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Army Day 2019 Highlights: Won’t hesitate to deal with terror along western border, says Army Chief

Army Day 2019: Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over from General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 15, 1949.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2019 6:42:35 pm
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Army Day 2019: The nation is celebrating the 71st Army Day today to remember the valiance and exemplary achievements of army personnel who risk their lives for the nation. The day is being celebrated formally with an annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi at 10:15 am.

Speaking at the event, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that the Indian Army will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the western border. Taking an alleged dig at Pakistan, the Army Chief said, “The country along our western border is providing support to terror groups. We are dealing with them effectively.”

Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over from General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 1949. Popularly known as “Kipper”, KM Cariappa was the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of field marshal.

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Army day will be celebrated with an annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground 10:15 am onwards. Here are Highlights from the event.

Highlights

    16:18 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    CRPF wishes Indian Army on Army Day

    "We extend our gratitude towards our brave soldiers and their families who safeguard the sovereignty of the country and keep the nation safe and secure with the incessant vigil. On the 71st Army Day we salute the indomitable courage and valour of the heroes of ."

    14:15 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Army Day wishes
    13:58 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Indian Army Day 2019: A military dad talks about the struggles of parenting
    13:08 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Rajnath Singh congratulates armed forces on Army Day
    13:07 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Manohar Parrikar congratulates armed forces on Army Day

    Former defence minister and current Goa CM Manohar Parrikar congratulated the armed forces on Army Day.

    12:46 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Grateful to Indian Air Force and Navy for their complete cooperation: Army Chief
    11:58 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Won’t hesitate to deal with terror along western border, says Army Chief

    Army Chief General Bipin Rawat Tuesday said that the Indian Army will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the western border. Speaking at the annual Army Day event at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi, Rawat, taking an alleged dig at Pakistan, said, "The country along our western border is providing support to terror groups. We are dealing with them effectively."

    "We are ensuring moral dominance along the border in Jammu and Kashmir," General Rawat added.

    The Army Chief also said that new guidelines are being followed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border in the eastern sector.

    "We will keep reviewing the situation along eastern border. Our soldiers will not allow any compromise in guarding border in eastern sector," the Army Chief said.

    Major restructuring and modernisation of Army is being done to suit modern defence standards, the Army Chief said.

    11:11 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Capt. Amarinder Singh wishes the armed forces on Army Day

    Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh wishes the armed forces on Army Day.

    11:07 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    General Bipin Rawat at the Army Day event in New Delhi

    General Bipin Rawat at the Army Day event in New Delhi. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

    11:04 (IST)15 Jan 2019

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    11:03 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Visuals from the Army Day event

    General Bipin Rawat with the kin of a martyred soldier at the Army Day event in New Delhi. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

    11:01 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Visuals from the Army Day parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground

    Army General Bipin Rawat at the event. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

    10:44 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Mamata Banerjee wishes armed force on Army Day

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wishes armed force on Army Day.

    10:38 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Visuals of Army Day celebrations from Kolkata

    A wreath laying ceremony was organised at Vijay Smarak, Fort William, Kolkata on Army Day.

    10:13 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Anupam Kher wishes armed forces on the 71st Army Day

    Actor Anupam Kher wishes armed forces on the 71st Army Day.

    10:11 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    N Chandrababu Naidu wished the armed forces on Army Day

    Telangana CM N Chandrababu Naidu wished the armed forces on Army Day.

    09:48 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Rajyavardhan Rathore wishes the armed forces on Army Day
    09:34 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    Ravi Shankar Prasad wishes the armed forces on Army Day

    Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wishes the armed forces on Army Day

    09:13 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind congratulates the armed forces on Army Day
    08:56 (IST)15 Jan 2019
    PM Modi congratulates the armed forces on Army Day

    PM Narendra Modi Tuesday wished the armed forces and their families on Army Day. Taking to Twitter, the PM said the nation is proud of the dedication and determination of the armed forces.

    army day, army day live updates, army day today, why is army day celebrated, km cariappa, general bipin rawat, indian army, army day 2019 Lieutenant General KM Cariappa

    Army Day 2019: Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India in January 1949.

    Popularly known as “Kipper”, K.M Cariappa was the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of field marshal. With a military career spanning three decades, his unrelenting patriotism and secular beliefs blazed a trail in the Indian Army.

    By the time India gained independence, Cariappa had seen action in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Burma and became the first Indian Officer to be given command of a unit in 1942. He also led the Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pak War of 1947 and successfully recaptured Zojila, Drass, and Kargil and established a linkup with Leh.

    Once, after chasing the raiders beyond Uri, Cariappa was stopped by a group of people at Baramulla and told that they had suffered a lot due to the absence of food supplies, including salt. It was a puzzling question for the general, as no stocks were available with the army. But he fulfilled his assurance the next day when he visited the old town and distributed flour, rice, and salt to the neediest families.

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