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Indian Air Force Day 2011

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IAF MiG-21 fighters perform during the 79th Air Force Day function at Air Force Station in Hindon.






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GSLV launch with cryogenic engine in 2012: ISRO

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SRIHARIKOTA (PTI): The next flight of the Geostationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with indigenous cryogenic engine is likely to be launched in the second quarter of next year, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said here Wednesday.
"We have a major task ahead of us... development and perfection of indigenous cryogenic stage. We are making good progress and we plan to have the next flight of GSLV with indigenous cryogenic engine in the second quarter of 2012," the ISRO Chief said.
Before the GSLV launch, ISRO plans to have two more missions of PSLV, Radhakrishnan said after the successful launch of Indo-French satellite Mega-Tropiques and three nano satellites from here.
"..We plan to have two more missions of PSLV. One, for launching India's first microwave remote sensing satellite and the other a joint mission of India and France to look at the oceans," he said.
Now under development, GSLV-III is designed to make the country fully self-reliant in launching heavier communication satellites, weighing 4,500 to 5,000 kg, besides boosting its capability to be a key player in the global commercial launch market.
In December 2010, homegrown launch vehicle GSLV-F06 fitted with Russian cryogenic engine carrying communication satellite GSAT-5P on-board failed when the rocket was hit by a snag seconds after liftoff from here.
Describing the successful launch of Megha Tropiques as 'truly global mission' Radhakrishnan said it was the beginning of a 'new phase' of cooperation between India and France.
"What this cooperation has given to the world is a satellite which is going to provide us lot of information and knowledge about tropical regions," he said.

He thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for all the support and encouragement.

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PHOTOS: Indo-UK Exercise Konkan 2011

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PHOTOS: The C-130J Super Hercules At Hindon

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Focus on Development of Operational and Technical Infrastructure for Increasing Force Level: ADM Nirmal Verma

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The second biannual Naval Commanders Conference of 2011 concluded in New Delhi on 14 Oct 11. This conference is held to discuss issues of operational relevance, identify capability gaps and to review the future plans of the Indian Navy 


Discussions during the conference that lasted over three days, focused on a range of issues relevant to the Navy`s preparedness and plans to develop a definitive roadmap for the future. The Navy has continued to maintain and sustain a high operational tempo while dealing with a large number of tasks and missions, including anti piracy and coastal security. This is in addition to the traditional tasks and missions entrusted to the Navy which include Overseas Deployments, intra IN exercises, bilateral exercises with friendly foreign countries and presence cum surveillance missions in the Indian Ocean Region with a view to discharge its role as the net security provider in the maritime domain in its area of operations. 


In his address, Adm Nirmal Verma, the Chief of the Naval Staff told the naval commanders that the primary challenge that was confronting the Navy was to balance its resources and building human capital and a requisite strategy so as to be responsive to the full spectrum of operations. The CNS also highlighted the progress made in various plans and programmes for the modernisation of the Navy. The initiatives and new schemes introduced for promotion and welfare of sailors and their families were also highlighted. 


The aviation arm of the Navy is set to grow in the years ahead. The first lot of MiG 29 K aircraft for Vikramaditya had been inducted this year and the balance are expected to be delivered in phases. A major milestone was the first flight of the P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft in Sep this year. This aircraft is on schedule for its induction in 2013. 


Progress has also been made in the last few months for induction of ships with contracts for five Offshore Patrol Vessels, two Cadet Training Ships, eight Amphibious Landing Craft and Fast Interceptor Craft having been concluded. 


The Navy continues to maintain focus on development of operational and technical infrastructure, as the force levels increase. Cases for developing Forward Operating Bases (FOB), Operational Turn Around (OTR) bases and Naval Air Enclaves (NAE), on the mainland and in the islands are being progressed. Developing such infrastructure especially in Karwar and the far flung island territories has been accorded priority. 


Plans for the Navy`s growing role in the Indian Ocean Region were also discussed during the conference. 


PVS/ AKR 33/2011 
(Release ID :76676)

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Pension Schemes for Old Age Persons

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The Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pensions Scheme (IGNOAPS) is one of the components of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). Funds for NSAP are released as Additional Central Assistance by the Ministry of Finance to States and by Ministry of Home Affairs to Union Territories is combined manner for all the schemes under NSAP. Hence, no separate releases are made for IGNOAPS. As per Census 2001, female dependent senior citizens (60+) in urban areas constitute 44.8% of the total urban female senior citizens (60+) population whereas male dependent senior citizens (60+) in urban areas constitutes 23.7% of the total urban male senior citizens (60+) population. Expenditure under NSAP and number of beneficiaries reported by the States under IGNOAPS during the last five years are given as under:

Year           Expenditure reported under NSAP        Beneficiaries
                             (Rs. In lakh)                              covered under          
                                                                               IGNOAPS

2006-07                   198049.94                                 8708837                                                            

2007-08                   311098.71                                11514026

2008-09                   387531.16                                15483836

2009-10                    471883.22                               16333578

2010-11                    548059.54                               17059756


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Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011

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Union Public Service Commission will be conducting Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 at 19 Centres from 29.10.2011.  Admission certificates to all eligible candidates have already been issued. Letters of rejection citing the ground (s) for rejection have also been sent.  If any applicant has not received either of the above communications, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter in person or on Tel. Nos.23381125, 23098543and 23385271.
 
            Information regarding venue of Examination is also available on Union Public Service Commission’s Website at http://www.upsc.gov.in.  The eligible candidates who have not received the Admission Certificates may downloaded the “Venue Information” from the above mentioned website and use it for appearing in the examination.
 
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119 suicides in Russian army in 2011:

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 Official AFP | Oct 13, 2011, 07.12PM IST

Russian army
Nine people have died outside combat in the Russian army so far this year while 119 soldiers committed suicide as violence continues to plague the forces, an official said Thursday.
MOSCOW: Nine people have died outside combat in the Russian army so far this year while 119 soldiers committed suicide as violence continues to plague the forces, an official said Thursday.

Violence between similarly ranked soldiers as well as violent hazing by officers toward conscripts has left a further 86 people severely injured, said Boris Khubiyev, deputy head of the military prosecutor's investigation office.

A further 119 people committed suicide in the troops this year, Khubiyev told journalists at a news conference in Moscow.

The majority were conscripts freshly drafted into the military, but some were troops in the interior and emergency situations ministries.

Physical and psychological abuse have plagued the army for decades and especially affect recent conscripts, driving many to suicide. But high-ranking officers rarely face punishment even when a case causes public outrage.

In the latest case, the army in September sent the badly disfigured body of a conscript home with a note saying he had committed suicide at his base in the Ural mountains.

But his family said their 20-year-old nephew appeared to have been tortured to death. His village and other neighbouring villages said that they would be boycotting the autumn draft until the incident was fully investigated.

Yet cases of violence and murder in the army will not stop until senior officers regularly face punishment, said Valentina Melnikova, coordinator of Russia's Committee of Soldiers' Mothers, a rights organisation.

"We must pressure the army command to answer for each injured soldier," she said. "This will never stop until people are made to face the consequences.

Melnikova's organisation has lobbied tirelessly for Russia to switch from conscription to a professional army, but paid soldiers have frequently been robbed of their wages by other servicemen, she said.

The Russian army numbers about one million. President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to cut its numbers while improving soldiers' living and working conditions as part of his campaign to modernise the armed forces.

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