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Saturday, 26 September 2015

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India pitches for UNSC reforms
It’s a must to maintain world body’s credibility amid current realities: Modi
United Nations, September 25
Amid India's strong bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for reform of the powerful world body to make it "broad-based", saying it is essential to maintain its credibility and legitimacy in the current world realities.

Addressing the UN General Assembly soon after it adopted the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, he also underlined the need for ensuring "climate justice" while pursuing these targets so as to ensure protection to the poor.

"Seventy years back, when the horrific second World War came to an end, this organisation came into being, raising hopes of people around the world. We have gathered here to decide a new direction," he told the gathering of world leaders.

"We must reform the UN and the Security Council. This is essential so that the institutions have greater credibility and legitimacy. With a broad-based representation, we will be more effective in achieving our goals," Modi said.

His pitch for making the UNSC broad-based comes amidst India's strong bid for a permanent seat in the expanded five-member world body.

Modi asserted that the global challenges like climate change and sustainable development are the collective responsibility of all nations as no nation can be immune to any kind of threat.

Modi talked about the need for eradicating poverty and ensuring development. On climate change, he maintained that common but differentiated responsibility is the basis for dealing with this challenge. — PTI

Modi-Obama meeting to boost ties: US

US President Barack Obama will meet Modi on Monday, giving the two leaders an opportunity to build on their economic ties and advance political and security cooperation in Asia and around the world, the White House has said.

PM woos CEOs to ‘Make in India’

PM Modi allayed the fears of Fortune 500 CEOs who held no punches about the "obstacles" in ease of doing business in India. P20
India unfazed as Pak makes LoC wall claim
Says Islamabad’s letters to the United Nations on claim contradictory, will respond at appropriate time
United Nations, September 25
Pakistan has complained to the UN Security Council about India's plans to construct a wall along the LoC allegedly to convert it "into a quasi international border", drawing a strong reaction from India which said it will respond to this at the "appropriate time".

Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had written two letters dated September 4 and 9 to the UN Security Council.

In the September 9 letter to President of the Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Lodhi expressed “deep concern” at the plan by India to construct a 10 meter- high and 135 feet-wide embankment (wall) along the 197- kilometre Working Boundary between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.

India said one of Pakistan's letters to the UNSC is based on a "submision" made by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters here yesterday that India is aware of the two letters that have been written.

“I believe the second letter (dated September 9) is based on some kind of submission made by Salahuddin, who is a person that we consider to be a global terrorist. At the appropriate time we will respond to this," Swarup said.

The first letter dated September 4 states that there was no bilateral dialogue, Swarup said adding that the BSF and Park Rangers have already met.

"So that letter itself has contradicted itself that there is no dialogue. There has been a dialogue," Swarup said. Swarup asked that "has any action been taken by the UN on these letters. That is the first question. If there is action taken by the UN we will respond appropriately. If there is no action taken by the UN then this will mean that nobody has taken cognizance," of the letters, Swarup said.

In the letter, Lodhi said that Pakistan "considers the embankment a permanent structure that will bring about a material change in the territory in violation inter alia of... Security Council Resolution...of 1948.

"The State of Jammu & Kashmir is internationally recognised disputed territory with a number of United Nations Security Council resolutions on the official status of Jammu & Kashmir awaiting implementation," Lodhi said.

Incidentally, Salahuddin has also said in a statement that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should raise the issue of India constructing the wall during his address to the United Nations and to "make the member countries aware" about India's moves. — Agencies

‘For US, India sole option for UNSC seat’     

ISLAMABAD: India is the only option from Asia, especially in the eyes of the US, for permanent membership at the UN Security Council "no matter how unfortunate this is for Pakistan", a Pakistani daily said on Friday. Describing the US and India as the new dynamic duo, an editorial in the Nation said they are "a terrifying combination"

Pak not backing Kashmiris fully: Saeed       

Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed on Friday criticised the Pakistan government for not doing enough to support Kashmiris as he led Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Qaddafi Stadium here amid tight security. “The Pakistani government should fully support Kashmiris in their struggle to get freedom,” he said.
India, Pak soldiers exchange sweets
Tribune News Service

Srinagar/Poonch, Sept 25
Amid recurring incidents of ceasefire violations and infiltration bids, Indian and Pakistani soldiers today exchanged sweets and greeted each other on Eid-ul-Azha at four places along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Such gestures are deemed to foster peace and harmony which in turn will bring succour to the population living along the borders and promote prosperity and happiness,” an Army spokesman in Srinagar said.

He said Indian and Pakistan soldiers along the borders at Uri in Baramulla and Tangdhar in Kupwara exchanged sweets and pleasantries on the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Azha in a genial and cordial atmosphere.

He said the Army also celebrated the festival with the “Awaam” with traditional gaiety and spirit of brotherhood in all parts of the Kashmir valley.

At Chakan-da-Bagh and Mendhar crossing points along the LoC in the Poonch sector of the Jammu region, Indian and Pakistani soldiers exchanged sweets to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha.

“At Chakan-da-Bagh, the gates were opened at 11.05 am. From the Indian side, the soldiers of 14 Maratha Light Infantry led by a Major rank officer exchanged sweets and dry fruits with their Pakistan counterparts. Immediately after exchanging sweets, gates were closed at 11.10 am,” sources said.

A defence spokesman said, “Sweets and dry fruits were exchanged between Indian and Pakistani soldiers along the Line of Control at Chakan-Da-Bagh and Mendhar crossing points in Poonch district.”

Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers also exchanged sweets along the international border in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district.

“Sweets were exchanged with Pakistani Rangers led by an Inspector-rank officer of 12 Chenab Rangers at the Octroi post in the RS Pura sector. A five-member delegation of Pakistan Rangers crossed the Octroi post at 10.30 am and returned to its territory after exchanging sweets,” sources said.

“Sweets diplomacy” had remained a casualty on the frontier between India and Pakistan due to tension on the international border and LoC in view of ceasefire violations and infiltration bids.

Last month, the Indian and Pakistan soldiers had not exchanged sweets on Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14 despite the fact that it is a tradition that forces of both countries exchange sweets and pleasantries at the LoC and the international border on national occasions and important festivals.

In June, Pakistani Rangers had also refused to accept the sweets offered by the BSF on Eid.
Army: Ensure peace to sideline separatists
Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, September 25
Even as the Narendra Modi government has taken a hard stand against the Kashmiri separatist leaders, the Army has a mantra to make them further irrelevant by “ensuring no human rights violation on their part”.

“Separatists have lost ground. They raise passions but people want peace and development. They call for bandhs. They even called for election boycott but people participated in large numbers (during Assembly and Lok Sabha elections),” said Brigadier JS Cheema of the Baramulla-based 19 Infantry Division, who was a panelist during a seminar to commemorate 50 years of the 1965 Indo-Pak War at the Badamibagh headquarters of the 15 Corps earlier this week.

“We can ensure peace and stability if we address people’s problems. This will sideline the separatists,” Brigadier Cheema said while replying to a query by an Army officer on protests triggered by separatists. The General Officer Commanding of 19 Infantry Division, Maj Gen Raj Shukla, chipped in and said the separatist would be sidelined if the Army doesn’t provide any trigger.

“Though the Army has no direct role in making separatists irrelevant, but indirectly we can. On our part, we have to ensure no HR violation as the violations give them a trigger. When there will be no violation, they will be automatically rendered irrelevant. We can also ensure peace and stability,” said Maj Gen Shukla.
2 'Tainted' Army Officers on Radar for Bribery Scandal

NEW DELHI:Two senior Army officers are under scanner for an alleged corruption scandal in transfer and postings in the Army.

However, the Army has clarified that there is no proof against any of them and as such, no probe has been ordered into the allegation yet. But taking cognizance of the issue, the Defence Ministry is verifying the Army’s proposed promotion board of a Major General, who allegedly paid bribe to be promoted as Lieutenant General.

Another officer is a Lieutenant General rank officer, who is retiring on September 30 and handles transfer and postings of the Army.

Defence sources said a meeting of the Special Promotion Board of the Army was held recently to fill up the vacancy of three Lieutenant Generals, for which about 33 officers were considered. They said a set of names cleared by the Board was sent to the Defence Ministry. However, following a meeting of the Board,  a series of complaints against the officer surfaced, many of which were being circulated on the social media as well.

It was found that the Major General rank officer had faced a CBI inquiry a few years ago over allegations of corruption in a project undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), sources said.

However, the CBI did not find enough evidence for criminal prosecution.

Taking cognizance of the matter, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is himself verifying the authenticity of the complaints.

But the Army has denied receiving any such complaint. “The recommendation came to the Ministry but the Ministry has not (yet) accepted the recommendation,” the sources said.

Once the Promotion Board met, the  recommendations would be sent to the Defence Ministry which would perform it own checks and balances, sources said, adding that it was routine for the results to come out after two to three months as it had to go through various levels of scrutiny.  The development comes at a time when another senior officer of the Army is facing allegations of graft. Parrikar is likely to decide by Monday whether any formal inquiry needs to be constituted to look into these issues, sources said.

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