After his visit to AF Station Jaisalmer, wherein he flew a sortie on the MiG-21 T-96 aircraft, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, ADC inspected AF Station Jodhpur on January 22, 2018.
On his arrival, the CAS was presented with a Ceremonial Guard of Honour by the Air Warriors of the Station. The Air Chief Marshal was then briefed on the role and operational preparedness of the forces deployed at the Station. He also reviewed various operating procedures of the assets deployed.
During the interaction with the station personnel, the CAS exhorted them to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and emphasised the need to be ever vigilant regarding security of assets and information.
AF Station Jodhpur, a strategic base in the SWAC Area of Responsibility, houses SU-30 MKI and Mig-27 UPG Fighter Squadrons, ALH Mk-IV WSI Helicopter Unit, apart from other ground based Air Defence systems. This visit of the CAS bolstered the morale and motivated the men behind these machines.
77 Mountain Brigade (CHINDITS) celebrated its Platinum Jubilee with ceremonial fervour at Thakurbari, Assam on December 23, 2017. The highlights of the occasion was the release of 'First Day Cover' by Maj Gen PS Behl, GOC, 21 Mountain Division alongwith Combat Free Fall by team of 11 PARA (SF) and Dog Show by 19 Army Dog Unit. The event was attended by many serving and veteran officers and ladies, JCOs & ORs and their families alongwith civilian dignitaries.
The CHINDITS Brigade is one of the oldest Brigades of the Indian Army. It was raised on June 10, 1942 at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh by Brig Charles Orde Wingate, DSO as a Specialised Brigade for long range penetration tasks behind the enemy lines. The Brigade since its raising has participated in numerous operations and has a rich and illustrious military history.
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First Bi-Annual Joint Army - Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Operational conference was held at Headquarters Central Command on February 1, 2018. The conference was chaired by Lieutenant General JK Sharma, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Central Command and was attended by Senior Officers of Army & ITBP.
Issues related to improving coordination & synergy amongst the two forces, operational & intelligence aspects of the Central Sector were discussed during the conference. This interaction attains importance in view of the heightened activities along the Line of Actual Control shared with China, in the recent past.
Union Budget for the financial year 2018-19, presented by the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, envisaged a total outlay of Rs. 24,42,213 crore. Out of this, Rs 2,95,511.41 crore has been earmarked for Defence. This accounts for 12.10 percent of the total Central Government expenditure for the year 2018-19.
The allocation of Rs. 2,95,511.41 crore represents a growth of 7.81 percent over Budget Estimates (Rs. 2,74,114.12 crore) and 5.91 percent over Revised Estimates (Rs. 2,79,003.85 crore), respectively for the financial year 2017-18.
Out of Rs. 2,95,511.41 crore allocated for the financial year 2018-19, Rs. 1,95,947.55 crore has been allocated for Revenue (Net) expenditure and Rs. 99,563.86 crore for Capital expenditure for the Defence Services and the Organizations/ Departments under Ministry of Defence. The amount of Rs. 99,563.86 crore, allocated for Capital expenditure, includes modernization related expenditure. The Capital allocation for Ministry of Defence under BE 2018-19 is 33.1 percent of the total Central Government Expenditure on Capital Account, which is Rs 3,00,441 crore.
For Defence Pension, which is over and above the outlay mentioned above, an amount of Rs. 1,08,853.30 crore has been provided in BE 2018-19. This is 26.60 percent above the BE 2017-18 of Rs. 85,740 crore and 14.26 percent over RE 2017-18 of Rs. 95,000 crore.
The approval for the construction of Sela pass has given further impetus to the Defence preparedness.
Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech 2018-19 has inter alia announced various steps for promotion of Defence Production. These steps include (a) measures to develop two Defence Industrial Corridors in the country; (b) bringing out an industry friendly Defence Production Policy 2018 to promote domestic production by public sector, private sector and MSMEs. Thanking the Finance Minister on these path breaking announcements, Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, said, "These are the first ever Defence Production Corridors being formed in the country. These Defence Industry Corridors will give a big boost to defence production in the country."
The Department of Defence Production had recently conducted a major Defence Industries Development Meet in Chennai in January 2018 with huge participation from defence industries, including MSME from Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchirappalli and from other states as well. The meet highlighted the prevailing ecosystem, albeit scattered, conducive for Defence Production in Tamil Nadu. The announcement by Shri Jaitley has paved the way for setting up the first Defence Production Corridor in Tamil Nadu. This shall provide impetus to the defence production industry in the country and in the region, in particular, Smt Sitharaman said.
The President of India has awarded President's Tatrakshak Medal (PTM) and Tatrakshak Medal (TM) to the following Indian Coast Guard personnel for their act of conspicuous gallantry and distinguished/meritorious service on the occasion of the Republic Day 2018:-
(a) President's Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service)
(i) IG Rajan Bargotra, TM (0116M)
(b) Tatrakshak Medal (Gallantry)
(i) DOG Satish Chand Gupta (0393-Q)
(ii) Comdt (JG) Tushar Nakul Kotambe (0674-E)
(iii) Ajay Kumar, U/Nvk(QA), 06163-M
(c) Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious Service)
(i) DIG Iqbal Singh Chauhan (250-Q)
(ii) DIG Aedavalli Amarender Reddy (4056-Q)
(iii) Comdt Ebenezer Devadoss Anand Kumar Stanely (0117-P)
These awards are being given to the personnel of Indian Coast Guard on Republic Day and Independence Day every year, since January 26, 1990 onwards.
The Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2018 of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) was conducted in the Ernakulam Channel on January 27, 2018. In the keenly contested event, the team from INS Dronacharya won the overall Regatta trophy (called The Cock) while Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School & Diving School secured the runners up position. The Regatta races were held in three different categories viz. Junior Sailors, Senior Sailors and Officers, over a course of 1.6 km in the Ernakulam Channel, starting at the Venduruthy-Vikrant Bridge and finishing at the North Jetty of the Navy. Six teams from all major Kochi based units of SNC participated in the Regatta.
Vice Admiral AR Karve Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SNC, was the Chief Guest on the occasion and presented the awards to the winners and runners up. The Admiral also presented the Godavari Trophy to INS Dronacharya for being the overall winner in the Kochi Area Sports Championships.
The Boat Pulling Regatta is one of the most prestigious and traditional naval sporting activities conducted in the Navy. The boats used in the regatta are 27 feet long 'whalers,' each having a crew of five pullers (rowers) and one coxswain (helm). The Regatta is considered a signature event of SNC, which requires the highest standards of physical and mental fitness and strength, team work, coordination and sustained hard work and practice. Winning the 'Cock' is a matter of great pride and honour to the team which finishes first overall.
Ladakh Scouts Inter Bn Ice Hockey Championship 2017-18 was conducted at Gupuk (Leh) from January 14-21, 2018. The competition saw participation by Ice Hockey teams of all Five Battalions of the Regiment in which all team displayed their skills and contested well as this being one of the most prestigious and coveted championships in the Ladakh Region.
The final match was played on January 21, 2018, between the teams of 1 LADAKH SCOUTS and 2 LADAKH SCOUTS which the latter won via penalty shoot. Maj Gen MJS Tiwana, COS, HQ 14 Corps gave away the trophy and prizes to winner and the runners-up team. Rfn Jigmet of 1 LADAKH SCOUTS was adjudged as the Best Player of the tournament.
Lieutenant General MM Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Army Training Command (ARTRAC) visited Army Medical Corps Centre & College on January 20, 2018. This was his maiden visit to AMC Centre & College. Lieutenant General MM Naravane was received by Major General Surender Mohan, Officiating Commandant, AMC Centre & College.
During his visit to Lucknow, Lieutenant General MM Naravane also visited Headquarters Central Command and interacted with Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi, Central Army Commander. Lieutenant General MM Naravane also visited various subunits of AMC Centre & College where he witnessed the training modalities and facilities. He lauded the proficient training being imparted to Officers & recruits of Army Medical Corps and congratulated all ranks for their earnest crusade and commitment towards elevating the standards of training.
Later in the day Lieutenant General MM Naravane addressed all Officers of AMC Centre & College at Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, Ashok Chakra Auditorium where he appreciated the yeoman service being rendered by Army Medical Corps to the troops and families of Indian Army. He also exhorted all to be physically fit, mentally robust and fully committed to render care and comfort to the sick and wounded both during peace and war across full spectrum of conflicts.
Vajra Corps has undertaken a number of projects to look after the welfare and well being of Veterans and their families. These include resolving of personal issues/grievances including One Rank One Pension (OROP), outreach programmes to address the problems of needy Veterans / Veernaris, provision of jobs and Quality Health Care.
In furtherance of above endeavours a totally refurbished and transformed Model ECHS Polyclinic was inaugurated at Jalandhar Cantt on January 27, 2018. It includes facilities like specialist doctor's rooms, covered pathways, new dispensary, and a new physiotherapy centre. GOC, Vajra Corps dedicated the Model ECHS Polyclinic to the veterans. Many senior veterans and serving personnel were present on the occasion .
A similar project has also been sanctioned at ECHS Hoshiarpur under Stn HQ Jalandhar, 91 Sub Area to be executed in next 3 months.
GOC VAJRA Corps has also started a project called "VE-Care" that is provision of emergency Medical facilities to Veterans on a single call on to a Army helpline number – 1904.
Lieutenant General RK Anand, GOC, Dakshin Bharat Area inaugurated the renovated Surgical Ward and Operation Theatre at Military Hospital Secunderabad. He inspected Ex-Servicemen Facilitation Centre and various other wards and departments of the hospital and interacted with patients. He congratulated all the medical personnel for the good work and care that they are providing to serving soldiers, veterans and their families. He also appreciated the support provided to the hospital by the Military Engineering Services (MES). He promised to render all necessary help for the upgradation and modernization of Military Hospital, especially the Casualty Department and Polyclinic Specialist OPDs. Major General N Srinivas Rao, GOC, TASA, Brigadier D Vivekanand, Commandant, Military Hospital, and several senior Army Officers were present.
Air Marshal SBP Sinha Air Officer Commanding–in-Chief, Central Air Command, IAF arrived at Air Force Station Nagpur on January 30, 2018 for two days inspection visit. He was accompanied by his wife Mrs Alpana Sinha, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional). On their arrival, the Air Marshal and Mrs Alpana Sinha were received by Group Captain AK Chourasia, Station Commander, Air Force Station Sonegaon and Wing Commander (Dr) Indu Bala Chourasia (Retd), President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local).
The Air Marshal reviewed a ceremonial parade presented by air warriors of the Station. On January 30, 2018, the AOC-in-C reviewed the operational preparedness of the Air Force Station, subsequently took stock of the maintenance and administrative aspects of the Station. On January 31, 2018, he addressed all officers, airmen, DSC personnel and civilian staff of the Station and appreciated them for their hard work.
The Air Marshal emphasized on the core values of Indian Air Force viz Integrity, Excellence and Mission accomplishment and urged all personnel to follow it in right perspective. He urged all air warriors to enhance their professional capabilities to keep pace with latest technology viz aircraft and weapon systems being inducted in the Air Force. He aptly mentioned that Indian Air Force is undergoing remarkable changes in terms of modernization and exhorted all personnel to be prepared to accept the future challenges. While interacting with the station personnel, the Air Marshal enquired about their well being and conveyed his best wishes to them and their families for a bright future.
A meeting of Air Force Wives Welfare Association was held on January 30, 2018 in which Mrs Alpana Sinha took stock of all activities undertaken by AFWWA(L). She appreciated the initiative of AFWWA(L) towards the welfare of families and conduct of blood donation camp, cancer detection camp and swasth sangini camp.
During his stay at AF Stn Nagpur, the Air Marshal interacted with Air Mshl Hemant Sharma AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, IAF.
Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore applied for this prestigious award and submitted citation and all requisite certificates in support of the exemplary health care being provided to its clientele for the past five decades. The jury after duly evaluating the documents and citation conferred the prestigious award of the Best Defence Hospital of the Year 2017 to Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore, which is a matter of great pride and honour for the Armed Forces Medical Services and the Indian Air Force.
The award was received by Air Vice Marshal MV Singh, Commandant and Air Commodore Aftab Alam, Deputy Commandant, Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore recently at an impressive function held at Hotel Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. The award was presented by Dr Kirit P Solanki and Shri Bhupendra Singh Hooda in the presence of Air Marshal Pawan Kapoor, Director General of Medical Services (Air).
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To honour and recognize the efforts of healthcare providers for their sustained contributions in the field of Medicine; Six Sigma has constituted the Six Sigma Healthcare Excellence Awards since 2013. The awards are given in more than 20 categories and selected by a panel of eminent jury members which includes corporate strategists, academicians and leaders of healthcare industry. The jury members for Healthcare Excellence Awards 2017 included Dr Kirit P Solanki MP, Prof MC Misra former director AIIMS, Prof DS Rana Chairman Board of Management Sir Gangaram Hospital, Dr DR Rai former Vice President Indian Medical Association.
A ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day of India was conducted on January 26, 2018 at Indian BPM hut in DBO and Chushul area.
The ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting was marked by saluting the National flag of India by members of delegations from both sides. This was followed by a ceremonial address by the delegation leaders. Delegations at both the places interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment. The delegations parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the LAC. Both sides also sought to build on the mutual feeling to upholding the treaties and agreement signed between the Governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquility along the LAC.