Armed Forces
General Dalbir Singh, COAS was welcomed by General Li Zuocheng, Commander People's Liberation Army with a Guard of Honour at the Bayi Building on November 21, 2016. Later, both held official talks in which a wide range of issues of mutual interest were discussed. General Dalbir Singh extended an invitation to General Li to visit India. General Li accepted the invitation and said he hoped to visit India soon. General Singh and General Li also noted with appreciation the 6th India-China Joint Training Exercise 'Hand-in-Hand' 2016 which is currently going on in India and agreed to further expand Defence exchanges between the two armies.
General Dalbir Singh also called on General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman, CMC. During the call-on both of them reiterated their desire to keep up the momentum of defence exchanges and the need to keep the borders tranquil and peaceful. General Singh extended an invitation to General Xu to visit India, which was accepted.
The Chief of Army Staff's delegation is comprised of four senior Army Officers, holding key appointments in the Indian Army. General Dalbir Singh visited key military installations in Xian and Nanjing, and interacted with General Liu Yuejun, Commander of the Eastern Theatre Command.
- Manoj Tuli
Chinese General Welcomes Chief of Army Staff
Currency exchange for patients and their attendants in Army Hospital (R&R) Delhi Cantonment
General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, felicitated Miss Tajamul Islam, student of Class II of Army Goodwill School, Bandipora, and winner of  'Gold Medal'  in World Sub Junior Kickboxing Championship on November 16, 2016.  She won the gold medal in  the championship which was held at Andriana, Italy, after beating her American opponent. The child prodigy won six bouts to lift the Championship in her category.
The COAS praised the grit and determination of the little girl who has made the nation proud and hoped that her success would inspire other children of the Valley. Tajamul Islam expressed her joy on meeting the Army Chief.
This young talent was spotted and initially nurtured by the Army Goodwill School, Bandipora. Tajamul started her journey in the world of kickboxing by winning the Gold Medal at  the State level championship, held in Jammu in 2015.  She thereafter, won gold medal in sub-junior category at 2015 National Kickboxing Championship, held  at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi.
- Col Rohan Anand
COAS Felicitates Tajamul Islam of Army Goodwill School Bandipora
Under the aegis of Directorate General of Medical Services (Army) and in co-ordination with 1 Central Base Post Office of Army Postal Service, a currency exchange programme for the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes was organised, from November 13 to 17, 2016, for the patients and their attendants in two of the largest Military Hospitals - Army Hospital (R&R) and Base Hospital Delhi Cantt. The patients were provided with 100 rupee notes in their wards.  A sum of Rs 16 Lakhs and Rs 5 Lakhs was exchanged in Base Hospital Delhi Cantt and Army Hospital (R&R) respectively. This special initiative is a step ahead in providing better patient care in Military Hospitals.  Military Hospitals have always been on the fore front of patient care and the concept of patient welfare is an important component of the Indian Army's efforts to achieve overall well being of patients.
- Maj D Prakash Rao
A Step Ahead In Patient Welfare
Best Recruits being awarded by the Reviewing Officer Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra, Col of the Madras Regiment
Three Mirage-2000 and three SU-30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force carried out 'touch and go' on a portion of the newly constructed Agra-Lucknow Expressway.
The portion of the Expressway used for the purpose has an RCC construction and has been reinforced and appropriately marked to facilitate aircraft landings and is located at Ganj Moradabad in Unnao District of UP.
Central Air Command Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal SBP Sinha was present at the venue to oversee the operations. Chief Minister of UP along with a number of Military and Civil dignitaries witnessed this unique feat by Air Warriors.
The aim of the exercise was to check feasibility of Expressways being used as alternate airstrips in case of dire emergencies or non availability of runway for any reason.
The entire operation began with the first 3 Mirages coming overhead at around 1300hrs and culminated with a touch and go by the final SU-30 fighter jet around 1330hrs.
- Gp Capt BB Pande
Trial Landings on Agra-Lucknow Express Highway on the Inaugural Day
In order to do away with the cumbersome process of manual preparation of pension documents, to derive max benefits out of the automation and to transit benefits of automation to the environment, software for 'Auto Generation of Pension Documents' was hosted on Army Intranet by Lt Col JS Tanwar, CO and CRO on November 12, 2016. The software is aimed to facilitate generation of pension documents on a single click by just entering Army Number of the individual.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Col JS Tanwar, CO & CRO, Armoured Corps Records besides appreciating the efforts put in by the dealing officials in launching the software on Army Intranet, said that the software would certainly help the environment in speedy and error free preparation of pension documents and the same will simultaneously enable expeditious processing of pension claims.  He also emphasised the need to derive max benefits out of the automation and also to institute measures for transiting benefits of automation to the environment.
-Maj RS Bansal
Armoured Corps Records Automated Pension Process
Attestation parade was organised at Madras Regimental Centre, where 252 recruits swore their oath and passed out at the historic Srinagesh Barracks of Wellington on October 21, 2016.
The gallant "Thambis" after steering through 42 weeks of tough training schedules came out with flying colours joining one of the most professional Army in the world to safeguard challenging frontiers.
The spectacular Attestation Parade was reviewed by Col of the Madras Regiment, General Officer Commanding 17 Corps Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra. The General Officer was extremely happy with the standard of parade and lauded the efforts of Madras Regiment Centre to transform a raw civilian into a combat warrior raring to take on the enemy on both fronts. He also highlighted the tasks awaiting these gallant Thambis on reaching their respective battalions. The glittering eyes of young soldiers filled the heart of their parents with honour, pride and prestige.
- Lt Col RK Sharma
Attestation Parade at the Madras Regimental Centre Wellington
Continue Nursing Education (CNE) was organised by Army Hospital (Research and Referral) on "Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS". 31 delegates from various civil institutions in and around Delhi attended the CNE from November 21 to 27, 2016. The CNE was inaugurated by Maj Gen Sushila Shahi, ADGMNS, the Chief Guest of the inaugural session.
BLS/ACLS course highlighted the importance of high performance team dynamics and communication, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post cardiac care, acute dysarrhythmias and acute coronary syndrome.
The Continuing Nursing Education Programme held for one week duration helped the participants to gain in depth knowledge and enhance skills in the recognition and management of cardiopulmonary arrest and activation of emergency medical services.
The session imparted knowledge on various topics BLS/ACLS, ATLS, NALS/PALS, high quality CPR, Airway management, dysarrhythmias AED and defibrillators. This training provided an ideal forum to update the knowledge and bridge the gap between knowledge and skills of the prime life saving procedure.
CNE – "Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS"
An Ex Servicemen Rally was organised in Ahmdnagar under aegis of Armoured Corps Centre and School on November 13, 2016. The rally was attended by approximately 2500 Veterans and Veer Naris hailing from Ahmednagar, Beed, Latur, Solapur and Osmanabad districts. The rally was addressed by Major General Praveen Dixit, Commandant, Armoured Corps Centre and School, Ahmednagar who assured the Veterans and Veer Naris that they will always remain inseparable members of the Armed Forces Fraternity.
The rally was held in close co-ordination with State Administration and State Sainik Boards. The focus of rally was to facilitate redressal of grievances and extend other facilities to resolve anomalies in disbursement of pension, land and legal cases being confronted by Veterans and Veer Naris. A number of stalls from various welfare agencies and organizations of the Army and civil administration where set up at the venue. A medical team fully equipped with modern equipment and medicines was also in place and employment fare for advising kith and kin of Veterans and Veer Naris on employment avenue was an another attraction. Banks also established information centres.
- Mahesh Iyengar
Army Organises Ex-Servicemen Rally at Ahmednagar
The Valedictory Function for the 141st Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) was held on November 18, 2016. The Chief Guest for the function was Air Marshal SRK Nair Air Officer Commanding-In-Chief, Head Quarters Training Command, IAF. Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Tambaram, Air Cmde S Shrinivas, was the Chief Host of the function.
The Qualified Flying Instructors Course is a gruelling 25-weeks package. The Valedictory Function marked the culmination of the efforts of the trainees and staff of Flying Instructors School. Graduates of the Course were awarded the coveted symbol of 'Qualified Flying Instructor' which they can now wear proudly on their uniforms.
The pilots who achieved distinction in flying and ground subjects were awarded trophies. The prestigious Majithia Trophy for the officer standing first in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Sqn Ldr U Nautiyal.
In his convocational address, the Chief Guest congratulated the graduating officers. He exhorted them to convey forward their rich learning experiences at FIS and apply this knowledge effectively. He urged them to inculcate the highest standards of mental and physical discipline amongst their trainees, in true traditions of the IAF.
- T Shanmugam
141 Qualified Flying Instructors' Course-Valedictory Function
Tri-Service (Eastern Theatre) Commanders' Conference was held in Bay of Bengal onboard INS Shakti on November 28, 2016. Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, ADC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command and Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command attended the Conference along with the host Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for the Commanders to undertake meaningful discussions and arrive at mutually agreeable solutions to enhance inter-operability and synergy between the three services.  
During the Conference, the three Commanders-in-Chief reviewed the progress made on various operational and logistic issues since the last meeting held on trilateral interaction and coordination amongst the three Services. Discussions on various aspects of joint training facilities for enhancing the professional skills of the Service personnel and to promote jointmanship were also discussed during the conference.
Tri-Service (Eastern Theatre) Commander's Conference held at ENC
As part of its concerted efforts to reach out not only to the farthest oceans but also to the citizen's hearths, the Eastern Naval Command organized a 'Special Children visit to Eastern Fleet's frontline warship, INS Shivalik on November 27, 2016.  Organized as part of its Navy Week activities, 233 special children from 10 different schools from across Visakhapatnam visited the latest ship.   Captain Vineet McCarty, Commanding Officer INS Shivalik was the Chief Guest for the occasion.
Besides getting an insight into the naval way of life, a dance and singing competition was also organized onboard which elicited enthusiastic response and active participation from all children.  Prizes were awarded to winners of the dance and singing completion by the Chief Guest.  In addition, gift hampers were also presented to all the children. The visitors experienced life onboard a ship from close quarters and considerable excitement was evident amongst the visitors.
- Cdr CG Raju
Special Children Visit INS Shivalik
The trekking expedition taken up by the Army from Sarna Bhadarwah to Kishtwar was flagged in recently at Sarna, Bhadarwah. The expedition encompassed a walk through the challenging, extremely treacherous cross country terrain of approximately 200 km in two weeks. It was indeed an acid test of troops mental and physical toughness to complete this herculean task in a record time frame. The expedition was flagged off from Bhadarwah on November 1, 2016.
The expedition team consisting of one officer and ten young soldiers who explored the remotest parts of Bhadarwah, Kishtwar and Doda covering a total distance of approximate 200 km in 14 days. Negotiating the challenging passes like Chhatru-Agash Mandu and Patnazi-Bal Chhetru-Bimal Nag, the trek passed through the forests of Pines, Oak and Deodar and valleys blooming with wild flowers. The trekking expedition while learning the customs and traditions, exploring flora and fauna and analysing the scope of development in the area also promoted the message of universal peace and brotherhood. The expedition was beneficial in building mental resilience, physical courage, promote camaraderie and inculcate team spirit amongst the participants.
While addressing the trekking team Brigadier Rohit Nautiyal, Commander Rashtriya Rifles present on the occasion complemented them on successful completion of the expedition covering a hazardous route in given time frame. He further stated that such expeditions must be undertaken as routine to inculcate the spirit of adventure and foster greater espirit-de-corps amongst the participants.
- Lt Col Manish Mehta
Army Flags in Trekking Expedition at Bhadarwah
Navy Children School Chanakyapuri, New Delhi hosted its Annual Day themed "Kalanjali" on November 24, 2016. The Chief Guest Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff presided over the function.
The programme was ushered in by the rendition of Mangal Abhinandan followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The school annual report tracing the significant achievements of the school in the year 2015-16 was read out by the Principal Ms Ruma Purkayastha. This was followed by a cultural bonanza presented by the students. All the acts conveyed the importance of healthy living and well being. The vibrant costumes, the lifelike expressions, and the graceful movements of the students enthralled the audience.
The evening showcased a harmonious blend of music, rhythm and dance. The Chief Guest congratulated the Principal, Staff and Students and applauded their efforts.
- Capt DK Sharma
NCS Delhi Celebrates Annual Day 2016
On the auspicious day of Gur Purab, National Defence Academy saw the unveiling of bust of late Flying Officer Nirmal Jeet Singh Sekhon, PVC the only Param Vir Chakra of Indian Air Force at the Air Force Training Team (AFTT) at NDA. The bust was unveiled by Air Marshal JS Kler, Commandant, NDA in the presence of officers of all three services.
Speaking on the occasion, the Commandant said it was indeed a proud moment for the Academy, which continues to instil the ethos of courage, valour and sacrifices that has been displayed on so many occasions by our braves in the past and the bust will be a continuous source of inspiration and motivation for all the young cadets who pass out of the portal of the academy.
- Mahesh Iyengar
Unveiling of Bust of Flying Officer Nirmal Jeet Singh Sekhon at NDA