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Antony makes history in Ladakh

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NEW DELHI: A.K. Antony on Tuesday became the first Defence Minister to land on the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) of Nyoma in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ALG, activated last September for fixed-wing aircraft, is 23 km from the Line of Actual Control and close to the Sino-Indian border.

Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, senior officials of the Ministry of Defence, senior officers of the Army and the Air Force based in Leh accompanied the Minister.

Nyoma has been developed with an aim of connecting the remote areas of Ladakh to the mainland. This will ensure that movements in the area continue when road traffic gets affected during harsh winters, besides enabling communication network in the region, facilitating economical ferrying of supplies as well as promotion of tourism.

Mr. Antony also made an aerial survey of another ALG, Fukche, a Defence Ministry release said.

PTI reports:

When Mr. Antony met jawans in the Siachen glacier they demanded reduction in telephone call rates, better socks and more snow mobiles, Ministry officials said at Leh.

Mr. Antony assured them that early action would be taken on all the issues.

The Minister also met a group of soldiers who had just returned after posting in the high altitude areas.

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