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    Militant killed in Kupwara, five CRPF men injured in Anantnag

    Militant killed in Kupwara, five CRPF men injured in Anantnag

    Security has been tightened in the Valley. Tribune Photo: Amin War

    Tribune News Service

    Anantnag/Srinagar, July 26

    Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured and a militant was killed in a two separate incidents in Kashmir on Thursday.Five CRPF men were injured in a grenade attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Around 3.45 pm, militants tossed a grenade at a CRPF bunker at Goriwan, Bijbehara, resulting in injuries to five personnel.“All injured were taken to a hospital and their condition is stated to be stable,” a police officer said.Soon after the attack, the area was soon cordoned off and searches were carried out to try and nab the attackers. The attackers had, however, fled by then.The Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed responsibility for the attack. Two members of the militant outfit were killed in a gunfight in Anantnag on Wednesday.A complete shutdown was today observed in parts of Anantnag and the neighbouring Kulgam district of south Kashmir against the killing of the two LeT militants. There were reports of minor stone-throwing from Anantnag town, where the gunfight had taken place.Meanwhile, an unidentified militant was killed during an encounter in the frontier district of Kupwara on Thursday.Sources said joint teams of the police, Army, and the CRPF launched a cordon and search operation at Handwara after an input about militants. The gunfight broke out around 1 pm when militants opened fire on the forces.“In the operation, one militant was killed,” the sources said. The forces recovered arms and ammunition from the gunfight site.In Srinagar, the J&K Police carried out surprise checking along the Residency Road on Thursday.Militants snatch 4 rifles from cops in Shopian Anantnag: Militants on Thursday evening barged into the guard post of a politician in Shopian town and decamped with four service rifles of policemen. The incident, as per sources, took place in the Bonnabazar area of the town at 8.30 pm. The politician has been identified as former Congressman Muhammad Shafi Banday. A senior police officer said: “The details of the incident are being ascertained. We have cordoned off the area.” oc20-kg IED defused in Tral Srinagar: A major tragedy was averted on Thursday evening in Tral town of south Kashmir when security forces spotted a 20-kg IED. A senior police officer said the explosive was spotted at 6.15 pm along the Handoora-Tral road and was kept in a bucket. “It was detected and defused well in time before it could cause any damage to security forces or people,” the police officer said. He said investigation had been started into the incident. TNS

    Salute to Kargil heroes

    Salute to Kargil heroes

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, along with Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, pays tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti on Kargil Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi on Thursday. The forces’ chiefs called on Sitharaman at the Parliament House complex. Sources said it was aroutine meeting. Significantly, it came on a day the results of Pakistan elections were declared. PTI



    Double delight for Army jawans

    Double delight for Army jawans

    Ajay Banerjee

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, July 26

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has sorted out two long-standing issues impacting promotions of jawans and status of junior commissioned officers (JCO’s) in the Army.The ministry, on Wednesday, issued an order allowing the career progression scheme for jawans to be applicable from January 1, 2006, and not September 1, 2008. Under the modified assured career-progression scheme, a sepoy gets promoted as Naik after eight years of service; as Havildar after 16 years of service and Naib Subedar after 24 years of service.This will mean faster promotions for those who were eligible as on that date. The move will also enhance pension for the beneficiaries. In another important step, the MoD has withdrawn its letter that did not permit “gazetted officer” status to JCOs.There are around 64,000 personnel of the JCO or equivalent rank in the Air Force and the Navy. They are promoted from among the jawans and hold an important position in each battalion of the Army.The MoD, in order last week, has withdrawn its letter dated June 14 that considered an Army headquarters request on the grant of status to JCO and non-productivity-linked bonus. It said, “There does not appear any specific order establishing the status of JCOs.” The same has now been withdrawn.

    Kargil heroes remembered

    Kargil heroes remembered

    Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and State Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat pay tribute to the martyrs of Kargil at a war memorial in Dehradun on Thursday. PTI

    Tribune News Service

    Dehradun, July 26

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat led the state in offering tributes to Kargil martyrs as the nation observed Vijay Diwas on Thursday.Laying a floral wreath at the Kargil martyrs memorial at Gandhi Park in Dehradun, the Chief Minister reminded the people of the sacrifices made by Army men in the line of duty. Saluting the sacrifices of the brave soldiers, the Chief Minister said whenever required, the jawans of the country had sacrificed everything to defend their motherland.He said while the Kargil War would always be remembered for the bravery of the Indian Army, it will also be known for then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s immense political will to defend each and every inch of the land of the country.Referring to the measures taken by the state government for soldiers and ex-servicemen and families of the martyred soldiers, the Chief Minister disclosed that Additional District Magistrates in every district had been appointed as nodal officers to address the concerns of soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families. “The soldiers, who come on leave, have many pending works to do and the administrative officers have been instructed to address their issues at the earliest,” he said.The Chief Minister on the occasion also honoured gallantry award winning soldiers and officers and family members of martyrs.Mussoorie BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi asserted that the Chief Minister, who himself belongs to a family of ex-servicemen, was especially sensitive towards soldiers. He said the state government had allotted land and amount to the tune of Rs 2.50 crore for war memorial and boys and girls hostel at Danda Lakhuand on Sahastradhara road in Dehradun. Further, bravery walls had been erected in colleges and universities so that the youth got inspiration from the sacrifices of soldiers.Uttarakhand Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat, senior BJP MLA Harbans Kapoor and a large number of ex-servicemen were present on the occasion. 

    Myanmar Army attacks several camps of Naga rebel group NSCN-K

    Myanmar Army attacks several camps of Naga rebel group NSCN-K

    Photo for representational purpose only.

    Bijay Sankar Bora
    Tribune News Service
    Guwahati, July 27
    Myanmar Army has launched operation against several camps of Naga rebel group NSCN-K inside that country forcing a large number of NSCN-K cadres to flee, according to security sources.Myanmar Army launched the operation against the NSCN-K camps in Sagaing region of Myanmar, notwithstanding a ceasefire agreement between the two parties. The operation began on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Isak Sumi, the spokesperson of banned NSCN-K, has claimed that the entire NSCN-K cadre was safe in the wake of operation launched against it by the Myanmar Army.Isak Sumi says in his Facebook post: “The on-going standoff between the Myanmar Army and Naga Army has temporarily been resolved without untoward incident but Naga Army had to make a tactical withdrawal. The overall situation is still tense but the Naga Army are re-entrenched again and safe. Requesting prayer to all the loved ones”. Here he has referred to NSCN-K as Naga Army.It may be mentioned that the NSCN-K has been maintain its base in Myanmar and there it has provided logistic support and training to many other militant outfits from Northeastern region especially those from Assam and Manipur including the ULFA (Independent), NDFB (S), PLA etc. All these Myanmar-based N-E militant groups have formed a banner organization   to launch joint attacks on Indian security forces.The Government of India has been mounting diplomatic pressure against the government of Myanmar to evict N-E militants groups that have pitched their camps inside Myanmar territory.

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    Martyrs, faujis and gardens in full bloom

    The sector boasts of the beautiful Gurdwara Bagh Shaheedan, which is built close to the site where Baba Sukha Singh and Baba Harkirat Singh were martyred fighting the Mughals; a Garden of Annuals with trees flowering through the year; and the city’s first

    From page 01 CHANDIGARH: One of the first army housing projects in the city came up over here, offering units to both senior and junior personnel. But that’s not all. Sector 44 is also home to banking and insurance personnel as well as advocates, journalists, doctors, architects and engineers.

    KESHAV SINGH/HT■ Calling all ye faithful: The Gurdwara Bagh Shaheedan is a prominent landmark at Sector 44 in Chandigarh.The beautiful Garden of Annuals spread over an area of 5.5 acres also ensures that this place gets a pop of colour every month, thanks to the 25 to 30 varieties of flowering plants grown here in April every year for the summer and around 50 varieties in October for the winter months.

    Inaugurated in 2003 and maintained by six gardeners, this is one spot where children, the elderly and couples gather for chats, leisurely walks or sports (for the young of course).

    “You will find flowers such as calendula, dahlia, pansy, carnation, marigold, salvia and more,” says Harchand Singh, junior engineer at the horticultural department.

    Summer annuals include balsam, cosmos, kochia, nicotiana and cockscomb. There are 40 beds for flowers in all over here, Singh adds. SPACE FOR EVERYONE

    Sector 44 has 216 army flats. “It’s the first such project in a residential area to come up in 1984 in the city,” says Kamini Sharma, president of the Sector-44 Army Flats Resident Welfare Association. Army personnel from the ranks of brigadiers to subedars live here.

    Life Insurance Corporation officials have about 50 to 60 units here and about 100 housing units are for officials of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and other banks. RBI also has some vacant land allotted for flats.

    Interestingly, the sector has the maximum number of leasehold houses under the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). “Around 2,000 houses in all the four blocks of the sector are under the CHB, and we have been fighting to get these converted to freehold,” says VK Nirman, president, Sector 44 D Resident Welfare Association.


    People of all faiths have their own place of worship here. Gurdwara Bagh Shaheedan makes for a historically significant site for the Sikh community as it’s built close to the site in Burail village where Baba Sukha Singh and Baba Harkirat Singh were martyred while fighting against tyrant Mughal rulers in 1769. It was built on a spot earlier known as Mahanta Da Bagh in the memory of Baba Sukha Singh and the other martyrs. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur is also believed to have visited the spot with his army.

    Another place of religious importance here is the First Baptist Church of Chandigarh, which was founded in 1980 by Pastor Nazir Masih, his journey to faith in Christ beginning while he was a young child.

    From its humble beginnings with just three families meeting in a small apartment, it now has a large campus that was built in 1988.

    Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Sector 44 C is dedicated to the goddess Laxmi and Narayan, another name for Vishnu.

    TEMPLES OF EDUCATION Planned as a self-contained unit as envisaged by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, Sector 44 has six senior secondary schools, including St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, The British School, St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Government Model Senior Secondary School and Chandigarh Baptist School.

    And when it comes to health care, the Urban Health Training Centre, which comes under the department of community medicine of Government College and Hospital (GMCH), caters to the residents of sectors 43, 44 and the adjoining JJ Colony.

    INVASION OF THE CROWDS Old-timers feel the sector has become a little crowded now. Some years ago people could actually ride cycles in the cycle lanes, something that’s almost impossible in the rush hours now because of the traffic. “There has been no improvement. We have failed Corbusier and his idea of planned city,” says Gulshan Girdhar, a resident. “Earlier, you could see people going on cycles and buses in the morning and after that roads would be empty because everyone was at their place of work after 10am,” says Girdhar. “There used to be buses for every place, from Central Secretariat to Vidhan Sabha and recently I saw a bus with just two passengers, which was sad,” says PDS Uppal, a local resident. Open spaces too are shrinking says TS Thukral, a member of the Sector 44 B RWA and retired chief electrical engineer from Northern Railways.


    The Sector 44D Market is a hub of activity with fancy eating joints and dhabas, mostly attracting students renting out apartments and rooms here.

    Locals swear by the jalebis, says property dealer Ramesh Duggal of Duggal Estates, one of the first shops to come up here. He recommends the samosas too and says “this is the best time of the year to savour the snacks from the Guru Nanak Sweet Shop.” The market used to get a huge student crowd some years ago because of coaching institutes, which have now moved to Sector 34,” he adds.

    Ex-serviceman guns down wife Used his licensed gun for committing crime | Was facing some serious health problem

    Nikhil Bhardwaj

    Tribune News Service

    Ludhiana July 22

    An ex-serviceman allegedly killed his wife with his licensed double-barrel gun at Jassian village, Haibowal, on Sunday.The accused is reportedly suffering from some serious health issues, due to which he was under depression.After the neighbours heard the gun shot sound, they arrived to inquire and found that the woman was lying in a pool of blood. She was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead by doctors.The deceased has been identified as Baljit Kaur (55), while her husband has been identified as Darshan Lal (60).The ex-serviceman did not escape after killing his wife and when the police arrived, he was taken in custody.ACP (West) Gurpreet Singh said Darshan Lal got voluntary retirement about four years ago. Due to some serious kidney problem, he was undergoing dialysis twice a week. He had four daughters and a son, who is the youngest among the siblings. Two of the daughters are married.On Sunday morning, he asked his wife to give him his gun, as he wanted to clean it. Initially, his wife did not agree to hand him over the gun on the pretext that he was facing serious health issues and he could not handle the same. After his insistence, his wife handed him over the gun and went to the kitchen to do household chores.“After cleaning his gun, Darshan went to the kitchen and aimed at his wife from close range. The bullet hit the woman and she fell down. The neighbours thought that some LPG cylinder had exploded at the ex-serviceman’s house. They immediately rushed inside the house to inquire and were stunned to see the woman lying in a pool of blood. They immediately took the woman to the hospital, but she was already dead,” the ACP said, adding that the accused was arrested and would be produced in court tomorrow.clip

    Governor, Naval Chief discuss security

    Governor, Naval Chief discuss security

    Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba with Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar on Sunday. Tribune photo

    Tribune News Service

    Srinagar, July 22

    Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is on a visit to J&K, called on Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar on Sunday.The Governor and the Navy Chief discussed a range of issues relating to the effective national security management, including the challenges being faced in J&K.The Governor thanked Admiral Lanba for the invaluable role played by the Navy during the 2014 floods in the Valley and recalled how the MARCOS, using their Gemini boats equipped with high-tech gadgetry, established waterways to enable the boats of the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies to operate safely and save hundreds of lives.The Governor also sought the Navy Chief’s advice regarding the recovery of the Wular and Dal lakes and how a large number of boys and girls from the Valley could be enabled to join the Navy.

    Self-sufficiency before theatre commands by Air Marshal Narayan Menon (retd)

    That theatre command is the way forward is a given. But we need to tread cautiously till our military-industrial complex becomes more self-sufficient and our dependence on foreign weapon imports is reduced.

    Self-sufficiency before theatre commands

    Air Marshal Narayan Menon (retd)THERE have been media reports about the Indian military reorganising itself into integrated ‘theatre commands’ as opposed to the current system of ‘individual service regional commands’. The trigger for this proposed change could be the Chinese military creating five theatre commands, replacing the earlier seven ‘military regions’ in 2016 as part of the military reform that began in 2015.The USA was the first nation to adopt the theatre command concept as part of a policy that encompassed the entire globe. These ‘unified combat commands’ are organised either on geographical basis with a defined mission in a specific ‘area of responsibility’ somewhere on the globe or on a ‘functional’ basis. The USA has six geographical combat commands and four functional commands comprising cyber command, special operations command, strategic command and transportation command. Each combat command is fully equipped with necessary resources of land forces, air assets, naval vessels and Marine Corps elements. They have integral C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities and can seek assistance from any of the functional commands when required. They can conduct military operations independently. Each combat command has one commander – he or she could be from any service – who reports directly to the President of the USA through the Defence Secretary.China has successfully pursued a long-term comprehensive transformation of its military forces to improve its capabilities in power projection, anti-access and area denial. China has laid down a time-bound three-step developmental strategy in modernising its national defence:1. Lay a solid foundation by 2010.2. Make major progress by 2020.3. Achieve strategic goal of building ‘informatised’ (net-centric warfare enabled) armed forces capable of winning wars by 2050. The change to theatre commands is part of this long-term policy. But why did China wait till 2016 to enact this change? Analysis would reveal that China waited till its military arsenal and defence production capability reached self-sufficiency. China is not dependent on any other country for its military requirement. In fact, it is exporting high-end military products to many Asian and African nations. The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China exercises complete control over the Chinese military through the Central Military Commission of the CPC.Some similarities need to be noted between the USA and China. The USA spends $620 billion (3.5 per cent of its GDP) on the military while China’s military expenditure is $220 billion (2.3 per cent of its GDP). The actual figures for China are thought to be higher, with military expenditure being hidden under different civilian heads.India is in a completely different and subordinate class. India spends only  about $ 60 billion on defence, which is less than 2 per cent of its GDP. Our military has shortages in personnel, equipment and firepower. The Army needs artillery guns and reliable rifles for its infantry. The Navy requires more submarines as replacements for its ageing fleet. The IAF is woefully short of fighter aircraft. We should have at least 45 frontline squadrons, but the current strength is around 30 squadrons. War waging reserves (WWR) are running low and we need more aircrew.Despite its best efforts, the DRDO has been unable to meet weapon requirements of the Indian military. We import 75 per cent of our war weaponry and energy needs. And in the current environment of threatened sanctions, inflow of weaponry and energy seems uncertain. Our military chain of command is fuzzy. The President who is the Supreme Commander has only ceremonial functions. Civilians without domain knowledge rule the roost and the military has to accept decisions in a process in which they are denied a voice.It is into this somewhat confusing scenario that we want to experiment by introducing a new concept of theatre command. By itself, the concept of India as a single theatre with one theatre commander is good.  That theatre command is the way forward is a given, but we have to be careful. Till our military industrial complex is more self-sufficient and our dependence on foreign weapon imports is drastically reduced, we have to tread cautiously.But a beginning can be made. Space, cyber and C4ISR could be the functional commands where the three services are integrated. The Integrated Defence Staff should be the focal point for threat assessment, budget allocation and procurement. With the experience gained and when the situation is more favourable, India could move to form theatre commands.A major advantage of air power is its flexibility to relocate to meet emergent threats. If theatre commands are created within the existing scenario, this advantage would be sharply reduced. A force, already short of platforms, would have to be parceled out among the theatres and bureaucratic wrangles are likely to delay inter-theatre moves with detrimental effects on employment of air power. The priority for the Indian military today is to make up its deficiencies and eliminate its weaknesses within the existing structure. Military-civil decision-making needs to be refined. Without such corrections, structural changes, like creating theatre commands, would be counter-productive negatively affecting our national interests.