LEH(LADAKH): Lauding the participation of women in the Indian Army, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the view of women soldiers on the battlefield at the border is inspiring. "I am looking at women soldiers in front of me. On the battlefield at the border, this view is inspiring....Today I speak of your glory and commend you," the Prime Minister said addressing soldiers in Ladakh's Nimu. Accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Prime Minister paid a surprise visit to Ladakh today and was briefed by senior officers at Nimu amid ongoing tension with China. Speaking at Nimu, the Prime Minister lauded the soldiers and said that the
LEH LADAKH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the soldiers at Nimmoo in Leh said that the tales of bravery displayed by the 14 Corps will echo in every home. "The bravery and dedication you show is not lesser than anyone else in the world. At the position where you are, no one in the world can compete with that. Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today," the Prime Minister said. "It is not only me but the whole country has that trusts you. The bravery of the 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere and the tales of your bravery will echo in each house. The world has seen your bravery," he
JAMMU: At least two Pakistan soldiers were killed and several bunkers destroyed in retaliatory action by the Indian Army against the ceasefire violation by Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) in three sectors of Poonch district in Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing with small arms along LoC in Shahpur and Kirni sectors of Poonch at about 9.30am, an Army spokesman said. Indian Army fired at Pakistan posts in Rakh Chikri area in retaliation, which killed two Pakistani soldiers of the 10 Baloch Regiment, the Army spokesman said. "No major loss or injury was reported on Indian side,” the spokesman said. There has been a spurt in Pakistani shelling along the LoC and international border in
NEW DELHI: The country’s defence establishment is finalising a plan to send a dozen new high-speed interceptor boats armed with the latest surveillance gear to Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a fierce confrontation since early May. Sources said the Indian Army does have 17 QRT (quick-reaction team) boats for patrolling the lake located an altitude of 13,900-feet since 2012-2013, but the need has been felt to further augment the force’s capabilities to match the heavier Type-928B patrol boats being used by the People’s Liberation Army there. “But the plan will face a huge logistical challenge because it will be extremely tough to transport the new boats or fast-interceptor crafts to the
JAMMU: Security forces foiled an infiltration bid early on Wednesday morning and killed a terrorist along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri area of Bhimber Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. A joint security operation was launched close to the LoC in Keri area based on specific intelligence inputs. “Around 5.55am, a group of terrorists tried to sneak into the Indian territory on this side of the Line of Control,” Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said. “The terrorists were seen crossing the LoC and alert troops of the Indian Army foiled the infiltration bid, resulting in killing of one terrorist,” he said and added that one AK-47 and two magazines were recovered in the search
NEW DELHI: At a time when escalated border tensions near Ladakh have led to build-up by defence forces of India and China, fresh satellite images show that China has expanded its heliport located 21.3 km north east from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Pangong Tso area. The images show that no new heliport has been constructed. Latest satellite images accessed by TOI also show that China has revamped another old helibase and new infrastructure has been added. The helibase is located in Pishan County, Hotan in Xinjiang, 176 kilometres north of Galwan. The new images were taken on June 22 this year and compared with those taken in 2017. Defence experts, however, said that India with two helipads
NEW DELHI: The Indian Army will procure multipurpose survival kits for foot soldiers as part of its infantry modernisation plan, said Army sources on Monday. The sources stated that the Army will be floating an open tender to procure these kits in which foreign vendors will also be able to bid. Each such kit should consist of components such as drop point blade, wire cutter, electric wire stripper, flat blade screwdriver and can opener, the sources noted. The Indian Army has drawn a mega plan for infantry modernisation under which various equipment are being procured.
MOSCOW: : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in Moscow for a three-day visit, held a meeting with Myanmar's Military Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. "Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh had a meeting with Myanmar's Military Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Moscow," RMO tweeted. Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh had a meeting with Myanmar’s Military Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Mos… https://t.co/ujUVjnYlxO— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) 1593059660000 On Wednesday, Singh attended the Victory Day Parade in Moscow marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. A majestic tri-service contingent of the Indian military marched at Victory day parade at Red Square Moscow as Russia marks 75th anniversary of the victory
NAGPUR: The Indian Army had not placed an order with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for production of six of the 45 products that have been flagged as being in short supply by the department of defence production (DDP) in a recent communication, sources said. The DDP had sent the letter keeping in mind the faceoff with China in Ladakh and the call by the unions for an indefinite strike against the government’s move to corporatise the ordnance factories. Sources at the OFB told TOI that it was found that indents for six items had not been placed by the Army. Unless an order is placed, the factories cannot go ahead with production. “The Army has not placed any order
NEW DELHI: Indian armed forces personnel, who need to be quarantined after coming back from leave or temporary posting, will not be required to undergo Covid-19 testing before, during and after the quarantine period unless symptomatic, according to a revised protocol. The revised protocol, issued by the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS), aims to contain the spread of coronavirus in the armed forces. "As per the revised policy, Indian Army personnel will undergo 14 days of quarantine on returning from leave or reporting on temporary duty/permanent posting. They will not be tested before, during or after quarantine unless symptomatic," Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said. The revised protocol also recommended avoiding short duration duties of up to seven
LEH: BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal had a meeting with Army Chief Gen M M Naravane here and asserted that the people of the Union Territory stand with the Indian Army and "any threat to sovereignty and territorial integrity will be fought back with equal force", officials said on Wednesday. The Army chief is currently on a two-day visit to Ladakh to review the overall situation in the wake of the recent violent face-off with the Chinese troops which left 20 Indian Army personnel dead. At the meeting between Gen M M Naravane and the MP on Tuesday, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, northern command, Lt Gen Y K Joshi and Leh-based 14 Corps commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh were
NEW DELHI: Amid escalated tension along the LAC in Ladakh following clashes with Chinese troops which led to the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been raising questions on the actions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the latest IANS CVoter snap poll, only about 39 per cent people trust Rahul Gandhi when it comes to national security, while 61 per cent do not trust him. Only 14.4 per cent people said that they trust Rahul Gandhi to a great extent, while 24.3 per cent said they trust him to some extent. As many as 61.3 per cent said that they do not trust Rahul Gandhi at all on the issue of
NEW DELHI: Army Chief Gen M M Naravane on Wednesday visited various forward areas in eastern Ladakh and took stock of the Army's combat preparedness in the region in the wake of the bitter border standoff with China. Gen Naravane arrived in Leh on Tuesday on a two-day visit. The Chief of Army Staff reviewed the overall security situation in the region with Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, commander of the 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh and other senior Army officials on Tuesday afternoon. "General M M Naravane #COAS visited forward areas in Eastern #Ladakh and reviewed operational situation on the ground. #COAS commended the troops for their high morale and exhorted them to continue working
LADAKH: On the second day of his two-day visit to Ladakh to review the on-ground situation and the progress in talks with the Chinese military, Army Chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday is on a visit to the forward locations in the Eastern Ladakh area. The Army chief will also interact with troops on the ground. "On a two-day visit to Ladakh, Army Chief General MM Naravane is on a visit to the forward locations in the Eastern Ladakh area today. The chief will also interact with troops on the ground there," Army sources said. The Army Chief on Tuesday departed for Leh to review the on-ground situation and the progress in talks with the Chinese military.
NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese armies have arrived at a consensus to "disengage" from all friction points in eastern Ladakh at a marathon meeting of top military commanders of the two sides on Monday, official sources said. The talks were held in a "cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere" and it was decided that modalities for disengagement from all areas in eastern Ladakh will be taken forward by both the sides, they said. LAC face-off: Live updatesOn Monday, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, the commander of the 14 Corps, held a nearly 11-hour meeting with commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin in an attempt to lower the temperature between the two sides. India-China border stand-off: Complete coverageThe talks
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the current crisis on the border with China is attributable to the mismanagement of the BJP-led government and the wrong policies pursued by it. The crisis on the border, if not tackled firmly, can lead to a serious situation, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) - the 3,500-km de-facto border with China. Addressing the meeting, Gandhi also hit out at the government for "mercilessly" raising petrol and diesel prices for 17 consecutive days, even when global prices of crude oil were coming down. "India has been hit by a terrible economic crisis,
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that "we stand united against the Chinese attack". However, he asked the central government if China has occupied Indian land in Ladakh. "We stand united against the attack by China. Has China occupied Indian land?" the Congress leader tweeted (translated from Hindi). चीनी आक्रमण के ख़िलाफ़ हम एकजुट खड़े हैं।क्या भारतीय ज़मीन पर चीन ने कब्ज़ा किया है? https://t.co/YCEd0P20aU— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1592880414000 He also posted a picture captured by his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Earlier on Monday, he had targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statement that Chinese troops did not intrude into the Indian territory and asked: "why is China praising PM Modi
NEW DELHI: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane will visit Ladakh on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss with ground commanders the six-week standoff with Chinese military, Army sources said. The Chief of the Army Staff will visit forward locations and interact with troops on the ground, they said. The visit comes a week after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in a brutal assault by the Chinese military in Galwan Valley which escalated the border tension.
KOLKATA: Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna (retired), a former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army's Eastern Command, took over as the chief commissioner of West Bengal Right to Public Service Commission on Monday, an official said here. Governor Jagdeep Dhankar administered the oath of office to Krishna at Raj Bhavan, Manab Bandopadhyay, his press secretary, said. Speaker Biman Banerjee, Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pande and senior officials of the state government were also present at the oath-taking ceremony, he said. Lt General Krishna retired as the GOC-in-C of the Central Command on September 30, 2019. Prior to that, he was the GOC-in-C of the Kolkata- headquartered Eastern Command from August 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
NEW DELHI: After former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh targetted the Centre over India-China border tension asserting that "disinformation was no substitute for either diplomacy or decisive leadership", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he hopes Prime Minister Narendra Modi will follow Singh's advice for the country's betterment. Taking To Twitter, Gandhi scion shared statement of Dr Singh and wrote: "Important advice by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. For the betterment of India, I hope the Prime Minister will follow his advice humbly." Ex-PM Manmohan Singh on Monday urged all Indians to "stand together as a nation and be united" in response to China "brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of Indian territory." This is a moment where
JAMMU: Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed mortar shells at forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts on Monday in violation of a ceasefire agreement, officials said. "At about 0330 hours today, Pak army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Krishnagati Sector in Poonch district," a defense spokesman said. The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he said. Exchange of fire was going on when last reports came in from the area, the spokesman said. "Again at about 0530 hours Pak army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector, district Rajouri," he said. Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire agreement three
CHANDIGARH: The SAD on Sunday accused Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh of "undermining" the Government of India with his statements aimed at "inflaming passions" and asked him to leave soldiering to the Army. Following the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent clash with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, the CM had questioned the Centre on why no orders were given to fire at the Chinese in the face of such a brutal attack and also said the Government of India's policy should be, "if they kill one of ours, we should kill five of theirs." Singh had also urged the Centre to change its policy to allow soldiers at the borders to open fire in
LEH: A councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Kargil was arrested early on Saturday after his highly objectionable audio clip mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Army in the wake of the recent face-off between India and China went viral on social media, officials said. The action against Zakir Hussain, a councillor from Shakar constituency in Kargil district, followed registration of an FIR against him by police on Friday even as the councillor submitted a public apology over his remarks, the officials said. Hussain, a long time Congress activist, was expelled by the party on the issue, while both LAHDC Leh and Kargil said the entire population of Ladakh has been patriotic and always fully behind the Army
LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the nation stands with the government against Chinese incursions but the people must be told the truth about Galwan Valley clash that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead. In a tweet in English, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said: "The nation stands with the govt against Chinese incursions. But was the incident in which our soldiers were martyred an incursion? If not then why did MEA ask for status quo ante? Is the Galwan Valley Indian or not?" "We do not need clarifications. We need the truth," he said. Twenty Indian Army personnel including a colonel were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark on the Galwan valley conflict with China has left practically everyone baffled and bewildered. PM Modi had, after an all-party meeting about the LAC row, said that neither has anyone intruded into the Indian territory nor has anyone captured any military posts. "At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister made his concluding remarks. These remarks have left practically everyone baffled and bewildered. The PM said no outsider was inside Indian territory in Ladakh," Chidambaram said in a press conference here. He said that Modi's statement contradicted the earlier statements made by the Chief of Army Staff, the Defence Minister,
SRINAGAR: The Ladakh police registered a case on Friday against Kargil Congress councillor Zakir Hussain for allegedly making controversial remarks about the India-China face-off during a telephone chat with Nisar Ahmad Khan, a Congress member located in Srinagar.Meanwhile, J&K Congress head G A Mir expelled Nisar Ahmad Khan from primary membership of the party while the Congress high command distanced itself from the remarks. BJP party activists, led by Ladakh BJP MP Jamgyang Tsering Namgyal, held protests in Leh and demanded action against Zakir Hussain. In a recording of the conversation, Zakir Hussain is alleged to have said China would break Ladakh into 1,000 pieces and that Modi kept talking about surgical strikes while China captured Indian territory. Hussain is
SRINAGAR: The Ladakh police registered a case on Friday against Kargil Congress councillor Zakir Hussain for making allegedly controversial remarks about the India-China face-off during a telephone chat with Nisar Ahmad Khan, a Congress member located in Srinagar. A recording, alleged to be of the conversation, has gone viral on social media. Meanwhile, J&K Congress head G A Mir expelled Nisar Ahmad Khan of Batmaloo from primary membership of the party while the Congress high command distanced itself from the remarks against Indian soldiers and the country in the alleged conservation. Zakir Hussain is a councillor in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development council, Kargil. BJP party activists, led by Ladakh BJP MP Jamgyang Tsering Namgyal, held protests in Leh and
JAMMU: A massive forest fire broke out early on Friday from across the Line of Control (LoC) and spread towards the Indian side in Mankote sector of Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district. The fire triggered some landmine blasts. “However, there was no loss of life or damage to any forward defence locations in the fire,” a security source said, adding that forest officials and Army personnel are trying to douse the fire. A similar forest fire on May 29 along the LoC in Poonch district had triggered several landmine blasts. The May 29 fire had also started across the LoC and spread to the Indian side in Balakote sector. Landmines are planted routinely near the LoC by security forces to
SRINAGAR: Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir by firing mortar shells towards Indian positions on Friday, Army officials said. "On 19 June 2020, in the evening hours, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation (CFV) along the LoC in Tangdhar sector by firing mortars and other weapons," the officials said. They said the Indian Army gave a befitting response to the violations. There were no reports of casualties in the incident.
BENGALURU: Amid calls for boycott of Chinese products in the backdrop of Indo-China border faceoff, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy sought to know from the BJP government in Karnataka the status of the "Compete with China" policy brought during the previous JD(S)-Congress rule. Boycotting Chinese products was not easy like sloganeering but required a creative policy and the coalition government's initiative was a model for it, he said in a series of tweets. "After the border skirmish, some people got the realisation to boycott the Chinese products but during my tenure (as chief minister) a serious thought was given to it," the JD(S) leader said. He was apparently referring to growing clamour for boycott of China-made products after a
BEIJING: China on Friday said that “presently”, it has not detained any Indian soldiers, amidst reports that the Chinese military took some Indian troops captive after a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15. The brief statement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian came a day after the Indian Army said that all Indian soldiers involved in the clashes with the Chinese army at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night have been accounted for. “As far as I know, China presently has not detained any Indian personnel,” Zhao told a media briefing here while answering questions on the tense standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops at the Galwan Valley. Asked if there
NEW DELHI: A group of people from Northeast India protested against China in southwest Delhi on Friday over the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent border clash in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley, police said. Around 20 members of Voice of Northeast, an organisation working for the people of the region, staged the protest at Teen Murti Marg, they said. They shouted slogans against China and left after 15 minutes. They had masks and maintained social distancing. No one was detained, a senior police official said. On Monday night, 20 Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly
NEW DELHI: The US Embassy here on Friday condoled the death of Indian soldiers, killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, and said their bravery will not be forgotten. Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region. "The US Mission in India sends our heartfelt condolences to the families of the soldiers who were lost at Galwan. Their bravery and courage will not be forgotten," US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted. The casualties from the clashes on the Chinese side are not
JAMMU: Pakistani troops shelled forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Friday, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army, officials said. "At around 1045 hours, Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and resorting to intense shelling of mortars along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district," a defence spokesperson said. "The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly," the spokesperson said. The firing and shelling was on till last reports came in.
NEW DELHI: The all-party meeting, called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation at the border areas with China, is scheduled to be held on Friday at 5 pm. "In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 pm on June 19. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting," PMO had tweeted. The meeting was called after at least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer, had lost their lives in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley area of Ladakh on June 15. India had said that the violent face-off happened in Ladakh's
NEW DELHI: Face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops in sensitive areas of eastern Ladakh have become frequent but these clashes are seen as the outcome of India’s improved patrolling due to better infrastructure, which has been built in the past few years. Government sources said frequent face-offs were not necessarily a sign of weakness or bad relations, but indicated a greater ability on the part of the Indian Army to monitor, detect and respond to PLA patrolling. As infrastructure keeps improving, these possibilities will only increase, sources said. “To trace the genesis of this infrastructure creation, one has to go back to 2014. One of the first decisions of the Modi government was to issue a general approval in July
CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday asked “why no orders to fire at the Chinese were given” in the face of the brutal attack on Indian soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley and said “somebody failed to do his job out there”. “What were they doing sitting out there while their colleagues were getting killed,” he said in an official statement. If the unit was armed, as is being claimed now, the second-in-command should have ordered firing the moment the commanding officer fell to the Chinese treachery, said Amarinder Singh. “The nation wants to know why our men did not retaliate in the way they are trained to do, and why they did not open fire if they were
NEW DELHI: Five of the 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, who died fighting Chinese troops in Ladakh, were laid to rest at their native places on Thursday amid patriotic slogans, gun salutes and barely held back tears. The mortal remains of the other soldiers are being taken to their villages and it is expected that their last rites will be performed on Friday with full military honours. The Indian Army personnel were killed in a fierce clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. Several leaders across the country also paid tributes to the 20 soldiers - five from Bihar, four from Punjab, two each from Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, and one
LADAKH: The grandson of Ghulam Rasool Galwan, after whom the Galwan Valley was named, Amin Galwan said on Thursday that a "war between India and China is not a solution and the issue should be resolved with talks". When asked how India should respond to the violent face-off in Galwan Valley on June 15, Amin told ANI, "War is not a solution as it causes loss to everyone and the issue should be resolved through talks." Three days ago, 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer, lost their lives in a violent face-off in the Galwan valley area of Ladakh on June 15. The violent face-off happened in Galwan valley as a result of an attempt by the
NEW DELHI: The Indian Army on Thursday clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action after the clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan valley of Ladakh on the intervening night of June 15-16. "With reference to the article 'In China - India Clash, Two Nationalist Leaders with Little Room to Give' by New York Times dated June 17, 2020, it is clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action," Indian Army said in a statement. The New York Times had reported that a few Indian soldiers were missing in action after the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan valley. At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer,
NEW DELHI: All Indian troops guarding the border with China carry arms, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday, replying to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's poser that why Army personnel in Galwan Valley were sent "unarmed to martyrdom". The minister said armies of the two sides do not use firearms as per provisions of two bilateral agreements sealed in 1996 and 2005. "Let us get the facts straight. All troops on border duty always carry arms, especially when leaving post. Those at Galwan on 15 June did so. Long-standing practice (as per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not to use firearms during faceoffs," Jaishankar tweeted. Earlier, Gandhi questioned why Indian soldiers were sent "unarmed to martyrdom" in Ladakh and who
NEW DELHI: Union minister Ramdas Athawale has said all restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down and products made in China should be boycotted. His comments come after 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent clash with the Chinese army in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. "China is a country that betrays. India should boycott all products that are made in China. Chinese food and all restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down," Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, said in a tweet. Twenty Indian Army personnel including a colonel were killed in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern
NEW DELHI: Republican Party of India (RPI-A) leader Ramdas Athawale on Thursday warned China not to enter Indian territory, stating that a war would prove very costly for both the countries. "They took Buddha from us, once entire China was Buddhist. But, currently, they have turned Communist. But we don't want 'yuddha' (war) with them. We want peace with China. A war will prove costly for both, they need to rethink this," Athawale told ANI here. "They should stop doing these activities (on the border). They have no right to come on our border, 'humare aangan me unka kya kaam hai' (what is your job in our area). If we are not attempting to control your area, why are you
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has said that at least four civilians were killed in alleged firing by the Indian security forces along the LoC. Spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces. Major General Babar Iftikhar, said that the firing targeted the civilian population in Nikial and Bagsar sectors along the Line of Control. “Indian Army troops initiated unprovoked CFV (ceasefire violations) in Nikial & Bagsar sectors along the LoC targeting civilian population,” he said in a statement. Four civilians including a woman in Ratta Jabbar and Lewana Khaiter village were killed while another was injured, the officer said. The spokesman further said that the Pakistan Army troops “responded effectively to the Indian firing”.
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned why Indian soldiers were sent "unarmed to martyrdom" in Ladakh and how dare China kill them, a day after asking the defence minister why he did not name China in his tweet and why it took him two days to condole the deaths of 20 Army personnel. Gandhi also shared on Twitter an interview of a retired Army officer who has worked in the area where the India-China violent stand-off took place on Monday night. The former Congress president has been questioning the government over the martyrdom of Indian soldiers and has demanded answers from the prime minister. On Wednesday, he asked Defence Minister Rajnath Singh why did he "insult" the
NAINITAL: As tensions on the Sino-India border escalate after 20 Indian Army personnel including a Colonel, were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh, veterans who had participated in the 1962 India-China war, recalled the conflict with Chinese forces 58 years ago. Air Marshal BD Jayal (retired), 84, a former Air Force pilot who was serving in the eastern sector when the ’62 war broke out, added that the present aggression by China is happening because “it sees itself as a regional superpower and potential global superpower and wants to keep India in check. China is facing flak from almost every major country and therefore it is acting in this manner. It is in its interest to
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday asked PM Modi to tell the country how China managed to intrude into Indian territory and kill 20 soldiers, underlining that the “enemy” has been sitting on Indian soil for 45 days. On the day Congress sought to corner the Modi government for “hiding” and urged him to “stand up to China”, the AICC chief paid homage to the martyred soldiers and asked the PM questions about the developments on China front and what the government’s “thinking and policy” was to deal with the situation. “For last one month and half, China’s army has intruded into Indian territory in Ladakh. Today, when the country is outraged by this incident, the PM should
NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday took strong exception to China claiming sovereignty over the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, saying its "exaggerated and untenable claims" are contrary to the understanding reached on the issue between the two sides. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava's response came after China claimed that the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh is a part of its territory. "As we have conveyed earlier today, External Affairs Minister and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China had a phone conversation on recent developments in Ladakh," Srivastava said late Wednesday night. "Both sides have agreed that the overall situation should be handled in a responsible manner and that the understandings reached between Senior Commanders on 6th
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said India will always remain indebted to its soldiers who lost their lives in Ladakh's Galwan protecting the country's territory, and their bravery reflects the country's commitment towards the motherland. In a series of tweets, Shah said the pain of losing the brave soldiers at Ladakh's Galwan cannot be put in words. "India will always remain indebted for their supreme sacrifice. Entire nation and Modi government stands firmly with their families in this hour of grief. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured," he said. The home minister said the nation salutes the immortal heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep Indian territory safe and secure. "Their bravery reflects India's
NEW DELHI: Major General-level talks are being held between India and China in the Galwan valley to further defuse the situation after the violent face-off between the troops on June 15-16, according to Army sources. The violent clash started on late evening and night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India had said on Tuesday. At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in the violent face-off, government sources had revealed and added that
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday expressed grief over the death of Indian soldiers during the face-off with the Chinese army at Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh. Taking to Twitter, the Union Minister said, "The loss of soldiers in Galwan is deeply disturbing and painful. Our soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army." "The Nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers. The nation stand shoulder to shoulder with them in this difficult hour. We are proud of the bravery and courage of India's breavehearts," he said in another tweet.
WASHINGTON: The United States is closely monitoring the situation following a fierce clash between Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh and hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully, officials said here. Twenty Indian Army personnel including a colonel were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region. "We are closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control," a State Department spokesperson said. "We note the Indian military has announced that 20 soldiers have died, and we offer our condolences to their
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday questioned the prime minister's silence on the "intrusion of foreign troops" and said it was worrying for the country. He said the nation is waiting for an official statement from the ministry of defence or Army headquarters. "Will it come tonight?" "The PM has maintained a worrying silence since May 5. Can you imagine any other Head of Government not saying a word for 7 weeks since the intrusion of foreign troops into a country," the former Union minister asked on Twitter. पीएम ने 5 मई से एक चिंताजनक चुप्पी बनाई हुई है। क्या आप कल्पना कर सकते हैं कि किसी अन्य देश के प्रमुख ने देश में वि… https://t.co/druVD6U6qo—
SRINAGAR: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said if the Chinese can "shoot dead" three Indian soldiers during the 'de-escalation process', one can imagine how serious the situation must have been in the first place. Earlier in the day, the Indian Army said an officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday. According to official sources, there was no firing between the two sides. "If the Chinese shoot dead an Indian army colonel and two jawans during a 'de-escalation process' imagine how escalated the situation must be in the first place," Abdullah said in a tweet. Since heard no shooting took place. The deaths were the
BEIJING: Chinese foreign minister on Tuesday claimed that Indian troops had "crossed the border twice" which lead to the physical clashes between the two countries at the Galawn Valley, Ladakh. "Indian troops on Monday seriously violated consensus of the two sides by illegally crossing the border twice and carrying out provocative attacks on Chinese soldiers, resulting in serious physical clashes," China's Global Times quoted Foreign Minister Wang Yi as saying. "China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation," Chinese foreign minister added. China's Foreign Minister also said that China and the Indian side agreed
NEW DELHI: Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in Ladakh's Galwan Valley and other areas after the violent face-off last night in which casualties have been suffered by both sides, army sources said on Tuesday. Indian Army has amended its statement regarding the face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel, saying that "casualties suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley. According to the Indian Army, the face-off took place on Monday night. "The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said in a statement and added that senior
NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and external affairs minister (eam) Dr S Jaishankar over the recent developments in Eastern Ladakh on Tuesday. During the ongoing de-escalation process, a violent face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel, including an officer and two soldiers, in Galwan Valley, Ladakh. Read also: Army officer, 2 jawans killed in violent face-off with Chinese troopsAccording to the Indian Army, the face-off took place on Monday night, leading to "casualties on both sides." "The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said
PITHORAGARH: More than 1,600 ex-Indian Army personnel, mainly those Nepalese citizens who had served as soldiers in the Gorkha Regiment, have been unable to draw pension for the past three months as the India-Nepal border is lying closed due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown. These personnel (or their widows), who are residents of Baitadi and Darchula districts of Nepal that border Pithoragarh district, get their pension deposited in the State Bank of India (SBI) on the Indian side of the border at places like Jhulaghat, Jauljibi and Dharchula. Kamlesh Joshi, manager of SBI, Jhulaghat, told TOI that in his branch, there are 700 accounts of Nepalese personnel who have served in the Indian Army and an equal number at the
JAMMU: An Army personnel was killed and two others were injured as Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday. This is the third fatality in the Pakistani firing and shelling on forward posts and villages in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri this month. The officials said the latest firing and shelling from across the border took place in Shahpur-Kerni sector on Saturday night, drawing strong retaliation by the Indian Army. Three Indian Army personnel were injured in the Pakistani firing and were immediately evacuated to hospital, where one of them succumbed to injuries, the officials said. They said the casualties suffered
SRINAGAR: Continuing its outreach efforts to help and support people in the Valley, the Indian Army with support from corporates distributed relief items to the needy in Tanghadar, Machil, upper reaches of Gulmarg and other far-flung areas of Kashmir under Operation Sadbhavana. The Indian Army under Operation Sadbhavana has started disturbing relief and items among the poor people living in border areas of Kashmir Valley amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown. People living in higher reaches of Gulmarg and people residing in Machil areas of LoC in Tanghdar area of Kupwara district were given relief by the Indian army. Locals expressed their gratitude towards the Army's contribution. "This will definitely help," said Choudhary Ghulam Qadir (Sarpanch of Village
SHOPIAN (JAMMU AND KASHMIR): Acting on an intelligence input, Indian Army personnel launched an operation on Saturday in Maldera village of Shopian district to flush out terrorists holed up inside the region. "Joint Operation launched at forenoon today on intelligence input. Cordon was laid & contact established. A firefight ensued," tweeted Chinar Corps - Indian Army. The operation is still underway. More details in this regard are awaited.
KOLKATA: The Army was deployed in Kolkata and neighbouring districts on Saturday for restoration of essential infrastructure and services in the wake of the destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan, a defence official said. Five columns of the Army were deployed in different parts of the city and North and South 24 Parganas districts, he said. These three parts of the state reported the maximum damage due to the cyclone. The deployment was made following a request by the West Bengal government, according to the official. "The Indian Army has provided three columns to assist the Kolkata city administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan," he said. Army personnel equipped with road and tree clearance equipment were deployed at Tollygunge,
Representative imageNEW DELHI: India and Nepal seemed headed for a diplomatic showdown with Nepalese PM K P Oli declaring in Parliament on Tuesday the Kalapani area under India’s administrative control in Pithoragarh district belonged “indisputably” to Nepal and his government was going to wrest control of it with political and diplomatic initiatives. This followed Oli’s cabinet’s endorsement of a new political map of Nepal which showed Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh as Nepal’s territory. He said the map would be released as early as Wednesday and that there would be celebrations across Nepal once it was endorsed by Parliament. While a formal response was awaited from the MEA, official sources here said India’s own political map released last year depicted its
Representative image JAMMU: The Pakistan Army on Tuesday shelled forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army, a defence spokesperson said. This is second ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the last 12 hours along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts. "At about 0730 hours today, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by small arm firing and mortar shelling along LoC in Sunderbani sector", the spokesperson said, adding the Indian Army retaliated befittingly. The cross-border shelling between the two sides was going on when last reports were received, the spokesperson said. There was no immediate report of any casualty during the Pakistani shelling. Pakistan had on Monday night opened fire and shelled
नई दिल्ली: सेना ने दावा किया है कि मई के पहले हफ्ते में पैदा हुआ भारत और चीन के बीच तनाव कम हो गया है. सेना के मुताबिक, पूर्वी लद्दाख में पेंगांग झील के किनारे भारतीय और चीनी सैनिक अपने-अपने इलाके में मौजूद हैं. भारत और चीन दोनों ही सेनाओं ने इलाके में अपने सैनिकों की तैनाती बढ़ा दी है. लाइन ऑफ एक्चुअल कंट्रोल यानी एलएसी के काफी पास चीनी हेलीकॉप्टर देखे जाने के बाद भारतीय वायुसेना ने अपने लड़ाकू विमानों को भी भेजा था. पूर्वी लद्दाख में 135 किमी लंबी पेंगांग झील के किनारे भारतीय और चीनी सैनिकों के बीच तनाव इस साल फरवरी में ही शुरू हो गया था, जब चीनी सैनिकों ने भारतीय सैनिकों फिंगर 2 इलाके में
नई दिल्ली: कोरोना वायरस के दौरान भी पाकिस्तान (Pakistan) कोई ना कोई नया राग अलापता ही रहता है. अब उसकी एयर फोर्स के जेट्स ने हंदवाड़ा आतंकी हमले के बाद से अपने क्षेत्र में पेट्रोलिंग बढ़ा दी है. जम्मू कश्मीर के हंदवाड़ा में आतंकियों के साथ मुठभेड़ में भारतीय सेना के कर्नल शहीद हो गए थे, इसके बाद से ही पाकिस्तानी एयर फोर्स ने फ्लाइंग ऑपरेशन बढ़ा दिए हैं. सरकार के एक टॉप सूत्र ने बताया कि घटना के समय पाकिस्तान एक एरियल एक्सरसाइज में था जिसकी भारत को पहले से जानकारी थी. सूत्र ने कहा कि भारतीय कर्नल के शहीद होने के बाद पाकिस्तानी एयरफोर्स ने अपने फाइटर एयरक्राफ्ट F-16s और JF-17 के साथ पेट्रोलिंग बढ़ा दी. जिसकी भारत लगातार सर्विलांस प्लेटफॉर्म्स
नई दिल्ली: हिजबुल मुजाहिदीन के सरगना आतंकवादी रियाज़ नायकू के मरने के बाद बौखलाए पाकिस्तान ने बुधवार दोपहर से ही एलओसी पर तेज़ गोलाबारी शुरू कर दी है. सेना के सूत्रों का कहना है कि पाकिस्तान की तरफ से की गई गोलाबारी का जवाब दिया जा रहा है. गोलाबारी की आड़ में आतंकवादियों की घुसपैठ की कोशिश की आशंका है इसलिए सेना ने नियंत्रण रेखा पर चौकसी बहुत सख्त कर दी है. सीमापार पाक अधिकृत कश्मीर में 400 से 500 आतंकवादियों को घुसपैठ के लिए तैयार रखा गया है. इनके निशाने पर सुरक्षा बलों के अलावा वो कश्मीरी भी हैं जो प्रशासन में महत्वपूर्ण पदों पर हैं. खुफिया सूत्रों के मुतबिक सभी मुख्य लांचिंग पैंड्स पर आतंकवादियों का जमावड़ा देखा जा
नई दिल्ली: भारतीय सेना (Indian Army) और भारतीय वायु सेना (IAF) के हेलीकॉप्टरों ने शुक्रवार को समुद्र तल के ऊपर 15,500 फीट की ऊंचाई पर फंसे हुए IAF हेलीकॉप्टर के चालक दल को खराब मौसम के बीच बचाया और उन्हें वहां से सफलतापूर्व निकालने में बड़ी कामयाबी हासिल की. इस बचाव दल में शामिल सेना और वायु सेना के हेलीकॉप्टर उत्तरी सिक्किम की उच्च ऊंचाई वाली आपातकालीन लैंडिंग साइट तक पहुंचे और बर्फीले तूफान का सामना करते हुए 4 IAF के जवान और एक एयर डिस्पैच कर्मी को बाहर निकाला. ये भी पढ़ें: भारत में दिखाया गया PoK के मौसम का हाल तो बौखला उठा पाकिस्तान बता दें कि, एक दिन पहले ही भारतीय वायु सेना का एक लड़ाकू विमान एमआई -17 हेलीकॉप्टर चैटन
अंवतीपोरा, जम्मू-कश्मीर: आतंकी रियाज नायकू के खात्मे के बाद पत्थरबाजों ने विलाप करना शुरू कर दिया है. हैरानी की बात ये है कि ये वही लोग थे, जिन्हें सुरक्षाबलों ने एनकाउंटर शुरू होने से पहले घरों से सुरक्षित बाहर निकाला था, ताकि इन लोगों पर कोई खतरा ना आए. लेकिन यही लोग बाद में सुरक्षाबलों पर पत्थर फेंक रहे थे. ये पत्थरबाज सुरक्षाबलों की गाड़ी पर पत्थरबाजी करने के साथ-साथ डंडों से हमला कर रहे थे. ये पत्थरबाज पुलवामा के बेगपुरा में उसी जगह पर हमला कर रहे थे, जहां पर रियाज नायकू का एनकाउंटर हुआ. इन पत्थरबाजों ने गाड़ी को चारों तरफ से घेर लिया था. कई पत्थरबाज सुरक्षाबलों की इस गाड़ी के ऊपर भी दिख रहे थे. आतंकी रियाज
आज हमारे शहीदों की आत्मा को थोड़ी शांति मिली होगी. आज हमारे शहीदों के परिवारों को थोड़ी संतुष्टि मिली होगी. क्योंकि हमारे जवानों ने कश्मीर में आतंक के एक बड़े चेहरे का नामोनिशान मिटा दिया है. आतंकी संगठन हिजबुल मुजाहिद्दीन का आखिरी बड़ा कमांडर रियाज नायकू आज मारा गया है. रियाज नायकू का एनकाउंटर सुरक्षा बलों के लिए कितनी बड़ी कामयाबी है इसका अंदाजा इसी बात से लगाया जा सकता है कि ये मोस्ट वांटेड आतंकवादियों की लिस्ट में था. जिसकी तलाश पिछले तीन साल से हो रही थी. इस आतंकी के सिर पर 12 लाख रुपये का इनाम घोषित था. ये कश्मीर में आतंक के पोस्टर ब्वॉय बुरहान वानी के मारे जाने के बाद हिजबुल मुजाहिद्दीन की रीढ़ की हड्डी
श्रीनगर: भारतीय सेना ने कोविड-19 (COVID-19) महामारी से निपटने के लिए कश्मीर स्वास्थ्य प्रशासन के सहयोग से सेना के जेकेएलआई मुख्यालय में कोविड अस्पताल बनाया है. 250 बेड का यह लेवल 1 और लेवल 2 अस्पताल श्रीनगर के ओल्ड एयर फील्ड मिलिट्री स्टेशन में कश्मीर के लोगों के लिए सेना और सिविल एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन द्वारा संयुक्त रूप से कोविड हेल्थकेयर सुविधा के तौर पर स्थापित किया गया है. कोविड हेल्थकेयर सुविधा को ऑपरेशन नमस्ते के तहत कोरोना वायरस महामारी से लड़ने के लिए सेना के चिनार कॉर्प्स और जम्मू-कश्मीर के स्वस्थ प्रशासन द्वारा संयुक्त रूप में स्थापित किया गया है. हेल्थकेयर फैसिलिटी को रिकॉर्ड समय में स्थापित किया गया है, जिसमें तीन मंजिला इमारत के साथ-साथ इस महामारी से निपटने के लिए
नई दिल्ली: कोरोना काल में खुद की जिंदगी दांव पर लगाकर लोगों की जिंदगी बचाने वाले कोरोना वॉरियर्स (Corona Warriors) को सेना ने सलाम किया है. आज (3 मई को) तीनों सेनाएं अपने-अपने तरह से कोरोना वॉरियर्स का सम्मान करेंगी. सुबह 9 बजे हेलीकॉप्टर से दिल्ली के पुलिस वॉर मेमोरियल (Police War Memorial) पर फूल बरसाए जाएंगे. जबकि 10 बजे से आसमान में सुखोई-30 और मिग-29 जैसे फाइटर जेट करतब दिखाएंगे. यह खूबसूरत नजारा लोग अपने घरों की छत से भी देक सकते हैं. इससे पहले इंडियन आर्मी (Indian Army) ने अपने ट्विटर अकाउंट पर कोरोना वॉरियर्स के सम्मान में एक वीडियो पोस्ट किया. आर्मी ने वीडियो पोस्ट करते हुए लिखा- कोरोना वॉरियर्स को भारत सलाम करता है. देश को उन
नई दिल्ली: कोरोना (Corona) काल में भी आतंक का आका पाकिस्तान (Pakistan) भारत के खिलाफ साजिशें रचने से बाज नहीं आ रहा है. ISI ने फर्जी आरोग्य सेतु ऐप (Arogya Setu App) के जरिए भारतीय जवानों के फोन हैक करने का प्लान बनाया है. इसे लेकर सुरक्षा ऐजेंसियों ने भारतीय सेना (Indian Army) और पैरामिलिट्री फोर्सेज के जवानों के लिए गाइडलाइन जारी कर दी है. दरअसल, कोरोना वायरस (Coronavirus) से लड़ने के लिए भारत सरकार की ओर से लॉन्च किए गए आरोग्य सेतु ऐप के फर्जी संस्करण ने भारतीय सेना की चिंता बढ़ा दी है. ये फर्जी ऐप पाकिस्तान में बना है. समाचार एजेंसी पीटीआई की खबर के मुताबिक सुरक्षा एजेंसियों ने इसे लेकर अपने जवानों को आगाह किया है. ये भी