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India among powerful nations: Rajnath

Defence Minister RaJnath Singh on Friday laid the foundation stone for construction of the Army headquarters new building in Delhi Cantonment and asserted the world now recognises that India stands among the powerful nations.

The defence minister asserted that the world now recognises that India is a not a “weak India, but it stands among the powerful nations globally” and the credit for that goes to “our brave soldiers and the Jawans who have made sacrifices”.

The Army headquarters is currently housed in the iconic South Block S Raisins Stilt Lutyens’ Delhi. The new department of military affairs headed by the chief of defence staff (CDS) will be housed In this new building, Singh said. Singh said the desire of soldiers who laid down their lives was not that people would know and recognise them, but “their only desire was that India should be a capable and a powerful country”. T

his foundation stone will serve as a source of inspiration for others, he said. “Due to our brave soldiers, our country is known as a capable and a powerful one, and India has the capacity and strength to face big challenges,” the defence minister said. Army Chief Gen MM Naravane was also present on the occasion and a large number of defence personnel and Jawans were among the audience.

Christened Thal Sena Bhawan’, the seven-storeyed complex designed ‘hikes rising sun”, will be spread over nearly 39 acres, officials said. Asked how long will the project take, the Army chief, on the sidelines of the event, said, “It will take about

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