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513 ceasefire violations by Pakistan post-Balakot strike: Army

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Jammu, Apr 13: As many as 513 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the past one-and-a-half month and the Pakistan Army has suffered five to six times more casualties than the Indian Army in the retaliatory action, a senior officer said Saturday.

The Pakistan Army also used heavy weaponry like mortars and artillery guns in over 100 times during these violations and targeted civilian areas but was given a befitting response by the Indian Army, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of White Knight Corps Lt Gen Paramjit Singh told reporters in Rajouri.

“Almost 513 ceasefire violations happened in the past one-and-a-half month and over 100 times during these violations, the Pakistan Army used heavy weapons like mortars and artillery guns and targeted civilian areas. Only yesterday (Friday), four civilians, including two girls, were injured in Poonch,” the GOC said.

 

However, he said the Pakistan Army is being given a befitting response by the Indian Army.

Responding to a question about the casualties suffered by Pakistan in the retaliatory action, he said unlike the Indian Army, Pakistan does not announce the number of its casualties.

“However, as per our sources, the Pakistan Army suffered five to six times more casualties than the casualties on our side,” Lt Gen Singh said.

On the sniping incidents from across the border, Lt Gen Singh said such incidents had come to a naught over the past several months, especially after the Balakot strike.

“Some incidents of sniping took place earlier and accordingly we have taken some measures to strengthen our defence.

As per the data this year, only three incidents of sniping by the Pakistan Army were reported from January to February 26 in which one of the fatalities include a civilian porter,” he said.

“There was no sniping incident from February 27 till date, which means the steps taken by us have been successful,” the officer said.

He said the morale of the troops is very high and as long as they are deployed on the borders, the people of the country need not worry. “They have every kind of weaponry and explosives with them and their resolve is rock solid and always prepared for any challenge. As long as they are on the border, you are safe,” he said.

Responding to a question, the officer said, “Our message to Pakistan is given every day whenever some nefarious activity happens on the border”.

When asked for a comment on politics being played in the name of soldiers during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, he said the Army does not want to get into the debate.


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Advisor Skandan reviews functioning of JKSRTC

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor K Skandan today convened a meeting to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir State Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon, Managing Director, JKSRTC, Bilal Ahmad Bhat and other concerned.

During the meeting, the Advisor directed the officials to take a fresh review of SRTC routes so that more buses are employed on hilly routes where overloading is reported.

 

The Advisor was informed that the corporation has rationally deployed vehicles in every Operational Division as per demand or convenience of the general public.

For Chenab Valley region, it was given out that in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, 32 vehicles are already in place and a new fleet of 33 vehicles are being inducted in Chenab Valley with the result all the left over routes of the area would be covered.

The Advisor hoped that with the measures taken, the rate of traffic related incidents would come down in the area besides upgrading mobility of the people.

He also asked the corporation to devise a plan to give wide publicity to Electric Buses so that general public would avail the facility. The meeting was also told that the time table issued for operation of the buses is being followed in letter and spirit.

The meeting also decided to put more charging stations in major districts of JK so that all the designated routes would be made operational.

The Advisor directed the JKSRTC to hold an internal audit of accounts at the earliest and conduct a board meeting so that remaining issues are sorted out. He also asked for status of installing, monitoring and tracking devices in SRTC buses for better financial discipline in the working of organisation.

The meeting also decided to have an efficient Fuel Management System to save the government exchequer.

The meeting was told that the corporation started regular night bus service with effect from August 5 from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa for the convenience of the public.

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Srinagar administration makes arrangements to facilitate registration for GATE exam

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: The Srinagar administration has made arrangements to facilitate registration of aspirants for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE 2020.

Three counters with operators have been set up at the Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar as part of the arrangement.

The administration has asked the aspirants to feel free to approach the centre and avail the facility.

 
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Militant killed in Sopore gunfight

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A militant was gunned down by security forces in the Sopore district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, two days after police busted a module of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the valley.

The militant was gunned down following a brief shootout, said Jammu and Kashmir police.

“Sopore update: In a brief shootout one militant was killed in #Sopore. Further details shall follow,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

 

According to sources, the militant belonged to LeT and was active in the valley.

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