Armed Forces
Enrolled into the Madras Regiment on March 15, 2011 Naib Subedar Arokia Rajiv belonging to Tiruchirappalli District of Tamil Nadu has come a long way in his sporting career through hard work, dedication and perseverance.
The first major achievement of Rajiv was a gold medal at Open National Athletics Championship held at Chennai on September 10, 2012 in 400 meters run. On securing gold medal at 63rd Inter Services Athletics Championship held at Hyderabad on August 14, 2013, he was granted his first out of turn promotion to the Rank of Havildar.
On September 19, 2014 he qualified for 17th Asian Games held at Incheon, Korea in 400 meters run and secured bronze medal after which he was given his second out of turn promotion to the rank of Naib Subedar.
His growth as an international athlete continued and in 6th World Military Games held at South Korea in October 15 he secured silver medal in 400 meters run. The highest point of his sporting career came when he qualified for Rio Olympics in 4 x 400 meters relay at the Indian Grand Prix held at Bangalore in July 16 by securing gold medal.
For his outstanding contribution in the field of athletics, Naib Subedar Arokia Rajiv was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award on August 29, 2017. This award to a serving army personnel is a matter of great pride for the entire Indian Army, his unit, Madras Regimental Centre and his family members. Naib Subedar Arokia Rajiv becomes the second Arjuna Awardee from the Madras Regiment where Havilder Peter Thangaraj was awarded an Arjuna Award for his outstanding achievements as a national team football goalkeeper.
- T Shanmugam and Capt Abilash MC
Naib Subedar Arokia Rajiv Conferred Arjuna Award
Lieutenant General PM Hariz, Army Commander, Southern Command gave away prizes to the winner
The Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) has invited applications for the Prime Minister's Scholarship from the Ex-Servicemen and their children who have taken admission in specified professional courses in the academic year 2017-18. They can apply for this online on the KSB website
The Ex-Servicemen who retired from Armed Forces in the rank of JCO and Below and their children who have taken admission in 2017 in the first year of BE/B.Tech/MBBS/BDS/B.Ed/BBA/BCA/B.Pharm/MBA or other professional courses (list available on website) are eligible for the scholarship. Minimum 60 percent marks are required in 10+2 or graduation as the case may be. Students studying in 2nd or subsequent years are not eligible.
The girl candidates will get a monthly scholarship of Rs.2250/- while the boys will get Rs.2000/- p.m. The last date of application is 15th November, 2017.
- Manoj Tuli
Prime Minister's Scholarship
41 Armed Forces officers attending the Higher Defence Management Course (HDMC) at College of Defence Management (CDM), accompanied by Brigadier JS Rajpurohit, Head of Faculty CDM visited Andaman & Nicobar Command from August 23-27, 2017. College of Defence Management is a premier tri-service institution imparting higher management training to officers of the rank of Colonel in Army and of equivalent ranks in Navy and Air Force. On successful completion of the course, the participants are awarded Masters in Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
During the visit the course officers were familiarised with the unique aspects of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and innovative infrastructure development, so that future military leadership remains sensitive to civil security, development, ecology and environmental concerns. The course officers were briefed at the Command Headquarters and also by the respective Components. The officers also visited various defence establishments at other Islands apart from Port Blair.
These future military leaders with their effective decision making and efficient resource management skills will play a vital role in enhancing the efficiency of the Armed Forces. This visit will allow them the opportunity to further develop their knowledge base and provide an insight to the strategic importance of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Col A Dikshit
Higher Defence Management Course Visits Andaman & Nicobar
As part of 51th Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) Day Celebrations, a felicitation function was organised by HQ Bengal Area under the aegis of HQ Eastern Command to honour the 'Veer Naris' of Indian Armed Forces whose husband/son had laid down their lives in service of the Nation as a true testimony to their devotion to duty. The event was organised at Fort William Kolkata on August 22, 2017. The function was attended by a large number of Veer Naris from West Bengal. The felicitation ceremony was formally inaugurated by Mrs Bibha Krishna, Regional President AWWA Eastern Command. During her interaction with the Veer Naris she informed them about various welfare and rehabilitation schemes and appealed to each one of them to derive maximum benefit from these schemes. In order to address the problems of Veer Naris, a number of informative and interactive stalls were set up by Rajya Sainik Board, ECHS, Army Placement Node and PCDA (Pension), Allahabad. The representatives of various organisations at these interactive stalls provided first hand information and in-situ redressal of grievances. An Aadhar Card stall by UIDAI was set up to enable Veer Naris to register for Aadhar Card. A medical camp was also organised on the occasion. This function which is held every year on AWWA Day, has always been a hallmark event where the Army honours and remembers its brave hearts in right earnest and extends a helping hand to their kith and kin.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
Army Honours Veer Naris
The US Congressional House Committee on Armed Services led by US Congressman Mr Robert Wittman, visited the Western Naval Command on August 24, 2017. Mr Wittman who is also Chairman of Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, was accompanied by Congresswoman Ms Madeleine Bordallo and Mr Edgard Kagan, US Consul General in Mumbai.
The nine member delegation interacted with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding–in-Chief, Western Naval Command and was also briefed on the Western Naval Command and the Indian Navy's operations on the Western Seaboard. Issues of mutual interest such as Indo-US relations, bilateral naval cooperation and maritime security were discussed.
The delegation also undertook a windshield tour of the Naval Dockyard at Mumbai and visited the indigenously built newly commissioned Kolkata class destroyer INS Chennai.
- Cdr Rahul Sinha
US Congressional Delegation visits Western Naval Command
Group Captain SK Mehta, Public Relations Officer (Defence), Palam  doffed his fatigues on retirement from Indian Air Force on completion of more than 31 years of service on   August 31, 2017. Prior to taking over as PRO (Def), Palam on August 9, 2011 he also rendered his services to Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence as Public Relations Officer (Defence) Nagpur from October 27, 2009 to  August 8, 2011.
Born on August 8,1963, Group Captain SK Mehta was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in December1985. The officer has to his credit over 4000 hours of flying mainly on Chetak Helicopter and HPT-32/Kiran aircraft.
He is a post graduate from Defence Services Staff College.The Officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor.  He has participated in Op Rahat in 2013, Op Parakram in 2003 and Op Safed Sagar. He held various staff positions at Air Headquarters, New Delhi and Headquarters Maintenance Command, Nagpur.
For his distinguished service Group Captain SK Mehta was awarded Commendations by the Chief of Air Staff in 1999 and AOC-in-C in 1988.
He is married to Mrs Seema Mehta and is blessed with one son and one daughter.
Wg Cdr Anupam Banerjee
Gp Capt SK Mehta retires after thirty one years of glorious service
A visit of students of Computer Centre at Kamalkot was organized to Kamaan Aman Setu on August 24 by the army garrison at Uri. The computer centre was inaugurated in the month of July and is jointly run by Army and Aseem foundation aiming to provide computer education to the youth of border area villages.
The visit was organized by the Uri Brigade as a part of the educational tour to expose the youth of far flung areas to places of historical significance in Kashmir valley.
The students interacted with the COB Commander of Kaman, who briefed them about the historical importance and strategic significance of Kamaan Aman Setu. They were also briefed about the procedure of trade services between India and Pakistan.
The students expressed their gratitude to Army for the conduct of the Tour.
- Col Aman Anand
Students of Kamalkot visit Kamaan Aman Setu
The finals of Inter Squadron Boxing Championship for Autumn Term 2017 was conducted at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala on August 26, 2017. 48 cadets from six squadrons of the Academy competed for the prestigious trophy. 40 bouts were conducted in eight different categories, which included Light Fly, Fly, Bantam, Light, Light Welter, Welter Middle and Light Heavy throughout whole of last week.
Cheetah Squadron emerged victorious in the Inter squadron Boxing Championship. Vice Admiral SV Bhokare Commandant presented the Inter squadron Boxing Championship Trophy and individual medals to the proud winners and congratulated the winning Squadron.
- Lt Cdr RG Ajith
Cheetah Squadron emerges Victorious
18 Cadets from Sainik School, Kunjpura, Haryana along with Mr Vipin Sharma, Assistant Master, paid a visit to Indian Naval Academy (INA) on a motivational trip from August 23–29, 2017. The aim of the visit was to inform the visiting school children on various training facilities at INA and role of Indian Navy.
A guided tour of Academic facilities and laboratories, Seamanship facilities, Warship Bridge Simulator, Sports Complexes, Sailing Training Center, Weapon Training Centre and Equestrian Training Center was conducted for the visiting Sainik School Cadets. A high tea with Ex Sainik School Kunjpura Trainees, alumni and Instructors of INA was also organised during the visit. The Sainik School cadets obtained first hand insight into the grinding daily regime of the trainee officers and developed good understanding of the ethos, values and the honour code that each trainee officer imbibes at INA
The jubilant Sainik School Cadets bid adieu convinced that they wanted to join INA and serve the nation and the Indian Navy.
- Lt Cdr RG Ajith
Motivational Tour by Sainik School to INA
The Southern Command Gold Cup Race was held for the first time on September 4, 1948. The race became a listed race in 1986 and was accorded the graded status in the year 1999. The race is run over a distance of 1600 meters. The inaugural race was won by 'JANE-JIGAR' owned by M/S Chandalal Shah and M H Ahmedbhoy, trained by Mr ALJ Talib and ridden by Mr Khem Singh.
The Southern Command Gold Cup which is one of the most revered races of the Pune Horse racing season was held on August 13, 2017 at the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) Race Course. It was witnessed by Lieutenant General PM Hariz, Army Commander, Southern Command, other senior army and civil dignitaries, school children & respected citizens of the city.
As a prelude to the race the audience witnessed a thrilling demonstration of the combat potential and adventure activities put on display by the Army. The thirty minute action packed demonstration had all the ingredients of an integrated battlefield environment to include various weapon platforms and machines of war. Mafia a trained army dog won the heart of the audience by carrying out a daring attack on an intruder. The brave warriors of the Madras Regimental Centre performed the Kalaripayattu martial art display which held the spectators spell bound. The cadets of National Defence Academy (NDA) also put up an excellent display of their physical strength and horse riding skills. The entire show was applauded by one and all present at the RWITC race course.
The coveted Southern Command Gold Cup 2017 was won by Mr Bezan Chenoy trained horse called Forest Fairy which was ridden by Mr A Imran Khan.
- Mahesh Iyengar
Southern Command Gold Cup Race at RWITC - 2017
The Coast Guard has increased its vigil along West Bengal and Odisha coasts after receiving intelligence inputs of possible sea-borne strikes by terrorists during the ongoing festive season. KS Sheoran, Inspector General, Coast Guard Region (North), directed all district commanders to remain alert and respond to any situation that may arise due to the crisis at Dokla.
Commanders of the Coast Guard District Headquarters at Haldia and Paradip, Commanding Officers of various Coast Guard stations and Air Squadrons attended a two day Operations conference which began in Kolkata.
The performance of the Coast Guard Region was also assessed during the conference and it emerged that the Headquarters had maintained 1336 ship days at sea last year. This amounts to patrolling by around four ships per day. The air squadrons at Kolkata and Bhuvaneswar also clocked 2921 flying hours for coastal surveillance that amounted to more than nine hours per day. More than 383 precious lives were saved at sea from stranded fishing boats in the last one year. Three coastal security exercises with the state establishments and other agencies were carried out to keep the coastal security system fully operational. Apart from this, 83 community interaction programmes were carried out in all fishing hamlets of West Bengal and Odisha to sensitize fishermen about safety at sea and various laws governing them.
The Coast Guard Commander also reviewed the operational readiness of assets of the North East Region and apprised the District Commanders of Odisha and West Bengal to remain alert and respond to Coast Guard charter of duties swiftly and proactively. He also emphasised on strengthening the coastal security network amongst all stake holders towards ensuring safety and security of the coastal states.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
ICG Commanders' Conference
Air Marshal C Hari Kumar ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Western Air Command, visited Air Force Station Faridabad on August 31, 2017. He was accompanied by Mrs Devika Hari Kumar, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional).
The AOC-in-C reviewed the operational preparedness of the station and was briefed on the future plans by Gp Capt Kaushik Das, Station Commander, Air Force Station Faridabad. He assessed the security preparedness of the station and emphasized on the need to maintain high state of vigilance in view of the prevalent security scenario. He also visited Air Force Dog Training School, which is one of the finest Dog Training Schools of Indian Armed Forces.
The Air Marshal interacted with the personnel of the station and complimented them for their efforts, resulting in optimum and efficient functioning of the station.
Mrs Devika Hari Kumar, President AFWWA (Regional) visited the welfare ventures run by AFWWA(Local) and interacted with the AFWWA Sanginis.
- Wg Cdr Anupam Banerjee
Air Marshal C Hari Kumar ADC, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command visits AFS, Faridabad