Date: 10 Feb 2012


BRITAIN HONOURS HER ARMED FORCES. WHAT ABOUT INDIA? ------------------------------------------------ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\WILL SOLDIERS, SAILORS & AIRMEN BE HONOURED LIKE THIS IN BHARAT? ------------------------------------------------ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\1. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ HEIRS TO THE THRONE ON DUTY TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE MODERN ERA.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ By Gordon Rayner, Chief Repoirter, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ PRINE Harry’s forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan wil mean that for the first time since the creation of the modern Armed Forces, the second and third in line to the throne will be on operational service simultaneously. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The Duke of Cambridge, currently in the Falkland Islands on a six-week tour of duty with his RAF Search and Rescue squadron, will be flying from his base on Anglesey when his brother is in Helmand. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Prince Harry is expected to be sent to Afghanistan towards the end of the year, meaning both he and the Duke will be operational in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Having the future king and his brother fulfilling such dangerous roles as helicopter pilots at the same time represents something of a gamble for the monarchy, but, but the Queen is known to be 100 per cent supportive of her grandsons. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The convention of members of the Royal family having to work their way up through the ranks is a relatively modern phenomenon with no members of the House of Windsor overlapping in their military service until now. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The princes’ father, the Prince of wales, had finished his active service with the Royal Navy by he time the Duke of York joined the Navy in 199. The Duke was the last member of the Royal family to fly a helicopter in a war, when he served in the Falklands conflict in 1982 as a Royhal Navy rescue pilot.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ During the Second World War the Queen was an Army ambulance driver but her sister Princess Margaret was too young to serve\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy for five years during the Second World War and had achieved the rank of commander by the time his naval career came to an end wih the Queens’s accession in 1952.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ During his time on HMS Valiant in the Mediterranean, the Duke was mentioned in dispatches for his courage in directing the ship’s searchlights while under fire. -The Daily Telegraph, Feb 9, 2012. ============================\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 2. £1m lifeline for Bomber Command memorial\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ By Tim Ross, Political Correspondent, in Stockholm. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ DAVID CAMERON has stepped in to help pay for a permanent memorial ihn the 55,000 members of RAF Bomber Command who died in the Second World War. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ A Telegraph appeal raised more than £1million from readers towards the estimated £6million cost of the monument but campaigners behind the project faced a tax bill of almost £800,000.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The Prime Minister announced that the Government would provide a grant to cover the bill and the memorial is now expected to open in Green Pak, near Buckingham Palace, in June.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The RAF Bomber Command Association has been campaigning for a permanent memorial to the 55,573 crew who lost their lives during the war. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Although the project has attracted controversy, Germany has agreed to donate a yew tree to be planted in the garden of remembrance next to the memorial. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Mr. Cameron said, “The 55,573 bomber crewmen killed ihn World War Two made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of our country. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\“’m delighted there will now be a permanent memorial to these heroes and that the Government grant will help to cover the tax bll”\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The Telegraph launched its Forgotten Heroes appeal in 2008.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The target of £5million for the project was finally reached after major donations from John Caudwell, the mobile phone entrepreneur who sold his Phones4u business in 2005, and Lord Ashcroft. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The RAF Bomber Command Association has campaigned to be exempted from an £800,000 tax bill. Although this is not possible, the Government announced a one-off capital grant of £796,000 towards the creation of the memorial on top of £204,000 already agreed, taking the total to more than £1million. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The heritage minister, John Penrose, said, “The sacrifice made by everyone who served, and the many who lost their lives, with Bomber Command during the war humbles us all. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\“Their courage and heroism helped swin the war, so it is absolutely right that this should be marked with a permanent memorial.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ “These government grants will settle the tax bill that the campaigners will have to pay, so the public’s donations will all go to fund the memorial, rather than to the tax man.” \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Jim Dooley, the chairman of the memorial fund raising committee, said, “This is fantastic news. Everyone involved will be delighted that David Cameron has agreed that the Government should foot the tax bill.” \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Until now, there has been no national memorial to the men of Bomber Command. Veterans believe they have been victims of political correctness and even Winston Churchill tried to distance himself from the policy of area bombing of cities. No campaign medal was issued for the bomber offensive, despite its airmen suffering the worst casualty rate of any unit I the war. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Designed by the architect Liam O’Connor, the memorial is being built from Portland stone and features a bronze centrepiece of the even crew of a heavy bomber, by the sculptor Philip Jackson. -The Daily Telegraph, Feb 9, 2012. =============================\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ We must salute and congratulate the Royal family who set an example, and the brave British people who honour their heroes.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ That is why it’s called the UNITED Kingdom. On the other hand our own Land of glorious Spirituality and past civilisation, the political VACUUM called "Bharat", is, indeed, "Partitioned Indian Secular State" looking up to the FIFTH generation of the same corrupt and treacherous "Hindu-bashing" (Nehru) dynasty with the Divine Right to divide & rule, and loot & plunder. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\10 Feb 12. ========\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ A nation reveals itself not by the number of people it produces but by the number it honours.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ How many soldiers, sailors & airmen has (Broken) BHARAT (Partitioned INDIA) honoured since the "BANDIT" took over Middle India after surrendering Eastern and Western territories unconditionally? ========== 000000000