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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

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Army's senior-most woman lawyer fights for permanent commission Vijay
Mohan/TNS Chandigarh, November 9 The Army's senior-most woman officer in
the Judge Advocate General's Department, the Army's legal wing, is waging a
battle for grant of permanent commission. Despite having qualified in the
departmental exam for promotion to lieutenant colonel after 13 years of
service, the Army wants her to appear for a department exam supposed to be
written after about four years' service. Incidentally, the said exam was
not required for woman officers when she was in the service bracket at that
time and was made mandatory only in 2008. Based on a similar exemption
granted to another woman officer, she had taken up her case for exemption
for the lower examination with the authorities. She was granted exemption by
the department in interests of career progression, but in October she
received a letter from the Adjutant General, which was "evasive" and
"indecisive" over the issue of exemption. Faced with the possibility of
having her claim for permanent commission rejected by the board that
convenes to consider her case tomorrow, Maj Leena Gaurav has moved the Armed
Forces Tribunal and the petition is scheduled to come up for hearing
tomorrow. Her counsel Lt Col PN Chaturvedi said he was seeking a stay on
the proceedings of the board on the premise that the board may have
forwarded certain incorrect information concerning her eligibility, which
may adversely affect her case. Colonel Chaturvedi contended that once an
officer has qualified in a higher examination, there was no logic to sit for
a lower level examination. Further, he contended that in March she was
already granted a waiver for appearing in the entrance level examination.
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101110/nation.htm#8
Defence Minister calls for CBI probe in Adarsh scam The agency will also
investigate into the commitments made for allotment of flats in the
104-apartment society for Kargil widows and martyrs' families IN THE
aftermath of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's resignation, Defence
Minister A K Antony has recommended a CBI probe to fix responsibility in the
Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. He has also asked the CBI to look
into the circumstances under which a No Objection Certificate was issued to
the Adarsh Housing Society to construct the 31-storied building on a piece
of land, which was in the "de facto" possession of the Army. The agency
will also investigate into the commitments made for allotment of flats in
the 104-apartment society for Kargil widows and martyrs' families. The CBI
probe comes after Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, whose family
members were allottees in the Adarsh Society, resigned over his alleged
involvement in the scam. "The Ministry of Defence has asked the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a detailed probe into the Adarsh
Cooperative Housing Society scam and fix responsibility for any lapses,"
Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said in New Delhi in a press
release. "Among other things, CBI has been asked to look into the
circumstances under which No Objection Certificate (NOC) was issued and
possession of the land in question was relinquished even though there was a
deficiency of land for Army purposes in Mumbai." "The CBI will also probe
the extent to which the commitments for welfare of war widows/service
personnel were complied with," he said. The scam came to light after
Western Naval Commander Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin shot off a letter to the Army
headquarters and the Defence Ministry seeking action against the building
for posing a security threat to military installations. Admiral Bhasin had
noted in his letter that the 6490-square meters land was within the security
perimeter of the naval base in the upscale Colaba region of south Mumbai.
However, it also came to light that former Army Chiefs General Deepak Kapoor
and General N C Vij, apart from former Navy Chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh
too had flats allotted in their name in the housing society that had
promised to provision apartments for families of Kargil martyrs. Soon after
the scam hit headlines, the Defence Ministry asked the Army, Navy and the
Defence Estates to submit a report on the issue. The preliminary findings
of the ministry''s probe brought out "criminal conspiracy" at the local
level in Army and Defence Estates to alienate the land, which was in Army''s
possession till 1999-2000, in favour of the Housing Society. Also, over 40
officers from the armed forces and Defence Estates too had got flats
allotted in the society.
http://www.merinews.com/article/defence-minister-calls-for-cbi-probe-in-adar
sh-scam/15834671.shtml

Assam: 20 civilians shot dead by Bodo militants NDTV Correspondent,
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shot in Kokrajhar district in lower Assam, 20 civilians have now been shot
dead by the Bodo militant outfit NDFB in serial killings in Assam's north
bank of the Brahmaputra. In one incident, at least eight bus passengers
were lined up and shot dead at point blank range. The incidents have been
reported from Sejusa, which is at the Assam-Arunachal border, and
Dhekiajuli. Last week, the outfit said it would kill 20 people to avenge
the killing of one of its cadres by security forces.
NDFB has been very active in Sonitpur district. This year, they abducted at
least 20 people from the area which is otherwise the headquarters of the
Army's 4 Corp. NDFB chairman Ranjan Daimary is presently in government
custody. The group is responsible for October 30, 2008 serial blasts. Till
2008, they were in a ceasefire agreement after which one faction broke away
and the anti-talk faction group reorganised themselves.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/assam-20-civilians-shot-dead-by-bodo-milit
ants-65103?pfrom=India

Antony recommends CBI probe into Adarsh scam
Press Trust of India, Updated: November 09, 2010 12:34 IST Ads by Google
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Housing Society scam in Mumbai, Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday
recommended a CBI probe to fix responsibility of the armed forces and
defence estates officers in the episode. He also asked the CBI to look into
the circumstances under which a No Objection Certificate was issued to the
Housing Society to construct the 31-storey building on a piece of land,
which was in the "de facto" possession of the Army. The probe agency will
also investigate into the commitments made for allotment of flats in the
104-apartment society for Kargil widows and martyrs' families. The CBI
probe comes after Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, whose family
members were allottees in the Adarsh Society, resigned over his alleged
involvement in the scam
"The Ministry of Defence has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
to conduct a detailed probe into the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam
and fix responsibility or any lapses," Defence Ministry spokesperson
Sitanshu Kar said here in a press release. "Among other things, CBI has
been asked to look into the circumstances under which No Objection
Certificate (NOC) was issued and possession of the land in question was
relinquished even though there was a deficiency of land for Army purposes in
Mumbai. The CBI will also probe the extent to which the commitments for
welfare of war widows/service personnel were complied with," he said. The
scam came to light after Western Naval Commander Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin shot
off a letter to the Army headquarters and the Defence Ministry seeking
action against the building for posing a security threat to military
installations. The 6490-sqmt land was within the security perimeter of the
naval base in the upscale Colaba region of south Mumbai, Admiral Bhasin had
noted in his letter. However, it also came to light that former Army Chiefs
General Deepak Kapoor and General N C Vij, apart from former Navy Chief
Admiral Madhavendra Singh too had flats allotted in their name in the
housing society that had promised to provision apartments for families of
Kargil martyrs. Soon after the scam hit headlines, the Defence Ministry
asked the Army, Navy and the Defence Estates to submit a report on the
issue. The preliminary findings of the ministry's probe brought out
"criminal conspiracy" at the local level in Army and Defence Estates to
alienate the land, which was in Army's possession till 1999-2000, in favour
of the Housing Society. Also, over 40 officers from the armed forces and
Defence Estates too had got flats allotted in the society.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/antony-recommends-cbi-probe-into-adarsh-sc
am-65234

Action against Adarsh this week, says Jairam Press Trust of India, Updated:
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schneider-electric.com New Delhi: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today
said action against Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai for violation of green
norms will be taken in the next two-three days. Ramesh said Maharashtra
environment department has denied giving clearance to the controversial
housing society and it seemed the state urban department has given the nod.
"We have received a bunch of papers from the state environment department
and the Coastal Regulation Zone department. Based on the evidence that we
have got so far, no clearance was given for the Adarsh Society buildings. We
are awaiting papers from the state urban development department. Decision
will be taken in two-three days," he said. Ramesh, who had sought a report
from Maharashtra government relating to violation of CRZ notification, 1991
on mandatory green norms required for construction of building, said the
state urban development department is not authorised to give clearance.
"Let's see what they say in their reply," the Minister said.
The society, built on a 6,490 sq mt plot in Colaba in the Coastal Regulatory
Zone (CRZ) II, was initially promoted as housing for war veterans and widows
but is in the eye of a storm for violating environmental and other norms and
misuse the land granted to it. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan
today became the first political casualty of the scam as he resigned from
his post following a directive from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/action-against-adarsh-this-week-says-jaira
m-65300

Af-Pak is a 'terror incubator', says Russian intel chief November 10, 2010
03:03 IST Tags: CIS, Alexander Bortnikov, Dushanbe, Afghanistan, NATO Share
this Ask Users Write a Comment Click! Pakistan and Afghanistan have become
'incubators' of terrorism, and pose a threat to Russia [ Images ] and all
constituents of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of former
Soviet republics, Russian security chief said on Tuesday. "These countries
have become an 'incubator' of terrorism and extremism, which are spreading
into the region, CIS countries and the whole world," Director of Federal
Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov was quoted as saying by
ITAR-TASS. Speaking at a news conference in the Tajik capital Dushanbe at
the end of the meeting of the CIS chiefs of security and intelligence
services, Bortnikov, who is also chairman of Russia's National Anti-terror
Committee (NAC), also expressed deep concern at the security threat posed to
Tajikistan and other bordering nations by infiltration of Taliban [ Images ]
forces into northern provinces of Afghanistan under the pressure from
advancing NATO troops. "We are carefully monitoring this situation and
keeping it under constant control," Bortnikov said. Northern provinces of
Afghanistan with Tajik and Uzbek majority were so far peaceful and these
areas were used for sending in humanitarian aid into the war-torn
nation(Afghanistan). According to Central Asian 'Azia Plyus' agency Russian
troops could return to the Tajik-Afghan border and Dushanbe is in talks with
Moscow [ Images ] to ink an agreement to this effect as Taliban forces are
creeping into areas close to the former Soviet republics borders.
http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/nov/10/afghanistan-pakistan-is-terror-inc
ubator-russian-intel-chief.htm

Army, Navy discuss fate of highrise Yogesh Naik, TNN, Nov 10, 2010, 02.07am
IST MUMBAI: Even as the ministry of enviroment and forests (MoEF) is
contemplating issuing a showcause notice to Adarsh Cooperative Housing
Society within 72 hours, the Indian Navy, Army and solicitor general held a
meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future of the scam-tainted Colaba
building. "If the MoeF declares the entire building illegal and issues an
order that it be demolished, the plot can be handed over to the Army. It can
be used for some army welfare activity," said a senior officer of the
Western Naval Command. At the meeting, two other possibilities were also
discussed-legalizing the entire building or regularizing only six floors.
''If all the 31 storeys get legalized with due permissions from MoEF, the
Navy can acquire it under the Works of Defence Act, and turn it into
official quarters. This has been suggested by some top state officials,''
said the senior officer. But the steep cost of acquiring the building may
be a deterring factor. In fact, the Navy had expressed an interest in
acquiring Dhanraj Mahal-which overlooks the naval dockyard-but later shelved
the plans as it was turning out to be an expensive affair. Instead, the
ministry of defence suggested that it would be more cost-effective to post
security personnel in the area, said the officer.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-Navy-discuss-fate-of-highrise/
articleshow/6898260.cms

Centre lets Jairam Ramesh, CBI loose on Adarsh society to wipe out
corruption taint DNA / Aditya Kaul / Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:14 IST
As part of the Centre's forceful response to the Adarsh housing society
scam, defence minister AK Antony on Tuesday ordered a Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) probe to fix responsibility for any lapses. Sources in
the federal agency, which has been quietly conducting preliminary
investigations for the past few months, claim that defence and state
government officials are the biggest hurdles in the probe as they are
offering little or no cooperation. That is why, after over three months of
preliminary investigations, the CBI managed to get land records from the
state revenue department only two days ago. The documents run into hundreds
of pages and could be crucial to investigations. The defence minister has
reportedly asked the CBI to probe how a no objection certificate was issued
to the society to construct the multi-storey building on a plot in the
'de-facto' possession of the Indian Army. "The defence ministry has asked
the CBI to conduct a probe into the Adarsh scam and fix responsibility for
lapses. The CBI has been asked to look into the circumstances under which an
NOC was issued and possession of the land relinquished even though there was
deficiency of land for army purposes in Mumbai," defence ministry
spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said in a press statement. "The CBI will also
probe the extent to which the commitments for welfare of war widows and
service personnel were complied with," Kar added. The CBI is also expected
to probe how the commitments were made for allotment of flats meant for
Kargil widows and martyrs' families. The scam came to light after western
naval commander, admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, shot off a letter to the army
headquarters and the defence ministry, seeking action against the building
for posing a security threat to military installations. It was then found
that allottees in the society included former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor,
Gen NC Vij, besides former navy chief admiral Madhavendra Singh. The trio
have since surrendered their flats. CBI officials, however, said they are
yet to receive a formal notification from the department of personnel and
training clearing the transfer of the case to the CBI. URL of the article:
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_centre-lets-jairam-ramesh-cbi-loose-on
-adarsh-society-to-wipe-out-corruption-taint_1464516-all

China may attack India anytime soon: Mulayam 2010-11-09 16:10:00 Air India
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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Tuesday warned the government he
had 'specific' inputs that China was preparing to attack India 'anytime
soon' and was 'daily' occupying an inch of the country's land. He urged the
government to take the China threat seriously because 'everybody knows what
happened in 1962'. 'China is laying claim on several of our states,
including Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and also
Ladakh,' the former defence minister said in the Lok Sabha. 'We have
specific information, and I am sharing it with the house that China has all
but prepared to attack India. They can attack us anytime soon,' Mulayam
Singh said. 'China is unreliable, the most deceptive (neighbours of India).
They have occupied lakhs of square kilometres of our territory. China is
occupying an inch of our land daily for the last so many years and has laid
tarmac roads up to the border with India in preparation to invade us,' he
said. The Uttar Pradesh MP said as defence minister he had initiated a road
laying programme on the borders with China, which it now appeared was not
being followed as keenly. He said senior army officers had been warning the
government about the Chinese threat. Mulayam Singh's statement comes days
after army chief General V.K. Singh remarked that India was 'not sure' about
China's intentions behind developing infrastructure along its borders with
India. 'China is doing a great amount of infrastructure development, which
it says is for locals of the area. No bones about it, no crib about it. But
our problem is we are not very sure about the intentions. And when
intentions change, with this capability, things can go wrong. And that is
what is a matter of concern,' the general had said. Mulayam Singh said he
wanted to know what the defence ministry is doing about the Chinese threat.
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav supported his concerns.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said he would draw the
attention of Defence Minister A.K. Antony to Mulayam Singh's statement and
asked Speaker Meira Kumar to allow the debate keeping 'in view the
relationships we have with our neighbours'. Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee assured the Samajwadi Party chief that the house 'will discuss
this issue'.
http://sify.com/news/china-may-attack-india-anytime-soon-mulayam-news-nation
al-kljqkoehifg.html

Pro-Adarsh lobby targets vice admiral Bhasin Published: Tuesday, Nov 9,
2010, 2:25 IST By Rajshri Mehta | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Vice admiral
of the western naval command Sanjeev Bhasin may have angered many people by
demanding an inquiry into the reappropriation of the controversial Adarsh
land issue, but some have now alleged that Bhasin was himself a promoter of
Adarsh society at one time. To substantiate their claim, a copy of a
undated resolution passed by a group of promoters electing Bhasin as their
chief promoter has been released. The resolution is not just undated, it
contains no information about the time or location of this alleged meeting
of promoters. Interestingly, the list of promoters, for the first time,
throws up the name of Lt Gen KS Brar (rtd). Brar is a revered name in the
Indian Army for his role in Operation Bluestar. Brar had led the onslaught
against terrorists holed up in the Golden Temple at Amritsar. Brar, who
retired a few years ago, currently lives in Colaba under army protection.
Bhasin, on his part, has denied he has anything to do with this resolution.
"I have never seen this document, attended such a meeting, nor was I ever a
promoter of this society. I have not sought a flat in this society. Hence,
it is malicious to connect me with Adarsh society," Bhasin said. According
to Bhasin, he raised the issue when he did not get proper replies from the
government. "It was only last April when I took over this post that I learnt
of Adarsh society. I was told that the building being constructed inside the
defence zone was meant for the welfare of military veterans. But, my
attempts to get information about the individual members was always stalled,
making me raise the issue," Bhasin pointed out.
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_pro-adarsh-lobby-targets-vice-admiral-
bhasin_1464084

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