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Pathankot attack: NIA recovers Chinese wireless from militants' car
New Delhi : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday said it had recovered a "Chinese wireless set" from a car used by terrorists to reach the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot which they attacked on January 2. The set was similar to one recovered after a failed assault at Samba army camp in March last year.
 
The anti-terror probe agency claimed that the car was used by the terrorists to reach the IAF base on the intervening night of December 31, 2015 and January 1, 2016. 
 
"Data in the wireless set was deleted," an NIA official told IANS here on condition of anonymity, adding that the set has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) here to retrieve the deleted data, if possible.
 
The official said the set was similar to the wireless set recovered from the army camp in Samba on the Jammu-Pathankot highway where two terrorists opened fire on March 21, last year, in which the militants were killed and three army personnel and one civilian were injured.
 
At the Samba army camp, the militants had used a modus operandi similar to that used at the Pathankot air base. They came to the military camp dressed in army fatigues and tried to enter it to destroy defence assets. However, they failed to carry out their plan due to the tight security at the camp.
 
The official further said that NIA sleuths have traced the route the terrorists took to reach Pathankot air base from the point of abduction of Punjab Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, his cook Madan Gopal and jeweller friend Rajesh Verma on December 31 night.
 
"NIA teams are collecting CCTV footage on the route taken by the terrorists to the IAF base from the point they abducted Salwinder Singh and two others," the official said.
 
The NIA teams, headed by an Inspector General (IG)-rank officer, in coordination with Punjab Police and local villagers are carrying out searches on the routes taken by the terrorists to find evidence like clothes and electronic devices.
 
The officials of NIA's eight separate team have been conducting searches at those villages falling on the route taken by the terrorists to reach the IAF base.
 
Meanwhile, the agency questioned Salwinder Singh at its headquarters in New Delhi for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.
 
Salwinder Singh's cook Gopal and Somraj, the caretaker of Panj Peer Dargah -- located a few kilometres from Bamiyal village from where the terrorists were suspected to have infiltrated into India before mounting the attack -- were also summoned to reach the NIA headquarters for questioning on Thursday.
 
Salwinder Singh had claimed that he was a regular visitor to the shrine and had visited it before he was abducted by the terrorists.
 
Another highly placed source said the agency found inconsistencies in the statements of Salwinder Singh and Somraj as the latter in his earlier statement had said that the Punjab Police officer had come to the shrine for the first time before the Pathankot air base attack.
 
Somraj had also informed the NIA sleuths that Salwinder Singh's friend Verma and cook Gopal had visited the shrine twice on the same day.
 
Six Pakistani terrorists -- believed to be from the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit -- sneaked into Punjab from across the border and raided the IAF base at Pathankot, killing seven security personnel.
 
Security forces killed all the terrorists in the counter-offensive. 
 
India later said it had delivered "actionable intelligence" for Pakistan to act against those who masterminded the terror attack.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Infosys net up 6.6 percent in third quarter
Bengaluru : Global software major Infosys Ltd has posted Rs.3,465 crore net profit for third quarter (Oct-Dec) of fiscal (2015-16), registering 6.6 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth, as per the Indian accounting standard.
 
In a regulatory filing at the Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday, the city-based IT bellwether said its consolidated revenue grew 15.3 percent YoY to Rs.15,902 crore for the quarter under review (Q3).
 
Under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS), net income, however, was fractional (0.4 percent) up YoY to $524 million but gross income (revenue) grew 8.5 percent YoY to $2.41 billion.
 
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New DPP industry friendly: CII
New Delhi : Lauding the new "industry friendly" provisions of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), industry lobby CII noted that its recommendations, including a level playing field, fast-tracking of procurement and preference in procurement from indigenous sources have been accepted and included in the revised document
 
"These provisions include clearly stated goals like giving a boost to Make in India initiative, enhance the involvement of the private sector, build indigenous design and development capabilities, promote absorption of world-class technologies, provide premium consideration to high quality products, promote the growth of the MSME sector, reduce time lines across various stages of procurement, among other procedural refinements effected to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the defence procurement process," the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said.
 
"The long standing demands and aspirations of the Indian defence industry have been duly addressed. (Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's) vision of accelerating indigenous manufacturing in defence can be seen through the introduction of Buy Indian (IDDM) category, to promote indigenous design, development and manufacturing. This will specially benefit the MSMEs who have enormous capabilities," CII director general Chandrajit Banerjee said.
 
According to Ashok Atluri, managing director of Zen Technologies, one of India's largest manufactgurers of simulators, "the new category of Buy Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufacturing (IDDM) is ingenious. This changes everything. The impact will be far-reaching and will have cascading effect."
 
"This will change India from being a destination for low-cost manufacturing, to being a starting place for cutting-edge innovation; from being a consumer of out-dated equipment to being a producer of trail-blazing technology; from being the world’s largest importer to being a leader in export of defence equipment,” Atluri added.
 
The IDDM has been introduced as a new procurement category in addition to the existing ones. Under this category 40 percent indigenous content (IC) would be mandatory for indigenously designed equipment, or 60 perccent IC for other equipment. 
 
Moving a step ahead from DPP 2013, the IDDM category will be given the first preference. The previous DPP had Buy Indian as the most preferred acquisition category.
 
Whilst indigenous content requirement for Buy (Indian) cases has been raised to 40 percent from 30 percent, Buy and Make (Indian) and Buy and Make categories will require 50 percent indigenous content. The new DPP will also address the users’ requirement of having a wide vendor base. 
 
Selected companies dealing with specific projects can further work on the improvement of the product based on mutually agreed parameters. Companies meeting the requirements of enhanced performance parameters will get additional credit scores while evaluation of their product cost. 
 
New provisions for the private sector’s involvement as production agencies (PAs) and TOT (Transfer of Technology) partners have also been introduced. 
 
The rules for the retraction of Request for Proposals will be made more stringent. Even single vendor cases are going to see light of the day, however, with due justification. 
 
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