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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

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http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/majors-wife-threatens-action-for-being-forced-to-rehearse-for-a-show/1/375572.html

Major's wife threatens action for being forced to rehearse for a show

Man Aman Singh Channa  August 4, 2014 | UPDATED 22:56 IST
 
The wife of an Army Major posted in Faridkot has complained to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Command for being allegedly forced to take part in rehearsals for a fashion show by the Brigade Commander of her husband.
The lady, whose husband is posted in an Artillery regiment stationed in Faridkot in Punjab, has complained against the Commander of the local Artillery Brigade and alleged that he threatened her and harassed her in her husband's presence for objecting to the fashion show rehearsals.
The lady has alleged that the rehearsals were being carried out under the aegis of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) and that she had objected to the same saying that this was not a family welfare oriented programme.
In her complaint to Lt Gen AK Sahni, GOC-in-C South Western Command, a copy of which is available with Headlines Today, the Major's wife has said that she had been taking part in the rehearsals for the fashion show and she had stopped participating in the same because she had to leave her children alone at home for 2-3 hours everyday.
The lady further stated that as per the wife of the Commanding Officer of her husband and the Brigade Commander's wife, the rehearsal for the fashion show was being held in anticipation of the visit of wives of senior officers to the military station and that there should be a programme "ready in hand" to cater for that.
The complainant states that the Brigade Commander summoned her and her husband in the presence of the CO and his wife and the Brigadier's wife and then proceeded to use language which she found offensive.
The complaint mentions that the Brigade Commander said "Institutions are never questioned and it should be understood by both of you. And I will make sure that it is understood well, got the issue, both of you?".
As per the complaint, the Brigadier is further alleged to have said," Anybody who is under my command, he questions the organization, the very foundation of the organization, it is not acceptable. You must understand what your Commander's thinking. That's it, I leave it to both of you. Conduct yourself".
The complaint further quotes the Brigadier as saying that he had to step in to nip the problem in the bud as otherwise "the malaise will continue and he will not let this malaise continue".
The lady has stated that she was not against any AWWA activity and that she had only objected to the fashion show. Threatening to take legal action against her husband's brigade commander she has questioned the capacity in which the Brigadier called her for an interaction and that he had not right to threaten her given that AWWA was an NGO and that bshe was not covered under the Army Act.
In its response (see box), the Army states that there is no AWWA at Brigade or unit level and that it is restricted to Army HQ and Command level. While this is true that AWWA been replaced by Family Welfare Organisation at Brigade and Unit level after an RTI query forced Army to turn it into an NGO, It is still referred to as AWWA in verbal terms of reference at unit level.
The Army's response
In response to a query sent by Headlines Today, the Public Relation Officer of South Western Command gave the following reply:
"It may please be noted that AWWA is a NGO whose activities in the Army are restricted only at the level of Army HQ and Command HQ. There is, therefore, no AWWA at Brigade/ Unit level.
A letter written by Mrs (Name withheld), wife of Major (Name withheld) of (Name of regiment withheld) has been received by HQ South Western Command today and concerned formation has been tasked to enquire into the issues raised and make a report.
Should anyone be found guilty of any misdemeanor, immediate action will be taken in keeping with the ethos of the Army.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140806/nation.htm#3
 India puts defence deals with Finmeccanica on hold

New Delhi, August 5
In the wake of alleged chopper scam, India has put on hold all procurements from Italian defence group Finmeccanica and its affiliate companies. The move will hit hard acquisitions for the armed forces as the group is taking part in projects worth over Rs 30,000 crore.
In separate circulars, the Department of Defence and the Department of Defence Production have said that “all procurement or acquisition cases in pipeline with Finmeccanica group of companies, including its subsidiaries and affiliates,” should be put on hold.

The orders, accessed by PTI, say that there should be “strict compliance” by all three services and public sector units, the Ordnance Factory Board and other departments concerned under it with its orders in this regard.

Finmeccanica is the parent firm of AgustaWestland, which was accused of paying kickbacks to the tune of over Rs 360 crore in the Rs 3,600 crore deal for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Air Force and the deal has since been scrapped. The ministry has also asked the departments under it to stop any kind of dealings with the firms named in the VVIP chopper scam FIR, including AgustaWestland, IDS Tunisia, IDS Mauritius, IDS Infotech, Mohali and Aeromatrix Solution Limited, Chandigarh.

After the chopper scam broke out, the government had decided to go slow on defence deals with the Finmeccanica group, but this is the first time it has put the deals with the group on hold.

The circulars, issued within months after the government took over, may also hit the Navy’s requirements for radars as Finmeccanica Group’s company Selex is involved in programmes such as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier with its radars. — PTI

Purchases may get hit

    The move will hit hard acquisitions for the armed forces as the firm is involved in projects worth over ~30,000 crore
    It will affect the Navy's requirements for radars as Finmeccanica Group's company Selex is involved in programmes such as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier with its radars



http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140806/nation.htm#6
 Indian Navy in Vietnam
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
Cementing India's 'Look East' policy, stealth frigate INS Shivalik today docked in Vietnam — a country locked in a bitter dispute with China.

The warship commanded by Captain Puruvir Das arrived at Hai Phong in Vietnam on a three-day goodwill visit this morning. “The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two nations,” the Indian Navy said. During the stay at harbour, various activities are planned including official calls, reception of Vietnamese personnel on board the ship, including visitors for guided tours.

The ship will exercise with Vietnamese Naval ships for improving inter-operability in communication, search and rescue procedures and other areas. This is the sixth visit by Indian Navy to Vietnam in as many years.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140806/nation.htm#9
 Western Command chief calls on Delhi Lt Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen Kamaljit Singh called upon Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung at the latter’s residence in New Delhi today.

After exchange of pleasantries, the Army Commander sought Lieutenant Governor’s assistance in ongoing endeavours of the Army, including welfare related activities. He also reiterated the Army’s objective towards the development of Delhi Cantonment and areas under the Army’s management.

Lt Gen Kamaljit Singh expressed his gratitude to the Lieutenant Governor for his positive approach towards the welfare of serving troops, retired soldiers and their families.

The Army commander also assured the Lieutenant Governor of the Army’s continued support during natural calamities and disasters.


http://www.kashmirdispatch.com/headlines/050825460-49-army-troopers-killed-in-kashmir-in-three-years-defence-minister.htm
49 army troopers killed in Kashmir in three years: Defence Minister
India’s Defence Minister Tuesday revealed that forty-nine Indian Army personnel have been killed in different militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir from past three years.



In a written reply to a query in Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that from past three years, India lost 49 Army personnel while countering insurgent and infiltration operation in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir.



Pertinently, during the current year from January till date, 19 Army personnel, 2 BSF Jawans and 9 local policemen have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir while during the same  period 52 militants were neutralized by government forces in different parts of the State. The number of civilians according to CNS killed during the current year is 21. The total number of killings that occurred in different militancy related incidents in the current year has reached up to 103.


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/05-Aug-2014/minister-strongly-reacts-over-indian-army-chief-statement
Pakistan reacts over Indian Army's statement for armed action along LoC
ISLAMABAD – Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir has strongly reacted over a statement by the Indian Army chief regarding the armed action along the Line of Control (LoC) in the divided state of jammu Kashmir and said that Pakistan has become a recognised nuclear power whose defence has become impregnable.

Talking to journalists here on Tuesday, the minister categorically stated that no one can dare to give a nasty look to Pakistan with its invulnerable defence. "India has never accepted the independent status of Pakistan and always shows nefarious designs to make Pakistan a part of greater India," he said. He went on saying that whenever India has evil plans against Pakistan, its army and the people gave a blowing reply to its enemy in a befitting manner.

Barjees maintained that now the defence of Pakistan has become even more secure and stronger and India knows this very well. He opined that it has become a custom in the Indian politics to demonstrate and promote anti-Pakistan sentiments for their point-scoring and same was done by the Indian Army chief who voiced against Pakistan. He reiterated Pakistan was well-aware of its defence and knows how to give a befitting reply to its enemy.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-general-visited-disputed-region-near-karakoram/article6284816.ece
China General visited disputed region
 The top ranking General of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has carried out a rare inspection visit to the disputed western section of the border with India, including stops to inspect troops at two sites that have been at the centre of recent differences over incursion incidents — near the Karakoram Pass and the contested Pangong Tso lake.

A high-profile visit

General Xu Qiliang, who is one of two Vice-Chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC) headed by President Xi Jinping — the highest-ranking position in the Chinese Army — made the visit last month to inspect frontier troops in Xinjiang and Tibet, including in the Aksai Chin region claimed by India.

Significantly, General Xu also visited a frontier defence company which, sources said, may have been linked with the three week-long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Depsang, in eastern Ladakh, in April last year.

The stand-off strained bilateral ties ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to India last year and, later, prompted both countries to fortify border cooperation mechanisms and increase the number of border personnel meeting points along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC).

This is the most high-profile visit by a top Chinese leader to the region in many years. General Xu held talks with leaders of garrisons in Hotan in Xinjiang, Lhasa in Tibet and in Ali in Tibet’s west, the PLA Daily reported on July 24, without specifying the dates of the visit.

General Xu also inspected the Shenxianwan frontier defence company — located at the height of 5,380 metres, north of the Karakoram Pass. This frontier defence company is tasked with guarding the area near the Karakoram Pass and the western sections of the border east of Ladakh. This eastern region is close to the Depsang plains.

General Xu also visited two troop bases that are in charge of guarding the western border: the Khurnak Fort frontier defence company in the Aksai Chin region, and the Banmozhang water squadron.

The responsibilities of the water squadron, likely, include the disputed Pangong Tso lake. His visit followed recent reports of incursions, including by water squadrons on the lake, which is patrolled by both sides. Chinese officials have rejected claims of incursions, pointing out that there were differing perceptions of claim lines.

General Xu, who was accompanied by Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the PLA, and Miao Hua, Political Commissar of the Lanzhou Military Area Command, also observed training and drills of a “Red army” regiment of the Xinjiang Military Area Command (MAC), the PLA Daily said.

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