Sanjha Morcha

Moga jawan cremated with military honours at native village

MOGA: Army jawan Jaspreet Singh, 24, who was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, was cremated with full army honours at his native village Talwandi Mallian, about 20 km from the district headquarters, on Wednesday.

HT PHOTOSepoy Jaspreet Singh’s body arrives at his native village in Moga on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people, who poured in from different parts of the district, gave a tearful adieu to the slain sepoy.

Earlier, Jaspreet’s coffin draped in the Tricolour was brought to his home in the presence of senior army officials. He was also given a gun salute.

Sepoy’s father Sarwan Singh, along with his son Kuldeep Singh, consigned his last remains to flames.

Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, Moga MLA Harjot Kamal, Dharamkot MLA Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh and Baghapurana MLA Darshan Singh Brar paid their condolences.

Jaspreet, tried his luck over 10 times in recruitment rallies, before making it as a sepoy.

Jaspreet had visited his house during his elder sister Parminder Kaur’s marriage last year. “Jaspreet had told me over phone that he is coming home on July 29 and could be transferred to Jalandhar soon,” mother Rajinder Kaur said.

JAWAN WHO DIED OF HEART ATTACK CREMATED IN MUKTSAR

Army jawan Amanpreet Singh (38), who died of a heart attack in Ladakh on Monday, was cremated with full military honours at Bariwala village in Muktsar district on Wednesday.


China holds live-fire drills in Tibet Tests combat capability in remote regions | Experts say it’s battle-ready message to India

China holds live-fire drills in Tibet
Reuters file photo

Beijing, July 17

China’s military today said it had conducted live-fire exercises in the remote mountainous Tibet region to test its strike capability on plateaus, amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted the 11-hour-long live-fire exercises at an altitude of 5,000 metres on the plateau in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, aimed at improving the combat capability on such locations, the military said.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)The exercise was conducted by a ground combat brigade of the PLA Tibet Regional Command this month and involved scenarios such as rapid deployment, multi-unit joint strike and anti-aircraft defence, state-run China Daily quoted a PLA press release as saying.The exercise effectively tested the brigade’s joint strike capability on plateaus, according to the press release. The brigade that conducted the drills was from the PLA’s Tibet Military Command and is one of China’s two plateau mountain brigades.The PLA Tibet command guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.Analysts believe that the drill is an apparent attempt by the military to reassure the Chinese public about the combat readiness of its troops.“Showing an opponent that you are combat ready is more likely to prevent an actual battle,” Wang Dehua, South Asia studies expert at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said.Broadcasting the drill on CCTV was also likely designed to keep the public happy, he said. “It could also reassure the Chinese people that a strong PLA force is there, capable and determined to defend Chinese territory,” Wang told Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.The CCTV report did not disclose the location of the drills but said the brigade responsible for frontline combat missions has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese). Brahmaputra flows into India from Arunachal Pradesh border.“The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts,” Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming told the Post.The Chinese force that took part in the drill is stationed in the Lizhi region of eastern Tibet, close to the stand-off, the Post said.China has a clear advantage in terms of speed of movement, firepower, and logistics, Zhou said. “By staging a small-scale drill, China wants to control the problem and lower the risk of shots being fired,” he said.Separately, Tibet’s mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, where members of the agency practiced setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency.China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16. — PTI 

Amid Sikkim standoff, key ITBP post restored

  • The government has restored a crucial senior-level post in the Sino-India border guarding force ITBP after three years, a development seen as strengthening the paramilitary in the wake of frequent military standoffs between the two sides
  • RK Mishra, a 1986-batch IPS officer, on Monday took over as the new additional director general of force with the strength of 90,000 personnel
  • The lone ADG post of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police was diverted to the NDRF in February, 2014 by the Union Home Ministry, under which the two forces function PTI

GORKHA STIR Violence, arson back in Darjeeling GTA office, rly station set on fire; several government vehicles damaged

Violence, arson back in Darjeeling
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists block a road at Panighata in Siliguri on Thursday. PTI

Darjeeling, July 13

A GTA office was set on fire and several vehicles were damaged in Darjeeling today as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered the 29th day.The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) office for travel and tourism in Chowrastha of Mall Road in Darjeeling was set ablaze by pro-Gorkhaland supporters early morning. Several government vehicles were also damaged near the Darjeeling station by unidentified men last night.A railway station in Gayabari area of Kurseong was set on fire by pro-Gorkhaland supporters this morning. A forest bungalow near Teesta river was also set on fire today.The convoy of state tourism minister Gautam Deb was also attacked on the way to Darjeeling’s Panighatta where the minister was going to attend a programme on the occasion of poet Bhanubhakta Acharya’s birth anniversary.Meanwhile, responding to the call of the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), a writer and a singer returned the awards given to them by the state government.The GJM and pro-Gorkhaland supporters today celebrated the birth anniversary of noted Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharaya. Hundreds of Pro-Gorkhaland supporters today took out colourful rallies reciting poems written by Bhanubhakta Acharya and carrying placards in favour of separate state of Gorkhaland. Internet services remained suspended for the 26th day.Except medicine shops, all the shops, restaurants, schools, colleges, hotels and private offices remained closed. The police and the security forces maintained a tight vigil at all entry and exit points.

‘Hold tripartite meet’

CPM general secretary Sitraram Yechury on Thursday said Union Home Minister Rajnath Sigh must convene a tripartite meeting of representatives of the Centre, state government and GJM leaders to restore peace in the region. — TNS & PTI

Gorkhas return awards

  • Expressing support for a separate Gorkhaland state, Gorkha public figures gave up their awards on the birth anniversary of Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya
  • Those who gave up their awards are Nepali writer and translator Krishna Singh Moktan, musician Karma Younzon and Principal of Kurseong College Prakash Pradhan
  • “More than any award, it is Gorkhaland which is important for us. Once it is formed,I will receive many awards from it,” said Younzon,who received the ‘Sangeet Samman’ last year

MAJ GEN SATBIR SINGH MUST STOP FOOLING EX-SERVICEMEN FOR HIS OWN VESTED INTEREST—-PART-II

QUESTION FOR MAJ GEN SATBIR SINGH TO BE  ANSWERED  TO ALL EX-SERVICEMEN OF THE NATION: A LIFE TIME QUESTIONS  BY COL ANIL KAUL Vrc

Now that the court has declared the 2014 General Body (GB) as defunct. I write as a life time member of IESM . The following questions need answering. 

With the 2012 GB in place as per court order: –

  1. Who has authorised continuation of protest at JM?.

2 Who has authorised the daily expenditure of approx Rs 12K for JM?

  1. Where is this money coming from? 
  2. Are IESM Funds being used? If so on what authority?
  3. Who are the so called protesters that hang around for free lunches?.
  4. Have any of the daily letters written by Gen Satbir Singh  got any response ?
  5. Are stores used at JM paid for by IESM funds being further hired out? If so to whom and with what authority?
  6. What is the amount of daily payment to hired protestors and RHS participants, besides free breakfast and lunch courtesy Gurdwara Sahib?
  7. Is UFESM (JM) registered?.
  8. If not how are funds being collected in its name ?

An early reply will be appreciated from 

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Col Anil Kaul

COMMENTS

The above Question Bank sent by Col Anil Kaul Vrc, who had put his heart and soul for OROP Agitation and was the Media Coordinator of the Collected UFEM (intially) when all Organisation of ESM of the Nation supported the Protest is deeply hurt by present situated and  Scenario created by Maj Gen Satbir Singh for his personal Interested and to remain  in Lime Light.

2. The UFEM was formed with Lt Gen Balbir Singh Yadav ,Chairman IESL, Lt Gen Raj Kadiyan, Chairman IESM  and Major Gen Satbir Singh Vice Chairman IESM all as Advisers to the struggle along with Brig Kartar Singh , Vice Chairman IESL  and all state Presidents of IESL along with support from Sanjha Morcha.

3. The UFESM was fragmented by Maj Gen Satbir as he never wanted to give detailed of Donations received in Lakhs /Day from ESM, and he used to carry all donation in form of Cheques/Cash to his home at end of the day,  The other manipulators and supporters were VK Gandhi and Wg Cdr CK Sharma, who were always at collection table along with Lt Pandey. 

4.  However the UFEM was got Registered by fragmented ESM with Col Charanjit Singh As president, Col Dinesh Nain  as Secy Gen and other officer barriers and the first meeting of the registered UFESM was held in Delhi. But Maj Gen Satbir continued to write as Advsior as false Projection of the dissolved UFESM and later he named himself as Chairman of UFESM(JM) , just to keep the memento alive and keep collecting the donations.

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First Meeting of UFESM(Regd) . Col Charanjit Khera(President) along with Lt Gen Raj Kadiyan and Brig Manjit Singh and others.

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5 IESL was the first to withdraw because of non existence of transparency in donation received  followed by Sanjha Morcha and other Organisation after Maj Gen Satbir Lost his credibility of not being transparent and honest in his dealings for the cause of OROP, which he is not till date.

6. Now the sate is such that Govt had closed its doors for any type discussions with Maj Gen Satbir Singh. He is sailing in the same boat when Ex-Defence Minister Anthney did not want to see his face and he did not allow him for 9 years and now the Present govt Def Ministers Mr Parrikkar and Now Arun Jately  including PM dont want to meet him any cost, even Capt Amarinder Singh Prior to Punjab elections did not want to meet him(Story in Part-III Exposure) .

7. If Satbir is so active and fighting for the OROP at Jantar Mantar with his Paid and hired Protesters of his security Firm than why all like thinking Generals,Brigadiers and all ranks have left him to defend himself and his acts.

8 He was never a Chairman of IESM or UFESM or any other Organisation  as he claims and writes his designation . So What can be concluded that he has lost trust of ESM Masses which he is trying to win by distribution of Cash to make him win the IESM Elections by hook and crook( Details in Part-IV exposure). There is no chaiman in the UFESM nor there was only President.

9 Confirmed that Maj Gen Satbir is fooling ESM of the Nation for his own vested Interest other than OROP.He has lost his face to speak to RM or PM. Today ESM are suffering and loosing their respectability because of Satbir own self Portrait  in the eyes of the Nation.

The Following will be covered subsequently in next Parts.

  1. He is provoking ESM of Punjab against Capt Amarinder and winning ESM favour by distribution of booty and wants to Split IESL.
  2.  Why he backed out to Join Anna Hazre.
  3.  Elections of IESM as per Registrar of Company order.
  4.  Fate  of deposited Medals
  5.  Least concern for welfare of ESM/Widows or even Martyrs .
  6. Funds embezzlement of Maj Gen Satbir with New account opening.
  7.  Comments/reactions received from Veterans will be uploaded on Daily Basis
  8.  Jantar Mantar Struggle is no more OROP struggle  but Political Struggle of Maj Gen SAtbir Singh

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Col Charanjit Singh Khera

Ex-Media Adviser of UFESM ( Initial)

Jantar Mantar


Bank manager booked for duping retd Col of Rs 15 lakh

Victim knew accused for past eight years and even lent Rs 5 lakh to him

PANCHKULA : The local police on Friday booked four people, including bank manager of ICICI Bank, Manimajra branch, Arun Saluja, for cheating a retired Colonel of Rs 15 lakh.

Col Dilbag Singh Pannu (retd), 76, a resident of Sector 4 of Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), Panchkula, had a savings account in the Manimajra branch of ICICI bank.

The victim had known Saluja for eight years as the latter used to help him for his bank-related work. As the familiarity increased over the years, Saluja on various instances gave Pannu the comfort of just signing his cheques while he proceeded to fill the other details.

In the past, Saluja had also asked Pannu not to come to the bank as he will get Pannu‘s cheques collected from home and complete the transaction as needed. Such service, Saluja had claimed, was being provided by the bank to its deserving customers. On April 15, Pannu received around Rs 10 lakh on the maturity of his life insurance policy. Saluja advised him to invest it in the bank’s short-term investment scheme.

Saluja, accompanied by his wife Preeti Saluja, collected the cheques worth Rs 10 lakh from Pannu’s residence on April 19. On the same day, Pannu also lent Rs 5 lakh to Saluja as a loan. In return, Saluja gave Pannu two predated cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh each, signed on the name his mother and wife. When Pannu checked his account on July 15, he did not find the amount of Rs 10 lakh. On July 17, when Pannu visited the bank branch, he was told that Saluja was on leave since July 14.

Pannu later found out that two cheques which Saluja collected from him were allegedly transferred to the account of a Chandigarh-based man Amit Sharma, who was ‘hand-in-glove’ with Saluja. The two predated cheques of Rs 5 lakh had also allegedly bounced. Pannu also visited Saluja’s residence where his wife Preeti told him that Saluja has been missing.

Police have booked Saluja’s wife Preeti, his mother Sudesh and Amit Sharma on the charges of cheating at Mansa Devi police station in Panchkula.


Major Thapa cremated with full military honours at his native place

Wife of Major Shikhar Thapa inconsolable in her house at Dari near Dharamsala on Wednesday. Photo: Kamaljeet

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 19

Major Shikhar Thapa, who was killed in a fratricide incident in the Uri sector of Kashmir yesterday, was cremated with full military honours at his native place Dari today.The cremation was attended by Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Transport and Technical Education GS Bali, senior Congress leader and president of state ex-servicemen league Vijai Singh Mankotia and former minister and senior BJP leader from Dharamsala Kishan Kapoor. The local Congress MLA and Minister for Urban Development Sudhir Sharma was not present.The friends who had gathered on the occasion remembered Major Thapa as a quiet but gentle person.Arvind Kumar, father of Major Thapa, who is also an ex-serviceman and  retired teacher, was composed. Serving in the Army was a tradition in the family of Major Thapa. 

Major Thapa cremated with military honours

DHARAMSHALA : In the griefstricken hill town of Dharamshala, a steady stream of hundreds of mourning residents bid a tearful adieu to Major Shikhar Thapa, 29, who was allegedly killed by a jawan after being rebuked over using his mobile phone on forward position.

SHYAM SHARMA/HTArmy jawans, officers and relatives take the body of Major Shikhar Thapa, draped in the Tricolour, for his funeral at his native Dari village near Dharamshala on Wednesday.

When Major Thapa’s body, draped in the tricolour, was brought for the last rites, a pall of gloom descended on the locality.

Major Thapa was a 71 Armoured Regiment officer, but was attached to the counter-insurgency unit 8 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) close to the Line of Control in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Singh’s body was taken by pall bearers in the afternoon to the town crematorium, where he was consigned to the flames with full military honours. Breaking tradition, a large number of women, including the Major’s wife Suvidha and mother Poonam, came to the cremation ground.

Kangra deputy commissioner CP Verma and additional superintendent of police Gaurav Singh laid wreaths on behalf of the state government.

Transport minister GS Bali and former ministers Vijai Singh Mankotia and Kishan Kapoor also paid tributes to the slain officer. Major Thapa is survived by his father Arvind Thapa, 58, a retired soldier, mother Poonam, 55, wife Suvidha Thapa, 29, and a three-month-old son Suvir.


Heavy shelling in Rajouri, Poonch; soldier, 6-yr-old die Naik from Kashmir’s Tral killed; 16 schools shut indefinitely

Heavy shelling in Rajouri, Poonch; soldier, 6-yr-old die
Naik Muddasar Ahmed

Amir Karim Tantray & Shyam Sood

Tribune News Service

Jammu/Rajouri, July 17

Pakistani troops today resorted to heavy shelling in Balakote and Mankote sectors of Poonch district and also targeted Tarkundi and Manjakote sectors in Rajouri. A soldier and a six-year-old girl were killed in Tarkundi sector. Naik Muddasar Ahmed  belonged to Duchoo village in Tral, Pulwama district, whereas the girl, Sajida Kafeel, was from Barooti Dadiana village in Rajouri district.In Manjakote, Muhammad Sharief and his wife Shah Begum of Panjgrain village were injured in heavy  shelling. Shah Begum’s condition was said to be critical. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said the Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire on Indian posts in Rajouri sector at 7.30 am. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively. In the exchange of fire, Naik Muddasar Ahmed (37) was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He later succumbed to his injuries. He is survived by his wife Shaheena Muddasar and two children.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“Naik Muddasar Ahmed was a brave soldier. He loved his job to the core. The nation will remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” Lt Col Mehta said.Several villages have been affected by the heavy shelling. The district administration has had to shut at least 16 schools for an indefinite period. At least 120 students trapped inside a school in Panjgrain have been evacuated. Pakistani troops also violated the ceasefire agreement in Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch district. Rajouri DC Shahid Iqbal Choudhary held a meeting with locals at Panjgrain and briefed them on the arrangements made for setting up camps in case of evacuation, ration and medicine supplies.Pakistani troops also resorted to unprovoked firing at three villages in Kamalkote area of Uri in Baramulla later in the day, defence sources said. One soldier was injured. Media reports in Pakistan said four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday when their jeep, hit by a shell, fell into a river.

Reserve right to retaliate: DGMO

  • New Delhi: India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) on Monday made it clear to his Pakistani counterpart that the Indian Army was sincere in maintaining peace along the Line of Control as long as Pakistan reciprocated. However, the Army will retaliate to any firing from across the LoC. DGMO Lt Gen AK Bhatt told Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Sahir S Mirza over the hotline that the “Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate appropriately to any violation of ceasefire”. Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said the DGMO pointed out that all violations of the 2003 ceasefire were initiated by the Pakistan army. The Pak DGMO said four soldiers had died in Indian firing in PoK opposite the Keran sector in Kupwara. TNS

Dilemma of a two-front war by Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)

Obsessed with Pakistan, India has grossly neglected the real adversary. In point-to-point skirmishes and standoffs, battle- hardened Indian soldiers will deter, if not defeat, the PLA. However, across a broad front spectrum in an unlikely all-out war, it is advantage China.

Dilemma of a two-front war
CHINA THREAT: This file photo taken on July 10, 2008, shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in Sikkim. AFP

At a time when China is threatening to teach India another lesson and warning not to engage in a two-front conflict over the standoff in Doklam, our Service Chiefs, it seems, are not on the same page about fighting a two-front war especially as Beijing might try to emulate the New Delhi-Thimpu alliance in “disputed territory” with one with Islamabad in PoK. While General Bipin Rawat has more than once asserted the Army’s preparedness for a two-front war, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has highlighted the critical shortfall in the number of fighter squadrons — 32 against the required 42 squadrons — to dominate a two-front conflict, saying: “It is akin to a cricket team playing with seven players instead of 11”. The deficiency in air assets has existed for decades but this is the first time an Air Chief has related it to a two-front war. The Chief of Naval Staff, Sunil Lanba, when asked about the disparity in preparedness of the services, said: “The way national security is being handled is not commensurate with the security environment which is extremely serious at the moment”. Recently, Gen Rawat told a military audience that the military was not getting enough funds for modernisation — repeated ad nauseum by every Chief — due to the perception that expenditure on defence is a burden on the economy. This set the cat among the pigeons as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a regular fill-in for Defence Minister, is believed to have told Gen Rawat: “Don’t worry about funds. When you run out, call me”. In the mid-1990s, when the Naval Shipyard order books had gone dry, CNS, admiral Vijay Shekhawat went public about the Navy’s operational deficiencies, prompting Defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to invite him to discuss dwindling fleet numbers. Ad hocism has become the hallmark of modernisation of the military.

Power differential

The Chinese are constantly reminding India about the power differential — military, economic and infrastructural — between them. Being obsessed with Pakistan, India has grossly neglected the real adversary. The reason for this is the institutionalised absence of strategic thinking and higher political direction of war and conflict in the face of growing threats and challenges to internal and external security. Prime Minister Modi’s boast about big  defence reforms is hollow: had he been serious about defence, he would have named a full-time Defence Minister. The appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff has not overcome the hesitation of history — read bureaucracy. The country has never produced a “Defence White Paper” or done a “Strategic Defence and Security” review. Something called the “Raksha Mantri’s Directive” masquerades as higher political direction on deterrence and war. This bit of literature drafted by the military has its origin in 1983, with periodic face-lifts to make it contemporary. The Parrikar doctrine covering surgical strikes was included in the Joint Military Doctrine, scripted by the Integrated Defence Staff, which attracted extraordinary flak from the defence community for being substandard. In its present organisation, each service essentially fights single-service combat. In the last border skirmish at Kargil, the Army’s operation was called Vijay while the IAF campaign in support was named Safed Saagar. So much for jointness.  So the Raksha Mantri’s Directive passes off as political guidance by the highest echelons of government. When I once asked a former Air Chief how he evolved his service’s span of responsibility, he replied: “Most of the time, from speeches made by the Prime Minister during the Combined Commanders’ Conferences.” Are we surprised that while President Xi Jinping who heads the Central Military Commission, has personally ordered and supervised the reorganisation of the combat formations facing India, reducing them from three commands to one command — a single Western Theatre Command headed by the powerful Gen Xhao Zongqi — the China front in India is managed by four Army and three Air commands deployed at seven locations. 

Integrated command

A forward-looking proposal made by a defence committee recommending three integrated operational commands — North, West and South instead of 17 single service commands — was shot out of hand by (no guesses) the Air Force. The CDS and accompanying Joint Staff ordered by the UK in 1984 was a fait accompli. It was introduced by a political class which understood defence and strategic security. In India, countless defence reforms are languishing for want of decision making. It is instructive to recall how the two-front strategy was formally enunciated in December 2009 by the Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor. It followed the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ordered the Service Chiefs to prepare for war. Defence Minister AK Antony then had “preparation for a two-front war” added in his Directive but did little to implement it. Both in 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan despite the collusive threat from China, there was no cross-border intervention by China though sizeable formations of the Eastern Command remained deployed against it and forces could not be switched to the west or east for fighting in East Pakistan in 1971. In a real two-front war, swing forces in east and west will not be able to reinforce either front and only dedicated formations will fight the war. Given the paucity in current force levels, inadequate sophistry of combat support and terrain and infrastructure handicaps, it will be an uphill task to match the PLA’s strength and versatility across a 3,488-km front of undefined borders. In point-to-point skirmishes and standoffs, battle-hardened Indian soldiers will deter if not defeat the PLA. Across a broad front spectrum in an unlikely all-out war, it is advantage China unless India is prepared to rethink its “no first use” nuclear doctrine. As an offset in the western front, Gen Rawat has suggested creating a two-front situation for Pakistan: either in Afghanistan or Iran. Doklam may go the 1986 Sumdorong Chu way; the 10-month-long standoff challenging the Chinese intrusion at Thandrong, west of Tawang over the interpretation of watershed, without a shot being fired. India need not invoke its doubtful capacity to fight a two-front war; instead, speedily augment its deterrence against China. This may not win votes for Modi but it will prevent Chinese pinpricks that he famously called “toothache”.The writer is the founder-member of the Defence Planning Staff.


BRIEFING OF EX-SERVICE FOR PUNJAB GOVT GOG SCHEME BY MAJ GEN SPS GREWAL AT NAWANSHAHR 07 JUL 2017

The GOG  ( Gurdians of Goverance)  OR Khushali De Rakhe Scheme of Punjab Govt is going to be launched in the month of Aug 2017. The Ex-Servicemen will act as Eyes and Ears to the Capt Amarinder Singh ,CM Punjab.

The  ESM once selected will be provided with training about their Role as GOG at Distt Levels ,however trainers will be trained at MGSIPAP ( Mahatam Gandhi State Institute for Public Administration) mostly Officer Cadre . The GOG will be functioning as follows

(a) State Level Cell supervised by a Brig Rank Officer 

(b) Distt Level to be supervised by Col/Lt Col/Maj

(c) Tehsil Level to be Supervised by Col/Lt Col/Maj.

(b) Village Level- One selected ESM from Each village.

The GOG will not function under control of Constituency MLA bu twill be Independent and will function in close coordination of  SDM/DC/CM. 

ESM BRIEFING AT NAWANSHAHR 07 JUL 2017  FEW PICTURES

The meeting was organised by Col Chuhar Singh(Retd)

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Col Chuhar Singh  Introductory briefing to the ESM Gathering .

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Maj Gen SPS Grewal briefing ESM about GOG

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Army Chief wraps up his Jammu visit

Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 29

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat wrapped up his two-day visit to the Jammu region today. During his tour, he visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district and held threadbare discussion with Army officers on the security situation in the state.Sources said the Army Chief was scheduled to visit forward areas in Poonch district today but due to bad weather, he cut short his visit and returned to New Delhi this morning.On Friday, General Rawat had a firsthand account of the Army’s preparedness at the LoC, where Pakistan has been violating ceasefire for the past few months.The Army Chief reviewed the security situation with Northern Command chief Lt Gen D Anbu and General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 16 Corps Lt Gen AK Sharma.The Northern Command PRO, on Friday, said that General Bipin Rawat complimented the troops for their unflinching efforts and reiterated the need to remain ever prepared to counter the nefarious designs of the adversary.During his visit to Rajouri on Friday, the Chief of Army Staff was briefed on the Army’s operational readiness by the GOC, Ace of Spades Division.During his visit to the 16 Corps, he reviewed the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation in the Corps zone.