September 26, 2018

Mexican president condemns Trump's wall plan

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Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a press conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. | AP

MEXICO CITY: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday condemned Donald Trump’s move to build a border wall but fell short of deciding whether to cancel an upcoming meeting with the US president.

Opposition leaders called on Pena Nieto to cancel Tuesday’s trip after Trump issued a widely expected order to begin work on the massive wall.

Without mentioning the trip, Pena Nieto said he would wait for a report from a high-level Mexican delegation holding meetings in the US capital this week and consult with governors and lawmakers before deciding on “the next steps to take.”

“I regret and condemn the decision of the United States to continue construction of a wall that, for years, has divided us instead of uniting us,” Pena Nieto said in a brief televised message.

“Mexico does not believe in walls. I have said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall,” he said, referring to Trump’s vow to make the southern neighbor pay for the barrier.

“Mexico gives and demands respect as the completely sovereign nation that we are,” Pena Nieto said.

Pena Nieto said he ordered Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States to act as legal counsel for the rights of migrants.

“Our communities are not alone. The government of Mexico will offer legal counsel that will guarantee the protection they need,” he said.

Special Forces personnel who carried out PoK surgical strikes to receive gallantry awards

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Image used for representational purpose only. (File photo | PTI)

NEW DELHI: Special Forces units, which took part on the September 29 surgical strike in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), have got maximum number of gallantry awards on the occasion of this year’s Republic Day. Interestingly, two senior army officers, Lt. Gen Praveen Bakshi and Lt. Gen PM Hariz, who were superseded for the post of Army Chief, have been awarded the PVSM (Param Vashisht Sewa Medal) for distinguished service.

One Kiriti Chakra, the second highest peace time gallantry medal, five Shaurya Chakras and 13 Sena Medals (gallantry) were awarded to 4 and 9 Para of Special Forces. The Commanding Officers of these two units were also given the Yudh Sewa Medal, awarded for distinguished service during wartime, on the eve of India’s 68th Republic Day.

Major Mohit Suri, who led one of the teams across to the terrorists launch pads situated in PoK, was awarded the Kirti Chakra for his daring leadership.

Col Kapil Yadav, commanding officer of 9 Para and Col Harpreet Sandhu, Commanding Officer of 4 Para, were awarded the Yudh Sewa Medal, one of India’s military decorations awarded to mark distinguished service during war time is awarded for a high degree of distinguished service in an operational content, including times of war, conflict, or hostilities and may also be awarded posthumously.

The surgical strike on September 29 was India’s first open submission of its generally covert operations in the enemy’s territory against terror infrastructure. Surgical strike was carried out in response to the Uri brigade attack by Pakistan backed terrorists, which killed 19 Indian soldiers on September 18.

India celebrates 68th Republic Day amid tight security 

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Military Police daredevils Shwet Ashwa display their skills on motorcycles during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday. (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)

The 68th Republic Day Parade is all set to showcase India’s military strength and achievements in a range of areas and its diverse culture at Rajpath in New Delhi today.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the chief guest of the Republic Day parade.

Tha parade will be led by Wing Commander Ramesh Kumar Dubey and will start with four Mi-17 helicopters, flying an Indian flag and three other choppers flying ensigns of the Army, Navy and
the IAF, will shower flower petals.

The national capital was wrapped in an unprecedented security cover with thousands of security force personnel keeping a tight vigil to prevent any terror strike or untoward incident during celebrations.

Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters were deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort besides nearby localities.

There were intelligence inputs that terror groups may try to carry out attacks. Delhi Police was sent a special advisory informing them that terror groups might use animals to target crowded areas like important installations, railway stations, etc to create a panic.

(With PTI inputs)

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