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Friday, 25 February 2011

From Today's Papers - 25 Feb 2011

Draft paper thwarts intelligence body plan Ajay Banerjee/TNS  New Delhi, February 24 The much talked about project of the Union Home Ministry to have an over arching intelligence body seems to have run into rough weather. Two key bodies working closely with the government on reforming India’s intelligence structure have prepared a draft report which makes it clear that having such an umbrella body will not be feasible.  The report prepared by the Government of India backed Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) was discussed last evening. The report deals with the working of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), including Air Research Centre, Intelligence Bureau, National Technical Research Organisation besides Defence Intelligence Agency.  Home Minister P Chidambaram had unveiled his plan of having an ‘umbrella body’ at an Intelligence Bureau Endowment lecture in December 2009. This proposed the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) working under the Home Ministry with representation from all security and intelligence agencies that work under the PMO, the Home Ministry, the Defence Ministry and also the Finance Ministry. Former NSA, MK Narayanan, who pitched for a status quo, was removed.  During the discussions today, it emerged that the NCTC will be one of the probing agencies and not an over arching body that will control every input of information, sources privy to the report said.  Politically, the NCTC was seen as empowerment of Home Minister over Prime Minister. Intelligence agencies carry sensitive information like assessment of relations with other countries. Besides, global business houses, large financial transactions, defence purchases in other countries and military build-up in rival countries are watched and reported by various agencies which, as of now, do not report to the Home Ministry.
SC: Compare pay of forces, civilians Legal Correspondent  New Delhi, February 24 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to give a comparative picture of the calculation procedures adopted at the time of implementing the Fourth Pay Commission recommendations from January 1, 1986 for the armed forces personnel and civil servants.  The court wanted to know from Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium as to how the integrated pay of a Captain in the Army, who was getting a basic pay of Rs 1,300 prior to the 4th Pay Commission, was arrived at for implementing the commission’s recommendations.  Justice Lodha suggested that a comparison be made between the fixation of the integrated pay of the Captain and of a civil servant.
Indian Navy sending 3 ships to evacuate Indians from Libya  NDTV Correspondent, Updated: February 24, 2011 19:28 IST Ads by Google  Invest in the Best Always – Our Homes Command a Premium as they are Always in the Best Locations!  New Delhi:  India is sending three Naval ships to evacuate its citizens from Libya. 18,000 Indians are currently based in Libya, many of them work for construction companies.  Government sources say two destroyers and INS Jalashawa (USS Trenton) will be dispatched from Mumbai in the next few hours. They will take 12 days to reach Libya.  In the meantime, the government has hired a private cruise ship that was already in the region. It can accommodate 1200 passengers and is sailing now from Egypt to Benghazi, the centre of the revolt in Libya. Government and medical officials will be on board the ship to provide assistance.
Omaxe arm bags contract worth Rs1.36bn            India Infoline News Service / 17:48 , Feb 24, 2011 The project would involve construction of 194 blocks of single to four-storeyed buildings with a total of 1111 residential units for JCO’s, OR’s and Officers.  Omaxe Infrastructure & Construction Ltd (OICL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Omaxe Ltd, has bagged a contract from Director General Married Accommodation Project (DGMAP), Ministry of Defence, Government of India to construct residential accommodation including allied services for Officers, JCO / ORs at Deolali (Army) and Nasik (Air Force), Maharashtra. The total order book in Omaxe’s infrastructure & EPC projects is increased to Rs. 1386.68 crores with the addition of this new contract which is valued at Rs. 1.36bn.  The project would involve construction of 194 blocks of single to four-storeyed buildings with a total of 1111 residential units for JCO’s, OR’s and Officers. The work also includes internal electrification, internal water supply, road path, area drainage, security walls, fences and gates, street lighting, etc as part of the project.   Commenting on the development, Mr. Rohtas Goel, Chairman and Managing Director of Omaxe Group said “It is a proud moment for us as we have been awarded another project from DGMAP, Ministry of Defence, GOI. We are also happy to share that we have successfully handed over a township at Dariba near Udaipur. The contract for this township was awarded by M/s Hindustan Zinc Ltd. This project is a proof of our commitment towards delivering work of superior quality and this I would attribute to our competent team that works hard towards every project. Our wide experience and expertise in construction of residential campuses will help us to construct the project in sync to the requirements of defence personnel.” The project will be completed in 25 months.   Omaxe group had recently bagged orders from DGMAP (Director General Married Accommodation Project), Ministry of Defence to construct residential complex at Nagrotra in J&K and Indore (MP). Apart from this, Omaxe had received contracts from Air Force Naval Housing Board (AFNHB) to construct a Housing colony at Meerut (UP), Manyavar Kanshiram Allopathic Medical College and its Associated Hospital at Saharanpur (UP), Modern Jail at Faridkot and Kapurthala in Punjab. The company is also engaged in the modernization of ESI Hospitals at Cuttak and Bhubneswar, construction of Convention Centre, Library & Computer Centre at Deenbandhu Chhottu Ram University at Murthal in Sonepat (Haryana). The total value of the Infrastructure & EPC projects including recent contract is approx. Rs. 13.86bn.
India warned about imminent China-Pak military threat  (, Feb24, 2011)  As China and Pakistan prepared to hold two joint military exercises this year, India’s former defence Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav has alleged Feb 22 that the two countries had a strategy to invade India. PTI Feb 22 said Yadav made his comment in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian parliament) while participating in a discussion on the motion of thanks to the President for her address to Parliament.  "China and Pakistan can invade India. They are having a strategy to invade India. The House must be assured that India is safe, when PM gives reply," Yadav was quoted as saying, without referring to the planned joint military exercises. "Their armed forces are ready. They may invade at any time,” he has warned.  Yadav had said India no longer had friends like the former USSR and also alleged that the country’s foreign policy was in the hands of the US.  "China is our No 1 enemy. It is time to save our country," Yadav was further quoted as saying.  Meanwhile, China’s official Xinhua news agency said Feb 22 that Pakistan and China would hold an air force and an army joint military exercise each in 2011 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties. The report, given as General Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, was visiting China for five days, also said the two countries would also participate in a multinational navy drill in Mar’11.  "The China-Pakistan partnership is a source of comfort and stability for the entire region," Xinhua quoted Wynne as saying, clearly endorsing the Pakistani emphasis on the partnership’s anti-India posture.  The report said that in Jul’10, Wynne led a joint anti-terrorism drill between Pakistan and China in Qingtongxia in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Indian Army opens automobile training centre in Congo  By admin at 24 February, 2011, 12:36 pm  SOURCE : PTI  In a bid to provide basic training in automobile repairs and maintenance to the locals in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Indian Army has opened a training centre there.  “The soldiers of 18 Madras regiment posted in DRC inaugurated the Eagle Automotive Training School at Focolari Camp, Goma on February 18. Four batches of 25 students will undergo a four week long training programme,” Army officials said.  Indian Army has also provided the students with training kits and ready reckoners. The training would be imparted in French of local Swahili language.  As part of its commitment to United Nation’s peace keeping mission, India has deployed an army brigade in DRC.

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