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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140108/main7.htm
ASI killed in Sopore gun battle
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, January 7
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of the elite Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was killed and three others were injured in a gun battle at Sopore town in north Kashmir on Tuesday morning. The militants managed to break the security cordon after the encounter.

Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility and said that its cadres carried out the ambush. Balig-ud-Din, operational spokesman of Hizb, told a local news agency, “Our boys reached back safely,” he said.

The encounter in Sopore, 50 km from here, is the first shootout between militants and security forces this year. Security and political analysts in the region fear that 2014 may be turbulent for J&K as NATO forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan later this year.

Sources said the SOG team, on an intelligence tip-off about the presence of two militants, including a local Lashker-e-Toiba commander Muzaffar Naikoo alias Muza Molivi, in a house in the dense locality of Chanakan, started sealing the area. On seeing them, militants opened fire on the SOG personnel who were in civvies.

“As the area was being sealed, militants opened fire and hurled a grenade on the party in which four SOG men including ASI Kafeel Ahmed were injured,” said a police officer.

“Ahmed received bullet and splinter wounds in his abdomen and was shifted to a Srinagar hospital where he succumbed to his injures,” he added.

Reinforcements from the Army and CRPF were immediately rushed to the area to tighten the cordon and prevent the militants’ escape. The security forces carried out searches in the area but they could not trace the militants. Sources, however, said that the militants managed to break the cordon after the initial gunfight. The search operation was later called off.

The police said that ASI Ahmed, a resident of the frontier Kupwara district, had been posted in Sopore for the past six years and had received injures at least twice during various encounters. Ahmed is survived by two minor children, wife and an aged mother. Inspector General Police, Kashmir, AG Mir said that the search operation was launched after they received an input about the presence of militants.

“We had an input about the presence of militants and after which a search operation was launched. The militants hurdled grenades and opened fire in which four of our men were injured. One of them achieved martyrdom,” he said.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/With-eye-on-China-India-and-Japan-to-bolster-defence-ties/articleshow/28493964.cms
With eye on China, India and Japan to bolster defence ties
NEW DELHI: With an eye firmly on China, India and Japan on Monday decided to consolidate and strengthen their strategic and global partnership in the defence arena through measures ranging from regular joint combat exercises and military exchanges to cooperation in anti-piracy, maritime security and counter-terrorism.
This came during the meeting between defence minister AK Antony and his visiting Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera. "The two ministers extensively and frankly exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges, as well as bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges. They shared views on issues relating to peace, stability and prosperity of the region," said an official.

Onodera also briefed Antony on Japan's National Security Strategy and the National Defence Programme Guidelines, which were adopted in December 2013.

Both India and Japan have long been wary of the increasingly assertive behaviour of China, especially in the contentious South China Sea, as well as the rapid modernisation of the People's Liberation Army.

India and Japan will hold their third "2 plus 2" Dialogue and fourth Defence Policy Dialogue in New Delhi this year, along with the third bilateral exercise between the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force and Indian Navy to be held in Japanese waters. The Indian defence minister will also visit Japan later this year.

Both India and Japan have long been wary of the increasingly assertive behaviour of China, especially in the contentious South China Sea, as well as the rapid modernisation of the People's Liberation Army.

India and Japan will hold their third "2 plus 2" Dialogue and fourth Defence Policy Dialogue in New Delhi this year, along with the third bilateral exercise between the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force and Indian Navy to be held in Japanese waters. The Indian defence minister will also visit Japan later this year.

The two ministers agreed to promote exchanges on UN Peacekeeping Operations between Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Centre, Joint Staff College, Central Readiness Force of Japan Ground Self Defence Force and Centre for UN Peacekeeping of the Indian Army.

The two sides will also conduct "expert exchanges" in counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief between the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force. The possibility of conducting staff talks between Japan Air Self-Defence Force and Indian Air Force as well as professional exchanges of test-pilots, flight safety experts and others are also on the cards.



http://www.indiablooms.com/NewsDetailsPage/2014/newsDetails070114r.php
J&K: Militants open fire on Army patrol party
 Srinagar, Jan 7 (IBNS): The Indian Army said that militants opened fire on an Army patrolling party at Awantipora, 34 kms from Srinagar city, in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

Sources said that the Army party of 55 RR was on patrolling near Railway Track Baighpora Awantipora of South Kashmir when it was attacked.

Soon after the incident, the police, the CRPF and the Army launched search operation in the adjoining areas to track down the attackers.

Lt Col NN Joshi PRO (Defence), Srinagar said, “Militants fired on our patrolling party in the evening and fled from the spot."

He said that the whole area has been cordoned off to track down the militants in the area.

No loss of life was reported so far.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, one ASI Kafeel Ahmad was killed and three other policemen were seriously injured in a three hour long gun battle which raged in Chankhan Sopore of North Kashmir.



http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/India-Japan-Plan-Naval-Exercise/2014/01/07/article1986457.ece
India, Japan Plan Naval Exercis
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on Monday met his Indian counterpart A K Antony at the South Block here when the two sides decided to ramp up their military ties through a naval exercise along Japan’s coast later this year and holding their Secretary-level talks.

Onodera, who reached Delhi on Sunday and would be here till Wednesday, also led Japanese Defence Ministry officials in making a presentation of their nation’s National Security Strategy and Defence Programme Guidelines that were adopted in December 2013.

Antony and Onodera met on Monday as a follow up to the India-Japan Defence Ministers meeting held in November 2011.

The two sides are also on the verge of signing a deal for Japanese firm ShinMaywa’s US-2 amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy, for operating in island territories such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

At the meeting, the two ministers “extensively and frankly” exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges, as well as bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges between India and Japan, Defence Ministry officials said in a statement.

Among the issues of security discussed included the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) unilaterally announced by China late last year that apparently overlapped with the ADIZ of Japan over Senkaku island. This Air Defence Identification Zone extension by China had raised a security scare in East China Sea with other nations such as South Korea and the US too making noises over it.
Antony and Onodera met on Monday as a follow up to the India-Japan Defence Ministers meeting held in November 2011.

The two sides are also on the verge of signing a deal for Japanese firm ShinMaywa’s US-2 amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy, for operating in island territories such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

At the meeting, the two ministers “extensively and frankly” exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges, as well as bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges between India and Japan, Defence Ministry officials said in a statement.

Among the issues of security discussed included the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) unilaterally announced by China late last year that apparently overlapped with the ADIZ of Japan over Senkaku island. This Air Defence Identification Zone extension by China had raised a security scare in East China Sea with other nations such as South Korea and the US too making noises over it.

Antony and Onodera shared views on issues relating to the “peace, stability and prosperity” of their respective regions, the statement said.

The Japanese Minister briefed on his nation’s National Security Strategy and the National Defence Program Guidelines, which were adopted in December 2013, and this detailed briefing came in for appreciation from the Indian Minister.

The two ministers appreciated the progress on India-Japan bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges that had been achieved in a variety of fields and at various levels, including the holding of the third Defence Policy Dialogue, which was decided during the 2011 Defence Ministerial meeting, the second “2 plus 2” dialogue and the second bilateral training between the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force and the Indian Navy, which was held from December 19 to 22 December, 2013. The two Ministers also shared views on the necessity to conduct high-level and working-level regular consultations and exchanges, deepening Services exchanges and education/academic research exchanges and making other efforts, in order to further strengthen mutual trust and mutual understanding.

They also decided to strengthen India-Japan defence consultation and cooperation, including those related to maritime security to further consolidate and strengthen the strategic and global partnership between Japan and India.

At the meeting, the two ministers shared views to promote defence cooperation and exchanges, and to conduct major cooperation and exchanges.

The two nations would hold the third “2 plus 2” dialogue and the fourth Defence Policy Dialogue at the Defence Secretary level in Delhi in 2014.

The two sides will promote exchanges on UN peacekeeping operations between Indian Army’s Centre for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK) and Japan’s Peacekeeping Training and Research Centre, Joint Staff College (JPC) and Central Readiness Force of its Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF).


http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/india-test-fires-prithvi-ii-missile-off-odisha-coast-114010700315_1.html
India test-fires Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast
India on Tuesday successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipore-on-Sea off the Odisha coast.

The missile was fired at 9.48 a.m. this morning from launch complex number-3 of ITR by the Strategic Force Command personnel of the Indian Army from a road mobile launcher as part of regular training to prove the preparedness of the user.

The missile, which can travel to a distance of between 250 km and 350 km, can carry a nuclear warhead weighing between 500 kg and 1000 kg.

The indigenously-developed Prithvi-II was the first missile to be developed under Defence Research Development Organisation's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and was inducted into the armed forces in 2004.

Its naval version Dhanush has also been inducted into the Indian Navy.

The radars, electro-optical tracking systems along the coast and the telemetry equipment in a downrange ship near the target point monitored the performance of the missile during the flight and recorded the terminal event.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/japans-amphibious-aircraft-not-a-priority-for-india-now/article5545706.ece
Japan’s amphibious aircraft not a priority for India now
 India and Japan resolved to continue their defence consultation and cooperation, including in maritime security, at a meeting of their Defence Ministers A.K. Antony and Itsunori Onodera on Monday.
Mr. Onodera, who began his four-day visit to India on Sunday, called on Mr. Antony as a follow-up to the India-Japan Defence Ministerial Meeting held in November 2011. The Defence Ministry said the Ministers discussed regional and global security challenges, as well as defence cooperation and exchanges between the two countries.

Mr. Onodera briefed the Indian delegation of Japan’s National Security Strategy and National Defence Program Guidelines, which were adopted in December last.

When Mr. Onodera’s visit was announced in late December, some Japanese news agencies reported, citing government sources, that he “plans to promote talks to export Japan’s US-2 amphibious aircraft used by the Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) to India, prior to the scheduled visit to the country by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late January.” However, sources here said that while Japan had been pitching for the sale of these aircraft as a special case, for the moment it did not figure on India’s list of priorities.

According to the reports from Japan, the two sides were “expected to regularise joint training exercises between the MSDF and the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean so they can protect sea-lanes in the wake of the growing maritime assertiveness of China.” But, again, the Defence Ministry remained silent on the issue; sources could only say India did not view the relations from the prism of threat because India, Japan and China together had been conducting anti-piracy exercises in the Gulf of Aden.

An official statement said the Ministers appreciated the progress in the defence cooperation and exchanges in a variety of fields, including the holding of the third Defence Policy Dialogue, which was decided during the 2011 Defence Ministerial meeting; the second “2 plus 2” dialogue; and the second training between the MSDF and the Navy, which was held in December 2013.

The Ministry said the two sides also decided to “promote defence cooperation and exchanges” through high-level mutual visits every year. Mr. Antony is scheduled to visit Japan in 2014.

Both countries agreed to hold the third “2 plus 2” dialogue and the fourth Defence Policy Dialogue (between the Administrative Vice-Minister and the Secretary of Defence) in Delhi this year. Also this year, ships of the Indian Navy will visit Japan for joint exercises.

The two sides also agreed to exchanges experts, in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief and counter-terrorism, between the Indian Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force; and discuss the possibility of talks between the staff of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force and the Indian Air Force.

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