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Adarsh Society scam CBI probing how defence land was transferred Tribune
News Service New Delhi, October 28 The Defence Ministry has asked the Army
and Navy to tell if a controversial piece of prime real estate located in
Colaba, Mumbai, was ever held by either of the two services and was it ever
classified as "defence land". Sources said, the Ministry would be keen to
hand over the investigation to an outside agency like the CBI as multiple
agencies are involved in the clearance of such projects, some of which are
not under the Ministry of Defence. The land under the scanner is valued at
Rs 500 crore and was allotted at throwaway rates to Adarsh Society to build
a 31-storey complex. The beneficiaries of flats in the society include
several former Army and Naval officers, senior bureaucrats and top
politicians of Maharashtra. Media reports have accused the top brass
belonging to the armed forces for colluding with civilian agencies and
political authorities in the scam and getting flats allotted for themselves.
Media reports originating from Mumbai have quoted revenue authorities of
Maharashtra saying the land never belonged to the Defence Ministry. The
Ministry, in a query to the Army and Navy, has made it clear if the land was
with them. No time-frame has been given, however, the information is wanted
at the earliest as questions could pop up during the forthcoming Winter
Session of Parliament commencing in the first week of November. The
beneficiaries are Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's late mother-in-law Bhagwati
Manoharlal Sharma, former Army chiefs Generals N C Vij and Deepak Kapoor,
ex-Navy chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh, former Army Vice Chief Lt Gen
Shantanu Chowdhary, former Union Minister and Shiv Sena MP Suresh Prabhu.
Army probing into Adarsh Housing Society scam: General VK Singh The Mumbai
Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which had earlier issued
the operational certificates (OC's) for the construction of the society has
now backtracked and claimed that the MMRDA is not involved in any way. CJ:
Daljit Singh Bhatia Thu, Oct 28, 2010 15:03:44 IST Views: 26
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0.0 / 0 votes SPEAKING AT a convention on the sidelines of an
inaugural programme which is being produced by the National Geographic
Channel, Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, has assured that the army
is investigating the alleged role of senior officers in the multi-storeyed
Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society scam. Speaking during the event in New
Delhi on Wednesday, General Singh said, "A lot has been published in the
newspapers about it. As far as we in the Army are concerned, the
investigation is on, and further, I don't want to say anything on it because
it would disrupt the inquiry." When specifically asked whether the army is
conducting the inquiry or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), General
Singh said, "See, if you want to ask about CBI then you can ask the ministry
about it this we are telling you at our level." Defence officials have
been accused of grabbing the building allotted for war widows and defence
veterans in Mumbai. The 100 metre-tall housing society complex, which is
spread over an area of 6490 square metres, has reportedly violated the
coastal regulation limit height of 30 metres. The building is currently
home to several top defence officials and leading politicians. Meanwhile,
the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which had
earlier issued the operational certificates (OC's) for the construction of
the building has now backtracked and claimed that the MMRDA is not involved
in any way. On the issue, Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said
the land was given by the state to the society. A lot of correspondence had
gone back and forth between the collector, BMC and other agencies in this

Chinese Parliament approves VP for top military post October 29, 2010 00:29
IST Tags: Central Military Commission, Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping,
Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, People's Liberation
Army Share this Ask Users Write a Comment Chinese Parliament approved the
nomination of Vice President Xi Jinping for the vice-chairmanship of the
powerful Central Military Commission, paving the way for him to succeed
President Hu Jintao in 2012. Click! The Standing Committee of the National
People's Congress, which is regarded as the "rubber stamp" legislature of
the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), gave its formal approval to the
Party's nomination of Xi, who would be the second civilian besides Hu to be
part of the all powerful military body, state television reported. Hu, who
was scheduled to retire along with the present set of top party leaders,
including Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, is the Chairman of the Commission.
Though 57-year-old Xi was regarded the natural successor to Hu, as
traditionally Vice President succeeded the President after the completion of
two terms in office by the later, doubts arose last year when he was not
appointed to this post. It had sparked speculation that Hu may prefer
someone else to be his successor. Resting all speculation, the Fifth Plenary
Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee on October 18 appointed Xi to the
CMC, putting him in line to succeed Hu as Chinese President and Party Chief
in 2012. Xi's promotion last week was announced at the close of the crucial
CPC plenum which also pledged to make "steady and vigorous" efforts to
promote political restructuring, official Xinhua news agency reported. The
Chinese Vice-President is following Communist party tradition in the
footsteps of Hu, who also became President and party chief after heading the
Central Military Commission (CMC). The body oversees 2.3 million soldiers of
the People's Liberation Army. Besides being the son of a former top
Communist leader, Xi also became well known in China after he married Peng
Liyuan, a well-known Chinese folk singer who was widely popular in the
1980s. His political career took off after be came close to former
President Jiang Zemin and later had successful stints as the secretary of
the Communist Party's Shanghai unit. He also won praise for successfully
holding the 2008 Beijing [ Images ] Olympics [ Images ].

Through a unique docu-reality format, Nat Geo will take its viewers inside
the Indian Army, on a passage of honour and pride National Geographic
Channel is all set to drive the youth of the country to pursue a once in a
lifetime opportunity and live the life of an Indian Army soldier. After the
mega success of Mission Udaan, Mission Everest and Mission Navy, Nat Geo now
collaborates with Indian Army for its next mega Mission Property - "Idea
presents Nat Geo Mission Army". Through this series, Nat Geo will take five
shortlisted citizens, through an exclusive journey, which will be tough and
adventurous, only one among the five will win the grand prize of being a
part of an Indian Army Mission abroad, a feat never accomplished by any
other TV channel in the country. General Vijay Kumar Singh PVSM, AVSM,
YSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff launched 'Idea presents Nat Geo Mission
Army' during a grand event held at India Gate today. The event was graced by
the top brass of the Indian Army. The ambience was provided by the
spectacular display of the Army band, military equipment and horse cavalry,
thus, capturing the true spirit of the Indian Army. Through a unique
docu-reality format, Nat Geo will take its viewers inside the Indian Army,
on a passage of honour and pride, giving them an opportunity to experience
the life of soldiers who epitomize 'Courage under Fire'. Mission Army will
take you close to the Indian Army, to pay a tribute to our Indian Jawan. In
the series; five Indian citizens from different walks of life will get
chance of a life time to experience the life of the soldier. "We are very
happy and proud to partner with National Geographic Channel for Mission
Army, as we feel that the values and authenticity the channel brings, will
enhance and bring forward the true spirit and grit of the Indian Army.
Through this association, with National Geographic Channel, we want to
create a platform, which will capture the life inside one of the largest and
most prestigious organizations in the country. Through the series, we want
to give the nation an insight into the challenges and hardships our officers
and jawans undertake, to ensure that their fellow countrymen can live in
peace and harmony. Be it in the peace time or at war, we want to tell the
nation that the Indian Army is always there for you- always and every time.
The series and the channel is the right platform for us to showcase our
culture, ethos, equipment and the terrain we operate in. I am sure it will
be an eye-opener for many, when they will get an invaluable access into our
lives. We are looking forward to giving our countrymen, especially the
youth, a window into the adventurous and honourable life of the Indian Army"
said General Vijay Kumar Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of Army Staff.
Speaking about the mega series, Keertan Adyanthaya, Managing Director -
National Geographic Network & Fox International Channels said, "Nat Geo has
been associated with the Indian Defence Forces, since 2003 and through our
Mission properties, we have not only given the Indian youth, a once in a
lifetime opportunity to be a part of the Armed Forces, but have taken our
viewers into territories, where no civilian has got access. With this unique
property 'Idea presents Nat Geo Mission Army'- for the very first time, in
the history of Indian television, Nat Geo will take its viewers inside the
second largest army in the world. We are proud and honored to be associated
with the Indian Army". Interested participants can register online, for
Mission Army on-ground selections, by simply logging on to or by sending MISSION to 5667722. Nat Geo has
created an exclusive facebook page, where interested participants can
register. The facebook page will have a host of features like information of
the participants, videos, factoids and an interesting photo gallery.
Indian civilian nationals, above the age of 18, who are physically fit, can
apply to be a part of Mission Army. On-ground selections would be organized
in Mumbai on November 14, 2010, Bangalore on November 21, 2010 and New Delhi
on November 28, 2010. All participants would undergo physical, psychological
and mental tests, akin to what happens in an actual Army selection centre.
Five candidates will be selected per city and they will go through a
rigorous medical examination, at the Research and Referral Hospital, of the
Indian Army in New Delhi. The medical tests of the fifteen participants will
be held on November 29 and 30, 2010. Those who clear the medical tests will
go to the final round. This round will decide the five finalists, who will
get the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the Indian army for the
next 30 days. The final round will be held at Rajputana Rifles Centre, New
Delhi on 01st Of December 2010. The five finalists will then undergo a
training capsule at the prestigious Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, and
will further get an exposure into all arms and services of the Indian Army.
They will go to Units, Institutions and establishments, right from Chennai
to Siachen. They will get to go to institutions like the Commando school in
Belgaum, High Altitude warfare School in Gulmarg, the Armoured Corps Centre
at Ahmednagar and Artillery Centre in Deolali, besides seeing the life of
the army personnel in their regiments in Srinagar and the deserts of
Rajasthan. They will be trained and tasked at each of these places and will
be evaluated by the Army; for only one amongst the five will win the honour
of being part of an Indian Army Training Team abroad. National
Geographic Channel has planned an extensive 360-degree campaign, including
on-air, on-line, radio, outdoor and on-ground, to create a strong connect
with its target audience. Leading telecom brand, Idea has become the
presenting sponsor of the show on Nat Geo. Nat Geo has also partnered with
RED FM as the official radio partner.

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India Defence 2010-10-27 U.S. Army elements in Alaska are preparing to host
the Indian army for the next in a series of annual field engagements that
aim to improve bilateral readiness and cooperation while demonstrating U.S.
commitment to South Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. Army
Pacific commander told American Forces Press Service. U.S. Army Lt. Gen.
Benjamin R. Mixon called the Yudh Abhyas exercise to be held next month on
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson an example of the growing theater security
cooperation program under way throughout the region that's extending far
beyond historical alliances. Last year alone, U.S. Army Pacific conducted
214 of these events in 29 countries -- ranging from the Army's largest
multinational exercise, involving 12,000 participants, to small
staff-officer exchanges. While reinforcing military-to-military
relationships with longtime partners in the region such as South Korea,
Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia, Mixon said the command is
increasingly engaging with other strategically significant nations. These
include Indonesia and Malaysia, important moderate Muslim nations, as well
as India. During Yudh Abhyas 2010, the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade
Combat Team "Spartans" will join their Indian counterparts in airborne and
weapons exchanges and a brigade-level command post exercise. "It's going to
be a great exercise," Mixon said. The training will build on last year's
Yudh Abhyas exercise, the U.S. and Indian armies' largest joint military
exercise ever, which also included the largest deployment of Stryker armored
vehicles outside a combat zone. About 300 U.S. soldiers from the 25th
Infantry Division's 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, deployed from
Hawaii with 18 Strykers to train with the Indian army's 7th Mechanized
Infantry Battalion at one of India's premier military training sites. These
and similar engagements, Mixon said, are key building blocks in supporting a
regional security framework. "The importance of the Asia-Pacific region is
obvious to everybody," he said. "So across the board, having a U.S. presence
on the ground in the Asia-Pacific region enhances peace and stability in the
area." It also prepares the U.S. and partner militaries that could be called
on with little notice to cooperatively support missions ranging from
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to peacekeeping. "It prepares
us if there are contingencies," Mixon said. "We have already built some
very, very important relationships that make operations go a lot better when
they first begin." Mixon has presented Army leaders with a long-range plan
to improve training areas within U.S. Army Pacific. The plan, if approved,
will enhance capabilities and save dollars spent deploying Pacific-based
U.S. units elsewhere for training, he said. But it will also offer U.S. Army
Pacific new opportunities to host regional partners for military-to-military
training such as Yudh Abhyas 2010. Meanwhile, Mixon is emphasizing the
importance of cultural "astuteness" among his troops. Recognizing the
"hundreds and hundreds of languages and dialects and cultures" within Asia
and the Pacific, he recognizes it's all but impossible for his soldiers to
master the linguistic challenges the region presents. What he wants is for
his soldiers to be willing to learn enough of a given language to show
respect for the cultures of the people they engage with, and the curiosity
to take that learning to the next level. "By doing that, they become astute
in how to operate in that particular country," he said. Mixon noted how many
of his soldiers easily adapted as they shifted from one culture to another
during exercises last year in Thailand and the Philippines. "That is what we
want our soldiers to be able to do," he said. As these efforts continue,
U.S. Army Pacific is undergoing an internal reorganization that will improve
its ability to support a operations in one of its key focus areas, the
Korean peninsula. That initiative, called Pacific Integration, involves
folding 8th U.S. Army in Korea into U.S. Army Pacific by next year. Eighth
Army already has reorganized as the Army's only field army, poised on the
Korean peninsula to fight alongside its South Korean counterparts, if
required. U.S. Army Pacific will provide enabling capabilities for 8th
Army, along with other Army units throughout the region. Establishing a
single Army service component in the Pacific will eliminate redundancies and
provide a more efficient, more capable force, Mixon said. connanxlrc1000 is
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