|Role of IAF During Assembly Elections in J&K|
|From braving bullets in the Maoist infested Chhattisgarh, the IAF helicopters played a key role in facilitating the democratic process during the J&K elections. Western Air Command pressed its helicopter fleet into action from 25 November in aid of the J&K election undertaking nearly 300 sorties in over 160 hours. Acceding to request of the Election Commission to fly electoral officers, security personnel & EVMs to far flung & remote regions and back, IAF helicopters have operated to over 25 helipads at altitudes ranging from 6000 feet to 14000 feet above mean sea level.The Assembly elections were planned in five phases. The first phase was conducted on 25 November while the last phase was on 20 December. The state comprises of high mountainous terrain that poses difficulty for the authorities while conducting polls. IAF plays a major role in reaching these far flung and inaccessible areas. Taking EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines), electoral staff and also transporting the security forces, in time, is a herculean challenge that is overcome by employing the IAF transport and helicopter fleet. Helicopters were utilised for inducting and de-inducting personnel and equipment during the conduct of polls at remote locations at Inshan, Nawapanchi and Sondar, Kargil and the high altitude and remote locations in Zanskar and Laddakh ranges.
The IAFMi 17V5, ALH and Cheetah helicopters were engaged in this task. For aircrew who undertook these flights, the task provided an opportunity tohone their flying skills. Thesemissionswere planned wellin advance and pose a lesser challenge than the rescue and relief missions undertakenbarely a weeks before the election in the same region. One junior pilot remarked “election task provided us with an opportunity to observe the valleys and the lay of the land which we generally miss out during high pressure tasks that we undertake otherwise”.
Planning, coordination and execution of the election task, spread over five weeks, was undertaken by Advance HQ, AOC J&K “ The planning and execution was flawless and without any hiccups”,remarked a senior officer of HQ WAC who coordinates helicopter operations.
The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to consider continuing German language in Kendriya Vidyalayas for the present academic session. The Court gave it a week’s time to consider whether its decision to introduce Sanskrit as the third language in classes 6th to 8th in Kendriya Vidyalayas can be postponed to the next academic session.
Appearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi today defended the government’s stand on dropping German language as an alternative to Sanskrit. He told the court that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Centre and Germany on introducing German as 3rd language is illegal and the government cannot continue with it.
The Supreme court was hearing the petitions filed by a group of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students that government should not impose its decision of dropping German on them, especially in the middle of the ongoing academic session. Controversy had arisen out of Centre’s decision to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.
Centre submitted before the Supreme Court that Sanskrit will be the third language in classes 6 to 8 in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Appearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu yesterday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sought its permission to file an affidavit on the controversy arising out of Centre’s decision to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.
The bench allowed him to file an affidavit and posted the matter for today.Earlier, on 21st of this month, the apex court had agreed to give an urgent hearing on the petitions filed by a group of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students on the issue.
Counsel for the petitioners have contended that the decision regarding selecting language should be left to the students and parents, and government should not impose its decision on them, especially in the middle of the ongoing academic session
The following are the lists, in order of merit of 238 candidates who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2014 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in February, 2014 and SSB interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the 138th Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. 197th F(P) Course.
There are some common candidates in the three lists for various courses.
The number of vacancies, as intimated by the Government is 250 for Indian Military Academy [including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders], 40 for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – [ Hydro/ Executive General Service] including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders] and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.
The Commission had recommended 5480, 2855 and 614 as qualified in the written test for admission to the Indian Military Academy/ Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy respectively. The number of candidates finally qualified are those after SSB testing conducted by Army Head Quarters.
The results of Medical examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.
Verification of date of birth and educational qualifications of these candidates is still under process by the Army Headquarters. The candidature of all these candidates is, therefore, Provisional on this score. Candidates are requested to forward their certificates, in original, in support of Date of Birth/Educational qualification etc., certificates claimed by them, along with Photostat attested copies thereof to Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters, as per their first choice.
In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters.
These results will also be available on the UPSC website at http.//www.upsc.gov.in However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after completion of its complete process i.e. after declaration of final result of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2014.
For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission’s Office, either in the person or on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours & 17:00 Hrs. on any working days.
|National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (1), 2014 declaration of final results|
The following is list, in order of merit of 342 candidates, who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Written Examination held by the Union Public Service Commission in April, 2014 and the subsequent Interviews held by the Services Selection Board, of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of National Defence Academy for the 133rd Course and Naval Academy for the 95th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from January 2015. For detailed information regarding the date of commencement of the above courses, please visit the websites of Ministry of Defence i.e., www. joinindianarmy.nic.in or indianarmy.gov.in.
The results of Medical Examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.
The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, subject to their submitting the requisite certificates in support of date of birth and educational qualifications etc. claimed by them directly to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No.III, Wing–I, R.K Puram, NEW Delhi -110066 wherever this has not already been done and NOT to UPSC.
In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarter at the address given above.
The result is also available on the UPSC website at http://www.upsc.gov.in. However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after 15 days from the date of declaration of final results.
For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission, either in person or on telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 hours to 17:00 hours on any working day.
The A.K. Antony panel set-up by the Congress to probe the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls has given a clean chit to Party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi and accused the BJP for manipulating the media.
The four-member panel trashed reports that it had criticised Rahul’s leadership.
Mr. Antony told media persons on the sidelines of a function at party headquarters in New Delhi that the reports are absolutely wrong.
He said those who are spreading these rumours want to weaken the party.
Without elaborating he said the reasons for Congress defeat was something else.
He said Rahul and Sonia Gandhi were the only two leaders who extensively campaigned for the party during the polls.
The panel headed by Antony, submitted the report to Sonia Gandhi on Thursday.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that Media was one of the contributory factors for Congress debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. Replying to a media query in New Delhi, he said that the entire focus of the media was towards only one person.
Azad said that whenever he used to have press conferences as a minister even for an hour, not a minute of it was telecast.
AAP welcomes FYUP rollback – but students should not suffer
From: Media Cell AAP1 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mon, 23 Jun ’14 6:09p
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Monday, June 23
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) welcomes the decision of the University Grants Commission to direct the Delhi University authorities to roll back its completely unjustified and highly questionable Four Year Undergraduate Programme commonly known as the FYUP.
The AAP is of the view that the FYUP should have never been implemented in the DU and former HRD minister Kapil Sibal and Vice Chancellor Professor Dinesh Singh owe an apology to the academic and student communities for having imposed such a measure, without any unanimity.
The opposition to FYUP was a unique feature which had united the academic, student and political classes across the spectrum, barring the exception of the Congress Party and its student and teachers wings. The FYUP rollback is a victory of the DU academic and student communities.
The AAP was among the first political parties to have opposed the FYUP and the promise to scrap it was a part of the party’s manifestoes for the Delhi assembly and the Lok Sabha elections.
Though the rollback of the FYUP clearly marks the culmination of a strong movement against this programme among the academicians and the students, the AAP demands that the UGC and DU authorities must take all possible steps to remove all misgivings which are likely to arise of the new situation.
First of all, apprehensions among the students who were enrolled for the FYUP last year and are currently pursuing their studies according to this programme, must be allayed and they need to be assured that none of their rights will be affected.
Secondly, the students who have applied for admission to the DU colleges this year, need to be assured by the DU authorities that the scrapping of the FYUP will not affect their careers in any manner.
The AAP demands that the DU authorities should immediately take the teachers and student representatives into confidence to ensure that there is no unnecessary panic at the very beginning of the fresh academic session and the decision to restore the three year undergraduate courses is implemented without any confusion.
The AAP demands that the Vice Chancellor should publicly explain why he violated the decades-old National Policy of Education and implemented the FYUP and under whose pressure ?
Students from all parts of the country come to study in the DU and the imposition of the FYUP was only an attempt to force them to spend an extra year before getting a graduation degree.
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