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Monday, 8 June 2015

From Today's Papers - 08 Jun 2014

India must be made UNSC permanent member: PM
Modi back from Bangladesh Post border agreement, the two sides look at greater economic engagement
Dhaka, June 7
Making a strong pitch for India's permanent membership at the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wondered why the country having one-sixth of the world's population was still not getting its rightful place at the powerful world body.

In an address at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre here, Modi said India had made significant contribution to the world peace and it must be given UNSC permanent membership reflecting the reality of 21st Century.

In the UN Security Council, India is still not getting a place. Can you even imagine one-sixth of the world'’ population resides in India. Every sixth person in the world is an Indian. In regard to peace, etc., (it) does not have a right to have a strong voice. What kind of thought is that," Modi said.

In his over one-hour-long speech, Modi said the UN must realise that times have changed and they need to look at the world differently.

He also talked about India's contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions across the world and emphasised that India must be made a member of the top UN body.

After his address, the Prime Minister left for New Delhi. He arrived back in the country on Sunday evening after concluding his two-day visit to Bangladesh. He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.— PTI

PM calls on B’desh Prez

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and discussed a host of bilateral issues. “A warmth that brings two neighbours together. PM @narendramodi and President Abdul Hamid confer at Bangabhawan (residence of the President),” the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted.

Meets Khaleda Zia
Former Bangladesh Premier and opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Sunday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in “restoration” of democracy in the country as she called on him in Dhaka.

Visits Dhakeshwari temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered prayers at the famous 12th century Dhakeshwari temple and paid a visit to the Ramakrishna Mission Math here, in an apparent effort to reach out to the Hindu community in Muslim- majority Bangladesh.
Pak creating nuisance, says Modi
In a blunt attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused it of creating "nuisance" and "constantly" troubling India by promoting terrorism. The PM’s sharp criticism came during the course of his address at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre here when he vowed to jointly combat with Bangladesh terrorism in the region.

Pakistan aaye din (constantly) disturbs India, jo naako dum la deta hai (creates nuisance), terrorism ko badhawa (deta hai) ghatnaayein ghatthi rehti hain (promotes terrorism and such incidents keep recurring),” Modi said in his address to Dhaka University. Recalling that 90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war were in India's captivity during the 1971 Bangladesh war, Modi said, “If we had a diabolic mindset, we don't know then what decision we would have taken." — PTI
Heart-rending scenes as 6 from J-K cremated
Arteev Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu/Rajouri/Samba, June 7
In the midst of heartrending scenes and moistened eyes, families, relatives and friends today bid adieu with to six valiant soldiers from the state who were killed in an ambush by terrorists in Manipur on June 4.

These martyrs were Naib Subedar Ram Singh of Swankha More village in Vijaypur, Havildar Sat Pal Bhasin of Muthi village in Jammu, Lance Naik Kuldeep Raj of Burn village in Gharota, Sepoy Randeep Singh of Bomal village in Akhnoor, Havildar Sunil Kumar Sharma of Phal village in the Sunderbani area of Rajouri district and Sepoy Vijay Kumar of Serh village in the Kharah area of Akhnoor tehsil. An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane brought the bodies of martyrs to Jammu on Saturday night, from where these were sent to their villages by road.

The Army organised a wreath-laying ceremony in the Satwari Cantonment area of the Jammu-based Tiger Division around 6 am. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh was scheduled to attend the ceremony, but he could not do so due to some reasons.

At Muthi village, thousands of locals, Army officers and politicians attended the cremation of Havildar Sat Pal Bhasin. Similarly, thousands of villagers and Army officers, including GOC 10 Div Maj Gen Kulpreet, attended the cremation of Sepoy Randeep Singh at Bomal village in Akhnoor.

The GOC said, “We salute our brave Dogra soldiers, who laid down their lives for the nation. We will expedite the process of releasing compensation and pension in all these cases,” he said.

Naib Subedar Ram Singh was consigned to flames at Vijaypur in Samba. Martyr’s wife Manju Devi fainted thrice during the last rites. He is survived by his brother Ved Prakash, wife Manju Devi, daughter Muskan and son Ankush. Havildar Sunil Kumar Sharma was cremated at his native place in Sunderbani tehsil. The pyre was lit by his 12-year-old son Amit.

(With inputs from Amit Khajuria in Jammu, Vishal Jasrotia in Samba and Shyam Sood in Rajouri)
Martyr’s father wants grandson to join Army
Amit Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Muthi (Jammu), June 7
Bishan Dass (72) cremated his martyred son Havildar Sat Pal with a pledge to make his grandson a Commissioned Officer in the Army. The cremation was held at Muthi village on the outskirts of Jammu City on Sunday.

It may be the saddest moment of his life for a father to attend the cremation of his young son, but retired Naib Subedar Bhishan Dass didn’t betray his grief and said, “I am proud of my son, he was a brave soldier who laid down his life in the battlefield.”

Losing a young son is the biggest pain in one’s life, but being a father of the martyred son, I feel proud of him. I want his (Sat Pal’s) son to become a Commissioned Officer in the Army,” he said.

Sat Pal was expected to return home on Monday. His family, especially his son Ayush Bhasin, was eagerly waiting for him as Sat Pal had promised to bring a laptop for Ayush. “Papa promised me that he would get me a laptop,” said Ayush, a Class IV student of Army School.
Mi-26 headed for upgrade in Russia
Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The IAF’s Mi-26 heavy-lift helicopters are in for a complete overhaul and life extension. Two of the three helicopters remaining in the IAF’s inventory will be making their way to Russia to get a new lease of life.

The modalities have been worked out and the helicopters will be sent to Russia in three or four months,” a senior Air Force officer said. “Besides scheduled overhaul and upgradation of some equipment, the helicopters will undergo a life-extension programme that would enable them to remain in service for some more years,” he added.

The overhaul programme is expected to take about eight to ten months after the machines reach Russia. With the Mi-26 fleet back on its feet and the proposed 15 US-made Chinook heavy lift helicopters expected to arrive in the near future, the IAF vertical heavy lift capability would receive a significant boost.

The Mi-26 is the largest helicopter in service in the world, with a payload capacity of 20 tonnes. The IAF had raised No. 126 Helicopter Flight at Chandigarh in May 1986, with the purchase of two Mi-26s at a cost of Rs 36 crore. Two more were procured in 1989 at a cost of Rs 45 crore. The Mi-26 have performed commendable work during disaster management operations during natural calamities, airlifting men and heavy machines to remote, inaccessible areas, besides undertaking strategic missions for the armed forces.

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