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New Delhi: Manipur human rights activist Irom Sharmila on Saturday alleged that bureaucrats in the northeastern states were “misutilising” the money sent by the central government for counter-insurgency operations.

Sharmila, 43, said this  after a hearing at Patiala House courts. She is under judicial custody after being re-arrested on January 24, a day after she was released by the Imphal East district court.

The anti-AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) activist has been on hunger strike for 15 years demanding its repeal. The act gives sweeping powers to the armed forces fighting militants.

“In Manipur and the other northeastern states, every bureaucrat and power holder is getting benefits from the money, in crores, sent by the centre in the name of counter-insurgency. They are misutilising it and using it for profit earning,” Sharmila said in an interview.

Citing the recent attack on the Indian Army in Manipur on June 4 that left 18 soldiers dead, Sharmila said that “violent tactics in governance” would never solve any serious social problem.

It was one of the worst attacks on the army in years.

“Militant attacks of the lunatic kind can never be appreciated. However, such attacks can be stopped only if AFSPA is repealed,” she said.

“If they remove all these overcrowded/excessive army (personnel) from Manipur, there will be no target of the attacks. Attacking any plan based on counter-insurgency is the inevitable tactics of armed revolutionaries. I think you know, violent tactics as a means for any cause will never solve the problem for it’s tit for tat,” she said.

Sharmila said that if AFSPA was removed from the northeastern states, hefty sanctions of money from New Delhi would automatically stop and “such bureaucratic malpractices would cease”.

Sharmila was in Delhi to attend court proceeding on her alleged attempt to suicide case registered during her fast-unto-death here in 2006.

Emphasising that AFSPA was the only reason the entire northeastern region was on the boil, Sharmila said: “Only if the central government removes all the armies from Manipur and the other states affected by the AFSPA will the region see peace.”

Appreciating the efforts made by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to get AFSPA repealed from his state, Sharmila said: “The CM of Tripura is very bold and devoted for the welfare of his subjects without selfish motive. I think this is a sign of a superb quality of leadership.”

AFSPA was repealed from Tripura on May 27 after being in force for 18 years.

Sharmila has been fasting since November 5, 2000, a couple of days after an Assam Rifles personnel gunned down 10 civilians, including a National Child Bravery Award winner, near a bus stand in Malom village on the Imphal-Aizawl highway. (IANS)

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said increasing military spending by NATO members would help tackle some of the challenges.

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A general view of USS Mount Whitney of the US Navy at sunrise as it approaches the port during the NATO-led military exercise Trident Juncture, Nov. 3, in Trondheim, Norway. VOA

NATO is developing new high-tech tools, such as the ability to 3-D-print parts for weapons and deliver them by drone, as it scrambles to retain a competitive edge over Russia, China and other would-be battlefield adversaries.

Gen. Andre Lanata, who took over as head of the NATO transformation command in September, told a conference in Berlin that his command demonstrated over 21 “disruptive” projects during military exercises in Norway this month.

He urged startups as well as traditional arms manufacturers to work with the Atlantic alliance to boost innovation, as rapid and easy access to emerging technologies was helping adversaries narrow NATO’s long-standing advantage.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for the NATO summit in Brussels, May 25, 2017.Source-VOA

Lanata’s command hosted its third “innovation challenge” in tandem with the conference this week, where 10 startups and smaller firms presented ideas for defeating swarms of drones on the ground and in the air.

Winner from Belgium

Belgian firm ALX Systems, which builds civilian surveillance drones, won this year’s challenge.

Its CEO, Geoffrey Mormal, said small companies like his often struggled with cumbersome weapons procurement processes.

“It’s a very hot topic, so perhaps it will help to enable quicker decisions,” he told Reuters.

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A Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon is prepared for testing at the Eglin Air Force Armament Center on March 11, 2003. VOA

Lanata said NATO was focused on areas such as artificial intelligence, connectivity, quantum computing, big data and hypervelocity, but also wants to learn from DHL and others how to improve the logistics of moving weapons and troops.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said increasing military spending by NATO members would help tackle some of the challenges, but efforts were also needed to reduce widespread duplication and fragmentation in the European defense sector.

Participants also met behind closed doors with chief executives from 12 of the 15 biggest arms makers in Europe. (VOA)