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Saturday, 26 February 2011

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11 people allowed to enter India across LoC 2011-02-25 22:10:00 Keep Your Heart Young Ads by Google Find Out Your Heart's Age For Free! Free Tests, Diet Plan & Doc Advice  Jammu, Feb 25 (IANS) A group of 11 people including seven children were taken into custody after they were allowed to enter India across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district Friday, defence officials said.  The group comprised two families headed by men, both named Shaukat Hussain, along with their wives and seven children. They were apprehended after they entered the Indian territory at Nakarket. Both had fled to Pakistani Kashmir in August 2001.  'They were challenged but the troops did not open fire at them and allowed them to enter this side on humanitarian grounds,' an army spokesman said in a statement here.  Shaukat Hussain, son of Mohammad Ismail of Surankote, Poonch, was accompanied by his wife Zaida Parveen and four children - daughters Malaika, 8, Saima, 4 and a half, Muqaddas, 3 and a half, and son Abdullah, one and half.  The other Shaukat Hussain, son of Raaz Mohammad, came with his wife Iqbal Bibi and three sons - Hamza, 8, Mustafa, 5 and a half and Ali, 2 and a half.  The spokesman said that the two revealed that in Pakistani Kashmir, they received training in handling of arms and ammunition at Bagh until they came to Surankote in October 2001 to take their wives with them. Then they started working as labourers in Bagh as they were lodged in a 'Mohajir' (refugee) camp.  All the eleven people have been handed over to Jammu and Kashmir Police.  This was the largest-ever group allowed to cross into Indian Kashmir from across the LoC in the past 20 years. Earlier, the first family was allowed to enter the state in 2006, but those were in groups of two or threes.
First lady officer receives gallantry award in Indian Army  Hisar, Feb 25 (PTI) Major Mitali Madhumita today became the first lady officer to receive a gallantry award in the Indian Army. She was honoured along with 21 Army personnel for acts of bravery and distinguished service at Military Station here during the South Western Command Investiture Ceremony. Madhumati became the first lady officer to get Sena Medal (Gallantry) in the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said. Two Yudh Seva medals, nine Sena medals (Gallantry), two Sena medals (Distinguished) and eight Vishisht Seva medals were presented by Gen Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command Lt Gen SK Singh. Sepoy Jagtar Singh of the Punjab Regiment was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) posthumously, the spokesman said. His wife Ranjit Kaur received the award on his behalf. The soldier was martyred on June six, 2009 in an anti-terrorist operation in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. Sepoy Purna Limboo was also awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) for displaying exemplary coverage during a search operation in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir wherein he successfully eliminated terrorists, while under heavy fire. Speaking on the occasion, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, lauded all the soldiers for their exemplary dedication and devotion to duty and upholding the highest traditions of Indian Army.
Seldon USA eyes on Army for ''safe water on move'' technology  Jammu, Feb 25 (PTI) Us-based Seldon Technologies today announced its foray into India to market its potable high capacity self-contained water treatment boxes and water sticks for Army and the domestic market in Jammu & Kashmir. The company had developed the "safe water on move" technology for the US Army that is engaged in operations in various conflict areas across the world. "We are focusing on the Indian Army as a major client for our products preliminarily produced for USA Army as safe water on the move," Seldon Technologies Inc President Roger Miller told reporters here. Miller in joint collaboration with Aquanomics Systems Limited, launched Seldon products of water boxes and Seldon sticks manufactured under Carbon Nano Water Filteration Technology in the state today. Flanked by Aquanomics Systems Limited Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Sapra and Nidheesh Group Managing Director Murti Gupta, Miller said, "The Defence Department of USA and NASA had provided us grants for development of this technology for the US forces." We produced mobile equipments for safe drinking water which are user friendly and suitable for their use in any climate and geographical conditions, he said. Sapra said "We will be meeting the officers of the armed forces at the conference here tomorrow, wherein we will showcase our technology which would be best suitable for the troops working in the harsh and unfriendly climates and terrain conditions during operations in the state. (More) PTI AB DK

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