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Sunday, 21 February 2016

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/oin-Indian-Army-become-a-CEO-says-new-recruitment-drive/articleshow/51060677.cms
oin Indian Army, become a CEO,’ says new recruitment drive
Bareilly: "Want to become a chief executive officer (CEO) on the very first day of being commissioned? Join the Indian Army. Which company provides vehicles worth Rs 55 crore to its officers and jawans alike? None other than the Indian Army." These are some of the catchphrases dotting new posters issued by Army authorities before the start of the new recruitment season.

In its bid to ward off the MNC fad among youth and to draw them towards Indian Army, ministry of defence has sent the newly-designed posters to all recruitment centres across the country to be pasted at all important points including crossings, railway stations, bus stands and public places.

When asked as to how one can draw parallel between the CEO of a multinational company and a newly-commissioned officer, director (recruitment), Army Selection Centre, Bareilly, Col Rajeev Dixit said, "The logic is simple. After being commissioned as an officer both under short service and regular commission, an officer becomes a platoon or company commander who is in charge of a force of 125 jawans and JCOs. He holds executive authority considering the fact that he is the final decision maker. So, how is he inferior to others in terms of wielding power and position?"

As regards driving a vehicle worth Rs 55 crore, in the form of a battle tank, Col Dixit said, "Once inducted as member of an armoured brigade or regiment, he is fully authorized to manouvre a battle tank worth Rs 55 crores in whichever direction, based on his own judgement and wisdom. Who gives you such freedom and authority to exercise?"


The Army officer added that with punch lines like 'Aam nahi hai zindagi, sabko naaz hai aap par' (you are not a common man, we are all proud of you) Indian Army is on course to make the new recruitment season a hit among youngsters who, going by recent reports, appear to be less motivated in joining the armed forces.


The publicity material in the form of posters, banners and hoardings conceived and designed by directorate of recruitment, Indian Army is aimed at motivating the youth of the country to join the armed forces. It also focuses on showcasing state-of-the-art facilities and systems in Indian Army, in line with aspirations of youths of the current generation.


Slogans like 'Join the Indian Army and lead life a less ordinary' are dotting social media and are scheduled to find place in massive hoardings and banners to be put up at public places like railway stations and bus stands, Army officials added.


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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/tribunal-lt-gen-not-even-fit-for-maj-gen-promotion/198783.html
Tribunal: Lt Gen not even fit for Maj Gen promotion
Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has decreed that a top Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) officer who was recently elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General was not even fit to be promoted from Brigadier to Major General and has recalled its promotion order.

Taking up a review petition filed by another AOC officer, Maj Gen RS Rathore, the Tribunal’s Bench, comprising Justice DP Singh and Air Marshal Anil Chopra, has held that the promotion of Lt Gen NK Mehta from the rank of Brigadier to Major General on the basis of a previous AFT order was not tenable due to concealment of facts from the court. The AFT’s order can be challenged in the next higher judicial forum. Both officers are of December 1979 seniority and were considered as Brigadiers for promotion to the rank of Major General in 2011. While Rathore was approved for the next rank, Mehta’s result was withheld due to a pending Disciplinary and Vigilance ban on him in an earlier case, which was later revoked.

Mehta approached the AFT in 2012 seeking promotion to Major General. Rathore averred that several important facts were hidden by Mehta and he had not even been impleaded as a party to the case even though they were the only contenders for a single vacancy.

“Since from material on record, there appears to be concealment of facts, the respondent, prima facie, seems to be not eligible for promotion even to the rank of Major General, we direct the respondents (MoD and Army) to maintain status quo ante forthwith,” the Bench ordered, while imposing costs of Rs 25,000.

It held that since the impugned order seems to be an outcome of fraud (concealment of material facts), it is liable to be recalled in view of the settled proposition of law and may not stand even for a moment, causing miscarriage of justice, and once the impugned order goes, in view of the law settled by the Supreme Court all the subsequent orders, decision or action shall stand vitiated. The process of law, in this case, seems to have been abused for extraneous reasons, the Bench ruled.

“While parting with the case, we feel that corruption has crept in every system of the country and pray to Almighty to impart justice and help the country to recognise merit of the persons serving the nation instead of extraneous considerations,” the Bench remarked, while observing that no person, how so high may be, should be permitted to enjoy office acquired by commission of fraud even for a day.


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/pak-doesn-t-name-jem-chief-in-fir-india-disappointed/198674.html
Pak doesn’t name JeM chief in FIR; India ‘disappointed’
Islamabad/New Delhi, Feb 19
India today said it was “disappointed” at the omission of JeM chief Masood Azhar from an FIR lodged by Pakistan authorities in connection with the Pathankot airbase attack. India has accused the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief of masterminding the attack.

The FIR was registered at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) centre in Gujranwala, Punjab province, on Thursday against “unknown persons” after weeks of investigations into the assault that had led to the postponement of India-Pak Foreign Secretary talks.

“It is a small step in the right direction. But it is disappointing that neither the name of Jaish nor Masood Azhar was incorporated in the FIR,” a senior government official said.

“We fail to understand why Jaish and its chief’s names were not included in the FIR despite India giving adequate evidence about their involvement,” the official said.

A CTD official said the FIR was required to start police and judicial proceedings on the basis of evidence collected in connection with the attack for which India has blamed Pakistan-based terror group JeM.

India had identified Azhar as the mastermind of the attack, and blamed his brother Rauf besides five others for carrying out the attack.

The FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act. The FIR mentioned the telephone numbers contacted by the militants during the attack.

The FIR was reportedly registered on the recommendations of a six-member special investigation team (SIT) probing the attack. The team had recommended to the federal government to lodge an FIR on the basis of information provided to National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua by his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

According to a document, the team held three meetings in which the information provided by the Indian side was evaluated and it partially confirmed the Indian version of the incident.

Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif had formed the six-member team headed by Additional Inspector General of Punjab’s CTD Rai Tahir to probe India’s assertion that JeM was behind the attack.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah today said India would be asked for more information. Sanaullah said in Lahore that the FIR showed Pakistan’s “commitment” against militancy. “We will seek more information from India,” he said.

Sanaullah said anyone, including Azhar, found guilty of involvement in the attack would be prosecuted. “No one becomes guilty by naming him. I don’t want to name anyone at this stage. Let the probe be over and if Azhar is found involved, action will be taken,” Sanaullah said. — Agencies


Islamabad/New Delhi, Feb 19
India today said it was “disappointed” at the omission of JeM chief Masood Azhar from an FIR lodged by Pakistan authorities in connection with the Pathankot airbase attack. India has accused the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief of masterminding the attack.

The FIR was registered at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) centre in Gujranwala, Punjab province, on Thursday against “unknown persons” after weeks of investigations into the assault that had led to the postponement of India-Pak Foreign Secretary talks.

“It is a small step in the right direction. But it is disappointing that neither the name of Jaish nor Masood Azhar was incorporated in the FIR,” a senior government official said.

“We fail to understand why Jaish and its chief’s names were not included in the FIR despite India giving adequate evidence about their involvement,” the official said.

A CTD official said the FIR was required to start police and judicial proceedings on the basis of evidence collected in connection with the attack for which India has blamed Pakistan-based terror group JeM.

India had identified Azhar as the mastermind of the attack, and blamed his brother Rauf besides five others for carrying out the attack.

The FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act. The FIR mentioned the telephone numbers contacted by the militants during the attack.

The FIR was reportedly registered on the recommendations of a six-member special investigation team (SIT) probing the attack. The team had recommended to the federal government to lodge an FIR on the basis of information provided to National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua by his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

According to a document, the team held three meetings in which the information provided by the Indian side was evaluated and it partially confirmed the Indian version of the incident.

Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif had formed the six-member team headed by Additional Inspector General of Punjab’s CTD Rai Tahir to probe India’s assertion that JeM was behind the attack.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah today said India would be asked for more information. Sanaullah said in Lahore that the FIR showed Pakistan’s “commitment” against militancy. “We will seek more information from India,” he said.

Sanaullah said anyone, including Azhar, found guilty of involvement in the attack would be prosecuted. “No one becomes guilty by naming him. I don’t want to name anyone at this stage. Let the probe be over and if Azhar is found involved, action will be taken,” Sanaullah said. — Agencies




http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/pathankot-base-chief-shifted/199146.html
Pathankot base chief shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
Less than two months after the IAF’s key airbase at Pathankot witnessed a terror attack, its commander has been moved out. Air Commodore JS Dhamoon, Air Officer Commanding 18 Wing, based at this border town in Punjab has been posted out to Air Headquarters, New Delhi.

Air Commodore Anuj Mishra, posted in Bengaluru, is taking over the command of the airbase. Air Headquarters has termed the posting as routine. Air Commodore Dhamoon had put in less than two years as the Pathankot base commander. While the average tenure is two to two-and-half-years, it can be increased or decreased depending on operational or administrative factors. A group of terrorists had broken into the Pathankot air force station on January 2, and were neutralised by armed forces and the National Security Guards after a three-day gun battle. There is still no clarity whether there were four or six terrorists or how the terrorists entered the air base.

The entire episode, including the probability of the terrorists having infiltrated from across the border, and the possible connivance of an insider, is being investigated by the National Investigative Agency.

Pak probe team may visit next month

Islamabad: A team of Pakistani investigators is likely to visit India next month for collecting evidence on the involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in the Pathankot terror attack, a media report said. “The team’s visit is expected,” a senior diplomat told teh daily. — PTI


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/community/2-crpf-jawans-one-civilian-killed-in-j-k/199197.html
2 CRPF jawans, one civilian killed in J-K
Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, February 20
Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and nine others were injured when militants attacked their convoy at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu highway today.

The militants, whose number is not known yet, are holed up inside Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) building and an operation is underway to neutralise them.

In the gunfight that is underway, a civilian, Abdul Gani Mir, who was working as a gardener at JKEDI, was killed and five CRPF men, including an Assistant Commandant, injured.

The militants attacked the 20-vehicle CRPF convoy near JKEDI at Pampore, 15 km from here, at 3.30 pm. Eleven paramilitary men were injured, two of whom, Bhola Prasad and RK Raina, later died at hospital.

The militants, sources said, fled towards the JKEDI campus and took shelter inside one of the buildings of the institute. There were nearly 100 people trapped inside the three multi-storied buildings on the sprawling campus.

“All those civilians trapped have been evacuated,” J&K DGP K Rajendra Kumar told The Tribune.

The DGP said that they suspect that two to three militants were holed up inside the building and the operation had begun to flush them out. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the strike, but sources said cadres of south Kashmir-based Lashkar-e-Taiba could be behind it.


http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/jat-protests-haryana-seeks-more-army-paramilitary-personnel/
As Jat quota agitation escalates, Haryana seeks more Army, paramilitary personnel - See more at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/jat-protests-haryana-seeks-more-army-paramilitary-personnel/#sthash.KcIvU8D3.dpuf
Haryana has requested the Centre to send in more Army personnel, as the situation continued to remain tense on the seventh day of the ongoing Jat agitation in the state. At least 13 columns of Army and 10 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed across various districts after the agitation took a violent turn. - See more at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/jat-protests-haryana-seeks-more-army-paramilitary-personnel/#sthash.KcIvU8D3.dpuf
Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Yash Pal Singal said, “Till Saturday noon, the Haryana government has received the help of 13 Army columns; 10 more Army columns are being airlifted. To tackle the situation on ground, 10 paramilitary companies have already been deployed in the state, while 23 companies are on their way and are expected to reach by late on Saturday. Many of the companies are being airlifted to Haryana. I also spoke with the Union Home Secretary and he has promised to send 10 additional companies of paramilitary force.”

Regarding the number of casualties, as reported in the record books at Rohtak’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), the DGP said, “One person was brought dead and 78 were injured. The injured had reached Rohtak PGIMS, out of whom five were police personnel.” According to the hospital records, there were three casualties of the clashes between security forces and the protesters in Rohtak.

The DGP added that out of the total injured admitted at Rohtak PGIMS till Saturday noon, 46 have been discharged. Five persons who were critically injured are in the ICU, he said.

Till Saturday evening, Haryana Police had registered 129 FIRs against the protesters and have arrested five in Rohtak.

Meanwhile in another development, Dr. Kishore Chawla, director general of Shri Ram Global Colleges at Rohtak and many of the institute’s staff members and students were allegedly taken hostages by an agitated mob. Chawla alleged that despite making repeated calls to the police, no one turned up to help them.

Describing the ongoing agitation as “leaderless”, DGP Singal said, “This is the main difficulty we are facing as the protesters are leaderless and comprising mainly of youngsters. It will take some time to tackle them.”

He, however, refused to comment on the possibility of political patronage to the protesters.

The police have also appealed to Khap heads across the state to not hold any meetings.
- See more at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/jat-protests-haryana-seeks-more-army-paramilitary-personnel/#sthash.KcIvU8D3.dpuf


http://www.oneindia.com/international/jem-pakistan-masoodazhar-defence-army-official-indaa-attack-target-2018774.html
JeM inducts retired defence personnel to attack India: Report

Read more at:

http://www.oneindia.com/international/jem-pakistan-masoodazhar-defence-army-official-indaa-attack-target-2018774.html

New Delhi, Feb 20: If reports are to be believed then terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) based in Pakistan has started inducting retired defence personnel in its camp to conduct attack military assets in India. This has been emerged in latest intelligence inputs.

Read more at:

http://www.oneindia.com/international/jem-pakistan-masoodazhar-defence-army-official-indaa-attack-target-2018774.html

According to Zee News, JeM, led by Maulana Masood Azhar, the alleged mastermind of deadly Pathankot attack, has come up with a plan to recruit retired Pakistani army officials to targets defence installations in India. This alert has come when an FIR against JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar has been recommended by a Pakistani panel in connection with Pathankot attack. Read More: Pathankot strike: India 'disappointed' as Pak FIR omits JeM, Masood Azhar names Authorities in Pakistan lodged an FIR against unknown persons into the Pathankot terror attack case. Despite recommendation, Pakistani police did not mention the names of JeM, its chief in the FIR. The Indain air base in Pathankot was attacked on 2 January 2016.

Read more at:

http://www.oneindia.com/international/jem-pakistan-masoodazhar-defence-army-official-indaa-attack-target-2018774.html


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