Armed Forces
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a 'Miniratna' category–1 Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU), has achieved a record turnover of Rs 4,886.62 crore for the financial year 2016-17, registering a growth of 17.46 per cent over the previous year. Chairman and Managing Director, BDL Shri V Udaya Bhaskar presented a cheque of full and final dividend of Rs 157.22 crore for the financial year 2016-17 to Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman here on November 9, 2017.
The dividend paid by the BDL works out to 128.67 per cent of the paid up capital. The DPSU has bought back 25 per cent of its shares for the sum of Rs 450.54 crore.
Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra, Additional Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Apurva Chandra; Joint Secretary (P&C) Dr Amit Sahai, Joint Secretary (LS), Dept of Defence Production Shri Sanjay Prasad, Director (Finance) Shri S Piramanayagam and DGM (Liaison) of BDL Col Ravi Prakash (Retd) were also present on the occasion.
- Mattu JP Singh
BDL pays Rs 157.22 crore dividend
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman receiving a cheque of Rs 157.22 crore as full and final dividend for the financial year 2016–17 from Chairman and Managing Director, BDL Shri V Udaya Bhaskar. Also seen in the picture is Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra.
Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) paid total dividend of 225 per cent in three instalments to the Government of India for the financial year 2016-17.
Chairman and Managing Director, BEL Shri M V Gowtama, presented the 105 per cent third and final dividend cheque of Rs 159.91 crore, payable on the shares held by the President of India and Government nominee, to the Defence Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, here on November 10, 2017. The first Interim dividend of 30 per cent (on face value of Rs 10 per equity share) was paid to the Government in January 2017 and the second interim dividend of 90 per cent (on face value of Re one per equity share) was paid to the Government in March 2017.
- Mattu JP Singh
pic: GD Mehra
BEL pays Rs 159.91 crore final dividend
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman receiving a cheque of over Rs 159 crore as final dividend for the financial year 2016 – 17 from Chairman and Managing Director, BEL Shri MV Gowtama. Also seen in the picture is Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra.
Wreaths were laid at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officers' Association (COA) on November 18, 2017.
Teen Murti Memorial was instituted in the memory of the Cavalry Officers and Men of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade composed of Cavalry Regiments from the Indian States of Hyderabad, Mysore & Jodhpur and detachments from Bhavnagar, Kashmir and Kathiawar who sacrificed their lives during World War I (1914-1919), in Sinai, Palestine and Syria. The Armoured Corps has traversed the journey in time since independence, with raising of modernised Tank Regiments.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Amit Sharma (Retd), President COA highlighted the great contribution of the Indian Armoured Corps in protecting the Nation's sovereignty. This is aptly reflected by the 'Gallantry Awards' earned by the Corps since Independence, which includes 2 Param Vir Chakras, 16 Mahavir Chakras, 3 Kirti Chakras, 57 Vir Chakras and 26 Shaurya Chakras.
- Manoj Tuli
pic: GD Mehra
Wreath Laying Ceremony at Teen Murti Memorial
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, AOC-in-C, Southern Air Command, addressing the AN-32 Operators' Conference.
A seminar on 'Cyber Security in the Context of Indian Navy' was held on November 17, 2017 at Dr DS Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi by Directorate of Information Warfare, Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy). Over 350 personnel attended the seminar which included officers and sailors from various Directorates of IHQ MoD (Navy), Naval units in Delhi area and other Naval stations, officers from sister Services, civilian dignitaries and professionals from cyber security industry. In the inaugural session, Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Director General Naval Operations welcomed the gathering and presented the theme of the seminar. The Chief Guest of the event, Admiral Sunil Lanba, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff delivered the keynote address. In his address, he shared his thoughts on cyber security and the challenges faced by the Indian Navy in the domain. He also enunciated the importance of responsible usage of social media and smart devices. A special address was also delivered by Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator.
The seminar saw distinguished speakers and practitioners from the Indian Navy sharing their perspectives on Cyber Systems related to Military viz. 'Achieving Information Security for Military Embedded Systems' and 'Leveraging Cyber Operations for Information Superiority in the Network Centric Battlefield'. Speakers also deliberated upon issues such as 'Cyber Security Challenges posed by Smart phones and IOT Devices' and 'Implications of Social Media on Operations Security'.
The seminar provided a platform for interaction and sharing of knowledge and experience in Cyber security among the experts in the field. The seminar was of immense benefit to all the participants especially those who are directly involved with the cyber security of their respective organisations.
- Capt DK Sharma
Seminar on 'Cyber Security in the context of Indian Navy'
A two day Annual Logistics Conference (ALC)-2017 with theme "Revitalisation of Logistics: Synergetic Approach to Operations" was held at naval base, Kochi on November 6-7, 2017. The Conference which was chaired by the Controller of Logistics of the Indian Navy, Vice Admiral Sunil Anand, was inaugurated by Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command on November 6, 2017.
Domain experts in Supply Chain management and Operational Logistics participated and provided valuable insights into contemporary developments and best practices on the subject. The Conference addressed the issues associated with meeting logistics challenges of rapidly growing Navy which has been increasing its operational footprint and has been engaging friendly maritime nations in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond. The conference formed the basis for formulation of policies for an efficient logistics support. During the course of the conference trend analysis of material support was carried out and a special emphasis was laid on the transformation of logistics related to provisioning, procurement and disposal.
The Navy constantly reviews and refines these philosophies, processes and infrastructure through forums such as the ALC, which is attended by all senior logistics officers of the Indian Navy.
- Commander Sridhar Warrier
Annual Logistics Conference at Naval Base, Kochi
Ball of Fire division of Gajraj Corps recently organised a medical camp for the people of Arunachal Pradesh at village Buragaon in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Organised under the aegis of 'Op Samaritan', it covered the remote villages of Bichum , Gohantain, Khushigaon and Khuppi. Brigadier Shailendra Singh, Sena Medal, Commander, Zimithang Brigade, Ball of Fire Division inaugurated the camp. The medical team comprising of a Pediatrician, a Dental Officer, a Lady Medical Officer and two Medical Officers provided specialised treatment to approximately 600 patients over a span of two days. Free checkup was provided and medicines distributed among the villagers. The medical camp provided an ideal platform to assist the needy patients who otherwise being from far flung areas are devoid of any treatment by specialists. On the sidelines of the medical camp, movies were screened and cultural events organised which saw the wholehearted participation of the locals.
The endeavour was highly successful in enhancing civil military cooperation and wining the hearts and minds of the local populace in such remote areas of our country.
- Lt Col Sombit Ghosh
Ball of Fire Division organises medical camp in Arunachal Pradesh
Lieutenant General BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command visited the forward Areas of Pithoragarh and Gunji on November 15, 2017. The General Officer along with the Formation Commander carried out aerial operational reconnaissance of the forward Areas along the Line of Actual Control.
The Army Commander took first hand account of the operational matters and deployment of troops in the remote areas under extremely harsh and difficult conditions. He expressed satisfaction and appreciated the preparedness level of the formation and units in their Areas of Responsibility.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
Lt Gen BS Negi visits forward areas of Pithoragarh and Gunji
An Inter-School Debate competition in English and Hindi was organised by Coast Guard Wives Welfare Association (CGWWA), East on November 11, 2017. The aim of the literacy activity was to encourage the young students on public speaking. The event was conducted in 3 stage by two moderators at Coast Guard Air Station Chennai.
Student of 8 Schools of Chennai participated in the event. President Tatrakshika (East) Mrs. Nidhi Bargotra, gave away prizes to the winners, Master Y Kishore (IX-Std) and Miss Varsha (IX Std) of Modern Senior Secondary School in English debate on topic "Rural Development is the Right Answer for Unemployment Problem" and to Master Parthrajagopalan (XI Std) and Miss Sivangi Pandey (XI Std) of the Hindu Senior Secondary School in Hindi debate on topic "Participation of Young Children in Reality Show and TV Programme is good for their overall Growth".
- T Shanmugam
Indian Coast Guard Organised Inter-School Debate Competition
A Continuing Dental Education programme (CDE) under the aegis of the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services was organised at CMDC(NC), Udhampur Military Station on October 13-14, 2017 with an aim of enriching and updating young dental officers posted in CI Ops & High altitude areas of Northern Command to keep them abreast with latest advancements in the field of Endodontics.
The CDE programme was inaugurated by Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, Chief of Staff HQ Northern Command along with Maj Gen Rakesh Kumar, MG MED Headquarters Northern Command & Brig Anil Dhingra Commandant & Command Dental advisor, Northern Command. A maiden issue of newsletter "North Ivory Times" and e-Souvenir were also released. This CDE programme was first of its kind conducted by CMDC (NC) with didactic presentations and hands-on course. Comprehensive lectures were taken by guest speaker Dr George Jacob, Managing Director, All for Roots Academy, Kochi & Dr Ajay Gupta, Associate Professor, Indira Gandhi Govt Dental College, Jammu who shared their vast experience and expertise in the field of Endodontics. Guest service speakers from the AOR also presented their lectures pertinent to the topic of Modern Day Endodontics.
The CDE programme was very well received and attended by over 50 delegates from complete Northern Command and was accredited 9 'credit points' by the Dental Council of India.
- Col NN Joshi
Command Military Dental Centre (NC) conducts Intra-Command CDE programme
The first ever Indian Army Master Chef Competition - A culinary extravaganza, was held at the Catering Training Battalion of ASC Centre South, ASC Centre & College in Bengaluru.
Upholding their regimental honour, the Culinary Warriors unleashed their laden talent and fighting spirit to battle out a series of extraordinary cooking challenges, enroute to the coveted title.
Celebrity Chefs Mr Vicky Ratnani, Mr Abhijit Saha, and Mrs Bibha Krishna, presided over the event as adjudicators. Lieutenant General Vipan Gupta, Commandant ASC Centre & College witnessed the grand finale' along with other Military dignitaries of the Bengaluru Station.
Sepoy / Chef Nimse Sandeep of Mechanical Infantry did his unit proud by becoming the first ever Master Chef of Indian Army.Lance Nik /Chef Pawar Anil Prakash of Army Service Corps became the second and the first runners up respectively. The third position was shared by Lance Naik/Chef Vidhya Dhar of Garhwal Regiment and Vijay Kumar Singh Bhadoria of Armed Corps.
- Guruprasad HL
Mechanical Infantry Sepoy /Chef first ever Master Chef of the Indian Army
India's pop icon, filmi, jazz and playback singer and Padma Shri awardee Usha Uthup enthralled the defence officials and their families with her performance at Rajindra Singhji Army Officers Mess & Institute (RSAMI), Secundrebad. An Immensely popular, renowned and highly recognized artiste Usha Uthup is known for her evergreen numbers like 'One Two Cha cha cha…', 'Hari Om Hari….' and 'Rambha Ho Ho Ho…' and the of late 'Darling…' for which she was awarded Film Fare Award for the Best Female Playback Singer. 'Usha Uthup Nite' was one of the most eagerly awaited events at RSAMI and was attended by the retired and serving Defence Officers and their families stationed in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in large numbers.
Clad in her trademark fabulous Kanjeevaram saree, the singer sported her traditional Broad 'Bindi', infectious broad smile and unstoppable energy as she sang popular songs from Hindi Films and a few other languages as well. Known for the electrifying 'Live' on stage performances, this evening was no different as thousands swayed to her tunes. Being from the Defence Background herself, she expressed how specially she associated herself to Defence Forces. She made a reference to how the Defence forces were respected by citizens from all walks of life and appreciated the Ethos and Values anchored by the Defence Forces. This is her first ever performance for defence personnel in the twin cities.
The event was inaugurated by Lieutenant General RK Anand, General Officer Commanding, Dakshin Bharat Area and was attended by Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant MCEME and Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding Telangana & Andhra Sub Area and host of other senior Military dignitaries, serving and retired.
- G Surendra Babu
India's Pop Icon Usha Uthup Enthrals Defence Officials
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Southern Air Command, Indian Air Force visited Air Force Station, Sulur, a premier base under Southern Air Command, on November 8, 2017. The AOC-in-C was received by Air Commodore AK Puntambekar, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Sulur.
The AOC-in-C inaugurated the conference and shared his valuable experiences about the importance of operational preparedness of the base. Air Vice Marshal S Choudhary, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Southern Air Command also delivered the keynote address and highlighted the pivotal role of maintenance branch in IAF to keep war machinery combat ready.
The audience were updated on the progress of various 'Make in India' projects for sustenance of An-32 fleet. Various innovative ideas also emerged during the discussions to improve the operational capability of the An-32 which is a key flying asset of the Indian Air Force.
While concluding the conference Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria emphasised the need for optimum utilisation of professional and operational competence, training, Key Result Areas and resources.
- T Shanmugam
AN-32 Operators' Conference : 2017
Brahmos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on November 22, 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force's (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea based target in the Bay of Bengal. The missile was gravity dropped from the Su-30 from fuselage, and the two stage missile's engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal.
The successful maiden test firing of Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF's air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges. Brahmos ALCM weighing 2.5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by HAL to carry weapons. Brahmos, the world-class weapon with multi-platform, multi-mission role is now capable of being launched from Land, Sea and Air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India. Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and BrahMos for the outstanding accomplishment.
Dr S Christopher, Chairman DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D congratulated the Scientists and Engineers for this excellent text book kind of flight test.
The missile test was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace along with senior IAF officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos.
- Mattu JP Singh
Brahmos Flight test from IAF's Su-30MKI fighter aircraft
A 35 member delegation of National Defence College, Myanmar arrived in Lucknow on November 23, 2017. The Myanmar delegation visited the Smritika War Memorial where a wreath was laid by Brigadier Hla Than Maung, who is leading the delegation to India.
The visitors were later briefed and given an overview of Surya Command and on the vital role played by it in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations and joint training conducted with Friendly Foreign Countries. The delegation later interacted with officers of Surya Command over lunch which was hosted in their honour.
The delegation also visited Allahabad, Varanasi and Gaya as part of their cultural and heritage tour.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Myanmar Delegation Visits Surya Command