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New Delhi: There were 32 violations of Indian airspace since 2013, but no violations of the maritime boundary, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday.

During the past two years and the current year, from January 2013 till 30th November 2015, a total of 32 violations of Indian airspace by aircraft from other countries have been reported.

There has been no violation of Indian maritime boundary by any country during this period,” he added.

“The reasons for such violations could not be ascertained,” he said, adding that all such cases are taken up with the countries concerned through laid down channels as per established procedure. (IANS)

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Army hands over Surgical Strike footage to PMO, says Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram

Officials from the Defence Ministry meanwhile said there were no discussions on releasing of the video

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New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir addresses at the 4th Annual Conference on ‘PharmaMed 2015: Affordability, Accessibility, Acceptability-A Global Perspective’​​ organised by the PHD Chamber, in New Delhi on Dec 9, 2015. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

October 5, 2016: Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Wednesday said footage of the surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) has been submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office by the Army.

He said the decision on sharing the video has not been taken yet, and any such call can only be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Ahir however, did not comment if the government is planning to release the video.

“The footage has been handed over to the government by the Army,” Ahir told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

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Asked if the government planned to share the video, he said: “No such decision has been taken yet, a call can only be taken by the Prime Minister.”

“A nation has its own policies and one needs to practise restraint. People like Sanjay Nirupam and Arvind Kejriwal listen to Pakistan. The DGMO did the briefing and everyone in India believes it,” the Minister said.

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Officials from the Defence Ministry meanwhile said there were no discussions on releasing of the video.

The officials did not specify if a final stand on the issue has been taken. (IANS)

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Women pilots will be considered for naval services: Defence ministry

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New Delhi: A proposal to induct women pilots in the navy was under consideration of the defence ministry and certain clarifications have been sought from the service, parliament was told on Friday.

A proposal for induction of “women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers” as pilots in the Maritime Reconnaissance stream was received from Naval Headquarters.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar expressed to the Lok Sabha the steps which have been taken in this regard in a written reply:

This proposal was examined in the ministry and certain clarifications have been sought from Indian Navy.

In response to a question on whether the government received complaints of gender discrimination in the force, he said: “Women officers have been afforded equal opportunities in every single way vis-a-vis their male counterparts to the extent feasible and subject to service exigencies. Complaints received have been dealt with as per the extant policy.(IANS) (Picture Courtesy:zeenews.india.com)

 

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Akhilesh seeks Parrikar’s ‘working permission’ on pending projects in Lucknow

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has sought Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s help in getting “working permission” from the army to complete various pending projects in Lucknow, an official said on Thursday.

In a letter to Parrikar, Yadav also expressed hope that the projects, including construction of roads and a flyover, would be completed at the earliest with the defence ministry’s cooperation.

He pointed out that the state government has time and again been making requests to the defence ministry but to no avail.

In case prompt approval is given by the defence ministry, work on the road and bridge can be expedited and completed for the benefit of the people, Yadav said. (IANS)

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