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Situation at LoC better than last year, says Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane

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Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday said that at the Line Of Control, the situation is better than the last year but Pakistan is still harbouring terrorists near the border.
“At LOC, the situation is better than last year but Pakistan is still harbouring terrorists near the border. Nearly 300-400 terrorists are waiting to intrude in India. A total of 144 terrorists were killed in counter operations,” Naravane said during his address at the 74th Indian Army Day celebration held at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi.
“Last year was challenging for the Army because of the China tensions and to keep the situation under control, the 14th meeting took place recently. There was disengagement at multiple points,” he added.
“Our mutual cooperation with neighbouring countries has increased further during the COVID-19 epidemic,” he announced.
While talking about India’s contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping mission, he said, “The Indian Army has always been a significant contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation. Even today, more than 5,000 soldiers of our army are deployed in various peacekeeping missions, which are giving a different identity to the country”.
On the entry of women cadets in Nation Defence Academy, he said, ” Academy is ready to welcome the first-ever batch of women cadets in January 2023. The preparations are underway. In defence aviation also, women pilots have been given acceptance and their training is underway”.
Earlier today, the Indian Army’s Parachute Regiment commandos marched during the Army Day Parade in the new digital combat uniform of the Indian Army. This is the first time that the uniform has been unveiled in public.
While Sepoy Kundan Kumar Ojha’s wife received Sena Medal for Gallantry posthumously from Army Chief General MM Naravane at the Army Day Parade today for showing valour in the Galwan clash.
India celebrates Army Day on January 15 every year to acknowledge the importance of the Indian Army and honour the sacrifices of soldiers. On this day in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah also wished soldiers, veterans, and their families on the occasion of the Army Day.
Acknowledging the bravery and professionalism displayed by the Indian Army, PM Modi said that words cannot do justice to their invaluable contribution towards national safety.

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BSF deploys more troops, surveillance equipment along border in J&K as part of ‘winter strategy’

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The Border Security Force (BSF) has deployed additional troops along with anti-fog surveillance equipment on the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its “winter strategy” to foil infiltration bids and terror plans ahead of Republic Day celebrations, officials said on Friday.
BSF troops guarding the 200-km International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on alert to ensure a high degree of security against infiltrating terrorists.
“We have mobilised troops along the border. Extra troops have been deployed along with surveillance equipment along IB in view of the foggy weather and Republic Day celebrations,” a senior officer told.
He said that operations and night domination exercises have increased along the border which witnesses dense fog during winters.
Officials pointed to terrorists using fog as a cover to infiltrate and said the winter strategy that has been put in place includes the measures to deal with security setup during the foggy season.
Troops have plugged all the gaps in riverine areas of Ujh, Bansantar and Chenab, they said.
The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken in view of the Republic Day celebrations.
Police have also put up several checkpoints on roads leading to the border and increased checking, they said.
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LeT, Al-Badr Militants Planning To Sneak in JK Via PoK: Intel Agencies Warns

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Amid the heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, the intelligence agencies have warned that militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al Badr are planning to sneak into the Union Territory through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), sources in the security set-up said.

The sources, quoting intelligence inputs, said that at least seven militants of LeT and five of Al Badra are trying to cross over to Jammu and Kashmir from two different areas located in PoK.

The intelligence alert has specifically said that from one place in PoK, the LeT ultras will be trying to infiltrate with the help of a launchpad commander, while the five Al Badr militants are located near a launchpad in Balakot, who are being escorted by a local guide to infiltrating from the Bhimber Gali side in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The intel alerts have been shared with the J&K Police, Central security forces and the Army who have been asked to intensify patrolling along the international border adjoining the Bhimber Gali.

“The alert is a matter of major concern for the security forces ahead of the Republic Day, and if they (militants) are trying to cross the international border amid the heavy snowfall, it indicates that they must be equipped with winter clothing and navigational devices,” an official in the security forces deployed in J&K said.

He also said that in recent operations launched by the Central security forces and the state police, the militants who were neutralised had army grade winter clothing and other staff like dry fruits and dry meals. This also indicates that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is providing logistic support to these terrorists.

Recent intelligence inputs have also revealed that ISI has been searching for new routes to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir besides establishing new control rooms in PoK.

The security forces, after intercepting messages, revealed that eight new routes have been identified which are covered with snow and have less patrolling by Indian forces during peak winters.

The intelligence intercepts have further revealed that Pakistan has activated new terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) with increased efforts to aid infiltration bids into Jammu and Kashmir before the Republic Day on January 26.

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Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar

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Another theft case of ₹7,200 has been reported from a boutique named ” The Hanger’ located on the main road in Roop Nagar, Jammu.

A lady who visited the boutique duped the owner and took away garments amounting to a total of ₹7,200.

The owner at first didn’t recognise the lady, but she pretended as if she was their regular customer.

“After selecting the garments, she asked for an assistant boy to come along and will make the payment to him as she reaches her residence”, the owner said.

She instead fooled the owner and the boy as well and wasn’t seen anywhere after that.

The boutique owner has filed a complaint in the nearest police station on January 18.

Police are investigating the matter, and soon the lady thief would be caught; till then, the locals are advised to beware of such miscreants.

Aditi Tikku

 

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