Timeline : March 1 – 16, 2016

Events and Happenings concerning India’s National Security.

Date Happenings
1-Mar-16 Defence Minister in Rajya Sabha said that that Indian Army has identified 14 rail lines as Strategic Railway Lines. Two of them are in Leh-Ladakh region. Out of these two, Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh rail line has been prioritised for undertaking Final Location Survey (FLS).
2-Mar-16 The US, India and Japan will conduct the Malabar naval exercise in the northern Philippine Sea said U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris.
2-Mar-16 Afghan forces neutralized 6 terrorists attacking Indian consulate in Jalalabad. Terrorists were able to kill one police officer and two civilians. 19 people were injured in the attack. The consulate was damaged, but all the Indians escaped unharmed. One Afghan employee was hurt.
3-Mar-16 The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) declared Hezbollah a ‘terrorist’ group.
3-Mar-16 Two Jawans of the CRPF special unit CoBRA were killed and more than 12 injured in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh reported the Hindu.
3-Mar-16 Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu & Kashmir.
3-Mar-16 Japan pledges Rs 5,700-crore loan for highways in Northeast.
4-Mar-16 China’s military spending will increase by 7.6% in 2016. In 2015, China’s Defence budget rose by 10.1%.
5-Mar-16 “As of now, India has never taken part in any joint patrol; we only do joint exercises. The question of joint patrol does not arise,” said RM Parrikar.
7-Mar-16 Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir calls on PM Narendra Modi during his visit to India.
7-Mar-16 17 were killed and 30 wounded in a terrorist attack in the court premises at Charsadda, Pakistan. Jamatul Ahrar, a group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the attack to take revenge of Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging. Mumtaz Qadri killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in 2011.
9-Mar-16 “Our own national position has been and remains that the veto should as long as it exists be extended to new permanent members. As a measure of flexibility and willingness for compromise, the use of the veto can be deferred till the Review Conference” said Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative, at the Informal Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on ‘Question of equitable representation on an increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Council’ :’ the Question of Veto’.
9-Mar-16 Pakistan sets up probe into Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s alleged ties with RAW.
10-Mar-16 The sixth satellite (out of Seven) of the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) was placed in its orbit. IRNSS will provide all user Standard Positioning Service and encrypted ‘Restricted Service’ to authorized users.
11-Mar-16 The defence acquisitions council (DAC) authorised Rs13,000 crore weapons and sensor systems for 7 Shivalik class stealth frigates (project 17A) to be built by MDL and GRSE. DAC also gave approval for the Rs 7,200 crore project to indigenously manufacture 244 air defence guns for the IAF.
12-Mar-16 Upgraded Advanced Landing Grounds at Ziro and Along in Arunachal Pradesh are operational. Upgrade will enable operations of Military Aircrafts like C-130J Super Hercules along with Civil Aviation.
13-Mar-16 The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a group of 7 Taliban militants were arrested in connection to the attack plot.
14-Mar-16 Nuclear Capable Ballistic missile Agni-I was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
14-Mar-16 RM Manohar Parrikar stated in Rajya Sabha that the Government regularly reviews the threat perception and takes appropriate measures for effective National Security. It includes review by National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security against threats from the sea (NCSMCS). The last meeting of NCSMCS under chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary was held on 14.03.2016. Besides this, Raksha Mantri periodically holds meeting to review the Maritime and Coastal Security. Government has been deploying one Indian Naval Warship in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy patrol since October 2008. Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard substantially increased anti-piracy deployment and surveillance in the East Arabian Sea since November 2010. India is represented in the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) which has brought together Countries and International Agencies working towards prevention of piracy. Indian Navy also participates in the Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) meetings for exchange of information with other navies operating in the Gulf of Aden.

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