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President of India condemns terrorist attack on Air Force Base in Pathankot in Punjab



President of India condemns terrorist attack on Air Force Base in Pathankot in Punjab


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Air Force Base in Pathankot in Punjab. 


The President complimented our jawans for their valour and courage while fighting terrorists. He also called upon security forces to remain vigilant against any threat to the peace and security of our nation. He conveyed heartfelt condolences to the grieving families of our brave soldiers who lost their lives in the attack, and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. 
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PM condemns terror attack in Pathankot, says evil designs of India’s enemies will never succeed
PM visits Avadhoota Datta Peetham in Mysuru, attends Centenary Celebrations of Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswami ji of Sri Suttur Math.


Strongly condemning the terror attack in Pathankot today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that enemies of humanity who cannot see the nation succeed, had attempted to cause harm to the Indian Armed Forces. He appreciated the Armed Forces for successfully defeating the designs of the terrorists, and paid homage to the jawans who were martyred during the operation. He said he is proud of the jawans and the security forces. The Prime Minister said that the nation stood united against these enemies and therefore their evil designs would never succeed. The Prime Minister was speaking at a public meeting for the inauguration of the Centenary Celebrations of His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji of Sri Suttur Math at Maharaja College ground in Mysuru. 

Earlier, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, arrived in Mysuru today. He was received at Mysuru airport by the Governor of Karnataka Shri Vajubhai Vala, and the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah. 

The Prime Minister visited the Avadhoota Datta Peetham, where he met His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. He visited the Datta Temple and was conferred the Peetham honours. Addressing the gathering there, the Prime Minister said that sages and saints in India do a lot of work for society which is not fully appreciated. In this context he appreciated the work of the Avadhoota Datta Peetham. The Governor of Karnataka Shri Vajubhai Vala was present. 

The Prime Minister inaugurated the Centenary Celebrations of His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji of Sri Suttur Math, at Maharaja College Ground in Mysuru. He unveiled a foundation stone for a Knowledge Research Centre to mark the occasion. Addressing a large gathering, he said that Saint Basaveshwara had showed the path of social reform centuries ago. He recalled that he had the great fortune to unveil a statue of Shri Basaveshwara in London recently. The Prime Minister said that Indian society was unique because social reformers arose from it time and again, to reform society, and fight social evils. He said it was the social reform movements of the 18th and 19th century that laid the foundation for India's successful freedom movement in the 20th century. 

The Prime Minister said that the 21st century is the century of knowledge, and the country which focused on knowledge and innovation would lead the world in this century. He appreciated Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, for his Initiative of the Knowledge Resource Centre. 

The Prime Minister recalled the recent meeting of the CoP-21 in Paris, and the initiatives of “Mission Innovation” and “International Solar Alliance” taken there, in which India had played a leading role. 

The Governor of Karnataka Shri Vajubhai Vala, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah and Union Ministers Shri Ananth Kumar and Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda were present on the occasion. 


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Terrorist Attack at Air Force Station Pathankot 
Intelligence inputs had been available of a likely attempt by terrorists to infiltrate into the military installation in Pathankot area. In response, preparatory actions had been taken by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to thwart any such attempt. 

Due to the effective preparation and coordinated efforts by all the security agencies a group of terrorists were detected by the aerial surveillance platforms as soon as they entered the Air Force Station at Pathankot. The infiltrators were immediately engaged and contained within a limited area, thus preventing them from entering the Technical zone where high value assets are parked. 

Through timely and prompt action by all agencies, the likely plan of the terrorists to destroy valuable assets of the Air Force has been foiled. Currently the operation is going on. The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command is on location and personally supervising and coordinating with the Army, NSG and local civil police for exchange of information and operational activity. 



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