|View of TAR from the LAC at Bum La pass. Note well laid Chinese road.|
ITBP Proposes Additional 6,000 Troop Deployment Along LAC
ITBP has sought Home Ministry approval for deploying six additional battalions to plug gaps along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposal is still under consideration at the Ministry, which earlier gave ITBP in principal approval to raise 8 additional battalions (8,000 troops). [via PTI]
Raised in response to the October 1962 Chinese aggression, the Indo -Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) that is specialized in mountain warfare with most of its personnel professionally trained as mountaineers and skiers. ITBP mans 3,488 km of India's 4,000 km border with China in three segments extending from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh till Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh opposite the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It mans the entire 1,597-km border with China in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ITBP currently has 57 battalions of 1000 personnel each.
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India - China Relations - IDP Sentinel
Cochin Shipyard Constructing New IAC-2 Compatible Dry DockCochin Shipyard will reportedly release a tender within a month to identify a consultant for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for construction of a larger dry dock.
The new 300m x 75m dry dock, estimated to cost Rs 1,300 crore, is proposed to be completed within three-and-a-half years, in time for the shipyard to bid against the Navy tender for IAC-2, expected to displace 65,000 tonnes. [via The Hindu]
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Indian Aircraft Carrier-2 (IAC-2) INS Vishal