In an effort to make Indian Army convoys look more people-friendly in JandK, red flags have been replaced by blue flags on vehicles. Troops carrying lathis have also been instructed to use whistles to stop vehicles.
Shantir Ogrosena, multinational military exercise, concluded in Bangladesh on April 12.The armed forces of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated in the exercise. Observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia also participated. The multilateral UN-mandated counterterrorism exercise was held from April 4-12. The Indian Army contingent that participated comprised of 30 personnel. Indian Army chief Gen M M Naravane attended the closing ceremony of the exercise. The Army chief also interacted with the members of the Indian Army contingent. Watch the full video for more.
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A 10-day multinational military exercise named 'Shantir Ogrosena' in which troops of four countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated, culminated on April 12 in Bangladesh. The exercise also included observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and others. The exercise from April 4-12, was organised to pay tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary and celebrate the golden jubilee of the liberation of Bangladesh. The aim of the exercise was to strengthen defence ties and enhance interoperability amongst neighbourhood countries to ensure effective peacekeeping operations, the Indian Army said on April 12.
A person returned to India via Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar on April 19 after being released from Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. Dharam Singh is a resident of Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district and had crossed the border unknowingly. Protocol Officer AP Singh said, "He crossed over to Pakistan by mistake in 2003 and served a jail term of 14 years. He will be quarantined for 14 days followed by a medical test. Later, his family will be called and will hand over him to them."
India leaves the entire world awestruck with its ability to be home to a number of different cultures and religions and imbibe them peacefully. During a number of occasions, people of various castes and communities could be seen gathered under one roof as a mark of brotherhood and bonhomie among them. A similar scene was witnessed in the Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir where people of different religious communities came together to be a part of Baisakhi celebrations at Nangali Sahib Gurudwara. Devotees of all faiths gathered at this Gurudwara in Poonch and offered their prayers to mark the auspicious occasion. As food plays a major role in uniting different faiths, a community kitchen or langar was also organised in which devotees of different faiths and backgrounds sat together and enjoyed the meal. This year as Baisakhi, Ramadan and Navratri fell on the same day; an even more secular picture of our country was witnessed. It is due to events and occasions like these that citizen of different castes and communities get a chance to come closer and learn about the traditional heritage of various cultures.
Exchange of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between India and Bangladesh was held in Dhaka in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina. PM Modi also handed over a representational key of 109 life-saving ambulances to Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. He also gave a representational item of India's gift of 1.2 million COVID vaccine to Bangladesh. Bangladesh PM Hasina presented a gold and a silver coin to PM Modi. The coins were released on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She also handed over a silver coin released on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Independence.
The reconstruction work of a dharmashala at Budhanilkantha began with Indian assistance in Kathmandu on Thursday, according to the Embassy of India in Nepal. Deputy Chief of the Embassy of India to Nepal Namgya C Khampa and Sushil Gyawali, Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority of Government of Nepal jointly laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of dharmashala at Budhanilkantha Temple, Kathmandu. Reconstruction of the dharmashala at Budhanilkantha is third of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken with a reconstruction of Nepali Rs 5800 million committed by the Indian government for the cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by the Nepal government and both India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard in August 2017, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated. The Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is the implementing agency. The dharmashala at Budhanilkantha is expected to facilitate the visit of pilgrims and tourists visiting this sacred temple. The event was attended by Swami Nigamananda, Mathadhish of Temple, Laxman Khadka, Chairman, Budhanilkantha Management Committee and others. India has been working with Nepal for the restoration of cultural heritage projects in past too. We have long cultural similarities, cultural heritage to preserve for the future generation.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on March 04, the Minister of State (MoS) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C), Mansukh Mandaviya informed that 424 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were signed during Maritime India Summit- 2021. Mandaviya said, "424 MoUs were signed during Maritime India Summit- 2021 and investments of more than Rs 3 lakh crores were committed."