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New Delhi: The Indian Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh asserted that India gave a befitting reply to the ceaseless firing and infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at the 68th Army Day parade today, General Singh said, “the continuing cross-border firing and infiltration bids have kept the Line of Control active. You (Army) have given a befitting reply to the enemy at the border”.

The General further claimed that “vigilance” along the “border and other difficult areas”, has brought down infiltration.

“We have also caught large number of terrorists in surgical operations and killed many of their key leaders. We have also recovered large quantity of explosives,” he mentioned.

The Army chief said the operations were done “maintaining the human rights standards”.

The general added that despite the counter-infiltration and counter-terrorist operations, the Indian Army has taken care of its primary role and is always ready to face any challenge.

Talking about China, General Singh said India wants “constructive engagement” and the understanding between armies on both sides has improved.

“On the northern front, India wants constructive engagement with China. Both sides are adopting confidence-building measures to reduce tension at the border.”

He, however, added that infiltration continues in the “disputed areas” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and patrolling continues from our side.

“However there is improvement in the understanding between the two armies,” he said.

The Army Day is celebrated on January 15, every year to commemorate the day when Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 1949. He took over the position from General Sir Francis Butcher.

Along with General Singh, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan were also present at the parade, along with other senior Army officers and delegates from different countries.

The Army Chief also inspected a parade, which showcased marching contingents including the Dog Contingent of Indian Army.

Mechanised columns on display included T-90 tanks, Brahmos missiles, and Aakash missile systems.

The parade was followed by a display by motorcycle team of the Indian Army, and a combat drill that brought alive a surgical operation.(IANS)

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Prime Minister celebrates Diwali with Soldiers at LoC

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Facebook

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)

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For the first time, 874 Women will join the Military Police: Indian Army sanctions

Each year 52 new women jawans will be included in Military Police

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Indian Army sanctioned that 874 Women will join the Military Police
Indian Army sanctioned that 874 Women will join the Military Police. Wikimedia

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.

Also Read: Dubai-based Indian Painter Akbar Saheb to draw a Masterpiece in Tribute to the Indian Army

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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Dubai-based Indian Painter Akbar Saheb to draw a Masterpiece in Tribute to the Indian Army

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.

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  • Indian painter based in Dubai, Akbar Saheb, is creating a masterpiece in tribute to the Indian Army
  • The tribute comes as the Independence Day of India nears
  • During Modi’s 2015 UAE visit, the artist gifted the PM a series of paintings

August 11, 2017: A Dubai-based Indian painter will be showcasing his artwork here inspired by the hardships and sacrifices of Indian Army personnel ahead of India’s Independence Day next week.

Artist Akbar Saheb hails from Karnataka and his latest paintings dedicated to the Indian armed forces will be unveiled over the weekend, Khaleej Times reported on Thursday.

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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.

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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)