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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

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 Prince Charles to visit IMA on Nov 7
Ajay Banerjee/TNS

New Delhi, November 4
For the first time since Independence, a member of the British Monarchy will visit the historic Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun. The British had set up the IMA in 1932 and since August 1947, the academy has had no visitor from the British royal family.

Prince Charles, the first in line to the British Crown, will visit the IMA on November 7 along with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camila Parker Bowles. The IMA is the final passing out academy for the Indian Army officers.

Charles will spend a more than an hour at the IMA and will be presented a guard of honour by the Gorkha Rifles regiment on the forecourt of the iconic Chetwode building. Three Army aviation helicopters will fly-past during the guard of honour. The British monarch has himself served in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

The forecourt of the Chetwode building is used for passing out parades of cadets at the IMA and the building is named after Field Marshall Philip Walhouse Chetwode, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army in 1930.

The Prince will be briefed about the history of the Indian and British Armies and will also be given a demonstration of counter insurgency scenario in which troops will carry out a ‘house clearing exercise’ deployed in urban insurgency hit areas. A brief lecture shall follow on infantry battle.

A visit to the IMA is part of the India visit of the Prince and the Duchess. Beside Dehradun, they will travel to New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi and they are scheduled to meet India’s top political, business and cultural leaders.

Apart from the Royal visit, India and the UK have an ongoing military-to-military exercise programme. A four-week long joint counter-terrorism training exercise, code named ‘Ajeya Warrior’, was carried out in Belgaum, Karnataka, in April this year.

Also in April this year, for the first time a team of 18 officer cadets from the UK based at Sandhurst Military Academy visited the IMA and played a friendly hockey match, which was won by IMA cadets.

The event also had an interaction between Indian and UK officers along with the briefing and witnessing of film on IMA: Making of a Warrior. After the match, the foreign cadets were shown around the training activities and infrastructure available at the IMA.

Royal touch

    The British had set up the IMA in 1932 and since Independence, the academy has had no visitor from the British royal family
    The Prince will be briefed about the history of the Indian and British Armies and will also be given a demonstration of counter insurgency exercise
    A visit to the IMA is part of the India visit of the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall. Besides Dehradun, they will travel to New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi
 US, India joint naval exercise begins today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
The Indian Navy-US Navy bilateral exercise, Malabar 2013, will commence tomorrow and will have warships of both countries practice in the Bay of Bengal. It is a regularly scheduled bilateral naval field training exercise and has a variety in scope and complexity.

The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. Ashore training will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges.

The at-sea portions will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. They are designed to advance capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment.

Events planned during the at-sea portions include professional exchanges and embarkations; communications exercises; surface action group operations; leapfrogs; helicopter cross-deck evolutions; gunnery exercises; search and seizure; and anti-submarine warfare.

Participation from the US Navy includes the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and surveillance plane the P3C Orion. Indian participations include indigenously built Frigate INS Shivalik, Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvijay and Russian origin Reconnaissance aircraft, the TU-142.
Indian Army reaches China for joint military exercise

India and China on Monday are all set to launch their armies’ third-ever joint counter-terrorism exercise at Chengdu in South-west China, five years after their second such interaction that was hosted at Belgaum in Karnataka.

The ‘Hand-in-Hand’ exercise, in which over 160 members from each side will work to understand each other’s best practices, comes within a month of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Beijing visit. During the visit, the two nations signed a historic Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) to improve the situation along their 4,058-km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The exercise will end on November 14 at Miaoergan, about 90 km from Chengdu.

The Indian contingent reached the exercise venue by an IAF IL-76 heavy lift transport aircraft, the Army headquarters said here.

The modalities for conduct of the exercise were decided subsequently after the two sides decided at their 5th Annual Defence Dialogue in Beijing in January 2013 to resume the Hand-in-Hand exercise in 2013. “Hand-in-Hand 2013 has a larger Indian Army participation than the past exercises between India and China and is based on counter-terrorism setting,” an Army officer said.

“It is aimed at enhancing interoperability, cooperation and understanding between the two armies,” he said.

The Army’s observer delegation led by the Director General of Military Operations (Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia) shall preside over the opening ceremony along with People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) observer delegation led by the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Chengdu Military Region on Tuesday.

The two nations had held their first joint army exercise in December 2007 at Chengdu and followed it up with the second exercise at Belgaum in 2008.

But in 2009, the Chinese side expressed their inability to host the Army delegation in view of their preoccupation with the celebrations in connection with the 60th Anniversary of People’s Republic of China.
India To Provide Military Aid To Myanmar
In an attempt to offset China’s might in the region, India is planning to provide defense aid to neighouring Myanmar. After holding separate talks with Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein, Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on Friday, visiting Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh said that the South Asian powerhouse would soon deliver more rocket launchers, ‘Islander’ maritime patrol aircraft and war-gaming software to its neighbour. According to the Army chief, the Indian defence personnel will also arrange counter-insurgency training for the Myanmarese soldiers.
Reports suggest that General Singh discussed a number of measures to strengthen bilateral defense co-operation with the top leadership of the South-East Asian country. Upon his arrival in Naypyidaw, the Indian Army chief handed over two war-gaming software packages, named “Combat decision resolution” and “Infantry company commanders tactical trainer”, to the Defense Services Academy. These  packages are customised for training of the Myanmarese Army at the Pwin Oo Lwin-based academy. General Singh also handed over five hand-gliders to the academy.

Defesce experts are of the opinion that India’s main aim is to counterbalance China’s “deep strategic inroads” into Myanmar. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, a senior Army personnel said: “Myanmar is very keen to expand defense ties with India in terms of supplying military equipment and spares, training and border co-operation. The country has also agreed to base an Indian Army Training Team on its soil, on the lines of what we have with Bhutan, Botswana and others, in the near future.” He added: “India has also offered the Myanmarese Armed Forces special training packages at the Indian Army’s counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school at Vairengte in Mizoram. The Army alone already provides them over one hundred vacancies every year in its different training establishments. The Indian Navy and Air Force, too, are chipping in with training.” The official stressed: “They are very keen on courses in mechanised forces, like tanks and infantry combat vehicles, information technology, intelligence and English language, among other areas. The Myanmarese Army chief will be visiting India from December 11 to 14.”

Myanmar, the only ASEAN country that shares a 1,643km of land border with India as well as a maritime border, has gained significance in Indian defense policy mainly because of China’s growing influence in that country. Sinche Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to Myanmar in May 2012, Defence Minister A K Antony and Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne have also visited the country to bolster bilateral military ties.

In a separate development, Pakistan has accused the US of derailing peace talks between Islamabad and the local Taliban outfit. Soon after the death of Pakistani Taliban Commander Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in north-western part of the country on Friday, the appropriate authorities in Islamabad said that although the attack could cause severe and almost insuperable problems for the group, it undermined the effort made by the Nawaz Sharif government to engage the terrorist outfit in peace talks.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan issued a statement, saying it was unfortunate that Washington was sabotaging the peace talks. Pakistani intelligence officers, too, supported the minister’s view and confirmed that Mehsud was killed soon after he met the senior Taliban leadership to discuss the peace process initiated by the Nawaz Sharif administration at the end of years of violence that has claimed more than 45,000 lives.

Mehsud (33) became the top leader of the Pakistani Taliban in 2009 after the assassination of Baitullah Mehsud. Baitullah Mehsud was also killed in US drone strike.
Army recruitment rally begins today
Mandya, Nov 4, 2013, DHNS :

 Preparations are on in full swing for the Open Recruitment Rally of the Indian Army that will be held from November 5 to 14 at Sir M Visvesvaraya Stadium.

Appointments to many posts like, Soldier (Stenographer), Soldier (Technical) Soldier (Store Keeper), Soldier (General duty), Soldier (Nursing Assistant), Soldier (Trademen) and selection for Defence Security Corps will be held at the rally. District wise selection process will be conducted to recruit the aspirants for the said posts.

At 1 pm on November 5, tokens will be distributed to the candidates to run for the fitness test, held as a part of selection process.

Police and medical personnel deployed.

To provide medical aid to the injured candidates during the selection process, doctors, nurses and two ambulance have been deployed. Three Inspectors, 50 additional police and a mobile police van will be installed for maintaining law and order.

Drinking Water.

Fresh drinking water will be provided to the candidates arriving to the rally, while 10 civic workers will be deployed to maintain cleanliness of the ground during the rally.

Transparency will be maintained in the selection process. The army has requested the candidates not to be deceived by the false assurance by some miscreants during the selection process.

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