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Jodhpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the Combined Commanders’ Conference here on Friday and open an Army exhibition, marking the second anniversary of the surgical strike across the LoC.
The Prime Minister will reach Jodhpur on Friday morning and inaugurate the exhibition, ‘Parakarm Parv’, at Jodhpur Military Station at 9:00 AM, before participating in the conference at the Jodhpur Air Force Station.
The conference will also be attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the three services chiefs, besides several key military and civil officials of the Ministry of Defence.

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New video of 2016 surgical strikes

New Delhi: The government on Thursday released a fresh video clip of the 2016 surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, two days ahead of the military action’s second anniversary. The video of the surgical strikes is authentic, an Information and Broadcasting Ministry official said. The clip, which was made using overhead footage from unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs and thermal imaging, shows a terror launch pad being destroyed. In June this year, several TV channels showed purported video clips of the surgical strikes.
The fresh video comes amid the government’s plans to celebrate the second anniversary of the strikes in a big way.
On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month.
The Army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists waiting there to cross into Indian territory.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced last week that various events will be held from September 28 to 30 to commemorate the valour of soldiers.
This will also include a three-day exhibition at India Gate, she said.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) also directed varsities and higher educational institutions across the country to observe September 29 as “surgical strike day”.
A political row broke out over the UGC communication to varsities.
However, the Centre has said it is not compulsory for universities and higher educational institutions to celebrate the second anniversary of the surgical strikes.
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It is for the third time that the Commanders’ Conference is being held outside Delhi. After 2015 in Delhi, it was held in 2016 on the Indian Navy warship INS Vikramaditya and at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 2017.
This time, a forward air base on western border has been chosen for the conference owing to the strategic importance and location of the Jodhpur Air Force Station, which was the headquarter of the South West Air Command earlier.
Before attending the conference, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the exhibition, ‘Parakarm Parv’.
“The Prime Minister will first participate in the wreath laying ceremony at Konark War Memorial at 9:00 AM and then inaugurate the ‘Parakarm Parv’ and open an exhibition, showcasing the might of the Indian Army and its contribution in nation building, said Defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh.
The PM himself will walk through the exhibition after inaugurating it, for its review, Ghosh said.
Considering the security arrangements, a team of the Special Protection Group (SPG), tasked with the prime minister’s “proximate security” has already landed in Jodhpur to take stock of the security measures.
The SPG officials also held meeting with the Army and Air Force officials and inspected the areas in the vicinity of the Military and Air Force Stations.
The Prime Minister will fly back to New Delhi after completion of the conference in the afternoon. No civil programme has so far been laid out for him, the official said.