Armed Forces
A Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and Axis Bank on the Defence Salary Package on April 13, 2018. The first MoU between Axis Bank and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed on March 24, 2015. The current MoU is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families.
The signing-in ceremony was chaired by the Director General (MP&PS), Lt Gen SK Saini and was attended by the top dignitaries of Axis Bank headed by Mr Sanjay Sailas, President and Head, Retail Banking, Axis Bank.
Recently, Indian Army has also signed a MoU with HDFC Bank. MoUs are considered for inception and renewal with banks on analyzing their utility and suitability to the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. Army is hoping that this MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired Army personnel who are having their accounts with Axis bank and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.
Under the current MoU, apart from other benefits, the Army personnel will get free personal accident death cover and free permanent total disability cover of Rs 30 lakh and free educational cover of upto Rs 2 Lakh for children between the age of 12 and 20 years.
- Manoj Tuli
pic: Rajesh Khanande
MoU between Indian Army and Axis Bank
Seminar on Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) at TASA Headquarters.
HAL signed an MoU with Motorsich JSC and Ivchenko Progress SE, Ukraine for Engine Design, Development, Testing and manufacturing of critical components. Mr DK Venkatesh, Director (Engg. R&D)-HAL, Mr K N Podgors'ky, Chief Designer, Motorsich, JSC and Mr O N Drynov, Chief Designer, Ivchenko Progress SE jointly signed the MoU in the presence of Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL during the DefExpo-2018.
HAL is already in the process of design and development of medium thrust and shaft engines. This MoU will facilitate further strengthening the development and testing of these indigenous engines, says Mr Raju.
Speaking during the event, Mr KN Podgors'ky said Ukraine would be extending all possible support to India in terms of engine technologies.
Both Motorsich JSE and Ivchenko Progress are manufacturer and supplier of Aero Engines for various platforms, situated in Ukraine.
HAL is associated with Motorsich for PV-117MT engine that powers Mi-7 helicopter and AL-20D engine for An-32 cargo transport aircraft for service/overhaul under licence.
- T Shanmugam
HAL Signs Tripartite MoU with Motorsich JSC and Ivchenko Progress Se, Ukraine
As part of Mission Sahyog, Khuga Battalion organised an Awareness and Registration Camp through Mobile Interactive Terminal for Rural Area (MITRA) vehicle on April 19, 2017 at Zila Sainik Board, District Churachandpur. The aim of the camp was to recognize the efforts of brave soldiers disabled in service of nation and also promulgate various policies, entitlements and latest provisions related to disabled veterans other than Government Schemes and policies introduced by Central & State Government for the Ex- Servicemen (ESM).
A large Number of ESM including disabled soldiers attended the event and got registered with the Suvigya Cell of Khuga Bn wherein, their entitlements as per latest policies would be screened and financial anomalies, if any, would be resolved.
The event provided an excellent opportunity to the unit to reach out and interact with disabled soldiers and ESM. It also provided an opportunity for ESM to bring forth their problems and grievances. The gathering expressed their gratitude towards the genuine concern exhibited by Indian Army even after their retirement.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
Awareness & Registration Camp for ESM and Disbled Soldiers
286 Recruits of 320 Batch of the Assam Regimental Centre participated in a magnificent attestation parade on April 18, 2018 in a scintillating ceremony conducted at Parsons Parade Ground of Assam Regimental Centre. The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, General Officer Commanding, 101 Area. The parade ground was thronged by parents and relatives of the trainees. A large number of military dignitaries and civilian guests were also present.
In his address to the attested young soldiers, the Reviewing Officer extolled the virtues of selfless service to the nation and recounted the contributions of the North East and Assam Regiment towards nation building. Complimenting the passing out batch for their immaculate standards, he exhorted the warriors from the North East to persevere in pursuit of excellence.
Swaying to the martial tune of the Regimental song, the young recruits erupted in joyous cheer to mark a successful transition into valiant soldiers.
On this auspicious occasion, the symbol of national pride Ashoka Emblem was also inaugurated by Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, General Officer Commanding, 101 Area.
- Wg Cdr Ratnakar Singh
Attestation Parade at Assam Regimental Centre
Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA) organised a seminar on Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) at TASA Headquarters. Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, Telangana and Andhra Sub Area inaugurated the Seminar.
In his inaugural address Major General Rao said that TASA ECHS had been dedicatedly working on making systems more effective with changing time and technology. The endeavour of TASA is to empower veterans in Andhra and Telangana states and ensuring their comfort by providing efficient medical care to the veterans.
Telangana and Andhra Sub Area would soon be launching the Medicine Inventory Management System (MIMS) which would enable the automation of the process of indenting, procurement and distribution of medicine. The system also incorporates online audit module for audit purpose by Defence Account Department. A brain storming session on improving clientele satisfaction was also held. All important stake holders including Controllers of Defence Accounts Shri T Ram Babu and Shri Raja Reddy, Station Commander, Secunderabad, Brigadier M Upadhyay, Commandants of Military Hospital Secunderabad and Golconda and Officers-in-Charge of all Polyclinics attended the seminar.
- G Surendra Babu
Telangana and Andhra Sub Area Organises ECHS Seminar
Southern Command Veterans Rally was organised at Kolhapur on April 8-9, 2018 to establish a connect with the Veterans, seek grievances/progress cases of anomalies in pension and handle any other issues of Ex-servicemen, Veer Naris and Disabled soldiers. Lieutenant General Vishwambhar Singh, General Officer Commanding Maharastra Gujarat & Goa Area, inaugurated the Rally at 109 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Maratha Light Infantry location. Major General Prithi Singh, General Officer Commanding Dakshin Maharashtra Sub Area was also present at the Rally which was attended by over 4000 Veterans of the region.
A medical camp was also organised during the Veterans Rally. The medical camp had eminent Army Doctors, Dentists and Paramedical Staff from Panaji, Devlali, Ahmednagar, Kirkee and Pune. The camp provided specialist and super specialty services to the Veterans/Veer Naris who benefitted from the presence of the Cardiologist, Orthopaedic surgeon, Gynecologist, Ophthalmologist, ENT surgeon and the Dentists present in the Camp. In addition, health educational videos were also screened for all those present. Basic diagnostic facilities like ECG, Radiography, Audiometry and routine blood tests were also provided to the all attendees. A total of 540 Veterans and Veer Naris of Kolhapur benefitted from the Camp.
- Mahesh Iyengar
Southern Army Conducts Ex-Servicemen Rally at Kolhapur
Maj Gen (Dr) Subhash Sharan, Addl DG NCC for Gujarat, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Diu & Daman, in order to instill a sense of pride and achievement among the Cadets, formalized awarding of NCC 'C' Certificate in a befitting Convocation Ceremony, in presence of Officers, Parents, Vice Chancellors and other dignitaries.
NCC Gujarat organised the NCC Convocation Ceremony for the first time during 2017. This has now been institutionalized and this is the second Convocation Ceremony. This year four Convocation Ceremonies of Gujarat Dte were held at VV Nagar, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Surat on March 10,12,14,16, 2018 respectively, where in a total of 2631 'C' Certificates were awarded by the Addl DG.
NCC Directorate Gujarat has also been able to obtain the sanction of Gujarat State Government for awarding 5% bonus marks to the NCC Cadets qualifying in 'C' Certificate examination. ADG ensured that the 'C' Certificate exam was conducted in the month of February 2018, the results compiled and Convocation Ceremonies completed by March 20, 2018. The timely disbursement of 'C' Certificate has ensured that the Cadets can avail the advantage of 5% bonus marks for their next higher education/jobs.
Addl DG congratulated the Cadets on the successful completion of their training and urged them to contribute to nation building.
- Col V Srinivas
NCC Gujarat Convocation Ceremony 2018
Major General N Srinivas Rao, GOC, TASA presenting the TASA Inter-Unit Sports Championship Banner to station Workshop EME at Milkha Singh Stadium in Secunderabad Cantonment.
A scintillating display of Military Pipe and Brass Bands was organised at the 'Hall of Fame' by the Fire and Fury Corps, heralding the arrival of summers in Ladakh on the evening of April 14, 2018.
Lt Gen SK Upadhya, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps welcomed the civil dignitaries and guests who were invited to witness the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony. Mr Shering Dorjey, Minister for Co-op and Ladakh Affairs J&K Govt and Mr Dorjey Motup, CEC of LAHDC (Leh) were amongst the prominent guests at the event which witnessed an inspiring repertoire of music rendered in the military precision leaving the entire audience spellbound. 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony was followed by screening of the movie 'Timeless in Ladakh' which drew words of praise from the audience.
The event showcased the highest traditions of the Indian Army rendered by talented Army musicians with tunes such as 100 Pipers and Amazing Grace amongst others. A large number of civilian spectators also witnessed the event and offered their praise further strengthening the Army-Civilian bond in the region.
- Col Rajesh Kalia
Beating the Retreat at Hall of Fame, Leh
Station workshop EME, Secunderabad emerged champions of the Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA) Inter-Unit Sports Championship Banner 2017-18.
The Championship Banner was conducted on a league-cum-knock out basis in various games fought by six Units in Telangana and Andhra Sub area round the year. Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Telangana and Andhra Sub Area gave away the Banner and the Overall Championship Trophy to station Workshop EME at Milkha Singh Stadium in Secunderabad Cantonment April 21, 2018. Speaking on the occasion the GOC highlighted the importance of games and sports in team building process in Indian Army and also laid stress on maintaining of physical fitness amongst Army personnel by way of regular sports and physical training. Highlighting the importance of sportsmanship spirit amongst the rank and file of Indian Army through such professional competitions, the GOC exhorted all ranks to participate in such activities with enthusiasm.
Military Hospital (MH), Golconda emerges champions in TASA Inter-Unit Cricket Competition 2017-18. MH Golconda held all the aces in the TASA inter unit cricket championship finals after they outlasted 60 Company ASC in thrilling finals at Milkha Singh Stadium. Batting first MH Golconda managed to score 63 runs in their allotted 12 overs, after their team caved in to some superb bowling by 60 Company ASC. In pursuit of 64 Runs which was as an easy target, 60 Company ASC started loosing wickets at regular intervals courtesy some accurate bowling and fielding by MH Golconda and in the end could manage only 46 runs as the home team was bundled out in 10 overs. Major General N Srinivas Rao GOC TASA gave away the trophy and prizes to the winners.
- G Surendra Babu
TASA Inter-Unit Sports conclude
An impressive Attestation Parade, in which 116 recruits passed out from the Parachute Regiment Training Centre after successful completion of 34 weeks training and joined the folds of the Parachute Regiment as Paratroopers was held in Bengaluru on April 21, 2018. The parade was reviewed by Brigadier Piyush Bisht, Commandant No 1 ASC Centre.
In his address, Brigadier Piyush Bisht urged the new recruits to imbibe and always follow the basic soldierly ethos of "Imandari", "Wafadari" and "Bahaduri" and complimented the Paratroopers on their impressive turnout and impeccable drill.
The parade was commanded by Recruit Kakade Aniket. Among the award winners were Recruit Sonu Ram Bhadur who won the Gill Medal for overall Best Recruit, while the Endurance Medal went to Recruit Niranjan Kumar. The Ghadge Medal for best in firing and weapon training was won by Recruit Dayal Yogesh Gulab, Cheema Medal for best Recruit in Physical Training was given to Recruit G Brahma, the Terrier Medal for over all best PARA (TA) Recruit was awarded to Recruit Sunil Singh and Chettri Medal for Best Recruit in drill was awarded to Recruit Kakade Aniket.
- T Shanmugam
Attestation Parade of Paratroopers Held
Air Marshal C Hari Kumar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command and President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) visited Air Force Station Patiala on April 25, 2018.  The dignitaries, on their arrival were received by Gp Capt SS Kaila, Station Commander Air Force Station Patiala and Brigadier AS Rathore, Dy GOC 1 Armd Div.
The AOC-in-C, WAC inspected the station and interacted with Air warriors and apprised them on current security scenario and future challenges. During the visit AOC-in-C was briefed on the operational preparedness of the station. He commended the station on their efforts in recently held Ex Gaganshakti. He urged all Air warriors to be vigilant at all times and be prepared to handle any contingency.  Mrs Devika President AFWWA (R), also inspected AFWWA (L) Thrift shop and interacted with the Sanginis of the station.
- Wg Cdr AR Giri
AOC-in-C, WAC visits Air Force Station, Patiala
Indian Coast Guard Ship C-438 was commissioned on April 25, 2018 at Kakinada.  The induction is a part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security.  It will strengthen the security umbrella of east coast and also help augment patrolling to prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.
ICGS C-438 shall be based at Kakinada under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East). Dr M Malakondaiah, IPS, Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh commissioned the Interceptor Boat built by M/s L&T Limited, in the presence of Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, PTM, TM, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies.
The Interceptor Boat C-438 is 27.80 mtrs in length, with displacement of 106 tons and max speed of 45 knots.  The IB is capable of undertaking multifarious task such as surveillance, interdiction, Search & Rescue and rendering assistance to boats, craft in distress at sea.  The IB is capable of operating in shallow water as well as deep seas.  The boat is provided with advanced navigational and communication equipment for safe navigation. The quick reaction ability coupled with modern equipment and systems provides her the capability to respond to any maritime situation.  The ship is Commanded by Assistant Commandant Maneesh Kumar Singh.
- Capt CG Raju and T Shanmugam
Indian Coast Guard Ship C-438 Commissioned at Kakinada