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Income Tax exemption on complete pension of disability pensioners

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Income Tax exemption on complete pension of disability pensioners
The entire pension, that is, service element (service pension) and disability element of disability pensioners is exempted from the purview of Income Tax. Disability Pension comprises of two elements, service element that is granted in terms of the length of service (subject to a minimum amount in cases where service rendered is less than pensionable service), and disability element which is granted in terms of the percentage of disability. There is no minimum qualifying service prescribed for service element or disability element, hence even if a person has a single day of service, he or she is entitled to disability pension. For individuals who have completed their minimum qualifying service for pension, their service pension becomes the service element for purposes of disability pension. Both elements are exempted
The Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue vide Instruction No 2/2001 dated 02 July 2001 and Instruction No 136 dated 14 January 1970, both of which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.


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Latest News from Chairman / Vice Chairman IESM: ESM sitrep 13 July evening

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Latest News from Chairman / Vice Chairman IESM: ESM sitrep 13 July evening

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Latest News from Chairman / Vice Chairman IESM: Very Positive development:

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Delegation meets Antony on 'One-Rank-One-Pension'

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New Delhi: The issue of 'One-Rank, One-Pension' which is hanging fire for some time now was on Monday raised before Defence Minister AK Antony by a delegation of retired Army officers led by Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa.

The delegation led by the Gurdaspur MP sought Antony's intervention in its early implementation and brought to his attention problems faced by military officers and jawans.

Justice was not being done for the gallantry and noble services rendered by them, Bajwa said in press release.

He said the Minister was apprised of the demand of the ex-Servicemen that there should be One-Rank One-Pension (OROP).


While urging the Minister to delink the civilian pay from that of the personnel of armed forces, Bajwa said, "Considering the disparity between duties of defence personnel with their civilian counterparts, due recognition and respect is not being given to them. The demand of one rank one pension is justified and long overdue. Even the standing committee on defence has recommended the inclusion of OROP."

Members of the delegation included Brig (Retd) K S Kahlon, Brig (Retd) MPS Bajwa, Col (Retd) Dharam Singh and Col (Retd) Ajay Opal, all of whom have been fighting for issues relating to welfare of defence personnel including voicing the demand for One Rank One Pension.
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Army officers flout ban on using social networking sites

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Kusum Arora/TNS

Jalandhar, July 13
Despite fresh directives issued by the Indian Army banning its personnel from using social networking sites, scores of Army officers are actively using Facebook revealing sensitive information of their status and whereabouts.

This at a time when the Army is already investigating an alleged incident in which a Lt Col based in Rajasthan developed contact with a woman through Facebook. Reportedly, the woman from Bangladesh was working for Pakistan’s ISI.

While the Army has completely banned its personnel from using such social networking sites, the officers have been openly posting their pictures in uniforms, mentioning their status on Facebook like ‘whether on leave or back to field’ and pictures of cantonment functions and colleagues.

Among those using the Facebook include young Army officers. Officers’ wives have also been posting pictures of their spouses on Facebook. A majority of the officers said when they remain away from their families like at field stations, social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut help them to stay in touch.

Many officers have also been using Facebook through fake identities, while some officers have posted their own pictures as ‘profile pictures’ on such sites. As social networking sites are available on mobiles phones and most officers own smart phones, hence the increased usage of these sites.

However, there are many officers who are abiding by the directives and are refraining from using social sites. Some officers are also using these sites with utmost caution. “I have never posted any of my pictures on Facebook, the ones that I have are of my family. Even my profile page is completely blank on Facebook,” said a young Army officer.

The Army has directed its officers to refrain from using social networking sites as it could lead to information compromise and unintentional ‘leaking of sensitive information’.

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Cabinet Secy to chair panel on military pay issues

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The government has constituted a fresh, high-level committee under the chairpersonship of the Cabinet Secretary to look into pay and pension-related issues of relevance to defence services personnel and ex-servicemen.

The other members of the committee are Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Defence Secretary, Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Secretary, Department of Ex-servicemen’s Welfare and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.

The committee was set up on the directions of the Prime Minister’s Office, on July 8. It, however, does not include any member of the Armed Forces or representative of ex-servicemen.

The committee’s “terms of reference” are to look into a total of nine issues, five concerning serving personnel and four related to ex-servicemen.

Issues relating to the serving personnel include common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/Ors, initial pay-fixation of Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent, review and enhancement of grade pay, placing of all Lieutenant Generals in HAG+ scale and grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel.

Issues relating to ex-servicemen include one-rank one-pension, enhancement of family pension, dual family pension and family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage.

The committee may co-opt any other member. It will finalise its recommendations and submit its report to the PM by August 8.
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Govt constitutes Committee to look into pay and pension related issues of defence services personnel and ex-servicemen

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The Government has decided to constitute a Committee, under the chairpersonship of Cabinet Secretary, to look into pay and pension related issues of relevance to defence services personnel and ex-servicemen. The other members of the Committee will be: 

(i) Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
(ii) Defence Secretary
(iii) Secretary, D/o Expenditure
(iv) Secretary, D/o Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare
(v) Secretary, D/o Personnel and Training

The Committee’s ‘terms of reference’ will be to look into the following issues relating to:

(i) Defence services personnel:
Common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/ORs
Initial pay-fixation of Lt. Col/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent
Review and enhancement of grade pay
Placing of all Lts General in HAG+ scale
Grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel

(ii) Ex-servicemen:
One-rank one-pension
Enhancement of family pension
Dual family pension
Family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage

The Department of Expenditure will service the Committee. The Committee may co-opt any other member. The Committee will finalize its recommendations and submit its report to the Prime Minister by 8th August, 2012.

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SC/LM 
(Release ID :85337)
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AGNI I Ballistic Missile Successfully Launched

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India’s 700 km range ballistic missile, ‘AGNI I’ was successfully launched today from the wheeler island off the coast of Odisha. It was a textbook launch meeting all mission objectives and the missile reached the target point in the Bay of Bengal following the prescribed trajectory. The missile was launched from Road Mobile Launcher System and was tracked by Radar and Telemetry stations located along the coastline. Two Naval Ships located near the target point tracked the missile in the terminal phase of the Flight.

Indigenously developed by DRDO the missile is already in the arsenal of Indian Armed Forces and was launched by the Strategic Forces Command as part of training exercise to ensure preparedness.

The Launch was witnessed by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Department of Defence Research &Development& DG DRDO, Shri AvinashChander, Scientist & CC R&D (Missiles & Strategic Systems) and Programme Director AGNI, Dr. J Chattopadhyaya, Project Director and Shri MVKV Prasad, Director ITR and senior officials from DRDO and the armed forces.

DrSaraswat congratulated all the Scientists and employees of DRDO and the Armed forces for the successful launch.

Defence Minister Shri A K Antony has congratulated the DRDO team on the successful launch of Agni I.

DM/NN
(Release ID :85326)

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Corruption of Indian Generals Proved By Sajjad Shaukat

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On January 22, this year, Lt. Gen. P.K. Rath was handed down a sentence including a two-year seniority loss and forfeiture of 15 years of service for pension purposes when an Indian army court found him guilty of approving the construction of a school near military land, signing an agreement with a builder and not informing the command headquarters about his decisions.

In this regard, The Times of India reported, “The senior officer was involved in an illegal land deal—Lt. Gen PK Rath is the highest ranking serving officer ever to be convicted in a court martial in India.”

However, Gen Rath gave approval to a builder to develop cut-price land near an army base, and the court martial also found three other officers to face charges.

According to the Press Trust of India, “One of them, Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash, is the most senior of the four and also faces a court martial…the other two face “administrative action.” It further disclosed that lieutenant generals had been court-martialled in India before, but only after they had retired. The Sukhna land scam case came to light in 2008. Gens Prakash and Rath were accused of favouring a private builder based in the town of Siliguri in West Bengal state, while Gen Rath’s court martial began in September 2009.

Although lower-ranking officers of the Indian Army were found involved in corruption, yet involvement of the highest-ranking officers in this mal-practice is surprising.

In this connection, some recent reports has disclosed that Indian Army Headquarter has issued orders for a general court martial of Lt. General (R) Surendra Kumar Sahni including some other officers for their role in committing irregularities in procuring meat and dry rations for the troops, stationed at Siachen and other high altitude areas.

A recent report of the Controller of Auditor General (CAG) paved way for the action against Lt. General(R) SK Sahni. The report revealed that soldiers were supplied wheat, rice, pulses and edible oil after 28 days of their expiry date. In this respect, food items were bought at cheaper rates by the contractors and then supplied to various army units, while rations worth of Rs. 1.92 crore were untraceable in the Northern Command as of March 2008.

On July 10, 2010, the summary of evidence was completed; giving recommendations to continue disciplinary action against General Sahni and orders for general court martial were issued. In this regard, a Court of Inquiry which was constituted in 2005 had recommended disciplinary action against him in connection with the case. After his retirement from army in 2006, the inquiry was initiated. In order to avoid the legal proceedings, recently, he has claimed to have developed a serious heart problem including a very painful spinal disorder.
Surprisingly, even Indian Chief of Army Staff, Gen. V.K. Singh has also been found involved in corruption. In this context, on August 6, 2009, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG), tabled in Parliament indicted Indian Gen. V.K. Singh (without naming him or his current position) for misusing his financial powers when he was earlier heading the Ambala-based “Kharga” 2 Strike Corps to sanction unauthorised construction of a golf club building at Ambala cantonment.

The CAG report blames the (then) commander of the Headquarters 2 Corps (GOC), who was the sanctioning authority in December 2006. The GOC at the time was none other than General Singh, then a Lieutenant-General heading the 2 Corps.

The Indian army sources acknowledged that General V.K. Singh had been commanding the 2 Corps earlier for some of the time when the work on the building was being carried out, but claimed that “all proper sanctions were taken” and that “there was no misappropriation or misuse of funds”. In this regard, army officials, while trying to save the skin of General V.K. Singh and the image of the Indian Army elaborated, “It is a procedural issue. All proper sanctions were taken. Sanctions have gone through various headquarters. There is no misappropriation or misuse of funds. Works have been physically executed on the ground, checked, and handed over to the unit. Being a procedural matter, it will get resolved. Regarding ‘special repairs’, if something happens to a building, there is a provision that the whole architecture can be changed.”
Army sources severely criticised the CAG’s genuine findings, saying that “the local auditor at Ambala is unable to understand the point” and “in any case, golf is an officially-recognised sport in the armed forces.”
On the other side, CAG report clearly states: “In yet another case of misuse of financial powers, Commander of HQ 2 Corps…got a building constructed for a Golf Club in Ambala Cantonment under the cover of sanctions issued for carrying out special repairs.”

The report explained, “An unauthorised club building, i.e. a double-storey building having a restaurant, kitchen, bar, committee room, museum, library, golf secretary’s office, reception, toilet block etc., were got constructed in Kharga Environmental Park and Training Area (KEPTA), another name for the Golf Club.” It was also revealed that another “building, P-258 was demolished by the contractor and a new building for the golf club came up at the site.”

The CAG report noted that an earlier CAG report in 2008-09 had blamed a former head of the Western Command (and another officer) of allegedly misusing financial powers for the purchase of golf carts.

Nevertheless, Indian newspapers also disclosed the corruption of  General V.K. Singh with referece to the GAG report. For example, on July 12, 2010, The Tribune reported, pointing to “misuse of the special financial powers delegated to Army Commanders, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said that funds meant for operational requirements were used to procure things like golf carts for golf courses maintained by the Indian Army at certain places…these vehicles were required for transporting aged/handicapped patients in the military hospitals. These carts were received by the Research and Referral Hospital, Delhi. Three motorised carts were issued to Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandimandir, and one each was issued to military hospitals at Amritsar and Jammu. The three motorised carts received by Command Hospital, Chandimandir, were allocated to Shivalik Environmental Park and Training Area (SEPTA). CAG says this is another name for the golf course at Chandimandir.”

It is mentionable that in December 2009, a fire had broken out in the Indian occupied Kashmir near Pakistani Balakot sector Poonch. Brigadier General 16 corps, Brigadier Guredeep Singh and local troops commander tried to hush up the matter while declaring; it was an accidental fire that was caused due to dry grass on both sides. In fact, it was the deliberate attempt made by local Indian troops to hide out their illegal cutting and selling out of trees. Sources suggested that Indian Brigadier and other local officers are earning millions of rupees in the name of forest fire. Such type of fire incidents are occurring as routine matter along the Kashmir border to earn handsome amount illegally from the timber mafia of the Indian-Held Kashmir. Reports also suggest that some of the Indian highest-ranking officers like lieutenant generals are part of the timber mafia clandestinely as they are working behind the low-ranking military officials.

In the recent past, Major General AK Lal was also dismissed after having been found guilty of sexually assaulting a junior woman officer. The woman’s parents had lodged a written complaint against the Major General to the then Army Chief General JJ Singh.

In 2007, the defence circle was also being memorized as year of corruption. During the said year, two Lieutenant Generals, S.K. Dahiya and S.K. Sahni including two Major Generals, Anand Swaroop and SP Sinha were charged in separate cases of irregularities. Again in 2007, the CBI sorted out Major General Anand Kapoor for possessing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs. five crore. In another case, Major General Gur Iqbal Singh Multani was found guilty in smuggling of large quantities of defence liquor to his hometown. He was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment, stripped of his rank and dismissed from service by a military court.

Nonetheless, almost every month, we see some odd case of corruption in the Indian armed forces, but involvement of the senior ranked army officers like Major Generals, Lieutenant Generals and full Generals in corruption cases is a matter of concern for the whole Indian Army. It is due to this fact that over the years, the confidence of the soldiers over their military leadership has been dwindling because of their mall-practices, raping women, involvement in sex scandals, becoming party to land mafia groups and involvement in financial embezzlements.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
Corruption of Indian Generals Proved By Sajjad Shaukat

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Cash-for-jobs: NDA ex-commandant Lt Gen Jatinder Singh to be grilled

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New Delhi: The money trail in the cash-for-jobs case at the prestigious defence training institute, the National Defence Academy, has reached former commandant Lieutenant General Jatinder Singh. Lt General Jatinder Singh will be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case.
Sources say that the CBI may seek clarifications from the Lt General who was recently removed as Commandant of NDA, Pune. Sources say the CBI is pursuing leads that money may have changed hands at the level of the Lt General to allegedly to benefit his brother.
On June 24, the CBI arrested two Colonels and five others for taking bribes to ensure jobs as cooks, gardeners and lab attendants. The accused allegedly took bribe for jobs and the CBI claims to have recovered Rs 1.76 crore from different locations in connection with the case.
Acting on a tip-off, CBI officials raided 14 places in Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon and Sonepat, and recovered huge cash, which was allegedly taken by officials and their touts for recruiting subordinate staff like cook, gardener, library and laboratory attendants, cadet orderly and lower division clerks.
Among those arrested were Colonel Kulbir Singh, staff officer to Lt Gen Jatinder Singh, NDA employee Ramesh Gaikwad, Bal Kishen Kanojia - who runs a food stall in Pune, his employee Vishnu Sharma and two alleged touts Manoj Sheetal Kar and Dattatre Sheetal Kar.
Col Singh, who belongs to the Guards regiment, was arrested from the Colaba military station.
The accused persons had allegedly taken signatures of those candidates, who had agreed to pay the bribe, on blank sheets and later filled them with correct answers through fraudulent means.

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Navy plans dedicated cadre of cyber sea warriors

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NEW DELHI: After robust sea, air and underwater combat arms, the Navy now wants a dedicated force for the virtual front as well. The force has begun the process to recruit information technology (IT) engineers and graduates as short-service commissioned officers.

The Navy's drive to induct IT officers, as part of its main executive branch, comes in the backdrop of cyber warfare emerging as a potentially crippling form of waging covert wars as well as Chinese and Pakistani online espionage agents continuing with their incessant attempts to hack into Indian computer networks.

"All combat operations are now becoming network-driven. The aim is to create a specialist cadre of creators, custodians and administrators of our various networks on warships as well as ashore installations," said a senior officer.

Towards this end, applications have been invited from B Tech and M Tech (computer sciences), BSc and MSc (IT/computer science), and BCA and MCA graduates for a course beginning in the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala in Kerala from December.

As earlier reported by TOI, the Navy has embarked on the path to ensure all its new officers have B Tech degrees because of the unprecedented expansion in warship technology. With a dedicated surveillance and communications satellite in the pipeline, the force will soon network all its warships, submarines and aircraft with operational centres ashore through high-speed data-links.

The Navy has also been facing mounting cyber-attacks in recent years. With cyber-warfare being a top military priority for China, its online espionage agents have been found to be frequently hacking into sensitive Indian computer networks to access classified operational data.

Five to six naval officers are facing a board of inquiry (BoI) after Chinese hackers were recently detected to have broken into sensitive naval computers, in and around Eastern Navy Command HQs at Visakhapatnam, with the help of "worm-infected" pen-drives.

Another BoI in the Mumbai-based Western Navy Command has recommended stringent action, including dismissal of service, against at least two commanders for posting confidential information and data, including location of warships and their patrolling patterns, on social networking sites like Facebook.
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CBI finds ‘money trail’ in NDA scam, seeks to grill Lt Gen

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NDA scam
The CBI has formally sought the Defence Ministry’s permission to question Lt Gen Jatinder Singh in the racket in recruitment of junior employees at the National Defence Academy (NDA), after allegedly establishing a “money trail” connecting him and his brother to the scam.

Lt Gen Singh, who was removed as NDA commandant last week for a “free and fair investigation”, is currently attached to Army Headquarters. The CBI is learnt to have shared details of its investigation into his alleged role with the ministry.

It is the first time that the head of the prestigious academy has come under such a cloud. Bribes of Rs 3-5 lakh were allegedly paid for jobs as C-grade employees at the NDA. The CBI is also looking at the role of other top officials.

The accused who are currently in CBI custody have reportedly confessed their involvement and also alleged that the top management at the Pune-based institution was involved.

The CBI reportedly has information of a meeting between Col Kulbir Singh, who is among those arrested, and the brother of Lt Gen Singh on June 23 at Oberoi hotel in Mumbai. The agency has reportedly established that over Rs 4 lakh was handed over by Col Singh.

Col Singh was the staff officer to Lt Gen Singh at the academy and is the prime accused. Lt Gen Singh’s brother is learnt to work for a leading Indian business house.

“Our analysis is based on the call detail examination of the accused person and their meeting with the suspect,” said a top CBI official.

The agency is also investigating a meeting in Mumbai between Col Singh and the vice-chancellor of a leading university.

Apart from Col Kulbir Singh, the CBI has arrested Col A K Singh, who headed the NDA recruitment board. Raids across the country have yielded Rs 1.71 crore.
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Arrested Pak soldier talks of frustration, poor facilities across border

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Arrested Pak soldier talks of frustration, poor facilities across border
Poonch: A Pakistani soldier was arrested by the Indian army in Kerni sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir today.

Arif Ali, who belongs to the Frontier Force of the Pakistani army, was arrested around 6 this morning. No weapons were found in his possession.

During questioning by army officials, Ali has reportedly said that he was hoping for asylum in India. According to sources, he has also told his interrogators that lack of basic amenities - like electricity and proper supply of ration - has led to frustration among his colleagues deployed at the Line of Control or LoC. He has also complained about his seniors not granting them leaves.

Sources in the army said he would soon be sent back to Pakistan.

The Frontier Force Regiment of the Pakistan Army guards the LoC opposite the Poonch sector.

In October 2011, Pakistan had allowed an Indian helicopter that had strayed across from Kargil to return to India within four hours.
Arrested Pak soldier talks of frustration, poor facilities across border

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NDA Recruitment Scam:Typing tests also held in Colonel’s office

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PUNE: Col Anil Kumar Singh, presiding officer of exams, allegedly conducted typing tests of some candidates for appointment of civil employees in his office instead of the computer lab in the National Defence Academy (NDA), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted in its report to a special court on Tuesday.

The court has remanded Col Singh to CBI custody till July 7. He was arrested on Monday after his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the court. The CBI told the court that Col Singh was admitted to the state-run YCM Hospital in Pimpri after he complained of high blood pressure on Monday night. So he was interrogated only for two hours on Tuesday morning.

He was produced in the court of special judge (CBI) D R Mahajan in the afternoon for seeking a 14-day custody. "We want to interrogate him to find out why three or four candidates were given the typing test in his office and not in the computer lab. Also, who sent the candidates to him," Deputy Superintendent of Police (CBI) Rajpal Singh told the court.

"We want to recover the list of candidates, which was deleted from the official computer and was taken by Col Singh in his pen drive," he added. His interrogation is required for checking the over-writing in the answersheets of the candidates. Also, the amount of Rs 52 lakh in bribe amount, allegedly given to him by another accused Col Kulbir Singh, is yet to be recovered, Singh said.

CBI special public prosecutor Vivek Saxena told the court, "After taking permission from the Union Home Ministry, we taped their conversation between June 7 and June 18. They used code language during the conversations. We would like to confront Col A K Singh with the recorded conversation and get more details about the job-for-cash scam."

The CBI told the court that it has appealed to the NDA authorities to station a military doctor at the CBI office so that he could conduct a check-up on Col A K Singh for any health-related problems.

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Defence sources told "Sakal Times"that"officially the NDA does not have any satellite phone." The CBI claimed to have recorded about 500 conversations of Col A K Singh and other accused, who used to talk on satellite phones about the collection of bribe money from the aspiring candidates.
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Corruption in military

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Corruption in military
The malady requires an effective remedy
by Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (retd)

A TV channel recently showed a sting operation in which a junior commissioned officer is caught on camera handling wads of currency notes allegedly obtained from prospective candidates for various jobs in the military with a colonel-rank officer operating in the background. A maj-general is caught red-handed taking money from a contractor. These two are the more recent incidents of corruption in the Army. One is from down South, near Pune (National Defence Academy), and the other from up North in J and K. Earlier we had the case of Sukna land scam in the East where a few Lt-Generals were involved and were duly court-martialled. The DG, Supply Corps, a Lt-General rank officer, is court-martialled on charges of corruption.

A few from very high echelons of the Army are involved in the Adarsh housing society scam. The Supreme Commander of the armed forces, forsaking the very propriety of the act, reportedly made a desperate attempt to grab the military’s land in Pune. A more recent development is that of the nudging by the Supreme Court to hold court-martial of a number of officers involved in fake encounters at Pathribal in J and K, though the military should have done so on its own. Colonel Purohit is alleged to have been associated with a terrorist group. If all this is not enough, a second incidence of gross indiscipline in a unit at Nyoma in Ladakh leads one to infer that it is not only probity and integrity that are under assault but discipline also is on the wane. Corruption, malfeasance, fake encounters, ill-discipline, etc, from one end of the country to the other and right across the rank structure, give the impression that all is not well with our military.

During the last few decades the composition of manpower intake, both of officer class and the rank and file, has undergone a sea change. The military is simply not able to get suitable material, not only in the officer cadre, but in recruitment of soldiers too. With the opening of the economy and expansion in civil services, a number of lucrative options are on offer for the youth. Those likely to join the military as soldiers find the state and central police forces as a better option. Faced with these constraints, has the military lowered its intake standards?

In the early 1980s, army headquarters ordered a study to review the system of recruitment and selection for entry into the officer cadre. I headed the committee constituted to examine and review the officer selection system. Though the selection process had stood the test of time, military career as such had become least attractive and, as a result of that, a fewer number of suitable candidates had been opting to join the officer cadre. Consequent to this development, there was discernible tinkering with the selection process. Since then there has possibly been further lowering of intake standards!

The officer selection process is based on a triad system of evaluation. In this system three different techniques are applied over a period of four to five days to assess a candidate’s ability. When these three techniques are applied correctly, they are expected to produce the same result, thus reinforcing the selection process three times over.  It also eliminates the possibility of fudging the result by an operator of any of the three techniques without being found out. When applied correctly, it is the most comprehensive and authentic selection process devised so far anywhere, in any army. Of late, the DRDO has managed to bring in some changes in the selection process, perhaps for the worse. During the eighties the DRDO, working on the recruitment intake standards, had projected that weight carrying capacity had no bearing on the height of a person and other physical attributes and, as such, the requirement of a minimum height for recruitment be done away with. One was constrained to observe that the Army wanted to recruit soldiers and not coolies.

It may be argued that the military is a mere reflection of society — where corruption is rampant, right across the national spectrum, and is accepted and even respected. When cheating and lack of discipline are all-pervasive, the military could not remain unaffected. After all, the Army draws its manpower from the same stock. Even so in this climate of loot and plunder, malfeasance and state of lawlessness, the military has strived hard to maintain its core value system by creating a sort of rampart of “do’s and don’ts” to isolate it from outside influence.

Of late, this rampart has been under attack, both from outside and within and breaches have appeared, but the military has made brave attempts at repairing this wall of core values.  Cases of corruption, misconduct, false encounters and cheating have often manifested from within, cutting right across the rank structure. But the military has been quick to deal firmly with all such aberrations.  Though a more recent development, venality threatens to engulf the very top echelons of the Army.

 Some may contend that the level of corruption in the military is not even a minuscule of what prevails in the government machinery and civil society, and, therefore, there is no need to worry about it. Military service is quite apart from all other callings and it demands the highest standards in probity, integrity and personal conduct from its officers. Any shortfall in these will render the force ineffective, and national security will stand imperilled.

Even with the lowering of intake standards, the Army continues to remain short of over 12000 officers, thus reinforcing the fact that over time military career has been turned into the least attractive option. The officer cadre has seen an influx of not so suitable leadership material and, as such, the profile of the officer cadre has been undergoing a change for the worse. Though the military does strive to develop leadership skills in its young officers and instil in them an appropriate value system, in many cases it does not succeed.

However, individual aspirations, careerism, personal gain and dilution of leadership traits do sometimes get the better of some individuals, but where failings in character qualities surface, or discipline is lacking, action to correct the fault-lines is both stern and swift. It is essential to detect fault-lines in character at early stages of an officer’s career and apply correctives, which could even be weeding out.

The senior leadership in the military no more insists on setting good and enviable standards of conduct for juniors to follow. A few, at the very top, have faltered and fallen prey to greed.  As the higher rank officers climbed into what is called “five star culture”, quite distinct from what fits in the military’s way of life, lower down the ladder some junior rank officers slid down to levels unacceptable for the officer class.

Finally, the officer cadre is the very soul of an army and mainspring of the whole mechanism. Any fall in its standards will surely lead to failures during a war.
Corruption in military

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When you can buy ice cream for Rs 20, why complain about price rise? Chidambaram asks urban middle class

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BANGALORE: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday chided the urban middle class for bemoaning soaring prices of fuel and essential commodities.

"There's steady rise in the minimum support price of paddy, wheat and sugarcane , reflected in the prices of commodities . When the urban middle class can buy a bottle of mineral water for Rs 15 and icecream for Rs 20, why do they make so much noise about price rise?" said Chidambaram .

Trying to justify increase in prices, Chidambaram said, "The rise has directly benefited farmers. We raised fuel prices because the global crude prices had gone up. We also gave relief by bringing down the petrol price twice. There needn't be any complaint for price rise when things are on the side of poor farmers."

The home minister was again briefing the media about the UPA's achievements. He said some strategies would strengthen the economy. "The main thrust should be on checking wasteful expenditure, increasing savings and investment in financial instruments rather than gold and higher production of output in fuel, iron ore and coal," he said. There's a need to increase overseas investment in Indian corporations , he added.
Chidambaram hoped the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) envisaged by the Centre would get support from non-Congress CMs.

Many state governments have opposed the NCTC because they feel it would infringe on the powers of state governments as a person may be arrested by any officer of this new agency. "The Naresh Chandra Committee report on national security has stressed the need for an agency to tackle militancy and terrorist activities across the country. We'll try to convince state governments on this and bring about a consensus. I hope over time everyone will accept it," he said.

Union home minister P Chidambaram

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Court of Inquiry against Army officer allegedly 'honey-trapped' by Bangladeshi woman on Facebook

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New Delhi: A Lieutenant Colonel is facing charges of establishing unauthorised contacts on Facebook with a Bangladeshi woman, suspected to be an ISI agent, who had earlier honey-trapped an Indian officer in Dhaka last year.

The Armoured Corps officer deployed in Suratgarh district of Rajasthan is facing a Court of Inquiry (CoI) for allegedly establishing contacts with the Bangladeshi woman on Facebook, Army sources said today.

They said the CoI was ordered after the Intelligence Bureau personnel noticed that the officer was regularly in touch with the Bangladeshi woman on Facebook and chatting with her
Army sources said the officer had not established any physical contact with the woman and it was limited only in the cyber domain.

However, reports suggested the officer was honey-trapped and arrested in an operation along with the Bangladeshi woman, suspected to be working for a foreign spy agency, from a city hotel in May on a tip-off from the external intelligence agencies.

The same woman by the name of Sheeba was allegedly involved in honey-trapping of another Lt Col during his posting in Bangladesh and then blackmailed by ISI which reportedly asked him to spy for Pakistan.

The Infantry officer was doing his Staff College course in Bangladesh's Military Academy in Dhaka.

The officer was reportedly honey-trapped by the woman whom he had met at a party in Dhaka and was then later approached by agents of Pakistan's intelligence agency.

Armed with alleged tapes of the officer and the woman together, the officer was asked by ISI agents to spy for Pakistan.
Court of Inquiry against Army officer allegedly 'honey-trapped' by Bangladeshi woman on Facebook

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Gen Bikram Singh is honorary General of Nepal Army

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Gen Bikram Singh with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav. — PTIClick here
Kathmandu, July 11
Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh was today conferred with the Honorary General of the Nepali Army by President Ram Baran Yadav.

Singh was also presented with a sword, a certificate and the insignia of the Nepal Army during a function at Rastrapati Bhawan in the capital.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattrai and Chief of Army Staff of Nepal Army Chhatra Man Singh Gurung were present on the occasion.

Nepali and Indian armies have a tradition of conferring the rank of honorary general to each other’s chiefs. — PTI

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SUN TV ~ Live Tv At Online

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SUN TV ~ Live Tv At Online

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EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FROM JULY 2012

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Expected DA from July 2012
Perhaps it is very early to calculate the status of  additional Dearness allowance from July, 2012 for Central Government employees and Pensioners, before releasing the AICPIN for the balance of two months i.e.May and June. Enquiries are being poured as comments and received emails to our inbox about the expected DA from July, 2012. We can assume that the AICPIN will certainly go up, because of the essential commodities prices are going high with non stop. Anyway we can assume the additional Dearness allowance from July 2012 will be minimum 7%. The existing Dearness allowance is 65%, it will become as 65% + 7% = 72%.

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No service tax to be levied on NRI remittances: FinMin

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No service tax to be levied on NRI remittances: FinMin
Sanjeev Sharma/TNS

New Delhi, July 10
The Finance Ministry today clarified that no service tax would be levied on NRI remittances from overseas.

The clarification by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), which functions under the Finance Ministry, follows concerns over reports that there was a move to levy 12 per cent tax on money sent back home by Indians abroad under the changed service tax regime from July 1.

The CBEC said in a circular “that the matter has been examined and it is clarified that there is no service tax per se on the amount of foreign currency remitted to India from overseas”. In the negative list regime, “service” excludes transaction in money. As the amount of remittance comprises money, the activity does not comprise a “service” and is not subjected to service tax, the circular clarifies.

It further added that “in case any fee or conversion charges are levied for sending such money, they are also not liable to service tax as the person sending the money and the company conducting the remittance are located outside India. Such services are deemed to be provided outside India and thus not liable to service tax”.

It has been further clarified that even the Indian counterpart bank or financial institution which charges the foreign bank for the services provided at the receiving end, is not liable to service tax as the place of provision of such service is outside India.

The clarification will alleviate concerns of NRIs as India is one of the top recipient of remittances ($64 billion in 2011), according to the World Bank data. Given the dire need for dollar at a time when current account deficit is high and Rupee is under pressure, any move to levy service tax on NRI remittances would have been disastrous.

CMs of Punjab and Kerala, which are among the states receiving the largest remittances from NRIs, had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

M Rafeeque Ahmed, president, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), said that towards addressing the trade deficit, remittances were the single largest source of unconditional flow of foreign exchange into India, according to estimates by the World Bank. Given the slowdown and declining levels of foreign exchange, service tax could only act as a deterrent to precious incoming foreign exchange, he added.

He said the waiver of service tax on the same would ensure that this stable source of foreign exchange would continue to maintain the delicate balance of payments position of India at this moment of global crisisClick here

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Amarnath pilgrims at Khalsi base camp before commencing their journey
through a glacier to the Amarnath cave shrine.
Photo: K.R. Deepak
 

Monsoon clouds hover over Kolkata's skyline as dusk
descends on the city.
Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
Pilgrims at the Khalsi base camp o their way to the Amarnath cave shrine.
Photo: K.R. Deepak

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Not so Adarsh

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Even if the Adarsh society case does not end in convictions, enough ignominy has been heaped on former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who was charge sheeted in the scam along with 12 others. Mr. Chavan has been accused of criminal conspiracy and abusing his official position when he was Revenue Minister over a decade ago to include civilians in the society and grant other favours. In turn, his mother-in law and other relatives got flats. There is a feeling in some sections that Mr. Chavan has been unfairly targeted and two other former Chief Ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde, were also responsible. The CBI investigation is still open in the case of these two. While Mumbai is full of such frauds involving valuable land, what sets Adarsh apart is the nexus that was unravelled between politicians, bureaucrats and promoters — most of whom managed to cadge flats for their family members in a building which was blatantly illegal. The CBI is yet to officially reveal the details of the benami flats but there is evidence that this could involve more politicians or people close to them.

In comparison with Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, whose career graph shoots up every time the courts pass strictures against him, Mr. Chavan seems to lack a guardian angel. His cup of woes is full as he is also at the centre of a paid news controversy and his election has been contested on those grounds. If the CBI can prove the charges it has framed in the Adarsh case, it will definitely set a precedent. It is essential that the politicians and officers responsible for violating the laws of the land, abusing their office, and flouting the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification are given exemplary punishment. Real estate and housing equals power in Mumbai and few get caught for the numerous illegal transactions that take place. There is no need to be dismissive about the relatively small size of the scam in rupee terms when compared to other, more massive frauds. What is untenable too is the constant carping that Mr. Chavan is less culpable than the others and that he only grabbed “a few flats.” Instead of blaming the media for targeting bureaucrats and politicians, the State government should launch a comprehensive investigation into fraudulent housing societies, not to speak of the sharp practices that go on throughout Mumbai in the name of slum redevelopment.
 Not so Adarsh

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DNS Changer: Indian ISPs say all's fine

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Indian companies have taken precautions to keep the malware at bay. However, given the time zone difference between India and the US, the actual effect of the malware will be known in the next 24 to 48 hours
Pankaj Maru
Monday, July 09, 2012

MUMBAI, INDIA: As the devastating malware DNS Changer becomes active today to disrupt Internet services and computing devices globally, Indian Internet service providers (ISPs) are geared up to protect IT infrastructure, networks, devices and safeguard customers.

For instance, Mumbai-based Tikona Digital Networks (TDN) has been closely observing the malware for the past six months since it was first reported by FBI last November.

According to Tarun Kumar, Tikona's CTO, from January onwards the company's technical team has been thoroughly scanning and monitoring all internal IT infrastructure, networks as well as devices supplied to customers such as modems, routers and Wi-Fi routers.

“So far we haven't found or detected any infection from the malware on our devices and networks. In case, if there's any infected device, our system will automatically stop Internet service to that device and henceforth it will restrict malware spared to other computing devices,” Kumar says.

“Besides, we have given free anti-virus to all our subscribers to effectively encounter the malware attack but so far there are no complaints or reports from users on the impact of DNS Changer. And our technical teams are closely monitoring our networks and equipment round the clock,” Kumar adds.

While Chennai-based Mural Venkatesan, Sify's product specialist – Security, points out that most enterprises and service providers in India follow a very stringent enterprise security procedures.

“We are following all security procedures and deployed security solutions such as anti-malware, anti-spam and others protection tools. Besides, we are monitoring 24x7 our networks for malware infections and DDoS but there are no reports for DNS Changer infecting our customers,” Venkatesan says.

Interestingly, Venkatesan stresses that besides the IT, ITeS and BPO industry, which are well-equipped with IT security solutions and procedures, even the end-users of computers and Internet today have the basic knowledge and understanding of virus and malware in India.

 “Depending on basic knowledge and understanding, to an extent users are using security products such free anti-virus to protect against malware attacks,” Venkatesan adds.

Similarly, Mumbai-based Broadband Pacenet India Pvt Ltd, a part of DigiCable, has also strengthened its Internet security against the DNS Changer malware. Mukundan Raghavan, Broadband Pacenet's general manager – Technical, said that the main DNS security threats include Foot-printing, Redirection, Data Modification and Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS).

“To curb such threats we have incorporated DNS security into our DNS namespace design, reviewed the default DNS Server service security settings and applied Active Directory security features on the DNS Server service which is running on a domain controller,” says Raghavan.

“We also reviewed the default DNS zone security settings, applied secure dynamic updates and Active Directory security features, along with the DNS resource records,” explains Raghavan.

Further, Raghavan adds that their technical team is constantly monitoring the networks and Internet gateways and the company has sent SMSes to customers asking to use anti-virus or security products.

Given the well-preparedness, most ISPs believe the impact of DNS Changer malware will be less in India compared to the US and other developed countries.

 “We don't see immediate impact of the malware directing the users to rouge DNS and are not pressing the panic button as we haven't seen or heard such complaints from users. But will have to wait for next 2 or 3 days to see if there was any impact,” says Venkatesan.

Even Kumar, confidently says, “We don't see any impact today or tomorrow or in coming days as we are monitoring the situation regularly.”

However, Prashant Mali, advocate and cyber security expert observers, “Corporates which have web centric business would be the most to be impacted along with portals related to information, government and e-commerce websites would be affected and can cause problems to Indian IT users.”

Given the time zone difference between India and the US, the actual aftermath of DNS Changer malware will be known known in coming days and the next 24 to 48 hours are going to be very crucial for the ISPs and the Internet ecosystem, including its vast population of Internet users world over.


CyberMedia News

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Why Lt Col Purohit's case may have the Army searching for cover

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Mumbai: After a court of inquiry conducted in Mumbai, the Army has to decide whether there are enough grounds to dismiss Lt Col Prasad Purohit, who is in Taloja Jail, near Navi Mumbai. For the Army, the case is full of grey areas. Lt Col Purohit has been charged by Maharashtra's Anti-Terror Squad of belonging to extreme right-wing extremist group Abhinav Bharat, which allegedly planted a bomb in the state's Malegaon town in September 2008, killing six people. 

Lt Col Purohit has always claimed that he had kept his bosses in the loop on every intelligence operation that he undertook including infiltrating into the fledgling Abhinav Bharat.

Lt Col Purohit says he infiltrated the group because that was his job as a Military Intelligence officer.
The Army says that's not correct. But there are documents that show that Lt Col  Purohit had earlier shared close ties with the Students Islamic Movement of India or SIMI, banned in 2001 as a terrorist organisation. An Annual Confidential Report (ACR)in NDTV's possession has a senior officer praising Lt Col  Purohit. "The officer has infiltrated the SIMI and other underground outfits in the region through his capabilities and go-getter attitude.

Dependable, Lt Col Purohit is a good team player." A year later,  a similar report said,  "...with the basic knowledge of Arabic language and Islamic culture, he provided valuable int (intelligence) on Tabliq-e-Jamat and MFO (Muslim Fundamentalist Organisations) which was well appreciated by the environment...."

The Army has, however, refused to respond to NDTV's queries on these reports, raising this question:  Does the Army go beyond its mandate in keeping under-cover tabs on organisations even in non-combat areas?

Lt. Gen RK Sawhney (retd), a former DG of Military Intelligence puts it in perspective: "Basically only in insurgency areas, Army goes ahead and does this job. There are not very clear cut rules .. there are grey areas when deployed in peace areas but if a piece of intelligence is available there are ways to share it and coordinate with other agencies."

The Army will have to explain that while Lt Col Purohit's infiltration of organisations like SIMI was officially recognised, how did his activities in fraternising with right-wing groups go unnoticed?

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OROP as viewed by Gp Capt Gandhi

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Dear veterans

Some veterans have expressed the view that time has come to take a look at veterans agitation for OROP. Veterans have expressed their concern that the holding rallies, medal returns to the President and sending memorandums to the Govt has had very little effect on the Govt.

While it is true that OROP has yet not been sanctioned by the Govt for the veterans, but agitations spearheaded by the IESM has given dividends in the form of increased pension for our JCOs and ORs. Full parity in pension for all is yet to be achieved. Once OROP is given to veterans all veterans would draw equal pension for same rank and same length of service.

I would like to confirm that agitation spearheaded by IESM has paid dividends as enumerated below OROP has been brought in center stage of the nation. Definition of OROP is now known to all. Govt which was wrongly quoting grant of OROP has now realized that it can not fool veterans by making incorrect statements on the floor of parliament.

Many state Govt have unanimously passed resolution supporting OROP for the veterans. Govt is on back foot and has sent requests to IESM not to return any more medals. Parliamentary committee on defense headed by Sh Satpal ji Maharaj and members of all parties have unanimously recommended OROP for veterans.

Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar and other MsP have been raising grant of OROP in both the houses of Parliament.

Many parties have openly supported grant of OROP at various forums. Rajya Sabha had ordered a committee headed by Sh Bhagat Singh Kothiari. The committee had members from all parties. This committee had heard all the section of society and the Govt view also and had recommended OROP for the veterans. The committee went a step further and negated all the reasons given by Govt. ATR by the Govt on the recommendation of this committee is still pending. IESM is making all out efforts to get this report at the earliest.

Presidents of opposition parties have written to PM for grant of OROP for veterans. However despite above efforts Govt is still not inclined to grant OROP for the veterans and is taking refuge under the pretext that they would like to grant OROP in steps. This is not acceptable to veterans and IESM. IESM is inclined to do brain storming at this stage and is looking for better ideas and dynamic veterans to join in protests and agitations and even to lead them.

Request For Out of the box Solution and volunteers to Lead There is no doubt that veterans need to step up the agitation to ensure that the Government listens and accedes to our demands. IESM believes that its views are not the last word in planning an agitation, secondly its plan is not final word and thirdly modus operandi of agitation can definitely be improved to make it more effective. This is the reason IESM has always been requesting veteran community to give practical suggestions and also take a step forward to lead the agitations in a more effective manner. IESM would be more than keen to follow the group of veterans who would like to lead the agitation with their suggested out of the box solution, and hope that the suggested solution would be more effective and would help shake the Government to accede to veterans' demands. IESM is suggesting this as it believes in brain storming and that every suggestion needs to be considered on its merits and its pros and cons discussed in detail. IESM has only one request that please do not give only solutions but take a step forward to Join/lead veterans in making the agitation more effective. TOGETHER WE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS BUT INDIVIDUALLY WE ARE ZERO, ALL VETERANS ARE REQUESTED TO JOIN IN THIS STRUGGLE AND MAKE THE STRUGGLE MORE EFFECTIVE SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT ACCEDES TO OUR JUST AND RIGHTFUL DEMANDS.

PLEASE NOTE; IESM WOULD NOT BACK ANY SOLUTION WHICH PROPAGATES ANY INCONVENIENCE TO CITIZEN AND DAMAGE TO GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. IESM WOULD FIGHT FOR RIGHT OF VETERANS WITHIN THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF INDIA WOULD SUPPORT ONLY NON VIOLENT AGITATION.

Power of Unity

It is time to put more pressure on the politicians so that they accede to veterans' just demand of OROP and treat the veterans with more respect. All veterans should understand the power of unity and the effect it would have on political scene if we use it more effectively. Time has now come to forget our local leanings and local issues and to take a vow that VETERANS WOULD UNITEDLY WOULD NOT VOTE FOR THE PARTY WHICH REFUSES TO GIVE US OROP AND WHICH DOES NOT CARE FOR ITS SOLDIERS AND VETERANS. SOLDIERS PROUDLY SACRIFICE THEIR LIFE FOR THE COUNTRY SO THAT CITIZEN LEAD A LIFE OF PROSPERITY. HOW CAN WE PERMIT POLITICIANS TO LIVE A POMPOUS LIFE WHEN THEY DO NOT CARE FOR A SOLDIER/VETERAN? IT IS A WAKE UP CALL FOR ALL VETERANS TO JOIN TOGETHER AND MAKE IT A COMBINED FIGHT TO GET OUR DEMANDS.

Power of Vote

There are 23 lacs veterans 11 lac serving soldiers (total no is 34 lacs ) spread over the country. Some parts of the country have dense population of veterans and soldiers while other parts of country have very less density of veterans. Every veterans has power to influence at-least 10 votes that of his close family and friends. This means together we can influence 34*10 = 340 lacs or 3.4 crore votes. And with the proper study of distribution of the veterans and soldiers density, together veterans can influence the result of close to 40 to 45 parliamentary constituencies. It is surprising that veterans are begging the Government to give us OROP with so much of power in hand. WAKE UP SOLDIER AND USE YOUR VOTE DECISIVELY ALL OUR DEMAND WOULD BE MET BY THE POLITICAL PARTIES. LEARN ABOUT YOUR VOTE POWER AND USE IT MORE EFFECTIVELY. IT IS YOU AND YOUR VOTE WHICH WILL DECIDE THE COMPOSITION OF THE NEXT GOVERNMENT . EVERY VETERANS HAS POWER TO DECIDE HIS OWN FUTURE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT VETERANS VOTE TOGETHER IN A BLOCK.

VETERANS HAVE ONE YEAR TO GET TOGETHER AND CONSOLIDATE THEIR VOTE POWER BEFORE NEXT ELECTION. LET US ALL GET TOGETHER AND CHOOSE A GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL TREAT VETERANS WITH HONOUR AND IZZAT. IT IS OUR RIGHT AND WE ARE DETERMINED TO GET IT.

Veterans' conclave

Veterans are requested to give their views on the plan to vote as a block. Based on views of environment and the other associations of the veterans across the country,IESM intends to plan a conclave of veterans sometime in near future to harness voting power of veterans and how to use it effectively to increase veterans' influence in formation of Govt favorably placed to veterans.

WAKE UP VETERANS, UNITED WE WILL WIN. साथी हाथ बढ़ाना साथी रे एक अकेला थक जाएगा मिल कर हाथ बढ़ाना साथी रे साथी हाथ बढ़ाना साथी रे

Regards

Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM Gen Sec IESM L - 48, Sector - 25, NOIDA. 201301 Tele no 01204313951 Mobile 09810541222 Pls see IESM latest NEWS on http://www.iesm.org IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WITHOUT A SMILE GIVE HIM ONE OF YOURS.
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New Timings for Booking Tatkal Tickets from 10th July 2012

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Railway Administration Making Local Arrangements to Implement New Tatkal Booking Timings

The Ministry of Railways has further streamlined the delivery of tickets under Tatkal Scheme and the new amendment in the scheme will come into effect from tomorrow i.e. 10th July 2012 (Tuesday). Under the new amendment the booking of Tatkal tickets will start at 10.00 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station instead of 0800 hours at present. For example, if a train is to depart from the originating station on the 2nd of the month, the Tatkal quota booking both through Internet (IRCTC Website) and reservation counters for that particular train shall open at 1000 hours on the 1st of the month. In addition, it has also been decided that no authorised agents, including agents of IRCTC and RTSAs/RTAs will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 1000 hours to 1200 hours from counters as well as from Internet.

At the Zonal Railway and the Divisional Railway level, the local Railway administration is also making arrangements at the reservation counters for orderly implementation of the amendment in the scheme like segregation of Tatkal buyers through separate queues, separate counters etc. as per the local requirement and feasibility. The travelling public is being informed about the new arrangements through Press Releases, Press Advertisements, Announcements and Notice Boards. Moreover, installation of CCTVs in all major booking centres to monitor any unusual activities, inspection of the reservation centres by the senior officers, display of helpline numbers for complaints, raids by the vigilance squads are some of the measures being taken to prevent misuse of Tatkal facility. The requirement of indicating Mobile number of the passenger in the application form is also being insisted to cross verify the genuineness of the passenger.

These new measures are in addition to the previously taken measures to revamp Tatkal system from November 2011. In November 2011, the following measures were introduced to reduce/minimize the possibility of booking of tickets by touts/miscreants and which are still continuing:

1. Advance Reservation Period of Tatkal scheme was reduced from two days excluding the day of journey to one day excluding the day of journey.
2. Refunds are not granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets except in case of special circumstances like late running of train by more than three hours, cancellation of trains etc.
3. Duplicate Tatkal tickets are not issued under normal circumstances. In exceptional cases Duplicate Tatkal tickets can be issued on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.
4. Tatkal tickets are issued only on production of self attested photocopy of one of the 9 prescribed proofs of Identity mentioned in the scheme, at the computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter. While booking e-ticket, the passenger has to indicate the number of identity card in the system. The passenger is required to carry the same proof of Identity during the journey.
5. A restriction of booking of a maximum of four passengers per PNR on Tatkal ticket has been imposed.

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Ministry of Railways which manages Railways e-ticketing website namely www.irctc.co.in has also implemented following additional steps to streamline Tatkal ticket bookings:

1. High capacity Database servers have been installed.
2. Internet Bandwidth has been increased from 344 mbps to 450 mbps
3. Single user registration on one e-mail ID with email verification has been implemented.
4. Mobile validation of users and single user registration on one mobile number has been implemented.
5. Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day on internet after 12.00 A.M.
6. Individual users are permitted to book only two tickets between 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 A.M.
7. Only two tickets can be booked per IP address between 10-12 AM. IP address check has helped in preventing multiple bookings from same office complex/internet café etc. This also helps in facilitating bookings by genuine users and prevents bookings for commercial gains.
8. Single session per user ID check has been implemented. With this step, a user on irctc.co.in will be able to open his account for booking of e-tickets only once. Multiple sessions with single user ID cannot be opened thereby enabling maximum users to access website and reduce congestion.
9. Captcha has been put and strengthened for booking in the ‘Plan My Travel’ to check fraudulent booking through automation software.
(CAPTCHAs is a technology used in attempts to prevent automated software from performing actions which degrade the quality of service of a given system)
10. Quick Book Option and Cash Cards option has been stopped between 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 A.M.
11. An IT-Anti Fraud Squad has been created at Internet Ticketing Centre to detect cases of fraud and fraudulent activity and also for constant cyberspace surveillance to detect possible threats to the system.
12. Upon receipt of complaint against the sub-agent, the user –id is deactivated and the sub-agent is black-listed. The details of the black-listed agent are put on the IRCTC website. All the Principal Agents have been instructed not to take on such black-listed agents.
13. For any complaint, against the e-ticket agents, one may contact agentcomplaint@irctc.co.in (011-23745962) or care@irctc.co.in (011-39340000)
14. The Ministry of Railways has also initiated steps to augment e-ticket handling capacity of its website through short term and long term measures. Both IRCTC and CRIS are working jointly in this direction. Due to these steps, the present e-ticket capacity will increase from existing about 3.5 lakh bookings to around 5 lakh bookings per day in about four months period in the short term which will further be increased to about 8 lakh bookings per day in the long term plan.

AKS/HK/LK/TR
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Who will spring to Army’s defense this time?

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Colonel Kulbir Singh, who was arrested by the CBI in this job scam, was the Commandant’s staff officer. CBI raids at the officers and tours yielded Rs 1.85 crore.  The Government was also forced to remove NDA Commandant Lt General Jatinder Singh last week to ensure free and fair probe by the CBI in the scandal.
The alleged involvement of officers of the rank of Major Generals and Brigadiers in corruption in recent cases of ration supply to troops in Kashmir and canteen stores in Mumbai has alarmed the higher echelons of the Defence Ministry and military bureaucracy.
Army Chief General Bikram Singh last weekend assured that “nothing will be brushed under the carpet” with regard to corruption cases but insisted that the Army will scrupulously follow the rulebook to take action against officers found guilty.
While the Adarsh Society scandal hogged limelight, this  year started with the sensational claim by the then army chief VK Singh about the bribe offer made to him in his office by former Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Lt General Tejinder Singh regarding the Tatra trucks. Tejinder has filed a defamation case against VK Singh for levelling allegations that he offered bribe to the Army Chief.
Defence Minister AK Antony was grilled in Parliament about the issue as VK Singh had informed him about the bribe offer and the Minister did not take action. Antony informed Parliament that VK Singh did not pursue the matter and did not give anything in writing and therefore, Antony was not able to proceed. The CBI is now investigating the case.
While this issue had barely died down, VK Singh issued a showcause notice to 3 Corps Commander Lt General Dalbir Suhag about a case in Assam where troops under Suhag’s command allegedly looted a military contractor.
Suhag, who is likely to become Army Chief after Bikram retires, was also issued a discipline and vigilance (DV) ban in late May when he was about to take over as the new Eastern Command chief.
This case also pertained to the so-called laxity by senior officers like Suhag and two Colonel rank officers in ensuring discipline and preventing troops from harassing civilians and extorting money while operating in sensitive areas like Assam. However, the DV ban against Suhag was removed after Bikram took over as the Army Chief on June 1. Suhag is now heading the Eastern Command.
While Bikram was taking stock of state of affairs in the Army, a Major General of the Northern Command came under the scanner in late June for allegedly accepting a bribe from a contractor.
In charge of all Army supplies including rations to troops fighting militants and guarding the Line of Control (LOC) besides manning Siachen Glacier, Major General VK Sharma, Army Supply Corps (ASC), was caught red-handed and a court of inquiry was ordered into allegations of financial impropriety.
The quality of food supplied to soldiers in the Northern Command had also come under the scanner in 2010 after an audit report revealed that troops were getting food that was unfit for human consumption, and past its expiration date.
While the report had examined food samples from across the country, most cases of violation of norms and unfit food pertained to the Northern Command. The CAG hinted at a large-scale rigging of prices by pointing out that 36 per cent of cases of procurement of fresh rations were based only on single quotations, taking away any scope of competitiveness.
July saw the CBI arresting a serving Brigadier on July 3 in Mumbai in an alleged graft case. The officer, Anuj Kainthla, joint general manager of Canteen Stores Department (CSD), was nabbed for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 7.5 lakh from a private company, Sankalp Consumer Products.
Kainthla is the fifth person to be arrested in the scam and officials said the company was allegedly favoured by CSD officials at various stages such as introduction of items, price revision, delayed and excess supply, demand creation and budget allocation of CSD in lieu of huge illegal gratifications to CSD officials.
A Brigadier rank officer was also facing a court of inquiry in Delhi for allegedly borrowing large sums of money from his subordinates and some contractors and not returning it. Brigadier LI Singh’s case came to light in June when some his juniors from whom he had borrowed money complained to higher authorities and the Army ordered a probe.
 Besides these recent cases, a CBI probe is on in the alleged no-objection given for transfer of defence land in Pune in 2010 to a builder. The involvement of the then Vice Chief Lt General Noble Thamburaj had cropped up in this connection. He was reportedly allotted a flat in the housing society constructed by the builder, who was given the land and there was a loss of more than Rs 20 crore.
 Similarly, a no-objection certificate for a piece of land adjacent to an Ordnance depot in Kandivli, Mumbai, was given by certain Major General rank officers to a builder for construction of flats. The CBI started investigations in late 2010 into the deal and reports indicated that at least six senior Army officers including a former Army Chief were allotted flats in that housing society.
 Given the number of cases involving senior officers hitting headlines, former Navy Chief Admiral L Ramdas wrote a letter to Prime Minister last Friday expressing concern over “continuing fall in ethical standards” in the Armed Forces and sought setting up of a commission to probe the recent controversies surrounding them.
 In the letter, the former Navy Chief said the recent controversies have adversely affected the morale of the forces, which could pose a serious threat to the national security.
“With the continuing fall in ethical standards at all levels in the country, including within the Armed Forces, we believe it is our duty and right to call your attention to these developments,” Ramdas said.
 Listing out the age row involving former Army Chief General VK Singh, leakage of his ‘top secret’ letter to the Prime Minister, alleged spying in Defence Ministry and corruption in military deals, he said “this situation must be addressed with urgency, because it could pose a serious threat to our national security.” The letter claimed support of retired Lieutenant Generals PC Katoch, OS Lochab, Major General Ashok Kalyan Verma and former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami.
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