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The Him Tapak space heating device (Bukhari) has been developed for the Indian Army deployed in Eastern Ladakh, Siachen and high altitude areas

DRDO develops products to help Indian army battle extreme cold in Eastern Ladakh

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:31 PM IST
With over 50,000 Indian troops are deployed in Eastern Ladakh to fight against China, the Defence Research and Development Organisation has developed multiple products such the Him-Taapak heating devices and snow melters to help the soldiers fight the enemy in form of the extremely low temperatures.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat(ANI file photo)
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat(ANI file photo)

‘Helped Army strengthen defensive posture’: General Bipin Rawat condoles Siachen hero’s death

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 01:12 PM IST
Awarded the Padma Shri, Arjun award and the Kirti Chakra, India’s second-highest peace-time gallantry award, Kumar was fondly known as ‘Bull’ in the army
An alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Colonel Kumar was commissioned into the Kumaon Regiment in 1953.(ANI PHOTO.)
An alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Colonel Kumar was commissioned into the Kumaon Regiment in 1953.(ANI PHOTO.)

Army mountaineer who helped India secure Siachen passes away

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:17 PM IST
The army launched Operation Meghdoot in April 1984 to secure the glacier by occupying key passes and ridges on the Saltoro Range on the basis of Kumar’s reconnaissance reports, officials said. Fondly known as ‘Bull’ in army circles for his tenacity, the highly decorated veteran was awarded the Padma Shri, Arjun award and the Kirti Chakra, India’s second-highest peace-time gallantry award.
In eastern Ladakh, Indian soldiers are holding positions at heights of almost 20,000 feet in the Finger Area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso. 0_000105B)(PTI)
In eastern Ladakh, Indian soldiers are holding positions at heights of almost 20,000 feet in the Finger Area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso. 0_000105B)(PTI)

Siachen lessons give India an edge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 04:50 AM IST
The Indian Army has perfected its mountain warfare drills over decades and its soldiers possess the tenacity and resilience to overcome the toughest challenges that extreme altitudes pose, said a second official.
Ace helicopter pilot, Manmohan Bahadur, stands along a rose bush at Siachen base camp, 1995 summer.(Sourced)
Ace helicopter pilot, Manmohan Bahadur, stands along a rose bush at Siachen base camp, 1995 summer.(Sourced)

Wildbuzz: Soldiers rose to the occasion

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:12 PM IST
Roses not only bestow upon the world’s highest battlefield, the Siachen glacier, its enigmatic name but their omnipresence lends them the status of the poet’s flower of remembrance for soldiers and airmen who laid down their lives battling two inimical neighbours since 1947
Naravane also underlined that “allegiance” to the Constitution of India and its core values will guide the conduct of the army.(ANI Photo)
Naravane also underlined that “allegiance” to the Constitution of India and its core values will guide the conduct of the army.(ANI Photo)

Will take control of PoK if govt asks: Army chief General Manoj Naravane

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 12:27 AM IST
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said it was critical for India to keep the glacier under its possession to pre-empt the joint threat. The army chief also explained how India will deal with a possible two-front war scenario.
Hoon retired as the Western Command chief in 1987.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Hoon retired as the Western Command chief in 1987.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The man who helped secure Siachen for India dies

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 03:41 AM IST
Hoon was the head of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps when the army launched Operation Meghdoot in April 1984, the first assault to take control of strategic heights on Siachen, a 76-km river of slow-moving ice.
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane(ANI file photo)
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane(ANI file photo)

Army chief to visit Siachen on January 9

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 02:40 AM IST
Siachen is strategically important as it acts like a wedge between the Shaksgam valley under Chinese control and Baltistan, which is occupied by Pakistan.
Lt Gen Hoon (retd), was born in 1929 in Abbottabad, North West Frontier Province, and joined the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1947.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Lt Gen Hoon (retd), was born in 1929 in Abbottabad, North West Frontier Province, and joined the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1947.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Lt Gen PN Hoon, who secured Siachen for India in 1984, dies at 90

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 10:55 AM IST
Lt Gen PN Hoon (retd) led Op Meghdoot to capture Siachen in 1984; dies of brain haemorrhage; last rites today
File photo shows an aerial view of the Siachen Glacier.(AP Photo)
File photo shows an aerial view of the Siachen Glacier.(AP Photo)

India cannot open disputed Siachen for tourism: Pakistan

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By IMTIAZ AHMAD
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 02:39 AM IST
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on October 21 announced that the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, was now open to tourists as part of the efforts to boost tourism in Ladakh and give people a first-hand experience of the tough conditions in which Indian Army personnel operate.
Avalanche hits Army positions in Siachen Glacier, jawans stuck under snow, rescue operations underway.(ANI Photo (Representative Image))
Avalanche hits Army positions in Siachen Glacier, jawans stuck under snow, rescue operations underway.(ANI Photo (Representative Image))

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 PM: 8 soldiers trapped in snow after avalanche hits patrol in Siachen and all the latest news at this hour

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 08:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Soldiers have toiled hard and people should know their stories, said defence minister, Rajnath Singh.(ANI twitter photo)
Soldiers have toiled hard and people should know their stories, said defence minister, Rajnath Singh.(ANI twitter photo)

Siachen now open for tourists, says Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 02:58 AM IST
The step has been taken to give people a window to appreciate the tough work done by Army jawans and engineers in extreme weather and inhospitable terrains, he said.
Soldiers perform Yoga on 2nd International Yoga Day in Siachen. Siachen is strategically important because so long as it is in India’s control, the Pakistani army can’t link up with the Chinese and pose a threat to Ladakh.(File photo: PTI)
Soldiers perform Yoga on 2nd International Yoga Day in Siachen. Siachen is strategically important because so long as it is in India’s control, the Pakistani army can’t link up with the Chinese and pose a threat to Ladakh.(File photo: PTI)

Soon, Army may open parts of Siachen glacier to civilians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 08:42 AM IST
Mooted by army chief, General Bipin Rawat, the proposal to give civilians access to the glacier is at an initial stage but is being considered seriously, one of the officers cited above said on condition of anonymity.
A replica of Kargil war memorial is unveiled at the FTII in Pune, on Thursday. The memorial is open to the public and installed to mark the 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
A replica of Kargil war memorial is unveiled at the FTII in Pune, on Thursday. The memorial is open to the public and installed to mark the 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

20 years after Kargil: The Gorkha Rifles’ Pune-to-Kargil about turn, a move for the nation

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shivani Sadanand Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 02:58 PM IST
Within a month of returning to Pune from the Siachen glacier where they had served for over one-and-a-half years, men of the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles infantry battalion were asked to move back to Jammu & Kashmir.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th anniversary: Retired Army chief General Ved Prakash Malik (79) speaks on what we’ve learnt from the war 20 years on.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th anniversary: Retired Army chief General Ved Prakash Malik (79) speaks on what we’ve learnt from the war 20 years on.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Pakistan won’t dare spring a nasty surprise, says former army chief VP Malik

Hindustan Times | By Ramesh Vinayak
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 11:33 AM IST
Pakistan Army thought that Indian Army’s response to the intrusion in Kargil would be limited and would force India to come to the negotiating table, but that assumption was flawed, writes Lt. Gen. Hooda (Retd.)
Lt Gen Prem Nath Hoon served the army for four decades before hanging up his boots as chief of the Western Command in 1987.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Lt Gen Prem Nath Hoon served the army for four decades before hanging up his boots as chief of the Western Command in 1987.(Karun Sharma/HT)

‘You must have it in your blood to serve the country’

Chandigarh, Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 05:30 PM IST
Lt Gen PN Hoon (retd), a former general officer commanding-in-chief of the army’s Western Command, says faith is his strength and his guiding principle has been his commitment to truth.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh paid tributes to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives while serving in Siachen on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh paid tributes to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives while serving in Siachen on Monday.(ANI Photo)

From icy heights of Siachen, Rajnath Singh’s warm gesture for soldiers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2019 09:52 AM IST
After his maiden visit, Rajnath tweeted, “Visited a forward post and Siachen base camp today and interacted with the Army personnel serving in this region which is also known as the ‘the highest battlefield in the world’.”
Soldiers deployed on the Siachen glacier may soon be able to bathe, a luxury they cannot currently afford during their three-month stay at posts located at heights of up to 21,700 feet as water is a scarce resource.(PTI File Photo)
Soldiers deployed on the Siachen glacier may soon be able to bathe, a luxury they cannot currently afford during their three-month stay at posts located at heights of up to 21,700 feet as water is a scarce resource.(PTI File Photo)

Soldiers in Siachen won’t have to wait 90 days for a bath anymore

UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2019 01:49 PM IST
The soldiers are likely to be supplied with indigenously-developed waterless body hygiene products. Kolkata-based Eastern Command, which is responsible for guarding India’s disputed border with China, has tested and ordered the products, two officials said on condition of anonymity on Monday.
The Indian Army has created a world record of sorts as its pilots and technicians successfully recovered a helicopter which was stuck in snow at an altitude of 18,000 feet at Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI/Representative Image)
The Indian Army has created a world record of sorts as its pilots and technicians successfully recovered a helicopter which was stuck in snow at an altitude of 18,000 feet at Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI/Representative Image)

Army recovers snow-stuck helicopter from Siachen Glacier, sets new record

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2018 08:00 PM IST
The chopper was stuck at 18,000 feet and recovering it from there is a world record of sorts because India is one of the very few countries in the world who operate helicopters at such high altitudes
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