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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
An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, north-east of Srinagar.(AP)
An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, north-east of Srinagar.(AP)

Govt pushes hard to complete 1st all-weather route to Ladakh

Hindustan Time, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 11:20 PM IST
Senior military commanders said the third route to connect Ladakh by road is urgently needed given Pakistan and its all-weather friend, China’s interest in the Siachen Glacier and Daulat Beg Oldie.
Indian Army vehicles drive on a road in Ladakh region near the border with China(AP)
Indian Army vehicles drive on a road in Ladakh region near the border with China(AP)

Stand-off with PLA pushes India to go for new snow-free axis to Ladakh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 07:25 PM IST
The project to build a third road to Ladakh is targeted to be completed in two years. It requires a 4.5 km tunnel to be built under Shingo La, a high mountain pass at 16,570 feet on the border between Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh
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.
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, Chandigarh
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
A view of snow covered roofs of the residential houses after fresh snowfall in Srinagar on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
A view of snow covered roofs of the residential houses after fresh snowfall in Srinagar on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

4 soldiers killed as avalanches hit Jammu and Kashmir

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2019 01:38 AM IST
An avalanche and blizzard struck the army camp and a patrol in Tanghdar and Gurez sectors on the LoC, which left three soldiers dead in Tanghdar and one in Gurez, the Army said on Tuesday. One soldier was rescued in Tanghdar.
The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakorum range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.(ANI Photo)
The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakorum range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.(ANI Photo)

Army removes 130 tonnes of solid waste from Siachen glacier to protect its eco-system

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 06:00 AM IST
A total 130.18 tonnes of waste has been disposed till now which included 48.41 tons of bio-degradable waste, 40.32 tonnes of non bio-degradable non-metallic waste and 41.45 tonnes of non bio-degradable metallic waste, they 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.
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’.”
Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal who is the first woman flight engineer inducted by the Indian Air Force after she successfully completed the course at 112 Helicopter Unit, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru.(PTI)
Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal who is the first woman flight engineer inducted by the Indian Air Force after she successfully completed the course at 112 Helicopter Unit, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru.(PTI)

Chandigarh’s Hina Jaiswal becomes IAF’s first woman flight engineer

Bengaluru | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 10:52 PM IST
Having completed the six-month Flight Engineer course on Friday, Jaiswal will now be posted to a helicopter squadron where she will monitor and operate IAF’s complex aircraft in various conditions.
Soldiers posted on Jammu and Kashmir’s Siachen Glacier were treated to piping hot pizzas by a pizza delivery outlet.(Twitter/Dominos)
Soldiers posted on Jammu and Kashmir’s Siachen Glacier were treated to piping hot pizzas by a pizza delivery outlet.(Twitter/Dominos)

On freezing Siachen, soldiers treated to hot pizzas this Republic Day

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 09:54 AM IST
In the photos posted on Twitter, the soldiers can be seen lining up to get their pizzas while others can be seen enjoying the special treat.
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
Army jawans perform yoga in Siachen. The Siachen Glacier in the Karakorum range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.(PTI)
Army jawans perform yoga in Siachen. The Siachen Glacier in the Karakorum range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.(PTI)

Army to manufacture specialised clothing, equipment for soldiers at Siachen, Doklam

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 02:48 PM IST
The items which will be produced in India include thermal insoles, snow goggles, ice axe, boots, avalanche victim detector, rock pitons, karabiner-related mountaineering equipment and sleeping bags, according to sources.
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in a scene from Mission: Impossible - Fallout.(AP)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in a scene from Mission: Impossible - Fallout.(AP)

Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible Fallout has no mention of Kashmir, thanks to CBFC

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 08:05 PM IST
The CBFC has reportedly removed all references to Kashmir in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible - Fallout.
History of Kargil war will be showcased in the Amritsar museum through paintings, art works, 2-D and 3-D projections.(HT Photo)
History of Kargil war will be showcased in the Amritsar museum through paintings, art works, 2-D and 3-D projections.(HT Photo)

Amritsar: War memorial’s Kargil gallery to be thrown open on July 15

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Anil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 02:25 PM IST
The state government has sanctioned Rs 8 crore for the completion of its pending works.
Bhushan Darekar, COEP student (right), explaining the working of the compressed air powered human exoskeleton to S Christopher, chairman, DRDO (left) and PK Mehta (2nd from left), director general, armament and combat engineering systems, DRDO.(HT PHOTO)
Bhushan Darekar, COEP student (right), explaining the working of the compressed air powered human exoskeleton to S Christopher, chairman, DRDO (left) and PK Mehta (2nd from left), director general, armament and combat engineering systems, DRDO.(HT PHOTO)

COEP students develop compressed air powered human exoskeleton to lift weight off soldiers’ shoulders

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Ashish Phadnis, Pune
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 02:55 PM IST
The project, showcased at DRDO’s robotics and unmanned system exposition on May 25, won third prize and Rs 50,000 at the event
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