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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

From Today's Papers - 27 Oct 2015

OROP notification after Bihar polls: Parrikar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 26
The notification on the “one rank, one pension” scheme will be issued “within days” of the Bihar election process coming to an end as the model code of conduct is currently in place, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today.

Asked if it would be a Diwali gift to the protesting veterans, he said: “I am trying to have it before Diwali (November 11).” The counting of votes in Bihar will take place on November 8 but the model code of conduct will remain in place till November 12.

The protesting ex-servicemen had in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday demanded early implementation of OROP scheme.

Meanwhile, the Navy plans to allow women pilots to fly its surveillance planes.

The women pilots will be based on land bases and not warships or aircraft carriers that allow for landings of helicopter and fighter jets, respectively. “All flying areas in the Navy will be opened for women except where it requires staying overnight on ships like carriers and so on,” said Parrikar, while interacting with mediapersons after addressing the Naval Commanders Conference.

In other words, the women will have option of flying surveillance planes which land back on land bases. The Navy has four types of surveillance planes — the Boeing P8-I, the TU-142, the IL-38 and the Dornier 228 — with varying endurance.
Army keeping eye on Jammu border: Lt Gen Singh
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 26
Amid skirmishes and rising hostilities between India and Pakistan on the 198-km-long international border, Western Command chief Lt Gen KJ Singh today said the Army was keeping an eye on the border situation in Jammu.

Addressing a gathering of ex-servicemen, Army officers and prominent citizens here on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Brigadier Rajinder Singh — ‘saviour of Kashmir’, Lt General Singh said Pakistan was trying to increase militant activities in the Jammu region.

The Army is keeping an eye on the border situation in Jammu. The neighbour (Pakistan) has shifted its focus on Jammu, Samba and Kathua, he said.

The people and ex-servicemen should remain aware and that is why the Army has increased its interactions with border people. “We have felicitated many aware citizens, but cannot name them because they may be identified,” he said in an obvious reference to alertness of citizens which has led to elimination of Pakistani militants in recent terror attacks on the Jammu-Pathankot highway.

The Army officer said despite the Western Command’s headquarters in Chandimandir, the Yol-based 9 Corps briefed him daily on the developments unfolding on the Jammu border.

“People and ex-servicemen should act as the eyes and ears of the Army to foil the nefarious designs of the neighbour,” he said.

He said the people affected by the Pakistani firing were being helped.

While the BSF has the operational responsibility of the international border, it falls under the Army’s Western Command.

Meanwhile, Lt General Singh said the Army would launch the Department of Veterans Affairs, a new directorate aimed at looking into the problems and welfare of the ex-servicemen.

The department will be launched on January 15 next year and will deal with the problems of ex-servicemen, he added.

He said the Northern and Western Commands would coordinate and redress the grievances of the ex-servicemen.
Army jawan, two militants killed in Pulwama gunfight
Suhail A Shah

Anantnag, October 26
An Army man and two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a _gunfight in Pulwama district of south Kashmir this evening.

Police sources said the slain militants had been identified as Afaq-ullah Bhat, a resident of Karimabad village in Pulwama, and Abdul Mannan Dar, a resident of the Amarbugh area in adjoining Shopian district.

There was, however, no official confirmation about the group affiliation of the militants.

The Army man killed in the encounter is yet to be identified.

“I am on the job and will get the details of the martyred Army man soon,” said an Army spokesperson.

As per police reports, the Drubgam area of Pulwama district was cordoned off around 5.30 pm today, following intelligence inputs regarding the presence of militants in the area.

A senior police officer from Pulwama district said the Drubgam area was cordoned off by personnel of the Special Operations Group of the police and the Rashtriya Rifles.

“The militants were located and a contact was established with them. As the militants felt they were cordoned, they started to fire indiscriminately,” the police officer said. The fire was duly retaliated, resulting in an encounter, he added.

The gunfight stopped for more than two hours during which the security personnel conducted searches in the area.

“The militants were again located and fire was exchanged, resulting in neutralising the militants,” the police officer said. “We have retrieved both bodies.”

The police said two rifles and some ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

Both slain militants had been active since early 2015.

Meanwhile, search operations continued in the area as the security forces suspected the presence of more militants in the area. Searches were being carried out at the time of filing of this report.
Ceasefire by Pakistan to push more terrorists : Indian Army
By Anil Raina, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 26, 2015, 04.26 PM IST
The Indian Army says severe violations of the ceasefire by the Pakistan Rangers and Army on forward villages along LoC and IB to push more terrorists, who want to infiltrate this side of the state.

"Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked and heavy firing on Indian forward posts along LoC and IB to push more terrorists and reassert its authority and supremacy in the national policy making of Pakistan," top Army official told Mirror.

He said various terrorist outfits based in Pakistan want to disrupt the peace in the state, as they know that a large number of their cadre has already been eliminated. So to reinforce their numbers, they are desperately trying to infiltrate more people into the State. The cease fire will attract more national and International attention in the sensitive Jammu region as far as National Politics is concern.

He said frequent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and International Border showed that they wanted to reinforce their numbers in the Valley before the heavy snowfall closes the LoC routes

" Terror outfits like Jesh-e-Mohammad, Lashker-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahiddin leadership from across the border want to push in large number of terrorists into our side, that is why there has been an increase in the number of ceasefire violations," he said.

A senior Army commander said that internal recruitment of terrorists is going up in Kashmir due to our robust anti-infiltration grid in place along the Line of Control.

The General officer Commanding of army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt General Satish Dua said since there is less snowfall on peaks, the Army expects more infiltration bids before the heavy snowfall closes the LoC routes.

"We are alert and ready foil all infiltration bids," he said.

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