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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

From Today's Papers - 15 Jun 2016

5 jawans hurt in LoC gun battle
Srinagar, June 14
Five soldiers were today injured in an encounter that erupted after the Army intercepted a group of terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC) while they were trying to infiltrate from PoK into the Machil Sector of Kupwara

district of Kashmir.
Alert troops foiled the infiltration bid this afternoon, engaging the militants in a fierce gunbattle which was on till late in the night. An Army official said the injured jawans had been evacuated. — TNS
Islamic State leader Baghdadi killed in strike?
Rome/New Delhi: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was on Tuesday reported to have been killed in an American airstrike. But there was no confirmation from US officials about the death of the most wanted terrorist, nicknamed “the invisible sheikh”, with a $25-million bounty on his head. According to Italian news agency AKI, which cited a report by Islamic State-run Al-Amaq, Baghdadi was killed in an air raid in Syria by the US-led coalition forces on Friday. This is not the first time that Baghdadi, 45, has been reported to have died in a coalition strike. He was named the head of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010. He oversaw its expansion into Syria, naming the group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). IANS
Lt Gen Nimbhorkar: Army ready to face any challenge
Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 14
Close on the heels of an encounter at Kud on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Monday evening, security scenario was today reviewed at headquarters of White Knight Corps at Nagrota near here.

Security forces took stock of prevailing situation south of Pir Panjal in the 10 districts of Jammu region.

This year’s Amarnath Yatra is scheduled to begin from July 2.

The security core group meeting was co-chaired by White Knight Corps General Officer in Commanding (GOC) Lieutenant General RR Nimbhorkar, Director General Police (J&K) K Rajendra Kumar, ADGP (CID) SM Sahai, CRPF Inspector General (Jammu Zone) Rakesh Sethi, IGP (Jammu zone) Danish Rana amongst other top officials of the Army, police, security and intelligence agencies.

A joint strategy was chalked out in a great detail between all agencies to ensure peace and stability in the region and ensure incident-free environment.

The DGP appreciated the role of all security forces in maintaining peace and harmony in the region.

He emphasised the need for maintaining high level of alertness to beat designs of inimical elements and exhorted all present to continue with synergy and coordination at a functional level to ensure peaceful atmosphere.

Lt Gen Nimbhorkar said that the Army and its various formations deployed south of Pir Panjal have been proactively and aggressively dominating the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland thereby assuring a peaceful and secure environment in the area.

He further stated that the Army was ready to face any challenge that may emerge in the future and was ready to counter it with all its might.

Appreciating high synergy in operations exhibited by agencies in recent times, he encouraged all present to overcome contemporary challenges and work towards enhancing confidence amongst the people.

He further emphasised the requirement to be vigilant, alive and responsive to the developing situation and maintain peace and ensure a peaceful and conducive environment.
Minimise visibility of troops in civilian areas: CM to Army Chief
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 14
Laying stress on the need for maintaining greater vigil along the borders to prevent infiltration, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called for minimising visibility of troops in civilian areas and tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister said this in a meeting with Chief of Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag in which they discussed important matters relating to internal and external security management in the state and general geo-political situation in the region. The Army Chief was accompanied by GOC-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen D S Hooda, 15 Corps GOC Lt Gen Satish Dua and other senior commanders.

Mehbooba said that the troops should ensure that no civilian is harmed and there is minimum damage to civilian properties during encounters with the militants. “While the Army is competent enough to deal with the situation along the borders, for internal security, police and paramilitary forces should shoulder the greater responsibilities,” she said.

The Chief Minister urged the Army commanders to help consolidate and carry forward the state government’s confidence building measures on the security front and initiative of border tourism which would go a long way in ensuring peace and tranquillity along the borders and within the mainland.

While appreciating the role of the Army in civic action programmes, like Operation Sadbhavana, Mehbooba asked it to involve the local youth in sports and skill development, especially in the remote border areas of the state.

On Monday, the Army Chief had called on Governor NN Vohra in New Delhi. During the meeting, they covered a wide range of issues from overall security scenario for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra and the Anantnag Assembly bypoll, an Army spokesman said.

Earlier, Gen Dalbir Singh was briefed by Lt Gen Satish Dua about the preparedness of Chinar Corps in dealing with the emerging security challenges and measures to thwart any misadventure by the inimical forces. The Corps Commander also highlighted the steps adopted to integrate the efforts of various security forces for efficient intelligence network and synergised conduct of operations.

The Army Chief also visited the forward area of Baramulla as also Awantipura where he was briefed upon the operational readiness by the respective formation Commanders. He also interacted with officers and men during the visit complimenting them for their untiring efforts.

Expressing his satisfaction over the measures instituted by Chinar Corps to ensure security in the Valley, Gen Dalbir Singh reiterated the continued need for integration and close coordination amongst all security agencies.
Why the analysis behind the latest Chinese transgression in Arunachal Pradesh is misleading
According to media reports, more than 250 soldiers of the Chinese army intruded into the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh on June 9
According to media reports, more than 250 soldiers of the Chinese army intruded into the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh on June 9. This transgression took place in Yangtze area of East Tawang and lasted for a few hours. There were no reports of a conflict between the Chinese and the Indian soldiers. Many analysts tried to place this transgression in the context of China opposing India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and India-US-Japan conducting their annual naval exercise, Malabar.

Going by the history of Chinese transgression in that area, this analysis is plain misleading. Situated at a height of 14,000 feet, Yangtze ranges are dominated by the Indian soldiers deployed there. When the Chinese soldiers start their four-hour long climb up the mountains, the Indian Army soldiers can observe them immediately. The standard drill is for two companies of Indian soldiers to move forward and deploy themselves, in what becomes an eyeball-to-eyeball situation. The Chinese stay there for a few hours, and then go back as they have to trek down the mountains before sunset. Things go back to status quo. As per defence sources, this usually happens twice a year.
What transpired on the 9th was no different from the earlier instances. Differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China has meant that the two sides allege that the other is patrolling in their territory. India has offered to delineate the LAC — most recently, during defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to China — but the Chinese have not reciprocated. Beijing is worried that agreeing to a LAC could influence their final territorial claims. New Delhi has meanwhile tried to find a way to prevent tensions by creating more mechanisms between the two militaries at the border. They have been largely effective so far.

While this particular transgression may have been “routine”, it does not mean that every single Chinese action in the future will be so. It needs to be understood that India’s increasing proximity with the US could lead to reactions from China, which might not be to India’s liking. The best course of action is to prevent such situations from developing. That is in both India’s and China’s best interests.
Purab Kohli talks about his experience on meeting Indian Army jawans
Purab Kohli recently got an opportunity to spend time with the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army in Mumbai.
Actor Purab Kohli, who plays an Army officer in film-maker Nikhil Advani’s next, recently got an opportunity to spend time with the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army in Mumbai. The actor also met some jawans who had fought in the 1999 Kargil War, and was very impressed with the war stories they shared with him.

Purab also spent time observing them in their surroundings, their speech, dialect, body language and parading skills, and it can be expected that all this was part of his research for the upcoming film.

“There’s something about meeting defence personnel. It stirs you from inside. I met some jawans from the Sikh Regiment who are posted in Mumbai. I was intrigued when they told me that they actually prefer being at the border, guarding the nation rather than enjoying the luxuries of a peaceful posting. I was also surprised to know that some of them had seen my previous film, Airlift (laughs). They enjoyed the portrayal of patriotism in it,” said Kohli.
Army’s Northern Command now on Twitter
In a bid to counter the misuse of social networking sites by militants, the army’s Northern Command on Tuesday joined social media platform Twitter to interact with people of Jammu and Kashmir.

In his first tweet from the handle NorthernComd.IA, Northern Command General-officer-commanding-in-chief (GOC-in-C) Lt Gen DS Hooda wrote: “Presence of Northern Comd on Twitter is a step towards involving our citizens in activities of Indian Army in J&K.”

“I look forward to a positive interaction through this forum,” he tweeted next.

The army has reached out to the masses in Jammu and Kashmir through Twitter and Facebook to generate awareness about public welfare initiatives such as Operation Sadbhavna earlier. However, with the new Twitter handle, people can directly interact with the most senior army officer in the state.


Appreciating the move, Lt Gen HS Panag (retd), who is a former army commander of the Northern Command, said: “This is a positive development and the army must make the most of it.”

Active on Twitter himself, he said, “It is important that the army’s social media reach be used effectively to share basic information, if not everything.”

Similarly, Lt Gen Ata Hasnain (retd), a former commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, sees this as a “fledging first step” but adds that this should have happened “some light years ago”. “Physical outreach has limitations and time constraints. Social media is the enabler which facilitates interactive outreach to millions at the press of a button,” said Lt Gen Hasnain. “There is much to be learnt about strategic communication where your message reaches the people you want it to reach. Being on social media is insufficient; being there with the right focus, aim and intent is the necessity,” he said.

The officers said that the initiative should not remain limited to the Northern Command headquarters. “It must go down to the corps and divisions,” he added. 

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