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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar bats for modernisation of armed forces

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Feeling the need of making Indian armed forces mere technology oriented, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that the government is committed to provide all support towards modernisation of the armed forces.

Addressing the Annual Unified Commanders’ Conference for Tri-Services Commanders in New Delhi, the minister said that there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimise all available resources.

The defence minister told the top military brass that though the technology is important for modern warfare, it is ultimately the morale and motivation of our brave soldiers, sailors and Air Warriors which should be a major focus area for all the commanders.

Paying homage to all valiant Soldiers, Sailors and Air Warriors for their supreme sacrifice in honour of the nation,  Parrikar recommended the armed forces for their devotion to duty and the stellar role played by them in safeguarding the country’s unity and integrity.

Earlier, Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Air Marshal PP Reddy presented a report covering major achievements on key tri- services issues.

During the daylong conference, key security issues facing the nation and important strategic, operational, logistical, administrative aspects pertaining to Tri-Services were deliberated upon.

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Can’t have one solution for entire nation: Parrikar

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Panaji, Sep 15 (IANS) One blanket solution for a problem can never work for the whole country, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday, underlining that the Supreme Court order last year banning the sale of liquor 500 metres from highways was one such solution.

“Be it legislation, judiciary or government, we think that one type, one bracketed solution is appropriate for all problems… (But) What may be good in New Delhi may not be good in Goa. It may be actually negative in Goa. It will not work in Goa,” Parrikar said.

“One solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.

Parrikar was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day conference near Panaji on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ organised by the Central Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

Commenting on the apex court’s order banning alcohol sale along highways, Parrikar said: “The basic logic was punish a drunk driver. After the order I found many drunk drivers carrying bottles. Earlier two pegs or three pegs was what they took, now they drink a bottle. Now they carry (bottles).”

“Punish a drunk driver… The positive aspect is considered. But at the same time one solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.

The former Defence Minister said while many legislations may induce good governance, they also “induce certain negativity”. “Despite of that, I feel that these acts are necessary,” Parrikar said. (source:IANS)

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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to deliver Keynote Speech at Brihan Maharashtra Mandal in US

Parrikar told reporters that the five day visit was planned and finalised when he was serving as Defence Minister

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be in US to attend a convention organised by the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal at Michigan. Twitter

Panaji, July 4, 2017: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said he will be on a personal visit to the US to attend a convention organised by the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal at Michigan, where he will be delivering the keynote speech.

Parrikar told reporters that the five day visit was planned and finalised when he was serving as Defence Minister.

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“This invitation was given and accepted when I was Defence Minister. Then, as a Defence Minister, I was thinking of planning a visit to the US, which I had agreed to visit every quarter. Once from the US Secretary of Defence and once from me. Every sixth month I was to visit US. So I was thinking of planning this (attending the event) around that time, so that both can be done.

“But now that I have become chief minister, they (the organisers) insisted that I still come,” he also said. (IANS)

 

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Sale of Ammunition: Nigerian military allegedly ties hands with Boko Haram

Nigerian military sells arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, inviting Islamic attacks for itself

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Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria (VOA)

The admission comes three weeks after the Nigerian army said a military tribunal is trying 16 officers and troops accused of offenses related to the fight against Boko Haram, including the theft and sale of ammunition.

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Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the theater commander in northeastern Nigeria, told a news conference on Thursday, September 1, 2016 that military authorities have confirmed that some soldiers were selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram. He called it a betrayal of the Nigerian people. He gave no more details.

President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed corruption for the deaths of thousands in the seven-year Islamic uprising that has killed more than 20,000. Children who escaped Boko Haram are dying of starvation in refugee camps in the northeast, where the government is investigating the alleged theft of food aid.

People displaced by Boko Haram wait to be screened at Furore camp in Yola, Nigeria, near the country's border with Cameroon, Dec. 8, 2015. Returnees to Cameroon have have been rejected by their communities (VOA)
People displaced by Boko Haram wait to be screened at Furore camp in Yola, Nigeria, near the country’s border with Cameroon, Dec. 8, 2015. Returnees to Cameroon have have been rejected by their communities (VOA)

A soldier on the frontline of the fight told The Associated Press that his brigade commander is among officers standing trial at the court-martial in this northeastern city, which is being held in secret. He said the army is investigating what happened to 21 anti-aircraft guns assigned this year to his artillery brigade. He said they only received one gun. The soldier spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared he would lose his job.

In addition, a slew of retired and current military officers are being investigated for diverting hundreds of millions of dollars budgeted to help curb the Islamic uprising. Among them is Alex Badeh, a four-star general whom Buhari fired from his post as chief of defense staff. Witnesses have told a Federal High Court that Badeh stole the equivalent of $24 million budgeted for salaries in 2013 and built a shopping mall in Abuja, the capital.

Esther Yakubu holds a photo of her daughter Dorcas, who was featured in a Boko Haram video released in August (VOA)
Esther Yakubu holds a photo of her daughter Dorcas, who was featured in a Boko Haram video released in August (VOA)

Civil society groups are demanding the investigation of the current chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for allegedly buying with cash two properties worth $1.5 million in Dubai. Buratai has said he bought the property on installment with savings.

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Before Buhari took power, soldiers told the AP they were forced into battle with just 30 bullets each and no food rations. They said Boko Haram was better armed and that their officers were stealing parts of their salaries and allowances. Many ran away when the extremists attacked, allowing Boko Haram to take control of a large swath of northeastern Nigeria in 2014.

Under Buhari, a former military dictator, a multinational force has retaken most towns but Boko Haram remains active outside urban areas, carrying out hit-and-run attacks, suicide bombings and abductions of women and girls. (VOA)