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Monday, 3 September 2012

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120903/nation.htm#3
Jawan dismissed for pointing gun at officer reinstated
Vijay Mohan/TNS

Chandigarh, September 2
Six years after an Army jawan dismissed from service by a summary court martial (SCM) for allegedly threatening an officer by pointing a loaded weapon at an officer who had admonished him for not having a proper haircut, he has been reinstated in service by the Armed Forces Tribunal.

The jawan, Hav Nasik Raja, who was then posted in an artillery regiment under the Western Command, will also be entitled to all consequential; service benefits, including seniority and pay, and will deemed to have been in service since August 2006, when he was dismissed.

The AFT’s bench comprising Justice HN Sarma and Lt Gen KDP Samanta observed that the SCM was conducted hastily and in a haphazard manner with vital evidence, exhibits and witness either missing or being incorroborative.

The jawan was tried under Section 40 (A) of the Army Act for assault on a senior officer, which is according to statements made before the court, is a serious offence that should have been reported to higher headquarters and the alleged offender should have been tried by a general court martial. Instead of the jawan being arrested for the alleged offence, he was sent for psychiatric examination at a military hospital where he was declared fit.

The bench observed that from the statements and records of the trial it was clear that the accused had no intention of pleading “guilty” as reflected in the records. Even the said weapon was not produced during the trial and nor were the accused’s two immediate superiors summoned as witnesses.

The bench observed that the presiding officer of the SCM was very careless in the conduct of the trial and several technical lacunae and procedural errors showed a mechanical approach and lack of basic knowledge. Even the advice rendered on the SCM proceedings by Deputy Judge Advocate General 9 Corps, pointing out errors in the conduct of the trial went unheaded by higher authorities.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120903/nation.htm#6
Chinese defence minister arrives on a five-day visit
Expected to allay concerns over Beijing’s military build-up along the border

Mumbai/New Delhi, Sept 2
China's Defence Minister Gen Liang Guanglie today commenced a five-day visit to India during which he is expected to allay New Delhi's concerns over Chinese military infrastructure build-up along the border and discuss the revival of joint exercises halted four years back.

Gen Liang's visit, the first by a Chinese Defence Minister in eight years, takes place at a time when the two Asian giants are competing vigorously to get a firm grip across the continent for resources.

The minister arrived in Mumbai, his first halt, where he visited Mahatma Gandhi's memorial 'Mani Bhawan'.

"The minister was keen to know about Gandhiji and his roots. He seemed to very interested in Gandhi's early life and asked questions with the help of an interpreter," Mani Bhawan executive secretary Ghanshyam Ajgaonkar told PTI.

Gen Liang will arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday for wide-ranging discussions with Defence Minister A K Antony on issues relating to border and bolstering military-to-military cooperation.

The two sides are expected to exchange views on putting in place more Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), a senior official of the Defence Ministry said here.

"We are planning to resume the army-to-army exercise 'Hand-in-Hand' from next year and a final decision in this regard is expected to be taken at the meeting between Gen Liang and his Indian counterpart," the official said.

Military exercises between the two countries had started in 2007 but were put on hold after a series of hiccups in the defence ties between the two sides.

The first exercise was held in Kunming, China in 2007 whereas the second was held in India at Belgaum in 2008.

After the denial of visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal by the Chinese in 2010, New Delhi froze all bilateral defence exchanges with Beijing.

Though the defence exchanges have re-started, there are still some issues like China declining to give visa to an IAF officer belonging to Arunachal Pradesh. China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of his territory and calls its as 'South Tibet', a claim rejected by India, which says the state is its integral part.

The two sides also have a long-pending boundary problem along the over 4,000 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Special Representatives of the two countries have held 15 rounds of talks on the issue but not much progress has been made in this regard.

Gen Liang's visit will be the first by a Chinese Defence Minister to India since Gen Cao Gangchuan's trip here in March, 2004. A Defence Minister-level visit to China from India had last taken place in May, 2006.

He will also visit Taj Mahal in Agra and Qutub Minar here. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120903/nation.htm#10
Defence MoS Raju inaugurates NCC Academies in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 2
The presence of security forces will be strengthened and patrolling will be increased at the Indo-Pak border in Punjab so that the smuggling of narcotics can be checked effectively. This was stated by Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the NCC Academy for Boys at Ropar today.

The NCC academy set up on 9 acres by spending Rs 9 crore will help in training over 50,000 cadets in the state.

Punjab Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sunil Jakhar requested Raju to take effective steps to check smuggling of drugs in the state through international borders.

Youngsters of the state are falling prey to drug addiction and the drugs being smuggled from across the border are not only affecting the border state, these have been taking route to the entire nation, they said.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought Raju’s intervention to impress upon the Union Ministry of Defence for reversing the existing criteria of recruitment in the armed forces, which was now being done on the basis of population of the state. It should be on the basis of merit only, contended Badal.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120903/nation.htm#11
Says no threat from China
Balwant Garg/TNS

Malout (Muktsar), Sept 2
Amidst reports of the Chinese military incursions into Indian territory and India’s enhanced force deployment in the North-East region, the Sino-Indian relations are complicated by rivalry and mistrust. But Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju said there was no threat to India from China.

“Though we have long-time differences on the perception of the borders and both countries had over 14 rounds of talks over the border dispute, there is no belligerence from either side. Rather we have increased business and trade ties over the time,” Raju said.

Showing a strong deterrence today in Malout town of Muktsar after inaugurating the NCC Academy for Girls, Raju said the government keeps a wary eye on every development in the border area.

About both nations steadily building up military infrastructure along the border and reports of minor skirmishes, he said the issue of contested frontiers takes a long time to settle and both the countries are already in process of talks.

Raju declined to make any comment on Chinese modernisation programmes, including construction of strategic roads and expansion of rail network along the LAC.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120903/main2.htm
Qaida’s Net magazine brain-washed suspects
Another youth nabbed in B’lore y Pistol, papers seized
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, September 2
The interrogation of 11 suspects arrested by the police after busting a terror ring in Karnataka has revealed that they were inspired by the contents of an online magazine which glorifies activities of the Al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

The Bangalore police has arrested one more youth with alleged links to the Lashkar-e-Toiba. Police Commissioner BG Jyothiprakash Mirji today said the Central Crime Branch arrested Mohammed Akram (22) last night near the Majestic area.

“One foreign-made 7.65 mm pistol, 16 bullets and other incriminating things have been recovered from him,” Mirji told reporters.

Akram hails from Nanded district in Maharashtra. He had been to Saudi Arabia for a year, Mirji said. Akram was staying in Bangalore and, along with other arrested accused, was planning to carry out attacks in the city, Mirji said. Following the arrest of the other accused, he had gone into hiding and was trying to escape when he was nabbed.

Sources in a joint team of investigators conducting the probe claimed that the questioning of the 11 suspects has revealed that they had been apparently indoctrinated to join the terror module by various inflammatory speeches uploaded on the Internet.

The module members spent considerable time surfing the web for jihadi material. Examination of their laptops by the investigators has also revealed that they frequented an online magazine put out by the Al-Qaida.

The 11 arrested on August 29 include a journalist, a doctor and a Junior Research Fellow with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The doctor, Zafar Iqbal, is married to a woman doctor. Arrested DRDO junior research fellow Aizaz Ahmed Mirza’s younger brother, Shoaib, who too has been arrested by police, apparently went to Pakistan to receive arm training. He is otherwise an MCA student.

The laptop and pen drives seized from the accused also showed their extensive visit to websites that spoke about joining of terror modules and
how to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance of individuals and important targets.

The magazine has been touted by many US think-tanks, as an effective tool of Qaida to recruit youths without getting in physical contact with them.

The think-tanks say the magazine has provided instructions on topics such as "how to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom" and how to clean AK-47 besides other traditional propaganda pieces.

With Akram’s arrest, the total number of those held in connection with the Karnataka terror module has reached 17. The Maharashtra ATS arrested four suspects from Nanded yesterday. Another youth was picked up from Hyderabad by the Bangalore police.

Web of terror

* The arrested 11 suspects have spoken extensively about an online magazine linked to the Al-Qaida and published from somewhere in Yemen

* The magazine is believed to have articles drawing youth to an ‘armed war’ against Americans, India, Israel and other Western countries

* The laptop and pen drives seized from the accused also showed their extensive visit to websites that spoke about joining of terror modules and how to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance of individuals and important targets


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Abolish-present-criteria-of-Army-recruitment-Badal/articleshow/16227861.cms
Abolish present criteria of Army recruitment: Badal
MALOUT: Punjab government has urged the Centre to abolish the existing criteria of Army recruitment on the basis of 'recruitable male population' and instead recruit on the basis of capability and merit.

"This would enable more youth from Punjab to join the Armed Forces on the basis of merit," said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, while inaugurating the first NCC Academy of the country, along with Union minister of state for defence M Pallam Raju.

"There was a time when Punjabis dominated the Indian Army with majority of soldiers -- besides the top brass including Generals, Major Generals, Brigadiers and Colonels -- hailing from the state. However the state had suffered after Centre adopted the criteria of recruitment on the basis of 'recruitable male population,'" said Badal, while impressing upon Raju that it was the need of the hour to change the formula.


http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/north/india-china-resume-army-exercises-next-year-995
India, China to resume army exercises from next year
India and China are expected to resume their bilateral military exercises from next year and a decision in this regard is likely to be taken during the five-day visit of Chinese Defence Minister Gen Liang Guanglie.

During Gen Liang's visit starting Monday next week, the two sides will discuss about having more Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and ways of strengthening their military ties, a senior official of the Defence Ministry said here.

"We are planning to resume the army-to-army exercise 'Hand-in-Hand' from next year and a final decision in this regard would be taken at the meeting between Gen Liang Guanglie and his Indian counterpart A.K. Antony," the official said.

Military exercises between the two countries had started in 2007 but were put on hold after a series of hiccups in the defence ties between the two sides.

The first exercise was held in Kunming, China in 2007 whereas the second was held in India at Belgaum in 2008.

After the denial of visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B.S. Jaswal by the Chinese in 2010, New Delhi froze all bilateral defence exchanges with Beijing.

Though the defence exchanges have re-started, there are still some problems like China declining to issue visa to an IAF officer belonging to Arunachal Pradesh.

After reaching Mumbai on September 2 with his 23-member delegation, Gen Liang will visit the Gandhi Museum there.

He will also visit Taj Mahal and Qutub Minar. A Defence Minister-level visit to China from India had last taken place in May, 2006.

Gen Liang's visit will be the first by a Chinese Defence Minister to India since Gen Cao Gangchuan's visited here in March, 2004.

http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/bsf-army-to-steppatrollingindo-pak-border-govt/51359/
BSF, Army to step up patrolling on Indo-Pak border: Govt

Patrolling by BSF and Army would be stepped up on the Indo-Pak border to curb smuggling of drugs, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju today said.

Raju, who was here to inaugurate an NCC academy, said he would soon take up with Defence Minister A K Antony the matter of recruitment on the basis of capability and merit instead of population criteria.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was also present.
Raju informed Badal that he was alive to the problems of ex-servicemen, who constituted a sizeable chunk of state's population.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_28/Russia-India-to-jointly-manufacture-ammo-for-Indian-Army/
Russia, India to jointly manufacture ammo for Indian Army
Russia and India will jointly manufacture ammunition for the Indian Army.

An agreement to that end was signed in New Delhi earlier today. India will make advanced ammunition types at its ordnance factories, including ammunition for multiple rocket launching systems.

The two countries have been actively cooperating in military technologies, specifically in the field of missile defence.

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