Suhag finally gets to head Eastern Army Command

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Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, whose promotion was held up by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, was today appointed as the chief of the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command.

Elevation of Suhag, who is expected to succeed Gen Bikram Singh in 2014, as Army Commander had been stalled after Gen V K Singh imposed a Discipline and Vigilance (DV) ban on him in May in connection with a failed intelligence operation in Assam last year.

However, Gen Bikram Singh cleared the way for his promotion by overturning Gen V K Singh's decision on June 3 after receiving a reply from the 3 Corps Commander on the show cause notice issued to him by the former Army Chief.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has cleared the promotion of Lt Gen Suhag as Eastern Army Commander, army sources told PTI here.
They said the officer will take over his new assignment from tomorrow.

Lt Gen Suhag, 3 Corps Commander, was slapped the DV ban and served a show-cause by Gen V K  Singh just days before retiring as army chief. The vacancy at the Eastern Command had emerged after Gen Bikram Singh took over as Army Chief on June 1.

Till now, Lt Gen Suhag-- being the senior-most Corps Commander in the Eastern Command, was looking after its working.
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No let-up in firing from Pak side in Poonch

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Troops use 10,000 rounds of heavy machine gun fire
 One jawan killed
 2 Pak soldiers injured as Army retaliates
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria/ Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service
Jammu/New Delhi, June 14
While a soldier who had been critically injured in Pak firing on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in KG sector of Poonch district yesterday, was brought dead last night, calibrated response of the Indian Army injured two Pak soldiers.

Reports from agencies say there has been no let-up in the firing.

The slain soldier has been identified as Lance Naik Harvinder Singh. “Had Pak troops de-escalated the situation after we passed on to them a message on hotline, the life of the soldier could have been saved,” said official sources.

“In fact, the firing escalated as a result of action rooted in other Pak posts, using rockets and heavy automatics, to prevent evacuation of the injured jawan,” said Jammu-based Defence PRO, Col RK Palta.

The soldier had been hit in the neck.

A message was passed through the hotline to Pakistan, for exercise of restraint towards de-escalation of the situation. Pakistan troops, however, continued firing on Indian posts and in response, Indian troops carried out controlled and effective retaliation, added Col Palta.

Sources said the two soldiers sent to evacuate their colleague were also hit by Pak firing. They were, however, evacuated to Command Hospital in Udhampur, where they are recuperating.

Another soldier was also hit by Pak firing, but he had sustained minor injuries, they said, adding that this soldier had been administered first aid at a forward post along the LoC.

Three injured jawans have been identified as PP Bakar, Jai Parminder and Balwinder Singh.

Army sources said even this morning and during the day, Pak troops continued intermittent mortar and automatic firing.

They added that the Indian troops, in a bid to de-escalate matters, exercised restraint today and didn’t retaliate to Pak firing.

Sources also confirmed that calibrated response of the Indian Army to unwarranted and unprovoked firing by Pak troops resulted in injuries to two of their soldiers.

Meanwhile, an agency report from Islamabad claimed that two Pakistani civilians, including a woman, were seriously injured in alleged firing by Indian troops in the Battal sector of the Line of Control on their side.

The Indian side believes that the fire was aimed at providing cover to infiltrators from Pakistan across the LoC.

Some 10,000 rounds of heavy machine gun were used by Pakistani troops during “intense, unprovoked” firing since Wednesday. Defence sources have termed it as a severe violation of the ceasefire by Pakistan.

Pakistani troops have been firing constantly at a specific location in areas around Krishna Ghati — some 180 km south-west of Srinagar. The firing has left the Indian military authorities guessing about the motive of the other side. Defence sources said the Pakistani firing was not connected to any localised event or development on the ground along the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K.

Militants trying to sneak into this side of the border are usually given such a covering fire, sources said, adding the militants are then pushed in through the gaps on the barbed wire fence.

The gun battle was going on till today evening. On the Pakistani target are two Indian posts at ‘Nangi Tekri’ and ‘Kranti Post’. The Indian side has so far not reinforced its troops. Source said the Battalion responding to the Pakistanis is well equipped.

Sources say firing is carried out when equipment is being moved or something is being built across the border. This is to distract the men in the operational watch towers to prevent them from seeing any build-up.

Another reason is the Indian battalion located in the sector moved in only a month ago. The Pakistanis could be “testing it out.”

(With inputs from IANS)

Unprovoked firing

Lance Naik Harvinder Singh, critically injured in Pakistani firing along the LoC, was confirmed dead
A message was passed through the hotline to Pakistan, for exercise of restraint to de-escalate the situation
Pakistan troops, however, continued firing on Indian posts and in response, Indian troops retaliated. The calibrated response resulted in injuries to two Pakistani soldiers

No let-up in firing from Pak side in Poonch


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President Pranab? Consensus builds, he reaches out to 'sister' Mamata

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President Pranab? Consensus builds, he reaches out to 'sister' Mamata
New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee may find the last leg of his journey to Rashtrapati Bhavan surprisingly easy - he's within striking distance of being elected unopposed. At a meeting this evening at the Prime Minister's house, the UPA finally declared Mr Mukherjee as its candidate for President of India. An hour later, the must-have support of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati had been landed. The Left seemed open to persuasion. Former President APJ Kalam, seen as a rival candidate, conveyed that he was unwilling to stand against the Finance Minister. And the opposition BJP hinted broadly that it could support Mr Mukherjee most likely in return for its own man as Vice-President. (Pranab Mukherjee for President, says UPA: Top 10 facts)

At the UPA meeting, not attended by estranged member Mamata Banerjee, the Congress made it clear that it is trying to get other parties to back Mr Mukherjee. "The UPA appeals to all political parties, MPs and members of state legislative assemblies to support the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee for office of president," said Mrs Gandhi, who is chairperson of the coalition. Mr Mukherjee is expected to resign from the Finance Ministry on June 24 after the Prime Minister returns from the G-20 summit in Mexico. "I accept this offer with all humility," he said, "I have been fortunate to receive love, affection and the confidence of my party colleagues and also members and leaders of other political parties... I will now again seek their indulgence and support for the next few weeks," he added. He singled out Ms Banerjee, describing her as his younger sister, and urged her to change her mind about backing him. She has so far refused, stating that Mr Kalam remains her only choice. "If you think the game is over, you are wrong," she said this evening. (Watch: Pranab appeals to parties for support)

Wooing her back to its fold will preoccupy the Congress later. For now, the focus is on winning other parties over. The Prime Minister has phoned the Leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Left leader Sitaram Yechury. Mr Yadav confirmed his support within minutes. And with Mr Kalam unwilling to take on Mr Mukherjee, the BJP may vote in favour of the Finance Minister. "The ideal situation is that it is with consensus that the president should be chosen," said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The BJP will consult with its partner, Sharad Yadav of the JD(U).  

Without Ms Banerjee, the Congress and its allies have 38 per cent of the vote for President. With Mr Yadav and Mayawati, who has agreed to back Mr Mukherjee, they hit 48 per cent. To cross the 50 per cent mark, they have lobbied the Left, which sources say will take a decision on June 21.

As the chips stack up for Mr Mukherjee and other parties, Ms Banerjee, a power player till this morning, appeared isolated. Though she belongs to the UPA, she skipped this evening's meeting, after announcing that she remained determined to support only Mr Kalam for a second term in office. In this, she insisted, she was joined by Mr Yadav. He left her stranded, opting to support the UPA. When asked about his change of heart, he said that Mr Mukherjee is a capable candidate, and that he is backing him after his choices for president were rejected. (Read: Trinamool calls Mulayam a traitor)

On Wednesday evening, he had stood next to Ms Banerjee as they squarely rejected Mr Mukherjee for President and more shockingly, suggested the Prime Minister be moved to that office. The Congress was stunned. Ms Banerjee's track record of fighting the government she belongs to had prepped them to expect trouble from her. But Mr Yadav had been wooed and consulted by leaders as senior as Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He had shown every sign of being on the UPA's team. (Read: Kalam will contest, says Mamata, but he is undecided, so is NDA)

The Congress exchanged angry words with Ms Banerjee, accusing her of political and ethical transgressions. With Mr Yadav, it worked the back channels, hoping to win back the man who has often bailed the government out in crises, but also has a record of political infidelity.
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Defence Pension Adalat

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Defence Pension Adalat
As per the Annual action Plan of Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) Allahabad will be organising a Defence Pension Adalat at Lucknow (UP) during the month of August, 2012 for redressal of grievances of Defence pensioners including Defence Civilians drawing pension through PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, TOs’ and DPDOs in the State of Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas.


Any Defence Pensioners / Defence Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian and their families having any specific grievances relating to sanction or disbursement of Defence pension are requested to submit their representation, in writing, in duplicate to :

Sri K D S Parmar,
Pension Adalat Officer
O/o Principal CDA (Pensions),
Draupadi Ghat,

A format of the representation is given on this website. Applicants are advised to apply as per the format, for easy processing of their applications.

Kindly Note
Applications can either be sent by post or by E-Mail
Two copies of the applications should be sent
Photocopies of Pension payment order, Corr PPO, discharge certificate (wherever required) and other documents must be enclosed
Each application will be allotted a unique Adalat Registration Number. The same should be quoted in all future correspondence.
Individual call letters notifying the date and venue of the Adalat will be sent in due course
Incomplete and unsigned representations will be rejected.
The Venue & Date of the Adalat will be notified in electronic and print media shortly.

TA/DA will not be reimbursed to pensioners/individuals attending the Adalat for redressal of their pension related problems.

Defence Pension Adalat


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SMS Service for Different Kinds of Train Related Enquiries on “139-Rail Sampark”

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“139-Rail Sampark”, the national enquiry for Indian Railways has been in operation for around 5 years now.  The services on this number i.e. 139 handles enquiries pertaining to PNR Status, Current Train running position, Accommodation availability and Fare Enquiry.
Apart from voice enquiry on IVRS, the above mentioned services are also available through SMS. Passenger can get the desired information by sending SMS to 139 in the following format.
The details of SMSs services available and the format are as under:

1.      For ticket status Enquiry:

SMS “PNR <10 Digit PNR Number>
For example: PNR 4341568666
2.      For Train Arrival/Departure Enquiry:

SMS “AD <Train number> <STD code of Station>”
 For example: AD 12012 011
3.      For Accommodation  availability:

SMS “SEAT <Train number> <DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from: STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***
For example SEAT 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G
4.      Fare enquiry

SMS “FARE <Train number> < DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from: STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***
For Example: FARE 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G
5.      Time table:

SMS “TIME <train number>
For example: TIME 12561
6.      Spot/  Locate train:

SMS “SPOT <train number> or LOCATE <train number>
For example: SPOT 12561 or LOCATE 12561
7.      Train Name/Number:

SMS “TN <train number> or SMS “TN <train name>
For Example TN 12724 or TN AP EXPRESS
       8.   Getting all syntaxes

To get the above all mentioned  syntaxes, SMS HELP or RAIL  to 139
Note: Quota is optional field. For example, please enter G for general, CK for tatkal
          For CLASS field, please enter 1A for First AC, 2A for Second AC, 3A for third AC, SL for Sleeper, CC for AC Chair Car, 2S for Second Sitting        
The service is also available on USSD for Reliance, Uninor, Docomo and Vodafone Telephone Service Providers.  Just dial *139# to avail the USSD facility for enquiry of PNR, Arrival/Departure etc.

(Release ID :84888)
Source : PIB


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Not all money kept abroad is black money: Pranab

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KHARGRAM: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today said all the money kept by Indians abroad is not black money and noted that India has signed treaties with 37 countries to know the details of such illegal wealth.

"Not all money kept abroad is black money ... It might have been deposited by businessmen or business houses. The process will take time to know the exact amount," he told a meeting of Congress workers here.

His comments come amidst demands by yoga guru Ramdev asking the government to take steps to bring bank black money stashed abroad. In his campaign against black money, he has been meeting leaders of various political party leaders.
The Government last month had proposed a multi-faceted strategy to unearth black money through fast-track courts and deterrent punishment but had ruled out any tax any immunity schemes.

The White Paper on black money tabled by Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha favoured a strategic mix of four pillars that will include incentives for voluntary compliance, reforms in vulnerable sectors of economy, creating effective credible deterrence and supportive measures.

The 97-page report however, did not give out any name of black money holders or estimated of such funds either in the country or outside but referred to estimates made earlier by various domestic and foreign institutions.
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