The Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visited Headquarters Central Command and 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre (11 GRRC) at Lucknow from November 16 to 17, 2018.
The Chief of Army Staff was briefed by Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command on various operational and administrative aspects. General Bipin Rawat expressed satisfaction on the efforts being made to ensure capability enhancement and operational effectiveness of the forces and development of infrastructure in the central sector. He conveyed his appreciation to the Surya Command for achieving a high degree of operational preparedness. During his visit, he also attended Welfare Association Meet held at 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre.
A wreath laying ceremony was organised on November 17, 2018 at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officers' Association, to honour the sacrifices, valour, and splendid contribution of the Indian Cavalry since World War I. The Indian Cavalry has a long and awe-inspiring history of valour and sacrifice.
Teen Murti memorial was instituted in the memory of the cavalry officers, non commissioned officers and men of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade composed of cavalry regiments from the Indian states of Hyderabad, Mysore and Jodhpur, with detachments from Bhavnagar, Kashmir and Kathiawar who were martyred in the Great War of 1914-1919, in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria. The Armoured Corps, a successor and inheritor of the cavalry traditions has proven to be the spear of the Indian military might with its mighty T-72, Arjun and T-90 tanks.
The memorial service was a solemn ceremony of poise and grace wherein wreaths were placed by serving and retired officers of the cavalry fraternity.
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 include two Param Vir Chakras, 16 Mahavir Chakras, three Kirti Chakras, 57 Vir Chakras and 26 Shaurya Chakras.
Indian Battalion based at Malakal (South Sudan) celebrated the Universal Children's Day. The celebration was organised in co-ordination with UNICEF, IND HMEC, Communication and Public Information Unit and Child Protection Unit serving under UNMISS.
United Nations Universal Children's Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.
The celebration was conducted at Malakal Sports Stadium under the aegis of Ministry of Education. John Odhong Adyeng, Deputy Governor of Central Upper Nile State was the Chief Guest of the event. Acting Head of Field Office (HoFO), Mayor of Malakal city, Second-in-Command, Indian Battalion, Education Minister also witnessed the celebration.
The celebration started with the tune of National Anthem of South Sudan which was followed by drawing competition among children of the primary schools. Total 21 children participated in the drawing competition and put their imagination on the drawing sheet. The quiz competition was also organised for the children of secondary schools of Malakal. Total four team participated in quiz competition who exhibited their unmatched intelligence and knowledge in the field of general awareness. The chief guest felicitated the winners with prize distribution.
While addressing the crowd, the Chief Guest invited the adults to provide a happy and pure childhood to all the children of the society. He also valued the efforts of UNMISS and Indian Battalion for conducting Universal Children's Day to make the little light lamps of country make special and loved.
Col Amit Gupta, Commander of Indian Battalion emphasized the need of basic education and healthcare to each child who are the future and building blocks of the nation. The celebration was concluded with putting the hand impression by the children on the wall of the hope for better future.
Rear Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, VSM took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam from Rear Admiral Amit Bose VSM during a formal ceremony at the Naval Dockyard on November 15, 2018.
Rear Admiral Kiran Deshmukh was commissioned into Indian Navy in March 1986. The Flag Officer is an alumnus of DSSC Wellington and IIT Chennai. A recipient of Vishist Seva Medal in January 13, he has held several key appointments in his naval career which include afloat appointments onboard Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Ranvir, Delhi and Tabar and ashore appointments including Command Engineering Officer, Eastern Naval Command, Principal Director Ship Production and various appointments at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. In the Flag Rank, Rear Admiral Kiran Deshmukh has been ACOM (D&R) at Naval Headquarters and CSO (Tech) at Eastern Naval Command
As a part of Navy Week 2018, about 1000 children from various schools, along with their teachers, visited the Naval Base, Kochi on November 28, 2018. The children visited Indian Naval Ships Tir and Shardul, during which they witnessed a number of activities on board. The children were explained the various parts of the ship, made aware of the role of the Indian Navy in defending the nation's maritime interests and also given basic knowledge about the equipment fit, weapons and sensors fitted on board. The equipment and weapon fit of the ships left the children awestruck about the capabilities of Indian Navy.
An exhibition, coordinated by Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT), Seamanship and Diving Schools was organised during the visit, to make the school children aware of various equipment used by the navy. The exhibits included dummy bombs, rocket launchers, safety equipment, diving equipment, models of ships, robots and models depicting seamanship procedures.
They were also provided a guided tour of the Naval Air Station, INS Garuda, where they got a first-hand glimpse of various naval fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. It was a unique experience for the children to see these military aircraft virtually at arm's length. They were also treated to a flying display by naval aircraft.
The high point of the visit, however, was an immaculate 'continuity drill' performed by the sailors of INS Dronacharya. In this drill, the squad is required to execute a series of precise drill movements in unison, without a single word of command being given. The clockwork synchronisation of the drill movements and the complete confidence of each member of the drill squad in his fellow sailors left the students spellbound.
All children and staff were provided refreshments on completion of the visit.
A five-day Defence Financial Management Course for Army officers of HQ (Eastern Command) was organised at Regional Training Centre, Salt Lake, Sector-V Kolkata from September 24-28, 2018, under the aegis of Defence Accounts Department (DAD).
GOC-in-C HQ Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, was the Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony of the training programme. Senior officers of Defence Accounts Department, GOC Bengal Sub-Area were also present on the occasion.
In his welcome address, Shri Somnath Tripathy, IOFS, CDA/RTC, Kolkata informed the gathering that this training course is a perfect example of a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Defence, MOD (Fin), CGDA and Army Hqrs and is being conducted successfully since its inception in the year 1997 with the primary objective of capacity building in the middle level management of Indian Army on Financial Management & Budgeting. He also informed that the other objectives of this DFMC is to impart specific skills on Contractual Procedures both pre and post contractual obligations as well as emerging trend in the procurement of goods & services using public fund.
GOC-in-C Eastern Command in his inaugural address thanked the organisers for organizing this course and outlined that all participants should take all the sessions very seriously and make best use of the course to develop expertise in various aspects of finance discipline. In this regard he suggested the officers to go through important books and manuals related to financial provisions such as DFP (DS), GFR, DPM, DPP etc. and acquire sufficient knowledge of rules and regulations for efficient functioning.
The 11th National Conference and Exhibition on Aerospace and Defence Related Mechanisms (ARMS-2018) was organised by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex and ISRO in association with Indian National Society for Aerospace and Related Mechanism (INSARM), Hyderabad Chapter and BITS Pilani, Hyderabad on November 16, 2018. The theme of the Conference was "Advances and Challenges in Aerospace and Defence related mechanisms."
Dr Tessy Thomas, Director General, Aero, DRDO was the Chief Guest and during her address she highlighted new developments and capabilities of our country in aerospace and defence related mechanisms. Guest of Honour Dr S Somnath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO gave brief history about the design and development of aerospace and defence related mechanisms at ISRO. He also emphasised the objectives of INSARM and ARMS, a knowledge sharing platform for all scientists and engineers.
Prof G Sundar, Director, BITS, Dr KM Rajan, Director, ARDE and Dr MRM Babu, Director, ASL welcomed the dignitaries and delegates and briefed about the conference. Dr V Venkateswara Rao, Outstanding Scientist, Director, Centre for Advanced Systems, DRDO and Chairman, Organising Committee (ARMS) highlighted the tremendous advancements which have taken place in aerospace sector and which need knowledge of aerospace mechanisms. The Conference highlighted advances in the design and development, fabrication, testing & analysis, as well as futuristic concepts of aerospace and defence related mechanisms.
Key note address was delivered by Dr S Somnath on 'Highly Reliable Aerospace Mechanism of ISRO'. More than 500 delegates participated in the Conference.
Consultative Committee Meeting of Ministry of Defence on Indian Coast Guard chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the operational preparedness, Infrastructure development and coastal security mechanism of the Coast Guard. Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre, MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Director General Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh along with senior officials of MoD were present. Raksha Mantri and the delegation was briefed about the coastal security mechanism and preparedness of Coast Guard to tackle maritime emergencies. Coast Guard's initiative of making fishermen the Eyes and Ears of Coast Guard was appreciated.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated that the ICG discharges a silent but invaluable service to the nation and lauded the efforts of all personnel of Coast Guard for its multiple successful search and rescue missions, humanitarian aid, assistance to fishermen and increased surveillance capability. Smt Sitharaman also laid emphasis on modernization of the ICG with the Definitive Action Program 2017 – 22 which envisages acquisition of 43 ships, 20 aircraft and other infrastructure. Raksha Mantri appreciated the Coast Guard for successfully implementing directions on use of local language speaking personnel onboard the ships and aircraft to alert the fishermen during emergencies and rescue operations. Raksha Mantri sought the support of all members of the house and their influence in their home states to spread awareness among the sea-faring community regarding utility of carrying emergency communication equipment which they tend to leave behind and face difficulty in communicating SOS messages in times of emergencies. Raksha Mantri declared that the next meeting of the Consultative Committee will be on Ordnance Depots.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C, Northern Command felicitated teachers of Army Goodwill Schools at an award ceremony held in Udhampur on Novemver 16, 2018. The awards were given under three different categories viz Primary, Middle and Secondary level and 24 selected teachers from various Army Goodwill Schools from entire J&K were awarded for their innovative skills in teaching.
These teachers were selected after a stringent process based on their teaching ability and creation of innovative teaching aids. The awards were sponsored by Bharti Foundation and included cash prize, trophy and a certificate. Bharti Foundation has been providing quality and technical education support to the Army Goodwill Schools for nearly three years. The CEO of Bharti Foundation Lt Col Vijay Chadda (Retd) was also present on the occasion.
At the end, the Army Commander applauded the excellent work put in by the Army Goodwill Schools in contributing towards improvement of education standards in the state of J&K. He also exhorted the teachers to be role models and mould the students to be responsible citizens of the country.
The teachers also thanked the Army for providing them a platform for showcasing their teaching abilities as also for recognizing their contribution.
Started with just four primary schools in 1998, Northern Command is currently running 45 Army Goodwill Schools under Project Sadbhavana which provides education to 15000 students and employs 1000 teaching and non teaching staff. These also include two fully residential public schools one each at Pahalgam and Rajouri.
118 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) GRENADIERS, will carry out recruitment from December 27, 2018 to January 2, 2019 at Fort Sitabuldi, Nagpur for personnel belonging to the States of Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Daman & Diu, Lakshwadeep and Pondicherry. Candidates should be present at Sitabuldi Fort, Nagpur on December 27, 2018.
The recruitment will be carried out for 65 posts of General duties soldier, 02 Chef Community (Cook) and 01 Hair Dresser.
As this is a part time service, ex-servicemen upto the age of 42 years can also get re-enrolled in the Territorial Army.
The individuals should be in possession of following documents:-
Original education Certificates alongwith attested Photo copy; Colour passport size photographs – Twenty copies; Domicile Certificate and any other relevant Certificates; School Character Certificate; Caste Certificate; Character Certificate; Ration card/voter identity card; NCC/Computers/Sports Certificate (District, State & National level) if any; Unmarried Certificate (only for candidates between 18 to 21 years); PAN Card and Aadhar Card are mandatory documents for final enrolment for purpose of Pay & allowances and other social benefit schemes.
(a) Physical fitness to include 1.6 Kms run, beam, crossing of 9 feet ditch and balance bar will be conducted. Selected candidates will undergo medical test by medical representatives of Army.
(b) Candidates who qualify in the physical and medical examination, will undergo written examination, the question paper of which would be bilingual (English & Hindi).
Permanent body tattoos will only be permitted on inner face of forearms i.e. below the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body is not acceptable and candidate will be barred from further screening.
Ex Servicemen Rally and Medical, Dental Camp was organised by 38 Rashtriya Rifles at Thanamandi in Rajouri district on November 3, 2018. The event was attended by approximately 119 Veterans, Veer Naris and huge number of locals of the regions. Maj Gen PS Bajwa, GOC, Romeo Force, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The rally was conducted in close coordination with state administration and Zila Sainik Board, with the aim of addressing grievances and anomalies in disbursement of pension, land and legal issues of Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris and providing them information about Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS). The Ex-Servicemen and the locals were acquainted with various schemes and welfare programmes run by Central and State Governments. Representatives of SBI, PNB, ICICI, J&K Grameen Bank, Insurance/Financial departments explained various beneficial schemes. A felicitation ceremony for Ex-Servicemen was organised wherein 37 Veer Naris, 70 Widows, 7 Disabled soldiers were felicitated and 5 children of Ex-Servicemen were presented with education scholarships to cover the expenses of their entire education.
In Medical camp, the specialists from Army Medical and Dental corps alongwith district health department of Rajouri district gave medical screening, consultation and medicines to all the needy persons. Hearing aids for the needy persons were also provided at no cost. Approximately 500 civilians benefited from the medical camp.
A cultural program was presented by students of school and GDC, Thanamandi which included a welcome song for the guests, a patriotic song and a dance.
The Gen Officer highlighted the contribution and sacrifices made by the Veterans and Veer Naris towards the Nation and assured them of absolute support of the organisation.
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The Naval air station INS Parundu deployed a mobile medical team to provide medical cover in the areas affected by cyclonic storm Gaja. The mobile medical team visited five Villages of Ramanathapuram district on November 17, 2018, benefiting the villagers at various affected places.
A team of 12 naval personnel from INS Parundu including doctors, paramedics and other supporting sailors, conducted medical consultations and distributed medicines to those in need. The villagers were also educated on important aspects of sanitation, nutrition and prevention of water and vector borne diseases. Glucose powder, ORS sachets and mosquito repellent creams were distributed in critical areas during the camp.
A Chetak helicopter from the Naval Air Station, INS Parundu was also deployed for aerial assessment of the extent of devastation in the aftermath of cyclone Gaja along the South Tamil Nadu coast upto Point Calimere, Kodiakkarai on November 16 and 17, 2018. Helo sorties were undertaken primarily to assess the damage caused by the storm and locate the points where help was immediately required. The photographs taken were shared with the district administration to initiate relief operations to the most affected areas.
A Pension Adalat was organised by Black Cat Division under the aegis of Trishakti Corps with support of PCDA (Pension) Allahabad at Defence auditorium, Gangtok. Maj Gen NS Raja Subramani, GOC, Black Cat Division welcomed the Veterans, the Veer Naris and the defence account officers. 'Pension Adalat' is aimed to provide relief and address the pension problems of the Ex-Servicemen. Various Civilian dignitaries along with senior Government officials were also present to interact with the Veterans of the State of Sikkim. Approx 300 Veterans and their families attended the function.
The Pension Adalat, a humble tribute to all the Veterans and 'Veer Naris' for their selfless service to the nation is an effort to solve their pension anomalies and was an attempt to reinforce the bonding of service soldiers with veterans and provide a dedicated platform for addressing the grievances by providing pension/medical/miscellaneous services at State and Central Government level. Shri Sanjiv Mittal Addl CGDA and Shri Praveen Kumar PCDA pension attended the Pension Adalat and interacted with the veterans of Sikkim.
With the onset of the harsh winter weather in the Kashmir Valley, the threats from avalanches increase manifold and it endangers the human life to quite an extent. Taking proactive measures in this direction, the Tiranga Mountain Rescue (TMR) Teams have been inducted in the Valley by the Army. The Tiranga Mountain Rescue is a trust started by Mr Hemant Sachdev and comprises teams having world class mountaineers, both ex-servicemen and civilians, having tremendous mountaineering and trekking experiences. The Team members are specially trained for avalanche rescue and resuscitation and are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like Recco Rescue System, Avalanche Victim Detector, Avalanche Air Bag, etc.
On November 16, 2018, the TMR Teams arrived in Srinagar and interacted with the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt, who reiterated the resolve to save Soldiers' lives by all available means.
The TMR Teams will be deployed at Naugam, Pharkian and Dawar and their timely induction will save critical time and increase efficiency. These teams will also form the core group for imparting advanced avalanche rescue training to the troops at various locations.