NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday granted one more month to the Centre to implement its verdict directing that permanent commission be given to all serving SSC women officers in the Army. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said the Centre will have to comply with all the directions in the verdict. The Centre told the bench that decision making on the issue is at a final stage and only formal orders remain to be issued. It said the court's verdict will be complied with in letter and spirit. The top court's direction came on the Centre's application seeking six months' time, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, to implement the verdict. In a landmark verdict
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted one more month to the Centre to implement its verdict directing that permanent commission be given to all serving SSC women officers in the Army. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said the Centre will have to comply with all the directions in the verdict. The Centre told the bench that decision making on the issue is at a final stage and only formal orders remain to be issued. It said the court's verdict will be complied with in letter and spirit. The top court's direction came on the Centre's application seeking six months' time, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, to implement the verdict. In a landmark
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
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.
NEW DELHI: India on Monday pressed for the withdrawal of Chinese troops from Indian territory in the Pangong Tso area of eastern Ladakh, while expressing outrage at the “premediated and pre-planned” brutal violence unleashed against Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15, during the second round of top-level military talks on Monday. India strongly reiterated its demand for restoration of status quo as it existed in mid-April, which would involve People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops pulling back from the “Finger 4 to 8” (mountainous spurs separated by an 8-km distance) area on the north bank of Pangong Tso as well as de-inducting its military build-ups in areas facing the Galwan Valley, Gogra-Hotsprings, Depsang and Chushul in eastern Ladakh, said
HYDERABAD: The Army has been given "full freedom" in dealing with China and protecting India's territory and its men in the backdrop of the border face-off in Ladakh, Union Minister of State for Home GKishanReddy said on Sunday. Speaking after meeting family members of slain Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who along with 19 other soldiers were killed in the recent fierce clash in Galwan Valley, he also said a deep anti-China sentiment was on the rise in the country and there was a need to voluntarily boycott Chinese products to the extent possible. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already held an all-party meeting on the issue and efforts were on to find a solution to the issue, he told reporters
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 ex-armymen gathered near the Chinese embassy here on Wednesday to protest against the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel in a violent clash with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, officials said. The group of six-seven ex-armymen gathered near the Chinese embassy to stage a protest under the banner of Martyr's Welfare Association, they added. "We requested them to disperse from the spot and they left immediately," said Deepak Yadav, additional deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi). The police said all the protesters were wearing masks and followed social-distancing norms. Another group of around 10 protesters belonging to the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch also gathered near the Teen Murti roundabout to protest against China in the
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.
JAMMU: Pakistan Army on Tuesday resorted to firing and shelling on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, drawing befitting retaliation from Indian soldiers, a defence spokesperson said. "Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by small arm firing with mortar shelling along LoC in Balakote sector in Poonch district early Tuesday morning", he said. He said the Indian Army retaliated befittingly. The cross-border shelling between the two sides was going on when last reports were received, the officials said. However, there was no immediate report of any casualty during the shelling.
File photoNEW DELHI: As the Chinese Army has deployed over 5,000 of its troops on the Line of Actual Control at different locations in the Ladakh sector, the Indian Army is also increasing presence of its troops to match their strength and is also enhancing its presence in other areas to deter the People's Liberation Troops from carrying out transgressions in other areas. At present, the Chinese Army has diverted its troops carrying out a massive exercise on their side of the LAC and deployed them at short notice across the Line of Actual Control in the areas under the Indian Army's 81 and 114 Brigades deployed to counter the Chinese assertions from Daulat Beg Oldie and adjoining areas. Sources
A waterlogged street after heavy rainfall accompanied by the super cyclone Amphan, in Hooghly on Saturday. (AN...Read MoreKOLKATA: The West Bengal government on Saturday asked for the Indian Army's support to restore essential infrastructure and services in cyclone-ravaged areas. The state government has also urged the railways, port and private entities to provide support. Ten more NDRF teams are being rushed to West Bengal to speed up relief and rescue works in the wake of cyclone Amphan, officials said. (With inputs from PTI)
NEW DELHI: A day after China accused India of crossing the line of actual control (LAC) India pushed back firmly, saying it was Chinese troops that were “hindering India’s normal patrolling patterns”. Briefing journalists, the MEA spokesperson said that while India had taken a “responsible approach towards border management”, the government was “deeply committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and security.” It was the sternest statement from the MEA that has been issued since the Chinese incursions came to light. Sources in government said India took a grim view of China’s actions in Ladakh, where Chinese troops have infiltrated several km into Indian territory, creating a face-off near Galwan river, and infiltrating to the Finger 4 area on the north
JAMMU: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday opened fire and heavily shelled forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in two sectors of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army, a defence spokesperson said. This is fifth consecutive day of firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir. "At about 0930 hours today, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Kirni and Degwar sectors of Poonch", he said. He said the Indian Army retaliated befittingly and cross-border shelling between the two sides was going on when last reports were received. However, there was no immediate report