General Bipin Rawat, ADC Chief of Army Staff visited HQ Eastern Command on February 8, 2018. He was received by the Eastern Army Commander, Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna,.
The Chief reviewed the operational preparedness in view of the security situation in the Eastern theatre and also interacted with senior officers of Eastern Command. Gen Rawat complimented all ranks of Eastern Command for maintaining a high level of operational preparedness.
The 107th Corps Raising Day of the Corps of Signals was celebrated at Lucknow Cantonment on February 15, 2018. Lt Gen B S Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command, extended his felicitations and good wishes to all ranks of Corps of Signals including civilians and their families through a special order of the day.
He complimented the Corps of Signals for their excellent contribution and sustained efforts towards improving the operational capability in the Command theatre and expressed confidence that the Corps will grow from strength to strength in future and succeed in all its endeavours.
Earlier in the day, Major General Rajeev Nanda, Chief Signal Officer, Central Command laid a wreath at the Command War Memorial "Smritika" to pay homage and solemn tributes to all martyrs. The wreath laying ceremony was also attended by other Signals Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks in the station.
Felicitation of the NCC Republic Day contingent of Karnataka and Goa states was held at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Speaker of Karnataka Legislative assembly Shri KB Kolivad on behalf of the Chief Minister Shri Soddaramiaah was the Chief Guest.
The contingent consisting of 106 Cadets drawn from all parts of Karnataka and Goa, was selected out of more than 78,000 cadets. The contingent did well and brought laurels to the state. Cadets were also selected to be sent abroad to various friendly countries as part of youth exchange programme.
The Deputy Director General Brig DM Poorvimath, welcomed and gave National Cadet Corps Mementoes to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. Shri Tanveer Sait, Minister for Higher Education,Govt of Karnataka graced the occasion alongwith Mr Rajesh Khatri, Principal Secretary Higher education. The minister emphasized the yeoman job National Cadet Corps does in inculcating leadership and discipline values amongst students, thus helping create better citizens of India of tomorrow. He also reiterated the need for making NCC a part of the university curriculum to ensure a more inclusive and broad based participation of the students.
The cadets put up a vibrant cultural programme showcasing the culture and dance forms of Karnataka.
A Mid Career Interaction Programme for officers from the defence forces and civil services was conducted at the College of Air Warfare, Secunderabad from February 13-15, 2018. 23 officers participated in the programme.
With its theme of 'Disaster Relief and Civil Military Relations during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the programme focused on increasing the awareness of participants about the institutional, legal and doctrinal issues faced by relief agencies during HADR operations. Eminent speakers included Dr R Seth, Pro Vice Chancellor, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Dr PG Dhar Chakrabarty, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi and Air Vice Marshal Rajesh Isser, Senior Officer-in-charge Administration, Central Air Command, Indian Air Force addressed the participants on various topics related to the theme. A panel discussion on 'Institutional and Legal Framework for Armed Forces in HADR', analysis of case studies on Disaster Management, exchange of personal experiences and problems faced by the participants at the field level were the other highlights of the programme.
Major General RGR Tiwari, Additional Director General (ADG), NCC Directorate (UP), Lucknow released a book titled "Rashtriya Cadet Corps: Ateet aur Sambhavnaye" at NCC Directorate (UP), Lucknow on February 2, 2018. The book was released in the presence of Commanders of 11 Group Headquarters of the NCC Directorate (UP) and civil dignitaries.
This book has been written by Dr. Mukesh Kumar. Essentially, the book is an attempt to revitalise and galvanise the youth of India and instill in them feelings of nationalistic thought by enthusing in them a spirit of harmony and oneness that is envisaged to eventually spread across all sections of society.
The treatise begins with tracing the initial phases of NCC from its inception in 1917 and its historical development through the independence era and beyond. It highlights the importance of military training and how effectively this can contribute towards nation building. The diversity of topics dealt by the book makes it a useful reference material and opens the way of greater research by scholars in visualizing ways and means of how this wonderful organisation called the National Cadet Corps can help in grooming the future leaders of the country.
Army Unit located at Bishnupur under the aegis of Loktak Brigade conducted a Mini Marathon on February 11, 2018 in Bishnupur District. This event also aims to give recognition to young talents which will encourage them to aim for higher achievements besides promoting sportsmanship spirit amongst the young bloods. The Mini Marathon, which was flagged off from Phubala, was organised in three categories, Boys above 18 years of age for 15 kms, Boys under 18 years of age for 10 kms and Girls for 5 kms, a total of 437 volunteers participated in the Mini Marathon. All the participants were presented with T-shirts, besides cash prizes to the top five winners in each category. The most encouraging sight was to see a large number of parents and companions who accompanied the participants till the finish point as also the huge crowd who lined up on both sides of the National Highway to witness and encourage the young runners.
The Army acknowledged the contribution of the Civil Administration - the District Police, District Sports Officer and District Health Department for their invaluable support in making this event a huge success and the entire Bishnupur Police Force for assisting in security, crowd and traffic management during the entire event, wherein SP Bishnupur and his team of officers were personally present to supervise their activities.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
Headquarters Maintenance Command Indian Air Force organized a joint seminar with centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) on February 8, 2018 at HQ MC, IAF Nagpur. The theme of the seminar was "New Security Environment: Challenges for the IAF". The seminar was inaugurated by Air Marshal Hemant Sharma Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Headquarters Maintenance Command. The Aim of the seminar was to address the challenges for the Indian Air Force in the new security environment.
The inaugural session commenced with the opening address by Air Marshal Vinod Patney, SYSM PVSM AVSM VrC (Retd), Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies. During the seminar speakers presented their views on relevant issues like trends in terrorism, changing dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region, new factors in National Security calculus and indigenization and sustenance of IAF assets.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
The Bombay Sappers celebrated its Reunion 2018 on January 28-31, 2018 at Bombay Engineer Group & Centre, Kirkee. The Reunion, which is organised every four years, coincided with the 198th Group Day, thus completing 198 glorious years of valour and excellence of the Bombay Sappers. Reunion 2018 also provided an opportunity to all serving ranks of Bombay Sappers to interact with the veterans and share their experiences.
Since inception, the Bombay Sappers have not only proven their prowess in battle, but have also utilised their engineering knowledge in nation building. Construction of Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) at Mumbai by the Centre in challenging conditions are testimony to this.
Reunion was held with traditional fervor with various events to include Cross Country Championship, Regimental Get-together, Commemoration Parade, Para Motor display & Para Jump and Special Sainik Sammelan by Lt Gen D Anbu, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Colonel of the SIKHLI Regiment & Honorary Colonel Commandant of The Bombay Sappers. An AWWA Mela was also organised to showcase various endeavours being undertaken towards welfare of families of all ranks of Bombay Sappers.
Lt Gen D Anbu addressed the troops during the Special Sainik Sammelan on January 31, 2018. The Colonel Commandant's Banner was presented to 110 Engineer Regiment for being adjudged as the best Regiment of the Bombay Sappers for the year 2016-17. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command also awarded on the spot commendation cards to five Bombay Sappers individuals for outstanding contribution.
The most significant event of the celebrations was the Ceremonial Parade on January 31, 2018 which was organised to pay tribute to the Bombay Sappers war heroes and martyrs. The impressive Parade was reviewed by Lt Gen D Anbu and attended by about 1000 veterans and serving personnel.
To support the United Nations efforts in bringing peace and normalcy in a war torn country of South Sudan, Indian Army is contributing approx 2300 personnel. Seven Garhwal Rifles Infantry battalion group of the Indian Army is currently being inducted to South Sudan from New Delhi. It is a matter of great pride for the unit and the Garhwal Rifles Regiment, as troops hailing from the Garhwal region have been nominated for the first time to deploy in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The unit will be in operational control of the sensitive Jonglei state with a detachment at Juba, its Headquarter in Bor County and an air maintained company group at Pibor County where armed conflicts and ethnic violence is on the rise. The Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan are deployed under Chapter VII which entails Peace Enforcement.
Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) presented "Technology Development and Technology Innovation Awards"constituted by Society of Defence Technologists (SODET) at the Bhanur Unit of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). Senior officials from HAL, BEL, MDL, BEML, HSL apart from CMD, BDL were among the dignitaries present during the award presentation ceremony.
SODET is a professional and non-profit earning organization comprising all the Central Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factories, DGQA and Directorate of Standardization in India. One of the main objectives of SODET is to tap and share amongst the Defence Organizations, the unique manufacturing facilities and process related core competencies in order to have an effective utilization of technological strengths in each member organization. Awards for the year 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015 -16 were presented by Secretary (DP) for "Technology Development and Technology Innovation" in Gold, Silver and Bronze categories to winners from various Defence Public Sector Undertakings.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Ajay Kumar said that Government of India was giving lot of emphasis to Defence production in the country and this is the most exciting time for Defence production. He felt that countries' goals should be to move beyond 'Self- Reliance' and produce not only for the country but also to export to other countries. India is among top ten countries in the world in terms of Defence capabilities. He opined that relevance of SODET is going to be of more value as the future lies in technology. Shri V Udaya Bhaskar, CMD, BDL and Chairman, SODET congratulated the SODET member organizations for the exemplary work being carried out by them.
Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, visited Army's Spear Corps Zone on February 14-15, 2018. The General Officer during the visit was accompanied by Lt Gen Gopal R, General Officer Commanding Spear Corps. As part of the visit, General Abhay Krishna visited Nagaland to review the security situation in the state. At the Headquarter of the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) at Kohima, the General Officer was briefed on security arrangements in the state. While in Kohima, General Abhay Krishna also interacted with the senior civil administration officials of the state. The GOC-in-C assured the state functionaries of full preparedness of Spear Corps to robustly handle any contingency and that a befitting response would be given to anyone vitiating the security environment in Nagaland.
Yet another feather was added to the cap of the Army Dental Corps on February 12, 2018 as the foundation stone for the additional building was laid by Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General DR Soni, Aide-De-Camp.
Head of the Service of the Army Dental Corps, Lieutenant General TK Bandyopadhyay was also present on the occasion. The foundation stone laying ceremony was also graced by many senior officers of Southern Command as well as the Medical and Dental fraternity of Pune Garrison.
Major General SM Londhe, Commandant, Command Military Dental Centre, the senior most Dental Officer of Southern Command informed the gathering about the upcoming facility. He said that the additional building would immensely enhance the oral health care provided to the clientele in the form of sophisticated dental surgeries, Minor Operation Theater and state of the art Maxillofacial Trauma Centre, Tempro Mandibular Joint Arthroscopy Centre, treatment of multiple & complex facial fractures via resorbable plating systems, Computer Aided Designing (CAD) & Computer Aided Machining (CAM) prosthesis fabrication, invisible orthodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology centre are amongst many other modern tertiary care facilities. He also informed that the building would be equipped with new training and demonstration facilities which will greatly enhance the service capabilities for the Dental and Paradental staff.
The Army Commander lauded the efforts of the Army Dental Corps for their endeavor and continued efforts in providing comprehensive Oral & Maxillofacial Health Care to the Armed Forces.
Five players of Ladakh Scouts Regt Ice Hockey Team, achieved a glorious feat when they became part of a successful attempt by Team Ladakh to establish a Guinness World Record to participate in an Ice Hockey Tournament conducted by Ladakh Winter Sports Club, Leh (Ladakh) at vill Chibra, Sato Kargyam Tangtse (Changthang) loc at an altitude of 14500 feet about mean sea level. The Ice Hockey tournament was conducted from February 4-8, 2018 in collaboration with Hockey Foundation, USA. Teams comprising players of various nationalities such as USA, Canada, Germany, France, Netherland, Russia, Slovakia and Japan were part of the Guinness World Record feat. The glorious achievement by the Ice Hockey Players of the Regiment is indeed commendable which has brought laurels to the Regiment and the Indian Army and has paved way for popularising the sport in the region.