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62nd Army day commemorated
New Delhi, Jan 15 (Agencies)
Published on 16 Jan. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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: The Indian army commemorated its 62nd Foundation Day, by paying homage to its martyrs at the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ in the national capital on Friday, reports ANI. . ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, the eternal flame, burns beneath the arch to honour the memory of the soldiers. Chiefs of the three wings of the armed forces, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and chief of the Air staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik offered floral tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. Various other functions are also being organised across the country to mark the occasion. Army Day is observed every year on January 15 to commemorate Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa’s taking over as the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from Sir Francis Butcher, the last British commander, in 1949 ‘India wants cordial relations with Pak China’ With his doctrine of two-front war with Pakistan and China having received vehement protest across the border, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor on Friday said India wanted to foster “cordial and peaceful relations” with both the nations. “India has always believed in maintaining peaceful and cordial relations with its neighbouring countries,” Gen. Kapoor told his troops, senior officers and foreign dignitaries here on the occasion of 62nd Army Day. “With China, we want to continue peace. We want cordial relations and peace with Pakistan too,” he said after reviewing a smartly turned out Army Day Parade. On the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern States, the Army Chief said the current situation was very much under control. “The insurgency situation in Jammu and Kashmir is in full control of the security forces. The peaceful situation in the border state is due to the continuous efforts of the security forces. In the North East too we have ensured peace. We will continue this good work,” he said. Referring to the changes in the geo-political and security situation, Gen. Kapoor said this was an era of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation and added that India had pursued it by holding highly enriching joint training exercises with several countries. “Such joint exercises provides an opportunity to enhance mutual understanding,” he said. He listed out Armed Forces Tribunal for dispensing justice to personnel, Married Accommodation Project in forward and high altitude areas, hike in allowances and better facilities, as some of the welfare measures launched recently. Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said on Friday said that keeping in view the Indian Army standards, they would consider inducting the widows of defence personnel into the force. The desperate situation of war widows is rooted in the old Indian family system and beliefs whereby the family is dependent on the male member and once the husband is gone, the widow finds it difficult to survive and live with dignity. Although armed forces have initiated various measures for proper rehabilitation of the war widows, yet many of them still find it difficult to benefit from them. Meanwhile the number of violent incidents has decreased in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), infiltration attempts registered a relative increase in 2009, Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said on Thursday. Talking to reporters on the eve of the 62nd Army Day, he said around 700 ‘militants’ from Pakistan were waiting to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC). “The terror infrastructure across the LoC is very much intact and all-out efforts are being made to push inside as many infiltrators as possible,” Kapoor said, adding that 57 people infiltrated in 2008, while the number rose to 110 by November 30, 2009. The Indian Army chief said that although India was “not involved in active operations” in Afghanistan, it was willing to train Afghan officers to build a strong army, if the US and other forces choose the exit policy. iftikhar gilani

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