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Sunday, 2 November 2014

From Today's Papers - 02 Nov 2014

 India has right to develop areas along China border: Rijiju

New Delhi, November 1
Brushing aside China’s reservations to its plans to develop infrastructure along the border, government today said it has every right to undertake such projects in Indian territory and no one can stop it.

“We will do certain infrastructural activities which have not been done in the last 60 years. The Chinese should not have a problem with my statement.... They cannot stop me from doing my work,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters here on the sidelines of a function here.

China had recently reacted sharply to a statement by Rijiju that India was planning to construct a road along the international boundary from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh to match China’s road infrastructure across the McMahon Line.

“There is a dispute about the eastern part of the China- India border. Before final settlement is reached, we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate the situation,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman had said.

Rijiju today said he was only referring to the government’s plans to improve border infrastructure within India’s territory and not in Chinese territory.

“I didn’t say that we are going to do anything on their territory. I am an MP from Arunachal Pradesh. I am constitutionally elected and I have the constitutional right and obligation to do whatever is right in our territory. I am looking at border management also,” he said. — PTI
 Fire at Shimla BRO office

Shimla, November 1
A wooden building housing the office of Deepak Project of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) in the Chauran Maidan area was gutted in a devastating fire that broke out late in the night.

The fire, which broke out at 10 pm, engulfed the two storey structure within no time, making it impossible for the six fire tenders to douse the flames. However, with the building going up in flames in no time, the efforts of the fire and Army personnel proved futile.

It was later with the help of additional fire tenders from the Army that the fire was prevented from spreading to the two adjoining. — TNS
Retired Indian Army General Abhijit Guha named in UN panel on peacekeeping
A retired Indian Army Lieutenant General is part of a 14-member high-level panel appointed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to assess the current and future needs of the world body's peacekeeping architecture.

Lieutenant General Abhijit Guha is currently a member of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations/ Department of Field Support Panel of Experts on Technology. Prior to this, Guha served as the first interim Director of the Office for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnerships and before that as the Deputy Military Advisor on the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

UN Secretary-General Ban said the new blue ribbon high-level independent panel on peace operations would "draw together individuals with a wide range of experience and expertise," and be chaired by Nobel laureate and journalist Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste.

"The world is changing and United Nations peace operations must change with it if they are to remain an indispensable and effective tool in promoting international peace and security," Ban said.

The panel would make a comprehensive assessment of the current state of UN peace operations and the emerging needs of the future.

In addition, this will be the first such panel to examine both peacekeeping operations and special political missions, the Secretary-General said.

The participants will consider a broad range of issues facing peace operations, including the changing nature of conflict, evolving mandates, good offices and peace-building challenges, managerial and administrative arrangements, planning, partnerships, human rights and protection of civilians, uniformed capabilities for peacekeeping operations and performance.

Among the members of the panel are Ameerah Haq of Bangladesh who is currently UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Jean Arnault of France who has previously served as UN Special Adviser to the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan, B Lynn Pascoe of the US who was appointed by Ban to serve as Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Wang Xuexian of China who serves on the Executive Board of the United Nations Association of China.

The last major external review of peace operations was undertaken in 2000 and led by former UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lahkdar Brahimi, Ban said referring to the landmark outcome of an assessment carried out by a similar panel set up to examine the shortcomings of the then existing system and to make specific and realistic recommendations for change.

The result of that exercise, what has become informally

known as the Brahimi report, called for renewed political commitment on the part of UN member states, significant institutional change and increased financial support.

Ban said that as the 15-year anniversary of the Brahimi report approaches, "we must acknowledge that peace operations today are increasingly called on to confront politically complex and challenging conflicts, often in volatile security environments where operations are directly targeted."

"We must take stock of evolving expectations and consider how the organization can most effectively advance peace, assist countries caught in conflict and ensure that our peacekeeping operations and special political missions remain strong and effective in a changing global context," Ban said.

The panel will work closely with the main UN departments concerned, as well as with member states and the UN system as a whole.

The panel's recommendations will be available for consideration by the General Assembly at its 2015 General Debate, the UN chief said.
81 terrorists killed in Kashmir Valley this year: Indian Army
Srinagar: As many as 81 militants have been killed in Kashmir Valley so far this year, with security officials saying the number is higher than that in the last two years.

“A total of 81 terrorists have been killed in different operations along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the hinterland which is higher than the number of terrorists killed in the previous two years,” a defence spokesman said after a review meeting of the top security officials.

According to official figures, 97 militants were killed in 2013 while 110 militants were gunned down in 2012.

The spokesman also said during this year, seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also detected and defused by the security forces averting major tragedies.

The Core-Group meeting of security agencies in the state was held at the army’s Badami Bagh Cantonment to review the overall situation and to draw out the security strategy for the forthcoming events in the Valley like Assembly elections,

Darbar move and preparedness for winter related incidents, the spokesman said.

He said the meeting was co-chaired by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, General Officer in Commanding (GoC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps and K Rajender Kumar, Director General of the state police.

Top officials of police, army, paramilitary forces, intelligence agencies and civil administration participated in the meeting.

Lt Gen Saha complimented the members and the officials of the Core Group for the high-level of synergy amongst all the agencies in addressing the security concerns of Kashmir.

The state police chief elaborated on the key security steps that have been put into place to manage the law and order situation in the Valley, the spokesman said.

He said the members deliberated on various issues to evolve a comprehensive strategy for various external and internal security challenges.

“Plans for maintaining a robust counter infiltration and counter terrorist grid were discussed.

“Preparations for the winter disaster management were also deliberated upon,” the spokesman said.
Army celebrates 28th anniversary of Aviation Corps
Jammu, Nov 1 (PTI) The Army’s Northern Command Aviation Corps today celebrated its 28th Anniversary 65 kms from here at Udhampur, a Defence spokesman said.

The Army Aviation Corps (ACC) was raised on November 1, 1986 as a separate Corps.

Various functions were organised by officers, JCOs and Jawans on this occasion with their families at various Army Aviation units, he said.

On this occasion Lt Gen D S Hooda, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, complimented all the personnel of Army Aviation Corps for their dedication, hard work and complimented them for their whole hearted support beyond the call of duty in recently conducted ‘Megh Rahat’ relief and rescue operation in the state.

Army Aviation Corps the ‘Arm of the future’ has not only performed exceedingly well in its role in support of the ground forces during operations but also in support of civil populations during aid to civil authorities, the spokesman added.
Pak Army's joint war game put BSF on alert
Jaisalmer: The Pakistan Army and Air Force started its joint war game exercise MOAASME SARMA 15-20 km away from the international border adjoining Jaisalmer-Bikaner-Gananagar in Rajastan. There has been information that movement of vehicles of Pak Army and other activities have increased near the border. The biggest core level exercise started on October 24 and will continue till November 9 in which around 15,000 Pak Army personnel are participating. There has also been information of making new Morcha and defenses. Due to that BSF at the international border adjoining Pakistan has increased its vigilance.

According to reliable defence sources, with the exercise, the Pak Army aims to increase and its strengthen its power and motivate its soldiers. To review the exercise, Pak Army's senior officers had recently visited the exercise area.

Sources said that Pak Army's troops of 5 core situated at Karachi and 2 core at Multan 31 core 12 independent birgade are participating in this war exercise, apart from these, Pak Army's mechanised and engineering regiment troops are also taking part. Pak soldiers are not only practicing, but also cleaning up and doing maintenance of bunkers, fronts and other strategic defences. Also information has been of making new Morcha and defenses. Apart from this, Al Khalid tank along with many other new equipment are being tested, as per the information. Pakistan Air Force is also participating on a very small scale. Pakistani fighter aircraft's movement can be witnessed in the exercise.

According to reliable defence sources information, Pakistani army artellary, infantry, engineering, Armd jointly has started a huge war game exercise MOAASME SARMA across the border opposition Jaisalmer ganganagar. Army Pakistan to increase its strengthen its power and to motivate its soldiers in war exercise and to review its exercise, Pak army senior officer recently had reached the exercise area. The bigset core level exercise started on 24th oct & will continue till 9 nov

Sources said that Pak army's troops of 5 core situated at Karachi and 2 core at Multan31 core 12 indepent birgade are participating in this war exercise, apart from these, pak army Mechanised and engineering regiments troops are taking part in war game exercise. Pak soldiers in this war game exercise are not only practicing, but also cleaning up and doing maintenance of bunkers, fronts and other strategic defences. Also information has been of making new Morcha and defenses in depth area's. Apart from this, Al khalid tank along with many other new equipments are being tested, as per the information. Pakistan airforce is also participating in that exercise in very small scale. Pakistani fighter aircraft's movement are also seen in that exercise.

Sources told that pak army's around 15,000 soldiers are involved in war game exercise across the border opposite Jaisalmer at Kandera, Toba, Islamabad, RahimeKhan, Gamnewala Toba, Mithlewanakhu, Semnala and Ganganagar border opposit bijnote bhavlpur other areas. As this war exercise is going on within 15 -20kms of the international border, the movement of army and vehicles has increased, after which the BSF of Indian army has increased its vigilance and is keeping strict watch on the movement of pak army. Some Pakistani troops are also seen at Pakistani Border post.

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