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Saturday, 5 July 2014

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140705/main4.htm
Former IAF chief faces money laundering case
New Delhi, July 4
Stepping up the heat in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today registered a money laundering case against former IAF chief SP Tyagi and others to probe proceeds of crime in the alleged kickbacks paid to procure the flying machines.

ED, which earlier registered a case under foreign exchange laws in this deal, decided to slap a criminal case to track the “illegal money” of the bribe, alleged to be over Rs 360 crore, dealt between the middlemen and other people named by the CBI in its FIR filed in March 2013.

Taking cognisance of the more-than-a-year-old CBI complaint, the agency has booked Tyagi, his family members, European nationals Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschke and four companies — Italy-based Finmeccanica, UK-based AgustaWestland and Chandigarh-based IDS Infotech and Aeromatrix — in its criminal complaint filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

A total of 13 entities have been named by ED in the case. Sources said the agency will soon initiate the process of recording of statements of these people even as it dispatches Letters Rogatory, or judicial requests to a few European countries, including Italy, seeking their cooperation.

Sources said the agency has already zeroed in on some of the immovable and movable assets of the accused which will be attached under the provisions of the laundering laws. In order to track the alleged “bribe money” in this deal, it was important for the agency to register a criminal case as that would be conducive for it to seek cooperation from other countries under existing treaties and tax information exchange protocols, the sources added.

The supply of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland came under scanner after Italian authorities alleged that bribe was paid by the company to clinch the deal.

The Italian prosecutor, who carried out the preliminary inquiry, alleged that the CEO of Finmeccanica, the parent company of UK-based AgustaWestland, had used the services of middlemen to bribe Indian officials. — PTI


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140705/nation.htm#11
 Maoists kill CRPF officer

Patna, July 4
A CRPF Commandant was killed during an anti-Maoist operation in the Lakharia forest region in Jamui district of Bihar today.

Commandant Hari Kant Jha, who was the second-in-command of CRPF base in Jamui, got information around 4 am that Maoists were camping in the forests, Additional SP RN Tiwary, who is also holding the charge of Jamui SP said.

“Jha formed a team of CRPF jawans and led them to the forest. They came across the Maoists and an encounter ensued. Jha was hit by bullets and died on the spot. The battle continued for over two hours,” Tiwary said. — PTI


http://indiablooms.com/ibns_new/news-details/N/2467/pm-visits-badami-bagh-cantonment-in-srinagar.html
PM visits Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar
Srinagar, July 4 (IBNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the Badami Bagh Army Cantonment in Srinagar, where he addressed the Army jawans and officers.
Praising the valour and courage of the soldiers, the PM asserted that self-reliance in defence offset manufacturing was essential for the security (aatma-raksha) of the nation.

Praising the Indian defence forces, Modi said that strong armed forces were necessary for an atmosphere of peace, amity, harmony and brotherhood in the country, and this was the foundation on which India would achieve new heights of development.

Modi said, he accorded highest priority to modernization of the defence forces. He said today the world was looking at India with hope, and we could interact on equal terms with all developed countries.

The PM said the spirit of sacrifice and selflessness of the defence forces was an inspiration for all Indians.

He added that this spirit would ensure them victory at all times. He said the people of India trusted them and believed that no power on earth could defeat them.

The Prime Minister reiterated his government's commitment to building a National War Memorial, in memory of soldiers who had laid down their lives for the motherland.

He said the welfare of the armymen and their families was the concern and collective responsibility of all Indians, and his government would take all good decisions in the interest of the jawans.

Earlier, the Prime Minister paid homage at the martyrs memorial at Badami Bagh cantonment.

He also wrote in the visitors' book at the memorial, and visited the nearby 1200 year old Shiva Temple.

Modi on Friday inaugurated a 25 km long Katra Udhmapur Rail line in Jammu.


http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/israel-army-twitter-account-hacked-posts-nuke-leak-warning-114070400951_1.html
Israel army twitter account hacked, posts nuke leak warning
A twitter handle of the Israeli army was taken over by Internet hackers, who posted a message warning that a nuclear facility in Israel have been hit by two rockets, causing a brief torrent of panic.

Israel's most popular news portal Ynet posted a screenshot of the alarming tweet: "#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility" in the south of the country."

Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Spokesman's Office later deleted the misleading tweet. The account posted an apology to its followers.

"We apologise for the incorrect tweets," the IDF Spokesman's Office wrote.

"Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension," the statement said.

The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the hacking, posting a screenshot on its Twitter page to prove it.

The group has been known for taking over Twitter accounts in the past. Last year, it claimed responsibility for getting into the accounts of several media organisations.

The online attack comes as the Israeli forces are battling a surge in firefighting and increased mortar assaults by Hamas militants following the death of a 16-year-old Arab boy in a suspected revenge attack by rightwing extremists to avenge the killings of three Israeli teen in West Bank last month.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had condemned the murder of the youth as "despicable" and said he had ordered police to work "as quickly as possible to find out who was behind the heinous murder of the youth".

Israel has scrambled its troops near the border with Gaza Strip after heavy exchange of gunfire and mortar launches with Hamas militants.

Israeli warplanes continue to pounded targets inside Gaza yesterday and militants fired rockets into Israel.


http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/modi-pitches-for-self-reliance-in-defence-production-says-strong-army-necessary-for-peace_945142.html
Modi pitches for self-reliance in defence production, says strong army necessary for peace
Srinagar: Making a strong pitch for self- reliance in defence production, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said this is needed to make the country completely secure from any threat and said he also has accorded highest priority to the modernisation of defence forces as strong security was necessary for an atmosphere of peace, amity and harmony in the country.

In his brief speech at the 'Sanik Samelan' here, the Prime Minister spoke about encouraging defence production in the country and said it was important for securing the borders of the country, official sources said here.

Modi was quoted by sources as saying that his government will make every effort to keep the "jawan smiling".

If a jawan is smiling, he will be able to "serve our motherland in more better way", the sources quoted him as saying.

Modi, during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, had spoken about making the country self reliant in defence production and also enable it to export defence equipment to other nations.

"In Gujarat, we have made a small effort in this regard. In our engineering colleges we are working towards starting a subject related to defence manufacturing," he had said last year on the 15th anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests.

Later, the Prime Minister let go his security and interacted with the soldiers. He was seen walking past everyone and greeting them with "Jai Hind".

Modi assured the jawans that their worries will be taken care by the government which will make all steps to make their lives much better.

Ahead of his speech, Army Chief-designate Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag welcomed the Prime Minister and spoke about various issues related to army jawans.
Strong army necessary for peace

Praising the valour and courage of the soldiers, the Prime Minister asserted that self-reliance in defence offset manufacturing was essential for the security of the nation.

Strong armed forces are necessary for an atmosphere of peace, amity, harmony and brotherhood in the country, and that is the foundation on which India would achieve new heights of development, Modi said.

He said today the world was looking at India with hope and we can interact on equal terms with all developed countries.

The spirit of sacrifice and selflessness of the defence forces was an inspiration for all Indians and this spirit would ensure their victory at all times, the Prime Minister said.

He said the people of India trusted them and believ

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