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Friday, 15 October 2010

From Today's Papers - 15 Oct 2010

Dispensation of Captain’s court martial unjustified: HC Gives authorities two months to reopen Capt Sudip Biswas’ case
Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service  Chandigarh, October 14 Eighteen years after an Army Captain was compulsorily retired from service, the decision to dispense with the court martial proceedings -- without indicating reasons for it -- has failed to find favour with the Punjab and Haryana High Court.  A Division Bench has made it clear that the dispensation of court martial was not justified. At the same time, the Bench has not directed his reinstatement. But, has directed that the Union of India and other respondents “will be obliged to order for the reinstatement of the petitioner on such post for which he may be found fit with all consequential benefits”, if they “do not consider it expedient to reopen the matter within two months of receiving the orders copy”. The direction comes with a rider -- Captain Sudip Biswas should be fit for Army service.  Going into the background, the Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rajan Gupta asserted: “On September 11, 1989, the appellant’s wife made a written complaint to the Deputy Judge Advocate-General, Western Command, alleging demand of dowry, harassment and physical assault on her”.  On September 1, 1992, the impugned order was passed compulsorily retiring the appellant from service. After hearing advocates Vijay Hansaria and HS Sidhu for the petitioner, the Bench asserted: “It is clear from the letter of the Army Chief dated September 10, 1990, that the then Chief of the Army Staff has considered that in the present case, it was inexpedient to conduct a court martial due to exigencies of service.”  “Time and again the judicial verdict has emphasised reasons are the live link between the basic facts and the conclusions reached. Unfortunately, in the present case, the limited judicial satisfaction cannot be reached. On the contrary, it has to be held that in the absence of reasons for dispensing with the court martial, the conclusion that a court martial is not expedient will stand vitiated,” the Bench said.

Militants hurl grenade at CRPF camp in Kashmir
October 15, 2010 03:06 IST Tags: Central Reserve Police Force, Kashmir, Srinagar, Terroristss, Sopore Share this Ask Users Write a Comment Click!  Terroristss lobbed a grenade towards a security forces camp in Sopore town of Baramulla district in Kashmir [ Images ] but no damage was done in the explosion, official sources said in Srinagar [ Images ].  The ultras lobbed the grenade towards the camp of 92nd Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, located in Shahkar Theatre, in Sopore, 52 kms from Srinagar, at around 8 pm, the sources said.  Although the grenade exploded in the compound of the theatre, no one was hurt, they added. No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Indian Army buys communication equipment adapted to withstand the extreme environmental conditions
By Frontier India | October 14th, 2010 | Category: Indian Army News | No Comments »  Indian Army has ordered communication equipment from Aqeri, which is adapted to withstand the extreme environmental conditions in Asia. The deliveries will take place during the first and second quarters of 2011.  Aqeri, a Swedish company, says that this is its largest export order to date, worth more than MSEK 8. For a long time Aqeri has been building up strong confidence in its products and is now beginning to reap the rewards of its work.  The order is the third in a row in this project and refers to the final part of a test series prior to the start of volume series. The company says that, the Indian Navy has also shown interest in the same solution.  Similar products have been successfully tested for some years in another large project, a radar system, at a few places along India’s border.  “After 8 year’s presence in India with a number of small experimental orders where we have proved our competence we are now beginning to approach the larger projects, which is tremendously exciting” says Jan Israelsson, CEO of Aqeri.

Defence production policy to focus on building robust industry
PTI | 07:10 PM,Oct 14,2010  New Delhi, Oct 14 (PTI) India's arms purchase trend will soon witness a sharp shift with the government readying a draft Defence Production Policy (DPP) that focuses on building a robust industrial base for self-reliance in meeting the needs of its armed forces. As part of the DPP, to be approved and released soon, the government will give preference to indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment. It will rely on foreign sources to buy arms for the Army, Navy and Air Force only in case of critical technologies in which indigenous industries do not have capabilities and if they cannot meet the time lines for delivery. The draft DPP says, "Government will endeavour to build a robust indigenous defence industrial base by proactively encouraging larger involvement of the Indian private sector in design, development and manufacture of defence equipment. "(It will) progressively identify and address any issue which impacts or has the potential of impacting the competitiveness of Indian defence industry in comparison to foreign companies." Indian defence production was an exclusive domain of the public sector undertakings and the Ordnance Factories till 2000, when the government decided to allow 100 per cent private participation in the sector. In the first decade since the policy shift, the Defence Ministry has issued about 150 licences and letters of intent to the private sector. At present, 70 per cent armament requirement of Indian armed forces is met through purchases from foreign sources.But this scenario is likely to change once the DPP is implemented in full. The draft DPP also says that the "government has decided that preference will be given to indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment. "Therefore, wherever the required arms, ammunition and equipment are possible to be made by the Indian industry within the required time frame, the procurement will be made from indigenous sources." .

Latest defence technology on display
TNN, Oct 14, 2010, 10.21pm IST MYSORE: Pay a visit to the Dasara exhibition grounds and get to know the might of India's defence forces. The ten-day exhibition of the armed forces showcases the country's capabilities in designing and developing a wide range of defence products.  Visitors will learn about the latest in defence technology such as improvised explosive devices used in various objects like phones, wireless sets, chairs, letter boxes, handbags etc., and equipment used by the Army, Navy and Air forces. The expo also aims at creating awareness among the public about careers in Indian defence sector.  Organisations like Defence Food Research Laboratory, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Hindustan Aeronautics Limits, Madras Engineering Group and others have displayed models of indigenously developed products like surveillance radars, unmanned aircrafts, launch vehicles, heavy vehicles used for loading weapons to aircraft, aircraft carriers and night vision devices and artillery.  Assistant engineer attached to Bharat Electronics Limited M D Khaja said they manufacture night vision devices only for armed forces and law enforcing agencies like the police. The devices include goggle, binocular and monocular, which are useful during night operation, he said.  Aeronautical Development Establishment scientist Nagaraj said they havedisplayed models of unmanned aircrafts Nishanth, Rustom-1 and Lakshya, developed by them. These aircrafts are used for surveillance purpose and to supply weapons, he informed.  DFRL authorities have showcased the ready-to-eat packed food they have prepared for armed forces personnel. HAL too has displayed its products like light aircrafts and choppers besides bodies of launch vehicle like polar satellite launch vehicle and geosynchronous satellite launch vehicles.

Stirring military musical treat at CWG closing ceremony 
New Delhi, Oct 14 – Bands from the Indian armed forces captivated the audience with their repertoire of rousing marches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Thursday as the curtain was brought down on the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi.  The musical treat by the colourful bands from the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force – similar to their feted performance during the annual Beating Retreat ceremony – was among the showpieces of the closing ceremony.  The 650 musicians, comprising 14 brass bands and 17 pipes and drums, marched in formation in the brightly lit stadium, keeping up a brisk momentum.  Marching in perfect unison, they wove intricate patterns on the field, ranging from stars to triangles to circles playing well-loved marches like ‘Vijay Bharat’, ‘India Gate’, ‘Deshon ka Sartaj Bharat’, ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’ and ‘Jai Jai Bharti’.  As the crowds cheered loudly, the drummers played a solo piece, and did the ‘crescendo’ – a highlight of the Beating Retreat ceremony.  They rounded off their performance with the eternal favourite ‘Sare Jahan Se Achcha Hindustan Hamara’ of famed Urdu poet Iqbal.

India, Vietnam plan joint army training 
Gautam Datt Express News Service First Published : 14 Oct 2010 03:33:44 AM IST Last Updated : 14 Oct 2010 11:28:27 AM IST  NEW DELHI: India has decided to expand its programme to hold joint military exercises with international armed forces by adding Vietnam into the list.  Defence Minister A K Antony, who was in Hanoi to attend the first Asean Plus Eight security conference, has given a go ahead to joint military exercises between Indian and Vietnamese army.  The two sides would hold jungle warfare drills and high-altitude combat exercises in the near future. The decision was taken after Antony met his Vietnamese counterpart Gen Phung Quang Thanh.  India already holds military exercises with a host of countries, including the US, Russia and China. It has decided to expand this cooperation to the eastern front. Vietnam is a crucial choice as it has emerged as one of the strongest partners of India in South East Asia.  There is uncertainty over Sino-India military cooperation following the visa row involving a top Indian Army General.  The Vietnamese army is known for its jungle warfare expertise and the Indian Army would be keen to cooperate in the field. The Indian Army runs its own jungle warfare and counter-insurgency school in the North East. For Vietnam, India’s expertise in high-altitude warfare would be an area of interest.  India has also decided to train Vietnamese army personnel in IT. They would also be taught English language.  India has also offered help to Vietnamese forces in UN peacekeeping operations. New Delhi has acknowledged that Vietnam has strategic importance as far as military planning is concerned.

Ministry of Defence calls for creative and media pitch for the Indian Army
October 14, 10  Pallavi Goorha Kashyup  The Ministry of Defence has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from agencies for production of quality ads to be projected TV, radio, mobiles, the Internet and print to attract candidates to seek the Army as a career option. The account also involves suggesting a media plan and provision of an end to end candidate relationship management solution.  Last date for receiving the EOIs is October 20, 2010. It is learnt that the first round of presentations are taking place in the first week of November 2010.  The bidder must have valid INS accreditation and its registered office in India, with a liaison office in Delhi/ NCR. The bidder must have a minimum turnover of Rs 75 crore per year.

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