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China opposes Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit again
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
China has fired a fresh salvo against the proposed visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh from November 8.

“China’s stance on the eastern section of the China-India border is consistent, and we firmly oppose the Dalai Lama’s visit to the region,” Chinese official news agency Xinhua quoted Foreign Minister spokesman Ma Zhaoxu as saying at his regular press briefing.

He went on to say that the Dalai Lama’s decision to visit Arunachal Pradesh exposed his “clique’s anti-China and separatist nature.” Ma said the Tibetan spiritual leader had kept on lying and was engaged in damaging China’s relations with other countries. But he would “not succeed” in all these attempts.

Though New Delhi did not comment immediately on the latest statement from Beijing, it is being seen in diplomatic circles as yet another attempt by China to stall the Dalai Lama’s visit to the north-eastern state. China claims about 90,000 sq km of Arunachal Pradesh along the border as part of its territory.

In the run up to the Dalai Lama’s visit, China has raised the issue with India at almost every forum. It was recently taken up by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Thailand on the margins of the ASEAN Summit.

Singh, however, categorically told the Chinese leader that the Dalai Lama was an honoured guest of India and was free to go anywhere in the country. He, however, was not allowed to engage in any political activity on the Indian soil.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman also called on New Delhi to reconsider its new visa policy which has driven thousands of Chinese workers on business visas to leave India. Some 25,000 Chinese workers in sectors such as power, communication and petroleum in India are likely to be affected by New Delhi’s new visa policy.

Army overhauls T-90 tanks indigenously
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
In a move that will ensure fast deployment of tanks, the Indian Army’s base workshop has carried out the first-ever overhaul of the Russian-built T-90 tanks, which form the frontline of the attack formations.

This will be a major step in sustaining the readiness of T-90 fleet of the Army, said Lt Gen Vinay Sharma, Master General Ordnance, as the first such overhauled tank rolled out of the 505 Army base repair workshop. Lt Gen AKS Chandele, DG EME, and Lt Gen D Bhardwaj, DG mechanised forces, were present when the first tank was handed back to the Army, a spokesperson said.

A team of three officers and 26 technicians trained in India and abroad completed the overhaul of the first tank in 214 days. The overhaul carried out at a cost of Rs 4 crore gives a life extension of about 15 years to the tank and will save Rs 14 crore to the exchequer which would have been the additional cost of sending the tank to Russia getting the overhaul done.

Ex-Army officer chargesheeted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet against a retired Indian Army major general and his wife for possessing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs.3.37 crore.

“The country’s premier investigation agency has filed a chargesheet against Major General (retd) Anand Kumar Kapoor, whose last posting was at Southwestern Command in Jaipur, and his wife Mirdula Kapoor before the special judge in Patiala House Court here on October 26,” a CBI official said.

Kapoor, it was found, had allegedly acquired assets either in his name or in the name his wife - even though she did possess any ostensible source of income - and two children.

According to information, the CBI had registered a case against them in September last, leading to searches at 12 places in Delhi, Gurgaon, Shimla, Jaipur and Mumbai.

Kapoor, during his service of 35 years, had acquired assets that were found “hugely disproportionate” to his known sources of income.

Army chief warns of 26/11-type attacks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
Indian Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor today warned of attacks that could be similar to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks last year. While separately he wished that Pakistan was peaceful and stable lest the ill-effects spillover to India.

General Kapoor was talking to reporters after inaugurating the new building of the Directorate General of Information System (DGIS) here as he said: “It is necessary that we take all steps to ensure that another incident similar to Mumbai attacks do not take place again”. The possibility of such an attack cannot be ruled out, he added.

Kapoor opined that a peaceful and stable Pakistan was necessary to India’s security. He refuted Pakistan’s allegations on India’s involvement in aiding terror in Balochistan. “I would just like to say that we want that Pakistan should be peaceful and stable so that its spillover effects are not felt in India”, the General added.

Pakistan has been consistently alleging that Indian spy agencies have been fomenting trouble in restive Balochistan province. Recently US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said there was no evidence of Indian involvement in Balochistan.

The new building of the DGIS will finally bring under one roof all the major units which were till date spread all over Delhi. The DGIS, created in 2004, is spearheading the transformation of the Indian Army from conventional warfare to information-enabled warfare.

Kashmir match: BCCI says Army's apology won't do

NDTV Correspondent, Tuesday November 3, 2009, Srinagar

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lashed out at the Indian Army on Tuesday, after the Services cricket team forfeited a Ranji Trophy match against Jammu and Kashmir.

Despite an apology from the Services team after angry reactions from the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), the BCCI reiterated its ban on the Army's team for this season.

The board said that an apology makes no difference, as the tournament's schedule cannot fit in another match in Srinagar.

Earlier, the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) had said that they had "apologised to the BCCI for the administrative slip-up in despatch of its team and requested them for fresh dates."

The apology came after BCCI banned Services from this year's Ranji Trophy cricket season, for skipping Tuesday's match in Srinagar citing security reasons.

JKCA chief Farooq Abdullah was livid at the Plate Division match's forfeiture; the Sher-E-Kashmir stadium was hosting a Ranji game after a gap of five years,

Abdullah threatened to take up the matter with the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, saying Services had negated the Government of India's positive assessment of the state's security situation.

Jammu and Kashmir earned four points from this forfeited match and will now take on Haryana from November 10-13.

Mahindra Satyam bags Saab deal

4 Nov 2009, 0130 hrs IST, ET Bureau

HYDERABAD: Mahindra Satyam on Tuesday said that it won an IT outsourcing contract from Swedish defence and aerospace firm, Saab, to develop its

operations for the global defence and security market in India in a deal valued at around $300 million.

The contract, which spread over a period of five years encompasses engineering services and technology maintenance, will enable both the companies jointly address the Battlefield Management System (BMS) for the Indian Army, according to a release.

Mahindra Satyam said that it has already initiated the setting up of a centre of excellence for network centric warfare (CoE – NCW) which will offer comprehensive skills and a repository of tools, systems, middleware, integration platforms and system showcases in the field of NCW.

The company through the CoE hopes to tap the high potential market for nationwide security, for which the Indian government has large investment plans. “This relationship will jumpstart our foray in mission critical areas of defense. Our commitment in the domestic market will be reaffirmed by this collaboration and also set the stage to enter uncharted territories in the global arena,” said C P Gurnani, CEO, Mahindra Satyam.

The centre, which will be accessible to both the partners, is for mission critical applications and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence solutions for global opportunities. The capabilities of the centre will also span areas of homeland security to provide end to end security solutions.

“We view this relationship with Mahindra Satyam as a strategic meeting of two highly skilled teams believing in technical and engineering excellence,” said Åke Svensson, President and CEO for Saab.

Mahindra Satyam, which counts Citigroup, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco Systems Inc and Nissan among its top five clients, has over 430 clients now. Over the last four months, the company, erstwhile Satyam Computers gained over 32 new customers including some large clients.

Satyam was acquired by Pune based IT services firm Tech Mahindra in April, after the firm’s defamed founder B Ramalinga Raju confessed to perpetrating India’s biggest corporate fraud. Customer confidence took a knock after Raju’s confession.

The company is attempting to regain contracts and enter into new strategic alliances to turn-around, even as its accounts are in the process of being re-stated.

J&K: 3 infiltrators killed, Army Capt injured

TNN 4 November 2009, 04:21am IST

SRINAGAR: The Army said on Tuesday that its troops foiled an infiltration bid by killing three terrorists in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. Captain Gautam Singh of 12 Bihar Regiment was injured in the crossfire.

Defence ministry spokesman Lt Col J S Brar told TOI troops of 11 Jat and 12 Bihar regiments noticed some suspicious movement along Line of Control near Eagle Post at Tangdhar, 170 km from Srinagar, in the frontier district. Asked to surrender, the terrorists opened fire, triggering an encounter, he said adding the operation was still going when last reports came in.

This is the third infiltration bid foiled by troops in less than a week. On October 29, troops killed an infiltrator in Tangdhar area. The next day, they killed two more in Keran sector of Kupwara district.

In a separate incident, terrorists on Monday hurled a hand grenade at a Sufi shrine at Astan Mohallah in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. The grenade exploded close to the shrine injuring two people, police said.,prtpage-1.cms

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