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Sunday, 26 May 2013

From Today's Papers - 26 May 2013
Brig, 2 soldiers injured in cross-border firing in Kupwara
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 25
In the first ceasefire violation from across the Line of Control (LoC) this year, a senior Army officer of the rank of Brigadier and two soldiers were injured when Pakistan troops opened fire in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir last evening.

In another incident, Pakistan troops fired from across the LoC in Karnah sector of Kupwara district. However, there were no reports of any damage. Sources said Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Tutmari Gali in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district around 7.30 pm yesterday. The troops retaliated with an equal measure to the mortar gun fires from across the border. The exchange of fire lasted for about 15 minutes during which a senior officer of the rank of Brigadier and two jawans were hurt.

The Brigadier, Sanjeev Lange, who was on a visit to a forward post, was held up for some time during the firing.

He sustained “minor injuries” as a result of the splinters flying from the targeted sites, sources said. There were no reports of any firing today.

Unprovoked act

Pak troops resorted to unprovoked firing at Tutmari Gali in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district. The troops retaliated with an equal measure to the mortar gun fires

The exchange of fire continued for about 15 minutes. The Brigadier, Sanjeev Lange, who was on a visit to a forward post, was held up during the firing and sustained “minor injuries”. Two soldiers were also injured.
Kharga Corps conducts mechanised manoeuvres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
As part of the ongoing Panchjanya exercise, the Ambala-based Kharga Corps conducted swift mechanized manoeuvres in the plains of Punjab that encompassed all arms and services in an integrated battlefield environment.

The entire spectrum of new generation of equipment, including major weapon platforms, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and communications systems were put to test in a network-centric battlefield environment, a statement issued here said.

New challenges of cyber security and information warfare in modern day battlefield were also tested and validated during this exercise.

The exercise also witnessed display of seamless integration of the Army and the Air Force where troops were inserted in the battle zone using aerial assets and remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs).
No miracles to resolve India-China disputes: AK Antony
Noting that a spirit of cooperation and competition prevailed between India and China, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Saturday said negotiations to resolve the disputes between the two will take their own time and he does not expect any 'miracles'.

"It is cooperation and competition... naturally. Both are neighbours and we have to work together. There are many areas where our relations are growing and disputes in some areas for which we are trying to find solutions through negotiations. I do not expect miracles to find a solution to them. It will take its own natural time," he said.

On the whole, relations between the two countries was improving, he said.

Read here: India worried over China role in PoK

Stating that India would continue strengthening its capability along the borders as part of continuing process, he noted that China, a modern country with a growing economy, was strengthening is armed forces and infrastructure along their borders.

"India is also a growing country. Indian economy is also growing and it is natural that we strengthen our capability and infrastructure along our borders on Indian soil."

Antony said the Indian armed forces were now better equipped than ever and one of the best in the world and that the country's borders - land,sea and air - are 'very very safe'.

"Now Indian Armed forces are better equipped and their morale is very high. Our borders - land, sea and air are very very safe. Our country's security is in safe hands. I am proud of our armed forces," he said.

He said there was a time when developed nations considered India not that modern, but that has changed and now everybody was keen to have close cooperation with its armed forces. "Times have changed. You forget about the past. Now Indian armed forces are better equiped and their morale is very high. Now we are one of the best in the world," he said.

Antony said the services of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are now in greater demand. The Armed Forces have defence cooperation with nearly 48 countries now, he said and added that all Navies in the world want to have joint exercises with their Indian counterpart. "In fact we find it difficult to accommodate," he said.
ndian Naval Academy one of the best of its kind: Antony

Ezhimala (Kerala): The Indian Naval Academy has made considerable progress in every facet of naval training and could be compared with the best in the world, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Saturday.

More infrastructure projects are in the pipeline which would ensure the best training facilities, Antony said. The minister was here to review the passing out parade of the first batch of 302 officer cadets of the Navy and the Coast Guard who completed INA's flagship B Tech course.

Among those who passed out were 23 women cadets of the Navy and the Coast Guard. Antony congratulated the officer cadets on completing the challenging course along with the rigours of military training. He advised them to treat their subordinates with dignity and character.

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command and foreign military attaches attended the ceremony. Located on Malabar coast, INA Ezhimala currently has more than 1,000 cadets.

Cyber Command all set to be reality for Armed forces

The Armed forces are in the process of finalising a proposal to set up a Cyber Command and it would soon become a reality, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said.

"The Armed forces are making arrangements and they are in the process of finalising a proposal for a Cyber Command. It will become a reality," he told reporters here.

To a query on cyber warefare, Antony said, "In the area of cyber...I agree with you, we are a late starter. But now foundation is laid up. In the government there are joint mechanisms to handle the emerging cyber security scenario."

The Indian Armed forces and Coast Guard are in a rapid growth phase. The Defence Ministry had spent more than Rs 3,000 crore of the allotted budget last year though only a particular amount was allocated in the general budget, he said.

"We are not surrendering a single paise now. Gone are the days of surrendering money. We are spending everything. So some projects may be delayed, but by the time some others will come forward," he said, adding that on the whole, things were moving fast.
Indian government rejects military options over China border row
By Rahul Bedi

The stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies along their disputed northern Himalayan border continued into its third week despite a third flag meeting on 30 April between local commanders.

On 1 May India's army chief, General Bikram Singh, outlined several military options to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which is headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to evict the People's Liberation Army (PLA) platoon entrenched in a tented camp since 15 April about 19 km inside what India claims as its territory.

However, senior officials told IHS Jane's that the CCS had opted to pursue diplomatic and political rather than military options.

Official sources said Gen Singh recommended augmenting Indian troop levels in the PLA-infiltrated Dapsang Valley, which is in the strategically vital Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector that adjoins the un-demarcated Line of Actual Control (LoAC) that acts as a de facto border.

He is also believed to have proposed "choking off" the PLA platoon's supply lines some 25 km away and intruding similarly into Chinese-controlled territory at other points along the 4,057 km-long LoAC. The latter, he argued, would send Beijing a "firm message" and force its withdrawal from DBO.

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