Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting to review the security situation and development in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the MHA spokesperson informed on Thursday.
“He appreciated the initiatives on development taken by the UT administration to fulfill PM Modi’s vision for the region,” the statement added.
Issues related to security and development in the union territory as well as border preparedness were discussed, news ANI reported.
The high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Army Chief MM Naravane, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other senior officials from security agencies.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Kuldeep Singh and Border Security Force (BSF) chief Pankaj Singh were also present in the meeting, sources.
According to the inputs, this was the first such high-level meeting in North Block after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The Home Ministry meeting comes after another high-level meeting was held on Monday at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence over the developing situation in the region.
Lasting almost two hours, the key meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
According to sources, the issue of the ongoing situation in Afghanistan was discussed in detail. The matter of internal security was discussed in particular keeping into consideration the possible threats posed by the Taliban rule in the worn-torn country along with the terrorist organisations based in Pakistan.
As per inputs, a detailed view of the excessive role being played by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and its army in Afghanistan was presented. Apart from this, the use and presence of the Pakistani Army Battalion and Air Force in Panjshir were also discussed.
Countries around the world are keeping an eye on Afghanistan and India is also in contact with them over the developing situation. At present, India is on a wait and watch mode, closely studying the Taliban’s advances like the rest of the world, sources said after the key meeting on Monday.
Meanwhile, security forces in J&K are alert as Pakistan’s intelligence wing – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is reportedly sending the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) cadre to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) with an aim to jolt the Indian territory.
Notification allowing women to take NDA exam to be released by May 2022: Defence Ministry to SC
The Defence Ministry told the Supreme Court that a notification allowing women candidates to appear for the entrance exam to the National Defence Academy (NDA) will be out by May 2022.
Earlier, the ministry had said that a decision has been taken to allow the induction of women into the Armed Forces through the NDA.
Filing an affidavit, the ministry said that keeping the timeline in mind, deliberate planning and meticulous preparation is needed to ensure smooth induction and seamless training of such women candidates.
“The Government of India, in line with its commitment, hereby place on record its clear and categorical stand that the women candidates shall be considered for entry in the three defence services, in the existing streams, through National Defence Academy,” the affidavit stated.
It further said that the NDA entrance exams are held twice a year and the government proposes to have the necessary mechanism in place by May 2022, the time by which the UPSC is required to publish the first notification next year, for the exam.
The affidavit also stated that a study group has been constituted by the Defence services comprising experts to expeditiously formulate a curriculum for women cadets at the NDA and a Board of Officers has been convened to frame a futuristic proposal for training of women cadets at NDA incorporating all relevant aspects.
“Any dilution of physical training and service subject like firing, etc. would invariably impact the battle worthiness of the Armed Forces adversely,” it added.
It also stated the need to have a robust physical separation between male and female residential areas for which new residential facilities have to be developed to accommodate the women candidates including bathroom cubicles with modifications to maintain privacy.
“Some time is needed to construct additional bathrooms, cabins, training facilities and develop curriculum for the new joinees,” the Ministry of Defence told the apex court.
“Only medically fit candidates meeting the selection criteria are allowed to join the Academy. They are also required to meet laid down medical standards. While medical standards for male cadets are in place, appropriate medical standards for women candidates are in the process of formulation. The same needs to be done before they join,” the affidavit added.
A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had asked the ministry to put the statement of inducting women into the Armed Forces through the NDA, on record through an affidavit
Udhampur Helicopter Crash: Both pilots succumb to injuries: Army
Army on Tuesday said both the pilots injured in a helicopter crash have succumbed during the treatment in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu based defence spokesman said, “both the pilots were critically injured during helicopter crash landing, evacuated to the nearest medical facility but later succumbed to their injuries.”
Earlier, Army said two pilots suffered injuries when one Cheetah Helicopter crash landed in Udhampur district.
The spokesman said during a training sortie in Patnitop area, Indian Army Cheetah Helicopter crash landed in Shiv Garh Dhar area in Udhampur district.
Two pilots suffered injuries and were evacuated to the hospital.
However, following the information, a police team was immediately dispatched to the area.
Police said there was foggy weather in the area and the helicopter reportedly crashed due to poor visibility.
On August 3, Army chopper crashed into the Ranjit Sagar Lake Dam in Basholi area of Kathua district in which two pilots were killed and the body of one of them was recovered.
Srinagar schools reopen for classes 10, 12 with COVID-19 protocols in place
Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, schools in Srinagar reopened on Monday for classes 10 and 12. Students were seen happy and enthusiastic at the resumption of physical classes.
A student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kothibagh, Srinagar, Bushra said, “I am feeling very happy at the resumption of classes. Teachers were doing a lot of effort in online classes, but we were not comfortable. Physical classes are good because we can interact with teachers whenever we want.”
She further said that schools are properly taking care of COVID-19 protocols and providing masks and sanitisers.
“I was missing the school a lot. I was not able to study properly in online classes due to internet issues. In-person classes are always best, so I always enjoy physical classes in school,” another student, Arbeena from the same school said.
Expressing happiness about meeting friends in the school, a student, Humaira Manzoor said, “I am very happy that schools have reopened. Now I can meet my friends and teachers. Even, I was not able to study anything at home due to network issues.”
Further, a teacher of the English Faculty in the same school, Shabina Taj said, “We are getting very good response from students. All the students are very happy about physical classes. Students are even bringing their queries to discuss with us. Also, staff and students, both are following the SOPs issued by government.”
On September 5, Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered the reopening of schools for students of class 12 and 10 and staff with 50 per cent capacity.
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