Govt won’t accept Chinese intrusion, says Rijiju
New Delhi, September 29
India will not accept any kind of intrusion by China along the border and will defend its territory, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said today.
“These incidents are happening. But we are very, very clear this time that we will not accept any kind of their (Chinese) intrusion into our territory and we will not concede. This is something we are not going to accept,” he said on the sidelines of a function.
Rijiju insisted India wanted peaceful atmosphere and tranquility along the border and there was nothing aggressive about its stand.
He said some of the areas along the Sino-Indian border were not very well demarcated and Indian forces “go to the very point and Chinese PLA also come and sometime cross the area which India sees as its territory”.
“But we are very firm about our position and we should not let our territory or our perceived territory to go into the hands of the other side. We are very clear on that. This should not be construed as we are being too aggressive or trying to destabilise the situation along the border,” he said.
The minister, at the same time, said security forces would not carry out any kind of “misadventure” or get into confrontation which will lead to unnecessary strains in ties or escalate tension in the border areas.
“But if they carry out any construction activity in our territory or in our perceived territory, then we have to stop them. That is why this tension goes along. We are very particular about our concerns and we stand by that,” he said. — PTI
Indo-US joint Army exercise ends today
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 29
A two-week India-US joint military training exercise will end at Chaubattia, Ranikhet in Uttarakhand on Tuesday.
A Mountain Brigade of Indian Army and Company and Brigade Headquarter of the US Army participated together during the "Yudh Abhyas-2014" that started on September 17. This is the 10th exercise in the series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership programme.
The exercise strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between both armies and complements a number of other exchanges between the two forces, Col Rohan Anand, Indian Army spokesperson said.
Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined training. This year, it included discussion on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and combined training between detachments of Special Forces.
Sky is the limit for bilateral relations, says Israeli PM
New York, September 29
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu met today in the first interaction between the premiers of the two countries in 11 years with the leader of the Jewish state saying that “sky is the limit” for bilateral relations.
The meeting took place at New York’s Palace Hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly during which Modi and Netanyahu discussed a wide range of issues, including defence cooperation and the situation created by the Islamic State (IS) in West Asia. Both the leaders are staying at Palace Hotel.
During the 30-minute meeting, Netanyahu invited Modi to visit Israel at an early date.
Netanyahu recalled that Modi had come to Israel in his earlier capacity as a chief minister but he now hopes that he could visit as Prime Minister, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said. Modi had visited Israel in 2006.
The spokesperson said Prime Minister Modi had taken note of the invitation and this would be discussed further through diplomatic channels. — PTI
Honeywell, Tata Partner To Produce TALIN Systems
Coinciding with the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US Sept. 25-30, Honeywell International has inked a partnership agreement with India’s Tata Power to license-produce the tactical advanced land inertial navigator (TALIN) system.
“TALIN represents the latest in global positioning system (GPS)-free navigation and positioning technology, designed to improve asset safety and ultimately mission success,” said Arijit Ghosh, Honeywell president for aerospace in India, according to a statement released Sunday.
An executive of Tata Power said TALIN would be sold to the Indian Army for use in artillery systems and also sourced to the Honeywell supply chain worldwide.
TALIN systems are ideal for environments where GPS signals are not available, the Tata executive said, so they would find a ready market with the Indian Army.
Tata Power will license the design and hardware to assemble, test and build the production kits for the navigation system in India.
The Indian government wants to boost the domestic defense industry and the Tata-Honeywell partnership will help Indian industry get advanced technology, the Tata Power executive said.
Ghosh said, “By partnering with Tata Power SED on the production of TALIN we are aligning with the government’s aim of increasing locally manufactured technologies for India’s defense industry and giving the Indian armed forces an easy-to-justify option for navigation on the 21st century battlefield.”