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After pushing the Centre on admitting women into the National Defence Academy (NDA), the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the government to make arrangements for the induction of girls into the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) by allowing them to take the exam scheduled on December 18, 2021.
A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked the government to publish the modified advertisement seeking applications from girls.
Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati informed the bench, also comprising Justice M.M. Sundresh, that preparations for the exam slated in December were already at an advanced stage and urged the court to allow for the induction of girls into the RIMC and Rashtriya Military School for the term beginning from January 2023 and not June 2022.
However, the bench did not accept this contention and added that six months' time was sufficient to make preparations for the induction of girls in the June 2022 session. The bench told Bhati, "You are effectively postponing everything, why do you want to postpone for a year?" Bhati responded that October 30, 2021, is the last date for submission of applications for the December exam. Justice Kaul remarked, "We are not saying that there are no difficulties. just take one step more".
The bench recorded in its order that the respondent authorities must modify the preparatory work done for the December 18 examination and permit girls to take the exam.
The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing in January next year along with the matter connected with the induction of women in NDA.
The Army Training Command in an affidavit in the top court said it is making arrangements to admit girl cadets/candidates to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and Rashtriya Military Schools (RMC) from the academic session 2022-23. The affidavit said the admission to RIMC is done through an all-India competitive examination held biannually in June and December every year for admission in January and July. “All states of the union are allotted one seat while Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal are allotted two seats, and Uttar Pradesh three seats," it added.
Elaborating on Phase 1, the affidavit said: "Increase capacity from 250 to 300 incrementally by inducting 5 girls per six months...girls will be allowed to take the RIMC entrance examination scheduled in June 2022 for entry into RIMC for the term starting in January 2023". It further added that in Phase 2 there is a plan to increase capacity from 300 to 350 and to induct 10 girls every month and at the end of this expansion, RIMC will have 250 boys and 100 girls. For this, it is submitted that girls will be allowed to take the RIMC entrance examination scheduled in June 2027 for the term starting January 2028," said the affidavit. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: National Defence Academy, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Supreme Court, India, Women
India has called on the UN committee dealing with disarmament to condemn Pakistan for its "nefarious and vicious" attempts to disrupt its work.
"This Committee should not only categorically reject Pakistan's nefarious and vicious designs but collectively condemn Pakistan for its repeated efforts to politicize its work and hijack its mandate," an Indian delegate said on Monday at the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) First Committee, which deals with disarmament.
He was replying to Pakistan's Permanent Representative Munir Akram's attack on India that went outside the committee's framework by raising the Kashmir issue.
The Indian delegate said: "As the epicenter of global terrorism, Pakistan is the biggest destabilizing force in the world and has repeatedly indulged in cross-border terrorism. They have no regard for UN principles."
"While Pakistan's Permanent Representative speaks about peace and security here, his Prime Minister (Imran Khan) glorifies global terrorists like Osama Bin Ladin as 'martyrs'. What more could be a better proof of the utter duplicity that this country is infamous for."
Earlier, India's Geneva-based Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Pankaj Sharma, warned the committee about the dangers of "terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction" and called on UN members to "work together to address this grave danger".
"Through its annual consensus resolution at the UNGA, titled 'Measures to Prevent Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction,' India has been drawing the attention of the world towards these threats and the need to strengthen international cooperation to address them," Sharma said.
He also drew attention to the havoc caused by terrorists getting small arms and light weapons (SALW).
"Weapons in the hands of terrorists are the most threatening form of illicit SALWs. Therefore, India values the full and effective implementation of the UN PoA (Programme of Action) as a means to combat terrorism and transnational crime."
Sharma reiterated India's commitment to "universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament".
This would require all countries, including the five permanent members of the Security Council which take cover behind the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), to give up their nuclear weapons.
Laying out India's nuclear doctrine that has been stated at the UN in previous years, Sharma said that "as a responsible nuclear weapon State and is committed as per its nuclear doctrine, to maintain credible minimum deterrence with the posture of no-first-use and non-use against non-nuclear-weapon states".
He did not elaborate on it, but a close reading of the statement, unchanged from previous years, leaves open the option of preemptive action against a nuclear-armed state.
But Sharma said that it was important "to commence negotiations to reach agreement on an international convention prohibiting the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons and urgent steps to reduce the risks of unintentional and accidental use of nuclear weapons, respectively".
This has been highlighted in the annual resolutions introduced by India at the Assembly, Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons and Reducing Nuclear Danger, he said.
Akram held out an implied nuclear threat to India saying, "Pakistan will do whatever it takes to preserve full spectrum deterrence to prevent and defeat any potential Indian aggression."
In keeping up with Pakistan's policy of raising Kashmir and what it calls "Hindutva" in all UN forums regardless of their area of work or the topic of discussion, Akram representing the non-secular, officially Islamic state that works with Islamist extremists, alleged that the threat to South Asia came from "Hindutva".
He went on to rekindle Islamabad's criticism of India over Kashmir.
Akram also brought up the Indo-Pacific and Islamabad's patron China, which he called "the rising Asian great power."
He asserted that "70 per cent of India's weaponry and forces are deployed against Pakistan, not to serve its promised role as a counter to the rising Asian great power in the so-called 'Indo-Pacific' region".
Exercising the right of reply, the Indian delegate said: "In contrast to India's constructive approach on disarmament matters, Pakistan has only been disruptive. It is 25 years now, that the world is paying the price of Pakistan's obstructionist tactics" in the Conference on Disarmament preventing it from adopting a program of work.
The Indian delegate said that Islamabad "has the dubious distinction of having single-handedly blocked the negotiations" on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty that would prohibit the production of highly enriched uranium and plutonium that used in nuclear weapons.
"The First Committee has a vast agenda dealing with global issues relating to disarmament and international security. This is not the forum to address bilateral or regional issues. We wish to reiterate that regional security issues have no place in the First Committee's considerations." (IANS/SK)
(This news story was originally written by Arul Louis for IANS. He can be reached email@example.com and followed at @arulouis)
Keywords: India, Pakistan, UN, UNGA, Regional Security, Military, NPT, International Relations
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Saturday said that the Chinese troops have been deployed in "considerable numbers" across all eastern Ladakh and northern front, right up to India's eastern command." The Army Chief had visited forward areas in Eastern Ladakh for reviewing the prevailing security situations and India's operational preparedness there he noticed the increase in Chinese troop deployment in the forward areas. He acquired a detailed briefing about the overall situation in the region at the headquarters of the 14 Corps, popularly known as the 'Fire and Fury Corps. He said that China's military developments remain a matter of concern for India.
The Army chief said, "We're regularly monitoring all their (China's) movements. Based on the inputs we get, we're also carrying out matching developments both in infrastructure as well as in terms of troops that are needed to counter any threat…At the moment, India is well poised to meet any eventuality." The development comes ahead of the 13th round of talks that is to be held in the second week of October between the two countries on the Ladakh standoff and disengagement of military forces.
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The Army Chief said that he's hopeful that in the 13th Round of talks both the countries will be able to discuss things out with each other and will be able to reach a consensus on how this disengagement will take place. The Army Chief reassured that "by and by, all the friction points will get resolved". He said "even when the talks had started, people were doubtful whether talks will resolve anything", and mentioned that he was of the "firm opinion that we can resolve our differences through dialogue, and that is what has happened over the last few months."
India and China have been involved in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh for almost 17 months.Wikipedia
India and China have been involved in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh for almost 17 months now after China and India held a talk on 4 September 2020. The two sides had disengaged from most friction points, including Galwan Valley, north and south banks of Pangong Tso, and Gogra Post. After the new developments, the Indian army has deployed the first K9-Vajra self-propelled howitzer regiment in the Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control with China for the extreme outcome the country might have to face.
Elaborating on the ceasefire agreement with Pakistan, which the Directors-General Military Operations (DGMO) of Indian and Pakistani armies had reaffirmed in February, Army Chief General Naravane said the situation is now considerably declining. "Ceasefire understanding was reached towards the end of February. Till end-June (or) beginning (of) July, there were no ceasefire violations whatsoever. But of late there have been increased infiltration attempts that weren't supported by ceasefire violations. In the last 10 days, there have been two ceasefire violations." He informed that he has conveyed through a hotline message & DGMO level talks that take place every week that Pakistan should not give support to terror-related activities.
Keywords: Indo-China, Army, military troops, 13th round of talks
A new version of the Akash missile- "Akash Prime" was successfully tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha's Chandipur on Monday at around 4:30 pm. The missile intercepted and tore apart a high-speed unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircraft, in its first flight test after all the enhancements.
Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency seeker to accurately locate the enemy aircraft. The upgrade includes an improved, Launcher, Multi-Function Radar and Command, Control and Communication system. The test was carried out amidst bad weather conditions and yet Akash Prime successfully detonated the threat proving the all-weather capability of the weapon system. The improvements also established that the new missile has comparatively more reliable performance under a low-temperature environment at higher altitudes
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The system performance was validated through the data captured by number Radar, Telemetry and Electro-Optical Tracking systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur," the DRDO said. The test was also witnessed by a team of Indian Air Force Officers.
Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency seeker to accurately locate the enemy aircraft.ANI
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and industry for the successful flight of Akash-NG- " Akash Prime" Missile. He added that the development of this state-of-the-art missile system will prove to be a force multiplier for air defence capabilities of the Indian Air Force and the successful flight test demonstrates the competence of the Defence Research and Development Organisation in the design and development of world-class Missile systems.
The teams were also greeted and congratulated by the Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman Defence Research and Development Organisation, Dr G Satheesh Reddy. He declared that the success of the Akash Prime team will boost the confidence of the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army as the Akash system is getting inducted and improved with more lethal and accurate missiles with capabilities to destroy high-speed agile enemy threats.