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    Indian Army soldiers to get special jackets capable of blocking AK-47 bullets

    Indian Army soldiers to get special jackets capable of blocking AK-47 bullets

    The special bulletproof jackets, it is claimed, are not only lightweight but would be able to block even hard steel core bullets.

    New Delhi: Bravehearts of the Indian Army will soon get a new shield that could prove to be a lifesaver during combat operations. The new bulletproof jackets for Indian Army soldiers would reportedly be capable of blocking fire from AK-47 assault rifles.
    AK-47 – considered one of the deadliest assault weapons in the world – would be of no threat to soldiers of the Indian Army because they would soon be getting a bulletproof jacket especially designed to block out fire from a wide range of guns and rifles. Even steel hard core bullets, it is claimed, would be incapable of causing any damage.
    Manufactured in India by Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE) after five years of research, these jackets promise to shield soldiers from fire coming in from any direction.

    Officials say that the main advantage of the jacket would be in close-combat operations during which it would shield a soldier’s chest, back, neck and groin area from enemy fire. Chances of stealth attacks from the enemies too could be negated as close-range firing would be no match for these jackets. Unlike conventional bulletproof jackets though, these jackets are believed to be ultra-lightweight and won’t restrict movement of soldiers who are wearing them. “These jackets weigh 10.4 kilos each. This is much lighter – and yet stronger – than what armies of other countries are equipped with,” said a DMSRDE official.


    Indian Army has reportedly already raised a request for these jackets and one lakh units are being provided in the first phase. Additionally, these jackets could also be provided to BSF and paramilitary forces.

    Monthly Meeting of all GOG ( Gurdians of Goverance) of Distt Pathankot

    Monthly Meeting of all GOG of Dist  Pathankot was held at OD Farm Manwal from 1100 to 1400h.
    3. Head’s of MNREGA,Food Supply,
    3. Education,
    4. Anganwari,
    5. Public Health and Water supply,
    6. Skill Devp and SWACH Bharat also participated. 
    .DC Pathankot has directed all department  head to rectify the obsn/feedback given by the GoG with in next 10 days. Henceforth Review of points given by GoG will be incl in her weekly conf by concerned Department. 
    Warm Regards 
    Brig Prahlad Singh
    GOG Head Distt Pathankot
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    A first: India, Pak to be part of SCO military drill in Russia

    A first: India, Pak to be part of SCO military drill in Russia

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s meeting in Beijing on Tuesday. PTI

    Ajay Banerjee

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, April 24

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday made it official that India will participate in a multi-nation military exercise to be conducted in Russia in September this year. Notably, the exercise will involve China and also Pakistan, India’s edgy and acrimonious western neighbour.The exercise in Russia is part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India, China, Russia and Pakistan, among several other countries, are part of the SCO — bloc of largely Asian countries.India is, for the first time, attending the Defence Ministers’ meeting at SCO being hosted in China. This will be first-ever exercise in which Indian and Pakistan militaries will fight together in mock operations to eliminate terrorists, neutralise terror networks and thwart possible attacks besides testing combat readiness.Indian and Pakistan soldiers have operated together in the past on foreign lands while providing security or in convoy protection deployment as peacekeepers under the United Nations.The exercise — “Peace Mission 2018” — is slated to be held in Russia’s Ural Mountains. It will begin in August-end and conclude in the first week of September.The SCO was formed in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Now the grouping has eight full members, including India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Another four nations have been accorded “observer” status, while six others are “dialogue” partners.Held once in two years, “Peace Mission 2018” will be the fifth edition of the multilateral exercise. However, this will be the first time for the two neighbours as they became SCO members in June last year. Sources said India will send a 200-strong contingent to Russia. In China, Sitharaman said: “India enjoys excellent bilateral defence cooperation with a large number of SCO countries, especially with Russia, as well as with all of India’s Central Asian partners represented in the SCO.”‘Differences should not become disputes’We are guided in our relations with China by the consensus reached between our leaders that at the time of global uncertainty, India-China relations could be a factor of stability and that we must not allow our differences to become disputes. — Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister

    39,000 Army officers await 2012 increment Defence accounts body told to rectify anomaly

    39,000 Army officers  await 2012 increment

    Ajay Banerjee

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, April 14

    Seeking rectification of an anomaly that has affected about 39,000 officers, the Army has written to the Controller General of Defence Accounts and reminded it that the error should have been corrected in August 2012 itself when the Ministry of Defence okayed the move.In its letter, the Army has claimed that it had received a large number of representations about the provisions okayed by the government not being granted (by the CGDA).As per directions by the Ministry of Finance and endorsed by the MoD, all officers in service as on January 1, 2006, were to get an additional increment. In July 2012, the Ministry of Finance issued a letter that Central Civil Pay Rules had been amended and July 1 was accepted as uniform date for annual increments for all employees.It further said to bring parity, all employees whose increments were due between February and June 2006 may be granted one increment on January 1, 2006. Based on the Finance Ministry letter, the MoD issued its letter saying the same be implemented for the forces too. The Army has compiled details of all affected officers, some of whom may have retired, and sent a copy to the CGDA.A senior functionary said most Army men held any post for not more than three years and there was no continuity or system of a follow-up. A matter that should have been sorted out automatically remained pending, forcing the Army to take it up, he said.

    INS Magar joins Southern Naval Command

    Kochi, April 12

    The Southern Naval Command was augmented with the arrival of INS Magar from Vishakhapatnam.The ship was welcomed by Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, Chief of Staff, headquarters of Southern Naval Command, on Wednesday, a defence press release said on Thursday.The ship would join the first training squadron for training young officers. Over the next few weeks, it would undergo modification for accommodating sea trainees, prior to commencing her training role, the release said.Thereafter, it would be used to impart training in seamanship, navigation, ship-handling, boat-work, engineering and electrical departmental skills, among other disciplines.Also, the ship would expose the trainees to the rigorous life at sea, the release added.The ship is being prepared to increase the capacity of the training squadron to meet the rise in the training load of officer-trainees and also to cater to the maintenance requirements of the existing ships.INS Magar, a Landing Ship Tank (large) of the Navy, was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata, and commissioned on July 18, 1987.Over the past 30 years, the ship has participated in amphibious exercises, fleet deployment and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The major operations undertaken by the ship include Operation Pawan (Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka), wherein it played a role in movement of logistics supplies to the area of operations and supported the IPKF land forces.The ship has participated in all major amphibious exercises on both seaboards and also undertaken humanitarian and disaster relief operations on numerous occasions. The noteworthy operation was during the 2004 tsunami, wherein the ship provided relief to 1,300 survivors.INS Magar is commanded by Commander Praveen Kumar Sinha, a marine commando who is a qualified “saturation diver” and specialised in counter-terrorist operations and explosive ordnance disposal. PTI

    Over 100 bunkers at LoC to save families from Pak shelling Zoom

    Each of the family­type bunkers in Rajouri district has the capacity to accommodate 10 persons


    JAMMU: Authorities in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir have completed construction of 102 family-type bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

    PTI FILE■ The Centre has given its nod for the construction of 14,460 bunkers at a cost of ~415.73 crore to save civilians along the LoC.“Each bunker has a capacity to accommodate 10 persons for long-term and 12 to 16 persons for short-term. Thus, about 1,200 persons can take shelter during the emergency situation,” district development commissioner of Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

    He said the bunkers have been completed in various villages along LoC. “The technical design of the bunker withstands the kind of weaponry frequently used by Pakistan in ceasefire violations,” Choudhary said.

    The LoC runs through a 120-km stretch in the district across 72 villages in six tehsils. Nearly 22 villages are easy targets of Pakistani shelling. He said the bunkers were started last year with an innovative model of convergence with MGNREGA and community participation.

    “The project cost for one unit was pegged at ~2.40 lakh, out of which ~90,000 was dovetailed from MGNREGA, while ~1.50 lakh was provided under Capex budget,” he said.

    Choudhary said the bunkers have been constructed in several villages of Nowsher sub-division which include Jhangar, Kalsian, Danaka, Sarya, Laroka, Sair, Makdi, Namb and Kadali.

    Chief secretary BB Vyas frequently reviewed the progress and extended prompt financial support to the project after his visit to Nowshera later last year, Choudhary said.

    He said the district administration has further endeavoured to construct bunkers in Manjakote, Panjgrain and Doongi where recently ceasefire violations were reported.

    More than 4,500 people migrated to relief camps in Nowshera town in May 2017 due to heavy shelling from the Pakistani side, which killed eight civilians and damaged over 170 houses.

    In view of the success of the pilot project, Choudhary said more such bunkers will be constructed as per sanction of the Union ministry of home affairs. “This will include more than 5,000 family-type bunkers and 370 community bunkers,” he said.

    The Centre has given the green signal for the construction of 14,460 bunkers at a cost of ~415.73 crore to save civilians along the LoC and International Border from Pakistani shelling, he said.

    CM announces Rs25 lakh for Sikh Regiment Centre

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, April 8

    Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced a special grant of Rs 25 lakh for the development and upgrade of the Sikh Regiment Centre at Chandimandir.The CM attended the ‘Baisakhi Lunch 2018’, hosted by the regiment in the Khetarpal Officers’ Institute at the Chandimandir Military Station.Recalling his association with the Army, Capt Amarinder reiterated his commitment to the welfare of the soldiers and ex-servicemen. He said the grant would help in the development of sports infrastructure and other related facilities at the centre. He reaffirmed his government’s commitment to extend all possible assistance to the defence personnel and their families.Earlier, the Colonel of the regiment, Lt Gen SK Jha, thanked the CM for efforts to ensure a second career for JCOs and Other Ranks (ORs) after their superannuation from the defence services. General Jha lauded Capt Amarinder’s regimental spirit and acknowledged his concern for the well-being of soldiers.

    Chhattisgarh: 2 jawans killed, 5 hurt as Naxals target bus with IED

    Raipur, April 9

    Naxals targeted a bus ferrying nearly 30 jawans with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, leaving two of them dead and five injured, the second attack on Monday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the district on Saturday.Earlier this morning, Naxals had triggered twin IED blasts and opened fire on a patrolling team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Bijapur-Bhopalpatnam road in the district that led to a gun-battle. However, no casualty was reported on either side in that incident.The explosion targeting the bus occurred near Godma village, around 450 km from the state capital, when the jawans were out on an anti-Maoist operation, police said.“Two jawans belonging to the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were killed and five others sustained injuries in the explosion,” a senior police official told PTI.The IED blast damaged the front portion of the bus, which was carrying a squad of at least 30 jawans.The personnel sitting in the front side bore the brunt of the explosion, he said.Additional personnel were rushed to the spot soon after the incident and the injured jawans were taken to a hospital in Bijapur, he said.

    Further details are awaited.

    Notably, the security forces have intensified search operations in the forest in view of the prime minister’s visit to Bijapur scheduled on April 14. — PTI

    Self-defence training for kin of defence personnel

    Chandigarh, April 3

    The Western Command has taken an initiative of imparting self-defence training to families of serving armed forces personnel. The step has been taken in view of the recent attacks on Army camps at Sunjuwan and Nagrota where families of serving defence personnel became a soft target for the militants.The Electronics and Mechanical Engineers’ unit at Chandimandir organised a special session where trained professionals from a martial art academy demonstrated self-defence skills to women and children residing in the station.Families of Army personnel are permitted to stay in some military stations and camps in Jammu and Kashmir and they are accommodated in quarters located in a separate enclosure.In the Sunjuwan terror attack in February, the terrorists were cornered in one of the family quarters and about 150 residential houses within the complex were reportedly evacuated. In addition to the killing of two Army personnel, nine people, including five women and children were injured.A “hostage-like” situation was created when terrorists attacked an Army unit in Nagrota in 2016 and moved towards the mess complex. Two women, two children and 12 personnel were later rescued. Even during the terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force station in 2016, a large number of IAF personnel’s families were present inside.

    Indian officials at Pak Day parade

    Islamabad: In a first, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted here attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day, a report said on Friday. This was part of Pakistan Army chief’s initiative to send across a message of peace to New Delhi. Indian deputy high commissioner JP Singh and Defence and Military Adviser Brigadier Sanjay P Vishwasrao (in pic) were among those who attended the event. PT