In the backdrop of increasing ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control since the removal of Article 370 in the month of August the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on December 18 said, “the situation along the Line of Control could escalate any time and the Indian Army is always ready for escalation matrix.”
In his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after abolishing Article 370, PM Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with the troops at Rajouri near the LoC. The visit coincided with Infantry Day celebrations. He was all praise for the men in uniform, saying their valour makes it possible for the government to make tough decisions.
The army’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and seven others on board was on a sortie from Udhampur to Poonch when it developed a technical snag, according to a source. All passengers were safe after the crash landing. A civilian, who was hit by a flying part of the choppe suffered some stitches on his leg.
58th Raising Day of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was celebrated at ITBP’s Headquarter in Greater Noida. The parade showcased valour and courage of various contingents and also of the brave four-legged soldiers. Home Affairs Minister G Kishan Reddy presided over the ceremony and took the salute of the Raising Day Parade.