Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs - 2019
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) B.S. Dhanoa visits Air Force Station in Bhisiana and Sarsawa to pay homage to the air warriors who made supreme sacrifice during Operation Safed Sagar at Kargil.
- Background: On 28 May 1999 the Indian Air Force lost a Mi-17 helicopter after successfully attacking the enemy in Drass sector (J&K). On this day 1999 Squadron Leader Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja who was at that time the Flight Commander of 17 Squadron laid down his life along with Squadron Leader R Pundhir, Flight Lieutenant S Muhilan, Sergeant R K Sahu and Sergeant PVNR Prasad who also died in action in that Mi-17 helicopter during the Kargil conflict.
- About: The Chief of the Air staff (CAS) B. S. Dhanoa paid tribute to Late Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja and other fallen heroes who lost their life 20 years back during the Kargil war.
- CAS B.S. Dhanoa flew the ‘missing man’ formation flypast in a Mig-21 aircraft. He was accompanied by Air Marshal R Nambiar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Western Air Command in the ‘missing man’ flypast organised at Air Force Station in Bhisiana in Bhatinda to honour the valour and supreme sacrifice of men killed in action during Operation Safed Sagar at Kargil, J&K.
- On 28 May the CAS visited Air Force Station Sarsawa and fly in a Mi-17 V5 ‘Missing Man’ formation flypast to commemorate the Kargil martyrs.
About The ‘Missing Man’ formation
- It is an aerial salute accorded to honour the fallen comrades-in-arms. It is basically an Arrow Formation, with a gap between two aircraft in a way that the formation depicts the Missing Man.
About Operation Safed Sagar (or “Operation White Sea”)
- It was the code name assigned to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) role in acting jointly with Ground troops of Indian Army during the Kargil war in 1999.
- It was aimed at flushing out Regular and Irregular troops of Pakistani Army from vacated Indian Positions in Kargil sector along Line of Control (LOC).
- Since 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, it was the first large scale use of Airpower in Jammu and Kashmir region.
Tags: 1971 Indo-Pakistani War • Air Marshal R Nambiar • Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Western Air Command • Chief of the Air staff (CAS) B. S. Dhanoa • India-Pakistan • Jammu and Kashmir • Kargil War 1999 • Line of Control (LOC) • Mi-17 V5 • Mig-21 aircraft • Missing man formation • Operation Safed Sagar • Operation White Sea • Squadron Leader Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja
Rajouri Day was celebrated on April 13 to commemorate the bravery and valour of the soldiers who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri district.
Rajouri Day: Significance and Genesis
The Partition of India and the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India in October 1947 was followed by the First Kashmir War between India and Pakistan. The Pakistani raiders, along with the rebels and deserters from the western districts of the state, captured Rajouri on 7 November 1947.
More than 30,000 Hindus and Sikhs living in Rajouri were reportedly killed, wounded or abducted.
Rajouri was recaptured on 12 April 1948 from rebels and Pakistan Army personnel who had infiltrated from across the border by the 19 Infantry Brigade of the Indian Army under the command of Second Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane.
Having destroyed most of the town and killing large number its inhabitants the captors had fled by the time Indian Army entered the town. After the arrival of the Army, some 1,500 refugees who had fled to the hills, including women and children, returned to the town.
‘Rajouri Day’ is celebrated on April 13 every year to commemorate the bravery and valour of the Indian Army soldiers who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri district from rebels and Pakistan Army.