Team Anna charges 15 UPA ministers with corruption

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Team Anna has accused 15 UPA government ministers including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram, of corruption.
Team Anna launched a scathing attack against the UPA government for failing to pass the Lokapal Bill and served a fresh ultimatum to the PM to meet their demands or face another agitation on July 25.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the anti-corruption crusaders alleged that since 15 out of 34 cabinet ministers had serious corruption charges against them, they would not allow Lokpal Bill to be passed.

Corrupted ministers in UPA: Team Anna
“There are serious allegations of corruption against PM, Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram,  Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kamal Nath, Salman Khurshid, Kapil Sibal, Farooq Abdullah, SM Krishna, GK Vasan, Praful Patel and Sharad Pawar, they will not allow a strong Lokpal,” alleged Prashant Bhushan.

“Several top party functionaries such as Mulayam Singh, Lalu Yadav and Jayalalithaa have been involved in scams, they will never allow Lokapal Bill to be passed”, echoed Kejriwal.

The team urged the Prime Minister to initiate the formation of a Special Investigative Team to probe charges against the 15 corrupt ministers within six months.
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Government in agreement on 'one rank one pension': Army chief

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MADHYA PRADESH: The Centre has given in-principle approval to the 'one rank one pension' demand of ex-servicemen, Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh said today.

"I have written twice to the central government on the issue of one rank one pension and it has agreed to it in principle," he said while addressing a rally of ex-servicemen at Mahar Regiment Centre Ground in MP.


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Government will consider One Rank One Pension scheme in 2 months: VK Singh

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Govt to consider One Rank One Pension

Dharmashala: With the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence giving its nod on the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme, the decision on the much awaited demand is likely to be taken in next two months said Army Chief VK Singh. The proposal will put a financial burden of Rs 1300 crore on the exchequer.

Addressing the ex-servicemen league here on Friday, Singh said a team has been constituted to solve the pension issue. The team has been asked to visit door to door in each state added Singh.

The ex-servicemen got benefit of Rs 22 crore and the drive will be launched in the entire country added the Army Chief informing that an organic pilot scheme has been started in Jaipur.

Echoing the demand of increasing quota from Himachal Pradesh, BK Singh said about 7.5 lakh army men belonging to the state are contributing their services to the nation.  

Fifteen ECHS facilities will be extended to the ex-servicemen in the state informed the Army Chief. Jobs will be provided to the ex-servicemen through Army Placement Services scheme opined Singh.  

The Army Chief requested the ex-servicemen to make a call on toll free number 1800116644 to deal with their problems. 
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Army cautions against concessions on Siachen

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Army cautions against concessions on Siachen
Rules out any demilitarisation of the world’s highest battlefield
Arun Joshi/TNS

Jammu, May 26
The Indian Army has cautioned the Central Government against falling into any trap of Pakistan on the Siachen glacier. It has re-asserted its stand it would not move any of its men or machines from Siachen glacier, ruling out any demilitarisation from the highest battle ground of the world.

The Army regards Siachen, standing at a height of 21,000 ft, as its high-value strategic asset and believes that any diplomatic mis-step would work to the advantage of Pakistan and China.

Notwithstanding the plea of Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, ahead of the June 10-11 India-Pakistan talks on Siachen, that the glacier be demilitarised, the Indian army is not convinced by any of the arguments forwarded by him.

His plea had come in the wake of the killing of 140 or more Pakistani soldiers in an avalanche last month.

The weather and terrain are more lethal than guns of Pakistani soldiers, which, in any case, are silent now for nine years following November 26, 2003 ceasefire on borders, including the glacier. The Army has made a fresh assessment of the situation and said a firm no to the Pakistani proposal unless Islamabad agrees to Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) on the glacier.

“Essentially, this is because of the trust deficit,” Army Chief Gen V K Singh told a TV channel yesterday.

He also disclosed that Pakistan was not on the glacier, its deployment was beyond Saltro Ridge - one of the most strategic points on the glacier.

Ever since the Kargil war, which happened as a result of Pakistani soldiers occupying trans-Himalayan heights in 1999, the Indian Army is not in a mood to take any chances. Sources told The Tribune today that the China factor, too, has also been taken into the account.

There are nearly 11,000 men of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Gilgit, Baltistan and other parts of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Some of them are very close to the glacier.

Pakistan had, in the last talks on the glacier in May last year, stressed on the involvement of China in the future talks on Siachen.

This has doubled the threat to “our strategic asset,” a senior army officer told The Tribune. The China-Pakistan nexus presents a worrying scenario for the Indian Army. The Northern Command chief Lt. Gen. K T Parnaik, while talking of the nexus, had said that the presence of “Chinese troops in Gilgit, Baltistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir was a worrying scenario for the Indian army.”


Siachen is its high-value strategic asset
Any diplomatic mis-step would help Pakistan and China
A firm no to the proposal unless Islamabad agrees to Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) on the glacier
Indian Army is at the strategic heights. Once vacated, these would become vulnerable
Pakistan, it is feared, might repeat Kargil-type misadventure

Army cautions against concessions on Siachen


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