On his trip to Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi first met jawans stationed at the Siachen Glacier and then later on in the day visited Srinagar and announced an additional relief package of Rs 745 crore for flood-affected Valley.
The Defence Ministry will decide the fate of the controversial Rs 6,000 crore deal to procure 197 light choppers which has been on hold due to an ongoing CBI probe into charges that a Brigadier had sought bribe from AgustaWestland to help it bag the contract.
In his second visit to Jammu and Kashmir after assuming Prime Minister`s Office, Narendra Modi came out strongly against Pakistan for continuing its proxy war of terrorism against India, saying it has lost the strength to fight a conventional war.
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.
Fifty soldiers lost their lives in Siachen Glacier due to climatic conditions and avalanches in the last three years while 16 soldiers died while serving in UN peacekeeping operations during that period, Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
Army has provided latest Swiss winter gear including trousers, jackets and gloves to jawans deployed in places such as Siachen Glacier to enable them brave temperatures that even go below minus 50 degree Celcius.
Notwithstanding Pakistan`s protests, India continues with its civilian mountaineering expeditions to the Siachen Glacier-- the world`s highest battlefield, as the sixth such batch comprising 23 volunteers was today flagged off from Leh by the 14 Corps commander.