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Sunday, 10 April 2016

From Today's Papers - 10 Apr 2016
US Defence Secy says technology transfer issues surmountable
Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
A day ahead of his three-day “relationship-defining” visit to India, US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter today assured New Delhi that technology transfer issues in case of co-production were “surmountable”. He, however, did not set any deadline and also dubbed the negotiations “difficult”.

In the run-up to Carter’s visit, Indian negotiators had told their American counterparts that the US Government must give an assurance on total technology transfer if their companies — Boeing and Lockheed Martin — wanted to participate in the ‘Make in India’ programme for producing fighter jets. The Tribune was the first to report the issue on April 5.

Carter arrives tomorrow in Goa, the home state of his host and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. On April 11, he is scheduled to be at Karwar Naval base, south of Goa, before the two leaders reach Delhi for formal talks on April 12, which would be followed by a joint statement.

Before coming to India, Carter visited the New York-based powerful think-tank Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) where he sounded positive when asked if there were any technology transfer issues with New Delhi.

“In these cases, I think there are some of those issues. But really you’ve got to understand that the challenges here, I think, are surmountable,” Carter told the audience, as is evident from a video-recording of the event put up on the CFR website.

On the co-production of fighter jets, he said negotiations could be difficult. “I have no doubt that in the coming years, the US and India will embark on a landmark co-production agreement,” he said. This in India is being seen as non-commitment to timeline.

“When it gets down to issues of co-production and co-development, we don’t do the negotiations for those companies; they do it themselves,” Carter said.
200 militants active in Kashmir, claims CRPF
srinagar, April 9
The seniormost officer of the CRPF today said at least 200 militants were active in Kashmir.

“A majority of nearly 200 active militants are locals,” Special Director General of the CRPF (J&K) SK Bhagat told reporters today on the sidelines of the Valour Day celebrations-2016 at Humhama.

“We have been able to neutralise a large number of militants in recent past, including many members of the Burhan Wani group,” the Special DG added.

On inputs that Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abu Dujana was planning to carry more attacks, Bhagat said security forces were ready for any challenge in militancy. Dujana was the mastermind of the attack on the Entrepreneurship Development Institute at Sempora in Pampore on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“All security agencies are ready for any challenge and the militants will be neutralised,” he said, adding that the CRPF is always well prepared to counter all kinds of internal security issues.

On the NIT_controversy, the CRPF officer said they were operating under the directions of the police.

On the occasion, officers and personnel of the CRPF, deployed in the Kashmir valley, were felicitated with internal security medals, DG’s commendation disc and appreciation letters for their excellence in operational duties of internal security. — TNS
US deploys B-52 bombers in Qatar
Washington, April 9
The US Air Force deployed B-52 bombers in Qatar on Saturday to join the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

US Air Forces Central Command said it last flew the long-range bombers operationally in the region in May 2006 as part of the war in Afghanistan, and during a US-led military exercise in Jordan in May 2015.

"The B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh and defend the region in any future contingency," said Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Brown, commander of US Air Forces Central Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Karns, spokesman for the Central Command, said he could not provide the exact number of B-52 bombers to be based at Al Udeid Air Basein Qatar due to "operational security reasons."

Washington's decision to deploy its powerful B-52 bombers came as the US military stepped up the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Brown said the bombers would be able to deliver precision weapons and carry out a range of missions, including strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, and maritime operations. — Reuters
Civilian rescued by Indian Army at Pul Doda
Delta Force troops while returning from Pul Doda rescued two persons from a white Maruti van that had fallen 150 meters below near the Chenab river.

The troops immediately moved to the accident site, and with total disregard to personal safety, they swam upto the vehicle, rescued the two persons and moved them to the bank of the river.

They tried to revive a third more critically injured person, but he succumbed to his injuries.

The troops of the Delta Force saved one person, while the other injured person was evacuated to a civil hospital.

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