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Friday, 13 November 2015

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India, UK ink nuclear pact
Modi raises terror in British House, speaks up against intolerance
London, November 12
India and the United Kingdom today signed deals worth 9-billion pound as they inked a civil nuclear pact and decided to collaborate in defence and cyber security, besides launching a railway rupee bond in London market.

The decisions were announced during a joint press interaction by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart David Cameron here after their 90-minute wide- ranging talks at 10 Downing Street.

“The conclusion of the civil nuclear agreement is a symbol of our mutual trust and our resolve to combat climate change,” Modi said while issuing a joint statement. “The agreement for cooperation in India's Global Centre for Clean Energy Partnerships will strengthen safety and security in the global nuclear industry,” he said.

Modi, who flew into the British capital on his much- anticipated three-day visit, was accorded a guard of honour by the 48-member F Company Scots guard accompanied by the regimental band of Irish guards.

Cameron described the Indo-UK relations as a “new dynamic modern partnership” and reiterated his country's support for India's permanent membership of the UN Security Council. “We want to become the number one partners to finance the immense economic vision Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and make London the centre for off-shore rupee trading with the launch of 1-billion worth of bonds including the first government-backed rupee denominated bond,” Cameron added.

"We want to forge a more ambitious, modern partnership," he added, noting that India has more investments in Britain than in the rest of the European Union combined.

Modi highlighted plans for India to use London as a financial base for fundraising.

“We are going to use the London market for fundraising even more and I am happy to announced that we are set to launch a railway rupee bond in London. It is appropriate as the journey of Indian Railways started in the UK,” Modi said.

Later, addressing MPs in British Parliament's Royal Gallery, Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the UK in 10 years, said the world must speak in one voice and act in unison to combat terrorism, calling it a "challenge of our times.”

Dwelling on terrorism among other subjects during his 25-minute speech, Modi said there should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations. — Agencies
On Diwali, Modi salutes war heroes in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Ferozepur/Amritsar, November 12
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a surprise visit to the border towns of Ferozerpur and Amritsar on Diwali to pay tributes to the heroes of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war at Ferozepur’s Barki Square and at the Dograi war memorial at Khasa in Amritsar. The PM also interacted with jawans.

Modi’s visit was kept under wraps by senior defence authorities as even senior civil and police officials were caught unawares.

Residences of both Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police are located close to the Barki Square where the PM arrived around 2.40 pm escorted by Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Lieutenant General KJ Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command, Lieutenant General JS Cheema, GOC Vajra Corps, and Major General Vijay Pingale, GOC Golden Arrow Division, besides senior officials from Vajra corps.

This was the second visit of the PM to Ferozepur within a span of eight months. He last visited the place on March 23 to pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on “Shaheedi Divas”.

After paying floral tributes to the martyrs at Barki Square, Modi interacted with all ranks and extended them Diwali wishes.

In his brief address, Modi exhorted them to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the nation.

The OROP scheme would be amended over a period of time if the need arose, he said.

Modi’s visit assumes significance as all major and decisive battles of 1965 Indo-Pak war were fought here.

Earlier, Modi laid wreaths at the Dograi War Memorial at Khasa, Amritsar, besides Abdul Hamid War Memorial at Asal Uttar to pay homage to the soldiers of the Vajra Corps who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

The Prime Minister also interacted with the Air Force personnel at Halwara and Pathankot.

Sources said the information regarding PM’s visit was conveyed to top functionaries of the Vajra Corps late on the eve of Diwali.

Quick Reaction Teams of the Army were deployed overnight, however, the road passing through the venue was closed only few hours before the arrival of the PM. Modi also entered his comments in the visitor’s book.

Visit kept secret

The PM’s visit was kept a secret and information about his itinerary was conveyed to top functionaries of the Vajra Corps late on the eve of Diwali, said sources. Quick Reaction Teams of the Army were deployed overnight
Indian Army settles for silver during Exercise Cambrian Patrol

Bengaluru, Nov 12: Indian Army's 3/4 Gorkha Rifles settled for silver medal during the prestigious Exercise Cambrian Patrol held at the United Kingdom recently. Interestingly, last year the Indian Army's team of 8 Garhwal Rifles clinched the Gold Medal during last year's Exercise Cambrian Patrol. There were over 140 teams from all over the world in 2014.

In 2010, Indian Army's team of 4/9 Gorkha Rifles had won the gold medal in the same event. While the Indian Army is yet to officially announce the outcome of results, the Ministry of Defence (UK) has already put out details of this year's challenge. The 8 Azad Kashmir Regiment of Pakistan Army is among the seven teams who won this year's gold medal. Indian Army is among 29 teams that were chosen for the silver medals, while 39 teams, including the Nepalese Army, settled for bronze medals. A total of 41 patrols could not complete the exercise. More than a third of teams fail to complete their mission The patrols represented Regular and Reserve units in the British Army, as well international teams from across the world, took part. More than a third of teams did not complete the arduous route across the Welsh Black Mountains where the soldiers' full range of military skills was assessed in order to gain the necessary points. "Those patrols who have done well should be rightly proud of their efforts and achievements in this, from certificate finish upwards. The patrols who failed to finish can learn the lessons from this year and come back more determined," said Exercise director, Brigadier Martyn Gamble, Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales. He said every year the organizers strive to make the exercise as realistic as possible.

"All the personnel involved in making this happen deserve credit for ensuring the high standards and reputation of Cambrian Patrol is maintained and enhanced. The consistency of the awards this year is testament to that," he said. Know more about Exercise Cambrian Patrol Cambrian Patrol is an annual international military patrolling exercise that makes its participating units cover a 50-mile (80 km) course in less than 48 hrs while performing numerous types of military exercises placed throughout the rugged Cambrian Mountains and swamp lands of mid-Wales, UK. Cambrian Patrol was first set up more than 40 years ago, by a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers who designed the training event to feature long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains culminating in firing. The aim of the exercise is to test leadership, self-discipline, courage, physical endurance and determination. The competition consists of teams of eight men patrolling across some of the most unforgiving terrain. The tests are over two days with no sleep or rest. Among the test are; firing of personal weapons, obstacle crossing, first-aid and casualty evacuation, recognition of aircraft vehicles and equipment, artillery target indication, patrol techniques, helicopter drills, communications skills, handling prisoners of war, tactical river/stream crossing, ambush/anti-ambush drills, recce techniques, tunnel crossing, navigation skills and rock climbing.
The Indian Army has rolled out an incredible ad campaign to find more officers
I wear my heart on my sleeve and my resume on my uniform. Which other company lets you do that?”

That’s the pitch the Indian Army is making in a new series of advertisements to try and get more men and women to join its ranks.

It needs these new recruits rather urgently: The Indian Army has a shortfall of 33,998 personnel, including 9,642 officers. The manpower situation has improved in recent years, but the army still operates with an officer cadre that is 18% lower than the official sanctioned number.

“The brief was two-pronged,” Vineet Singh, vice president and business head at Grey Group, the ad agency selected by the government to develop the campaign, told Quartz via email. “The primary objective was to attract quality candidates for a career with the Indian Army. Specifically in the officer cadre. The secondary objective is an image projection of the Indian Army.”

In all, nine advertisements have been launched, which were shot in two schedules between November 2014 and March 2015. “These ads were shot in multiple army bases across the country. All the people featuring in these ads are Indian Army officers. Location, equipment (artillery, BMPs, tanks, helicopters etc), ammunition was provided by the Indian Army,” Singh explained.

The Indian Army knows that it has a bit of a perception problem. The “availability of attractive alternative career avenues, stringent selection criteria, and difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk” were keeping young Indian men and women away from the forces, defence minister Manohar Parrikar explained in parliament earlier this year.

By launching this campaign right before the recruitment season kicks off in November-December, the Indian Army is attempting a bit of an image makeover. But it isn’t alone. The Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force will also roll out new recruitment campaigns soon, Singh said.

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