Ladakh reports 80 new Covid-19 cases, 3 more deaths
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 () The Union Territory of Ladakh reported 80 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths, taking the cumulative figures to 3,499 infections and 44 fatalities, officials said Wednesday. There are 938 active coronavirus cases in the union territory now, out of which 502 are in Leh and 436 in Kargil, they said, adding 2,517 patients have recovered till date.
DRDO is working on cultivating vegetables under intense conditions for Indian Army. DRDO's effort comes as Indian troops are set to spend harsh winters at the China border. DRDO is using passive greenhouse technology, zero energy-based technique storage, etc, The work is being done by DRDO's Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR). DIHAR-developed microgreen plant will help jawans grow vegetables in harsh condition. "In remote areas of forward locations, Army is deployed in harsh conditions. There is no availability of substrate or soil to grow vegetables. In those areas, how will they be provided with something fresh? In that context, this technology was developed by DIHAR scientists," said DIHAR Director, Dr Om Prakash Chaurasia. This comes amid tension between India & China at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. India has recently increased its army deployed along the Indo-China border areas.
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The famed doubled- humped camels of Ladakh are soon going to be inducted in the Indian Army to help troops patrol the India- China border in Eastern Ladakh. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Leh has conducted research on the double hump or Bactrian camels which can carry load of 170 kilograms at an elevation of 17,000 feet height in the Eastern Ladakh region. DRDO scientist Prabhu Prasad Sarangi said, "We have been doing research on double hump camels. They are local animals. We have researched on endurance and loadcarrying capacity of these camels. We have conducted research in Eastern Ladakh area at 17,000 ft height near the China border and found they can carry a load of 170 kg and with this load they can patrol for 12 kms." These local double hump camels were also compared to single hump camels which were brought in from Rajasthan to test them for endurance. These camels can survive on food and water scarcity for three days. "Trial has been conducted and these camels will soon be inducted into the Army. These animals have less population but after proper breeding once we reach the numbers then they will be inducted," Sarangi added. Indian Army traditionally uses in the region mules and ponies which have the capacity to carry around 40 kilograms of load. Now the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) is focusing on increasing the population of these double hump camels.
The construction of the Atal Tunnel connecting Manali with Leh, which is the world's longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet, has been completed. The 9.2-km Atal Tunnel will reduce the travel time between Manali and Leh by almost 4 hours. It will also reduce the distance between the two by 46 kilometres. The tunnel has CCTV cameras at every 60 metres & emergency exit tunnels at every 500 metres. Fire hydrants have also been installed in case of any fire incident. The construction of the tunnel was completed in a span of 10 years. “The estimated period for completion of this tunnel was less than 6 years but it was completed in 10 years,” said Chief Engineer KP Purushothaman. Watch the full video for more.
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The Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh stated that Ladakh border has seen big change in guns or aerial assets compared to 20 years ago. He made this on the occasion of 'Kargil Vijay Diwas'. While remembering the historical event, the Defence Minister also quoted former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "Recently I had the opportunity to go to Leh-Ladakh and pay tribute to the brave sons of Kargil from there. I am happy to say that I have seen a big change in Ladakh compared to 20 years ago, be it the equipment profile, guns or aerial assets," said Rajnath Singh.
Sand artist from Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj saluted the valour and grit of the Indian soldiers on the occasion of 21st anniversary of the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas'. They made a sand art to pay tribute to the brave soldiers, who lost their lives during the Kargil war. The country is celebrating the anniversary of the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' on July 26. The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay. The day marks the victory of Indian soldiers in recapturing the mountain heights that were occupied by the Pakistani Army on July 26, 1999, known as the Kargil War.