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NCTC: 7 CMs oppose anti-terror agency

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NEW DELHI: The newly constituted National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) has run into strong political resistance with a group of chief ministers coming out in the open to oppose its powers. The face-off could trigger serious doubts about the effectiveness of the agency, billed to be the country's principal counter-terror body after its launch on March 1.

A diverse group of chief ministers, including personalities as politically disparate as Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik and his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, said NCTC's charter was violative of the federal structure. They questioned the manner in which the agency was set up, without taking states on board, and demanded that the decision be reversed.

The opponents include other chief ministers too - Bihar's Nitish Kumar, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa, Prem Kumar Dhumal of Himachal Pradesh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh. Their number is likely to increase.

Telugu Desam Party leader N Chandrababu Naidu also joined the protest, calling for revocation of the notification setting up the NCTC with the objective of improving the country's response to the threat of terrorism. This, when the Centre has set itself a deadline of 90 days to complete the recruitment process and make the agency fully operational.

Patnaik was the first to raise the red flag and was instrumental in rallying his peers around. "My concern is the authoritarian notification with draconian overtones about law and order among others in which the state governments have not been consulted," he said. Along with Banerjee, Patnaik has already lodged a strong protest with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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War against terror can't be won if states work independently: Centre

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KARNAL: In the midst of opposition to NCTC from non-Congress chief ministers, home secretary RK Singh on Saturday said the Centre has the duty to fight those who wage war against the nation and this war can't be won if states start working independently.

"It is the duty of the Central government to deal with terrorists and to coordinate with the states to tackle the terrorists. If all states work independently and if there is no coordination, can we win this fight ?," he told reporters when asked to comment on the opposition to NCTC.

Singh said dealing with someone waging war was the responsibility of the Central government.

"It is the Central government's responsibility to tackle someone who wages war against the nation. That is in the Union List (in the Constitution). We can't fight terrorism in this manner," he said.

The Home Secretary said the law that has been referred to (by the chief ministers) has been in the statute book since 1967.

"There were some amendment in 2004 and again in 2008. The section that has been talked about, all these were part of that law (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) since 2004. It has been there for last eight years," he said.

Chief Ministers of non-Congress and BJP-ruled states and a Congress ally had raised a banner of revolt against the Centre's proposal to set up an apex counter-terror agency, saying it struck at the federalism and usurped states' powers.

The protest was lodged by several chief ministers, including Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Mamata Banerjee ( West Bengal), J Jayalalitha ( Tamil Nadu), Narendra Modi (Gujarat) and Shivraj Singh Chauhan ( Madhya Pradesh).

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Carrying of Original ID Proof is Compulsory during Train Journey in All Air Conditioned Classes

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From Today Onwards, Carrying of Original ID Proof is Compulsory during Train Journey in All Air Conditioned Classes 
New Condition is Not Applicable on Passengers Upgraded to AC Class

From  today onwards i.e. 15th February 2012, anyone of the passengers/the passenger booked on the ticket issued from computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS counters) and Internet (i-ticket) undertaking journey in AC-3 tier, AC-2 tier, 1st AC, AC Chair Car and Executive Classes will have to carry one of the nine prescribed proofs of identity (in original) during the journey.  The passengers of these AC classes would be required to produce the Identity Card in original as and when required failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as without ticket and charged accordingly.  However, the Identity Card (in original or its photocopy) will not be required at the time of purchase reserved AC tickets from PRS counters or i-ticket.  These instructions are valid for all categories of trains, with the above mentioned classes of travel.  The Ministry of Railways has taken this decision to prevent misuse of Reserved Train Tickets and reduce cases of travelling on transferred tickets, Ministry of Railways has decided that with effect
In case of passengers who are automatically upgraded by the system from sleeper Class to Air-conditioned class and in case of passengers who are upgraded by on-board ticket checking staff on realization of difference of fare, the condition of carrying proof of identity during the journey will not be applicable.
These fresh instructions are in addition to the existing instructions under which the passengers with Tatkal tickets and e-tickets are already required to carry original proof of identity during the course of Railway journey.  In case of Tatkal tickets, self attested photocopy of the Identity Card is required at the time of purchase from the PRS counters or Identity Card details (Number etc.) are to be entered at the time of purchase from internet.
A message on this count will be indicated on the ticket issued in the above said classes through computerized PRS/I-ticket.
Center for Railway Information System (CRIS), an organization under Ministry of Railways, has been asked to make necessary provisions in the software.
The list of valid proofs of identity are as under:-
Ø                  Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
Ø                  Passport.
Ø                  PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.
Ø                  Driving License issued by RTO.
Ø                  Photo Identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government.
Ø                  Student Identity Card with Photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students.
Ø                  Nationalized Bank Passbook with Photograph.
Ø                  Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.
Ø                  Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.
            The scope of the term “photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government” permissible under the scheme  is very wide and it covers a large number of photo identity cards, some of which are as under:
Ø                  Pension Pay Orders (PPO)
Ø                  Ration Card with photographs
Ø                  Senior citizen cards.
Ø                  Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards.
Ø                  ESI Cards (with photograph) issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries.
Ø                  CGHS Cards (with photograph) issued to individual family members of Central Government employees.
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Government is Committed to bring a Strong and Effective Lokpal Bill

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Government is Committed to bring a Strong and Effective Lokpal Bill : V.Narayanasamy 

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and in the Dept. of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Shri V. Narayanasamy, has said that the UPA Government is taking pro-active steps for curbing corruption in public life and no one is being protected. Addressing the All-India Editors’ Conference on Social Sector Issues in Puducherry today he said that Right to Information Act 2005, Whistle Blowers’ Bill, Judicial Accountability Bill, Citizens’ Grievance Redressal Bill, Reforms in Procurement and in Mining Sector, Administrative Reforms are some of the areas where the Manmohan Singh government has taken key initiatives to bring transparency and curbing corruption since it came to power in 2004. Shri Narayanasamy said the government has passed Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha but due to lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha, the Bill is still not through. He said the government is committed to bring a strong and effective Lokpal Bill and, therefore, looking into the various amendments suggested in the Rajya Sabha.

He said the government has introduced the Right of Citizens for time-bound delivery of services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011 in Parliament. Under the Bill, every public authority is required to publish a citizens’ charter specifying the category of goods supplied and services rendered by it, the time frame within which such goods shall be supplied or services rendered; to establish information and facilitation centre for efficient and effective delivery; of services and redressal of grievances and to designate grievance redress officer in all public authorities to enquire into and redress any complaints from citizens.

He said the Whistle Blowers’ Bill tabled in Lok Sabha will provide adequate protection to persons exposing corruption or willful misuse of power or willful misuse of discretion which causes demonstrable loss to the government or commission of a criminal offence by a public servant.

Shri Narayanasamy said that the UPA Government has removed the discretionary quota of the union ministers so that there is no room left for corruption. A Group of Ministers (GoM) was constituted by the government in January 2011 to consider measures that can be taken by the government to tackle corruption. He said the GoM has submitted its first report which has already been accepted by the government with some minor modifications and action had been initiated by the government towards implementation of the accepted recommendations.

The Minister said to bring efficiency in the administration, major initiatives have been taken through administrative reforms. He said recently the government has notified a policy of reviewing performance of IAS officers at 15 years and 25 years of their career to identify and remove non-performers. He said sanctions for prosecution against the officers who are facing corruption charges will be given in three months and departmental inquiry has to be completed within a year of filing of the complaint.

Referring to the measures to strengthen CBI, the Minister said it was decided to set up 71 additional special courts for CBI in various states of the country to expedite adjudication of the pending cases. He said 51 courts have already been sanctioned.

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Railways Extend Advance Reservation Period to 120 Days

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Railways Extend Advance Reservation Period to 120 Days 
New Provision to be Effective from 10th March, 2012
The Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period for booking reserved train tickets from existing 90 days to 120 days on experimental basis (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. March 10, 2012.

However, there will be no change in case of certain day-time express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express etc. where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

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DEFENCE :VIDEO

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PHOTOS : DEFENCE

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Multi-Purpose Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Inducted into Indian Air Force

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The Indian Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has said that India has always strived for peace, trust and cooperation. Addressing a gathering here today after inducting the advanced Mi-17 V5 helicopter into the Indian Air Force (IAF), Shri Antony, however, said that the developments around us necessitated the building of our defence capability.

Pointing out that the Mi-17 V5 is the best helicopter in its class, the Defence Minister assured that the Government stands committed to provide the latest and best possible equipments to our armed forces. Shri Antony underlined the role of Russia as a dependable partner in the defence sector. Calling upon the IAF personnel to keep pace with the latest technological advancements, the Minister said that adequate training should be provided to absorb the induction of complex systems into the forces.

Following is the text of the Address delivered by the Defence Minister on the occasion:

“Today is a special day for the Indian Air Force, as it inducts Mi-17 V 5 helicopter into its helicopter fleet. The multi-purpose Mi-17 V 5 helicopters will add to the flexibility and operational muscle, as well as capabilities of the Indian Air Force. It will help the IAF in meeting its growing mandate.

“The helicopter fleet of the IAF has been rendering useful service to the nation by operating in remote, inaccessible and inhospitable parts of our country. The role played by these helicopters in providing humanitarian assistance and carrying out relief and rescue efforts in the wake of natural disasters, or accidents has received widespread appreciation. They are operating at the heights of Siachen glacier and have also proved their professionalism in UN missions.

“Today, the economic growth of our nation is quite impressive. The growth opportunities bring greater regional and global aspirations. We have always done our best in fulfilling our national commitments in a manner befitting our stature. We have always strived for peace and stability in our immediate and extended neighbourhood.

“India has always been a votary of building an atmosphere of peace, trust and cooperation between different countries of our region. However, the developments around us necessitate that we build our defence capabilities and continue to work towards maintaining peace and stability in the region.

“Our Government stands fully committed to provide the latest and best possible equipment to our Armed Forces. Today’s induction is one such example. We want that the IAF should continue to retain its qualitative edge at all times. I have been told that this helicopter is an instance of the best product in its class and will greatly enhance operational capabilities.

“The helicopter is expected to take the IAF’s combat support capabilities to newer heights. I am sure that the IAF will utilise the machine to its fullest potential.

“On behalf of the Government, I wish to place on record our appreciation for the initiative taken by officials of Russia to work in tandem with the Indian officials. I also extend my heartiest congratulations to the Defence Ministry and Air Headquarters for the success of the project.

“A word of caution – the induction of new, complex technological systems is not an easy task. All of you must strive to keep pace with the latest technological advancements and provide training from time to time.

“Last but not the least, I congratulate the Commanding Officers and personnel of new helicopter units, as they prepare to soar higher with this new helicopter. With these words, I dedicate this helicopter to the Indian Air Force and hope that this man-machine combination will continue to work together in service of our nation.”

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Job Highlights (11 FEBRUARY 2012 -17 FEBRUARY 2012)

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Job Highlights (11 FEBRUARY 2012 -17 FEBRUARY 2012)


Union Public Service Commission notifies Civil Services Examination, 2012.

Union Public Service Commission invites applications for various posts.

Export-Import Bank of India requires Management/MM-II and Chief Manager/MM-III.

Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited, Kalpakkam requires Technical Officer/C in various disciplines.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force requires Constables (Geneal Duty) Group ‘C’ under Special recruitment drive in J&K State.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, New Delhi requires GDMOs and Specialist Doctors.

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, New Delhi requires Social Security Assistants.

Central Industrial Security Force requires Constables/Drive and Constable/Drive-cum-Pump-Operators.

Directorate General Border Security Force, New Delhi requires SI (Master)/SI (Engine Drive)/HC (Master)/HC (Engine Drive)/HC (Workshop)/CT (Crew) in BSF Water Wing.

Directorate General Border Security Force, New Delhi invites applications for the posts of Technicians (different Posts) for Motor Transport Workshop Cadre and Technicians (Different Posts) for BSF Air Wing.

Indian Air Force invites applications from male aspirants for selection as a Senior in Group ‘X’ (Education Instructor) Trade.

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Implement one rank, one pension: Par panel to govt

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New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee has asked the government to implement the long-pending demand of 'One Rank, One Pension' (OROP) by the retired armed forces personnel.

"The Petitions Committee of Rajya Sabha submitted a report to Parliament recommending the government to implement OROP in defence forces and constitute a separate commission to determine the pay, allowance and pension of the defence personnel," said a release from Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

Under the OROP, retired defence personnel are demanding that all ex-servicemen should get similar pension for putting in equal years of service and retiring at the same rank irrespective of their date of retirement.

At present, the pension depends on the pay commission under which they have retired.
Implement one rank, one pension: Par panel to govt

The Petitions Committee was constituted following a petition co-filed by Chandrasekhar for grant of OROP to retired armed defence personnel and tabled its report in the Rajya Sabha on December 19.

In its report, the Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee said the financial liability of Rs 1,300 crores is not very big amount to deny the parity in pension, the release said.

The Committee rejected Finance Ministry's apprehension of that acceptance of the demand for equal pension to personnel of equal rank and equal length of service will trigger similar request from other government employees.

The Committee pointed out that "terms and conditions of defence personnel and civil servants are vastly different and said the demand of armed forces personnel demand for OROP was unresolved due to bureaucratic apathy".

The Rajya Sabha Committee on Petitions is headed by Bhagat Singh Koshyari (BJP).
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‘Army Chief age row taught lessons’

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Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 17
Defence Minister AK Antony said today that lessons had been learnt from the age issue of Army Chief Gen VK Singh and added that “India cannot afford another such controversy”.

Speaking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of a defence function, he said, “We have learnt lessons from it. We are going to ask everybody in the Armed forces to strictly reconcile different documents so that this kind of conflict of does not happen in future.”

“It is not a personal matter. It happened unfortunately and it is over now. Do not raise the issue in the country’s interest,” he told the media.

When asked if there was any strain in the ties between the Defence Ministry and the Army, Antony said, "This is a closed chapter now. There is no strain.”

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