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Thursday, 24 September 2015

From Today's Papers - 24 Sep 2015

Ahead of Modi visit, US backs India’s UNSC bid
Washington also supports Delhi’s entry into MTCR
Washington, September 23
With the United States reaffirming its support for India’s inclusion as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the successful conduct of the maiden strategic and commercial dialogue between the two nations, the stage is set for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third summit with President Barack Obama on September 28.

The US also supported India's entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) that would enable it to share sensitive missile technologies like armed drone with New Delhi.

Notwithstanding apprehensions appearing in certain quarters following recent developments at the UN headquarters in New York, the US said it supported India as a permanent member of the UNSC.

“The US side reaffirmed its support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member,” said the joint statement issued after the conclusion of the first US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry co-chaired the successful dialogue. — Agencies
Research budget inadequate, says DRDO chief
New Delhi, September 23
The Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr S Christopher, today said the budget allocation for research and development was inadequate and compared China’s massive spending on the front.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 39th Director’s conference of DRDO, he said 5-6 per cent of the budget for R&D was inadequate, especially when China is spending 20 per cent on R&D. — TNS
Three strategic roads in Ladakh to be built soon
Leh, September 23
Three key roads in Ladakh which give access to security forces to several strategic locations, including Siachen, will soon be constructed with Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordering expeditious completion of the work.

The directive was given after the two-day visit of the Home Minister to Ladakh region where he had a first-hand experience about the difficult life in inhospitable terrain in the icy heights of Himalayas along China border.

Singh, who spent two nights, including one at ITBP border post Dungti, located at an altitude of 13,648 feet above sea level, also ordered construction of infrastructure for improving mobile telephone network in the region.

The Home Ministry's project for construction of 27 roads for the movement of troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the Sino-Indian border, has been very slow as only three roads have been built till last year end.

The roads are to be constructed along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.

The plan envisages construction of 804 km of roads and the project will cost an estimated Rs 1,937 crore. However, just 200 km of the road has been constructed so far.

During the visit, Singh had to abandon his helicopter and take a road trip to Dungti, some 200 km from here. It took seven hours for the Home Minister to reach the destination, which is just 3 km from the Line of Actual Control and situated on the bank of Indus.

Singh became the first Union Home Minister to spend a night at a border outpost which has very basic infrastructure.

The Home Minister and Director General of ITBP Krishna Chaudhary slept in two available beds while rest of the entourage had to sleep in sleeping bags in very cool environment at 5 degrees Celsius. PTI
India to buy Israeli drones to use in Kashmir
New Delhi, Sep 23 (Only Kashmir):-India has accelerated plans to buy drones from Israel that can be armed, defence sources said, allowing the military to carry out strikes overseas with less risk to personnel. The news comes weeks after long-time rival Pakistan first reported using a home-made drone in combat when it attacked militants on its soil, raising the prospect of a new front in the nuclear-armed neighbours’ standoff over Kashmir that has twice spilled into war.

The plan to acquire Israeli Herons was first conceived three years ago, but in January the military wrote to the government asking for speedy delivery, the sources said, as Pakistan and China develop their own drone warfare capabilities.
India has already deployed Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) along the rugged mountains of Kashmir for surveillance, as well as on the disputed border with China where the two armies have faced off against each other.
In September, the Indian government approved the air force’s request to acquire 10 Heron TP drones from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that can be fitted with weapons to engage targets on the ground, an air force official with knowledge of the matter said.
He added that he expected the agreement to be inked soon. The Indian Defence Ministry declined to comment.
The plan to buy Herons in a deal estimated at $400 million would open the option of covert cross-border strikes.
Currently the two armies exchange fire across the de facto Kashmir border at times of tension, but do not cross the Line of Control (LoC) by land or air.
“It’s risky, but armed UAVs can be used for counter insurgency operations internally as well across the borders; sneak attacks on terrorist hideouts in mountainous terrain, perhaps,” said an army officer in the defence planning staff.
Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag leaves on Russia tour
New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Wednesday left on a four-day visit to Russia during which enhancement of bilateral military cooperation will be under focus.

"The visit assumes significance in the light of the special relationship India shares historically with Russia," a senior Army official said.

During the visit, Suhag will be interacting with the top military hierarchy of the Russian armed forces and Defence Ministry.

Among various defence establishments, the Army Chief will also visit the Mikhailovskaya Artillery Academy and Western Military District of the Russian Army.

Indian and Russian armies have a long standing relationship involving training, hardware, exchanges and conduct of military exercises.

"This visit will give a fillip to the existing relations," the official said.
‘India launched attack on Pak in 1965’
New Delhi: Pakistan’s former president and military ruler Ayub Khan had ‘no intention’ of going to war with India in 1965, and was taken aback when India ‘launched an attack’, said his son Gohar Ayub Khan, a retired Pakistani military officer and a veteran politician.
An aide-de-camp to his father Ayub Khan, Pakistan’s first military ruler (1958-69), Gohar Ayub Khan said the Pakistan Army was taken by surprise by the ‘Indian Army’s attack on the international border’ on September 6, 1965.
“The president, who was also the supreme commander of the military, had no intention of going to war with India in 1965. But we certainly won the war,” Gohar Ayub Khan told IANS in an interview over the phone from Islamabad.
A Sandhurst-trained military officer, who retired from the army in 1962 to be a part of politics and rejoined the army in 1971, Gohar Ayub Khan squarely blamed India for the events leading up to the 1965 war.
India’s position is it was forced to go to war after Pakistan attacked it. And that India clearly won the war which started on September 6 and ended on September 23, with both sides signing a ceasefire agreement.
However, Gohar Ayub Khan said neither side wanted any more wars.
Though exchange of fire between India and Pakistan across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has become a regular feature, he said, both sides should work on an agreement to maintain peace on the border.
“I think we should have peace. We have had enough wars,” he said.
He said that due to tensions in Jammu and Kashmir and the operation against militants, ‘the situation escalated’ in 1965 which culminated in ‘India mounting an attack’ on Pakistan.
“The forward positions of the Pakistan Army were held by the paramilitary forces which the Indian Army was able to push back. But nowhere else, not in Lahore or Sialkot, could the Indian Army penetrate or cross the main defence of the Pakistan Army,” said Khan, 78.
He said the morale of the Pakistan Army ‘during the 1965 war and even before that was so high that if you asked the ambition of anybody in the Pakistan Army, they would say it was to hoist the Pakistan flag at the Red Fort in Delhi’.
He dismissed claims that India won the war.
“On the Indian side, 2,763 soldiers lost their lives and 8,444 were wounded. A total of 200 tanks and 36 aircraft were destroyed, and 1,607 personnel went missing. On the Pakistani side, 1,200 soldiers were killed and around 2,000 wounded, 132 tanks and 19 aircraft were destroyed,” he said. “I am amazed how India can say they won the war.”
“Had India not attacked on September 6, there would have been no war,” Khan maintained. (IANS)

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