Covid-19: Forces readying for possible evacuation of Indians from Gulf
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 The armed forces are keeping some of their large warships and transport aircraft on stand-by to ensure they can swing into action if the government directs mass evacuation of Indians from the Gulf region. The 16,900-tonne INS Jalashwa can transport 800-1,000 people. For evacuating smaller numbers, IAF can deploy its C-17 Globemaster-III and IL-76 aircraft.
A complete lockdown has come into effect in Karnataka's Kalaburagi from July 14. The streets looked deserted while shops were closed. The District Administration has ordered lockdown in Kalaburagi from 14th to 20th July, to control the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was imposed after over 70 positive cases confirmed in random testing within a week in Kalaburagi.
Transport services in Jammu - Kashmir's Poonch district resumed after the gap of three and a half months on July 13 amid COVID-19 pandemic. The passengers and locals thanked the administration for resuming bus services. While speaking to ANI, one of the locals said, "We were facing a lot of difficulties as the bus stand was shut for over 3 months. I am thankful to the administration. It is important that everyone wears a mask. It would be great if the administration takes steps to spread awareness among commuters." Another passenger Mohd Latif added, "I am thankful to the administration that they have resumed the functioning of the bus stand. We were facing problems when it was not functioning. Once again, we can save time and money while travelling." Speaking to ANI, the assistant manager of Poonch Bus Stand, Rajesh Khajuria, said, "I am thankful to the district administration and police administration for helping us in resuming the services. People were facing problem as it was taking a long time for them to cover destinations." There are over 4000 active cases of COVID-19 in J-K.
Special flight carrying Indian passengers from Kuwait arrived at Indore airport on July 04. Proper arrangements were done at the airport keeping COVID spread in mind. Due to coronavirus pandemic, several people have been stranded abroad.
INS Jalashwa entered the Tuticorin Harbour in Tamil Nadu on July 01. Naval ship brought back 687 Indians from Iran's Bandar Abbas. Indian Navy had launched 'Operation Samudra Setu' to repatriate Indian citizens from foreign nations via sea.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Apache attack helicopter, at a forward airbase near India-China border, carried out night operations. These attack helicopters are fully loaded with fire-and-forget anti tank guided missiles, air to air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions. Apache helicopters also have modern Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to provide versatility to the helicopter in a network centric aerial warfare. These aircrafts have been modified specifically to suit the exacting standards demanded by IAF.
Indian Air Force's MiG-29 fighter aircraft conducted night operations at a forward airbase near India-China border. Chinook heavylift helicopter also joined the night operation. The Indian Air Force has significantly enhanced deployment of frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in its key bases along the Line of Actual Control. The air activities in the Ladakh area and other places along the China border had gone up extensively soon after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel lost their lives.
India's amphibious warship Indian Navy Ship (INS) Jalashwa, which has been deployed to bring back the stranded citizens from Iran under Operation Samudra Setu, has departed from Bandar Abbas port on June 25 with 687 Indians aboard for Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. INS Jalashwa reached the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran on June 24. On June 11, INS Shardul had brought back 233 Indians from Iran. Operation Samudra Setu is a part of Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded citizens overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Indian Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu on May 08 to repatriate Indian citizens. INS Jalashwa and Magar have already evacuated 2,874 personnel from Maldives and Sri Lanka to ports of Kochi and Tuticorin. On June 23, INS Airavat brought back 198 Indians from Maldives.
Indian Naval Ship Shardul on June 11 safely docked at the harbour in Gujarat's Porbandar bringing back 233 stranded Indians from Iran. Indian Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu to repatriate Indian nationals stuck abroad. The operation commenced on May 08. Indian Navy evacuated 2,874 Indians from Maldives and Sri Lanka by INS Jalashwa and INS Magar so far.
INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indian nationals from Male, Maldives arrived at Thoothukudi harbour in Tamil Nadu on June 07. With this, INS Jalashwa alone has repatriated around 2700 Indians from Maldives and Sri Lanka. INS Jalashwa is a transport dock which is currently in service with the Indian Navy.
The IAF said in a statement that its Cheetah helicopter made an emergency landing on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat district on Thursday morning. Zee News Also reported by •Hindu •IndiaTimes •Indian Express •Mid-Day