PM Modi exchanges Diwali sweets, pleasantries with soldiers in Gurez Sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged sweets and pleasantries with army soldiers and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in the Gurez Valley of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora District on Thursday on the occasion of Diwali.

Prime Minister Modi, who spent nearly two hours with them, said he considered the soldiers as his ‘family.’

“Spending time with our forces gives me new energy. We exchanged sweets and interacted. Happy to know the jawans practice yoga regularly,” he tweeted, adding that upon the completion of their tenures, these jawans could be ‘excellent yoga trainers’.

Prime Minister Modi also assured that the Centre is committed to the welfare and betterment of the armed forces, in every way possible, and also mentioned the implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme (OROP).

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to greet the nation on the occasion of Diwali.

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Armies of India, Sri Lanka begin joint exercise in Pune

Armies of India and Sri Lanka today began a 14-day military exercise in Pune with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation.

The fifth edition of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ joint exercise began with an opening ceremony at Aundh military station in Pune, an Army spokesperson said here.

He said the focus of the exercise will be on counter- terror operations and enhancing operational coordination between the two forces.

“The exercise will send a strong signal that both India and Sri Lanka understand the emerging threat of terrorism and stand shoulder to shoulder in countering the menace,” the Army spokesperson said.

The joint exercise has been one of key defence cooperation initiatives between the two countries since 2013.

The exercise is taking place at a time when the region faces evolving security dynamics.

The 4th edition had taken place in Sri Lanka last year.

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Defence security corps now a step closer to being a digital army

Defence Security Corps personnel now have a software ‘ARPAN’ which shall ease personal documentation and all issues related to their progression. The ARPAN software consisting of seven modules facilitates end-to-end human resource and financial management of junior commissioned officers and other ranks with major functional advantages of timely processing of postings, promotions, release of salary, publication of personal occurrences and processing of pension.

The software rolled out by DCOAS (IS &T) for the Defence Security Corps provides valuable data for decision and policy making for the Defence Security Corps Directorate. After launch of this software, Defence Security Corps troops would be able to access their service profiles, statement of accounts and adjustment of allowances at par with the troops of the
Indian Army.

Developed jointly by the Army Software Development Centre (ASDC) and Tech Mahindra, ARPAN 3.0, using state-of-the-art web-based technology, the software would be implemented across 45 of the Army’s Record Offices in the country in one year time, sources said, adding, it has already been test-bedded at seven such offices. The army has invested `1.9 crore in developing ARPAN 3.0 with Tech Mahindra, which got the contract after a competitive bidding process.

In 2015, former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had launched this software for the Army’s over 12 lakh soldiers. This coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative. As of now, all these records are maintained manually, which is a time-consuming exercise. Implementation of the new software would cut down the time significantly.

While the government intends to create a high capacity information network for the Digital Army based on state-of-the-art technologies of the Indian armed forces, the Indian Army has a long way to go before it is totally digitalised. For instance, Army’s operational information systems are expected to be fully functional only around 2022-2024 and the Tactical Communication System (TCS) has yet to come.

Other long-term plans of the Army include developing automation applications for equipment procurement, storage, maintenance, logistics management and a geographic information system (GIS), connectivity for which is provided through the secure Army Data Network, available to all units of the Indian Army.

Minister of State Subhash Bhamre had recently said that there is an urgent need for a robust, secure, high capacity data networks for Operational Commanders. “They are also a critical facet of the force modernisation plans of the Indian Army, which will further form a fulcrum for tri-services integration in times to come,” he had said recently.

Also, there is a need for indigenous capabilities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the defence sector, and from a security point of view India needs to have indigenous solutions for the Digital Army.

These initiatives are expected to give a major fillip to the ‘Make in India’ programme of the central government.

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India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise in Pune from Oct 13

Mitra Shakti 2017, a joint exercise between India and Sri Lanka for military co-operation and interoperability, will be conducted at the Aundh Military Camp in Pune between October 13 and 25. The training exercise is considered an important effort in India’s response to China’s growing influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

Army officials said the aim of the joint training is to exchange the best of military practices of the two countries and build a strong military-to-military relation between the two armies. The exercise, the fifth in the series, also aims at developing joint strategies by sharing the expertise of conducting operations, especially in the counter-insurgency and counter terrorism (CI and CT) environment, said an official.

The exercise will be conducted over two weeks, and the training module will include weapons training, basic military tactics and complex battle strategies. The series — Mitra Shakti — had started in 2012, mainly as a response to China’s efforts to increase its influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. The armies of India and Sri Lanka also serve together in the United Nations Peacekeeping missions.

Senior military observers of both countries will be attending the Final Tactical Exercise scheduled to be held at the Aundh Military Station on October 25.

The fourth chapter of the exercise was held at the Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka, in 2016, when the main focus was to enhance inter-operability in CI and CT operations under the UN mandate. The Indian contingent was represented by a platoon from the Rajputana Rifles Regiment and the Sri Lankan Army was represented by a platoon from the Sinha Regiment. The earlier joint military exercise was conducted in 2015, in Pune.

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Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed by security forces in Shopian encounter

Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian region on Monday, ANI reported. One of the neutralised terrorists has been identified as Abid. The combing operation is currently underway.

The latest development comes hours after security forces claimed to have killed a top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander during an encounter in North Kashmir’s Ladoora village. The slain militant was identified as Khalid Ahmad, a resident of Pakistan, who has been active in the region in the last two years.

By : Indian Express


CISF gets 1,026 new recruits

As many as 1,026 officers and personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force was dedicated into service at a grand Passing Out Parade held at the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Regional Training Centre (RTC) near Arakkonam on Monday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh accepted the guard of honour presented by the officers, took the salute and reviewed the Passing Out Parade.

About 25 assistant commandants/probationers of 31st batch, 292 sub inspectors/executives of 43rd batch and 708 assistant sub inspectors/executives of 8th batch passed out on the day.Rajnath Singh congratulated the trainees for their well synchronised parade with high standards. “CISF plays a vital role at airports and it is an achievement that after them taking over the charge of security at airports, no untoward incident has occurred at these centres,” he said.He congratulated the officers and personnel, who had achieved the President’s police medal for distinguished and meritorious services.

He also commended the officers and trainers of CISF for their excellent performance in imparting training. Later, he presented trophies to the best trainees of all courses.In his address, CISF Director General O P Singh emphasised the role of CISF in protecting the vital installation and government buildings. “The CISF is observing 2017 as the ‘Year of Training’. Our training centres are successfully imparting training to a large number of trainees, even beyond their earmarked capacity.

The force has embarked on nurturing qualities such as discipline, turnout, physical fitness and tactical soundness among its people,” he said.During the training, trainees had acquired skills in a wide array of subjects, ranging from indoor subjects like industrial security, security of buildings, monuments and vital installations, intelligence and surveillance, aviation security, IS duties, fire prevention and fire fighting, human Rights, VIP security, forensic science, law, science and technology, modern electronic security gadgets, computers, human behaviour, the CISF Act and Rules etc. They have also been imparted strenuous training on the handling of sophisticated weapons, drill movements apart from physical training.

The CISF women personnel performed demonstrations of rappelling, handling multiple attacks at airports and a one minute drill on the occasion to showcase their skills .

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Terrorist group JeM Operational Chief Khalid gunned down by Indian Army

A top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad was gunned down by the Indian Army in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday. Inspector general of police, Kashmir range, Muneer Khan confirmed the killing of Jaish-e-Mohammad operational chief of Kashmir, Khalid.

“Khalid was behind several Fidayeen attacks on security forces in the region,” added Khan.

Another Jammu and Kashmir police officer not willing to be named said Khalid alias Khalid Bhai was a Pakistani national.

“He had infiltrated to India between July and August this year. Khalid was categorised in A++ list of Militants — most wanted,” added the officer.

Another senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer said, “Pakistani militant Jaish Khalid was gunned down by the Indian Army during a fierce battle near Ladoora village, around 60 kilometers from Srinagar.”

Khalid was the operation commander of JeM in north Kashmir.

The officer added, “Khalid along with other militants opened fired at army team patrolling near Baramulla-Handwara highway. Taking position security forces immediately retaliated.”

“Khalid was injured during the retaliation firing. The operational chief escaped from the encounter site and took shelter in a building at Ladoora village,” he added.

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According to the officer, security forces cornered injured Khalid and asked him to surrender but he opened fire.

“Security forces retaliated to Khalid’s firing in which he was killed,” said the police officer.

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