The first time that an American President attends the Republic Day function as the chief guest will also mark the maiden outing at the annual parade of India's elite jungle warfare commando contingent, CoBRA, whose combat overalls have been patterned on that of the US Special Forces.
Setting a record of sorts of getting the most gallantry awards, CRPF`s lone CoBRA commando unit deployed for anti-insurgency operations in the North East was Thursday accorded as many as 15 medals for undertaking daring actions against the ultras and insurgents.
Aiming to prevent youth from joining the Naxal fold and provide them a sustainable source of income, over 50,000 acres of land in Maoist-affected states will be used for rubber plantation under a specially funded Central project.
The anti-naxal force of the CRPF
-- CoBRA -- has been rechristened Special Action Force (SAF),
the reason being cheeky slogans against the special team in
some Maoist-hit areas of Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.