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    China’s DF-16 missile can reach India

    BEIJING: China’s newly formed Rocket Force has showcased an advancedballistic missile with a range of more than 1,000 km that canhittargetsinIndia, Japanand Taiwan.

    AP FILEDF­16 short­range ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing.

    A video from the People’s Liberation Army showed its Rocket Force personnelshowcasing the DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile at an unknown location.

    Thevideowasreleasedwithin a day of US defence chief James Mattis visiting Tokyo. On Monday, Japan said Chinese coast guardvesselssailedinsideitsterritorial waters around the disputedDiaoyuislands(Senkakuin Japanese) in the East China Sea, soon after Mattis said the US would defend Tokyo’s control over them. “Three ships entered thewaterssurroundingtheuninhabited chain,” the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement. The islands are controlled by Japan.

    hina’s state media issued a veiled warning to neighbours, especiallyJapan, aboutthecapabilities of the DF-16 missile, whichwasfirstrevealedatamilitaryparadeinBeijinginSeptember 2015.

    “ExpertssaidtheDF-16posesa challenge to foreign military installationsalongthefirstisland chain, whichiswhattheChinese militarycallstheseriesofislands that stretch from Japan in the north to China’s Taiwan and the Philippines to the south,” staterun China Daily reported.

    Quoting a retired major general, thereportsaidtheDF-16has a strike range of more than 1,000 km, “filling the gap that previouslyexistedwiththeabsenceof amedium-rangeballisticmissile in the PLA’s arsenal”.




    Gallantry awards for surgical strike heroes R-Day honours for 19 men of 4, 9 Para

    New Delhi, January 25

    Nineteen soldiers of the 4 and 9 Para, the special forces’ units which undertook the daring cross-border surgical strike across LoC, have been awarded gallantry medals, including a Kirti Chakra, while their commanding officers have been given Yudh Sewa Medal.Major Rohit Suri of 4 Para, who led one of the teams across the LoC targeting terrorists’ launch pads, was awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award, on the eve of the Republic Day.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Havildar Prem Bahadur Resmi Magar of the Gorkha Rifles got the Kirti Chakra posthumously.Col Kapil Yadav, commanding officer of 9 Para, and Col Harpreet Sandhu, Commanding Officer of 4 Para, were awarded the Yudh Sewa Medal, awarded to mark a high degree of distinguished service in an operational content. The award is the wartime equivalent of the Vishisht Seva Medal, which is a decoration for peacetime distinguished service.Five personnel from the two para units also got Shaurya Chakra, while 13 got Sena Medal (Gallantry).The Army conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control in September last year, after a terrorist attack on an Army camp in Uri claimed the lives of 19 jawans.Those who have been awarded posthumously included Naik Gawade Pandurang Mahadev, who has been given Shaurya Chakra.Lt Col Ranjit Singh Pawar, Maj Krishnan Manoj Kumar, Maj Amit Deswal, Naik Ran Singh, Naik Vijaykumar S, Sepoy Ram Chander of DSC, Sepoy Satya Prakash Singh and Sepoy Satish of DSC along with Signalman Ajay Singh Choudhary were awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) posthumously.The President has approved award of 398 gallantry and other defence decorations to armed forces personnel and others. — PTI/TNS

    Havildar Hangpan Dada posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra

    Havildar Hangpan Dada posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra
    Chasen Lowang Dada, the widow of martyr Hav Hangpan Dada, receiving Ashoka Chakra from President Pranab Mukherjee on behalf of her husband on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

    New Delhi, January 26President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday posthumously conferred the Ashok Chakra on Havildar Hangpan Dada of the Rashtiya Rifles, who laid down his life after single-handedly killing three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

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    The highest peacetime gallantry award for valour and courageous action was accepted by Dada’s widow Chasen Lowang, who struggled to hold back tears while receiving the honour.In a firefight in Naugam sector on May 26, when his section was pinned down by heavy and accurate fire, the soldier closed in towards terrorists hiding behind rocks and boulders, saving the lives of his comrades.With scant regard for his life, he displayed exemplary courage and presence of mind and killed two terrorists at close quarters. In the exchange, he was grievously injured.Undeterred, he went after the remaining terrorists.”In the process, he came face to face with the third terrorist whom he killed in hand-to-hand combat before making the supreme sacrifice. His action led to elimination of the fourth terrorist,” the citation said. — PTI

    Modi’s monumental mistake S Nihal Singh

    Modi’s monumental mistake
    In deed: There cannot be a substitute for the Mahatma.

    ITS symbolism was devastating: the replacement of the familiar image of Mahatma Gandhi at the charkha in the traditional calendar and diaries of the main khadi institution by PM Narendra Modi. What was intended to be left unsaid was made explicit by the Haryana Minister in the BJP government, Anil Vij. He declared that Modi was a better brand than Gandhi, forced though he was to withdraw his remarks under pressure from an embarrassed BJP. This was undoubtedly Modi’s biggest misstep in the domestic arena in his first three years in office. Having hogged space in the political arena and in social media, the Prime Minister has done himself no service to proclaim that he has arrived, to rub shoulders with one revered as the Father of the Nation. Assuming that the change in the calendar would not have been made without a nod from the Prime Minister’s office, it was a disastrous decision because it proclaimed Modi’s narcissism and desire to distinguish himself from other politicians across the political board. This comes after he has disregarded the convention that apart from a symbolic speech, the holder of the highest political office in the land does not get into campaigning for his or her party in Assembly elections. As we have seen in the past and continue to witness in campaigning for Uttar Pradesh and Punjab elections, Modi is the star campaigner lusty in his castigation of the Opposition and his party men are not shy in seeking votes for state Assemblies in his name. His persona is writ large in his election speeches, typically suggesting that the Opposition wants to remove Modi while he wants to remove black money. Modi has made two major mistakes in running his administration. In addition to wearing the crown of the Mahatma, his one mistake in foreign policy was to persist in seeking membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group after China made it clear in private and publicly that it would block it. Beijing administered a clear snub by vetoing the move. Indeed, it is a mystery why Modi decided to declare a losing hand, rather than waiting to fight another day. This is not to denigrate the Prime Minister’s astute foreign policy moves in wooing former US president Barack Obama or making a dash to Lahore to greet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. However, Modi’s calendar move is of far greater import politically because he is in danger of living in a bubble glorifying his own prominence and the reverential tones his party men are adopting in referring to him are building an aura of invincibility. The Mahatma never held public office although he was the guiding spirit of the Independence movement in which the BJP’s mentor, RSS, played an ambiguous role.In realpolitik terms, by transposing his picture for the Mahatma’s, Modi has peaked too early. Granted, he is thus far the unchallenged and tallest leader of the BJP, but the danger lurking in the background is his propensity to take major decisions alone. Take the demonetisation issue. The new man in charge at the Reserve Bank, Mr Arjit Patel, is suggesting that the demonetisation move was months in the making. If so, why was no homewok done on the urgent steps required to fill the gap after the old notes were withdrawn? The tussle with the judiciary establishment is another facet of the government’s desire to control as many levers of power as it can.Is Modi then leading the country to a virtual president form of government? The Prime Minister appears uncomfortable with the parliamentary system, spending little time in participating in the cut and thrust of debate, unlike his predecessors. Indeed, his metier seems to be one-way communication — through tweets and Facebook — because there is no scope for hostile questioning.The question to ask today is: where Modi’s caravan will go in the remaining term of his office. If he does not believe in the Oscar Wildean adage of “nothing succeeds like excess”, he must trim his sails as he reaches out for a second term. It is all very well to present the country’s problems as a contest between the rich and the poor, but there is a limit determined by credibility to how far you can reduce everything to this simplistic code. Bashing the Opposition parties as dens of the rich is likely to prove unproductive. In his armoury are the double-edged demonetisation issue for its boldness and of course the “surgical strikes” on Pakistan. The tipping point in Modi’s three years of rule at the Centre has arrived inadvertently. But it is a warning signal that there are treasured institutions that cannot be denigrated. Granted that Modi is the big chief, but even big chiefs have to respect icons of the age. There cannot be a substitute for the Mahatma. A presidential system is beyond the horizon of the next general election in 2019 and even when we arrive at that point there is bound to be stiff resistance to the idea. The framers of our Constitution had good reasons to opt for the parliamentary system because of the diversity of the nation. Indira Gandhi’s experiment with the Emergency showed the weaknesses of an over-centralised system of governance, apart from the very repugnance of the regime. What remains to be determined is how far Modi will seek to buttress his own powers even before he can change the parliamentary to a presidential system. The Prime Minister is capable of staking positions that involve risks such as the demonetisation measure. The danger, of course, is that he is so convinced of his own infallibility that he can overreach himself. The outcome of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections is important not only for the BJP, but also for Modi’s own political future. He is banking on his “magic touch” by failing to name a chief ministerial candidate. It is Modi all the way.

    Tejas to debut on R-Day

    Tejas to debut on R-Day

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, January 19

    Indigenous fighter jet, Tejas, has finally come of age. It will make its debut during Republic Day flypast on January 26.Tejas would fly over the Rajpath in New Delhi during the parade, said Air Commodore Rajiva Ranjan, Principal Director, Air Defence. It will lead the display formation of fighter jets of the IAF inventory. The IAF will use three Tejas, which are designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the DRDO and produced by public sector giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.The IAF has contracted 123 Tejas in various configurations; the first lot has been inducted. It will be after three decades that a homemade jet will fly during the Republic Day parade. The last time an indigenous fighter jet was part of Republic Day, it was in 1980s when HF-24 Marut, a 1960s’ German-designed plane was part of the flypast. Marut notably took part in the battle of Laungewala in 1971.A team of Tejas has been forward located at the IAF base Nal, near Bikaner. It will fly in from there and return to its temporary base. Tejas was inducted into 45 Squadron the ‘Flying Daggers’ on July 1, 2016. It’s based in Bangalore.‘Tejas’ is the first advance fly-by-wire (FBW) fighter aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in India. It has flown more than 3,000 sorties and 2,000 hours without any accident. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art satellite-aided inertial navigation system. It has a digital computer-based attack system and an autopilot. It can fire air-to-air missiles, bombs as well as precision-guided munitions.The next version of Tejas will incorporate Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, improved, better stand-off weapons, air-to-air refueling capability, new generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar and an integrated advanced electronic warfare suite.Besides Tejas, as many as 34 aircrafts of the IAF will be part of the Republic Day flypast. There will be 19 fighters, 11 helicopters and four transport aircrafts enthralling the public this year. UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the chief guest.


    Navy exorcises data leak ghost

    SCORPENE SUBMARINE Says data leaked was from pre-2008 when the boat wasn’t even on drawing board

    Khanderi, India’s second Scorpene class submarine, was launched at Mumbai’s Mazagon docks on Thursday, adding to the nation’s naval might with a vessel possessing superior stealth technology. The submarine will undergo extensive trials at sea and harbour till December to test equipment before it is commissioned into the Indian Navy. 


    NEW DELHI: India on Thursday launched its second Frenchdesigned Scorpene class diesel-electric attack submarine, Khanderi, at Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, exorcising the ghost of a data leak scandal that threatened to derail the project in August 2016.

    Khanderi is one of the six Scorpene submarines being constructed in the country with technology transfer from French firm DCNS under a `23,562-crore programme called Project 75.

    In what was seen as a major setback for the project, a leaked cache of 22,400 documents in 2016 detailed key secret stealth capabilities of the submarines, including the frequencies at which they gather intelligence, their diving depths, range and endurance, and specifications of their torpedo launch and combat systems.

    Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma said the data leak was a closed chapter. “The data was from pre-2008 when the boat wasn’t even on the drawing board. The project has evolved significantly in all aspects and there’s no problem.”

    The Scorpene is expected to become the main conventional submarine of the Indian fleet and replace the ageing Russian Kilo class and German HDW vessels that are almost three decades old.

    Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (retd), strategic affairs expert and director, Society for Policy Studies, said a submarine acquires its acoustic signature only after it becomes fully operational. “Suggesting that the leak compromised submarine safety is misplaced. The programme is on track,” Bhaskar said.

    Minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were present when the Khanderi was floated out. The boat derives its name from a Russian Foxtrot class submarine the Navy retired in 1989. It is likely to be commissioned into the Navy by year-end after extensive trials.

    Kalvari, the first Scorpeneclass submarine to be built in India, is expected to be commissioned into the Navy in the coming months. All the six submarines are expected to join the Indian fleet over the next three years. Sharma said the third boat would also be launched this year.

    The Scorpene project was delayed by five years due to issues related to transfer of technology. At present, the Navy operates 13 conventional submarines.




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     There is sea change in the outlook and approach  of the ex-servicemen of Punjab towards Pb political scenario ,as maximum are contemplating to get united to support a strong and popular political party or get into alliance.

       The basic reason is that ex-servicemen of Punjab have felt continuously neglected and rejected by various State Governments. Many are being dragged to support AAP party by Capt Bikram Singh Pahuvind Convenor ESM wing AAP (Pb) who is on tour to all segments of Pb .

    Suggested proposals to redress ESM grievances needs to be addressed in various gatherings of ESM at priority areas under


      13% vacancies

      earmarked in every department of Punjab to be filled with ESM. The govt rejects ESM for not meeting the criteria and vacancies are filled by the politicians for their like ones.

    2. Unskilled Labour

      :Great injustice being done to Ex-servicemen as PESCO treat them as unskilled labour and enrols them as security guards at prevailing DC rates of wages, overlooking that ESM are highly skilled force to be reckoned with. They are technical qualified as carpenters, electricians, Engine fitters, Mechanics, machine operators, drivers, Dozer operators, education field, nursing assistances, telephone operators,barbers,Dhobis,cooks,waiters etc and many more.

    3. Exception from Toll Tax

      on all State owned Toll tax barriers

    4. Reservation of seats in private Institutions

         At the time of retirement a ESM becomes more loaded with responsibilities to complete his children education, marriages, build his own house etc but unable to seek admission in good private schools because of financial constrains as central schools are only available in cantonments hence needs reservations in private  Schools/colleges/universities) for their  children.  Keeping in view the deteriorated conditions of Punjab govt Institutions/Colleges/schools

    1. Excess Levy of tax on CSD Canteen liquor items in Punjab

          The Liquor in Punjab CSD canteens are levied with heavy Excise tax in canteen from 10-12% and in addition excise duty  4 to 12 % as per IMFL . Where as in Haryana the tax is 4%. for e.g a  beer cost Rs 84 in Mohali CSD but Rs 45 in Ch5andigarh CSD and cheaper in Panchkula. 

    1. Ex-Servicemen not permitted to use Liquor quota in marriage palaces.

    Keeping in view the high cost of liquor in Punjab Thekkas due to monopoly of present SAD govt, the ESM is not permitted to use his saved quota to celebrate marriages of his children. On all marriages the custom duty team along with Punjab Police raids the Marriage palaces and create an embarrassing scene compromising the reputation of the ESM and fine them heavily. To get liquor licence from civil without obligation is not possible.

    1. Duel Pension including Old age especially widows.

      It’s a long pending demand of ESM of Punjab but till date Punjab govt has not implemented as per central govt orders of 2013 and have just now issued a notification keeping eye on vote bank.

    1. Compulsory NCC

          NCC should be made compulsory in all institutes ( Govt or Private) and Ex-servicemen should be employed as instructors to stream line youth into a discipline force.

    1. Recruitment in Punjab Police

          A discipline soldier joining the Punjab Police will create a discipline Punjab Police force and will reduce the cost of training as every ESM from Punjab retiring has a minimum qualification of  senior secondary(12th class) . After selection a small capsule of 3 months training in Police academy will make them suitable for Police service. The other states like Bihar, Delhi,etc and recently Haryana is enrolling 3000 ESM is police force..

    1. 10. Army recruitment training Institutes

                  The State must open more Institute to train youth of Punjab to join Army as a soldiers or as an officer. The services of Ex-servicemen should be explored for such institutes which boost character building of Punjab Youth in the line with Mai Bhago Institute at Mohali opened for Girls and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed forces Institute and Army Law College are inadequate. There should be SSB training Institutes too.


    1. Lambardar appointment Racket/Scams

               The present State govt has deliberately done away with a one family lambardari system and have made number of claimants for a lambardar post in all village of Punajb. The Farmers are fighting litigation case to claim the right to claim Lambardari in all DC’s office of the state. Though the priority is to be given to ESM but even ESM are fighting cases in DC’s office to retain their ancestors crown of Lambardari. A total wasteful of litigations and workload on DC’s office all are being exploited by the office bearers of DC office with continuous future dates.

    1. Indian Prisoner’s of War in Pakistan jails since 1971.

       Need to be taken up with the central govt which has denied having no information to the supreme court  but the relatives are receiving messages and letters from their brave hearts. Though ESM are conducting candle light marches with POW relatives but to no consequences.

    1. 13. Formation of ESM Cell

           There should be ESM cell formed directly under control of CM apart of Director Sainik welfare which function under constrains of a sectary (IAS)  and a Sainik welfare minister, the portfolios Sainik welfare minister is considered as  low prestige politically. Thus the Director is not able to do justice to the welfare of State ESM being controlled by IAS Babus. The transport of the department are equally misused by these Babus and are at disposal of their families. The Minister has no interaction with ESM at any level.

    14 . The War Jageers

     It has been observed that gallantry awards emoluments are increased every year but no respite is provided to the widows nor the war Jageers as promised in the laid down orders of Punjab State Govt  are not implemented. However now days due to paucity of land in Punjab Govt must consider to provide one time financial relief to all dependents.

    15 . Safety and security of property

     Due to prevailing land mafia in the state with nexus of politicians and police the properties of serving soldiers are forcibly occupied (Land/ House) by this Mafia as   by preparing fake documents in conveyance with the revenue department sheltered by Politicians. All properties of ESM and serving soldiers need to be made secured as provision exits  to NRI

    16   Priority to complain of Soldiers

     The serving soldiers are facing day to day problems at their home but complains are not attended even forwarded by the Commanding officers of the unit to Police Stataions.The Ex-servicemen not given due respect in the police stations nor heard which needs to be ensured as it directly affect the morale of defence forces serving in operational area and after retirement hence recruitment of ESM in Police force will pay dividends.However the ESM cell formed should be tasked to look into these issues.

    17 Non-payment of Cash Incentives

       Many Youth have joined defence forces as soldiers or as officers through NDA ,they are entitled to get incentive from Rs 25000/- to Rs 100000/- but many have not been paid and are pending , even director Sainik welfare is helpless to distribute the incentives due to paucity of funds and records of those joined the forces. Even number of war decorated soldiers are not paid their dues by the State govt.

    1.  Condition of Sainik Rest House .

      The Sainik Rest House need lot of improvement in all districts and provision of refreshment canteen and other facilities need to be made available as no provision of tea is also available in these rest houses nor the desert coolers or Ac’s are functional. Once the ESM cell is formed its member can be nominated to supervise these rest houses etc.

    1. Completion of Sainik Sadan at Phase X,Mohali

                     The ESM dependant on Mohali ECHS,CSD Canteen and District welfare officer or stay in Sainik Rest House are deprived of these facilities at one place. The Sainik Sadan at PhaseX , has been designed for the very purpose. The grants /Funds allocated for completion has been diverted to other sector by the Punjab Govt which were in crores. The superstructure of the building is complete but construction held up due to fund crunch. At present only DSW has occupied area earmarked for ECHS. Myself has been the technical advisor to the Director Sainik welfare Pb for this purpose. Need to be promised to the ESM of SAS Nagar.

    1.  ESM Involvement in Development works

     ESM will be the right choice to make them enter the village panchayats, Block samite’s ,Zila Parishads, Cooperated socities,as reserved seats for them once announced will fetch dividends in elections.

                       The above are the various burning Issues in the minds of ESM community which is suggested to be fulfilled and need to be spoken to them in all ESM gatherings. Any further delay in clubbing the ESM under congress banner may not fetch dividends.

    With warm regards


    Col Charanjit Singh(Retd)

    *Congress social media coordinator (Ex-Servicemen) Punjab

    *General Secy, All India Ex-Servicemen Joint Action Front (Sanjha Morcha)




    Locals joining militancy is not a happy situation: Army chief

    Locals joining militancy is not a happy situation: Army chief

    New Delhi, January 5

    Plans are on the anvil to bring in a shift in the counter-insurgency strategy in Kashmir in which “false” propaganda inspiring youth to take up arms will be targeted rather than individuals alone, says new Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat.

    He is also concerned at the rising number of Kashmiri youth joining militancy.

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    Gen Rawat, who has experience in handling the Kashmir militancy, said that unlike naxalism in which locals are joining due to feeling of deprivation, it is not the case in Kashmir, which has been under the siege from Pakistan-backed insurgency since late 1980s.

    He said that the “false propaganda” and developments in the Middle East has affected some of the local youth and that is why one finds “more and more educated youth” getting driven towards militancy.

    “When the local youth join insurgency and pick up gun it is a matter of concern because our own countrymen getting involved in insurgency is not a happy situation,” Gen Rawat said.

    Since the killing of Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year, 59 local youth have joined militant groups as per official figures though security experts say the figure is much higher.

    Gen Rawat questioned if the local youth in Kashmir are getting into insurgency because of feeling of deprivation, which he said was happening in other areas.

    “Is it similar to what is happening with naxalism? It is not. It has something to do with the false propaganda that is being propagated. I think we need to reach out to people.

    Rather than seeing them as targets, we need to sympathise with them and undo the kind of false propaganda that is being spread among the youth,” he said. —PTI