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Passing-out parade held to mark entry of recruits into Ladakh Scouts Regiment
A Passing-out Parade (POP) was held at Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC), Leh on Saturday to mark the entry of 90 recruits into the Ladakh Scouts Regiment, informed Defence PRO, Srinagar.
“Attestation Parade was held at Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre, Leh today to mark the entry of 90 well-trained recruits into the Ladakh Scouts Regiment as young soldiers,” informed Defence PRO, Srinagar in a tweet.
The aparade was reviewed by Major General Akash Kaushik, Chief Of Staff, Fire and Fury Corps, it said.
Earlier, an attestation parade was held at the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC), Leh to mark the entry of 127 well-trained recruits into the Ladakh Scouts Regiment as young soldiers, an official statement said.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was conducted without any military or civil dignitaries or parents of the recruits following all the norms and advisories issued by the Home Ministry as well as by the Indian Army.
The attestation parade with appropriate social distancing was reviewed by Colonel Rinchen Dorje, Commandant, LSRC. The young soldiers, hailing from all regions of Ladakh, were seen taking an oath in unison to serve the nation.
The Reviewing Officer congratulated them and urged them to devote their life in service to the nation as proud soldiers of the Indian Army. He exhorted the young soldiers to continue to strive hard in pursuit of excellence in all spheres and take a solemn vow to uphold the sovereignty of the nation.
The young riflemen were awarded medals for their outstanding performance during training.
24 Chinese jets fly close to LAC
With India and China has engaged in a military standoff for more than a year now, the Chinese Air Force recently carried out a big aerial exercise from its airbases opposite Eastern Ladakh which was watched closely by the Indian side.
Around 24 Chinese fighter jets, including J-11s and J-16s, recently held exercises near eastern Ladakh amid the heavy deployment of forces on the ground at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by both countries.
According to reports, several Chinese airbases, including Hotan, Gar Gunsa and Kashgar, were used for these exercises. The use of these bases is significant as they were used to support the People’s Liberation Army’s incursions into Ladakh last year. All these bases have been upgraded to carry out operations by all types of Chinese fighter aircraft.
Besides these, four other bases — Shigatse, Lhasa Gongkar, Nyingchi and Chamdo Pangta — were also used. All seven bases are located in Tibet and Xinjiang.
The sources said the Chinese aircraft remained well within their territory during the aerial drills.The Indian fighter aircraft activity in the Ladakh area has gone up significantly since last year.
“After the summer deployments of the Chinese troops and Air Force this year, the Indian Air Force has also been regularly deploying detachments of its fighters including the MiG-29s in Ladakh,” sources said.
China has already deployed its air defence system, including HQ-9 and HQ-16, in the sector, which can target aircraft at long range whereas India has also deployed air defence missiles, including the Akash missile system, which can take down fast-moving combat aircraft and drones in a few seconds.
Admin notifies recruitment rules 2021, reserves jobs exclusively for locals
Ladakh administration has formulated new rules under which jobs would be reserved exclusively for locals, according to an official notification issued.
“Lieutenant Governor, Ladakh notifies Employment (Subordinate) Service Recruitment Rules for Ladakh UT, reserving jobs exclusively for the locals,” Department of Information and Public Relations, Kargil Ladakh tweeted.
According to the notification, the rules formulated by Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
“No person shall be qualified for appointment to the service unless the person is a resident of Union Territory of Ladakh,” read Clause 11 of the notification by the Labour and Employment Department, Ladakh.
The notification also underlined that persons who have already been appointed substantively to a post in the cadre of Jammu and Kashmir Employment (Subordinate) Service and finally allotted for service in the Union territory of Ladakh in accordance with the provisions of section 89(2) of the J&K Reorganisation Act 2019, shall be deemed to have been appointed to the Service at the initial constitution.
Meanwhile, the Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, has signed an MoU with the Administration of Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh, to make it a clean and green UT.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding, various clean energy and energy efficiency programmes will be implemented. Beginning with a pilot in the Zanskar valley area, CESL will take up solar mini and microgrid solutions, energy-efficient lighting, energy storage-based solutions, efficient cooking stoves, and electric mobility solutions in the UT, according to an official statement.
RK Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh told ANI that energy access for Ladakh is foremost, adding that sustainable solutions such as the decentralised energy-efficient solutions that can be implemented in difficult terrains of Ladakh are needed.
Mahua Acharya, MD and CEO, CESL, reportedly said, “Ladakh is one of nature`s gifts to our country and it is of great importance to preserve its ecological environment. Usage of carbon-intensive fuel in the UT is leading to great degradation in the area. With this MoU, CESL and the Ladakh administration intend to implement renewable, energy efficiency, and electric mobility projects that will go a long way in saving Ladakh`s environment.”
The Ministry of Power said the CESL will come up with clean solutions for home appliances, electric heating, cooking, pump sets for Ladakh`s very cold temperatures.
Notably, the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil/Leh, will provide the requisite land in respective council areas, for the implementation of the clean energy projects.
In August 2019, the Central government scrapped the provision of Article 370, bifurcating the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
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