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Army Commanders’ Conference: Sino-India border roads discussed



India-China, Sikkim Border

New Delhi, Oct 13 : Nearly two months after India and China military stand-off at Doklam ended, infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border discussed prominently during  Army Commanders’ Conference here, with focus being laid on road connectivity in the central sector of the border that has largely been neglected.

The part of India-China border under the Army’s Central Command is the patch which has been largely peaceful, and maps have also been exchanged for this part with China.

While the road construction activity in the eastern sector is already in limelight , sources said the central part of the border – along the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand – suffers from lack of infrastructure, apparently because of being peaceful, news agency IANS reported.

Sources said on the contrary, China has built roads up to areas close to the border, and hence it was necessary to address the issue.

Director General, Staff Duties Lt. Gen. Vijay Singh, briefing media on the outcome of the Army Commanders’ Conference that started on Monday, said it was decided that there would be a “concerted heft” towards road construction activities in the Central sector.

“Four passes — Niti, Lipu lekh, Thang La 1, and Tsangchokla — will be connected by 2020 on priority,” Singh said. All the four are in Uttarakhand.

The central sector of the India-China border has two disputed areas – Barahoti in Chamoli district where a Chinese incursions took place in July last year, and Pulam Sumda in Uttarkashi district which claimed by China.

This section of border has four valleys – Harsil, Mansa, Niti and Sumna – up to which roads will be constructed, and will also be connected to neighbouring areas.

Singh also said that additional funds will be allocated to Border Road Organisation for the area under the Northern Command for development of roads and infrastructure.

Parts of India-China border in Ladakh, as well as India-Pakistan border fall within the area of the Northern Command of Indian Army.

The Army Commanders’ Conference also discussed recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee, and examined organisational changes for enhancing capabilities.

Sources said it was related to increasing the tooth to tail ratio of the force, regarding which it was recently decided that over 57,000 of its personnel will be redeployed to enhance combat capability of the force.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, in his address at the conference, meanwhile asked the commanders to be prepared for all eventualities at all times and said it was therefore important to accord priority to arms, ammunition and equipment.

“Out approach to procurement process needs to be balanced with focus at the right places,” he Rawat said.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who addressed the conference on Tuesday, lauded the swift and effective response of the Army in dealing with external and internal threats.

She stressed on the “need to guard against inimical forces and talked about the need for jointness and integration of all the services in effectively dealing with emerging challenges”.

The Army Commanders’ Conference is a biennial meet which is attended by all Army Commanders and the Army Chief. The meet is also addressed by the Defence Minister and officials of the ministry are in attendance to brainstorm on important security and organisational issues.

The second edition of this conference started on Monday, and will conclude on October 15.

The recent Doklam stand-off and preparedness along the border with China in general, as well as the situation at the western border alone with Pakistan are top on the agenda of the meet.

Speeding up procurement, pace of modernisation in the Army, pushing the Make in India programme and indigenous procurement, and staff welfare related issues were also discussed.


IAF fake recruitment website found, FIR filed



New Delhi, March 22: The Indian Air Force on Thursday filed an FIR against unidentified persons for creating a fake website to provide employment opportunities in the IAF.

The fake IAF website was identified by one of the officers of IAF and hence a complaint was registered on March 16, under the Information Technology Act, ANI reported.

According to FIR, the reprobates, who created the fake website called applications for various posts.

Wing Commander Manjit Singh, said “The application form said it was for a vacancy in the ‘civilian group C posts in the Air Force record offices.”

Singh posted at the Army headquarters in New Delhi immediately noted down the website’s name “”.


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PM Awas Yojana: Only 8 percent houses built in 3 years



New Delhi, March 22: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas which promised “housing for all” by 2022, has barely completed target of  8%, or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses in last three years.

However, the condition of the rural version of PMAY is better, as under this scheme 30%, or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh targeted by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was inaugurated, the Times of India reported.

According to data on the websites of the urban affairs and rural development ministries, on March 5 this year, the ministry had considered 8,341 projects under PMAY involving 40.6 lakh houses.

But only 3.4 lakh houses have been constructed so far. while work is underway on 18 lakh or about 44% of the target.

However, the data doesn’t show the stage of development for these houses.

Among those completed, about 3 lakh houses are occupied.

On June 25, 2015, the PMAY (Urban) was launched by Prime Minister Modi aiming to build two crore houses for the poor in urban areas by 2022.

Responding to TOI’s questions, the joint secretary and mission director, housing for all, in the urban housing ministry stated, “Keeping in view that housing projects take 18-24 months to complete (in case of projects under two categories), we can expect that in the financial year 2018-19, the pace of PMAY (U) will pick up quite significantly”.

While, PMAY (Rural) was inaugurated on November 20, 2016, and projected to build 1 crore new houses by March 31, 2019. Ou of which, 51 lakh houses were to be completed by end-March 2018. Thus, the 27.7 lakh actually completed are only about 54% of the target at present.


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Delhi Budget 2018-19: 26 % allocation for Education, Health gets 12.7 %



New Delhi, March 22: Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday presented Budget for 2018-19 before the assembly with emphasis on environment and health. 

While announcing the Budget, Sisodia said it estimates are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 percent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the last fiscal.

Sisodia also described the budget a “Green Budget” and vowed of round-the-year, real-time pollution study.

The study will be a part of a 26-point programme to control pollution in Delhi.

“We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” he added.

Below we have enlisted top announcements of the Budget 2019-19:

Rs 6,729 crore has been allocated for the health sector, which is 12.7 percent of the total

Project to install 200-250 CCTVs will be completed by June 2019

Rs 100 crore sanctioned for free WiFi scheme

Rs 1500 crore allocated for infrastructure development of unauthorised colonies.

1000 electric buses to be on roads by March 2019

Rs 403 crore had been allocated for Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics. Also, mobile van clinics were to be established with Rs 15 crore

For Infrastructure development Rs. 1,500 crore allocated

1,000MW of solar and wind power will be bought

Tablets will be provided to all teachers in government schools in a bid to help them keep an online record of students

Twenty-six percent of the Rs 53,000 crore has been allocated for education


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