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Supreme Court Opens Doors for Girls to Rashtriya Indian Military College, Rashtriya Military School

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Days after girls were inducted into the National Defense Academy (NDA), the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed women candidates to appear for the Dehradun-based Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC). However, the Center has covered a long distance, and it should go one step further. A bench headed by Justice SK Kaul directed the Center to issue necessary, revised advertisement in this regard within two days without changing the examination schedule. This exam will be held on December 18.

In the affidavit filed in the court, the government has said that girls will be allowed to appear in the All India Entrance Examination to be held next year for RIMC. Following the Supreme Court’s directive, the Defense Ministry said that girl students will now get admission in Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS).

The Defense Ministry said, “According to an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, there is a need to authorize additional vacancies along with other related infrastructure and administrative support. Therefore, it is proposed to complete it in two phases.”

According to the government, students’ capacity will be increased from 250 to 300 by including five girls every six months in the first phase. After this, ten girls will be included every six months in the second phase. Due to this the capacity of the students will increase from 300 to 350. A total of 250 boys and 100 girls will be included in this.

Earlier, the bench said, “We would like to tell the Additional Solicitor General that the Respondent has come a long way and he should take a step forward. We are of the view that six months is sufficient time for a disciplined institution like the Respondent to streamline its functioning.” However, as far as Rashtriya Military School is concerned, this process will start from the academic session 2022-2023.

The apex court, taking note of the affidavit filed by the Center in the light of its order dated September 22, 2021, said, “…all the boys’ schools are going to be converted into co-educational institutions, has the Respondent accepted the fact? Furthermore, the court said it would have implications in terms of infrastructure and individual needs.

The next hearing, in this case, will now be held on January 18, 2022. At the outset of the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati requested the bench to allow girls’ admission to RIMC and Rashtriya Military School from January 2023 instead of June 2022.

However, the bench refused to accept the argument and said six months was sufficient for girls’ inclusion in the June 2022 session. The Supreme Court hears a plea by advocate Kailas Uddhavrao More, who has raised the issue of admitting girls in RIMC, Dehradun.

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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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