In a heart whelming move at the India-Pakistan border, the soldiers of the two nations exchanged sweets to commemorate Eid-ul-Fitr. Following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, the exchange was held at the Line of Control in J&K, Tithwal crossing, Kupwada Kaman Aman Setu, and Chakan Da Bagh crossing points. Notably, both nations exchange sweets and compliments on prominent festivals like Diwali, Eid, Holi and other national festivals.
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In a first for India, an 83-member batch of women soldiers was inducted into the Indian Army on May 8 for a non-officer cadre. The soldiers have successfully completed their 61-week intense training including that of policing duties, military, signal communication, handling prisoners of war and maintenance of vehicles. The induction program was held at The Corps of Military Police Centre & School, Bangalore.
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In an effort to assist civil authorities in COVID-related work, the Indian Army has set up a special cell overseen by the Vice Chief of Army Staff. Reportedly, the cell will monitor staffing, logistics and boost operational efficiency of COVID care centres. Moreover, the Army has also deployed medical assistance, including doctors, nursing staff and paramedics, at several COVID centres throughout the country.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ranked India as the third-largest military spender in the world in 2020, after the US and China. With total military expenditure of $72.9 billion in 2020, India clocked 3.7% of the global military expenditure. Meanwhile, the top two countries US and China spent 39% and 13% respectively of the global share. Notably, India's spending increased by 2.1% from 2019 amid the pandemic.
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Nearly 75% of the armed forces personnel are completely vaccinated while approximately 99% have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, informed the Defence Ministry sources. Reportedly, 15.5 lakh personnel have got the first dose while 11.7 lakh have been administered with both the doses. Notably, working as frontline workers, the forces have helped state governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has requested the Army units in states to help create additional capacities to treat COVID patients. Agreeing to it, Army Chief General MM Naravane said besides providing assistance to civil administrations the Army will render treatment to civilians in its medical facilities. While states topmost army official will contact with CMs, Air Force and Navy have also been asked to gear up for preparedness.
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An army sepoy shot himself dead with his service rifle in Jammu Kashmir’s Ramban district on April 18. Identified as sepoy Hanuman Choudhary, the deceased was on a sentry duty and was found dead in his Ukhral camp during midnight. While the motive behind such tragic step taken by the sepoy is yet to be ascertained, the police have sent the body for postmortem.
The Indian army has changed the colour of flags to blue from red on its military convoy vehicles to be more enchanting for the public. Over the walls of Army cantonments, the army has decided to put pictures of young achievers from Kashmir. Moreover, the troops will replace lathis with whistles for stopping vehicles. Reportedly, these measures are adopted to restore normalcy in the region after the abrogation of Article 370.
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Former Para officer Major Vivek Jacob will lead a team of eight, consisting of ex-servicemen and civilians, to the highest battlefield, the Siachen Glacier. The trek is scheduled for May and it will be their first attempt, aiming to set a world record. The team will look forward to achieving the feat despite the disability.
Velu P, an Indian Army athlete, on April 1 commenced a 4,000-Km running expedition from Srinagar to Kanyakumari. With "green India" and "one nation one spirit" mottos, Velu eyes to reach his destination in maximum 50 days to enter the Guinness Records. Already mentioned in the Limca Book for his 1,600-Km run in 2020, Velu having a 15-year-long running career dedicated the mission to his late teammate LL Meena.