While the prime minster said such reports “should not be taken at face value”, defence minister said the armed forces personnel were “true patriots”
Visakhapatnam: Defence minister AK Antony today termed as “absolutely baseless” fears of any coup attempt by the armed forces and expressed confidence that they will not do anything to undermine democracy, reports PTI.
“Absolutely baseless. Army has already explained this. It is usual, natural activities. Nothing unusual. We are absolutely confident of the patriotism of the armed forces.
Don't question their patriotism. They will not do anything to undermine Indian democracy,” he told a press conference here.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said such reports “should not be taken at face value”.
“These are alarmist reports. They should not be taken at face value,” Mr Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function to give away the Padma awards at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.
Mr Singh was asked to comment on a media report that the central intelligence agencies reported that on the night of 16th January, an unexpected and non-notified movement by a key military unit from the mechanised infantry based in Hisar in the direction of the capital.
The prime minister said that the ministry of defence had already issued a clarification in this regard.
The reports said that another unit—identified as a large element of the 50th Para Brigade based at Agra—was also moving towards Delhi.
According to the report, the army had said that the exercise was to check effectiveness in fog.
However, Mr Antony said the armed forces personnel were “true patriots” and “don’t question the patriotism of the soldiers who are dying in the frontiers of the country.”
“I am proud of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard,” he said.
He also urged the media not to lower the dignity of the armed forces on issues of national security.
The acquisition combines mobile and security expertise, resulting in even stronger enterprise mobile device management solutions
Complete security leader Sophos has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dialogs, a privately-held provider of mobile management solutions, headquartered in Germany. However, no financial details of the deal were provided.
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Unity Infraprojects first project entails development and operation of Suratgarh-Sriganganagar section of NH-15 in Rajasthan through public- private-partnership on design, build, operate and transfer basis
Engineering and construction firm Unity Infraprojects said it has bagged two orders worth Rs840 crore. The orders relate to development of NHAI roads.
The first project entails development and operation of Suratgarh-Sriganganagar section of NH-15 in Rajasthan through public-private-partnership on design, build, operate and transfer basis for a concession period of 11 years.
The Rs330-crore project, awarded by the Public Works Department of Rajasthan government, is expected to be completed in 18 months, the company said in a statement.
The second project involves four–laning of Punjab/Haryana Border-Jind section of NH-71 to be executed on design build finance operate and transfer (DBFOT) pattern for a concession period of 27 years. The Rs510-crore contract from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is expected to be completed within 910 days, it said.
In the early afternoon, Unity Infra was trading at around Rs52 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 3.48% up from the previous close.