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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/killings-by-bodo-militants-expose-flaws-in-govt-policy/22645.html
Killings by Bodo militants expose flaws in govt policy
Bijay Sankar Bora

Tribune News Service

Guwahati, December 25
The latest massacre carried out by the Bodo militant group NDFB-S has exposed the futility of the current carrot-and-stick policy of the government to hold talks with extremist groups in Assam.


Adivasi tribesmen guard their village at Tinikhuti in Assam on Thursday. AFP

The government is talking to two factions of the NDFB — NDFB (Progressive) and NDFB (Ranjan Daimary) — while the third faction NDFB-S has been on the rampage in certain parts of the state.

It has raised questions about   continuing dialogue with factions of the same parent militant outfit while a section of the cadre has chosen to remain at large and continue with violent ways.

The scenario is no different when it comes to another militant group, the  United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). While a section of leaders of the ULFA led by its self-styled chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa   is holding talks with the government, another section led by “commander-in-chief”   Paresh Barua has remained out of the process under the name of ULFA (Independent).
The situation was summed up by Congress leader and former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, a tea-tribe leader, today. Ghatowar said, “What sort of revolution are militant groups (like NDFB-S) carrying on and for what purpose if they kill infants sitting in the lap of the mother. They are no less brutal than the Taliban. There should not be any dialogue with such terror groups.”

“It has become a sort of business — they form a militant group, kill people, extort money, become rich, then surrender or hold talks with the government and join the mainstream without getting punished for the heinous crimes they had committed earlier,” he said.

The militant groups in Assam have an advantage because of the current policy of the government that holds dialogue and rehabilitates the surrendered insurgents without caring to pursue the cases registered against them to logical end. For that, one has to blame the alleged nexus between the militants and a section of the politicians who tend to use ultras for their narrow political interest.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/evolve-policy-to-reduce-litigation-in-service-matters-parrikar-to-officials/22661.html
Evolve policy to reduce litigation in---service matters: Parrikar to officials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 25
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today told officials of his ministry to evolve a policy for reducing court cases in service matters, including pensions, while reiterating his commitment for the early implementation of one rank-one pension for the armed forces.

In a message on the occasion of the Good Governance Day today, he said, minimalisation of litigation is a priority and that issues of cantonments pertaining to land management and civilian interface should also be resolved without delay.

"This ministry is committed to early implementation of one rank-one pension for the armed forces and measures are being taken for it," an official statement said here. Recently, the Congress had raised the issue in Parliament charging the government of ignoring the issue even though allocation was made in the interim budget presented before the General Election.

Earlier this week, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy met the Defence Minister urging its early implementation. He said it was the party's election promise made during the Bhiwani rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the outgoing UPA government allocated Rs 500 crore in February, the NDA doubled the amount during the presentation of its first Budget.

Expressing pride that his ministry was joining the occasion aimed at bringing transparency and accountability in its working, the Defence Minister said greater emphasis was being given to the use of technology in order to make the system prompt and efficient and to bridge the divide between the government and the citizens.

The ministry, he said, has adopted a number of Good Governance initiatives like promoting e-governance, e-procurement, biometric attendance, Jeevan Pramaan, digitisation of records, online disposal of public grievances and use of online monitoring of the status of court/tribunal/NHRC cases. An intra-MoD portal has been developed for supporting these applications in the ministry.

On the work of digitisation of land records, a process was initiated, some three years ago, after the controversy over the allocation of land for Adarsh building had surfaced. The minister said the Directorate General of Defence Estates has made good progress in digitising the records.

In addition, the history division of the ministry has also digitised war records and the mission included digitisation of other records like recruitment rules and civil lists that would be placed on placed on the ministry website soon.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/bsf-putting-up-laser-wall-to-fill-gaps-along-pak-border/22767.html
BSF putting up laser wall to fill gaps along Pak border

New Delhi, December 25
Facing difficulty in guarding riverine sections of Indo-Pak border, the BSF has started installing laser walls to fill the gaps which saw several breach by militants from across the border.

The BSF, which guards the 3,323-km border, excluding the Line of Control, has developed its own technical solutions like Farheen laser wall which is very useful to guard the fencing gaps.

“The laser has been installed in area of river Basantar, Bein Nallah, Karol Krishna and Paloa Nallah in the Jammu region,” a Home Ministry official said.

In September 26, 2013, heavily armed militants entered into Hira Nagar in Jammu from across the border through a riverine section of the border and killed 10 persons, including a Lieutenant Colonel. In March, three terrorists in Army fatigues killed a jawan and two civilians in Jammu’s Kathua district. They too were believed to have breached the riverine section of the border.

Sensor blips and alerts border guards in case there is a movement along the unfenced stretch of the frontier which is located in difficult terrain. A similar laser-guided gadget is being put to test to detect hidden tunnels in border areas and undulating land.

The BSF is also testing laser-guided and temperature sensitive radars that send out an alarm as soon as someone cuts the light path.

Such techniques are being used in countries like Israel and Singapore to guard their respective borders. The ‘smart fence’ mechanism is part of an over Rs 4,500-crore modernisation plan being implemented by BSF, country’s largest border guarding force with over 2.5 lakh personnel under its command.

BSF also guards the 4096-km-long Indo-Bangla border. At present, about 15 per cent of the Indo-Pak border and about 35 per cent of the Indo-Bangla frontier are unfenced.

The BSF is also upgrading its surveillance equipment, guns and artillery.


http://in.rbth.com/economics/2014/12/25/russian_defence_minister_to_visit_india_next_year_40575.html

Russian Defence Minister to visit India next year
December 25, 2014 RIA Novosti      
Russia and India are the largest partners in the field of military-technical cooperation – with over 70% of weapons and military equipment used by the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy made in Russia or the former Soviet Union.

Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu will pay an official visit to India in 2015, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov announced this past Wednesday.

“The plans of the Russian Defence Minister, General Sergey Shoigu for next year – include an official visit to New Delhi,” he told Russia Today during a press briefing.

Speaking about the work already completed, Mr. Antonov said that “a mechanism was recently created for top-level Russia-India meetings, and this year, they had already carried out exercises in all three branches of the Indian Armed Forces.”
India remains Russia’s largest partner in the military-technical cooperation sphere. “Along with the delivery of finished weapons, we continue to assist the country in the development of its own military-industrial complex,” said Mr. Antonov.

Russia and India are the largest partners in the field of military-technical cooperation (MTC) – with over 70% of weapons and military equipment used by the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy made in Russia or the former Soviet Union.

The Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) estimates the volume of weapons and military equipment supplied to India in 2013 at $4.78 billion.

Along with exporting military equipment, Russia also works jointly with India on the development of new weapons. The Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace has created the supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missile, which the Armed forces of India started buying in 2005. In addition, Russia and India have agreed to jointly develop a fifth generation fighter aircraft (a promising multifunctional jet fighter) and a military transport airplane.


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/china-hopeful-of-better-military-ties-with-india-next-year/articleshow/45641155.cms
China hopeful of better military ties with India next year

BEIJING: India and China "properly tackled" the issues of "confrontation" along their border, Chinese Defence Ministry today said hoping that next year the two sides would ensure that the border situation remained peaceful and military ties develop at a "good momentum".

Summing up the relations between the two militaries this year which despite signing of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) witnessed a major standoff at the border, Col Yang Yujin, spokesman of the Ministry ..

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