Amarinder Singh Condemns Attempts To Politicise Defence Forces

Amarinder Singh acknowledged the courage of all soldiers at an event. (File)


Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he deplored attempts to “politicise” the defence forces, asserting that the personnel were meant to report only to their regimental heads and not work at the behest of the political dispensation.

He said there was an immediate end to the “current cult of political interference” in the functioning of defence services, to enable the officers and soldiers to discharge their duties efficaciously.

The Congress leader said it was necessary in the larger interest of the nation to secure its unity, integrity and security.

Mr Singh condemned the attempts to politicise” the defence forces, asserting the personnel were meant to report only to their regimental heads and not work at the behest of the political dispensation.

He was addressing a gathering at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Chandigarh which paid homage to commonwealth nations’ armed forces personnel who sacrificed their lives during World War I.

A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the martyrs, an official release said.

The chief minister said the exemplary valour and indomitable courage of all soldiers in preserving the ethos of freedom, liberty and democratic values had remained largely unrecognised. He noted nearly 74,000 Indian soldiers attained martyrdom and 67,000 were wounded in this war.

While most Indians were aware of the sacrifices made by millions of people in the Independence struggle, the supreme contribution of the brave men who fought in the Great War was largely forgotten, the chief minister said.

He called for aggressively propagating the nation’s rich military history among the youths to make them more aware about the glorious legacy of the armed forces.

Underscoring the need to acclimatise the younger generation with the past events, Mr Singh advocated for inclusion of detailed chapters on India’s contribution both in World War 1 and 2 in school curriculum.

Referring to his recent visit to Turkey’s Gallipoli’s Helles and Turkish memorials, where he paid his respects to the martyred Commonwealth soldiers, including Indians, he said there was a marked difference in the awareness levels of youth about the military exploits compared to India.

Earlier, British Deputy High Commissioner in Chandigarh, Andrew Ayre lauded the role played by Indian soldiers in the war.

Canadian Consulate General Mia Yen also paid glowing tributes to the soldiers in securing peace, prosperity and democratic freedom for their future generations.


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Israel Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman Resigns After Gaza Ceasefire

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation today. (File)


Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil.

“What happened yesterday — the truce combined with the process with Hamas — is capitulating to terror. It has no other meaning,” Lieberman told journalists.

“What we’re doing now as a state is buying short-term quiet, with the price being severe long-term damage to national security.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Cbi officer Rakesh Asthanas defence Was In UK When Middleman Claims To give money – सीवीसी को CBI अफसर राकेश अस्थाना ने बताया

खास बातें

  1. सीबीआई अफसर आलोक वर्मा और राकेश अस्थाना के खिलाफ हो रही जांच
  2. दोनों आला अफसरोंन ने सीवीसी के सामने किया अपना बचाव
  3. राकेश अस्थाना बोले- जिस टाइम घूस लेने का आरोप, उस वक्त वह देश में नहीं थे

नई दिल्ली: सीबीआई( CBI) के निदेशक आलोक वर्मा( Alok Verma) और विशेष निदेशक राकेश अस्थाना  (Rakesh Asthana ) पर लगे भ्रष्टाचार के आरोपों का केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग( सीवीसी) जांच कर रहा है. तलब किए जाने पर दोनों अफसर अपने ऊपर लगे आरोपों पर सफाई देने के लिए आयोग के सामने पेश हो चुके हैं. इस केस की जांच से जुड़े सूत्रों ने एनडीटीवी को बताया कि हैदराबाद के व्यापारी सतीश साना की जिस शिकायत पर सीबीआई ने राकेश अस्थाना के खिलाफ केस दर्ज किया है, उसमें सना के बयानों पर मामला उलझता दिख रहा है. सीबीआई ने अस्थाना के खिलाफ हैदराबाद के व्यवसाई सना सतीश बाबू से तीन करोड़ रुपये की कथित तौर पर रिश्वत लेने के लिये 15 अक्टूबर को प्राथमिकी दर्ज की थी. शिकायत के मुताबिक यह रकम दो बिचौलियों मनोज प्रसाद और सोमेश प्रसाद के जरिये दी गई थी ताकि मांस निर्यातक मोइन कुरैशी के खिलाफ जांच को कमजोर किया जा सके. सतीश साना ने कहा था कि उसने तीन करोड़ रुपये राकेश अस्थाना जैसे दिखने वाले शख्स को दिए थे. जिनके बारे में बिचौलियों से बात हुई थी.

वहीं बीते 24 अगस्त को राकेश अस्थाना ने कैबिनेट सचिव को दी गई अपनी शिकायत में सीबीआई चीफ आलोक वर्मा पर ही आरोप लगाया था कि उन्होंने किसी मामले में पूछताछ से राहत दिलाने के लिये व्यापारी सतीश सना से रिश्वत के रूप में दो करोड़ रुपये लिये. एनडीटीवी को सूत्रों ने बताया कि राकेश अस्थाना ने आरोपों को खारिज करते हुए कहा है कि जिस अवधि में घूस को लेकर बिचौलियों से संपर्क, बातचीत  और लेन-देन की बात कही गई, उस समय वह लंदन में थे. सतीश साना की ओर से दर्ज एफआइआर में कहा गया है कि दो दिसंबर को घूस को लेकर बातचीत हुई और 13 दिसंबर 2017 को घूस की रकम दी गई. इस पर राकेश अस्थाना ने कहा कि वह भगोड़े विजय माल्या की सुनवाई से जुड़े केस में लंदन में थे. न्यूज रिपोर्ट्स भी इस बात की पुष्टि करतीं हैं कि  राकेश अस्थाना ने तीन दिसंबर को दिल्ली छोड़ दिया था और कम से कम 12 दिसंबर तक वह लंदन में थे. 

आलोक वर्मा ने आरोपों को किया खारिज

सीबीआई निदेशक आलोक वर्मा केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयुक्त केवी चौधरी की अध्यक्षता वाली समिति के समक्ष शुक्रवार को उपस्थित हुए और विशेष निदेशक राकेश अस्थाना द्वारा उनके ऊपर लगाए गए भ्रष्टाचार के आरोपों का लगातार दूसरे दिन खंडन किया. वर्मा की जांच समिति के समक्ष उपस्थित होने के कुछ ही घंटे बाद अस्थाना भी शुक्रवार को भ्रष्टाचार निरोधी संस्था के कार्यालय पहुंचे. हालांकि, उनकी किसी भी वरिष्ठ अधिकारी से मुलाकात नहीं हो सकी.अधिकारियों ने बताया कि अस्थाना केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग (सीवीसी) के कार्यालय में शाम पौने पांच बजे के करीब पहुंचे और वहां 10 मिनट के लिये रुके. हालांकि, वह किसी वरिष्ठ अधिकारी से नहीं मिल सके क्योंकि उन्होंने मुलाकात का पहले से समय नहीं लिया था.अधिकारियों ने बताया कि समझा जाता है कि सतर्कता आयुक्त टी.एम. भसीन और शरद कुमार की सदस्यता वाली समिति के समक्ष पेश होकर वर्मा ने अस्थाना की ओर से लगाए गए सभी आरोपों को बिंदुवार तरीके से खारिज किया.अधिकारियों ने बताया कि इस मौके पर उच्चतम न्यायालय के सेवानिवृत्त न्यायाधीश न्यायमूर्ति ए.के.पटनायक भी मौजूद थे, क्योंकि शीर्ष अदालत ने उन्हें इस जांच की निगरानी करने का जिम्मा सौंपा है.उन्होंने बताया कि वर्मा शुक्रवार की सुबह सीवीसी दफ्तर पहुंचे और करीब एक घंटे तक वहां रहे. उन्होंने सीवीसी दफ्तर के बाहर इंतजार कर रहे पत्रकारों से बात नहीं की. उच्चतम न्यायालय ने 26 अक्टूबर को केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग से कहा था कि वह अस्थाना की ओर से वर्मा के खिलाफ लगाए गए आरोपों की जांच दो हफ्ते के भीतर पूरी करे. यह समय-सीमा आगामी रविवार को पूरी हो रही है और उच्चतम न्यायालय सोमवार को इस मामले की सुनवाई करेगा. वर्मा और अस्थाना को केंद्र सरकार छुट्टी पर भेज चुकी है.

आलोक के बाद अस्थाना ने रखे पक्ष

अधिकारियों ने बताया कि वर्मा के अलावा अस्थाना ने भी गुरुवार को चौधरी से मुलाकात की थी. अस्थाना ने गुरुवार को सतर्कता आयुक्त शरद कुमार से भी मुलाकात की थी और ऐसा समझा जाता है कि उन्होंने वर्मा के खिलाफ लगाए गए अपने आरोपों के समर्थन में दस्तावेजी सबूत सौंपे थे.शुक्रवार को विशेष सीबीआई निदेशक एक बार फिर सीवीसी कार्यालय पहुंचे. एक अधिकारी ने नाम नहीं जाहिर किये जाने की शर्त पर बताया, ‘‘वह केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयुक्त चौधरी या किसी सतर्कता आयुक्त–टी एम भसीन और शरद कुमार से नहीं मिल सके क्योंकि वे आयोग के अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों के साथ बैठक में शामिल थे.”    आयोग ने हाल में अहम मामलों की छानबीन कर रहे कुछ सीबीआई अधिकारियों से पूछताछ की थी. इन अधिकारियों का नाम वर्मा के खिलाफ अस्थाना की शिकायत में सामने आया था.    अधिकारियों ने बताया कि इंस्पेक्टर से लेकर पुलिस अधीक्षक रैंक तक के सीबीआई अधिकारियों को बुलाया गया और सीवीसी के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी के समक्ष उनके बयान दर्ज कराए गए.इनमें वे अधिकारी शामिल थे जो मोइन कुरैशी रिश्वतखोरी मामले, पूर्व रेल मंत्री लालू प्रसाद की कथित संलिप्तता वाले आईआरसीटीसी घोटाले और मवेशी तस्करी मामले सहित कई अन्य मामलों से जुड़े थे.उच्चतम न्यायालय ने वर्मा के खिलाफ आरोपों की सीवीसी जांच उच्चतम न्यायालय के पूर्व न्यायाधीश न्यायमूर्ति ए के पटनायक की निगरानी में होगी और यह एक बार का ‘अपवाद’ होगा. वर्मा ने उन्हें छुट्टी पर भेजने के सरकार के फैसले को शीर्ष अदालत में चुनौती दी है.


सीबीआई में क्यों मची घमासान

वर्मा और अस्थाना के बीच झगड़ा हाल में अपने चरम पर पहुंच गया जब सीबीआई के विशेष निदेशक और सीबीआई के उपाधीक्षक देवेद्र कुमार समेत अन्य के खिलाफ हाल में प्राथमिकी दर्ज की गई. कुमार कथित रिश्वतखोरी के मामले में सीबीआई की हिरासत में है.सीबीआई ने अस्थाना के खिलाफ हैदराबाद के व्यवसायी सना सतीश बाबू से दो करोड़ रुपये की कथित तौर पर रिश्वत लेने के लिये 15 अक्टूबर को प्राथमिकी दर्ज की थी. यह रकम दो बिचौलियों मनोज प्रसाद और सोमेश प्रसाद के जरिये दी गई थी ताकि मांस निर्यातक मोइन कुरैशी के खिलाफ जांच को कमजोर किया जा सके.गत 24 अगस्त को अस्थाना ने कैबिनेट सचिव को दी गई अपनी शिकायत में वर्मा पर आरोप लगाया था कि उन्होंने किसी मामले में पूछताछ से राहत दिलाने के लिये सना से रिश्वत के रूप में दो करोड़ रुपये लिये. (इनपुट-भाषा से भी)


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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Celebrates Diwali 2018 With Army Personnel In Arunachal Pradesh

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman celebrates Diwali with soldiers at Hyulong, Arunachal Pradesh.


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today celebrated Diwali with army personnel in remote posts in Arunachal Pradesh near the Sino-India border.

She first overflew the forward-most post of Rochcham near the border and then visited the post of Hayuliang in Anjaw district, Kohima-based Defence Spokesman Colonel Chiranjit Konwer said.

At Hayuliang, she celebrated Diwali with the jawans, distributed sweets and wished them prosperity and happiness.

The defence minister also undertook a tour of the forward areas in Dau-Delai and Lohit Valleys in Anjaw district as her slated visit to Anini and Andrala Omkar border posts in Dibang valley district to celebrate the festival with the army personnel had to be cancelled due to inclement weather, Mr Konwer said.

Ms Sitharaman was accompanied by General Officer Commanding-in-chief of Eastern Command Lieutenant General MM Naravane and GoC of Spear Corps Lieutenant General Gopal R.

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Defence Minister To Celebrate Diwali With Troops In Arunachal

Ms Sitharaman will be briefed about defence preparedness by the Army in Arunachal. (File)


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will celebrate Diwali with troops in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Dibang Valley district, a defence official said.

The Defence Ministry confirmed her visit in a tweet on Monday night: “Continuing the tradition of celebrating Diwali with the families of our soldiers, Smt @nsitharaman will celebrate Diwali this year at Dinjan (Assam), Andra La-Omkar and Anini (Arunachal Pradesh).”

During her visit, Ms Sitharaman, accompanied by Eastern Army Commander and other senior officials, will be briefed about the defence preparedness and infrastructure improvements by the Army in the region, the official said on Tuesday morning.

“She is expected to conduct an aerial survey of the region and will meet troops in Andra La-Omkar and Anini on Wednesday,” he said.

Ms Sitharaman is also slated to meet families of fallen soldiers.

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India, Italy Resolve To Expand Defence, Trade Ties

The joint statement said PM Modi and Mr Conte discussed various global challenges.

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte Tuesday agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in areas of defence, trade, energy and infrastructure even as they condemned those providing safe havens to terror groups and supporting cross border terrorism.

In their wide-ranging talks, the two leaders also underlined that connectivity initiatives must be based on internationally recognised norms and standards, rule of law, and inclusiveness, seen as an oblique reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

A joint statement said Conte reiterated Italy’s support to India’s intensified engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) which strengthens global non-proliferation efforts.

Referring to defence cooperation, it said both sides recognised the need to broad base defence ties and make them “enduring and mutually beneficial”.

Italy has been pushing for strengthening of bilateral defence ties which were hit by the AgustaWesland choppper scam, being investigated by Indian probe agencies.

In 2014, the UPA government had cancelled the chopper deal with AgustaWestland following allegations that the company bribed middlemen to secure the deal. The AgustaWestland is wholly owned subsidiary of Italian defence major Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica.

“India invited Italian defence equipment manufacturing companies to invest in India under the Make-in-India initiative and to collaborate with Indian companies for design and construction of defence equipment,” the joint statement said.

To boost bilateral trade and investment, both sides agreed agreed to set up a fast track mechanism to promote two-way investments, and resolve issues, if any, confronted by the businesses in each other’s country.

The areas for deepening of cooperation agreed at the talks included railways, infrastructure, food processing, renewable energy, education, skill development and science and technology.

The two also touched upon ongoing efforts of both sides to re-engage actively towards an early resumption of negotiations for a comprehensive, balanced and mutually beneficial India-EU free trade agreement.

The joint statement said PM Modi and Mr Conte discussed various global challenges including threat of terrorism and ways to deal with these.

“The leaders asserted that strong measures need to be taken against terrorists, terror organisations and all those who encourage, support and finance terrorism,” it said.

They condemned all kinds of State support to terrorists including cross border terrorism, seen as a reference to Pakistan.

“The leaders agreed to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation through multilateral fora and called upon all UN member countries to effectively implement the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, UNSC Resolution 1267 and other relevant UNSC resolutions,” it said.

In the talks, the Indian side proposed to host the second India-Italy joint working group on combating terrorism here at a mutually convenient date in the first half of 2019.

Referring to connectivity projects, PM Modi and Mr Conte acknowledged their importance in promoting economic growth and people-to-people contacts.

However, they “underlined that connectivity initiatives must be based on internationally recognised norms and standards, good governance, rule of law, inclusiveness, openness, transparency and equality”.

Under its massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China plans to build rail, maritime and road links from Asia to Europe and Africa in a revival of ancient Silk Road trading routes.

India has been opposing the project as a portion of the corridor passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India has been maintaining that mega connectivity project must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nations.

The statement said the two leaders also resolved to fight all forms of protectionism, including unilateral measures and unfair trade practices.

“Leaders underlined the importance of implementing and enforcing obligations under the WTO by its members, including the ongoing work to implement its Trade Facilitation Agreement,”it said.

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Israel Aerospace Wins $777 Million India Contract For Missile Defence

Israel’s and India’s leaders have pledged to deepen ties.


State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won an additional $777 million contract to supply LRSAM air and missile defence systems to seven ships in the Indian navy, the company said on Wednesday.

The contract is with the Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), which is the main contractor in the project, IAI said.

The LRSAM, part of the Barak 8 family, is an air and missile defence system used by Israel’s navy as well as India’s navy, air and land forces.

With this deal, sales of the Barak 8 over the past few years total over $6 billion, IAI said.

“IAI’s partnership with India dates many years back and has culminated in joint system development and production,” IAI Chief Executive Officer Nimrod Sheffer said. “India is a major market for IAI and we plan to … reinforce our positioning in India, also in view of increasing competition.”

Israel’s and India’s leaders have pledged to deepen ties and the countries have been increasing cooperation in fields like agriculture and advanced technologies. Israel is also emerging as one of India’s biggest suppliers of weapons, alongside the United States and long-term partner Russia.

Last year, IAI struck a deal worth almost $2 billion to supply India’s army and navy with missile defence systems. This was followed by a $630 million contract with BEL to supply Barak 8 surface-to-air missile systems for four ships in the Indian navy.

The Barak 8 was developed by IAI in collaboration with Israel’s Defence Ministry, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation, the navies of both countries, Israel’s Rafael and local industries in India and Israel.

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Truth My Only Defence, Says Journalist Priya Ramani Sued By MJ Akbar Over #MeToo Charges

Priya Ramani was the first among a dozen women who have accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassment.

New Delhi: 

Priya Ramani, the journalist who was sued by Union Minister MJ Akbar for defamation after she accused him of sexual harassment in India’s #MeToo movement, said she was ready to fight the case as “truth and the absolute truth is my only defence”.

She was named yesterday as the sole accused in MJ Akbar’s lawsuit and is accused of “intentionally” putting forward “malicious, fabricated and salacious” allegations to harm the minister’s goodwill and reputation.

Priya Ramani said MJ Akbar, her former boss, was seeking to “silence” the survivors through “intimidation and harassment”.

Ms Ramani was the first among a dozen women who have named the Minister of State of External Affairs and accused him of sexual harassment in the tide of #MeToo allegations in India. In a tweet on October 8, she named him as the man in an incident she had shared in a magazine article when the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US led to an explosion of #MeToo allegations.

“I am deeply disappointed that a Union minister should dismiss the detailed allegations of several women as a political conspiracy,” Ms Ramani said in a statement. “By instituting a case of criminal defamation against me, Akbar has made his stand clear: rather than engage with the serious allegations that many women have made against him, he seeks to silence them through intimidation and harassment,” Ms Ramani said in a statement that she tweeted.


Union Minister MJ Akbar called the #MeToo allegations against him “wild and baseless”.

She said those who had spoken up against the editor-turned-minister had done so at great risk to their personal and professional lives. “At this moment, it is disingenuous to ask why they have spoken now, as we are well aware of the stigma and shame that sexual crimes inflict upon victims. Rather than cast aspersions on the intent and motives of these women, we must reflect on how to improve the workplace for future generations of men and women,” Priya Ramani said.


MJ Akbar, 67, returned to India from a foreign trip on Sunday amid calls for his resignation. He called the allegations against him “wild and baseless”. Sources had told NDTV that the government has “nothing to do with the accusations” against him and his stepping down may “set a bad precedent”.

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US Defence Chief Jim Mattis, “Sort Of Democrat”, May Go: Donald Trump

I think we have a great cabinet, says US President Donald Trump. (File)


US President Donald Trump said in an interview airing on Sunday that defense secretary Jim Mattis “could be” leaving, referring to him as “sort of a Democrat.”

Mr Mattis, seen as one of the steadiest but also more independent members of Trump’s cabinet, has served as a low-profile counterweight to the president in his often abrasive treatment of US allies.

In an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Mr Trump was asked whether he wanted Mr Mattis to leave.

“It could be that he is. I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth,” Mr Trump said, according to an excerpt released by CBS. “But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves.”

Mr Trump said he had lunch with Mr Mattis two days earlier and Mr Mattis, a retired Marine four-star general, had not told him that he was leaving.

The exchange on Mr Mattis came after Mr Trump alluded to upcoming changes in his cabinet, which last week saw the surprise resignation of Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations.

“I’m changing things around. And I’m entitled to. I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal. They’ll come into the administration, they’ll be phenomenal,” Mr Trump said.

“I think we have a great cabinet. There’re some people that I’m not happy with. I have some people that I’m not thrilled with. And I have other people that I’m beyond thrilled with,” he said.

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