Pak considers proposal for DGMO-level meet

As part of suggesting certain confidence-building measures to reduce violence on the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan is considering to propose to India a meeting of Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries. This was mentioned by a Pakistan defence ministry official during a briefing of the Senate Defence Committee on Monday. According to a report in Dawn newspaper, the official said that a “fresh proposal of DGMOs’ meeting is being considered”.

Government sources in New Delhi told The Indian Express that no such offer has been made by Pakistan so far, and if such a proposal is mooted by the Pakistan army, “a decision will be taken at an appropriate level”. like the Pakistan army, sources added, such a decision “cannot be taken by the Army on its own here”. ring his annual media briefing on Friday, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had mentioned that the Pakistan army was feeling the heat after its posts on the LoC, being used as terror launch pads to send militants across, were being proactively targeted by the Indian Army as part of a counter-terror strategy.

Government sources in New Delhi told The Indian Express that no such offer has been made by Pakistan so far, and if such a proposal is mooted by the Pakistan army, “a decision will be taken at an appropriate level”.

Because of the pain felt, Pakistan army is again and again going back to the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC,” General Rawat had said, “Should we go for a ceasefire? there is a drop in infiltration (from Pakistani side), we are willing to call a ceasefire? Sources said that Pakistan has been mulling the idea of proposing DGMO-level talks since early last year but refrained from making the offer because it would be taken as a sign of Pakistani weakness by India. The Pakistan army, sources said, is now feeling the pressure on both its borders, with Afghanistan and with India, and is looking for ways to find some relief. Earlier it was us who wanted talks between the two DGMOs to reduce terror, now it is the Pakistanis who want these talks,” sources added.

Although Indian and Pakistani DGMOs have a regular telephonic hotline contact, they last met physically in December 2013 at Wagah to discuss ways to ensure peace along the LoC. The meeting between the two DGMOs took place after a gap of 14 years. The Pakistan defence ministry official also told the Senate committee that 87 people, including civilians and military personnel, had died on the LoC in ceasefire violations. Official figures show the Indian Army lost 32 soldiers on the LoC last year.

As per the Dawn report, one of the confidence-building measures being considered for the planned meeting of DGMOs is ‘calibre reduction’ of the arms being used at LoC. e Pakistani defence ministry official told the Senate Committee that the Indian forces were using “artillery, heavy mortars, missiles, rockets and heavy automatics besides employing deadly air bursts” on the LoC “for terrorising civilian population”. ry sources said that while Pakistan army can employ only small arms fire in heavy volume to provide cover to infiltrating militants, the Indian side uses weapons in indirect firing role — mortars, rockets etc — as it “fires only for effect”. is no likelihood of any proposal of ‘calibre reduction’ being accepted by New Delhi, they added.

In its briefing of the Senate, the Pakistan defence ministry said that there had been 1,881 ceasefire violations by India last year, including 66 air violations by Indian UAVs. Indian official figures, however, state that there were 860 ceasefire violations on the LoC last year.

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SKorea, NKorea to hold working-level talks Jan 15

SKorea, NKorea to hold working-level talks Jan 15

North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Jan 15, South Korea’s unification ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The delegation, to be led by an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will be sent to hold talks on the prospects of North Korea sending its performance art group to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the unification ministry said in a statement.

Inter-Korean talks are held alternately at the Peace House, which is on the South Korean side of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, and Tongil Pavilion in the North.

The ministry said earlier on Saturday that North Korea had proposed holding talks on Jan 15 about the matter.

In addition, the ministry also requested for a quick response for South Korea’s proposal on Jan 12 to have working-level talks about the North’s participation in Pyongchang winter Olympics,” added the ministry.

Officials from North and South earlier this week said they had agreed to hold negotiations to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years amid high tension over the North’s weapons programme.

South Korea had also said that it is seeking to form a combined women’s hockey team with the North. The North Korea’s International Olympics Committee (IOC) official said the committee is considering the proposal, while the two sides will also have talks hosted by IOC on Jan 20.

In a joint statement after 11 hours of talks on Tuesday, North and South Korea said they had agreed to hold military to military talks and that North Korea would send a large delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics.

Washington welcomed as a first step to solving the North Korean nuclear weapons crisis, even though Pyongyang said those were aimed only at the United States and not up for discussion.

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MML has illegally sold Rs 5000 crore worth iron ore: Kumaraswamy

JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy, file photo

JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy, file photo

JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday charged that the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government had indulged in rampant illegal mining activities with more than Rs 5,000 crore worth iron ore being illegally lifted and transported by the state owned Mysore Minerals Ltd (MML) between 2014 and

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Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has revealed similar phishing schemes taking aim at foreign governments in the past. As the security report

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Wage discrepancy a threat to International cricket, Shakib says

Wage discrepancy a threat to International cricket, Shakib says

The meeting was held at Australia’s Sydney and Shakib communicated to the members that ICC needed to take control of where money is going. The money that is currently available to players when they feature in global T20 leagues around the world means that there are players who are more inclined to feature in the money-spinning leagues around the world than represent their country in international cricket.

Shakib told the committee, which consists of the likes of Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara, that numerous younger Bangladesh players were no longer viewing Test cricket as their goal due to the greater financial security afforded to them by T20 cricket.

The committee in turn highlighted the wage gap that exists between players of different nations by using Shakib and England’s Jonny Bairstow as example. They emphasized the point that players are likely to fall prey to corrupt approaches due to this wage discrepancy.

Shakib spoke about coming from Bangladesh and some of the issues and dramas they've had over the years but he also spoke about the ICC needing to take control of where the money goes because he knows a lot of money is going to the right place but it's not getting through to the players the way it probably should,” former Australia captain and MCC member Ricky Ponting was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying.

The Australian focused on the point that ICC needs to be making sure that the best players are playing Test cricket for their countries. He suggested that Australian and English players are renumerated well and said that it is about making sure that ‘the contracts are closer to the Australian or English player and so lessening the opportunity for guys to leave and not want to represent their country’.

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Top DMP officer withdrawn for ‘marrying forcefully’

Top DMP officer withdrawn for ‘marrying forcefully’

DMP Additional Commissioner Mizanur Rahman has been attached to police headquarters, Assistant Inspector General Soheli Ferdaus told The Daily Star.

Officer Mizan allegedly picked up one Morium Akter Eko from her Panthapath residence on July 15 last year and married her.

Morium alleged that she was framed in a false case in which she had been in jail for three weeks. She received bail a week ago.

She became acquainted with the police official through one of his friends and gradually developed a good rapport with him.

At one stage, Mizanur started making “indecent proposals” to her. July 15, he said he wanted to apologise for his misdeeds. On the day, in the name of talking, Mizanur took her to the  “300 feet road” area where he tortured her, Morium alleged.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday said that a probe committee will be formed to investigate into the allegations against him.

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Next Defence Budget – Will Enlarging Threats Be Considered?

Next Defence Budget – Will Enlarging Threats Be Considered?

by Prakash Katoch

Defence Budget 2018-2019 will be unveiled in a few weeks from now. What will be allocated to the Armed Forces is awaited with much trepidation considering that successive defence budgets under the present government have been poor, presently pegged at an incredible low of 1.5 percent of the GDP. One major reason why the hierarchy
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