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4 soldiers killed in firing at LoC

Tension gripped the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday when the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing that left four Indian Army soldiers, including a Major from Maharashtra, dead, and another one injured.The incident took place in the afternoon, when the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire and fired indiscriminately on the Indian Army posts along the LoC in the Keri battalion area of Rajouri sector in the Jammu division.Four soldiers — three Lance Naiks and a Major of the 120 Infantry Brigade — were killed while another one was injured. “Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured in firing and later succumbed to their injuries. Two other personnel who have sustained injuries are undergoing treatment,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at the Northern Command Headquarters.Vowing to avenge the killings, the Indian troops swung into action to silence the Pakistani guns. “The Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively on the Pakistan Army posts. Our soldiers’ martyrdom will not go in vain,” Colonel Joshi said.Hailing from Bhandara in Maharashtra, Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar.Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, belonged to district Amritsar in Punjab and is survived by wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Hailing from District Karnal, Haryana, Sepoy Pargat Singh, 30, is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.”They were brave and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” Colonel Joshi said.The Pakistani firing on Indian posts came on a day when J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was in Rajouri to meet locals, as part of her public outreach programme.Anger has swept across the state, with the BJP warning of another surgical strike. “It is a cowardly act by Pakistan. Bad days are in store for Pakistan. Blood of our jawans will not go in vain. Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for it,” said Ravinder Raina, BJP MLA from Nowshera.Meanwhile, the figures presented in the Lok Sabha revealed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in J&K 771 times till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border (IB) till November-end.Nearly 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 IB, the LoC, and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November 2003.

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Death toll in J&K avalanche up to 3; 2 still missing

The death toll in the avalanche along the Line of Control in the Gurez sector of North Kashmir has gone up to three after Army rescuers pulled out two more bodies on Tuesday.Lance Naik Marigendra Nath Pramanik and Sepoy Shiv Singh were part of the three-member team when an avalanche swept away their high-altitude post last week. Two soldiers are still missing.”Two bodies have been recovered from Gurez. Earlier, the body of another soldier was retrieved from the Naugam sector. However, two soldiers continue to remain missing,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Last Tuesday, a massive avalanche swept away the army bunkers at two different places. The first incident occurred at Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in the LoC when an avalanche hit the `Mani Post’ in Bagtoor area. Three army jawans manning the post were swept away and are still untraceable. The second incident occurred in the Naugam sector along the LoC, when two soldiers were taken in by a snow slide.For the last seven days, army rescuers have mounted a mammoth search and rescue operation to locate the five missing soldiers. Indian army has also pressed Specialized Avalanche Rescue Teams (ARTs) into service and moved special equipment to the site to trace out the missing soldiers.

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J&K: Army recovers body of one of the five missing soldiers in snow avalance

After five days of mammoth search and rescue operation, the Indian army has pulled off the body of one of the five missing soldiers from the tonnes of snow along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector.Sepoy Kaushal Singh of 20 Dogra regiment was among the two soldiers who were buried under the mounds of snow after they slipped down the high altitude area of the Naugam sector along the LoC on Tuesday. After hectic efforts, the specialized rescue team recovered his body from the snow.“We have recovered the body of Sepoy Kaushal Singh. Four other soldiers continue to remain missing. The search and rescue operation is on”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Massive snow avalanches had swept away army bunkers at two different places on Tuesday. The first incident had occurred at Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in the LoC when a snow avalanche swept away a high altitude `Mani Post’ in Bagtoor area.Three army jawans, who were manning the post were swept away by the avalanche and continue to remain untraceable. The second incident occurred in Naugam sector along the LoC when two soldiers slipped down from the high altitude area.For the last five days, army rescuers are busy in mammoth search and rescue operations to locate five missing soldiers in the huge mounds of snow in Gurez and Naugam sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir. Inclement weather and poor visibility in high altitude areas is also hampering the search and rescue operations. Upper reaches and high altitude areas have been receiving heavy snowfall in the last five days.Indian army has pressed Specialized Avalanche Rescue Teams (ARTs) into service and moved special equipment to the site to trace out the missing soldiers. Specially trained sniffer dogs too have been brought in to help the soldiers in the search and rescue operations. Tones of snow has accumulated at both the places and army rescuers are digging deep to locate the missing soldiers. The fresh tragedy has come 11 months after the army lost 20 soldiers in the snow avalanches in Gurez, Sonamarg and Machil areas in the north and central Kashmir.

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Firing range, four tanks setup at Raj Varsity soon

The University of Rajasthan will soon have a firing range within the campus for training and practice of National Cadet Corps cadets. This was decided during a meeting between officials from NCC Rajasthan and professor RK Kothari, vice chancellor, University of Rajasthan, on Wednesday.Furthermore, the vice chancellor has also decided to set up four tanks as war souvenirs at various parts of the university campus. The officials also discussed several other points on the development of practice and training activities within the university.Professor Kothari also received the rank of ‘Colonel’ by the National Cadet Corps, Rajasthan, during the meeting. The title was given by deputy director general of NCC, Rajasthan, Commodore Tarun Kumar. It is to be noted that professor Kothari was an NCC cadet during his college years.Principals of various city-based colleges, which fall under the purview of the University of Rajasthan, including, professor Amita Sharma, professor Kailash Agarwal, professor JP Yadav, along with NCC officer in charge of Rajasthan University, captain Rajesh Kumar Sharma and other NCC officials were also present during the meeting.It is to be noted that several steps are being taken by the officials of the university for the overall development of campus and infrastructure of the University of Rajasthan.A central library is also being developed under the same objective.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan says UK must apologise for India massacre

The London mayor calls for an apology over one of the bloodiest massacres in British history.

5 terrorists killed in J&K; toll crosses 200 after 7 years

Security forces on Thursday killed five terrorists in two major counter-terror operations in north and central Kashmir. With these two operations, the total number of terrorists neutralised by the security forces in 2017 has crossed the 200 mark. This is the highest number of terrorists neutralised in a year in the last seven years in Jammu and Kashmir.”A collective effort of the Jammu and Kashmir police, Indian Army, CRPF, CAPF & the people of Kashmir has lead to neutralisation of more than 200 terrorists in 2017 alone. This marks a huge landmark for establishing peace & stability in the state of J&K & our country,” tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.Data reveals that 270 ultras were killed by the security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 in 2012, followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014, and 113 in 2015. Despite an ongoing unrest, security forces had killed 165 terrorists in 2016.The success against terror in 2017 is attributed to ‘Operation All Out’ launched by the security forces early this year. The operation saw top leaders of different terror outfits neutralised, thus breaking the backbone of terror activity.They included Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Bhat, Lashkar-e-Tioba chief Abu Dujana and Abu Ismail, two nephews – Abu Musaib and Obaid –of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Talha Rashid nephew of Pathankote attack mastermind Moulana Masood Azhar and others.However the achievement in the war against terror came at a very high cost with more than 75 security force men laying down their lives in the line of duty this year so far.Official figures reveal that there are more than 200 militants still operating in the valley. Of whom at least 110 are locals and around 100 are foreigners, mostly Pakistani nationals.The landmark of eliminating 200 militants came on the day when security forces stepped up winter offensive and killed five militants in Phutlipora-Pakherpora village of Budgam and Sagipora village of Sopore in Baramulla district.The first operation was launched in Phutlipora village after security forces received a tip off about the presence of the militants in the area. A Joint team of Army, CRPF and police cordoned off the village at 5.30 am and an hour later contact was established when militants opened fire on the search party.”Four militants were killed in the operation. The operation is still continuing”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Massive protests and stone pelting rocked the area after people tried to disrupt the operation in Phutlipora. Youth pelted stones and tried to march towards the encounter site. Protestors also torched a private pickup truck.Security forces immediately swung into action and lobbed tear smokes shells to quell the mob. When the protesters refused to retreat, security forces fired pellet shots and other live munitions causing injuries to few people.In another operation, security forces killed a militant at Sagipora village in the apple rich town of Sopore. A soldier sustained injuries in the operation.The operation was launched after forces received information that militants are hiding in the area. When the security forces were zeroing in on the target house, they came under heavy fire. It was retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight one militant was killed.
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5 militants killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir

Five militants were killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir Valley on Thursday, security forces said. While four terrorists were killed in a gunfight in Budgam district, another was killed in Baramulla area. A para commando of the Indian Army was also injured.Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that four terrorists were killed in a gunfight with security forces at Budgam’s Fultipora village.Another gunfight erupted in north Kashmir Sagipora village of Sopore area in Baramulla where the police said one militant was killed while a para commando of the army was injured.”The operation against militants in Sagipora village is still on,” police said.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Four terrorists killed by security forces in BudgamFollowing specific information about the presence of militants at Futlipora, the security forces had surrounded the village in Pakherpora area of Budgam district in the morning.”As the security forces closed in on the hiding militants, the security forces were fired upon triggering the encounter,” a police officer said.A teenager, identified as Sinar Ahmad, 15, was injured when a mob clashed with the army in Pakherpora Chowk. He was shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.Meanwhile, authorities today said that the government forces, in 2017, have killed more than 200 militants in the state including around 82 locals, which is highest in the past decade. “Today by the collective effort of J&K police, Indian Army, CAPF and people of Kashmir have lead to neutralization of more than 200 terrorists in the year of 2017 alone. This marks a huge landmark for establishing peace and stability in the state of J&K and our country,” Director General of J&K police S P Vaid tweeted.
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Jodhpur polo season begins from December 1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The month-long Jodhpur polo season 2017 will begin at Maharaja Gaj Singh Sports Foundation Polo Ground, Air Force Road, Pabupura, from 1 December to 31 December under the auspices of Jodhpur Polo and Equestrian Institute. Gaj Singh will be the chief guest. Colonel Ummed Singh, honorary secretary, Jodhpur Polo and Equestrian Institute, said that five tournaments and seven exhibition matches will be played. In this, Jodhpur Polo Cup will be played on Friday, December 1, Umaid Bhawan Palace Cup on December 6, H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur Cup on December 15, Rajputana and Central India Cup on 20 December and Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup round will be held on 26th December.Colonel Rathore said that seven exhibition matches will also be played. Major Thakur Sardar Singh Jasol Memorial Cup on 11th December, Jodhpur and Mundota Fort Palace on Dec. 13, British Army and Jodhpur Risala from December 14, British Excellence and Mayo College Ajmer on December 14, Army Commanders Cup on17 December, Bhanwar Baijilal Vara Raje Polo Cup on 19 December, Abu Shiyar Cup and Hermes Cup on December 21 and Jodhpur International Ladies Polo Cup 2017 will be played on December 30. There will be no matches on 12th December. All matches will be held at 3pm and on 13, 14 and 19 December, the matches will be held at 2pm.Indian players including Simran Singh Shergill, Syed Shamsher Ali, Dhruvpal Godara, Sameer Suhag, Abhimanyu Pathak, Angad Kalan, Vishal Singh, Gaurav Sahgal, Uday Kalan, Salim Azmi, Lokendra Singh Rathod, Shiddhant Sharma will be seen in action. Among foreign players Gaston Devrient, Sam Browne, Torrey Ripinsky, Malcolm Borwick, Bash Kazi, Capt. Mossy Hamilton, Lieutenant Jamie Drummond Moray will the main attraction.

Hundreds turn up to watch Dhoni at Army-sponsored cricket match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people turned up to watch the grand finale of the Army-sponsored Chinar Cricket Premier League (CCPL) at the sprawling Kunzer Ground in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.Former Team India captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest on the occasion.”A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The match also marked the culmination of a busy cricketing season in the Valley spread over the last six months at various locations. The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent. The tourney drew tremendous response with 110 teams participating in it.”32 young cricketers, selected from all parts of Kashmir after exhaustive trials, comprised the two teams. The friendly contest was played with full vigour and sportsmanship spirit. South Kashmir team won the match by 47 runs,” said Col Kalia.The occasion was also graced by Brig VS Yadav, deputy General Officer Commanding, Kilo Force. Chief Guest MS Dhoni later gave away the prizes and mementos to the players, umpires and the organisers.”The event is yet another step in nurturing the nascent talent of the youth from Kashmir valley by the Army. For many, the sight and pleasure of meeting Dhoni in person exhilarated them. All the teams that participated in run up to today’s event were presented with a bat autographed by Dhoni,” said Colonel.Meanwhile, some youth raised slogans in favour of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and azadi outside the stadium when they were not able to enter to watch the match and have a glimpse of Dhoni. Police sources the youth were disgruntled because they could not enter into the stadium. However, no case has been registered so far.

Pakistani LeT militant captured alive in North Kashmir’s Handwara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan terror factory was again exposed on Friday when Army captured a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant alive in the Magam forests of Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.“A Pakistan LeT terrorist apprehended in a joint operation by army and Jammu and Kashmir police in Magam forests today”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.The militant, sources said, was part of the same group which was neutralized by the security forces on November 21. Security forces had dealt a huge blow to the LeT on Tuesday when they killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani militants in an operation in Magam area of Handwara.The operation was launched after security forces received a tip off about the presence of militants in Khar Moholla area of Magam. Immediately, a joint operation was launched by the army, special operations group of J&K Police and CRPF in the area.However, during the follow up moping and sanitizing operation, security forces apprehended the Pakistan militant who was hiding in the jungles after his three associates were killed. The arrest of militant has come against the backdrop of the release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Mohommad Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan.Sources said the Pakistani militant has been taken away to an undisclosed location where he is being questioned. Sources said his questioning is expected to expose the terror syndicate in Pakistan. “We are questioning him and hopefully he will spill the beans about the plans and designs of the militants”, said an officer.Though it is not the first time that a Pakistani militant has been arrested, it is still rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016 Indian army had arrested 22 year old Bahadur Ali alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district. Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah of Bahawalpur in Pakistan was arrested by the police during a routine patrol in Sogam market in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party got suspicious about him.On May 14, 2016 Jammu and Kashmir police caught a top Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber alive from Baramulla. Earlier in February last year, the police arrested Pakistani JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local militants from Baramulla.LeT militant Mohammed Naveed alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured alive when he, along with his associate Noman, attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.On August 27, 2015, Sajad Ahmad aka Javid Ahmad alias Abu Ubadullah, a 22-year-old LeT operative of Muzaffargarh in south-west Pakistan, was captured alive after all his four associates were gunned down during a fierce gunfight at two different locations in Bijhama to Panzala forests of Baramulla district.

Himachal Pradesh: Army colonel arrested for allegedly raping his junior’s daughter

Updated: Nov 23, 2017, 09:17 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 56-year-old Army colonel was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping the daughter of a Lieutenant Colonel posted at the Army Training Command in Shimla, police said.The 21-year-old woman filed a complaint on Monday and the colonel was arrested after preliminary investigations, they said.Superintendent of Police Soumya Sambasivan has confirmed the complaint and the Colonel’s arrest, but refused to reveal his identity, according to news agency PTI.The woman has alleged that she was assaulted on Monday at the Colonel’s home.The statement of the woman was recorded and a medical examination has been carried out, the police say.The Colonel may be produced in court on Thursday.

3 Pakistani LeT terrorists killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces on Tuesday killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists in an operation in Magam area of Handwara in Kupwara district.Hours later, they launched another operation in Zurhama village of the border district to hunt down group of terrorists hiding in the area. A soldier was killed and two others were injured in the encounter. Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar, said, “Operation continues.”This is the third major counter-terror operation in North Kashmir in the last four days. Nine LeT terrorists including top commanders Mehmood Bhai, Zargam Bhai and the nephew of 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been eliminated in two operations of Hajin and Handwara since Saturday.”We got specific inputs that the militants were hiding in a house. We laid a cordon in the morning as we did not want to put the people thtough any inconvenience,” said Brigadier Mohit Trivedi, Commander 8-Sector Rashtriya Riffles of the Army.After locating the terrorists, the army asked them to surrender. They, however, responded by opening fire on the search party. “We retaliated in which three foreign LeT terrorists were killed,” he said.The number of terrorists killed this year by the security forces has now touched 194. 21 terrorists have been killed in November so far. Sources said more than 71 security force personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty this year so far.Sources said 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate Kashmir this year. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 as compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.Brigadier Trivedi said the operation was conducted inn surgical style so that people are put to least inconvenience. “House has been saved and outer area in which militants were hiding suffered damaged. They were in the cowshed which caught fire and their bodies were charred. It was fresh infiltration”, he saidThis is the fourth operation in the valley in the last four days. A local ultra, Adil Rashid Chopan, who had fled the encounter when top commander Sabzar Bhat was neutralized in May, was finally killed by the security forces in an encounter in Tral forests of south Kashmir on Monday.Another mother takes to videoAnother woman has released a video appealing to her terrorist son to return home in Tral. The 45-second-long video of the mother of 18-year-old Irfan Ahmad Rather, who recently joined Hizbul Mujahedeen, has gone viral. She is the fourth mother who took to posting an appeal through video.

MP Sonaram faces wrath of villagers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MP Colonel Sonaram who was on the tour of the border area faced anger for not fulfilling the promises made during the elections. After becoming MP, this was his first visit to the Jesindhar village.During a public hearing at a school, the villagers expressed their anger for not fulfilling the promise of making the road in the village and laying water pipelines. On not getting justification people shut him in the school room and locked the gate from outside. Sonaram remained closed in the room for about an hour.Later, former MLA Harisingh Sodha tried to convince people and broke the lock. He made an apology to the villagers, and went to Gadra road from there.His son also promised to lay the pipeline early in the past months.

Jaipur: This Kayamkhani family is all IAS, IPS and RAS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jhunjhunu’s Nuan village can easily be dubbed nursery of civil servants. This village of Kayamkhani Muslims has three IAS, one IPS and five RAS from a single family. Former union minister and an army officer Captain Ayyub Khan also belongs to this village.Recently, this tiny village got an IAS officer in Zakir Hussain whose elder brother, Ashfaq Hussain is already an IAS officer. Their elder brother Liaqat Ali Khan is retired IPS officer. The villagers erupted with joy when they got the news of Zakir’s success who is 10th civil servant in the family. He was officer of accounts service who has now been promoted to IAS. His wife Wasim Bano who had come to her parents home said, she was very happy after her husband’s promotion. Her father engineer, Akhtar Hussain said that everyone was happy and proud of his son- in- law.This is perhaps the first instance in the state’s bureaucracy that two brothers are serving as IAS at the same time. Zakir’s brother, Ashfaq is also IAS and posted in the education department.The extraordinary of this family begin with Hayat Muhammed Khan who served in the army. He ensured that his children get education and create a niche for themselves.Three of his five sons are IAS and one is IPS. One is retired from the education department. Farah Khan, his granddaughter and daughter of IAS Ashfaq Hussain is officer of Indian Revenue Service (IRS); she recently got married to IAS Qamar-ul Zaman Choudhary, while Shaheen Ali Khan, the grandson of Hayat Khan and son of retired IG Liaqat Ali Khan is, RAS. Shaheen’s wife Monika is Dy. SP in the jail department.Children of Hayat Khan’s daughter Salim and his wife are both RAS. Hayat Khan’s younger brother Abdul Samad’s son Zaki Ahmed Khan was colonel in the army and his children Shaqib and Ishrat are also colonel in the army.Liaqat Ali Khan, retired IPS. He was also chairman of the Waqf board.Ashfaq Hussain, promoted from RAS to IAS. He was Dausa collector and currently posted in education department.Zakir Hussain, joint secretary in the accounts service promoted to IAS.Farah Khan, IRS, daughter of IAS Ashfaq KhanShaheen Ali Khan RAS currently posted in EGS (NREGA) as additional director. He is son of retired IPS Liaqat Ali Khan. His wife Monika is Dy SP in jail department.Salim Khan, RAS is secretary in Madrasa Board. He is son of Liaqat Ali’s sister Akhtar Bano. His wife Sana Siddiqi is assistant settlement officer in the secretariat.Qamar Ul Zaman IAS is married to daughter of IAS Ashfaq Khan and his wife Farah is IRS.Javed RAS belongs to Nuan and currently posted in Alwar and married to daughter of Liaqat Ali’s sister.FEAT ACHIEVEDThe extraordinary feat of this family began with Hayat Muhammed Khan who served in the army. He ensured that his children get education and create a niche for themselves. Three of his five sons are IAS and one is IPS. One is retired from education department.

Top Israeli commander visits Northern Command HQ in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian and Isreali Army on Tuesday decided to further enhance the cooperation between the two countries, picking up the thread from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu left during the former’s visit to Jerusalem.Chief of the Ground Forces of Israel Major General Yaakov (Kobi) Barak visited the Northern Army Command Headquarters at Udhampur on Tuesday and held talks with top army commanders on varied issues.Accompanied by his spouse Orit Barak and top officials from the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi, Major General Yaakov (Kobi) Barak called on the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-in-C) of the Northern Command Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu and discussed matters of mutual interest during the interaction.”The delegation expressed full satisfaction in further pursuing enhanced cooperation between both countries. Mrs Orit Barak accompanied by Mrs Gowri Anbu, Regional President, Army Wives Welfare Association, Northern Command also paid a visit to Asha School at Udhampur,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command Headquarters.The top Israeli army commander’s visit to Northern Command, one of the crucial and strategically important army formations, comes three months after Prime Minister Modi visit to Israel. During PM Modi’s visit, both the countries vowed to fight the evil forces of terrorism.

Lt Colonel sacked for affair with 19-yr-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army has sacked an officer for having an affair with his colleague’s 19-year-old daughter, calling his conduct “inappropriate,” sources said. Following the action against the Lt Colonel, his wife met Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently to discuss the matter.”The officer’s wife had met the Minister recently and the matter was being looked into,” sources in the Defence Ministry said. However, it seems his wife’s plea for intervention has failed, and the Army is not likely to reverse the decision.The officer in question can challenge the Army’s decision in a civil court.Sources said the matter was sensitive and had serious ramifications. After reviewing the situation, his actions were considered serious in nature and a decision to dismiss him was taken at the highest level.The dismissal from service was as per provisions of administrative action that is quicker than disciplinary action.There have been cases of officers being involved in illicit relationships with wives of their colleagues. “Stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife” is considered a grave offence in the armed forces that can lead to dismissal.Such cases usually end up in civil courts after the General Court Martial proceedings.There have been instances where courts have reinstated officers dismissed for being involved in extra-marital affairs.”Such a case where an officer is involved with a colleague’s daughter is rare,” sources said.The Army was tight-lipped and did not officially comment on the decision of sacking of the Lt Colonel.The armed forces follow a strict and no-tolerance policy when it comes to extra-marital relationships and indulgences of officers to avoid grave ramifications on their functioning.

Military-civil rift over rank parity continues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high-level panel looking into parity between military and civilian employees working under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not reached a consensus on the subject, a year after being set up, triggering friction between the armed forces and the government.With no breakthrough, the rift over a range of issues on equivalence on military and civilians working in Ministry of Defence could widen, sources said.The panel was expected to table its report by now but with no agreement between the three members of the committee, a final decision cannot be taken.”None of them have signed on the report as there is no consensus,” a defence source said.There has been a strong buzz that that the panel was in favour of implementing the MoD order of October 18, 2016, of downgrading ranks of military officers working in service headquartres of the Army, Navy and Air Force in comparison to their civilian colleagues belonging to the Armed Force Headquartres Civil Services (AFHQCS).”Several presentations have been made at the highest level opposing the government move to downgrade military ranks. It has been communicated that this will affect the morale of the forces,” said a military official.The AFHQCS cadre was introduced in 1968 for running the service headquartes of the forces.The three-member committee looking into te matter includes Additional Secretary (Defence Production) Surina Rajan, Principal Director (Military Secretariat) Archana Rai and Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen AK Bhatt.The MoD order last year put a Major General and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy (Air Vice Marshal and Rear Admiral) to the level of Principal Director, Brigadier (Air Commodore and Commodore) Director level, and a Colonel (Group Captain and Captain) to a joint-director level.This, in effect, meant that military ranks were demoted in comparison to their civilian colleagues as a Lt Colonel rank officer enjoyed the status of a Director before this.The matter has also fuelled resentment among the armed forces as it was being viewed as an attempt by the government to lower the status of military officers.Following the hue-and-cry after the decision, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar set up the ‘Equivalence Committee’ to look into the subject.The matter has remained pending since then.This is not the only issue that has triggered friction between the armed forces and the MoD in the last one year.A tussle over pay inequality between armed forces and civilians working under the MoD has led to serious “command and control problems” affecting the working in some critical areas, including field operations, which top military brass had earlier alerted the government about.The armed forces have been demanding that they should be eligible for the Non Functional Upgradation (NFU) like the civilian Grade ‘A’ officials working under MoD will put the armed forces officials at par with their non-military colleagues. The government has challenged the judgment of the Armed Forces Tribunal in favour of granting NFU to armed forces. The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing next week in the Supreme Court.The Centre’s decision to cancel free ration for officers of the armed forces serving in peace stations and replacing it with an allowance was also opposed by the services. The most contentious issue was the amount of allowance to be paid. It was communicated to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that either the practice of ration in kind should continue for officers on peace posting or an allowance of Rs 205.11 per officer per day be paid with tax exemptions.

Bhamre lauds soldiers for foiling fidayeen attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid escalating border tensions, minister of state for defence Dr Subhash Bhamre visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch sectors, and appreciated the efforts of the troops in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical forces.”The Honourable Rakshya Rajya Mantri (RRM) commended the alertness of all the troops deployed along the LOC and appreciated their efforts in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical forces. He stressed upon the need to maintain a high degree of vigil,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur.The visit comes a day after Pakistan army provoked India and killed a 35-year-old army soldier in a snipping attack on the LOC in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector of Poonch district. The visit also comes two days after the Pakistan army shelled civilians areas on the LOC, leaving two civilians including a 10-year-old boy dead and 12 others injured, four of them critical, in the Poonch district of Jammu division.Colonel Joshi said during the RRM’s visit to various forward areas along the LOC, he was briefed on the security dynamics. “He (Dr Subhash Bhamre) appreciated the efforts being put in by the soldiers in safeguarding the borders in difficult conditions and hostile terrain. He assured the soldiers that their interests are of paramount importance in the heart of the entire nation and the government is sensitive to all the issues pertaining to them,” he said.Meanwhile, Pakistan army again resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on Indian forward positions along the LoC in Poonch sector on Wednesday morning. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 8.45 am in Poonch sector. Indian army is retaliating strongly and effectively”, said Colonel Joshi.

ISI man held in Delhi for bid to get defence secrets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police arrested an alleged agent of Pakistan’s intelligence agency — the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) — in Delhi on Monday on charges of threatening to post an Indian Army Colonel’s morphed photographs on the Internet if she did not leak crucial defence information.Mohammad Parvez was arrested from north Delhi’s Chandni Mahal area after the Colonel reported to that police that she had been getting calls from two unknown numbers, and messages from a suspicious Facebook account. The police are hunting for three more suspected Pakistani spies in the case.This came a day after the police arrested an Al-Qaeda operative of British nationality, Samiun Rahman, who had been stationed in Delhi to raise funds, set up bases and radicalise youth to fight for Rohingya Muslims.ISI had asked Parvez to collect information about India’s defence deployment, the police suspected. He has been booked for “concealing a design to wage war against India”, and transmitting obscene material in electronic form. He has also been booked for violation of privacy, stalking, criminal intimidation, besides “using words, gestures or acts intended to insult a woman’s modesty.”When the officer, a resident of southwest Delhi’s Dwarka, blocked the phone numbers, the caller(s) contacted her daughter, the police said. The officer had told the police that she had been getting messages from a Facebook profile. The police found that more senior Army personnel had been sent friend requests from that account.Surveillance measures tracked Parvez who admitted during questioning that he is an ISI agent and was trying to extract information on India’s defence, the police said.The accused is also suspected to have already supplied some secret information on India’s security to the Pakistani agency, a police officer said. “Three of his aides have also been identified. They are on the run. Raids are being conducted to nab them,” he said.In January, the Delhi police and the UP ATS arrested one Gulshan Kumar for his alleged links with ISI. In May, he was charged with treason. Following Kumar’s arrest, a fake call centre was also busted which he had allegedly been using to route international calls from Pakistan and Afghanistan, allegedly made by ISI agents, to Indian Army officers to steal strategic defence inputs.BLACKMAIL PLOTMohammed Parvez during questioning admitted that he is an ISI agent
He was asked by the ISI to collect info about India’s defence deployment
He is also suspected to have already supplied some information to ISI
Police are searching for 3 more of Parvez’s aides
Parvez threatened to post Colonel’s morphed photos online if she did not leak crucial defense information

CBI arrests colonel, MCI staff for leaking info

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving colonel of Army Medical Corps, a clerk of Medical Council of India (MCI), and two other people for leaking sensitive information from MCI to help private medical institutions in return for bribes.The arrests came after the CBI registered a case against against Colonel Ajay Kumar Singh, an assessor with MCI; Santosh Kumar, a lower division clerk at MCI; their associates Susheel Kumar and Sachin Kumar; and B Ramachandhiran, chairman of Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre in Puducherry, among others.An FIR of criminal conspiracy and bribery has been registered against these people.According to the FIR, the CBI learnt that clerk Santosh Kumar was in regular contact with B Ramachandhiran, who resides in Chennai’s Ashok Nagar, and shares sensitive information with him regarding college inspections and approvals that MCI grants.MCI is the body that recommends recognition and derecognition of medical institutions in the country, depending on a number of standards maintained by the officials.It was found that Santosh was also in touch with Colonel Singh, who resides at Delhi Cantonment and is is empanelled as an assessor with MCI for inspecting various medical colleges.”Both these public servants met B Ramachandhiran routinely and demanded illegal gratification for rendering support and providing information at regular intervals,” said a senior CBI officer.The agency found that Ramachandhiran had recently delivered one instalment of ‘illegal gratification’ to Ajay and Santosh, who had demanded the remaining instalment, in return for providing information and helping him with the inspection.The duo, the CBI said, in connivance with Susheel and Sachin, were running a racket of leaking sensitive information to college managements regarding inspections, recognition of courses, number of seats, and similar administrative matters being contemplated by the MCI. In turn, they would seek bribes.When the CBI learnt that Ramachandhiran was likely to deliver another instalment to Ajay and Santosh through hawala channels in Delh, it registered a case in the matter.

CBI registers case against Col AK Singh in criminal conspiracy case

Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 12:11 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered a case against Colonel AK Singh from the Army Medical Corps (AMC) and others for allegedly demanding and accepting gratification by illegal means.Besides Colonel Singh, the probe agency also registered cases against Santosh Kumar, Lower Division Clerk (LDC) of the Medical Council of India, New Delhi, B. Ramachadhrian, chairman of Venkateshwar medical college and research centre, Pondicherry and others.Allegations have also been levelled against them that they all are involved in criminal conspiracy and demanded and accepted illegal gratification to influence a public servant.

Jammu & Kashmir: 185 ‘inspired youths’ join Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>185 Young Soldiers from Jammu & Kashmir passed out from The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre on Tuesday. Recruit Course Serial number 110, on having completed one year of strenuous training was attested today at a glittering parade at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of JAK LI RC.The Passing Out Parade, depicting graduation of a Recruit and his transformation into a Young Soldier, was reviewed by Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence and Colonel of the JAK LI Regiment and was attended by over 1000 parents / relatives of young soldiers besides a number of civil and military dignitaries.The dauntless young soldiers of the Regiment hailing from all regions and religions of the State of J&K, marching in precise unison with a singular aim of devoting their lives in service of their nation, singing their Regimental Song `Balidanam Veer Lakshnam’, inspired one and all as their voice echoed in the Parade ground. Their salute to the Tri-Colour with National Anthem playing inspired patriotic fervour in all present.General Dua congratulated the Young Soldiers for their immaculate Parade and impressed upon them to render selfless service to the Nation. He praised their contribution towards encouraging more youth from J&K to come forward to join the Security Forces & also highlighted the vital role played by their parents in motivating their wards to join this noble profession.

Lt. Col Purohit was not given adequate protection by Army Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday appealed to everyone not to politicize matter revolving around Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit?s bail and said he was not given adequate protection by the Army. Talking to ANI, Parrikar said, ?This is not a matter of politics, I am not pointing finger at anyone. I believe that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was not given the adequate protection by Army at that time,? he told ANI. 2008 Malegaon Blast case accused Lt. Colonel Purohit was released from the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai on August 23 after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case, on the condition that he won’t leave the country without the permission of the court. After Purohit was granted bail, Congress accused Modi government of ?protecting all RSS-connected accused?. Lt. Colonel Purohit, who was in prison for the past nine years, moved the top court after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail plea earlier this year. He was granted bail with few conditions — he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit was also directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” A bench of justices, R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Malegaon Blast case: Lt. Col. Purohit out on bail from Taloja jail after nine years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> 2008 Malegaon Blast case accused Lt. Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit has been released from the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case, on the condition that he won’t leave the country without the permission of the court. Lt. Colonel Purohit, who was in prison for the past nine years, moved the top court after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail plea earlier this year. He has been granted bail with few conditions — he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit has also been directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The court has also ordered Purohit against threatening or enticing anyone acquainted with facts of the case. Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” A bench of justices, R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lt. Colonel Shrikant Purohit to be released soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special NIA Court issued the release order for Lt Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on Tuesday. Lt. Colonel Purohit is expected to leave the Taloja Jail in compliance with a Supreme Court order. Last week, Lt. Colonel Purohit, while appealing for his bail plea, had told the court that he was in jail for the last nine years and was entitled to be granted bail. Refuting his involvement in the incident, Lt. Colonel Purohit told the court that even assuming that the charge that he had supplied the bomb were true, even then he would have to be out of jail as the offence attracted a maximum of seven years imprisonment. His bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court, following which he approached the apex court. The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice R K Agrawal and A M Sapre, while granting bail, said, ?We set aside order of Bombay High Court.? On September 29, 2008, a bomb kept on a motorcycle exploded near Hamidia Masjid in Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra. The explosion claimed six lives and injured 101. The case was probed initially by the Maharashtra Police?s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and then, taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011. He has been granted bail with condition that he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit has also been directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The court has also ordered Purohit against threatening or enticing anyone acquainted with facts of the case. Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Contradictions in chargesheet helped Colonel Purohit get bail, says Harish Salve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who has been languishing in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in 2008 Malegaon blast case, observing there were contradictions in the charge sheets filed by different investigating agencies. The top court also said it cannot deny the relief to him merely because “sentiments of community was against him”. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, in Maharashtra. Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appeared for Purohit in this case. Q. Now that Colonel Purohit has been granted bail, many are speculating if the case against him was weak?
ALSO READ 2008 Malegaon blast: Supreme Court grants conditional bail to accused Lt Colonel PurohitA. After the NIA chargesheet, the court has taken cognizance of three or four things. The NIA itself is criticising the chargesheet and it is riddled with contradictions. The withdrawal of all the witnesses who now claim that they had been pressurised and finally the testimony of two army officers, from which a conclusion was drawn, that the RDX itself was planted is a serious matter. The NIA has filed a supplementary chargesheet, That’s where I read from.Q: Do you think there will be any political ramifications, because a lot of people are glorifying him as a nationalist (perhaps), how do you see that?A: Political ramifications, don’t know, don’t care (chuckles!!)Q: Col Purohit has been in jail for 9 years, what exactly lead to the delay of his bail?A: Sadhvi Pragya got bail plea, against her they decided not to file a chargesheet. Against him they have said that we will be pressing charges so his bail had to be considered.Q4: What is the way forward for Col Purohit from here on? What legal course of action have you planned on his case now?A: The next step is framing of charges. Based on the new chargesheet he will have to show that he’s going to go about it and any way there’s no case made against him. And first thing he should do is go home and spend time with his family.

Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam cites ‘possible reasons’ for SC granting bail to Lt. Colonel Purohit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the Supreme Court granted bail to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam on Monday said either the trial court couldn?t frame charges against him or the two conflicting decisions taken by two different agencies helped his case. Speaking to ANI, Nikam said the apex court must have been impasse by such types of discrepancy and therefore, the bail has been granted. ?I have not gone through the order of the Supreme Court. But the bail is the discretionary power of the court. I personally feel that there can be two possible reasons for granting bail to Mr. Purohit. Firstly, the trial was pending for about eight years and even the trial court couldn?t frame charges against him. And secondly, two conflicting decisions and investigations were being run by two different agencies,? he added. ?First investigation agency said that there is strong evidence, whereas the other investigating agency said that there is further discrepancy in the first investigation. I think the SC must have been impasse by such types of discrepancy and therefore the bail has been granted,? he added. He further said that Purohit would require to face the trial. Meanwhile, reacting to the development, former ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi told ANI that he would stand by the initial investigation which they had done. ?I will comment after detailed order, but I stand by initial investigation which we had done,? he added. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court set aside the Bombay High Court earlier order and granted bail to Purohit. A bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the court that he did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. Salve told the apex court that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. Opposing Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) argued that the Bombay High court order should be upheld by the apex court. Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court saying the charges against him were of a grave nature, after which he moved to the top court. Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, a former military intelligence officer, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Supreme Court grants bail to 2008 Malegaon blast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the Bombay High Court earlier order and granted bail to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit. A bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the court that he did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. Salve told the apex court that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. Opposing Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) argued that the Bombay High court order should be upheld by the apex court. Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court saying the charges against him were of a grave nature, after which he moved to the top court. Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, a former military intelligence officer, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two NSCN(R) ultras arrested in Arunachal Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have arrested two NSCN(R) ultras from Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh during a crackdown on subversive elements in view of the approaching Independence Day. The ultras were identified as Bokam Wangrey, a self-styled ‘sergeant major’ of the outfit and Raju Kumar Choudhury. An AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition, contraband, multiple sim cards and important documents were seized from them, defence spokesman Colonel Chiranjit Knower said. Based on specific intelligence inputs, the Changlang battalion of Assam Rifles undertook an operation at Yongchik village yesterday night and apprehended the rebels, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak shelling in Poonch kills one jawan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension gripped the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday when Pakistan army shelled Indian forward posts and civilian areas, killing a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and a 45-year-old mother of four in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector of Poonch district in Jammu.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said the firing, which began around 5.15 am, was unprovoked, and that the Indian army retaliated strongly.”In the exchange of fire, Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was grievously injured and later succumbed to his wounds,” he said.Tomar, 42, was from Tarsana village in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. He is survived by his wife, Omavati Devi, and two children. “Tomar was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice,” Lieutenant Colonel Mehta said.Tomar is the second soldier to have been killed in firing in KG sector in the last four days. Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra of 20-Kumoan regiment was slain in unprovoked firing on Tuesday.Initially, Pakistani army used small arms and automatic weaponry, targeting the Sarla Post of the Indian army. Minutes later they resorted to heavy mortar shelling on civilian areas.One of the shells landed near the house of Ruqiya Bi, 45, at Gohlad Kalran village, killing her on the spot.”Ruqiya Bi was preparing for morning namaz when a shell landed outside her house. She was a mother of four. Our Sub Divisional Magistrate and Tehsildar visited her house soon after,” said Tariq Ahmad Zargar, deputy commissioner in Poonch district. Last Monday, a soldier was injured in crossborder firing in Uri sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.Meanwhile, life came to grinding halt in Kashmir valley and some Muslim-dominated areas of Jammu after people observed shutdown against any move to abrogate Article 35 A, which allows the state legislature to define the list of ‘permanent residents’ and their special rights and privileges.Ceasefire breachPakistani army committed 285 ceasefire violations till August 1 this year, according to official figures Around 228 of these incidents were reported along the LoC in 2016 and 221 from the international borderIn 2015, around 405 incidents of cross-border firing took place along the border in J&K. Of these, 253 took place along the border and 152 along the LoC

China won’t ‘compromise’ on Doklam: PLA analysts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China will make no “compromise” on ending the Doklam standoff, top PLA analysts said, as they launched a propaganda blitz on a group of Indian journalists here on how New Delhi has “misjudged” Beijing’s resolve by sending troops to what it claims to be Chinese territory. India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for the last 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from building a road in the area. China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from Doklam. Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims sovereignty over the area. China also claims that Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over Doklam. Top Chinese military experts and South Asia scholars, during an interaction with the media, said the Chinese government, people and the military were “angry” over India’s “dangerous” move in Doklam which is not an Indian territory. “China so far has not used the world ‘invasion’. We have only used words like ‘trespass’ or ‘incursion’ and that is the goodwill of China,” Senior Colonel Zhou Bo said. “We hope for the best but we — the Chinese government and the military — do not have any room to make any compromise on the matter. So for the well-being of the two peoples and the amity of the two countries, India must withdraw unconditionally,” he said. His hardline comments were echoed by Senior Colonel Zhao Xiaozhou, Director at the Centre on China-America Defense Relations of the Academy of Military Science, who said Beijing has no room for compromise on the Doklam standoff. “If you want this issue to be resolved, the Indian Army must pull back or otherwise this issue can only be resolved by the use of force,” Zhao asserted. The Chinese military scholars also kept on harping that India has “trespassed” into Chinese territory and there was no basis for it to send its soldiers when Bhutan has “not invited” New Delhi to act on its behalf. The Chinese military scholars also raked up the issue of Kashmir. “Pakistan is a friend of China. If China crosses the Indian border or the India-China border on behalf of Pakistan I don’t know how you will react to that,” Zhao said. His comments came a day after a top Chinese Foreign Ministry official also raised the Kashmir issue. Needling India, Wang Wenli, Deputy Director General of the Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had raised the Kashmir issue and also referred to the Kalapani dispute between India and Nepal. “We think it is not doable for the Indian side to use tri-junction as an excuse,” she had said, referring to Indian External Affairs Ministry’s assertion that the road building at the China, India and Bhutan tri-junction in the strategic narrow Chicken’s Neck area changes the status quo. “The Indian side has also many tri-junctions. What if we use the same excuse and enter the Kalapani region between China, India and Nepal or even into the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan,” she had said. The Chinese military experts said India’s actions have “severely affected” the political trust between the two countries and New Delhi had to face the “consequences” of its “dangerous” move as it “misjudged” the resolve of Beijing in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India kills five militants in Kashmir – army spokesman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army killed five militants on Monday who were trying to enter from Pakistan across a disputed Kashmir frontier, an Indian defence official said. India and Pakistan have been in a confrontation for decades across the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border separating parts of Kashmir held by both countries. “Five terrorists were killed today by the army in the Machil sector of the LoC, where a major infiltration attempt by terrorists has been foiled,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia, a Defence Ministry spokesman, told Reuters. Kalia said weapons had been recovered from the killed militants and that the army’s operations were continuing. He gave no other details. India often accuses Pakistan of infiltrating militants across the LoC to carry out attacks, a charge denied by Islamabad. Earlier, police in Srinagar said that they shot dead a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba militant in a clash in the Pulwama district of South Kashmir. Unrest has simmered in Kashmir since a popular militant leader was killed just over a year ago, sparking unrest in which more than 90 civilians have died. (Writing by Manoj Kumar, editing by Alister Doyle)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmiris queue up to become proud Indian Army officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists might have killed 22 year-old Army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, but they could not kill the spirit and zeal of thousands of Kashmiri youth who lined up to join the Army to serve the motherland on Sunday.More than 3,000 youths from Jammu and Kashmir appeared for the written exam for the selection of officers in the Territorial Army. Of whom, more than 800 youth hailed from the restive Kashmir valley alone, a figure which is almost double than the previous year.The exam was conducted at Srinagar and Udhampur and youth were bubbling with zeal to join the Indian Army and serve the nation.”Territorial Army, known as the Citizen’s Army, is a platform through which any Indian employed citizen can enroll and render service towards the nation. To get selected as an officer, the individual needs to clear a written exam followed by an interview,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command Headquarters.The youth of Jammu and Kashmir, Colonel Joshi said, have come forward and shown their willingness to join the Territorial Army and dedicate themselves for the selfless service to the nation.The extraordinary rush to join the army has come at a time when Kashmir is still reeling under the shock killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz.The 22-year-old army officer of Rajputana Riffles was killed after terrorists abducted him from the residence of his maternal uncle in Batpora village of Shopian where he had gone to attend the marriage of his cousin sister on May 10.Lieutenant Ummer’s sacrifice seems to have reinvigorated a zeal among the youth to join the Army. On May 28, 1,292 candidates appeared in the written examination for Selection of Junior Commissioned Officers and other Ranks was held in Srinagar and Pattan. These candidates were shortlisted in 19,000 aspirants who had applied for different army posts when the recruitment drive started in April this year.”There is a lot of interest among the boys (of Kashmir to join the forces). If we continue with such endeavor, we can guide Kashmiri youth on the right path,” said an officer.

Can defeat any invading army, boasts Beijing; Indian officials dismiss threat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday that the People’s Liberation Army is capable of destroying “invading” enemies, in an assertion that comes against the backdrop of a prolonged standoff between Indian and PLA troops that has led to heightened tensions between the two nations.Officials in India’s security establishment said in a quick reaction that the assertion was not a reason for Indian troops facing Chinese counterparts in Doklam — a disputed tri-junction where the borders of India (Sikkim), China and Bhutan converge — to be unnerved.Jinping praised PLA’s combat readiness as he reviewed a massive parade where China put on show its military might to mark the force’s 90th founding anniversary. Over 100 fighter jets flew overhead and almost 600 types of weaponry were on display for the occasion, nearly half of which were making their debut in public, according to the Chinese Defence Ministry.In mid-June, PLA troops entered the plateau in Bhutanese territory to build a road, which would give China greater access to India’s strategically vulnerable Siliguri corridor that links the seven north-eastern states to the Indian mainland. Indian soldiers soon intervened. India and China have since remained locked face-to-face, reinforcing troops and calling each other to back down.According to an assessment by India’s security establishment, Doklam still remains a localised issue with no major Chinese troop movement seen that would have escalated the now 45-day confrontation to a war-like situation.This also dismisses reports from China indicating there has been a large-scale mobilisation of military equipment, army vehicles and troops in Tibet in June amid the standoff. In his address to the soldiers, Jinping said the PLA should strictly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China and “march to wherever the Party points to.” “I firmly believe that our gallant military has both confidence and ability to defeat all invading enemies,” said Jinping, who heads the Central Military Commission that holds PLA’s overall command.There was no direct reference in his speech on the India-China military standoff but it came at a time when Beijing has maintained a high-pitched rhetoric accusing Indian troops of forcefully entering Chinese territory. The event was held at Zhurihe — Asia’s largest military training centre in the middle of a desert in Inner Mongolia.Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj speaking on the standoff for the first time last week in the Rajya Sabha said that India has the support of all countries on the standoff, and that the matter can be resolved through dialogue. Swaraj maintained that the confrontation was an attempt to change the status quo in Doklam, prompting India to intervene.”Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman said Zhurihe was selected to highlight PLA’s combat readiness, but he emphasised that war-zone training had been long scheduled and have nothing to do with the current situation in the region,” Colonel Ren Guoqiang said in a statement.Training in “realistic conditions” taken by thousands of Chinese troops before the massive parade is “not related to the country’s neighbourhood situation”,” Ren said, but did not elaborate what was meant by “neighbourhood situation”.Clad in camouflage military suit, 64-year-old Jinping said the Chinese military has the confidence and ability to safeguard, national sovereignty, security and development interests.”Our military has the confidence and ability to write a new chapter… and make new contributions towards realisation of the China dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and safeguarding world peace,” Jinping said in his about 10-minute address at the event carried live on state television and radio.The military parade was the biggest since 2015 in which China’s army and air force displayed some of the most modern weapons including a new tank which reportedly held exercises in the high-altitude along the Indian border.(with agency inputs)

Terrorists storm cops’ houses in south Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists on Thursday night stormed residences of some police officers in south Kashmir region, threatened family members, and ransacked their property before fleeing.According to sources, they raided a senior police officer’s house and threatened the family members with dire consequences.Police sources said terrorists launched coordinated raids at residences of police officers in Kulgam and Pulwama districts. The raids started from Kulgam and spread to Pulwama villages where the attackers broke windows and glass panes apart from ransacking other property and household items. None of the police officers were home when the attacks were carried out.The terrorists also torched a house at Buchroo village of Kulgam district.SP Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, said, “They (terrorists) are frustrated because their support structure is being handled by Jammu and Kashmir police very effectively.”Meanwhile, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation in Jammu division.This is not the first such instance in the Valley. In March, heavily armed militants stormed the residence of an assistant jail superintendent, threatened his family, abducted his son, and torched his vehicle in Budgam district. The son and his relative were later released 12 kilometre away from the spot.Few days later militants barged into the house of a police officer in Shopian district of south Kashmir and opened fire. Ultras tried to ransack the property but the neighborhood came to the rescue of the family.On his arrival, the Army Chief was briefed by general officer commanding of 16 corps Lt Gen A K Sharma about the preparedness in dealing with the emerging and dynamically changing security situation and the measures taken to thwart any misadventure by inimical forces.Later General Rawat visited forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri where he was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter infiltration grid.”General Bipin Rawat complimented the troops for their unflinching efforts and reiterated the need to remain ever prepared to counter the nefarious designs of the adversary”, said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command headquarters.

Indian-Army-transfer-racket-Patiala-house-court-granted-bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Patiala House court on Friday granted bail to two accused involved in the Indian Army transfer racket case, Lieutenant Colonel Ranganathan Suvramani Moni and middleman Gaurav Kohli. Both have been charged with criminal conspiracy, demand and acceptance of illegal gratification and using influence over public servants. It was being alleged that Lt. Col. Ranganathan entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli, Purshottam and others for ensuring transfer/posting of different officers posted in different field formations to their place of choice in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification. Purshottam allegedly contacted Army officers, who were either posted in different field formations or facing imminent transfer and desirous of getting a posting at different locations, and then contacted Gaurav Kohli, who had a close acquaintance with many officers posted in the Personnel Division of Army Headquarters, for pursuing the transfer of these officials in lieu of huge illegal gratification to senior officers posted at the army headquarters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Indian shelling in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday when their army vehicle was struck by Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) that separates parts of Kashmir held by both countries, the Pakistani military said. India’s ministry of defence Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said he had no knowledge of the incident. India and Pakistan have been in confrontation for decades across the LoC. The old ceasefire line runs through a region that both countries claim in full but rule in part. Growing exchanges of fire in past months have frayed a 2003 truce. “Indian troops targeted an army vehicle moving along LoC … The vehicle fell into the river and four soldiers have drowned,” Pakistan’s military said in a statement. One body has been recovered from the Neelum River and a search is underway for the remaining three, the military said. In November a civilian bus was hit by Indian firing in the same region, killing 12 people. Pakistan’s military said it had responded to the ceasefire violation by firing at Indian soldiers. In May India accused Pakistani forces of killing two soldiers patrolling the LoC and mutilating their bodies. Pakistan’s military denied the allegations and said it had not committed ceasefire violations. Both sides have previously accused each of violating the ceasefire and of beheading soldiers in the past. India accuses Pakistan of backing Islamist militants and encouraging them to attack Indian forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir and, occasionally, in other parts of India. Pakistan denies that and says India must hold negotiations on the future of Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army transfer racket: CBI opposes bail pleas of Lt Col

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today opposed the bail plea of a Lieutenant Colonel and an alleged middleman, arrested in connection with a transfer racket at the Army Headquarters here in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings. The central probe agency told special CBI judge Naresh Kumar Malhotra that the probe was at the initial stage and Lt Colonel Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, posted in the personnel division of the Army, and Gaurav Kohli can tamper with evidence if they were granted bail. The court fixed July 21 for argument on the matter and extended the judicial custody of the accused till July 22. The two were produced before the court after the expiry of their judicial custody. Public prosecutor Shampa Tikait told the court that the CBI was investigating whether there was a big racket involved in the matter and this was not the right stage to grant bail. In their bail applications, both the accused persons had claimed that they were no more required for custodial interrogation and no damage would be caused to the probe if they were granted the bail. According to the CBI, an FIR was registered against Moni, a Hyderabad-based Army officer identified only as Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S Subhas and Kohli for various offences including criminal conspiracy and corruption. The bribe was paid through hawala channels, the CBI claimed in its FIR. It alleged that Moni entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, working in the engineer stores, for influencing transfer of various officers. Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers who were either posted to different field formations or faced a transfer and wanted to be posted to a preferred location. He used to contact Kohli, who was allegedly close to senior officers in the personnel division of the Army headquarters here, and used these contacts to transfer the officers for money, the FIR said. It claimed Purshottam requested Kohli to pursue the posting of one D S R K Reddy and Subhas in return of a bribe. Both wanted to be posted from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Visakhapatnam. Moni assured Subhas that he would get him transferred through senior officers in the Army headquarters against payment, it claimed. Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid Sikkim stand-off, Chinese Army conducts exercises simulating battle scenarios

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the Sikkim standoff, the Chinese Army is carrying out exercises simulating real battle scenarios at high-altitude areas in Tibet, testing new equipment, including a light battle tank.The exercises were being carried at an altitude of 5,100 metres, the Chinese language service of the state-run Xinhua news agency reported from the Tibetan capital Lhasa.Besides testing the new equipment, the exercises involve conducting live firing exercises.The exercises also involve combat operations command, combat synergies, live fire shooting training, and comprehensive inspection of arms integration, the report said.The simulation also involves offensive and defensive training.Last week, Chinese Defence spokesman Colonel Wu Qin told the media here that the trials of the tank, reportedly weighing about 35 tonnes, were taking place during military exercises.Xinhua has also released photos of the exercises on its website.The exercises were being held in the backdrop of heightened India-China tensions at Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector.China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a construction party of the Chinese Army attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

CBI arrests Army Colonel and three others in bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday arrested an Army Colonel of Planning & Engineering Branch of Indian Army Eastern Command, Kolkata and three others including the Managing Director and Director of a Pune-based private company for allegedly taking bribe. The investigative agency registered a case against the accused on Saturday under Section 120 B of the India Penal Code (IPC) and Section 7, 12 & 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. As per reports, the Colonel had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 1.80 lakh from Managing Director of the aforesaid company in connection with the supply of Power Pack Rock Splitters, which are used by various field formations of the Army. The Colonel has accepted the first installment of Rs 50,000 in February and was arrested when he demanded for the second installment. The CBI tracked the Director of private company who came from Pune to deliver the bribe to Colonel and nabbed all of them after the exchange of money was over.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khandu conveys condolence for civilian killing by Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today conveyed his “deepest condolences” for the death of a person in Changlang district in firing by the Army, which allegedly mistook him for an ultra. “I have been informed that in the incident one villager Thingtu Ngemu (35) of Kongsa village has lost his life while several others have been injured. “This kind of incident could have been averted through proper care and planning,” Khandu, who is out of the state, said in a statement and expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased person and those injured. The incident took place on Wednesday night, Defence PRO Colonel Chiranjit Konwer had said yesterday. Based on a specific input regarding movement of a hardcore terrorist group, the Army personnel challenged the person when he arrived at the spot. However, he made “very suspicious movements” and rushed towards the troops following which the Army opened fire, resulting in his death, Konwer had said. Khandu added, “Though no measure of compensation in kind or cash would compensate for the loss, the state government is duty bound to provide ex-gratia relief according to norms to the next of kin of the deceased and assistance to the injured for the best of treatment to save their lives.” The chief minister spoke to the Ministry of Home Affairs and expressed concern over the incident and sought its urgent intervention, official sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Army gives befitting reply to Pak over ceasefire violations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Pakistani Army resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and automatic weapons fire at various places along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir today, Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said the situation is under control and no casualty has been reported so far. Talking to ANI, Lieutenant Colonel Mehta said this is Pakistan?s ninth ceasefire violation since June 1st. ?Today morning, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire violation at two places in KG (Krishna Ghati) Sector and also in the Naushera Sector and a befitting reply has been given by the Indian Army. Since the first of June this is the ninth ceasefire violation done by the Pakistan Army. ?our troops are hitting them hard and it will hit them hardest,? he said. ?The Pakistan Army is using heavy mortars, they are using RCL guns..Heavy automatics are being used by them and we are giving befitting reply in equal measures to them. We have the situation under control. Presently we do not have any reports of casualty,? he added. The Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminated firing of small arms, automatics and mortars at 6.20 a.m. today. On Sunday, the Pakistan Army violated ceasefire in the Naushera sector.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

13 terrorists killed along LoC in 96 hrs: NN Joshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the last four days, Indian Army is battling highly entrenched terrorists on the high altitude areas along the Line of Control (LoC) to foil Pakistan’s designs to foment trouble in the holy month of Ramzan.Indian Army thwarted seventh infiltration bid in the Gurez sector on Saturday, leaving one more terrorist dead, taking the toll of terrorists slain in the last 96 hours to 13. A soldier was also killed while fighting the terrorists in Naugam sector in the last four days.Troops guarding the LoC have been taking on the terrorists at the treacherous mountains and inhospitable terrains at the altitudes ranging from 12,000 to 14,000 feet. From Uri to Naugam to Gurez to Machil, Army is fighting the infiltrators at multiple locations along the LoC.”Relentless operations mounted by troops have successfully intercepted groups of armed intruders all along the LoC in Gurez, Machil, Naugam and Uri sectors leading to elimination of 13 armed intruders in the past 96 hours,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command Headquarters.Five infiltrators were successfully gunned down when they were trying to sneak into the valley from Gawalthan in Uri sector of Line of Control on Friday.Sources said successful foiling of the infiltration bids have prompted Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to rush to the LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to take stock of the situation.”The sinister designs of Pakistan army to push in multiple groups of armed intruders continue to be defeated by proactive operations being carried out on the LoC,” said Colonel Joshi.What has alarmed the security forces was the recovery of huge quantity of explosive and inflammable material that was possibly meant for carrying out major terror attacks in the Kashmir valley.”The explosives, inflammable material, arms and ammunition recovered from the armed intruders indicate Pakistan’s designs to orchestrate high-profile terror incidents targeting innocent civilian population and security forces during the holy month of Ramzan,” said Colonel Joshi.Official figures reveal that in the current year so far, 24 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 40 armed intruders eliminated on the LoC.Meanwhile, a civilian was injured when terrorists attacked the vehicles of ITBP at Vesu village on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Kulgam district of south Kashmir. “The fire missed the target and hit the civilian car.One civilian identified as Arif was injured in the back. About 20 empty cases of AK ammunition have been recovered from the spot,” said a police spokesman.Security forces also conducted random searches in parts of Lal Chowk area on Saturday afternoon. Nobody was arrested in the searches, sources said.Infiltration bid in last 4 yrs2013 – 2772014 – 2222015 – 1212016 – 364No. of terrorists sneaked in2013 – 972014 – 652015 – 332016 – 112(Source: Ministry of Home Affairs)AnalysisPak’s continuing support to separatists in J&K is crystal clear going by its Army chief’s statement on Saturday.General Bajwa said “will continue support for the right to self-determination for our Kashmiri brothers”.Bajwa rushing to forward positions along the LoC in Muzaffarabad in the wake of casualties there attests to this.

Transfer racket: Lt Colonel, other sent to 3-days CBI custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court has sent a Lt Colonel and a ‘middleman’ to CBI custody for three days in connection with a transfer racket at Army headquarters here in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings.Special CBI Judge Naresh Kumar Malhotra sent Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, posted in the personnel division of the Army, and middleman Gaurav Kohli to the agency’s custody yesterday after they were produced before it.Both the accused were arrested after a raid was conducted on Thursday night and produced in court the next day.Public prosecutor Amit Kumar sought five days police custody of the accused, while submitting before the court that “the larger conspiracy” needs to be unearthed as it is a big racket.He told the court that the accused were involved in giving posting of choice for huge illegal gratification, adding that senior officers were suspected to be a part of it and were likely to be arrested in the case.The court was told that the CBI was also trying to find out whether the accused had done similar crime in the past and who were the beneficiaries.The CBI also said that they needed voice samples of the accused and their custodial interrogation was required as they were to be confronted with each other, besides some “incriminating” evidence recovered during search.A bribe of Rs two lakh for the transfer of a Bengaluru based officer was also recovered from the premise, he told the court.The CBI told the court that an FIR was registered on June 1 against Moni, Hyderabad-based army officer Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S Subhas and alleged middleman Gaurav Kohli for the various offences including alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption.The bribe was paid through hawala channels, the CBI alleged in its FIR.It alleged that Moni entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in the engineer stores department (ESD), Kakinara, for influencing the transfer of various officers.Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers who were either posted in different field formations or faced imminent transfer and were desirous of getting posted to their preferred locations.He used to contact Kohli, who was close to senior officers in the personnel division of Army headquarters here.Kohli used these contacts to pursue transfers of army officers for huge illegal gratification, the FIR said.Purshottam allegedly requested Kohli to pursue the posting of one D S R K Reddy and Subhas in exchange for bribe, it claimed. Both wanted to be posted from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Visakhapatnam.Moni assured Subhas that he would help him get transferred through senior officers in the army headuquarters against payment of illegal gratification, it alleged.Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators.

Lt Col, middleman arrested in Army transfer racket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has arrested a Lt Colonel and a middleman in connection with an alleged transfer racket at the Army headquarter here in which lakhs of rupees were paid by army officers to manipulate their postings. The CBI, which registered the case on the basis of intelligence gathered by it, arrested Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni and Gaurav Kohli while an alleged bribe of Rs two lakh was changing hands for transfer of a Bengaluru based army officer. The FIR names a Brigadier but his name has not been included in the list of accused. The alleged racket was suspected to be going on in the Army headquarter with the involvement of senior officers there. The bribe was being paid through hawala channels, the CBI FIR alleged. The agency is also focusing on how the army officers were ready to pay lakhs of rupees to get a posting of their choice. The case has been registered against Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, Personnel Division, Army Headquarter, an army officer Purushottam, who is based in Hyderabad, Gaurav Kohli and S Subhas, BSO Bengaluru, Indian Army. It is alleged that Moni had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in ESD, Kakinara for influencing transfer of various officers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI busts transfer racket at Army HQs; Sr officers involved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has today busted a major transfer racket operating in the army headquarter here involving senior officers who were manipulating postings of officers in lieu of huge illegal gratification. The agency has registered a corruption case against a Lt Colonel posted at the army headquarters here and two other army officers for alleged irregularities in transfers. The name of a Brigadier posted in the personnel division has also cropped up in the CBI FIR. It is believed that an operation is underway and there may be some arrests but CBI officials refused to divulge. The case has been registered against Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, Personnel Division, Army Headquarter; an army officer, Purushottam, based in Hyderabad; Bengaluru-based army officer S Subhas, and alleged middleman Gaurav Kohli. It is alleged Moni had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in ESD, Kakinara, for influencing transfer of officers. It is alleged that Purshottam contacted army officers who are either posted in different field formation or facing imminent transfers and desirous of getting transferred to their preferred location. He used to contact Kohli, who has close acquaintance with officers in personnel division of army headquartes here. He used these contacts to pursue transfers of army officers in lieu of huge illegal gratification, the FIR alleged. Purshottam allegedly requested Kohli to pursue posting matter of one DSRK Reddy and Subhas in lieu of huge bribe, it claimed. Both wanted posting from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Vizag. Moni assured he would help in getting Subhas transferred through one of the senior officers in the army headuquarters against payment of illegal gratification, it alleged. Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through Hawala operators. “…Kohli visited residence of…Moni and conducted a meeting with some senior officers at the army headquarter in Delhi. Information also reveal that…Moni is in contact with Brigadier SK Grover DDG (Personnel) of Army Headquarter for the transfer matter of Subhas,” the CBI FIR alleged. It is alleged that Rs 2 lakh was to be paid by Kohli to Moni for transfer of Subhas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan unleashing narco-terror in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alarm bells are ringing for the security forces as Pakistan army has unleashed narco-terrorism in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Indian Army has seized heroin worth Rs two crore from a 23-year-old man, who was feigning as shepherd, on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch district. The consignment was facilitated by the Pakistan army in a bid to use the drug proceeds to fund the militancy in Kashmir.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said the Indian Army apprehended Mohommad Kasim along with two packets of heroin from the LoC in Bhimber Gali of Poonch district on Monday night. “Kasim, under the garb of grazing cattle, had gone across the LoC and received the consignment from a PoK (Pakistan- occupied Kashmir) national,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mehta.He said the drugs seizure has dealt a major blow to Pakistan to fund militancy using drug proceeds.Police have also lodged an FIR and put the investigation on the fast track to expose the conspiracy behind the smuggling. “We are investigating the matter,” said Pande Rajiv Omparkash, senior superintendent of police, Poonch.Investigators are trying to find out whether Kasim was part of the drug cartel that has been operating across the LoC. “He has been put under sustained interrogation and we are trying to reach to the bottom of the case,” said an officer.Police sources said there have been continuous efforts from the other side to smuggle drugs into this side. “We are conducting our operations in the interior areas to track down the smugglers,” said the officer.This is not the first time when drug consignments smuggled from PoK have been seized on the LoC. On January 23, J&K police arrested eight persons and seized huge haul of drugs smuggled from across the LoC in the border district of Kupwara. The seizure includes one kilogram of heroin, 1.5 kilogram of brown sugar and 3.5 kilogram of charas.Sources do not rule out nexus between ultras and narcotics smugglers given the fact that several terrorists have been arrested in different parts of the country with huge haul of charas and banned drugs.In January 2002, police arrested five persons including two surrendered terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen with 20 kgs of charas in Phagwara . In May 2003, an active member of Al Jihad outfit was arrested in Delhi with 25 kgs of charas.In January 2014, police arrested a driver from PoK after 114 packets of brown sugar worth Rs 100 crore was recovered from his truck used to ferry goods for the cross LoC trade. This led to the 17 days’ standoff with PoK authorities holding 27 Indian drivers hostage before releasing them after hectic diplomatic efforts.

‘Wani II’ cornered & killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>War against terror notched a big success on Saturday when security forces killed eight terrorists, including the most-wanted commander and slain Hizbul Mujahedeen leader Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, in two separate operations in north and south Kashmir respectively.While Sabzar and his aide were killed in Saimoh village at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, six terrorists were gunned down when they were trying to infiltrate into the Valley from the Line of Control (LoC) in Rampur sector of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.A civilian was also killed after protests broke out in Tral area.Police said Sabzar was gunned down after security forces launched an operation in the Saimoh village of Tral on Friday night.The encounter broke out after terrorists fired on the Army patrol of 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) before fleeing the spot. Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and started the operation.”Last evening, terrorists fired on the patrolling party of 42-RR at Hurdimir-Soimoh Tral. The fire was retaliated and the terrorists took shelter in the nearby houses. Subsequently, a cordon-and-search operation was launched by the joint team of J&K Police, 42 RR and 180th battalion of CRPF,” said a police spokesperson.On Saturday morning when security forces resumed the operation, they came under heavy fire from terrorists. In the ensuing gunfight, two terrorists were killed. “After the encounter, two Hizbul terrorists, identified as Faizan Muzaffar and Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, were killed,” said the spokesperson.Security forces also traced a call made by Sabzar to his family when he was holed up in the house. “Forgive me if I was wrong anytime. We have been cornered and can’t escape. No one should cry on my death. Aslam-u-Alaiqum,” Sabzar told his family over phone hours before he was killed.Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid, told DNA that it is a success for the security forces. “Success is success whether big or small,” he said,Tension gripped Kashmir following the killing of Sabzar with protesters clashing with security forces at different places. A youth was killed and 12 other protestors were injured in the incident.More than 25 police personnel and other security men were also injured in the stone-pelting that followed the killing. Mobile Internet services were suspended to prevent the rumor mongering and avoid repeat of post-Wani unrest in Kashmir.”Today in the afternoon incidents of stone-pelting were reported from about two dozen places in different areas of Kashmir Valley. Police and security forces rushed to tackle these mobs. Twenty-five police and security forces personnel were injured. The forces showed utmost restraint in tacking these unruly mobs. During these incidents, 12 miscreants were also injured,” said a police spokesman.In a separate operation, Army foiled a major infiltration bid on the Line of Control in Rampur-Uri sector killing six terrorists. “In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation in the Rampur sector, a group of six armed intruders have been intercepted and eliminated,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command Headquarters.This is the second operation on the LoC in which the Army foiled an infiltration bid from Pakistan in the last 24 hours.”On May 26, a BAT action attempted on an Indian Army post by a group of heavily-armed intruders through an area under control of a Pak Army post in the Uri sector, was successfully intercepted resulting in the killing of two intruders,” said Colonel Joshi.In the last 24 hours, security forces have killed 10 heavily-armed intruders and terrorists in the Valley. “Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have mounted relentless operations to thwart attempts by Pakistan to boost terror activities from across the Line of Control. In the last 24 hours, 10 heavily- armed intruders and terrorists have been successfully eliminated,” he said.Joint Resistance Leadership, an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded last year’s unrest, have called for two days’ shutdown against the killing of terrorists in Kashmir.& AnalysisThe killing has raised the morale of the security forces who have been facing hostile crowds during operations in south Kashmir.Sabzar’s killing will have a cascading effect on terrorists as he was the main jihadi motivator of Hizbul.The Hizbul commander’s death also sends a message that no matter how big a terrorist is, he will ultimately be neutralised by security forces.

300 sent back to Myanmar from Mizoram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 300 citizens of Myanmar, mostly women and children, who had crossed over to the Indian side seeking protection from the insurgent group ‘Arakan Army’ were sent back by Assam Rifles and the civil administration in Mizoram to avoid a prolonged refugee crisis in the northeastern state.On May 19, 338 Myanmar nationals reached Lungpuk and Khaikhy in Saiha district after travelling from Ralei village in Myanmar.”Assam Rifles, being the first responder for the Indo-Myanmar border, immediately swung into action and sent its team from forward posts. A senior officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel was also sent with his team from Lunglei to handle the situation and ensure that the refugees returned to Myanmar safely and peacefully. The team also included a medical officer to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to the refugees,” a government statement said.The relatives and villagers who came to take back the refugees convinced them that the insurgents have moved away and their homes were safe to live in.”To ensure the safety of the refugees, they were all escorted by the Assam Rifles troops up to International Boundary Pillar No. 15. Lunglei Battalion, Mizoram, handed over all the refugees to the VCP of Ralei village of Myanmar, Mr Chebei. He conveyed his gratitude to the VCP of Lungpuk,” the statement added.

Indian army officer awarded amid ‘abuse’ inquiry

The officer reportedly tied a man to his jeep in Kashmir to stop protesters from pelting stones.

Two soldiers, two terrorists killed as Army foils infiltration bid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Defence Minister Arun Jaitely said the Army is fully confident of not allowing infiltration from other side of the border, troops foiled a major infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC), killing two terrorists in Nowgam sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Two soldiers also laid down their lives in the line of duty.The incident occurred on wee hours of Saturday when troops noticed suspicious movement on the LoC. “Two terrorists who were attempting infiltration in Nowgam sector have been eliminated. Two soldiers were martyred in the ongoing operation,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The operation is still continuing and security forces have cordoned off entire stretch and blocked all exit and entry routes to prevent terrorists, if any, from escaping.The infiltration bid comes less than 18 hours after the Defence Minister said the soldiers are fully confident of thwarting any infiltration bid from other side of the border.”I would compliment Indian Army for the level of preparedness and enthusiasm. Our soldiers are fully confident that they would not allow any form of infiltration to take place. And if there is any effort at any form of ceasefire violations our soldiers will give adequate response,” Jaitley told reporters on Friday.This is the first major infiltration bid since the Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan army badly mutilated the bodies of two soldiers after they violated the sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC) and crossed into Indian territory at Krishna Ghati sub-sector of Poonch district in Jammu division on May 1.Official figures reveal that there were 371 incidents of attempts to infiltrate in Jammu and Kashmir from across the border in 2016 of which 119 were successful.

Karnataka CM Siddaramiah insults defence veterans, keeps them waiting for an hour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Army and Air Force veterans have expressed their dejection, saying that they felt insulted when a function related to war memorial, turned into a political event.The oldest war memorial at Brigade Road here was to be re-inaugurated yesterday for which veterans were invited and Chief Minister Siddaramiah was invited as the chief guest.However, the event took an uncomfortable turn for the veterans, as the latter came an hour late.Colonel K.D. Shelly (retd.) said that many of them came from their native towns and managed to reach the venue before time. Colonel K.D. Shelly (retd.) Any event in war memorial or martyr funeral is a very sacred occasion for us. One Hawaldar Gumkar is there who is a war-wounded soldier of Madras regiment. He was in his native town but he reached here last midnight for the occasion and gave me a call informing the same. I had given a time that by 10.30 we all should be there. By 10.30, we all were there,”He further said that Gumkar got furious when he heard one of the local leaders speaking on the dais. The leader was speaking in Kannada focusing on the government’s plans and activities but did not utter anything about the war memorial or the martyrs.”I don’t know what time was given to the Chief Minister. He came around 11.45-12.00. Along with chief minister, his body guards, local leaders etc came. One of the local leaders started speaking in Kannada. Hawaldaar Gumkar got furious and said that the local leader is speaking about politics and their construction. Nothing is being spoken about war memorial or veterans,” he said.However, the Chief Minister seemed to be absolutely unaware about it and when asked about the same, replied, “Did I not pay respect to war memorial?”Disappointed by the event, one after the other, all the veterans left the spot. They were dejected by the way the significance of the event was sidelined and was used to highlight other things.

Faulty mixer, delay in pension among public grievances: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From seeking help for faulty mixer-grinder to delay in pension disbursal, the Centre is getting some of these grievances from the public, the number which is likely to touch an all-time high of 12 lakhs this year. There has been a tremendous increase in complaints against government departments since the NDA government assumed office in May 2014, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. The number of public grievances was invariably below two lakhs till 2012 and slightly more till the first five months of 2014, he said. “Ever since the NDA government took over in May 2014, there has been an increase in public grievances due to various people-friendly measures taken by the Modi dispensation,” said Singh, the minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions. Singh said there are some unusual complaints received by the ministry and one such grievance recently processed was of a faulty mixer-grinder. “There was a grievance from one T Vinod Kumar in Telangana regarding problem in mixer-grinder brought by him online. We sent his complaint to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and at last he got the machine changed,” he said, explaining the kind of complaints being received by the government. Singh said the government has cut down time taken to resolve public grievances from over eight months (253 days) in 2012 to an average 24 days in 2017. “The increase in grievances is also due to prompt disposal by the government,” said Singh. About 1.75 lakh and 2.09 lakh grievances were received in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The government had got nearly 2.7 lakh public grievances in 2014, of which 2.63 lakhs (97.47 per cent) were disposed of in an average 146 days, he said. In 2015, 8.79 lakh public grievances were received and 7.69 lakhs of them (87.53 per cent) were resolved. The ministry received a highest of 11.94 lakh public grievances last year and resolved 11.87 lakhs of them (99.35 per cent), with an average time taken to dispose them being 38 days, Singh said. So far this year, about 5.49 lakh public grievances were received and of them, 5.47 lakhs (99.53 per cent) were resolved, he said, adding that the average time taken to resolve these plaints was 24 days. “There has been an increase in public grievances this year. Seeing the number of first five months, we expect that the number of complaints may touch 12 lakhs,” Singh said. He said the government is trying to cut the time taken to process such complaints to a week from the existing about 24 days. These complaints were received mainly through the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) — an online system for addressing plaints against government departments from people. Giving details of steps being taken to resolve people’s complaints, the minister said he was also making calls to some complainants randomly to check whether their grievances were getting resolved to their satisfaction. “I called up a retired Colonel in Punjab who had raised a complaint. I introduced myself as only Jitendra Singh (rather than a Union minister) on a call made to him a few days ago to inform him about the resolution of his complaint. “We spoke for some time on the matter and after informing him about the successful resolution of the complaint I hung up only to get a return call from the person feeling extremely elated for having received a phone call from the minster himself. It is a historic step in good governance,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army kills two fidayeens involved in Panzgam suicidal attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces achieved a major success on Sunday when they killed two top Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) fidayeens who were part of same group that carried out the suicidal attack on the artillery unit at Panzgam last month.One of the slain ultra was one who had managed to escape after suffering injuries in the 35 minute-long counter militant operation at Panzgam.Three soldiers including 26-year-old Captain Ayush Yadav were killed and five other ranks injured in the Uri-style fidayeen attack on the army garrison at Panzgam village near the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on April 27. Two fidayeens were later killed in the counter offensive and another was injured who had escaped from the spot.“We have found yet-to-heal wounds on one of them which is indicative of a likely involvement with the Panzgam attack. We have found some other evidence as well that confirm their involvement in Panzgam incident,” said Colonel Kuldeep Singh, commanding officer of 21 Rashtriya Riffles,.“These terrorists were part of the same group that carried out the fidayeen attack on the army camp in Kupwara. Were they part of that attack, I do not know?” SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, told DNA.The terrorists were killed after a joint team of 21 Rashtriya Riffles and Jammu and Kashmir police launched an operation following inputs about the presence of ultras in Handwara. Police said when security forces were zeroing in on the target, terrorists opened fire. Two LeT terrorists were killed in the gunfire.In a separate incident, three persons were injured in a mysterious blast at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Pakistan firing over disputed Kashmir border kills two, India says

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A father and daughter were killed in the Indian part of the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday in Pakistani army firing across the de facto border, and three of their relatives were wounded, an Indian military spokesman said. It was the second major ceasefire violation in the area in days. A woman was killed and her husband wounded by Pakistani firing across the de facto border dividing Kashmir and early on Thursday. “Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing,” said the Indian spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Manish Mehta, adding that Pakistani forces had fired with various weapons from small arms to large calibre mortars in the Nowshera sector. A mortar bomb hit a home in a village near the Line of Control, which separates the two sides in Kashmir, inflicting the casualties, he said. Indian forces retaliated “strongly and effectively”, he said, adding the authorities had closed all schools in the area. A Pakistani military spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Pakistan on Thursday condemned what it called “unprovoked” Indian firing in the area. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence in 1947, two of them over the Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir which they both claim in full but rule in part. Clashes between their forces in Kashmir largely stopped after a 2003 ceasefire but exchanges of fire have been more common over the past couple of years. Occasional efforts to improve ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours through talks have achieved little, while protests against Indian rule in its part of Kashmir have flared violently over the past year. India accuses Muslim Pakistan of supporting separatist insurgents fighting security forces in Indian Kashmir. Pakistan denies that.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman killed in Pak shelling near LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension has gripped the Line of Control (LoC) after Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling on Indian forward posts and adjacent villages on Wednesday, leaving a woman dead and her husband critically injured in Naushera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu division.The Jammu and Kashmir government has shut schools and educational institutions in 26 villages situated near the LoC as a precautionary measure.”Shelling has stopped since the morning. It is calm along the border, but we have closed about 16 to 17 schools in 26 villages of two tehsils. Two higher secondary schools were also shut at Naushera to convert them into shelter camps in case of an exigency”, said Dr Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri.The Pakistani army resorted to indiscriminate firing on Indian forward posts at 10.40 pm on Wednesday. The Indian army responded in equal measure to silence the Pakistani guns.”The Indian army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.The latest incident of shelling has come 11 days after a Border Action Team (BAT) of the Pakistani army badly mutilated the bodies of two soldiers after they violated the sanctity of the LoC and crossed into Indian territory at Krishna Ghati sub-sector of Poonch district in Jammu division on May 1.ESCALATING TENSIONSTension has gripped the Line of Control after Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling on Indian forward posts and adjacent villages on Wednesday.
The J&K government has shut educational institutions in 26 villages near LoC as a precautionary measure.
Two higher secondary schools were also shut.

Lieutant Ummer Fayaz murdered: Mehbooba Mufti condemns death, Army vows to punish killers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, the young army officer from Kulgam, by militants and questioned whether murders or looting banks would resolve anything.She said it was a “big tragedy” that the people “who are crying over the Kashmir issue” are killing Kashmiris “especially our youth who come from ordinary background and want to succeed in life like the martyr Fayaz”.Talking to reporters, she said Fayaz had become an officer in the army at such a young age of 22 “and was brutally killed within few seconds.”
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelters target Army officer Ummer Fayaz’s funeral procession, Centre assures justice The Chief Minister said such incidents are “a moment of reckoning” for the people of the state to see whether the solution of the Kashmir issue lied in killing people and looting banks.”Police personnel and bank officials have also been killed before. So I feel it is a moment of reckoning for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the people of the Valley, that those who cry over Kashmir issue… does the solution to this issue lie in looting banks and weapons or brutally killing our youth who become something or want to become something after getting education,” she said.
ALSO READ J&K: Army officer Ummer Fayaz killed by terrorists, govt calls it ‘dastardly act of cowardice’Earlier, in a statement, Mehbooba condemned the killing of Lt Fayaz, saying “what was more painful to note is that the young officer had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin.”The Army vowed to punish the killers of young Kashmiri Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz and said the incident marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley as people there will decisively turn the tide against terrorism.Calling the attack a “dastardly act of cowardice” by militants, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said Fayaz’s sacrifice reiterates the nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley.The bullet-riddled body of 22-year-old Fayaz was found in Harmen area of Shopian in South Kashmir this morning, hours after he was abducted by militants from Batpura village where he had gone to attend his cousin’s wedding.”I assure the family that the perpetrators of this heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared,” Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in Chief of South Western Command and Colonel of Rajputana Riffles, said, in a condolence message to the family of Fayaz.Fayaz, hailing from Kulgam in South Kashmir, was with Rajputana Rifles and had taken leave to attend the wedding. He was commissioned into the Army on December 10 last year and according to his colleagues, he was popular for his simplicity and honesty.Lt Gen Krishna said people of Kashmir will have to rise collectively and hit back at the “cowards and perpetrators” of the heinous crime, adding they can no longer tolerate such tragic losses of their “beloved sons”.”This marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley and people of Kashmir will decisively turn the tide against terrorism,” he said, conveying to family of Fayaz that the Army stands shoulder-to-shoulder with it.Expressing anguish over the killing of the young officer Jaitley said Fayaz would continue to inspire youth from Kashmir.”Abduction & murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Jaitley said in a tweet.”Fayaz was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley.”It was for the first time that he had taken leave after joining the Army, a senior official said. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.The killing caused anger among locals who demanded that the men responsible be identified and punished.Army officers posted with Rajputana Riffles said Fayaz was loved by his colleagues and he was known for immaculately performing the alloted tasksHis father, a farmer, has a small apple business. Fayaz was part of the hockey team of NDA and was also an excellent volleyball player.

Delhi man held for cheating retd Army officer of Rs 16 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old man was arrested from Delhi last Saturday for allegedly cheating a city-based retired lieutenant colonel of Army of over Rs 16 lakh under the pretext of providing him a job with the country’s leading car manufacturer, the police said today. The accused, identified as Mukesh Kumar Yadav, was arrested from the national capital on May 6 and was brought here for investigation, a release from Hyderabad Police said. According to the police, Yadav had told the retired Army officer that he is from ‘India Today Group’ company. “The victim, who took voluntary retirement from Army as Lt Colonel, was searching for a job in the private sector and had uploaded his resume in various job portals. “He lodged a complaint with police last month stating that he received a call in August 2014 informing him that his resume was shortlisted and that he was being offered a job in Maruti Suzuki as a senior executive. He was asked to deposit certain amount for the job,” the police said quoting the complaint. According to the police, the officer deposited Rs 16,07,652 over a period of time in different bank accounts provided by the arrested accused. “After the money was deposited, the accused did not respond to the calls of the complainant,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime) S Jayaram. Police traced Yadav’s whereabouts to new Ashok Nagar in Delhi after obtaining the CDR of the mobile numbers allegedly used by him, he said. Police also collected bank account statements of Yadav from different banks, the ACP said. “The arrested accused is claiming that he received only Rs 9.5 lakh of the deposits made by the victim. Investigation is still going on and we will take the accused into custody and question him if any other persons also colluded with him in connection with the fake job offer,” the ACP told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Malegaon blast: Supreme Court seeks NIA reply on bail plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued a notice to the premier counter-terror agency, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), and the state of Maharashtra on a bail plea made by 2008 Malegaon blast prime accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit.The bench, comprising of justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre, has given them two weeks to file a reply. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam said his client, Purohit, was considered to be one of the best counter-insurgency officers and that he was framed.On April 28, Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, moved the top court, barely days after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail application on April 25.The HC had denied Purohit bail while granting bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for the lack of “incriminating or objectionable material” against her. Purohit and Thakur were arrested in 2008 on conspiracy charges pertaining to the 2008 Malegaon (Maharashtra) blast. In his petition, Purohit claims that he is an upright intelligence officer who successfully infiltrated SIMI and ISI to extract information. According to Purohit, “It is a specific case of the Petitioner that his presence in some meetings, alleged to be a conspiracy, has been reported by him to his superiors and was in the course of gathering intelligence.” He added, “that most of the co-accused were registered sources of the Army and part of the information intelligence network developed by the Petitioner.”

50K cartridges, 45 meat packets at Col’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Horns, skins, and other body parts of endangered species and about 117 kilograms of their meat were allegedly seized during a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) raid at the residence of a retired Army Colonel in Civil Lines area of Uttar Pradesh’ Meerut on Saturday late night.DRI had conducted the 17-hour long raid at the Civil Lines residence of the retired Colonel Devendra Kumar in connection with a disproportionate asset (DA) case.During the search operation, they found hides, two horns of blackbuck, heads, nails and other body parts of leopard, swamp deer and spotted deer from a godown in the cellar camouflaged as plywood storeroom.The 117 kgs of meat was stored in 45 packets and stored in a freezer.”We recovered as many as 45 packets weighing about 117 kgs of meat suspected to be of endangered animals. Samples of meat have been sent to the lab for testing to ascertain category of wild animals,” Chief Wildlife Conservator Mukesh Kumar told mediapersons.During the raid, the DRI also recovered Rs 1 crore in cash and about 40 arms, including nine pistols and 12 rifles, and a huge cache of ammunition from the residence of the retired Colonel.DRI Officials said that they suspect that the Retired Colonel and son Prashant Bishnoi, a national level skeet shooter, were running an illegal wildlife smuggling racket. They were killings animals and selling their meat, hides and other parts to Indiana as well as overseas clients, the officials added. Turn to P4DRI recovers huge wildlife cache from retired Army Colonel residence in UP”We are investigating the material seized in the raid. We will come to a definite conclusion only after further interrogation of the arrested is completed,” said Manoj Kumar, Senior Intelligence officer, DRI.”We have registered a case under Wildlife Protection Act against the accused,” said Kumar.According to a press release issued by the DRI, firearms of various make and models–Glock (Austria), Italy-made Beretta, Arsenal, Benelle and Blaser (Germany) — were seized along with expensive cameras, thermal imaging binoculars and cartridges.The DRI has also registered a case under the Arms Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.”One of the suspects is believed to have recently killed a leopard near Jim Corbett area and processed the skin at his residence,” the DRI said in its statement.”We are investigating the material seized in the raid. We will come to a definite conclusion only after further interrogation of the arrested is completed,” said Manoj Kumar, Senior Intelligence officer, DRI.”We have registered a case under Wildlife Protection Act against the accused,” said Kumar.According to a press release issued by the DRI, firearms of various make and models–Glock (Austria), Italy-made Beretta, Arsenal, Benelle and Blaser (Germany) — were seized along with expensive cameras, thermal imaging binoculars and cartridges.The DRI has also registered a case under the Arms Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.”One of the suspects is believed to have recently killed a leopard near Jim Corbett area and processed the skin at his residence,” the DRI said in its statement.

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