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)
New Delhi. Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised to resolve the issue of a cap of Rs 10,000 on educational expenses paid to the children of defence forces martyrs.
The Army chief further revealed that the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, has informed the Defence Minister of the issue, and she that has said the issue will be addressed on priority.
Defence Ministry sources reported that the Minister had held a meeting on the issue on Wednesday and a decision is likely to be announced soon.
General Rawat said: “For our martyrs, children are entitled (to) free education. It is a very good thing that the government has done. What has happened is possibly because of some misunderstanding– they have now capped it at Rs 10,000 because somebody must have calculated as to how much a person spends per month on child education,” .
“In our case, we have written to the government. I think the Defence Minister is completely seized of the problem. She is aware of it, and after we explained the reason to her… she said she is certainly concerned about it and will address the issue on priority,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
According to informed sources, Admiral Lanba, the most senior among the three service chiefs, wrote to the Minister to urge her to resolve the problem.
A letter dated September 13 by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare had capped fee for tuitions and hostel expenses at Rs 10,000 per month.
The demand to a rollback on the decision was also raised by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Union Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh, who is himself an Army ex-chief. (IANS)
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.
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)