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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

From Today's Papers - 10 Jun 2015



























http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/army-kills-60-n-e-rebels-inside-myanmar/91812.html
Army kills 60 N-E rebels inside Myanmar
Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
Special forces of the Army today launched a counter-strike on two groups of North-East insurgents along the India-Myanmar border, inflicting “significant casualties” on them. Initial reports suggest that around 60 insurgents belonging to at least four groups, which have formed an umbrella organisation, were killed in the operations.

Though the Army is not saying it officially, senior functionaries maintained the Army’s 21 Para Special Forces, trained in jungle warfare and commando tactics, made a cross-border raid on two camps of insurgents in neighbouring Myanmar. These camps are reportedly located around 2 km inside Myanmar and are hideouts for insurgent groups that have taken refuge in that country.

Virtually setting the tone for upscaling the offensive as when insurgents launched any attack, Additional Director General Military Operations Major General Ranbir Singh said, “Any threat to our security, safety and national integrity will meet a firm response.”

IAF’s MI-17-V5 helicopters undertook sorties over the area for high-resolution photography and exact location and topography of the camps last evening. The Army targeted two camps—one opposite Nagaland and another opposite Manipur.

Among those seriously injured is the self-styled kilonser (minister) of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) Starson Lamkang. He allegedly led the attack on Indian Army’s 6 Dogra Regiment on June 4, killing 18 soldiers and injuring 11.

The strikes were carried out early morning today and the teams were back in India by 9.30 am with no casualty on their side. General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Dimapur based 3 Corps Lt Gen Bipin Rawat camped at the 57 Mountain Division, Leimakhong, Manipur, during the operation.

Maj General Ranbir Singh told reporters, “We are in communication with the Myanmar authorities on the issue...We look forward to working with them to combat such terrorism in the future, too.” On being asked if Myanmar was in the loop for the operations, he said, “Off course, yes”. Maj General Ranbir Singh is also from the Dogra regiment that suffered casualties on June 4.

Sources said the policy of allowing “hot pursuit” was okayed at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on June 4. The Army reportedly sought permission to cross the porous border besides asking Myanmar to support.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/west-pak-refugees-can-now-take-part-in-army-recruitment-rallies/91674.html
West Pak refugees can now take part in Army recruitment rallies
Dinesh Manhotra

Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 9
West Pakistan refugees can now participate in recruitment rallies of the Army and paramilitary forces without domicile certificates. The Union Government has given directions to the central forces to allow West Pakistan refugee youth to participate in recruitment rallies on the basis of certificates issued by the sarpanch or lambardar of their respective villages.

Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader Avinash Rai Khanna, who is fighting for the cause of these refugees, said the Centre had agreed to treat the sarpanch or lambardar certificate as a valid document in place of a domicile certificate to allow recruitment of refugee youth.

Earlier these refugee youth were not allowed to participate in recruitment rallies of the central forces because they neither have domicile certificates nor permanent resident certificates (PRCs).

Before eruption of militancy in J&K, West Pakistan refugees were issued domicile certificates but for the last two decades they have not been issued this certificate. Due to non-availability of domicile certificate, refugee youth were not allowed to participate in recruitment rallies.

Since the West Pakistan refugees are not given jobs in state government departments as they are not entitled to PRCs, it has been their long-pending demand that they should be allowed to take part in recruitment rallies of central security forces.

For the last one month, leaders of West Pakistani refugees have been moving from pillar to post to get some relief to become eligible for the recruitment rallies. On May 7, a delegation of West Pakistani refugees met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his intervention in the matter.

Very soon many more concessions will be announced for West Pakistan refugees to solve their decades-old problems,” Khanna said.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/12-maoists-killed-in-j-khand/91815.html
12 Maoists killed in J’khand
Medininagar, June 9
Twelve Maoists, including a top “commander”, were gunned down by the police and CRPF in an encounter in Palamu district of Jharkhand today. The gun battle took place around 1 am at Bakoria village, 140 km from Ranchi . “All bodies have been recovered,” Superintendent of Police Mayur Patel said.

A top Maoist “zonal commander”, RK, alias Anurag, alias doctor, and two other sub-zonal committee members of armed Moist groups operating in and around the state have been killed.

It is a great success for us,” said CRPF Director General Prakash Mishra. Anurag was the main suspect in the rigging of the body of a slain CRPF jawan with an improvised explosive device in Latehar district in 2013, he said. Around 10 sophisticated weapons were seized after the encounter, Mishra said.

Acting on intelligence inputs, CRPF’s elite CoBRA battalion and the district police rushed to the area. On seeing the security personnel, the Maoists got down from a vehicle and opened fire, said Additional Director General of Police (Operation) SN Pradhan. In the retaliatory action, 12 rebels were gunned down, he added. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/coast-guard-plane-with-3-crew-missing/91879.html
Coast Guard plane with 3 crew missing
Chennai, June 9
Three pilots of the Coast Guard are feared dead after a survelliance aircraft went missing over the Bay of Bengal late last night.

The aircraft, a twin-engine Dornier 228, went missing some 16 miles east of Trichy on the Tamil Nadu coast around 9.30 pm.

Ministry of Defence spokesperson Sitanshu Kar named the crew as Deputy Commandant Vidyasagar, Commandant MK Soni and Commandant Subhash Suresh. The plane was flying at an altitude of 9,000 feet when it went missing. It was supposed to land at Coast Guard air station at Meenabakkam, Chennai, at 10 pm yesterday, but went off the radar at 9.30 pm off Trichy. The plane was inducted in the Coast Guard last year. — TNS

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/indian-army-inks-mou-with-punjab-national-bank-for-salary-a-c-115060901202_1.html

Indian Army inks MoU with Punjab National Bank for salary a/c

Army had earlier signed a MoU with Punjab National Bank in 2011 with a validity of three years

The Indian Army today inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with state-owned Punjab National Bank for defence salary package that will also give an extended benefit on personal accidental insurance coverage.

"The MoU is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. A number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after due consultation between Bank & Army authorities," Defence Ministry said in a release.

Army had earlier signed a MoU with Punjab National Bank (PNB) in 2011 with a validity of three years.

The current agreement has some improved features compared to the previous MoU as the Personal Accidental Insurance(PAI) cover has been extended to Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh from Rs 50,000 and Rs 2 lakh, respectively.

"Two major additions are the applicability of PAI and overdraft facility to pensioners and PAI cover for deaths occurring in the course of any active Army operation. The MoU also has a provision for yearly review of specific features and requests," it said.

Besides, a number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after due consultation between Bank & Army authorities, it added.

Speaking on the occasion, Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma said the MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired army personnel who are having their accounts with PNB along with providing them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.

Basic features of the earlier MoU have been retained which includes standard package of services including free drafts, cheque books, funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS/NEFT, ATM cards etc, the release said.

The services would be available in more than 6,500 PNB branches across the country, PNB General Manager N K Arora said.

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