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Friday, 7 December 2012

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20121207/main5.htm
India, China spar over South China Sea
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
India and China remained engaged in a wordy duel over the South China Sea today.

A day after China warned India against any unilateral attempt to pursue oil exploration in the disputed sea, New Delhi asserted that it supported freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with international laws.

MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said it was well aware of the fact that sovereignty of the South China Sea was disputed by several countries in the region.

India, he said, was not a party to the dispute but was hopeful that the sovereignty issue would be resolved peacefully by the countries in the region.

New Delhi’s comments came after Beijing yesterday responded sharply to Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi’s remarks that the Indian Navy was prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to defend India’s economic interests there. “China opposes any unilateral oil and gas exploration activities in disputed areas in the South China Sea and hopes relevant countries respect China’s sovereignty and national interests, as well as the efforts of countries within the region to resolve disputes through bilateral negotiations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.

The row between India and China over the South China issue began in October last year after India took up oil and gas exploration activity in the blocks allocated to it by Vietnam in the disputed waters.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20121207/nation.htm#15
Out of 421 GCs passing out of IMA, 50 hail from Haryana
Himachal Pradesh has 22, Punjab 20
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 6
Out of 421 Gentlemen Cadets (GC) from the country passing out at this year’s Indian Military Academy (IMA) parade on December 8, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum share with a total of 76 GCs coming from the most populous state of the country.

The demographic statistics of GCs passing out of 131 regular and other parallel courses released by the IMA today had Uttar Pradesh topping the list followed by Haryana with 50 GCs.

Uttarakhand stands third with 46 GCs (10.92 per cent). The youth of the small hill state of Uttarakhand with a population of over 1 crore have shown excellent results in terms of its representation in the academy in recent years.

There are 30 GCs from Maharashtra, 25 from Rajasthan, 23 from Madhya Pradesh, 22 from Himachal Pradesh, 20 each from Punjab and Delhi and 11 from Kerala.

Similarly, 14 GCs from the trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir will pass out whereas four GCs are from the terror-infested Manipur in the North-East. Nagaland and Tripura have one GC each.

There are 10 GCs from West Bengal and 13 GCs each from Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. Five GCs are from Tamil Nadu and nine are from the southern state of Karnataka.

The Union Territory of Chandigarh has four GCs. Jharkhand too has five GCs. Five GCs are from Gujarat, four are from Assam, two from Chattisgarh, five GCs are from Orissa and two GCs from Meghalaya.

Among other highlights of the parade, there is one GC from Nepal who has opted to join the Indian Army. According to the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty, Nepalese citizens can be absorbed as commissioned officers in the Indian Army.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20121207/main5.htm
India, China spar over South China Sea
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
India and China remained engaged in a wordy duel over the South China Sea today.

A day after China warned India against any unilateral attempt to pursue oil exploration in the disputed sea, New Delhi asserted that it supported freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with international laws.

MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said it was well aware of the fact that sovereignty of the South China Sea was disputed by several countries in the region.

India, he said, was not a party to the dispute but was hopeful that the sovereignty issue would be resolved peacefully by the countries in the region.

New Delhi’s comments came after Beijing yesterday responded sharply to Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi’s remarks that the Indian Navy was prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to defend India’s economic interests there. “China opposes any unilateral oil and gas exploration activities in disputed areas in the South China Sea and hopes relevant countries respect China’s sovereignty and national interests, as well as the efforts of countries within the region to resolve disputes through bilateral negotiations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.

The row between India and China over the South China issue began in October last year after India took up oil and gas exploration activity in the blocks allocated to it by Vietnam in the disputed waters.


http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/new-market-study-published-india-defence-security-report-q1-2013-185365.htm
New Market Study Published: India Defence & Security Report Q1 2013
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/06/2012 -- BMI's India Defence & Security Report for Q1 2013 examines the country's strategic position in the Asian region and the wider world. It also provides an overview of the contemporary geopolitical challenges facing the country, and the challenges it may face in the future.

This quarter's report discusses the trends occurring in the country's current and future defence procurement, and the order of battle across its armed forces. The report's general conclusion is that there are effectively two sides to the Indian defence story. On the one hand, India remains the world's largest importer of weaponry, and is moving ahead with the procurement of some highly advanced systems. On the other hand, structural weaknesses within the Indian defence bureaucracy mean that procurement programmes remain prone to lengthy delays and overspending, while the local defence industry continues to underperform.


However, some important reforms introduced in August 2012 could help to improve India's defence industry landscape. In particular, new offset rules should make it simpler for foreign contractors selling into the Indian market. Nor is there any question about the Indian military's overall modernisation path, with a string of major procurements being announced and more to come. In Q3-4 2012 these included the acquisition of Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters, and a request for the procurement of additional Hawk trainer aircraft to be built locally under licence from BAE Systems. A highly significant collaboration with Russian industry for the development of a new military transport aircraft also got underway in Q4.

With much of Indian's recent procurement activity having focused on the air force over the last few years, the government recently confirmed that the navy is set to receive the most investment in the immediate future as New Delhi gears up to spend a further U$100bn on new equipment over the next seven to ten years. MoD officials have said the navy's share of the defence budget is set to rise.

Over the last quarter BMI has revised the following forecasts/views:

- India's relations with its neighbours are discussed in detail. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Pakistan in November 2012 has been abandoned, progress was made on ties with China in the form of Defence Minister Liang Guanglie's visit to New Delhi in September. Liang visited at his own request, a sign that Beijing is concerned that its relations with India are on the wrong track.
- The Indian Army scored a victory over the Air Force in October, with the MoD confirming that attack helicopters will fall under the remit of the Army Aviation Corps (AAC). As a result, the AAC is now set to acquire India's recently procured Apaches, as well as other assets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20624798
Indian officials accused of Kashmir rights abuses
More than 500 members of India's armed forces are accused of human rights abuses in a damning report on conflict in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The alleged offences detailed in the report by a leading human rights group include custody deaths, abduction, torture and rape.

Army, police and paramilitary officers of senior rank are among those named. There was no immediate army response.

Thousands have died in a separatist insurgency in Kashmir since 1989.

The disputed region, claimed by both India and Pakistan, has seen violence fall in recent years.

But tens of thousands of Indian army and paramilitary troops continue to be deployed in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley.

The report's authors say they gathered information from the police and under India's new freedom of information laws, as well from interviews with families and others.

An army spokesman said he was not aware of the report.

"If they have sent it to the defence ministry we have not received it so far. We can respond after proper perusal of the document," Lt-Col HS Brar, who speaks for the Indian army's Kashmir-based 15 corps, told the BBC.
'Perpetual wait for justice'
The 354-page report was compiled by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir (IPTK).

It has analysed 214 cases of abuse and highlighted the role of officials in the killing of nearly 70 people and the disappearances of 8,000 people over two decades, the BBC's Riyaz Masroor in Srinagar says.

The report names military officials of very senior rank as "perpetrators", our correspondent reports.

Releasing the report in Srinagar, Kartik Murukutla, a human rights lawyer and one of the authors of the report, said India's priority in Kashmir was to control the territory, not pursue justice.

"For the victims, the wait for proper justice seems perpetual. In its approach to justice, the Indian state has not moved beyond cash relief or the promise of re-investigation.

"The state has wilfully lowered the standard of justice as well as the crimes perpetrated," he said.

The report says that despite the evidence, many of those accused of brutality were decorated for their role in fighting the separatist insurgency.

"While we believe in fixing the responsibility on the individuals, we have highlighted the culpability of the Indian state in shielding the perpetrators," the APDP chief Parvez Imroz said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report_cag-frowns-on-army-s-illegal-use-of-defence-assets-in-pune_1774210
CAG frowns on army's illegal use of defence assets in Pune
In its recent report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pulled up the army authorities in Pune for their failure to stop the unauthorised usage of defence assets. The report points out that the eight defence establishments in Pune were being used by the Army Public School (APS) in contravention to the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

According to the report 16 of CAG about Indian Defence and Army for 2012-13, the scales of accommodation for defence services do not permit provision of government-owned buildings for running educational institutes by private agencies.

The report says that the Army Public School, which is run by the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES), is an institution which cannot be run from buildings owned by the defence authorities and doing so is in contravention to the laws mentioned above.
The report states that observing the re-approbation of the defence building for educational institutes run by the AWES, the ministry of defence had issued instructions in October 2000 and October 2001 asking for local commanders to stop such institutes from functioning.

The instructions so issued state that misuse of delegated power would attract disciplinary action and the Military Engineer Services (MES) is also not to incur any expenditure, from public funds, on defence buildings occupied by the APS or other educational institutes run by AWES.

In their test check, the CAG had found that the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Indian Army’s Southern Command in Pune had issued sanctions in January 2008 and March 2008 for undertaking special repairs at eight defence buildings. The total repair work was executed at a cost of Rs83.52 lakh. “The sanction did not mention that the buildings were in use by the APS,” the report pointed out.

Frowning upon the continued usage of defence buildings by the APS, the CAG report stated, “The occupancy of the school building by the APS/AWES continues to remain unauthorised and sanctions and executions of special repairs on these buildings are also irregular.”

The CAG states that the case was referred to the ministry in April 2012, but its reply was awaited till July 2012. Defence PRO Colonel J Dhayia said that the ministry was yet to receive the CAG report. “We will issue an official communiqué only after we receive the report,” he said.

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