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BAT Repeats Brutality by Beheading Two Indian Soldiers

Pakistan’s ‘border action team’ (BAT) has beheaded two Indian soldiers by sneaking 200 metres into Indian Territory in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. During the raid, bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh (22 Sikh Regiment) and head constable Prem Sagar (200 BSF Battalion) were left mutilated. This is the third such barbaric episode since the conduct of ‘surgical strikes’ against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29. In the same Krishna Ghati sector, BAT had beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and severed the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles in 2013.

India has strongly condemned this inhuman act and the Army has promised appropriate revenge at a place and time of its choice. Since january, 65 ceasefire violations have already been recorded along the LoC.

BAT

Pakistani BATs is a brutal and barbaric arm of Pakistan Army. The BAT typically consists of five to six Pakistan Army soldiers as well as some terrorists. Pakistan army’s elite Special Services Group (SSG) commandos may also be present in the BAT actions. BATs are specialised to conduct cross-border raids targeting Indian troops along the LoC. They carry out actions up to a depth of 1 to 3 kilometres. Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG) or the “black storks” were among the first batches of intruders that crossed the LoC into Kargil in 1999 that finally resulted in an armed conflict between the two countries.

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India-Turkey inks Three Agreements

India and Turkey have signed three agreements following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s first foreign visit after winning the April 16 referendum that will transform Turkey into a presidential form of democracy.

The previous visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to India was made in 2008.

In total three agreements were signed by both the sides in the fields of ICT, training and culture:

  • An agreement for a cultural exchange programme for the years 2017-2020 was signed.
  • A MoU was signed between the Foreign Services Institute (FSI) of India and the Diplomacy Academy of Turkey.
  • A MoU was signed for cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also assured India of Turkey’s full support in the fight against terrorism and for India’s bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

During his visit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the Jamia Millia Islamia university for “his contribution to strengthen international cooperation, peace and diplomacy as well as for his extraordinary humanitarian aid to millions of refugees.”

India-Turkey

India and Turkey established diplomatic relations in 1948. Bilateral trade between both the countries stands at $6.5 billion. As of 2016, Turkey’s exports to India stood at $652 million, while its imports were $5.75 billion. Both the countries have set a target of increasing the volume of bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2020. Intelligence cooperation between Turkey and India over ISIS has increased in last few years, especially after it was found that many Indian nationals who attempted to travel to Syria travelled through Turkey.

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India’s Second Tallest Flag Pole inaugurated in Kolhapur

India’s second tallest flag pole has been Inaugurated in Kolhapur. The pole which is 303 feet high has been constructed in the Police training academy garden as a part of the Kolhapur beautification project. The poll is 90 metres tall and 60 metres wide and weighs 24 tonne. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the pole by unfurling a national flag of 5400sq ft as a part of the ‘Maharashtra Din’ celebrations in the state.

The Police training academy garden which was also inaugurated is host to different types of flowering plants from India as well as other countries. The objective behind the development of the garden is to educate people about the Indian armed forces and police and to inspire the next generation to join them. As an attraction, murals depicting the struggle for independence from 1857 to 1947 have been created inside the garden. The country’s tallest flag pole is located at the Indo-Pak Attari Border and is 360 feet high.

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