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Ahead of PM Narendra Modi`s visit, Army Chief Dalbir Singh visits Ladakh

Last Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 07:32

Zee Media Bureau

Udhampur: Gearing up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Kargil and Ladakh visit in the poll bound state of Jammu and Kashmir, where he will address public rallies and will also inaugurate a power transmission project on August 12, Army chief Dalbir Singh arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit.

This is his first visit to the region after taking over as army chief on July 31, an official statement said. He also visited world`s highest battlefield Siachen glacier which is contested by India and Pakistan.

In Siachen glacier, General Dalbir Singh paid tributes to the soldiers who have died in the icy heights by laying a floral wreath at the Siachen War Memorial.

According to an official statement, Army chief will also visit the forward posts of eastern Ladakh and review the Army`s preparedness.
The Army Chief had a detailed interaction with his officers on the security environment, infrastructure projects and initiatives undertaken by the army in Ladakh, an official statement said, PTI reported.

He also reviewed the logistical infrastructure available to the soldiers.

The General will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits the region on Tuesday.

PM, Modi is scheduled to visit Leh on August 12 to dedicate to nation two Hydro Power Projects in Leh and Kargil, reports said. Besides, he would also lay foundation stone for the first power transmission line from Srinagar to Leh.

This would be second visit of PM Modi to Jammu and Kashmir after becoming Prime Minister of the country. During his first visit, he had inaugurated Udhampur-Katra railway line and Uri-II hydro-electric project in Baramulla district.

All the three power projects are very important for Ladakh region, also known as cold desert. The Srinagar-Leh transmission line would connect Ladakh with Northern Grid and solve the power crisis of the region.

However, earlier in the day, Pakistani troops fired at Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian forces to retaliate.
The Indian troops guarding the border with Pakistan took positions and fired back with equal calibre weapons, resulting in intermittent exchange of fire, police said.

The firing by Pakistani troops is third instance of violation of the ceasefire this month, and second after the handing over of the captured soldier to BSF by Pakistan Rangers on Octerio BoP along Indo-Pak border in Jammu district’s RS Pura sector on Friday, the army said.

On August 8, barely six hours after handing over captured 30-year-old BSF jawan Satya Sheel Yadav, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian forward posts with small arms and automatic weapons along the Line of Control in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector of Poonch district.
On August 5, Pakistani troops targeted Indian forward posts with small arms and automatic weapons along the Line of Control in Sher Shakti forward belt of Poonch district.

At the flag meeting between Battalion Commandants of BSF and Pak rangers at Octerio BoP in RS Pura sector, BSF and Pakistan Rangers had on Friday made a commitment to uphold peace and tranquillity on the border and extend all cooperation to each other in dealing with emergent incidents in a proactive and positive manner.

With agency inputs

First Published: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 05:11

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