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Thursday, 6 October 2011

From Today's Papers - 06 Oct 2011

 

 

 

India, China to have border peace mechanism

Ashok Tuteja/TNS  New Delhi, October 5 India and China will shortly put in place a working mechanism for maintaining peace and tranquility along their nearly 3,500-km border, sources said today.  The proposed mechanism would comprise diplomats and military personnel who would remain in constant touch with each other to prevent any misunderstanding between the two countries due to any incident along the Line of Actual Control.  The sources said the proposal to have such a mechanism had been agreed upon during the talks between Prime minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao when they met in Sanya in April on the margins of the BRICS Summit.  The sources explained that India and China have a long unsettled boundary. Flag meetings between the military personnel were held from time to time. There were other mechanisms in place as well, but there was no mechanism at the level of officials on both sides for regular exchanges. “With the new mechanism, we will have a direct communication link between New Delhi and Beijing,” they said.  Meanwhile, the sources said the next round of talks between the special representatives of India and China on the boundary issue would be held in New Delhi before the end of the year.

 

 

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20111006/nation.htm#10

      

Chinese troops in PoK: Army Chief

Says terror infrastructure across LoC intact, large number of militants trying to infiltrate Ajay Banerjee/TNS  New Delhi, October 5 Echoing words that can spark a fresh round of discussion on China’s suspicious moves in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, especially in the strategically important Gilgit-Baltistan area, Army Chief Gen VK Singh today said that around 4,000 Chinese, including troops of the People's Liberation Army of China, were in PoK.  "There are certain construction working teams (in PoK). Around 3,000 to 4,000 of these people are present, including certain people for security purposes. There are certain engineers troops. Now, our own engineers are combat engineers. So, in some way they are part of the PLA," he told reporters here.  The Army Chief was responding to a query on the presence of Chinese Army troops in the PoK on the sidelines of the 16th Field Marshal KM Cariappa Memorial Lecture delivered by National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon.  What Gen VK Singh said today is in line with the thinking of India’s leading strategic affairs think-tank, the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). An IDSA study in May this year had warned that if the current pace of Chinese penetration is sustained, then the Dragon may completely take over Gilgit-Baltistan by the year 2020.  New Delhi has already conveyed its concerns to China over the presence of its troops in PoK and its activities in that region. Last year, there were reports of presence of about 11,000 Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region held by Pakistan but Beijing said there was no wrong-doing.  Asked about the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Gen Singh said the terrorist infrastructure across the LoC was intact and a large number of militants are trying to infiltrate.  "The terror infrastructure (across the LoC) is intact. A concentration of large number of terrorists on the other side exists and they are trying to infiltrate. We are making sure that their efforts fail," the Army Chief said. Gen Singh said efforts were being made to step up infiltration from across the LoC but the Army was alert and ready to face any threat.  Persistent threat      Western security agencies have maintained that China had a huge presence in the PoK and was ‘well-entrenched’ in the Gilgit-Baltistan region that abuts the Drass-Kargil-Batalik-Siachen belt in India     China’s official line is that the Karokaram Highway connecting Pakistan with Xinjiang was damaged in January this year and now the road was being re-aligned with the help of Chinese engineers     IAF Chief NAK Browne has already made it clear that increasing presence of China in PoK warrants India's "attention"

 

 

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20111006/main1.htm

      

India-Russia defence ties going great guns, but for supply delays

Tribune News Service  New Delhi, October 5 Long-standing allies India and Russia have expressed their readiness to expand the scope of cooperation on a ‘mutually beneficial basis’ between the two nations.  This has happened even as India expressed its concern over delays on part of Russia in providing spares for existing equipment and while it termed the design and development of a multi-role transport aircraft as “tardy progress”.  The Defence Ministers of India and Russia, AK Antony and AE Serdyukov, respectively, met in Moscow last evening. This was eleventh meeting of the India-Russia Inter-governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC).  Antony flagged the vexed issue of delayed export clearances from Russia for vital repair equipment for already contracted weapons. This has been affecting supplies of defence equipment and spares, especially in case of the T-90 tank, MiG-series of fighter aircraft and the SMERCH multi-barrel rocket system.  The Indian delegation, which comprised all top officials of the Defence Ministry, expressed New Delhi’s concern at the “tardy progress” in the design and development of the multi-role transport aircraft (MTA). The two sides agreed to accelerate this project.  Spokesperson of India’s Defence Ministry Sitanshu Kar said, “The two leaders have expressed satisfaction that steps have been taken to further encourage development of defence technologies, modernisation of military equipment and joint manufacture of military equipment.”

 

 

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20111006/nation.htm#2

      

Armyman booked for duping clergy

Delhi Police have arrested a retired army personnel who allegedly tried to cheat clergymen in Delhi churches.  “The accused, identified as Madan Lal Gupta (50), went to a Punjabi Bagh church and introduced himself as a constable of the Indian Army. He claimed that his senior officer, a Brigadier, had been blessed with a girl child after 25 years and so, wanted to donate 165 blankets, Rs 70,000 cash and other items to the poor through the church,” said V Renganathan, additional CP (west) said.   “Gupta further said he wanted to get these items in a tempo and requested the priest for Rs 3,000 to hire the tempo. Meanwhile, another clergyman, Father Mathew, recognised Gupta as the same person who had cheated another priest two years ago,” Renganathan added.  The priests then informed the police and Gupta was arrested.  Police said despite having retired 15 years ago, Gupta went to the church wearing his Army uniform. He had worked as a cook in the Indian Army and draws a pension of Rs 12,000 per month.  “During his tenure in the Army, Gupta visited many churches and noticed the benevolent attitude of priests towards the poor. He had exploited their sympathy by making up all kinds of stories on many occasions earlier,” Renganathan added.

 

 

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/newdelhi/Armyman-booked-for-duping-clergy/Article1-754009.aspx

      

Indian Army chief says Chinese troops present in PoK

NEW DELHI: Around 4,000 Chinese including the troops of the People's Liberation Army of China are in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), Army Chief Gen. V K Singh said today amid the unease in the Indian establishment over their presence there.  "There are certain construction working teams, a large number is available. Around 3,000 to 4,000 of these people are present including certain people for security purposes. There are certain engineers troops. Now (like) our own engineers are combat engineers. So, in some way they are part of the PLA," he told reporters here.  The Army Chief was responding to a query on the presence of Chinese Army troops in the PoK on the sidelines of the 16th Field Marshal K M Cariappa memorial lecture delivered by national security adviser Shivshankar Menon.  The statement comes against the backdrop of concerns in India about the presence and engagement of Chinese troops in PoK, which India considers as its own land.  IAF Chief N A K Browne had made this clear when he said in an interview that increasing presence of China in PoK warrants India's "attention".  New Delhi has already conveyed its concerns to China over the presence of its troops in PoK and its activities in that region.  Last year, there were reports of presence of about 11,000 Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region held by Pakistan but Beijing said there was no wrong-doing.  Recently, a senior Indian Army commander had said that Chinese are mainly engaged in construction activities of highways and dams in PoK as well as the northern areas which are very close to the LoC.

 

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Army-chief-says-Chinese-troops-present-in-PoK/articleshow/10245888.cms

      

India to get delivery of INS Vikramaditya by Dec 2012: A K Antony

MOSCOW: India will get delivery of its much-awaited aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya from Russia by December next year, Defence Minister A K Antony has said, amid reports that Moscow will hand over the leased Nerpa nuclear submarine next month.  The vexed issue of the delivery of these frontline advanced weapon systems was resolved after crucial parleys between Antony and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov here last night.  "We hope that the induction (of INS Vikramaditya) will take place, on schedule, by December 2012," Antony told Indian reporters here, saying the Indian navy is "keenly awaiting the induction of the aircraft carrier."  "We also hope that activities on the MiG-29K are completed to achieve synchronisation with the aircraft carrier," said the Defence Minister, who co-chaired the 11th session of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on military-technical cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) yesterday with Serdyukov.  "Our bilateral military-technical cooperation is now on the even track," Antony declared as the two Defence Ministers dwelt at length on New Delhi's concerns in delay in export clearance for the spare parts of weapon systems procured from Russia.  The supply of spare parts, which include ammunition for main Indian battle tanks like T-90 and SMERCH multi-barrel rocket system, has been a major issue as reports have said that Indian army formations are running short of critical war reserves.  "This (delayed export clearance) has been affecting supplies of defence equipment and spares," Antony, who is here on a three-day visit, said.

 

 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/india-to-get-delivery-of-ins-vikramaditya-by-dec-2012-a-k-antony/articleshow/10243129.cms

      

 

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