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Monday, 2 September 2013

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130902/main4.htm
CBI to quiz Army officers in VVIP chopper deal

New Delhi, September 1
The CBI will soon examine Army officers who were part of the selection process for the ight utility helicopter deal that came under the scanner of Italian authorities probing bribery allegations against AgustaWestland.

It was alleged that a Brigadier of the Army who was heading the flight trials in 2010 had demanded $5 million from AgustaWestland to help swing lucrative deal in favour of the company.

The name of the officers surfaced during the probe carried out by Italian authorities in connection with the bribery allegations against Agusta Westland and Finmeccanica. The agency has registered a preliminary inquiry in the deal and asked at least five army officers, who were part of the selection process for the deal, to appear before it and help in its probe, CBI sources said. They said although the officer has not been questioned yet in connection with the case, the agency has asked at least five army officers to appear for examination in the case so that enquiry could be completed soon and decision on registering an FIR could be taken.

During their probe, Italian authorities had come across documents which revealed that the Army officer was seeking $ 5 million to swing the lucrative 197-light helicopter deal in the company's favour.

The authorities had found a letter which also formed part of their investigation report submitted in the Italian court. It claimed that the officer allegedly made contact with the company in Bangalore in January 2010. — PTI
$ 5 million demand

* It was alleged that a Brigadier of the Army, who was heading the flight trials in 2010, had demanded $5 million from AgustaWestland to help swing lucrative deal in favour of the company

* The agency has registered a preliminary inquiry in the deal and asked at least five army officers, who were part of the selection process for the deal, to appear before it and help in its probe


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130902/main6.htm
10% DA hike on cards

New Delhi, September 1
Ahead of festival season, the Central Government will this month announce a hike in dearness allowance to 90 per cent from existing 80 per cent, benefiting about 50 lakh central employees and 30 lakh pensioners.

According to official sources, dearness allowance hike will be 10 per cent and would be effective from July 1 this year.

The sources further said the exact amount of dearness allowance, as a proportion of basic pay, works out to over 90 per cent after factoring in the revised all-India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for June.

According to revised data released on August 30, retail inflation for factory workers for June stood at 11.63 per cent, higher than provisional estimate of 11.06 per cent for the month released on July 31.

Sources said since the revised estimate for June is available, the Finance Ministry would soon prepare a proposal for the purpose for seeking Union Cabinet nod. There would be a double digit hike in DA after about three years. It was last in September, 2010, that the government had announced a hike of 10 per cent to be given with effect from July 1, 2010. — PTI



http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130902/nation.htm#9
India, Russia to review crucial military projects

New Delhi, September 1
India is expected to take up the issues of progress made in the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier project and pricing of the fifth generation fighter aircraft project during Defence Secretary R K Mathur's meeting with his Russian counterparts in Moscow tomorrow.

The Defence Secretary is leading a high-level tri-services team comprising three-star rank officers from the three services, and the status of ongoing projects such as Gorshkov, which is now rechristened as INS Vikramaditya and FGFA are expected to come up for discussion, Defence Ministry sources said here.

In the delegation-level talks scheduled to be held tomorrow, the two sides are also expected to discuss the futuristic joint development projects for the armed forces, they said.

The meeting is also expected to discuss the ammunition requirements of the artillery and the tank fleet of the Army and the upgrade of the T-90 tanks.

However, it is not clear whether the Indian side will raise the issue of mishap on its Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhurakshak, which had come back from Russia a few months ago after an extensive refurbishment in a shipyard there and is believed to under warranty till January 2014.

India is planning to involve the Russian side into the investigations in the mishap after the completion of the Board of Inquiry into the matter.

It is learnt that the two sides are also planning to discuss the upgrade of one more Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhushastra, the last of the 10 submarines procured by India from Russia.

India had procured ten Kilo class vessels from Russia in early 1980s and the deliveries were made in 14 years from 1986 to 2000.

On the Admiral Gorshkov project, the Russian shipyards are carrying out the sea trials of the warship and it is expected to be delivered to India by the end of this year.

The FGFA is a co-development project between India and Russia whose Preliminary Design Phase programme was completed on June 19 and the Research and Development contract is under negotiation between the two countries to define the total scope, the work share and responsibilities of each side, and the financial implications of the programme.

The visit by the Defence Secretary to Russia was scheduled in June but had to be postponed as Mathur had just taken over his new responsibility at that time.

The visit by the Defence Secretary is to prepare ground for Defence Minister A K Antony's visit there during the October-November time frame this year. — PTI

issues to be taken up

    Progress made in Admiral Gorshkov, now rechristened as INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier project
    Pricing of the fifth generation fighter aircraft project
    The futuristic joint development projects for the armed forces
    Ammunition requirements of the artillery and the tank fleet of the Army and the upgrade of the T-90 tanks



http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130902/nation.htm#15
IAF to induct biggest transport plane today

New Delhi, September 1
Bolstering IAF’s capability to swiftly transport combat troops and equipment such as tanks to the front, Defence Minister A K Antony will tomorrow formally induct its biggest 70-tonne C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft into service at the Hindon Air Base near here.

The defence minister will formally induct the aircraft procured from the US under a deal expected to be over Rs 20,000 crore into the newly-formed 81 ‘Skylord’ Squadron here, IAF officials said here.

The American C-17, with a capability to carry around 80 tonnes of load and around 150 fully geared troops, will replace the Russian Il-76 as the biggest aircraft in the IAF inventory till now.

The Il-76 had the capability to carry loads up to around 40 tonnes. The IAF has placed orders with the US for ten such aircraft under the deal signed in 2011 and three of them have already been delivered. The US Air Force will complete the delivery of all the 10 aircraft by the end of next year.

The aircraft is expected to enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance capability and would augment the strategic reach during disaster relief or any similar missions.

After the completion of the 10 aircraft, the IAF may also exercise the option of procuring six more planes for its fleet. In recent times, the IAF has shifted its dependence from the Russian-origin aircraft towards the American ones with the induction of the C-17 and the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft.

The IAF operates six C-130Js and has plans of procuring six more for operations on small and unpaved runways alongside routine transport missions.

The IAF also has the Russian Antonov-32 in its inventory. — PTI

American C-17

    The American C-17 has a capability to carry around 80 tonnes of load and around 150 fully geared troops
    C-17 will replace the Russian Il-76 as the biggest aircraft in the IAF inventory till now
    The Il-76 had the capability to carry loads up to around 40 tonnes
    The IAF has placed orders for 10 such aircraft and three of them have already been delivered



http://www.indiablooms.com/NewsDetailsPage/2013/newsDetails020913a.php
Indian Army appoints new Signals chief
India Blooms News Service




New Delhi, Sept 1 (IBNS): Lieutenant General Nitin Kohli assumed the appointment of Signal Officer in Chief (SO-in-C) of the Indian Army on Sunday, the military said in a media release.

He is the 24th Signal Officer in Chief and 56th Colonel Commandant of Corps of Signals. As the SO-in-C, he will be responsible for development and management of the Army’s tele communication, Information Technology (IT) & Cyber Infrastructure.

Lieutenant General Nitin Kohli is a highly qualified officer having done MSc in Electronics & Tele-communications, has two MPhil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies, one each from Madras and Indore Universities, and is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College, the Army said.

The General officer has an illustrious career spanning three and half decades, wherein he has held many command, staff and instructional appointments like Commanding Officer in Strike Corps, Chief Signal Officer of a Corps and Command and instructor in Army school of Mechanical Transport and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

The General officer was earlier the Director General Manpower Planning and Personal Services prior to becoming the Signal Officer in Chief.


http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/iaf-to-induct-its-biggest-transport-plane-on-monday_873388.html
IAF to induct its biggest transport plane on Monday
New Delhi: Bolstering IAF's capability to swiftly transport combat troops and equipment such as tanks to the front, Defence Minister A K Antony will tomorrow formally induct its biggest 70-tonne C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft into service at the Hindon Air Base near here.

The Defence Minister will formally induct the aircraft procured from the US under a deal expected to be over Rs 20,000 crore into the newly-formed 81 'Skylord' Squadron here, IAF officials said here. The American C-17, with a capability to carry around 80 tonnes of load and around 150 fully geared troops, will replace the Russian Il-76 as the biggest aircraft in the IAF inventory till now.

The Il-76 had the capability to carry loads upto around 40 tonnes.

The IAF has placed orders with the US for ten such aircraft under the deal signed in 2011 and three of them have already been delivered.

The US Air Force will complete the delivery of all the 10 aircraft by the end of next year.

The aircraft is expected to enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance capability and would augment the strategic reach during disaster relief or any similar missions.

After the completion of the 10 aircraft, the IAF may also exercise the option of procuring six more planes for its fleet.

In recent times, the IAF has shifted its dependence from the Russian-origin aircraft towards the American ones with the induction of the C-17 and the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft.

The IAF operates six C-130Js and has plans of procuring six more for operations on small and unpaved runways alongside routine transport missions.

The IAF also has the Russian Antonov-32 in its inventory.


http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/two-army-jawans-step-on-anti-personnel-mine-suffer-injuries_873409.html
Two army jawans step on anti-personnel mine, suffer injuries
Tag:    LoC, army jawans, Indian troops
Last Updated: Sunday, September 01, 2013, 18:57 
Srinagar: Two army jawans were wounded when they accidentally stepped on an anti-personnel mine near the Line of Control in Kashmir Valley on Sunday.

The jawans, guarding the area along the LoC in Keran sector in Kupwara district, accidentally stepped on one of the mines in the wee hours resulting in an explosion, a defence spokesman said.

Both suffered injuries in their feet and rushed to a hospital where their condition was stated to be stable, he said.

Security forces have stepped up vigil along the LoC in the wake of increased attempts by militants from PoK to sneak into the valley.

A woman and her daughter were injured in an explosion inside a house in Eidgah area here, a police spokesman said.

"A mysterious explosion occurred in a residential house at Ali Masjid, Eidgah, near a CRPF camp. Two persons, Ashia and her daughter Arfa, received injuries." he said.

The injured were admitted to nearby SKIMS Hospital for treatment.

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