A ten member Chinese delegation visited Headquarter Eastern Command, Kolkata on July 5, 2018. The delegation was led by Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu, Deputy Commander of Western Theatre Command of PLA. Before arriving at Kolkata, the team has visited New Delhi, Agra and Sukhna.
The visit is a positive step towards enhancing the bilateral defence cooperation mechanism between the two countries which would help in maintaining peace and stability along the LAC .
The delegation visited Headquarters Eastern Command (HQ EC) at Fort William where they interacted with Lt Gen Sunil Srivastava, Chief of Staff, EC, and other officers. The delegation was conducted around in Fort William and later taken on a visit to Victoria Memorial prior to their departure from Kolkata.
Infrastructure development is a major category in the overall development profile of the state and districts. Percentage of villages electrified is a key indicator of infrastructure development and remains a dismal status in the hill district of Tamenglong, Kangpokpi (KPI), Tamei and Senapati. Despite numerous initiatives and attempts by the central and state government in the field of rural electrification, nothing substantial has been achieved in the hilly tribal regions of Manipur. There are major hurdles in implementation of the same, largely due to lack of requisite infrastructure, supply rationing and high operational and maintenance costs. Non availability of electricity/energy even for basic lightning, leaving aside for other use like cooking, farming, education or running a small scale household business, is a cause of major concern. As part of the OP Sadbhavana, Senapati Brigade has undertaken 'Project Ujala' as a joint venture with a NGO and village authorities to provide Solar Lamps as an interim relief to light up all the households in these deprived and overlooked areas. Till date more than 17,000 Solar Lamps have been distributed. This initiative has been widely appreciated by the common man and civil society.
Ministry of Defence has given a go ahead sanction on July 3, 2018 for construction of 17 new Baffle Firing Ranges in Military Stations/Cantonments/Training Establishments at an approximate cost of Rs 238 crores. This will add seven ranges to the Southern Command, three to the Eastern Command, two to the Northern Command, one each to the South Western and Central Commands. The one at Central Command is proposed for the Officers Training Academy, Gaya. These 17 will be in addition to the 60 similar firing ranges existing all over the country. The proposed Baffle Shooting Ranges can facilitate firing from 300 to 500 meters.
Baffle firing ranges are covered shooting practice areas which prevent possible accidents due to stray bullet injuries. The possibility of such mishap has increased many folds in recent times due to growth of civilian population around the cantonments. To prevent such casualties without affecting the training requirements of the Armed Forces, MoD has approved additional baffle ranges.
Ministry of Defence in its recent order on July 3, 2018 has decided to decentralise the powers for priority allotment of married accommodation to the personnel having differently abled children. Allotment or retention of an accommodation, on the grounds of a differently abled child by Armed Forces personnel, for an initial period of three years has now been delegated to the Local Military Authorities at the level of GOC Sub Area. This can be extended for a further period of two years by the same authorities. The delegation of powers is equally applicable to all the three services. In case of Command Hospital (CH) the competent authority to give such priority allotment would be Commandant of the CH.
This measure is likely to mitigate the difficulties expressed by Armed Forces personnel having differently abled children as they are called upon to move to different locations at short notices.
A symposium on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine was organised by HQ Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) under the aegis of DGAFMS on June 30, 2018 at Army Hospital (Research and Referral).
Lt Gen CS Narayanan, PHS DCIDS (Medical) highlighted the vital importance of medical professionals to keep pace with the rapid evolution of Artificial Intelligence and related technologies to stay relevant at the dawn of a new era of human civilization.
The Chief Guest at the event, Lt Gen Bipin Puri, PHS, Director General Armed Forces Medical Services elaborated on the various measures taken to ensure that the Armed Forces Medical Services leverage these emerging technologies to streamline delivery of optimal care to a dependant population of close to 10 million persons.
The top management and Innovation heads of Accenture and SAP in India were invited to demystify Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Analytics to a galaxy of medical professionals and senior leaders of the Armed Forces Medical Services who came to participate in the event from all over the country.
A roadmap for implementation of these technologies in day to day practice which would make it relevant to every stakeholder was discussed in a special session.
Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) located at Udhampur (J&K) was entrusted the responsibility of addressing the issues of resettlement of veterans in the state of Uttarakhand. Towards this, the Directorate undertook interactive drive from June14- 16, 2018. Director, Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) interacted with Director Sainik Kalyanevam Punarvas, Uttarakhand and District Soldier Welfare & Resettlement officer to update on issues concerning aspirations of veterans towards their second innings.
He interacted with students from Army, Navy, Air force, attending entrepreneurship training of 16 weeks at Institute of Co-operative Management, Deharadun. He also inspected DGR sponsored Security Guards at PSUs and interacted with proprietors of Security Agencies in the State. An Awareness Drive on DGR Schemes and resettlement options was carried out at Clement Town, Deharadun for the entire formation on June 15, 2018.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to have transformative impact on national security. It is also seen that AI is essentially a dual use technology. While it can fuel technology driven economic growth, it also has potential to provide military superiority. India has strong IT industry and huge talent pool of engineers which are advantages which need to be leveraged. Ministry of Defence has already initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in their use of AI and how these capabilities can be increasingly developed within the country.
To study the whole gamut of issues surrounding strategic implications of AI in national security perspective, in global context, a multi-stakeholder Task Force represented by members from the Government, Services, Academia, Industry Professionals and Start-ups was constituted in February 2018, under the Chairmanship of Shri N Chandrasekharan, Chairman, Tata Sons. The Task Force, on June 30, 2018 has handed over its Final Report with recommendations. The Task Force in its report has, inter alia,
• Studied the level of AI/ML development in India in general and specific in the context of defence needs.
• Made recommendations of making India a significant power of AI in defence specifically in the area of aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear, and biological warfare;
• Made recommendations for policy and institutional interventions that are required to regulate and encourage a robust AI based technologies for defence sector in the country.
• Considering that most AI work is happening in private sector, made recommendations to work with start-ups/commercial industry in the field of use of AI for defence purposes.
As part of its deliberations, the Task Force had an intensive deliberations with all stakeholder representatives, including officers from Army, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, representatives of all Defence PSUs, namely BEL, HAL, BEML, BDL, MIDHANI, MDL, GRSE, GSL and HSL and OFB. Senior representatives from these organizations participated in the day long workshop to deliberate in-depth the various use-cases which are relevant from their respective needs. These discussions had led the Task Force to understand the potential military and civilian applications in AI domain.
Raksha Mantri is the main promoter and patron of the AI Task Force of the Ministry of Defence. The Task Force handed over the Final Report to Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, for the Government to accept it and to implement its recommendations.
The Director General of Border Roads (DGBR), Lt Gen Harpal Singh, visited Project STF Hirak on June 12-13, 2018 to review the progress of the works of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) assigned to Project STF Hirak.
Reviewing works underway and planned by BRO in Uttarakhand, the DGBR examined the criticalities and extended his full support towards providing additional resources for overcoming the challenges.
He conveyed the urgent need to upgrade and incorporate alternative/better technology and materials to meet challenges of terrain and weather, in the works undertaken by the BRO to speed up the progress, save time and keep pace with the given timelines. During the progress review, he emphasised on construction, rehabilitation and repair works on important border roads.
He issued special instructions to the officers for timely completion and Detailed Project Report of all the road projects assigned to STF Hirak. The DGBR expressed satisfaction over the work done by the Project.
The Chetak Corps celebrated its 40th Raising Day on July 1, 2018 at Bathinda Military Station. Since raising, the Chetak Corps has gone through a series of transformations to reach its present state as a highly professional and operationally effective formation.
Chetak Corps was raised at Bathinda on July 1, 1979 and the raising was completed on December 31, 1979 under the command of Lieutenant General ML Tuli, the founding father of the Corps. Bathinda Military Cantonment was formally inaugurated on April 25, 1980 by the then Chief of the Army Staff General OP Malhotra.
The celebrations began with Lieutenant General PC Thimmaya, General Officer Commanding, Chetak Corps laying the wreath at the War memorial Yodha Yaadgar in remembrance and to honour the brave soldiers of the Chetak Corps who have made the supreme sacrifice for the nation. The Corps Commander urged all ranks to continue to serve the nation with the same pride and motivation, in keeping with the highest military traditions of soldiering. This was followed by traditional military festivities involving all ranks and their families.
The indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas of No 45 Squadron the Flying Daggers reached an important milestone when it commenced operations from its home base at Air Force Station, Sulur. Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command and Mrs Asha Bhadauria attended the auspicious inauguration Pooja conducted at Air Force Station, Sulur.
The Southern Air Command based at Trivandrum was entrusted with the responsibility of integrating the fighter in IAF's Concept of Operations. The Command and Air Force Station Sulur have worked relentlessly to ensure seamless migration of the Squadron to its home base in precisely two years. No 45 Squadron has been involved in training of aircrew and technicians since its induction on July 1, 2016 and is now confident of undertaking its operations and maintenance of aircraft from an IAF base directly under an operational Command.
No 45 Squadron in its new base is commanded by Gp Capt S Dhankhar and has handpicked aircrew, engineers, logisticians and ground personnel on its strength. On deployment to its home base, the Flying Daggers are now ready and eager to embrace their coveted wartime role towards safeguarding national skies.
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria congratulated all personnel of the Squadron and lauded the tremendous efforts put in by the Operations, Maintenance and Administration Branches of AF Station, Sulur associated with induction of the Tejas aircraft.
The 47th Raising Day of Northern Command, was celebrated with pride and patriotic fervour at Udhampur.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C Northern Command, paid homage to the brave martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice for the security and safety of the Nation and laid a wreath at the Dhruva Shahid Samarak.
The Northern Command was raised on June 17, 1972. Battle hardened and extremely rich in combat experience the Command has a glorious history covering the entire spectrum of warfare. Drawing inspiration from the saga of bravery and sacrifices of their predecessors, the troops continue to serve with utmost zeal and enthusiasm while being deployed in extremely inhospitable terrain and hazardous weather condition which includes the highest battle field 'The Siachen Glacier'. The Northern Command has time and again provided succor to the civilian population, be it during natural calamities or participating in Nation building activities as part of Sadhbhavana activities for the 'Awam'.
On the occasion, the Army Commander exhorted all ranks to continue to perform their task with fortitude, dedication and professionalism and be prepared for all future challenges.
The Army Commander extended his good wishes to the families and Defence civilian staff of the Command and complimented the troops for their steadfastness, resolve and exemplary devotion to duty.
A motorcycle expedition comprising of 'SHWET ASHW' the elite Motorcycle Display Team of the Corps of Military Police, was flagged off' on July 2, 2018 to commemorate the victory of Indian Army in Operation Vijay 1999. The expedition will traverse a distance of more than 3250 kms from Bangalore to Dras, Jammu and Kashmir over a period of 24 days across eight states of the country, reaching Kargil War Memorial, Dras on July 26, 2018.
The 'SHWET ASHW' was raised in the year 1952 at CMP Centre & School, Faizabad. Since its raising the team has performed at various National and International events and holds three Guinness Book World Records in its name. The expedition will be flagged in on July 26, 2018 at Kargil War Memorial, Dras as a part of the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' celebrations. The aim of the expedition is to strengthen the brotherhood, pay homage to the supreme sacrifices made by our martyrs during the Kargil War and motivate the youth to join Indian Army.
- PRO Army & PRO Bengaluru
On the night of July 3, 2018 at around 10 pm a massive land slide took place on the Mughal Road. About 50 vehicles and large number of travelers got stranded on the stretch. A desperate call for help was received by the Army, who immediately sprang into action and reached the land slide area. Army rescued stranded travelers and vehicles near Behramgala in Poonch district on Mughal Road on the intervening night of July 3-4, 2018 and also provided medical aid to the injured and comforts in terms of blankets and food to stranded persons.The rescue operation was ably assisted by J&K Traffic Police and BRO personnel from Surankote.
The rescue operation which was conducted under the hours of darkness and harsh weather conditions lasted till early hours of July 4, 2018 and all persons and vehicles stranded were safely evacuated.
Indian Army, with its rich cultural tradition to care for the families / Next of Kin of the departed, reaches out to those whose husbands made the supreme sacrifice in protection of the motherland. In continuation of the same, as a token of respect, the Tiger Gunners on behalf of Tiger Division organised a felicitation ceremony on July 4, 2018 to honour these Veer Naries and widows residing in and around Kaluchak, Bishnah, Arnia and Gangyal areas of Jammu city.
Speaking to the brave hearts, the Chairperson FWO, Tiger Division, Mrs Rita Singh expressed her gratitude on behalf of all families of the Division and remembered the departed who gave their today for our tomorrow. She reassured the ladies that, they were and always will be an important part of extended family of Army who will always be looked after and their grievances will be solved.
The event touched the heart of the audience who left with moist but pride filled eyes at the end of the occasion. The Tiger Division forever remains committed to the cause of the fallen but not forgotten soldiers.
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