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    vacancies for veterans as Rly Gate Man on unmanned railway crossings Pan Gujarat

    (a)   Qualification             – 10th Pass
     (b) Salary – Rs.2 8,148/ – approx.
     (c)  Working hours
    -12 hours (weekly one day off)
    (d) Age – Max 55 years as on 01 Jan 2018.
    (e) Med Category
      – Medically Fit for Hearing & Eye sight.
     (f) Eye Vision                 – 6/6 or 6/9.
    (g)  Job Location              – Gujarat
    2.  Please give wide publicity amongst our veterans of your AOR.  The info may also be displayed on notice Board of the polyclinics and CSD canteens. Desirous candidates to register their names on our contact numbers as under:-
     (a)  Land line       – 0181 – 2263313
      (b)  Army (Office)
        – 6545
    3. *The interview cum selection will be held at this node location, located opposite Stn HQ, Jalandhar Cantt*.
    *The last date to register the name is 27 Oct 2018.*
    With regards,
    Lt Col AK Sharma
    Director
    Army Welfare Placement Node
    Jalandhar Cantt – 144005
    Tele : 0181 – 2263313
    Mob : 98784 – 89418
    [15/10, 09:55] Ramesh Sharma: Kind Attn
    Tri services Job fair for   ESM (officers & men)
    is being held at INS Tanaji football ground, Mankhurd, Mumbai on 24 Oct. ESM and those being released in next 6 months can attend the event. All those interested are requested to register on DGR website. Else they can come directly to venue by 0800 hrs on 24 Oct for on the spot registration. Individuals are to carry necessary ID proof and documents. 50-60 companies are likely to participate in the event.
    Kindly circulate… so that maximum people can avail the facility.
    Rgds
    Cdr Satish Kumar
    OIC Job Fair

    Sainik Schools pride of Punjab, says minister

    Tribune News Service

    Jalandhar, October 14

    “Students of Sainik School, a pride of Punjab, have brought accolades to Punjab with their achievements. They shine like a star in country and abroad,” said Punjab Education Minister Om Prakash Soni, who presided over the award distribution ceremony of 57th annual athletics meet at Sainik School here.

    The Education Minister said 1,100 military officers, including 50 Lieutenant Generals and Major Generals, have been serving the country after passing out from Sainik School. Congratulating the students, he said they were very fortunate to study in such prestigious institutions. “Students studying in such coveted institutions never fail in their life and definitely get higher posts in their career, he said.

    After giving away prizes to the winners of the three-day athletics meet, Soni said they were the founders of future, hence they should work diligently and with full dedication to achieve their goals.

    Cadets held a march past under the banner of their respective houses coupled with wonderful presentation of the world famous bands of school.


    Martyrs’ kin threaten to sell awards if demands not met

    Pradeep Sharma

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, October 14

    The kin of the martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the motherland, have threatened to sell the gallantry awards and medals to register their protest against the apathetic attitude of the central and state governments towards their long-pending demands.

    “We have been waiting for the government’s response to our genuine demands for years without any success. Now, we will go on a relay fast and sell the gallantry awards and medals to register our protest against the apathetic attitude of the governments,” Vijay Kumar, president of the Shahidon ki Awaz Kalyan Sangh, an organisation spearheading the agitation of the martyrs’ kin, said.

    Since the majority of martyrs belong to Rewari, Mahendragarh, Charkhi Dadri and Jhajjar districts, the relay fast would be started from one of the these places, said sangh general secretary Raghubir Sharan.

    Demanding a compensation of Rs1 crore each from the Centre and the state governments, Vijay Kumar demanded a quota for the kin of the martyrs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

    More quota for the families of martyrs in educational institutions and jobs, jobs for the current generations of those who made the sacrifice in 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars and implementation of ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme.

    Kumar set a deadline of November 1 for the authorities to accept their demands failing which they would be forced to launch an agitation.


    WW-II soldier’s family awaits his ashes

    Deepender Deswal

    Tribune News Service

    Hisar, October 14

    The family of sepoy Palu Ram of Nagathla village, who went missing during World War II in Italy fighting the German army, was taken by surprise when the Indian Army broke the news about the recovery of his mortal remains.

    The reports said Palu Ram was 19 years old and unmarried when he took part in the war. He participated as a soldier of the 4th Battalion of the 13th Frontier Force Rifles, which was under the British Indian Army, in 1944.

    He went missing on September 13, 1944, fighting the German Infantry division at Poggio Alto in Italy.

    Leelu Ram, a villager, said that it was a big surprise when the Army authorities approached him to inquire about Palu Ram’s family.

    “After some inquiry, I came to know that his family is still live in the village. He is related to the family of Ramji Lal, a farmers’ family in the village. It was also news for his own family,” he said.

    He said Palu Ram was one of the two sons of Pat Ram, Moji Ram being the other one. While the unmarried Palu Ram, who joined the British Army, went missing, his brother Moji Ram had two sons — Kana Ram and Ramji Lal.

    Kana Ram has died. The family members of Kana Ram and Ramji Lal are marginal farmers.

    Ramesh, grandson of Moji Ram, said that the Army contacted him on the basis of the pension records of Palu Ram. “My great grandfather Pat Ram had been getting pension for Palu Ram after he went missing in action. In fact, my grandfather Moji Ram too died early. My great grandfather Pat Ram brought up my father Ramji Lal and uncle Kana Ram,” he said.

    “We are feeling relieved that the last rites of the mortal remains will be performed after 74 years of his demise. We will be able to immerse his ashes as per our religious rites. We are proud that our ancestor participated in World War II,” Ramesh said.

    Reports had said that in 1996, human bones were found in Poggio Alto. The Italian authorities in 2010 began investigations to identify the remains. The DNA tests in 2012 revealed that the remains belonged to non-European adults aged 20-21 years who were later identified as Palu Ram of Nangthala and Hari Singh of Rohtak.

    The last rites would be performed at Girone monumental cemetery in Florence, Italy, the Indian Army is reported to have decided.


    Army to constitute unified battle groups Cut force by 1 lakh, save Rs 7K cr annually

    Army to constitute unified battle groups

    Ajay Banerjee
    Tribune News Service
    New Delhi, October 13

    Swifter force…

    • Comprises six battalions or more (about 6,000 men)
    • Will have a mix of infantry, armoured, artillery, signals and engineers
    • Will be commanded by a Major General
    • To be placed directlyunder the Corps

     

     

    Top Army commanders, led by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, have decided to restructure the force in phases and introduce a new battle-fighting concept.

    A decision to form integrated battle groups (IBGs), which will be validated in field exercises, has been taken at the ongoing commanders’ conference (October 9-15). An IBG — each with six battalions or more (about 6,000 men) will have a mix of infantry, armoured, artillery, signals and engineers — will be commanded by a Major General and placed directly under the Corps. This is a novel concept as so far the Army has a few independent brigades (some 3,000 men) headed by a Brigadier. The IBG is expected to be swifter in battle. At present, there are 8-10 Brigades in a Corps.

    The restructuring will also bring out a younger profile for commanders and make the 1.3-million strong Army ‘right-sized’ by cutting out redundant posts.If all measures under consideration of the four separate studies on restructuring of the Army are actually implemented, it is expected to reduce manpower by around 1 lakh (jawans and officers) over the next six-seven years and result in saving almost Rs 7,000 crore annually.

    The focus is integration of existing verticals, enhance operational and functional efficiency, optimise budget expenditure, facilitate force modernisation and address aspirations of officers. Army Commanders deliberated security dynamics, emerging security scenarios and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries.Some 24-odd recommendations were considered as the top brass was presented with four major in-house studies. The study on “Re-organisation and Rightsising of the Indian Army” reviewed operational structures to make them efficient and future-ready for the Western and Northern Borders.

    The second study “Cadre Review of Officers” (some 39,000 officers) is aimed at incorporating the proposed reorganisation. This will include longer tenures as Brigadier, Maj General and Lieut General, faster promotion from Colonel to Brigadier and retaining the rank of Brigadier only in staff postings. There are about 1,050 Brigadiers.

    The third study “Reorganisation of the Army Headquarters” is aimed at integration. For example, the DG (Military Training) is to be absorbed into Army Training Command (ARTRAC).

    The fourth study on “Review of Terms of Engagement of Rank and File” is aimed at having a younger profile of officers at Colonel and below. At present, an officer gets to be a Colonel by the age of 36-37 and picks the next rank of Brigadier some 10 years later.

    The commanders further deliberated on “enhancing linguistic skills in the Army”. The necessity and methodology to enhance expertise in Indian and international languages has been established. The languages would be Mandarin, Urdu, Pushto, Dari, Burmese, etc.

    The Army Commanders’ Conference is the apex policy-making body for the Army.


    Army cell to counter social media misuse Will identify, monitor fake messages against forces

    Army cell to counter social media misuse

    Ajay Banerjee

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, October 15

    Alarmed at misuse of social media to spread falsehoods about the Indian Army and its personnel, top military commanders led by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat have discussed the issue of setting up a dedicated cell that will identify, monitor and inspect fake and inflammatory messages against the Army.

    The aim is to nail and expose those with malicious intent and bring them to book, sources told The Tribune.

    The cell will work round the clock to counter any propaganda. The Army presently has a small (three-officer) social media team but that is not enough. The top Army commanders who are meeting in Delhi (October 9 to 15), have been apprised of the seriousness of the situation.

    The Army believes “too much” of wrong information has been spread on the Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The misuse of social media is part of asymmetric warfare (from across border) aimed at lowering the morale of the Army through rumours and falsehood. These messages exaggerate issues and tell half-truth.

    A possible trigger was in June when fake and morphed videos showing “strong action” by the Army in Kashmir were circulated on WhatsApp.

    Some of these videos were not even shot in India, but were passed off as new “policy” in Kashmir. Such fake videos showing “strong action” were seen as propaganda from Pakistan, which was eyeing to discredit the Indian Army during the then ongoing session of the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC).

    Videos of the Army bringing down houses, mishandling people and dragging terrorists were all fake. These videos are a soft and oblique way to spread a false narrative of human rights violations.

    Last year, falsehood was spread saying “one rank, one pension” was only for officers and how the 7th CPC delayed all benefits to jawans, but not officers.

    Then came two fake letters circulated listing emoluments of the 7th Central Pay Commission. One of these had the complete format of a government gazette. The Ministry of Defence had to intervene and deny having issued any such letter.

    The Army was also alerted about a message on WhatsApp with phone numbers of leading TV channels exhorting jawans to share videos and audio recordings of any act of corruption or exploitation with media houses. Army men are not allowed to have media contact unless authorised in writing.

    Nailing culprits

    • Given the seriousness of social media misuse to target forces, top Army commanders have discussed setting up a dedicated cell
    • The cell will work round the clock to counter propaganda. The aim is to nail and expose those with malicious intent and bring them to book
    • The Army currently has a small social media team but that is not enough

    Maj Gen, two Cols get life for ‘fake kill’ Held guilty by GCM for Manipur encounter

    Maj Gen, two Cols get life for ‘fake kill’

    Vijay Mohan
    Tribune News Service
    Chandigarh, October 14

    About 24 years after an incident of alleged extra-judicial killing took place in Manipur, a Major General and two Colonels are among seven Army personnel who have been awarded life imprisonment by a general court martial (GCM) for their alleged acts of omission and commission, it is learnt.

    In its verdict pronounced on Saturday, the GCM has also ordered that the three officers be cashiered (dishonourable discharge with loss of service benefits) from service, while the other ranks are to be dismissed, sources said.

    The GCM’s findings and sentence are subject to confirmation by higher authorities, in this case Chief of the Army Staff. The accused in the case, Maj Gen AK Lal, Col Thomas Mathew and Col RS Sibiren, JCOs Jagdeo Singh and Dalip Singh and NCOs Albindar Singh and Shivendar Singh had maintained that they were not guilty of the charges levelled against them.  They have a right to petition the convening authority against the GCM’s sentence and thereafter, depending upon the convening authority’s directions, approach the Armed Forces Tribunal for bail and associated reliefs.

    A joint trial had been convened for the accused on the orders of the General Officer Commanding, 3 Corps, Dimapur, which began at Dinjan in Assam in late July.

    Five charges under provisions of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 69 of the Army Act, for murder and criminal conspiracy have been levelled against them, sources said  They have been attached to 2 Mountain Division at Dinjan for disciplinary proceedings.

    The Maj Gen was, at that time, the commanding officer of a Punjab battalion deployed in anti-insurgency operations in Manipur and one of the Colonels was a company commander as a Captain.

    The Maj Gen, incidentally, was dismissed from service by a GCM in 2008 for sexual misconduct with a woman officer, sources revealed. He has appealed against the order in the Armed Forces Tribunal. While the two Colonels are still serving, the other jawans have retired.

    Hearings are also underway in the apex court over allegations of a large number of fake encounters by the Army and police in Manipur over the past few years.

    4 civilians died in 1994

    • In 1994, four civilians were picked up for interrogation and three days later, police were informed they had been killed in an encounter after they attacked Armymen
    • Civilian organisations took up the issue and matter finally reached SC
    • Apex court directed CBI to probe, following which a fresh FIR was registered by its Kolkata office

    IAF Chopper Crew Who Made Emergency Landing In Arunachal Pradesh Rescued

    The 16 Indian Air Force personnel arrived at their Jorhat base on Friday afternoon, the sources said.

    IAF Chopper Crew Who Made Emergency Landing In Arunachal Pradesh Rescued

    JORHAT, ASSAM: 

    All the 16 air force personnel on onboard the helicopter that made an emergency landing at West Tuting on Thursday were airlifted from there and brought to the IAF station here on Friday, IAF sources said.

    The 16 Indian Air Force personnel arrived at their Jorhat base on Friday afternoon, the sources said.

    The MI-17 chopper which had taken off on routine mission from Jorhat to West Tuting and back to Jorhat had to make the emergency landing due to a technical snag on Thursday, said Shillong based IAF PRO Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh.

     He said all the 16 IAF personnel on board the chopper were safe.
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    The technical snag occurred when the chopper was returning from West Tuting and had to stay back there, Ratnakar Singh said.


    PM Modi has much to hide about Rafale deal: Congress

    Questioning PM Modi’s silence over the deal, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma claimed that only the prime minister was aware that the offset contracts would not be given to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

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    Continuing with its campaign against the government over the Rafale deal, the Congress Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was directly involved in it, adding that he had much to hide about it. Questioning Modi’s silence over the deal, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma claimed that only the prime minister was aware that the offset contracts would not be given to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

    “It was his (Modi’s) decision. Only he was privy to what he was going to do,” Sharma said, addressing a press conference at the party office here.

    It was expected that the prime minister would speak on this issue of national importance, but he continued to remain silent while making tall claims about his government, the Congress leader said. “The prime minister has much to hide in the Rafale deal. His silence raises fundamental questions, because he is directly complicit and personally accountable for it,” he alleged.

    Read | Rafale a textbook case of offences under corruption Act: Prashant Bhushan

    Claiming that the Rafale deal was the biggest scam in the history of the country, Sharma reiterated his party’s demand for setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into it.

    The former Union minister also questioned Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France, during which she will take stock of the progress of French firm Dassault Aviation supplying 36 Rafale jets to the Indian Air Force under the Rs 58,000-crore deal.

    Sharma maintained that there was a hike in the price of the fighter aircraft India was buying from France and asserted that the prime minister needed to clear many doubts about the deal that had been raised. He said more details of the deal would emerge if a forensic audit of it was carried out.

    The Congress has been claiming that the aircraft will cost significantly more than what the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was negotiating. The opposition party has also been demanding answers from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government as to why HAL was not involved in the deal as finalised during the UPA regime.


    Army comes up with major reform plan, to implement it with sense of urgency

    In a major move, top commanders of the Army have approved a mega plan to usher in transformative reforms in the 1.3 million-strong force.

    In a major move, top commanders of the Army have approved a mega plan to usher in transformative reforms in the 1.3 million-strong force which will include restructuring its officer cadre, bringing down age of key commands, arresting rising revenue expenditure and “right-sizing” the force.

    The decision to go ahead with the long-pending reforms initiative and make the force operationally versatile was taken at the ongoing Army Commanders’ Conference (ACC), an apex level biannual conclave which deliberates on key policy initiatives and operational matters, officials said.

    Army sources said the reform measures will be implemented in a “phased manner and with a sense of urgency”.

    The week-long conference, being chaired by Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, began on October 9. Besides operational and internal administrative issues, it held wide-ranging deliberations on various security challenges facing the country including along the borders .

    Officials said commanders decided to implement the reform measures with specific time-lines while agreeing to carry out “360 degrees evaluation” of various steps and, if required, going for course-corrections.

    The Army headquarters had instituted four studies with an overall aim to enhance the operational and functional efficiency of the force, optimise budget expenditure, facilitate modernisation and address aspirations.

    Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said the commanders’ conference has concluded that “the studies will be implemented progressively in a phased manner”.

    “The phases will comprise requisite refinements of the studies making them pragmatic for implementation. It has also been decided that all operational aspects of the studies will be validated through test bedding them in exercises,” he said.

    The first study on ‘re-organisation and right-sizing of the Indian Army’ was focused on the operational structures to make the force efficient and future-ready by taking into account the operational situation on western and northern borders, the spokesperson said.

    The second study was on ‘re-organisation of the Army headquarters with an aim to bring in “integration and preclude the redundancies”.

    “Over a period of time, with emerging scenarios, new structures have emerged and measures to integrate and synergise the same is underway,” he said.

    The third study was on ‘cadre review of officers’ and its focus was to recommend how to carry out reorganisation and restructuring to meet the aspirations of the officers’ cadre.

    There was indication that the study examined a number of radical steps including abolishing the rank of brigadier.

    The fourth study on ‘review of terms of engagement of rank and file’ was aimed at harnessing the higher life expectancy and ensuring younger profile of key commands and motivation of the personnel.

    Officials said the aim of the reform initiative is to ready a larger talent pool for crucial tasks and bringing down the age of those commanding key formations.

    “The collegium further deliberated on enhancing linguistic skill in the Indian Army. The necessity and methodology to enhance expertise in Indian and international languages has been established,” Col Anand said.

    He said the commanders’ conference has comprehensively deliberated on all aspects of extant security dynamics, emerging security scenarios and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries.