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Monday, 26 October 2015

From Today's Papers - 26 Oct 2015

ITBP rushes dog units after terror alert
Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) has moved 19 highly trained dog teams to New Delhi for sanitising various venues for the forthcoming Indo-Africa Summit Forum (IASF). Heads of government from 54 countries would be staying in New Delhi for the summit, one of the most important international meets organised by India after NAM and CHOGAM in 1983.

Sources said ITBP dog teams were scrambled to the Capital after the intelligence establishment had intercepted electronic chatter indicating a possible terror plan to target the meet that begins next week. A very high threat perception was sounded and a tight multi-agency security blanket is being thrown around the city.

The ITBP is providing the largest number of dog teams, which would carry out anti-sabotage checks at places where the visiting dignitaries would be staying and attending various events, an officer said. The K-9 teams have already started combing operations, he added.

ITBP K-9 units consist of Malinois, Labradors and German Shepherds, who are considered the most elite anti-sabotage dog squads in the country, having undergone a revolutionary type of training devised by ITBP at its National Dog Training Centre at Bhanu near here.
Army Veterans Sign Petition to PM Modi in Blood on One Rank One Pension
New Delhi:  Retired colonel VN Thapar, father of Kargil martyr Captain Vijayant Thapar, was one of the army veterans who signed a petition soaked in blood to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy.

Over 150 other ex-servicemen -- ranging from retired general officers to junior commissioned officers -- first drew out their blood in small vials, and then put it in a pot before signing their petition to the Prime Minister.

"I have lost my son Captain Vijayant Thapar. There are many who have lost their limbs in the battlefield. It's the same blood here that lies scattered on the battlefield," said an emotional Mr Thapar at Jantar Mantar, the site of ongoing protest for the past four and half months.

On September 5, the government had announced that it was accepting One Rank One Pension proposal. But more than a month later, veterans point out, the OROP order is yet to be formally issued. There are other apprehensions too.

For example, veterans want pensions to be equalised every year or at most every two years. The Government, on the other hand, has proposed a 5 year interval for revision of pensions.

Veterans want the government to clearly say that the OROP will apply to all those who take pre-mature retirement from the forces.

Even though the government has clarified that it will be applicable to people who take voluntary retirement service or VRS, veterans aren't convinced.

Veterans also want ex-servicemen to be part of the one-man committee that will study different aspects of OROP implementation.

"We are apprehensive that the government may not implement what they have agreed to," said Major General (Retd) Satbir Singh, who has been the face of the protests so far.

The government is expected to issue the OROP orders once polling in Bihar is over. But if it fails to address the concerns raised by the veterans, once again, ex-servicemen have promised to intensify their agitation.
British Army Enlisted Indian Children as Young as 10 in World War 1, Claims Book
London:  Britain's World War I Army included Indian children as young as 10-years-old fighting against the Germans on the western front, according to a new book on the role of Indian soldiers in the Great War.

The youngsters were shipped over to France from the far reaches of the British Empire to carry out support roles, but were so close to the front line that many were wounded and admitted to hospital, according to 'For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18'.

The account by writer and historian Shrabani Basu is based on official papers at the National Archives and British Library.

Some of the Indian children, including a 10-year-old "bellows blower", and two grooms, both 12, provided support to cavalry regiments, a 'Sunday Times' report said.

One of the youngest boys involved in direct combat was a "brave little Gurkha" called Pim, 16, who was given an award for valour by Queen Mary while he was recuperating in hospital in Brighton.

Ms Basu believes many of the children came from poor families and that they would have lied about their age at recruitment offices in India, where they were encouraged to sign up for a monthly salary of Rs. 11.

"In the case of a 10-year-old, it should have been pretty obvious that they were underage," she told the newspaper.

This embarrassment was shared by some British officials. In one dispatch to Lord Kitchener, secretary of state for war, Sir Walter Lawrence, a civil servant tasked with overseeing injured Indian troops, wrote: "It seems a great pity that children should have been allowed to come to Europe."

About 1.5 million Indian soldiers fought for Britain in the First World War, with a handful being awarded the Victoria Cross bravery medal.

Ms Basu's book, to be published by Bloomsbury on November 5, also reveals that British nurses were barred from treating Indian soldiers in war hospitals and were allowed only to supervise orderlies, leading to claims of discrimination.

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