J&K police identify 5 Hizbul militants for two Kashmir bank robberies (By The Indian Express)

1. THE Police blamed Hizbul Mujahideen militants for two bank robberies in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts in the last two days and identified five local militants as being responsible for the incidents.

2. Police said that the militants were recognised from CCTV footage inside the bank branches and from human intelligence network.

3. Approximately Rs 7 lakh was stolen from two branches of J&K Bank when unidentified gunmen barged into Ratnipora branch in Shopian and Marhama branch in Anantnag district.

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There’s more than one path to become a U.S. Army officer that few people may know about (By Borderzine)

1. Although the number of commissioned officers fluctuates from year to year or at the direction of the U. S. President, Army ROTC is the second largest commissioning source in the Army, behind OCS, according to the US Army Cadet Command.

2. “I know that there are some people that go in [as an officer]and they’re a bit rough with the sergeants, and there are other people that realize where they come from and they take the sergeant’s’ advice.

3. Upon graduation and with a commission as a second lieutenant, he will become a part of the 2,400 officers produced by OCS yearly, and a part of the 95,000-103,000 total US Army officers, most from the three primary ways (ROTC, US Military Academy, OCS) of joining the military and serving the country.

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Randolph Air Force Base in Texas on lockdown as authorities look for suspect (By CBS News)

1. People within the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph report that the base is on lockdown Saturday night, according to CBS affiliate KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas.

2. San Antonio Express-News writes that Dan Hawkins, a spokesman for Joint Base San Antonio, didn’t know what kind of vehicle was involved, but believed it went through the fence line on the east side of the base.

3. The U. S. Air Force tweeted out a press release Saturday night saying that an investigation is on-going and that an update will be given to the media at 9:15 p. m. local time:.

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Indian Navy recruitment 2017: 5 important things to keep in mind before applying; last date October 20 (By Financial Express)

1. After which one can visit the official website and click on ‘apply online’ link after reading all the instructions carefully.

2. As per the official notification, the examination for the same would be conducted at the Indian Navy Academy (INA) situated in Ezhimala in Kerala.

3. Information Technology: 15 Posts.

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Indian Army: Army makes bulletproof plan for border with modular bunkers (By Economic Times)

1. It has asked for solutions for having a light -weight composite material for bunkers, which can withstand enemy fire, extreme weather and requires the least amount of manpower for constructionThe Army wants composite material in the form of panels and balis which being lightweight can be easily carried up mountains and like ‘Lego toys’, be quickly setup into bunkers, said an official.

2. NEW DELHI: The Army has begun its search for Lego-like modular, portable, bullet and blast-proof bunkers to replace stone-mud-log and steel shelters as it secures the nation’s frontiers with China and Pakistan.

3. The Army is currently using two types of bunkers: One, constructed using material such as stones, mud and logs.

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Comprehending A Problem That Needs Immediate Resolution (By Swarajya (blog))

1. Reflective of the seriousness as also a good understanding is the timely Press Information Bureau (PIB) note put out by the Army on 12 October 2017 reassuring its officer cadre that apprehension regarding the Services and other arms not getting their due in the share of promotion vacancies at select ranks was being addressed at the latest Army Commanders’ Conference, which is the highest forum in the Army for addressing policy issues.

2. These terms relate to the specific department such as Infantry, Armoured Corps or Mechanised Infantry (Combat Arms); Artillery, Engineers, Air Defence Artillery or Signals (CSA); and Ordnance, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME) and Army Service Corps (ASC) which are designated as Services.

3. Attempts were made to resolve this problem by scaling down the vacancies of the Infantry and Artillery and distributing these to others as a quick fix but a final decision was never taken; perceptions on the command exit model vary as per Arms/Service loyalty and have divided the officer cadre.

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On this day in history: The United States Navy is born (By SOFREP (press release))

1. Two ships that served as the kindling that would grow into a force of the roughly 430 ships and under 4,000 aircraft we have today.

2. It has more ships than anyone (by far), superior technology, and a staggering number of sailors working on its behalf.

3. The U. S. Navy is the most powerful force the waters of the world have ever seen.

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IAF officer and cricket star: Meet the woman who fights for India on and off the field (By The News Minute)

1. Even though she was representing Goa in tournaments in the junior category in her higher secondary, she started professional coaching only in her second year of college in 2008.

2. Nevertheless, after her commissioning she approached the Air Force Sports Control Board for permission to play.

3. Lt. Shikha Pandey enjoys the pride of being the first and only IAF officer to play cricket for India.

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Indian air force helicopter crash kills seven (By BBC News)

1. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo of an Mi-17 V5 helicopter, acquired by the Indian air force from Russia.

2. While the Mi-17 V-5 is among the most sophisticated military transport helicopters, India’s ageing air force fleet is often blamed for the high number of air crashes there.

3. Five air force crew members and two personnel of the Indian army died in the crash, the army said.

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The United States Navy Turns 242 Today – Story (By MyHighPlains)

1. S. Navy via Getty Images AT SEA – DECEMBER 7: In this handout image provided by the U. S. Navy, the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) is underway December 7, 2004 in the Pacific Ocean after replenishment at sea.

2. S. Navy via Getty Images AT SEA – DECEMBER 7: In this handout image provided by the U. S. Navy, the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) is underway December 7, 2004 in the Pacific Ocean after replenishment at sea.

3. Says Barnes: “A-CHS will be delivering three Belmar Bakery cakes, devil’s food with white icing, on Thursday (10/12) to three different U. S. Navy units – Amarillo MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station), NOSC (Navy Operational Support Center) Amarillo, and USN Recruiting, Amarillo.

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