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Surgical strikes Modi’s first action worthy of stature as PM’

By pti On September - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Bulandshahr (UP), Sep 30 (PTI) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today lauded Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across LoC, saying it was his “first action” befitting a Prime Minister in two-and-a-half years.

Rahul, who is in Uttar Pradesh for his Kisan Yatra, said at a road show that he and his party stand by the Prime Minister’s decision.

“When the Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of the country then I too support him…I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as befitting the prime minister,” the Congress Vice President said.

Rahul, who has been criticising Modi during his ongoing Deoria to Delhi ‘kisan yatra’, was all praise for the prime minister a day after India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.

Rahul said, “He (Modi) has my full support and that of the Congress party…the entire nation is standing with him today.”

He also paid tributes to the jawans who were prepared to make the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country.

Rajnath reviews security situation along Indo-Pak border

By pti On September - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

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New Delhi, Sept 30 (PTI) Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed the security situation in the country, particular along the border with Pakistan in the wake of the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads in PoK

During the hour-long meeting, the top security brass of the country briefed the Home Minister about the situation along the border and steps being taken to foil any Pakistani design to attack BSF posts besides safety of civilian population living in forward areas

The Home Minister instructed the officials to ensure that the forces posted along the border remain on alert as situation along the Indo-Pak border continues to be volatile after Thursday’s surgical strike by Army, official sources said

Those who attended the meeting include National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and top officials of security and intelligence agencies

BSF, which comes under the Home Ministry, has already put all its units along the Indo-Pak border on “high alert”

Orders have been issued to all its units along IB in Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat to step up vigil and bolster their numbers at the posts by bringing in all personnel who are in the reserve

BSF has also restricted all civilian movement along borders with Pakistan.The border guarding force has also been asked by the Home Ministry to provide manpower to local administration for helping in evacuating people from border villages to safer locations

India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across LoC on Saturday, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them

The announcement of the sudden action by the Army was made yesterday by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, 11 days after the terror strike by Pakistan-based JeM on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Kashmir which left 18 Indian soldiers dead.

PM to review MFN status to Pakistan

By pti On September - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

New Delhi, Sept 27 (PTI) After Indus Water Treaty, India will review the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan at a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday.
The decision to review the MFN, which was granted by India unilaterally in 1996, comes in the wake of the Uri attack over which India is weighing options to respond.
The MFN status was accorded in 1996 under WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Both India and Pakistan are signatories to this which means they have to treat each other and rest of WTO member countries as favoured trading partners.
According to Assocham, out of India’s total merchandise trade of USD 641 billion in 2015-16, Pakistan accounted for a meagre USD 2.67 billion.
India’s exports to the neighbouring country worked out to USD 2.17 billion, or 0.83 per cent, of the total Indian outward shipments while imports were less than USD 500 million, or 0.13 per cent, of the total inward shipments.
The Prime Minister yesterday chaired a review meeting of 56-year-old Indus Water Treaty during which it was decided that India will “exploit to the maximum” the water of Pakistan-controlled rivers, including Jhelum, as per the water sharing pact.
Attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, the Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials, the meeting also noted that the meeting of Indus Water Commission can “only take place in an atmosphere free of terror”.

India, France ink deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets

By pti On September - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) India today inked a Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000) deal with France for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets capable of carrying nuclear weapons and equipped with latest missiles that will give the IAF greater “potency” over arch rival Pakistan.

The Rafale combat aircraft to be manufactured by French aviation company Dassault will come with various India- specific modifications including Israeli helmet mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10 hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking, towed decoy systems among others.

The Inter Governmental Agreement was signed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his visiting French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian 16-months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s plans to buy 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in fly away condition during his trip to France.

The contracts for the deal were also signed earlier today.

The ‘vanilla price’ (just the aircraft alone) will cost about 91.7 million Euros each for a single seater and about 94 million Euros for a two-seater trainer aircraft.

“Pleased to inform that India has signed an agreement for procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft with weapon systems, five years complete spares and maintenance, performance based logistics, India specific special provisions. This is an achievement which will give the IAF the required potency in terms of penetration and capability,” Parrikar told reporters at the South Block.

The deal, first fighter plane contract in 20 years, comes with an immediate saving of 328 million Euros over the one struck during the previous UPA government, which was scrapped by the Narendra Modi government, besides a 50 per cent offset clause.

The 50 per cent offset clause means that Indian businesses, both big and small, will gain work to the tune of over three billion Euros.

With the Rafale deal clinched, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Tappier said the French company is ready to be part of ‘Make in India’ initiative and open to manufacturing the fighters in India if the plane is shortlisted for a bigger order.

These combat aircraft, delivery of which will start in 36 months and will be completed in 67 months from the date the contract is inked, comes equipped with state-of-the-art missiles weaponry that will give IAF a capability that had been sorely missing in its arsenal.

The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon in the hands of IAF, which is currently down to 34 squadrons as against a sanctioned strength of 44, includes its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range of 150 KM.

Its integration on the Rafale jets will mean IAF can hit targets inside both Pakistan and across the northern and eastern borders while staying within India’s territorial boundary. The Rafales will be stationed at two bases–Sarsawa in Haryana and Hasimara in West Bengal.

Pakistan at present has only a BVR with 80 km range.

During the Kargil war, India had used a BVR of 50 km range while Pakistan had none. However, Pakistan later acquired 80- km-range BVR.

Defence experts said that with ‘Meteor’ the balance of power in the air has again tilted in India’s favour.

Poojary: Resolve Cauvery row as per Article 262 of Constitution

By timesofindia On September - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
MANGALURU: Former KPCC president B Janardhan Poojary while lauding the resolute steps taken by CM Siddaramaiah to uphold Karnataka’s interest in the Cauvery water issue, has urged PM Narendra Modi to resolve the issue through Parliament as mandated in Article 262 of the Constitution. The Article pertains to adjudication of disputes relating to waters of inter-state rivers or river valleys, which does not permit SC or any other court to exercise jurisdiction.Poojary said history is replete with instances where former PMs including A B Vajpayee have intervened to resolve such disputes. “PM must show statesman-like approach and not be swayed by narrow political considerations by keeping silent on the issue,” he said hinting at the need for the ruling NDA to bank on support of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa to get key legislations passed in the Rajya Sabha due to lack of majority there.Averring that one does not need to look beyond Article 262, a point vehemently asserted by state’s counsel Fali S Nariman during the recent hearing of the case by the apex court, Poojary said it is imperative that the PM acts as per this provision in the Constitution. “The issue has to be debated in Parliament and a solution arrived at,” he said adding the PM cannot cheat people of either states. “The law has to be framed taking opinions of all stakeholders,” he asserted.Opining that the state unit of BJP in general and the PM in particular missed a political trick by standing aloof in this issue, Poojary averred that the party would have swept back to power in Karnataka if the PM had shown the initiative to resolve this vexing inter-state water dispute. “Even the state unit by staying away from the all party meeting chaired by the CM on Wednesday sent out a message of a divided state when need of the hour was for a united voice,” he pointed.

Congress leader brutally murdered in Sullia

By kannadaprabha On September - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
MANGALURU: A Congressleader was brutally hacked to death with lethal weapons by unidentified miscreants on broad daylight after he was returning from Juma (Friday prayers) in Ivarnadu village inBellare Police Station limits, on Friday. Bhushan Gulabrao Borase, Superintendent of Police, DK said that reason for attack is not known and search is on to nab the culprits. He said that deceased has been identified as Ismail, 52, resident of Nelyamajalu. He had come to Sullia in connection with some legal issues. The incident occurred when Ismail was returning after offering Juma prayers at a mosque in Ivarnadu. Victim died on spot soon after the gang of miscreants brutally attacked him with lethal weapons. The incident occurred around 1.30pm. His wife Waheed Ismail is also a Congress leader.Borase added that fingerprint experts from Mangaluru and Bengaluru were arrived to the spot and refused to divulge further information. According to sources old rivalry is said to be reason behind the attack. Around two years ago Ismail and his wife were attacked in Gandhi Nagari in Sullia a similar way by unidentified miscreants but they had a lucky escape. A case has been registered at Bellare Police Station and investigation is on.

 

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