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3 soldiers killed in Machil avalanche

3 soldiers killed in Machil avalanche
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Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, February 2

Three soldiers were killed and another injured when an avalanche hit an Army post in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday afternoon. Sources said the avalanche struck the post of 21 Rajput in the Sonapindi Gali area along the Line of Control (LoC). The authorities had issued a medium avalanche warning earlier this week.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“Four soldiers went missing after the avalanche, triggering a rescue operation in the area by a quick reaction team. The rescuers retrieved the soldiers, who were still breathing. However, one of them died immediately and two others succumbed to their injuries on way to a medical facility,” a defence source said. The deceased, all from Rajasthan, are Havildar Kamlesh Singh (Jhunjhunu), Naik Balveer (Bharatpur) and Sepoy Rajinder (Alwar).This is the second major avalanche-linked tragedy the Army has suffered in north Kashmir in two months. On December 12, five soldiers were killed when two avalanches hit the LoC in Bandipora and Kupwara. In the first week of January, 11 persons, including a BRO officer, died in two avalanches in Tangdhar area of Kupwara.

Two Pak-trained LeT militants arrested

Srinagar, February 3

Security forces have arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, who had gone to Pakistan on valid visas to obtain arms training, the police said.They have been identified as Abdul Majeed Bhat of Mughalpora, Saloora Kreeri and Mohammad Ashraf Mir of Nilla Palpora, Pattan.“The militants were nabbed immediately after returning via the Wagah-Attari border before they could formally join the militant ranks here in Kashmir,” a police spokesperson said.On questioning, the duo revealed that “they were trained along with large number of Pakistani boys, most of them from Balochistan and as young as 10 years old”.“The said terrorist training camps are located near Burma Town, Islamabad, and being run by a terrorist commander operating under code names Hanzala, Adanan and Omar. The arrested militants have been given Pakistani visas by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi,” he said.The spokesperson said for the past couple of years, the police had unearthed several such modules where in youths had gone to Pakistan on valid passports for arms training. “In the past, several such boys have been arrested and some of them killed in encounters,” he claimed. — TNS3 injured in Tral grenade attackAnantnag: A CRPF man and two civilians were injured after militants hurled a grenade at a paramilitary patrol party at Tral in Pulwama district on Saturday. The explosion took place around noon in the Batgund area of Tral town. Police sources said the grenade was aimed at a CRPF patrol party. “It fortunately exploded some distance away. Three persons received minor injuries in the explosion,” a senior police officer said. He said the injured were rushed to a hospital. Following the attack, the area was cordoned off and a search operation was carried out. However, it triggered clashes. oc

2 CRPF personnel among 4 injured in grenade attack in Pulwama

 

2 CRPF personnel among 4 injured in grenade attack in Pulwama
Militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF party in Batagund area of Tral, a police official said. Tribune file

Srinagar, February 3

Four people, including two CRPF personnel, were injured in a grenade attack in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday, police said.Militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF party in Batagund area of Tral, a police official said.

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Four people, including two CRPF jawans, were injured in the incident, he said.The area had been cordoned off and a search operation was under way, the official said. PTI


Pakistani Army shells LoC areas in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani Army shells LoC areas in J&K’s Rajouri
The shells fell deep inside the Indian territory, triggering panic and fear among residents. Tribune file

Jammu, February 11

Pakistani troops on Sunday launched heavy mortar shells at civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner (Rajouri) Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the Pakistan Army was launching heavy mortar shells in Naika, Panjgrain, Khorinar, Rajdhani forward areas besides the villages in Rajouri since Sunday morning.

The shells fell deep inside the Indian territory, triggering panic and fear among residents.

Last night, Parveen Akhter was killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control. They had fired in Khadi Karmara and Chakan Da Bagh forward areas in Poonch district.

On February 8, a 45-year-old woman was killed in shelling by the Pakistani troops along the LoC in the KG sector of Poonch.

Ten security personnel and nine civilians were killed and over 75 injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region this year. PTI


HC cites R-Day to question Army on objections to women in JAG

HC cites R-Day to question Army on objections to women in JAG
An all-women team of BSF performs on motorcycles during the 69th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. — PTI file

New Delhi, February 5

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked how the Army could object to the recruitment of married women in its legal branch JAG after the display by women fighter pilots and the BSF all-women bikers’ contingent on Republic Day.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the Indian Army should take a “legal stand” against the objections instead of filing a response to the affidavit.”After the Republic Day display by the women (the fighter pilots and the BSF bikers) how can you (Army) still maintain these objections (to recruitment of married women in the Judge Advocate General),” it said and listed the matter for further hearing on March 19.The observation by the court came during the hearing of a PIL by a lawyer claiming that there was “institutionalised discrimination” against married women by not inducting them in the JAG service, the legal branch of the Army.Advocate Charu Wali Khanna, appearing for petitioner Kush Kalra, told the bench that earlier there was a bar on recruitment of married women, but this prohibition was extended to married men after filing of the PIL. — PTI


Shopian firing case: SC restrains J&K police from taking coercive steps against Major Aditya

OFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 12, 2018, 13:37 IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Supreme Court today restrained J&K police from taking any coercive step against Major Aditya Kumar who was booked for firing on stone pelters
  • The apex court directed the J&K government to file response in two weeks to the petition filed by Lt Col Karamveer Singh, father of Maj Aditya Kumar, seeking quashing of the Shopian FIR

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Shopian firing case: SC restrains J&K police from taking coercive steps against Major Aditya

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today restrained J&K police from taking any coercive step against Major Aditya Kumar who was booked for firing on stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir‘s Shopian.

This means neither Maj Aditya Kumar can be called for interrogation nor he can be arrested by the J&K police in the Shopian incident FIR.

Today, the apex court directed the J&K government to file response in two weeks to the petition filed by Lt Col Karamveer Singh, father of Maj Aditya Kumar, seeking quashing of the Shopian FIR.

SC also asked attorney general K K Venugopal to assist the court in the case and specify the Centre’s stand on the issue of lodging of FIRs against army men by state police in incidents relating of operation.

Earlier, the plea, filed by Vineet Dhanda, an advocate, had said that a direction be given to the Jammu and Kashmir government not to withdraw the cases against 9,730 people allegedly involved in stone-pelting incidents and show seriousness in the cases registered against the offenders or stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley.

The petition was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud which said it would hear it on February 12.

It also sought a direction for an inquiry by a sitting high court judge into the FIR registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Aditya Kumar, under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code at Shopian police station in Kashmir on January 27.

It said that such cases be allowed to reach to the natural conclusion after trial.The plea said that serious efforts by the Army have shattered the morale of terrorists, who are now using the Valley’s youths to attack defence personnel with stones.

It said given the unabated terror activities in the Valley, the Army has to safeguard itself.

“The question of the morale of the Army is very important. False cases are registered against Army personnel, which results in serious demoralisation,” it said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Army to get 40 artillery guns made by DRDO

Army to get 40 artillery guns made by DRDO

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 6

In what will be a major boost to self-reliance for military equipment, the Ministry of Defence is set to give permission for procurement of the first lot of 40 artillery guns made by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with two Indian manufacturers.The guns called the Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) performed “very well” in winter trials in Sikkim last week. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)The Army has given its go-ahead after seeing the performance of the weapon. Any additions or improvements to the gun can be incorporated in later versions. This will include auto-loading of ammunition and certain other specifics like reduction of the weight of this 155 mm, 52-calibre gunThe MoD had sanctioned the ATAGS project in September 2012 and the DRDO partnered with Bharat Forge and Tata Power (Strategic Engineering Division) SED to develop two prototypes of the towed artillery guns. A prototype was part of the Republic Day Parade in 2017.The Army is looking at hundreds of such guns. India had not ordered any new 155 MM artillery guns since March 1986 when 410 pieces of the Swedish company Bofors’ FH-77B 155mm/39 calibre howitzer were purchased for Rs 1,500 Crore. However, in the past 24 months, the ATAGS is the third artillery gun that is set to be purchased or made.Rs 900-cr project 

  • The guns, called Advance Towed Artillery Gun System, performed “very well” in trials in Sikkim last week
  • The MoD has now asked the DRDO to move the proposal for procurement and get the production rolling
  • This will cost around Rs 900 crore even as the finance wing of the MoD wants a price check

Forces ‘doing job well’

Forces ‘doing job well’
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10

With the Ministry of Home Affairs claiming that it has been closely monitoring the situation emerging out of the terror attack at Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the forces were effectively doing their job and would never let any Indian hang his head in shame.Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of an event in Ahmedabad, Rajnath  said, “We have received information that the operation is going on. I understand that until the operation ends, it will not be appropriate on my part to comment.” Two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) were killed while a Colonel-rank officer and daughter of an Army man were among the four people injured in a militant attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu early today.When asked specifically about the casualties, the minister said it was “sad”.Earlier in the day, the Home Minister spoke to DG SP Vaid of the J&K Police and took stock of the situation. 


Women in JAG: Delhi HC questions Army stance

New Delhi, February 5

The Delhi High Court today asked how the Army could object to the recruitment of married women in its legal branch JAG after the display by women fighter pilots and the BSF all-women bikers’ contingent on Republic Day.A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the Army should take a “legal stand” against the objections instead of filing a response to the affidavit.“After the Republic Day display by the women (the fighter pilots and the BSF bikers), how can you (Army) still maintain these objections (to recruitment of married women in the Judge Advocate General),” it said and listed the matter for further hearing on March 19.The observation by the court came during the hearing of a PIL by a lawyer claiming that there was “institutionalised discrimination” against married women by not inducting them in the JAG service, the legal branch of the Army.Advocate Charu Wali Khanna, appearing for petitioner Kush Kalra, told the Bench that earlier there was a bar on recruitment of married women, but this prohibition was extended to married men after filing of the PIL. — PTI


Army officer among 5 injured in scuffle in Rajasthan

Jaipur, February 5

An Army officer and his family were injured after a scuffle broke out at a toll plaza here, the police said on Monday.The incident took place at Dhadhar toll plaza, when Lt Vikas, along with his family, was on his way to attend a wedding at Shekhisar village in Jhunjhunu district here.At the toll plaza, he showed his military identity card, but the booth employees did not allow his vehicle to pass.This led to a heated argument between them and was followed by a scuffle, Assistant Sub Inspector at Sadar Police Station Ishwar Singh said.No FIR was registered as both the parties did not want any further action, he said. PTI


Pakistan offers scholarship to influence Kashmir students: NIA

Pakistan offers scholarship to influence Kashmir students: NIA
NIA claimed the students visas were recommended to the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi by various Hurriyat leaders, including hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

New Delhi, February 3Pakistan is offering scholarships to Kashmiri students to prepare a generation, which will be inclined towards it and most of the youth on student visa in the neighbouring country were relatives of militants, the National Investigation Agency said in its chargesheet in the terror funding case.”During the course of investigation, it was ascertained that students who were proceeding to Pakistan on student visas were either relatives of ex-militants or relatives of families of active militants who had indulged in various anti-national activities and had migrated to Pakistan or they were known to Hurriyat leaders,” it said.The probe agency also claimed that their visa applications were recommended to the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi by various Hurriyat leaders, including hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.The chargesheet filed in a court here on January 18 revealed that militants who fled to Pakistan had pursued their admission matters with the help of Hurriyat leaders based in Pakistan and Pakistan administered Kashmir.The NIA said that scholarships are offered for MBBS and engineering seats under various schemes of the Pakistan government.”This shows a triangular nexus wherein the terrorists, the Hurriyat and the Pakistan establishment are the three vertices and they are ostensibly patronising the Kashmir students in order to prepare a generation of doctors and technocrats in Kashmir who will have leanings towards Pakistan,” the NIA said in the chargesheet, a copy of which is in the possession of IANS.NIA seized a document from the house of Nayeem Khan wherein he recommends a student for admission in a “standard medical college” in Pakistan because “her family has remained committed to the freedom struggle through thick and thin”.Similarly, a document seized from the house of Shahid-Ul-Islam clearly shows that the Hurriyat leaders were sending recommendation to the Pakistan High Commission for the issuance of visa, it said.The chargesheet has named Pakistan-based terrorist leaders Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, seven arrested Kashmiri separatist leaders and three others in the case.The Hurriyat leaders are Aftab Hilali alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah.Shah is the son-in-law of Geelani who is a strong votary of Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan. Hilali is a close aide of moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.The NIA has alleged that the separatists, arrested on July 24 last year, conspired with Saeed and Salahuddin to wage war against India and secede Jammu and Kashmir from India. All of them have been booked under stringent anti-terror laws.The NIA also chargesheeted businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali and two alleged stone pelters — Kamran and Javed Ahmed Bhat.Watali has been associated with the LoC trade and has worked as the president of the LoC Traders’ Association in the past.

IANS

 


Sikh soldiers to get new war memorial in London

Sikh soldiers to get new war memorial in London
The campaign for new Sikh war memorial was led by Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (right), Britain’s first turbaned Sikh MP. — @SeemaMalhotra1/Twitter

London, January 31

The UK government has agreed to support and fund a national memorial to honour the sacrifices and contribution of Sikh soldiers who fought for Britain and its allies during the two World Wars. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers gave up their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during the wars.“We are indebted to all those servicemen who volunteered to serve and fought to defend the freedoms we enjoy today,” said UK communities secretary Sajid Javid yesterday as he announced government backing for the new memorial in London. “A Sikh war memorial in our nation’s capital will honour their sacrifice and ensure that this part of our shared history is never forgotten. So, I’m delighted to get behind this campaign and ensure its success,” he said.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)The campaign for a new Sikh war memorial was led by Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Britain’s first turbaned Sikh MP, who now has the support of the UK’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help set up a Working Group to find a suitable location.Once an appropriate site has been identified and detailed plans agreed, the ministry has agreed to provide funding towards the project. “The part played by Sikh servicemen really stands out —  a contribution that is all the more remarkable when you consider that these brave men travelled thousands of miles to fight for a country that wasn’t their own,” said Javid.Over 27,000 people had signed an online petition by Dhesi, the Labour party MP for Slough who also submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons on the issue, which attracted cross-party support from over 260 MPs. According to official records, despite making up only 2 per cent of the Indian population when the First World War broke out, Sikhs accounted for more than 20 per cent of the Indian Army’s manpower.Sikh soldiers from Punjab and surrounding states saw action in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, most notably on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.Their contribution was essential to the war effort and of the 22 Military Crosses awarded to Indian soldiers, 14 went to Sikhs. — PTI

Unmatched valour

  • More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers gave up their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during the wars
  • Sikh soldiers from Punjab and surrounding states saw action in Europe, Africa and the Middle East
  • Of the 22 Military Crosses awarded to Indian soldiers, 14 went to Sikhs

London to build memorial to Sikh soldiers

LONDON: The Theresa May government on Tuesday approved building a memorial in London to honour the sacrifices and contribution of Sikh servicemen who fought in the two world wars for Britain and its allies.

TWITTER■ Campaign was led by Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (centre, top row), Britain’s first turbaned Sikh MP.The decision meets a major demand of the Sikh community. The announcement of erecting the Sikh war memorial was made by Communities secretary Sajid Javid. A suitable site will now be selected by a working group following a campaign by the first Sikh MP in British parliamentary history, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour).

“The part played by Sikh servicemen really stands out – a contribution that’s all the more remarkable when you consider that these brave men travelled thousands of miles to fight for a country that wasn’t their own,” said Javid.

Once the site is identified and a memorial agreed upon, the government said it will provide funding towards the project.

Javid added: “We are indebted to all those servicemen who volunteered to serve and fought to defend the freedoms we enjoy today. That’s why a Sikh war memorial in our nation’s capital will honour their sacrifice and ensure that this part of our shared history is never forgotten. So I am delighted to get behind this campaign and ensure its success.”

An official statement highlighted the “extraordinary acts of bravery and sacrifice” of Sikh servicemen in the British armed forces, when hundreds of thousands of them saw active service during the two world wars and in subsequent conflicts.

More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers gave their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during both world wars.

“Despite making up only two per cent of the Indian population when the First World War broke out, Sikhs accounted for more than 20 per cent of the Indian Army’s manpower. Sikh soldiers from the Punjab and surrounding states saw action in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, most notably on the Western Front and at Gallipoli,” the statement from the ministry of housing, communities and local government said.

It added that on the western front Sikhs fought and died alongside their British, Indian and Commonwealth counterparts; their contribution was essential to the war effort and of the 22 Military Crosses awarded to Indian soldiers, 14 went to Sikhs.