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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses troops at the Pangong Tso in Ladakh Friday | Photo: ANI

India to beef up security at Pangong Tso, govt fast-tracks procurement of patrol vessels 

The 135-km long Pangong Tso, a landlocked lake that is partly in the Ladakh region and partly in Tibet, has seen tensions between India and China since May.
Army chief MM Naravane

Army chief Naravane visits Rechin La posts facing Chinese troops 200 metres away

The Army chief met the 'Fire and Fury' Corps and undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation along the Line of Actual Control.
Representational image | Recruits to the J&K Light Infantry celebrate the end of their training | Photo: ANI

Army’s proposed ‘Tour of Duty’ recruitment model could be expanded to Navy and IAF too

Three-year volunteer scheme is being designed to attract more youth to Army, fill up officers’ vacancies, and reduce ballooning defence pensions.
A bullet hole in a United Nations vehicle on 18 December

India dismisses Pakistan’s claim of army targeting UN vehicle along LoC

Pakistani Army alleged that Indian troops deliberately targeted the vehicle with two UN military observers in Chirikot Sector. Military sources in New Delhi rejected the claims.
The negative import list for defence systems was unveiled by Rajnath Singh Sunday | File photo: ANI

China engaging in unprovoked aggression and projection of power, Rajnath Singh says

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, speaking at a FICCI event, also said India is far ahead of China when it comes to soft power.
A Google Earth image showing the elevation on the southern bank of Pangong Tso

How Indian Army’s secrecy & unorthodox deployment fooled the Chinese at Pangong Tso

The Mountain Strike Corps played a key role in shaping India’s counter-offensive strategy that led to the domination of the southern banks of the Pangong Tso. 
The Tigris Front, Iraq (formerly Mesopotamia), First Corps British Army camp sanitary area | View of closed incinerator, sweeper's tent, drying shed for litter and latrine huts | Radhika Singha/HarperCollins

When India sent scores of prisoners to Iraq as sweepers during World War I

In ‘The Coolie’s Great War’, Radhika Singha writes about the British recruiting Indian prisoners and ‘criminal tribes’ to do menial jobs in Mesopotamia.
Col Prithipal Singh Gill (retd) who turned 100 today (20 December); (right) from his time in service | Indian Army

World War 2 veteran Col Prithipal — only Indian to serve in Army, Navy & Air Force — turns 100

In a career spanning nearly three decades, Col Prithipal Singh Gill served as a flying cadet, a Navy officer before finally retiring as a colonel in December 1970.
Indian artillery

Amid China stand-off, Mountain Strike Corps to get its own artillery brigade

Work has already begun on raising the new artillery brigade, which will see larger deployment of the Ultra Light Howitzers besides other guns. 
Sana Zabair and Laiba Zabair (extreme right) were detained by the Indian Army after crossing the LoC into the country. | @alam_mujaid | Twitter

2 minor girls from PoK, detained for crossing LoC into India, repatriated

The handover of the girls, who were given gifts and sweets by the Army, took place at the CDB point in presence of civilian and military officials of Pakistan.

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