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Thursday, 23 January 2014

From Today's Papers - 23 Jan 2014

















http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140123/nation.htm#10
 French ship rescues 11 Indians
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 22
A French Navy warship has recued 11 Indian fishermen hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Oman. French warship Siroco, mandated for duties with the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), was called in on the evening of January 17 after the global maritime information exchange network informed about an attack on an oil tanker, the Nave Atropos.

Pirate boat ‘Shan-e-Hind’ that attacked the oil tanker was a small Indian vessel hijacked by the pirates and being used to attack other ships. The pirates had taken hostage all 11 Indian crew members.

The French warship, located less than 400 km from the pirate boat, was sent to intercept it.

“The 11 Indian crew members held hostage have been freed as five suspected pirates surrendered to the French forces,” a French Embassy spokesperson said in New Delhi.

The investigation by the French Navy determined that the pirates were probably involved in the attack on the oil tanker. The Indian vessel had been hijacked several days ago and was being used by pirates.


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 Trade, terror incompatible, India tells Pak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 22
While emphasising that India remained committed to moving ahead on the bilateral trade agenda, India today made it clear to Pakistan that an environment free from terror and violence was a pre-requisite for dynamic economic activity between the two countries.

“Trade and terrorism are incompatible. The challenge is to create an environment where we can focus on the trade and the economic agenda, and work towards growing connectivity and linkages between our two economies,” Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said.

Her comments at a function came a day after India summoned Pakistan Acting High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmad to the foreign office and expressed surprise over the suspension of cross-LoC trade and bus services by Islamabad in retaliation following the seizure of drugs by the Indian authorities from the trucks entering India.

New Delhi also rejected Pakistan’s contention that ‘strong’ non-trading barriers operating in the Indian economy were preventing Islamabad from moving ahead on normalising commercial links between the two countries. “We should also not discount the positive impact that the recent decision to keep Wagah-Attari Land Customs Station open on all seven days of the week and to permit containerisation of trade across will have.”


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 Big bird C-17 to rumble over Rajpath on R-day

While the cynosure of all eyes during the Republic Day fly-past will be the IAF’s newly acquired C-17 strategic freighter that would rumble low over Rajpath with a SU-30 fighter on either side, some of the pilots in formations participating this year have a string of achievements to their credit.

Two of the pilots had led separate teams for relief operations in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand in June last year. It will also have a pilot who has been part of the IAF’s aerobatics team, the Suryakiran. Another pilot is an avid marathoner.

Gp Capt Tejbir Singh, leading the three-ship C-130 Super Hercules formation, had made the pioneering landing of the C-130 at Dharasu airfield in Uttaranchal, where weather conditions were adverse and the runway length was short, to ferry in much-needed aviation fuel for rescue helicopters. He had also carried out the first C-130 landing at Daulat Beg Oldie, the world’s highest airstrip.

Col Suneet Sohal -- leading the Army Aviation’s Dhruv formation -- had led his team of aviators during the Uttarakhand relief operations.

Leading the MiG-29 formation is Wg Cdr Ajit Kulkarni, a former pilot with the now disbanded Suryakiran team that for years had enthralled audiences at home and abroad with its breathtaking stunts in the air.

Gp Capt Bhumpalli Srinivas Reddy, who will be at the controls of the C-17, is an avid marathoner. Reddy was in the team that had flown in the C-17 from the US. A total of 30 aircraft and helicopters, including three from the Army, will make up the fly-past this year.
Help System for ex-servicemen

In its endeavour to help ex-servicemen resolve their problems, Headquarters Western Command has established a “Help System” to act as an interface between the veterans and the various resolving government agencies and service providers. The system consists of an Ex-Servicemen Sahayta Regional Centre located at command headquarters in Chandimandir and nine Ex-Servicemen Sahayta Kendras in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Ex-servicemen can register their complaints with the kendras on toll-free telephone numbers, through email or by visiting the centres. These requests will be taken up by the kendras with the agencies concerned and the outcome will be intimated to the ex-servicemen.

After retirement, ex-servicemen face a number of problems which need early resolution. Most of these problems pertain to pension, medical facilities, re-employment and post-retirement documentation. The solution for such problems lies with resolving agencies like banks, pension authorities and records offices, whom ex-servicemen have to approach directly in their individual capacity.

32 DRDO labs in Indian Science Congress

People belonging to the Jammu region will be able to get a first-hand glimpse of various weapon systems and other equipment developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) during the 101st annual session of the Indian Science Congress scheduled to be held in Jammu from February 4-6.

As many as 32 DRDO laboratories are participating in the Congress and will be displaying scale models of missile equipment, aircraft and armoured vehicles developed by them besides showcasing other equipment and technologies, many of which have applications in the civilian sector.

The DRDO’s participation in the event is being coordinated by the Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment which would also be holding a live demonstration of its unmanned aerial vehicle.

A special technical session on science in the defence sector has also been slotted, where the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and DRDO Chief, Avinash Chander, and other senior DRDO scientists will be delivering talks. The Congress, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will showcase the recent developments in the field of science and technology.


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 Naval warship develops snag
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 22
Indian Naval warship INS Betwa has reported malfunction in its sonar. It has been described by the Navy as minor incident and could have occurred due to floating debris at sea when the ship was on an operational deployment recently.

The sonar (sound navigation and ranging) system is located under the ships and protrudes into the sea. The outer casing of the sonar, called the “sonar dome”, was found cracked. The warship has been dry-docked.


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VK Singh fails to appear before J-K panel again

Jammu, January 22
As former Army Chief Gen VK Singh (retd) once again preferred not to appear before the privilege committee of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, both the National Conference and the Congress adopted face saving approach on the issue.

The NC members of Legislative Council staged a walkout from the privilege committee meeting on Wednesday as their demand was not met whereas the Congress MLCs raised the fingers at the legality of this committee. TNS


http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/india-s-army-chief-on/962490.html
India's army chief on introductory visit to Singapore
India's Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh called on Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the ministry on Tuesday. General Singh is in Singapore on an introductory visit from January 21 to 23.
General Singh is in Singapore on an introductory visit from January 21 to 23.

A ministry statement said the visit underscores the warm and long-standing defence relationship between Singapore and India.

Earlier on Tuesday, General Singh met Chief of Army Major-General Ravinder Singh after inspecting a guard of honour.

While in Singapore, he will also visit the Multi-Mission Range Complex, Headquarters (HQ) 3rd Division and HQ Armour.

The statement said the armies of the two countries regularly conduct bilateral armour and artillery exercises together.

In March, the two armies will conduct an armour exercise at Babina Field Firing Range in India.

Both armies also interact regularly through professional exchanges, visits and cross-attendance of courses.

The ministry said these interactions provide the Singapore army with a valuable opportunity to train alongside its Indian counterpart.

The interactions also enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability between the armed forces of both countries.


http://www.dawn.com/news/1081968/imran-says-would-stand-by-army-in-case-of-military-operation
Imran says would stand by army in case of military operation


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chiarman Imran Khan on Wednesday said his party would stand by the army in case a military operation is to be launched to counter the terrorist threat, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives, Khan said the government had failed in its bid to hold talks with the Taliban, adding that his party should be taken into confidence if a military operation is to be launched.

Khan, whose party has been a longstanding advocate of dialogue with the Taliban, said anti-state elements had triumphed which could have been prevented had the government sought cooperation from the people of the tribal areas.

He said all political parties had given the government the mandate to begin talks with the Taliban, adding that although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif circled around the world and made international visits, no good came out of these.

Khan said his party would stand by the army when times come to launch a military operation.

The PTI chief’s statement came a day after at least 40 people were killed in air strikes in North Waziristan.

The strikes appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to the militant bombings in Bannu and Rawalpindi. However, security officials have said the strikes were carried out on the basis of intelligence reports.

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