Armed Forces
Lieutenant General PJS Pannu General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps flagged off a delegation of 25 farmers of Durbuk block area on a 10 day Capacity Building Tour to Dharamsala under "Operation Sadbhavana".
The delegation embarked on the tour on August 1, 2017 and visited Agricultural University, Palampur, Dharamsala amongst other places of interest in the area.
In a grand send off ceremony held at Leh, the GOC expressed his happiness on the tour and said that this tour will further strengthen the strong relationship between the Army and the people of Ladakh. Under the stewardship of Lt Gen PJS Pannu, a large number of programs have been launched to facilitate and empower the locals of this enchanted land.
- Col Rajesh Kalia
Capacity Building Tour for farmers
Brigadier Sanjay Sethi, Commandant, CAD Pulgaon along with military officers of CAD, Pulgaon at Mega Tree Plantation drive
Indian Air Force conducted a Band Concert at Forum Sujana Mall in Hyderabad to commemorate Independence Day. The concert was organised under the aegis of Air Force Station Begumpet with the co-operation by Department of Tourism, Government of Telangana.
The No 3 Air Force Band performing the concert, is housed at Air Force Academy, Dundigal since 1971. It has 22 musicians who play brass, wood-wind, reed string, electronic and percussion instruments. The objective of AF Band is to interact with the people and create awareness about the IAF, through the sound of music. The AF Band symbolizes teamwork, harmony, ethos and dedication of an air warrior to his profession.
Air Warrior Musicians of No. 3 Air Force Band have performed across the world in countries like United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh. They have also participated in International Military Music Festival in Finland, France, Italy and recently at Malaysia. The IAF Band, with its scintillating performance has enchanted the audience at home and abroad. The band is equally capable of playing the military music and also the patriotic and popular tunes of Hindi songs.
Music has been soul-stirring accompaniment to men in arms, acting as a means of exciting passion for advancing soldiers. Military bands enliven the spirit, strengthen the mood and help in promoting pride and camaraderie. The Indian Air Force has a strong tradition of its own when it comes to Military Music and Musicians.
- B Satheesh Kumar
Indian Air Force conducts band concert to commemorate Independence Day
The finals of open Squash, Badminton and Tennis Championship for Autumn Term 2017 were conducted at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala from July 20–22, 2017. A total of 65 cadets from all six squadrons of the Academy competed in knockout round matches for the coveted Championship Medals.
Cadet Mayank Kumar of Cheetah Squadron won the Gold medal in finals of Open Squash Championship match. Cadet Shubhangi Swaroop of Braveheart Squadron won the Gold medal in finals of Open Badminton Championship match and Cadet Irfan Husain of Fighter Squadron won the Gold medal in finals of Open Tennis Championship match. Commodore Arul Selvam, Head of Faculty (Basic Science and Humanities), INA, Captain Arjun Dev Nair, PD (Training), INA and Captain Sumantra Hazarika, Training Captain (Design), INA presented the individual medals to the proud winners of Squash, Tennis and Badminton Championship respectively. They congratulated the winning cadets and emphasised the importance of actively pursuing a sport of choice to remain fighting fit throughout their Naval Career.
- Lt Cdr RG Ajith
Squash, Badminton and Tennis Championship at INA
Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated with high fervor and enthusiasm at Kanpur Military Station on July 26, 2017 to pay tribute to the Martyrs and Commemorate the 19th Anniversary of 1999 Indo-Pak Kargil War.
The ceremony organised at Heritage Park, Kanpur Brigade started with the wreath laying at the memorial followed by a felicitation of Veer Naris and Ex-Servicemen along with tea and informal interaction. Brigadier VM Sharma, Station Commander, Military Station Kanpur along with all Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Jawans posted in Kanpur Station and NCC Cadets were present on the occasion.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrations at Military Station Kanpur
Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon organised a mega plantation drive at Nachangaon area, on defence land, where fifteen thousand saplings were planted on July 22, 2017. Approximately 800 combatant and civilian employees of the Depot participated in the mega plantation drive .
24500 pits were dug in various pockets of the military station, and trees were planted in a phased manner in these pits. The saplings were planted along the Deep Continuous Contour Trench (CCT) dug in the area, thus ensuring high survivability of the plants. CCT were dug for a length of 108000 meter in an area of 407 hectares with the aim of improving ground water recharge.
Brigadier Sanjay Sethi, Commandant, CAD Pulgaon along with all military officers of CAD Pulgaon led the plantation drive. District collector Mr Shailesh Nawal and officials of agricultural departments were also present on the occasion. The drive was a part of multiple ecological initiatives taken up by the Depot administration in the recent past.
- Wg Cdr Samir S Gangakhedkar
Plantation Drive in CAD Pulgaon
The ASC Training Centre (South), Bengaluru conducted the 67th Inter-Services Water Polo Championship-2017 from July 18, 2017. Army Red team emerged winners defeating the Air Force team by 9 – 7 goals. The Army Red, Army Green, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy teams participated in the prestigious Championship. Lieutenant General Vipan Gupta, Commandant ASC Centre & College was the Chief Guest. The Services team which will now participate in the National tournaments was also declared during the ceremony. The closing ceremony included a Best Physique show.
- Shivaram Pailoor
Army Red Team, Champions of 67th Inter Services Water Polo Championship
A Tetra Pak compacting plant was inaugurated on July 15, 2017 at Leimakhong Military station by Brigadier SKS Chauhan, Deputy General Officer Commanding, Red Shield Division. The ceremony was attended by Army officials and Mr Pravin Mallick, Environment Director, Tetra Pak South Asia Markets. With setting up of this Baling machine plant, Red Shield Division has taken another step towards its efforts to promote conservation and environment protection and recycle the cartons, the plant can also be used to compress other subsequent recycling waste materials like plastic bottles, cardboard cartons, newspapers etc, with support from Tetra Pak India Pvt Ltd, said Deputy General Officer Commanding, Red Shield Division. Milk in Tetra Pak cartons is supplied to troops as part of their entitled ration. Mr Pravin Mallick, Environment Director, Tetra Pak South Asia Markets said that Tetra Pak cartons are fully recyclable and can be recycled into various useful products like desks, benches, roof sheets and notebooks. Tetra Pak Ltd has invested ahead of the curve to build a sustainable recycling eco-system for used cartons across the country. The company has provided the compacting machine for this plant and will continue to provide technical expertise and support to the project.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
Baling Plant for protection of environment by Red Shield Division
HQ Purva UP & MP Sub Area organized a tree plantation drive Go Green in Allahabad Station. This plantation drive was organized simultaneously in the school, office complexes, in residential areas and public places, wherein army personnel, school children, residents of cantonment along with their families took part in large numbers. GOC Purva UP & MP Sub Area, Major General SK Singh said this drive is aimed to protect the environment for the future generations and increase the greenery in the cantonment. He further added that "it is even more important to ensure the maintenance and care of these plants as part of our solemn duty to conserve the flora". Mrs Bala Singh, Chairperson, Family Welfare Organization, Allahabad Sub Area also participated in the event.
It was very heartening to see the active participation by the Army and civil defence employees for the noble cause.
- Gp Capt BB Pande
Tree Plantation Drive: 2017
A convocation ceremony for all NCC cadets who have successfully completed three years of rigorous training and have qualified for the 'C' certificate was held on July 21, 2017. The convocation ceremony, a first of its kind in the state, was solemnised at Seminar Hall No. 4, Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar on July 21,.
A total of 775 cadets were felicitated 'C' certificate by Major General Subhash Sharan Addl Director General NCC Gujarat, Dadra Nagar Haveli & Diu. Outstanding Associate NCC Officers and NCC Instructors including Girls Cadet Instructors were also awarded prizes on the occasion. The award winning cadets in various categories had been selected based on their overall performance during the course of their training.
The programme was attended by Vice Chancellors of universities to whom the Cadets belonged, Heads of Institutes of National and International repute, NCC officers, ANOs, and proud Parents of the cadets.
The NCC convocation ceremony was a great source of inspiration to all the present and aspiring NCC Cadets.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman
Convocation Ceremony of NCC Cadets
Major General Ashok Kumar, Managing Director, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) visited regional centre, Hyderabad and Polyclinics in Secunderabad and Hyderabad from July 28-31, 2017. The General Officer called on Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC) at Headquarters, Telangana & Andhra Sub Area (TASA) where aspects related to Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme were discussed with an aim to enhance its reach and for the benefit of the Ex- Servicemen in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. The Managing Director assured of his full commitment and support to resolve the issues.
- B Satheesh Kumar
Managing Director of ECHS calls on GOC, TASA
An "In Principle Approval" has been accorded for raising an Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Ecological under the aegis of Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army) at Aurangabad for carrying out afforestation and allied activities in consultation with Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra, for the Marathwada region. The foundation stone laying ceremony was carried out at Khultabad (approximate 20 Kilometers from Aurangabad) by Forest Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Sudhir Mungantiwar on July 4, 2017.
The event was followed by plantation of 3000 saplings jointly by Army personnel, State Forest Department and others present at the site. The event was witnessed by Mr Hari Bhau Bagade (IAS) Speaker of Legislative Assembly Government of Maharashtra, Dr Purushottam Bhapkar (IAS) Divisional Commissioner Aurangabad, Mr PK Mahajan (IFS) Chief Conservator of Forest Department, Colonel Rameshwar Sharma, Station Headquarters Aurangabad, Colonel Venkatesh P, Deputy Commander, Territorial Army Group Headquarters Southern Command and one Staff Officer from TA Directorate, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army).
Later in the day, a large number of Army personnel, National Cadet Corps cadets, representatives of Cantonment Board and State Forest department joined hands in carrying out plantation of saplings in the reclaimed area in Aurangabad Cantonment.
- Mahesh Iyengar
Raising of Infantry Batallion (Territorial Army)Ecological For Marathwada Region
On July 17, 2017, a new chapter has been added after 23 years in the history of Mechanised Infantry with the raising of the 27th Battalion at Bhusaval (Maharashtra). This momentous occasion was graced by Lieutenant General PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and Colonel of the Regiment Mechanised Infantry, Lieutenant General Vishwambhar Singh, General Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Gujarat and Goa Area, Brigadier Subramaniam, Commandant, Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre and Brig Anurag Vij, Station Commander, Aurangabad alongwith a number of veterans and civil dignitaries.
27 Mechanised Infantry Battalion has been raised under the able leadership of Colonel Ajay Singh Rathore and equipped with the formidable Anti-tank platform, the BMP-II. The missile fired from this platform is known to have one of the highest Single Shot Kill Probability.
The Battalion will soon be joining the ranks of the already deployed battalions astutely devoted to the defence of the Nation. The Nation and the Indian Army wishes success to the unit in all their endeavours.
- Mahesh Iyengar
Raising of 27th Battalion the Mechanised Infantry Regiment