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INDIA RUSSIA DEAL: S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems

India’s missile deal with Russia, trade with Iran despite US sanctions may create unease in New Delhi-Washington ties

India-US ties, that have received a fillip in recent months, appear to have hit a rough patch as New Delhi looks to procure S-400 air defence system from Moscow. The proposed deal with Russia has struck the wrong chord with the US, that has expressed concerns saying it would complicate interoperability between Indian and American forces.

While New Delhi-Washington ties have strengthened in recent times with the US calling on India to play a more weighty role in the Indo-Pacific and also Afghanistan, the deal with Russia and US imposing sanctions on Iran after withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord seems to have created chinks in the relationship.

Deal with Russia

India is planning to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force from Russia. A senior US Congressman has said that the proposed deal would “complicate” building interoperability between the United States and Indian militaries.

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Modi-Putin-his-twitter-ind-rus deal

“There is a lot of concern in the US in both the administration and the Congress regarding the S-400 (missile) system. And, there is concern that any country, and it is not just India that is looking at clearing it, but any country that acquires that system will complicate our ability to work out interoperability,” Republican Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services, told a group of journalists in Delhi.

According to an NDTV report, India’s decision to go ahead with the deal with Russia could come in the way of India acquiring US-built Predator drones which could have been used in operations against terrorist launch-pads along the Line of Control with Pakistan.

India has recently concluded price negotiations with Russia and the two countries are now trying to find a way to evade US sanctions. Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was signed into law in August 2017 and went into effect in January this year, mandates the Trump administration to punish entities engaging in a significant transaction with the defence or intelligence sectors of Russia.

However, American lawmakers and experts have warned that that imposition of sanctions on India under the newly-enacted law, if it buys the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia, could be disastrous for the India-US ties.

Thornberry has clarified that sanctions against New Delhi are unlikely at the present stage. He, however, said a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is awaiting a Senate nod and was passed by the House on 24 May, would allow the Trump administration to suspend the sanctions under CAATSA.

But the president, in order to seek the waiver, has to make a certification to Congress that the country subject to sanctions and seeking relaxation is altering its relationship with Russia.

“The current sanctions bill that was just signed in the law last fall doesn’t really have much flexibility. But the bill that passed by the House on Thursday adds more flexibility for nations like India who have a legacy of Russian military equipment and of course need to purchase spare parts in order to maintain the readiness of that equipment,” he added.

The way US handles the issue is extremely crucial for India because it has deep military and strategic ties with Russia. India still buys over 60 percent of its defence equipment from Russia. At present, the Indian armed forces are 70 percent equipped with Soviet or Russian weapons.

Nonetheless, the deal is expected to sour the ties between the two countries. Cara Abercrombie, a visiting scholar with Carnegie Endowment’s South Asia programme, told The Wire that if India triggers CAATSA sanctions, there will be repercussions for US-India ties, particularly in the area of defence trade, which to date has been a bright spot in the relationship.


The US sanctions on Iran might prove to be another thorn in the New Delhi-Washington relationship.

Sanctions on Iran

Union Minister Sushma Swaraj said India will continue trading with Iran and Venezuela despite US sanctions against the two countries, asserting that it only recognises UN restrictions.

“We only recognise UN sanctions. We do not recognise any country-specific sanctions,” Swaraj said. She made the remarks while responding to a question on whether US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela will hit India’s oil imports from the two countries. Iran is India’s third-largest oil supplier. Venezuela is also one of the major suppliers of oil to India.

“We don’t make our foreign policy under pressure from other countries,” she said.

Earlier in May, the US had pulled out from the landmark Iran nuclear deal of 2015 under which Tehran had agreed to stop its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions. Announcing the decision, Trump had reimposed sanctions against Iran which were suspended after the nuclear deal was finalised three years ago.

Swaraj on Monday met Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, in New Delhi to build support against the US rejection of the nuclear accord.

“Zarif briefed about the discussions that Iran has undertaken with parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the US decision to withdraw from the agreement,” said an Indian government statement, without elaborating.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation in the areas of connectivity, energy, trade and promotion of people to people contacts.

India and Iran have friendly relations and significant trade ties in many areas, particularly in crude oil imports into India and diesel exports to Iran.

Iran is the second largest supplier of crude oil to India, supplying more than 4,25,000 barrels of oil per day, and India is one of the biggest foreign investors in Iran’s oil and gas industry.

India, along with Iran and Afghanistan, are jointly developing the strategic Chabahar port in the southeastern coast of Iran that will give access to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.


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AAP MLA Narayan Dutt Sharma reserved for manhandling lady officer

AAP MLA Narayan Dutt Sharma reserved for manhandling lady officer

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Narayan Dutt Sharma has been reserved for purportedly debilitating and mishandling a lady officer working in a venture under the Department of Women and Child Development, police said today.

The lady officer has charged that the MLA mishandled her amid a telephone discussion on March 17, the police stated, including an FIR was enrolled in the episode.

A year ago, a body of evidence was enrolled against the MLA for purportedly striking a right-hand build alongside 10-12 workers who had gone to do an annihilation program at a school.




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Indian Army cancels progressing court military procedures

Indian Army cancels progressing court military procedures against top covert operative Huny Bakshi

Indian Army cancels progressing court military procedures against top covert operative Huny Bakshi

In a noteworthy advancement, the Indian Army on Friday finished the six-year difficulty of the best government operative and leader of the questionable snooping unit Technical Support Division (TSD) Colonel Huny Bakshi as the power canceled the progressing court-military procedures against him at Ambala cantonment for charged misusing of ordered data.

Indian Army cancels progressing court military procedures against top covert operative Huny Bakshi
A file photo of Gen VK Singh (centre), Col Huny Bakshi (third from left) with members of the Army’s Technical Support Division unit.

The arguments against individuals from the unit had begun not long after the retirement of General VK Singh in May 2012 and proceeded for right around six years as the TSD boss was connected for court-military as a Havaldar from his unit was purportedly gotten with ordered data in 2012 by the authorities of Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Kerala.

“The General Court Martial (GCM) held at Ambala settled on Thursday night at 1.30 am that various standards had not been consented to amid the connection of Bakshi for the disciplinary procedures and that is the reason, it was chosen that no further move can be made against him and the procedures have been canceled,” Army sources revealed to Mail Today.

The TSD was made by Singh in the outcome of the 26/11 psychological militant assaults on Mumbai in 2010 which was entrusted for doing exceptional activities both inside and outside the nation.

Responding to the improvement, Singh disclosed to Mail Today that he was very eased “that the activity against the officer had been canceled after such quite a while” and communicated trust that these advantages would now be able to dedicate their opportunity in serving the country.

The individuals from the unit were named as ‘profound resources’ by previous safeguard serve Manohar Parrikar as they were engaged with doing cross-outskirt tasks including the planting of ad libbed hazardous gadgets (IED) on Pakistani positions over the Line of Control (LoC) amid their stretch in the unit to retaliate for the passings of Indian warriors there.

The unit included individuals from the Corps of Military Intelligence and a hazardous master in Lt Col Birdie from the Corps of Engineers. Amid Singhs date of birth tussle with guard service, the unit was blamed for being associated with snooping on discussions of the protection service authorities.

It was additionally charged that the individuals from the unit were behind a NGO in Kashmir, which had gone to court against Singhs successor to leave his odds. Not long after General Bikram Singh assumed control over, the TSD was disbanded and the unit officers were tossed out of the Corps of Military Intelligence.

A leading body of officers was additionally framed which suggested a CBI request against the unit and its activities which was dismissed by the legislature.

The activity against Bakshi proceeded notwithstanding amid the residency of General Dalbir Singh Suhag as Bakshi was connected to a unit in Nabha in Punjab for disciplinary activity. The court-military procedures were canceled for resistance of Army Rule 180, which gives the privilege to work force for interviewing witnesses against them.

The court likewise found that the Army request had not consented to the Army Rule 525 and the Confidential and Handling of Confidential Document (CHCD) manual, which manages the methods for taking care of cases identified with managing ordered data misfortune.

(This Story Originating From INDIATODAY)

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2 terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

2 terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

2 terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

Terrorists Killed: Two fear based oppressors have been gunned down in an experience in Anantnag’s Dooru zone. Shooting between security staff and psychological oppressors began the previous evening, after which two fear mongers have been gunned down.

2 terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

Arms and ammo were likewise recouped from the spot of experience.

Two Hizbul activists, top administrator Ashraf Molvi and his protector Asif were slaughtered in the experience. The experience started around 11 PM the previous evening.

“Security faculty from the Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police encompassed Shistargam town on Friday evening following data about a gathering of squatted aggressors.

“As the cordon was fixed, the activists discharged at the security powers setting off the gunfight,” police sources said.

The territory has been cordoned off and web and prepare administrations have likewise been suspended on Banihal Srinagar Axis.

(This Story Originating From INDIATODAY)

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BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Flight Tested From Pokhran

BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Flight Tested From Pokhran

BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Flight Tested From Pokhran

The BrahMos was accepted into the Navy and Army in 2006. It can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound, is the speediest voyage rocket of its class.

BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Flight Tested From Pokhran
The Brahmos missile travels at 2.8 times the speed of sound.

NEW DELHI: The BrahMos supersonic journey rocket was effectively flight tried from Rajasthan’s Pokhran test go at the beginning of today, news organization ANI has detailed.

The rocket flies right around three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a scope of 290 km.

The scope of the BrahMos rocket, an Indo-Russia joint wander, can be reached out up to 400 km as certain specialized limitations were lifted after India turned into a full individual from the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR in 2016.

Work is in progress to incorporate the BrahMos supersonic journey rocket on 40 Sukhoi battle flying machine which is required to satisfy basic needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of developing security elements in the area.

The BrahMos has been accepted into the Navy and Army from 2006 onwards, yet this form is more flexible in light of the fact that not at all like warships, which are moderate movers, a quick moving Sukhoi-30 contender can go no less than 1,500 km towards an objective before the rocket itself is let go. The rocket at that point flies another 400 km to take out an objective.

The mix of the Su-30 and BrahMos implies that the Indian Air Force can convey a thump out punch in minutes, far faster than a warship which may need to cruise toward an objective out adrift.

The BrahMos rocket has been together created with Russia and is named for the waterways Brahmaputra and Moskva.

The Brahmos missile travels at 2.8 times the speed of sound
The Brahmos missile travels at 2.8 times the speed of sound

The air-propelled variation of the BrahMos, the world’s speediest supersonic journey rocket, was effectively test let go from a Sukhoi-30 battle fly on November 22, denoting a noteworthy development to improve the exactness strike ability of the aviation based armed forces.

The venture is relied upon to be finished by 2020.

The armada of 40 Sukhoi planes will experience auxiliary alterations at the state-run aviation significant Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd or HAL for reconciliation of the rocket on them.

BrahMos rocket is the heaviest weapon to be conveyed on India’s Su-30 contender air ship.

Once the venture to coordinate the weapon on the battle armada was finished, the ability of the Indian Air Force to strike from vast remain off extents on any objective in ocean or land is relied upon to go up complex.

(This Story Originating From NDTV)

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India test-fires atomic competent Agni-II rocket

India test-fires atomic competent Agni-II rocket

India test-fires atomic competent Agni-II rocketIndia test-fires atomic competent Agni-II rocket

India test-fires atomic competent Agni-II rocket

Balasore: India today test-let go its medium range atomic proficient Agni-II rocket with a strike scope of 2,000 km from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha drift, Defense sources said. The trial of the surface-to-surface rocket was led from a versatile launcher at the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 8.38 am, the sources said. The Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has just been accepted into the administrations and the present test was completed by the Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with calculated help gave by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), they said.

The 20-meter-long Agni-II ballistic rocket has a dispatch weight of 17 tons and can convey a payload of 1,000 kg over a separation of 2,000 km. The best in class rocket, as of now a piece of the nation’s armory of key prevention, was propelled as a preparation practice by the military, a DRDO researcher said.

Agni-II, a two-organize rocket, furnished with cutting edge high exactness route framework and guided by a remarkable order and control framework was moved by strong rocket charge framework, he said. The whole direction of the trial was followed by a battery of advanced radars, telemetry perception stations, electro-optic instruments and two maritime boats situated close to the effect point in the down range territory of the Bay of Bengal.

Agni-II was created by the Advanced Systems Laboratory alongside other DRDO research centers and incorporated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad, sources said. The rocket is a piece of the Agni arrangement of rockets which incorporates the Agni-I with a 700 km run, Agni-III with a 3,000 km extend, Agni-IV and Agni-V both having long-go capacities. The main model of the Agni-II rocket was completed on April 11, 1999, and the last dispatch was a client’s trial on May 4, 2017.

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Indian Army’s unique 400 km walk to recognize ‘Chindits’ of World War-II

Indian Army's unique 400 km walk to recognize 'Chindits' of World War-II

Indian Army’s unique 400 km walk to recognize ‘Chindits’ of World War-II

Indian Army’s unique 400 km walk to recognize ‘Chindits’ of World War-II

A group of 100 staff from the Indian Army set out on a 20-day Chindits Trail Expedition from Babina close Jhansi on February 16. The endeavor, hailed off by Lieutenant General DR Soni, will cover roughly 400 km in four stages, with 25 officers for each stage, over a time of 20 days.

Driven by Captain Sachit Sharma alongside Captain Sunita, the group will cover the territories of Deogarh, Shadpur, Damoh and Nauradehi in Madhya Pradesh and will team up with the nearby respectful organization and backwoods division to associate with indigenous clans occupying the district, to spread the message of national mix and compose restorative camps for their advantage. Gen Soni urged the group to assimilate Chindits Motto – “Boldest Measures Are The Safest”.


The endeavor is being done to remember the soul and ethos of Indian troops who were utilized on the Burma front in World War II. Traveling through wilderness trails and getting by off the land, without response to any cutting edge luxuries, the troops intend to remember the Chindit encounter.

The Chindits were exceptional tasks units of the British and Indian armed forces, which saw activity in 1943-1944, amid the Burma Campaign of World War II. The remote and blocked off area of Central India was extraordinarily picked by the British to prepare this Guerrilla power to direct activities behind the lines of Japanese powers in Burma. The Chindits tasks were vital in breaking the will of Japanese troops, prompting their definitive annihilation.


The preparation was directed in the aloof wilderness and uneven territory amongst Narmada and Betwa waterway bowls, under the incredible General Orde Wingate and included basically of Gorkha troops of the Indian Army.

Chindit is a ruined type of the Burmese legendary monster Chinthe or Chinthay, statues of which monitor Buddhist sanctuaries.


The main Chindit unit, the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade, was bit by bit shaped in the territory around Jhansi in the mid year of 1942.

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In the midst of Rafale push, Defense Ministry gives gesture for purchasing arms worth Rs 15,935 crore

In the midst of Rafale push, Defense Ministry gives gesture for purchasing arms worth Rs 15,935 crore

In a noteworthy choice, the Defense Ministry today affirmed capital securing proposition worth Rs 15,935 crore which included buy of 7.40 lakh ambush rifles, 5,719 rifleman rifles and light assault rifles to reinforce the quality of the military.

The long-pending recommendations were cleared at a gathering of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), the barrier service’s most noteworthy basic leadership body on obtainment.

The endorsement to the proposition comes in the midst of expanding threats by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and in addition China’s forceful acting in a few parts along the almost 4,000-km-long Sino-India fringe.

The barrier service said the DAC led by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cleared capital securing recommendations which were esteemed at Rs 15,935 crore.

It said the DAC concurred endorsement for the acquisition of 7.4 lakh attack rifles for the three administrations at an expected cost of Rs 12,280 crore.

The rifles will be created in India under the ‘Purchase and Make (Indian)’ class through both state-run Ordnance Factory Board and private segment.

In an announcement, the service said: “fundamental amount” of Light Machine Guns (LMGs) will be through the “most optimized plan of attack” course at an expected cost of over Rs 1,819 crore, principally to meet the operational prerequisite of the troops sent on the fringes.

“A simultaneous proposition is being prepared for the adjustment amount to be acquired under the ‘Purchase and Make (Indian)categorization,” the service said.

Over the most recent one month, the DAC has optimized acquisition of rifles, carbines, and LMGs to prepare the officers on the outskirt with present day and more compelling gear.

The DAC likewise affirmed acquirement of 5,719 expert rifleman rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an expected cost of Rs 982 crore, the service said.

The rifleman rifles will be purchased under the ‘Purchase Global’ classification, the ammo for these weapons will be at first secured and in this manner fabricated in India.

The service said to improve the counter submarine fighting capacities of Indian Navy, the DAC additionally affirmed the acquirement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems (ATDS) for the Indian Navy at a cost of Rs 850 crore.

The ‘Mareech’ framework has been created indigenously by Defense Research and Development Organization and has effectively finished broad trial assessments.

“The ‘Mareech’ frameworks will be created by Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru at an expected cost of Rs 850 crore,” the service said.


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Rs. 15,935-Crore Plan To Buy Guns For Military Cleared By Government

Rs. 15,935-Crore Plan To Buy Guns For Military Cleared By Government

Rs. 15,935-Crore Plan To Buy Guns For Military Cleared By Government

Rs. 15,935-Crore Plan To Buy Guns For Military Cleared By Government. The Defense Acquisition Council, led by Union priest Nirmala Sitharaman, has approved plans to get light automatic rifles, attack rifles and expert rifleman rifles.

NEW DELHI: An arrangement to get some truly necessary fire-control for the military, anticipated that would cost Rs. 15,935 crore, was cleared by a best government board of trustees, led by protection serve Nirmala Sitharaman, today. The rundown incorporates light automatic rifles, ambush rifles and expert rifleman rifles, the administration said.

A piece of the weapons, including an undisclosed number of light automatic rifles and 7.4 lakh ambush rifles will be made in India yet take after outside plans. There will likewise be 5,719 expert marksman rifles, implied for the armed force, which will be immediate imports, the administration said following a gathering of the Defense Acquisition Council – the administration’s most elevated basic leadership body on acquirement. The ammo will be at first obtained and consequently produced in India.

The three administrations will get an undisclosed number of light automatic weapons at a cost of 1,819 crores. The 7.4 lakh attack rifles, which will go to the armed force, will cost Rs. 12,280 crore, the administration said.

The military had hailed the requirement for new firearms 11 years prior. Fighters have been utilizing AK-47 and indigenous INSAS or Indian Small Arms System rifles since 1988 and there were plans to arm them with deadlier higher-gauge ambush rifles, particularly in outskirt regions and amid counter-revolt tasks.

Today, the legislature said the Council had “optimized” the obtainment of the three principle individual weapons – rifles, carbines and Light Machine Guns – “to prepare the officers on the outskirt with current and more compelling hardware”.

For the Navy, the Council has affirmed the obtainment of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems, which distinguishes an approaching torpedo and convey countermeasures.

“The ‘Mareech’ framework has been produced indigenously by Defense Research and Development Organization and has effectively finished broad trial assessments,” the announcement said. These will be delivered by the Bengaluru-based Bharat Electronics Limited at an expected cost of Rs. 850 crore.

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4 Armymen Killed In Pakistan Shelling In J&K’s Rajouri

4 Armymen Killed In Pakistan Shelling In J&K's Rajouri, Schools To Remain Shut For Next 3 Days

4 Armymen Killed In Pakistan Shelling In J&K’s Rajouri, Schools To Remain Shut For Next 3 Days

4 Armymen Killed In Pakistan Shelling In J&K’s Rajouri, Schools To Remain Shut For Next 3 Days

A youthful Army Captain and three jawans were killed and no less than four individuals harmed today in overwhelming Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri locale of Jammu and Kashmir, authorities said.

The Indian Army was giving a befitting answer and overwhelming trades were on, they included.

Pakistani powers opened unmerited substantial shooting and shelling along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali segment of Rajouri area tonight, senior Army authorities told PTI.

In the shelling, three jawans were slaughtered, they said. An officer, who was harmed in the shelling, likewise surrendered to his wounds, they included.

Six days before his birthday, 22-year-old Captain Kapil Kundu, an occupant of town Ransika in Haryana’s Gurgaon region, was killed in the shelling, Army authorities said.

Forty two-year-old Havildar Roshan Lal, occupant of Samba region, 27-year-old Riflemen Ramavatar of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Subham Singh (23) of J&K’s Kathua region were likewise slaughtered, he said.

“Suffering of Indian Army troopers won’t go futile. The unmerited activity by the Pakistan Army will be given a befitting reaction,” an authority said.

Prior in the day, two adolescents and a jawan were harmed in Shahpur area of Poonch locale in shelling from over the fringe, a police official said.

He recognized the harmed regular people as Shahnaz Bano (15) and Yasin Arif (14), occupants of Islamabad town.

A barrier representative said the Pakistan Army started unwarranted and aimless shooting of little arms, programmed weapons and mortars around 1110 hours. The Indian Army countered firmly and viably, he said.

In another truce infringement by Pakistan in Rajouri locale, a police official said six mortars detonated close Neaka Panjgrain and Tarkundi towns in Manjakote part around 1540 hours.

The mortars were let go by Pakistani troops and the Indian powers guarding the LoC reacted, setting off a trade of flame between the two sides, he said.

Boss Minister Mehbooba Mufti communicated torment at the passings because of Pakistani shelling along the LoC. “My sympathies to the groups of the perished,” she said.

Experts in Poonch issued a warning requesting that individuals remain inside their homes.

Following the truce infringement in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri, all schools in the region have been shut as a prudent step.

The District Collector of Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary told ANI on Sunday, “In wake of truce infringement, we have shut each of the 84 schools as a prudent step and have squeezed energetically our crisis clearing groups.”

Chaudhary educated that alleviation camps have likewise been built up to move individuals there in the event of a crisis.

“Each of the 84 schools situated in 0-5 km from the LoC extend from Sunderbani to Manjakote might stay shut for the following three days,” Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal said.

Authorities said the circumstance was exceptionally tense as shooting and shelling by Pakistani troops proceeded round-the-clock.

In January alone eight regular folks and six security work force were executed and around 70 harmed in truce infringement by Pakistan troops along Indo-Pak outskirt in Jammu locale.

Pakistani troops did serious shelling along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba locale and LoC in Poonch and Rajouri regions from January 18 to 22.

While there were no truce infringement by Pakistan announced along the IB since January 22, irregular shelling has occurred along the LoC.

(This Story originating from OUTLOOKINDIA)

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