Indian Army Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian Army posted photographs of “mysterious footprints” that measure about 32×15 inches, on Twitter claiming that its Mountaineering Expedition team to Mt Makalu (8485m, is 5th highest mountain in world) sighted “the mythical beast Yeti”.
- It is a mythical creature who is believed to exist in Himalayan areas of India, Nepal and Tibet.
- The term “Yeti” is taken from Nepali dictionary which means ‘abominable snowman’. It is also known as ‘Meh-The’ in Tibetan folklore.
- Yeti has many proposed characteristics, like according to urban legends, it is a two legged white, shaggy ape-like animal and is described to be about 10-20 feet tall. While according to locals, it resembles a race of wild, hairy men found in the “wildest and most inaccessible mountains”.
- The debate on Yeti’s existence is going on since last century.
- There is no authentic evidence of its existence. Since it has never been sighted or captured, and most scientists believe that no such creature exists.
- In 1921, British explorer Charles Howard-Bury claimed to have found footsteps of Yeti near Lakhpa La pass (or Lhagba La is about 7km northeast of Mount Everest in Tibet Autonomous Region) while on an expedition in Himalayas.
- In 2013, the National Geographic released a documentary on ‘legend of Yeti in Himalayas’. Although Yeti has already been recreated several times in popular culture, folklore and cartoons.
- In 2019 debate has resurfaced again when Indian Army has claimed it discovered fresh “mysterious footprints” of Yeti during an Army expedition.
The Indian Army for first time since independence has initiated women induction drive for Soldier General Duty (Women Military Police). It invited applications for recruitment of 1,700 women soldiers initially.
- Recruitment rallies will be held in Ambala, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Bengaluru and Shillong to test candidates, and venue will be allotted based on their home districts. It will be mandatorily done through online registration.
- Enrolled Women Military Police personnel released on or before expiry of 17 years of service, may carry reserve liability for 2 years after release.
- Age limit- 17½ to 21 years. Upper age limit relaxation up to 30 years (as on date of joining training) given to widows of defence personnel who died in service.
- Minimum educational qualification- Class 10 with aggregate 45% marks and minimum 33% marks in each subject taken. Upper age limit will be relaxed up to 30 years of age (as on date of joining training) in respect of widows of defence personnel who have died in harness.
- Status: Unmarried. Besides, widowed, divorced or legally separated women are also eligible but must not have children.
- Training: 1 year training at Corps of Military Police Regimental Centre, Bengaluru will be given to enrolled recruits before posting to units.
- Posting: They will initially be deployed for allied role or in areas where they will be needed to frisk women, and will be posted to chosen units in J&K and other parts of country. They will be responsible for protection of areas where separated family accommodation of soldiers is located i.e. quarters where jawans families stay when soldiers are posted in field areas.
In 1993, women were inducted as Army officers and were given only Short Service Commission (a period of 10 years which can be extended up to 14 years) and inducted in combat support branches and support services. Later Army Aviation Corps was opened and permanent commission offered to women officers in Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate General’s branch. As there were no women in non-officer role in Army, demand of inducting women in Military Police was made in 2018. This demand was accepted by Ministry of Defence and formulated roadmap for women induction in Military Police. The success of this induction may be lead to more roles for women in Army in future.