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Thursday, October 15, 2009



Some points are mentioned under which is creating frustration in border security force:
1. An officer in bsf is still deputy commandant after 15 to 16 yrs of service and his counterpart enrolled in the same year through cpos exam is either 2ic or commandant. However army officer becomes lt col in 12 years and gets pay band 4 however bsf officer is likely to become 2ic after 17 to 18 yrs of service but he will remain in pay band 3.
2. Army personnels posted anywhere like in army hq Delhi get full 60 days of annual leave, 28 days of casual leave and ration money. However personnels posted in BSF hq at places like Bandipur, Kupwara in Srinagar and same type of places in northeast gets only 30 days of annual leave and 8 days of casual leave and no ration money.
Now few questions that BSF personnel are generally asking but not getting the satisfactory replies causing frustration in BSF.
1 Are we not staying away from our families?
2 Do we require less days of leave to spend time with family?
3 If we stay in any hq then BSF personnel do not require ration.
4 The courses in BSF are like army and the course covers conventional war subjects to give support to army but still why are we not at par with army in any case?
5 Our BSF act and rule is carbon copy of army act and rule which says BSF is an armed force but why are we not considered as an armed force?
6 BSF does not have any peace and field of 3years unlike BSF staying in borders or line of control during their full service period then why our allowances are less than army?
7 In all the places of disturbance and line of control BSF units are under the operational command of army brigades doing the same job like army then why BSF is not at par with army?
8 our identities in our villages was of a fauzi and now we are neither fauzi nor police. Why this tragedy?

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If insiders are to be believed, Army Chief Deepak Kapoor is planning to meet the Prime Minister on the issue of the promotion of Lt Generals. Delay in the promotion of 17 Army officers has become the hot issue in the Ministry of Defence.

ISRO to help IAF and ground forces in against Naxals

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will assist the Indian Air Force in its fight against Naxals. ISRO will be providing technical support to the IAF and ground forces in a major offensive against Naxalites in the jungles of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Union Home Minister is slated to launch the offensive after the Maharashtra polls.

This is the first time that the space agency will be providing its technology for such operations.

According to sources, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said that various anti-Naxal forces on the ground will be supported by the ISRO and IAF to enhance offensive attacks on the Naxalite in dense jungle areas.

Various anti-Naxal forces on the ground will be supported by the IAF and the ISRO to fine tune the attacks on Naxal hideouts, which are deep within the dense jungles.

ISRO will provide images of the ground using its Radar Imaging Satellite or RISAT-2

The IAF has already asked for permission from the Union Defence ministry to open retaliatory fire against Naxal who target IAF planes. But fool proof intelligence will be required for this, so that civilians on the ground are not hit.

The RISAT-2 can provide images of even thick jungles, enabling the IAF to carry out surgical strikes on the ground agaionst the Naxals. These images will be processed by the National Technology Research Organisation.

First of 18 F-16D combat aircraft for Pakistan rolls out

Dallas (Texas, US), - The first of the 18 F-16D fighter jets for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) rolled out from the Lockheed Martin’s aeronautic (LM Aero) facility at Fort Worth here.

Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman was present at the unveiling ceremony along with CENTCOM chief General David Petraeus, Chief of Staff US Air Force General Norton Schwartz, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani and several other top officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Suleman said the state-of-the-art F-16s will bolster PAF’s fleet and will ‘enable it to undertake a wide variety of missions across the entire spectrum of operations.’
Following the trials and integration of new systems, the first batch of F-16-C’s would reach Pakistan in June 2010. All the 18 aircrafts are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan by December 2010, The Nation reports
It may be noted that Pakistan had inked a deal with the then US government in 2006 to acquire 18 Block-52 F-16 C/D combat aircrafts. (ANI)

India hits back at China: What about Tibet, PoK?

New Delhi: Despite international calls for lowering tension in the region, temperatures continued to rise with India slamming both China and Pakistan on Wednesday. In four statements, the government gave enough indication that Chinese provocations will not go unanswered, with the ministries of external affairs, home, finance and defence coming into the picture.
In apparent retaliation to Chinese criticism of prime minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month, the ministry of external affairs warned Beijing against going ahead with its massive hydel projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). So far, the protests against China's $1.5 billion investment plans in PoK have been directed at Pakistan. This may be the first time China is being warned directly.
At another interaction, the vice-chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal PK Barbora, quietly brought out the T-word: Tibet. Barbora talked about Chinese buildup in Tibet and suggested they had no business talking about India's infrastructure upgradation in the border areas.
"I haven't said anything about the Chinese having constructed any airfields on their side in the Tibet area. I don't think they should say anything about our construction or improvement in infrastructure in the north-east or in the Ladakh area," Barbora said on the sidelines of a function to launchjoint India-Oman air force exercises.
On another occasion, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee rubbished China's objections to Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal. The prime minister had a constitutional right to do so as the state was an "integral part" of India, he said. "I too visited Arunachal Pradesh for campaigning and considered it as a legitimate right. It's proper action on our part," he added.
Home minister P Chidambaram, on a visit to Kashmir, slammed Pakistan, saying that terrorism in the valley was directly related to infiltration from across the border. "One can see a desperation on the part of Pakistan and PoK authorities to infiltrate into India," he told reporters. The home minister also ruled out business visas for Chinese workers and said they would have to go for employment visas. "We do not need semi-skilled or unskilled workers from China. We have enough workers in India", he said.
China, for its part, continued its verbal attacks, with The People's Daily, the Communist party mouthpiece, accusing India of "hegemonic" ambitions in South Asia and "provoking" China over the border dispute. "If India really wants to be a superpower, such a policy is short sighted and immature," the editorial said.
Analysts in Delhi saw the flurry of strong statements on Wednesday as a tit-for-tat response to China's repeated efforts to flag Arunachal Pradesh as disputed territory. But they also felt that the government was responding to domestic voices, particularly the BJP's, which have been hitting out at India's "soft'' reaction to unending provocations from China and Pakistan.
On Wednesday, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked the government for adopting a "soft tone and tenor'' towards China and described its responses as "timid''.
Keeping its domestic constituency in mind, the government appears to have made a dramatic and well-thought-of turnaround in strategy. For it was not just the foreign office that protested on Wednesday, but also the home minister, the finance minister and the air force brass.
But Tibet is India's trump card and much will depend on how New Delhi finally uses this. Those who want India to take a tough stand on Tibet believe that the only way to do so would be to support Tibetan independence from China, or suggest greater autonomy within. The problem is India has always recognised Tibet as a part of China.
China has already protested the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunchal Pradesh next month. But India appears unperturbed. The Dalai Lama's office on Wednesday confirmed the dates for the week-long trip from November 8-15. The Tibetan leader will fly to Tawang on November 8 and remain in the monastery town till the morning of the 12th. That afternoon he will travel to Bomdila, which was overrun by the People's Liberation Army in the 1962 war. The Dalai Lama will be there for two nights for spiritual teachings and a lecture and leave for Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal, on the 14th. He will take a flight back to Delhi on the 15th.
The visit is sure to escalate tensions with China. Analysts believe that the intemperate language used by the Chinese foreign office spokesman against the prime minister on Tuesday was triggered by anxiety and anger over the Dalai Lama's journey to Tawang, the monastery town the Chinese claim on behalf of the Tibetans.
In fact, a major roadblock in the boundary talks between the two countries is Tawang.
China, meanwhile, continued to ratchet up its animosity to India.

BSF ‘Crocodiles’ to guard creeks

The Border Security Force (BSF) will soon get its first set of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) of specially trained marine commandos to guard the sensitive creek areas across Gujarat. The Gujarat Frontier of BSF has been raising these teams on the lines of the elite MarcoS of the Indian Navy for effective security along the 104-km long creek area under its jurisdiction. This crack unit will be called ‘Crocodiles’.
“QRTs of marine commandos, who can operate effectively in the creek areas, were a long felt need of this frontier. Special training for these QRTs is on at Koteshwar and will take about a year’s time to complete,” said Frontier Inspector General A K Sinha. Official spokesperson of the BSF, DIG (Intelligence) K Srinivasan, when contacted in Delhi, said: “This is the first time that the force has decided to create QRTs of specially trained commando groups for creek and marine related operations in the country. About 30 to 40 personnel in all BSF units in Gujarat will be trained for this special task.”

Antony not to seal the Gorshkov deal

Defence Minister A.K. Antony will be in Moscow for three days beginning Tuesday for crucial talks with Russia.
But it emerged ahead of his visit that the much-expected agreement on the renegotiated price of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov will not be signed.
The two sides have held several rounds of talks since 2007 to settle the issue on the price escalation of the complete modernisation of the 45,000-tonne carrier for the Indian Navy.
But so far no agreement has been reached.
Indian Ambassador to Moscow Prabhat Shukla told reporters in Moscow at a briefing ahead of Antony's visit that negotiations on the carrier's price hike were on.
He said the last round of talks was held in New Delhi this month and the next round was scheduled for mid-November in Moscow.
The deal could be signed before or during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's regular annual summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in December.
The deal on the complete overhauling of Admiral Gorshkov, considered to be one the most problematic defence contracts with Russia, was signed in 2004 at an initial cost of $1.5 billion (Rs 6,952 crore).
Russia was to modernise the carrier for $750 million (Rs 3,474 crore). The rest was supposed to cover the purchase of 16 MiG-29K fighters to be based on the Gorshkov. However, Russia later said it had underestimated the scale of modernisation. The agreement on additional funding is still undecided.
Courtesy: Mail Today

Corrupt Indian babus exposed in US

A US report has blown the cover off American companies bribing 'Babus' in India.

In the report, various US companies have admitted giving money to Indian officials in exchange for favours. While all the companies have already been penalised for their actions in the US, nothing has been done against Indian government employees who pocketed the cash.

Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar has sent a letter to the Prime Minister's
Principal Secretary T K A Nair, which said states prominent Indian organisations that received funds. The organisations named are Maharashtra State Electricity Board (which got payments from Mario Covino of Control Companies), Indian Railways (by Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation) and Central Insecticides Board (by Dow Chemicals).

Sources in the PMO said that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been ordered to look into the matter. The DoPT has also been asked to co-ordinate with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Reacting to Meera Shankar's letter, External Affairs Minsiter SM Krishna said, "Meera Shankar has filed a report as our ambassadors often do. We will look in to the matter."

Meera Shankar has also cited a bribe of 61-Lakhs to Indian Navy officials by an agent of York International Corporation. The global provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration products has admitted to the transaction. The money was transferred over a period of six years between 2000 and 2006 for placing over two hundred orders.

The sources in the India Navy however denies any information on Meera's letter.

High placed sources in the Navy told TIMES NOW, "The Navy was not informed about the letter. The navy got to know about it today from the newspapers. We are waiting for an official memorandum from the government and then, we will begin our internal investigations. Upto today, there has not been any intimation from either the government or the Central Bureau of Investigation."

The Mumbai based DE- Nocil Protection - a subsidiary of Dow Cemicals has admitted to paying about a crore to an official in India's Central Insecticides Board to expedite the registration of three of its products.

The Maharashtra State Electricity board has also allegedly received over four crores in bribes. Mario Covino - an American firm which makes valves has also admitted to the pay-offs.

Indian Railway Employees are also under the scanner. Pioneer Friction Limited has also admitted to making payments of 63-lakh rupees. 

'China has settled all land border disputes except with India and Bhutan'

M Taylor Fravel believes that India has little reason to worry about the alleged Chinese incursions near Mount Gya and that an increased troop density and the resultant increase in problems do not presage an aggressive move by China. Dr Fravel is perhaps the premier expert on China's border problems -- although he himself denies it. As MIT's faculty site describes him, Dr Fravel, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT, studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China and East Asia.
He has also authored a book on China's border disputes, Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes. A Rhodes Scholar who studied at Oxford University, he has a PhD from Stanford University and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics.
In an interview with's P Rajendran, Dr Fravel argues that China has beefed up border security and associated infrastructure along all of its borders not just the one with India, although it has settled all its land border disputes, except those with India and Bhutan. He also suggests that India has tried to make most of the concessions that China was willing to offer, thus influencing the intensity of the conflict.
Dr Fravel believes that while territorial disputes are always intensely emotional, both sides need to sit down and reach a mature compromise on the matter.
As you see it, what is the genesis of India's border problem with China?
The problem goes back to the period of state formation of both modern India and the People's Republic of China.
Are you referring to issues over the McMahon Line?
No, I'm referring to the period after which independent states were established in India and in China, and the efforts by the states to define their boundaries.
You mean this involves only India and China and not the British role when deciding the border?
That's the primary problem (in the India-China border dispute). The McMahon Line and other British policies are a contributing factor. But even in the absence of the McMahon Line the two States would still need to define their boundary and agree upon that boundary.
The McMahon Line provides a reference point for doing so, but, as you know, the history of the Line itself is contested by China today.

IAF task force to fight Maoists

New Delhi, Oct. 14: The Indian Air Force has created a task force for the counter-Naxalite offensive and has appointed a Group Captain as its commander.
The task force commander will be a member of a central operations command to be set up by the Union home ministry.
The involvement of the air force in the counter-Naxalite operations being carried out and planned to be intensified next month is turning out to be much bigger than was originally envisaged.
At first, the air force was called upon to deploy its helicopters to fulfil a role that should have been the central forces’, specifically that of the Border Security Force, which has dedicated helicopters.
But now the home and defence ministries have concluded that the BSF’s helicopters are not enough. Anticipating that its role may increase, the air headquarters has sought permission from the defence ministry to open fire in self-defence, a senior IAF source said here today
The Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal P.K. Barbora, said the air headquarters had not received any official communication yet on its request. But defence minister A.K. Antony has said the IAF will have the right to self-defence. The IAF is also waiting for a response on the “rules of engagement” (ROE) that it has proposed.
In Srinagar today, Union home minister P Chidambaram said: “The helicopters will be primarily used for evacuation and transportation of security forces. They will not be used for any offensive action.”
Asked about Antony’s statement that IAF helicopters would be given permission to open fire in self-defence, Chidambaram said he did not see any contradiction of policies between the home and the defence ministries. “If the defence minister has said that the IAF will fire in self-defence, then that is the policy.”
Barbora said the air force had to seek formal permission to open fire because it was not a routine measure. He pointed out, though, that there was an instance of the IAF being used offensively in internal security missions. That was in the 1960s against Mizo National Front guerrillas.
Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik has said the air force wanted to arm its Mi 17 helicopters in the counter-Naxalite offensive and put its Garud commandos on board. Over the past week, air force heavy transport planes — the Ilyushin 76 — ferried more than 3,000 central forces from bases in the north and the west to Maharashtra after 18 Maharashtra police commandos were killed in an attack by the Maoists, said Barbora. Just last evening, air force helicopters flew sorties to transport security forces near a polling station in Gadchiroli district after learning that the Naxalites were moving to raid it.
“But we are really quiet about our involvement. There is a structure. We have assigned some assets for the job and we will be part of the operations command — it will be inappropriate to call it a ‘war room’ — there will be a central operations command, we are told,” the senior officer said. The air force does not want to publicise the number of helicopters it is deploying for the offensive.
With the air force’s involvement set to be integral to the offensive, the risk factor for the service also increases. During the general elections in April-May this year, IAF helicopters flew 930 sorties from 13 airbases in 14 states, seven of them where Naxalites are active.
Between April 26 and 28, two Ilyushin 76s and four AN32 airlifters flew 3,234 central paramilitary forces from Imphal in Manipur to Bengal’s Kalaikunda, from where aerial surveillance for Lalgarh was also carried out.

Govt hopeful of `unique' solution through dialogue on J&K: PC

SRINAGAR: Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the state towards the end of this month, home minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday that there would be "quiet dialogue, quiet diplomacy" to find the contours of a political solution to issues in Jammu and Kashmir.

Though he steered clear of saying when such a dialogue would be initiated, the minister said the Centre was not shying away from talks and that "every shade of opinion in the state" would be consulted. An approach that was outside the media glare could yield a "unique" solution, he said.

Without touching on issues like amnesty to jailed militants or facilitation of the return disillusioned "commanders" from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he made the point that infiltration from Pakistan and PoK was "solely" responsible for violence in the state. He said that increasingly, the J&K police backed by paramilitary was being made responsible for maintenance of peace while Army manned the borders. He said there was a desperation on part of Pakistan to push in infiltrators.

The last significant contact with a militant commander was held in 2000 when the Union home secretary had met leaders of separatists and five commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen-nominated by then chief commander of the outfit in J&K Majid Dar.

The government appears to be moving carefully. "It's not that we have to hide something," said Chidambaram, adding, "But a dialogue in full media glare goes nowhere." Quiet diplomacy and political initiative "engaging stakeholders in a one-to-one until a political solution is reached is part of our policy on J&K".

He also said many recommendations of working groups set up after an initiative by the Prime Minister had been incorporated and were reflected in many policies and programmes implemented by the government in the state.

He said he had been visiting the state every two months to take stock of affairs while secretaries of various Union ministries such as power, agriculture, tourism have been asked to make regular visits to evaluate the progress of projects with field visits.

While the next visit of secretaries to J&K is planned for November, the cabinet secretary would be there in February next year to review all projects and the security situation. The home minister suggested that all other cabinet ministers too should make it a habit to visit J&K and personally monitor the PM's reconstruction programme.

The emphasis of the fresh policy on J&K includes a tight monitoring of various projects initiated under an overall reconstruction package for the state worth Rs 25,000 crore.

Efforts are being made to make the forces deployed in Kashmir to be more professional and deft at handling civilians. In this regard, the government has drafted and implemented a module under which the J&K police and personnel of the CRPF are being retrained for the past 12 weeks to handle civilian protests and avoid casualties.

On the possible misuse of mobile phones by militants, Chidambaram said, "We want everybody to switch over to post-paid connections in the state and if our effort don't bear result, the government may have to come out with a directive to ban pre-paid mobile connections in J&K as they have serious security implications."

He also announced that amendments to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act had been finalized and were before the Union cabinet for its approval. Once the cabinet approved the amendments, they would apply to all parts of the country, including J&K and the north-east.

On the issue of IAF firing back on Naxals, the minister said its helicopters would only be used for transportation and for relief and rescue operations. He said that if the defence minister has said that the IAF personnel in these choppers can fire in self-defence, "probably that is the policy we have".

BEIJING: The war of words between China and India intensified on Wednesday with China’s ruling Communist Party accusing India of harbouring “hegemonic” ambitions in South Asia and “provoking” China on the border issue.
In what is possibly the strongest diatribe China’s ruling party has directed at India in recent memory, the Communist Party in two editorials in its official newspapers accused the Indian government of “recklessness and arrogance” and “turning a blind eye” to China’s “concessions” in resolving the long-running boundary dispute.
The remarks come a day after China said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, parts of which China still has claims on.
On Wednesday, the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official newspaper, and the Global Times, an English-language paper run by its information department, launched a verbal onslaught on India in their editorial pages. The People’s Daily said India was “obsessed” with a “hegemonic mentality” and “refused to drop the pretentious airs when dealing with neighbours like Pakistan.” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, incidentally, is currently in Beijing and on Tuesday discussed a highway project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with Chinese President Hu Jintao, raising concerns in New Delhi.
Wednesday’s statements underscore how the atmosphere between the two neighbours has fast soured in recent months, and are a stark contrast from the conciliatory positions the two governments had seemed to adopt over the border dispute following the thirteenth round of talks in August. Officials in Beijing and New Delhi spoke of positive progress then.
The People’s Daily, a nationalistic newspaper run by the Communist Party’s propaganda wing, often articulates the party’s positions on foreign affairs in more strident tones than the official positions stated by the Chinese government’s Foreign Ministry.
Alluding to India’s strategic relationship with the United States, the paper said India followed a policy of “befriend the far and attack the near.” It said “resentment still simmered” from India’s wars with China and Pakistan. “If India really wants to be a superpower, such a policy is short-sighted and immature,” it said in the editorial.
The Global Times, an English-language newspaper which often reflects the party’s views on foreign policy and is directed towards an international audience, said India would make “a fatal error” if it mistook “China’s approach for weakness.The Chinese government and public regard territorial integrity as a core national interest, one that must be defended with every means,” the paper said. “The disputed border area is of strategic importance, and hence, India’s recent moves including Singh’s trip and approving past visits to the region by the Dalai Lama send the wrong signal. That could have dangerous consequences.”
The papers also accused India of “ignoring” China’s “concessions” on the border issue, but did not specify what the concessions were.
Indian analysts say China’s positions on the boundary issue have hardened in recent months, with Chinese objections to visits by Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh becoming more frequent and strong.
The Global Times also claimed that 96 per cent of the over 6,000 respondents of an online poll on its Chinese-language website said they felt “agitated” by the frequent visits by Indian leaders to the disputed area.