Armed Forces
Panorama
The Annual Foreign Service Attaches' (FSAs) briefing on military subjects of common interest was conducted by Indian Army on November 7, 2016 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff and Senior Military officers were present on the occasion and interacted with the guests. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, Vice Chief of the Army Staff addressed the FSAs.
India is host to a large number of FSAs from defence forces of friendly foreign countries. Defence diplomacy has emerged as a powerful tool in present day environment where the armed forces of the world stand united fighting common enemies and challenges.
Indian Army thanked the FSA community for their contribution in strengthening defence ties between India and their respective nations and for their vibrant and active participation in the event.
- Col Rohan Anand
Indian Army briefs Defence Diplomats
Specialist examining a patient during the medical camp being conducted as part of Navy Day Celebrations at Icha Foundation Atchutapuram
Lieutenant General BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command visited Garud Division at Bareilly Military Station on November 3, 2016. During the visit Lieutenant General Negi was briefed on the operational readiness, training and welfare activities by General Officer Commanding, Garud Division.
Lieutenant General BS Negi was conducted around the Formation Headquarters and apprised of the security arrangements and latest security related technology being incorporated in Garud Garrison.  Lieutenant General Negi appreciated the efforts made by the formation in staying abreast with the changing operational milieu and expressed satisfaction on the professional acumen displayed by the troops in operational and training activities.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Lt Gen BS Negi visits Military Station Bareilly
Director General Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh laid the foundation stone for Coast Guard jetty on October 24, 2016 at Vizhinjam Harbour, Trivandrum. He was on his maiden visit to the southernmost Coast Guard Station on the Western Seaboard at Vizhinjam post taking over the reign of Indian Coast Guard. The Coast Guard jetty at Vizhinjam is a key project to enhance the maritime force's presence at the geo-strategically important location at southern peninsular India and consolidating step towards logistics support set up for the fast-paced growth of the service. The Director General accentuated that the jetty will facilitate basing of Fast Patrol Vessels at Vizhinjam to enhance ICG footprint in Indian Ocean and Laccadive Sea.
The 80 mtrs long jetty will be constructed through Harbour Engineering Department, Government of Kerala. The stone laying ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries from civil, military, armed forces, port and other state departments.
- Comdt VK Vijay Kumar
Foundation Stone laid for Coast Guard Jetty at Vizhinjam
Sub Area Station Library was inaugurated by Maj Gen SK Singh, PhD, GOC, HQ Purva UP & MP Sub Area for all ranks, their families and civil defence employees on November 7, 2016 at Sub Area Camp complex.
Facilities like internet, automated E-Granthalaya package, all the prominent English and Hindi News Papers and numerous types of English and Hindi Magazines, English and Hindi Novel series, Military related books, sports, entertainment,  health, civil services exams, engineering, general knowledge and other competitive exam books are available at the library. GOC during interaction conveyed to all ranks to make the best use of this facility provided at the door step.  The rules for membership of the library have been made easy.  This will increase utilization of the library facilities by all ranks, their families and civil defence employees.
- Gp Capt BB Pande
Inauguration of Sub Area Station Library
A team from Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) and Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), Southern Region representing the Southern Naval Command (SNC) rendered services at the 'Home for Physically Challenged Women', Thevara and spent a day with the inmates as part of its community outreach activities on November 4, 2016
The team from Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology conducted extensive upkeep and maintenance works of the surroundings such as painting of the fixtures/ wall besides repairs to the damaged ramp. Amenity items such as wheelchair, elbow crutches, glucometer, and other utility items were presented to the inmates as a goodwill gesture.
A cultural programme was presented by the inmates to express their gratitude. Mrs Avanti Nadkarni, Vice President NWWA (Southern Region) was the Chief Guest for the occasion.
'Home for Physically Challenged Women', Thevara is an institution under Ministry of Social Justice, Government of Kerala and was started in March 30, 1980. The Home houses female inmates from the age group of 16 to 60 and presently has 27 inmates.
- Cdr Sridhar Warrier
Navy gives a helping hand
In a solemn and poignant ceremony held at Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar, Col Rajesh Kalia, PRO (Def) paid rich tributes to Late Major P Purushottam and five brave soldiers of Public Relations Office, Ministry of Defence who attained martyrdom in a fidayeen attack in 1999.
Late Major P Purushottam, who was posted as Public Relations Officer (Defence) alongwith five of his comrades bravely fought militants who had launched a fidayeen attack on his office in the evening hours of November 3, 1999. Having been engaged in a hand to hand fight with the militants, he and his colleagues made the supreme sacrifice of their lives while trying to save media persons.
On the occasion a wreath was laid on behalf of Mr Nitin Wakankar, Addl Director General (Media and Communication), Directorate of Public Relations (DPR), Ministry of Defence and media fraternity at the memorial in Public Relations Office, Srinagar.
- Col Rajesh Kalia
A Braveheart Remembered
Amenity items being presented by Southern Naval Command to the Home for Physically Challenged Women.
The Indian Army flagged-off an Educational Tour of girl students hailing from remote districts of Kokrajhar and Dhubri in Assam. The tour was flagged-off from Tezpur by Mrs Gowri Anbu, Zonal President AWWA, Gajraj Corps and was scheduled from November 1 to 14, 2016, during which the girl students visited Kolkata, Delhi and Dehradun.
The tour under Indian Army's Operation Sadbhavana initiative comprised of 25 girls students of classes 9th and 10th and two teachers. The tour's multifaceted aims included providing encouragement to girls and introducing them to the heritage of our country, increasing awareness about educational and professional avenues and building bridges between communities.
The tour visited places of historic, military, academic and professional interests including Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Victoria Memorial, Indian Military Academy, Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Welham Girls School and Miranda House College, to name a few. The participants also got an opportunity to interact with distinguished personalities including President of India and Governor of Uttarakhand. On completion, the tour was flagged-in at Dhubri on November 15, 2016.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
Indian Army flags off educational tour for girls
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and Corporation Bank on the Defence Salary Package on November 8, 2016. The signing ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, and was attended by top officials of Corporation Bank headed by Mr Gopal Murli Bhagat, Executive Director.
The MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families and includes free / concessional services including free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards, unlimited transactions on all ATMs including that of other Banks. Some important features of the MoU include Personal Accident Insurance Cover of Rs 5 & 10 lacs, Air Insurance Cover of Rs 5 to 50 lacs and Term Life Insurance Cover of Rs 5 & 10 lacs. All the facilities are also extended to the pensioners except Term Life Insurance Cover.
- Col Rohan Anand
MOU between Indian Army and Corporation Bank
Rakshita Singh, daughter of Col Vikram Singh started playing golf in the year 2010 at the tender age of 7 years in Manipur. She played her first Indian Golf Union approved Tata Steel South Zone Sub Junior Golf Tournament in October 2012 at Hyderabad Golf Association Golf Course and surprised all by hitting  one Eagle and two Birdie in game of Nine hole in `Girls- E' Category. Since then she has never looked back and has won every North Zone Feeder Cup Tournaments of year 2014 and IGU Final held at Golmuri, Jamshedpur from 3 to 7 November, 2014 and second lag at Classic Golf Resort, Gurgaon from 17 to 21 November, 2014  to gain 1st Rank in Category Girls `D' at National Level.
She has also won the US Kids Golf Championship Qualifier at India and had represented the Country at 15th Annual US Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA from July 31 to August 2, 2014. She also participated in 14th True Vision International Golf Championship 2015 held at Siam Country Club Plantation, Pattaya, Thailand from March 30 to April 4, 2015.
Recently on September 29, 2016, she has been awarded the Runners-up Trophy at Army Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship - 2016 held at AEPTA Delhi from VCOAS Lt Gen Bipin Rawat.
- Maj Nutan Gillar
Young Golf Prodigy
History Division, Ministry of Defence celebrated its 63rd Raising Day on October 26, 2016. Former research officers of the History Division Dr SD Pradhan, Dr UP Thapliyal, Dr DC Verma, Mr RS Thapar, Mr TR Gulati and other officers attended the celebration. The serving officers of the Division,  Mr Om Shanker, Dr Narender Yadav and Mr Maroof Ahmed received the guests. Director of the Division, Dr R Dhanedhar welcomed the retired officers and expressed her gratitude to them for shaping the Division to its present form. Dr. AK Mishra informed the guests about the research projects in hand with the Division. The research staff of the Division had useful interaction with the retired officers and indeed benefitted from their experience.
The Historical Section (now History Division) was established on October 26, 1953 to undertake the compilation of the history of military operations conducted by the Indian Armed Forces. The history of the Section can, however be traced back to 1943 when Brig WEH Condon proposed to the Chief of General Staff the need for a Historical Section. The Section came into shape after the War in 1945 with Major General TW Corbett as the Director. In 1948, Dr Bisheshwar Prasad was appointed as the Director of the Section and under his supervision the Section complied 25 volumes on the role of Indian Armed Forces in World War-II. The Office was wound up in 1963 and its residual work was transferred to the Historical Section.
The Historical Section was renamed History Division in 1992. The Division has published many volumes on various operations conducted by the Indian Armed Forces. Recently, the Division has published the histories of 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars and also a book entitled 'Saga of Valour'.
- V K Singh
63rd Raising Day celebrated by History Division of MOD
As a part of Navy Day celebrations, a free Medical Camp was organised at Icha Foundation, Konde Karle Village Atchutapuram by INHS Kalyani, the premier hospital of Eastern Naval Command on October 28, 2016. The camp was inaugurated by Rear Admiral Pradeep Rana, Chief Staff Officer (Personal & Administration), ENC in presence of Surgeon Commodore Rahul Ray, Commanding Officer, INHS Kalyani.
The medical camp covered the fields of Pediatrics, Dermatology, Dental, Ophthalmology, general OPD and included psychological counselor and on-the-spot laboratory investigations. There was an overwhelming response to the camp wherein over 800 personnel were screened by all the specialists. Free medicines were disbursed to the inmates of the Foundation and other participants. Special arrangements were made for children with special needs. On the sidelines of the medical camp, lectures were taken for hygiene and sanitation in support of "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" and naval personnel cleaned the surrounding area.
INHS Kalyani is a premier multi-specialty hospital of the Navy which is being upgraded to a 600 bedded super-specialty Command Hospital.
- Cdr CG Raju
Medical camp conducted at Atchutapuram
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