October 3, 2016: A stone was thrown during the otherwise lowkey Retreat ceremony on Sunday evening at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, about 30 km from here, BSF sources said. No one was injured in the incident.
Even as the stone thrown from the Pakistan side landed in the Indian territory and a section of Pakistani spectators raised anti-India and pro-Kashmir slogans, the ceremony carried out by border guards of both the countries continued.
The sources said the Border Security Force (BSF) immediately sought a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers but there was no immediate response from them.
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The BSF had on Thursday suspended the ceremony following escalation in tensions between both nuclear neighbours after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads.
The Punjab Police is also investigating the sighting of two balloons and a pigeon in the border areas of Pathankot district.
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“Messages in Urdu were attached to the balloons and the pigeon in which India was warned on behalf of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations about terror strikes in future,” a Punjab Police officer said. (IANS)
Srinagar, October 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in the border town of Gurez to celebrate Diwali with soldiers protecting the country’s borders.
Official reports said in summer capital Srinagar that the Prime Minister arrived at the Dawar Brigade headquarters of the Indian Army in Gurez border town on Thursday to celebrate Diwali with soldiers protecting the Line of Control (LoC).
Sources here said the Prime Minister is also visiting the far-flung Tulial area near the LoC in Gurez sector to spend some time with the soldiers there.
A day ahead of Modi’s visit, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat had visited the area on Wednesday to review the security situation in the Kashmir valley.(IANS)
New Delhi, India, September 9, 2017: Opening more doors of opportunity for women in the force, the Indian Army has inducted 874 women in Corps of Military Police.
It’s another cause of celebration for womenfolk as on 7th September India saw Nirmala Sitharaman become the first full-time woman Defence Minister. This is a praise worthy move taken in the direction of promoting the entry of more women in the armed forces.
The major decision has been taken by the Indian Army to include 874 women jawans in Military Police. Not only this, each year 52 new women jawans will be included in Military Police.
As per an Army briefing on 8th September, the Adjutant General of Army Lt. General Ashwani Kumar said that a need for inclusion of women personnel was felt because of investigation of the cases dealing with gender-based allegations and crime. It felt like an important step to include women corps in the Military Police.
To join the military police, women will have to go through the training period of 62 weeks, the same duration is required for training of male soldiers. The process of including w the men in the military police will get started from 2018 as its modes are being worked out.
Additionally, Lt. Gen. Ashwani Kumar also talked about the established of 2 new state of the art centres in Guwahati and Bhopal, so that the childless couple need not have to unduly wait for their turn. These centres are established in addition to the existing ones which are in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai.
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Saheb gifted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a series of paintings during his 2015 visit to the United Arab Emirates. He also gained the distinction of being the only artist with illustrations in Modi’s book, Mann Ki Baat, unveiled in May in New Delhi.
He said Indian Army personnel face lot of hardships while serving the country.
“India has borders with Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Nepal. The Indian soldiers are securing our country and our lives. There are a lot of terrorist attacks too. But, still, the soldiers everywhere are taking care of our country,” he told the daily in an interview.
“In places like Kargil, it is so cold that they can’t even breathe properly. They have to be alert 24 hours a day no matter what. If they are neglectful, they might take a bullet.”
“They are struggling a lot. But the normal public doesn’t really think about the soldiers, or what they are doing,” the artist said.
After the weekend exhibit, Saheb plans to put the paintings on the auction block, with all the proceeds going to a charity that focuses on helping Indian soldiers and their families.
Many of his paintings, Saheb noted, are inspired by a longing for his homeland. “I miss my country. I miss the culture. There are thousands and thousands of languages, and that sort of culture is what I miss,” he said.
He came to the UAE more than 20 years ago and composed well over 1,000 works of art on a variety of topics.
Saheb’s other notable works are paintings dedicated to the UAE’s leadership as to Emirati soldiers martyred during Yemen conflict in 2015. (IANS)