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Friday, 27 November 2015

From Today's Papers - 27 Nov 2015

30 terrorists ready to cross over: Intel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
At least 30 terrorists are being stationed across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) region by the ISI to push them into Indian side and create trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, intelligence inputs have suggested.

Attacks are reportedly being planned with the help of terror outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

The terrorists are reportedly brought from Peshawar under the guidance of ISI and are kept around a launching pad across the LoC in the PoK. The ISI has reportedly instructed the terrorists to carry out terror attacks in Kashmir valley over the next one month, before the routes in the upper reaches close down due to heavy snowfall, sources said quoting intelligence inputs.

Sources said following the intelligence inputs, the Centre has asked all security organisations, including Army, BSF and J&K police, to beef up security along the border and also in J&K.

Sources privy to the details of the intelligence report went on to add that the ISI had also organised a meeting of LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen and JeM in the PoK and it was held under the supervision of Pakistani intelligence agency’s handler Shaukat Khan alias Abu Suleman. They also said ISI wanted the three terrorist groups, which are active in J&K, to let the 30 terrorists to carry out the attacks in the Valley.

The JeM, which was out of favour of the ISI after an unsuccessful assassination attempt on former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf a few years ago, seems to be back under the ISI fold. Sources confirmed that three heavily-armed militants of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had attacked an Army camp in Tangdhar in Kashmir, near the LoC, on Wednesday.
Verdict on command exit model reserved
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, November 26
The SC today reserved its judgment on the Centre's appeal against the Armed Forces Tribunal's verdict quashing Army's promotion policy under the command exit model.

A Bench comprising Justices TS Thakur and Kurian Joseph passed the order at the conclusion of several days of arguments that saw the Centre's assurance that additional posts of colonels would be created for non-combat officers affected by the policy.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh and advocate R Balasubramanian said 141 additional posts would be offered to non-combat officers. The command exit policy was framed in 2009 on the recommendations of AV Singh committee for reducing the age of colonels in combat units in line with the practice in Pakistan, China and Japan.
Navy gets 2nd indigenous anti-sub warship
Kolkata, November 26
The second anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, Kadmatt, built indigenously by the GRSE shipyard here, was formally handed over to the Navy today.

The super-sophisticated frontline warship was handed over by Rear Admiral AK Verma (retd), chairman and managing director of Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), to the commanding officer of the ship, Cdr Mahesh C Moudgil, at a ceremony here.

The 109-m-long vessel has a displacement of 3,200 tonnes. It can reach a maximum speed of 25 knots with endurance of over 3,400 NM at 18 knots speed. The warship is designed to accommodate 17 officers and 106 sailors. The basic design for these ships was developed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design while the detailed design was prepared by the in-house design department of the GRSE, Kolkata.

The GRSE is building four ASW corvette class ships under the P-28 project. INS Kamorta, the first in the class, was handed over to the Navy last year.

The ship’s main role is to protect the nation’s maritime interests against possible submarine attacks and she is a potent platform for neutralising enemy submarines with an array of weapons such as torpedoes, rocket launchers and helicopter, officials said.

The ship has excellent stealth features effective both above and below the sea surface. It is equipped with total atmospheric control ventilation system, making her fully capable to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare environments. — PTI
N-capable Prithvi-II test-fired successfully
Balasore, November 26
India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable 350-km range Prithvi-II missile as part of a user trial by the army.

The test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at 1210 hrs.

“The data relating to the trial conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) shows positive results,” said a defence source.

The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500-to-1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.

“The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of the training exercise,” a defence scientist said.

“The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha,” he said.

The downrange teams on board a ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored terminal events and the splashdown, they said.

Inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003, Prithvi II, the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under India’s prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program) is now a proven technology.

Such training launches clearly indicate India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of the country’s strategic arsenal, they said. The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 19, 2015 from the same test range in Odisha. — PTI
Foolproof coastal security remains elusive
Nation pays homage to 166 people, including 18 security personnel, killed in the terror act
Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
Seven years after the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the often-blamed bureaucratic ‘red tape’ is in full play and holding back a crucial legislation, while all Indian fishing boats still do not carry any automatic identification system — literally a nightmare for security agencies.

Despite various meetings, the security infrastructure and the related network to enforce the rule of law at sea which was planned after the Mumbai attacks is still incomplete. Creditably, some aspects of surveillance at sea have been and are backed by high-end technology – the very latest. Ten-armed terrorist came by the sea route to simultaneously attack five different locations in Mumbai on the night of November 26, 2008, killing 166 persons.

Immediately after the attacks the UPA-I government (May 2004 to May 2009) headed by Manmohan Singh issued an executive order that made the Indian Navy as over all in charge of coastal security. To date, the Navy is not legally empowered to take action against suspicious vessels. A coastal security Bill is doing the usual rounds of discussions.

Two years ago in December 2013, a draft coastal security Bill was prepared which earmarked responsibilities and duties of 10 central and state agencies security involved in coastal security. The Bill was sent to the Union Home Ministry for piloting it to Parliament after consulting the coastal states. The Bill will address aspects related to jurisdictions, maritime zones and the role of agencies involved in coastal security. It lay down powers of all agencies with the Navy in the lead.

The other key issue pending is of installation of an automatic identification system (AIS) on all boats. For boats that are less than 20 metres in length, the proposal to have an AIS is still in the phase-I and is being implemented in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs 333 crore.

The AIS is basically a transponder fitted onto a boat. The transponder constantly emits a signal that is unique to the boat and the same is picked up by ground-based radars and AIS receivers. The signal identifies the boat. With this system, it means the Navy and the Coast Guard are grappling to deal with thousands of unidentified boats. Fishing boats bigger than 20 metres anyway have the AIS.

On the positive side, a chain of 46 coastal radars and 74 AIS receivers is in place. The National Command Control Communication and Intelligence Network with the Information Management Analysis Centre at Gurgaon is operational. A total of 51 nodes of the Navy and Coast Guard are integrated — all to provide a comprehensive maritime domain awareness. Biometrics have been collected from 67.5 lakh people in 3331 coastal villages. The second phase of an additional 46 coastal radars is on track.

Meanwhile, The Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon today said the 26/11 attacks remind us all the threat of extremist terror against democracies and the free world by those who are committed to the killing of people who do not share their fanatic mindset and views. The Chahbad house –prayer house of Jews— in South Mumbai was one of the targets on 26/11.
Army jawan booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 26
The police have booked an Army jawan for raping a 15-year-old girl. The accused, Balram Singh (21), of Kharar allegedly raped the victim twice in the past one week. He is on the run after committing the crime.

Inspector Manjit Singh, SHO of the Kharar police station, confirmed that the jawan had been booked under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC and under the POCSO Act.

According to the police, the accused, who joined the Army a year ago, had come to his native place on leave.

He allegedly committed the crime on November 18 when he found the victim alone at her house and then repeated the act on Tuesday.

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