On November 19, 2019, an avalanche in the Northern Siachen Glacier hit an Indian Army patrol. Avalanche Rescue Teams were rushed to the location which were able to pull out seven individuals who were critically injured. Unfortunately, four army personnel and two civilian porters were killed. The surviving troops were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital. Raksha Mantri Shri Raj Nath Singh condoled the deaths.
PRESIDENT’S COLOUR AWARDED TO INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY
On November 20, 2019, the Hon’ble President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Academy. The colour was received by Academy Cadet Captain Sushil Singh on behalf of the INA at an impressive parade. Congratulating the INA, Hon’ble President said, “The fine parade this morning resonates well with the high reputation this Academy that the INA has earned for itself in a relatively short span of time. The President’s Colour should serve as the motivating symbol to inspire and mould a generation of officers that will pass out from this world class institution”. The event was attended by several dignitaries including Governor of Kerala, Chief of the Naval Staff, Members of Parliament, State Ministers and Senior Officers of the Indian Navy. A Special Postal Cover was also released to commemorate the occasion.