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69th Republic Day 2018 Celebrations: Most special about this year

The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26 to honour the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950.

The celebration is held in grandeur in national capital’s India Gate. This year marks the 69th Republic Day of India and like every year, the highlight of the day is the parade that takes place at the India Gate.

This year, the Republic Day celebrations will have 10 heads from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei – as chief guests.

The 27-member BSF women ‘daredevils’ squad, named ‘Seema Bhavani’, will showcase their stunts and acrobatics on their 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles.

The 69th Republic Day parade will see participants not only from the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy but it will also showcase over 700 students across the guest countries performing at the event.

The Republic Day parade is telecasted live on the public service broadcaster, Doordarshan.

Restrict social media to counter terrorism: Army chief Bipin Rawat

Army chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that it was important to have curbs on the internet to counter terrorism.

“I understand that in a democratic country people might have issues when we put curbs in place. But it is important to restrict the use of social media to tackle terrorism,” the Army chief said.

He further said that terrorism had two sides to it — militant and political. “It is important to tackle both. Many may argue that there is no point in banning political outfits since they don’t indulge in terror activities directly, but we should not forget that they support it,” he added.

“Anyone who uses violence as a means to an end is a terrorist. We need to identify the nations that have a state-sponsored policy to support terrorism,” he said. Once they are identified, he added, “The nations had to do their own job. While there should be international support, the nation still needs to work on countering its own terrorists.”

Further commenting on ways to counter terrorism, he said it was imperative to identify who terrorists were and which are the nations that support terrorism.

The Army chief also listed the importance of biological chemical weapons and the threat that comes with it. “Terrorism is here to stay. Unless all countries come together. Terrorism cannot be the new warfare. It has been seen that those nations that support terrorism often become victims of it eventually. So if you want a safe home, then we need to work towards ending it,” he said.

The Army chief also said it was important to identify where the terrorists get funds from. General Rawat added that one must “look at where poppy and cannabis grows”.

Commenting on the media coverage of terrorism, he said it was important that terrorists should not be made into heroes. “The more you give coverage to terrorist activities, the more you give them popularity. But can we control the media? We must ensure that terrorists are not made into heroes,” he said.

Will retaliate appropriately to cross-border firings, infiltrations: DGMO to Pakistan

Amid frequent cross-border firings along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, India and Pakistan on Friday held DGMO-level talks to discuss issues relating the escalating tension between the two countries. Strongly condemning the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Lt Gen A K Bhatt reportedly conveyed to his Pakistan counterpart that India will “retaliate appropriately” to any instances leading to the loss of lives of its jawans.

According to the Indian Army, the telephonic conversation between the DGMOs of the two countries was held on Pakistan’s insistence and Gen Bhatt has clearly conveyed that cross-border firing is initiated by the Pakistani Rangers and the Indian army has only responded to their ceasefire violations.

In a statement to the media, Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said, “DGMO-level talks at the behest of Pakistan DGMO was held on 22 Sep 17… Indian DGMO highlighted that all Cease Fire Violations in the Jammu Sector were initiated by Pak Rangers and the BSF (Border Security Force) troops deployed only responded appropriately to them. It was also emphasized that no targeted firing on civilians was carried out by own troops.”

Further stating that frequent cross-border infiltrations are impacting the internal security of the Kashmir valley, Lt Gen Bhatt told Pakistan DGMO Major Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza that the Indian Army would like to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC only if Pakistan puts effort to maintain it.

“The DGMO put across emphatically that the trend of infiltration along the LC continued with the active support of Pak forward posts impacting peace and tranquillity along the LC and also the internal security situation. This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross-border actions duly supported by Pak Army troops. DGMO reiterated that the Indian Army is a professional Army and reserves the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident leading to loss of life of our troop. He reaffirmed the sincerity in the efforts of Indian Army to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LC provided there was a reciprocal effort from Pakistan,” said the Indian Army spokesperson.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan claimed that six of its civilians were killed and 26 others injured in an alleged ceasefire violation from the Indian troops. There had been several instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the recent days. While the total number of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Rangers were 228 in 2016, this year the numbers have steeply risen to 285 till August 1.

Army takes cognizance of video showing soldiers trampling slain LeT militants’ bodies

The video shows soldiers dragging the bodies of slain LeT militants from the site of the encounter into a lane and later resting their foot on the chest of the dead bodies.


Following the circulation of a video depicting Indian armed force soldiers trampling over the bodies of the slain Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, an Army spokesperson on Saturday stated that the Army has taken cognizance of the incident. The Indian Army’s reaction came after a video of the soldier’s humiliation went viral on social networking platforms. The video shows soldiers dragging the bodies of the LeT militants from the site of the encounter into a lane. Security force official were also seen resting their foot on the chest of the Pakistan-based terrorists.
Reacting to the soldiers humiliation to the corpse of the militants, Srinagar-based Defence spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia said, “Army has taken cognisance of the video and suitable action will follow.”


While the army readies to take action against the soldiers for their inappropriate behavior, the terror outfit’s spokesperson Mehmood Shah termed the incident as inhuman, unethical and unacceptable. Further stating that the army action will cause much trouble, the Let spokesperson warned, “We will take revenge for our martyrs.”
Days back, Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, Abu Ismail was killed by security forces in Aribagh area of Nowgam. The 26-year old Pakistani national, who is a key player behind the Amarnath Yatra attack, had infiltrated into India about two years ago. Reportedly, Ismail was recently put in charge of LeT’s terror operations in the Kashmir valley. Following inputs that the Lashkar commander was hiding in the outskirts of the city, Army officials and the police cordoned the area and gunned down two militants including Ismail. Apart from being the architect of the Amarnath yatra attack, Ismail was also involved in other attacks including many on police officials at the valley. Ismail emerged as the top operative of LeT after security forces executed Abu Dujana last month.
In another major encounter in recent days, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists have been gunned down at Khudwani in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, following an intense gunfight which broke out early on 4th September, armed forces have also arrested an over ground worker (OGW) belonging to the same terrorist outfit.
Keywords: Lashkar-e-Taiba, Indian Army, Kashmir, Pakistan
Description: The video shows soldiers dragging the bodies of slain LeT militants from the site of the encounter into a lane and later resting their foot on the chest of the dead bodies.

“If times come, Army will cross LoC” Says Indian Army’s northern commander

Northern Army Commander Lt General D Anbu said that the Indian Army may cross the Line of Control if required and had also claimed that there are fewer infiltrations this year as compared to last year. He also spoke of the need to create employment opportunities for Kashmiri youth to wean them away from the agitation.

Pointing out that there has been an increase in the number of infiltration attempts and terror camps across the LoC, Lt General Anbu said that “when we want to we will be able to breach it, go across and strike when we need’’. He said the surgical strike by India “was a point we wanted to drive home”. India wanted to convey “this subtle message” that the “LoC is not a line that cannot be breached”, he said.

Lt Gen. Anbu said while presenting gallantry and distinguished services medals to 103 officers and jawans.

“There is no dearth of people who are trying to infiltrate.The launch pads and terrorist camps across the Line of Control have increased as compared to the previous year,” Lt Gen. Anbu said. “While they attempt to cross the LoC, the success they have been able to attain this year, despite a large number of people trying to infiltrate, has been much less as compared to the previous year because of the very robust counter-infiltration grid we have on the LoC,’’ he said.

According to official figures, 75 people have infiltrated from across the LoC this year, “but our assessment is that their number is not more than 45-50”, Lt Gen. Anbu said. Referring to the number of local terrorists in the Valley, the Northern Army Commander said their number has been largely constant over the past three years, including the current year. “The youth turning into separatists are those who are in the age group of 15-25 and who are not very sure of the future. This is one aspect which needs to be looked at,” he said.

“It shows that we have to engage the youth.The state government and everybody has to play a part in ensuring employment generation and a positive security environment will be created by the security forces,’’ he said. “This is what has happened now. While the effect of elimination of so many terrorists will manifest in a couple of months from now, we have already seen a decrease in local youth getting recruited in terrorist ranks,’’ he claimed.

To a question about the stone throwing youths on the streets in the Valley, Lt Gen. Anbu said: “A lot of youths are involved in it, but it is not that all the youths are involved in it and their entire population comes out into the streets…. Their heart and soul is not in it.”

Asked about the situation along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, he said it was under control

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat hints at possible simultaneous wars with China, Pakistan

A week after India and China withdrew their longest military standoff at the border region of Doklam, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has now ruled out possibilities of a possible two-front war against China on the North and Pakistan from the West.

Speaking about China at a seminar organised by defence think-tank Centre for Land Warfare Studies, General Rawat said, “As far as the Northern adversary is concerned, flexing of muscles has started. Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits or threshold is something we have to be wary about. Remain prepared for situations that are emerging gradually into conflict.”

‘Salami slicing’ defines a series of small and covert operations executed to attain a larger goal which is not easily accomplishable in one go.

Further stating that India’s conflict with China might also bring Pakistan to the scene, Gen Rawat was quoted by NDTV saying, “Whether these conflicts will be limited and confined in space and time, or whether these can expand into an all-out war along the entire front with the Western adversary (Pakistan) taking advantage of the situation developing on the Northern border is very much likely.”

India and China have been locked in a standoff for over two months at the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector. The face-off began after Indian troops stopped Chinese military from constructing a road in the area. Reportedly, the Indian Army had deployed as many as 350 armed military personnel to counter the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the area.

Speaking on the issue, Gen Rawat said, “Whether these conflicts will be confined or limited in space and time or whether these can expand into an all-out war along the entire front (remains to be seen)…with the western adversary taking advantage of the situation developing along the northern border is very much likely.”

Further commemorating the 1962 war against China and the other three major wars against Pakistan, Rawat said, “Nuclear weapons are weapons of deterrence. Yes, they are. But to say that they can deter war or they will not allow nations to go to war, in our context that may also not be true.”

However, in a positive note towards a treaty between the two nations, Chinese President Xi Jinping, during the recently concluded BRICS summit, stressed on the necessity for the relation between India and China to get on ‘the right track’.

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600 Actors Who Will Play Reel Soldiers In Salman Khan’s ‘Tubelight’ will be trained by Indian Army

When Kabir Khan and Salman Khan collaborate, we as the audience know that we will be up for a great ride. With the success rate of 100%, their films are a package of entertainment and emotions.

After Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s success, we have huge expectations from their upcoming film Tubelight

The film that is based on Indo-China relations is one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year. The film that is slated for its Eid release has already managed to leave fans all excited.

The trailer of the film will be releasing tonight and fans are literally counting hours. Since the film is based on India-China relations, the script demands a lot of onscreen army personnel and therefore to train more than 600 actors, Kabir Khan thought of an incredible idea.

Kabir Khan asked the Indian Army to train these 600 actors so that they would look both inspiring and real on the big screen. Indian army didn’t just agree to Kabir’s idea but they took the actors under their regime for a few weeks.

When Kabir Khan and Salman Khan collaborate, we as the audience know that we will be up for a great ride. With the success rate of 100%, their films are a package of entertainment and emotions.

After Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s success, we have huge expectations from their upcoming film Tubelight.

The film that is based on Indo-China relations is one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year. The film that is slated for its Eid release has already managed to leave fans all excited.

The trailer of the film will be releasing tonight and fans are literally counting hours. Since the film is based on India-China relations, the script demands a lot of onscreen army personnel and therefore to train more than 600 actors, Kabir Khan thought of an incredible idea.

Kabir Khan asked the Indian Army to train these 600 actors so that they would look both inspiring and real on the big screen. Indian army didn’t just agree to Kabir’s idea but they took the actors under their regime for a few weeks.

From organizing boot camp for the actors to training them rigorously, a lot has gone behind to make these actors look like real life actors

 

This BSF Jawan poem about his love towards India will make every Indian proud.

It’s a truth that men standing at the border are no less than super humans who are protecting us and our loved ones from all the troubles. These unsung heroes in uniforms — living away from their own families — spend their youth defending the honour of their country, day in and day out, at the expense of their own lives.

We get so caught up in our own struggles that we forget how much these guys sacrifice just so we can sleep in peace every night.

An India Today reporter, Jugal R Purohit, went all the way to meet some BSF jawans to track and report what was happening in Northern Kashmir and got into a heartfelt conversation with them.
One BSF jawan — Raghavendra Singh from Maitri, Uttar Pradesh — insisted that he would like to recite a poem and it went something like this.

The poem reads,
Desh ke liye kuch karna hai, yeh thaan ke khada hoon.
Bandoonkon ke aage yaaron, seena taan ke khada hoon.
Sakoon se sota hai woh desh yeh maan kar,
ki satah par koi BSF ka jawaan khada hai.

Watch the video here:

Source: Twitter.

Hazards of Over enthusiasm; BSF slams TV editor who got dressed up as a BSF jawan!

While the whole nation is still brightened up with the spirit of the grand festival ‘Diwali’, most of us are also indulged in #Sandeshtosoilders initiative by Modiji. Most of the people have considered this as one of the most positive ways to celebrate Diwali and have actually celebrated Diwali for our army.

But seems like this TV editor has taken the game to a totally different level! Mr. Suresh Chawhanke, sudarshan tv editor was seen presenting his programmes dressed up in BSF uniform. While he may have some different ideologies behind this act but the whole BSF as well as the audience have raised a furore against him.
The TV editor was also condemned by retired BSF colonel on twitter for humiliating the dignity of the uniform. Colonel has also requested Rajnath Singh to take the matter into consideration.
Someone has rightly said, electronic media is less of information and more of drama these days. One of the major reasons why media is loosing its .

Early Navratri Present, India celebrates Indian Army surgical strikes on POK.

The Indian army conducted surgical strikes on Wednesday night on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) where they induced heavy damages to terrorists and even killed several of them.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Director General Military Operations (DGMO) and Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for Ministry of External Affairs, India held a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday whether they disclosed about this operation.

Since the news broke, from celebrities to normal people everyone showered their love to Indian Army and cheered their grand success. See, the tweets here.

Kiran Bedi

Chetan bhagat

Virendra Sehwag

Paresh Rawal

Parody account of Narendra Modi

V Naidu

Mosiqui Acharya

Rajeev Shukla

Manohar Parikar

Arvind Kejriwal

We also congratulate Indian Army great victory and hope this operation will make Pakistan realize about India’s strength.