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PM Modi Inaugurates Parakram Parv On The Surgical Strike Day In Jodhpur

PM Modi Inaugurates ParaKram Parv On The Surgical Strike Day
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PM Modi Inaugurates Parakram Parv On The Surgical Strike Day In Jodhpur

PM Modi paid homage to the martyrs at the Konark War Memorial in Jodhpur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the Surgical Strike Day by inaugurating ‘Parakram Parv’ exhibition in Jodhpur on Friday. Organised by the Konark Corps, the exhibition showcased the bravery of the Indian Army and its contribution in nation-building.

PM Modi also paid homage to martyrs of the surgical strike at the Konark War Memorial in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He also signed the visitors’ book at the Air Force Station and attended the Combined Commanders’ Conference.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Air Force Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba received PM Modi at airport.

Surgical Strike Day: Three-Day Celebration

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has directed the schools to celebrate the valour of the armed forces for three days – September 28 to 30. A list of activities has also been outlined in a circular.

This will also include a three-day exhibition at the India Gate, she said.

Earlier, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had asked universities and colleges across the country to celebrate the second anniversary of the surgical strike on September 29.

In a letter to all the Vice Chancellors, the UGC prescribed various activities that could be organised to observe Surgical Strike Day. This included arranging special parades, visit to exhibitions and talk sessions with ex-service men to highlight the sacrifices by the armed forces.

After the special parade, the NCC commander should address the institutes on the modalities of protection of the borders, the UGC notice had said. The institutes were also asked to send letters and cards in digital or physical format, pledging their support for armed forces.

A multimedia exhibition will be organised near India Gate on September 29. Similar exhibitions may be organised in states, union territories, important towns and cantonments across the country. The institutions should encourage students and faculty members to visit these exhibitions, the UGC notice said.

The activity organised by the institutions can be uploaded on the UGC website.

(Read – 10 Things That You Should Know About Higher Education In India)

Surgical Strike

On 18 September 2016, an Army camp near Uri town in Jammu and Kashmir was attacked by terrorists resulting in death of 17 soldiers; 19 were injured. This was the deadliest attack on the Indian Army in the last 20 years.

Eleven days later, on the night of 29 September, the para commandos of the 4th and 9th battalions of the Indian Army organised a surgical strike against several terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Army said that it had inflicted heavy casualties on terrorists who were waiting to infiltrate.

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday also announced that the government will be “celebrating” the second anniversary of the surgical strike.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Combined Commanders Conference on the eve of the anniversary celebrations. The conference emphasising upon operational alertness and the need of for integrated planning will be held at the Jodhpur Air Force Station.

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