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Defense ministry to decide on women’s entry in forces: Parrikar

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Chandigarh: Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said his ministry would take a final decision within two months on easing norms for women’s recruitment in the defense forces.

Parrikar, who inaugurated the Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls at Mohali near here, said his ministry has already taken a call to relax certain norms for the recruitment of women in the armed forces.

“A final decision is expected to be taken within next two months,” he said.

Parrikar said the initiative of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to start an exclusive institute for girls to train them for the armed forces was a unique one and would help in drawing more girls to opt for armed services as a career.

“At present, there are 3,298 women officers in the army and this number is likely to be enhanced manifold,” Parrikar said, adding that the institute would not only train girls for the armed forces but also help in women empowerment.

The institute is named after Sikh woman warrior, Mai Bhago, who holds a special place in Sikh history for her valour.

Seeking the defense minister’s personal intervention to enhance the posts of women officers cadre in the armed forces, Badal said that this should be done at the earliest.

(IANS)

 

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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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Children to be acquainted with war heroes through Veergatha books

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New Delhi: Children would now get to know about Independent India’s ‘Param Vir’ war heroes through the Veergatha series of illustrated books published by National Book Trust.

The books, embellished with illustrations along with the text, introduce the readers to the war heroes in a lucid and attractive manner.

The first set of five books in English and Hindi would be released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on Monday as part of Republic Day celebrations, an official statement said.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani will preside over the function while Army Chief General Dalbir Singh will also be present on the occasion.

The five books, to be released on the occasion, illustrate the bravery saga of the Param Vir Chakra awardees, who include Major Somnath Sharma (1947 India-Pakistan war), Major Shaitan Singh (1962 India-China war), Havildar Abdul Hamid (1965 India-Pakistan war), Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal (1971 Bangladesh liberation war) and Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey (1999 Kargil war).

The books have been developed with the support of the ministries of defence and human resource development.

All the five scripts have been prepared by Gaurav Sawant and illustrated by Fajruddin, Dheeraj Bhatia, Animesh Debnath, Nipen Bhuyan and Samudra Kajal Saikia.

The Veergatha series seeks to introduce the great acts of bravery of the Param Vir Chakra awardees to instil a sense of inspiration and patriotism in children at an early age.

The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. (IANS)