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Edited by Sarika Sharma | New Delhi | Published: March 22, Late last month, they were fighting pro-government forces near Muqdadiyah, Delhi,and a contributing editor for‘The Indian Express’ [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sushant Singh | Published: September 3 2016 12:09 am US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar participate n a joint a news conference at the Pentagon Monday Aug 29 2016 (AP Photo) Top News A few days after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his American counterpart Ashton Carter announced the signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) a senior Pakistani military official told me that “America can be no one’s friend You don’t need to look beyond us to know how they court you and use you” Given the current state of the US-Pakistan relationship his statement does not come as a surprise However this view is not uncommon even among senior Indian military and government officials It is against this backdrop that the defence ministry explained the signing of the LEMOA with the US In the press conference at the Pentagon following signing of the agreement Parrikar was at pains to explain that the pact “doesn’t have anything to do with the setting up of a base It’s basically logistics support to each other’s fleet like supply of fuel supply of many other things which are required for joint operations humanitarian assistance and many other relief operations” Carter echoed these views and the defence ministry soon followed up with a press release explaining what the logistics agreement was not about rather than what it was about It would be a mistake to see these statements solely as an attempt to assuage the political opposition whose hostility to this pact was well-known These clarifications are equally directed towards a strong constituency of serving and retired military officials and bureaucrats who have expressed their discomfort with the agreement When Parrikar deflected a question about the signing of the two pending “foundational agreements” — by stating that it took 12-13 years to get through LEMOA and he would first explain it to the Indian public — he was tacitly acknowledging the concerns of this constituency within the establishment The story of defence pacts goes back to the turn of the century when the US under President George W Bush was exploring a new relationship with India Military ties were at the core of this relationship and Washington wanted Delhi to sign the four “foundational agreements” The General Security of Military Information Agreement was signed in 2002 Other proposals were made in the twilight years of the Vajpayee government and by the time the discussions gained momentum the Congress-led UPA was in power The proposed military logistics agreement was the generic Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement (ACSA) which the US has signed with nearly 80 countries In 2005 the UPA government told the Americans that it could not be a signatory to a generic agreement because of political reasons and needed an India-specific agreement Thus came the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) a version of the ACSA which the US has signed with a few countries Till the Left Front was a part of the UPA government there was little progress on signing the pact Moreover it became a minor appendage to the larger issue of the India-US nuclear deal But the UPA government did not proceed even after 2008 once the Left had withdrawn its support to the Congress The then defence minister AK Antony remained opposed to these pacts — not without some support in the ministry and among the defence services — and the Americans kind of gave up They picked up the thread again when the BJP came to power and even then it has taken more than two years and hard negotiations — including a change of name from LSA to LEMOA — for India to sign on the dotted line In the discussion on LEMOA the defence ministry and those worried about it are perhaps talking past each other The ministry is emphasising the substance of the agreement — the details of the logistics exchange process restrictions on its scope case-by-case approval — and that it is an “enabling” agreement and not a “binding” one But those opposed to it are not worried about the substance of the agreement They are more concerned about what it signals For the first time since Independence India has signed such an agreement with a major power Even the August 1971 pact with the Soviet Union was a strategic agreement with little military-to-military cooperation Carter acknowledged the moment’s significance when he said that “with respect to the major defence partnership agreement that is a very substantial change It’s an enormous change from 50 years of history” It would be hard to deny the fact that India and the US have reached a military agreement with long-term import This is the real missing question in the debate: Has the ground shifted significantly in India’s foreign policy where Delhi has decided to cast its lot with the US for the foreseeable future This shedding of the “hesitations of history” by the government needs to be situated in a geopolitical context and explained beyond the minutiae of the logistics pact This is a question that must be vigorously debated both by the public and the Parliament [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: July 4 2017 12:42 am Estimated cost for the first phase is 845 million Express Photo by Rajesh Stephen Related News The Centre has nominated the European Investment Bank (EIB) to fund around 600 million euro of the estimated cost of 845 million for the first phase of Pune metro rail project even as the implementing agency Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro) pushes for acquisition of land required to develop infrastructure for the project “The ministry of finance of the Union government has nominated EIB to fund 600 million euro for the first phase of Pune metro rail Various options are being considered to raise the remaining 245 million of the estimated project and the option of French Development Agency (AFD) and KfW of Germany is being explored” said Brijesh Dixit managing director of Maha-Metro He said there was no immediate need of money as the funding by the government at the beginning is sufficient for the construction work planned this year The Maha-Metro has started the infrastructure work of Pune metro rail in April for the 1075-km route of PCMC to Rangehill Dixit said the work began at fast pace within five months of the foundation stone laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24 The agency has re-tendered the work for Vanaz-to-Shivajinagar court route after getting high rates during the first tender process “The rates quoted by the contractors were high so it was decided to invite re-tender for the construction of metro rail route from Vanaz to Shivajinagar court” Dixit said The tenders for the construction of stations on PCMC to Rangehill route would be open on July 16 while the bidding process for the construction of station on Vanaz to Shivajinagar court route would be started soon he added Dixit said that the Maha-Metro has completed the process of seeking land for the metro rail project from various authorities and was hopeful of getting them within two months Asked about the opposition to providing the land of agriculture college and Vanaz garbage depot to develop a metro depot he said “The land of agriculture college belongs to the state government and it has in principle agreed to give the land for Pune metro rail project Similarly the garbage depot land at Vanaz too would be available soon” The interchange station at Shivajinagar court would be state-of-the-art building with a three-storey station which would be designed by a foreign architect Dixit said adding “The Maha-Metro has also roped in experts from abroad to study and prepare plan for underground metro rail route from Budhwar Peth to Swargate” The underground metro rail route would be 20 metre below surface and the study report along with the strategy for its construction would be ready in one month he said “It is challenging for us to construct the underground metro rail with proposed stations considering the dense locality Since the area has maximum footfall there can be no changes in the proposed route So a way has to be found to construct the underground metro rail route along with the stations” Dixit said On the opposition to metro rail in the city by few citizens he said “There has been a perception that the Pune metro rail is going to benefit only two per cent of the city population which is incorrect In fact the 31-km of the first phase of Pune metro rail from PCMC to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi would benefit almost half of its population as the route cuts across the city Also this was the beginning of metro rail project and the routes would be later extended to cover more areas” He said that Maha-Metro was also coordinating with the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) that is developing the metro rail route from Shivajinagar to Hinjewadi “We are working together to develop a common station at Shivajinagar court” Dixit said For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by ANJALI MARAR | Pune | Published: July 24 2017 1:27 am Major dams providing water to Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad are also filling up (Representational PTI Photo) Top News Pune district received the highest surplus rainfall — 77 per cent — so far during this season With the southwest monsoon having improved and become active over the state since last week Pune has recorded more than 70 per cent more rainfall than normal along with Nashik district in Madhya Maharashtra Major dams providing water to Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad are also filling up Along with Khadakwasla which has already crossed its optimum capacity Panshet and Pavana dams have crossed 85 per cent of their capacity A fortnight-long dry spell until mid-July had brought down the district’s rainfall figures below 30 per cent At the moment barring four districts in Vidarbha and Marathwada where the deficiency figures are hovering between 20 -26 per cent all remaining districts have reported rainfall which is either excess or at least normal Lack of rains clearly reflecting in Parbhani (-26%) Amravati (- 25%) Sangli (-25%) and Akola (-21%) Explaining this situation wherein Marathwada and Vidarbha sub-divisions have comparatively remained dry during the ongoing season a senior official from India Meteorology Department (IMD) Pune said “The distinguishing trend that we have observed during this season is that the synoptic systems are largely skirting these two sub-divisions Except for the last week Vidarbha has largely experienced below normal rainfall” Nashik (47mm) and Mumbai (292mm) were among the cities that reported heavy rainfall during the weekend IMD’s extended range forecasts indicate that the intensity of rainfall is most likely to reduce in the coming days over Madhya Maharashtra Marathwada and Vidarbha However Konkan will continue to experience heavy rains during the same period “With the monsoon trough expected to now move northwards and sustain along the Himalayan foothills until early August rainfall activity over central and western India will remain below normal” added the official For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: July 29 2017 10:23 am Maanayata Dutt wishes Sanajy Dutt on his 58th birthday Related News As the ‘khalnayak’ of Bollywood Sanjay Dutt celebrates his 58th birthday today his wife Maanayata Dutt has a lovely message for her star husband The doting wife has posted a photo with the Munnabhai MBBS actor and after reading the caption we are all hearts for this B-town couple who might not invite the frenzy of paparazzi but definitely are a perfect example of ‘happily ever after’ Using many hashtags Maanayata professed her love as she wrote “Being with you makes all the knots of life undone… happy birthday my love?? “I’m just pleased with the result and the way we applied ourselves, As per a report in the magazine, “ACP Abhinkar was among the retired officers. 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