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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130416/nation.htm#6
Navy officer dismissed for sending lewd SMSes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
Two days after a Navy officer was dismissed for having an illicit affair with his senior’s wife, the Navy has come down heavily with stringent punishment for another Navy officer and dismissed him for allegedly sending vulgar and lewd SMSes to women.

The officer, Commander RV Desai, was court-martialed by the Navy in January this year and was found guilty in February. The Navy initiated the process for his dismissal and has removed him to send a message down the line that such acts won’t be tolerated.

It is learnt that Desai used to be send lewd SMSes to women within the Navy fraternity and also to women outside the Navy. He was found guilty in court martial proceeding of actions “unbecoming of
an officer”.

Navy spokesperson Commander PVS Satish, while confirming the dismissal of the officer said: “Indian Navy reserves harshest punishment for someone found guilty of misbehaving with women, any such misconduct is taken seriously.” 

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130416/nation.htm#13
India, Maldives to boost defence ties
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
India today assured Maldives of enhanced defence and security cooperation between the two countries. The island country is critical in maintaining security of sea-going cargo in the Indian Ocean.

Indian Defence Minister AK Antony and his counterpart, Minister of Defence and National Security of Maldives Mohamed Nazim, held discussions at the South Block for one hour here today. This was second meeting between the two in the past seven months, the last one being in September 2012. “Both sides noted that defence cooperation between India and Maldives has been growing over the years to the mutual benefit of both sides,” Defence Ministry spokesperson said.

“There is scope to further develop the relationship in mutually agreed areas,’ Antony told his counterpart. New Delhi will also ramp up ongoing exchanges between the Armed Forces of both sides in areas of training, exercises and strengthening of infrastructure and capabilities. China is slowly trying to find a toe-hold in the Maldives.

“Both sides also agreed that there is a need for India and Maldives to continue to work together to tackle security concerns, in the interests of peace and stability in the region,” the Indian statement said.

Maldives, due its location is vital from the angle of sea-borne threats posed by pirates and terrorists. The 1,190-island nation functions as a natural barrier between maritime traffic transiting through strategic gateways into the Indian Ocean. That is Malacca Straits to the east of India, the Straits of Hormuz leading to the Persian gulf and Bab-el Mandeb leading to Suez canal. All sea traffic transiting west or east of India passes near Maldives.

India is very watchful as terrorists could look to have a base on any of the 900 or so un-inhabitated islands and atolls that form the Maldives archipilego.

The Maldivian Minister is on a 4 day official visit to India during which he would be visiting military establishments in various parts of the country.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130416/nation.htm#5
IAF to have ‘swing fleet’ for two-front offensive
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
An Indian Air Force 'swing fleet' comprising fighter aircraft and special operations aircraft is ready to tackle a simultaneous two-front offensive from Pakistan and China.

The fleet will be of earmarked fighters that can swiftly fly non-stop from the western border to the eastern front to tackle a threat. The special operations planes such as the C-130-J will be part of the fleet. The IAF has for the first time upgraded its capabilities to meet a two-front attack.

These capabilities were validated successfully during the recent three-week war games 'Livewire' in which over 400 fighter jets participated, IAF officials said here today. The two-phase exercise commenced on March 18 and ended on April 4.

As part of the swing fleet, the IAF tested its capabilities to mobilise its frontline fighter and transport aircraft from the western border to the eastern front, particularly the recently-developed Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG's) in the northeast.

Refusing to give out number of the planes which will be part of the swing fleet, an IAF official said all planes that can be re-fuelled mid-air are part of it. The Sukhoi-30MKI, Mirage 2000 and Jaguars can be refueled mid-air and the C-130-J can also be refueled. This fleet will be needed till the IAF increases its strength from the existing 34 squadrons to the mandated 42 squadrons. This process may take a decade, till then the swing fleet will be prime asset.

Older version of planes like the, MiG 29, MiG 27s and the MiG 21s are not part of the fleet as these can't fly non-stop from one end of the country to the other. As part of the 'Livewire', all the air-fields in the northeast, including the eight Advanced Landing Grounds at Along, Walong, Tuting, Ziro, Pasighat, Vijay Nagar and Tawang, were activated and were manned for operations.

The 'Livewire' was the biggest aerial mobilisation of assets in the IAF history. To practice jointness, the Army and the Navy were also involved in parts. The Army commandoes, highly skilled in jungle and mountain warfare, operated with the IAF's newly formed force of 'Garuds'.

The airborne early warning radars, UAVs and high resolution imagery provided real time coverage backed by the newly commissioned optic fibre backbone aiding network centric operations.

In these three-weeks, the IAF planes flew around 8,000 hours in validate its war-fighting concepts. The IAF, which has a traditional edge over Pakistan, has been increasing its presence and strength in the northeastern areas by deploying squadrons of its frontline aircraft Su-30MKI at Tezpur, Chabua and other bases there.

countering china, pakistan

The fleet will be of earmarked fighters that can swiftly fly non-stop from the western border to the eastern front to tackle a threat

These capabilities were validated successfully during the recent war games 'Livewire' in which over 400 fighters participated

All planes that can be re-fuelled mid-air, such as Sukhoi-30MKI, Mirage 2000 and Jaguars, will be part of this fleet

‘Livewire’ was the biggest aerial mobilisation of assets in IAF history. To sharpen coordination, the Army and Navy were also involved 

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130416/nation.htm#6
Navy officer dismissed for sending lewd SMSes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
Two days after a Navy officer was dismissed for having an illicit affair with his senior’s wife, the Navy has come down heavily with stringent punishment for another Navy officer and dismissed him for allegedly sending vulgar and lewd SMSes to women.

The officer, Commander RV Desai, was court-martialed by the Navy in January this year and was found guilty in February. The Navy initiated the process for his dismissal and has removed him to send a message down the line that such acts won’t be tolerated.

It is learnt that Desai used to be send lewd SMSes to women within the Navy fraternity and also to women outside the Navy. He was found guilty in court martial proceeding of actions “unbecoming of
an officer”.

Navy spokesperson Commander PVS Satish, while confirming the dismissal of the officer said: “Indian Navy reserves harshest punishment for someone found guilty of misbehaving with women, any such misconduct is taken seriously.” 

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/indian-air-force-now-capable-of-meeting-twin-challenge-from-china-pakistan-say-sources-354473?pfrom=home-otherstories
Indian Air Force now capable of meeting twin challenge from China, Pakistan, say sources
Considering the threat perception from both China and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has upgraded its capabilities to meet any challenge from the two fronts simultaneously.
These capabilities were tested successfully for the first time during the recent three-week war games 'Livewire' in which over 400 fighter jets participated, IAF sources said in New Delhi today.
In the exercise, which commenced on March 18, the IAF created a simulated scenario of a challenge from both eastern and western fronts simultaneously.
Testing its capabilities to meet the challenge, the IAF swiftly mobilised its frontline fighter and transport aircraft from Pakistan border to the eastern front, particularly the recently-developed Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the Northeast, the sources said.
All the major aircraft of the IAF including the Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000, Jaguars, MiG 29, MiG 27s and the MiG 21s took part in the war games.
They said the force kept the required number of aircraft in the western front while mobilising the majority of its assets including the mid-air refuelling aircraft towards the eastern front, they said.
All the air-fields in the northeast including the eight Advanced Landing Grounds at Along, Walong, Tuting, Ziro, Pasighat, Vijay Nagar and Tawang were activated and were manned for operations of all types of fighter and transport aircraft operations.
This was the first time that such an exercise was conducted by the IAF where it tested its capabilities on both the possible war fronts, sources said.
During the exercise, the biggest aerial mobilisation of assets in the IAF was carried out with more than 2,000 tonnes of load being shifted in around 100 sorties, the sources said.
The IAF also practised special operations involving its recently-inducted C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the US, which were used to paradrop Army Special Forces, national Security Guard commandos and its Garud security guards.
Heliborne operations were also carried out using the new Mi-17V5 choppers from Russia which allowed the force to practise internal security operations.
The IAF planes flew around 8,000 hours in the three weeks to validate its war-fighting concepts.
Barring two incidents of a mix-up with the commercial airliners, the whole exercise was hassle free, they said.
The IAF is in the process of increasing its operational strength from 34 squadrons to 42 squadrons and once that level is reached, the need for such an asset shift would not be required to a large extent, the sources said.
The IAF, which has a traditional edge over Pakistan, has been increasing its presence and strength in the Northeastern areas by deploying squadrons of its frontline aircraft Su-30MKI at Tezpur, Chabua and other bases there.
It has also upgraded the infrastructure for operations of its fighter and transport aircraft at the ALGs and air bases in the region along the China border after the Chinese side created a big infrastructure for its military on its side of the boundary.

http://www.weeklyvoice.com/south-asian-news/slain-indian-army-men-in-south-sudan-were-outnumbered/
Slain Indian Army Men In South Sudan Were Outnumbered
uba: The killers in the tragic ambush of UN peacekeepers in South Sudan that claimed the lives of five Indian Army personnel Tuesday not only outnumbered their target six times over but were also armed with sophisticated weapons, eyewitnesses said.

In comparison, the convoy of 35 UN peacekeepers from India was bogged down by some heavy boring equipment and unarmed technical personnel, numbering around a dozen, even as the soldiers did manage to push back their adversaries, the eyewitnesses added.

The convoy of 11 vehicles was returning from Bor, the capital of Jonglei state in the world’s newest country – and Africa’s 54th nation – after experts from Ruaha Drilling, an Indian infrastructure company, were being escorted back after spending a month executing a borewell in the difficult swampy conditions.

Ruaha is owned by Manohar Reddy Manda and Bose Reddy, entrepreneurs from Andhra Pradesh.

Besides UN-owned vehicles, four Ruaha vehicles in the middle of the convoy had been badly damaged, a company senior told this IANS columnist, requesting not to be named, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Those killed included two UN civilians, four Kenyans affiliated to the contractor and one South Sudanese. Two others, both Indians construction staff, have been wounded too.

Eyewitnesses said that the Indian peacekeepers had progressed about 40 km from their emanating point.

At around 9 a.m., some 200 armed men waylaid them from one side of the road. Outnumbered and taken by surprise, the men managed to push back even though the attackers had within minutes covered the entire convoy with weapons like anti-tank guns.

Their valour has been appreciated by force commander Major General Dalai Johnson Sakyi, a two-star officer from Ghana, who flew in with Brigadier A. Mistry to the Indian camp, and Hilde F. Johnson, special envoy of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The bodies of the five peacekeepers – Lt. Col. Mahipal Singh, Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal, Lance Naik Nand Kishore Joshi, Havaldar Bharat Sasmal and Havaldar Hira Lal – were brought to the Indian capital early Thursday.

In South Sudan, while UN vehicles have often been spared, a major exception being a helicopter shot down in December killing four Russian peacekeepers, ambushes of convoys carrying South Sudan’s local forces is common because the road network is minimal.

At the time of independence in July 2011, the nation had barely 200 km of black-top roads. The only other connectivity, thus, is via a decrepit riverine network over the White Nile and seasonal roads made of “morrum” and black cotton soil.

In the parts that experience heavy rains, even this makeshift network becomes un-operational, typically from June until December.

Jonglei, the largest of the 10 states of this country spanning a massive 122,000 sq km in the east, has seen many deaths in recent months, including 150 people during battles between the South Sudanese military and insurgents led by local rebel leader David Yau Yau.

It isn’t yet clear if and why Yau was behind the latest attack.

India has currently committed 8,093 soldiers, out of a total of 93,368 UN peacekeepers, across the world. Only Pakistan and Bangladesh have more. The consequent risk to Indian lives is obvious.

But many volunteer, eager to take the risk not only because it adds to their bio-data, but also pays them handsomely, while also protecting their existing pay at home. The government, too, sees merit in committing to UN peacekeeping as it validates India’s commitment to undertake international duties.

Critics, however, claim that top contributors – India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Nepal, Egypt, Jordan, Rwanda and Ghana — are being unfair, putting their men to risk, attracted by compensation that the rich countries refund to them via the UN.

Protection of civilians is one of the principal mandates of UNMISS. India has the highest number in South Sudan, nearly a third out of the 7,000 soldiers, stationed to man vital installations in a land mass spread over 622,000 square km.

Besides two infantry battalions, a communication and signals unit and a field hospital, India will be committing an engineering company to this country in the next few days, officials said.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-14/india/38528911_1_defence-ministry-officials-mohammed-nasheed-defence-and-security
India, Maldives to hold defence minister level talks
NEW DELHI: India and Maldives are expected to discuss ways to strengthen their military ties during their defence minister-level talks starting here tomorrow.


Maldivian defence minister Col Mohammed Nazim will be holding discussions with his Indian counterpart A K Antony during which the Indian side is expected to push for closer military ties between the two sides.

The Indian side is also expected to discuss the installation of more coastal radars in the island nation, defence ministry officials said here.

India is believed to have discussed the issue during the visit of Antony to Male last year in September.

This is the first visit by a senior Maldivian minister to India after the recent political turbulence there due to a tussle between the Waheed government and former president Mohammed Nasheed.

Nazim is also expected to meet Indian military leadership including the three services chiefs, officials said.

Male is also seen to be moving towards China in the recent times as soon after Antony's visit, Nazim had gone to Beijing where the two sides decided to expand military cooperation.

During Antony's visit, India and Maldives had agreed to augment cooperation in defence and security to deal with common security threats.

He had inaugurated 'Senahiya', a military hospital built with Indian assistance there, and also decided to station a defence attache there besides training Maldivian helicopter pilots and defence personnel.

After the visit, the Indian army and Maldivian forces had held a military exercise in India

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