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Tensions Along LoC Reduced: Antony
Tensions along the LoC have ‘reduced’ after talks between the two DGMOs but there will be no hasty decisions for normalising relations with Pakistan as it is ‘too early’ to do so, Defence Minister A K Antony has said. Talking to media persons, Defence Minister A K Antony said infiltration attempts are going on even in extreme winters and wondered that ‘if this is the case now, what will be the position (of infiltration) in summers’. "After the latest round of talks between the two DGMOs, the tension in the LoC has reduced but I cannot say or set a timeline for normalising the atmosphere there. It depends on so many factors,” he said.
Army Chief to Brief PM on Hollowness
Faced with a glaring shortage of critical weapon systems and ammunition, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh will brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the "hollowness" faced by the 1.3 million-strong force in its Defence preparedness. Gen Bikram Singh will make a presentation before the Prime Minister about the "hollowness" faced by the force and the steps needed to do away with them in the next few weeks, government sources said. The Army is in the process of identifying more areas where it is facing shortfalls and they will be added in the presentation before the PM, they said.
Defence Ministry Audit Reveals Rs.100 Crore Loss Caused By Army Commanders
Barely a couple of months since the Defence Minister A K Antony urging the armed forces to use the Defence budget wisely and avoid "wasteful expenditure", an internal audit report has detected a loss of over Rs 100 crore in spending by six army commanders between 2009 and 2011. This has prompted the Defence Ministry to inquire into the expenditure incurred by the six army commanders. The Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) has been brought into the loop to audit expenses made by the army commanders and the subsequent loss of Rs. 100 crores. It may be noted that under the special financial powers, the army can spend up to Rs 125 crore to procure urgently-required items for troops.
Army Wins the Battle for Choppers
In the battle of helicopters, the Indian Army has emerged victorious as the Defence Ministry has decided to give control of the choppers to it despite a strong opposition from the Air Force. "We have received a letter from the defence ministry and we have been given the attack helicopters by the government," Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh said here. The Army had been demanding control over attack and medium-lift helicopters saying they are mainly used for its operations and that is why they should be under it. The IAF has been strongly opposing the demand.
Battle of Choppers between IAF Army Intensifies, Antony to Intervene
The battle between the Army and the IAF for controlling attack helicopters was a "family problem" and the government was trying to find a solution for it, Defence Minister A K Antony said today. The Army has been demanding the control over attack and medium-lift helicopters saying they are mainly used for its operations and that is why they should be under it. The IAF, which operates two squadrons of Russian-origin Mi-35/25 attack choppers, has been opposing the demand. "There is no tussle and there is no war. These are all family problems and we will find a solution. We are in the final stages of finding the solution amicably," he told reporters.
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