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Beijing: A military hotline between the armed forces headquarters of India and China is expected to become operational soon, according to defence ministry officials here. Yang Yujun, spokesman for the ministry of defence, told visiting Indian journalists on Tuesday, that direct telephonic links between the general headquarters of the two countries is expected to be set up in the near future.

Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun (IANS)
Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun (IANS)

He said that such a mechanism was necessary to “increase mutual trust, avoid misjudgements and prevent crisis” from developing. Yang, who has the Indian equivalent title of brigadier-general, said talks in this regard were in an advanced stage.

Later, other officials said that once the main hotline was established, more such direct links between senior military officers in the field would be set up. The spokesman also said that consultancy mechanism between China and India on the border issue and consultations at various levels was “functioning”. He was asked about a sentence in the white paper on China’s Military Strategy, released on May 26 this year, which stated, “certain disputes over land territory are still smouldering”.

The spokesman said that this was in the context of some disputes which were “leftover from colonialism” and referred to north-east Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, thus steering it away from China-India border question.

Later, Xu Quyu, deputy chief of the institute for strategy at the National Defense University explained that something was lost in translation. In Chinese, the exact words used were “still there” and not the word “smouldering.”

Officials also informally explained that the incursions seen on the India-China border often happened from both the sides and was the result of a lack of a clear demarcation. (IANS)

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India Gets a Mobile App for Road Development

The mobile app will not only enhance functional efficiency but also bring transparency in overall system thereby boosting the morale of the troops.

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A mobile phone application has been launched that will benefit thousands of personnel serving in remote areas to help develop and maintain the countrys robust border road infrastructure.

The application “Gref Abhilekh” was launched by Lieutenant General Harpal Singh, Director General Border Roads.

“It would “immensely benefit the 36,000 General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel serving in remote border areas of our country”, an Indian Army spokesperson said.

The app, compatible with all Android /Window/ioS based mobile phones, will provide real time personnel and career management information to all serving GREF personnel.

The personnel can access information related to personal details, family details, service details, probation or confirmation details and honours, awards and medals they have won.

The Application contains details related to promotions and seniority lists.Wikimedia Commons
The Application contains details related to promotions and seniority lists.Wikimedia Commons

Besides it also contains details related to promotions and seniority lists. They can also download pay slips and submit grievances through the app.

The Director General Border Roads who launched the app at GREF Centre and Records in Pune expressed his satisfaction on how the centre had drawn the IT road map for the organisation.

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“The mobile app will not only enhance functional efficiency but also bring transparency in overall system thereby boosting the morale of the troops,” the officer said.

He reaffirmed his faith that the Border Roads Organisation continued to be “the nation’s most reputed, multifaceted and modern construction organisation will prosper further by adopting newer technologies and procedures”. (IANS)

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