Newsfeed 21st Sept ‘2016

Army foils infiltration bids in Kashmir: One Indian soldier killed

  • Indian army has foiled at least two infiltration attempts from across the LOC. Several militants were killed. The Army  accused Pakistani troops of firing at its post.
  • The incident occurred a day before the first meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet following the terrorist attack on an army camp in Uri in which 18 soldiers died.
  • One jawan was killed in fire exchange, while barring terrorist  infiltration in the Uri and Nowgam sectors.
  • Two infiltration bids by militants from across the Line of Control have been foiled in Uri and Nowgam sectors today. At both places the operations are in progress
  • Army sources in Delhi clarified that the extent of casualties could only be confirmed after the retrieval of the bodies from the dense jungle. The operations is still underway, so it is difficult to comment.
  • Soldiers manning the Line of Control had found a group of infiltrators in the jungles close to Uri Sector of Baramulla.
  • If sources are to be believed, the Pakistani army fired at an Army post to provide cover to the infiltrating militants.
  • In a different infiltration bid in Nowgam sector of Kupwara, one soldier died as the Army foiled infiltration bid.
  • Three to four militants were spotted in the area near the Line of Control, it said.

Army plugging holes and filling gaps in LoC fence

  • Indian Army is filling gaps in the border deployment and stepping up aggressive operations to neutralise terrorists in the Valley
  • The actions also include troop realignment to plug holes in the border fence along with meeting the challenges of Line of Control (LoC) and targeted strikes.
  • Troops are taking steps to fill gaps in the fence, though the room for movement is limited,”
  • If need be, army will move a reserve division from outside to fill gaps in fencing.
  • The fence has also been damaged at certain places and needs to be repaired soon.

latest list of Smart Cities includes Varanasi, Madurai.

  • Varanasi has made its way to the list of 27 new smart cities announced by the Urban Development Ministry .Varanasi, Agra and Kanpur are three cities from Uttar Pradesh which are part of the list of new smart cities.
  • After here rounds of compition, 27 cities, including Madurai, were selected under Smart City Mission standing at 60.
  • The new 27 smart cities projects are worth Rs. 66,883 crore under Smart City Mission. It includes Rs. 42,524 crore under area-based development and Rs.11,379 crore for technology-based pan-city solutions.
  • In the smart city project, Maharashtra has the highest number of cities with 5 cities on the list.
  • In the new list of 27 new cities , cities in total are from 12 States, including four from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka each , three from Uttar Pradesh and two each from Punjab and Rajasthan. Nagaland and Sikkim are new and have made it to the list for the first time.
  • The other cities that are now part of the list are:
  1. Kalyan-Dombivili (Maharashtra)
  2. Nagpur (Maharashtra)
  3. Managaluru (Karnataka)
  4. Vellore (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Thane (Maharashtra)
  6. Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
  7. Rourkela (Odisha)
  8. Tumakuru (Karnataka)
  9. Kota (Rajasthan)
  10. Namchi (Sikkim)
  11. Jalandhar (Punjab)
  12. Shivamogga (Karnataka)
  13. Salem (Tamil Nadu)
  14. Kohima (Nagaland)
  15. Hubbali-Dharwad (Karnataka)
  16. Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
  17. Vadodara (Gujarat).

The Centre has plans to transform 100 cities by 2019-20 by providing Rs. 48,000 crore in financial support over the period of five years.

China’s corridor of uncertainty

  • China has though described Uri attack as “shocking” and China’s Foreign Ministry expressed “sympathy” for the victim but , at the sme time, has asked for “relevant parties” to create a favourable environment to secure CPEC. China Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • This is the reason , why China is not able to appreciate India’s concerns about constructing important projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  • It is a contradictory policy by Beijing which declares that the CPEC should be safe.
  • China while is not doing anything to stop terror strikes that originate from Pakistan to attack Afghanistan and India
  • China , on diplomatic terms said that CPEC which passes through PoK , is aimed at bringing development to the entire South Asia region.
  • Lu Kang, Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China said that
  • CPEC aims to serve the region by facilitating better development of regional countries.
  • Relevant parties are required to make concerted efforts to ensure a safe, sound and favourable environment for the CPEC.”
  • By tying up the Uri attack with concern for CPEC, Beijing has shown that its views on terror are shaped by its evolving interests in the South Asian region.
  • “China wants to build its One Belt One Road (OBOR) but other countries especially India will not sacrifice their core interests for Beijing projects.”
  • Experts have also cautioned that China too has reasons to be worried by terrorism from Pakistan which has spread to the Xinxiang province of China.
  • P. Stobdan of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, said that China too has its concerns regarding Pakistan’s ‘deep state’ which supports terrorism. There is no doubt that China plans to engage them with a regional strategic perspective .China it does not consider the threat to be its biggest challenge.

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