No end to infiltration from Pakistan, zero incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory: Manohar Parrikar

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EDI building at Pampore during an encounter with Terrorists (representative photo)
EDI building at Pampore during an encounter with Terrorists (representative photo)

New Delhi: There has been a sharp rise in successful cases of infiltration by terrorists along the India-Pakistan border this year.

This is explicit from the fact that against 33 cases of successful infiltration and 118 infiltration attempts in 2015, the security establishment in India has recorded in the first three months of 2016, 18 cases of successful infiltration.

Details of infiltration by terrorists in J&K are as under:

Year Attempted Infiltration Successful Infiltration


2015 118 33
2. 2016

(upto 31st March)

24 18

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar gave this information in a written reply to Sushmita Dev and others in Lok Sabha today. He told the House that issues relating to abetting infiltration along India-Pakistan border are taken up with Pakistan military authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of Flag Meetings and weekly talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations of both the countries.

Government is fully seized of the security needs of the country, Parrikar said adding necessary steps are taken to ensure that the national security concerns are adequately addressed through capability and infrastructural development.

The Defence Minister also told Parliament that there have been no instances of incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory. He further said the Government takes up any transgression along LAC with the Chinese.

Regarding construction activities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the defence Minister said that the Government has seen such reports and has conveyed its concerns to China about their activities and asked them to cease such activities.


PSLV-C33 successfully launched: India will now command position information in the Indian region

PSLV-C33 Lift off
PSLV-C33 Lift off

In its thirty fifth flight (PSLV-C33), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1G, the seventh satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) Thursday afternoon (April 28, 2016) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty fourth consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the thirteenth in its ‘XL’ configuration.

IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. IRNSS provides two types of services. These are Standard Positioning Services (SPS) – provided to all users and Restricted Services (RS) –  provided to authorised users.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, thanked and congratulated all the ISRO scientists and team ISRO for completing IRNSS constellation and dedicated IRNSS to the nation as ‘NavIC’ (Navigation Indian Constellation).  He appreciated India’s space community for making the country proud through such achievements which have helped in improving the life of common man.

 After PSLV-C33 lift-off at 1250 hrs (12:50 pm) IST from the First Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and satellite injection, took place as planned. After a flight of 19 minutes 42 seconds, IRNSS-1G was injected into an elliptical orbit of 283 km X 20,718 km inclined at an angle of 17.867 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) following which the satellite successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage.

After separation, the solar panels of IRNSS-1G were deployed automatically. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, four orbit manoeuvres will be conducted from MCF to position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at 129.5 deg East longitude.

IRNSS-1G is the seventh of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID, IE and 1F,  the first six satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on July 02, 2013, April 04, 2014, October 16, 2014, March 28, 2015, January 20, 2016 and March 10, 2016 respectively. All the six satellites are functioning satisfactorily from their designated orbital positions.

A number of ground facilities responsible for satellite ranging and monitoring, generation and transmission of navigation parameters, etc., have been established in eighteen locations across the country.  Today’s successful launch of IRNSS-1G, the seventh and final member of IRNSS constellation, signifies the completion of the IRNSS constellation.

Foreign Ministry writes to British High Commission to seek Mallya’s deportation

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Vijay MallyaNew Delhi: Union Ministry of External Affairs has written to the High Commission of United Kingdom in Delhi, seeking the deportation of Vijay Mallya so that his presence can be secured for investigations against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
Giving this information at a press briefing here today, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the Indian High Commission in the UK will also be issuing a note verbale for mallya’s deportation to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mallya’s passport was revoked last week in view of the ongoing investigations and the non-bailable warrant issued by a Special Judge in Mumbai, Swarup said adding: “We will continue to pursue this matter with the United Kingdom authorities.”

The deportation request follows four summons by ED for questioning Mallya for charges that invoke provisions of the the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

President’s rule to continue in Uttarakhand, no trial of strength in Assembly on April 29

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Supreme Court of IndiaNew Delhi: Supreme Court today extended the stay on the the High Court order which had quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.

Following the latest order by the Supreme Court, the President’s rule will continue in Uttarakhand and there will be no floor test in the State Assmebly on April 29 as ordered by the High Court.

The apex court has framed seven tough questions and also allowed the Attorney General to include questions that the government would like to be addressed.