Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Army's role in keeping political crisis in Pak alive cannot be ruled out: Ex-Deputy Army Chief Kadyan
New Delhi, Sept.2 (ANI): Even as the political crisis in Pakistan remains at fever pitch with both the PML-N led government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek refusing to budge from their respective positions, a former deputy chief of Indian Army, Lt. Gen. Raj Kadyan (Retired), continues to maintain that there is no clarity on the current situation prevailing in that country, and does not the rule the role of the Pakistan Army in keeping the crisis alive for its own self interests.
Lt. Gen. Kadyan told ANI, "There is no clarity on the current situation in Pakistan. I have always maintained that if the Pakistan Army is not directly involved, then it has definitely indirectly supported it. The (Pakistan) army brass in their meeting yesterday said that the use of force by the government does not augur well for the nation. It criticized the government."
Lt. Gen. Kadyan was speaking as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stood firm amidst pressure to resign, and the protesting PTI and PAT standing their ground in Islamabad's high-security Red Zone.
Violent clashes have taken place over the last 72 hours, leaving at least three dead and hundreds injured. Speculation and conspiracy theories are widespread, the most popular of which sees the powerful military as somehow engineering the ongoing crisis.
Referring specifically to Prime Minister Sharif, Lt. Gen. Kadyan said, "Sharif had tried to show some spine in his second term and he was removed in a coup (By Gen. Musharraf). The Pakistan Army does not want better relations with India. It wants to weaken the government. They cannot go for the coup, as it will reduce American support and attract international condemnation."
The former deputy army chief, however, said that the problems in Pakistan would be resolved within two or three days, and predicted that while Sharif would continue to be Prime Minister, it would be the Pakistan Army that would be calling the shots.
He also agreed with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's view that India could not expect good results to come out of (foreign secretary-level) talks with Pakistan at this point in time.
"What the Home Minister said is right. There would not be any good result coming out of talks. It was expected of the new government," Lt. Gen. Kadyan said.
 (ANI)http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail2/story181761/army-039-s-role-in-keeping-political-crisis-in-pak-alive-cannot-be-ruled-out-ex-deputy-army-chief-kadyan.html

       How long will we live with the "Biggest Threat to Internal Security "?

New Delhi, Sept.2 (ANI): For nearly a decade, we have been hearing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tell conferences of police officers in Delhi that Maoists are the biggest threat to internal security in the country and that the Central Government was taking steps to counter it, and asked the States to join the battle. However, the threat has been continuing.
The NDA government has stated that it will have 'zero tolerance' as far as terrorism in concerned. The country looks forward to the measures that the Central Government will take to counter the Maoists.
Going back, Naxalites were active in the 1970s in Kolkata and parts of West Bengal. The credit should go to then Chief Minister Siddartha Shankar Ray and the army led by Lt. Gen. J.F. R. Jacob , who took steps to virtually eliminate them . They have not resurfaced in Kolkata since then.
The Naxals re-emerged as the Communist Party of India (Maoist), and have strong bases in Andhra Pradesh, North Telangana, Orissa , West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, and adjacent areas of Maharashtra. They have a strong base in the Dandakaranya in Chattisgarh , where they virtually run their own administration.
According to P. V. Ramana, the author of the book, the armed underground force of the CPI(Maoist) has a strength of 13,000 fighters , both men and women.
They are well armed, and have resources which they extort from corrupt government officials, landlords, businessmen, including big industrial houses. They extort nearly Rs. 1,500 crores annually from them , the largest contribution coming from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
In January 2007, the CPI(Maoist) conducted its first Congress following the merger of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (People's War) and Maoist Communist Centre of India, in the Beembundh forests of Mungher District of Bihar, which was believed to have been attended by 100 delegates from different parts of the country. It marked the 'near total unification' of Maoist forces in the country.
The book also gives the documents adopted by the party after detailed discussions between February 2003 and September 2004 which contain the strategy and objectives of the movement. The Maoist objective is to establish a Communist society in India through an"armed agrarian revolutionary war" through area wise seizure of power.
The documents give details of the strategy and tactics and targets of the "Indian Revolution. " The broad targets are the landlords, the Comprador Bureaucrats and Bourgeoisie.
The documents also gives details how the 'revolutionary war' is to be conducted in urban areas. According to the document, the 'urban movement' is one of the main sources , which provides cadres and leadership , having various types of capabilities essential for the people's war and for the establishment of liberated areas. They also provide supplies, technology, expertise and information needed for the revolutionary movement. The 'urban movement' seeks to gain control over the working class movement and use it appropriately at a later stage when the ' Revolution' advances
The document also underlines the need for the establishment of "secret self-defence squads" to defend the urban mass movement, and the need for giving them proper military training. One of their responsibilities is to learn the tactics and plans of the 'enemy forces' in the area and help the rural armed struggle.
The book gives details of the "Janathana Sarkar" , which it claims was formed by Dandakaranya revolutionary masses , who have been able "to successfully go forward with the ultimate aim of establishing Socialism -Communism by destroying the semi-colonial , semi-feudal system in India through People's War and establishing a People's Democratic system."
The author also gives the text of interviews given by top leaders of the CPI (Maoist) Party, Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy, Azad, the spokesperson of the Central Committee , and Mallojula Koteshwara Rao, popularly known as Kishenji, which gives their comments on current developments in the country as far as the movement is concerned and highlights the need to establish 'liberated areas'. The interviews also provide valuable insight into the thinking of the leaders.
The section on the text of the resolutions of the party gives a clear idea how it has grown over the years. It is followed by details of the synchronized and large scale attacks by the CPI(Maoist) forces.
It is interesting to note from the press release in August 2007 that the CPI(Maoist) party felt that the re-imposition of the ban on SIMI is a reiteration of the UPA Government's intention to continue its 'brutal war' on Muslims. Also surprising was the press release in August 2008 which claimed that "Azad Kashmir" is the "birthright of every Kashmiri" and calls on "people of India to rise up in support of the just and democratic struggle of the people and fight back the brutal onslaught of Indian Fascist State".
The book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand Maoists in the country.
Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao is a former Principal Information Officer to the Government of India. he can be reached on his e-mail raoramamohan@hotmail.com. (ANI)
By I. Ramamohan Rao

India should not unilaterally declare LoC as its International Boundary with Pakistan: Shyam Saran

  New Delhi, Sept. 2 (ANI): Former foreign secretary and chairman, National Security Advisory Board, Shyam Saran is of the view that India should not unilaterally declare the current Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir as its international boundary with Pakistan.

Delivering the inaugural lecture on the theme of Changing Asia, initiated by the Society for Policy Studies in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre here yesterday evening, Saran said, "I do not agree with the proposition that India should unilaterally declare the current Line of Control as its international boundary with Pakistan as was envisaged in the talks between Indira Gandhi and Bhutto in 1972, but abandoned by Pakistan soon thereafter."
The former foreign secretary stressed that if the LOC is to become the eventual international boundary between the two countries, then it should be the end point of negotiations and not the starting point.
Placing the issue in context, Saran cited the example of Germany and France who reconciled after the Second World War precisely because post-war leaders of the two countries articulated a shared perception concerning the origins of the war, the ensuing peace and the future shape of Europe, and added that until there was a more convergent view of shared history between India and Pakistan, there can be no grand reconciliation.
Saran gave plenty of historical narratives of the two countries, which he said are widely divergent. "We have different interpretations on Partition, on Kashmir, on the 1965 war, on the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, on the Simla Agreement, on the Kargil War in 1999 and on the Mumbai terrorist outrage in 2008," he said.
He reminded that till such convergences emerge between the two nations, India will have to settle for managing an adversarial relationship with its neighbour the best it can. He said that India may have to deploy counter-constraint policies in order to try and change the strategic calculus in Islamabad, which in plain terms means the ability to inflict pain if India's security is threatened.
Saran said India must also include a longer term and uninterrupted project to enhance people-to-people links, trade and commercial relations and cultural interactions whenever such opportunities offer themselves. Improved relations are likely to be the cumulative outcome of a series of modest and incremental steps rather than a big bang affair, he said. (ANIhttp://www.aninews.in/newsdetail2/story181834/india-should-not-unilaterally-declare-loc-as-its-international-boundary-with-pakistan-shyam-saran.html

More Tests on DRDO Radar 

BALASORE: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has pulled up its socks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed it to ensure delivery of cutting edge weapon systems to the Armed Forces in time so that the country can keep pace with other nations in the national security arena.



The DRDO plans to test nuclear capable Agni-I, sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay and longest range Agni-V.While the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army is slated to carry out a fresh user trial of the 700-km range surface-to-surface medium range Agni-I on September 10, DRDO would conduct the second and third developmental trials of Nirbhay and Agni-V missiles too.
Though the exact date for the experimental tests of Nirbhay and Agni-V missiles has not been fixed, preparations are underway at the Wheeler Island test facility off the Odisha coast. If everything falls in place, the weapons could be test-fired this month itself.
At the annual DRDO awards function recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flayed the ‘chalta hai’ attitude of the DRDO, which has been resulting in delay in projects and cost overruns.
While DRDO is not worried about performance of Agni-I and Agni-V missiles, all eyes will be on Nirbhay, which is India’s first home made cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads nearly 1,000 km away.
While Agni-I has already been inducted in the Armed Forces after several rounds of successful trials, Agni-V has proved its might successfully twice in the last two years. 
Nirbhay had failed during its maiden test on March 12, last year. The missile veered off as snags developed in its inertial navigation system (INS). Post failure, the DRDO is said to have made some corrections in the design of the missile. 
DRDO Chief, Avinash Chander said the faults in the missile have been rectified and the missile is ready for the test which will be conducted soon. What makes Nirbhay significant is that the missile is very manoeuvrable and can fly at low altitude thus making it difficult to be detected on the enemy radar.
The defence scientists are also expecting third consecutive success of Agni-V missile that would pave the way for its early induction in the Armed Forces and maiden test of its next generation missile Agni-VI having a projected strike range of more than 8,000 km.
Sources said the Prime Minister is expected to witness Agni-V launch from the Wheeler Island. DRDO spokesperson Ravi Kumar Gupta said Modi’s attendance depends on his schedule.http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/More-Tests-on-DRDO-Radar/2014/09/02/article2410709.ece
Sky High! 

 

CHENNAI: Recruitment drives, with their tantalising glimpses of what life could be if you join up, have long been a favourite tool for recruiters on their quest to reel in the best. And one such recruitment drive swept through the city on Monday. Not much different in concept, maybe, but singularly different in execution.
Glimpses of what life could be? Why only glimpses when you put 18 and 20-year-old potential recruits in a real life feature with them as the stars? Around 9 am on Monday, eight ecstatic college students and one remarkably contained school goer were loaded, one at a time, on to a flimsy looking, tiny powered hang gliders, and shot off to soar on a windy sky.
Because, when the Indian Air Force (IAF) does things, apparently, it doesn’t hold back much.
And eight gleaming faces bore mute testimony to the efficacy of the method. In the space of half an hour, the Air Force had found nine more future applicants.
And that, according to IAF sources, is exactly what the Guardians of the Sky programme is meant to do. Classified as a ‘Student Interaction Road Drive,’ the project is focused towards increasing awareness among students about life in the IAF.
“The aim of this drive is to conduct induction publicity programmes in different parts of the country and spread career and induction related information regarding the officer’s cadre,” said Air Marshal S Sukumar, Air Officer-in-charge Personnel, IAF, while flagging off the rally.
And the drive does contain all the traditional modes of imparting said information — motivational talks, fairs and IAF base visits for students. But if anything has incited excitement, it has been the adventure experience section.
Conducted in close co-ordination with the Directorate of Air Force Adventure, the section the students were put through contained two parts. A whippy flight experience in a two-seater powered hang glider, and parasailing. “It was awesome,” said an enthused Bidisha Mandal, a student of Microbiology at the Madras Christian College. An expression which serves to sum up all nine student accounts.
By the end of the hour, no less than five of the nine had expressed desire to apply to for a career in the IAF. And Pooja Yadav of KCG and Rajath Bharawaj of Hindustan University had already appeared for the qualifying tests held just days ago.
“It’s always been the respect and honour that is accorded to service personnel that has motivated me. But today, I know what it actually means to be in the IAF,” admitted Pooja, “and I know this is why I want to be in it,” she concluded.http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Sky-High/2014/09/02/article2409526.ece

Prying Plane Flight Trials Conducted 

 

BANGALORE: The Indian Air Force is expected to receive the first Airborne Early Warning&Control (AEW&C) system by this year-end. Two AEW&C systems, built on modified Embraer EMB-145I aircraft, are undergoing flight trials with one more expected to arrive from Brazil later this year. 
A senior scientist at the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) told Express that after han ding over the first aircraft, parallel flight tests and fine-tuning of the mission systems on the second aircraft would continue, based on the IAF feedback.
The official confirmed that in addition to the airbases in and around Bangalore, the prying plane has already had flight test campaigns in Jamnagar and Agra.
“Being a complex system, we need to approach the integration in a systematic manner. Safety is our top priority and we are proceeding cautiously at every step. During the integration process, the performance of all mission systems matched our expectations. We are now testing each of these mission systems in an independent mode, followed by operating them together in an integrated manner,” the official said.
So far, both aircraft have clocked more than 200 sorties, logging over 350 flying hours.
The first public display of the AEW&C system, widely known as the prying plane, was during the IAF Day celebrations in 2012. Early this year, it was taken to Bahrain for an air show.
As reported by Express earlier, the Defence Research and Development Organisation is exploring the potential of exporting the system to South American countries.
The official said that Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has been selected as the Engineering and Life Support Agency (ELSA) for the project.
“Since the AEW&C is a highly complex system, its requirement too is in limited numbers. Hence establishing of a dedicated production facility is not viable. The support requirement for the aircraft will be provided by Embraer, while the BEL will take care of the mission systems,” the official said. 
He said the BEL was selected as the ELSA after undergoing an elaborate process mandated for technology absorption.
With the prying plane programme, India has emerged as one of the few nations after the US, Israel and Sweden to have developed such complex systems. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Prying-Plane-Flight-Trials-Conducted/2014/09/02/article2409421.ece

Mani-Talk: Lessons for India from World War I

(Mani Shankar Aiyar is a Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha)

My wife and I have been traipsing around the Warmia district of Poland this last week visiting the sites of the Battle of Tannenberg on precisely the dates, 26-30 August, that the opening engagement of the First World War between Russia and Germany was fought in 1914 on the soil of Poland.
The German plan, drafted two decades earlier by the German genius, von Schlieffen, provided for the German army to enter Paris within 33 days of D-Day. It was the expectation that even if Russia came into the war against Germany, she would need at least 30 days to mobilize. So, Germany would wrap up France well in time to turn the full force of its wrath on the Russians. But to the astonishment of most, Russia completed its mobilization within 15 days while Germany was still caught up in Belgium and northern France. 
The Russian plan was to push their First Army under General Rennenkampf through the north of Warmia to cut off any German attempt to flee to the Baltic Sea through the principal Warmian port of Danzig. Rennenkampf was then to wheel left to link up with the Russian Second Army under Gen Samsonov coming up from the south to envelope the Germans in a pincer movement before the Germans fell back westwards to the River Vistula. 
After wrapping up the German army before the Vistula, the Russians would then be able to cross the river and position themselves for a week's march to Berlin. Once Berlin was captured, it could be traded for Paris, and the war would end within six weeks. Had this happened, nearly 15 million lives would have been saved before WWI actually ended in 1918. And had WWI ended in September 1914, there would neither have been a World War, nor, therefore, a Second, and close to a hundred million lives would have been saved. That is how crucial the Battle of Tannenberg looks a hundred years later in retrospect. 
However, to get back to what actually happened, as against what was expected to happen....
Unable to spare the troops from the Western Front to confront Russia on the Eastern Front, the German army in Prussia, under the charge of a most incompetent general, von Prittwitz, decided to withdraw west to the river Vistula to fight off the Russians at the river or perhaps even from behind it. The Russian First Army, coming in under Genral Rennenkampf, were thus astonished to find themselves marching through miles and miles of abandoned villages. But one disobedient German corps commander, Gen Francois, unable to countenance the German High Command abandoning Prussia, decided to not retreat and instead challenged Rennenkampf head on at Gumbinnen. He lost heavily on the right and left flanks of the Russian army but smashed through the Russian centre with his cavalry. 
To Gen Francois' amazement, instead of being encouraged to consolidate his victory, he was ordered to withdraw and regroup in the far south-west to confront Samsonov's Second Army. To Francois' further amazement, his counterpart Russian general, Rennenkampf, broke contact and did not harry the retreating German troops. At the same time, the defeated Russian cavalry corps, under a really weak and cowardly commander, simply disintegrated, with the remnants running back to, and even behind, the Russian frontier. 
The fact is that Rennenkampf and Samsonov hated each other, and Samsonov was also despised by General Zilinsky who was to coordinate the two armies from his rear base in Warsaw. Unlike Rennenkampf and Samsonov, who had some, indeed, considerable experience of warfare, Zilinsky, like our own Gen.BM Kaul, appointed commander of the ill-fated IV Corps at the start of the 1962 India-China war, was a chamcha who had risen by Court favour rather than any merit. Zilinsky was mis-promoted by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sukhomlinov, much as Kaul was mis-promoted by VK Krishna Menon - and for much the same reason: Zilinsky was reputed to be close to the Czarina through Rasputin, just as Kaul was supposed to be related to Teen Murti House! 
Consequently, instead of berating the First Army commander, Rennenkampf, for not pursuing the retreating Germans, or cashiering the cavalry commander who had fled, and urging Rennekampf to position himself to wheel to the left to link up with the Second Army, Zilinsky ordered Gen Samsonov's Second Army to force march forward to the Vistula without adequate supplies. The Russian pincer, so beautifully planned on paper, never got off the ground.
Meanwhile, the Germans decided to replace their useless commander and bring in the combination of Hindenburg and Ludendorff who were to become the most famous twin commanders in German military history, reinforced by two corps rushed from the Western to the Eastern Front. But not even this formidable combo could have succeeded but for the bone-headedness of the same corps commander, Gen Francois, who had won at least a partial victory at Gumbinnen by disobeying orders. He insisted on not attacking until his heavy artillery caught up with him. (I thought of Brigadier John Dalvi at the Namka-chu who, if only he had similarly refused the stupid order to attack coming to him from Army HQ, might still have survived the humiliation of the total rout of Dhola Post that signalled the start of the 1962 war). 
Notwithstanding Hindenburg and Ludendorff driving down to Francois' base to order him to attack earlier than he planned, Francois stood his ground. He might have been dismissed for insubordination the same evening but for two extraordinary intercepts that changed the face of the battle. Since the Russians were transmitting their orders "en clair", that is, not in code, the Germans, stopping off at a local telegraph office, received copies of Russian orders showing that Rennenkampf had decided not to link up with Samsonov and listing the precise dispositions of Samsonov's corps for the next day (just like the IPKF revealing to Prabhakaran through 'en clair' transmissions its plans for air dropping paratroopers into Jaffna University, and consequently being picked off the skies as at a duck shoot). So when next morning, Francois opened up with his heavy artillery, Samsonov's Second Army was decimated, except for one Russian commander, Gen Martos, who routed his German counterpart at Hohenstein, a few miles north of Francois' devastation, but in the process lost 4000 men and most of his officers, much like Brig Hoshiar Singh against overwhelming Chinese might at Sela. 
Meanwhile, instead of coming to Samsonov's rescue, as per the original plans, Rennenkampf contented himself with sending to Samsonov a single regiment, who, despite brave fighting, were mowed down at Deureten by the Germans in a narrow defile between two great lakes.
Samsonov was thus left with no alternative but a shameful retreat. This brought on a nervous breakdown (remember Kaul tottering sick off the Tawang battlefield?). And at the edge of a forest near the Russian frontier, unable to face up to the humiliation of telling the Czar he had lost an entire army, Samsonov shot himself, the final victim of a stunning and unforeseen defeat, which ensured that a hundred million would die after him. 
My mind goes back to a meeting at the India International Centre in 1983 just after the Sri Lanka crisis erupted where a very, very senior general of the Indian Army - with a very, very propah British accent - insisted that if only our Government would let the Army do so, they would slice through Sri Lanka "like a knife through buttah!" We know what happened. The Battle of Tannenberg classically illustrates that between the plans of mere men and the workings of Destiny falls a shadow that cannot be foreseen.

So, if we allow ourselves to be swayed by retired militarymen on TV sporting handlebar moustaches, as most are wont to do, South Asia might find itself caught in the 21st century in the same mincing machine that in the 20th century made keema of the lives of millions and millions of young men in their prime. 
I went to Poland not in search of war but to learn why we must give peace a chance. Nothing is more terrible than war. War is not Glory. War is Hell! http://www.ndtv.com/article/opinion/mani-talk-lessons-for-india-from-world-war-i-585500

Retired Indian Army Brigadier gets 

two-year jail term

A retired army officer has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment by a court here for amassing assets of over Rs.68 lakh, disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma awarded the jail term to retired Brig. Samir Baron Ray who has also been slapped with a fine of Rs.5 lakh.
"Samir Baron Ray was found guilty under Section 13(1)(e) with Section 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act for possessing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs.68,09,969," the court said in its order released Tuesday.
However, the court took notice of a plea made by Ray's counsel Ghanshyam Sharma seeking leniency. The counsel apprised the court that Ray has served the Indian Army for about 33 years with an unblemished record. He was judged as 'outstanding' in most of his annual reports.Ray also took part in the 1999 Kargil war, said Ghanshyam Sharma.However, public prosecutor Naveen Giri requested the court to award exemplary punishment to Ray.He said a senior army officer should be a role model for society and Ray has failed to be so.
The court said sentencing any convict is a delicate task.
"On the one hand, the mitigating circumstances of an individual are pleaded and on the other hand, the interest of the society is placed at large," the court said."The court has to balance the interest of an individual and interest of the society." The CBI registered a case against Ray Aug 31, 2008, when he was the deputy director general, Ordnance Services. The agency alleged that Ray amassed huge assets under his name as well as under the name of his family members from April 1, 2000 to Aug 31, 2008. http://www.kashmirdispatch.com/more-news/020926223-retired-indian-army-brigadier-gets-two-year-jail-term.htm
DA case: Retd Brigadier gets two-year RI
New Delhi, September 2
A Delhi court has sentenced a decorated retired Indian Army Brigadier to two years of rigorous imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case involving Rs 68 lakh.
Special CBI Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma convicted Brigadier Samir Baron Ray (retd) under different sections of te Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for possessing assets worth Rs 68.09 lakh disproportionate to his known sources of income.
“I consider that taking into account the entire facts and circumstances of the case, the convict is sentenced with rigorous imprisonment for a term of two years and fine of Rs 5 lakhs,” the judge said.
The court, however, granted bail and suspended Ray’s sentence till October 1, 2014, while directing him to furnish personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of the like amount.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case on August 31, 2008 against Ray, the then deputy director general, Ordinance Services, posted at Integrated headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), Delhi, alleging he had amassed assets worth several lakhs of rupees in his name as well as in the name of his family between April 1, 2000 and August 31, 2008.
Ray had joined the Army in 1973 and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier in 2005. He retired on August 31, 2008. — PTI
TATRA CASECBI gets notice on Tejinder’s bail plea
New Delhi, September 2
The Delhi High Court today sought CBI’s response to the bail plea of Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh, arrested for allegedly offering a bribe of ~14 crore in 2010 to the then army chief Gen VK Singh for clearing the purchase of 1,676 sub-standard trucks.
The judge asked CBI to file its affidavit by September 4. Lt Gen Singh has challenged the trial court order sending him to custody till October 20. — TNS

How Indian Army is fighting Pak terrorists in border?

Jammu,Sep 2(TruthDive): Indian Army is involved in a gun battle with Pakistan that is likely to escalate in the coming days. It all started when Ghulam Ahmed, a rifleman on a search operation pushed open the door of a hut located at the Gurdaji stream, not knowing that he would start a war between Indian Army and Pakistan involving thousands of troops.Local villagers had told the Indian Army that they were seeing strangers in and around the stream. A routine check by Brigade 53 was ordered and Ahmed along with a villager was searching houses for identification. He saw women and children at the stream fleeing as he landed. As he opened the door, bullets flew at him that smashed his hip bone but Ahmed returned the fire and left three of the terrorists dead. The rest vanished into the forests. Unfortunately the villager was shot dead.Indian Army received a SOS from the injured rifleman. Infantry Division 28 was put on the mission. They spread out across the border with a vow to flush out the terrorists at large. They got a radio set from the spot that kept calling for Charlie 2 and Military intelligence said that it was a commander of a terrorist group.28 Infantry Division men spread out over the Kalaroos forests, with the mission that Charlie 2 call remain unanswered. The forest has boulders and caves that offer cover and a huge fog , an ideal scenario for the terrorists to pick their target . As both sides play the cat and mouse, an Indian Army soldier has been killed and another is battling for life.Indian Army had a relief as heavy snow makes months from November to June, relatively free from infiltration. The problem is that LoC fencing spread over 540 km has to be rebuilt every year and materials have to be carried by pony to the post. Thermal imagers have been put in place but it does not work when there is fog and a radar that cannot pick up movements in mountains as rocks cut the signals are the issues Indian Army has to do with.Compared to last year, the causalities on LoC from January to August were less, reason being that Indian Army after two of soldiers being beheaded by an ambush party decided to hit back at Pakistan posts in the border. Most of the time the Indian Army has been able to silence the Pak posts. However, Indian Army is getting ready for a bigger battle in September as elections are drawing near and Pakistan would start firing to give cover to jihadis to sneak in.http://truthdive.com/2014/09/02/how-indian-army-is-fighting-pak-terrorists-in-border.html

Army cautions units, personnel against using smart phone app

The army is worried that activity on social media could lead to identification of army officers and others and their location.
The Army has issued a circular to its units and personnel cautioning them against using the caller identification smart phone application ‘Truecaller’ in the backdrop of cases where suspected Pakistani spies have allegedly used it to establish the identity of its officers.
The application is owned by a European company and helps the user to establish the identity of an unknown caller using its global database of mobile and telephone numbers.There have been cases where suspected Pakistani spies have used the application to establish the identity of Army officers and made phone calls to them or their families trying to gather information from them, Army sources said.If someone gets hold of one number in a closed user group subscribers, it can be used to establish the identity of other members of the group as the numbers are similar, they said.The circular was issued to warn the officers and personnel of the ways the application can be misused and the precautions to be taken while having it on their smart phones, they said.In the recent past, the Army had also asked its personnel not to use social media applications such as WeChat which may have servers abroad.The army is worried that activity on the social media could lead to identification of the army officers and others and their location.In the past, there have been cases where army officers have been honey-trapped by suspected agents working for Pakistan’s ISI and they have faced strict action from the force.

Modi 100 days: Armed forces given budget, materiel boost


New Delhi:
 Even as the Modi government is facing a stiff challenge on the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir due to rampant cross-border violations by the Pakistan Army, the BJP-led NDA government, in its first 100 days in power took a slew of measures to expedite the process for acquisition of badly-needed weaponry and equipment for the armed forces, boost defence indigenisation by steps including hiking of the FDI limit from 26 to 49 per cent, and hiking the defence budgetary allocation further in its first Budget, albeit by a modest margin compared to the interim budget early this year by the previous government.  
In a strong move, the Modi government also scrapped a seven-year-old global tender worth thousands of crores for acquisition of 197 helicopters for the Army and Indian Air Force after the acquisition process was mired in allegations of corruption. 
In its first 100 days, the government cleared defence deals worth over Rs 40,000 crores and took a number of decisions, to boost Indian industry and reduce capability gaps faced by the armed forces including a decision that the 197 helicopters will now be manufactured by an Indian company in collaboration with a foreign vendor, thereby generating business worth Rs 40,000 crore in the country, clearing offset proposals for the proposed acquisition of Apache attack helicopters and Chinook helicopters from the US, equipping six ageing naval submarines with mid-life upgrades, approving procurement of 118 indigenously-developed Mk-II “Arjun” main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Army, acquisition of anti-submarine warfare systems for new warships, and paving the way for acquisition of 16 multi-role helicopters (MRHs) for the Indian Navy that had been hit by delays. Procurement of communication systems for Army troops stationed near the China border was also approved. The decisions were taken at crucial meetings of the Defence Acquisition Council headed by defence minister Arun Jaitley. 
In just over a month after taking over office on May 26, the Modi government, in July this year announced the hiking of the foreign direct investment limit in the defence sector from 26 to 49 per cent to boost defence manufacturing and the quest for defence indigenisation and critical technology. http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140903/nation-current-affairs/article/modi-100-days-armed-forces-given-budget-materiel-boost
288 babus in-the-making get a taste of military life
PUNE: A total of 288 probationary officers, including 70 women, of the Maharashtra State Civil Services are undergoing a fortnight's military training with various Army establishments in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts as part of their two-year curriculum for training at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (Yashada). The military training commenced on Monday.
"The training is aimed at instilling the right attitudes and values like self-discipline, propriety and integrity, comradeship and espirit de corps among the probationers besides establishing greater understanding for Army-civil cooperation in the handling of projects and crises situations," a release issued by the defence public relations officer here stated on Tuesday.
The 288 probationers include class I and II officers. The government has decided to extend training to all its civil service probationers on the lines of the training that is given to the Indian Administrative Services officers at the Mussoorie-based Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. As such, the class-I probationers are undergoing their two-year training at Yashada and the class-II probationers are trained by the Vasantrao Naik State Agricultural Extension Management Training Institute in Nagpur.
"Attachment to Army units and Army training forms an important component of training curriculum for these probationers," the release stated. The military training is being coordinated by the authorities at the Headquarters, Southern Command. Exposure to the functioning and ethos of Army will enable the trainees to understand the functioning of the Indian Army. It will also enhance their abilities, especially in crisis situations and where involvement with Army in the field may be required.
The training schedule including physical strengthening, drill, map reading, field craft, vehicle maintenance, weapon training and weapon firing. All the 218 men and 70 women probationers are living in army units during their training period and will be exposed to various lectures on the ethos and functioning of the army. Various areas of common interest and assistance, which both services can render to each other will also be discussed.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Pune/288-babus-in-the-making-get-a-taste-of-military-life/articleshow/41551161.cms

Pak infiltrators out there somewhere in the forest…waiting, just like us’


He looked out into the grey shroud blowing off the cauldron of cloud below, watching two dark dots move up the Bhui nar — a stream leading up to the wall of concertina wire, battlefield radar and thermal sensors on the Line of Control (LoC). They were just bears, playing on a small patch of ice that had survived the summer. Sipahi Vaibhav Kumar’s fingers didn’t, however, come off the trigger guard on his assault rifle.“They’re out there somewhere,” he said, “waiting, just like us”.Last week, seven men, camouflaged inside the cloud, made their way up a stream just like this, their backpacks stuffed with packets of Sooper Egg and Milk Cookies, Nimko masala-mix, medicines, grenades and ammunition, sparking off the biggest counter-infiltration operation since 2009.
LOc
Five of the terrorists, and three soldiers, have since died in the fighting that continues to rage in northern Kashmir’s dense Kalaroos forest — a battle that is part of a larger war sparked by growing infiltration across the LoC ahead of elections to Jammu and Kashmir’s legislative assembly.Exchanges of fire at forward posts have become more frequent through August; exchanges the Army says result from the Pakistan military’s support for infiltrating groups.The LoC, many in the Army fear, might be about to catch fire — and Vaibhav Kumar and his comrades, stationed at the 4,100-metre post on top of the Khanabal ridge, are manning the ‘great wall’ that is meant to keep the flames out of Kashmir.
The Kalaroos battle
Last week, when rifleman Ghulam Ahmad pushed open the door of an earth-and-stone shepherds’ hut near the Gurdaji stream, not far from his hometown in Kupwara, he started a battle that now involves hundreds of troops.Local residents had seen strangers moving up the stream, and the 53 Brigade despatched troops to search the area. The patrol saw frightened women and children fleeing the meadow around the hut.Minutes later, as Ahmad entered it, he would learn why.Naik Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, was standing next to Ahmad when the bullets hit his buddy, shattering the soldier’s hip. Kumar fired back, killing three terrorists. But as Kumar dragged Ahmad out of harm’s way, he was himself shot at from up the hill — and killed.The survivors of the group, suspected to be from the Lashkar-e-Toiba, fled into the forests, abandoning their backpacks and radio sets. Intelligence sources have told The Indian Express that the dead, or one of the survivors, appears to be an important commander: a wireless station across the LoC has been calling out the code name “Charlie 2”.Troops from the 28 Infantry Division have fanned out across the sprawling Kalaroos forests, hoping to ensure the call is never answered. In terrain pockmarked by caves and boulders, cloaked in dense Deodar that reduces visibility to just a few feet, every movement invites ambush: one soldier has been killed, and another injured, in fighting that still rages.From the first snowfall in November until June, unusually severe cold made movement across the LoC almost impossible — and reduced infiltration to near-zero. Now, with elections looming, jihadist groups are seeking to make up for lost time.
Guarding the wall
Legend has it that Sisyphus, king of Ephyra, was condemned for his scorn of death to push a giant boulder up a mountain every night, only to watch it roll back down again: there was no greater punishment the gods could think of than endless, futile labour. Eighty per cent of the 540-kilometre LoC fencing has to be replaced each year, metre by metre. Hollow cement blocks, concertina wire and metal poles all have to hauled up by foot and pony — 37-40 tonnes of equipment for each kilometre of wire.In the years since the Kargil war, there have been substantial investments in technology — but it isn’t foolproof yet. Thermal imagers, imported from Israel, are ineffective in fog, and their battery life drops sharply in extreme cold. Battlefield surveillance radar isn’t always able to pick up movement in the rocky gullies cutting up the moutains. There’s no option but to build the wall, metre by painstaking metre, and walk it, every day.But even then, as the fighting in Kalaroos shows, determined infiltrators get through.
Trouble ahead?
Until early August, the year hadn’t been unusually bad on the LoC. Home Ministry figures show that fatalities of security forces and civilians from January 1 to August 18 were lower than in the same period in 2013. Indian troops and police succeeded in eliminating more terrorists. Perhaps most important, exchanges of fire along the LoC, and the India-Pakistan border in Jammu, fell in comparison to 2013.
Even in the last few weeks, as violence has escalated, the LoC remains relatively peaceful. Part of the reason for that, senior military officials say, is that a policy of aggressive retaliation was put in place last summer, after Indian troops were targeted in a series of ambushes and improvised explosive device attacks along the LoC — starting with the beheading of two soldiers in January 2013. The tempo of these attacks built up steadily from 2008, culminating with major skirmishes at Charonda and Shalabhattu in Kashmir last year.“It was a fool’s errand chasing after ambush parties in the forests,” a senior Indian military official told The Indian Express. “So we instead targeted military posts from where the attack had emanated, with force adequate to annihilate the position altogether.”Few details have become available on the retaliation strategy, but outgoing Army Chief General Bikram Singh said earlier this year that India gave a “befitting reply” to the attacks.“Essentially”, the officer said, “Pakistan’s strategy now seems to be to keep the LoC alive to aid infiltration, but stop short of action that would invite major Indian retaliation. Heating things up just aids infiltration, so we exercise restraint too.”Fighting has been steadily escalating since early August, though, with posts regularly exchanging small-arms fire, particularly on the northern stretches of the LoC, where Indian and Pakistani forward posts are often shouting distance from each other.Through September and October, many military officers fear, things could get worse — and up and down the LoC, troops are bracing for that to happen.http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pak-infiltrators-out-there-somewhere-in-the-forest-waiting-just-like-us/
Videographers will fly to Japan to record Bose’s past
Tokyo, September 2
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets 99-year-old Saichiro Misumi, one of the associates of Subhash Chandra Bose, in Tokyo on Tuesday. PTI

India will send a team of videographers to Japan to record the accounts of the Japanese people who have been close to nationalist leader Subhash Chandra Bose when he was in this country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.
“When I talk about Subash Chandra Bose, there will be many here who reminisce him and his memories,” said Modi while addressing a programme organised by Japan-India Association on the fourth-day of his Japan visit.
The Prime Minister referred to a 93-year-old gentleman among the audience who had once worked with Bose, and still recalls incidents associated with him.
The Prime Minister said he had asked the Indian Ambassador in Tokyo, Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, to depute a professional team with him for a month, so that a video recording could be made of his interviews.
He noted that the Japan-India Association is 110 years old – in fact, older than any other such association in Japan. During the Second World War, Bose joined hands with the Japanese in Myanmar to drive the British out of the sub continent.
Bose died on August 18, 1945 in Taiwan after suffering serious injuries in a plane crash towards the end of World War II. Modi is on a five-day visit to Japan to build the strategic relationship between the two countries. — PTI
The man who worked with Netaji
  • While addressing a programme organised by the Japan-India Association, the Prime Minister referred to a 93-year-old gentleman among the audience who had once worked with Bose, and still recalls incidents associated with him
  • Modi said he had asked the Indian Ambassador in Tokyo, Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, to depute a professional team with him for a month, so that a video recording could be made of his interviews
TOKYO TAKES
PM breaks security cordon
PM Narendra Modi broke the security cordon and mingled with Indian admirers, shaking hands and giving autographs. Modi was coming out of the Indian Embassy after inaugurating the Vivekanand Centre when he saw a few admirers raising slogans for him outside the complex.
Gita gift for Emperor Akihito
Modi took a dig at his "secular friends" over his gifting a copy of 'Bhagvad Gita' to Japanese Emperor Akihito, saying they could kick up a storm and trigger TV debates back home. "For gifting, I brought a Gita. I do not know what will happen in India. There may be a TV debate. Our secular friends will create storm," he said.
New TCS training initiative
Narendra Modi inaugurated TCS Japan Technology and Culture Academy, which will work to enhance technology and cultural knowledge between IT professionals of the two nations. Modi also flagged off the first batch of 48 TCS Japan trainees, who will visit India for 6-8 week training at various TCS locations.
Modi talks to varsity students
Narendra Modi stressed the need for women's empowerment in the present-day world as he began the fourth day of his visit to Japan. Modi, who was addressing students of the Sacred Hearts University here, said he has always given a lot of importance to girl child education.
Is the Pak army using Imran Khan to get back at Nawaz Sharif?

Sept 2: While cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is up against the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan government, reports suggest that Khan plotted with the Pakistani army to topple the Pakistani government. According to a report in The Telegraph UK (read here) Khan's party president said that Khan was coordinating anti-government protests with the Pak army's help. This soon caused a sensation in the country, with Khan denying such allegations. However the story doesn't end here. With the continuous ceasefire violations and the Pakistani Army's involvement in the on-going crisis, a new theory emerges that says that actually the Pakitani army is behind the protests in Pakistan. The reason- Nawaz Sharif's proximity with Indian PM Narendra Modi. Experts believe that Pak Army may be threatened to give away its power to the government. Even as the protests began in the country, the Pak army did nothing to stop the protests. It instead played the role of a mediator urging Khan's party and Sharif to hold talks. What is interesting that though Nawaz Sharif first had invited Khan to have a dialogue, Khan refused the offer. But once the army stepped in and made an empathic call for a dialogue, Khan accepted the offer; making it seem like Khan was waiting for the army's approval. By the looks of it, both (the government and the Pak army) have a different approach to India. So it is unclear who is actually feeling threatened? Whether it is the Pak army getting back at Sharif or Khan who sees a huge opportunity to his career, unless talks are initiated between both the parties, the protests are likely to go on. OneIndia Pakistani anti-govt. protesters camp outside PM's house Related Articles
Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/international/is-the-pak-army-using-imran-khan-to-get-back-at-nawaz-sharif-1514031.html
Philippine military seeks probe against Indian commander of peacekeepers in Golan Heights
NEW DELHI: An Indian Lt-General commanding the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan Heights, Iqbal Singh Singha, has landed in a major controversy with the Philippine military seeking an investigation against him for allegedly endangering the safety of its peacekeeping troops during the stand-off with Syrian rebels over the last weekend. 
Philippines armed forces chief Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang, as per reports emanating from the Middle-East as well as Manila, alleged Lt-Gen Singha ordered the Filipino troops under UNDOF to lay down their weapons and "show the white flag" to the Syrian rebels to ensure the safety of 44 Fijian peacekeepers earlier taken hostage by them. 
Gen Catapang said the Filipino troops — who held their ground without surrendering last Saturday — would have also been taken captive if they had not defied Lt-Gen Singha's orders. "The UNDOF commander wanted to save the Fijians at the expense of the Filipinos. Our troops did not want to surrender. Their honour was at stake. He (Lt-Gen Singha) kept on changing his orders. It is but proper that an investigation be conducted to include him," Gen Catapang, was quoted as saying. 
Indian Army officers, who are monitoring the situation from here, said it was for the UN to "comment" on the matter. "But UNDOF is working under Chapter VI of the UN Charter, which is primarily concerned with a supervisory role without any enforcing authority. Peacekeeping operations under Chapter VII give the enforcement authority and the ability to use force beyond self-defence," said an officer. 
Incidentally, Lt-Gen Singha, a Rajputana Rifles officer who was appointed UNDOF commander in August 2012, had also courted controversy in March 2011 when he had lauded the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as a politician who had "all the qualities of an Army commander" during a public function in Ahmedabad. "He (Modi) keeps deadlines for completion of work and ensures that the target is achieved by the set time," the then Maj-Gen Singha had held. 
India has 194 soldiers under the 1,250-troop UNDOF, which was established in May 1974 to maintain the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces and supervise their disengagement. But the situation has become complex since mid-2011 with Syria getting embroiled in a civil war between its regular Army and anti-regime rebels. 
Overall, India currently has 6,865 soldiers deployed in four UN peacekeeping missions in Congo (3,768), South Sudan (2,004), Lebanon (899) and Golan Heights (194). India constantly figures in the top three troop contributors for UN missions, and has lost over 140 soldiers since its first commitment to Korea began in 1950. Seven Indian soldiers, including a Lt-Colonel, for instance, were killed in ambushes in strife-torn South Sudan last year. 
Officials, however, feel the large troop contribution reinforces India's claim for a permanent seat when the UN Security Council is eventually expanded, apart from providing handsome monetary compensation and "international exposure" to its soldiers. 
Indian Army battalions, in fact, covet UN assignments since their troops get UN allowances in dollars, with officers getting $2,200 and other ranks $1,100, which are over and above their Indian rupee salaries being safely deposited at home.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Philippine-military-seeks-probe-against-Indian-commander-of-peacekeepers-in-Golan-Heights/articleshow/41565872.cms
Kupwara, September 2
An Army officer and two soldiers were killed and at least seven others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Kalaroos village, 116 km from Srinagar, in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Tuesday morning.
The personnel were from the 41 Rashtriya Rifles, the Army’s counter insurgency unit. They were identified as Major Inderjeet Singh, Naik Pusnwandar Kumar and Sepoy R Rangeel, the driver.
A defence official said the personnel were part of a combing operation team and were returning from the Gurdogi forest area, where the Army had launched a massive search operation following intelligence reports about the movement of militants.
The vehicle was en route to the Kalaroos base camp when the accident took place near Chak Mode around 7 am. The Army truck skidded off the road near Chak Mode and fell into a deep gorge, resulting in injuries to 10 personnel.
The injured were rushed to the Army Hospital in Drugmulla, where three of them succumbed to their injuries. The postmortem was conducted at the sub-district hospital in Kalaroos.
The police said a few of the injured were from the Army’s 160 Territorial Army battalion. Some of the injured soldiers were identified as Lance Naik Ashutosh Singh and Sepoys Bangaru, Jewler Guwardon and Shabir Ahmad.

Pakistan tries to push in ultras via underground tunnel, say Army 
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Tribune News Service
Jammu, September 2
Pakistan has adopted the modus operandi to push militants to this side through underground trans-border tunnels. Pakistan’s second trans-border tunnel was detected in the Pallanwala area of the Akhnoor sector on August 22. The Army has become alert to this new modus operandi of Pakistan.
The development, second since July 2012 in the Jammu region, has exposed the game plan of Pakistan to try and push militants into the state and flare-up insurgency.
“After failing to infiltrate terrorists across the Line of Control in Jammu division, there was an attempt to construct a tunnel across the LoC in recent times,” said a defence spokesperson.
However, the alert Army troops deployed along the LoC in Pallanwala thwarted the nefarious designs of the militants and prevented terrorist incidents by discovering the tunnel, he added.
The spokesperson said the tunnel, discovered on August 22, was 130 to 150 m inside the Indian territory and originated from Pakistan.
“The alert area domination patrol of the Army noticed a depression in the ground and after investigating the same with ground-penetrating radar and other equipment, discovered that the tunnel was approximately 20 feet below ground level and four-feet-high,” he said.
In 2012, Pakistan had been digging a tunnel from the Shakkargarh area on its side, which had entered 540 m into this side. It caved in due to rains in Chachwal village of Samba district.
On August 22 this year, the Army via a defence spokesperson had said they had found the tunnel approximately 50 m on the Indian side.
“The tunnel was approximately two and a half feet wide and three and a half feet high and was leading towards Pakistan,” the spokesperson had said.
The tunnel was found in the Chakla area near Munawar Tawi of the Pallanwala sector.
3 JeM militants killed in J-K gunfight AzharQadri& Farooz Ahmad Bhat
Srinagar/Pulwama, September 2
Army jawans at the scene of the encounter at Hanjan village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Photo: Yawar Kabli

Three militants, including one of the last surviving commanders of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, were killed in a counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir's Pulwama district this afternoon. The operation lasted 16 hours.
The slain militants have been identified as Altaf Ahmad Rather, Showkat Ahmad Dar and Farooq Ahmad, all residents of south Kashmir. The police identified Rather as the district commander of the JeM. He was among the last surviving senior ranking militants of the outfit, which had pioneered suicide attacks in Kashmir.
The bodies of militants, an AK-47 assault rifle, three self-loading rifles (SLRs) and a pistol were recovered from the encounter site in Pulwama's Hanjan village, around 40 km from Srinagar.
The 16-hour operation
  • Security forces had laid siege to a house in Hanjan village on Monday after receiving reports about the presence of militants
  • The counter-insurgency operation that lasted 16 hours ended on Tuesday afternoon
  • The slain militants, including district commander of the JeM, were residents of south Kashmir 

The security forces had laid siege to a house in Hanjan village on Monday evening after receiving reports about the presence of militants, said sources. Cordon was laid around the house and holed-up militants were asked to surrender, who refused the offer, triggering the gunfight which continued throughout the night and intensified after dawn.
A police spokesman said the hiding militants fired at the joint search party as the area was being cordoned off. "The encounter started when the search operation resumed this morning in which three militants were killed," the spokesman said.
Area residents said they heard loud blasts during the day as the militants continued firing at the security forces. The encounter ended this afternoon after the house was blown up and the militants were killed.
Since last year, the JeM has lost several foreign and at least eight local militants, including its erstwhile divisional commander Altaf Baba, during operations by security forces in south Kashmir.
The area also witnessed protests since early morning as youth pelted police and paramilitary personnel with stones. Eight protesters were injured.
New Delhi, September 2
The Army Headquarters, displeased with the manner in which two Major Generals had serious differences over protocol issues, has sent off instructions detailing who is deemed to be “in charge” at a station where more than one senior officer of the same rank is based.
The instructions stem from an incident that took place in August at Ahemadabad. Major General Dilawar Singh, Additional Director General of National Cadet Corps, and Major General SS Hasabnis, General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the 11 Division based at Ahemadabad, had a public showdown.
The instructions state that the GoC will be deemed to be the boss of the station and the final authority for all matters of the Army. Sources said there was no ambiguity, the GoC was the leader at the level of a Division of the Army and all associated activities.
Major General Dilawar Singh, who is senior to Major General Hasabnis by way of being inducted into the Army earlier, had complained against his “junior”. He had taken umbrage at the manner in which Maj Gen Hasbanis had ordered to stop the screening of Salman-starrer ‘Kick’ at the cantonment. Maj Gen Singh and his wife were reportedly sitting on seats earmarked for the GoC and his wife, the GoC arrived to watch the movie and asked Maj Gen Singh to vacate the seats. A showdown had ensued.
Before this incident, the two Major General's had another struggle. The Ahmedabad Gymkhana, a club in the city, that has the senior-most General in the station as patron of the club. Maj Gen Singh had written to the club stating he was the senior-most.
The two incidents- one at the movie and other of the Club - reached the Southern Army Command Pune. The Army headquarters intervened and expressed an opinion to both Major General's . The act of stopping of movie mid-way was not appreciated even as it was told very clearly that the GoC is the boss.
RPF slams Civic Action programme of Indian Army
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, September 02 2014: In a 15-page booklet entitled "Civic Action programmes of Indian Army", the Publicity Department of the proscribed Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) has said "Indian security forces have been resorting to violence and terror to suppress the armed struggle for freedom of the erstwhile independent Manipur" .

Atrocities, rapes, custodial killings and disappearances after arrests are features of the violence and terror perpetrated by Indian security forces, alleges RPF while charging the Indian forces of resorting to military terrorism which is condemned by the civilized world.

By taking up ideological weapons in the spheres of religion, health care, philanthropy, suspension of military operation, treaties, commercial exchange and civic action programmes, the Indian Security forces have also been trying to tame the colonized and oppressed people, the booklet says.

Quoting the "Classis Colonial Situation" by Annie Summer, the booklet recalls the definition of colonial situation as invasion and conquest of territory, cultural domination of the inhabitants, divide and rule policy, extraction of profits from the colonized territory etc.

Mentioning that "in military connotation, art of fighting battles is called 'tactics' and the art of fighting wars is the 'strategy'", the booklet observes that Indian regime adopts military, paramilitary, political, economic, psychological, civic action, and divide and rule strategies in Manipur.

Citing the imposition of AFSPA as a design for military rule, the RPF booklet also alleges that Indian forces have used tactics like the displacement of villages, grouping, forced labour, surveillance on the people and encamping the people in the name of counter insurgency.

It further says, Nandini Sunder's book 'Interning Insurgent Population: The Buried History of Indian Democracy' clearly depicted how Indian forces used such tactics in Mizoram and Nagaland.

As a result, 82% of the Mizoram population was forced to displace from their villages in 1972, while the number of villages was reduced from 764 to 248, the booklet states.

The Indian security forces, who were earlier involved in cutting down the forests, have now started planting saplings with promise to make a green Manipur, ridicules the booklet while saying that the activities like organization of medical camps, distribution of TV sets, computers, clothes and tailoring machines, arranging tour programmes outside Manipur for women and children, organising interaction programmes for Meira paibis etc.

are the colonial strategies to repress the armed independence struggle.

Looked after directly by the Chief of Army staff, Civic action programmes in the name of "Operation Good Samiratan" came into being under the Army Development Group under Headquarters 3-Corps in 1995, asserts the booklet saying Indian security have also resorted force settlement in Church buildings, community halls, health centres, local clubs etc.
Among the civic actions programmes of Indian Army, the booklet points out Surrender policy, Home coming ceremonies, Designated Camps, recruitment rallies, etc.are also becoming frequent nowadays.

The institutionalization of Photo ID cards, Unique ID cards, Voter Cards etc.is also one of the strategies for counter insurgency, the booklet claims.
In its booklet, the RPF appeals to all people of all communities residing in this land to support the movement for freedom as their indispensible duty.http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=22..030914.sep14

Stronger India is beneficial for world peace: US 

Washington: India is going to be a "very important" player globally and the stronger it becomes, the more beneficial it will be for world peace, a senior Obama Administration official has said amid preparations here to give a red carpet welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.There is a "sense that there is a natural convergence, a natural convergence of views between India and the US both in terms of wider Asia Pacific region, Indian Ocean region as well as a broader view globally," US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Puneet Talwar told a news agency in an interview."We think India is going to be very important globally, but also in the Asian continent. We think, the stronger India becomes, the more capable it becomes, the more economic power it accrues, that's for the benefit of global peace and prosperity," Talwar said."That's what the United States wants ultimately. We share that very much with India. We see India playing a stabilising role in that part of the world and taking on greater responsibilities that will accrue as it continues to emerge into its own," he said.Officials from both the State Department and the Defense Department said there is a natural convergence of India's "Look East Policy" and the "Asia Pacific Re-balance" of the US."We have our Asia Pacific Re-balance. India has its Look East policy. There is a natural convergence between those two. I think, that an India that is playing its rightful role, actually in our view is a very positive thing. It can't do harm. It can only do well in terms of providing stability, security, peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific," Talwar said."That is ultimately what we want and I have a sense that this is very much shared by India," he said.
Having personally received feedback from his top three Cabinet ministers, US President Barack Obama and his administration have begun preparations for welcoming Modi to the White House, which going by indications would kick-off a new phase of relationship between the world's two largest and oldest democratic countries, officials said.Strategic relationship, defence ties and commerce are likely to be the key pillars of the next phase of the relationship.This has been reflected in Obama's decision to send his Secretary of State John Kerry, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzeker, to India in the first 100 days of the Modi-led government.This is probably for the first time that an American Defence Secretary has visited India so early in any Indian government's tenure. "This shows the significance Obama Administration attaches to its defence and strategic relationship with the new Modi Government," a senior Pentagon official told a news agency.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, was quick to point out that things in the Indian Defence establishment under Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also the Union Finance Minister, are moving at a fast pace, unseen in the past several years.At the Pentagon, preparations are afoot for the Jaitley's visit to the US defence headquarters in October when he will visit Washington to attend the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank."We had very constructive engagements. There seems to be a lot of new energy, a lot of will on both sides to take the relationship forward, to try to take it to new levels," said Talwar, who accompanied Hagel to India last month.The real focus of this particular visit was trying to look at ways, trying to understand each other better from the strategic stand point and then making a commitment by identifying specific areas of co-operation going forward."We had some very good discussions on military and defence cooperation, in particular issues around co-production, co-development and further military engagement," Talwar said."The sense I think that we have on both sides is that this is a relationship that is worth trying to move in a much stronger direction," he said.According to senior defence officials, the US is now awaiting feedback from the Modi administration on the list it gave to the previous government on co-development and co-production, which has been prepared in consultation with the defence industry. The list remains classified.The US now has moved the process, seeking permission from the Indian government to make it public, another senior US Defence Department official told a news agency.Officials in the State Department and the Pentagon are very enthusiastic about the meetings Kerry and Hagel had with Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi."We sensed very positive view on their part. The fact that the Prime Minister received the Secretary of Defence and the nature of the conversation; suffice it to say that was very positive exchange," Talwar said."We got the sense both from him (PM) as well as from Minister Jaitley that US-India relationship is very important one for the Indian government and they are prepared to further develop that relationship," he said."This Administration has made a commitment to re-balance to Asia Pacific. There is a huge amount of trade that flows through that region, it's growing economically, have majority of the world's population. There are many reasons to re-balance to Asia Pacific and India obviously is one of the critical factors," he added.An inter-agency team of officials led by the White House is holding weekly meetings to make preparations for the Modi's visit and work on the deliverables.http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/stronger-india-is-beneficial-for-world-peace-us_1463838.html

Modi and Abe to sign key nuclear, defence deals

Sitaraman Shankar, Hindustan Times  Tokyo, September 01, 2014
The crucial day in Narendra Modi’s Japan trip, which could see a flurry of dealmaking, got off to a quiet start with a visit to an elementary school next to his Tokyo hotel.
Modi, who has come across as relaxed and cheerful on this trip, mingled with students and teachers at the 136-year-old Taimei Elementary, a minute’s car ride away from the Imperial Hotel where the Indian delegation is staying. 
“We are trying to teach Japanese language in our schools, and we need teachers for that. I invite you all to come to India and teach,” Modi said.
 The rest of the day will be much more frenetic, with the morning devoted to courtesy calls by senior ministers from the Abe cabinet – foreign minister Fumio Kishida, finance minister Taro Aso and economy minister Toshimitus Motegi.
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Modi then delivers the keynote address at a lunch organised by Japanese industry bodies, before playing host to more ministers – land infrastructure and tourism minister Akihiro Ohta and defence minister Itsumori Onodera.

The central event of the day is the official welcome ceremony at the Akasaka Palace, to be followed by a tea ceremony, a meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, talks between the two delegations and the signing of agreements.

Abe, who travelled to Kyoto to welcome Modi when he got there on Saturday, then hosts a banquet at the palace for his Indian counterpart.

The Japanese have laid on the hospitality for Modi and his delegation, eyeing lucrative infrastructure deals and a chance to cock a snook at their Chinese rivals.
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The Indian side is keen on getting a civilian nuclear deal through which will enable Japanese companies to supply components to nuclear reactors. The Japanese have been pressing for additional guarantees that the Indians will not test again; India has been resisting this on the grounds that it has already agreed to a moratorium on testing.

Other items on the table include negotiations for  the US-2 amphibious rescue and reconnaissance plane, investments in desalination plants and the Japanese bullet train.http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/on-key-monday-modi-to-meet-abe-sign-deals/article1-1258622.aspx


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