General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, visited the Gajraj Corps from September 5 to 6, as part of his visits to various formations of the Army, to review their operational readiness and the internal security situation. He was accompanied by Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command.
During the visit, the Army Chief was briefed by Lt Gen D Anbu, GOC of the Gajraj Corps who updated him on the security situation in Assam. The Chief of The Army Staff expressed his satisfaction on the conduct of operations by the Army in bringing the insurgency situation under control. He also reviewed the defence preparedness of Gajraj Corps which is deployed on the Line of Actual Control.
The eighteenth edition of four day long Annual Techno- Management festival, 'Techniche 2016' commenced at IIT Guwahati September 1, 2016. Air Marshal C Harikumar, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force inaugurated the festival. The festival will culminate on September 4, 2016.
The Air Force equipment displayed during Tech Fest 2016 includes the latest 'State of the Art' indigenous Rohini Radar, various armament and calibration testers, and Mi 17 V5 medium lift Helicopter which is extensively used during disaster relief operations.
In order to create awareness among the students about the IAF, a publicity stall was also put up wherein information on career avenues in the IAF were provided to the aspirants.
A two days conference was held at Headquarter Central Command, Lucknow on August 31, 2016, wherein important issues related to 25 Cantonment Boards in Central Command were reviewed.
The conference was chaired by Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi, Army Commander, Central Command and Lieutenant General Rajan Ravindran, Chief of Staff (COS), Central Command. It was attended by Principal Director Defence Estates, Central Command, Major General Operation Logistics of Headquarter Central Command, Directors of Defence Estates, Presidents and Chief Executive Officers of Cantonment Boards.
The conference aimed at reviewing the progress of the Cantonment Boards on financial aspects, infrastructure projects, Swach Bharat Yojna and management of defence land amongst other issues.
A major fire broke out in multistory building due to bursting of cooking gas pipe line at around 0810 pm on July 24, 2016 at House No 237, JJ Colony at Satya Niketan near IHQ of MoD (Army) Transport Unit. As soon as the unit got the information, two Officers alongwith eight JCOs, 48 ORs with unit fire equipment and water bowser were mobilised at lightening speed to reach the fire loc.
Besides extinguishing fire, another challenge which emerged was managing huge crowd, to create safe lane for fire tenders to reach the site and cordoning of the entire area. It was effectively done by deploying troops around the building and road leading to the fire site alongwith assistance of Delhi Police.
The presence of mind in evacuating 10 to 15 persons from fire site was done by Lt Col Vichar Mago and Capt Dhanajay Singh just in time before the fire could spread. The unit personnel removed many valuable and flammable infrastructure safely from fire site including cordoning of the entire area. Thus, the efforts of the all ranks in time beyond call of duty and unmindful of their personal safety saved many lives and loss of property.
Large number of causalities and bigger tragedy has been averted by the timely reaction and efforts of all the ranks. Unfortunately there was death of one civilian and two seriously injured civilians are still admitted in the hospital.
Finally troops returned to the unit after putting off the fire after 50 mins of efforts without any other casualties. The local population, police, fire department and civil administration applauded the contribution and timely reaction of the all ranks of the unit.
The Ladakh based 'Fire & Fury Corps celebrated it's 17th Raising Day on September 1, 2016 at Leh, during which a Solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony to honour 'Matyrs of Ladakh' was conducted. General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps Lt Gen PJS Pannu laid the wreath and honoured the Matyrs. Later, speaking to soldiers of the elite Fire & Fury Corps, the General Officer Commanding congratulated and complemented all present for their service of the Nation in such remote and inhospitable terrain and weather conditions.
It was on September 1, 1999, in the aftermath of the Kargil War that this elite Corps was raised and has gone from strength to strength even since.
A three day book fair was organised by Vajra Corps at the Vajra Library from August 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016. The aim to organise this book fair was to revive the reading habits of the people in the present era of digital learning and e-learning. Books are real friends of human beings. Physical books have always an advantage over e-books. The book fair was open for Army personnel, their dependents and general public residing in Jalandhar Cantonment and its surrounding areas. The book fair included books of all categories i.e. Children, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hobby, Yoga, Stress Management, Personality Development etc.
Brigadier Ramesh Chibber from the Vajra Corps visited the book fair and appreciated the efforts taken by the Vajra Library on their collection of books and their systematic display.
All schools, teachers, scholars and intellectuals enthusiastically visited the book fair and learnt about different publications, magazines, periodicals, teaching aids and a wide range of other subjects.
Mrs Reena Lanba, President Navy Wives Welfare Association visited Army Hospital (Research & Referral) to lend her support to 'Prerna'. Prerna - an emotional support group for cancer patients is a tri service organisation run by the wives of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel. It is committed to extend a helping hand at Oncology wards reaching out to patients and their families.
Taking keen interest in their treatment, Mrs Lanba met patients and comforted them. She also reassured them of speedy recovery and getting back to normalcy soon. During her visit Mrs Lanba also met up with the volunteers and appreciated their selfless and dedicated service to the community. She also presented a cheque of One Lakh rupees to the organisation for the welfare of the patients.
Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) Declamation Contest 2016 was conducted on August 30, 2016 at Air Force Auditorium Subroto Park New Delhi. Out of total of 22 contestants, 10 contestants bagged trophies for winners and runner ups. The winners were awarded prizes by Mrs Lily Raha, President AFWWA.
AFWWA Declamation contest is conducted to boost up the morale, refine pubic speaking skills and instill self-confidence in the wards of Air Force Personnel. The contest is conducted at AFWWA (Local) level i.e. at every Air Force Station under various AFWWA (Regionals). The winners of Local level compete at its Regional Level and the winners of each AFWWA (R) are selected for AFWWA Declamation Contest at New Delhi every year. At Central Level, the contestants of each Regional level compete with each other in their respective fields i.e. Hindi/English. Apart from the Regional HQ, contestants are also invited from Schools which are directly under the aegis of Air Headquarters, New Delhi. A total of 08 contestants (04 for English and 04 for Hindi) participate from Delhi based schools.
Motivated by the initiative of the Prime Minister for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and 'Go Green' idea, the IAF Milan Cycling Expedition, started on August 29, 2016 from Kibitoo in Arunachal Pradesh which is the eastern most extremity of India on China border, and reached Chabua on September 3, 2016. During its journey from Kibitoo, while covering a distance of 422 kms, it passed through the difficult terrains of North-East while facing landslides and torrential rain.
The IAF Milan Cycling Expedition is a combined venture of all seven commands of the Air Force and Air HQ, wherein four teams from the extreme tips of Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western parts of the country had started in the month of August and the expedition will culminate at Delhi on October 8, 2016 coinciding with the 84th Air Force Day Celebrations.
Team East was flagged off by Air Cmde BM Tyagi on September 6, 2016 for Delhi. The expedition will pass through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and UP and cover a total distance of 3137 kms during its journey, and disseminate the message of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and "Go Green Idea".
The Mahar Regiment expedition team successfully summited India's third highest peak Mount Kamet at 9:15 am on August 26, 2016. The Mount Kamet expedition was launched on August 1, 2016 to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of The Mahar Regiment, which has completed 75 years in the service of the Nation.
The expedition team which was flagged off by the Lt Gen BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command from Lucknow, reached the summit ahead of schedule on August 26, 2016.
The team of three Officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers and nine soldiers led by Colonel Amit Bisht summated the peak. The first team started its ascent from the Summit camp at 6980 Mtr at 11:30 pm and set foot atop the peak after a long and arduous climb of 10 hours at 9:15 am. The team hoisted the National flag and Mahar flag on the peak.
On reaching back the summit camp, the second team under team deputy leader advanced to the summit and reached the summit at 6:45 pm on the same day. Maj Gen Manoj Oka, Colonel of the Mahar Regiment congratulated the team on their successful summit to Mount Kamet on the momentous occasion of Platinum Jubilee of the Mahar Regiment.
Under the aegis of Territorial Army Group HQ, Western Command an expedition team of 12 individuals of 112 Infantry Battalion (TA) DOGRA to Pin Parvati was flagged-off by Maj Gen AK Sanyal, of Western Command here at Territorial Army group HQ. Led by Capt Vinay Pathania the team covered an approximate distance of 162 kms in 10 days.
The Territorial Army volunteered once again to take this daunting and challenging task of conducting Trekking Expedition on Pin Parvati Pass to inculcate a spirit of adventure and showcase the achievement of the Territorial Army as a whole.
Considering, the weather condition, high altitude and less availability of oxygen a team of four individuals was specially trained at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering Institute, Manali for four weeks.
The Team will be crossing Hot Water Spring (Kheer Ganga), make shift bridge on the gushing river Parvati, milky rivulets and sparsely inhabited terrain on the lower ends of the trek. Gen Sanyal asked all the jubilant team members to fully use this opportunity for creating life time memories.
Text and pic: Pradip Dasgupta