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US dims India's hopes on UNSC Obama says it's a difficult and complicated
issue Washington, November 3 Ahead of his visit, President Barack Obama
today described India as a "cornerstone" of the US engagement in Asia. But
he held out no assurances on the key topics of support for India's permanent
membership of the UN Security Council and ending curbs on the export of
dual-use technology, saying both were "very difficult and complicated"
issues. Outlining the objectives of his three-day maiden trip beginning
Saturday, Obama said building "a true strategic partnership" with India had
been one of his "highest foreign policy priorities" since he assumed office
in January last. The visit would give him an opportunity to work with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to bring Indo-US cooperation on a broad range of
issues "to a new level", he told PTI. "The Indo-US partnership is based on
both our shared values and our shared interests, and for these reasons, I
welcome and support India's rise as a global power," the President said.
"India's rise was in the best interests of both the countries (India and the
US), of the region and the world." The President answered a wide range of
questions covering contentious issues like US curbs on the export of
dual-use technology items, outsourcing, UNSC membership and Pakistan's
failure to take action against the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks. Asked
about the possibility of his announcing lifting of curbs on export of
dual-use technology items and more concrete support for India's permanent
membership of UNSC, Obama described the two issues as "very difficult and
complicated". "Our teams continue to work hard to reach an agreement that
strengthens the international non-proliferation system while treating India
in a manner that is consistent with our strategic partnership," he said in a
reference to export restrictions that cover items that have both peaceful
and military usage. Without committing himself to a firmer support for
India's bid for permanent seat in UNSC, Obama said, "I do also expect to
discuss India's role as an actor on the global stage during my visit." When
told that there did not seem to be any "big ticket items" on the agenda,
Obama responded, "I do not want to pre-empt the announcements that the Prime
Minister and I will make while I am in India. "I think you can expect a
series of announcements on how we are going to deepen and broaden our
cooperation on a range of things that will have a direct and very positive
impact on millions of people both in India and the United States." "There
will be big items on the agenda, and -- just as importantly -- I believe
that we will build an even stronger foundation for the US-India partnership
going forward." The President went on to emphasise that Indo-US relationship
"now goes well beyond any one particular issue". Outlining his vision of
the relationship between the two countries, the President said, "My vision
is a US-India partnership in which we work together to shape a more secure,
stable, and just world. My visit gives me an opportunity to experience first
hand your fascinating country, discuss issues of mutual concern with my
friend Prime Minister Singh, and work with him to bring our cooperation on a
broad range of issues to a new level." When asked about reports that the US
companies were unhappy with some of the provisions of the Nuclear Liability
Act passed recently by India, he said: "I believe that Indian officials are
aware of our concerns over the law".- PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101104/main1.htm

Local Army officials kept HQ in dark Action to be announced on Monday
against defence officials Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi,
November 3 An in-house probe by the Ministry of Defence has found that Army
officials stationed at Mumbai had kept the Army headquarters in the dark
about the shady dealings of the Adarsh Housing Society. This even as Army
officials in Mumbai "lost possession" of prime land in Colaba and issued a
no objection certificate (NoC) to the society. Sources in the Ministry of
Defence indicated that "punitive" action would be announced by Monday. It
will not just be action against the society or the officials who colluded in
the scam, the ministry is looking to come out with a comprehensive system by
which such attempts to usurp defence land can be prevented in the future.
Normally, the Mumbai-based Maharastra, Gujarat and Goa ( MG&G) area
commander, a Major-General rank official, is expected to inform the Army
headquarters in Delhi when such issues are being dealt with. In this case
there was no information, said sources. Notably, four of the previous
Major-Generals, posted as GoCs of the MG&G area, have been allotted flats in
the society that is located in South Mumbai and flats command a premium in
the range of Rs 10 crore. Two of the retired Army chiefs who served during
that period also have flats and several officials of the Defence Estates
Department, a civilian agency, were also obliged. The Defence estates is
responsible for maintaining the 7,000 sq km of real estate owned by the
ministry at various locations spread across the country. The Army in its
report submitted last week to the Defence Ministry wanted the ministry to
get to the bottom of the issue of how the land was alienated by officers
posted in Mumbai in 1999. The BJP-led NDA was the ruling party at the Centre
and the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance was the ruling combine in Maharashtra. The
Army had in its report admitted that its officers in Mumbai had issued an
NoC to the society to construct the housing complex in 1999. The Army was
in "de facto" possession of the 6,490-sq m plot of land and had used it as a
training and transit location for its troops in the western metropolis. The
land possession dates back to pre-Independence India and there were no
questions on that. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy submitted its report on the
Adarsh Society today. The Navy, sources said, had raised serious security
concerns over the 31-storey and 100-metre tall building in a military zone.
It provides for clear visibility to several sensitive installations,
including a naval base nearby and good view of the Trombay-based Bhabha
Atomic Research Centre. The Navy has said the building had come up with the
security perimeter of its installations and it could be of high risk from
it. Already, the ministry is thinking of action against its personnel and
society promoters. This will include a CBI probe to uncover the "criminal
conspiracy" and the income tax department to uncover the money trail. The
ministry can also take over the building However, sources said the ministry
had not yet approached the CBI to probe the case.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101104/main6.htm

Navy submits report to MoD New Delhi: The Navy on Wednesday said it had
submitted its report on the Adarsh Housing Society scam to the Defence
Ministry. The report along with the recommendations of the Navy for the
future course of action has been sent to the Defence Ministry, Navy sources
said here. After ordering a probe into the issue, the Defence Ministry had
sought reports on the controversy and its past background from the Army,
Navy and the Defence Estates. A controversy has erupted over how the Adarsh
Society in upscale Colaba, originally meant to be a six-storey structure for
the Kargil war heroes and their widows, was converted into a 31-storey
building. The high-rise is built on 6,450 sq metres within the Colaba naval
area and was cleared on the condition of housing war veterans but now has
104 members, including former service chiefs, senior serving Army officials,
a former Environment Minister, legislators and state bureaucrats. - PTI
Back

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101104/main6.htm#1

Power supply cut, residents move out Shiv Kumar/TNS Mumbai, November 3
Most of the 104 residents of the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing
Society have moved out after electricity and water supply to the building
was cut off on Tuesday, security personnel employed by the society
confirmed. While some of the lifts in the building were being powered by a
generator, a few residents still in the premises were using power back-ups,
according to the security personnel. Many residents have kept servants in
the houses while they themselves moved to alternative accommodation. On
Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking
(BEST) cut off power supply to the building while the Mumbai municipality
cut off the water supply. Earlier in the day, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Development Authority revoked the Occupation Certificate granted to the
society on the grounds that permission was not granted according to norms.
Meanwhile, the Western Naval Command here has reiterated that the Adarsh
Co-operative Housing Society posed a threat to naval security. The building
overlooks sensitive naval installations like a fuel depot and a facility to
store armaments. The Navy had earlier opposed the project, but successive
governments kept allowing the promoters to increase the height from a
six-storeyed building to 31 floors.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101104/main6.htm#2

Big-ticket items on agenda with Manmohan Singh, says Obama NDTV
Correspondent, Updated: November 03, 2010 22:53 IST Ads by Google Luxury
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Door Company www.Fenesta.com New Delhi: Ahead of his visit, US President
Barack Obama on Wednesday described India as a "cornerstone" of US
engagement in Asia, but held out no assurances on key issues - support for
India's permanent membership of the UN Security Council and ending curbs on
export of dual-use technology. Outlining the objectives of his three-day
maiden trip beginning on Saturday, Obama said that building "a true
strategic partnership" with India had been one of his "highest foreign
policy priorities" since he assumed office in January last year. The visit
would give him an opportunity to work with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
bring Indo-US cooperation on a broad range of issues "to a new level", he
told PTI. The Indo-US partnership "is based on both our shared values and
our shared interests, and for these reasons, I welcome and support India's
rise as a global power", the President said. India's rise "is in the
best interests of both the countries (India and the US), of the region and
the world", he said. The President answered a wide range of questions
covering contentious issues like US curbs on export of dual-use technology
items, outsourcing, UNSC membership and Pakistan's failure to take action
against perpetrators of 26/11 attacks. Asked about the possibility of his
announcing lifting of curbs on export of dual-use technology items and more
concrete support for India's permanent membership of UNSC, Obama described
the two issues as "very difficult and complicated". "Our teams continue to
work hard to reach an agreement that strengthens the international
non-proliferation system while treating India in a manner that is consistent
with our strategic partnership," he said in a reference to export
restrictions that cover items which have both peaceful and military usage.
Without committing himself to a firmer support for India's bid for permanent
seat in UNSC, Obama said, "I do also expect to discuss India's role as an
actor on the global stage during my visit." When told that there did not
seem to be any "big ticket items" on the agenda, Obama responded, "I do not
want to pre-empt the announcements that the Prime Minister and I will make
while I am in India. I think you can expect a series of announcements on how
we are going to deepen and broaden our cooperation on a range of things that
will have a direct and very positive impact on millions of people both in
India and the United States. "There will be big items on the agenda, and -
just as importantly - I believe that we will build an even stronger
foundation for the US-India partnership going forward." The President went
on to emphasise that Indo-US relationship "now goes well beyond any one
particular issue". He said, "If you look at the breadth of everything we
are working on now - from economic engagement to counter terrorism and
security cooperation, from clean energy to development - it goes well beyond
the type of cooperation that we pursued just a few years ago." All this
indicated "the enormously positive trajectory of US-India relations", Obama
said. Outlining his vision of the relationship between the two countries,
the President said, "My vision is a US-India partnership in which we work
together to shape a more secure, stable, and just world." "My visit gives
me an opportunity to experience first hand your fascinating country, discuss
issues of mutual concern with my friend Prime Minister Singh, and work with
him to bring our cooperation on a broad range of issues to a new level. It
is also important that I am visiting India as the first stop on a major trip
to Asia, as I see India as a cornerstone of America's engagement in Asia,
just as it is fundamental to our engagement in multilateral forums like the
G-20. To me, the US and India share an indispensable partnership, one that
has benefits for both our countries and the world," Obama said. Obama on
Nuclear Liability Act Obama was asked about reports that the US companies
were unhappy with some of the provisions of the Nuclear Liability Act passed
recently by Indian Parliament to enable the country to engage in nuclear
commerce, and whether he would press New Delhi to review it. He replied, "I
have a deep respect for India's democratic process and I also continue to
encourage the Indian government to provide domestic and international
suppliers the opportunity to help India meet its ambitious nuclear power
generation needs. "I believe that Indian officials are aware of our
concerns over the law that was recently passed by the Indian Parliament.
These concerns are shared by many others, including some Indian officials
and representatives of Indian industry. "The important thing is that our
governments are working together to discuss these concerns and resolve them.
That is a demonstration of the strength of our partnership ... how
discussing our concerns brings us closer, instead of driving us apart."

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/big-ticket-items-on-agenda-with-manmohan-s
ingh-says-obama-64278

Click! Drones, satellites, warships to protect Obama November 03, 2010 10:34
IST Tags: Barack Obama, RISAT, New Delhi, POTUS, Indian Space Research
Organisation Share this Ask Users Write a Comment Drones. Satellites.
Warships. Vikash Nanjappa profiles the New Age security posted for US
President Barack Obama's [ Images ] visit. Apart from the security on the
ground, drones, satellites and warships will be part of the security process
for Barack Obama's visit to India [ Images ], sources told Rediff.com Click!
Indian and American satellites will be deployed for the duration of the
visit. India's RISAT (Radar Imaging Satellite) will have a big role to play,
the sources added. RISAT, which the Indian Space Research Organisation says
is not a spy satellite, will be more active, informed sources said. It will
be used to track movement along India's borders and, more importantly, send
signals or images of any hostile movement along the coast. The US will rely
on its own satellites for imagery, communication and global positioning
information. Images and information from these American satellites will be
transmitted to the US for analysis and threat assessment. Sources said
there will also be enhanced patrolling of the high seas, in the light of the
fact that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai [ Images ] in November 2008
sailed into the city. Indian Coast Guard and naval ships, along with US
naval ships, will patrol the waters off Mumbai this week, until the Obamas
fly to Delhi [ Images ] on Sunday morning. Sources said more than 40 Secret
Service agents -- entrusted with protecting POTUS (President of the United
States) and his family -- are in Mumbai and New Delhi, reviewing daily
security arrangements at each of the locations that Barack and Michelle
Obama [ Images ] are scheduled to visit. Sources said the US will also
deploy drones over these locations, to track possible threats to the
American president. All locations Obama will visit will be declared no-fly
zones. The air space above the Taj Mahal [ Images ] Palace hotel in Mumbai
and the Maurya Sheraton hotel in New Delhi, where the Obamas will stay, and
the Trident hotel in Mumbai, where the president will address a business
convention, will also be no-fly zones. This means, any suspicious aircraft
could be shot down by the Indian Air Force.

http://www.rediff.com/news/special/obama-visit-drones-satellites-warships-to
-protect-us-president/20101103.htm

Navy submits report, MoD mulls punitive action With the Indian Navy having
submitted its report on the Adarsh Housing Society scam on Wednesday, the
defence ministry has indicated that it would recommend "punitive action"
against the culprits by November 8. "We are studying the reports submitted
by Army, Defence Estates and the Navy to collate all relevant information.
We will proceed with comprehensive action against the culprits, so as to
prevent such scams from occurring in the future," defence ministry sources
said. A controversy has erupted over how the Adarsh society in upscale
Colaba, originally meant to be a six-storey structure for housing Kargil war
heroes and widows, was converted into a 31-storey building. In its report,
the Navy is understood to have raised serious security concerns over the
31-storey building in a military zone, thereby compromising the several
sensitive installations including a naval air base nearby. The Army too in
its report submitted to the defence ministry last week shared the security
concerns, said sources. The Army was in "de facto" possession of the
6,490-sq mt plot of land since the early 1990s and had used it as a training
location for its troops in the metropolis. After these recommendations from
the Army and the Navy, the defence ministry is likely to take a concrete
view on the action it wanted to be taken against the personnel responsible
for the housing society coming up on the land and against the promoters of
the 100-metre high complex. The ministry is mulling action against its
personnel and society promoters, including recommending probes by CBI and
Income Tax. An informal expert group of ministry officials is expected to
meet over the weekend to take a final call on the punitive action in the
case. An initial probe ordered by Defence minister AK Antony into the scam
had concluded that there "prima facie" was "a criminal conspiracy" by
defence personnel, who had "colluded" with the promoters of the housing
society.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/621946.aspx

U.S. Army to Host Indian Army in Alaska for Annual Military Exercises 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.

http://geneva-globaldefence.blogspot.com/2010/10/us-army-to-host-indian-army
-in-alaska.html

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