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Sunday, 5 August 2012

From Today's Papers - 05 Aug 2012
Assam Rifles holds training camp for Manipur NDA aspirants
IMPHAL: A training camp is currently being organized for National Defence Academy (NDA) aspirants by 27 Assam Rifles at Kakching area in Thoubal district of Manipur.

Despite being hit by insurgency, Manipur has produced a good number of NDA-qualified officers in the last few years.

Among the sizable number of Manipuri officers serving in the Indian Army, one holds the senior post of a Major General, while two are Brigadiers.

A large number of Manipuri youth turned up in the Army's and Assam Rifles' recruitment rallies, indicating their enthusiasm for joining the Indian Army. A few days ago, 16,00 youths showed up in one such recruitment rally in Senapati district.

The Kakching training camp is structured around the multifaceted requirements from an aspirant to join the prestigious NDA, an Assam Rifles statement said.

Highlights of the camp include various forms of physical training, games and sports competitions, obstacle course, public speaking, grooming classes and personal counselling.

The main focus of the entire camp, the statement said, is to provide the aspirants intellectual and physical training to match the expected standards of the NDA.

"The pre-recruitment training camp shall go a long way in providing the much-required platform and exposure to the youth of the region and shall enable them to inculcate qualities of leadership besides a desire for self-improvement," the statement said.
Sukhoi-30 jets have a design flaw, says Air Chief Browne
Pune: Air Chief NAK Browne today said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has identified a 'design flaw' with the Russian-made supersonic fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30 though nothing is wrong with its 'airworthiness'.

"We have identified a Fly-By-Wire problem with the aircraft. It is a design issue and we have taken it up with the designing agency," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function held to mark Golden Jubilee celebrations of Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune.

Referring to the December 13, 2011 crash of a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft near here, the Air Chief said that more checks were being implemented to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.
The aircraft had crashed at Wade Bholai village soon after it took off from Lohegaon air base. Two pilots of the fighter plane managed to bail out safely.

"There is nothing wrong with the aircraft or its airworthiness. I have myself flown the aircraft," he said.

On proposed acquisition of the French Rafale aircraft, Air Chief Browne said the negotiations in this regard were progressing well and could be finalised by the end of the financial year.

In reply to a question, he said the IAF had an "elaborate plan" at hand to change over from old to new fleets.
Army inquiry into molestation of a girl by jawan in Assam completed, trial to begin
GUWAHATI: Army on Friday said the inquiry into the alleged molestation of a girl by a jawan in Sibsagar district was complete and the trial would begin soon.

The Army's Dah Division in an letter to the All Tai Ahom Students' Union (ATASU) and a women organisation Mahila Samiti, said the Army took over the case from the civil court to ensure speedy justice for the victim.

"Unlike the normal court process, in the Army a court is formed to try a particular case to ensure speedy justice as we believe that justice delayed in justice denied", the letter said.

"In this particular case, the guilty is currently in the unit lock-up and within one week of taking over the case, the inquiry was completed", it said.

The judicial process has been initiated to begin trial as soon as the sanction is received, which was expected soon.

"We will then start with framing of the charge(s) against the accused, wherein the statements of the witnesses and the accused will be taken", the letter pointed out.

"The guilty will not be spared and the girl will get justice and in these trying times we request people not to take any step that would help anti-national and anti-social elements in creating further disturbance and law and order problems", the letter said.

The girl was allegedly molested by an Army jawan near Nitaipukhuri in Demow in Sibsagar district on July 13 while she had gone to collect firewood and there were largescale demonstration and protests against the incident by 22 organisations, including a semi-nude protest on July 25.

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