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Friday, 24 July 2015

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/bsf-seeks-mha-nod-for-21-new-battalions/110684.html
BSF seeks MHA nod for 21 new battalions
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The BSF has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs for raising 21 operational battalions, which would act as reserves and, thus, provide an opportunity for the 178 existing battalions, deployed across conflict zones, to be posted in peace locations.

The issue, said sources, would be one among several points of discussion during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Director Generals of central armed police forces — Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, National Security Guard and Assam Rifles.

The demands for ‘One Rank One Pension’, faster promotions and non-functional financial upgradation are also on the agenda during BSF Director General DK Pathak’s meeting with the Prime Minister, said sources. The PM will meet each Director General separately.

The Home Ministry has sent background material on all the central police forces, their security infrastructure, welfare of employees, housing and risk allowance to the Prime Minister’s Office as a prelude to the meeting.

According to the points of discussion of the BSF, there are currently 179 battalions in the force, of which 178 are deployed along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders, in counter-Maoist operations, anti-terrorist operations and internal security duties.

Due to continuous deployment in conflict zones, the BSF personnel are suffering from low morale and fatigue, according to the points of discussion.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/pak-army-s-help-to-militants-a-cause-for-concern-army/110477.html
Pak army’s help to militants a cause for concern: Army
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Nagrota, July 23
The Army today expressed concern over the help provided by Pakistan’s army and paramilitary forces to militants in infiltration bids from across the Line of Control (LoC).

The Army said unlike Kashmir, no youth from the Jammu region had joined the militant ranks or seemed to be influenced by the ISIS ideology.

Since March this year, 50 youths have disappeared from the Valley. Of the total, 15 are from Awantipora in south Kashmir, nine from Kulgam, seven from Shopian, eight from Anantnag and 11 from north Kashmir.

“Infiltration bids in the Poonch sector are a routine activity, particularly from June to September every year. There is no unusual rise in them, but the difference this year is that the Pakistani army and their paramilitary forces like the Mujahid Battalions are helping militants and it is a cause for concern for us,” said Lt Gen KH Singh, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps (White Knight_Corps).

“The ceasefire violations are also aimed at helping intrusion bids. There is some kind of cooperation between Pakistani security forces and terrorists,” the 16 Corps GOC said.

In this context, he referred to the recent truce violations in the Shahpur sector of Poonch.

“When our troops were trying to neutralise an intrusion bid, their Mujahid Battalion opened fire on our posts and men, which clearly indicated that the Pakistan army is helping them (ultras),” the Army officer said.

He recalled how Pakistani troops had shelled civilians areas in Shahpur on Eid. Five persons, including a girl, were injured in the shelling.

“We gave them an adequate response. Since then, the Shahpur and Guntrian areas are quiet,” he said.

Lt Gen KH Singh said a robust and near foolproof anti-infiltration obstacle system (AIOS) was in place all along the LoC and the Army would defeat any sinister design from across the border.

“We have an effective AIOS on the LoC that includes fence, surveillance devices and area domination patrols. I assure you that infiltration bids will not succeed,” he said.

Lt General Singh put the number of militants between 150 and 190 in various launch pads from Sialkot to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the other side of the border.

“While not a single youth joined the militant ranks or seem to be influenced by the ISIS ideology in the Jammu region, terror outfits are using cyber space to attract them,” he said.

He said he didn’t want to give hype to ISIS, but of late, it had started appearing in Pakistan and PoK. “This is an area where we have to keep a watch, but there are no footprints of it across the Jammu region and we will not allow it here,” he added.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/china-starts-naval-drills-in-scs/110630.html
China starts naval drills in SCS
Beijing, July 23
The Chinese navy kicked off 10-day military exercises in the disputed South China Sea amid heightened tensions in the region, especially with the US.

Playing down the significance of the exercises, the Chinese military said the drills, started yesterday in the east of Hainan Province, are not directed against neighbours.

"The drills are regular military exercises scheduled in the annual plan, without targeting any other country," the Ministry of National Defence said.

"Unlike US military forces that can be trained in wars, Chinese navy strength, which lags behind ground forces, needs to be enhanced via regular drills," Maj Gen Xu Guangyu, senior consultant at the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, told the state-run Global Times.

The drills will allow the Chinese navy to share more international responsibilities with the US when providing maritime security, especially since the US has slammed China for being a "free-rider" in international issues for three decades, said Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at the Renmin University of China.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan strongly contest China's claims of sovereignty on almost all of South China Sea. Maritime tensions went up high in the region after the US started backing the five nations to stand up to China's claims.

The Chinese drills came after increasing tensions in the waters caused by a spate of incidents involving the US, Japan and the Philippines. The Philippines navy is quietly reinforcing the hull and deck of a rusting ship it ran aground on Ren'ai Reef that China claims in the South China Sea. Philippine Foreign Ministry spokesperson Charles Jose said the ship is "for the safety of its personnel and safety of navigation." — PTI

http://kashmirwatch.com/news.php/2015/07/23/hurriyat-g-bar-warn-govt-against-settling-retired-indian-army-personnel-in-jk.html
Hurriyat (G), Bar warn govt against settling retired Indian army personnel in JK

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday threatened the state government of ‘dire consequences’ against settling the retired army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

The reaction has come after Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tarun Vijay sent a letter to the Defence Ministry few days ago, asking the government of India to allow Indian Army personnel who have served in Jammu and Kashmir or the families of soldiers who died on duty to settle in the state.

Subsequently, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has already forwarded the proposal to state government for appropriate action.

In a statement, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) on Monday said that a meeting of its executive council was held under the chairmanship of Syed Ali Geelani in which the proposal was thoroughly discussed.

“The executive council categorically rejected the plans of the Indian government of permanently settling the retired Indian army personnel or their children in Jammu & Kashmir. It was deliberated that JK is an internationally accepted disputed territory and the decision for its future is still pending,” he added.
He said that settling or allotting of land to the army personnel or any citizen of India was “the clear violation of the international rules and it has no constitutional or moral justification.”

“Jammu & Kashmir is not any legal part of Indian like the states of Bihar, UP or the Maharashtra and its status is totally different from them. Issuing the citizenship of this state to any Indian nationals is totally against the state constitution and this restriction can’t be removed by the order of any Indian minister,” the spokesman, quoting the minutes of the meeting, said.

“The attitude of the Mufti-led government on this issue is ambiguous and doubtful. Though, Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar has sent directions to the state government in this regard, the silence of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his ministers makes the issue serious,” the members, according to the spokesman, said.

“The Executive Council cautioned that the allotment of the land to the retired Indian army personnel will be a direct attack on the special status of the state. We will oppose this move tooth and nail and a public consensus will also be mobilized against the issue and any such move will be met with dire consequences,” the spokesman said.

The High Court Bar Association also termed the proposal as “nefarious programme which will have serious repercussions as it won’t be tolerated by the Kashmiri Muslims. “ The people here will go to any extent to foil such a design,” Bar association general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Bhat said in a statement.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/parrikar-army-chief-cancel-visit-to-drass-after-heavy-rains_1634912.html
Parrikar, Army Chief cancel visit to Drass after heavy rains
Srinagar: Inclement weather on Thursday forced Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag to cancel their scheduled visit to Drass for paying homage to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil war.

"Due to bad weather, the Defence Minister accompanied by Chief of Army Staff and General-officer Commanding in Chief of Northern Command could not proceed to Drass," defence, sources said here.

Parrikar and Gen Suhag arrived here early morning but heavy rains and cloud cover forced the cancellation of their visit to Drass in Kargil, the sources said.

The Defence Minister and the Army Chief were scheduled? to pay homage to martyrs of Kargil War, the sources said.

However, a wreath laying ceremony was held at Drass War Memorial with Lt General S K Patyal, the General Officer Commanding of the Army's 14 Corprs, paying floral tributes to the martyrs, the sources said.

Before heading back to the national capital, the Defence Minister was briefed about the security situation in Jammu and?Kashmir, the sources said.

"The Defence Minister was briefed about the recent? operations along the Line of Control including the counter-infiltration grid and in counter-militancy operations? in the hinterland," they added.

Army has planned elaborate celebrations to mark the 15 anniversary of the Vijay Diwas -- victory in Kargil War -- this weekend.

The families of the martyrs and the soldiers who took part in the operation have been invited for the three-day celebrations beginning on July 24.


http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/punjab-announces-armed-forces-preparatory-institute-for-women/1/453135.html
Punjab announces Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for women
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal  said that this will be of world's first institution of its kind which will be on the lines of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute


Punjab government has announced an Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for women which will be inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar on July 25.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal  said that this will be of world's first institution of its kind which will be on the lines of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute and has been named as 'Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute. He said that the institute will impart specialized training exclusively to the female aspirants across the state to join Armed forces as officers. 

"This mega event will be presided over by the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar, who would dedicate this premier institute to the nation on July 25th. Nearly 1500 ex-servicemen from PESCO, 1000 girl NCC cadets, 200 students from the Sainik School Kapurthala, 350 trainees from C-PYTE besides the officers from the top brass of the Armed Forces and decorated Army personnel have already confirmed their participation in the function," Parkash Singh Badal said.

Badal has asked the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO) and the Directorate of Sainik Welfare to elicit the participation of ex-Servicemen and the retired defence personnel in this mega event.

He said  it would be a red letter day in the history of Indian Armed Forces in General and for the state in particular when this state of the art institute to train our daughters for joining defence services as their promising career would be inaugurated.

Exuding confidence that he has taken this novel initiative to establish this prestigious institute after the superb success of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute at Mohali for the boys, Badal said that these institutes were his dream projects to restore the pristine glory of gallantry services rendered by the Punjabis in the armed forces, which had gradually faded away with the passage of time.

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