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Monday, 9 November 2009

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Mumbai to get Force One

Mumbai, November 8
Nearly a year after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the city gets its first batch of Force One commandos, an elite force formed on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG), for the state security.

"The city would have its own elite force, as the first batch of the Force One has been trained and soon they will become operational," said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar. Over 1,600 young policemen from the state had expressed their willingness to join the force and were given rigorous training by Israeli and German trainers, Iyengar said.

The state government has alloted land at Goregaon in western suburbs to the force for training and easy access in emergency situation, she said.

The Home Department has also focused on upgradation of police force, coastal security, strengthening Intelligence and participation of people in security. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20091109/nation.htm#7

Navy plans operating base in Paradip

Paradip, November 8
As part of steps to galvanise coastal security after the Mumbai terror attack, the Navy plans to set up a forward operating base in Orissa’s Paradip, besides substantially expanding its fleet size to ward off any threat.

“At least six new medium and small warships will soon be commissioned to raise our fleet size for which orders have been placed,” fleet commander of eastern naval command Rear Admiral P Murugesan told reporters during a demonstration and exercise by seven warships off the Paradip coast.

The entire coastline would be defended through fleet expansion of the Navy, which now has about 140 warships of different categories with state-of-the-art gadgets.

The Naval officer said a wide gap exists on the eastern coast in the absence of any naval facility between Vishakhapatnam and Haldia, and added plans were afoot to have a forward operating base at Paradip which would go a long way in smoothening movement of naval vessels and providing logistical support.

In view of the urgent need to tighten security along the coastline in light of 26/11 Mumbai attack, a request has already been made to Orissa government for allotment of land to establish the proposed base, he said.

In addition, since about 90 per cent of India’s trade takes place through sea, the Navy also seeks to protect cargo ships from pirates, he said.

“There is a need to deploy naval ships at certain points, particularly in view of recent attacks by sea pirates, to enable smooth and secure journey by trading vessels,” Murugesan said.

Describing the east coast as equally vulnerable, he said though intrusions often take place by Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan fishermen for illegal fishing, strict vigil must be maintained against possible entry by other elements. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20091109/nation.htm#14

‘Self-reliance in defence production a must’
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, November 8
Self-sufficiency in defence production is a must, but at the same time one should not forget the realities of life. This was the message that came from Vice-Chief of the Air Staff P K Barbora on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Bangalore-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), an outfit that works under the aegis of the DRDO.

The GTRE was given the responsibility of developing a jet engine (Kaveri) to power the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas. After two decades and an estimated expenditure of Rs 2000 crore, the GTRE is still struggling to complete the project.

GTRE director T M Mohan on Thursday said they would soon be heading for Russia with the engine for altitude tests and flying trials. While the GTRE has been facing a lot of flak over its inability to successfully develop the Kaveri engine, Air Marshal Barbora’s words came as music to the ears of all present at the function. The Vice-Chief, who was the chief guest at the function, said India was
caught in a situation wherein it was being forced to jump straight to the space age from a technologically primitive era.

“We have missed out on the mid-level technologies that came about in the fifties,” the Air Marshal said. “Forget about the jet engine, we have not been able to develop a proper automobile engine as yet.” He said rather than being a failure, the Kaveri engine was a success story. “Very soon we shall see IAF pilots flying jets powered by the engine,” the Air Marshal said, attracting a huge applause from the audience.

The Kaveri programme has attracted much criticism due to its ambitious objective, protracted development time, and the DRDO’s lack of clarity and openness in acknowledging problems.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20091109/nation.htm#19

Northern Army commander visits Ladakh, Siachen

(Source: IANS)

Published: Sun, 08 Nov 2009 at 22:15 IST

Jammu: Indian Army's Northern Command's chief Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal Sunday visited the XIV 'Fire & Fury' Corps in Ladakh to meet the soldiers and assess the ground situation. He also visited the Siachen glacier.

Defence spokesman Col. D.K. Kachari said this was Jaswal's maiden visit to this region after assuming command. Accompanied by the corps commander Lt. Gen. S.K. Singh, he visited forward posts on the Siachen Glacier and posts in Ladakh sector.

Interacting with troops, Jaswal conveyed his appreciation for their dedication and commitment in guarding the country in most inhospitable terrain under extreme climatic conditions and stressed the need for alertness at all levels.

Jaswal was briefed by Singh about the state of operational preparedness, training activities and recent infrastructural developments.

http://www.samaylive.com/news/northern-army-commander-visits-ladakh-siachen/666620.html

Pakistan rejects nuke takeover

2009-11-08 21:07

Islamabad - Pakistan on Sunday angrily rejected a media report that raised fears of a militant takeover of the Taliban-hit nation's nuclear weapons and suggested that the US had a hand in protecting the arsenal.

In the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that US officials had negotiated pacts with Pakistan to provide security for the nuclear arsenal in extreme circumstances.

It also raised the possibility that the threat to the security of the nuclear programme might come not from Taliban rebels battling the government, but from a "mutiny" by fundamentalist elements within the powerful military.

In response, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that the nation's nuclear materials "are completely safe and secure.

"Pakistan therefore does not require any foreign assistance in this regard," the statement said.

"Nor will Pakistan, as a sovereign state, ever allow any country to have direct or indirect access to its nuclear and strategic facilities. Any suggestion to this effect is simply preposterous."

Fiercely protective

Pakistan's government is fiercely protective and proud of its nuclear weapons programme, seen as a much-needed deterrent and defence against its arch-foe India, which also has nuclear capabilities.

But soaring attacks by Taliban insurgents - who struck at the heart of the military establishment in a raid and hostage drama at army headquarters last month - have raised jitters over the weapons' safety.

Hersh wrote in the The New Yorker that officials in Washington and Islamabad told him that agreements would allow specially trained American units to provide added security for the Pakistani arsenal in case of a crisis.

It also quoted unnamed Pakistan officials as expressing fear that the governments of either Pakistan's ally the United States or their arch-rival India might try to take control of the weapons - a claim denied by the US.

In response, Larry Schwartz, a spokesperson at the US embassy in Islamabad, told AFP that "the United States has no intention to seize Pakistani nuclear weapons or material.

"Pakistan is a key ally in our common effort to fight violent extremists and foster regional security."

The United States is regarded with deep suspicion in Pakistan, with missile strikes by unmanned US drone aircraft against Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in the northwest tribal belt seen as an infringement of Pakistan's sovereignty.

http://www.news24.com/Content/World/News/1073/b7d387ff1bcc49c49df8a9bb7201537c/08-11-2009-09-07/Pakistan_rejects_nuke_takeover#

India Deepens Defense Ties with Israel

Harinder Mishra/Jerusalem

As India and Israel move to deepen their military ties, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor arrived here on a key visit where he is scheduled to hold talks with top military officials.

General Kapoor will hold discussions with senior defence officials as 'part of regular ongoing exchanges' to tighten bilateral defence ties. The three-day visit will also allay fears that the CBI enquiry into controversial Barak missile deal may disrupt the robust defence ties between the two countries.

Defence sources here said that Gen Kapoor, who arrived here yesterday, will meet Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, besides other senior army officials.

He will also visit the Israel Defence Forces southern command.

Israel has become India's No. 1 supplier of arms and ammunition, overtaking Russia. The bulk of supplies constitute about 50 percent of Israel's defence exports and about 30 percent of India's imports.

Israel has supplied a range of defence products, including Barak missiles, assault rifles, night fighting devices, radar network, hi-tech electronic warfare systems and information technology related equipments.

The Indian Air Force last May received the first of the three Phalcon airborne early warning radar systems (AWACS) from Israel as part of a 1.1 billion USD deal in a big boost to its surveillance capabilities in the region.

The next delivery is expected in the first quarter of next year. As per recent reports, India is interested in working with Israel on submarine-launched cruise missiles, ballistic missile defense systems, laser-guided systems, satellites as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?669127

Rajput Regiment get together
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Members of the Rajput Regiment Officers Association held their 16th annual dinner and get together here on Friday. A large number of serving as well as retired officers associated with the regiment attended the event along with their wives.

The event is held on the first Friday of November every year and gives the old and the young, the serving and the retired an opportunity to revive camaraderie, share their experiences and bring each other up-to-date of regimental and personal matters.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20091109/cth1.htm#7

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