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Brig Joginder Singh Jaswal Vrc,SM..EX-Director Sainik Welfare Pb critical :ICU MH Jallander

ਜਲੰਧਰ: ਪੰਜਾਬ ਐਵੀਨਿਊ ਲੱਦੇਵਾਲੀ ”ਚ ਸੇਵਾ ਮੁਕਤ ਬ੍ਰਿਗੇਡੀਅਰ ”ਤੇ ਹਮਲਾ, ਹਾਲਤ ਗੰਭੀਰ

ਜਲੰਧਰ: ਪੰਜਾਬ ਐਵੀਨਿਊ ਲੱਦੇਵਾਲੀ ''ਚ ਸੇਵਾ ਮੁਕਤ ਬ੍ਰਿਗੇਡੀਅਰ ''ਤੇ ਹਮਲਾ, ਹਾਲਤ ਗੰਭੀਰ

ਜਲੰਧਰ(ਮਹੇਸ਼)ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਦੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਐਵੀਨਿਊ ਲੱਦੇਵਾਲੀ ”ਚ ਮੰਗਲਵਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਸੇਵਾ ਮੁਕਤ ਬ੍ਰਿਗੇਡੀਅਰ ਜਸਵਾਲ ”ਤੇ ਹਮਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਦੱਸਿਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਿਸੇ ਨਾਲ ਜ਼ਮੀਨੀ ਵਿਵਾਦ ਚੱਲ ਰਿਹਾ ਸੀ। ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ”ਤੇ ਕਬਜ਼ੇ ਨੂੰ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ”ਤੇ ਹਮਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਬ੍ਰਿਗੇਡੀਅਰ ਨੂੰ ਫੌਜੀ ਹਸਪਤਾਲ ”ਚ ਦਾਖਲ ਕਰਵਾ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਜਿਥੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਹਾਲਤ ਗੰਭੀਰ ਬਣੀ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ।

Brig J  S jaswal vrc, sm has been hit by six seven guys today morning. He is in quite bad shape.

Admitted him at Mh Jalandhar

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Steps initiated to treat ECHS ills

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30

Several measures have been introduced to streamline the functioning of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), the functioning of which had been affected by financial and administrative ills over the past several years. The measures include easing norms of procuring medical supplies, revamping the command and control structure and issuing smart cards.A major relief to ECHS beneficiaries is a policy introduced to de-link supply of medicines from the Armed Forces Medical Supply Depots (AFMSD) and empowering the Senior Executive Medical Officers (SEMOs) at military stations to be solely responsible for procuring medicines.Earlier, all medicines to ECHS polyclinics were routed through the AFMSD and the non-availability of medicines at polyclinics had become a serious issue due to logistics as well as budgetary constraints.The scheme was launched in 2003 to provide medical cover to retired armed forces personnel and their dependants and reduce the workload of service hospitals. At present, it caters to 52 lakh beneficiaries through a nationwide network of 421 operational polyclinics and 2,247 private hospitals.ECHS members are also being issued new smart cards having security features to guard against fraud and misuse. These will have an embedded chip to store personal and medical information of members and their family members.The income criteria from all sources for being eligible to become a member’s dependent has been revised from Rs 3,500 a month to Rs 9,000 plus dearness allowance.The scheme has also been extended to eligible Army Postal Service pensioners and the Defence Ministry has been accorded sanction for follow-up treatment from government hospitals and Regional Cancer Centres. The expenditure so incurred will be reimbursable as per rates of the hospital.


Ex-IAF chief can’t leave country: HC

Ex-IAF chief can’t leave country: HC
SP Tyagi

New Delhi, May 30

The Delhi High Court today stayed a trial court order allowing former IAF chief SP Tyagi, a key accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, to travel to Indonesia.Decrying the “special treatment” given to Tyagi, Justice I S Mehta said: “I do not understand, why the accused persons always want to travel abroad… why should he (Tyagi) be given the special treatment.”Staying the trial court order till July 12, it agreed to the CBI contention that the 71-year-old former IAF chief, who is on bail, might tamper with the ongoing probe in the case.The court, which is hearing the CBI’s appeal against the grant of bail to Tyagi and two other accused, said: “You (Tyagi) are facing trial in a case and also getting special treatment. What is this? Till July 12, you will not travel.” — PTI


Lt Gen Anbu interacts with troops

Srinagar, May 30

Northern Command Chief Lt Gen D Anbu today visited the Army formations and units in south Kashmir, where he was briefed by the field commanders on the prevailing security situation and the measures instituted to ensure peace and calm.While interacting with troops, the Northern Command Chief complimented them for their alertness, initiative and synergy with other security forces, which has resulted in the successful conduct of operations, including the recent counter-terrorism operation, in which a top terrorist commander was killed, an Army spokesman said. Lt General Anbu exhorted them to continue with the same dedication as the entire nation looked up to them, the spokesman said.The Northern Command Chief along with Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu also took stock of the security and administrative arrangements for the Amarnath yatra, scheduled to commerce from June 29, and stressed the need for close coordination with the civil administration to ensure a smooth yatra. — TNS


After Tral gunfight, a militant walked free Encounter video shows him coming out of rubble unhurt in Soimoh village

After Tral gunfight, a militant walked free
Army men near the Tral encounter site in Pulwama. file photo

Azhar Qadri

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 30

A militant, who was accompanying Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat and another associate, survived the fierce night-long gunfight last week and emerged unharmed from the rubble of a damaged house, according to eyewitnesses and a video that recorded the aftermath of the firefight.The militant appeared unharmed from the damaged house at Soimoh village in Tral sub-district, where Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat and teenaged militant Faizan Bhat were killed in the gunfight on Saturday.Eyewitnesses and locals said a militant emerged alive from the rubble, which had been cordoned off for nearly 16 hours.“It was the same house where Sabzar was trapped. When the gunfight ended, people rushed to the house. They found a militant when they removed the debris,” a local said.A dramatic video shot by an eyewitness captured the moment when the militant emerged out of the rubble of the damaged house and was welcomed by a jubilant slogan-shouting crowd. The video appears to confirm the witness accounts.The video shows a shocked young man in a camouflage T-shirt emerging from the rubble as he is whisked away by sympathisers.Another resident said two militants had survived the gunfight and were found alive in the rubble. At least one militant had later appeared at the funeral of Sabzar and had identified himself as the survivor of the gunfight.It is rare for militants to survive prolonged gun battles. The gunfights are usually followed by detailed mopping up and clearance operations.

Cops verifying details

  • A senior police officer said that the police were verifying the reports that some militants might have escaped from the site of the gunfight. At least three militants were suspected to have been trapped in the cordon, and out of them two were killed, the officer said.

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Need to ramp up defence production’

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 30

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said no country could indefinitely win wars only on the strength of imported equipment.He was giving away Raksha Mantri’s Awards for excellence in recognition of performance among ordnance factories and defence public sector undertakings.India is the biggest importer of weapons and equipment and around 65 per cent of its needs are fulfilled though imports. The minister emphasised the need for defence preparedness, particularly on the strength of domestic manufacturing.


Naxals torch bus; 7 rebels held after face-off with cops

Naxals torch bus; 7 rebels held after face-off with cops

Raipur, May 30

Naxals torched a bus after asking passengers to alight in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district while seven rebels were arrested today following a face-off with the police in a nearby area, an official said today.When the private bus was on its way to Orchha from Narayanpur, a group of Naxals, some of them armed, stopped the vehicle last night near Jhorigaon village, around 300 km from the state capital, SP Santosh Singh said. “The rebels asked the passengers to de-board and then set the bus ablaze. The exact number of passengers is not known but all of them are reported safe,” he said.Security personnel rushed to the spot soon after receiving an alert. A combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he said. According to Singh, the Naxals are frustrated with the road construction work in the region and, therefore, are committing such acts.“The ultras have been opposing road construction from Narayanpur to Orchha in Abujhmaad, considered as a Maoist den,” Singh said.Meanwhile, seven Naxals were today arrested in a nearby village in Narayanpur. They were nabbed after an exchange of fire between the ultras and security personnel near Tekanar village on Sunday on suspicion that they were involved in the skirmish, Singh said. — PTI

Arson in Bastar

  • Suspected Naxals on Tuesday torched battery room of a mobile tower of BSNL in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar
  • The tower was not damaged and is operational
  • The police also found pamphlets left by Naxals protesting killing of rebel leader ‘Vilas’ in an encounter in Burgum area on May 14

Jadhav giving ‘crucial intel’ on terror: Pak

Jadhav giving ‘crucial intel’ on terror: Pak
Kulbhushan Jadhav

Islamabad, May 30

Pakistan has claimed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, was providing “crucial intelligence” about the recent terrorist attacks in the country.“Jadhav continues to provide crucial intelligence with regard to recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told Dawn News in an interview. However, Zakaria did not elaborate on the details of the intelligence being provided by Jadhav.The Hague-based International Court of Justice stayed Jadhav’s execution on May 18, but it has to decide the issue of jurisdiction in the case, Pakistani officials said.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf told Dawn News that Pakistan had enough evidence to prove that Jadhav was a “spy”.Ausaf said Pakistan had information on Jadhav that could not be disclosed due to security reasons. He said the ICJ’s “procedural order” of May 18 was neither Pakistan’s defeat nor India’s success and emphasised that when the case re-started, “Pakistan would be on solid ground to win”.Responding to a question regarding the constitution of a new legal team, Ausaf said there were no plans to change the team. However, he said it would be “expanded”.Asked why he did not represent Pakistan at the May 15 hearing at the ICJ, Ausaf claimed he “knew prior to the judgement that the ICJ was going to announce the provisional order”. — PTI 


DEFENCE MANUFACTURING-II Maruti model can drive defence production

In the second and concluding article, The Tribune examines the need to do away with historical legacies and well-worn procedures as well as develop the fortitude to accept setbacks. Only a radical departure from all past practices may have the potential to help defence manufacturing stand on its feet.

Maruti model can drive defence production
ARMS & SELF-RELIANCE: A tank and weapons on display at Parliament House. The DRDO organised a defence exhibition of tanks, Brahmos missiles & other equipment to mark 70 years of Independence. PTI

THE natural expectation is that government should do what it takes to achieve a breakthrough in defence manufacturing.  Every new political executive discovers the strength of tradition and of the constituencies in favour of the status quo, as well as the inherently conservative nature of all bureaucracies which are comfortable only with incremental changes. Fortunately, a strong government enjoying continuing popular support with a growing nationalistic fervour should be able to take big decisions and implement them. There are complex issues to grapple with and difficult decisions to be taken.In most technology and capital-intensive segments only one national entity can be supported to become strong enough to give autonomous capability. In the case of Europe, countries chose to consolidate their national air industries in European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). After many years and considerable public spending, EADS succeeded in developing a real competitor to Boeing in the Airbus. In the Eurofighter, they developed a world-class military plane. Hence, taking a clear view of the optimal industry structure 10 to 15 years down the road and the future of the present set of ordnance factories and the defence PSUs in different segments is unavoidable.  Since the economic reform process began, large PSUs have ceded space to new private sector entrants and become white elephants where now they can neither be privatised as they have no value, nor can they be closed because of the large workforce. Air India and BSNL are good examples. Is it desirable to replicate this? Is corporatisation of ordnance factories doable? Is greater professionalisation and empowerment along with gradual disinvestment to create, say, an equivalent of Boeing/Dassault in HAL, an option worth pursuing? Is strategic divestment to suitable Indian private firms with proven manufacturing ability a viable option and, if so, in which segments?  Would having private strategic partners for a few platforms while leaving the rest of the system untouched, as seems to be under way now, the best way to go forward? Would it not be prudent to choose strategic partners only with proven manufacturing abilities, or, this is not relevant if there is sufficient financial depth? What safeguards, if any, are required in the eventuality of non-performance by chosen strategic partners? There are no easy answers. Taking a hard-headed view on these questions is necessary and is the intrinsic burden of leadership. The implication of having private sector entry and at the same time continuing with the public sector for the same platforms needs to be thought through. To illustrate, having many aircraft and helicopter manufacturing facilities, where only final assembly, controlled by foreign technology providers, is undertaken in India, without any real technological ability to develop new models growing in one organisation to become a world-class national player, would not serve the real purpose.  There may be some less capital-intensive segments where genuine competition over time may be feasible and desirable. A rational calculated view needs to be taken on weapon systems where India should try and have one world-class player and where it can afford two players. This is equally relevant for sub-assemblies and components which are the actual building blocks and usually do not get the attention they deserve.Then, there is the widely prevalent view in the Armed Forces that the DRDO has not yet given them weapons that they would really like to use whether it is the LCA or the battle tank. In any case, whatever has been developed is an assembly of primarily imported engines, sub systems and parts. So, does it make sense to write off whatever has been done and accept failure? Or, is the ability to design and develop a weapon platform even with imported sub-systems, not a significant enough achievement which should give confidence that succeeding rounds of development of newer versions are bound to be better?  Does it not then make sense to continue from what has been achieved and see what more is needed to produce  newer versions which appear good enough to the armed forces? Should such development not be funded and undertaken continuously to develop systems which may be equivalent to what is being used by the forces now and as a potential supplement, in the first instance? Is the present system of having a centralised DRDO responsible for technology and system development with production enterprises making only modest efforts in research and development, optimal? Or, having different verticals with responsibility for both platform development and production, as is the case with all western defence firms, a better model with the advantages of clear focus, accountability, incentives and rewards? Could not the successful experience of ISRO and Atomic Energy of working in genuine development partnerships with Indian firms to develop almost all that they needed to overcome the handicap of the international technology denial regime be replicated?  Should PPPs in system and technology development as well as manufacturing be pursued?    Could the armed forces moderate their expectations by lowering the bar to have, not the best in class in the world, but what is good enough for what our northern and western neighbours possess? (From this perspective, many have argued that even the present LCA is good enough.)  Willingness to lower the bar also increases competition as well as the ability to seek a higher degree of technology transfer for new systems needed now and which have to be necessarily procured internationally. Since the procurement system is tied to procedure and paranoid about any deviation from what is set out in the beginning, negotiating the best terms for technology transfer is not permitted.  As a result, India is unable to even begin making full use of the window of opportunity which is now there, with the US making India a major defence partner for technology transfer. Every procurement process should have the bjectives of getting what the forces need and maximise national technological ability and reduce future import dependence. A good Indian experience to recall is that of Maruti. Through a search and negotiation process, Suzuki was chosen as the technology and equity partner. A smaller player, it was willing to go the farthest in technology transfer and genuine partnership. Maruti selected vendors in a fair manner very quickly, but not through the rigid price-bidding process the only permissible route today. Vendors were helped with technology tie-ups and became long-term partners and suppliers with periodic negotiated price revisions. Maruti, like other global car companies, undertook only final assembly.  The outcome exceeded expectations. India was able to evolve a globally competitive private sector national auto-component industry. It is now a leading global hub for competitive small car manufacturing. On the international scene many firms, with frontline platforms, critical sub-assemblies, or materials/components, do not see much of a commercial future with declining defence budgets in their countries. They may be willing to part with technology, go in for genuine joint-venture partnerships, and even be available for acquisition — presenting an opportunity for technological leapfrogging. An empowered, bold leadership, acting strategically to create medium-term national capabilities is required to take a holistic view of procurement for specific needs, along with technology development and acquisition. An altogether different paradigm of decision making needs to be put in place. Without this, it is unlikely to make progress in defence manufacturing at the speed that is needed and also possible. (Concluded)The writer is former Secretary DIPP, Govt of India.