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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/india-myanmar-to-boost-defence-ties/113111.html
India, Myanmar to boost defence ties
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29

India today reiterated its commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Myanmar in all areas, including defence and security. New Delhi’s promise came in response to the Yangoon expressing interest in deepening security and defence engagement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed India’s views to Senior General U Min Aungh Hilang, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, who called on him here. The visit assumes significance as it happens close on the heels of a military strike in Mynamar last month by Indian forces cracking down on Naga insurgents.

Last month, Indian troops carried a surgical strike inside Myanmar on a Naga insurgent camp in retaliation to the ambush by Naga insurgents suspected to be behind an ambush in Manipur that killed 18 soldiers.

Some bravado talk here by people in position around the time upset Myanmar and the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval went there later to sooth the ruffled feathers. Besides reiterating New Delhi’s commitment, Prime Minister said a strong and prosperous Myanmar was in India’s interest, and expressed India’s support to Myanmar in its endeavours for national development. Describing Myanmar as “India’s gateway to ASEAN”, Modi called for greater connectivity between the two countries and beyond.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/army-kills-three-rebels-in-assam/113118.html
Army kills three rebels in Assam
Bijay Sankar Bora

Tribune News Service

Guwahati, July 29
The Army today busted a large training camp and killed three hardcore tribal militants belonging to the banned Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) outfit after a fierce gun battle near Duni Tokbi Gaon in Karbi Anglong hill district of Assam during a joint operation with the Assam Police.

A Defence spokesman said troops of the Red Horn Division launched the operation on specific information about the presence militants in the area. The militants opened fire on the search teams and tried to flee. But the security forces plugged the escape routes and engaged the militants in an encounter.

The security forces also busted a well stocked hideout and recovered a cache of arms, ammunition and various other warlike stores including an AK series rifle, two pistols, six bags and various incriminating documents.

The Army claimed the successful operation had dealt a blow to the militants and their designs to carry out subversive activities, especially in Karbi Anglong district.

The Army engaged in counter-insurgency operation in Assam claimed to have broken the backbone of Bodo tribe militant group NDFB (Songbijit), which was involved in the massacre of Adivasis in Sonitpur district of Assam in December last year through sustained operation on the instructions of the Union Home Ministry that has ruled out any talks with the NDFB(S).

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/army-kills-three-rebels-in-assam/113118.html
Army kills three rebels in Assam
Bijay Sankar Bora

Tribune News Service

Guwahati, July 29
The Army today busted a large training camp and killed three hardcore tribal militants belonging to the banned Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) outfit after a fierce gun battle near Duni Tokbi Gaon in Karbi Anglong hill district of Assam during a joint operation with the Assam Police.

A Defence spokesman said troops of the Red Horn Division launched the operation on specific information about the presence militants in the area. The militants opened fire on the search teams and tried to flee. But the security forces plugged the escape routes and engaged the militants in an encounter.

The security forces also busted a well stocked hideout and recovered a cache of arms, ammunition and various other warlike stores including an AK series rifle, two pistols, six bags and various incriminating documents.

The Army claimed the successful operation had dealt a blow to the militants and their designs to carry out subversive activities, especially in Karbi Anglong district.

The Army engaged in counter-insurgency operation in Assam claimed to have broken the backbone of Bodo tribe militant group NDFB (Songbijit), which was involved in the massacre of Adivasis in Sonitpur district of Assam in December last year through sustained operation on the instructions of the Union Home Ministry that has ruled out any talks with the NDFB(S).

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/pak-police-kill-lej-chief/113062.html
Pak police kill LeJ chief
Two sons of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader also killed in encounter
Islamabad, July 29
The dreaded leader of Pakistan’s banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ), Malik Ishaq, was killed along with his two sons and 11 top members of the Al-Qaida-linked terror group behind several deadly attacks on the minority Shia community, the police said today.

Ishaq and his sons, who had been arrested last week, were being moved to another location when gunmen attacked the police convoy in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province late last night to free him following which a shootout took place, they said.

The death of the LeJ chief, believed to be either 55 or 56 years of age, is a huge blow to the LeJ which is involved in killing of hundreds of Shias and has been accused of developing links with the Islamic State.

Ishaq, accused of masterminding dozens of attacks against the minority Shia community, his sons Usman and Haq Nawaz, and 11 other senior members of the group were killed in the encounter, the police said.

At least six policemen were also injured in the encounter which lasted for more than two hours, they said.

A top police officer said Ishaq, his sons and three other militants were taken to Shahwala in Muzaffargarh by Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) for recovery of weapons and on their return they were attacked by LeJ militants. “The militants were freed by the attackers who fled on motorbike,” he said.

However, an officer of CTD who was informed about the incident was travelling on the road taken by the fleeing militants. The officer challenged the militants, which led to heavy exchange of fire.

Citing a spokesman of CTD, local media reported that Ishaq was killed by the attackers to avoid his arrest.

The outfit was banned more than a decade ago by former president Pervez Musharraf.

In February 2013, LeJ claimed responsibility for another attack in the same neighbourhood that killed around 80 members from the Hazara community.

Besides Ishaq, who was designated a global terrorist by the US State Department last year, his deputy Ghulam Rasool was also said to be among those killed.

Heavy security was put in place in Punjab, where Lashkar- i-Jhangvi wielded force, and the morgue in Muzaffargarh that took Ishaq’s body and those of his associates fearing violence. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/taliban-chief-omar-dead/113063.html
Taliban chief Omar dead?
Islamabad, July 29
Elusive one-eyed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 with an iron fist before US-led forces overthrew his government, has died, according to a media report today.

Citing Afghan government and intelligence sources, the BBC said Omar died two to three years ago. No further details were released. Quoting a Taliban spokesman, it said the militant group would issue a statement shortly.

Early this month, the Taliban had issued Omar’s message on the eve of Eid in which he had hailed as “legitimate” the July 7 peace talks between his group and the Afghan government aimed at ending 13-year war in Afghanistan.

There have been several reports of Omar’s death in the past. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government, the BBC said.

The Taliban leader is hiding following the ouster of his government in 2001. It was Omar’s backing for al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks that sparked the US-led campaign in Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban this year published a surprise 5,000-word biography of Omar to mark his 19th year as the group’s chief.

The biography says he was born in 1960 in the village of Chah-i-Himmat, in the Khakrez district of Kandahar province. It lists Omar’s military feats fighting the Russians between 1983 and 1991, saying he was wounded four times and lost his right eye. — PTI

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-myanmar-defence-chief-holds-talks-with-ajit-doval-army-chief-dalbir-singh-2109315
Myanmar defence chief holds talks with Ajit Doval, Army Chief Dalbir Singh
Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services Sr Gen U Min Aung Hliang on Wednesday held talks with the top defence officials here, including the three Service Chiefs, seeking to deepen cooperation in critical areas especially in the light of northeast insurgents operating from that country.

The meetings came after he met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval along with the Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and chief of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) Lt Gen Anil Bhalla last night.

The visiting Myanmarese General had also visited the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC), Navy's nodal centre of National Command Control Communications and Intelligence Network (NC3I Network) yesterday.

Besides meeting the three service chiefs, the visiting dignitary was also given a detailed briefing on "India's Security Perspective" by the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, sources said.

Though there was no official word on what transpired at the meeting, sources said the issue of closer coordination and strengthening of security at the border was discussed among others.

The developments came just weeks after the raid carried out by Indian Special Forces on June 9 inside Myanmarese territory against Naga insurgents who had attacked an army unit in Chandel in Manipur five days earlier.
18 army personnel had been killed and as many injured in the Chandel attack and the Indian operation in Myanmar was a retaliation against that strike.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/major-decisions-on-revision-of-role-of-women-in-armed-forces-on-the-anvil-manohar-parrikar/
Major decisions on revision of role of women in armed forces on the anvil: Manohar Parrikar
Responding to a demand raised by the Punjab CM Badal to raise the number of vacancies for women in the defence services by three times, Parrikar hinted that this might happen soon.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the union government will take big decisions in two months time on the role of women in the armed forces and said that there would be a revision on the restrictions on their roles.

Speaking to the inauguration of the first of its kind institute in Asia to train girls for getting an officer’s commission in the defence services, Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls, the defence minister said that he was sad that only 3,298 women officers were serving in the Army, Navy and the Air Force at present.

Responding to a demand raised by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to raise the number of vacancies for women in the defence services by three times, Parrikar hinted that this might happen soon.

Praising the Punjab government for setting up the preparatory academy for girls, the defence minister said that the union government was committed to take steps for women empowerment. He added that it was misinformation that those officers who are part of Army Service Corps and other supporting services do not go to war.

“At time of war they all face same dangers,” he said. There has been a demand to open up more avenues for women lofficers in the defence servies including giving them permanent commission in more branches as well as inducting them in some combat support arms.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Punjab Chief Minister made a host of announcements for the benefit of serving defence personnel, ex-servicemen and widows. He announced a major hike in the one time cash grant given for the three highest war time gallangtry awards.

A Param Vir Chakra awardee will get Rs 2 crores, Mahavir Chakra awardess will get Rs 1 Crore and a Vir Chakra awardee will get Rs 50 Lakhs as against the previous amounts of Rs 30 lakhs, Rs 20 Lakhs and Rs 15 lakhs respectively.

Badal said that Punjab was the sword arm of the country and the slogan given by former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ perfectly described the state because not only was it the food bowl for the nation but it also defended the country against external aggressions from the time of Alexander The Great.

The CM said that the falling number of officers from Punjab in the three defence services had set him thinking and with the help of senior retired defence officers he came up with the idea of a prepatory institute for boy and then later for girls. He said the boys’ institute has achieved great success and that 54 cadets have been selected for the National defence Aacademy since its inception in 2011.

SAD MP from Anandpur Sahib, Prem Singh Chandumajra, asked the defence minister to ensure that an Officers Training Aacademy came up in Aanndopur Sahib as had been planned and he thanked him for the provision of a Services Selection Board there.

Others who spoke on the occasion were state BJP President Kamal Sharma, former Chiefs of Army Staff, General VP Malik and General Deepak Kapoor and the seniormost lady officer present, Maj Gen Rakhi Singh of Army Medical Corps. Maj Gen Rakhi said that the defence services were nolonger the exclsuive preserve of the men and that various opprtunities were opening up for women.

GOC-in-C Western Command, Lt Gen KJ Singh and GOC 11 Corps, Lt Gen NPS Hira, presented trophies to the Director of the institute, Maj Gen IP Singh on this occasion. Honourary Captain Bana Singh, recipient of nation’s highest gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra, was also honoured on the occasion.

Incentives announced by CM:

–Widows of ex-servicemen to get benefit of dual pension.
–Travelling allowance for war widows hiked from Rs 150 to Rs 500.
–In case of disability of 75 per cent and 50 per cent and above ex-gratia hiked from Rs 2 Lakhs to Rs 4 Lakhs and from Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 2 Lakhs respectively.
–Old Age Home for ex-servicemen to come up in Mohali.
–Ex-Gratia in death hiked from Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bihar-jharkhand-farmers-encroaching-military-land-says-army/article1-1374451.aspx
Bihar, Jharkhand farmers encroaching military land, says army
Farmers in Bihar and Jharkhand are allegedly growing crops on encroached military land where private houses have come up as well, a top official with the Indian Defence Estate Services (IDES) said on Wednesday.

The revelation was a grim reminder of acres and acres of army property being usurped by civilians across the country.

The official posted at Jharkhand and Bihar Sub Area Station of IEDS said farmers and private players have encroached upon more than 580 acres of army land in the two states. Even the state government has got hold of some in Bihar, where the total encroached area stood at 502.99 acres, according to a survey of defence land which was nearing completion.

“Fighting enemies at the border and recovering defence land within the country are two different things. Here, we are dealing with our own people and need to be cautious,” an IDES official said, underscoring the harsh reality that the armed forces were finding it tough to protect their own land.

The defence establishment has 17.3 lakh acres, the second highest owned by any ministry in the country after the railways.

Data reveal that 12,364 acres were under encroachment in 2013 but by the end of 2014, the defence ministry managed to recover about 900 acres.

An official said several litigations were pending in courts for many years and the defence estate office was dealing with around nine cases of encroachment in Bihar alone.

“No encroachment was ever removed without involving the court, which is a time-consuming exercise,” he said.

Further, figures point to more than 46,000 illegal buildings on defence land across the country.  Uttar Pradesh stood first on the encroachment list with 20,483 illegal structures, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

What the statistics didn’t reveal were the numerous scandals involving military land, such as the scam where army officers were indicted for their roles in the illegal transfer of 71 acres of land adjacent to the Sukna military station near Siliguri in West Bengal to a private realtor for building an educational institution in 2008.

A shopping mall on cantonment land in Pune and a housing complex at an army shooting range in Karnataka’s Belgaum were also cited as glaring examples of blatant land grab.

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