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Military preparedness top priority: PM Tribune News Service New Delhi,
October 22 Addressing top strategic planners of the country, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh listed out "military preparedness and modernisation of
Forces" as matters of the highest priority for his government. The Prime
Minister, while delivering the valedictory address at the seminar "Role of
Force in Strategic Affairs" organised to mark the golden jubilee of National
Defence College (NDC), warned that "military power alone cannot assure
national security". Growth alone is not the ultimate answer to the multiple
challenges we face as a nation. He said: "The ability to develop at the
pace and direction that we wish. will depend on how well we are able to
maintain the internal stability and cohesion of our country." The NDC
offers a mid-career training course for civilian and armed forces officers.
It was founded in 1960 to fine-tune the strategic programmes of the country.
The Prime Minister went on to ask the strategic planners to modernise
defence doctrines to respond to new and non-traditional threats to the
national security. "We have to be prepared to deal with threats to our
security from non-state actors and groups. Non-state actors are becoming
increasingly fused and employing the best technologies to target open and
democratic societies like ours," he said. He asked the security forces to
ensure that our capabilities to combat terrorism remain a step ahead of
those of the terrorists. "They should be left in no doubt whatsoever about
our ability and resolve to defeat them. Terrorism has been used as a means
to destroy the values on which our nation is built. Terrorist groups enjoy
patronage and sanctuaries and do not lack in resources," he said. Sending
out a strong signal about India requiring to grapple with the changing
global scenario, Singh said: "We should not expect those who have power to
willingly part with it. We have therefore to stand up on our own feet."
Earlier Defence Minister AK Antony told the audience that relations of India
with neighbouring countries were dictated by compulsions of history.
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101023/nation.htm#4
SC fumes over illegal sale of Army weapons R Sedhuraman Legal Correspondent
New Delhi, October 22 Describing the sale of Army's sophisticated weapons by
its own officers holding high positions as a "very serious matter involving
internal security," the Supreme Court today took the Defence Ministry to
task for treating the matter casually. A Bench comprising Justices B
Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar questioned Additional Solicitor General Vivek
Tankha how the Ministry allowed a Captain to file an affidavit in the court
over the issue "fraught with serious consequences." Pointing out that as
many as 35 top officers holding ranks higher than the Captain were facing
charges, the Bench said it was not "satisfied" with the affidavit. A
"responsible officer should file a fresh affidavit within four weeks" it
ordered. ASG Tankha sought to pacify the Bench, contending that each Army
officer was allowed to take one weapon for personal use and was also allowed
to transfer it to any other person at a later date, but with the permission
of the Army. However, in these cases permission was not taken, he admitted.
Petitioner Arvind Kumar Sharma said the Army and the Defence Ministry were
trying to cover up the matter. Only four of the 35 officers had returned the
weapons. Officers in the ranks of Brigadier, Colonel and Major General were
involved, he claimed. He expressed the apprehension that some of these
weapons had fallen into the hands of terrorists. An investigation by an
independent agency like the CBI was necessary to uncover the scam fully, he
said. The ASG said the Captain who had filed the affidavit was dealing with
the case and the Ministry was only supervising it. The Bench, however,
refused to accept the contention. "How can a Captain speak on behalf of the
Defence Ministry," it questioned the Additional Solicitor General.
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101023/nation.htm#2
S offers Pakistan army $2 billion aid package Eric Scmitt, David E Sanger,
New York Times, Updated: October 22, 2010 22:16 IST Ads by Google Luxury
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Door Company www.Fenesta.com Washington: Even as the Obama administration
moved to stop training and equipping Pakistani Army units that have killed
civilians in the offensive against the Taliban, the United States said
Friday that it planned increased aid for Pakistan's military over the next
five years. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement
in Washington alongside the Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mehmood
Qureshi, as leaders from both nations convened for a series of meetings.
The new aid package, totaling $2 billion, is meant to replace one that
expired Oct. 1. It would complement $7.5 billion in aid that the United
States has already pledged to Pakistan for civilian projects, some have
which have been directed toward helping the nation recover from the damaging
floods. In announcing the aid, Mrs. Clinton did not discuss the
administration's moves to stop financing certain elements in the Pakistani
Army that have killed unarmed prisoners and civilians. * Rediff.com
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* NDTVGmail Buzz * NDTVPrint On Thursday, senior administration and
Congressional officials said that the Obama administration planned to cut
off funds to those units. The step appeared to be an unusual rebuke to a
wartime ally, illustrating the growing tensions with a country that is seen
as a pivotal partner, and sometimes impediment, in a campaign to root out Al
Qaeda and other militant groups. The White House had not told Pakistan of
the decision to cut off those units' funds, according to officials from both
countries. It has privately briefed a few senior members of Congress, but it
has not given them details about which Pakistani units will be affected by
the suspension. One senior administration official said there was "a lot of
concern about not embarrassing" the Pakistani military, especially during a
week in which officials are here for the third "Strategic Dialogue" in a
year. Thursday's decision to cut to cut off those units' funds came just as
the two countries were trying to get beyond a sharp exchange after NATO
helicopter gunships killed three Pakistani paramilitary troops, and Pakistan
retaliated by shutting down a critical allied supply route into Afghanistan.
President Obama met Wednesday in Washington with Pakistan's army chief, Gen.
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and other senior Pakistani officials before leaving on
a campaign trip to the West Coast, but the White House provided only a vague
description of their conversations. Most of the strategic dialogue is
focused on coordination of a range of subjects, including counterterrorism,
nuclear security, flood relief and trade. The officials who described the
decision said it would affect the Pakistani Army and special operations
troops supported by the United States that have conducted offensives against
Taliban fighters in the Swat Valley and South Waziristan in the past year,
the officials said. But the process is not over: some additional Pakistani
units may yet be denied American aid, officials say. The Leahy Amendment, a
law that stretches back more than a decade, requires the United States to
cut off aid to foreign militaries that are found to have committed gross
violations of human rights. It has been applied in the past to Indonesia and
Colombia, but never to a country of such strategic importance to the United
States as Pakistan. "I told the White House that I have real concerns about
the Pakistani military's actions, and I'm not going to close my eyes to it
because of our national interests in Pakistan," Senator Patrick J. Leahy,
the author of the amendment, said Wednesday from his home in Vermont. "If
the law is going to have teeth, it has to be taken seriously. Pakistan's
military leaders have made encouraging statements about addressing these
issues, but this requires more than statements." The United States spends
about $2 billion a year on the Pakistani military, including money
specifically designated for counterterrorism operations. A senior Pakistani
official who has been involved in discussions about the issue said the
United States had conveyed its concerns about reports of extrajudicial
killings, which he said Pakistan was addressing. But he said Pakistan had
not been notified that any army units had been refused training or
equipment. The United States government "has not threatened us with
withholding of assistance or training for any of our military units on these
grounds," the official said. Much of the administration's review has been
overseen by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who
has also been one of the administration's direct contacts with General
Kayani. Admiral Mullen has spoken to senior lawmakers, including Senator
Leahy and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the chairman of the Foreign
Relations Committee, and assured them that the law would be followed, a
senior military said. Once strictures are in place, the government has
inspections to make sure that the sanctioned units do not receive American
training or equipment. Admiral Mullen is acutely aware that the United
States is in a difficult position on this issue, senior military officers
said. He is pushing Pakistan to enter forbidding territory to take on Al
Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban -- a point that Mr. Obama reinforced in his
meeting with General Kayani -- even as the administration is punishing
Pakistani troops for human rights abuses. Part of the difference is a stark
cultural gulf between Pakistani military units, especially the lightly
trained Frontier Corps, and American troops. American officials have long
suspected that some Pakistani units have killed unarmed detainees and their
civilian sympathizers in revenge for attacks on military and police
outposts. The absence of a reliable court system to handle detainees also
encourages battlefield justice, American officials say. General Kayani, who
is considered more influential than any civilian official in the weak
Pakistani government, has begun to act on the American warnings, senior
American officials said. He recently ordered an inquiry into an Internet
video that shows men in Pakistani military uniforms executing six young men
in civilian clothes. General Kayani said in a statement at the time that
violations of army rules against extrajudicial killings "will not be
tolerated." The Pakistani military has been accused of hundreds of
extrajudicial killings. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a
nongovernmental organization, said in June that 282 had been committed in
the Swat region in the previous year. But a senior State Department
official said the Internet video seized the attention of senior officials at
the White House and the State Department, and intensified discussions about
how to deal with the issue. Some officials said the video might have also
forced General Kayani to act. "As General Kayani has said repeatedly in
public and in private, professional standards and enforcement of those
standards are the hallmark of a modern and successful military," Tommy
Vietor, a White House spokesman, said Thursday in a statement. "These issues
are part of our conversations with all militaries around the world with whom
we work." The White House's most recent quarterly report to Congress on
developments in the region cited continuing reports of gross violations of
human rights in Pakistan. "There was some evidence that the Pakistani
military has made initial steps to stop those abuses," the report said.
"However, despite U.S. engagement on the issue, reports of ongoing abuses
continue to surface." Under pressure from the United States, the Pakistani
Army in 2009 carried out an offensive in Swat in the northwest, and a year
later in South Waziristan in the mountainous tribal regions along the border
with Afghanistan. In each case, the army has struggled to conduct
counterinsurgency missions that maintain public support while singling out
insurgents and their sympathizers in the population. The killings in Swat
appear to include Taliban prisoners. The army has also created makeshift
prisons where some 3,000 suspects are believed to be held, whom the army is
reluctant to turn over to unreliable civilian courts.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/us-offers-pakistan-army-2-billion-aid-pack
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Canadian colonel jailed for life for two murders Former air force base
commander tells court he regrets 'despicable crimes', including murders and
sexual assaults of women * Reddit * Buzz up * Share on facebook
* * Associated Press * guardian.co.uk, Friday 22 October 2010 09.23
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Colonel Russell Williams Colonel Russell Williams is taken from court after
being sentenced for murdering two women. Photograph: Fred Thornhill/Reuters
The former commander of Canada's largest air force base said he deeply
regretted his "despicable crimes", moments before he was sentenced to life
in prison for murdering two women. Colonel Russell Williams pleaded guilty
to two counts of first-degree murder, two sexual assaults and 82 counts of
breaking and entering, during which he took hundreds of items of underwear
from women and young girls. The Ontario judge Robert Scott sentenced
Williams yesterday after the disgraced former elite pilot tearfully
addressed the court, lamenting his crimes and the pain he had caused the
victims, their families and friends. "I stand before you indescribably
ashamed," Williams said. "I know that the crimes I have committed have
damaged many people." He said he had betrayed his family, friends and
colleagues. Scott said he believed Williams was sincere in his regrets, but
nonetheless declared him a "sick and dangerous" man. Williams would not be
eligible for parole for 25 years. "Russell Williams will forever be
remembered as a sadosexual serial killer," Scott told the court. "The depths
of the depravity shown by Russell Williams have no equal." Williams had
pleaded guilty to murdering Jessica Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in
February, and Marie Comeau, a 37-year-old corporal under his command who was
found dead in her home last November. Both women were asphyxiated.
Prosecutors spent much of the week revealing graphic evidence of Williams's
secret life at a sentencing hearing that often reduced the victims' families
to tears. Williams took pictures of himself in the women's bedrooms, posing
in their underwear, and meticulously catalogued the photos on a hard drive
and stored the underwear in his home. The prosecutor David Thompson
detailed in court how Williams raped, photographed, videotaped and killed
Comeau, who pleaded with Williams to "have a heart" and spare her life.
During most of the proceedings, Williams sat looking down. Williams was a
rising star in the military before being charged earlier this year. The
charges have shocked Canadians and shaken the military to its core. The
47-year-old once flew prime ministers and served as a pilot to the Queen
during a 2005 visit. The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, called it
a "horrific series of events" and said his thoughts were with the victims
and their families as well as the military. "Our thoughts go out to all the
members of the Canadian forces who knew the commander and who have been very
badly wounded and betrayed by all of this," Harper said. Lieutenant General
Andre Deschamps, the chief of air staff, said the military had been "deeply
shaken". Williams would now be sacked and have his medals removed. "We
don't understand why," Deschamps said. "This individual was a man of
tremendous capacities. He was professional. I still can't reconcile the two
people we've seen." Jeff Farquhar, Williams's best friend since the two
attended the University of Toronto together, said he was sickened,
speechless and angry after seeing and hearing the "perverse and disgusting
details" this week. "I continue to toss in my mind years and years of
conversation with Russ to see if I missed anything, but never is there a
hint," Farquhar said. Andy Lloyd, the brother of one of the victims, said
he had been waiting for this day for a long time and he was glad the
military would strip Williams of his rank. "My father served in the forces
for 25 years and would never believe that a man of his stature could have
done what monstrous things he did," said Lloyd outside the courthouse. "As
long as he dies in jail, I'm happy."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/22/canadian-colonel-jailed-for-life
/print
CME awards diplomas to 214 Army personnel below officers rank Express News
Service Posted online: Fri Oct 22 2010, 03:18 hrs Pune : As many as 214 PBOR
(Personal below Officers Rank) of Indian Army received their Diploma in
Civil Engineering (DCE), Electrical & MechanicalEngineering (DEM) and
Architecture Assistanceship (DAA) from Diploma Wing of the College of
Military Engineering (CME), Pune and in turn became Junior Engineers (JEs)
in MES and Border Roads. According to a press release issued by the press
information bureau, Ministry of Defence, the Scroll Presentation for Diploma
Courses DCE 99, DEM 99 & DAA 81 of CME and Outsourced Diploma Courses DEM 99
from MEG Bangalore, DCE 99 from BEG Roorkee & BEG Kirkee was held this
morning at Sarvatra Hall, CME. Brig V Rajagopal, Offg Deputy Commandant and
Dean, CME was the Chief Guest for the ceremony. A total of 123 students
from CME i.e.114 of the regular army, seven from GREF and two foreign
students from Maldives were awarded scrolls. 27 students obtained First
class with Honours, 75 students obtained First class, 21 students obtained
second class. Nk Ram Anuj Ohja got Silver Medal for standing First in DCE.
Nk M Tata Rao got Silver Medal in DEM and Nk Srinath G in DAA respectively.
In addition 91 students from three training centres also successfully
completed their two years of intensive trg and were awarded the scrolls.
This was followed by the valedictory address by the Chief Guest, Brig V
Rajagopal, wherein he advised them to carry out their duties in a sincere
manner keeping in mind that they will be part of the Principal Service
Provider Organisation. He also emphasised on the value of positive thought
and action while carrying out their duties as JEs.
http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/700911/
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the future deployment of M777 " BAE BAE Systems M777 155 mm type 39 caliber
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Type 39 M777 155 mm lightweight howitzer caliber associated test, followed
signed a contract worth 647 million U.S. dollars, The contract agreement
through U.S. foreign military sales order 145 Artillery M777 and its
inertial positioning system. Allegedly, M777 howitzer will be held in the
western desert, India Raj Stan Poclain region and northeastern India, Sikkim
Himalayan region (about 2743.2 meters above sea level) to test, test will be
launched in India developed its own 155-mm artillery shells. The M777
howitzer will eventually be deployed to Sikkim.This test will be two rounds
of the Indian Defense Ministry signed before the end of March 2011 the
premise of light howitzer procurement contracts. BAE Systems is located in
New Delhi, India, company officials declined to verify the tests to be
undertaken to make any comment. BAE Systems officials said, M777 howitzer
will be delivered after the contract was approved 18 to start within 24
months to carry out, for the equipment deployed in India's northeast
boundary of the 2 Mountain Division. M777 howitzer will be the logistical
and technical support BAE Systems / Defense Systems India Mahindra & Rudd a
joint venture company to provide. According to a value of 50 billion to 70
billion dollars in "Field Artillery Rationalization Plan" provisions of the
Indian Army plans to purchase 3600 39 155-mm caliber and 52 caliber
lightweight howitzer 155-mm towed, wheeled and tracked artillery systems, to
equip the Indian artillery regiment in the 220 to 180. For various reasons,
the Indian Army has repeatedly postponed the project.India in July 2010
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Infiltration on the rise: Govt. PTI Share . print . T+ The
government has said that infiltration attempts at the Line of Control are
increasing, but security measures have been put in place to stop them. "I
think it is an ongoing effort from across the border to keep infiltrating,
and the level of infiltration has been going up," Minister of State for
Defence M. Pallam Raju told reporters here on the sidelines of a function of
ex-servicemen here. The Minister's comments came in the backdrop of Army
chief's General V.K. Singh's statement that around 600 terrorists are
waiting at launch pads in PoK along the LoC and International Border to
sneak into India. Asked if the recent spurt in encounters is part of
Pakistan's efforts to scale up violence in Kashmir Valley before U.S.
President Barack Obama's visit to India in November, Mr. Raju said, "I don't
think we need to read too much in to it." On the concerns over diversion of
U.S. arms by Pakistan against India, he said the country's concern on the
issue have been conveyed to the American authorities by Defence Minister
A.K. Antony.
I have received several mails about reproducing such propagandist and
malicious articles on my blog. This is just to clarify that by placing
articles such as the one below on my blog, the intention is not to propagate
the views expressed. I consider my audience to be adequately mature in
deciphering the contents for what they intend and for the source they
originate from. It is always better to know about the other side. At the
same time, there is probably a need for setting up a system for similar
initiatives in propaganda that serve our interests.
----Rohit Agarwal
Brahmin Indian Generals question appointment of Muslim Corps Cdr Two Indian
Army Brahmin Lieutenant Generals have raised questions over the appointment
of Lieutenant General S K Hasnain as a Corps Commander and moved the Armed
Forces Tribunal for not being promoted into the command stream. In their
plea, Lieutenant Generals J S Bajwa and P G Kamath have contended that they
were not given command postings despite being cleared for the same by the
Army's selection board and have challenged the rationale of the Defence
Ministry of giving them staff postings instead of command. According to
them, the Defence Ministry had taken the decision on the ground that they
did not have three years of residual service left. The two officers have
contended that the requirement of three years of residual service has not
always been adhered to and mentioned the case of Hasnain as one of the
examples. Hasnain and the two officers were selected in the same batch for
promotion but he was promoted in the Command stream whereas they got
promoted in Staff stream. Bajwa is the Chief of Staff of the Eastern Army
Command and Kamath is holding a similar post in the Lucknow-based Central
command. After hearing the two officers, the Tribunal has asked the Defence
Ministry to file its reply in the case at the next hearing. After a
two-decade gap, a Muslim officer is set to command the Srinagar-based 15
Corps that is the nerve centre of the Indian Army's Kashmir operations.
Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, who is presently commanding the
Bhopal-based 21 Corps, is set to take over as the 15 Corps Commander by the
end of this year after the incumbent Lieutenant General N C Marwah moves on
to his next posting. Hasnain, who has served several stints in the Valley
including a recent one as the Divisional Commander at Baramulla, is also the
senior-most serving Muslim officer of the Indian Army. The officer, who is
known for his academic leanings in military circles, is the only serving
Lieutenant General in Army ranks belonging to the minority community and is
a second generation Army officer. Hasnain will be the first Muslim officer
to command the 15 Corps after Lieutenant General M K Zaki who was in charge
of the crucial command from 1989-91. Well regarded as an outstanding
officer, Hasnain has had several stints in Kashmir and has spent a bulk of
his over three decades of service in the state. More recently in 2008, the
officer was instrumental in maintaining the peace in Baramulla that was
badly affected when Jammu and Kashmir was struck by violence over the
Amarnath row. Then a Major General commanding the Baramulla based `Dagger'
Division, Hasnain used the concept of what he described as `soft power' to
defuse tension by reaching out to the masses. The real reason for the Indian
Army's Brahmin General's objection is that in their myopic vision, they
cannot see a Muslim officer surpassing them. It is commendable that a Muslim
officer has made it to the three star level however, even that is being
criticized and objected to. The suppression of Muslims in India is to the
extent that the Sachar Commission Report on the plight of minorities in
India had shown that not even two percent India Muslims have their due
rights in government jobs and the situation in the Armed Forces is much
worse. This clearly shows the ugly face of "secular" India, which poses as
the world's largest democracy to be what it really is. A bigoted and
constipated nation, in which there is another set of rules for the Brahmin
Class and another for lower class Hindus and no rule at all for classless
Muslims, who are treated as dirt and suppressed at every opportunity and
massacred in the name of ethnic cleansing to satisfy the lust for blood of
the extremist Brahmins.

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