As per the information given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in Lok Sabha, there have been 1,586 incidents of ceasefire violations in 2019 and 646 incidents of ceasefire violations during the first two months of 2020 (upto February 23), on Indo-Pak International border as well as Line of Control after August 5, 2019. In addition 132 cases of cross border firing from August 5, 2019 to December 31, 2019 and 41 cases of cross border firing between January 1, 2020 to February 15, 2020 along International Border and Line of Control in UT of J&K were committed.
There have been 27 encounters with terrorists in UT of J&K since August 5, 2019 to February 23, 2020. 45 terrorists were neutralized and seven security force personnel were also got martyred. Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by Indian Army.
All violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings, Directorate Generals of Military Operations talks as well as diplomatic channels between the two countries. The periodical review and refinement of the operating procedures and security arrangements of all its camps/garrisons/installations is carried out by the Army based on the threat assessment and analysis of past incidents. Based on these reviews, suitable drills and procedures are adopted to counter.
INDIA BAGS USD$ 40 MILLION DEFENCE DEAL
As per media reports, in a major success to the Make in India programme launched by the Prime Minister, India has bagged a US$ 40 million defence deal for supply of four indigenously-built weapon locating radars to Armenia. Countries like Russia and Poland had also participated in the tender process. The SWATHI weapon locating radars has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation and is manufactured by the Bharat Electronics Limited. SWATHI is capable of simultaneously handling multiples projectiles that have been fired from different weapons located at at different places. Indian Army has already operationalised these radars for its operations along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir.
COMMISSIONING OF CSG ‘VARAD’
On February 28, 2020, Minister of state for shipping Shri Mansukh Mandviya, commissioned the Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Varad’ in Chennai in presence of Director General Coast Guard K Natarajan and other dignitaries. L&T has built and delivered ICG Varad in 19.5 months and completed the sea trials and handing over in one sea sortie of two days only. n