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Drive to end encroachment on Noida Expressway

The local administration, along with the Indian Air Force (IAF) officials, conducted a massive anti-encroachment drive against 35 illegal farmhouses spread over several acres of government land, in the Nagla-Nagli village along the Noida Expressway on Wednesday, following an Allahabad High Court (HC) order.According to the IAF officials, they bulldozed unauthorised construction on 40 acres of land in the village. The HC, in July, 2017, had directed the district administration to identify the IAF land allotted decades ago and to initiate criminal proceedings against the accused. Several acres of land was grabbed by colonisers and illegal colonies were developed. The 482-acre land belongs to the Ministry of Defence, given to the IAF for a bombing range in 1950.”Several notices issued were not taken seriously. The encroachers were served show cause notices on November 8 and then eviction notices on December 1. Several encroachers came to the spot after knowing about the eviction drive,” said A K Shrivastava, in-charge of anti-encroachment drive and group captain in the IAF.

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BSF scuttles smuggling attempts near Indo-Pak border in Punjab

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Ever vigilant #Bordermen scuttled attempts of smuggling of #Narcotics (heroin) in 3 different regions
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JNU VC urges Centre to install Army tank on campus as ‘symbol of patriotism’
Former ISRO chief UR Rao, man behind India’s 1st satellite Aryabhatta, passes away
US biologists discover three new toad species

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Centre asks ED to go after Maoists’ funding, support

To break the network of funding to the Maoists for carrying out insurgency activities across the country, the Centre has roped in Enforcement Directorate (ED) and directed to look into the money laundering happening in Naxal affected areas. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the ED work in close association with intelligence agencies, local police and paramilitary forces to unearth the money trail and support the Maoists are getting.Also the agencies, have been asked to find the source of funding as Central intelligence agencies has stated that few foreign countries, particularly China, have been supporting insurgent activities in India and also helping them financially apart from Maoists are aided in their efforts to build modern weapons by the Chinese intelligence. “The agencies also stated that the Chinese intelligence units have been training, arming and funding the Maoists to help them wage an inexorable war against India,”said a government officer posted in Ministry of Home Affairs.Sources said that the a list around 90 of “Naxals and associated influential people” have been made in two states — Jharkhand and Bihar — and the joint operation to check their illegal financial activities has been started. Sources also stated that there are few lawmakers and top government employees names in the list. The agency has been asked to first start with the two states and thereafter carry out in other Naxal affected states.”Also, the top Maoists who had surrendered in last five years are also under radar,” said a government official adding that there are few top Maoists who had accumulated lot of wealth during their active role as Naxal and once they surrendered, they within few months, start using their ill-gotten money to spread the network and recruit many youngsters.Furthermore, the MHA has also issued directives to all the paramilitary forces and security establishments to be more “vigilant” and go “combative” while dealing with ultras. The Centre has also asked the force not to shun the muti-prone approach like development in the naxal affected areas and facilitating surrenders of the ultras.As per the ministry, till June 30 this year, in total 424 maoists surrendered before the various law enforcement agencies across the country.Last year, the figure had reached to 1442 but in 2015 it was just 570 and in 2014 it was 676. The government major focus in Chhattisgarh after in the deadliest Maoist ambush in April, 26 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) died in Sukma area. It was well-planned massacre carried out by nearly 300 Maoists.This year, in Chhatishgarh, 298 naxals surrender followed by Jharkand with 38 and Andhra Pradesh with 35. In West bengal, 11, in Telangana and Bihar 2, in Odisha 27and Maharashtra 7 ultras surrender.According to a ministry report, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand together accounted for 68.5 per cent of the violent incidents and 69 per cent of deaths. Bihar followed by Odisha and Maharashtra accounted for 12.3 per cent, 8.2 per cent 6.9 per cent incidents.

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India reduces visas to Pakistani nationals by nearly 20,000

India has drastically reduced visas to Pakistani nationals and has given travel documents to 34,445 people from that country so far this year, the Lok Sabha was informed today.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said 34,445 Pakistani citizens have been given visas under various categories so far this year in comparison to the 52,525 visas given in 2016.As many as 12.89 lakh visas have been given to Bangladeshi nationals so far this year in comparison to 9.33 lakh visas issued in 2016, he said in his reply to a written question.Indo-Pak relations have nosedived after Pakistan- backed terrorists attacked a brigade headquarters in Uri, Indian Air Force Station in Pathankot and the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani by the security forces.Pakistan tried to highlight Wani’s killing internationally.

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Shoplifter made to fly back from Pune to Delhi airport to return stolen bag

A man managed to shoplift at Delhi airport and escape but was soon arrested as he landed in Pune.The passenger stole a ladies’ bag from a store at the Delhi T3 airport and managed to board his flight to Pune, according to a Hindustan Times report.The shop owner informed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) staff at Pune on December 10 and shared details of the passenger’s phone number, photo. The shop owner lodged a complaint about the theft to Delhi Police. The passenger picked up the bag at Delhi airport at 1.15 am and boarded the Jet Airways flight at 2.15am for Pune. As soon he landed at Pune airport, he was detained by the officials and the shoplifter admitted that he stole the bag. He was made to return back to Delhi airport and return the stolen bag to the rightful owner. The shop owner withdrew its complaint after the bag was returned and the police did not register any FIR.

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Work to integrate Brahmos on 40 Sukhoi aircraft begins

Work has begun to integrate the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.The air-launched variant of the Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet on November 22, marking a major milestone to enhance the precision strike capability of the air force.The work to integrate the Brahmos missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft has begun. A timeline for the project is being set, official sources said without elaborating.it is learnt that the project is expected to be completed by 2020.The fleet of 40 Sukhoi jet will undergo structural modifications at the state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for integration of the missile on them.The 2.5-ton missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.Also readAfter supersonic success of BrahMos, DRDO to make its booster motor in IndiaThe range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.Brahmos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft.Once the project to integrate the weapon on the combat fleet was over, the IAF capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land is expected to go up manifold.”It is a very important project considering IAF’s evolving requirement to boost air power when the possibility of a two-front war cannot be ruled out,” said an official.Also readDeal that wasn’t: No, India has not sold Brahmos missile to VietnamAfter the test firing of the air-launched version, the IAF had said the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30 aircraft will give the force a strategic reach and will allow it to dominate the ocean and the battle fields.The integration of the missile on Sukhoi aircraft is a very complex process involving mechanical, electrical and software modifications of the Su-30 jet.Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.Also readWATCH: Mind-blowing footage of Indian Navy test-firing BrahMos missile will strike fear into India’s enemies

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Give powers to CAPFs to buy new vehicles: Home Ministry

Flooded with delays in replacing vehicles damaged in ambush the Home Ministry has written to the Finance Ministry seeking powers for chiefs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to buy new ones.There is a huge backlog of damaged vehicles that need to be declared non-operational, sources said.Among the most severely hit forces is the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) serving in Maoist conflict zones as they are targeted by rebels planting improvised explosive devices on the roads. Sources said there are nearly 400-500 vehicles that need replacement.Currently the powers lie with the Finance Ministry and get stuck in bureaucratic delays leading to forces using obsolete vehicles.”A damaged vehicles needs to be declared non-operational. Till the process does not take place it cannot be replaced,” said a home ministry official.This is part of the plan to give a push to the modernisation drive for police forces. The Home Ministry has already laid out a blue print for the Rs 25,000 crore modernisation schemes. Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a review meeting on Thursday took a low down on the plan that is expected to give a push to modern technology to enhance internal security measures, women safety, better surveillance and use of better weapons. There has also been a five time increase in the amount sanctioned for CAPFs as part of a two year modernisation plan. The Home Ministry has also approved the plan worth Rs 1054 from the corpus of Rs. 25,000 crore for the years 2018 and 2019.CRPF AFFECTEDAmong the most severely hit forces is the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) serving in Maoist conflict zones as they are targeted by rebels planting improvised explosive devices on the roads.

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Taj Mahal once again in controversy after video of ‘Shiv aarti’ at site surfaces

Taj Mahal witnessed high drama on Wednesday when two men worshiping Hindu God, Shiv, inside the Mughal monument. A video, showing one of the two men reading Shiv Aarti inside the tomb, while another filming him using a cell phone was leaked on Wednesday. Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force that guards the monument has sought a report on the incident.According to the sources in the force, the video appeared on Wednesday and was apparently filmed on Tuesday evening. Soon as the visitors reported that two men had kept some ‘pooja articles’ on the marble floor near the graves and were seen doing Shiv Aarti, officials intervened and the CISF deployed at Taj Mahal was also informed.”The Director General of Central Industrial Security Force has sought a report on this. The Deputy Commandant deployed at Taj Mahal has been asked to submit a report related to the incident to the DG office, to the District Magistrate and concerned Superintendent of Police. Primary probe has revealed that the video was filmed on Tuesday evening and the matter is being looked into,” a senior officer told DNA.However, the officers also said that cell phones are allowed inside the monument and the two men were not carrying anything suspicious for which they could be stopped at the entrance. “Soon after the incident was reported required measures were taken,” the officer added.The Taj had off late been into repeated controversies, one of them sparked recently when the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had released a booklet on UP Tourism, featuring most of the state’s heritage and cultural sites leaving Taj Mahal. A few months before this Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a remark that attracted criticism and controversy, had reportedly said that Taj Mahal did not reflect Indian culture.

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Assam: Three suspected ULFA-I cadre shoot dead father, son

Three suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA-I) cadre dressed in army fatigues have shot dead a Village Defence Force (VDF) president and his son in Simaluguri area of the district.Simaluguri Village Defence Force (VDF) president Anteswar Mahanta and his son W. Mahanta were killed on Monday after they were dragged out of their house and were shot dead by AK-47.”We reached the spot as soon as we received the information and we have started the investigation. The attack was carried out with an AK-47 whereby it seems that there are suspected ULFA militants behind the incident,” District Superintendent of Police (SP) Mugdhajyoti Mahanta told ANI.Earlier on Saturday, one ULFA cadre was arrested here by Dangri Kumar Army Camp of Dao Division.The said cadre, identified as Abhay Deka, was involved in the Dillighat firing incident in November 2015.

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Why did Manmohan Singh not show courage to order surgical strikes post 26/11 attack: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a public rally, asked his predecessor Manmohan Singh why did he not show the courage to order a surgical strike post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, despite the readiness of the Army.He said after the Mumbai attacks, the Air Force had approached the then prime minister Singh with a plan for surgical strikes, but the government did not show the courage to order it.”Under whose advice did he (Singh) do so,” Modi asked the gathering at the Navlakhi compound here.”Someone who served at a high position in the Air Force has said that after 26/11, they went to the then prime minister with a plan for surgical strikes. Sadly, the then government did not show the courage to do that,” Modi said and cited the example of his government’s action in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack in September last year.Also readCongress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM Modi”My government, in the aftermath of the Uri attack by Pakistan, had launched a surgical strike inside the borders of Pakistan, targeting several terror camps and launchpads. The strikes came as a surprise for the Pakistanis who were caught unaware. While the maximum damage was inflicted on their side, the Indian soldiers came back without any casualties,” he added.Modi also questioned Congress leaders, including its vice president Rahul Gandhi, for raising doubts over the surgical strikes.”Are such secret matters to be discussed in public?” he asked, saying this was the difference between the NDA government and the UPA government.Modi said the reason behind his vacating the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in 2014 was for blossoming the “lotus” in Uttar Pradesh and replicating the Gujarat model of development in that state.After winning two Lok Sabha seats from Vadodara and Varanasi in the 2014 general election, Modi had retained the Varanasi seat.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | Final leg: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat todayHe thanked the people of Vadodara for allowing him to resign from here.The prime minister also justified demonetisation, saying it was aimed at unearthing black money and preventing the parallel economy.He said the government had since succeeded in unearthing a “hawala” racket in Jammu and Kashmir which led to the arrest of many leaders who were advocating support for terrorism in the state.Congress leaders were not happy with demonetisation as it was a source of their income and even after a year since the note ban, they had kept the issue alive, he said.The prime minister also wondered how a “secret meeting” between Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar and the former Pakistani high commissioner and other leaders from that country could take place without the knowledge of the Government of India.Modi said when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, he used to take permission from the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government at the Centre before holding a meeting with a foreign dignitary.Also readIndians unhappy with PM Narendra Modi’s approach to Pakistan, but back his stance on Kashmir: Pew Survey

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IGIA staffer, 1 more held for gold smuggling

A housekeeping staff working at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was held on Sunday, along with another man, for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold worth over Rs 14 lakh. Both the men were apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and were later handed over to the Customs, along with the four gold bars seized from them.According to senior officers, around 3.20 am, the CISF surveillance and intelligence staff at the Delhi airport spotted a cleaner of the Lion manpower, who had a pass for the apron , entering the international pier through arrival de-boarding gate number six from the apron side.”On a suspicion, the CISF surveillance team followed the staff member. They saw that the suspect was signalling to a passenger waiting inside the airport’s smoking room. Further, the team noticed that the said passenger handed over a cigarette packet to the airport ground staff member, after which he rushed towards a pier and the passenger moved towards the arrival immigrations,” a senior CISF officer said.Immediately, both of them were intercepted by the CISF team. Upon searching, four gold bars weighing approximately 466 g were recovered from the staff member, who was identified as Rajnish Pal. Later, the passenger was identified as Shahnawaz, an Indian citizen, who had arrived from Abu Dhabi, the officer said.Senior officers said the Customs was informed and both the accused, along with the seized gold, were handed over to them for further legal action.

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In 2017, CISF earns its highest-ever consultancy revenue

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) earned a record Rs 2.5 crore through its consultancy services this year. The paramilitary force that secures the Delhi Metro and the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national Capital also provides consultancy services, and had recently offered them to schools after the Ryan murder case.Hemendra Singh, assistant inspector general and public relations officer of the CISF, said that during this calendar year, CISF’s total revenue earning was 2.54 crore — the highest-ever in a single calendar year since the inception of the force’s consultancy services. The previous best earning through consultancy was Rs 2.10 crore in 2015.The CISF has provided consultancy services to 157 establishments under both government and private sectors, and PSUs.Some of the force’s prominent clients include AIIMS, Allahabad High Court, Central Jail Bhopal, IITs, IIM Indore, Infosys Ltd, LBS Academy of Administration Mussourie, Museums under Ministry of Culture, RBI Mumbai, Aditya Birla Group institutions, Bajaj Auto Ltd, and others.”Through the consultancy services, we intend to provide integrated security solutions that are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the clients. Recently, we offered our consultancy services to various schools as a social responsibility measure. Till date, 14 schools from all parts of country have requested t6he CISF to provide consultancy services to strengthen their security apparatus,” Singh said.

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CRPF upset over removal from ‘soft’ VIP postings

The decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to relieve the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police if VIP security and hand it over to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has created fissures among the paramilitary forces. The CRPF is objecting to the move on the grounds that it will take away the possibility of soft postings for the force that is mostly serving in conflict zones, combating Maoists and deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.Sources said five battalions, comprising nearly 5,000 troops from CRPF are currently rotated for VIP duty, allowing them a soft posting and providing a break from continuously serving in a conflict zone.Other than taking on stone-pelters in Kashmir recently, the force has also been part of anti-terror operations in the state along with the Army and state police.The force is preparing a detailed presentation on the subject that will be taken up with the Ministry of Home Affairs, sources said.The VIP security will be handed over to CISF in a phased manner. While ITBP, entrusted with guarding the India-China border, has welcomed the move, the CISF will need to increase its strength to meet the requirement of additional VIP duty.”There will need to be a quick recruitment in CISF to meet the demand of providing security to nearly 100 more personalities to begin with,” said an official from one of the forces.According to the plan, CISF and National Security Guards (NSG) — popularly known as Black Cats — will remain the two main forces for VIP security. Currently, the CRPF and CISF protect around 150 personalities, with each force guarding close to 75 VIPs. Among the CRPF protectees are some high profile names like BJP President Amit Shah and industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who pays for his security.ITBP currently guards only 17 personalities, while NSG gives protection to 14.There are categories of security — highest being Z plus, followed by Z, X and Y, depending on threat perception.ADDED RECRUITSFive battalions, comprising nearly 5,000 troops from CRPF are rotated for VIP duty Mostly serve conflict zones, combating Maoists and deployed in Jammu and Kashmir Protect around 150 personalities, guarding close to 75 VIPs

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SKAT stuns all with aerial stunts

The audience was thrilled to see the amazing aerial acrobatics of the Aerobatics Team of the Air Force, Suryakiran (SKAT) during air Show held at Jodhpur Air Force Station on Tuesday morning. Regardless of the bad weather, fearless pilots of the Air Force demonstrated the flying skills and harmony by showing a formation of the fighter aircraft from Rafael to the Tejas.After the entry of the new British Aircraft Hawk Mk 132 in Surya Kiran, there was a full dress rehearsal for the first time in Rajasthan. Under the leadership of Suryakiran team group captain Ajit Kulkarni, 9 aircraft showed about 21 formations in the air. The shark fighter showed a spectacular artwork from Hawk with various maneuvers. It is the one of the world’s best team to showcase the best aerobatics. After this, it was started once again in 2015 with six Hawk Train Jets. The more the risk, the more sense of joyGroup Capt Ajit Kulkarni believes that It’s very risky to show the thriller acrobats in the air but there is also a different feeling of happiness and joy in doing this. He believes that they perform the thriller acrobatics due to mutual understanding and concentration. Displaying one form after another is no less than a challenge and risk.The weather was bad in Jodhpur on Tuesday. It seemed that the performance of Suryakiran team would be postponed but despite the bad weather, this team showed the feat. At the same time, the speed of the wind was too fast, but this is part of our training.He told that the skill of performing such tricks in the sky is very difficult to achieve. Pilots, who have experience of flying fighter jets for six to seven years, have to face many challenges to join this team.
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SKAT prepared to dazzle Jodh skies

Denizens of Jodhpur city will be treated to the daring aerobats by the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) aerobatic demonstration team – Surya Kiran. With their aerial meticulously planned and executed stunts, the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) is surely going to thrill the locals while also providing them with a window into India’s sky warriors.Interestingly, it will be for the first time for Rajasthan, since the induction of MK132 – Hawk – jets into the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team that the team would demonstrate its flying. Moreover, it will also be the first time when the full strength of nine jets would take part in Rajasthan. Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team is expected to carry out a number of maneuvers including close passes, brand formations and rolls, and loops.Formed in 1996 to serve as the “Ambassadors of the Indian Air Force” and also to “showcase the professionalism, the caliber and the mettle of the Indian Air Force” , the Surya Kiran Team flew in the HJT-16 Kiran MK2 before being suspended in February 2011 due to a shortage of basic jet trainers in IAF. However, the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team was resurrected in 2015 when the Hawk MK132 was inducted.The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team had previously visited Jodhpur in September last year when it had six planes, however this time the full nine planes are set to thrill and awe the people with their finesse in flying. The team was formed in 1996 to serve as the “Ambassadors of the Indian Air Force”
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Cyclone Ockhi: Death toll in Kerala rises to 25, Centre assures all help

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today visited cyclone-hit Kerala and assured the state of all help while asserting that rescue operations would continue till every missing fishermen was brought back safely.A total of 20 fishermen from the state were rescued by Navy today while the toll in rain-related incidents in the aftermath of ‘Ochki’ cyclone was officially put at 25.Sitharaman gave the assurance at a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here after visiting some areas hit by the natural calamity in the district, a CMO release said.Her meeting came even as Naval ships, helicopters, Coast Guard vessels and Air Force planes continued to be engaged in the rescue and relief operations to track down the 100 odd fishermen, reported missing after the cyclone tore into the state’s south coast on November 30.The toll in the rain-related incidents was put at 25 by the state government. Of this, twelve bodies were yet to be identified. Eleven of the deceased were from Thiruvanathapuram district while the other belonged to Kollam, officials said.A Navy ship located a fishing boat with nine crew members, missing from Kochi for the last 15 days, off Lakshadweep coast while ll fishermen, who put out to sea from here, were brought back to the shore at Kochi, they said.During the meeting with Sitharaman, Vijayan requested for generous help by the Centre for relief works considering the gravity of the situation if there was any technical hurdle to declare ‘Ockhi’ cyclone as a national disaster.Also readAfter wreaking havoc in Kerala, TN, Ockhi puts Maha, Guj on alertHe also sought financial assistance for implementing long-term rehabilitation schemes for the affected fishermen.The Defence Minister wanted the state to prepare a detailed memorandum and send it to the Centre, the CMO release said.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 28 boats carrying 321 fishermen land safely at Ratnagiri Earlier, talking to reporters, Sitharaman said “Search and rescue operations will continue..There will not be any dilution of operations.” “We want to make sure that each and every fishermen who had gone from Kerala comes back safely,” she said.She visited Vizhinjam and Poonthura fishing hamlets, from where most of the fishermen have been reported missing.”They (fishing community) are in deep distress…I can see it,” she said.Sitharaman said fishermen who had gone much before the cyclone warning, probably 15 days ago, had been spotted in the sea and given food and water.”So I will not lose hope even for a minute. If boats that had gone 15 days ago had come back with fishermen alive, we will make every attempt to bring everybody back,” she said.The fishermen’s demand for including some of their men in the rescue team had been accepted and already 11 of them have joined the Navy boats and helicopters engaged in the operations, she added.”This is the time to keep my focus on rescue operations,” she said replying to a question.The Minister addressed the fishermen both at Vizhinjam and Poonthura, assuring them that there would be no laxity in the search operations.It was an emotionally charged atmosphere at the two fishing villages as women wailing and weeping for the safe return of their husbands and brothers came together to hear the minister, while the men folk raised slogans.”I speak with folded hands…Please listen to me peacefully…The warning was given on November 29…We started search operations from November 30…The Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force began their work. Many people were saved,” she said.”Many people have come back to their families…We have not stopped the search operations,” she said, adding war ships were also being engaged in the mission.So much efforts, not even witnessed when the tsunami had hit the Indian coast, were being taken now, the minister, who arrived here from Kanyakumari this morning, said.State Fisheries minister, Mercykutty and Devaswom minister, Kadakampally Surendran accompanied Sitharaman.However, the local fishermen alleged that there was lack of coordination in rescue operations and staged protests in some places.Pastor of a local church at Vizhinjam said the search operations should continue intensively and the compensation should be disbursed by state and central governments in a time-bound manner.In a tweet yesterday, Sitharaman had said nearly 390 fishermen from the state had been rescued by the Navy, the Air Force, Coast Guard and merchant vessels.
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Snag-hit MiG 21 bis en route to Jaisalmer lands in Jaipur

A Mig 21 bis fighter plane made emergency landing at Jaipur airport on Saturday evening. Till Saturday night it was at the airport.Sources informed that the fighter plane with a pilot was en route from Gwalior to Jaisalmer when it developed some technical snag mid air. Since Jaipur was the nearest airport it had landed at Jaipur airport. Sources informed that a part which was not working in the fighter plane will have to be replaced to make it in flying condition.MiG look backRussian MiG-21bis —which completed 50 years in service this April 2013 is likely to remain operational in its upgraded version until 2019 — two years later than they were originally scheduled to be decommissionedThe Defence Ministry had stated that the Mig-21bis would be decommissioned in 2017. However, there has been nearly three-year delay in Tejas programme and the Air Force is yet to give operational clearance to it.
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Felt like riding a car: Singapore Defence Minister recollects Tejas experience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday hailed India’s indigenously-built multi-role light combat aircraft Tejas as “excellent and very impressive”.As the first civilian foreigner to fly on Tejas, Ng took a half-an-hour flight in the plane at the Kalaikunda airbase here. “It is an excellent aircraft and it is very impressive,” Ng told reporters here. He praised Air Vice Marshal A P Singh, the pilot who flew the Tejas, saying he felt as if he was riding a car and not flying in a fighter aircraft. Asked whether Singapore is interested in buying the Tejas fighter aircraft, Ng said he is not a pilot and it is for the technical people to take a call on it.Indian defence sources said Singapore has evinced interest in Tejas. During the Bahrain air show where Tejas aircraft was showcased, some countries in the Middle East had also shown interest, the defence sources said. Two Tejas aircraft were flown in here from Bangalore for displaying them to the Singapore Defence Minister. Air Vice Marshal Singh, who flew the Tejas today, is the project director of the National Flight Test Centre- Aeronautical Development Agency.
ALSO READ 7 things you need to know about the indigenous LCA TejasTejas aircraft was designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force and the Navy. The Singapore Defence Minister is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman in Delhi tomorrow. “Bilateral defence ties between our two countries are strong and it is getting stronger,” Ng said. Singapore Air Force is holding joint military training with their Indian counterpart at the Kalaikunda airbase.Asked about the joint military training, Ng said, “I hope this will continue for long”. The first joint military training between Indian Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) was held at the Gwalior air force station in 2004. Such an exercise was first held in Kalaikunda in 2007 and since then regular joint training has been held at the air force station here.

RPF hero saves senior citizen’s life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable saved the life of a 62-year-old man after the senior citizen accidentally slipped in the gap between the train and the platform at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) while boarding the wrong train on Sunday. The incident was captured by the CCTV cameras installed on the platform.According to the RPF, Jagannath Unhale, a Vashi resident, was on his way to attend a marriage ceremony in Nagpur and had bought a ticket for the Nagpur-Duronto Express but wrongly tried to board the Vidarbha Express at 7 pm.Amidst the confusion, Unhale slipped which is when head constable Sachin Sabne, posted at the station, displayed quick-thinking and helped to pull Unhale out before he could slip into the gap entirely.”By the time I realised I had boarded the wrong train, it started moving and I slipped. Before being dragged into the gap, the head constable came to my rescue and saved my life,” said a relieved Unhale.

Indian Air Force’s trainer aircraft Kiran crashes in Telangana, pilot safe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian Air Force trainer aircraft crashed in Telangana on Friday, but the pilot is safe, an official communication said.Kiran, the aircraft, was on its routine training mission. The aircraft that took off from the Hakimpet Air Force station around 2 pm crashed 50 km away in Siddipet.The aircraft burst into flames when the cadet tried to make an emergency landing but failed.A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the crash.

Indian Navy gets its first woman pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the NavySwaroop, the daughter of a Naval commander is the first Naval woman pilot even though the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons.After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function here yesterday attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil LanbaAll the four will be undergoing subsequent professional training in their respective chosen branches before being employed on duty, Southern Naval spokesperson Commander Sreedhar Warrier said.Swaroop will be trained at the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.Swaroop has followed the footsteps Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh who were commissioned as Flying Officers in the Indian Air Force last year in July becoming the first women fighter pilots in the country.Three other women cadets Rashi Raina, Shivangi Singh and Pratibha are currently undergoing the first stage of training to be fighter pilots.The Indian armed forces have begun opening new roles for women that had been dominated by men for decades.In a big step towards addressing gender biases in the armed forces, the Army also recently decided to induct women into military police.Currently women are recruited for selected roles in medical, education, legal, signals and engineering wings, and only as officers.The decision could be the first step before including women for combat duties in the Army.

Who is Shubhangi Swaroop? 5 things you must know about Indian Navy’s first woman pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy on Thursday inducted Shubhangi Swaroop as the first woman pilot into its ranks. Along with Swaroop, three other women – Astha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthi Maya S – also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy.All four passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function in Kannur on Wednesday, attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.Here are five things to know about Indian Navy’s first woman pilot Shubhangi Swaroop: 1- Shubhangi Swaroop hails from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.2- Shubhangi will be trained at the Dundigal Air Force Academyat Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.3- She will soon be flying Navy’s Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.4- Her father Gyan Swaroop is a serving Naval officer.5- “I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also,” she said after her induction as the Indian Navy pilot. Earlier in October this year, the Indian Air Force inducted Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh as pilots after their strenuous training.

IAF’s C-130J Hercules sets new world record for longest non-stop flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant feat, the Indian Air Force’s C-130J plane has set a record of being the longest flight onboard. On Twitter, IAF said on Saturday that it had carried out a 13 hours 31 minute non-stop fligth by C130J crew which isn’t just an IAF record, but an IAF record by C130’s. It was a gruelling 13-hour-31-minute non-stop flight, which IAF hailed as a show of ‘great courage, skill and strength’. The Lockheed Martin C-130J “Super” Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. India have inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs.6000 crore in 2010. The C-130 J can be used for unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, alongside duties such as gunship for aerial assaults, search and rescue mission, maritime patrolling.

CISF, cops to replan Metro’s security structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the molestation of a journalist at ITO metro station subway sparked a row over women’s safety, Director General of CISF, the force that secures metro stations, and Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, on Friday, discussed a review of the present security system of Delhi Metro.It was on Tuesday night when the journalist who was entering the metro station was attacked by a man who attempted to grope the woman. CCTV footage of the incident which went viral on social media also shows that when the woman was confronted and raised an alarm, the man tried to escape but was chased by the journalist. A day later he was arrested by the Delhi Police and was identified as a 25-year-old tea stall worker.Following the incident, while the DG CISF, OP Singh, has directed his DIG DMRC unit to review the security setup in Delhi Metro, Patnaik also ordered a Special Commissioner to look into the security structure that the Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP)follows. Soon the Delhi Police and CISF are expected to replan their security set up in Delhi Metro.The incident took place in the subway that connects the main road to ITO metro station. When DNA looked into the security set up of a metro station, it was found that various areas are divided according to jurisdiction of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police’s DMRP.However, Singh pointed out that the force is always the first responder to any incident inside or even in the proximity to any metro station. “For us, security and safety of passengers come first and we have always responded with our best. Such incidents are addressed with utmost priority and no laxity will be tolerated,” Singh said.Talking to DNA, a senior CISF officer said, “Technically the areas that fall under CISF’s are start from frisking gates to the platform. The tracks, electrical installations over the tracks and areas beyond frisking areas, like the entry staircase or subways connecting the metro station to main roads are to be technically guarded by the DMRP. However, since the DMRP is drastically short staffed, our QRTs keep patrolling these areas also.”Even on Tuesday, the CISF was the first responder when the journalist was attacked at ITO, the DG claimed. Pankaj Singh, DCP Metro, said that they have requested for increased manpower.SOLUTIONS NEEDEDDMRP – metro train track tunnel, electrical installations over the track, subways connecting metro stations to main roads, staircase at entrance of metro stations
CISF – from the frisking gates to the platforms
Problem: Every metro station in the Capital is divided into different areas to be taken care of by the CISF and DMRP separately. This creates confusion over jurisdiction in such cases leading to delayed action

It was a very brave decision: Major General BS Raju hails Kashmiri footballer Majid Khan for leaving LeT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major success for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Anantnag’s footballer turned terrorist has surrendered.The 20-year-old footballer, Majid Khan, who had recently joined Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), surrendered before the security forces in Kashmir.Majid was presented before the media at a press conference here on Friday.’It was a very brave decision by Majid Khan. I compliment him and assure that he will be able to get back to normal life very soon,’ said Major General BS Raju, who heads the Victor Force that performs counter-insurgency operations in five districts of South Kashmir.Majid surrendered before the First Rashtriya Rifles and is currently under the custody of Victor Force in Awantipora.Majid reportedly surrendered after his parents’ appeal.Even the top police officer of Jammu and Kashmir appealed Majid to surrender and once again join the mainstream.On Thursday, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Munir Khan told media, ‘A very serious counselling campaign is going on in Kashmir to discourage youth to join militancy and we will get positive results in near future. It is our sincere endeavour to ensure that these misguided youth come and join the mainstream.’He also informed the media that the government is preparing a new surrender policy for local Kashmiri militants.

‘No controversy,’ says IAF Chief BS Dhanoa on Congress’ allegations of Rafale deal scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi continued targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force Chief rebutted the allegations and said India got the combat jets and ‘fair price’.Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who was in Punjab’s Adampur, addressed media after an event and said that there is no controversy over the deal.“There is no controversy. What is the controversy, I don’t understand! It (Rafale jets) are not overpriced. The government has negotiated a very good deal,” the Air Chief Marshal said.“I think we have negotiated a better deal in the Rafale contract than what we did in MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft),” he added.The comments come on a day when Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi slammed media’s silence. ‘Why don’t you question PM Modi about Rafale deal,’ Gandhi told reporters in Gujarat earlier today.He also alleged that the deal was done to favour just one businessman. In a tweet, he had raised concerns over Anil Ambani-owned company’s joint venture with Dassault Aviation.India is buying 36 Rafale combat jets from France in ready condition. The deal will help the Indian Air Force to amp up its flying power. At present the IAF has just 32 squadrons against an authorisation of 42.

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

Defence committee takes stock of preparations in Jaisalmer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Standing Parliamentary Committee of Defence Affairs visited the Jaisalmer Air Force Station and the Military Area on Wednesday and observed the operational preparations. In the meeting with the Army and Air Force Officers, they discussed about the activities across the border, operational preparations for dealing with the enemy, deployment of new equipment and weapons and potential threat.The officials explained to them about all operational preparations including joint land and air operational preparation of the army and air force during the war.Air Force officers told about the importance of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Uttarlai, Bikaner and Phalodi airbase on the western boundary located in the distance of three hundred km and also gave information about air operational preparations They also told about the strength of Sukhoi 30, especially upgraded fighter aircraft and also gave information about the communication system to monitor every activity across the border. In addition to this, they provided information about army exercise in Pokhran and recent successful trial of the tanks, missiles and all other equipments. In the meeting, officials said that there will be shortage of fighter aircrafts due to the start of the phase-out of MiG series aircrafts. They also told the committee about tanks, armored vehicles, weapons and lack of ammunition.On this, the committee members told that the defence sector is the first priority for the government. The government is serious about military requirements. The process of procuring all modern equipment including arms, tanks for the army and the new aircraft, arms and equipment for the air force is underway. With the purchase of new weapons, the construction of indigenous weapons is also going on fast. Modernization work is going on fast in the army and air force and the three armies will be made more powerful.Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and Lok Sabha MP, who is also the President of this committee, is himself retired Army Major General. Therefore, under his leadership, committee members are observing and understanding about operational activities of the Army and the Air Force, near the border in Rajasthan. After taking stock of army and air bases in Jaisalmer and meeting with officials, the team reached the Tanot mata temple by helicopter. After sighting there, they watched the cross-border activities from the Bablian border post along with the BSF officials. Defence Parliamentary Committee will come to Barmer on Thursday morning and will visit the uttarlai airbase and the Jalipa Army cantt. They will also check the munabao border post. Apart from Khanduri, the committee includes eighteen MPs including MP Kalraj Mishra, Sanjay Raut and others. The committee reached Jaisalmer on wednesday after seeing the preparations of the Army and Air Force in Jodhpur. After visiting Barmer, Committee members will visit Jodhpur on Friday and will take information about the equipment and weapons designed for the army in Defence Laboratory. Exercise and trialsAir Force officers provided information about army exercise in Pokhran and recent successful trial of the tanks, missiles and all other equipments. After taking stock of army and air bases in Jaisalmer and meeting with officials, the team reached the Tanot mata temple by helicopter. They watched the cross-border activities from the Bablian border post along with the BSF officials.Defense Parliamentary Committee will go to Barmer on Thursday morning and will visit the uttarlai airbase and the Jalipa Army cantt.

Army mulling imported rifles for troops in combat zones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army is exploring the option of importing modern assault rifles for the infantry engaged in counter-terror operations and other combat positions as homegrown weapons lack the potency needed for such encounters.People with the knowledge of the matter have told DNA that the force feels that at least 2.5 lakh assault rifles out of the total requirement of 8 lakh should be procured from abroad. These can be used by the front-line troops who fight terrorists in Kashmir and insurgents in North-East.The need to equip the infantry with a modern assault rifle is a top priority, Army sources said.”Buying the entire 8 lakh rifles from a foreign firm will turn out to be very expensive. But we cannot compromise on the quality of the weapon being used by the infantry,” said an army source.Another option being explored is to get the initial procurement from abroad and subsequently set up a manufacturing line in India under the Strategic Partnership model.The Army had earlier expressed reservations on the assault rifle being developed by the state-run Ordnance Factory Board. This firearm was expected to meet infantry’s requirement and be an alternative for the INSAS (Indian Small Arms Systems) rifles inducted in 1988.Listing out the limitations in the 7.62 x 51 mm rifle after an internal evaluation, the army review had said in June that the weapon is a prototype with several faults that go beyond 20 times the maximum permissible limit.In September 2016, when the Ministry of Defence came out with a Request for Information to identify probable vendors, it was said that 65,000 out of the total requirement of 1.85 lakh rifles were needed urgently.Not just the Army, but other forces like the Central Reserve Police Force, which is a part of the counter-terror operations in Kashmir and fights Maoists, is also looking at global options. Soon after Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged for speeding up indigenous procurement for para military forces, the CRPF issued a global tender for 29,823 assault rifles.Sources said the need to arm the forces with a modern assault rifle is a must in view of the changing dynamics of counter-insurgency operations, especially in Kashmir.Joint operations by the Army, CRPF and Jammu & Kashmir police have been successful and resulted in killings of terrorists including several top commanders. Nearly terrorists have been gunned down this year in Kashmir going past last year’s tally of 150.MORE FIREPOWERThe Army sources said that at least 2.5 lakh expensive assault rifles out of the total requirement of 8 lakh should be procured from abroad.
These can be used by the front-line troops who fight terrorists in Kashmir and insurgents in North-East.

Govt freezes 58,000 bank accounts of 35K shell cos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The noose around shell companies has tightened as the government has banned 58,000 bank accounts of 35,000 alleged shell companies who have deposited and withdrawn over Rs 17,000 crore during since demonetization.The move is part of a massive ongoing drive during which 2.24 lakh companies have so far been struck off. These corporations had been inactive for two years or more.After receiving inputs from 56 banks, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs restricted the operation of the bank accounts of the shell companies.These companies were not disclosing their financial details such as tax returns. Directors associated with these companies have been barred from banking transactions.In one case, a company which had a negative opening balance on November 8, 2016, deposited and withdrew Rs 2,484 crore after demonetization.Another company was found to have as many as 2,134 accounts.The Ministry of Finance said, “Apart from restrictions on bank accounts, action has also been taken to restrict the sale and transfer of the companies’ moveable and immovable properties until they are restored.”The state governments have also been advised to take necessary action by disallowing the registration of such transactions.The Directorate of Investigation, Kolkata, has busted a massive black money racket and identified 64,811 beneficiaries and shell companies involving bogus tax exemption of nearly Rs 38,000 crores through listed companies. The first detailed report on shell companies, prepared by the DDIT (Investigation) led by Dhruv Purari Singh, IRS, has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in 2015. After this report, the PMO constituted a Special Task Force under the joint chairmanship of Revenue Secretary and Secretary, Corporate Affairs, to monitor the drive against defaulting companies, with the help of various agencies. The Special Task Force has so far met five times and has initiated action against several defaulting companies.The information about these suspect companies has been shared with enforcement agencies including the CBDT, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIUs-Ind), Department of Financial Services and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for further action. Companies have also been identified for investigation under the Companies Act, 2013, and necessary operation is underway including criminal prosecution.To curb black money, the government has taken various steps. RoC has disqualified directors on the board of such companies that have failed to file financial statements or Annual Returns for a continuous period of three fiscal years, during 2013-14 to 2015-16. Around 3.09 lakh directors have been affected by this action. A preliminary inquiry has shown that there are over 3,000 disqualified directors in more than 20 companies, which is beyond the limit prescribed by the company law.It was recently that the SFIO authorised the director, additional director and assistant director to arrest any person believed to be guilty of any fraud punishable under Section 447 of the Act, which defines fraud, stringent punishment including imprisonment up to 10 years is stipulated. The SFIO will also house a software application, to be developed soon, put in place an ‘Early Warning System’.The government has also constituted a high-level committee to suggest the revamp of the disciplinary systems against Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries and Cost Accountants. The government is also planning to set up a National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA), an independent body, to test check financial statements, prescribe accounting standards and to take disciplinary action against errant professionals.THE BIG CATCH64,811
The Directorate of Investigation, Kolkata, has busted a massive black money racket and identified 64,811 beneficiaries and shell companies involving bogus tax exemption of nearly Rs 38,000 crores.

6-year-old boy kidnapped, sodomised for 6 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan’s 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old youth who spotted him playing near his house. After the boy went missing for hours, his relatives started searching for him and informed the police. However, six hours later, the victim’s uncle finally caught the man red-handed in a compromising position with the boy and handed him over to the police. On Tuesday afternoon, the boy was playing near Adinath Society in the Odhav area, when according to the police, they received a complaint from the boy’s father that he had gone missing. The family and the police then started a search in the area and it was only after six hours that the uncle chanced upon the youth with the boy behind a workshop 300 metres away from his house. The accused was identified as Mayur Suthar (21), a construction labourer, who revealed during his interrogation that he was passing by area when he started talking to the boy. He then took him for a ride, promising to teach to ride a bike as well, after which he took the boy behind the workshop and sodomised him. CB Tandel, in-charge inspector of Odhav police station said,“The accused was nabbed by the boy’s uncle and handed over to police. Suthar didn’t know the boy, he had randomly picked him and sodomised him. We have lodged a case against him and further investigation is underway.”

Government taking fresh look on appointing Chief of Defence Staff

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 09:38 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The government is considering appointing a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri- services with a sense of urgency, defence ministry sources said today.They said government was revisiting the long-pending issue, indicating that a clear picture may emerge soon. The defence ministry is attending to it with a sense of urgency, the sources said. A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country’s security system in the wake of the Kargil war in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister. A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff.However, successive governments were unable to take a call on the sensitive issue. “Several steps have to be taken before the appointment (of the CDS),” a source said. In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm.

India, Japan start 3-day naval warfare exercise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The navies of India and Japan began a three-day anti-submarine warfare exercise on Sunday as part of strategic cooperation between the two countries. The aim of the exercise is to bolster support for each other in the Indian Ocean Region and to keep an eye on the increased presence of Chinese vessels and submarines.China has also been taking an aggressive stand in the South China Sea.The Indian Navy has deployed a P-8I Long-Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft, while the Japanse Navy sent two P-3 Orion Maritime anti-submarine aircrafts.The exercise will conclude on October 31.Frequent forays by Chinese vessels have been a matter of great concern for India as the Chinese Navy controls ports in Djibouti, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and now Myanmar.The increased frequency of Chinese vessels docked in Karachi and “unusual” activites of their naval units in the Indian Ocean is alarming.The enhanced naval cooperation was decided during Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to Japan in July.This was just after the recently concluded Japan-India-US Trilateral Maritime Exercise — Malabar 2017.Meanwhile, in another significant move to enhance defence cooperation in the region, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhano will visit Vietnam between October 30 and November 3.”During his visit, he is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the top brass of Vietnam People’s Air Force and Air Defence (VPAF) on security challenges in the current geopolitical scenario and explore ways to deepen the defence cooperation further. The main focus of the visit would be on improving bilateral relations, promoting defence ties and evolving steps to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two Air Forces,” the Indian Air Force said in a statement.Earlier this month, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba also visited Vietnam.

India-China border: Govt wants temperature-controlled posts for ITBP jawans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is looking into a proposal for 50 temperature-controlled posts along the India-China border for ITBP jawans who guard the Himalayan heights in sub-zero temperatures, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Tuesday.Addressing personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, established on this day 56 years ago to guard India’s borders with China, the home minister announced a slew of other measures to boost the capabilities of the force.These include the construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.There are 176 border posts along the India-China border, from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.According to Singh, the government is considering using technology to maintain a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in the proposed new posts. These will be located in high-altitude areas where ITBP jawans have to bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.”We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister said.The setting up of more posts is aimed at ensuring that they are not abandoned during extreme snow and cold.The government is also considering special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km Sino-Indian frontier.The force guards the border in altitudes ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,700 feet in the Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of the Indo-China Border.Singh said he is not satisfied with housing and infrastructure facilities and is “seriously” working to improve these areas.The minister said 35 old border posts in very high- altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.”We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.The minister asked ITBP troops to ensure and build good relations with border dwellers as they are “strategic assets” of the country and important stakeholders in keeping the borders safe.Singh lauded the ITBP for introducing Mandarin during basic training of its troops. This was done so they can converse with the Chinese Army during face-offs.He also asked ITBP officers to take the responsibility of at least one family of those killed in the line of duty.The ministry is working to help jawans who have suffered 50 per cent disability during operations through the Bharat Ke Veer benevolent fund, he said.ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda said the force has been nominated as the “nodal agency” for obtaining and channelising satellite communication for all border-guarding forces in the country.He said the home ministry has also approved the ITBP’s proposal to hire helicopters for high-altitude border posts.The paramilitary is enhancing its intelligence set-up, Pachnanda added.

IAF drill: Agra-Lucknow Expressway safe from Chinese, Pak missile attacks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Agra-Lucknow Expressway has now become a safe haven for the fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) from any Chinese missile attack from Doklam and Pakistan’s from Rajasthan borders. It is because the runaway at the expressway is out of Chinese and Pakistanis missile range.The IAF on Tuesday conducted a historical air operation on a 3.2 kms airstrip at Bangarmau in Unnao on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway as part of its preparedness against any Chinese and Pakistanis aggression on its air bases within their missile ranges. In case of attack, the air strike first targets air bases to destroy them so that fighter jets do not take off for launching counter-offensive.On IAF’s demand requirement, the Union surface transport ministry had passed an order to construct airstrips at every strategically located expressway selected by the Air Force. Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country to be bestowed with the honour of providing the IAF safest airstrip which out of missile range of China and Pakistan.IAF has five air bases in Uttar Pradesh. They are strategically located at Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Bareilly to facilitate landing and take off facility to MIG, Sukhoi, Jaguar and Mirage fighter jets. Landing of Hercules C-130 is yet to be tested on any of its airstrips.In first of its kind air operations anywhere in the country, about 15 fighter jets touchdown and took off airstrip near Unnao in just 28 minutes. Six Sukhoi-30, six Mirage-2000 and three Jaguars participated in the air drill at the expressway. MI-17 helicopter also participated in the operation.But the show-stopper was the Super Hercules C-130, world’s largest and heaviest tourbo-prop carrier. It took from Hindon air base in Ghaziabad with about 200 Air Force special-trained Garud Commandos. It was the first to make a landing at the expressway at 10.15 am. After Garud commandos descended the air carrier with their vehicles etc, it took off and made another landing at the end to pick them up.Mirage-2000 took off from Gwalior while Jaguar from Gorahpur and Sukhoi-30 from Bareilly air bases to make a sortie at the expressway airstrip safely. They remained on the airstrip for about 40 to 50 seconds with the front wheel up before speeding up to take off testing the airstrip was robust and safe enough to be used in case of any emergency or war-like situation.Earlier, on November 21 2016, Mirage and Sukhoi jet fighters had touchdown the airstrip on 302-km-long Lucknow-Agra Expressway when it was inaugurated by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the presence of the former Defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.It is the second expressway in Uttar Pradesh which has the airstrip to provide facility for landing and take-off. Yamuna Expressway also has similar facility. Country’s longest proposed Poorvanchal Express from Lucknow to Ballia will also have similar facility.

Why Indian Air Force drill on Agra-Lucknow Expressway means more than just thrilling pics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From Mirage 2000 fighter jet to massive C-130J Super Hercules, around 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force took part in the special drill on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Tuesday.But beyond the spectacular show of strength, the short landing drill is actually related the national security.1: The touch and go landing is meant to showcase the preparedness of the Indian Air Force during emergencies.2: The readiness to land even the 35,000 kg C-130J means that the Indian Air Force is not only ready for war but also for humanitarian crisis or natural disaster.3: The three-hour long exercise simulated war-like situations that saw Garud Special Forces commandos coming out of the C-130J transport aircraft and securing the zone.4: The drill, which was conducted near Bangarmau in the Unnao district, was first of its kind carried out this year. 5: Conventionally, the air bases are first targets during wars. The usage of national highways as landing strips means that the Air Force can function even during such situations.6: This is the fourth time that fighter jets made a short landing on a national highway. A Mirage-2000 had landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi for the first time in 2015. A similar exercise was conducted in May 2016, when a Mirage-2000 fighter plane touched down on the expressway. Last November, six Sukhoi-30 jets touched down on a 3.3- km stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.7: The drill is part of Centre’s effort to develop national highways as emergency landing strip.8: Across India, around 12 such highways have been identified for the purpose. Three of these 12 connect Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — all Maoist-affected areas, which also witness vagaries of nature like floods and cyclones almost every year.9: To make the highways as fighter jet-friendly, the thickness of the tar used on these roads would be increased to make them strong enough.10: According to reports, the 12 highways have been selected in a way so that the Indian Air Force can cover the entire country.

50 new ITBP posts along China border, troops to learn Chinese: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is considering building 50 more ITBP posts along the India-China border and using technology to ensure a round-the-year temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in all its high-altitude bases, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.Addressing jawans and officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) during its 56th Raising Day celebrations here, Singh announced a slew of measures to bolster its capabilities.These include construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh; special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km-long Sino-Indian frontier.”We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister said.There are 176 border posts along the India-China border at present.He said the government is considering using technology to ensure a temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius is maintained in all high-altitude ITBP posts that bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub zero climate.A senior officer said the move is aimed at ensuring that forward border posts are not abandoned during extreme snow and cold.”We have created a model border post in Ladakh where a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius can be maintained. We will create more such BoPs in Sikkim and the eastern sector of this border,” he said.Singh said he was not satisfied with housing and infrastructure facilities available with the 1962-raised force and he was “seriously” working to improve these areas.The minister said 35 old border posts of the force in very high-altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.”We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.The minister asked ITBP troops to ensure and build good relations with border dwellers as they are “strategic assets” of the country and important stakeholders in keeping the borders safe.Keeping in mind the frequent face-offs between the Indian and Chinese troops, ITBP personnel are now learning Chinese during their basic training, he said.Lauding the force, Singh asked ITBP officers to take responsibility for at least one family of personnel killed in the line of duty.The ministry is also working to help jawans who have suffered 50 percent disability during operations through the Bharat Ka Veer benevolent fund, he said.ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda said the force has been nominated as the “nodal agency” for obtaining and channelising satellite communication for all border-guarding forces in the country.He said the home ministry has also approved the ITBP’s proposal to hire helicopters for high-altitude border posts.The paramilitary was also enhancing its intelligence setup, he added.

Watch: Skills and tech on display: From fighter jets to transport aircraft land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are landing on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in a special drill.The aircraft, including two AN-32 transport and fighter planes such as Mirage 2000, Jaguar, Sukhoi 30 MKI are taking part in the exercise.The exercise is being conducted on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in the neighbouring Unnao districtIn a first for India, a Mirage 2000 multi-role combat jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) test-landed on the Yamuna Expressway in May 2015. In November 2016, six fighter jets of the IAF touched down on the newly-built Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The Indian Air Force (IAF) has cleared 12 national highways (NHs) as emergency landing airstrips that will enable rescue operation teams to reach affected areas easily, an official responsible for executing the project said.Although there was initially a proposal to develop a total of 21 NHs into airstrips, for now 12 highways have been cleared, with three of those connecting Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — all Maoist-affected areas — which witness vagaries of nature like floods and cyclones almost every year.

Watch | Indian Air Force’s massive C-130J Super Hercules makes short landing on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a spectacular sight when the massive C-130J Super Hercules made a short landing on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway today.The touch and go drill is part of the special exercise of the Indian Air Force to use major national highways as landing stripes.The C-130J transport aircraft was the first to begin the exercise that will see around 20 fighter jets making the same short landing.The exercise is part of an effortt by the government to use highways as runways during emergencies.Though there are more aircraft involved this time, a similar drill was conducted last year.On May 21, 2016, a Mirage 2000 fighter plane of the IAF had touched down on the Yamuna Expressway as a display of capability to land fighter jets on highways.

Man causes bomb scare at IGIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intelligence agencies were in for a shock when a man walked into the Indira Gandhi International Airport with a shirt, in his handbag, fitted with an electric circuit, suspected to be a suicide bomb suit. The Intelligence Bureau, Delhi Police were roped in. The incident unfolded at international terminal T3, at around 6 pm, during an X-ray screening and security check.”It was at the domestic security hold area, when an officer of the Central Industrial Security Force at the X-ray screener, noticed an image of a suspicious circuit in the handbag of a passenger travelling to Guwahati,” said a senior officer.The man was surrounded immediately by armed CISF men and following a pat down search, was declared clean. His baggage was then opened in presence of bomb disposal squad and every item was checked. Since the gadget seemed to be suspicious, an explosive test was conducted which came back negative. On physical check, a shirt was found fitted with four batteries attached, with a small electric motor with an improvised circuit.”On questioning, the passenger was unable to provide any convincing reason for the same. Officers in the IB were also called in and the man was thoroughly questioned and then handed over to Delhi police,” the officer said.

In Pics: Nirmala Sitharaman celebrates Diwali with security personnel in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman celebrated Diwali today with military personnel at the strategically important tri-services command on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Sitharaman, who arrived at the command yesterday, also reviewed its security preparedness and other operational matters.The defence minister also paid homage to the Indian Air Force personnel and their families who were killed during the Tsunami in the Car Nicobar islands.She also visited a naval facility and the Coast Guard base under the Andaman and Nicobar command here.”RM @DefenceMinIndia Smt @nsitharaman celebrates Diwali with troops&their families at Tri-Services Command A&N (sic),” the defence ministry tweeted.This is her first visit to the strategically important command after assuming charge as the defence minister.On her arrival yesterday, she was accorded a joint services guard of honour.Later, she was given a comprehensive brief on the security environment and thrust areas of the command at its headquarters, officials had said yesterday. PTI MPB TIR

Ahmedabad-bound passenger held at Delhi airport for carrying bullets in luggage

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 06:42 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Ahmedabad-bound passenger was apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly carrying five live bullets in his bag, an official said.The man, identified as Gurjinder S, was going through security checks at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport yesterday at about 1:25 pm when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected a “bullet-like object” in his luggage, said a senior official involved in airport security.”Five live bullets were recovered from his bag. He was handed over to the police as he could not produce valid documents for carrying the bullets,” he said.Carrying arms and ammunition on board an aircraft without authorisation is banned.

Ministry of Home Affairs orders to withdraw 1000 paramilitary personnel deployed in Darjeeling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The home ministry has ordered withdrawal of as many as 1,000 paramilitary personnel, including 300 women, deployed in Darjeeling to maintain law and order during the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state.In a communication, the ministry said seven companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), including three women companies, and three companies of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel would be withdrawn from Darjeeling from Monday.One company of paramilitary comprises 100 personnel.The paramilitary personnel were in deployment in the hill districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, an official said.However, five additional companies of the CRPF will be in the hills to assist the state police force.The situation in Darjeeling has improved in the past few weeks.The Mamata Banerjee government had last month formed a nine-member board of administrators, headed by Binay Tamang, instead of the GorkhalandTerritorial Administration (GTA) to look into the development works in Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Bengaluru floods: BJP, Congress trade blows over poor quality infrastructure that has resulted in 9 deaths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka minister KJ George and Bengaluru mayor Sampath Raj on Saturday visited water-logged areas to take stock of the floods that have brought the city to a standstill.Torrential rains on Saturday continued to lash Bengaluru where the body of a temple priest, which was washed away on Friday, was recovered while a mother-daughter duo, who were swept away, remained untraced, police said.Nine deaths in the past 15 days due to potholes and rains drew sharp criticism from the opposition BJP, which alleged that chief minister Siddaramaiah has failed in his duty.Siddaramaiah, however, flayed the opposition for “politicising” the deaths.City civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) along with the National Disaster Rapid Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Rapid Force (SDRF) intensified the search operation and formed three teams.The priest of a temple near Kurubarahalli Circle was swept away in a stormwater drain after water gushed inside the temple on Friday. His body was recovered on Saturday, the police said.The search for the 57-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter, who were swept away in a stormwater drain at Laggere after water from it flooded their house, was underway, they said.Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah and Bengaluru Development Minister K J George who toured around the rain-affected areas faced the ire of the residents, who said there was no one around to save them when water entered their houses.When reporters pointed out the substandard civic works leading to the deaths, the chief minister lost his cool.”It is unfortunate that people have lost their lives… I condole the deaths that happened due to rains. Compensation will be given to the families of those who lost their lives,” he said.”However, you should know that the state this year has received unprecedented rains. We had continuous rains for 47 days. But, politics over deaths is condemnable. Our priorities should be to offer relief to the affected people,” he added.Siddaramaiah said the removal of encroachments and de-silting of stormwater drains would be intensified in the coming days.BJP state unit president Yeddyurappa, who visited the rain-wracked areas, also blamed Siddaramaiah for the deaths.”Chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress government are responsible for each and every death… Had the government completed the construction of stormwater drains on time, people would not have faced such a bad situation,” he alleged.”The state government has spent Rs 800 crore (for the remodelling of stormwater drains) and contractors who were blacklisted were given the contract… At least 75 per cent of the money spent was squandered,” Yeddyurappa claimed.The BJP leader announced a compensation of Rs one lakh to the next to the kin of deceased. With PTI Inputs

CISF: Disabled no longer have to remove prosthetics for airport security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief to the disabled, the CISF will no longer carry out the “humiliating” airport security drill of asking people with disabilities (PWDs) to remove their prosthetics or make them get up from their wheelchair for screening at the airports. The announcement was made by the CISF Director General OP Singh.The DG said that the Central Industrial Security Force will now use explosive trace detectors (ETDs) and visual profiling to meet the security needs. The Force will also conduct a country-wide survey to find out how many such passengers travel by air each day.”The aim is to ensure that such passengers do not face any humiliation or uneasiness when they travel through Indian airports. We have seen numerous complaints in this regard. What we have decided now is to use explosive trace detectors and the visual profiling method of the passenger and his prosthetic tool or wheelchair rather than asking them to take out everything,” Singh said.The current procedure is to ask passengers to take off their prosthetics before boarding a flight and ask to get up from those on a wheelchair.”We are soon going to issue a fresh list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to usher the new regime in a uniform manner,” the DG said.”We will also conduct a survey at all the 59 airports that we guard to see how many such PWD passengers we receive on an average. That will give us a fair idea as to how to go about implementing the new SOPs.”A senior official in the CISF airport sector said they have estimated that about eight-10 such passengers use Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) every day, the busiest airport in the country.”Passengers with prosthetics will be asked to remove them only under compelling circumstances which will be purely security concerns. The same procedure will be adopted for wheelchair-bound passengers and those with other disabilities,” the official said.The director general added that CISF was also looking at “simplifying the security procedures for passengers with orthopaedic issues.”In case of prosthetics with foam padding, he said, CISF personnel will use new SOPs but can seek its removal, keeping in mind security concerns.Disability rights activist Javed Abidi, who attended a recent meeting with the CISF authorities on the subject, raised his concerns during a recent conversation.”I have travelled across the globe for so many years now but only at an Indian airport do I have to get down from my wheelchair so that the security personnel on duty can put it inside a large X-Ray machine to check it against explosives and other hazardous material that can be a threat to the aircraft or aviation security,” Abidi, the convener of the Disabled Rights Group, said.It is very difficult and embarrassing, he said, for people who have prosthetic or artificial limbs to take out the entire part in full public view inside an airport.The CISF is the central paramilitary force tasked with guarding 59 civil airports in the country.

Lack of timely decisions led to gaps in IAF, committed to fill them: Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday blamed the past regime for not taking timely decisions resulting in gaps in the Indian Air Force. Speaking at the bi-annual conference of IAF commanders, the defence minister assured that governement is fully committed to fill these gaps. She only advocated for service chiefs to ‘fully utilise’ their power. Sitharaman’s statement comes at a time when India and Pakistan continue to remain in loggerheads and relationship with China has hit a rough end even after though the Doklam stand-off was resolved amicably. IAF though has repeatedly said that it is fully equipped to face any kind of eventuality.The government is lcurrently ooking to bulk up IAF’s acquisition. Currenly it has has 33 fighter squadrons against the authorised strength of 42 squadrons. Sitharaman in her speech stressed on the need of exploring greater possibility of Make in India in the defence sector. She urged IAF to work with the DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board, a state-run defence equipment maker in this regard. According to IAF release, the minister said, budgetary allocations “should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is absolutely necessary”. The three-day conference is to deliberate on host of issues to charter the future course of IAF. With PTI inputs

Indian Air Force’s women fighter pilots may fly MiG-21 Bisons: Know about combat jets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three women fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force are likely to fly MiG-21 Bisons.“The present consideration is to put them to MiG-21 Bison squadron. Our opinion is that it will sharpen their skills as the aircraft has more manual features than other sophisticated aircraft,” Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on the Air Force Day on Sunday.As Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh script history, here’s all you need to know about the combat jet:1: The single engine, single seater multirole fighter forms the back-bone of the Indian Air Force. It has a max speed of 2230 km/hour (Mach 2.1) and carries one 23mm twin barrel cannon with four R-60 close combat missiles. The supersonic aircraft, which is a successor of MiG-19, was manufactured by the Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in early 1950s.2: Over 13,000 aircraft have been produced in the series under various names.3: The star performers of the Indian Air Force, the MiG-21 Bisons played a stellar role in 1971 Indo-Pak war. So far, the Indian Air Force has operated over 800 MiG-21 under various roles.4: Dominating the airspace for over five decades, the Indian Air Force is finally set to relieve the workhorses. By 2022, the IAF would be able to procure Generation 4 fighter jets.5: There are over 150 Bisons currently operating in the IAF. The force would need massive upgrade to keep up its edge in the Southeast Asian region.

Ready for swift response at short notice: IAF chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Air Force is prepared to fight a war at a “short notice” and is fully geared up to respond to any security challenge to the country in the most befitting manner, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Sunday.The IAF chief also said that the uncertainties in the present geo-political environment in the region may require the IAF to fight a “short” and “swift war”.“We are prepared to fight at a short notice should the need arise,” he said while addressing an event at the air base here on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the IAF.The comments came amid China’s muscle flexing in Doklam and continued cross-border firing by Pakistan.The IAF chief spoke on a variety of issues, including the possible security challenge facing the country, stating that the focus was to transform the IAF into a technology intensive force in the next few years to significantly enhance its overall prowess.“I assure my countrymen that these men and women under my command are confident to take on any threat and fully prepared to undertake full spectrum of air operation and respond to any challenge in the most befitting manner,” he said, in the presence of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and top echelons of the IAF.“We are in the process of acquiring new combat systems, upgrading and modernising our existing inventory of aircraft and weapons system with an aim to equip them with the latest avionics technology,” he said.

Delhi Metro rail overhead wire snaps, passengers evacuated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A train on the Delhi Metro’s Red Line came to an halt on Sunday while approaching the Kashmere Gate station after a portion of an overhead wire snapped, an official said.Passengers, including a woman who fell unconscious, had to be evacuated from the Rithala-bound train. However, services did not see much impact as the incident occurred in the early hours, a DMRC spokesperson said.The wire snapped while the train was entering the Kashmere Gate interchange station from the Shastri Park end, the spokesperson said.The passengers were evacuated by a CISF quick-reaction team and a 30-year-old woman who had fallen unconscious was taken to a hospital, a senior Central Industrial Security Force official said.”Due to the breaking of the catenary wire of the OHE around 6.40 am between the Shastri Park and Kashmere Gate sections of Line 1, the pantograph of a train got entangled into it.”To de-entangle the pantograph, the train had to be vacated as per procedure. Since it took place in the early hours on a Sunday, not many passengers were there and services did not see much impact,” the spokesperson said.​

Tawang crash: On Karva Chauth, this IAF soldier’s widow bid her husband a silent goodbye

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a moment of sorrow mingled with pride for all those present at Kasni village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan when Kiran Khanda, the wife of Satish Khanda, who was among the seven martyred in the helicopter crash at Arunachal Pradesh, paid her respects to the mortal remains of her husband. Kiran, along with her three-year-old son Harsh, put tilak on the picture of Satish. The picture was placed along the mortal remains of Satish wrapped in a tricolour. While women across the country celebrated karva chauth, for the long lives of their husbands, Kiran personified dignity in grief as she bid her husband a silent goodbye. Satish and Kiran were married four years ago in 2013. They have a three-year-old son Harsh. Satish had joined the Indian Air Force fifteen years back. Jhunjhunu and Sikar are districts that send the largest number of soldiers in the forces from Rajasthan. Not just the men, valour is ingrained in the women too. Many wives of martyrs continue to celebrate karva chauth. Their belief is that their martyred husband is immortal. Satish Khanda was cremated with full state honours. People were present in large numbers, including officers from the Indian Air Force and district administration were present.

After outrage over martyrs’ remains in make-shift boxes, Indian Army calls it an ‘abberation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, a tweet posted by Retd Lieutenant General HS Panag sparked outrage which showed the mortal remains of defence personnel who were killed in a chopper crash. The photographs showed their bodies being carried in make-shift cardboard boxes, tied up with ropes.It was even more ironic that the incident occurred on Air Force Day. Looking to clarify, ADGPI Twitter handle wrote: “Mortal remains of heptr accident in HAA on 6 Oct 17 recovered, sent wrapped in local resources is an aberration. Fallen soldiers always given full military honour. Carriage of mortal remains in body bags, wooden boxes, coffins will be ensured.”An Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, killing all seven military personnel on board, officials said. Five IAF personnel, including two pilots, and two armymen were killed in the crash near the remote town of Tawang, close to the China border, around 6.30 am.The chopper had taken off from the Khirmu helipad near Tawang and was on its way to Yangste, said Tawang Superintendent of Police M K Meena said. The Russian manufactured Mi-17 V5 chopper was on an air maintenance mission and was also scheduled to drop off kerosene jerry cans at an Army camp in Yangste, he said.All the bodies were recovered by a team of the IAF and the Army. The dead have been identified as Wing Commander Vikram Upadhyay, Squadron Leader S Tiwari, Master Warrant Officer A K Singh, Sgt Gautam and Sgt Satish Kumar of the Air Force and Sepoys E Balaji and H N Deka from the Army. “The rescue operation was carried out at an altitude of almost 17,000 feet above sea level,” Meena said.”All the bodies were brought to Khirmu helipad for medical formalities and flown to Tezpur airbase,” he added. A team of police and district administration officials have left for the crash site to gather more details. “A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” a senior IAF official said in Delhi. The Mi-17 V5 (domestic designation Mi-8 MTV5) is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. It is produced by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters.With inputs from PTI

21st century police has to be civilised, can’t be a brute force: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minister also urged the police forces, both under the Centre and the states, to adapt new technology and psychological solutions to “control and divert the minds” of the rampaging crowds during a protest or a riots-like situation.Singh made the remarks while addressing the personnel of the blue dungaree-donning Rapid Action Force (RAF) at their base here on the occasion of their silver jubilee (25th) anniversary.Singh urged the security personnel to keep an effective check on the incidents in which attempts are made to break the country on the lines of casteism, religion or regionalism.”The police of the 21st century cannot be a brute force.It will have to be a civilised force. Patience and control has to be practised and followed by police forces and the personnel on ground while dealing with hard and challenging situations like riots and protesting crowds.”I understand sometimes police forces have to use slight force but in such situations too, prudence is required,” he said.Singh said he has already asked the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to look for “less-lethal” solutions to be used in policing tasks and crowd control.The head of the country’s internal security mechanism asked the forces to apply “minimum force” and obtain maximum results.While lauding the efforts of the RAF, he said that five new battalions of the force will be made fully operational from January 1 next year.The RAF, at present, has ten operational battalions and they are based in ten cities that are regarded as sensitive from the communal and the security point of view.The home minister also declared that personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will be granted an annual allowance of Rs 10,000 to get stitched uniforms and the practise of providing them ready-made uniforms has been discontinued.He said that he was “seriously” thinking about ways to ensure timely promotions to the about 10 lakh personnel of these forces.He also took a dig at those who say that only taking a pledge does not transform the country.”We took a pledge in 1942 and called it the ‘Quit India’ movement…we achieved independence in the next 5 years, that is in 1947. This is the power of determination and pledge,” Singh said.The minister asked the forces to contribute to the 2022 ‘new India’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The RAF is a specialised anti-riot and crowd control unit under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and it was raised and made fully operational this day in 1992.It has ten battalions (of about 10,000) based in various parts of the country in order to cut down response time to counter an incident of trouble.The ten RAF bases are in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Aligarh, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Meerut.

One convicted in Mirdha kidnapping case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trial court in Jaipur on Thursday convicted Harnek Singh in the 22-year-old of Rajendra Mirdha kidnapping case. Harnek has been convicted of kidnapping, illegal possession of weapons, wrongful confinement of Mirdha and seeking release of Devendra Singh Bhullar of Khalistan Liberation Force.The ADJ3 has held Harnek guilty under Sections 364A, 365, 343, 346, 201 and 120B. The sentence will be pronounced on Friday.Rajendra Mirdha, the son of senior Congress leader Ram Niwas Mirdha, was kidnapped on 17 February 1995 from C-Scheme area of the city where he had gone for a morning walk. The motive of the kidnapping was to exert pressure on the then Narsimha Rao government to seek the release of Devendra Singh Bhullar of Khalistan Liberation Force.Acting on the information of a milkman, Mirdha was rescued by the Rajasthan Police on 26 February 1995 from a house in Malviya Nagar. One of the kidnappers Navneet Singh Kandia was killed in a shootout while Mirdha was being rescued. Total three cases were registered in the matter; in Ashok Nagar, Malviya Nagar and a third case of under Explosives Act and Arms Act.Four persons- Navneet Singh Kandia, Daya Singh Lahoriya, his wife Kamaljeet Kaur and Harnek Singh- were accused in the case. Kandia was killed in the shootout that took place between the police and the kidnappers. The rest had managed to escape. Lahoriya and his wife were extradited from the US in 1997 through the Interpol. They were later sentenced to life imprisonment.Harnek was arrested in Punjab in 2004 and later brought to Rajasthan in 2007.A K Jain, counsel for Harnek, says “He has been in custody for 13 years. Situation has changed in Punjab. He was not guilty of terrorist activities, and should be given least punishment.”Earlier, Jain had moved High Court to seek bail for Harnek. In May 2017 the court dismissed the bail plea but directed for speedy dispensation of the case.TimelineRajendra Mirdha kidnapped on Feb 17, ’95 from C-schemeReason being the release of Devendra Singh Bhullar of Khalistan Liberation ForceMirdha rescued by Raj Police on Feb 26 February, ’951 among 4 kidnappers killed in shootout3 cases registered under Explosives Act and Arms ActOthers escaped, but Daya Singh extradited through Interpol in ’97Singh sentenced to life imprisonment1 accused Harnek held in Punjab & brought to Raj in ’07Harnek convicted on October 5, 2017

Wait is over! This December, Indian Air Force to commission 3 women fighter pilots, may fly Sukhoi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Air Force will commission three women fighter pilots in December, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa announced in New Delhi today.Though women have been part of the Indian Air Force, yet the combat roles were still off limit.This would change in December when Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi join the Sukhoi squadron.Currently undergoing training on British Hawk advanced jet trainers at an IAF facility at Kalaikunda in West Bengal, these flying officers will pave way for women’s participation in combat roles.Though in India, it may have taken more than 7 decades for women to break the barrier, the situation is different else where in the world.Sabiha Gokcen of Turkey was the first women fighter pilot ever in 1936. USSR had fighter pilots in WW II and Lilya Litvyak became an ‘Ace’ with 12 aerial kills.However, the real thrust for women becoming fighter pilots took place in the 1990s when all Western Air Forces inducted fighter pilots to fly high ‘G’ modern jet fighters. In 1989, Canada was first to induct fighter pilots. Jeannie Leavit of USA flew 300 combat hours in Iraq.Even our neighbours Pakistan and China had the women fighter pilots years before us.China had its first batch of six women fighter pilots in 2013, and Ayesha Farooq became Pakistan’s first fighter pilot, also in 2013.

CRPF, BSF give differing accounts of BSF camp attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) claimed that one of the holed-up fidayeens in a Border Security Force (BSF) camp tried to pose as a CRPF trooper and took position with soldiers, BSF maintained the militant was forced to came out of the administrative block before he was neutralised near the temple.Security forces had repulsed a terror attack on Monday when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were neutralised soon after they stormed a secured BSF camp near Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours.Ravideep Singh Sahi, CRPF Inspector General, Srinagar sector told a news channel, “The terrosist was wearing a camouflage dress of the CRPF. He was aiming towards the building where our forces were also aiming. When an officer turned to a soldier to hand over more ammo, they spotted the stranger.”On the other hand, Police sources said the third militant holed up in the administrative building was smoked out after forces used tear gas shells. “The forces used rockets to create a hole in the room where the militant was hiding. They fired tear gas shells inside the room and suffocated the militant forcing him to come out,” an officer said.KK Sharma, Director General of Border Security Force, said BSF officers with the help of CRPF and Speacial Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police forced the third terrorist, who was hiding in the administrative block, to come out before he was neutralised.”Rashtriya Riffles (of the army) handled the outermost cordon. CRPF and SOG laid the intermediate cordon. Our job was to flush out the fidayeen. Our officers led the operation. With the help of CRPF and SOG, we forced him to come out of the administrative block, and when he came out, CRPF, SOG and BSF handling the intermediate cordon killed him near the temple,” said Sharma.Elaborating, Sharma said the militant threw the grenade when he came out of the building and that is how he was identified as he was wearing a military uniform as well.ATTACKING IN CAMOUFLAGEThree terrorists wearing CRPF camouflage attacked a BSF camp near Srinagar on Tuesday.
While a joint team of BSF and CRPF killed two, third hid himself.
After a 10-hour-long operation, all three terrorists were neutralised.
While the operation was a joint effort, the forces have varying accounts of the incident.

Railway security stepped after ISIS comments on Marseille attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after terror outfit ISIS’s media wing Amaq reportedly called the attacker of Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France, a “soldier of the Islamic State”, the Railway Protection Force and the Delhi Police stepped up the vigil at railway stations in the national Capital significantly.Stating that railway stations were an easy target because of the “open architecture” , a senior RPF officer said profiling of trespassers and deployment of undercover armed commandos were among the precautionary measures being undertaken.Amaq had released its statement on the Marseille attack on social media, late on Sunday, after a man with a knife attacked and killed two women at a railway station before being killed by the military police. The statement, reportedly issued in Arabic, said the attacker “implemented the operation as an answer to the call of targeting coalition countries”. France is a member of the US-led coalition battling ISIS in Syria and Iraq, media reports said. The ISIS, however, did not name the attacker or provide evidence that he was linked to the terror group.Hours later, over 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded after a shooter rained bullets during a music festival in Las Vegas, US. This was followed by the arrest of a Somalian for stabbing and ramming into pedestrians in an alleged terrorist attack.This string of attacks, allegedly by militant groups, has sparked concerns among railways authorities and security agencies in Delhi.Sanjay Kishore, IG-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force, Northern Railway, said: “Keeping such attacks and intelligence inputs in mind, we have significantly stepped up the vigil and frisking of passengers entering the station has been tightened. Since our stations are open from all sides, we are ensuring strict profiling and armed commandos in plainclothes have been deployed at platforms and in circulating areas.”The officer further said the stations in Delhi might soon get more CCTV cameras to enhance surveillance during crowded seasons. The current scenario has also triggered repeated inspections of trains, platforms, and parking areas by bomb disposal and detection squads and sniffer dogs.Security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi Metro, inter-state bus terminals, bus stops, markets, shopping malls, critical installations, monuments, and government offices has also been adequately stepped up, the police said.VULNERABLE RAILWAYSMore than 800 trains pass through 232 railway stations in Delhi Division daily.
These stations see a footfall of over 15 lakh every day.
Only 11 stations are equipped with CCTV cameras.
The RPF is drastically short staffed.
Regular checks are conducted only in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
Only seven dogs guard over 800 trains and 232 stations.
Unmanned entries, broken boundaries, and open access to railway lines compound the problem.

Cops to rope in pvt firm to boost online presence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police are fairly inactive on social media. Apart from going beyond the customary traffic updates, an occasional festive greeting, or some social message or announcement, the Capital’s police has failed so far to use the full potential of social media.However, all that seems to be changing. Taking a cue from its contemporaries counterparts in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gurugram and Lucknow who attempt to woo citizens’ hearts with their witty tweets and other social media interactions, the Delhi police has now decided to rope in a private agency to make its content more “aesthetic and meaningful.”The proposal has been laid down under a three-point agenda which would entail digital and social media management of Delhi Police, social media listening and online paid marketing.In the first part, the focus will be to create and upload aesthetic and meaningful content in the form of posts, graphs, charts, GIF, info graphics, creative etc from “raw inputs” from various sections of Delhi Police on all social media platforms.Another measure is to showcase the difference programmes, activities, functions and celebration of special days by the Force live on Facebook etc. The Delhi Police also plans to launch monthly campaigns under specific hashtags to promote a particular issue on Facebook and Twitter.In its “social listening” initiative, the Police will also deploy a “social intelligence tool” to crawl comments, views, complaints about itself on daily basis. It will also set up an “escalation matrix” for queries received on online platforms, which will be directed to its Cyber Cell team for response.The Delhi Police has also woken up to the benefits that come with pushing its content online, as is evident from its third step under which online paid marketing will be the focus.The agency will be hired by Delhi Police to manage its social media accounts will be disseminating online matter to the “right audience.”

Inaction against hawkers to blame

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters travelling on the Western and Central line blamed hawkers for squatting in and around the railway station’s premises leading to crowding.On Friday, despite the tragedy, hawkers had a normal day of business in the ongoing festive season. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) has drastically failed to take action against the hawkers.The commuters also blamed the GRP and RPF for not taking adequate measures to control the crowd on the foot-overbridge on Friday.A senior RPF official said, “We have taken adequate action against the hawkers. When our staff tries to take action against them, they enter into the city police’s jurisdiction which makes it impossible to take action against them.”Purshottam Karad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Zone, said, “We do take action against the hawkers and more importantly the RPF has the powers to take action against the hawkers.”Commuters claimed that at most of the places there are no guards and the guards deployed at the bridge are not well trained to manage the crowd. “We face issues in climbing up and down the staircases daily. Most of the times commuters voluntarily come forward to work like GRP and RPF. Friday’s incident is the result of the authorities’ negligence and lack of infrastructure at the FOB,” said Rahul Madane, a daily commuter.HAWKER MENACECommuters blamed the hawkers encroaching the station’s premises for the crowding.
Railway and city police passed the buck for taking action against the hawkers.

IAF craft crashes in Hyd, pilot safe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on Thursday after getting airborne from Air Force Station Hakimpet in Hyderabad but the pilot managed to eject and is safe. The Kiran aircraft was on a routine training mission with a trainee when the incident happened.”The pilot is safe and a court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the Air Force said in a statement. The aircraft was completely damaged after the crash. The Kiran is a trainer aircraft being used by the force for years. The pilot was on a training sortie and was flying alone.Earlier in May, two pilots of Sukhoi fighter jet died after their aircraft crashed. The ruins of the aircraft were traced 60 km north-west of Tezpur, Assam. The two-seater Su-30 MKI jet with two pilots on board, had gone missing shortly after taking off from the Tezpur Salonibari air force station on a routine sortie as part of a two-aircraft formation. They dropped below the radar and lost radio contact with controlling station.

JMI signs MoU with Army for higher studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to contribute to nation-building, the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Army under which the university will offer graduate and post-graduate programmes to Indian Army personnel.”Indian Army personnel can now register at the university’s Centre for Distance and Open Learning to complete their higher education under the aegis of ‘Taleem-e-Taraqqi’,” the University said in a statement.Elaborating on the reason behind the courses, Jamia Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad said that the arrangement will help army personnel complete their higher education and improve their career prospects. “It will be Jamia’s way to contribute to nation-building,” he said.Reminding the gathering about Jamia’s rich nationalist past and its role in the freedom struggle, Ahmed said, “There is a collective realisation that our forces sacrifice a lot for us and so it is our duty to ensure a better future for them through higher education”.Lieutenant-General Ashwani Kumar, who was present at the event, said that the MoU will help Army personnel to find job opportunities outside the uniform. “They join the Army at a very young age and retire early often in their 30s. It is imperative that they are provided with opportunities to complete their education, enabling them to find job opportunities outside the uniform.”Appreciating Jamia’s efforts to uphold national pride and patriotism, he said that the MoU has been signed on the auspicious occasion of Ashtami which augurs well for the coming together of the two great institutions.With this MoU, Jamia has become the first university in the country where officers and personnel of all three forces — Army, Navy and Air Force — can pursue degrees of their choice.The University had signed similar MoUs with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy in the past.Bright futureIndian Army personnel can register at the university’s Centre for Distance and Open Learning to complete their higher education.This will also help them find job opportunities after they retire from service

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