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Defence ministry slams campaign questioning status of army facility visited by PM to meet Galwan braves

IndiaTimes Saturday, 4 July 2020
The defence ministry on Saturday slammed the "malicious and unsubstantiated accusations" in some quarters that raised questions about the status of the facility visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to General Hospital at Leh on July 3.
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News video: PM Modi makes surprise visit to Ladakh amid border tension with China

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 03 made a surprise visit to Ladakh. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane. He reached Nimu, early morning and interacted with Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel. PM was...

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