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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

From Today's Papers - 15 Jul 2016























http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/ex-servicemen-to-take-orop-protest-to-poll-bound-bihar/106876.html
Ex-servicemen to take OROP protest to poll-bound Bihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14

Retired veterans of the Indian armed forces will intensify their agitation by holding a protest in poll-bound Bihar against the non-implementation of the “one rank, one pension” (OROP) scheme by the Centre. The move is likely to politically affect the BJP-led government at the Centre.

The veterans have given the government seven more days to act on the issue. The United Front of Ex-Servicemen announced its decision in New Delhi this morning. The front is an amalgamation of various groups of retired soldiers that have been protesting at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The Bihar Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in October.

Addressing a press conference, Col Anil Kaul (retd) said, “The ex-servicemen will hold a maha sangram rally in Patna in August.” However, there would be no public disorder, road or rail blockades, forum members said. “The agitation will then spread to all districts in the country,” Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retd) said.

The agitation would continue till a notification on the OROP was not issued, he said.

It was a sad day that ex-soldiers had to come to streets to seek better pension, he said. Citing a Supreme Court ruling, he said, “Pension means deferred wages for a task already done.”

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/geelani-spurns-pak-mission-invite-over-k-omission-at-ufa/106922.html
Geelani spurns Pak mission invite over ‘K’ omission at Ufa
Ishfaq Tantry

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 14
To protest the non-inclusion of ‘K’word in the joint India-Pakistan statement issued from Ufa (Russia) after Modi-Sharif bilateral meeting on July 10, hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has decided not to attend the forthcoming Eid-i-Milan party being hosted by Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi on July 21.

Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz has also indicated that he may not attend the function personally, but will ensure a Hurriyat delegation attends it.

After cancelling an earlier scheduled Iftaar party, obviously to avoid provoking India before the Ufa meet of the two Prime Ministers on July 10, the Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, on Monday invited Kashmiri separatist leaders for a Eid-i-Milan party.

“No mention of the Kashmir issue at the recent meeting of the Prime Ministers is very sorrowful and Hurriyat Conference will boycott the party as a token protest against this,” hardline Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.

He said the decision was taken after a “brief discussion” on this issue today, following which it was agreed upon that “Geelani Sahib will not attend” the July 21 Eid-i-Milan party of the High Commissioner, and neither any representative from the Hurriyat will go to Delhi for the purpose.

On the other hand, while confirming that he has received an invite from Basit,   Mirwaiz told The Tribune that he may not be attending the function personally, but will ensure that a Hurriyat delegation attends the function in New Delhi.

Mirwaiz has already welcomed the resumption of the contact between India and Pakistan, including the decision by the two nations, as reflected in the Ufa joint statement, to discuss all outstanding issues. The moderate Hurriyat leader has, however, pitched for inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in any talks between the two nations over Kashmir.

Apart from Geelani and Mirwaiz, the Pakistan High Commission has also invited JKLF's Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Nayeeem Khan and other separatist leaders.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/india-downplays-aziz-remarks-sticks-to-ufa-agreement/106887.html
India downplays Aziz remarks, sticks to Ufa agreement
KV Prasad

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
Sharp interpretation by Pakistan National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz on the contours of the talks with India notwithstanding, the view in New Delhi is that it will be guided by the spirit of joint statement agreed upon at Ufa, Russia.

A day after the Sartaj Aziz made it clear that Islamabad has not given up on its insistence on Kashmir or providing more evidence in the Mumbai trial attack case, sources here interpreted the attempt of Pakistan NSA’s attempt as an address to constituents at home.

The assessment is that the statements by Pakistan NSA who is also the Foreign Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not affect the “actionability” of the joint statement that was crafted and described as “honest, accurate and reasonable summary” of the nature of discussions that were held in a congenial atmosphere.

New Delhi appears not to be anxious in joining issue with Aziz’s interpretation or priorities drawn by him, emphasising there is nothing to suggest Islamabad was moving away from what was agreed.

“Don’t pass a judgement on a process that hasn’t begun,” a source said adding: “That’s like deciding what will happen in the last over of a game before the first ball,” making it clear that beyond fixing the meetings, officials in New Delhi and Islamabad have yet to initiate steps on the preparation for the talks.

As a result, the meetings proposed in the Ufa summit, including that between Pakistan NSA Aziz and NSA Ajit Doval to discuss terrorism, and those of the Directors General of Military Operations and Directors General of Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers are still on track.

The source also provided some details of how the Friday meeting at Ufa came about in the backdrop of interactions over telephone between Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nawaz Sharif, including greetings for Ramzan.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/govt-clears-defence-deals-worth-rs-30-000-cr/106880.html
Govt clears defence deals worth Rs 30,000 cr
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today cleared proposals worth over Rs 30,000 crore, including purchasing a new set of anti-aircraft guns and four long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft for the Navy.

Each of these will require an approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

The DAC, headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, approved the replacement for the Army's basic anti-aircraft guns - the L-70 and the Zu-23mm - that are of 1950s vintage, acquired from the Swedish firm Bofors and the USSR's Podolsky Electromechanical plant, respectively.

The DAC allowed the Army to acquire 428 guns through the 'Make in India' route. A tender issued in 2013 was cancelled in 2014 after none of the Israeli, British, French, Russian and Polish firms responded.

Now, the tender will be issued to Indian firms in both public and private sectors - Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Electronics, Tata Power SED, Punj Lloyd, Ordnance Factory Board and Bharat Forge. The Indian firms will be permitted to tie-up with foreign majors.

The DAC okayed the purchase of four additional P8-I maritime surveillance aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft from US major Boeing. The purchase will cost Rs 4,380 crore. The Indian Navy has contracted eight P8-Is, the additional four would be an outright purchase from the US.

The DAC also approved the upgrade of weapon and sensor suites for Delhi and Talwar class warships (total six) for about Rs 2,900 crore.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/defence-ministry-considering-major-make-in-india-projects-today-ad-guns-brahmos-missiles-on-agenda/articleshow/48069879.cms
Defence Ministry considering major make in India projects today; AD guns, Brahmos missiles on agenda

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to take decisions on several major 'Make in India' projects today for the Army and Navy, with a Rs 16000 crore deal for new air defence guns topping the agenda.

A crucial meeting of the defence acquisition council is underway in South Block and a final approval to making successor guns for the L70/Zu 23 systems is expected to be granted under the Buy and Make (India) plan. This would mean that private players will be in content ..

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48069879.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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