Armed Forces
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman visited project Seabird at Karwar Naval Base on December 28, 2017, accompanied by the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba. The Raksha Mantri was apprised of the existing facilities developed under Phase1. She also reviewed the status of ongoing and planned works under Phase 2A.
Early augmentation of the base was directed by the Raksha Mantri. A meeting was also held on enhanced land compensation issues with all stakeholders present to assess the status of release of payment of land compensation to ex-land owners. Smt Sitharaman directed that the pending cases are to be processed on fast track to bring relief to ex-land owners.
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Raksha Mantri Visits Karwar Naval Base
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman arriving at Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka on December 28, 2017. Also seen in the picture is Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba.
General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff shared the National Security Perspective and Vision of the future during his interaction with the participants of the Higher Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. During the talk, the Chief of Army Staff highlighted the importance of geopolitics and national interests in the formulation of National Security Strategy. He stressed on the relevance of jointmanship in the armed forces, which can suitably be nurtured at Tri service organization like the College of Defence Management so that it percolates at the functional level and develops the bottom-up approach. He also expressed his belief, that only through interaction and sharing of experience, one can move from education to knowledge.
The College of Defence Management is Nation's leading Centre of Excellence in developing management thought to optimize the effectiveness of the Armed Forces for meeting the challenges to the National Security. Officers attending the course are of Colonel or equivalent Ranks from the Army, Navy and Air Force who are likely to be the future leaders of the Armed Forces. The participants also include officers of Armed Forces of friendly foreign countries attending the Higher Defence Management Course at the College.
- G Surendra Babu
COAS addresses Armed Forces Officials at CDM, Secunderabad
Senior Armed Forces officers being introduced to General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff at CDM, Secunderabad.
Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal visited the DG NCC Republic Day Parade Camp on January 9, 2018 being held at Delhi Cantt. During his address, Shri Kejriwal lauded the efforts of NCC in bringing about a change in the youth profile of the Nation by its untiring efforts and dedication. He praised the cadets for their superlative performances.
A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings of the Army, Navy and Air Force, presented a Guard of Honour to Shri Kejriwal on his arrival. The Chief Minister also visited the well laid out flag area prepared by the NCC cadets from the 17 NCC Directorates depicting its Unity in Diversity and various Social Awareness themes. A spectacular cultural programme by the talented cadets was also organised in front of Shri Kejriwal at NCC auditorium. Earlier, he was received by DG NCC Lt Gen BS Sahrawat on his arrival.
- Divyanshu Kumar
Delhi Chief Minister visits NCC Republic Day Camp 2018
Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal visiting the Flag Area at the NCC Republic Day Camp (RDC) 2018 in Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt on January 9, 2018. Director General NCC Lt Gen B S Sahrawat is also seen in the picture.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff was on a three day visit from December 28-30, 2017 to Air Force Station Nal, one of the premier air bases operating the MiG-21 aircraft.
On arrival he was received by Air Commodore Rajat Mohan, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Nal and other senior officers of the Station, where 108 Squadron, the 'Hawkeyes' is being Number Plated.
Chief of the Air Staff, callsign 'Air Force One', flew the last sortie of the 'Hawkeyes' thus bringing a glorious end to the reign of the T-96 aircraft, with the Squadron. During the course of his visit, he addressed and interacted with personnel of the Station. During his address he emphasized on the importance of aerospace safety, its various aspects and stressed on the physical security of the base. The Chief congratulated and conveyed his best wishes to all personnel and their families for the New Year.
- Wg Cdr AR Giri
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Flies the Last Sortie of the 'Hawkeyes'
Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa in a MiG-21 trainer aircraft before flying at AF Station Nal .
The Station Commanders' Conference of Central Air Command which commenced on December 21, 2017, concluded on December 22, 2017 after fruitful deliberations over two days.
Expressing his satisfaction over the operational capabilities and preparedness of all stations, Air Marshal SBP Sinha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command exhorted the commanders to adopt a pro-active approach so as to keep the operational preparedness of the IAF and also of the Central Air Command at an optimum level. AOC-in-C emphasized the need to improve the quality of life in terms of healthy and smart working environment, better standards of living with clean and green surroundings and campus.
The AOC-in-C Central Air Command gave away various trophies to the stations for outstanding performance and achieving the key result areas. Air Force Station Gwalior was awarded the trophy for being best in Operations, whereas Air Force Station Agra was adjudged best in "Maintenance" and "Administration".
On the sidelines of the conference, Mrs Alpana Sinha also presided over a meeting of Executive Committee of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) and Presidents of AFWWA (Local) of the stations under Central Air Command. Mrs Sinha reviewed the performance of various activities being run by the AFWWA (Local) for the benefit of Sanginis and provided guidance.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
CAC Commanders' Conference concludes
Lamp Lighting Ceremony of VIII batch of 30 Nursing Cadets of College of Nursing was held on December 28, 2017 at the Command Hospital (Eastern Command) Kolkata. Maj Gen Atul Bajpai, Commandant was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The traditional lamp was lit by Brig Sonali Ghosal, Principal Matron, Eastern Command. Then the divine light was passed on to the students by the teachers, followed by taking the Nightingale's Pledge.
Lamp lighting is held as a tribute to Florence Nightingale "The Lady with the Lamp". She was the leader and the pioneer of modern Nursing. The nursing profession displays selfless service, sacrifice, trial, adventure, triumphs and unconditional love. Lamp lighting ceremony is a significant event in the life of a student nurse. Thirty students were enrolled for the BSc Nursing course on October 1, 2017. This ceremony marks the successful completion of 3 months of initial training and donning the nurse's uniform for the first time, symbolizing their readiness to undertake this noble profession. These Nursing Cadets will be commissioned into the Military Nursing Service after successful completion of four years of training under the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata.
The Chief Guest in his address urged the budding Nightingales to uphold the dignity and professional standards of Military Nursing Service.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
Lamp Lighting Ceremony of Military Nursing Cadets
Air Vice Marshal OP Tiwari Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Airmen & Civilians) and the Commodore Commandant of 25 Squadron of the Indian Air Force visited 25 Squadron on December 28, 2017. It was his first official visit to the Squadron after his appointment as Commodore Commandant on October 6, 2016. He was presented a ceremonial Guard of Honour.
Addressing the Squadron personnel, Air Vice Marshal Tiwari called upon them to uphold the glorious traditions of the unit and appreciated their good work. On arrival, the Air Vice Marshal was received by Air Commodore BV Upadhyay Vayu Sena Medal, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Vadodara and Group Captain S Pradhan, Commanding Officer, 25 Squadron. A Barakhana was organized for all unit personnel on this occasion. A social evening at the Officers' Mess was also organised.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman
Air Vice Marshal OP Tiwari Commodore Commandant 25 Squadron visits Air Force Station Vadodara
Central Air Command Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) conducted its Annual Board of Management meeting on December 21-22, 2017. Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association chaired the meeting on December 21, 2017 and reviewed various innovative welfare initiatives undertaken by AFWWA centres to improve the quality of lives of the Sanginis and their families.
Mrs Alpana Sinha President AFWWA (Regional) presided over the Board of Management meeting on December 22, 2017, wherein various agenda points were discussed.
President AFWWA (Regional) handed over the trophies to the winners. Air Force School Gorakhpur was awarded the trophy for the "Best Senior Secondary School", No 2 Air Force School Gwalior was awarded the trophy for the "Best Primary/Pre-Primary School" of Central Air Command. The trophy for the Best Station Medicare Centre was awarded to Air Force Station Agra, Best Dental Centre was awarded to 14 Air Force Dental Centre Agra, Best Medical Inspection room was awarded to Air Force Station Bhowali, Best Play School was awarded to AFWWA(L) Bareilly, HQ CAC (U) was adjudged as Best Umeed Vidya Kiran School, Air Force Station Gwalior received the trophies for the Best AFWWA & the Best AFWWA venture and AFWWA(L) Darbhanga received the trophy for the most Pro-active station.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
Board of Management Meeting of AFWWA (R) held
The final of IX All India Defence Accounts Department (DAD) Cricket Tournament was held in RSI Stadium, in Bengaluru on December 22, 2017. The five-day tournament was organised by the office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts, Bengaluru under the aegis of Defence Accounts Sports Control Board (DASCB). Eight teams who participated in the tournament are the winner and runner-up teams of the eighth tournament, a team from the present host in Bangalore and one team each from five zones North, South, East, West and Central. Dr M. Anjaneyulu, PCDA welcomed the Chief Guest Smt Veena Prasad, IDAS, Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi and players to the final match and the closing ceremony.
Final Match was played by two finalist teams - Controller of Defence Accounts (Air Force) New Delhi and Controller of Defence Accounts Jabalpur. CDA Jabalpur team lifted the trophy. Chief Guest Smt Veena Prasad, IDAS , Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi presented the Trophies to the Winner and Runner-up Teams.
- Guruprasad HL
CDA Jabalpur wins DAD Cricket Tournament
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems has been conferred with the prestigious National Design Award for his significant national contributions towards indigenous design and development of diversified Missile Systems, Guided Weapons, Avionics technologies and for his sustained efforts leading to the advancement of Aerospace technologies & Industries in India. Dr Satheesh spearheads Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, "the Missiles hub of India," steering the design and development of wide variety of tactical and strategic missile systems and has played a major role in indigenous design & development of state-of-the-art weapon systems, formulation of national policies, harnessing the research and innovation in industry, academia and R&D institutes. He is also a recipient of National Aeronautical Prize, National Systems Gold Medal .
Ace Missile Scientist bags prestigious National Design Award
Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi, Army Commander, Central Command visited Nahan Military Station on January 6, 2018. He was briefed on aspects of operational readiness, training and welfare of troops by the Commandant, Special Forces Training School. Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi also carried out wind shield tour of training areas and other facilities including infrastructure created for troops at Special Forces Training School, Nahan.
Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi expressed satisfaction with the training standards, modern infrastructure in the station and appreciated professionalism displayed by the troops of Para (Special Forces) in successfully accomplishing missions assigned to them. He exhorted the rank and file to put in their best and be always prepared for all operational tasks including humanitarian assistance provided to the civil administration during relief operations in the times of disaster.
As part of the visit, Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi also carried out aerial operational reconnaissance of Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and interacted with General Officer Commanding, Uttarakhand Sub Area on relevant administrative and operational aspects of the formation.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Lt Gen Balwant Singh Negi Visits Nahan Military Station
Lt Gen D Anbu, GOC-in-C, Northern Command felicitated teachers of Army Goodwill Schools at an award ceremony held in Udhampur on December 19, 2017. The awards were given to 18 teachers from different Army Goodwill Schools from entire J&K.
These teachers were selected after a stringent process based on their teaching ability and use of modern teaching aids. The awards were sponsored by Satya Bharti Foundation and included cash prize, trophy and a certificate. 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.
Mr Mohd Ashraf Magrey of AGS, Ziran, first prize winner in the senior secondary level category thanked the Army for providing a platform for the teachers to showcase their teaching abilities and making a positive contribution in improving the education climate of the state. Northern Command is running 45 Army Goodwill Schools under Project Sadbhavana which provide education to 15144 students and employs 800 teachers. Over a period of time these schools have become islands of excellence and are contributing positively to the over all development of youth in J&K.
- Col NN Joshi
Army Commander felicitates teachers of Army Goodwill Schools at Udhampur
A majestic closing ceremony to mark the culmination of 14 days' joint training exercise of the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces was held at Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre at Belgaum, Karnataka on December 28, 2017. The marching contingents of both the countries participated in the closing ceremony. The Fly Past by the Army Aviation team carrying flags of both the countries was also a highlight of the ceremony. In addition to the formal march past, there were a number of cultural programs like Kalaripayattu by the Madras Regimental Centre, Malkhamb by the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Khukri Combat Display by the Gorkhas and the Assam Regimental Centre showcasing their North East Warrior skills. The audience was also left mesmerised by the aerobic display of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre and Boduberu display by the Maldivian National Defence Forces. The grand ceremony culminated with a Pipe & Drum band night display by the SIRMOOR RIFLES.
Brigadier Alok Khurana, the senior most military observer of the Indian Army said that the exercise has honed individual and collective professional skills of all participants by imbibing best practices of both the Armies and has served to reinforce the close ties of friendship between the two countries. His counterpart Brigadier General Ali Zuhair, senior observer of the Maldivian National Defence Force also praised the participants for the high standards of professionalism displayed during the conduct of the exercise and thanked the Indian Army in organising the training in a highly professional manner.
The exercise has further enhanced the military relations and cooperation between the two forces. Both the contingents exchanged mementoes and resolved to continue this joint exercise in future as well.
- Manoj Tuli
Indo-Maldives Joint Military Exercise Ekuverin concludes
Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, Telangana and Andhra Sub Area was the Chief Guest at the 64th Annual Day celebrations of Little Flower High School, Hyderabad on January 6, 2018.
On arrival the General Officer was welcomed by Rev Bro Dr Anthony Reddy, Principal and Senior faculty. The GOC who is an alumni of the school recalled with reverence the contribution of his teachers in developing his personality. He also recalled the other distinguished alumni of the school - Governor of AP and Telangana ESL Narasimhan, Arjuna award winner VVS Laxman, cine star and politician Nandmuri Balakrishna, Air Marshal Harpal Singh, Maj Gen Sravan Kumar, Maj Gen Mohan Chandra and other personalities.
The GOC appreciated the Fussion Dance which was dedicated to the Indian Soldiers and complimented the Principal for choosing the theme of Innovation Inspired Transformation for the year 2016-2017 and also for receiving the best school award from the Chief Minister of Telangana for outstanding contribution by the LFHS in the field of Education on December 22, 2017. Later the General Officer offered his heartfelt congratulations to the entire team of mentors for all their efforts and wished them the best in all their future endeavours.
Annual Day celebrations of Little Flower High School