearly 3,000-3,500 total troops on the ground. As of 1535 local time, the airfield was opened for operations. Shortly after, the first C-17 landed with US Marines on board. The next C-17 is preparing to land as we speak,” Major General Hank Taylor, a logistics specialist on the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a press briefing in Washington. “Our Troops are trained professionals. They understand the complexity, urgency and importance of their mission. They remain agile. Our mission was, and still is today to secure the airport so that we can evacuate US citizens, SIVs and Afghans at risk out of the country,” he added.“More than 700 Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants have…

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Indian Army joins ‘Project BOLD’ to grow bamboo trees in Himalayan terrains in Leh

Leh (Ladakh) [India]: In an initiative to grow bamboo trees in the high Himalayan terrains, the Indian Army provided its support to ‘Project BOLD’ (Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Leh.On August 15, Army planted 20 bamboo saplings at its compound in Leh. As per the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises on Monday, these 20 saplings of special bamboo species were handed over to the Army by KVIC last week at Jammu for plantation in Leh.This is the first-ever attempt to grow bamboo trees in the high Himalayan terrains with the objective of preventing land degradation and developing green cover.In continuation with this effort, 1,000 bamboo saplings will be planted at village Chuchot in Leh on August 18. These bamboo plants will be ready for harvest in three years.While this will create sustainable income…

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‘Not on the cards’: UK Defence Secretary on whether British forces will return to Afghanistan

London [UK]: British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said on Monday that British forces will not be returning to Afghanistan after the Taliban seized the Afghan capital city of Kabul.Responding to a question by Sky News if Britain and NATO forces would return to Afghanistan, Wallace said, “That’s not on the cards that we’re going to go back,” reported Xinhua. Wallace said Britain was doing everything it could to evacuate British nationals and Afghans with links to Britain.“Our target is…about 1,200 to 1,500 exit a day in the capacity of our aeroplanes, and we’ll keep that flow,” he said.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that the US decision to pull out of Afghanistan has “accelerated things,” reported Xinhua.The British parliament will be recalled on Wednesday from their summer recess to debate the British government’s response to the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.The…

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Surat women make rakhis for soldiers protecting borders

Surat (Gujarat) [India]: Ahead of Rakshabandhan, women in Surat are making rakhis for soldiers guarding the borders of the country.According to Soch Foundation, this will generate employment for widows and differently-abled persons who are making the rakhis.Speaking to ANI, Ritu Rathi, founder of Soch Foundation said, “This plan has been made to honour the soldiers of the country as well as wish for their safety. As many as 7,000 rakhis will be made in this entire project. This program has been commenced from Surat today. In Vadodara, we will also tie rakhi on the wrist of soldiers.”“After that, four sisters of our organisation will go to the border and tie the Suraksha Sutra on the wrists of our soldiers. Every year we tie rakhi to our brothers. The soldiers who protect us are also our brothers. This time we will tie rakhi to the…

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Ranjit Sagar Lake crash: Army presses ROV technology to trace missing pilots

Jammu, Aug 12: Army on Thursday pressed the Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) technology into service to locate the two pilots, who went missing after their helicopter crashed on August 3 into deep waters of the Ranjit Sagar Lake in Basholi tehsil of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.“As per reports some parts of wreckage of the crashed helicopter have been found but efforts are still on to locate the missing pilots,” defence sources said.They said that remotely operated special equipment, ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle), had been pressed into service on Thursday to locate them.Earlier, special divers of the army and the navy could not find anything even after diving 50 meters deep into the water due to mud and silt.“We hope that the missing pilots will be found soon,” they said.Remote Operated Vehicle is a modern underwater machine operated remotely and is especially used…

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Afghan army chief replaced amid Taliban offensive

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan President on Wednesday replaced the country’s Army chief General amid escalating offensive of Taliban, which has so far captured nine provincial capitals in the war-torn country amid the US and NATO troops finalising their pullout.Hibatullah Alizai, the commander of the Special Operations Corps in Afghanistan has been appointed as Afghan Army Chief, local media citing officials reported on Wednesday. Alizai will replace General Wali Ahmadzai, TOLO News said in a tweet as Taliban swept up large parts of the northern part of the country under its control with Faizabad becoming the ninth provincial capital to be captured by the insurgent force in the last five days. There are a total of 34 provincial capitals in the country.“General Hibatullah Alizai, the commander of the Special Operations Corps, was appointed as the chief of army staff, replacing General Wali Ahmadzai, officials confirmed,” TOLO…


President Xi promotes PLA commander overseeing India border to rank of general

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted Xu Qiling, Commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theatre Command which oversees the borders with India, to the rank of a General, amid the continued standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Xi, who is also Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) – the overall high command of the PLA, promoted 58-year-old Xu to the rank of General – the highest rank for officers in active service in China. The other officers who were promoted to the rank of General included Commander of the Southern Theatre Command Wang Xiubin, Commander of the PLA Army Liu Zhenli, and Commander of the PLA Strategic Support (Missile) Force Ju Qiansheng, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Xi presented certificates of the orders he signed to them at a ceremony held by the CMC in Beijing on…

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Air Force veterans critical of CDS

Tensions escalated between armed forces over the creation of four new integrated theatre commands on Friday, with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat saying that the Indian Air Force is like “a supporting arm” akin to artillery or engineers in the Army. Tensions escalated between armed forces over the creation of four new integrated theatre commands on Friday, with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat saying that the Indian Air Force is like “a supporting arm” akin to artillery or engineers in the Army. Referring to the row over the statement former Deputy Army Chief Lieutenant General Raj Kadyan said, “The creation of theatre commands in the Indian defence forces has led to a very unfortunate and a very unsavoury controversy. There is a very famous saying by a field marshal in World War 2 that ‘The only thing more difficult is…