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Monday, 24 May 2010

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Jawan injured as Pak troops target 8 forward posts 
Tribune News Service  Jammu, May 23 Pakistan troops today again violated the ceasefire and targeted at least eight Indian forward posts in Poonch district, 210 km north of Jammu.  “The posts on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector in Poonch district were engaged in heavy fire by Pak troops”, Brigadier-General Staff (BGS) of the 16 Corps, Brig Gurdeep Singh, told The Tribune.  “The troops opened unprovoked machine gun fire around 9.05 a.m today and also fired 20 rockets, besides four mortar bombs on eight of our forward posts and as a result, one of our jawans, C. Narayanan of the 17 Mahar, sustained injuries”, said Brigadier Singh. The intermittent firing continued till 12.40 p.m.,he said, and described it as a clear case of ceasefire violation.  “We have already lodged a strong protest with our counterparts and at the same time are trying to hold a flag meeting at the earliest”, said Brigadier Singh.  Defence sources said the Pakistani troops first opened fire on the Kranti, Kirpan and Deep Complex posts in the KG sector on the LoC from Pimple, Daku and Battal posts on their side.  “They also resorted to intermittent firing on five other posts, including Ghora and Alpha”, they added.  “Though Pakistan has been resorting to ceasefire violations in the past in the KG sector to push in armed ultras, never before have we witnessed such a major violation “, a local from Mendhar told this correspondent over the phone.  Unconfirmed reports said at least three soldiers of the 653 Mujahid Battalion of the Pakistan Army guarding the Pimple, Daku and Battal posts on their side were killed when the Indian troops returned the fire.  It may be recalled here that the Pakistani troops had earlier opened fire in the KG sector on May 1, 6 and 18.
Jawan injured as Pak troops target 8 forward posts  Tribune News Service  Jammu, May 23 Pakistan troops today again violated the ceasefire and targeted at least eight Indian forward posts in Poonch district, 210 km north of Jammu.  “The posts on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector in Poonch district were engaged in heavy fire by Pak troops”, Brigadier-General Staff (BGS) of the 16 Corps, Brig Gurdeep Singh, told The Tribune.  “The troops opened unprovoked machine gun fire around 9.05 a.m today and also fired 20 rockets, besides four mortar bombs on eight of our forward posts and as a result, one of our jawans, C. Narayanan of the 17 Mahar, sustained injuries”, said Brigadier Singh. The intermittent firing continued till 12.40 p.m.,he said, and described it as a clear case of ceasefire violation.  “We have already lodged a strong protest with our counterparts and at the same time are trying to hold a flag meeting at the earliest”, said Brigadier Singh.  Defence sources said the Pakistani troops first opened fire on the Kranti, Kirpan and Deep Complex posts in the KG sector on the LoC from Pimple, Daku and Battal posts on their side.  “They also resorted to intermittent firing on five other posts, including Ghora and Alpha”, they added.  “Though Pakistan has been resorting to ceasefire violations in the past in the KG sector to push in armed ultras, never before have we witnessed such a major violation “, a local from Mendhar told this correspondent over the phone.  Unconfirmed reports said at least three soldiers of the 653 Mujahid Battalion of the Pakistan Army guarding the Pimple, Daku and Battal posts on their side were killed when the Indian troops returned the fire.  It may be recalled here that the Pakistani troops had earlier opened fire in the KG sector on May 1, 6 and 18.






Maoists attack CRPF patrol
Subhrangshu Gupta/TNS  Kolkata, May 23 Maoists again attacked a CRPF patrol in Jangalmahal area of West Midnapore district in West Bengal yesterday prior to the gunning down of two CPM cadres at nearby Jhargram town. One CRPF personnel was also injured.  The bodies were found lying on the main thoroughfare to Jamshedpur today. Maoist posters and literature were also strewn around, with one poster carrying the warning of “more such attacks if the joint action force was not withdrawn and innocent villagers of Lalgarh-Jangalmahal area not released”.  The Maoists fired several rounds at the CRPF personnel who were escorting the Tata Steel express passing through Jangalmahal. In the firing, a CRPF jawan and a passenger received bullet injuries. The Maoists also blasted landmines at several places in Jhargra. They also burnt down the local CPM office.  At Jhargram station, the aggrieved passengers organised demonstrations before the station master and the GRP thana, demanding adequate protection. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that the state government had reduced the police deployment on the railways, which was encouraging the Maoists to frequently attack the trains and the passengers.







Indigenous combat copter takes to skies
Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service  Bangalore, May 23 The aviation disaster at Mangalore yesterday was followed by a tremendous achievement in the field of aviation when HAL raised the curtain on its indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) here today.  The machine turned out to be a beauty - albeit a deadly one - capable of inflicting lethal damage on adversaries. It is armed with one 20 mm turret gun, 70 mm rockets, air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles and iron and cluster bombs.  Put up for display for the first time, the helicopter had the audience awestruck by its incredible manoeuvrability and sleek look. The chopper moved sideways on both right and left sides at a good speed and even did reverse flying. It climbed vertically skywards in great speed and then dived toward the ground at an even greater speed.  HAL had big plans for this day. Defence Minister AK Antony, Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju and Air Chief Marshal PV Naik were supposed to be present at the function today. None of them came in view of the tragic plane crash yesterday.  In their absence, the responsibility of becoming the chief guest at the event fell at the shoulders of Air Marshal PK Borbora, IAF vice-chief.  “The show must go on,” Borbora said later after having observed two-minute silence in the memory of those who died in the crash.  Ashok Naik, HAL chairman, said the helicopter that flew today was the first prototype of LCH. Two more prototypes were being built, he said and added that the helicopter was likely to get Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) in 2012.  Weapon testing of the first prototype would take place in Chandipur in Orissa later this year, Srinivasan, chief of HAL’s helicopter complex, said.  The helicopter, when loaded with ordnances, weighs 5.8 tonnes and can climb at the rate of 12 metres per second. Its maximum speed is 268 km per hour. The mission systems of LCH consist of target acquisition and designation system, helmet mounted sight, electronic warfare suite and counter measure dispensing system, data link with ground control, digital video recording system and infrared suppressor.  The helicopter can be used against slow-moving aerial targets, for destruction of enemy air defence and can be deployed for anti-tank and anti-personnel operations. The cost of the project, according to Ashok Naik, HAL chairman, is Rs 376 crore.







Firing at LoC near Poonch, Pak fires at Indian posts
Press Trust of India, Sunday May 23, 2010, Jammu In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistan troops on Sunday opened heavy fire on six Indian Forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the fifth incident this month.  "Pakistan troops opened indiscriminate and heavy fire on five-six Indian Posts along the Line of Control in Krishnagati sub-sector, 210 km from here, at around 0905 hours," Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 Corps, Brig Gurdeep Singh told PTI.  Indian troops retaliated resulting in heavy exchanges till 1130 hours, he said, adding that there was no causality on this side.  "It is a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops", Brig Singh said, adding that firing from Pakistani side is continuing intermittently.  Pakistani troops targeted Forward Defence Locations (FDLs) of Kranti, Chajja One, Gorda, Kripan, Balnoie and Mankote in Krishnagati sub-sector. They also used medium machines guns and fired mortors on Indian positions, defence sources said.  This is the fifth incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir this month.  On May one, there was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Krishnagati belt of Poonch sector when they fired on 4 Indian posts.  It was followed by ceasefire violation along International Border (IB) in Ballard post in Samba sector, where Pakistani Rangers fired on Indian border outposts.  It was followed by a ceasefire violation along IB in Abdullaian BOP in Jammu sector when Pakistani Rangers fired on the Indian BOP and blew up border fencing on May 12.  On May 18, two jawans were killed and three injured in cross-border firing by Pakistan.  In Islamabad, the military claimed that a Pakistani soldier was killed in the firing and demanded an immediate flag meeting to discuss the issue.





Delhi: 'Drunk' woman crushes 2 under her car
NDTV Correspondent, Sunday May 23, 2010, New Delhi delhicaraccidentstory.jpgIn a possible case of drunk driving, two people were crushed under the wheels of a Honda City in Delhi on Saturday night. The accident happened when the car rammed into an auto in the city's Cantonment area.  Two people died on the spot while two others are being treated at Safdarjung Hospital.  Police claim an Army colonel's wife was behind the wheels and she was in a drunken state. They have registered a case for drunken driving and rash driving and culpable homicide.  The deceased have been identified as Raj Kumar (50), the auto driver, and Ved Prakash (23). Nivedita Singh, wife of a serving Colonel, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when the accident took place.  "She was speeding and lost control of her car before ramming into the auto head-on which had four occupants, including the driver," the official said.  Kumar, a resident of Uttam Nagar, and a passenger Prakash, residing in Palam Colony, died on the spot while two others Geet Singh (28) of Khanpur and Megh Singh (27) of Alwar suffered injuries.  The colonel's wife is being questioned by police. The incident occurred around 11.30 last night.







Pakistan, China agree to boost defence cooperation 
By Iqbal Chaudhry  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China will discuss boosting up defence cooperation in order to maintain the existing momentum, Daily Times has learnt on Sunday.  A 16-member Chinese defence delegation, headed by Chinese State Councillor and Minister for National Defence General Liang Guangile arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit.  According to a press release, the Chinese defence minister will hold meetings with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and senior local military leadership, which would further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.  According to diplomatic officials, the terms on which the Chinese provided weapons and equipment to Pakistan was not aimed at perpetuating Pakistan’s dependence on Beijing, but on encouraging self-reliance. This included supply of spare parts, setting up local overhauling facilities, license production and other joint ventures. A Foreign Office official said that Pakistan and China will work closely to address regional security and strategic issues, including “intra-regional disputes and posturing of involved states”, – an apparent reference to a purported report which claimed that India was preparing for a two-front war with both countries.  During talks between a Pakistani team led by Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Tariq Majid and the People’s Liberation Army Deputy Chief General Ma Xiaotian, earlier this year, the two sides focused on ways of addressing “the tenuous spectre of strategic stability in the region. The last round of the Pakistan-China defence and security talks also decided to address the “intra-regional disputes and posturing of involved states.”  These security talks were aimed at “sharing perspectives on the fast-evolving regional security situation for developing common insight into emerging scenarios and coordinating common responses”.







 Army for laser-based weapons on its futuristic tanks
New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) Looking to strengthen its armoured capabilities, the Indian Army wants its futuristic Main Battle Tank to be equipped with high-powered lasers for taking on enemy rockets, aircraft and electro-optical sensors.  "High/medium-energy level laser is expected to be a lethality option against rockets, air vehicles, light ground vehicles, antennas of armoured vehicles and electro-optical sensors," the Army stated in its long-term technology plans submitted to the Defence Ministry.  Officials said concerned DRDO labs are already working in this direction and developing the capability.  They added that these capabilities might be deployed on the Arjun Mk-II project, which was recently cleared by the Defence Ministry after the Army decided to place orders for another 124 Arjun MBTs with the DRDO.





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