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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

From Today's Papers - 30 Jun 2010

JJ Singh takes Raj Bhawan closer to people
Bijay Sankar Bora Tribune News Service  General (retd) JJ SinghGuwahati, June 29 Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (retd) JJ Singh’s endeavour to bring the Raj Bhawan closer to people of the bordering hill state has elicited overwhelming response from all sections of the common people as well as the researchers.  An official source in Itanagar informed that over a thousand common people, including schoolchildren, visited the Raj Bhawan in Itanagar since the Governor decided to open it for commoners on every Sunday afternoon for two hours. The process started since the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day on February 20 last year.  Every Sunday between 3 pm to 5 pm, the common people have the opportunity to visit the Raj Bhawan compound. To make their visit more interesting, the Raj Bhawan officials organises games like air rifle shooting, flower name writing and basketball.  According to Raj Bhawan sources, more than thousand visitors have visited the compound. Along with visitors and schoolchildren of the capital city, people from faraway places like Doimukh, Oyan, Pasighat, Daporijo and Tawang and even from neighboring state of Assam have visited it.  The Raj Bhawan is located on a hillock close to a historical monument known as Ita-Fort (Eastern Gate), on an area of 27 acres. The compound is characterised by a lush green lawn with decorative trees, beautiful flower gardens, a kitchen garden and fruit trees which sooth one’s soul and spirit.  The beautiful nine-hole golf course which has been set up in a record time of six months under the initiative of the Governor, imparts a majestic look to the surrounding.  The orchid centre, Hornbill cottage, fish pond, bee keeping unit and the country chicken farm are very popular among visitors.

Navy gets two warships 
Visakhapatnam, June 29 Giving a boost to the Navy’s defence capabilities, two state-of-the-art high-speed warships, INS Cankarso and INS Kondul, were commissioned here today into the naval fleet.  Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan commissioned the ships in the presence of Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral Anup Singh and other senior Naval officials.  The indigenously-built ships use water jet propulsion technology and can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots. They will be based in Goa and tasked with the role of detecting, locating and destroying small, fast-moving enemy surface craft engaged in covert operations, a Navy spokesman said.  INS Cankarso and INS Kondul are fitted with 30-mm CRN-91 gun built by Ordnance Factory, Medak, and Igla missiles and set of machine guns ranging from light to heavy. "These features are an improvement over the previous fast attack craft (FAC) ships," the spokesman said.  These two ships are the first lot of the ten similar ships that the Navy proposed to induct in its fleet. They belong to the Car Nicobar class V and VI in the FAC series.  "In addition to their primary role, the ships will be tasked with the role of policing, anti-smuggling and fisheries protection in India's coastal waters. In the long run, these ships could help in ensuring stability in India's maritime zones of responsibility," the spokesman said.  INS Cankarso is named after an island near Goa while INS Kondul derives its name from an island near Nicobar. Kolkata-based Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers, headed by Rear-Admiral (retd) K C Shekar, built these ships in two years.  Water jet technology has rapidly gained acceptance as the leading means of propulsion for all types of high-speed marine craft, including ferries, work boats, patrol crafts and pleasure boats.  Recent advances in water jet technology have put them ahead of conventional propulsion systems in high-speed performance and reliability, the Navy spokesman said.  INS Cankarso is commanded by Arun Bahuguna and INS Kondul by Shashidhar R Patil. The two crafts that have 45 sailors and four officers on board, are equipped with a reverse-osmosis technology drinking water plant and sewerage treatment plant. — PTI

Army training CRPF men to fight Maoists
Bijay Sankar Bora/ TNS  Guwahati, June 29 Large contingents of CRPF personnel are undergoing month-long training on fighting Maoists guerrillas. The training is being imparted by Army personnel at two locations in Assam. The effort is part of a larger programme to train paramilitary force across the country.  The massacre of CRPF personnel at Dantewada by Maoists guerrillas in April compelled the Centre to engage the Army for training paramilitary forces deployed to combat Maoists guerrillas.  Defence sources said 540 CRPF jawans and eight officials had assembled at an Army base at Agia in Goalpara district of Western Assam for the training that would conclude on July 24. The training would focus on weaponry, tactical drills, ambush, raids, patrolling, IEDs and psychological operations. CRPF men would also be trained in winning hearts of the people that formed a crucial aspect of the overall strategy to fight Maoists guerrillas.

Army to get electronic interceptors soon
Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service  Chandigarh, June 29 With signal interception playing a major role in the intelligence operations within the emerging information warfare spectrum, the Military intelligence is in the process of acquiring electronic intercept receiver to boost its ability to monitor hostile air waves.  Apart from voice and data intercepts, the Army also wants to keep a tab on various radars and other equipment emitting radio frequency (RF) signals that could help detect and deduce enemy capability, movements and possible motives.  “There are various RF emitters, including various types of radars apart from the one used for communication system used by our neighboring countries. There is need to monitor these emitters by our security forces to obtain required information. Hence, a RF Intercept Receiver is required that can monitor these non-communication emitters,” a request for proposal issued by the Directorate of Military Intelligence said earlier this month.  Battlefield surveillance radars, artillery fire control and detection radars, the GPS systems, man-portable tactical radars, radio jammers and ground sensors are examples of equipment besides communication sets that are in use with the military forces. Militant groups are also known to use some electronic gadgets like the GPS and remote triggering devices. Signal interception is heavily used by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.  The Army also wants system configurations that support manned, unmanned, remote and autonomous continuous operations in harsh environments over long period of time. The system should also have means of storing intercepted data.

Lt Gen chargesheeted in Sukna land scam 
New Delhi, June 29 Senior Army officer Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash was today chargesheeted in Sukna land scam case with the army accusing him of trying to help secure defence land for a private realtor to set up a school near Siliguri West Bengal.  After the reconvened Court of Inquiry (COI) was completed earlier this month, the Army initiated the summary of evidence against him at the Eastern Command headquarters in Kolkata from today and Gen Prakash was slapped with five charges.  “In the summary of evidence, the Army has charged Prakash with visiting Jodhpur and Ajmer to help the Geetanjali Educational Trust to get affiliation from Mayo college, visiting Chumta tea estate before recommending to the 33 Corps commander to consider his friend Dilip Agarwal's proposal to build an educational facility at the proposed site and trying to help him to get his proposal cleared by the Army,” sources said.  If the summary of evidence finds Prakash guilty, he would have to face a court martial in the case, they added.  An earlier COI had indicted Praksh along with three other generals, including Lt Gen P K Rath, 11 Corps commander Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali and Maj Gen PK Sen. — PTI

Maoists attack CRPF party in Chhattisgarh, 26 jawans killed 
NDTV Correspondent, Updated: June 30, 2010 00:21 IST  Raipur:  Twenty six CRPF jawans have been killed and seven injured in what is being seen as another major Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh.  Sources said at least 90 Maoists ambushed a 63-strong CRPF road-opening party in an area under Dhaurai police station, 3 km from the CRPF camp in Narayanpur district of the state, at about 3 pm on Tuesday.  The CRPF men from 39 Battalion, E and F company, were securing the area ahead of a two-day Naxal-sponsored bandh starting tomorrow.  Home Secretary GK Pillai says that the injured have been evacuated. (Watch: Injured have been evacuated, says Home Secretary)      IAF helicopters would be used bring back the dead early on Wednesday morning, sources said.  In the country's worst Maoist attack ever, at least 75 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a state police personnel were killed in an ambush on On April 6, in the thick Mukrana forests of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. (Read: 76 security men killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh)  Barely a month after the deadly attack on the CRPF, Naxals triggered a bus blast on May 17 in Dantewada in which 31 people were killed, mostly civilians.

New ISI-Lashkar plan to keep Kashmir on boil 
Nitin Gokhale, Updated: June 29, 2010 14:13 IST  New Delhi:  Government sources have revealed that trouble-makers in Jammu and Kashmir are being instructed by their mentors in Pakistan to keep the Kashmir valley on the boil by instigating people to confront security forces.  The sources say the latest strategy of the Pakistan's ISI and the Lashkar-e-Toiba is to combine renewed infiltration attempts by heavily-armed militants with the unleashing of civil unrest to ensure Kashmir remains in a state of chaos.  The aim is to make create the kind of situation that had prevailed during the 2008 Amarnath Yatra agitation, the sources said.  One of the main elements of this new strategy is to instigate people to confront security personnel and force them to react violently. Over the last couple of weeks Kashmir has indeed witnessed violent protests with agitators often attacking security forces.     The new strategy to foment trouble has been devised following the failure to push an adequate number of militants across the Line of Control in the past few months, the sources said.

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