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“This is significant because the Department of Defence places a high value of supporting free exercise of religion of its personnel”

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Musicians perform at a celebration of the Sikh new year, Vaisakhi, at the Pentagon , source amry.mil
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Washington: The harvest festival of Punjab (India) ,Vaisakhi was commemorated at Pentagon for the 3rd successive year, signifying that U.S Defence Department places high value on supporting free exercise of religion of its personnel.

“This is significant because the Department of Defence places a high value of supporting free exercise of religion of its personnel,” Pentagon Chaplain Kenneth R Williams told PTI in an interview on 2nd May 2016 as he helped in organizing the Vaisakhi celebration.

“We are honoured to celebrate Vaisakhi here at the Pentagon, which is not only the birthday of the Sikh religion but also the day that Guru Gobind Singh set us on the path to be Sikh soldiers and warriors,” said Major Kamal Kalsi, one of the Sikhs who have been allowed to serve in the US armed forces remaining intact with his religious symbols.

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Kalsi also thanked the Pentagon Chaplin’s office for being so supportive of this Vaisakhi celebration, which is the most important festival among the Sikh community.

Petty Officer Guldeep Kaur Sindhu was the main speaker of event, who has served on active duty in the US Navy for 6 years.

The director of the Sikh Heritage Museum in Canada, Pardeep Singh Nagra also spoke on the occasion that was marked by Kirtan and Ardaas.

(Inputs from PTI)

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  • Pritam Go Green

    This is really a great news .As an Indian i feel really proud to the United States is giving room to all these cultures.

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India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-V ballistic missile

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources said the Nirbhay missile test was "successful".(Representative image) VOA
  • India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
  • This was the fifth test that missile underwent
  • With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia

India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.

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India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons
India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons

She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.

“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.

India is developing new technologies everyday to strengthen its defence.
India is developing new technologies every day to strengthen its defence.

Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.

The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.

In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.

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With this missile, India joins the super-exclusive club of ICBM (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) capable countries of the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. IANS

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