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Saturday, 27 June 2015

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/intake-of-state-youths-in-army-down-to-1-goc/99167.html
Intake of state youths in Army down to 1%: GOC
Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, June 26
Major General SC Meston, GOC, Golden Arrow Division, today said that more and more youths of the state were taking to drugs and that the menace had reached alarming proportions. He cautioned against the nefarious designs of Pakistan, which was waging a proxy war by way of pushing drugs into the border state.

At a seminar here, Meston said once known as the ‘Sword Arm’ of the nation, Punjab had a rich tradition of supplying the forces with a steady flow of officers, JCO’s and jawans. However, the youths had gone astray and got addicted to alcohol and drugs.

“Since the prices of land have gone up, the youths have got easy money and they are spending it on drugs. This has led to a significant decline in youths joining the Army. The proportion of the annual intake from the state to the total intake has _fallen from around 17 per cent to less than 1 per cent,” Meston said.

“The decline in numbers is no longer restricted to the officer cadre, but the number of recruits has sharply fallen across all ranks. This is disappointing for Punjab which has a glorious martial legacy,” he said.

The Major General said that poor standards of education at the grass roots, deteriorating health standards and the ever-growing menace of drug and alcohol abuse were posing a serious challenge to the economic and social health of the state.

Army holds campaigns
Fazilka: The Amogh Division of the Army held a drive to motivate the youth of three border villages to shun drugs and contribute to nation building. The Army organised awareness campaigns in border villages of Rana, Alamshah and Shahtirwala in coordination with the district administration and the Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Fazilka.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/bsf-to-get-hi-tech-equipment/99264.html
BSF to get hi-tech equipment
Shillong, June 26
The Border Security Force is going to procure hi-tech equipment to enhance supervision and reaction capability of its troops along the International boundary with Pakistan and Bangladesh, officials said here.

"The force (BSF) is in process to procure hi-tech equipment to enhance supervision and reaction capability of its troops," a BSF spokesperson said here, a day after the two-day force level commander conference, which concluded yesterday.

He said a large number of vehicles of various categories were also being introduced keeping in view the terrain of the International borders.

Chaired by Director General of BSF DK Pathak, the conference was attended by all five ADGs, 19 IGs and Director, Pay and Accounts department of the BSF. Among other issues discussed was the Land Boundary Agreement and the problems related to exchange of Adverse Possession of Lands and Enclaves with Bangladesh, the BSF spokesperson said. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/drdo-stumped-as-army-invites-bids-to-build-tanks/99197.html
DRDO stumped as Army invites bids to build tanks
New Delhi, June 26
Intending to replace Soviet-origin Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), the Army has invited proposals from domestic and foreign firms for manufacturing ‘Future Ready Combat Vehicle’ (FRCV) tanks, significantly at a time when DRDO is already working on such a project.

The Army has issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting responses from companies by July 31 to manufacture tanks which will replace the T-72 tanks, official sources said. The RFI is open to both domestic and foreign firms.

Army says the best design will be chosen and given to nominated developing agency for production of the prototypes. The selected prototype will be given to production agency for bulk production.

The move is significant as the country’s premier defence research agency DRDO is already working on a futuristic tank — Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT).

The Army has earlier been at loggerheads with the DRDO over the Arjun tank that it had developed.

Defence experts hold the view that if the Army goes in for a foreign tank, it will spoil the indigenous effort of nearly 30 years of designing and building the Arjun tank that can be used for making the next-generation tank. Army sources maintained the RFI is open to all and even the DRDO can take part. — PTI

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/bsnl-places-mobile-tower-with-indian-armys-help-at-16000-feet-in-ladakh/
BSNL places mobile tower with Indian Army’s help at 16,000 feet in Ladakh - See more at:
http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/bsnl-places-mobile-tower-with-indian-armys-help-at-16000-feet-in-ladakh/#sthash.1f1K2239.dpuf
State-run BSNL, with the Army’s assistance, today operationalised a mobile tower at an altitude of 16,000 feet in Eastern Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The highest mobile tower in Eastern Ladakh at an altitude of 16,000 feet has been operationalised today in a joint effort by the BSNL and Indian Army,” Udhampur-based defence spokesman Colonel S D Goswami said.

He said the tower provides vital communication link to one of the remotest locations of Eastern Ladakh at Chongtash. “The mobile tower at Chongtash has been established with assistance from the Indian Army’s Trishul Signallers in terms of transportation, setting up and rearward connectivity,” he added.

The spokesman said the Army with this effort continues to contribute towards development of communication infrastructure for benefit of the local population of Ladakh.

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