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J-K: BSF jawan injured in ceasefire violation by Pak troops in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire on Friday by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, leaving a BSF jawan injured.”At 10 AM, a BSF constable deployed at a forward location at LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district sustained an injury due to single round fire (sniper fire) from Pakistan Forward Defence location”, a senior BSF officer said today. The condition of the jawan is stable.The fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops has taken place after a lull of over one week along the LoC.Eleven persons including six Army personnel, four BSF jawans and a civilian porter working with Army were injured in Pakistan shelling and firing in Nowshera, Manjakote, Balakote, Mendhar and Gurez sectors on November 23.A total of 26 people, including 14 security personnel and 12 civilians, have been killed and more than 83 suffered injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu after surgical strikes.

Another BSF soldier killed on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan army killed another Border Security Force (BSF) peronnel and injured three others when they resorted to heavy firing and shelling in three sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of the Pirpanjal valley in Jammu division on Sunday night.Fifteen soldiers have been killed by Pakistan army and Rangers on the LoC and International Border (IB) since Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on September 29.Around 12 civilians have also been killed and more than 50 others injured in Pakistani firing and shelling on the civilian areas along the twin borders across the restive Jammu and Kashmir.Pakistan army resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Rajouri sector on Sunday night using high calibre weapons, including 120 mm mortars. One of the shell landed near the Forward Defence Location (FDL) of the BSF injuring four soldiers. Head Constable Rai Singh later succumbed to his wounds.“Last night in ceasefire violation from Pakistan in Rajouri area of LoC, four BSF men were injured in shelling. Head Ct Rai Singh attained martyrdom,” tweeted BSF. Indian Army responded quickly to silence the Pakistani guns which were using heavy calibre weapons to target the Indian forward posts. “Heavy Pakistani firing in the Rajöuri Sector. Four soldiers were injured. Being responded and will be responded to appropriately”, tweeted Northern Command headquarters. On Monday morning Pakistan army shifted the gears and opened another front in Krishna Ghati and Naushera sectors of the twin districts. “Pakistan army initiatied cease fire violation from 8.30 am today morning on Indian army posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector. The Indian army posts responded strongly,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, Defence Spokesman at Jammu.

ITBP’s Mt Kangto expedition in Arunachal may annoy China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a joint expedition team from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has reached the base camp of Mount Kangto. This assumes all the more significance as Mount Kangto, the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh, is located right on the India-China border.The strategic significance of this is immense as the ITBP team has opened the route from Bameng village in the East Kameng district, located 50 km from the Mount Kangto base. Currently, 54 Border Outposts (BOPs) of the ITBP lie in the East Kameng district, and with the opening of the route, the BOPs will be set up for patrolling in this region. Such a move is likely to annoy Beijing, which claims Arunachal Pradesh to be part of China.Analysts have welcomed the ITBP’s feat. Dr Monika Chansoria, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies and a China observer, believes that the ITBP’s feat will bolster the presence of the CRPF and the Army, along the India-China border. Chansoria also points out that the move forms part of India’s overall strategy in the region.”The opening of a new route in East Kameng district (and the scaling of the base camp of Mount Kangto) is in sync with the recent military upgradation of the IAF’s airfields and Advanced Landing Grounds in Pasighat, Mechuk (situated 29 km from the China border), Ziro, Aalo, Vijoynagar, Tuting and the strategically vital Tawang,” she said.”This cohesively points to India’s growing focus to enhance operational capabilities in key forward areas in the eastern sector that are located 100 km or less from its border with China in Arunachal Pradesh,” Dr Chansoria added.In fact, in early November, India had landed its largest military transport aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster, at Mechuk.The ITBP’s achievement has come in the wake of Beijing’s recent aggressive postures against New Delhi. On July 9, 250 Chinese troops entered the East Kameng district, and stayed there for three hours. According to sources, the transgression happened around the same time that Beijing had blocked India’s bid to be a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).Post this, China again entered Indian territory in the Chamoli district of Uttaranchal on July 19, triggering an hour-long confrontation.In th spring of 1962, prior to the Sino-India war, then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had ordered a small number of lightly armed Indian troops to establish presence and control in the forward areas along the Chinese borders, despite intense sabre-rattling in Beijing. The policy known as ‘Forward Policy’ was originally intended as a ‘game of chess and a battle of wits’ .

West Bengal Elections: CPI(M) not for separate party symbols in ‘friendly fights’

With both Congress and the Left Front fielding separate candidates in a few seats, the CPI-M on Wednesday tried to reach out to the alliance partner by saying that in those “friendly fights” it would try not to contest on separate party symbols but did not make it clear whether they will withdraw their candidates or not.”We will try that people don’t get to see separate symbols of the respective parties in same seats. We are walking a path which has not been travelled before. We want to oust this undemocratic TMC regime and are ready to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal,” CPI-M politburo member Mohammed Salim said. The constituencies like Malatipur, Gajole and Harishchandrapur in Malda, Murshidabad, Raninagar, Naoda and Domkal in Murshidabad, Joypur in Purulia, and Kalchini in Jalpaguri might see ‘friendly fights’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No clarity on joint campaigningSalim, however, dodged a direct reply to a question on whether both the Congress and the CPI-M would come together to campaign in the upcoming Assembly polls.”Things are slowly unfolding, so please wait for some more time,” Salim said when asked about the final outcome of the alliance. The Congress yesterday announced the names of 75 constituencies from which it will fight as per an initial seat-sharing arrangement with the Left Front.Salim mocked at Banerjee’s kicking off the election campaign from north Bengal.”Earlier, whenever she was under pressure she visited Darjeeling. Now that option is not there. So she has started from north Bengal as she is under tremendous pressure. But she will not be able to reap any benefits there,” Salim said. Allies not happyMiffed with Congress for putting up its own candidates in seats where the Left Front has decided to contest, Forward Bloc and RSP on Wednesday said they will raise the issue in the LF meeting.We would question the CPI-M over the justification of the alliance if the two partners engage in ‘friendly’ contest or whatever, the parties said. “We will raise the issue in the Left Front meeting…..We have made sacrifices for the sake of the alliance. We have sacrificed a few seats,” RSP state secretary Khsiti Goswami told PTI.Another Left Front ally Forward Bloc too is unhappy with the Congress’s decision to field own candidates. “It seems that some parties have decided to ignore the feelings of the people. Those who are calling for friendly fights seem to be ignorant towards the rules of alliance or seat adjustment,” Forward Bloc leader Hafiz Alam Sairani said.

Goa: Release of Nathuram Godse book on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary kicks up row

Newly formed Goa Forward party has opposed the release of a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse scheduled for Saturday on the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.The book, titled ‘Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin’ and written by Anup Ashok Sardesai, is scheduled for release tomorrow at the government-owned Ravindra Bhavan in Margao by BJP leader and the bhavan’s chairman Damodar Naik. “The use of government premises for such an unpatriotic cause should be stopped. We will hold ‘satyagraha’ in front of Ravindra Bhavan if the government allows the function to happen,” Goa Forward’s secretary Mohandas Lolienkar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He claimed that their protest is being supported by various sections, including Independent legislator Vijai Sardesai. “The party workers will block all the entrances of the venue so that no one can attend the function,” Lolienkar said, adding that the protest “will be peaceful”. The party has submitted memorandum to South Goa District Collector requesting cancellation of the function. “Though the event appears to be innocuous, it is timed on January 30 which is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” Vijai Sardesai, the MLA from Fatorda, said.Dubbing the event as “veiled celebration of a murder”, he alleged that the book release is a deliberate design to disturb peace and harmony and to provoke and incite people by insulting the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, especially on the particular day. The Ravindra Bhavan authorities, however, denied the charges, and said they cannot stop the function. “The Ravindra Bhavan was booked through a normal procedure. Nothing was deliberate,” its chairman Damodar Naik said.Naik, however, said he might rethink on attending the function if there is any objection to it.