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India is working rapidly to increase its defence capability and make its defence sector Atmanirbhar, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday while addressing the soldiers at Longewala in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

PM Modi said the Chief of Defence Staff was recently inducted into the hierarchy of Armed Forces to coordinate modernisation and provision of equipment along with the soldiers.

Prime Minister appealed to people to light a 'diya' on Diwali as a salute to the soldiers guarding the nation on the borders.

Total of 1 rakhis are being made by Indore women. Around 21,000 rakhis will be sent to Indian Army while remaining 75,000 rakhis will be sold under the MP Sales Centre.

This comes a week after the violent face-off of Indian soldiers with China in Ladakh's Galwan valley in which twenty personnel of the Indian Army were killed.

Singh also implored the Prime Minister and the Centre to rise to the occasion and ensure that there is justice for Colonel B Santosh Babu and other soldiers "who have made the ultimate sacrifice and resolutely defended our territorial integrity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to these soldiers and asserted that their "sacrifice will not go in vain".

Concerned about the safety of soldiers posted at borders, Sparsh Ganga's national convenor, Aarushi Pokhriyal Nishank, sent 10,000 reusable masks made of Khadi cloth for them.

The ITBP, in a statement, clarified that Masud-ul-Rahman opened fire upon colleagues before shooting himself.

A search and rescue operation was launched soon after the avalanche hit the post.