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Thursday, 2 October 2014

From Today's Papers - 02 Oct 2014

 3 Army officers die in Bareilly copter crash
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, October 1
An Army helicopter today crashed moments after it took off from the Bareilly airbase on a training flight killing two pilots and an engineer. According to IG Bareilly zone Vijay Kumar Meena, the accident occurred moments after the 23-year-old Cheetah helicopter took off from the Aviation Centre around 7.40 am.

The dead included pilots Major Abhijit Thapa (29), Captain Avinash (26) and Flight Engineer Major Vikas Baryani, police sources said. The three sustained critical injuries and were taken to the military base hospital where they died during treatment.

Sources said the helicopter was on a routine flight. Eyewitnesses claimed the helicopter appeared to be in trouble moments after lifting off.
 ‘Tejas’ ready for use by IAF

Bangalore, October 1
First of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. The indigenous fighter-bomber was flown by HAL test pilot KA Muthana, who retired from the IAF as Air Commodore.

“The aircraft is now ready for IAF operations,” said RK Tyagi, chairman, HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). He congratulated HAL engineers, technicians and other staff involved in the LCA project. — TNS
Major Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir: Reports
Poonch:  The Pakistani Army on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian positions along the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir today to which India retaliated, sources said.

Automatic weapons and mortars are reportedly being used in the firing, which has been going on since 6:50 pm.

Pakistani troops resorted to firing on forward areas along Sabjian belt of Poonch district, a defence spokesman told the Press Trust of India.

"Due to the provocation the Indian troops appropriately responded," the spokesman said, adding that firing exchanges were going on intermittently since then.

Early in September, India had lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over repeated ceasefire violations along the border between the armies of the two countries.
Army officer duped of Rs 25 lakh
PUNE: A man posing as doctor allegedly duped an Indian Army Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of Rs 25 lakh after promising to give admission to his daughter in a medical college in Talegaon Dabhade.

JCO Rajmanisinh Durgaprasad Sinh (46), posted at ITU Line Military Station in Jaipur, registered a case of cheating with the Pune rural police on Tuesday.

Rajmanisinh's daughter Kirti passed the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) this year. Her name, however, did not figure in the merit list leaving a slim chance of her getting admission in a reputed medical college in Maharashtra.

"Their hopes of getting admission in a college in Nashik were revived after Ankit Tiwari got in touch with Rajmanisinh and assured to get his daughter an admission in the first year MBBS under the management quota," said Rajendra Patil, assistant police inspector of the Talegaon Dabhade police station on Thursday.

Patil told TOI over telephone that Rajmanisinh later got a call from another person, who introduced himself as Dr Vijay and told him that it was not possible to provide admission to his daughter in Nashik. He promised to give her admission in another college in Talegaon Dabhade. Vijay spoke to Rajmanisinh on numerous occasions and convinced him to pay Rs 25 lakh, he added.

On Wednesday, the conman called Rajmanisinh and asked him to come to a college in Talegaon Dabhade along with the cash and documents to finalize the admission.

"Rajmanisinh without verifying the credentials of the caller rushed to the college and handed him the money packed in a red colour bag. The conman asked him to wait near the college main gate to complete the admission formalities. He walked inside with the cash bag and fled from the rear end," Patil said.

Rajmanisinh, a native of Lucknow, is currently in Talegaon Dabhade to assist in police investigations.
Senate Defence Committee visits Siachen
ISLAMABAD: The Senate Defence Committee, led by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain, paid an historic visit to Siachen to express the solidarity of parliament and the political forces with the valiant soldiers and officers defending the motherland in the world’s toughest terrain. This was the first such visit by any parliament committee to Siachen.

The Senate Defence Committee, during their two-day visit first landed in Skardu from Islamabad, where it received an initial briefing before flying to Giyari, which is at a height of 12,500 feet, where 140 soldiers and officers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in an avalanche in April 2012. The delegation also laid a wreath at the monument for the martyrs of Giyari.

Then the Senate Defence Committee delegation flew to a strategic military post in Siachen, located at Bilafond-la, at a height of almost 17,000 feet, not far from where the Indian Army is based at the Line of Actual Contact.

Senator Mushahid Hussain addressed the troops on the world’s highest battlefield and lauded their valour, morale and determination in performing their professional functions under such difficult conditions, when the weather can even reach -50 degrees centigrade in the peak of winter. He said the people of Pakistan are proud of their armed forces and can never forget their sacrifices in defending every inch of the country despite being outnumbered by an adversary superior in numbers and weaponry, but not in fighting spirit, morale and motivation.

After their return from Bilafond-la, the Senate Defence Committee received another briefing at the local Brigade Headquarters at Goma, which is at a height of 10,500 feet.Senator Mushahid Hussain told the troops that Insha Allah, we are your voice in Parliament and we will do our utmost to protect and promote the good name and image of the Armed Forces given the Armed Forces role in Siachen with such professionalism and commitment.’

He also criticised the Indian military establishment for sabotaging all efforts for peace in Siachen, and said that India had consistently rejected all proposals for peace in Siachen, that had been made by Pakistan, even in the aftermath of the Giyari tragedy.

Senator Mushahid Hussain also expressed his concern over the consequences of Climate Change and Global Warming, which was having adverse consequences not just for Siachen due to freak weather incidents like the Giyari tragedy and he urged India to cooperate with Pakistan and other South Asian countries to jointly formulate a regional strategy on the issue of Climate Change and Global Warming.

He also presented a Media Manual on Climate Change, prepared by the Senate Defence Committee.Senator Sabir Ali Baloch, Acting Chairman of the Senate, and Senator Haji Adeel also addressed the troops and expressed solidarity and support to the Armed Forces.

 The Senate Defence Committee delegation included Senator Sabir Ali Baloch, Senator Haji Adeel, Senator Mohsin Leghari, Senator Abdur Rauf and Senator Dr Saeeda Iqbal, as well as Secretary of the Defence Committee, Dr Pervez Abbas.

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