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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

From Today's Papers - 30 Dec 2015
New book reveals how Indian Army took enemy by surprise in Kargil
NEW DELHI: It was the speed and spontaneity with which the Indian Army launched its attacks that took the enemy by surprise, leading to their victory in the 1999 Kargil war, says Lieutenant General Mohinder Puri. He headed the 8 Mountain Division.

Gripping accounts of valour and fortitude from the battle front of the war between India and Pakistan have been recollected in a new book penned by Puri.

The book titled 'Kargil: Turning the Tide', which was launched here on Monday evening, is a first-hand narrative of the operations of 8 Mountain Division, which was tasked to evict the enemy from the Drass-Mushkoh Sector during 'Operation Vijay'.
"We surprised the enemy with the speed and ferocity of our movement. It was the speed with which we conducted the operations and took them totally by surprise, this was one of the reasons why we succeeded in evicting the enemy," he said.

Recounting one such incident, the then Major-General Puri said how after several failed attempts to capture the pivotal Tololing peak, he had asked his men to attack again the next evening, but by the time he reached his headquarters, India had already conquered the strategic feature.
The Tololing, a dominant position overlooking Srinagar- Leh Highway (NH-1D), was so strategic that after it was conquered it was only a matter of six days for Indian troops to notch up a string of successes by evicting well-entrenched intruders in four nearby outposts.

He said, Colonel MB Ravindranath, Commanding Officer of the 2 Rajputana Rifles, radioed him, camping some 20-km away and said in a terse message, "Sir, I'm on Tololing top."

"After I was informed that we have not been able to capture Tololing, I just asked them to consolidate and in the evening I said, 'have a go.' By the time I reached the headquarters, I was told that we have captured Tololing.
"I spoke to Ravi and when I asked him what had happened he said he just saw a window of opportunity and there he launched the attack and captured the feature which was until then with the enemy," Puri said.

Puri's division was responsible for spearheading the Army's offensive in the Kargil sector which restored the sanctity of the Line of Control by capturing Tololing, Tiger Hill and Point 4875.
General (retd) VP Malik, who himself has authored a book titled "Kargil - From Surprise To Victory" in 2006 on the same subject inaugurated the event at Manekshaw Centre here.

"Lots of books have been written about the Kargil War and most of them are hearsay. There are only two authentic books I can mention, one is General Puri's and I will take credit for the second one.

"While I have dealt with the war at a macro level, General Puri's book talks about the several battles fought. After all, there is no war without these battles," Malik said.
Rape In India: Army Personnel Allegedly Gang-Rape 14-Year-Old Girl In Moving Train

Indian Army personnel allegedly gang-raped a 14-year-old girl Monday in a moving train in the eastern state of Jharkhand, according to local reports. Police in Jharkhand reportedly detained one of the men and said the other two would be arrested soon.

The girl ran away from her home Sunday and was travelling alone on a train bound for the town of Amritsar, in the northwestern state of Punjab. Her family alerted police of her disappearance, who informed railway authorities. The officials identified the girl -- who was seen boarding a traincar reserved for troops -- on surveillance camera footage, the Times of India reported.

Railway police rescued the girl, who later said in a complaint that one of the soldiers offered her liquor and two others raped her after she was drunk. The man who offered the girl liquor was arrested and the other two were absconding, DNA newspaper reported. The girl was scheduled to undergo a medical test to confirm the rape allegations.

"Prima facie, it seems the allegations are correct. We have identified the two accused and interrogation of the arrested person is likely to provide further leads. It seems that the crime occurred soon after the train left Howrah," Asim Vikrant Minj, Dhanbad city superintendent of railway police, reportedly said.

In recent months, women's safety in India has become a national debate following a series of violent rapes that received massive media coverage. And, earlier this month, the country's judicial system was in the spotlight after the Supreme Court ordered a man, who was among several people convicted of a violent rape on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012, was to be released after he served time in a juvenile detention facility.
PSU beats Anil's Defence

New Delhi, Dec. 29: In Prime Minister Narendra Modi's showpiece "Make in India" project to be opened this Sunday, a public sector firm has beaten Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence that was lobbying to make Russian helicopters.

Moscow announced last night that the Russian state arms export agency, Rosoboronexport, and the chopper-maker, Rostec, have chosen the Indian defence undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to make the Kamov 226t "Sergei" light utility helicopters for the military.

India's army and air force have a requirement of 200 such reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters immediately to replace the Cheetah and Chetak machines that currently undertake the task. The initial order is estimated to be worth $1 billion.

Most of the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters are more than 40 years old and have a high rate of accidents. Earlier this year, the wives and widows of military officers who fly/have flown the Cheetahs and Chetaks urged the government to replace them.

The total order for Sergeis could go up to 400 with the navy also projecting the requirement.

The process of replacement has taken more than 10 years. The Prime Minister, who returned from Russia last week, is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of a HAL facility to make helicopters at Tumkur, 100km from Bangalore, this Sunday.

"The agreement with India is the result of the long work with our Indian partners," the CEO of Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said in a statement distributed by Russian news agencies.

An Indian government source said "the Russians chose HAL".

Ambani's Reliance Defence has announced plans to make fighter planes, warships and submarines for India's military. Ambani was part of a delegation of corporate leaders who were in Moscow last week during Modi's visit.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted during the Moscow visit that this would be the first "Make in India" project.

The Russian statement said: "This is the first Russian-Indian high-tech project, implemented by the Indian government within the framework of the 'Make in India' programme."

In choosing HAL, the Russians have selected the only company in the country that can show infrastructure and partnership experience to build aircraft. HAL has been partnering with Russia to build aircraft for decades from Russian semi and completely knocked-down kits. It is currently turning out Sukhoi fighter aircraft for a price that is considerably higher than their off-the-shelf cost, government auditors have pointed out.

The defence ministry has in the past thrice scrapped a global tender for light utility helicopters on charges of corruption. In May this year, the Defence Acquisitions Council chaired by Manohar Parrikar accepted the necessity of acquiring the Sergeis for the armed forces.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

From Today's Papers - 29 Dec 2015

Former defence personnel start up on biz front
Colonel Rajeev Mannali trained to kill but al ways had a desire to save lives.After dedicating over 33 years to the Indian Army , he retired in January 2009 to pursue his passion for healthcare. He's not alone. Armed with credentials and field experience, several former defence personnel are increasingly venturing into entrepreneurship Mannali worked with hospitals in Kerala and Vellore for five years before starting Healthy World in 2013, a consultancy firm to assist those who wanted to enter the healthcare space. He now focuses on his pet project -a hospital that will focus on prevention rather than cure. For him, the transition from the strict army life to a civilian way demanding. "First, I deliberately forgot my army life to understand a civilian's life.Then, I retrieved all the values that I learnt in the army and infused it in my life as a civilian," said Mannali.

For some, the central idea comes even from an unfortunate incident. When the infamous sexual assault by an Uber driver in Delhi came to light in 2014, R N Jayaprakash, founder, Agni Group, and Saleem Ali, former special director of CBI, decided to come together and build an organization that would help bring down the ris ing rate of crimes in the country. Thus Fourth Force, a Chennai-headquartered background verification company backed by senior ex-law enforcement personnel from CBI, RAW , RPF, and the state police, was born. With an office in each state across the country , over 135 people on the field and a proprietary platform for seamless integration of work, the company is set to provide due diligence services for the corporate, BFSI and domestic sector. Even as the company was just launched last week, 15-16 companies have already evinced interest.

Colonel Samrendra Kumar, who retired from the army in 2007 after 21 years of active service, set up Mitkat Advisory Services in 2010 to provide risk management consultancy services along with an ex-Navy officer Pavan Desai. With over 100 clients in the banking and oil sector, Kumar believes his stint in the ar my instilled in him values such as leadership and team work that have helped him succeed. Kumar has also founded Def Mart, a social, for-profit enterprise that provides energy efficiency products, and Idea on India, a conclave for entrepreneurship ideas. "My days in the army taught me valuable lessons of delegation and commitment to excellence which are critical to running a business as well," said Kumar.

Colonel Manjeet Singh Bilochpura's brief association with former President Abdul Kalam and other personalities like Ratan Tata inspired him to set off on his own. After over 22 years of service, he set up Lancers Army School in Surat, Gujarat in 1992. Bilochpura, who is a first-generation entrepreneur, owns several resorts in Goa. Besides a thriving agriculture business, he also has a real estate and construction business in Mumbai and Rajasthan.
Indian army repatriates Pakistan national
A Pakistani national who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) into Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district was repatriated on Monday as a goodwill gesture, an army official said.

"Abdul Rehman, son of Asgar Ali from Barnala tehsil of Bhimber, had inadvertently crossed over to India on December 16 this year.

"Indian Army informed Pakistan about his details. After confirmation by the Pakistan government, he was repatriated at Chakan-da-Bagh crossing on the LoC in Poonch district on Monday," army's northern command spokesman Col. S.D.Goswami told IANS.
Send your daughters to fight for India, appeals Indian Army Chief
New Delhi, Dec 27: Stressing on the need to empower girls, Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday said that he wants maximum girls to join armed forces.
“Give your daughters the best education and opportunities that are at par with boys to prepare them as future soldiers of the country,” Suhag was quoted as saying by Time of India during his first visit to his native village Bishan in Haryana’s Jhajjar district after assuming the office of Indian Army chief.
Well received by his fellow villagers, Suhag also sought blessings from his clan deity. He was accompanied by his wife and children.
Suhag said that if he could become army chief after studying under the trees in Bishan, then they could achieve anything in life. Suhag said that he wants to see more defence officers from the village on General rank. He also announced to institute two scholarships of Rs 2,100 each which would be given to the meritorious students of the school every year. The scholarship would continue till his lifetime, TOI report stated.


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