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Border tensions spike as Pak Army resorts to truce breach

Even before the wounds of Rajouri could heal, Pakistan army again resorted to unprovoked heavy firing on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of the Jammu division on Sunday.The ceasefire violation came a day after tension gripped the LoC when Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing in the Keri battalion area of Rajouri sector leaving four Indian army soldiers, including a Major from Maharashtra, dead and another injured.Deputy Commissioner of Poonch Tariq Ahmad Zargar told DNA that the cross-border firing started at 12.30 pm on Sunday at Shahpur sector of the Poonch district and there was no loss of life or the property.”It started at about 12.30 pm. There was no report of loss of any life and property. The cross-border firing continued for more than an hour”, said Zargar.Sources said soon after Pakistan opened fire, the Indian troops swung into action and retaliated in kind to silence the Pakistani guns. The exchange of fire between the two sides continued for some time before it stopped.Seemingly fearing flare up, the authorities has put all emergency departments on alert to meet exigency.”We are always in the state of alert. You never know when ceasefire violation takes place. So we keep our medical and other teams ready”, said Zargar.Meanwhile, rich tributes were paid to the four soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty in Rajouri sector of LoC on Saturday. Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured in the cease fire violation and succumbed later on Saturday.Indian army has vowed to avenge the killing of four brave hearts by Pakistani forces at the place and time of their chosing. “The nation will remain ever indebted of the supreme sacrifice of our heroes. Army shall retaliate this dastardly act at a place and choice of our choosing”, tweeted Nagrota based White Knight Corps of the Indian army.Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the sacrifices rendered by valiant army officers and soldiers would be remembered for ever. “It will be recorded in the annals of history, so that the young generation get the requisite inspiration to serve the cause of nation”, he saidFigures presented in the Lok Sabha revealed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border till November-end. Around 30 people including 14 army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations this year.Last year there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November 2003.

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4 soldiers killed in Keri sector: Army says no mutilation of bodies

The Army today clarified that the bodies of its personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir were not mutilated and the injury marks were due to splinters and gunshots. An Army major and three soldiers were killed yesterday after Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. “The injuries suffered are due to splinters and gunshots sustained due to firing by the enemy on the patrol,” Army sources said here. Responding to media reports, they said that there has been no mutilation of bodies.Congress slams govt’s Pak policy: The Congress today attacked the Centre over the killing of four Indian soldiers along the LoC by Pakistani troops, saying the incident raises questions over the government’s ability to protect the country’s borders.Also readArmy Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pak firing in Keri sector, J&K CM pays tribute Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said yesterday’s incident along the Line of Control (LoC) was an outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “flip-flops and somersaults” on Pakistan. Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, yesterday. Tewari claimed that there have been 900 attempts of incursion by Pakistan this year, out of which 780 cases have been reported along the LoC and 120 along the International Border (IB).”There were 583 major ceasefire violations in 2014 (between June-December), 400 in 2015, 450 in 2016 and 900 this year. The prime minister points fingers at others, accuses people who have occupied top posts of committing treason but this government seems incapable of protecting our borders,” the former union minister told reporters. Modi, during the Gujarat assembly polls campaign, had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the Assembly polls in the state.The government and the Congress are involved in a face- off over prime minister Modi’s ‘conspiracy with Pakistan’ remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Tewari said that the BJP government’s Pakistan policy is driven by “flip-flops, somersaults and adhocism” and demanded that the prime minister comes clear on his agenda behind his 2015 stopover in Lahore or the Centre’s decision to allow ISI personnel at the Pathankor terror attack site.He said India’s neighbourhood policy was in tatters under the BJP dispensation as apart from the “frequent” Pakistani shelling along the border and incursions, the new Nepalese government was overtly tilting towards China. “In Sri Lanka, growing Chinese influence is a matter of concern. Maldives has signed an FTA (Free Trade Agreement) with China disregarding India’s position. China has constructed permanent structures in Dokalam,” he said.

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Mizoram: Special task force looks for ways to tackle illegal immigrants from Bangladesh

A district-level special task force committee has decided to create a mechanism for identifying and deporting undocumented Bangladeshi immigrants from the border areas of the state.The committee held a meeting, chaired by district deputy commissioner Benjamin Lalzama, at south Mizoram’s Lunglei district to discuss ways to tackle the influx of immigrants, an official statement here said.Top police officers, representatives of the Border Security Force (BSF) and leaders of civil societies were present at the meeting, it said.Officials posted along the border areas were instructed at the meeting to take care while issuing birth and residential certificates to ensure that no foreign nationals were in possession of such documents, the statement added.Mizoram has been facing a democratic nightmare due to unchecked flow of Bangladeshi nationals, mainly from the Chakma community.

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Chhattisgarh: Border Security Force seized huge cache of Maoist arms, explosives

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday seized huge cache of arms and explosives in forests of Manhakal in Chhattisgarh.The recovery from a Maoist dump was made during a search operation conducted in the forest area by the 175 battalion of BSF after they got specific information about it.The seized arms and explosives included two 51mm Mortar HE Bombs, two UBGL grenade, one country-made pistol, one grenade 36, two tube launchings, 30 electric detonators, 10 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 38 rounds of 7.62 AK ammunition, five rounds of 315 bore ammunition, five 7.62 mm SLR, one Bayonnet, 93 rounds of .22 mm ammunition, three HE Bomb caps, and nine 7.62 mm EFC.The BSF spokesperson termed it as a “big achievement” and congratulated the jawans who participated in the search operation.
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BSF-Pak Rangers to resume Commandant-level talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers have decided to resume the Commandant-level talks between the two border guarding forces that had been abandoned for the last one year.The decision was taken during the Director General level talks of the two forces held in Delhi from November 8-10.The decision to resume talks is aimed at helping the civilian population living near the border areas that often suffers due to the hostility between two countries.Major General Muhammad Saeed, Director General, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) led a 19-member Pakistani delegation to India. The 23-member Indian delegation was led by Sharma, DG BSF. Both the delegations also had representatives from respective home & foreign ministries along with officers from narcotics control & survey departments.The Indian side firmly and strongly took up specific issues of concern including incidents of unprovoked cross border firing, smuggling of narcotics, infiltration attempts, tunneling and defence construction activities.”The need for timely exchange of information, at the field level with increased frequency of field commanders level meetings, simultaneous coordinated patrolling etc. were also discussed,” the BSF said in a statement.The issue of inadvertent crossing over by the border population and ways to facilitate their return on both the sides was also discussed. It was agreed upon in deliberations that utmost caution and care should be exercised in dealing with the civilians.It was mutually agreed to hold the next round of talks in Pakistan. “The talks ended with both sides agreeing on constant endeavor to maintain peaceful and tranquil borders,” BSF said.The delegation from Pakistan that was expected to stay back in India till Sunday and also visit Agra cut short their plan.

Three Pakistani fishermen apprehended in Kutch, five boats seized

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) has apprehended three Pakistani fishermen and seized five boats from the Harami Nala creek area along the Indo-Pak border in Gujarat’s Kutch district.A patrol party of the BSF’s 79th battalion, deployed to guard the Indo-Pak border, apprehended the three fishermen yesterday from the “vertical area of the Harami Nala creek”, a senior official said.The men have been be handed over to the local police, the official said.The incident comes at a time when a high-level delegation of Pakistani Rangers is in India for the bi-annual talks with the BSF.Several fishing boats and Pakistani fishermen have been caught in the past while fishing in the Indian side of the creek area.Given the sensitive nature of the area, even Indian fishermen are barred from fishing in the creek.However, Pakistani fishermen often venture into Indian waters for a catch.

No shortage of arms for Army, says General Bipin Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday claimed that there is no shortage of arms in the Indian Army.”The Army has no shortage of arms. We have to keep modernizing weapons, arms as the technology is upgrading, and we are trying to bring in new and modernized technique ones in our Army,” General Rawat told the media after attending the bicentenary celebration of 9 Gorkha Rifles at 39 Gorkha Training Centre here.General Rawat also informed that stone pelting incidents in the valley have decreased.”Stone pelting incidents have come down to some extent. The Army, the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Jammu and Kashmir Police are working together in the state. Solution to this can’t be achieved overnight. The government, intelligence agencies, state administration all are making efforts. Will be successful if things go in this direction, can say this with belief,” he said.Speaking on nomination of late Field Marshal KM Cariappa for Bharat Ratna General Rawat said, ?Final decision depends on the Government, whatever is decided will be acceptable.?Earlier in the day, General Rawat visited the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi with his family and prayed for the safety of soldiers on borders.”Prayed for the safety and security of our jawans on borders,” he said.The Army Chief was on a two-day visit in Varanasi along with his family members to attend the bicentenary celebration of 9 Gorkha Rifles at 39 Gorkha Training Centre.

CM Vasundhara Raje meets HM, seeks drought relief change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan has opposed Drought Relief Manual 2016 and urged the centre to modify it according to the odd geographical conditions. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje raised the issue when she called on union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday. She also demanded establishment of institutes on modernisation of policing to which the minister gave positive response for consideration. Raje informed Singh that the norms of new manual brought by union agriculture ministry are very complex and impractical to implement in the odd geographical conditions of Rajasthan. “Several new conditions have been added to the manual to declare a drought affected area. In such a situation, it is necessary to reconsider the inevitability of implementing this new manual in Rajasthan,” Raje told Rajnath, says a statement released by the chief minister office (CMO).Raje also gave example how the manual fails to cover the areas which were badly hit by the drought. “Assessment conducted on Kharif crop between 16 September and 15 October has found over 50 percent crop damage 4065 revenue villages of 41 tehsils in 12 districts in Rajasthan.Though, as per new conditions enforced under the manual there is a difficulty to declare four tehsils in Bhilwara district and three tehsils in Hanumangarh district scarcity affected.”Raje also raised demands for modernisation of police in Rajasthan which borders Pakistan. She urged the home minister for establishment of a new Rapid Action Force (RAF) battalion, counter-terrorism institute in Jaipur and criminal justice institute in Jodhpur.Another demand, she raised was on restoration of international border check posts. Raje said that as per the recommendation of the Standing Committee of the Union Home Ministry, the 24 Border Intelligence Check Posts should be restored. Fund required for this should be reimbursed through Border Region Development Project or any other scheme. The home minister gave her assurance to consider all the demands.Manual mattersRaje informed Singh that the norms of new manual brought by union agriculture ministry are very complex

Alert! Cross border marriages under scrutiny

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New security measures have been placed to check illegal travel between India and Pakistan in border villages of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner. After taking lessons from the case of Hassam Khan who returned to India from Pakistan after 27 years, now BSF will work with other agencies to create a complete record of the people living in the border areas who have relatives in Pakistan. This will help the security agencies to monitor people visiting or returning from Pakistan. Marriages regularly takes place between families living on both sides of the border.The Muslim families take their daughters with passports and visas there and bring daughters-in law in their place. This chain has been running for years. Even after all the inspection of BSF, the baraat still goes to Pakistan from Barmer area and return with daughter-in-law. Although it is not so easy now after strict vigil on the border, anti-national elements cross the border and return to Pakistan. Jodhpur CID also detected cases of girls of Jaisalmer and Barmer areas getting married in Pakistan and their families returning with other girls by making them daughters-in- law. In fact, due to the veil of the women going to Pakistan, there was no such inquiry at Attari and Munabao railway stations. Because of this, people leave their girls after marrying them in Pakistan and in their place they bring back girls for their sons.BSF Rajasthan frontier IG Anil Paliwal said that such cases were higher earlier. When he was Jaisalmer SP, he had created a register of those who visited relatives in Pakistan. There was all the information in it. However, now it has become so strict that now it is not possible to cross the border. Now, even passports are being thoroughly checked by the state-of-the-art methods at Munabao and Attari railway stations.

Hassam Khan didn’t cross border, instead travelled with fake passport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hassam Khan, caught in Jaisalmer city last month, did not enter India through Shahgarh bulge border. He actually came to Atari railway station through Samjhauta Express on April 3 with a fake passport from Pakistan. This disclosure was made on Friday at the press conference by IG Anil Paliwal of BSF Rajasthan frontier. Hassam Khan, a resident of Jaisalmer’s Siyalon ki Basti, had gone to Pakistan 27 years ago by crossing the border and he was caught in Jaisalmer city on October 9. In a joint inquiry by the agencies, he had narrated the story of giving five thousand rupees to an agent from across the border and entering India through Shahgarh bulge border.While BSF was claiming that it is not possible to infiltrate due to strict vigilance on the border nor did they found anyone’s footprints there. When BSF investigated the matter, it came to know that he did not enter through this border. In this connection, they went through the CCTV cameras located at Munabao railway station and Attari railway station and the passengers coming from Pakistan were matched with it. It was then found that Hassam came to India on April 3 by a fake name and a passport made from Pakistan. He gave the address of a family of Shergarh but instead of going there, he returned to his house in Jaisalmer. His son and other family members live here. He went to Pakistan to meet his sister and settled there. He went to Pakistan when there was no fencing in that area.CID filed lawsuitCID (BI) filed a lawsuit in Shahgarh police station against Hassam Khan, who came to India from Pakistan by making an illegal passport. Record of Attari Railway Station and Munabao Railway Station was also summoned in this regard.The caseHassam Khan S/o Peeru Khan, a resident of Siyalon ki Basti under Sam police station, district Jaisalmer, was arrested by CID (BI) on October 9, 2017, at Union Chauraha Jaisalmer. A case was registered against Khan under Section 3/6 of the Indian Passport Rules and Regulations (IPRR) Act in the Shahgarh police station on October 12.According to the report given to the police, Hassam Khan crossed the border illegally from Border Outpost Jhalaria of Jaisalmer area in 1990 and went to his sister in Umarkot, Pakistan. Hassam Khan disclosed the story of illegally coming to India on April 28 from the border area of ​​Jaisalmer district. BSF also checked the record of ICP Attari Amritsar and ICP Munabao in this regard. During the investigation, prima facie it has appeared that Hassam had come to India through ICP Attari Amritsar (Punjab) on April 3, 2017. Hassam Khan came to India with a fake passport and fake name. He mentioned his address of stay in India as Shergarh tehsil. Seeing the footage, it was first noticed that Hassam Khan came to India from Attari on April 3, 2017.

How home-grown terror in Kashmir is next big challenge for India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the early 90s till until sometime now, local Kashmir youth were seen crossing the border to get training in the terror camps located in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).But the picture has change now. That trend appears to be on a decline with security agencies now realising that most of the home-grown terrorists in Kashmir are no longer risking going across the border. Instead, they are getting all the wherewithal to become terrorists in the Valley itself.Sources have told WION that despite a major offensive by the Indian Army against terrorists this year, the number of locally recruited terrorists has increased. Estimates suggest that close to 90 local Kashmiris took to arms and became terrorists this year itself.Though no terror training camps have yet been unearthed in Kashmir, security agencies are of the view that foreign terrorists infiltrating into India from across the border are setting up hideouts which could be used a training grounds for these local Kashmiri men.Security agencies admit it’s a worrying trend, one that will need better handling.There has been a surge in the number of terrorists who have been killed this in the Kashmir Valley this year as compared to the last. While the year 2016 saw 130 terrorists being gunned down, the numbers have already crossed 170 this year.Sources in the defence establishment say that roughly 250-odd terrorists are present and active in North Kashmir while around 40 are believed to be active in South Kashmir. Of these, 60 per cent are locals terrorists while 40 per cent are the ones who have infiltrated from Pakistan.As Indian defence forces continue to fight the proxy war initiated by Pakistan, it is the presence and growth of this home-grown terror network in Kashmir that is being seen as the next big challenge.

India builds world’s highest motorable road near China border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has constructed the World’s highest motorable road at the height of 19,300 feet in the cold desert of Ladakh.Passing through Umlingla Top, the 86-km long strategic road connecting Chisumle with Demchok villages near the Indo-China border in Leh, was constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO’s) ‘Project Himank’.Chief Engineer Project Himank, Brigadier DM Purvimath, said constructing the road at an altitude of over 19300 feet was a daunting task with life threatening challenges.Logistics and ferrying the men and machinery at such altitude was a major challenge for the BRO. “Efficiency of machines and manpower declines by 50 percent due to harsh climate and less oxygen level; the machine operators have to come down after every 10 minutes for Oxygen. Nobody can survive at the spot for more than an hour without proper training and acclimatizing with the place”, he saidHealth related issues of the workers was another daunting task for the workers constructing the road at this high altitude area.”Because of this gradation, many faced problems like memory loss, weakened eyesight, and high blood pressure. But given the national and strategic importance of the road, our men worked to meet the target set out by Director General Border Roads,” said Brigadier Purvimath .Project Himank has already constructed roads like Khardangula at an altitude of 17,900 ft and Changla Passes at an altitude of 17,695 ft in Leh.

Jammu & Kashmir: Centre to expedite building bunkers near Pakistan border in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ensure the safety of people living in border areas in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government has decided to expedite the construction of bunkers along the border. The government has also decided to give special emphasis on development of border areas falling in a 10-kilometer radius from the International Border and the Line of Control while selecting projects under the Border Area Development Program.This was decided after Jammu & Kashmir’s Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.The move to accelerate the construction of bunkers for civilian population along the border is essentially aimed at providing safe shelters to local populations from the heavy shelling from across the border which has been causing heavy loss of life and property in these border areas.In the past few weeks, there have been several instances of Indian civilians getting killed or seriously injured in firing and shelling from across the border. And though the Indian government has been raising this matter with Pakistan constantly, the number of ceasefire violations in Jammu & Kashmir have scaled unprecedented levels this year. As compared to a total of 228 ceasefire violations in 2016 along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, a staggering 503 such ceasefire violations occurred till October 3 this year.In fact, on October 3, the Indian government had to summon Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah to lodge a strong protest with him over the deaths of three Indian children in an unprovoked ceasefire violation on October 2 by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector. At that time, India conveyed to Pakistan that such “deliberate targeting of civilians was not acceptable and was against humanitarian norms and practices”.Following Mufti’s meeting with Rajnath, the government has also decided to fast track projects under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) by making encumbrance free land available for the Infrastructure projects relating to roads, power and health.“Under the Prime Ministers’ Development Package for Jammu and Kashmir (Rs 80,068 crore) for 63 major Development projects pertaining to 15 Central Government Ministries, an amount of Rs 62,599 Crores (approx. 78%) has been sanctioned and an amount of Rs 22,042 Crores (approx. 28%) has been released,”the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement Thursday.In a bid to further reach out to the Kashmiri masses, the government has also decided to accelerate the development projects relating to additional jobs to Kashmiri migrants, transit accommodations, transfer of cash relief/honorarium through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode and providing employment to youth of J&K.

India-China border: Govt wants temperature-controlled posts for ITBP jawans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is looking into a proposal for 50 temperature-controlled posts along the India-China border for ITBP jawans who guard the Himalayan heights in sub-zero temperatures, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Tuesday.Addressing personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, established on this day 56 years ago to guard India’s borders with China, the home minister announced a slew of other measures to boost the capabilities of the force.These include the construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.There are 176 border posts along the India-China border, from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.According to Singh, the government is considering using technology to maintain a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in the proposed new posts. These will be located in high-altitude areas where ITBP jawans have to bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.”We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister said.The setting up of more posts is aimed at ensuring that they are not abandoned during extreme snow and cold.The government is also considering special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km Sino-Indian frontier.The force guards the border in altitudes ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,700 feet in the Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of the Indo-China Border.Singh said he is not satisfied with housing and infrastructure facilities and is “seriously” working to improve these areas.The minister said 35 old border posts in very high- altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.”We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.The minister asked ITBP troops to ensure and build good relations with border dwellers as they are “strategic assets” of the country and important stakeholders in keeping the borders safe.Singh lauded the ITBP for introducing Mandarin during basic training of its troops. This was done so they can converse with the Chinese Army during face-offs.He also asked ITBP officers to take the responsibility of at least one family of those killed in the line of duty.The ministry is working to help jawans who have suffered 50 per cent disability during operations through the Bharat Ke Veer benevolent fund, he said.ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda said the force has been nominated as the “nodal agency” for obtaining and channelising satellite communication for all border-guarding forces in the country.He said the home ministry has also approved the ITBP’s proposal to hire helicopters for high-altitude border posts.The paramilitary is enhancing its intelligence set-up, Pachnanda added.

50 new ITBP posts along China border, troops to learn Chinese: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is considering building 50 more ITBP posts along the India-China border and using technology to ensure a round-the-year temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in all its high-altitude bases, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.Addressing jawans and officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) during its 56th Raising Day celebrations here, Singh announced a slew of measures to bolster its capabilities.These include construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh; special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km-long Sino-Indian frontier.”We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister said.There are 176 border posts along the India-China border at present.He said the government is considering using technology to ensure a temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius is maintained in all high-altitude ITBP posts that bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub zero climate.A senior officer said the move is aimed at ensuring that forward border posts are not abandoned during extreme snow and cold.”We have created a model border post in Ladakh where a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius can be maintained. We will create more such BoPs in Sikkim and the eastern sector of this border,” he said.Singh said he was not satisfied with housing and infrastructure facilities available with the 1962-raised force and he was “seriously” working to improve these areas.The minister said 35 old border posts of the force in very high-altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.”We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.The minister asked ITBP troops to ensure and build good relations with border dwellers as they are “strategic assets” of the country and important stakeholders in keeping the borders safe.Keeping in mind the frequent face-offs between the Indian and Chinese troops, ITBP personnel are now learning Chinese during their basic training, he said.Lauding the force, Singh asked ITBP officers to take responsibility for at least one family of personnel killed in the line of duty.The ministry is also working to help jawans who have suffered 50 percent disability during operations through the Bharat Ka Veer benevolent fund, he said.ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda said the force has been nominated as the “nodal agency” for obtaining and channelising satellite communication for all border-guarding forces in the country.He said the home ministry has also approved the ITBP’s proposal to hire helicopters for high-altitude border posts.The paramilitary was also enhancing its intelligence setup, he added.

Paying homage: Jodhpur runs marathon to salute martyrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To remember the sacrifice of the soldiers of Border Security Force (BSF), Half Marathon-2017 was organised on Sunday by BSF Rajasthan Frontier Headquarters in Jodhpur. The 21-km Half Marathon started from BSF’s Ashwini Stadium and ended after sprinters passed through various routes of the city before ending the run at the point of start. Simultaneously, a 5km fun run was also be organised for school children.BSF Rajasthan Frontier Inspector General Anil Paliwal said that BSF is monitoring the 6.5 thousand kilometre long border from Pakistan. So far, more than 1852 soldiers have been martyred. The marathon started at 6 in the morning and covered areas like Paota Circle, Circuit House , Bhati Circle, Ratanada Circle, Panch Batti, New Residency Circle, Senapati Bhawan, Bhati Circle and return to the Ashwini Stadium. Moreover, the 5km fun run started from Gate Number 2 of the stadium and took the route of Kishor Bagh, Krishi Mandi before coming back to the stadium.With intent to strengthen the spirit of unity and patriotism, 10 winners were awarded cash prizes. Jagamal Singh of BSF bagged first prize, Jethusingh second and Sajjan Singh stood third in the men’s category in the Half Marathon. In the women’s category, Anita Chaudhary stood first, Mamta Chaudhary came second and Kusum Kanwar of Jodhpur Reserve Police won the third position.PAT ON THE BACKThe winners were awarded with a trophy and cash prize. Rs31,000, Rs21,000 and Rs15,000 were given to those who stood first, second and third respectively. IG Anil Paliwal also honoured the family members of BSF’s brave martyrs.

From sweet box to inbox: India celebrates Diwali with traditional fervour and modern outlook

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As people across the country came together to celebrate the festival of lights, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat joined the Armed Forces on the occasion.Modi visited troops posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez Sector and lauded the soldiers for their sacrifice saying he considers them his family.”I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians,” he wrote in the visitors’ book.Sitharaman celebrated the festival with military personnel at the strategically important tri-services command on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani of the border state of Gujarat also joined BSF jawans at the border outpost near Lakhpat in Kutch district to celebrate the festival.Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from his 14-year exile after vanquishing demon-king Ravana.Besides sweets, people also exchanged funny social media memes and GIFs on the occasion as some made calls for a ‘Digital Diwali’– mindful probably of air pollution resulting from bursting of firecrackers.District inspector of schools in Nodia PK Upadhyay said one can experience the delight of bursting firecrackers digitally on mobile phones, laptops, and large screens.Shopping malls, too, should display crackers digitally through sound and light technology, he suggested.The Supreme Court recently banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi and National Capital Region till October 31 to curb the pollution caused by bursting them.Many took to the social media to say the celebrations this year was “peaceful” and “lesser noisy”.In Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, the festival passed off peacefully as in other states, even as incessant rains dampened the spirit to some extent in eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha. The Golden temple at Amritsar was illuminated on the occasion.The festival was celebrated with fervour across the Jammu region including the areas close to the LoC and International Border.However, a senior BSF official said the force did not exchange sweets with Pakistani troops on the occasion, a practice which was a regular feature in the past.”When there is unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from Pakistan and civilian areas are being targeted regularly, such goodwill gestures are worth nothing,” the official said.Bollywood celebrities, including legends Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar and Dilip Kumar, sent out their good wishes to fans around the globe.”Diwali greetings begin in huge abundance…and we work …just so all the family can breathe peacefully,” Bachchan, 75, posted on Twitter.Urging fans to light at least one diya for the Army, actor Akshay Kumar wrote, “We are, because they (the soldiers) are.”In an exemplary show of empathy towards winged creatures, several villages in Tamil Nadu celebrated Diwali without bursting crackers to avoid scaring birds and bats in their areas.For a long time, people of Koothankulam village in Tirunelveli district, which has a bird sanctuary, have avoided bursting firecrackers during the festival.Also, the people of Vadamugam, Vellode and six other villages near the Vellode birds sanctuary in Erode celebrated the festival yesterday sans firecrackers to support birds for the 18th year in a row.

BSF officer attacked by cattle smugglers in Tripura, severely injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected cattle smugglers attacked a BSF commanding officer along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura in the early hours on Monday.The second-in-command rank officer, Deepak K Mondal, commanding the 145th battalion of the border guarding force is critical and has been air evacuated to Kolkata, a senior official said.The incident happened at about 2 am near the Belardeppa border post in the Sipahijala district of the state when the officer was allegedly hit by a four-wheeler being used by the smugglers.He was patrolling the area with his team to check cattle smuggling and other illegal activities along the international border which is “unfenced” here, he said.Mondal saw some cattle smugglers and challenged them, he said, adding the officer along with his guard and driver tried to stop them.”The group of about 25 smugglers were carrying bricks, lathis and machetes. When challenged, the smugglers tried to gherao the officer and the patrol party. Smugglers’ vehicle hit the officer from behind and he sustained severe injury to his head and legs and he is critical,” he said.An accompanying Border Security Force jawan fired five rounds from his AK rifle to control the situation, he said adding the area has been cordoned off.

Need to review criminal justice system, says former CBI officer in Aarushi Talwar case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ADG BSF Arun Kumar, who had headed a CBI team into the Aarushi Talwar murder case, today called for a review of criminal justice system following the acquittal of the Talwar couple by the Allahabad High Court.The CBI team under Kumar had concluded that Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered by Krishna Thadarai- help at Talwar’s clinic, his friend Rajkumar– a domestic servant with Praful and Anita Durrani who were Talwars’ friends, and Vijay Mandal, driver of Talwars’ neighbour.The findings, however, were trashed by then CBI director Ashwani Kumar who found holes in the investigation by Arun Kumar.”It is a well-discussed case. Subject to the confirmation of the court (about Talwar couple being innocent), think of the family and what has happened to them. Let us review our criminal justice system,” Arun Kumar told PTI.He said nobody should face what the Talwars had faced.”#AarushiVerdict My only concern is how do we ensure that this is not repeated with any other case! It was worth pursuing the truth,” the Additional Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) wrote on Twitter after the verdict.The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 2008 murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, saying that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murder that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later.

Govt acts tough, ask forces to increase vigil along border to stop Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a communique, which is in line with government’s unflinching policy regarding Rohingya Muslims despite criticism from domestic and international community, security forces have been asked to enhance vigil in the border. This has been done to foil attempts by Rohingya Muslims to enter India, a home ministry official said to PTI.In a communication, the home ministry asked the Border Security Force (BSF), deployed along the 4,096-km Indo- Bangladesh border, and the Assam Rifles, which guards the 1,643-km Indo-Myanmar border, to intensify vigil. The two border guarding forces were asked to remain extra vigilant so that no illegal immigrant could enter India, the home ministry official said.Government in an affidavit to Supreme Court has described Rohimgya Muslims as security threat and have said some of them have ties with ISIS and ISI. Currently around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims are in India according to non-government estimates, though the Centre has told the Parliament that around 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar and have been fleeing their homes following a crackdown on their villages that has left hundreds dead. UN has described it as textbook case of ethnic cleansing but Myanmar government has repeatedly played down the nature of the violence. With PTI inputs

Man keeps hopping between India-Pak, gets caught in Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Intelligence unit of the Crime Investigation Department has just dealt with a strange case of a 55-year-old man, whose case came to light when he was picked up by their unit. It started 27 years ago when he went to meet his ailing relative, but instead ended up spending half his life in a hostile foreign country.On Monday, the unit picked up one Hassan Khan, a native of Siyalon Ki Dhani village under Sam Police Station of Jaisalmer district. “Hassan’s sister Soni was married to one Sumer Khan, a native of Kharado village in Amarkot district of Pakistan. When he learnt that Sumer had cancer, he approached a tout and took his help to cross the border into Pakistan,” said Rajiv Dutta, Additional SP, Border Intelligence Unit.However, around two years ago, Hassan’s mother and brother travelled to Pakistan and informed him of his father’s ill health and he then again crossed into India illegally,” Dutta said.After making this trip in April, Hassan then vanished from the village. “he has claimed that he moved to Gujarat and Maharashtra and was employed as a labourer. He recently came back to his village and we picked him up,” Datta said.ILLEGAL TRAVELHe had gone to Pakistan to visit and ailing relative using help of a tout to sneak in

China urges India to abide by ‘historic treaty’ on Sikkim border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China on Sunday referred to the 1890 UK-China treaty which it claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the Sino-Indian border as it urged New Delhi to abide by its provisions, a day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post.Reacting to Sitharaman’s visit to the area, the Chinese foreign ministry today said “the Sikkim section of the China- India border has been demarcated by the historical boundary”. “It is the best testimony to this fact. We urge the Indian side to face the facts, abide by the provisions of the historic boundary treaty and the relevant agreement of the parties, and work together with the Chinese side to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” it said in a written response to PTI, to a query about Sitharaman’s visit.The ministry did not directly name the 1890 Britain-China treaty which Beijing often referred to during the Dokalam standoff stating that it has defined the Sikkim section of the boundary with Tibet, therefore the border in that area has been settled. Sitharaman yesterday visited the Nathu La area on the Sino-Indian border and interacted with Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police officials. Nathu La is the last post separating the border between the Sikkim on the Indian side and Tibet on the Chinese side.Sitharaman’s trip was the first high level visit to the area after the 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Dokalam in the Sikkim sector of the border which ended on August 28 following a mutual agreement between India and China. Of the 3,488-km India-China border which stretches from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim. The two sides have so far held 19 rounds of Special Representatives’ talks to resolve the dispute.The Dokalam standoff began on June 16 over the PLA’s plans to build a road in the area claimed by Bhutan after which Indian troops intervened to stop the construction as it posed a security risk to the ‘Chicken’s Neck’ – the narrow corridor connecting India with its northeastern states. China, which earlier opened the Nathu La route for Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash and Manasarovar, closed it after the Dokalam standoff and is yet to reopen it.

MHA forms panel to check ceasefire violation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the border that has affected the daily lives of civilians has prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to form a study group to examine their problems.There has been a huge jump in the cross-border conflict this year with ceasefire violation recording a high of 600 in the first nine months as compared to 450 in 2016. Eight civilians have lost their lives as opposed to 16 last year.The four member panel headed by senior IPS officer Rina Mitra, Special Secretary, Internal Security in MHA will meet people living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as security forces, district administration officials and public representatives. The panel is scheduled to submit its report within two months.The principal secretary (home) in the Jammu and Kashmir government, the divisional commissioner of Jammu, and the divisional commissioner of Srinagar are panel members while the joint secretary (home department, J&K) is the member-secretary.”The competent authority has approved the constitution of a study group for considering various problems being faced by the people residing near International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of regular threats of cross-border firing,” an order issued by the MHA said.India shares a 3,323 km long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LOC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

CRPF, BSF give differing accounts of BSF camp attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) claimed that one of the holed-up fidayeens in a Border Security Force (BSF) camp tried to pose as a CRPF trooper and took position with soldiers, BSF maintained the militant was forced to came out of the administrative block before he was neutralised near the temple.Security forces had repulsed a terror attack on Monday when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were neutralised soon after they stormed a secured BSF camp near Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours.Ravideep Singh Sahi, CRPF Inspector General, Srinagar sector told a news channel, “The terrosist was wearing a camouflage dress of the CRPF. He was aiming towards the building where our forces were also aiming. When an officer turned to a soldier to hand over more ammo, they spotted the stranger.”On the other hand, Police sources said the third militant holed up in the administrative building was smoked out after forces used tear gas shells. “The forces used rockets to create a hole in the room where the militant was hiding. They fired tear gas shells inside the room and suffocated the militant forcing him to come out,” an officer said.KK Sharma, Director General of Border Security Force, said BSF officers with the help of CRPF and Speacial Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police forced the third terrorist, who was hiding in the administrative block, to come out before he was neutralised.”Rashtriya Riffles (of the army) handled the outermost cordon. CRPF and SOG laid the intermediate cordon. Our job was to flush out the fidayeen. Our officers led the operation. With the help of CRPF and SOG, we forced him to come out of the administrative block, and when he came out, CRPF, SOG and BSF handling the intermediate cordon killed him near the temple,” said Sharma.Elaborating, Sharma said the militant threw the grenade when he came out of the building and that is how he was identified as he was wearing a military uniform as well.ATTACKING IN CAMOUFLAGEThree terrorists wearing CRPF camouflage attacked a BSF camp near Srinagar on Tuesday.
While a joint team of BSF and CRPF killed two, third hid himself.
After a 10-hour-long operation, all three terrorists were neutralised.
While the operation was a joint effort, the forces have varying accounts of the incident.

The inside story of the Srinagar BSF encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A nine-hour long gun-battle was what it took to neutralize the three Jaish-E-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists who had infiltrated inside the 182nd Battalion Camp of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar in the wee hours of Tuesday but security forces have reason to believe that there are four more JeM cadres who are still roaming free in the Valley and plotting another fidayeen attack.“There is credible information that 10 JeM terrorists had infiltrated into the Valley a few days back. Three of them were killed in the encounter in Pulwama where they attacked the District Police Lines. Of the seven who were remaining, three were neutralized today. That still leaves us with four more terrorists who are still out there planning the next fidayeen attack,” reliable sources told WION/DNA.The BSF Battalion Camp that came under attack today is located in close proximity of the Srinagar International Airport, in the Humhama area falling in Budgam district. And while security agencies maintained that the airport was not the target, the possibility of them using this camp as a base to launch an attack on the airport was not being ruled out completely.The three terrorists who were gunned down today had been spotted in a black-coloured Alto car on the Pulwana-Budgam border late Monday night. Two of them were clad in BSF uniform while the third was in civilian clothing, sources said. In the wee hours today, these terrorists used a wire-cutter to cut the perimeter wire of the BSF camp to get inside. “It appeared to be a brand new, newly-purchased wire-cutter,” a source said.As soon as the three terrorists gained entry inside the camp from the back side of the Subordinate Officers’ (SO) Mess, they ran into different directions. While one of them dashed toward the Administrative Block, the second made his way to the SO Mess and the third made a run towards the canteen.It was then that the terrorist who was running towards the canteen—wearing civilian clothes–was challenged by a BSF sentry. “This terrorist responded with firing a burst but was not good enough for this sentry who took him out swiftly,” a source revealed.The other two terrorists managed to enter the Administrative Block and the SO Mess, respectively. “It was in the SO Mess that this terrorist martyred the BSF Assistant Sub Inspector. Before he could cause more damage, he was overpowered by the JCOs there who snatched his weapon and neutralized him,” the source said.Meanwhile, the terrorist who entered the Administration Block opened fire and injure an Exchange Operator and 2-3 more BSF personnel, one of whom was hit by a bullet in the abdomen. This terrorist was finally neutralized when he tried to escape from the Administration Block by running away.Sources said the three JeM terrorists were heavily armed. They were carrying AK-47s and Pakistani-made Shaheen pistols. A US-made sabre knife (having a compass) was also recovered from one of the killed terrorists.

BSF-IAF Joint Women Camel Expedition-2017 completes its journey across border villages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF-IAF Joint Women Camel Expedition-2017, which passed through various border villages in three states of the country and covered a distance of 1,368 kilometers, today culminated at the JCP Attari here.The expedition passed through border villages and towns of Gujarat (443 kms), Rajasthan (609 kms) and Punjab (316 kms).It was flagged-off from the IAF Station in Uttarlai, Rajasthan on August 15.The aim of the expedition was to promote awareness regarding the campaigns like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Women Empowerment’ among the border population, said BSF DIG (Punjab Frontier) R S Kataria.The expedition comprised 20 women representatives of both the BSF and IAF.The BSF 11-member contingent was led by Tanushree Pareek, AC, (the first lady officer in BSF), whereas SQN LDR Anioushka Lomas was leading the nine-member contingent of the IAF.It entered Punjab on September 23 at Border Out Post Nejeke, Sector BSF Abohar, where it was accorded a grand reception.The joint expedition covered 316 kms in the state and passed through border areas as well as towns of Sector Abohar, Ferozepur and Amritsar.The expedition also aimed to build a positive image of the BSF and to promote the spirit of adventure and enterprise among the population, especially youth and women in the country, Kataria said.

BSF issues warning to Pak; says provocative action wil be responded with ‘equal and more measure’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Any provocative action by the Pakistani forces will be responded to with “equal and more measures”, BSF told Pakistan Rangers today as their senior commanders held a meeting against the backdrop of cross-border firing incidents.The Sector commanders of BSF and Pakistan Rangers held a flag meeting, after a gap of about seven months, a BSF spokesman said here.The meeting in Suchetgarh sector of the International Border, which lasted for about 105 minutes, took place on the request of Pakistan Rangers, the spokesman told PTI.Both sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the International Border, the spokesman said.”The meeting was held in a cordial and positive atmosphere and both sides agreed to expedite the implementation of the decisions taken in an earlier meeting,” he said.However, the Indian side made it clear to the Pakistani delegation that “any provocative action would be responded to with equal or stronger responses.”The BSF strongly objected to the sniper fire from the Pakistani side in which its two soldiers — constables Brijendra Bahadur and K K Appa Rao — were killed, the spokesman said.”The BSF also protested the unprovoked cross-border firing and shelling on a number of Indian border villages leading to the death of a woman in Arnia sector on September 4,” he said.Infiltration attempts at night were also discussed, the spokesman said.”The Pakistan Rangers assured to take measures to maintain peace at border with a request that the BSF should also exercise restraint to ensure minimum loss of civilian lives on the Pakistani side,” the spokesman said.He said the two sides decided to re-energise instant communication between the field commanders to resolve petty matters.The Indian delegation, comprising 17 officers, was led by BSF DIG (Jammu Sector) P S Dhiman, while the 14-member Pakistani side was led by Sector Commander of Chenab Rangers (Sialkot Punjab) Brig Amjad Hussain.The last Sector Commander-level meeting between the two forces was held on March 9.

Netas skip slain BSF jawan’s funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When heavily-armed militants stormed the house of Border Security Force (BSF) constable Mohammad Ramzan Parrey aka Rameez last evening, he chose to fight rather than retreat to safety.A true brave-heart, Ramzan tried to overpower and snatch the riffle of one of the militants who had come to abduct him, something that they had earlier done to 22-year-old slain army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz.But, even as he grappled with one the terrorists, others pumped a volley of bullets into his head and attacked his family members with cleavers injuring his father, two brothers and an aunt. Ramzan’s father Ghulam Ahmad Parrey has slipped into coma.Deputy Inspector General of BSF Arvinder Singh said Ramzan fought bravely despite being unarmed and his martyrdom will not go in vain.”He was a brave man. He fought bravely despite being unarmed. Militants were armed with guns and sharp edged weapons. They fired at him and he embraced martyrdom”, he said.Meanwhile, in a repeat of what has become a practice with politicians in the Jammu and Kashmir, including ministers of the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government, the political class was absent from the wreath laying ceremony of the braveheart today.It was left to the BSF, Army and police officers to pay last respects to the fallen hero of Hajin on Thursday. There was no one from the Jammu and Kashmir government or opposition at the wreath laying ceremony. Even when the body was taken to home no minister, MLA or any political worker joined the last rites of the fallen hero.”Nobody from the government visited us. Only the officers of security forces were present at the wreath laying ceremony”, said Showkat Ahmad Parrey, cousin of the martyr.While all that the Chief Minister did was to issue a cursory statement, condemning the killing, former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah too issued a statement condemning the brutal killing.Politicians’ apathy notwithstanding, local people rose as one and observed a total shutdown in Hajin area against the killing.Refusing to bow down to dear, people shut their shops and business establishments in the area as a mark of respect to the BSF constable. “A young man has died, how can we open our shops”, said a shopkeeper sitting on his shop front.Hundreds of people visited the house of the dead BSF jawan.Recalling the turn of events leading to the killing, Ramzan’s cousin told DNA, “Militants asked Ramzan to show his identity card which he refused. There was an altercation and he tried to overpower one of the militants. Other family members too joined in and tried to snatch their weapons. They however opened fire killing him on the spot. Later they attacked our family with sharp knives injuring four of them.”Ramzan, incidentally, belongs to a family which has many others serving the nation. His three cousin brothers are in the army and BSF.A 2011 recruit, the 30 year old Ramzan was posted in 73rd battalion of BSF deployed in Baramulla district. Ramzan had come on leave and was staying with his family for over two weeks. He was scheduled to report to duty next month.A fitness freak, Ramzan was a volleyball champion and was teaching young village kids how to remain fit. “You can see dumbbells and weightlifting equipment is still lying in the floor. He was teaching young kids about fitness”, said a local village boyMeanwhile, police say the killing was the handiwork of the Lashkar-e-Toiba. “Whatever report we have gathered is that there has been the movement of Lashkar-e-Toiba militants led by Mehmood Bhai in the area. It was Mehmood and his associates (who stormed the house and killed Constable Ramzan). They were three to four in number”, said Nitish Kumar, Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir.ON THE BACK FOOTPolice said militants have suffered reverses in the last few months
So they are now resorting to killing unarmed people
The security forces are confident they will neutralise militants soon

Honeypreet Insan, BHU, Line of Control and small explosion in London: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1: Will Honeypreet Insan get bail? Delhi High Court’s order at 6:30 pmThe Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce its order on the anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, the ‘adopted daughter’ of rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday was hearing the anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet, who approached the court saying that she is ready to cooperate in the probe from the day after tomorrow. The court, however, asked her why she didn’t approach Punjab and Haryana High Court instead. Read full story here2: India gives befitting reply to Pak Army’s intrusion attempt in KupwaraIndian Army on Tuesday effectively thwarted an attempt by Pakistan’s Border Action Team to intrude in the Keran Sector in Jammu and and Kashmir’s Kupwara at the Line of Control. According to the army sources, 7-8 armed intruders of Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team attempted an intrusion at around 1 pm in Kupwara’s Keran Sector. Armed intruders came near Indian posts and were supported by nearby Pakistan posts by mortar and small arms fire. Read full story here 3: UP govt orders judicial inquiry in BHU violenceThe Adityanath government ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence on the campus of the Banaras Hindu University. A number of journalists including women and two journalists were injured in a lathi charge by police at protest on Saturday night. “A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the incidents,” UP government spokesperson and cabinet minister Srikant Sharma said. Read full story here 4: Dussehra alert! Banks to remain closed for 4 days, keep cash handyAhead of the festive weekend, Banks would remain closed for four straight days starting from September 29 till October 2. There would be a bank holiday on account of Ram Navmi on Friday followed by Dusshera on Saturday. On October 1, there would be Sunday. The following day is also a holiday on account of Gandhi Jayanti. As the festive season would kick off, there might be possibilities of cash crunch at the ATMs. Read full story here5: Pak exposed, intel officer accuses his own spy agency of ‘protecting’ terroristsDays after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hit out at Islamabad for creating terrorism, a Pakistani spy has now accused his own agency of ‘protecting’ terrorists, exposing Islamabad’s double standard. Malik Mukhtar Ahmed Shahzada, an assistant sub-inspector has accused Intelligence Bureau (IB) of ‘protecting’ terrorists and filed a petition in a court requesting for a thorough probe in the matter, said media reports. Read full story here

Border areas resemble ghost towns as Pak shelling continues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fear has replaced festivities in the border areas, which have virtually become ghost towns, with Pakistan continuing shelling on the civilian areas along the International Border in the Arnia and Ramgarh sectors of Jammu division.Police said three jawans and two civilians were injured in the fresh cross-border shelling in RS Pora and Ramgarh sectors during Friday night. Pakistan Rangers used mortars, automatics and small arms to target over half a dozen BSF out posts and civilian areas in the firing that started at 10 pm.Pakistani forces are using heavy calibre long range weapons including 120 mm mortars, with a range of seven kilometres, and 82 mm mortars, having range of 4.5 kilometres, to inflict maximum damage deep into the civilian areas near the IB.Police said the Arnia town and neighbouring areas have turned into ghost towns as hundreds of families have abandoned their homes and taken shelter either in relief camps or escape Pakistani shelling.”Around 15 to 20 houses have been damaged in the shelling. Three animals have died. Three civilians were injured. Entire Arnia town was deserted in the night. People took shelter at friends and relatives homes elsewhere. Some also came to our shelter houses to escape shelling,” said Surinder Chaudhary, sub-divisional police officer, RS Pora.”We are staying at our relatives homes for night. During the day male members visit homes to take care and feed the animals,” said a local resident from Arnia.State government has established 15 shelter camps for the shelling-affected of Arnia sector. Police said around 727 civilians trapped in different places in Arnia sector were evacuated to safer places two days ago.

BSF using ‘chilli and stun grenades’ to stop Rohingya Muslims from entering India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using “chilli and stun grenades” to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, officials said on Friday.Border forces have been authorised to use “rude and crude” methods to stop any infiltration attempts. “We don’t want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won’t tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil,” said a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi. “We’re using grenades containing chilli spray to stop hundreds of Rohingyas trying to enter India … the situation is tense,” added the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to media.More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when a coordinated attack by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces triggered a counteroffensive, killing at least 400 people, mainly militants. The United Nations has called the assault a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Densely populated Bangladesh is struggling to shelter all the refugees desperate for space to set up shacks, sparking worries in India that the influx could spill into its territory.
ALSO READ Rohingya are not refugees and will be deported, says Rajnath SinghR.P.S. Jaswal, a deputy inspector general of the BSF patrolling a large part of the border in West Bengal, said his troops were told to use both chilli grenades and stun grenades to push back the Rohingya. A chilli grenade makes use of a naturally-occurring compound in chilli powder to cause severe irritation and temporarily immobilise its target. The Modi government has made its intention clear that Rohingya Muslims are security threat and hence needed to be deported, in an affidavit to Supreme Court.
ALSO READ BSF jawans visit Bengal enclaves looking for Rohingya MuslimsSeeking to get legal clearance for the deportation plan, the home ministry told the Supreme Court this week it would confidentially provide it with intelligence information showing Rohingya links with Pakistan-based militants. Most of the peace loving refugees had no link to criminal activity, two Rohingya men protesting against the deportation move told India’s top court on Friday.Police have arrested a suspected al Qaeda member they believe was trying to recruit Rohingya in the country to fight security forces in Myanmar. More than 270 Rohingya have been in Indian jails since 2014. “Our investigations have revealed that Al Qaeda wants to use India and Bangladesh as their base to start a religious war against Myanmar,” said New Delhi police official Pramod Singh Khuswah. “Clearly they are a threat to our security.”

Punjab: BSF guns down two Pakistani intruders; AK 47 rifle, four kg heroin recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Pakistani intruders were killed on Wednesday as the Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an infiltration bid across International Boundary in Ajnala sector near Amritsar, in Punjab.When challenged by the BSF troops, infiltrators fired on ambush line with automatic weapons. Taking cover, the fire was appropriately retaliated and infiltrators were neutralised near Border Security Fence.The security forces also recovered four kg heroin, AK 47 rifle. The slain intruders were also carrying Pakistani mobile with SIM.Following recoveries have been made from the slain intruders► Heroin- 04 pkts (01 kg each)► AK-47 Rifle- 01► AK Mag- 01► 7.62 mm rounds: 23 nos.►​ 9mm Pistol- 01► Pistol mag- 01► 9mm rounds- 04 nos.► Pak mob with SIM: 01► Pakistani currency- Approx 20,000/-

No talks with Pakistan till it stops aiding cross-border terrorism: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday ruled out talks with Pakistan until it stops aiding cross-border terrorism aimed at destabilising India.Speaking at a public meeting here as part of Telangana Liberation Day celebrations, Singh said India has a policy of maintaining cordial relations with neighbours. “Some people suggest that we should engage in dialogue with Pakistan. I would like to say that we are ready to talk to anyone. But Pakistan is unable to understand this thing, till Pakistan does not stop its attempts to destabilise and weaken India by encouraging cross-border terrorism, holdings talks with it has no meaning.”He also referred to the oath-taking ceremony of the Modi government in 2014, when premiers of all neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, were invited. “The idea was that we wanted to build good relations with all of them. We invited them not just for shaking hands, but to maintain cordial relations,” the home minister said. The government is determined to stop all sorts of destabilising activities in the country, he said, and alleged that Pakistan is violating ceasefire agreements. “It started sending terrorists into our country. It violates ceasefire agreements. I want to assure you that we will end terrorism, extremism and Naxalism too,” he asserted.The situation on the border has changed as India began giving befitting reply to the enemy, which has “set an example in country’s history”, Singh said.Recalling an incident where five Indian civilians were killed in cross-border firing by Pakistan, the home minister said he had a conversation with a top official of the Border Security Force in 2014 where he asked the official to act tough on intruders and Pakistan’s anti-India activities. “I told the BSF DG not to show ‘white flag’ (signal for talks) next time but give them a befitting reply.” Singh also cautioned people against those trying to divide the country on the basis of community, caste and language. “Today, the (Telangana) Liberation Day, we have to take a pledge that we will ensure that the country will not be divided on the lines of community, caste and language. Those who try to weaken the country are anti-national forces. I want to assure you that no power in the world can weaken India,” he said.The period between August 15, 1947 and September 17, 1948 was “a black chapter in the Indian history” as some parts (of present-day Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka) remained under Nizam’s rule even after India’s Independence, he said. While Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel achieved political unification of the country, Dr. B R Ambedkar achieved social and constitutional unity, he said. He said the BJP-led NDA government has zero tolerance for corruption and there was not a single such allegation against it. He also hailed Prime Minister Modi as a pro-poor leader.The people of the country would never forget September 17 as it happens to be Modi’s birthday, and also the day when this region was liberated (from the Nizam rule, in 1948), he said. Speaking at the event, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir paid tribute to Sardar Patel, saying that because of him Telangana was merged into the Indian union. “The Congress and TRS never gave importance to this day. But we will give it importance. This is our duty. There is no politics in this. PM Narendra Modi has also conveyed his wishes to you on this day,” Ahir said. Former Union Minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya, BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao and state party president K Laxman also spoke. Dharmapuri Arvind, son of TRS’ Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas, joined the BJP in the presence of Rajnath Singh at the event.

Pak violates ceasefire on International border, jawan killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension gripped International Border (IB) on Friday after Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the Indian forward positions and civilian areas, leaving a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier dead and a civilian injured in Arnia sector of RS Pora in the Jammu division.Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh was on a duty at Forward Post near the fence when Pakistan Rangers opened fire at 3 am on Friday. Singh suffered bullet injuries in his abdomen and was rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital Jammu where he was declared dead on arrival.”Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh, who attained martyrdom during heavy firing from other side of the border, defended duty post valiantly by giving befitting reply to suppress enemy fire,” said a BSF spokesman.Hailing from Vidya Bhawan Naraypur village of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh, the 32-year-old is survived by wife Sushmita Singh. Cremation will take place at his native village on Saturday.”As a peaceful country we never initiate fire from our side. But we will never hesitate to give befitting reply if we are compelled,” said Ram Awtar, inspector general of BSF, Jammu Frontier.A tearful homage was paid to the martyr at a solemn ceremony held at Jammu on Friday. Leading the nation to pay homage was Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh.”Sacrifice of martyrs shall be remembered forever. BSF has the history of bravery. BSF is the most professional force to protect the sovereignty of the national boundary and people of nation can sleep fearlessly while border men are on duty,” Dr Singh said.Intermittent firing continued from both sides through the night at different sectors. Pakistan Rangers also used long range mortars to pound Indian positions. “Pak violated ceasefire at Nikowal, Budhwar, Buley-Chak, S.H.Beh and Shahnaz-Arnia Sectors, Jammu last night. BSF jawan killed, civilian injured”, tweeted Jammu and Kashmir Police. GFX 2017285 – Ceasefire violations along LoC (till Aug 1)23 – Ceasefire violations along IB (till Aug 1)308 – Total cross-border firing incidents (till Aug 1)2016228 – Ceasefire violations along LoC221 – Ceasefire violations along IB449 – Total cross-border firing incidents2015253 – Ceasefire violations along LoC152 – Violations along IB405 – Total cross-border firing incidents

India, China to enhance defence personnel cooperation to avoid Doklam-like incidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to avoid Dokalam-like situation, India and China today decided to make more efforts, including strong contact and cooperation between their defence personnel.This was announced by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar after a “constructive and forward-looking” bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two leaders emphasised on the need to make efforts to enhance and strengthen the mutual trust between the two sides, he said, adding it was agreed that “the security and defence personnel must maintain strong contacts and cooperation and ensure that the situation which happened recently do not recur.”The prime minister met the Chinese leader for more than an hour during which they also talked about inter-governmental mechanism such as joint economic group, security group and strategic group which can help both countries move forward.This was the first substantive meeting between the two leaders after the 73-day Dokalam face-off.The Chinese and the Indian troops were engaged in a standoff since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army.On August 28, India’s External Affairs Ministry announced that New Delhi and Beijing have decided on “expeditious disengagement” of their border troops in the disputed Dokalam area.India and China had set up a working mechanism in 2013 to ensure peace and tranquility along the border between the two countries.Under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), officials from the foreign ministries and militaries of both the neighbours meet periodically to resolve issues that may affect maintenance of peace along the border.The two sides also hold sectoral commanders meeting at various border points.India asserts that the border dispute covered nearly 4,057-km long Line of Actual Control, while China claims that it confined to about 2,000-km to the area of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers as Southern Tibet.In 2003, both the countries had set up the Special Representatives mechanism to resolve the boundary dispute and several rounds of talks were held since then on the vexed boundary dispute.The Indian side is led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval while State Councillor Yang Jiechi represents China as the SR.

J&K: Terrorist killed in Kulgam encounter was involved in Lt Umar Fayaz’s murder

Updated: Sep 2, 2017, 01:35 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, who was gunned down by the 62 Rashtriya Rifle (RR) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) at Tantripora village of Kulgam district on Saturday morning, has been identified as Ishfaq Padder, who was involved in the killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz.The mobile internet services were also snapped in Shopian and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir following the encounter.On specific input, a joint team of security forces had laid an ambush to trap this terrorist.
ALSO READ J&K: Army officer Ummer Fayaz killed by terrorists, govt calls it ‘dastardly act of cowardice’After the successful elimination of one, the security forces are looking for his accomplices.Yesterday, one of the five injured policemen of the Pantha Chowk terrorist attack succumbed to his injuries.
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelters target Army officer Ummer Fayaz’s funeral procession, Centre assures justice At least five police personnel got injured after terrorists attacked their bus at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar.An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Border Security Force (BSF) also lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Fresh terror attack in Valley, two policemen lose lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Militants attacked a police bus, killing one and injuring three others near Zeewan on Friday, while Pakistan killed a BSF officer in a sniper attack on the Line of Control (LoC).The attack on the bus took place on Friday evening when armed militants ambushed a police bus of the 9th battalion of the Indian Reserve Police, which was on its way to the armed police complex. Four cops sustained wounds and were shifted to the hospital where head constable Krishan Lal succumbed.”Terrorists fired at a police bus in Zeewan, on the outskirts of Srinagar. Four cops were injured, of whom one succumbed. The others are stable,” said a police spokesman. The three injured cops have been identified as constable Mehraj-ud-din, head constable Abdul Hamid and head constable Shabir Ahmad. Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed responsibility for the attack.Locals immediately helped the injured cops.The attack comes against the backdrop of a security alert sounded by the police after intelligence agencies warned militant strikes on the eve of Bakri Eid in the Kashmir valley. Police said two groups of Jaish-e-Mohammad are still hiding either in south Kashmir or the fringes of Srinagar.This is the fourth attack on cops in the past week. Four CRPF men and four Jammu and Kashmir policemen were killed and six others were injured when Jaish-e-Mohommad fidayeen stormed the District Police Lines in Pulwama on Auigust 26 . Three Pakistani fidayeens were later eliminated in 20-hour encounter.On Monday, militants killed an assistant sub inspector (ASI) of Jammu and Kashmir police when they fired at him from point blank range in broad daylight in the Anantnag town of south Kashmir. On Thursday a sub inspector was injured when militants fired at him in Shopian district of south Kashmir.In a separate incident, 50-year-old assistant sub inspector (ASI) of Border Security Force (BSF) was killed when the Pakistan army fired on Indian forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch district.A BSF spokesman said ASI Kamaljit Singh sustained bullet injuries and was evacuated from the post but succumbed later.From Malkana of Bhatinda district in Punjab, ASI Singh had joined the BSF in 1988. “In this hour of grief, Border Security Force stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed,” ? said a BSF spokesperson?

Omar Abdullah’s praise for PM Modi on ending Doklam standoff is a testament to our national unity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, ex-Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah put aside political differences to congratulate PM Modi and his team on ending the Doklam stand-off with China. He praised the government’s diplomatic efforts stating it was even more remarkable because it was done without ‘chest thumping’. He expressed his candid views on Twitter. For a very long time, there was bipartisan support for the government of the day when it came to tackling internal and external security challenges. But in the last few years, we have seen, as our political discourse has coarsened, that has challenged the unwritten rule in Indian politics. So much so, parties have asked for proof when the Indian Army conducted the surgical strike. Sushma Swaraj speaking on Doklam issue, expressed regret that Rahul Gandhi got briefed from the Chinese envoy rather than asking the government about what is the issue on hand. Thus in these divisive times, Omar’s gesture is a rare exception, where an opposition political leader is willing to doff his hat to deft handling of a precarious diplomatic stand-off that could have snowballed into a major conflict. India and China have agreed to “expeditious disengagement” of border personnel at Dokalam, New Delhi said today, a week before the BRICS summit in China that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend. In a major diplomatic breakthrough, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the two countries had maintained “diplomatic communication” and were able to express their views, concerns and interests.Indian Army sources said the process to withdraw troops — India had deployed about 350 Army personnel in the area — from Dokalam near Sikkim was underway. Troops of the two countries have been locked in a standoff in Dokalam since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.
ALSO READ Doklam Stand-off | Expeditious disengagement of border personnel of India and China almost completed: MEAThe MEA statement did not explicitly say if Chinese and Indian troops have withdrawn from the area but China claimed in a statement today that Indian troops have indeed pulled back. China, however, remained ambiguous about the status of its own troops.Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing, “Chinese troops on the ground have verified it. China continues to exercise sovereignty. China will make adjustments according to the situation.” Asked if the Chinese statement means that China has not made any concession, officials in New Delhi said expeditious disengagement implies withdrawal of both parties because a unilateral withdrawal by India would not have needed or required an agreement with China.”In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Dokalam. During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests. “On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site in Dokalam has been agreed to and is on-going,” the MEA statement said. Hua, the Chinese spokesperson, said Indian soldiers and equipment had been pulled back to the Indian side of the border. The Chinese side, she added, continues to patrol the Dokalam area.”The Chinese side continues to uphold sovereignty and territorial integrity according to the historical convention,” she said. The BRICS summit, that brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will be held in the Chinese city of Xiamen from September 3-5. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, and favoured a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.With inputs from PTI

J&K: Three Pak rangers shot dead in retaliatory fire after unprovoked firing upon BSF jawan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Pakistan Rangers were shot dead in Dewra village of Sunderbani in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday and the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated strongly during the cross border firing.Today, four shells of the 51 mm mortar and the two shells of 81/82 mm mortar were exploded in Dewra village.At around 14:50 hours, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked cross border firing in Pargwal area of Jammu region. The BSF is now engaged in a befitting retaliation.Yesterday, Pakistan attacked a BSF jawan while he was standing and drinking water in BOP Budhwar in RS pura of Jammu and Kashmir.A bullet was lodged above the jawan’s ear and he was immediately shifted to the hospital and his condition is stable now.Another terrorist has been neutralised in the ongoing encounter between the security forces and fidayan terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.Meanwhile, the bodies of two Special Police Officers of Jammu and Kashmir, who went missing, were also recovered.So far two terrorists have been killed, while three Jammu and Kashmir police officers and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans Dhanawade Ravindra and Jaswant Singh lost their lives.Jammu and Kashmir DGP S. P Vaid informed the media that the security forces of Army, CRPF and the state police Special Operations Group are trying to clear and evacuate everybody from those blocks, and in the process, have suffered some casualties, but added that the terrorists have been eliminated.A CRPF spokesperson has informed that some members of the security forces were injured in the operation.As for the evacuation operation, Vaid said that it is in the last lap and will be cleared of terrorists, who are at least three in number.He also refuted the possibility of a security lapse that could be responsible for the infiltration, explaining that “You can’t prevent if somebody is ready to die.”The encounter in E block is still underway.

BSF soldier injured in Pak firing on International Border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after India and Pakistan army decided to give peace a chance, Pakistan Rangers opened fire on the International Border (IB) took resort to sniper fire at Border Security Force (BSF) jawans injuring a soldier in the Arnia sector of Jammu division.The incident occurred at noon when BSF jawans were guarding the observation post in the Arnia sector on the IB. “At around 1200 hours, BSF Constable K Appa Rao received bullet injury in a sniper firing carried out by Pakistan Rangers. He was immediately evacuated to Jammu for medical treatment. His condition is stable,” said a BSF spokesman at Jammu Frontier.The incident came two days after India and Pakistan armies held a Battalion Commander Level Flag Meeting at Chakan–da–Bagh in Poonch Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) and decided to uphold the border ceasefire in letter and spirit.Official figures reveal there were 285 violations by the Pakistani Army recorded till August 1 this year. Around 228 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported along the LoC and 221 incidents of ceasefire violations along the IB.Official figures reveal that around 405 incidents of cross border firing had taken place along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. Of this, 253 were along the IB and 152 incidents along the Line of Control.

India, Pak armies meet at LoC, give peace another chance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winds of peace seem to be blowing again on the Line of Control (LoC) after Indian and Pakistani armies decided to uphold the border ceasefire in letter and spirit.The decision to uphold the ceasefire was taken in a Battalion Commander Level Flag Meeting at Chakan–Da–Bagh in Poonch Sector on Wednesday.The meeting was held against the backdrop of firing and shelling by Pakistan army on Indian posts and civilian areas that has left several Indian soldiers and villagers dead in the Poonch and Rajouri districts of Pir Panjal region of Jammu division.”The Indian delegation highlighted abetment and support of Pakistan Army, to cross border terrorism, sniping actions on Line of Control and deliberate targeting of civil population during cease fire violations. The resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also discussed during the Flag Meeting,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.Lieutenant Colonel Mehta said the meeting, which was held in a cordial atmosphere, lasted for 50 minutes. “Both sides mutually agreed to the importance of exercising restraint on the Line of Control and keeping the channels of communication open between local commanders. Both sides also agreed for necessity to institute mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquility along the Line of Control,” he said.Official figures reveal there were 285 violations recorded this year by the Pakistani Army till August 1 this year. Around 228 such incidents of ceasefire violations were reported along the LoC in 2016. Last year 221 incidents of ceasefire violations were also reported from the International border.Official figures reveal that around 405 incidents of cross-border firing have taken place along the Indo-Pak border in J&K in 2015. Of this 253 incidents have taken place along the International Border and 152 incidents along the Line of Control.

India releases seven Pakistani nationals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In yet another goodwill gesture, the Government of India on Tuesday released seven Pakistani nationals and handed them over to Islamabad at the Wagah border near Amritsar. The Pakistani nationals were handed over to Pakistani Rangers by the India?s Border Security Force (BSF) troops. Earlier in March, India had released 39 Pakistani prisoners. On July 1, in a step aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs had exchanged the lists of nationals of their respective countries who are currently lodged in the jails of the other country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India and China troops clash along Himalayan border

The altercation near Ladakh comes within months of a stand-off along another portion of the border.

On Pakistan’s Independence Day, soldiers exchange sweets at Wagah border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Celebrating the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, Pakistani Rangers today gifted a box of sweets to the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indian side of Attari/Wagah border here.Security personnel of both the sides hugged and shook hands with each other, besides sharing pleasantries for a few minutes, officials said.Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal shook hands with BSF Commandant Sudeep during the sweet giving ceremony to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration at the Joint Check Post of Attari/Wagah border, they said.The BSF personnel would offer traditional Indian sweets to their Pakistani counterparts on the 71st Independence Day of India tomorrow, they added.

I-Day: 16 ITBP personnel awarded medals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixteen ITBP officials have been awarded the President’s police medals for distinguished and meritorious service on the eve of Independence Day. The awardees of the distinguished service medal include Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) Jaspal Singh and A K Negi and Inspector Om Prakash. Thirteen others, including Commandant G C Purohit, have been awarded the President’s police medals for meritorious service. The 90,000-personnel strong Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is tasked with guarding the 3,488-km Sino-India frontier apart from rendering a variety of duties in the internal security domain of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajnath donates one month’s salary to the fund for martyrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today donated one month’s salary to a fund, which helps families of paramilitary personnel who laid down their lives fighting extremists. The cheque of Rs 1.59 lakh was handed over by the home minister to Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi here at a special function, where Singh launched a social media awareness campaign regarding the ‘BharatKeVeer’ fund, which so far gathered about Rs 15 crore, a home ministry official said. “I’m launching a social media awareness campaign regarding #BharatKeVeer on @Twitter on the eve of India’s Independence Day (sic),” he tweeted. “The security forces have made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and the people need to stand by their families to support them,” he was quoted as saying in a home ministry statement. Union ministers of state for home Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj Ahir are also expected to donate their one month’s salary to the ‘BharatKeVeer’ fund soon. Singh also launched emoji of the ‘BharatKeVeer’ fund and appealed to the citizens to support the martyrs’ families. General public can visit the app and the website ‘BharatKeVeer’ and make a contribution to support the families of the jawans who died in the line of duty. The monetary contributions made on the website go straight into the bank account of martyred soldier’s family. The main objective of the portal (bharatkeveer.gov.in) is to enable the public to help the families of soldiers by donating money online directly to the individual braveheart’s account or to ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ corpus. Bravehearts from the following armed forces are among the major forces included in the portal for the contribution. They are: Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP), Assam Rifles (AR), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF-India), National Security Guards (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Elaborate security in Rajasthan ahead of I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the Independence Day celebrations in Rajasthan tomorrow. All the district SPs have been alerted and asked to ensure foolproof security arrangement in view of the Independence Day, a senior official said. “Adequate security arrangements are well in place. All hotels and public places are being thoroughly checked since the last four days to check any suspicious activity,” according to IG Law and order B L Meena. Another official said that Quick Reaction Team (QRT) and additional policemen have been deployed in the city, including in and around SMS stadium where the state-level independence day function will take place. Sensitive areas are being provided additional security. Vigil at the Indo-Pak border has also been intensified by the Border Security Force on the Indo-Pak border. BSF IG Anil Paliwal said that the BSF men are conducting intense vigil and patrolling along the border area. The desert state’s four districts namely Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner and Sriganganagar share border with Pakistan. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and others have extended greetings for the Independence day. In her message, Raje said that providing equal opportunities to all sections of the society including the backward, women, poor, farmers and labourers will be the real tribute to those freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifices for the independence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops bust Naxal camp in Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today busted a naxal camp operational in the Abuzhmad area at the border of this district and Chhattisgarh following an encounter.Police seized some guns and naxal material from the spot.Notably, police found some horses in the camp, which indicates the presence of a senior cadre in the area, an official said.The skirmish occurred around 2 pm at the border of Gadchiroli and Narayanpur districts in the Abujhmad area, considered a bastion of the ultras, between the Anti-Naxal Squad of the police and naxlaites, he said.”The ultras fled the spot after realising that the police are closing in on them,” the senior official said.During the search of the area, the police located the camp and seized three bharmar guns.”Police also found six horses, items of daily use, and some naxal literature. Mostly, senior cadres use horses in the Abuzhmad forest area. The presence of horses indicates that a very senior Maoist like Bhupati might be operating in this area,” the official added.

Pakistan shelling keeps border dwellers away from homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forced to take shelter in camps in five schools in Nowshera sector, border dwellers are reluctant to go back to their homes even after three months due to repeated shelling and firing by Pakistani troops.The affected villagers rue lack of proper medical facilities and other amenities at the camps which have become their second homes.”We have been facing Pakistani aggression for decades but over the past two years, the situation along the LoC has become very grave. We prefer to stay away from our homes rather than becoming sitting ducks for unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops from across the border,” Parshotam Lal, a resident of Jhangar village along the zero line in Nowshera sector, told PTI.Four civilians have been killed and five others were injured in firing by Pakistani troops in different sectors of Rajouri district in the recent past.District Development Commissioner, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the government is planning to construct nearly 7000 underground “individual and community” bunkers along the LoC for the safety of civilians and has already submitted the project report to the Centre for its approval and funding.The government has already started construction of 100 bunkers in the worst-hit Nowshera district under the local area development fund and the work is in progress.Lal, who is sarpanch of this village along with that of nearby Sariya, said nearly 830 families comprising over 3600 persons are living in the five camps set up by the government in different schools including two higher secondary schools for the displaced border population of Nowshera sector.In addition, several hundred other residents of half a dozen villages located near the zero line or vulnerable areas are living with their relatives.Nearly 10,000 border residents have been affected in the Pakistani shelling which intensified after May 10 this yearMajority of them were shifted to camps set up by the government.However, several thousand returned to their homes after the firing incidents dropped.”Last year, we lost standing crop to the shelling as we could not attend to the crop in time. This time most of the residents have not been able to carry out farming activities, which is the main source of our living, he said, adding besides two deaths, dozens of livestock perished in the Pakistani firing.Inderjeet Mahi, also a resident of Jhangar, said earlier the firing used to take place once in several months but the frequency has gone since last year.”For the past two years, there is almost daily firing from across the border targeting our village. Mortar shelling has added to our fears leaving us with no choice but to move to safer places, he said.Lal, a resident of Sehar village, said the government is providing 11 kg of flour and rice per per per family each month which is not enough .”We need money to meet other demands.Some of us are working as labourers but this is a small town and there is not much to do here to earn a living, he said.The District Development Commissioner said the administration was doing its best to provide ameliorate the sufferings of the people putting up in camps.”The district administration is providing them free rations, electricity, water, schooling for their children and accommodation, he said.Choudhary said the district administration is aware of their issues.”We have identified land to provide them plots in safer zones and a decision in this direction is expected shortly.We have prepared a project for construction of 6121 individual bunkers and 700 community bunkers and submitted the proposal to the Centre for its approval and funding, he said.The officer said while the proposal is pending, the district administration had already started construction of 100 bunkers in Nowshera sector.We are also planning to construct 100 more bunkers in another worst hit area of Manjakote, he said.He said the administration has started class work of displaced students so that their studies are not affected inside camps.However, the sarpanch said their children are disturbed due to the firing and subsequent displacement.Over a dozen schools along the LoC are still closed in the sector though most of the 67 closed schools reopened over the weekend after remaining shut for a week in the wake of fresh Pakistani shelling.”Once back home, we have to deposit electricity charges and school fee. The government is not giving any concession ignoring the fact that Pakistani firing has rendered us without any source of income, he said demanding cash assistance to meet their day-today needs.Mohammad Latief, a resident of Makdi village, said a plot of land for the border residents was a long pending demand of the people as they can move there temporarily in case of firing from across the border.He said non-availability of adequate medical facilities is putting the lives of injured persons in danger.”Each community health centre should be equipped with adequate manpower, latest machinery and an ambulance to meet any eventuality in view of the hostile situation along the borders, he said.To safeguard their property and feed their livestock, the sarpanch said the villagers have stationed groups of volunteers in abandoned villages to keep away anti-social elements from taking advantage of the situation.The border villagers of Manjakote tehsil, however, stayed back at their homes and did not move to the camps.The area is being frequently targeted by Pakistan, causing several casualties, both among humans and livestock in the past.The majority of the people are staying back despite adverse conditions.”We are habitual to border skirmishes and take precautionary measures whenever shelling takes place. We want the government to take necessary measures like construction of protection bunkers and easily available first aid to avoid casualties in Pakistani firing, Ashrafuddin said.The health department has requisitioned 10 ambulances and is filling up vacant posts of doctors and para-medical staff to address the demand of the people, an official of the department said.

Indian Army enhances troop level along Sikkim, Arunachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Indian Army has enhanced its troop level along the entire stretch of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh as part of annual exercise in high altitude area. This part of exercise is conducted every year in September, but this time it was advanced, sources state. It was conducted so that soldiers in plain area are exposed and thus acclimatised to the forward locations of high altitude. As the Border Personnel Meeting led by a Major General Rank officer from both the sides remained inconclusive, it is expected that the meeting will be conducted again after raising the level to Lt General Officer leading the delegation from both sides. The Chinese side has insisted on India withdrawing its troops from Doklam immediately where India has proposed to withdraw simultaneously with Chinese withdrawal. The Doklam issue erupted when China started building a road claiming Doklam to be its territory. The status of the meeting, which was supposed to take place on August 15, remains unclear due to the current standoff.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, China flag meeting remain inconclusive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior army officials from India and China today held a flag meeting at Nathu La mountain pass in Sikkim and extensively discussed the Dokalam standoff but the “deliberations remained inconclusive”, sources said. In the Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) attended by Major General rank officers from both sides, India insisted that the face-off could be resolved through simultaneous withdrawal of troops by the Indian and Chinese sides, they said. Today’s deliberations follow a meeting between brigade commanders of the two sides on August 8. “The meeting remained inconclusive as the Chinese side insisted on withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam immediately,” a senior Indian official said. The BPM set up was launched by both countries to sort out local issues and ensure peace and tranquillity along the sensitive border. The two sides hold BPM in five points which include Daulat Beg Oldie in northern Ladakh, Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh, Chusul in Ladakh, Bum-La near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and Nathu-La in Sikkim. India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for nearly eight weeks after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau. Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims it to be its territory. China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam. The Chinese state media, particularly, have carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand- off slamming India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had recently said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff. India also conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Road-making work in Sikkim slows

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam near Sikkim, only 6.7 km of road construction has taken place near the border areas in the state this year.A military standoff continues between Indian and Chinese forces since mid-June as the Indian Army resisted China’s efforts to build a road in the strategically important Doklam area in Bhutan referred to as Donglong by the Chinese. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan and is close to the strategic Chumbi Valley in Chinese control at a tri-junction bordering India, China and Bhutan.In the last two years, 654 km of roads were constructed in states sharing a border with China. While Jammu and Kashmir that also shares a border with Pakistan recorded the maximum construction of 283 km, Sikkim the point of the ongoing standoff has had only 49 km of roads built since 2015.In Arunachal Pradesh, 200 km of roads was built since 2015-16, 40 km was constructed in Himachal Pradesh and 82 km in Uttarakhand.Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre, in a written reply, informed the Rajya Sabha that out of 519 roads, 61 roads of length measuring 3,417 km have been identified as strategic Indo-China Border Roads (ICBR).Devpt woesWhile Jammu and Kashmir that also shares a border with Pakistan recorded the maximum construction of 283 km, Sikkim the point of the ongoing standoff has had only 49 km of roads built since 2015.

An editorial appearing in the People?s Daily said Indian troops crossing into Chinese territory is totally illegal.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> State-run media in China has once again warned India not to underestimate Beijing?s resolve to defend its territorial sovereignty. The daily also warned India that China is taking ?all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests.? The comment came after China?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), on August 2, published an official document giving its side of the story, entitled ?The Facts and China?s Position Concerning the Indian Border Troops? Crossing of the China-India Boundary in the Sikkim Sector into the Chinese Territory? It alleged that Indian border troops, after ?illegally crossing the border? on June 18, were illegally staying in Chinese territory. Further stressing on the established boundary between India and China, the paper termed India?s alleged crossing the border to be ?reckless and rude.? The report read, ?It is universally recognized that once a boundary is established by a convention, it will come under particular protection by international law, the commentary noted, stressing that the China-India boundary in Sikkim sector is delimited by the 1890 Convention between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet.? The daily cited a convention signed between Britain and China, in 1890, relating to Sikkim and Tibet and said that according to that convention, Doklam was indisputably Chinese territory. The article however admits that Chinese and Indian sides have been in discussion on making the boundary in the Sikkim Sector an ?early harvest? in the settlement of the entire boundary question during the meetings between the Special Representatives on the China-India Boundary Question, but pointed out at the same time that this is mainly in view of a series of considerations. It explained that the boundary in the Sikkim Sector has long been delimited by the 1890 Convention, which was signed between then China and Great Britain. China and India ought to sign a new boundary convention in their own names to replace the 1890 Convention. The Convention also describes the alignment of the boundary in the sector, said the article, and delineates that the actual boundary on the ground follows the watershed and its alignment is easily identifiable. The report further says that after the foundation of the Indian independence and the People?s Republic of China, the governments of both countries inherited ?the 1890 Convention and the delimited China-India boundary in the Sikkim Sector as established by the Convention.? Adding, each of the two sides has for a long time exercised jurisdiction over its side of the boundary delimited by the 1890 Convention without any dispute over the specific alignment of the boundary. The article further denied the justification put forward by India for ?the actions? and termed the latter?s ?security concerns? to be ?ill-founded. ?If India insists on this kind of logic, how can it get along peacefully with its neighboring countries?? the report questioned and stressed India?s claims regarding Doklam (Doklam is a disputed area between China and Bhutan) is ?against the truth and the law.? The daily even alleged that ?India?s intrusion? is ?a severe violation of the UN Charter and its behavior has formed an international delinquency.? The People?s Daily said this does not alter the nature of the boundary in the Sikkim Sector as having already been delimited and should not be used as India?s excuse for illegal trespass, the article continued. The stability and inviolability of boundaries is a fundamental principle enshrined in international law, it further pointed out. It is clear and definite that India?s crossing is illegal, the article emphasized. Since the incident occurred, China has sought to communicate with India through diplomatic channels to resolve the incident. But no country should ever underestimate the resolve of the Chinese government and people to defend China’s territorial sovereignty, the commentary stressed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: 2 jawans injured in blast, accidental fire in Poonch, Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army jawan were injured in a mine blast in the border belt of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.”An anti-personnel mine exploded in the forward area in Poonch in which one jawan suffered injury,” an Army officer said.The injured jawan has been hospitalised.Another jawan was injured when his service rifle accidentally went off in Rajouri district, he said, adding that the injured was undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Fresh flashpoint: Chinese soldiers transgress in ‘demilitarised zone’ in Barahoti of Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chinese soldiers transgressed into Indian territory twice this month in the Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand but the incidents were downplayed by Indian officials today, saying these should not be given “undue importance”.Around 15-20 personnel of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) came 800 metres inside Indian territory in Chamoli district on the morning of July 25, officials said. The incident took place just a day before National Security Adviser Ajit Doval left for Beijing to attend a meeting of NSAs of BRICS. It also comes amid the ongoing standoff between the armies of the two countries in Dokalam at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction. The first transgression took place on July 15 and the other on July 25. In both instances Chinese soldiers numbering about 15-20 came into Indian territory, stayed there for a while and left, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) sources told PTI in Dehradun.On July 25, the PLA troops entered into the Indian territory and even threatened the shepherds grazing cattle in the Barahoti area during their two hours stay, officials in the know said on the condition of anonymity. The Chinese troops left after the Indian side protested. However, official sources said incidents of similar nature have happened in the past but are normally sorted out locally and should not be given undue importance. They said transgressions occur due to differing perceptions of Line of Actual Control (LAC) by the two sides.
ALSO READ Amid Sikkim stand-off, Chinese troops transgress into Barahoti in Uttarakhand”Soldiers of the Chinese army come into our area and leave after staying there for a while. It has been happening for decades. Though we can’t call it routine it is not so unusual movement either,” said a senior ITBP official on the condition of anonymity. In July last year also, Chinese troops had transgressed into Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Barahoti, an 80 sq km sloping pasture about 140 km from the Uttarakhand capital Dehradun, is one of three border posts in what is known the ‘middle sector’, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.It is a “demilitarised zone” where Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to take their weapons, officials said. In 1958, India and China listed Barahoti as a disputed area where neither side would send their troops. In the 1962 war, the PLA did not enter the middle sector and focused on the western (Ladakh) and eastern (Arunachal Pradesh) sectors.After the war, ITBP jawans would patrol the area with weapons in a non-combative manner — with the barrel of the gun facing down. During negotiations on resolving the border dispute, the Indian side unilaterally agreed in June 2000 that ITBP troops would not carry arms in three posts, Barahoti and Kauril and Shipki in Himachal Pradesh. ITBP men go patrolling in civil dress and the Barahoti pasture sees Indian shepherds from border villages tending their sheep and people from Tibet bringing their yaks for grazing.

Uphaar: Ansals directed to inform about their travel plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court today directed real estate barons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, convicted in the Uphaar fire tragedy case, to inform about their travel plans seven days before they go abroad. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, however, made it clear that they will not be required to obtain the court’s permission whenever they travel abroad. Delhi Police had moved an application alleging there were apprehensions that the Ansals may flee the country. They had also pleaded that the businessmen be directed to take prior permission from the court. The counsel for the real estate barons had opposed the plea, saying the businessmen had faced trial in the Uphaar matter for almost a decade and there was never a complaint against them of trying to escape justice. The apex court had recently asked Gopal Ansal to undergo the remaining one-year jail term in the 20-year-old case, while his elder brother Sushil Ansal got relief from incarceration with a prison term already undergone by him in view of age-related complications. Fifty nine people had died in the Uphaar cinema during the screening of Hindi movie ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BRO to construct tunnels to cut down distance to China border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct two tunnels through 4170-metre-high Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, which would cut down the distance to China border through Tawang by 10 km. “The tunnels would cut down at least an hour of travel time between the Army s 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur and Tawang. Moreover, the tunnels would ensure that NH 13 and especially the 171 km stretch between Bomdila and Tawang, remains accessible in all weather conditions,” a BRO release said here today. This is in keeping with India s bid for faster access to the Tibet frontier through the tough terrain of the state in the Eastern Himalayas. RS Rao, the commander of the 42 Border Road Task Force under BRO s Project Vartak has initiated formal requisition to West Kameng Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sonal Swaroop for acquisition of land for construction of Sela Tunnel, the release said. The project constitutes widening of existing single lane road to NH double lane specifications from Baisaki and then taking off a greenfield alignment of length 12.37 km. It also includes construction of two tunnels of length 475 metres and 1790 meters each through Sela-Chabrela ridge meeting the existing Balipara-Chaudur-Tawang road on Nurarang side, it said. The above alignment has been approved by the Chief Engineer, Project Vartak. There is a shorter but less used road along the Bhutan border via Orang in Assam and Kalaktang in Arunachal Pradesh. “Due to construction of tunnels across Sela pass the road length reduces by approximately 6.50 km in addition obviates high altitude, steep gradient and hair pin bends on either side of Sela pass which, would bring relief to commuters as lot of hardships have to be faced in winter season due to snowfall at on Sela pass,” the release said. “Sela tunnel will add to the tourist potential of Tawang and attract more tourists making Tawang a more popular destination in North East region,” it added. “The new alignment of the road to Tawang involves 12. 37 km and the construction of two tunnels to bypass Sela and a number of hairpin bends. The altitude of the new alignment will vary between 11,000 and 12,000 ft,” Swaroop informed from Bomdila, the district headquarters. “The survey for land acquisition will start after the monsoon,” she added. The BRO, which manages the roads across India s borders, has completed technical details of the proposed tunnels. They would be a boon to the Indian army troops in winters when heavy snowfall hinders connectivity on roads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uphaar: Court order on police’s plea against Ansals on Jul 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Court will pronounce on July 29 its order on the police’s plea demanding that real estate barons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, convicted in the Uphaar fire tragedy case, be asked to obtain judicial permission if they planned to go abroad. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, who was scheduled to pass the order today, deferred the matter for the next date, saying that writing of the order was yet to be completed. Delhi Police has alleged that there were apprehensions that Ansals may flee the country. The counsel for the real estate barons, however, opposed the plea, saying the businessmen had faced trial in the Uphaar matter for almost a decade and there was never a complaint against them of trying to escape justice. The apex court had recently asked Gopal Ansal to undergo the remaining one-year jail term in the 20-year-old case, while his elder brother Sushil Ansal got relief from incarceration with a prison term already undergone by him in view of age-related complications. Fifty nine people had died in the Uphaar cinema during the screening of Hindi movie ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All economies benefit from China’s growth- Australian Foreign Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Against the backdrop of allegedly strained India-China relations, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop asserted that all economies benefit from China’s growth, investment and economic partnership. Addressing the second Indo-Pacific Oration here, Bishop pointed out China?s cooperation in supporting the investments abroad, adding that it constitutes an important part of the ASEAN dialogue. ?All our economies benefit from China’s growth, investment and economic partnership. It’s in no one’s interest for Chinese economy to falter,? she said. Earlier, the Global Times, in an opinionated article, titled “India’s provocation will trigger all-out confrontation on LAC,” has asked the Chinese authorities to “get ready for the face-off becoming a long-term situation” and at the same time also suggested to “maintain a sense of rationality”. “Within China, there are voices calling for the Indian troops to be expelled immediately to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, while Indian public opinion is clamouring for war with China. However, the two sides need to exercise restraint and avoid the current conflict spiralling out of control,” the article said. The article in the tabloid daily, which is a part of the ruling Communist Party of China media group, said, “India’s concerns over China’s development in recent years have prompted them to trigger this border dispute.” “As two big developing countries, India and China both had a history of past colonization, and now both are enjoying fast economic growth. But China has risen quickly to be the world’s No. 2 economy. As time is on China’s side, New Delhi is deeply concerned with China’s rapid rise. Provocation at the border reflects India’s worry and attempt to sound out China,” it said. The article in the Chinese tabloid accused India of poisoning the atmosphere for bilateral border negotiations that are underway between the two sides. It further said that China tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but warned that Beijing doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation. It said that there are voices within China that call for the Indian troops to be “expelled immediately”, while Indian public opinion “is clamouring for war with China”. The present standoff between India and China emerged after New Delhi expressed its apprehension over Beijing’s road construction in the Sikkim sector of the border. Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle. It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim section of the Indo- China border.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No urgent hearing on plea for release of sealed Uphaar cinema:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today declined urgent hearing on a plea seeking release of ill-fated Uphaar theatre, sealed by the CBI, where 59 people had died and over 100 received injuries during screening of Bollywood movie ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997. “There is no urgency. Request is declined,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said when theatre owners, Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal, sought urgent listing of the appeal seeking release of the sealed cinema hall. Senior advocate Gopal Jain, representing the theatre owners, said the appeal be listed for hearing. The CBI, which has probed and prosecuted the two owners in the case, has been opposing the de-sealing and release of the cinema hall. The agency and the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), led by Neelam Krishnamurthy, have been alleging that the plea seeking trial of then IPS officer Amod Kanth, who in the capacity of DCP (Licensing), had allegedly allowed retention of 37 extra seats in the theatre in 1979 in violation of the Cinematography Act, is still pending. The release of cinema hall may lead to loss of crucial evidence that extra seats had resulted in closure of gangway leading to death of cine-goers, the AVUT has said. The Supreme Court had on February 9 asked Gopal Ansal to serve one-year jail term while his elder brother Sushil Ansal got relief from incarceration with prison term already undergone by him. Fifty nine people had died of asphyxia when a fire broke out during the screening of ‘Border’ in Uphaar theatre in the Green Park area of south Delhi on June 13, 1997. Over a 100 people were injured in the subsequent stampede. A two-judge bench of the apex court had on March 5, 2014 held Sushil and Gopal Ansal guilty, but differed on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to them after which the matter was heard by a three-judge bench. The Delhi High Court on December 19, 2008 had awarded one-year jail term to both Sushil and Gopal Ansal in the case while reducing the two-year sentence imposed on them by the trial court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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