Agni II Launched

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 DRDO Develop Agni II, the pride of India’s strategic arsenal was once again launched successfully this morning at 9:30 hrs from the Wheeler Island off the coast of Orissa. The launch was a hattrick after successful launches of Shourya and Prithivi-II, on 24th and 26th September, 2011 respectively. The successful launch once again proved reliability of the Medium Range Surface-to-Surface Missile.

The 2,000 km range missile, already inducted and part of Strategic Forces’ arsenal for strategic deterrence, was launched as a training exercise by the Armed Forces. The two stage missile, equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by a novel scheme of state-of-the-art Command & Control System, was propelled by a solid rocket propellant system. The missile reached an apogee (peak altitude) of 220 km and hit the target. All the radar, telemetry systems and ectopic system tracked and monitored all parameters throughout the missile’s trajectory. Two ships located near the target point tracked the missile in the final stage.

Defence Minister Shri AK Antonry, Dr V.K. Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Defence R&D & Director General DRDO, Dr. Avinash Chander, Programme Director, Chief Controller R&D (MSS) and Air Marshal K.J. Mathews, Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command congratulated all the scientists, other DRDO personnel and members of Armed Forces. Project Director Shri D. Lakshminarayana and his team monitored all the launch operation. The event was witnessed by Shri S.K. Ray, Director RCI, Shri P. Venugopalan, Director, DRDL, Dr. V.G. Sekaran, Director ASL, Shri S.P. Dash, Director ITR & other senior officials from DRDO and the Armed Forces.

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“Resolve Ex-Servicemen Pension Grievances Quickly”:

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Antony’s Message to Defence Accounts on Annual Day

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today asked senior Defence Finance officials of his Ministry to consider the satisfaction level of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) pensioners as the benchmark of their performance. Addressing the 264th Annual Day Celebration of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD) here today, Shri Antony pointed out that his office still continues to receive several pension settlement related grievances.

“True, most of these cases were a baggage from the past as a consequence of Pay Commission recommendations and Cabinet decision on pay and pension hike, yet these needed to be addressed at the shortest possible time,” Shri Antony said. “Ultimately, the taste of the pudding lies in its eating,” he quipped adding that “the veterans deserved their due as they had sacrificed the prime of their life safeguarding our borders.”

The Defence Minister hoped that the two IT projects ‘Sangam’, for pension payment, and ‘Dolphin’ related to monthly pay system for the Other Ranks (OR) in Army, will facilitate quick disbursal of dues to the serving ORs and ESM. “You must strive to provide enhanced customer satisfaction through hassle-free service and prompt and accurate payment of dues to the soldiers and their dependents.” Project ‘Sangham’ has fulfilled a long-pending demand of our ESM.

Commending the DAD for launching of its two IT projects – ‘Vishwak’ and ‘Bhawan’, Shri Antony said, “You should strive to utilise this advantage to assist the Services in achieving their goals.” Underlining the need for transparency in accounting procedures, the Defence Minister observed, “In today’s era of globalisation, accountability has acquired new connotations. Accountability is no longer restricted to quantitative techniques and financial inputs and outputs. It has become an integral part of good governance, with several aspects like integrity, transparency, responsiveness and sustainability becoming a part and parcel.”

On the occasion, the Shri Antony also presented the Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence for the year 2011. The Excellence Award for Software Development was bagged by CGDA (IT Wing Team) headed by Shri S Murali Krishnan, which has developed Project ‘Suvigya’ (Pension inquiry system), Project ‘Aashraya (pension disbursement system) and Project ‘Darpan’ (Defence Accounts Receipts and Payments Analyses). CDA Secunderabad, Secunderabad team headed by Shri Y Rajareddy was awarded the Excellence Award for Project ‘Dophin’, an online PBOR Monthly Pay System. PCDA (Central Command) team headed by Shri HH Mishra also bagged the Excellence Award for launching of Monthly Pay System and its implementation on all Pay Accounts Offices.

Secretary, Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Shrimati Neelam Nath, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Nand Kishore and Additional CGDA Ms UG Antony were among the dignitaries present at the function.

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Chairman IESM Letter

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why the widows have been kept out of the pension-enhancement of 2010.
Dear Colleagues,
I have received a reply this month from the Defence Minister to my query as to why the widows have been kept out of the pension-enhancement of 2010. The response unfortunately is a mere repetition of the earlier communications from the government on this subject. It again states that since the pension is related to the last pay drawn, it cannot apply to the deceased. That is incomprehensible. The enhancement covered the pre-2006 retiree pensioners. The enhanced pension sanctioned for them after the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee recommendations, also has no relation to their last pay drawn. But then these are the ways of the bureaucracy!
The Civil Services aspirants these days have to take a filter written test before they can qualify for the competitive examination; this is apparently to cut down the number of applicants. In one of the mock question papers for this examination held in June 2011, there was a question on ‘one rank one pension’. OROP has acquired visibility.

Best regards,

Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

One Rank One Pension

Dear Colleagues,
The latest interaction with Shri Bhagat Singh Kothari, Chairman Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee on OROP reveals that that they are still working on the petition and expect to submit it to the government in November 2011. He assured me that he wants to make it a thorough job and is putting in it whatever ideas he himself has on the issue. Among other things he mentioned that the expenditure on OROP is not around Rs 3,000 Crore as earlier estimated. According to him it should be only 1200 to 1300 Crore. This is good news for us.
Having assured me that they would submit a convincing report he added the perpetually worrying clincher; ‘it is up to the government whether to accept it or not’.
You would recollect I had written a letter to the COAS on 19 August suggesting telecasting of Heroes-like programmes in Hindi too. (‘Heroes’ was an English language programme telecast by Times Now on 15 August for our gallantry awards winners). Some days ago I received a reply from the Army PIO – attached for information.

Best regards,

Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM
262, Sector-17A
Gurgaon- 122 001
Tele: 91+124-4015262

Dear Colleagues,

There may be apprehension that with all the other activities happening in the country of late, our OROP issue has been pushed to the background; some ESM are beginning to show diminishing patience with the government apathy. However, we intend pursuing it with the same eager zeal as heretofore. We are still awaiting the submission of the OROP report by the Rajya Sabha Committee on petitions. Thereafter the government will give its response. It is admittedly a long struggle.

Our motivator Gen Aditya Jaini has enrolled quite a few new members from Ghaziabad. We welcome the latest among these – No18017 Wg Cdr K K Verma.

Best regards,

Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM
262, Sector-17A
Gurgaon- 122 001


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'US counts on the rise of India as a global power'

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Washington, Sep 29: Counting on the rise of India as a global power, the United States has said it would like New Delhi to work with it around the world despite inevitable differences from time to time.

"We are counting on India's rise not just as an economic partner but as a global power, one that engages everywhere from Latin America to the Middle East to East Asia," US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said here on Tuesday.

"For our part, accepting India as a global power means learning to agree to disagree sometimes," he said in a lecture on 'Is there a future for the US-India partnership', organised jointly by industry lobby FICCI with Washington think tank Brookings Institution.

"It means recognizing that profound mutual interests and shared values do not add up to unanimity of opinion," he said.

India's leadership in promoting a more stable South Asia - its multibillion dollar assistance commitment to Afghanistan, its determination to re-engage and normalise trade with Pakistan and its joint projects to boost infrastructure and capacity in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives - offer the hope of a more peaceful future for the region and the world, Burns said.

Stressing that the world can't afford to repeat the mistake of neglecting Afghanistan, Burns said that "success in Afghanistan depends on ensuring that others are there, too".

"That certainly includes India. With coalition forces drawing down, Afghanistan will need extensive private investment and economic linkages with its neighbours," he said.

Burns said that even without direct access to India's rising middle class market, Afghanistan already sends one-quarter of its exports to the country.

"Imagine what will be possible when transit and trade agreements extend outward to India and Central Asia, and Afghan traders are able to shift goods directly to the markets of Mysore and Mumbai," he said.

"And, with cooperation moving forward on so many issues, a few differences need not cause us to lose momentum or ask whether there is a future for our partnership," Burns said warning "The greatest risk is not disagreement -- it is inattention."

Few questions will matter more for both countries than whether they are doing as much as they can to realise its full promise "in the new century unfolding before us," he said. (IANS)

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Telecom Commercial Communications Customer

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Preference Regulations (TCCCPR) 2010 Come into Force
Messages Relating to Transactions Exempted from Restriction of Hundred SMS Per Day
The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations (TCCCPR) 2010 comes into force from today. Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology marked the enforcement of the TCCCPR 2010 by sending a sms on 1909 to register for not receiving unsolicited/pesky calls and smses. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sibal said with this launch a long standing demand has been fulfilled.

With these regulations in force, customer who does not want to receive commercial communications can register himself in ‘National Customer Preference Register (NCPR) by simply dialing 1909 or sending SMS to 1909.

Some of the key features of this regulation are – options to customers to exercise his preference, separate number for telemarketers starting with 140, easy registration of the telemarketers, sharing of database, blacklisting provisions, filtering of calls and SMS by service providers, restriction on more than 100 SMS per SIM per day, effective complaint redressal system and financial disincentive on Access Providers. The Minister however clarified that messages involving transactions are not covered under these restrictions. This includes messages sent by schools to students, parents, financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, credit cards etc.

In order to curb unsolicited commercial communication, which are a major cause of disturbance and inconvenience for Telecom users, TRAI notified “Telecom Unsolicited Commercial Communication Regulations” in 2007, putting in place a framework for controlling unsolicited commercial communications. This Regulation was further improved through two amendments in 2008. As a result of this regulation, the number of unsolicited calls decreased but the number of unsolicited SMS increased. The Indian telecom customer demanded more from TRAI.

After extensive deliberations and consultations with stakeholders, (TRAI) notified “The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010, on 1st December 2010. All the provisions of the regulations have come into force from today, i.e. 27th September 2011. The Regulations at one hand empowers the customers to exercise the options to control unsolicited commercial communications (UCC), it also provides the easy way to Telemarketers to Register with TRAI and get telecom resources from Access providers from identified series.

Due to low cost and high degree of penetration, telecom services in recent years have become increasingly commercialized. Today, operators want to extract money from every fraction of bandwidth available to them. This has resulted in unwanted commercial calls to telecom service user.

Shri Sachin Pilot and Shri Milind Deora, the Ministers of States for Communications and IT, Shri R. Chandrsekhar, Secretary, Department of Telecom and Shri J.S. Sarma, Chairman, TRAI were also present on the occasion.


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Army to hold joint exercises with 16 friendly forces

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NEW DELHI: From just a couple of joint exercises annually a decade ago, Indian Army is really cranking up its engagement with foreign armies now. The 1.13-million force will undertake as many as 16 combat exercises with friendly forces in 2011-2012.

The flurry of exercises constitute an effective diplomatic tool to enhance overall strategic ties and military-to-military cooperation with countries in India's "immediate" and "strategic neighbourhood" as well as "priority nations'' far away.

From US, UK, France, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Seychelles, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, the response has been "simply overwhelming", say Army officers.

"Other armies are very keen to exercise with us since we have six decades of combat experience across the entire spectrum of conflict. One of the main focus areas in the exercises has been counter-terrorism/counter-insurgency in rural, semi-urban and urban terrains," said a senior officer.

With the ever-growing threat of terrorism looming large over the globe, this comes as no surprise. Indian Army, after all, has dealt with insurgencies and terrorism over the years, developing valuable expertise in tackling "sub-conventional warfare" or "low-intensity conflict operations".

Army, of course, also has specialized institutions like the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) at Vairengte in Mizoram, where soldiers learn to "fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla'', as well as the High-Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) in Jammu and Kashmir, which runs specialized mountain warfare courses in Sonamarg area and snow-craft and winter warfare in Gulmarg area.

So, if 200 Indian soldiers recently participated in "Ajayee Warrior" exercise with British soldiers at the Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, near Salisbury in UK, another contingent is currently in Mongolia for the "Nomadic Elephant" counter-terror exercise. Then, French soldiers will be at Chaubatia, near Ranikhet, to take part in the "Shakti" exercise with India's 99 Mountain Brigade from October 9 to 22.

The exercises, of course, are meant to build bridges in tune with India's larger geostrategic interests. India, for instance, has been assiduously ramping up economic and military ties with Central Asian Republics. A joint special forces training exercise will soon be held with Kyrgyzstan as part of the policy.

"Exercises with Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh are also slated in the coming months. The one with Myanmar, for instance, will be held at CIJWS. After 'Vajra Prahar' and 'Shatrujeet' exercises with US earlier this year, the 'Yudh Abhyas' one in India is also next on the agenda," said another officer.

"The exercises build mutual trust, confidence and interoperability. Our soldiers also learn a lot from different armies, and enhance their capability to operate alongside other defence forces under the UN flag or otherwise," he added.

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Pak will not take military action against Haqqani network

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 A high-level meeting of Pakistan's Army commanders chaired by its chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has decided not to take action against the Haqqani network - Agencies
Pakistan will not take military action against the Haqqani network despite growing US pressure, even as the country's top military commanders have agreed on the need to de-escalate the situation, according to media reports on Monday.
These decisions were made at a special meeting of the Corps Commanders chaired by Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Sunday.
The commanders vowed to resist US demands for an offensive against the Haqqanis in North Waziristan but also discussed possible implications of unilateral action by the US on Pakistani territory, a military official was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.
The decision is "likely to chip away at the deteriorating relationship between the two countries", the report said. "We have already conveyed to the US that Pakistan cannot go beyond what it has already done," the military official said.
However, the Dawn newspaper quoted its sources as saying that the meeting of the Corps Commanders, probably the first held on a Sunday, had agreed on the need to de-escalate the situation.
The meeting held on a holiday 'reflected the seriousness of the crisis' created by a series of allegations by US officials and a source told the daily that de-escalation efforts were afoot.
"Escalation is harmful. In the cost-benefit analysis, there appears to be no benefit of a confrontation," the source said.
The Dawn too reported that "there was nothing to suggest that the army had agreed to act against the Haqqani network under US pressure".
There was no official word from the military on deliberations at yesterday's six-hour meeting. Before the meeting got underway, a brief statement had said Gen Kayani had called a special meeting to "discuss the prevailing security situation".
Tensions between the two sides have spiked since US military chief Adm Mike Mullen alleged last week that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency had backed the Haqqani network in carrying out several attacks in Afghanistan.
Kayani rejected the accusation as "not based on facts". Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday asked Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to cut short her visit to the US and to return to Pakistan to participate in a meeting of the top political leadership that will assess the tensions between the two sides.
At the same time, the Pakistan Army publicly acknowledged its contacts with the Haqqani network, apparently confirming that the security establishment has no intention to go after one of the most feared Taliban factions.
"Any intelligence agency would like to maintain contact with whatever opposition group, whatever terrorist organisation - -for some positive outcome," chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told CNN.
Such contacts do not mean the ISI supports or endorses the organisation, he said. "If someone is blaming us (as) the only country maintaining contacts with the Haqqanis, there are others, too," he said.
Responding to the possibility of unilateral US strikes in North Waziristan, Abbas said that any such action would fuel anti-US sentiments in Pakistan.
It "would have grave consequences and would put the government and the military's backs to the wall," he said.
In yet another take on the situation, The News daily reported that Pakistan's top military commanders had 'resolved to respond materially and effectively to any attack launched on Pakistan' from Afghanistan.
The commanders "rubbished recent US allegations accusing the Inter-Services Intelligence of having links with the Haqqani network," the report said.
The News quoted an unnamed official as saying that the US "wants Pakistan to launch an operation in North Waziristan where the militants' hideouts and structures are allegedly so huge and heavy that any misadventure would bounce back with its heavy fallout on Pakistani public in major cities".
"Pakistan would certainly take action but nobody should push Pakistan to plunge into troubled spots. We would take action on our own, choosing the right time to do so," another official told the daily.
Several Pakistani officials and leaders viewed the US allegations as a ploy to launch an attack inside Pakistan like the one in Iraq, the report said.
Shortly after Sunday's Corps Commanders' meet, Gen Kayani left for Britain to address the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal College of Defence Studies.
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India's Nuke-capable Shaurya Tested Again

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The archival video above from the first test of the Shaurya on November 12, 2008. The 750-km range surface-to-surface missile was tested successfully today, DRDO has announced. Will update this post with a video from today's test later.

Official (unedited) DRDO statement @16.52: The DRDO developed 700-km range Shourya Missile was successfully flight tested at 2.30PM from Launch Complex III of ITR, Balasore on 24th Sep 2011. The missile was launched from a cannister in a ground launch mode. The launch of the missile was perfect like in text book and followed the path exactly to the predefined target in Bay of Bengal. All the Radar Stations, Telemetry Stations, Electro-Optical Stations all along the East Coast have tracked and monitored all the mission parameters. Ships located near the target have also tracked and witnessed the final event. The Missile has reached the target within few meters accuracy. The Missile is equipped with multiple advanced computing systems, very high accuracy navigation and guidance systems. DRDO Chief Controller Shri Avinash Chander congratulated all the scientists and employees of DRDO and other establishments. Director DRDL Shri P Venugoplalan, Director ITR Shri SP Dash, Director SPIC Shri Satish Kumar and Programme Director AK Chakravarti have monitored all the preparatory operations. Shri A Joseph Project Director and team have prepared the missile and conducted the launch flawlessly.


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Irregularities in ex-servicemen’s schemes

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Defence Minister AK Antony orders further investigation
New Delhi, September 25
An inhouse inquiry of Defence Ministry has detected irregularities in the resettlement of ex-servicemen, prompting Minister A K Antony to refer the case to Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under Corporate Affairs Ministry for further investigations.

The decision to seek the Fraud Investigation Office's assistance was taken after an inhouse inquiry report suggested that DGR officials flouted norms and guidelines of various schemes and were involved in administrative improprieties, Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said here.

"Defence Ministry has decided to request Ministry of Corporate Affairs to hand over to SFIO the case relating to a private company Ex-Servicemen Airlink Transport Services Pvt Ltd (EATS) for further investigation," he said.

To ensure transparency in functioning of DGR office, Defence Minister Antony has also initiated a series of measures after the inquiry found substance in allegations regarding subletting of security agencies and obtaining multiple benefits by few ex-servicemen officers, Kar said.

"The essence of inquiry and its analysis is that in the last couple of years efforts have been made to introduce transparency in the manner of the functioning of DGR office," he said. DGR is under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, which is responsible for training and rehabilitation of retired defence personnel and ex-servicemen through various self employment schemes.

One of these schemes relate to providing security services to central public sector 
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AFT: Army Chief can’t terminate services

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 Grants relief to Lt-Col acquitted by court martial twice
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Chandigarh, September 25
In a significant ruling, the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) today ruled that the Chief of the Army Staff is not vested with any powers to terminate the services of any officer. This power is held by the Central Government alone, which can be exercised in exceptional cases only on the recommendations of the Army Chief.

Granting relief to a Lieutenant-Colonel against whom administrative action was initiated for alleged irregularities despite having been held not guilty twice by a general court martial earlier, the tribunal held that plenary powers under Section 19 of the Army Act read with Rule 14 have been reserved with the Central Government only and these cannot be resorted to by any other person.

The court observed court martial proceedings were held against Lt-Col Harish Kumar twice and on both occasions, the findings were returned as “not guilty” and then administrative action was resorted to under the aforementioned provisions by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command.

“Leave aside the GOC-in-C, even the Chef of the Army Staff cannot resort to this power. Therefore, the order passed by the GOC-in-C awarding a severe displeasure cannot be sustained,” the tribunal observed while quashing the order and allowing all consequential benefits to the petitioner.

The petitioner’s counsel, Maj SS Pandey told The Tribune that since he had been acquitted by a GCM twice, no action could have been taken subsequently on the same charges by issuing a show-cause notice and the action of the respondents was arbitrary and actuated with malice.

Pandey said the petitioner was responsible for recruiting civilian labourers in the Ordnance Corps. After the end of the selection process, he received three letters from the Defence Ministry through the Army Headquarters, which contained names of some individuals, seeking help in recruitment. The petitioner had expressed his inability to accommodate such a request. Later, based upon “mild and baseless” allegations, a court of inquiry was ordered to investigate any malpractices in the recruitment.
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Where yoga is headed these days? Experts discuss its evolution and future

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One of the problems that yoga continues to face is the Westernization-commercialization issue, which is not new, but seems to be increasingly prevalent in some circles. There's no doubt that the practice today, in its myriad forms, is significantly shifted from the one practiced by men in India in past millennia. Present-day yoga has branched practically exponentially from the handful of original schools, as has the trade-marking of these derivatives.

Sandwiched between an earthquake and a hurricane, there was no better place to seek refuge than Omega Institute's annual Being Yoga conference in Rhinebeck, NY, the last weekend of August. The faculty invited to lead classes over the two-day event was a virtual Who's Who of yoga teachers, and the varieties of practice ran the gamut from Anusara™ to Kundalini to Yin to Jivamukti Yoga®, and many more. Given its many roles and the difficulties that yoga faces these days, the natural question was, "Where is yoga going today?" Several of conference's teachers offered insight into the issue.

One of the problems that yoga continues to face is the Westernization-commercialization issue, which is not new, but seems to be increasingly prevalent in some circles. There's no doubt that the practice today, in its myriad forms, is significantly shifted from the one practiced by men in India in past millennia. Present-day yoga has branched practically exponentially from the handful of original schools, as has the trade-marking of these derivatives. That yoga has lost some of its oomph as it becomes more a business and less a practice is no secret. But whether this change is a good or bad thing is up for debate.

Seane Corn, a lifelong activist and accomplished yoga teacher, says that there's nothing wrong with the shift in yoga: in fact, its changing perception may actually benefit potential practitioners since it creates a draw. "Sometimes," she says, "the spiritual message is diluted, but this can draw people to the practice in the first place. It's offered in churches and synagogues and schools. That's incredible." In other words, the dilution of its spirituality may be its hook. Once they're in, says Corn, people then begin to see what the practice is all about, and can move around within it. "People come to yoga for one reason and realize that they're there for another reason. They begin asking very big questions of themselves. What is truth, love, God?" Anything to lessen the initial hump of resistance is probably a good thing.

Rodney Yee takes a slightly less forgiving view of yoga's meandering path. While he acknowledges that the natural evolution of yoga adds to its vitality, he says in most ways we're getting a little too far away from its core. He reminds us that yogis were asking the hard-hitting questions 2,000 years ago, ruminating on the meaning of life, one's personal purpose, what it even means to be human. While in many ways yoga does "surf the wave" of how these questions apply in the modern day, he is concerned for the overall thinning of the philosophy. He says that he and his wife and fellow teacher Colleen Saidman are routinely amazed at the fact that "people are continually trading the more valuable things for the more superficial things. That's astonishing. Why are we trading most valuable aspects of ourselves for most transient, which keep us constantly craving?" Distilling it even further, Yee sums it up well: "It's great to get a nice yoga butt, but peace and stability in one's personal life are important too."

Gary Kraftsow takes a still harder approach. Having spent time in India learning yoga from the masters, as well as studying it academically, Kraftsow stresses that yoga was originally a received practice, transmitted from masters of prophet status to their students. The practice, he says, whose real origins were lost in antiquity, was an oral tradition, with the exception of a few texts here and there. These days, the many forms of the practice are morphing into other animals completely.

"In the West," says Kraftsow, "there are streams where this authentic transmission from living masters to students still exists. But there's a lot of yoga that's made up, modern stuff, with no understanding of depth and meaning of text. There's a real bifurcation happening." And what about the newer forms? "Some of it is ok and pretty good. But it's yoga popularize," he says. "It's about music, partying, outdoor sports, and yoga being hip and cool. This is moving away from authenticity of tradition. It's taken on another flavor. I mean naked yoga? Yoga and wine?" Yoga's newer offspring are, if nothing else, imaginative.

What about the idea that the main streaming is what draws people in? "I don't buy it," says Kraftsow. "It's like 'groupthink' of the yoga world. It could work for some, but I know people in it for 25 years who aren't going deeper than the physical. It's cliché."

So how do we swing the pendulum back in the right direction? By demanding more from our teachers, is a good way to start, agree the experts. "Yoga should be consumer-driven, from ground up," says Yee. "As students, demand that your teacher is actually studied. Do the homework yourself. Say, this is what we're thirsty for. You don't have to compromise on authenticity because this is what sells. That's ass-backwards. It dumbs down the whole art form. We need to be asking the right questions."

Saidman continues the idea, in slightly different tenor. "We have to become a lot more curious and humble. We need to get to feet of the teachers that have been teaching for 30, 40 years. Study, study, study. We should follow, wait, beg for the teachers who have been in it for decades."

The relative ease with which one can become a teacher is not doing the practice any favors, says Yee, who adds that we wouldn't take piano lessons from someone who'd only been studying for 200 hours, so why would we take class with a yoga teacher whose training only required that amount? Saidman adds that "quality control" of teachers today is sorely lacking. Overhauling the education of yoga teachers may just be the place to begin. Some forms of yoga already require a decade long commitment for teacher certification, which is probably in the right ballpark. Yee recommends that while some "genius" types can becomes skilled in less time, 10 years is about the minimum that he'd recommend for a teacher to become relatively capable, both physically and philosophically.

Kraftsow, who is extraordinarily active in envisioning new applications for yoga, largely in healthcare, agrees that teacher training poses a problem, but also suggests that people involved in the practice work harder to push it to new places. "I'm doing research with Aetna, I'm talking to corporate leaders, helping create evidence-based research at universities." Yoga has a lot of promising applications and possibilities, but it takes smart, involved, and practiced people to get things rolling.

So where is the future of yoga? Corn says that the practice isn't going anywhere. It has been "a significant trend in last 17 years. It hasn't become a one that's become a mockery, like some other forms of exercise. This is a practice that's going to stay." Corn urges people to begin the practice for whatever reason draws them to it, and let it take them where it will. "Yoga opens your heart and lets you experience life in a completely different way. Yoga gets you to release control and get in touch with your vulnerabilities." And, according to Corn, this is where its power lies. "It gets you out of head and into heart. That doesn't mean that life is going to be all strawberries and unicorns and rainbows. Yoga makes you aware and opens you up to love in a way you never knew was possible. Yoga meets you where you're at."

Kraftsow contemplates yoga's future realistically, but hopefully. He says he sees a continuing division between the old and the new, but he stresses that the philosophical side of yoga has enormous potential, both socially and politically. It's just a matter of the people, who practice it continuing to deepen their practice and get back in touch with yoga's roots. "There's this whole other dimension - yoga offers a nonsectarian spirituality that can be powerfully useful in cross-culture communication. This hasn't quite come to fruition. It's still waiting to happen. But it will."
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Nepal plane crash: Builders' holiday turns into mourning for Trichy

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KATHMANDU: When eight friends and colleagues from the Tiruchirappalli Centre Builders' Association of India decided to give themselves a well-deserved break in Kathmandu, little did they dream that the date with Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, and Lord Pashupatinath, would lead to tragedy and mourning. 

The eight men as well as an Indian couple working for the UN in Kathmandu were among the 19 people killed in Kathmandu valley on Sunday morning when their mountain flight to view Mt Everest and other Himalayan ranges in the east ended in a crash in the Kotdanda village area in Lalitpur city, about 20 km away from the capital. 

"It was devastating," said Hari Thapa, a villager who was eyewitness to the crashing of the Buddha Air Beech aircraft. "The plane broke up and some of the bodies were badly mangled. There was blood and flesh everywhere and women and children, who ran out to see what had happened, began weeping in terror." 

Adding to the chaos, Nepal's aviation authorities initially released a wrong set of victims' names, reviving memories of another air crash last year when the victims, mostly Bhutanese pilgrims, were at first declared to be Nepalis. 

Finally, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu released the correct names of the 10 Indian victims, who included a woman. 

They are Pankaj Mehta, who worked for the UN in Kathmandu, and his wife Chaya Mehta, and eight builders from Tamil Nadu's Trichy: K Thiyagarajan, RM Meenatchi Sundaram, Kattoov Mahalingam, D Hanasekaran, MV Maruthachalam, AK Krishnan, VM Kankasabesan and M Maniraran. 

"They checked into our hotel Saturday evening," said Furpa Sherpa, sales manager at Kathmandu's Grand Hotel. "They had come on a SpiceJet flight from Delhi and were to have left on Oct 27. We put them to a local travel agency, Losar Tours and Travels and they booked a mountain flight for Sunday morning." 

The flight took off from Kathmandu around 6.30am and was returning from the Everest region an hour later when it lost contact with the control room. Minutes later, it crashed, killing 18 people. The 19th, 36-year-old Nirajan Karmacharya, was rescued from the wreck by a team of locals and security personnel but died of his injuries while being treated at the B & B Hospital in Lalitpur. 

The dead included the three-member Nepali cabin crew of Captain J B Tamrakar, co-pilot Padma Adhikari and airhostess Asmita Shrestha. The others killed were two American tourists, Andrew Wade and Natalie Neilan, Japan's Uejima Toshinori and two Nepalis, Sarda Karmacharya and Jagjan Karmacharya. 

The bodies had been brought to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for post mortem, the aviation authorities said. The Indian Embassy set up helplines for families and others to contact them for information. 

The hotlines are: 

            00-977-1-4423702 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            00-977-1-4423702      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       [Direct] 
            00-977-1-4410900 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            00-977-1-4410900      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       - Ext- 4109 
            00-977-1-4414990 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            00-977-1-4414990      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       - Ext- 4109 
            00-977-1-4411699 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            00-977-1-4411699      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       - Ext- 4109 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal formed a three-member panel under former director-general Rajesh Raj Dali to probe the crash. The black box of the shattered aircraft has been found, police said. 

The crash could not have come at a worse time for Nepal that is observing tourism year 2011 with the aim of attracting 1 million tourists to revive its flagging economy. Indian tourists form the bulk of visitors in Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board has been organising promotional campaigns in Indian metros. 


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China launches gold vending machine

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China launches gold vending machine
Agence France-Presse
Beijing, September 25, 2011
China, already the world's second largest bullion consumer, has installed the country's first gold vending machine in a busy shopping district in Beijing, state media said Sunday.
Shoppers in the popular Wangfujing Street can insert cash or use a bank card to withdraw gold bars or coins of various weights based on market prices, the People's Daily said on its website.
Each withdrawal is capped at 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) or one million yuan (about $156,500) worth of gold, the report said.
Gold vending machines already exist in Britain, the United States, the Middle East and Europe.
The machine was launched Saturday by the Beijing Agricultural Commercial Bank and a gold trading company, the report said.
They plan to install an unspecified number of machines in secure locations such as gold shops and upmarket private clubs.
Gold is often used as a hedge against inflation and the machines could prove popular among Chinese consumers looking for a convenient way to safeguard their cash amid rising prices.
Chinese consumer demand for gold soared 27% year-on-year to 579.5 tonnes in 2010, according to the World Gold Council.
India, the world's top consumer, saw a 66% increase to 963.1 tonnes.
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எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கு அதிக அளவு சலுகைகளால் சர்ச்சை

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பதிவு செய்த நாள் : செப்டம்பர் 24,2011,23:14 IST
மாற்றம் செய்த நாள் : செப்டம்பர் 25,2011,00:11 IST

மாதம் 55 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் சம்பளம் பெறும் எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கு இலவச பஸ் பாஸ், மாதம் 20 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் வாகனப்படி போன்றவை இருந்தும், ஏ.சி., இரண்டாம் வகுப்பு ரயிலில் பயணம் செய்வதற்கு 20 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் வழங்குவது, சர்ச்சையை கிளப்பியுள்ளது. சென்னை மற்றும் அதைச் சுற்றியுள்ள எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கும் இது போன்ற பயணச் செலவு படிகள் எதற்காக? என்ற கேள்வியும் எழுந்துள்ளது. இந்த சலுகைகள் ஒழுங்காக பயன்படுத்தப்படுகிறதா என்ற கேள்வியும் எழுந்துள்ளது.

எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கு சம்பளமாக மாதம் 8,000 ரூபாய், ஈட்டுப் படியாக 7,000, தொலைபேசி படி 5,000, தொகுதிப் படி 5,000, தபால் படி 2,500, தொகுப்பு படி 2,500, வாகனப் படி 20 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் என, மொத்தம் 50 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் வழங்கப்பட்டு வந்தது. இந்நிலையில், சமீபத்தில் நடந்த சட்டசபை கூட்டத்தொடரில், தொகுதிப் படியை மேலும் 5,000 ரூபாய் உயர்த்தி, முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா அறிவித்ததால், மொத்தம் 55 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் மாதந்தோறும் பெறுகின்றனர். இது தவிர, சட்டசபை கூட்டத்தொடர் மற்றும் கமிட்டி கூட்டங்களில் கலந்து கொள்ள தினமும் 500 ரூபாய் வழங்கப்படுகிறது. ரயில் மூலம் பயணம் செய்ய ஏ.சி., இரண்டாம் வகுப்பில் சென்று வர ஆகும் செலவுடன், ஒரு கி.மீ., தூரத்துக்கு 10 காசு வீதம் வழங்கப்படுகிறது. சாலை வழியில் பயணம் செய்தால், பஸ் வழித்தடத்தில் கி.மீ.,க்கு 25 காசு, பஸ் வழித்தடம் இல்லாத பகுதிகளுக்கு சென்றால் கி.மீ.,க்கு 50 காசு வீதம் கணக்கிடப்பட்டு வழங்கப்படுகிறது. இவ்வாறு பயணப் படிகள் வழங்கிய போதிலும், தமிழக அரசு போக்குவரத்துக் கழக பஸ்களில் தனது வாழ்க்கைத் துணை அல்லது உதவியாளருடன் எந்த பகுதிக்கும் எந்த நேரமும் செல்ல, இலவச பஸ் பாஸ் வழங்கப்படுகிறது. இவ்வாறு வழங்கியது போக, தனது துணை அல்லது உறவினருடன் அல்லது தனியாக ரயிலில் பயணம் செய்வதற்கான படியாக, ஆண்டுக்கு 20 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் வழங்கப்படுகிறது.
ஏற்கனவே ரயில் அல்லது சாலை வழி பயணத்துக்கான செலவை ஈடு கட்டும்போது, இந்த தொகை எதற்கு என்ற கேள்வியை, தகவல் உரிமை ஆர்வலர்கள் எழுப்புகின்றனர். அவ்வாறு வழங்குவது தவிர, சட்டசபை கூட்டத்தொடர் நடக்கும் சமயங்களில், தனது இருப்பிடத்தில் இருந்து சென்னைக்கு வந்து செல்ல, அவரது துணையுடன் ஏ.சி., இரண்டாம் வகுப்பில் பயணம் செய்வதற்கான கட்டணத்தையும் அரசு வழங்குகிறது. இந்த பயணச் சலுகைகள், அனைத்து எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கும் வழங்கப்படுவது தான் கேள்விக்குறியாக உள்ளது. காரணம், சென்னை மற்றும் அதைச் சுற்றியுள்ள பகுதிகளைச் சேர்ந்த எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள் எதற்காக இவ்வளவு பயணம் செய்ய வேண்டும்; அவர்களுக்கு இவ்வளவு தொகையை ஏன் செலவழிக்க வேண்டும் என்பது தான். எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கு வழங்கப்படும் இந்த சலுகை தவிர, சட்டசபை எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள் குடியிருப்பில் வீடு ஒதுக்கப்பட்டு, அதற்கு மாதம் 250 ரூபாய் மட்டும் வாடகையாக வசூலிக்கப்படுகிறது. இது தவிர, எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்களுக்கு டெலிபோன் சலுகை, மருத்துவ வசதி போன்றவையும் தாராளமாக வழங்கப்படுகின்றன. எம்.எல்.ஏ., இறந்தால் இரண்டு லட்சம் ரூபாய் வழங்கப்படுகிறது. இவ்வளவு சலுகைகள் பெறும் எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள், தொகுதி மக்களுக்கு நல்லது செய்தால் நன்றாக இருக்கும். சலுகைகளை அனுபவித்துவிட்டு, தொகுதி மக்களை மறப்பதால், அடுத்த முறை இவர்கள் தேர்வு செய்யப்படுவதில்லை என்பது வேறு விஷயம்.
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Conditions of Eligibility 

Candidate must be a citizen of India or Bhutan. Subjects of Nepal and persons of Indian origin, migrated from specified countries with intention of permanently settling in India, are also eligible, subject to their having obtained a certificate from the Government of India. 


1.     Permanent Commission - Maximum age limit is 30, 31 and 32 years for MBBS graduates, Post graduate diploma holders and Post graduate degree holders respectively as on 31 December of the calendar year of application.

2.     Short Service Commission - Maximum age limit 45 years as on 31 December of the calendar year of application


Applicants must possess a medical qualification of an Indian University or a foreign medical qualification recognised by the Medical Council of India. They must also be registered with any of the State Medical Councils or equivalent registering authority.

An antedate of 2 years seniority for post graduate degree and 1 year for post graduate diploma recognised by the MCI and 6 months for a house job, done at a recognised hospital is given to fresh entrants. The list of recognised institutions and hospitals can be obtained from the office of the DGAFMS.

A doctor who has done a house job and also has a post graduate qualification will be eligible for a maximum antedate of 2 ½ year

Medical Fitness

Applicants must be medically fit as per prescribed standards for the Army (Refer to Appendix 'A').

Rank on Entry 

The rank granted on first appointment in the AMC will be as follows:-

(a) Capt (Equivalent rank in Navy and Air Force) - Where candidate is in possession of full Medical Registration certificate.

(b) Lt (Equivalent rank in Navy and Air Force) - If the candidate possesses provisional Medical Registration Certificate & has not completed compulsory pre-registration internship.


Promotion to next higher rank is subject to satisfactory service and fitness for the higher rank. The eligibility for such promotion is as under:-

(a) To Captain - from the date of eligibility for Permanent Registration after completion of prescribed internship partly or wholly in Armed Forces or from the date of commission whichever is later.

(b) To Major - After four years of reckonable service as Captain.

(c) To Lt. Colonel - On completion of 13 years reckonable service or on completion of 13 years service from the date of eligibility for permanent Registration whichever is later and satisfactory completion of junior officers command course.

(d) To Colonel and above upto Lt General - By Selection At present the number of posts authorised in different ranks from Col to Lt Gen are as under:- Rank Authorised Cadre 
i) Lt Gen 07 
ii) Maj Gen 25 
iii) Brig 96 
iv) Col 373 

Retirement Ages 

The ages of retirement are as under:_

(a) Lt Col and below - 56 years 
(b) Col - 58 years 
(c) Brig - 59 years 
(d) Maj Gen - 60 years 
(e) Lt Gen - 61 years or two years tenure which ever is earlier 
(f) DGAFMS - 62 years or three years tenure which ever is earlier

Retirement Benefits 

The minimum period of qualifying service actually required for earning retiring pension should be 20 years. The pension will be calculated at 50% of average reckonable emoluments (i.e. Basic Pay + Rank Pay +Non-Practicing allowances) drawn during the last 10 months of service for a maximum service of 33 years. SSC officers are not eligible for pension.

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Defunct Nasa satellite may crash over Indian Ocean

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Press Trust Of India
Washington, September 23, 2011

Russian space experts have forecast that the defunct six-tonne Nasa satellite, that is set to crash on the Earth soon, is likely to fall in the Indian Ocean.
According to data obtained by the Russian experts, the satellite may fall in the Indian Ocean, north of the Crozet Islands,
Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted Space Forces spokesperson Alexei Zolotukhin as saying.
However, Nasa said it is too early to predict the exact crash site of the twenty-year-old Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and six years after the end of its productive scientific life.

"It is too early to say exactly when UARS will re-enter and what geographic area may be affected, but Nasa is watching the satellite closely and will keep you informed," Nasa said on its website.

According to media reports, the $750-million satellite is expected to break into 26 large pieces before reaching the ground. The debris are likely to be scattered over around 800-kilometre area.
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Ex-armyman held for robbery links

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District police in Kolkata have picked up former armyman Uttam Mahato and taken him on seven-day remand to get a breakthrough in recent crimes like bank robberies in the town. Mahato, who hails from Baliapur in Jharkhand, lost his job in Bihar Regiment after he was found guilty in several criminal cases, including murder of an MLA.
Asansol-Durgapur police commissioner Ajay Kumar Nand said Mahato’s name has surfaced in bank dacoity cases. “We have picked up him for further interrogation that could give us some vital clues about the recent crimes in Asansol,” Nand said.
A brilliant student, Uttam studied at Sindhri College in Jharkhand and joined army in 1996. His mother-in-law is posted in the excise department. Uttam was posted at Bikaner in Rajasthan where he started to commit petty crimes. He and his colleague Jaswant Singh was found guilty in murder of local MLA Subodh Singh and was court-martialled in 1999. While in jail, he got associated with various criminals in the next five years and formed a gang thereafter. Few days back, Rs 15 lakh had been looted from an SBI ATM counter and Rs 14.70 lakh from United Bank of India’s Apcargarden branch in Asansol.
State CID is investigating both these cases and they suspect Mahato has link with both the crimes.


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India to deploy BrahMos missile to counter China’s threat

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New Delhi, Sept 23 : India would soon upgrade its military capabilities in its northeastern border with the induction of an advanced variant of the 290-km range supersonic cruise missile for mountain warfare to act a deterrent to China’s military ambitions.
The sanction for inducting a regiment of the Block III steep-dive variant of the BrahMos, has been recently approved by the Defence Acquisition Council  (DAC) meeting chaired by the Defence Minister, AK Antony. DAC is the apex decision making body of the Ministry. This move is slated to pave the way for induction of the fourth missile regiment in the army and is expected to enhance the lethality of army's firepower in the northeastern region.
BrahMos is a stealth supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land and has been inducted in all the three services. This steep-dive attack cruise missile can hit enemy targets hidden in the shadows of mountains.
This preparedness comes at a time just before the two-day 1st India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue is scheduled to take place in Beijing from September 26. The Indian side will be led by the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, MS Ahluwalia. The Chinese side will be led by the Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Ping.
The strategic economic dialogue between the two countries was conceived during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India in December 2010.
So far the Indian Army has inducted a total of three regiments already including two of the Block II variant, which can precisely hit the intended enemy building or assets even in a cluster of buildings.
With a view to counter China’s aggressive tendencies India has already deployed two squadrons of the Su-30 MKI fighter jet aircraft in Tezpur and Chhabua in Assam and raised two mountain divisions for deployment in Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining areas.
India is also developing over 70 strategic roads on the India-China border.
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Military Officers - General Douglas Hamilton, create the Forest Deparment of India

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General Douglas Hamilton (8 April 1818 – 20 January 1892) was a British Indian Army officer, gazetted to the 21st Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry from 1837 to 1871. He was a well known surveyor of the early British hill stations in South India and a famous sportsman, shikari, big-game hunter and trophy collector. He was an acute observer of nature and a gentleman. He legitimately shot more game in the Nilgiri Hills than any other sportsman.

Military career
In 1834 Douglas Hamilton went to the East India Company's Addiscombe Military Academy, and received his commission in the East India Company's Army in 1837, being gazetted to the 21st Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry. He embarked at Portsmouth in the "Duke of Argyle" on September 1 of the same year, arriving in the Madras Roads on December 14.
His regiment was sent to Kulladghee in the Bombay Presidency to replace one which had gone to the front in the first Afghan Campaign. In 1846, he went with his regiment to Singapore, and was fortunate to obtain three months' leave in 1848 to visit the Island of Java for hunting. In 1849, he visited England on furlough and returned to India in 1852.
Douglas was very interested in forest conservation in South India, and often visited his old friend General James Michael who was organizing an experimental forest conservancy in the Annaimalai Hills. He was appointed to temporarily manage the conservancy when Michael returned to England on sick leave in 1854. He showed great aptitude for these new forestry duties. In 1857 Michael was again ill and had to relinquish the work altogether. Douglas succeeded permanently to the appointment and for the three years was in charge of the Annaimalai forests, supplying teak lumber for shipbuilding at the Bombay Dockyard.
During this period he also became Assistant Conservator of Forests under Dr. Hugh Francis Cleghorn who established the Madras Forest Department and whose work led to the establishment of the Forest Department of India.[5]
In 1860 he went with his regiment to Hong Kong and returned to Madras in February, 1861

The dates of Gen. Douglas Hamilton's military commissions indicate ten promotions in his 54 year career:
Ensign- 1 January 1834.
Lieutenant- 12 June 1837( arrived in Madras.)
Captain- 31 January 1838.
Major- 29 June 1858.
Lieut.-Col. 1 January 1862.
Brevet colonel, 1 January 1867.
Substantive Colonel- 1 January 1874.
Major-Gen.- 1 October 1877.
Lieut.-Gen.-10 March 1882.
General- 1 December 1888.
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AAJKAL - साहित्य और संस्कृति का मासिक

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Job Highlights - Employment News

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(17 SEPTEMBER 2011 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2011)

The Indian Army invites applications for recruitment as Havildar Education in Group ‘X' and ‘Y' in Army Education Coprs.

The Indian Army invites applications for grant of Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission 10+2 Technical Entry Scheme.

Indian Air Force invites applications from unmarried Outstanding Sportsman (only Male Indian Citizens) for selection as Airmen in Group ‘Y trades.

Indian Rare Earths Limited, Mumbai invites applications for various posts.

Commandant CVD Delhi Cantt. C/o 56 APO requires LDCs, Cook and Fireman.

Sports Authority of India, New Delhi requires Junior Scientists Officers and Junior Scientific Assistants.

Union Bank of India requires Credit Officers.

26 Ammunition Company C/o 56 APO requires Mazdoors.

 Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, New Delhi invites applications for the posts of Assistant Commissioners and Education Officers.

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore requires Stipendiary Trainees (Category-I & II).

Indian Ordnance Factory, Jabalpur invites applications for various posts.

Indian Space Research Organisation, Nellore requires Technician B and Hindi Typists.

The Naval Dockyard, Mumbai invites applications from ITI qualified persons in various trades for enrolment to Apprenticeship Training under Apprentices Act, 1961.


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Indian Armed Forces

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The Indian Armed Forces (Devanāgarī: भारतीय सशस्त्र सेनाएं, Bhāratīya Saśastra Sēnāēn) are the military forces of the Republic of India. They consist of the Army, Navy and Air Force, and are assisted by three paramilitary forces[4] (the Coast Guard, Assam Rifles, and Special Frontier Force) and various inter-service institutions such as the Strategic Forces Command.
The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Armed Forces is managed by Ministry of Defence (MoD) which is led by Union Cabinet Minister of Defense.
The IAF is one of the world's largest military forces, with roughly 1.32 million active standing army and 2.14 million reserve forces thus giving India the third-largest active troops in the world as of 2006[1][5] after the People's Liberation Army and US Armed Forces.[6] India's official defense budget stands at US$36.03 billion for FY2011 (or 1.83% of GDP)[2] but the actual spending on the armed forces is estimated to be much higher than that.[7] Undergoing rapid expansion and modernization,[8] the Indian Armed Forces plans to have an active military space program[9] and is currently developing a missile defense shield[10] and nuclear triadcapability. The Armed Forces of India possess nuclear weapons and operate short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles as well as nuclear-capable aircraft, and naval vessels. India is the world's largest arms importer accounting for 9% of all global imports and ranks among the top thirty in arms export.[11] Currently, India imports close to 70% of its weapons requirements, with Israel, Russia and the United States as its top military suppliers.[12][13][14] The country’s defence expenditure will be aroundUS$112 billion by 2016.[15][16][17]
The IAF served as India's armed forces in all the country's major military operations — including the Indo-Pakistani wars of 1947,Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Sino-Indian War, 1987 Sino-Indian skirmish, Kargil War and others. India is currently moving to build a 9,970.16 crore (US$2.2 billion) dedicated, highly secure and state-of-the-art optical fiber cable(OFC) network for the Army, Navy and Air Force. This will be one of the world's largest, closed user group (CUG) networks for exclusive use by the million-plus personnel of the Indian armed forces.[18] Following 1962, the IAF has had close military relations with Russia, including development cooperation, such as on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA), and others as well.

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Main article: Military history of India
Military history of India

India has one of the longest military histories, dating back several millennia. The first reference of armies is found in the Vedas as well as the epics Ramayana and Mahabaratha. There were many powerful dynasties in India: Maha Janapadas, Matsya Kingdom, Shishunaga Empire, Gangaridai Empire, Nanda Empire, Maurya Empire, Sunga Empire, Maha-Megha-Vahana Empire, Kuninda Kingdom, Chola Empire, Chera Empire, Pandyan Empire, Satavahana Empire, Western Satrap Empire, Kushan Empire, Vakataka Empire, Kalabhras Kingdom, Gupta Empire, Pallava Empire, Kadamba Empire, Maukhari Empire, Western Ganga Kingdom, Vishnukundina Empire, Chalukya Empire, Maitraka Empire, Harsha Empire, Rajput States, Shahi Empire, Eastern Chalukya Kingdom, Pratihara Empire, Pala Empire, Rashtrakuta Empire, Paramara Kingdom, Yadava Empire, Solanki Kingdom, Western Chalukya Empire, Hoysala Empire, Sena Empire, Eastern Ganga Empire, Kakatiya Kingdom, Kalachuri Empire, Delhi Sultanate, Deccan Sultanates, Gajapati Kingdom, Ahom Kingdom, Vijayanagar Empire, Mysore Kingdom, Mughal Empire, Maratha Empire, Sikh Empire, etc. Classical Indian texts on archery in particular, and martial arts in general are known as Dhanurveda.
India has a maritime history dating back 5,000 years.[19][20][21][22] The first [23][24] tidal dock is believed to have been built at Lothal around 2300 BCE during the Indus Valley Civilization, near the present day Mangrol harbour on the Gujarat coast. The Rig Veda written around 1500 BCE, credits Varuna with knowledge of the ocean routes and describes naval expeditions. There is reference to the side wings of a vessel called Plava, which give stability to the ship under storm conditions. A compass, Matsya yantra was used for navigation in the fourth and fifth century AD.
The earliest known reference to an organization devoted to ships in ancient India is to the Mauryan Empire from the 4th century BCE. Emperor Chandragupta Maurya's Prime Minister Kautilya's Arthashastra devotes a full chapter on the state department of waterways under navadhyaksha (Sanskrit for Superintendent of ships) [1]. The term, nava dvipantaragamanam (Sanskrit for sailing to other lands by ships, i.e. Exploration) appears in this book in addition to appearing in the Buddhist text, Baudhayana Dharmasastra as the interpretation of the term, Samudrasamyanam.
Sea lanes between India and neighboring lands were the usual form of trade for many centuries, and are responsible for the widespread influence of Indian Culture on other societies. Powerful navies included those of the Maurya, Satavahana, Chola, Vijayanagara, Kalinga, Mughal and Maratha empires.[25] The Cholas excelled in foreign trade and maritime activity, extending their influence overseas to China and Southeast Asia.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Maratha and Kerala fleets were expanded, and became the most powerful Naval Forces in the subcontinent, defeating European Navies at various times (See the Battle of Colachel). The fleet review of the Maratha navy took place at the Ratnagiri fort in which the ships Pal and Qalbat participated.[26] The Maratha Kanhoji Angre and Kunjali Marakkar, the Naval chief of Saamoothiri were two notable naval chiefs of the period.


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Western Command marks 64th Raising Day

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Chandigarh, September 15 Tribune News Service
A solemn wreath-laying ceremony marked the Western Command’s 64th Raising Day at its headquarters in Chandimandir today.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen SR Ghosh and Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, the Command’s former GOC-in-C, paid floral tributes to
martyrs at the Veer Smriti war memorial.

A ceremonial guard reversed arms as a mark of respect to the martyrs, while buglers sounded the Last Post. A two-minute silence was also observed. Senior officers were also present on the occasion. Inmates from the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Mohali, also attended the ceremony as the Army is observing 2011 as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers’.
Raised in 1947 as the Delhi and East Punjab Command, with headquarters at Delhi, it was mandated to control formations with an operational role in the territorial areas of the present Western and Northern Commands. It was redesignated as the Western Command in January 1948. In 1954, the headquarters of the command moved to Shimla. After the Indo-Pak Conflict of 1971, the Northern Command, with its Headquarters at Udhampur, was carved out of the Western Command to assume operational responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir. Later headquarters of the Western Command moved to Chandimandir in 1985.
The Western Command was instrumental in effectively blunting the Pakistani aggression in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and subsequently carrying the battle into enemy territory. Its troops, formations and units have always distinguished themselves, winning a large number of gallantry awards, including 11 Param Vir Chakras.
Western Command marks 64th Raising Day


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Armed Forces Tribunal to be armed with contempt powers

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Vijay Mohan  Tribune News Service
 Chandigarh, September 15 

The Armed Forces Tribunal will get more teeth as it is expected to be armed with powers of contempt. This would give the Tribunal the much-needed authority to get its judgments and orders implemented by the executing agencies.
At present, the tribunal does not have the powers of civil contempt, under which it can initiate action like the High Court against erring parties if its directives are not implemented. This was perceived as a serious handicap in its functioning. Tribunal’s chairman Justice AK Mathur had, during a visit to Chandigarh some time ago, termed the tribunal as a “toothless” body as a large number of its orders were not being implemented by the defence establishments. Similar views were also expressed recently by Justice Ghanshyam Prashad, a senior judicial member of the Chandigarh Bench.
Sources revealed that the proposal to empower the tribunal with contempt powers has already been approved by the Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Ministry of Law has given its opinion and recommendations on it. The file is now reportedly back with the Ministry of Defence and would be sent to the Cabinet after being cleared by the Defence Minister.
While the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 conferred powers of criminal contempt, where action can be initiated against anyone for misconduct, obstructing the functioning of the tribunal or showing disrespect to the bench, the provisions relating to civil contempt are ambiguous.
Earlier this year, a judgment of the Kerala High Court, while interpreting the provisions of the Act, brought out that the tribunal has full powers to initiate contempt proceedings if its orders are not implemented. Sources said there is also a proposal to increase the upper age limit for the tribunal’s judicial members.
The tribunal’s bench comprises a judicial member, who should have been a judge of the High Court, and an administrative member, who should have served in the rank of Major General and equivalent for at least three years.
Armed Forces Tribunal to be armed with contempt


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