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Kargil Vijay Diwas: If needed, Armed forces ready to offer supreme sacrifice to protect nation, says Army Commander



‘Forces exhibited unparalleled selfless devotion to duty, sacrifice, valour’

Jammu, Jul 26: General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Northern Command, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas said that the armed forces have exhibited unparalleled selfless devotion to duty, sacrifice, valour whenever called upon and the forces are ready to offer supreme sacrifices if needed to protect the nation.

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As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), addressing a ceremonial press conference in Drass, GoC-in-C of Northern Command Lt General Upendra Dwivedi said, “The entire nation is bowing down to the valour and victory of the Indian Army. Through Kargil Vijay Diwas, we remember their sacrifices with a sense of gratitude.”

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi added that every soldier of Indian Armed forces will stand steadfast in his ‘Dharma’ of protecting the nation and if need be, make the supreme sacrifice beyond the call of duty.

The Kargil “Vijay Diwas” (victory day) is celebrated every year to commemorate India’s spectacular victory over Pakistan on this day in 1999.

“Kargil Vijay Diwas commemoration is our way of remembering and reliving the saga of heroism and sacrifices that stand apart as a lesson to each citizen and motivate youth to achieve the greater good,” the northern Army Commander said.

“My similar message to the citizens of the country is every soldier of Indian Armed forces will stand steadfast in his ‘Dharma’ of protecting the nation and if need be make the supreme sacrifice beyond the call of duty,” he added.

Lt Gen Dwivedi also urged the youth to take inspiration from this legacy and the deeds of the brave hearts be retold through stories so as to inspire future generations of the country.

He maintained that since Independence whenever called upon, the Indian armed forces have exhibited unparalleled, selfless devotion to duty, sacrifice and valour.

“Needless to say, the nation too is deeply indebted to the sacrifices made by our brave hearts,” he said.

The northern army commander said in 1999, the infiltrators including the Pakistan regulars had occupied certain ridge lines on this side of Line of Control and evicting these heavily armed infiltrators from the defensive positions became a national priority.

“It was then that the brave hearts of the Indian Armed forces responded with alacrity and unique characteristic of nation before self. Braving unprecedented hardships, overcoming hazardous of near impossible terrain and surpassing the challenges of climatic conditions, Indian Armed forces accomplished the task,” he said.

Earlier, the main event was held at Kargil War Memorial, Dras wherein Feroz Ahmed Khan, Chief Executive Councillor Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil was the Chief Guest. The major events of the celebrations included the conduct of cycle rallies, one from Siachen to Kargil War Memorial and second from Delhi to Dras (a joint rally initiative by Indian Air Force and Indian Army), two motorcycle expeditions, one flagged off by the Vice Chief of Army Staff from Delhi to Dras, while the second from Turtuk to Dras, an ultra-marathon run by Sufiya from Siachen to Dras and mountain expedition by Bachendri Pal and team (who summited 37 passes from Arunachal Pradesh and reached Dras).

‘Kargil Victory Flame’ was moved through the entire area of Northern Command finally reaching Dras.

These events culminated at Kargil War Memorial paving way to a grand ceremony, with multiple cultural and ceremonial programmes paying homage to the fallen brave hearts.

The final commemorative event at the Kargil War Memorial commenced with the flagging in of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas Motor Cycle Rally’ and the ‘Victory MotorCycle Rally’ which had commenced from the National War Memorial, New Delhi on 18 July 2022 and Turtuk on 20 July 2022, respectively.

This was followed up by wreath laying by Air Marshal Shreekumar Prabhakaran, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen Anindya Sen Gupta, GOC, 14 Corps and other military dignitaries.

The day concluded with a team of brave Sikh soldiers giving a scintillating display of ‘Gatka’, a martial arts form with its roots in Punjab. The soldiers performing this art form are part of a battalion that had taken active part in the Kargil War and they had come all the way from Andaman & Nicobar Islands to be a part of the event.

Commemoration of the Kargil War is not merely a revisit to the war account but showcasing of the indomitable spirit, unflinching dedication and selfless service displayed by soldiers. Each story of the war is a saga of honour, courage and sacrifice which is an example to the youth of the entire Nation to emulate and strive to make this Nation stronger. It is also about sharing with the Nation and World at large as to what ‘Being a Soldier’ means.

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43 from J&K among 4,690 people arrested under UAPA from 2018-20: MoS Home



Srinagar, Aug 04: Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai Wednesday said that a total of 4,690 people including 943 from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested under the anti-terror law UAPA between 2018 to 2020.

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The minister, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), however, said that just 149 were convicted under it in the three year period.

Replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha, ge said that in 2019, 1,948 people were arrested under the UAPA and 34 people were convicted in that year and in 2018, 1,421 people were arrested while 35 people were convicted.

“1,321 people were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2020 while 80 people were convicted in that year,” he said.

He also said the highest number of people arrested under the UAPA between 2018 and 2020 with 1,338 in Uttar Pradesh, 943 in Manipur and 750 in J&K while among all those arrested, 2,488 people belonged to 18-30 years of age group and 1,850 belonged to 30 to 45 years age group.

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Yaseen Malik ends hunger strike



New Delhi, Aug 01: Separatist leader Yaseen Malik who was on hunger strike in Tihar Jail for the last 10 days discontinued his fasting on Monday evening after he was informed that his demands have been conveyed to the authorities concerned, news agency PTI reported quoting prison officials.

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Malik began an indefinite hunger strike on July 22 after the Centre did not respond to his plea that he be allowed to physically appear in a Jammu court hearing the Rubaiya Sayeed abduction case in which he is an accused.

The 56-year-old chief of the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is serving a life sentence in a terror-funding case.

He has deferred his hunger strike for two months at the request of the Director General (DG) of Delhi Prisons Sandeep Goel, the officials said.

The DG has conveyed to Malik that the demands raised by him have been sent to the authorities concerned and he will be informed of the decision on the same, PTI quoted a senior jail official as saying.

“On my request, convict Yasin Malik, who was on hunger strike in Tihar Jail since July 22 has today (Monday) evening, discontinued his fasting,” Goel said.

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Malik was admitted to the RML hospital here last month following a fluctuation in blood pressure, and after returning to the prison, he refused to eat anything.

The separatist leader, who is kept in solitary confinement in a high-risk cell in Tihar’s prison number 7, was shifted to the prison’s Medical Investigation (MI) room where he was being given IV fluids, the officials said.

Malik had submitted a letter to the doctors at the hospital, saying he did not want to be treated.

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Man kills son-in-law by slitting his throat over harassment of his daughter



Chittoor, Aug 01: In a shocking incident reported from Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, a father allegedly killed his son-in-law by slitting his throat over harassment of his daughter on Saturday.

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The accused in the case has beein identified as Yousuf Khan and the victim as Sai Baba, Sai tied the knot with Khan’s daughter, identified as Hasina, ten years ago and was an inter-caste marraige.

The horrifying incident happened at Sankaraiah Gunta. Yousuf Khan allegedly slit the victim’s throat for harassing Hasina for the past many years. Hasani had been living at her parents house after Sai assaulted her.

On Saturday, Sai Baba went to get back Hasina from her parent’s house in an inebriated condition and an altercation between the family and Sai flared up. The argument intensified and Khan attacked him.

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A case has been lodged against the accused under relevant sections of the IPC and further investigation into the matter is underway.

In another incident coming in from Hyderabad’s Madhapur area, A man was killed and another was injured in an open fire on Monday. Three unidentified miscreants used a revolver to murder a man named Ismail over a property dispute.

Another man, identified as Jahangir was also injured in the incident and is receiving treatment. In the meantime, Ismail’s dead body was sent to Osmania Hospital for an autopsy.

All three accused ran away from the crime spot after shooting the deceased.

The altercation evidently took place over a property, as maintained by the police. The case is being investigated.

A search team has been set up in order to trace and arrest the accused, identified as Mujahid, Jilani and Bilal.

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