Friday, July 25, 2014

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Key accused gets three-day remand Tribune News Service
Mohali, July 24
Accused Gurdip Singh; and (right) Harjinder Singh being produced at the District Courts in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu
A local court today sent Gurdip Singh, one of the key accused in the Brig Nawab Singh Heer (retd) plot grab case, to three-day remand under the police custody.
Today, the police produced Gurdip Singh and another accused Harjinder Singh in the court. Harjinder Singh, who had completed his three-day police remand, was sent to judicial custody today.Notably, Gurdip Singh was arrested yesterday from Nawanshahr, where he had come to attend a court hearing in an abduction case.
The police said Gurdip had played the main role in preparing fake documents and opening fake account in the name of Brig Nawab Singh Heer in the State Bank of India branch at Phase 10 here. It is also suspected that Gurdip Singh was the person, who had withdrawn Rs 25 lakh (showed as advance money in Heer’s plot transaction) from the fake bank account by impersonating himself as one Rajbir Singh.Central Industrial Security Force's dog squad keeping watch on abandoned vehicles at Pune airport

PUNE: Now the dog squad of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will alert the forces if any abandoned vehicles with explosive gets parked in the parking lot of Pune airport. On the backdrop of recent blast near Dagdusheth Ganpati temple, the CISF officials at the Pune Airport are giving special training to the dog squad to trace suspicious vehicles parked in the parking lot of of Pune airport.
Pune airport situated at Lohegaon is situated on the land of Indian Air Force (IAF) and it is considered to be hyper sensitive airport. After the blast in the parking lot of Faraskhana police station near Dagdusheth Ganpati temple, security at the Pune Airport has been beefed up. The CISF staff is keeping close watch on the vehicle movement at the Pune airport and they have trained their dog squad also to identify such suspicious vehicle lying in any of the parking lots of the airport.
A senior official of CISF on the condition of anonymity told dna,
" Earlier we did not have a dog squad which would help us in tracing suspicious vehicles. However, recently we have got the trained dogs who help CISF staff in making sure that no abandoned vehicles are parked in an area where they are not allowed."
The airport has a parking lot inside the main premises which is located just outside the airport main building. Apart from that there are two more parking lots on the other side of the road. The CISF has formed a special squad which keeps taking rounds of the whole airport premises and it alerts the higher officials if any abandoned vehicle or a baggage is found in Airport premises.
The CISF officials told dna, " If anyone leaves the vehicle in abandoned state, the squads alerts the dog squad and airport officials. An announcement regarding the vehicle is made so that if the owner of the vehicle is nearby, he can and remove the vehicle. If the vehicle is not removed immediately, the dog squad checks the vehicles followed by the BDDS as we can not waste time in searching for the owner."
" We have informed airport authorities to discourage the invalid parking at the airport and the authority also imposes fine if they find vehicle is not parked properly," CISF official said.
http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report-central-industrial-security-force-s-dog-squad-keeping-watch-on-abandoned-vehicles-at-pune-airport-2004862

Army recruitment scam unearthed 


in Jharkhand, 16 jawans who were 


declared ‘unfit’ were selected 


Ranchi (Jharkhand): A sensational case of recruitment scam in the Indian Army has come to the fore. In the last year's recruitment drive in the state, the Army selected 16 such candidates who were declared "unfit" by its medical board. Four of them were even given postings.
However, the postings of the rest 12 candidates were put on hold when the scandal came to light during the verification of their certificates.
While the two of the four jawans who were given postings have been sacked, the process of suspension of the rest two is going on. 
During the certificate verification, Army Recruitment Board Director Colonel Dharmendra Yadav found out an inconsistency in the signature on the medical certificates they had produced. He sent the certificates to the Army hospital at Namkum where it was discovered that the certificates had fake signature and seal. Doctors at the hospital had declared them unfit during the physical fitness test.
Interestingly, their fitness certificates had signatures of the same doctor who had earlier rejected them. 
A case was filed against all the accused at Chutiya police station on July 21 under sections 413, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 
A probe has also been ordered on the direction of Dipatoli Army headquarters. "After the scandal was unearthed, an internal investigation has been ordered. The probe will reveal the involvement of our officers in the incident," said Colonel Yadav. 
The recruitment drives were held at in February at Saraikela, in March at Hazaribagh and in September at Ranchi. 
Those who had produced fake medical certificates include Raghuvir Singh, Avadh Kumar, Pappu Kumar Yadav, Santosh Toppo, Jaipal Munda, Kamaldev Mahto, Arvind Kumar Sah, Pankaj Kumar Mahto, Jeevan Kispotta, Ranjit Mahto, Umesh Uranv, Kundan Kumar, Samir Munda, Kosmas Bodra, Prabhu Bhagat and Ajay Sawansi. 
The four soldiers - Ranjit Mahto, Kundan Kumar, Umesh Uraon and Prabhu Bhagat - who had started serving the Army will be court-martialed on charges of producing fake medical certificates.http://daily.bhaskar.com/article-ht/BIH-army-recruitment-scam-unearthed-in-jharkhand-17-jawans-who-were-declared-unfit-w-4690768-NOR.html

Indian Army Jawan from Nagaland killed in Jammu

Kohima, July 23 (MExN): A Naga man, serving in the Indian Army, lost his life while eliminating an infiltration bid in Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor, Jammu & Kashmir on July 22. A tribute ceremony was held for Naik Mongchon P on July 23 at Akhnoor, where wreaths were placed on his mortal remains by General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps; General Officer Commanding, Crossed Swords Division; Station Commander, Akhnoor; and other officers.

A press release from PRO Defence, Lt Col Emron Musavi informed that on the solemn occasion, as a mark of respect to the martyr, “Reversing of Arms” was carried out by the guards, followed by sounding of “Last Post” by the buglers. The ceremony was attended by a large number of officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans in Akhnoor.
The General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps has expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family, it said.

Mongchon P was a resident of Aniangan village in Tuensang district. He is survived by his mother. His mortal remains will be brought to his native village, where his last rites will be performed with full Military honours, the release added.http://www.morungexpress.com/local/119175.html

Remembering Kargil heroes: Late Captain Saurabh Kalia's family awaits justice

New Delhi: Captain Saurabh Kalia was an officer of the Indian Army who died during the 1999 Kargil war where he was held as a prisoner of war by the Pakistani forces. Saurabh Kalia, then 23 and just a month old in the Army, had been on a patrol duty in Batalik where he and five Army soldiers were captured by Pakistani intruders.
He was held in captivity and was tortured by the Pakistani Army. After three weeks his mutilated body was returned and it was beyond recognition. There were other Indian soldiers, too, who went through brutal torture in the Kargil war.
Captain Saurabh Kalia's family has been fighting for justice till date. Their online petition has also been demanding action against Pakistan. Now 15 years later little has moved. Petitions have gone to every Defence Minister, Prime Minister and President since then but not much has happened.
But Captain Saurabh Kalia stays alive in the memories of his family. From his first pay cheque to his childhood pictures everything has been preserved by his family. The family continues their daily petitioning and writing letters.
Vaibhav Kalia, Saurabh Kalia's brother, said that the family shall continue the fight as any person who is fighting for the country has the right to be assured that if somewhere during the fight the person gets captured, he will be treated humanelyhttp://ibnlive.in.com/news/remembering-kargil-heroes-late-captain-saurabh-kalias-family-awaits-justice/487952-3.html

Army short of 8455 officers, other ranks 16597: Jaitley

Defence Minister  on Tuesday said that the  is short of 8455 officers as on January 1, 2014, while in other ranks, the shortfall was a nominal 16597 as on April 1, 2014.
In a written reply to   MP Naresh Agrawal, Jaitley said that the government is taking appropriate measures, including making internal adjustments, to mitigate any adverse impact on the functioning of the army.
He said that various measures have been taken on an ongoing basis to reduce shortages in the officers' cadre.
"Vigorous campaigns have been launched to attract the talented youth to join the armed forces. The service conditions of the officers joining through Short Service Commission (SSC) have been made attractive. The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 years to 14 years. The implementation of recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure of officers of armed forces has also made the services more attractive," the minister revealed in his written reply.
He also informed members that the army has undertaken sustained image projection campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career.
"Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media, motivational lectures in schools, colleges are some of the measures in this direction," Jaitley said.
The minister said that all of the above mentioned measures have resulted in gradual improvement in the last five years with shortage of officers reducing from 26 per cent in 2010 to 17.77 per cent in 2014.http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/army-short-of-8455-officers-other-ranks-16597-jaitley-114072201159_1.html

Defence Scam: Chargesheet Today

KOCHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will file chargesheet in the graft case, involving deals of ordnance factories for supply of battle-tank components to the Defence Ministry, before the CBI Special Court on Wednesday.
According to CBI officials, the chargesheet is voluminous, running up to hundred pages.
They said that the chargesheet and the several supporting documents attached to it have to be verified by the Court before accepting.
 “The chargesheet will be filed on Wednesday morning before the Court. The accused persons are V K Panda, general manager of ordnance factory Medak; S Shanavas and A Valsan, managing director and deputy general manager, respectively, of SIFL, Thrissur; and Muralidhar Bhagvath and K R Mugilan, former managing director and manager, respectively, of AMW-MGM Forgings, Mysore.
AMW-MGM Forgings, Mysore, has been arraigned as the sixth accused in the case,”CBI officials said.http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/Defence-Scam-Chargesheet-Today/2014/07/23/article2344040.ece

First Indian Air Force, Navy Attaches take charge in China

This underscores the widening engagement between two militaries

In a sign of expanding military-to-military engagement between India and China, permanent representatives of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Navy have, for the first time, taken office in Beijing.Group Captain Ashish Srivastava of the Indian Air Force and Captain Sushant Dam of the Indian Navy will begin their terms as the Air and Naval attachés in the Indian Embassy in Beijing on Friday.Earlier, India only had a Defence attaché from the Indian Army, along with a Deputy Defence attaché, posted in Beijing.The question of expanding India’s military representation had been discussed by both sides over several years, with China finally agreeing to the move this past year. Traditionally, India has only had attachés from all three services in the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia.That China will join those countries underscores the increasing importance — and widening engagement— between the two militaries. Especially on the naval side, the need for representation had become apparent as both sides have stepped up exchanges even as their navies are more frequently encountering each other on the high seas.The absence of a permanent naval attaché in Beijing posed logistical obstacles, with the defence attachés having to liaise with the People’s Liberation Army Navy over plans for exercises and visits — a situation that even the Chinese side acknowledged was unusual.http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/first-indian-air-force-navy-attaches-take-charge-in-china/article6246243.ece?homepage=true

Andaman and Nicobar Lieutenant Governor Inaugurates Flight Service to Car Nicobar

Car Nicobar:  Air connectivity was established with Car Nicobar in the southern Andaman, one the remotest part of the country today with the launch of a chartered flight service between Port Blair and Car Nicobar.
The Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Lt Gen (Retd) A K Singh inaugurated the the flight service between Car Nicobar and Port Blair at the Indian Air Force Station, Car Nicobar today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said, "this momentous achievement is an outcome of synergy between the Government of India and Andaman & Nicobar Administration."
The task of introducing a chartered flight between Port Blair and Car Nicobar was undertaken as part of the 100 days target of the Ministry of Home, Civil Aviation and the A&N Administration.

The Lt Governor stated that the Administration is sensitive to the needs of the people of all the islands, right from Diglipur to Campbell Bay.

Reiterating the commitment of the Administration for the welfare of all the tribal people of the Islands, he said, "the Administration remains responsible and accountable for the safety and well being of our tribes."

Congratulating the people of Andaman & Nicobar, the Lt Governor said, "the services of this Alliance Air flight would connect the most distant district headquarter of the country to the capital of the nation in 4-5 hours."
The Alliance Air flight will give its services in the Delhi-Port Blair-Car Nicobar-Port Blair-Delhi sector once in a week, every Thursday.
\Senior officials from Alliance Air, Commander-in- Chief, ANC, Vice Admiral P K Chatterjee, A&N Islands Chief Secretary Anand Prakash and other senior officials were present on the occasion.
The Alliance Air plane CRJ 700, that landed at the IAF Station, Car Nicobar on its maiden flight today was given a water cannon salute.http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/andaman-and-nicobar-lieutenant-governor-inaugurates-flight-service-to-car-nicobar-564537
Kargil Special: 'India became stronger after Kargil war'

Kargil, July 24: Dras is that part of Kargil district, that perhaps witnessed the most devastation during the 1999 Kargil war. India was reportedly unaware that Pakistan had fully planned to capture Dras. It can be said that the Kargil war was a big lesson for the Indian armed forces as they overhauled the overall security arrangements at the border and also strengthened the soldiers, post Kargil war. Dras Brigade Commander Brigade GP Singh told OneIndia, "India has emerged as a very powerful and strong nation in last 15 years." "Army, Navy and Air Force, all three security forces are very strong today. It is impossible to have Kargil like situation in the present scenario", he said. While citing an example of the Kargil Battle School, he said, "the way Indian soldiers are trained, it clearly indicates that the level of training in the Indian Army has totally changed and is at a higher level. Our soldiers are fully ready to face any kind of difficult situations." "Since 1999, there have been many improvements in the Indian army and thus the Indian people should be confident that there won't be another Kargil", he further added. OneIndia at Kargil: 
150 jawans donate blood 
Tribune News Service
Dehradun, July 24
Rapid Strike Gunners organised a blood donation camp at Clement Town cantonment today to commemorate the golden jubilee of the formation.
More than 150 jawans donated blood on the occasion. A team of doctors and staff members from New Delhi-based R&R Hospital collected the blood.

HAPPY NEWS ; RANK PAY CASE

Here is the true typed copy of Rank Pay letter dated 24 Jul 14 – second instalment in compliance with the opinion dated 03 Sep 13 of the Attorney General for India – has been issued.
 Two more issues remain - minimum of pay for each rank and the top of the integrated pay scale for consideration of the Hon'ble Supreme Court.   
Dhanapalan Ak dhanapalanakmajor@gmail.com






34(10/2013/D (Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

                   New Delhi, Dated the 24th July 2014
 To,

          The Chief of the Army Staff
          The Chief of the Naval Staff
          The Chief of the Air Staff
  
CORRIGENDUM
 Sub: Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Order dt 4th September, 2012 in IA No. 9 of 2010 in Transfer Petition (C) No. 56 of 2007 Union of India and Others versus N. K. Nair & others, etc       
 Sir,
           I am directed to refer to this Ministry Order No. 34 (6)/2012-D(Pay/Services) dt 27th December 2012 regarding implementation of subject Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and to state that as per legal opinion tendered by the Learned Attorney General of India, the sanction of the Government is hereby accorded to modify the provisions of this Ministry’s ibid order as under:  

(i)      The existing para 6 will be renumbered 6 (A) and would stand revised as under:

In the twelfth line after the word ‘(integrated scale),’ the words “as on 1.1.1986” will be substituted by “w.e.f. 1.1.1986.”

(ii)     A new para 6 (B) will be added as follows:
                  
6(B)   Sanction of the Government is hereby also communicated to modify certain provisions of Special Army Instructions No. 2/S/1998 dated 19th December 1997 and the corresponding Special Instructions pertaining to Navy and Air Force both bearing Nos. 2/S/1998 dated 19th December 1997, in so far as they relate to deduction of Rank Pay for fixation of revised pay of the concerned officers of Army, Navy and Air Force in the revised scale w.e.f. 01.10.1996. The modifications/amendments in SAI 2/S/1998 and corresponding instructions for Air Force and Navy are as under: 

(a)     The existing para 5(a)(ii) would read as under:
                  
(ii)     After the existing emoluments have been so increased, there shall be no deduction of Rank Pay. Thereafter, the officer’s pay will be fixed in the revised scale at the stage next above the amount thus computed
   
(iii)    A new para 6(C) will also be added in ibid MoD letter as follows:        

6(C)  The pay fixation formula w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as laid down in SAI 2/S/2008 and the corresponding Special Instructions applicable to the Air Force and Navy has also been examined in light of the legal opinion tendered by the Learned Attorney General. In the methodology of pay fixation of revised pay w.e.f. 1.1.2006, Rank Pay has not been deducted and has been taken into account along with Basic Pay in the pre-revised scale to arrive at the new, revised pay in the relevant pay band w.e.f. 1.1.2006 whereupon Grade Pay has also been given and an additional component of Military Service Pay (MSP) at Rs 6000 p.m. is also admissible to the Armed Forces upto the rank of Brigadier/eq. As such, the pay fixation formula w.e.f. 1.1.2006 for the relevant officers of the Armed Forces as laid down in the relevant instructions does not require any change.        

(iv)    Existing Para 7 will be replaced with the following:

7.       Except to the extent of modifications as stated in MoD letter No. 34(6)/2012-D (Pay/Services) dated 27.12.2012 and as amended vide this letter, the aforesaid Army Instructions 1/S/87 dated 26.05.1987 and corresponding Navy and Air Force Instructions both bearing No 1/S/87 dated 11.06.1987 and 26.05.1987 respectively as amended from time to time and Special Army Instructions No. 2/S/98 of 19.12.1997 and the corresponding Special Instructions in case of Navy and Air Force both bearing No. 2/S/98 dated 19.12.1997 as amended from time to time, there shall be no change in the provisions of the aforesaid Special Army, Navy and Air Force Instructions of 1987 and 1997 pertaining to the implementation of the recommendations of the 4th and 5th Central Pay Commission.

(v)     Existing para 8 will be replaced with the following:

8. As the aforesaid Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court passed on 04.09.2012 read with their earlier order dated 08.03.2010 has upheld the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court passed on 05.10.1998 in case of Major A K Dhanapalan and as the said order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court dated 05.10.1998 is for re-fixation of pay without deduction of Rank Pay w.e.f. 1.1.1986, and as this sanction is in compliance with these judicial pronouncements and the legal opinion of the Learned Attorney General on this issue, it is clarified that there shall be no change in respect of Special Army Instructions of Army, Navy and Air Force issued on 11.10.2008 (Army) and 18.10.2008 (Navy and Air Force) for implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, except to the extent of the need for the fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2006 necessitated due to the fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.01.1986 and 01.01.1996 in terms of these orders. 

(vi)    All other provisions of the MoD letter No. 34(6)/2012-D(Pay/Services) dated 27.12.2012 remain unchanged.
        
2.       This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their UO No. 1(76)/2013-AG/PA (310-PA) dated 23.07.2014 and Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure vide their UO No. 94466/E.III (A)/2014 dated 09.07.2014

Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                          Sd/-------------
(P.S. Walia
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Copy to:

List of addressees omitted
 Fraudsters pilfer lakhs from salary accounts of IAF men
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 24
Hundreds of Indian Air Force personnel have been duped of their hard-earned money by international fraudsters believed to be operating from Canada.
On behalf of the IAF, Wing Commander Tejveer Singh, Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal, Air Force Police HQ Delhi, today lodged a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing of the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.
The Air Force said in its complaint that money has been siphoned off from salary accounts of IAF personnel through mystery purchases and withdrawals from a particular place in Canada. In some cases, Air Force men have lost up to Rs 2 lakh. The IAF personnel losing the money are posted across the country and not just Delhi. The money has been fraudulently withdrawn from the accounts that are with the State Bank of India under the defence salary package. The IAF has asked the bank to stop all transactions and block all debit cards. The IAF men have been told to change passwords of their net banking accounts.
“We are presuming that the money that has been siphoned off is as good as lost. There is little or no chance of recovery from Canada-based tricksters,” said IAF officials.
The IAF suspects that fraudsters have possibly cloned the debit cards and also have access to pin numbers that are needed while doing purchases. “The first complaint came in the first week of July and soon the number multiplied. The entire list of complaints has been handed over to the Delhi police. This has the potential to lower the morale of personnel,” IAF officials said. The theft also means the spending habits of the officers are now known to international tricksters who could use the information, they added.
Canada-based tricksters
  • The Air Force said in its complaint that money has been siphoned off from salary accounts of IAF personnel through mystery purchases and withdrawals from a particular place in Canada
  • In some cases, Air Force men have lost up to Rs 2 lakh. The IAF personnel losing the money are posted across the country and not just Delhi
  • The money has been fraudulently withdrawn from the accounts that are with the State Bank of India under the defence salary package

Arun Jaitley seeks detailed review of defence PSUs

Defence minister Arun Jaitley at the farewell function for army chief General Bikram Singh ahead of his retirement on July 31, at South Block in New Delhi on Wednesday PTI
Concerned over the performance of defence public sector units (DPSUs), the defence minister, Arun Jaitely, has asked for a detailed review of these units.Jaitely on Tuesday had said in Parliament that public sector undertakings should learn to function like private business houses in a competitive environment and should not be run like a government department.NDA government has already indicated disinvestment of some sick public sector units. And partial disinvestment of the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will happen soon, according to a top official.Though the cabinet committee on economic affairs had approved divestment of 10 per cent equity in HAL in 2012 on the recommendation of an expert committee report, headed by the former cabinet secretary BK Chaturvedi, but it has yet not been finalised due to some technical glitches.
According to a top defence ministry official, the minister is seeking a status report of all pending projects, reason for their delays and the public sector units' dealings with the foreign companies. After announcement of an increase in FDI in defence, various foreign firms have expressed their will to join hands with the public sector units like HAL. The minister’s demand came during a meeting with senior MOD officials in the post-budget meetings in the south block.“It an attempt to overhaul the government-run companies, who have been missing their deadlines repeatedly. The minister is very concerned about the delays of key defence projects handled by these public sector units,” an officer told dna.Project Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has exposed performance of the PSU as it is yet to be completed after three decades of its launch. Besides, the minister was keen to know the kind of tie-ups that Indian PSUs such as HAL have with various foreign companies and if they were going according to original plan. Sources further claim the review has become important especially after a CBI probe into Rolls Royce bribery scandal to supply engines to HAL.Official said that the defence production department will update Jaitely in detail about the tie ups, their progress etc. Another official claim that the review is very preliminary and could be the minister’s effort to acquaint himself with the complex ministry. There are no clear indications yet from the new government if it was planning any drastic measures in the defence sector, other than the recently announced hike in FDI. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-arun-jaitley-seeks-detailed-review-of-defence-psus-2004771

Wrong Tendering Caused Loss of Rs 78 lakh: CBI Report


KOCHI: The CBI has found that wrong tendering by the Defence Ordnance Factory, Medak, caused the Government of India losses to the tune of `78 lakh. The details came out in the CBI probe on a graft case involving the deals of Ordnance Factories for the supply of battle-tank components to the Defence Ministry. The CBI filed a chargesheet on Wednesday against six accused in the case at the CBI court in Kochi.
As per the chargesheet, the accused in the case are S Shanavas, former managing director (marketing) of Steel Industries Forging Limited (SIFL), Athani, Thrissur; A Valsan, former senior sales manager of SIFL; VK Panda, former general manager of Ordnance Factory, Yeddumailaram, Medak, Telengana; T Muralidhar Bhagavat, managing director of AMW-MGM Forgings Pvt Ltd, Mysore; K R Mugilan, marketing manager, and AMW-MGM Forgings Pvt Ltd, represented by its former managing director, Mukesh Agarwal. Subi Mally, a defence consultant, was turned approver in the case.
The Ordnance Factory, Medak, and Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi, Chennai, units under the Ordnance Factory Board for Defence Production and Supply, Ministry of Defence, engaged in the manufacture of battle tanks from T-72 to T-90, and Arjun. The units procure different forging components such as Flanges, Cranks and Road Wheel Arms for the manufacture of Indian Army’s battle tanks.
As per the chargesheet, Subi Mally, a defence consultant for SIFL and AMW-MGM, entered into a criminal conspiracy during August 2011 to December 2012 with the other accused persons at Medak in Andhra Pradesh and Thrissur in Kerala, to cheat the Government of India for pecuniary gain by corrupt and illegal means.
 They quoted more than 50 per cent above the previous rates and bagged the tender at exorbitant rates causing a loss of `78 lakh to the Government of India.Subi Mally had met V K Panda on August 28, 2011 at his office at Ordnance Factory, Medak, and offered him `3 lakh to award tender to SIFL and AMW-MGM on a 60:40 ratio for the supply of Road Wheel Arm.
Later, she contacted A Valsan, T Muralidhar Bhagavat, K R Mugilan and informed them about the tender and promised them higher benefits.Then, Subi Mally went to Thrissur and met Valsan to appoint her company, Subshi Impex Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, as a consultant of SIFL. Valsan asked for 50 per cent of the commission gained by her from the deal.
Following this, an email was sent to Valsan requesting him to appoint her company as consultants with 15 per cent of the order value as consultancy charge. On a bargain, Subi Mally agreed to lower the commission rate by 12 per cent and Valsan approached Shanavas with the offer.
He too demanded 50 per cent of the commission rate. The proposal was put forward before the SIFL board and gained approval. In the meantime, Subi Mally was also appointed as a consultant of AMW-MGM Forging. As per the direction of Subi Mally, SIFL quoted `13,450 per Road Wheel Arm and she passed the information about the rate quoted by SIFL to AMW-MGM. She directed Bhagawat to quote `14,523 for AMW-MGM.
On March 9, 2012, Subi Mally met V K Panda at his office and gave him the promised `3 lakh as bribe. On the basis of this, V K Panda directed his subordinates to dispatch the supply orders for Road Wheel Arms Forgings to SIFL and AMW-MGM.
Sainik School celebrates Founder’s Day 
Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service

Vice Admiral SPS Cheema (centre) presents the NDA trophy to cadets of Panipat House during the 54th Founder’s Day celebrations of Sainik School at Kunjpura in Karnal district on Thursday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar
Karnal, July 24
Sainik School, Kunjpura, celebrated its 54th Founder’s Day today with Vice Admiral SPS Cheema as the chief guest. He exhorted students to work with dedication and commitment to achieve greater heights in life and do the country proud. He emphasised that hard work held the key to success.
The Vice Admiral, a Sainik School alumnus, described the institution as a nursery for preparing future military leaders. He has had the rare distinction of commanding five frontline Indian naval ships, including aircraft carrier INS Virat.
Before taking over his current appointment of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, at Cochin, he was Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Forces Command that looks after the country’s nuclear assets.
Lauding the school’s achievements, he said it had been awarded the Raksha Mantri Trophy seven times for sending the maximum number of boys to the National Defence Academy (NDA).
He asked students to carry forward the school’s rich legacy and live up to its motto “Ready to Accomplish, emulate the ex-Kunjeans and become law abiding, dutiful and responsible citizens”.
Principal Group Captain LN Sharma presented the school’s annual report. He said the school was doing extremely well in fulfilling the objective of sending boys to the NDA. “The school grooms boys to help them become responsible citizens of the nation,” he said.
The chief guest paid floral tribute at Veer Smarak and gave away prizes to students and houses that excelled in different fields. He also handed over certificates of appointment to cadets holding school and house appointments.http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140725/haryana.htm#11
Army foils major intrusion bid
Jammu, July 24
Amid heavy rains and dense fog, the Army foiled another infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Balakote sector of Poonch district late last night.

“Around 9 pm last night, a group of 12 heavily armed ultras made an intrusion bid from the Abbas, Dabi and Balakote forward posts of the Army in the Balakote sector, but the alert troops of the 15 Bihar Regiment thwarted the attempt,” said an intelligence source.
It rained heavily throughout the night and thick blanket of fog had also enveloped the borderline in Poonch district, which provided “ideal conditions” for the Pakistani ultras to make intrusion bids, he added.
After being spotted by the troops of the Bihar Regiment, the ultras opened small arms fire and a gunbattle ensued, said the source.
He said the gunbattle lasted till 10 pm before the ultras escaped to the Pak-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK). — TNS
Mandi to have sainik sadan 
Tribune News Service
Mandi, July 24
The Central Government has given its approval to set up a sainik sadan at Mandi. The proposal was recently taken up by Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. The defence minister has approved the proposal and has directed officials in his ministry to make financial provisions within a month.
The proposal for the sainik sadan was coined by the Ex-Servicemen Movement and Ex-Servicemen Welfare League. The two organisations had requested the Central Government to provide funds for it.
Brig Kushal Thakur (retd) said, “In fact, the major reason to push through the proposal was the availability of about seven bighas land in the middle of the town at Palace Colony, which was purchased by the Sainik Welfare Board for Rs 4 lakh long ago from the erstwhile ruler of Mandi.”
“And to make the best use of this land, we had suggested to the Central Government to set up a sainik sadan for the state,” he added.
The sadan is proposed to have a skill development centre to give training in different fields to the ex-servicemen, war widows, disabled Army personnel and children of serving and ex-servicemen.
Since a large number of Army personnel retire at the age of 35, skill development courses proposed here would be quite useful for seeking re-employment and starting their own enterprises.
To make the sadan financially self sustaining, there is a proposal to build multi-purpose halls and a shopping complex, besides an Army canteen.
Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma said, “The demand to construct a sainik sadan was being raised by ex-servicemen for quite long and I had recently taken up the proposal with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who has accorded approval for the sainik sadan at Mandi.”
New Delhi, July 24

The NSG, which protects the most ‘vulnerable’ VVIPs of the country, has decided to stop taking any more protectees under its elite ‘black cat’ commando security cover. The special force has taken this decision to ensure the most fool-proof and strict security to the existing VVIPs under its cover which includes the likes of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a number of Chief Ministers.
“We will not be able to manage more protectees under our cover. We protect the most vulnerable of the VVIPs and according to our mandate and present strength we will not be able to take anymore such duties,” said NSG Director General J N Choudhury. The elite commandos of the federal counter-terror force currently guard 15 VVIPs, who are accorded the top security categorisation of ‘Z+’, which generally entails over two dozen armed commandos with a host of gadgets and security paraphernalia.
The NSG DG said it was essential to put a cap on the number VVIPs being guarded by the NSG as this allows his commandos to train and rest better, after which he or she is able to provide an “alert” and the “best” proximate security in the country as compared to other special units of Central paramilitary forces.
“VIP security is not our mandate but we have been doing this as it was required and decided by the Ministry of Home Affairs.We are a special force and our strength is in our compactness,” the DG stated.
Choudhury said in order to preserve the elite quality of his special force, which showed its mettle recently by eliminating terrorists during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the NSG “wouldn’t want to expand” in this (VVIP security) domain.
The DG said his stand is even understood by the MHA and it wouldn’t increase its task further in VVIP security duties, a domain, he said, where Central forces like CRPF, ITBP and CISF had chipped in.
He said his commandos were being given “excellent training” in VVIP protection and the commando task forces deployed for this job are second to none in the country. The NSG guards CM’s like Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), J Jayalalithaa (Tamil Nadu), Tarun Gogoi (Assam), Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab) and host of other political dignitaries like senior BJP leader LK Advani.
It is also securing former CM’s like Prafulla Mahanta (Assam), K Karunanidhi (Tamil Nadu) and Mulayam Singh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh).
The concept and thought process to reduce VVIP security duties of the elite force was mooted about two years back when the force decided to pull out about 900 commandos from its serving VVIP security duties and train them for specialised operational tasks of counter-terror and counter-hijack operations for which it was raised in 1984. — PTI
To focus more on existing VVIPs
* The special force has taken this decision to ensure the most fool-proof and strict security to the existing VVIPs under its cover which includes the likes of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Ministers
* The NSG Director General said it was essential to put a cap on the number VVIPs being guarded by the force as this allows his commandos to train and rest better
KARGIL WAR
15 YEARS ON
How raw courage & grit triumphedLt Gen Mohinder Puri (retd)
The daunting task was to militarily reorient the Division operationally from a counter- insurgency role to that for conventional warfare in virtually no time. The operations had to be completed well before the onset of winter

Operation Vijay was a daunting task for the soldiers because they had to deliver results in a hostile terrain within a limited time frame
IT was the May of 1999, that the 8 Mountain Division also known as "Forever in Operations" was tasked to move from the Kashmir Valley to the rugged Drass-Kargil axis along the Line of Control (LoC) and be part of Operation Vijay — it was the first call to arms in the conventional matrix after nearly 30 years.
Operation Vijay was launched by the Indian Army to evict the Pakistani Army which had occupied the heights in this terrain. The role of first inducting the entire division, complete with its support arms, equipment and men secondly to fight the battle had challenges which had to be overcome and were done successfully.
I had been in command of the Division in the Valley for over a year when the fresh deployment was ordered. For 10 years, or since 1989, the Division was mandated for Operation Rakshak to fight militancy.
As the Pakistani plan in Drass-Kargil unfolded, the daunting task came with the challenges. The first was to militarily reorient the Division operationally from a counter-insurgency role to that for conventional warfare. All this was to be done in virtually no time and to deliver success almost instantly in view of the tremendous pressure of public opinion at home built up by the media. The second issue was to complete operations well before the onset of winter — that sets in early in the high Himalayas.
Since the operations had to be conducted at extreme high altitudes averaging 15,000 feet, troops had to undergo three stages of acclimatisation spread across 10 days to be able to give their best. In hindsight it was stoic bravery, raw courage and the sheer "will to win" among all ranks that added this glorious chapter to the saga of valour and sacrifice for the Division (now headquartered at Kumbathang some 25 km south of Kargil) and also of the Army.
Counter Insurgency (CI) and conventional warfare are as different as chalk and cheese. While CI operations require immediate and expeditious response with rapid planning lest militants run havoc, a conventional warfare requires deliberation and unwavering co-ordination of not only amongst those assaulting, but also with the array of supporting arms and services, including the Air Force.
The changeover carried out in 12 days was creditable as this entailed configuration with new equipment and a psyche. An inbuilt training and equipment transformation flexibility of the Indian Army helped. Candidly, since the Army was preoccupied with militancy and after 1971 this was the first conventional war thrust on India, there was naturally sombre scepticism whether the change could be effected early enough to match the timeframe expected by the nation to "drive out" the Pakistan Army.
The lone inadequacy of ground troops was the vintage of equipment which was overcome to a great degree as the battle progressed.
Pakistani Army had named its intrusion into Kargil as Operation Badr and it was clearly with a three-fold political aim. The political climate in India was perceived to be unstable in early 1999 ( The Vajpayee Government had lost the Vote of Confidence and elections were slated for September 1999). Pakistan assessed that a major reaction to any military adventure was unlikely. Also it seemed as if there was a perception in the minds of the Pakistani leadership that the Indian polity did not have the political will to militarily react to any armed threat from across the border. A second possible Pakistani aim was to create a situation which would enable them to negotiate from a position of strength by securing large tracts of territory across the LoC, and thirdly by launching a military operation the opportunity was considered suitable to internationalise the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan also took into consideration that its nuclear umbrella gave an option of resorting to limited offensive action with minimal risk and with the operations fought in the nuclear backdrop, the international community would intervene, by which time Pakistan would have achieved its objectives. Militarily, Pakistan aimed to initiate the operation in areas where she would be offered the least resistance and a minimal military response. For this, large gaps in defences were to be exploited.
The heights in the Drass-Kargil area had not been permanently occupied by either side for over 50 years, so the first task for the 8 Mountain Division was to cross the Zoji La. In the process, we were confronted with enormous challenges. The ruggedness of the terrain, the extreme high altitudes at which the battles were fought and the adverse weather conditions, coupled with shortage of critical equipment made the task daunting. A short window available for completion of operations before the onset of winter added to the pressure. Had India not exploited the summer window, Pakistan would have consolidated its gains and would have made it prohibitively costly for us to regain the lost territory in the next season.
Preparations for an operation needed deliberation, planning and the will to succeed. I had given the Drass sector a higher priority as the enemy was effectively interdicting the National Highway from their vantage positions. The attack stopped Indian convoys carrying stocks to Ladakh and also equipment and men sent to fight the battle. It was imperative to clear the highway and this was possible only by recapturing the peaks.
Some miles away from the pounding, Tololing had defied capture for three weeks. Pakistani troops were well entrenched. It was the first target for further ridge hopping and capturing objectives like Point 4875, a tactically important feature and Tiger Hill—the place where Major Vikram Batra (PVC) attained glory. The battles had carried on, men and officers had climbed sheer cliffs to dig out the Pakistanis. The advantage was slowly turning but it took the better part of July to wind up the operations and convincingly defeat the Pakistan Army.
Many would have flinched at the daunting task at hand but the zeal displayed by the country at large, gave inspiration and impetus. Never before did the men in uniform flavour this fevered response from the country.
As we remember the 15th anniversary of the war in Kargil, I would like to commend the courage, gallantry and stoicism displayed by our young officers and soldiers. Sadly, in the process many sacrificed their lives for the glory of their units, the Army and the nation.
The writer was GoC 8 Mountain division during the Kargil war
Status of KCR followup
  • The Kargil Committee Report (KCR) recommended sweeping changes in India's national security apparatus. While a few have been implemented, some critical requirements like having a Chief of Defence Staff are nowhere in sight.
  • The integration of the service headquarters with the MoD is not at the desired levels
  • A lot still needs to be done in the area of civil- military liaison
  • No headway in lateral induction of ex-servicemen into the para-military.
  • Defence Intelligence Agency created.
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ON July 29, 1999, three days after the Kargil conflict officially ended, the then government, headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, set up a four-member, high-powered committee to analyse the situation. The terms of reference of the committee, headed by strategic analyst Late K Subrahmanyam, were to review the events leading up to the Pakistani aggression in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir, and to recommend such measures as are considered necessary to safeguard national security against such armed intrusions. The other members were Lt Gen KK Hazari, former Vice Chief of Army Staff, senior journalist BG Verghese and Satish Chandra, then Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat. The committee had the authority to interview any person associated with the security establishment, including former presidents and prime minister and was given access to all classified documents and reports. The committee presented its findings and recommendations, christened From Surprise to Reckoning: The Kargil Committee Report (KCR), to Vajpayee in January 2000. Some of its key observations are:
  • Pakistan’s aggression came as a total surprise to the Indian government. Infiltration by armed irregulars was considered to be feasible in the area but not an intrusion and occupation of territory by Pakistani troops.
  • There were lapses in communication and dissemination of information between different intelligence agencies, which illustrate deficiencies in the system.
  • There were many bits and pieces of information about activities within the FCNA region. Most of them tended to indicate that Kargil was becoming a growing focus of Pakistani attention which had been clearly demonstrated by the marked increase in cross-LOC shelling in 1998. The reports on ammunition dumping, induction of additional guns and the construction of bunkers and helipads all fitted into an assessment of likely large-scale militant infiltration, with more intensive shelling in the summer of 1999. RAW assessed the possibility of "a limited swift offensive threat with possible support of alliance partners," in its half-yearly assessment ending September 1998 but no indicators substantiating this assessment were provided. Moreover, in its next six-monthly report ending March 1999, this assessment was dropped. In fact, its March 1999 report emphasised the financial constraints that would inhibit Pakistan from launching on any such adventure.
  • No specific indicators of a likely major attack in the Kargil sector such as significant improvements in logistics and communications or substantial force build-up or forward deployment of forces were reported by any of the agencies. Information on training of additional militants for infiltrating them across the LoC was not sector-specific. Indian intelligence appeared to lack adequate knowledge about the heavy damage inflicted by Indian artillery, which would have required Pakistan army to undertake considerable repairs and re-stocking. That would partly explain the larger vehicular movements reported on the other side. The Indian Army did not share information about the intensity and effect of its past firing with others. In the absence of this information, RAW could not correctly assess the significance of enemy activity in terms of ammunition storage or construction of underground bunkers.
  • The critical failure in intelligence was related to the absence of any information on the induction and deinduction of battalions and the lack of accurate data on the identity of battalions in the area opposite Kargil during 1998. Several Pakistani units present in the sector did not figure in the Order of Battle (ORBAT) supplied by RAW to the Directorate-General on Military Intelligence (DGMI). In the Committee's view, a significant gap in information prior to the detection of the Kargil intrusion was the inability of RAW to accurately monitor and report changes in the Pakistani ORBAT in the FCNA region during 1998 and early 1999 and to a lesser extent that of DGMI, and field intelligence units to notice the additional forward deployment of troops near the LoC.
  • Unlike other countries, India has no tradition of undertaking politico-military games with the participation of those having political and diplomatic expertise. If such games had been practised, then the possibility of limited military intrusions to internationalise the Kashmir issue might have been visualised.
  • The Indian Intelligence structure is flawed since there is little back up or redundancy to rectify failures and shortcomings in intelligence collection and reporting that goes to build up the external threat perception by the one agency, namely, RAW which has a virtual monopoly in this regard. There is a general lack of awareness of the critical importance of and the need for assessed intelligence at all levels. JIC reports do not receive the attention they deserve at the political and higher bureaucratic levels. There are no checks and balances in the Indian intelligence system to ensure that the consumer gets all the intelligence that is available and is his due.
    — Vijay Mohan
Changes recommended
  • Revamping the intelligence apparatus, enhancing information- collection capabilities
  • Structural reforms. Integrating the service headquarters with the MoD.
  • Appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff as a single-point advisor to the government on military matters.
  • Publication of a White Paper on Indian nuclear weapons programme.
  • Conduct a detailed study on border management to evolve force structures and procedures to ensure improved surveillance.
  • Restructuring the role, training and tasks of the para-military forces in view of terrorist threats and proxy war.
  • Examine possibility of integrated manpower policy for the Armed Forces, para-military forces and the Central Police Forces as well as lateral induction of ex-servicemen into the para-military.
Devil's brew in Middle EastAmerica's receding ability to bring peace
S Nihal Singh
The tragedy is that the sole mediator remains the United States and it is hamstrung by its own compulsions
The tragedy is that the sole mediator remains the United States and it is hamstrung by its own compulsions
THAT the Middle East (West Asia of our description) is in a state of flux is crystal clear. We have a three-year-old civil war in Syria, an Iraq wracked by tribal and Shia-Sunni strife, Libya still fighting the post-Gaddafi dispensation and Israelis launching a disproportionate war on Palestinians, not for the first time.
The common thread in these crises is the role of outside powers, both in creating crises in the first instance and in muddying the waters and the inability of local actors to make peace. In Syria, a minority Alwaite regime is seeking to retain its throne in a Sunni-majority country, with opponents of a bewildering variety of moderates and militants ranged on the other side.
In Iraq, after all American troops left, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, belonging to the majority Shia, has been interpreting his role primarily in terms of advancing the interests of his community. The Kurds are asserting their rights while the Sunni, dethroned from their ruling perch, have combined with Islamic militants to challenge the state.
Both in Syria and Iraq the Islamists of the extreme variety, first under the rubric of the ISIS and later under the name of the Islamic State, have carved out an area in Syria and Iraq they rule, with President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria and the Iraqi authorities unable to dislodge them.
Superimposed on these dramatic events is the old Israel-Palestinian conflict, essentially caused by Israeli actions in occupying and colonising vast Palestinian lands and East Jerusalem on the strength of total American support extending to unprecedented military supplies and a generous annual financial subsidy. These actions nullify attempts at finding a two-state solution and the prospect is of one state with a growing Palestinian population living as second-class citizens.
Regional powers belonging to the Sunni and Shia faiths have taken up positions determined in the first category by supporting the anti-Assad forces in Syria, more of them supporting the cause of the newly disenfranchised Sunni of Iraq. On the other side is Iran, the minority Assad regime in Syria and the Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.
After the proclamation of the Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia have moderated their somewhat indiscriminate financial and military support for the Islamic militants fighting the Assad regime. Iran has been consistent in its support of President Assad and the Hezbollah.
Turkey’s position has evolved over time, initially the leader of the regime change lobby for Syria, together with neighbours hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees. It is taking time to reconsider its options while deeply disappointed with US inaction in Syria while supporting the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians.
One big change in the regional picture is the anti-Morsi coup that has eventually brought the Army under the guise of a civilian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to power. The Brotherhood is classed as a terrorist organisation, its leaders and hundreds of its followers are in prison. The new regime has closed the Rafah border with the Gaza Strip, a lifeline for besieged Palestinians and shut down most of their tunnels.
Speculation is rife in this churning process, with extravagant scenarios of the break-up of Syria and Iraq and other countries essentially carved out by France and Britain out of the end of the Ottoman Empire. Two trends seem clear. The first is a sharpening Shia-Sunni conflict which is taking many forms. Second, the spreading cancer of 21st century Israeli colonization which lies at the heart of the historic Middle East conflict.
There are no easy solutions to either of these problems. Any Shia-Sunni reconciliation assumes a measure of tolerance on the two sides. There are many actors inflaming passions, not least of all Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. On the other side, proponents of the Islamic Caliphate are keeping the fires of intolerance burning.
The major power in the region, the United States, is increasingly compromised by its total support of Israel, largely due to domestic factors, and its desire to reduce its footprint in the region. In hindsight as, many at that time suggested, the US was foolish to invade Iraq under false pretences. And on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it is on the wrong side of history.
What then can we expect from the devil's brew, which is the Middle East in the coming days and months? There will no doubt be a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians even as Israel's isolation in the world increases because of the scale of the carnage it has been inflicting on Palestinians, highlighted by the Human Rights Convention. But the problem will continue to fester because domestic factors compel US administrations to remain captive to the urges of Israeli colonialism.
The other regional crises will run their course, with little prospect of millions of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and the internally displaced able to return home soon. In many instances, there is no home to go to. In Iraq, the virtual partition of the state into Shia, Sunni and Kurdish regions will take firmer shape. The new Egyptian regime, in terms of the Palestinian cause, is a tacit ally of Israel and will pose problems for Gazans.
In this tangled mess, one crisis feeds on the other and the resulting picture is far from following a common pattern. The tragedy is that the sole mediator remains the United States and it is hamstrung by its own compulsions. In immediate terms, the future remains bleak.
For the present, there is no countervailing force to take matters in hand. The East-West conflict represented by the growing antagonisms between Russia and the United States over Ukraine make a complementary Moscow initiative impossible. The only bright spot is that since things cannot get worse, they will take a turn for the better.

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Six-man army to compete for India in aquatics events at Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014
India's fight in aquatics events (diving and swimming) at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 will be led by a small army of six men. The Indian team will be much smaller in size as compared the team that took part in the Delhi Games 2010.
In the last edition, India had fielded 20 swimmers, 10 para-swimmers and 3 divers. Swimming and diving are sports in which India is still in an infant state compared to Commonwealth countries like Australia, England, Canada and South Africa.
India's only medal at Delhi was a bronze won by Prasanta Karmakar in 50m Freestyle S9 (Para). Prasanta is still a part of the Indian team, but Olympian Virdhawal Khade's services will be missed.

Profile of Indian swimmers and divers

The members of the Indian aquatics team, along with a brief description of their notable achievements, are as follows:
1. Sharath M. Gayakwad – Men's 200m Individual Medley SM8 (Para)
1 silver and 2 bronze at IDM Berlin Swimming Championships 2014; bronze in 2010 Asian Para Games. Represented India at 2012 London Paralympic Games.
2. Prasanta Karmakar - Men's 100m Freestyle S9 (Para)
Bronze at 2010 Commonwealth Games
3. Sandeep Sejwal - Men's 50m Breaststroke , Men's 100m Breaststroke
First Indian swimmer to enter the FINA Top 100 World Rankings in three events. First ever Indian breaststroker to qualify for the Olympics.
4. Sajan Prakash - Men's 100m Butterfly, Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 400m Freestyle
5. Ramananda Kongbrailatpam Sharma – Diving – Men's 3m Springboard, Men's 1m Springboard
Gold at the 7th AASF Asian Age Group Championships at Jakarta, 2011.
6. Siddharth Bajrang Pardeshi – Diving – Men's 3m Springboard, Men's 10m Platform

Competition schedule of Indian Aquatics team

Following are the event schedules of Indian swimmers and divers:
24th July
Men's 400m Freestyle – Heat – Sajan Prakash
Men's 100m Freestyle S9 (Para) – Heat – Prasanta Karmakar
25th July
Men's 200m Freestyle – Heat – Sajan Prakash
Men's 100m Breaststroke – Heat – Sandeep Sejwal
27th July
Men's 50m Breaststroke – Heat – Sandeep Sejwal
Men's 100m Butterfly – Heat – Sajan Prakash
28th July
Men's 200m Individual Medley SM8 (Para) – Heat – Sharath M. Gayakwad
30th July
Men's 1m Springboard – Preliminary – Ramananda Kongbrailatpam Sharma
31st July
Men's 3m Springboard – Preliminary – Ramananda Kongbrailatpam Sharma , Siddharth Bajrang Pardeshi
2nd August
Men's 10m Platform – Preliminary –Siddharth Bajrang Pardeshi

10 Computer Mouse Tips To Know

While the mouse may seem like a trivial aspect of your computer, there are probably a lot of things you don't know about its use. Here are some great tips on how to maximize your use of the mouse, which will increase your overall productivity on the computer.
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1. Shift Key and Mouse Click

In text editing programs like Microsoft Word and even on your regular webpage, you can highlight all or portion of a certain text using the Shift key and clicking on your mouse. Place the cursor (the sign of the mouse) at the beginning of a paragraph and hold down the Shift key. Click at the end of the paragraph to highlight the entire thing, or wherever in the text that you would like to end the selection.

Another tip: Holding down the Alt key while highlighting text in a text editor will allow you to selectively highlight the text. This is most useful if a paragraph or other text is in a column.

2. Use the Scroll Wheel to The Max

Most computer mice have a scroll wheel in between the right and left click buttons that allows you to scroll up and down the page by moving the wheel. However, this wheel can be used to do much more than just scroll!

- The mouse wheel can be used as a button. Pressing down on the wheel is like clicking with a third mouse button. You can press down on a link to open the web page in a new tab in your browser. It can also be used to close a tab in the browser by clicking the wheel on an already open tab.

- Hold down the Shift key as your scroll up and down in your Internet browser to quickly move back and forward between webpages. Scrolling up goes forward while scrolling down goes back.

- To zoom in and out on a web page or document, hold down on theControl (Ctrl) key and scroll up to zoom in, scroll down to zoom out.

- Some mouse wheels can be pushed left or right to move backwards (left) and forwards (right) on a webpage.

3. Select With Double or Triple Clicks


Words can be selected by double clicking the word. If you want to highlight an entire paragraph, click the mouse button three times on the text
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4. Right-Click

You can use the right-click when you want to highlight text or wish to view the properties of an object. For example, if you highlight text, you can right-click on the highlighted item and copy it, then right-click anywhere else to paste it.

Another tip: If you right-click text and drag it while continuing to hold the right mouse button, when you let go you will be given the option to move or copy the text. This will save you the extra step of having to right-click again where you want to paste the text.

5. Ctrl Key and Mouse Click

When you hold down the Ctrl key, you can left-click to select multiple files or highlight multiple sections of text. You can also hold down theCtrl key and use the down or up arrows to select the text.
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6. Use Mouse Side Buttons


Newer computer mice have side buttons on the side of the mouse (next to the usually right and left keys). These buttons can be programmed to do most anything, but by default, the left-thumb button can be used to go back on a web page, and the right button to go forward.

For More Computer Tips:
7. Use Snap to Feature

Windows has a handy 'Snap To' feature that will automatically move your mouse to buttons in the dialog box, such as the 'X' to exit or the '_' to minimize. For example, to close a window, you may get a prompt asking if you really want to perform the task. With the Snap To feature, the mouse will automatically move to the OK button so that all you have to do is click if you agree. To enable this feature, open the Mouse properties under the Control Panel, and check 'Snap To' under the Pointer Options tab.
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8. Manage an Open Window

Double-click on the top title bar of a window to maximize the window or, if it is already maximized, to resize it. Double click on the icon for the window in the top left corner to close that window.

9. Move the Mouse With Your Keyboard


Instead of using a regular mouse, you can enable your computer to use the number pad instead. This trick takes some time to master, but it can make your use of the computer much more efficient.
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10. Hold Your Mouse Correctly!

There is no need to hold onto your mouse for dear life! The mouse will move well with just a light touch, which will also protect the health of your wrist. This is important for those that use the computer for hours a day, because incorrect posture on the mouse, or keyboard for that matter can cause a lot of unnecessary pain.