|Monday, June 26, 2000,
develops hi-tech modem
Sanction to prosecute suspended
Presidents rule in Bihar
George leaves for Moscow today
India against IPKF
Indian, Pak armies can
Man robbed of 1.45 lakh
More rain likely in North-East
Normalcy in Delhi area
Entrance test results out
DEAL develops hi-tech modem
DEHRA DUN, June 25 -- A state-of-the-art modem for use in wire -guided torpedoes has been designed and developed by the Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory here.
The modem provides a complete spectrum of telemetry data link between a wire -guided torpedo (WGT) and the fire control system. A WGT, after it is launched from a ship or a submarine, is guided to its intended target through continuous commands fed into it through a wire link.
The modem will enable the firing control system onboard the mother ship or submarine to maintain a data link with the torpedo for providing command and guidance.
The modem uses state-of-the-art signal processing techniques to overcome problems encountered by conventional transmission systems. Built to military specifications incorporating the desired level of ruggedness, the modem allows a data transfer speed of 206 bits per second, with a maximum cable length of 26 kilometers.
The modem also has the capability to reject signals which are not within the specified band width, which has been achieved with the help of programmable logic devices and microprocessors. It also has features for self balancing, required for stabilisation when a torpedo is fired.
Special test equipment for the system has also been developed by DEAL, which includes a data generation gadget, error detector and guidance wire simulator to facilitate bench testing and evaluating performance of the modem.
According to sources,
the modem has been integrated with the torpedo processing
unit and data link was successfully established with the
fire control system onboard a submarine during technical
trials. Several indigenously fabricated units of the
modem and associated test equipment have been forwarded
to the Vishakapatnam based Naval Science and
Technological Laboratory for sea trials of WGTs using
Sanction to prosecute suspended judge
MUMBAI, June 25 (PTI) Seven months after suspended judge Jaysingh Wadhu Singh was booked in a case of alleged extortion, the Maharashtra Government has given sanction to prosecute him.
The sanction was accorded by the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chhagan Bhujbal, after the Mumbai High Court granted the approval.
The sanction accorded was submitted on June 23 by Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam before a special court set up under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime.
The designated Jugde, Mr A.P. Bhangale will now consider the sanction on July 4 when the prosecution opens its case to explain the charge against the accused and the evidence collected against him to prove the guilt, Mr Nikam told PTI.
Defence lawyers I.P. Bagadia and Pradeep Mahajan will also move the court on the same day to seek bail for J.W. Singh as investigations had reached an advanced stage.
On June 12, the police
filed a 575-page charge-sheet against J.W. Singh and two
underworld figures Chota Shakeel and Pydhonie alleging
that the suspended judge had hired goons through a
conduit to recover his chit-fund money amounting to Rs 40
lakh from Mr Sardar Singh Abrol in return for judicial
Panel suspends states plans
NEW DELHI, June 25 (PTI) The Planning Commission has suspended the finalisation of the states annual plans for 2000-01 due to the absence of guidelines from the Eleventh Finance Commission on the allocation of funds even as chief ministers blamed the Centre for their financial woes.
"The exercise of finalising the states annual plans has been postponed as the Planning Commission was finding it difficult to reach identifiable resources of the states," Mr K.C. Pant, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, told PTI.
After holding discussions with few states, including Punjab, Maharashtra and Kerala, the commission suspended deliberations with the states from the second week of June, he said.
Asked about the demands of the states for the immediate release of Rs 11,000 crore allocated as non-plan deficit grant, Mr Pant indicated that it might not be possible till the final recommendations of the Finance Commission were submitted to the government.
"We have approached the Chairman of the Finance Commission, Mr A.M. Khusro for the early finalisation of the formula under which allocations to the states are to be made.. We hope that the recommendations will come by the month end," he said within days of nine CMs seeking the Prime Ministers intervention for immediate financial assistance.
Mr Pant said the interim report of the Finance Commission had failed to provide any break-up on the allocation of funds while hoping that some decision was expected by the month-end.
At the same time he criticised the faulty policies adopted by states saying that "today most of the states have adopted the pay scales of the Centre (Fifth Pay Commission) without looking at their own paying capacity. Earlier there were different pay scales with a few states even paying higher than the Centre on the basis of their capability."
Nine states, including
West Bengal, Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra, which had
signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre for
correcting fiscal situation, told the Prime Minister on
Wednesday that the Fifth Pay Commission had crippled
their finances and the Centre was responsible for the
delay in the report of the Eleventh Finance Commission.
George leaves for Moscow today
NEW DELHI, June 25 The Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes will lead a nine-member defence delegation to Russia from June 26 to 30.
During this visit, on the invitation of Russian Defence Minister Marshal I Sergeev, the two countries will sign a protocol strengthening defence cooperation between the two.
Mr Fernandes will call on Russian President Vladimir Putin and is also scheduled to meet Secretary of the Russian Security Council S. I Vanov and other dignitaries, including the Commandant of Leningrad Military District, an official release said today.
Besides holding significant one-to-one and delegation level talks with his counterpart Marshal Sergeev who is also the Marshal of the Russian armed forces, Mr Fernandes will witness a flight demonstration of the SU-30 MKI, the version of the SU-30K, a multi-role aircraft specially tailored to Indian requirements.
He will also visit Baltisky plant of the St. Petersburg Shipyards and the Admirality Shipyards where submarines, frigates, and other naval vessels for the Indian Navy are constructed.
Other members of the delegation include Defence Secretary T R Prasad, Additional Defence Secretary (Defence Production) Dhirendra Singh, senior officers from Army, Navy and Air Force and from the Ministry of Defence.
Mr Fernandess is
the latest in the series of high-level visits between
India and Russia reflecting the multi-faceted and
time-tested relations between the two countries. it will
further strengthen the bilateral relationship,
particularly in the field of defence cooperation, the
India against IPKF experiment
NEW DELHI, June 25 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh has said that India will play a supportive and constructive role in finding a lasting solution to the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka. New Delhi has maintained that it was opposed to any military solution and a repetition of the 1987 IPKF experiment.
"India is for a supportive and constructive role. It really is the best possible option under the circumstances for enabling Sri Lanka, a valued neighbour, to flower into peace where all citizens of that country have a true say in their economic and political destinies," Mr Jaswant Singh, who is now on a visit to Moscow, said in an interview to Doordarshan telecast today, ahead of his trip.
Mr Jaswant Singh, who held wide-ranging discussions with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and his counterpart Lakshman Kadirgamar during his recent visit to Colombo, said he had reaffirmed Indias stand of fully backing the island nations sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Asked about reported divergent views within the ruling NDA constituents with DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi suggesting Czech model of separation of Sri Lanka on ethnic lines, the minister said in a democracy and particularly in a coalition government, it was obligatory on the part of the Centre to carry its constituents with it and explain its policies. "I havent faced any difficulty on the Sri Lanka issue, he said. Mr Jaswant Singh hoped that the political process would be set in motion in Sri Lanka for paving the way for earliest restoration of lasting peace.
India, he said, valued its relationship with Sri Lanka, a close neighbour.
Asked about the
prospects of resolution of the protracted Jammu and
Kashmir problem, he said cross-border terrorism,
promotion of ill will and discontent through foreign
mercenaries and aiding and abetting terrorism in J and K
and elsewhere by Pakistan was not conducive to the
normalisation of ties.
Indian, Pak armies can "build" bridges
NEW DELHI, June 25 (ADNI) Lt -Gen M. L. Chibber, former GOC-in-C, Northern Command, and Dr (Mrs) R. Chibber have suggested that an interaction between the armies of India and Pakistan can build bridges between the two hostile neighbours. " The reality of Pakistan is that the army has, directly or indirectly, ruled the country since 1958. This is likely to continue even after the revival of democracy in some form. It can be constructive to encourage an interaction between the armed forces of the two countries at an appropriate level in a variety of activities. The fear that the Indian Army may be infected with a military coup mentality is misplaced. It is the Pakistani army that will benefit by seeing the role of a professional military in a functional democracy", General Chibber and Dr (Mrs) Chibber wrote.
The Chibbers suggested this after a three- week tour of Pakistan in course of which they addressed seven seminars. The invitation to the seminars organised by the Institute of Regional Studies, Pakistan, was the result of correspondence with Gen Pervez Musharraf, when he was appointed Army Chief of Pakistan in 1998.
General Chibber and Mrs Chibber, who highlighted the point that "Akhand Bharat " had never been on the agenda of the armed forces or the political parties in India, on their return, wrote their views in a monograph suggesting that India unilaterally take six steps to create an environment of trust between the two countries.
In addition to suggesting an interaction between the two armies, it was also suggested in the monograph that school children from Pakistan coming and staying with Indian families, who were willing to take them around, would be useful to break the barriers between the two countries. Organisations like the India-Pakistan Friendship Society, Rotary Clubs, the Indian Association of the Experiment in International Living, the string of Modern Schools in Delhi run by General Virendera Singh, etc, could play a role in this, it was suggested. This suggestion in fact was made by Mrs Chibber which received enthusiastic response.
The authors also suggested that all hurdles in India against English newspapers and magazines published from Pakistan should be done away with since English media in Pakistan was remarkably free and outspoken. It was suggested that the services should encouraged to invite the pre-Independence military officers of Pakistan for re-unions and other such functions. Though there would be resistance to this from some segments of the Pakistani army (one officer apparently confided in the authors that on one occasion, when an invitation was received from India, a senior warned him that he would break the legs of anyone going to India, yet some of them did come), still it should be tried.
Organised tours to India by Pakistani by tourist agencies should be completely liberalised, the authors suggested. They also felt that villagers who migrated to Pakistan from Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujrat should be permitted to visit their ancestral villages. The authors also suggested that to promote trade between the two countries, initiative should be take to bypass the bureaucratic red-tape by letting entrepreneurs of proven integrity in India and Pakistan to evolve a plan for trade which would benefit the two countries.
During their three- week
tour the authors also felt that there were "numerous
officers" in the Pakistani army, who genuinely
believed in creating institutions for fulfilling the
dream of Qaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah who had said on
August 11, 1947 that in sovereign Pakistan religion of an
individual would have nothing to do with the business of
Bitta for Presidents
rule in Bihar
NEW DELHI, June 25 Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, former Youth Congress Chief, has fired yet another salvo against the partys central leadership demanding imposition of Presidents rule in Bihar.
Mr Bitta, who returned here after a two-day tour of Mianpur and Nawada villages in Bihar where many killings took place recently, said the Congress party should withdraw from the RJD-led coalition government in the State.
In a statement issued here, Mr Bitta charged that the Rabri Devi government had "miserably failed to contain the caste war or Naxalites menace.
He reminded that the Congress party had not allowed its then Chief Minister in Punjab, Mr Darbara Singh, to continue in office after killing of 14 innocents in Lalru of Patiala district.
After touring the area, Mr Bitta said Bihar should have an political Governor like Mr K.P.S. Gill or Mr Jagmohan for firm handling of the situation.
Mr Bitta, who is the chairman of the All-India anti-Terrorist Front, said he planned to undertake a Punjab type mission against the growing menace of extremist violence in central Bihar.
During his visit, Mr Bitta said he met family members of those who were massacred and expressed grief over the shocking incident in which even women and children were not spared.
Mr Bitta said he also distributed clothes among the family members of those killed and assured them to provide financial assistance soon.
Mr Bittas statement demanding the imposition of Presidents rule in Bihar goes against decision the AICC which feels that such a measure would not help the situation which needs tackling on social and economic levels.
Review Ambedkars Dalit
NEW DELHI, June 25 The Haryana Governor, Mr Babu Parma-nand, today urged intellectuals, social activists, educationists and organisations associated with Dalits emancipation to review Dr B R Ambedkars Dalit philosophy and constitutional provisions meant for their rehabilitation and overall development in the new millennium.
Delivering the keynote address at a national seminar on "Dalit identity in the new millennium" organised by Dr B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research in the north campus of Delhi University, he commented that the Dalits still suffer and disadvantages in respect of socio-economic, educational, agricultural land, jobs and housing, a state government release said here. He lamented that even-after 53 years of countrys independence and even during the previous millennium equality, social justice and human rights had just proved formal claptraps for the Dalits.
However, the 20th
century renaissance has changed the mental outlook of the
people, and when the country adopted a number of
educational, developmental schemes and plans for the
welfare of the Dalits in the democratic set up, the
oppressed people cannot be kept as victim of poverty,
hunger and illiteracy, he said.
Man robbed of 1.45 lakh
GREATER NOIDA, June 25 Three scooter-borne miscreants robbed a petrol pump manager of Rs 1.45 lakhs at gunpoint in Surajpur here.
The manager of Ravi Petrol Pump, Prempal, in an FIR lodged at Dadri police station, reportedly claimed that he was robbed while he was on his way to bank to deposit daily cash.
More rain likely in North-East
PUNE, June 25 (PTI) Forecast valid until the morning of June 27: Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at many places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Konkan and Goa, coastal Karnataka and Kerala; at a few places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gangetic West Bengal and Lakshadweep and at isolated places over the rest of the country outside Rajasthan, the north Gujarat region, Kutch and north madhya Maharashtra where the weather will be mainly dry.
The trough on sea level chart passes through Punjab, south Uttar Pradesh, north-west Bay and thence south-eastwards to north Andaman Sea. The cyclonic circulation between 3.1 and 5.8 km A.S.L. over the north Gujarat region and neighbourhood persists. The western disturbance as an upper air system over Jammu and Kashmir and neighbourhood is moving away north-eastwards.
Rain or thundershowers have occurred at most places in Assam and Meghalaya; at many places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram Tripura and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim; at a few places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar plains, plains of Uttar Pradesh, Konkan and Goa, coastal Karnataka and Kerala and at isolated places in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, east Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra and Kutch, madhya Maharashtra and south interior Karnataka. Mainly dry weather prevailed over the rest of the country.
The chief amounts of rainfall in cm are; Imphal 5.1, Punalur 4.7, Tezpur 2.9, north Lakhimpur and Kottayam 2.5 each, Pendra and Bhia 1.9 each, Jalpaiguri, Bareilly and Medikeri 1. each, Shimla 1.6, Malda 1.5, Gangtok 1.3, Hut Bay 1.2, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Ratnagiri 1.0 each, Agartala 0.8, Mahabaleshwar and Patna 0.7 each, Karwar 0.6, and Veraval and Mumbai 0.3 each.
Day temperatures were
above normal in some parts of the north Gujarat region.
They were appreciably below normal in Haryana and Punjab.
They were normal in Rajasthan and in remaining parts of
Normalcy in Delhi area
NEW DELHI, June 25 (PTI) Life is gradually returning to normal in Yamuna Pushta area of north Delhi where the police had to resort to firing to disperse a mob which attacked a police post and forcibly took away a man detained in connection with the recent twin blasts at the Red Fort.
Entrance test results out
NEW DELHI, June 25 (UNI) The Central Board of Secondary Education has declared the results of the all-India pre-medical and pre-dental entrance test held on May 14.
The examination was conducted on the directions of the Supreme Court for 15 per cent seats as per rules specified by the government.
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