Minister of State for Defence Affairs, United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi was on an official visit to India at the invitation of Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.
The UAE Minister met Raksha Mantri in New Delhi. The Ministers undertook a review of bilateral defence cooperation and deliberated upon measures to further enhance bilateral exchanges. They recognized that deeper bilateral defence cooperation has been emphasized by the leadership of both countries as a central element in the expanded India and UAE Strategic Partnership.
During their meeting, both the Ministers discussed a range of defence cooperation issues and agreed upon priority areas for cooperation including enhanced military to military exchanges, training, military medicine and defence industry tie ups.
The UAE Minister also visited Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) at Bengaluru.
Chief of Indian Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba visited the forward areas of Tawang Sector on Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh. The Admiral, while on a short tour was updated on the security situation along Northern borders in the areas of Tawang Garrison in presence of Maj Gen Rajesh Kumar Jha, General Officer Commanding, Ball of Fire Division. Admiral Lanba, who is also the Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee was accompanied by Mrs Reena Lanba for the two day tour. During his interaction with troops, he lauded their efforts towards ensuring Peace & Tranquility along Line of Actual Control, besides enhancing image of the Armed Forces amongst local populace by means of required Samaritan activities. He also paid homage to the martyrs of 1962 Operation at Tawang War Memorial, in remembering the supreme sacrifice of 2420 Martyrs of the war in the sector. The Chief reviewed and appreciated the operational readiness of Indian Armed Forces and exhorted the formation to maintain required operational readiness for any unforeseen contingencies along Northern borders.
To commemorate the selfless dedication to duty by Indian Army's gallant Infantrymen, a wreath laying ceremony was organised at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti'. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, along with senior officers, laid wreaths in a solemn ceremony. Sepoy Boota Singh, a recipient of Vir Chakra in 1971 War represented the veterans.
Infantry celebrates October 27 each year as Infantry Day to commemorate the first Infantry action post independence. In response to the threat posed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our Nation, on this day in 1947, the leading elements of the Indian Army from 1st Battalion of the SIKH Regiment air landed at Srinagar and gallantly fought the raiders aided by Pakistan Army. This bold action by the Indian Army and indomitable courage displayed by the Infantrymen reversed the tide of events and thwarted the adversary's nefarious designs.
As part of Infantry Day celebrations, Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw Memorial Lecture was also organised at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantonment.
Bust of Brig Rajendra Singh, MVC (posthumous), presented by his family, was unveiled by Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC Chinar Corps, Mrs Ranjana Bhatt, Zonal President AWWA and Mrs Uravshi Rani Pathania, eldest daughter of the 'Saviour of Kashmir' on October 24, 2018 in a simple ceremony organized by Station HQ and Signal Regiment at the Badami Bagh(BB) Cantonement in Srinagar. Brigadier Rajendra Singh, was the first recipient of Mahavir Chakra (MVC) in Independent India.
The event was attended by two daughters and other close relatives of Brig Rajendra Singh and a host of Army Officers. The Corps Commander presented 'Chinar' souvenirs to all the family members and a two minute silence was observed by the gathering in honour of the brave soldier.
Later, the relatives visited the Rajendra Villa –present day Signal Regiment Officers' Mess in the BB Cantonment and stayed in the erstwhile Flagstaff House to relive old times.
The family also visited Boniyar and paid homage at the Memorial where Brigadier Rajendra Singh had breathed his last.
24 students from Thoubal, Manipur visited Pune as part of National Integration Tour/ Educational Tour under Operation Sadbhavna/Operation Samaritan from October 9, 2018 to October 11, 2018. The students are from 9th & 10th standards and belong to humble family backgrounds from different villages of Thoubal District, Manipur. They were accompanied by a teacher and an Army Officer from Eastern Command.
The students visited College of Military Engineering & Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) on October 9, 2018 and National Defence Academy (NDA) and Khadakwasla Dam on October 10, 2018. The students also visited Headquarters Southern Command on October 11, 2018, where they interacted with Major General A S Karki, Major General Operational Logistics, Headquarters Southern Command, who apprised them about the role and activities of Southern Command.
The 76th Corps Day of the Electronics and Mechanical Engineers was celebrated at Lucknow Cantonment on October 15, 2018. Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command, in his special message to the Eagles fraternity of Surya Command extended his felicitations and good wishes to all Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks and civilian employees of the Corps, both serving and retired and their families.
He exhorted all Eagles for contribution in achieving and maintaining a high level of mission readiness of the myriad weapon systems and equipment in Surya Command Theatre. He expressed confidence that the Corps will rise to the occasion, as it always has and meet the challenges posed by the newer cutting edge technologies and intricacies of present day equipment and weapon systems.
In tune with the traditions of the Indian Army, a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the Central Command War Memorial 'SMRITIKA' which was attended by all serving Eagles on October 15, 2018. Major General JS Sidana, Major General Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Central Command paid homage and tributes to all martyrs by laying a wreath.
The Department of Internal Medicine, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune organized its Biennial Conference, National Medicine Update: NMUD 2018, on October 13-14, 2018. Deliberations at this two day Conference centered around the theme "Clinical Implications of Recent Advances in Medicine". Eminent personalities from the field of Medicine and Clinical Research who participated included Dr RA Mashelkar FRS, Dr K Govind Babu, Dr Vineet Ahuja, Dr Rajendra R Joshi, Dr Yogesh Shouche, Dr Anuradha Choughule, Dr AG Unnikrishnan and Dr Satish Jeevannavar.
Medicine and Clinical Research is progressing rapidly and Updates are a way of keeping abreast with new developments and disseminating information to faculty and students alike. In this endeavour, the Department of Internal Medicine, headed By Air Commodore Shankar Subramanian was ably supported by Physicians from AFMC, Command Hospital Southern Command, other Command Hospitals and peripheral hospitals who participated actively in the proceedings.
The Update was inaugurated by Lt Gen UK Sharma. Maj Gen Madhuri Kanitkar, Officiating Commandant, AFMC, welcomed the Faculty , delegates and speakers and praised the Scientific Spirit of the participants. The inaugural key note address by Dr RA Mashelkar on 'Inspiring next practice innovation ecosystem in healthcare' set the tone for successive speakers. The subsequent lectures covered nuances of Genomics in Medical Practice, Human Gut Microbiome, Ageing and Regeneration, Artificial Intelligence and Technology, Advances in Oncology, Digital Diabetology and Clinical Decision Making.
Another highlight of the proceedings was the conduct of Col Ajit Kashyap Post Graduate Quiz where active participation was seen from colleges in and around Pune as well as Mumbai.
Cycle rallies were conducted by all 27 Regiments of Infantry to celebrate the 72nd Infantry Day. All teams started from their respective Regimental Centres to New Delhi wherein they were flagged-in at India Gate on October 27, 2018 by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff.
The cycle rally from respective Regimental Centres, covered a distance of 2000 kilometers. Collectively, 27 Regiments covered more than 50,000 kms to mark the occasion. During their sojourn enroute, the Infantry soldiers interacted with the Army veterans and motivated the country's youth towards nation building.
An Ex-Servicemen Rally was organised at the Rinchen Auditorium, Leh on October 6, 2018 by Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre under the aegis of HQ Fire and Furry Corps. The rally was attended by a large number of Veterans and Veer Naris of the Regiment belonging to Ladakh region.
During the event, fond memories and invaluable contribution of the brave Veterans and the martyrs in various operations were rekindled. All Veterans and Veer Naris were felicitated on the occasion.
The 'Awareness & Information Stalls' established by Records Ladakh Scouts, ECHS Leh and Zila Sainik Welfare Office provided an opportunity to them to get acquainted with various welfare schemes launched by the Indian Army. It also provided them an opportunity to avail CSD, Dental and medical facilities and rejuvenate their ties with the serving brethren. Various nationalized banks also acquainted them with financial schemes and to avail loan facilities.
Lt Gen Y K Joshi, GOC, Fire and Fury Corps, was the Chief Guest at the event which was attended by COS, Fire and Fury Corps and senior Officers of the Garrison. The GOC assured all Veterans and Veer Naris unstinted support of the organisation towards their welfare and improvement in quality of life through proactive involvement in problem resolution. President Ex-servicemen league, Leh gave a vote of thanks at the end of the event.
To reaffirm its commitment towards fostering peace and also to provide an impetus to the sporting talent in the region, Army organised a Chenab Valley Cricket League at Kishtwar from October 5-19, 2018. The event assisted the Army's efforts to promote positive environment to showcase the hidden talent of local populace.
A total of 23 teams registered from various schools and villages of remote area of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban to participate in the league cum knock-out basis. Cricket being one of the most popular sport amongst youth of Jammu and Kashmir, generated much hype and attracted huge audience.
The final match was played between District Q Club, Kishtwar and Asrariya, Kishtwar. After a competitive and hard-fought game, the team from District Q Club Kishtwar won the final match by 7 Wickets. The final match was witnessed by huge number of spectators, apart from officials from civil administration.
At the conclusion of the league the winning team & runners up team were awarded with prize money and individual prize for best batsman and best bowler. This initiative by Army was highly appreciated by the youth and locals who thanked for conducting an entertaining event.
A flagship project of Multi Skill Development Centre received an overwhelming response from the locals in Pengree of Tinsukia District on October 24, 2018. The project has been launched under the initiative of Indian Army and was inaugurated on October 24, 2018. This project has been aligned with the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna and has the objective of providing relevant skill development training to the youth in the area of Pengree with Indianeers Media Pvt Ltd as the Training Partner and thereby empowering them in securing better livelihood. The centre at Pengree has been sponsored by Dao Division and would function under its direct guidance. Over the past few months, Army has been pursuing selection of trainers, encouraging students to register themselves for the project, and monitoring the provision of infrastructure and equipment for the same. A constant liaison and coordination by Army with IMPL and infrastructure partners resulted in realisation of this project. The Centre at Pengree will provide training for tailoring and computer skills to both boys and girls. On completion of the training, the candidates would get National Certification for Skills which would enable them to get good jobs anywhere in the country. More importantly, it will give the individual an important National Level Qualification on which the candidates attending can build further and achieve greater success. Till now about 150 boys and girls of Pengree and nearby villages have enrolled themselves for this pioneer project. In the first batch, a strength 120 boys and girls would get trained in tailoring and computer skills for a period of three months. It will go a long way in creating support system for Skill Development in the area as also contributing to the dream of making India the skill capital of the world. Indian Army also plans to open more Multi Skill Development Centres at Margherita, Jagun, Kakopathatar, Digboi and Philobari where courses will be offered in logistics management, stitching, embroidery, weaving & computer skills. The locals of the area thanked the Army for its contribution towards realisation of the skill development mission.
The students of Army Public School Golconda celebrated International Day of the Girl Child. To mark the importance of the event, a self-defence Taekwondo session was organised in the school ground. Mr Raju (Black Belt 3rd Dan) from 'Telangana Taekwondo Association' demonstrated an array of stunts and techniques which made the girls ready to defend and protect themselves in every situation. Feeling empowered after the exhaustive Taekwondo session, the girls of secondary classes enthusiastically made their way out of the school campus for a Mass Rally, holding placards and raising slogans to support the cause of women empowerment and spreading a message amongst the public that "Women are already strong; it's about changing the way the world perceives that strength".The motivational speech by the Principal, Mrs Vidya Muralidharan instilled a sense of pride in the girls and encouraged them to exhibit their inner strength, courage and dignity in their day to day activities. She also stressed upon each girl that she should value herself, fight for what she believes in and never give up on her dreams regardless of how many obstacles stand in her way.
The Valedictory Function of the 18th Production Test Pilots Course was held at the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bengaluru. Air Marshal AS Butola, Commandant Air Force Academy, Dundigal of Indian Air Force was the Chief Guest. The Air Marshal himself is a highly experienced Helicopter Test Pilot who was deeply involved with the development of indigenous Dhruv, Advance Light Helicopter.
Production Test Pilots form a vital link between the manufacturer or the overhaul agency and the operational units. With new generation aircraft being inducted into the Indian armed forces and existing aircraft undergoing upgrades with new technologies, Production Test Pilots are required to have a clear and in-depth understanding of the ever evolving present day technologies and design philosophies in the aviation industry. They are involved in the all important process of testing and clearing aircraft after production and overhaul, prior to its release to the operator. The rapid increase in growth of the aerospace industry within the country has led to an increased demand for trained and skilled Test Pilots to meet the production requirements.
The Chief Guest awarded Graduation Certificates to the budding Production Test Pilots. These officers earned this distinction after undergoing a gruelling 10 weeks of intensive training. During the ceremony, the trophy for the best all-round student was awarded to Squadron Leader Abhimanyu Singh.
To strengthen the bonhomie between the Army and Awaam and add colours and vibrancy in the life of the villagers residing in the remote areas of Keran Sector, a 15 day sports and cultural show for the people was organised by the Army. The event culminated on October 5, 2018 with the Chinar Corps Commander as the Chief Guest.
Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC 15 Corps, attended this mega event on the zero line at LC and felicitated the proud winners of various competitions. The Mela included cultural programmes, screening of movies besides sports events like Cricket, Volleyball, Athletics, Cross Country and Tug of War competitions for the villages of the Keran Sector.
Also, it was very heartening to see a huge crowd of locals from across the LC who witnessed the event from the banks of Kishanganga river. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Chinar Corps Commander said that the main aim of this event was to interact with the Awaam of this remote region who have always been loyal to India and that he was extremely thankful to the people of Keran for their continued support to the Army since 1947. He further assured of all possible support and assistance to the youth of Keran for accomplishing their dreams.
The conduct of Keran Mela generated the goodwill amongst the masses and also provided the villagers a platform to show case their talents. The villagers expressed their gratitude and appreciation towards the Army for providing assistance for successful conduct of Keran Mela.
Naib Subedar Anandan G of ASI Pune created history by winning Silver and Bronze in 400m & 200m respectively in 3rd Asian Para Games, a multi-sport event wherein all 43 members of the Asian Paralympic Committee with 2831 athletes participated in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 6-13, 2018. Anandan G was born on March 18, 1987 in Kumbakonam Village, Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. His family had a poor financial status and his father made his living on daily wages by driving auto rickshaw. Anandan G is the eldest of the two children of his parents. He has been very active in sports right from his school days.
He was enrolled into Indian Army MEG Centre, Bangalore in the year 2005. Initially he started participating in cross country during his Army training. He was posted to 10 Engineers in Kupwara district in Srinagar. During his routine Army duty on a fateful day on June 4, 2008 in the Kupwara region he accidently tripped on a live mine while demining. To save his life doctors had to amputate his left leg. After successful implant of his limb and proper physiotherapy Nb Sub Anandan strong grit and determination encouraged him to fulfill his dream of running again on tracks. He was motivated by an example of Oscar Pistorious, and decided to relive his dream of taking Para Athletics sport professionally. He was moved to ASI in year 2015 for his preparation. Seeing his indomitable will and dedication Sub Maj MD Kunhi took him under his wings and his journey to the podium began with slow and momentous steps. Nb Sub Anandan G gradually improved his timing. He is true example to prove 'A soldier Never dies' and 'A Soldier Never Gives Up'
Havildar Aneesh Kumar S during his posting in J&K had got stuck in snow while carrying out a Long Range Patrol mission and one of his foot had to be amputed due to frost bite.
While undergoing treatment at Artificial Limb Centre, Pune he decided to enable himself inspite of his injury and took to Para Athletics as a Sport. His hard work and dedication during training at Paralympic Node, Kirkee paid off and he won a Silver Medal in Men's Discus Throw at 17th National Para Athletics Championship 2017 held at Jaipur from March 31- April 4, 2017.
Looking at his track record, zeal and enthusiasm, he was immediately attached with Paralympic Node, Kirkee to enable him to realise his dreams. Soon, he won Gold Medals in Discus Throw and Shot Put in 18th National Para Athletics Championship 2018 held at Panchkula, Haryana from March 25-29, 2018. He followed his success by winning Silver Medal in Discus Throw in Indian Open Para Athletics Championship held at Bengaluru from July 11-12, 2018. Accordingly, he was selected to represent India at Asian Para Games 2018 to be held in Indonesia from October 6-13, 2018.
On October 9, 2018, Havildar Aneesh Kumar S participated in Men's Discus Throw category in Asian Para Games 2018 and won a Bronze Medal with personal best throw of 45.41m. This achievement is a matter of great pride for Havildar Aneesh as well as the 'Corps of Signals' and the Indian Army.
Mrs Kalpana Singh Dhatt, Regional President AWWA, Northern Command, interacted with Veer Naris of the Ladakh Scouts Regiment during her visit to Leh on October 21, 2018. Kins of these Veer Naris had attained Martyrdom during Operation VIJAY and Operation MEGHDOOT. The Veer Naris would be visiting Bodh Gaya as part of Capacity Building Tour organised by the Fire and Fury Corps under Operation SADBHAVANA.
During her interaction, the Regional President AWWA enquired about the welfare of the Veer Naris and expressed her appreciation for the enthusiasm exhibited by them to participate in the tour. She expressed her happiness and satisfaction over various welfare schemes availed by the Veer Naris and appreciated their resolve to become self dependent and ensure proper upbringing of their children. She acknowledged the invaluable contribution and supreme sacrifice of the Martyred Soldiers and assured the Veer Naris unstinted support of the organisation towards their welfare.
Veer Naris today form a sizeable part of the Military fraternity in the country. In keeping with the rich traditions of the Indian Army a Veer Nari meet was organized by the Dera Baba Nanak Brigade. The aim of the meet was to reach out to the Veer Naris of Gurdaspur district and make them feel proud once again of their deceased spouses for their services to the Indian Armed Forces. The rally was attended by Brigadier R Sundaram, Station Commander and Brigadier MS Sabarwal, Commander Dera Baba Nanak Brigade. They conveyed the gratitude of the Nation and the Armed Forces to the Veer Naris for their bravery and sacrifice and reiterated the Army's commitment of providing all possible assistance and timely redressal of their grievances.
The army had set up a number of stalls to render assistance on matters such as pension, health, education, recruitment and personal records to resolve their problems and to spread awareness about the various rehabilitation and welfare schemes for the Veer Naris, and their dependents. A medical camp with fully functional medical gadgets for treatment of patients was also organized. The Veer Naris were assured of all assistance by Army in reaching out to them and resolving their issues on a regular basis. By caring and extending assistance, the Indian Army has shown that the epithet 'We Care' for our Veer Naris goes beyond the Olive Greens.
In the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone 'Titli' which struck the coastal areas of North Andhra Pradesh, the Eastern Naval Command conducted two simultaneous day long medical camps for the cyclone affected population of Bejjavani Peta and Dukkavani Peta villages in Srikakulam district on October 20, 2018. The locations were identified after a recce by Medical team and in consultation with District Administration Officials. 570 personal from both villages and adjoining areas benefitted from the camp.
Medical team comprising medical officers, para-medical staff and senior sailors from INHS Kalyani were associated in the conduct of the camp. The doctors conducted out-patient consultation for medical ailments, followed by distribution of medicines.
A Team of 43 Naval personnel from INHS Kalyani including doctors and paramedical sailors conducted medical consultations, and distributed necessary medicines. The villagers were also educated on important aspects of sanitation, nutrition and prevention of water borne diseases. SHO(V) carried out a health inspection and undertook anti dengue and malaria spraying and fumigation. The camp was well appreciated by the village community and brought much solace to the disaster stricken villages.
Under the aegis of Central Air Command (CAC) Allahabad, Air Force Station Bhowali conducted a trek to Panch Kedar. The trek was from October 21-31, 2018. Eleven Air Warriors from various stations under CAC set course on the Trek which is at an altitude of 11000 ft. The 120 km long trek was flagged off from Bhowali Camp by Group Captain TS Pruthi, Station Commander, Air Force Station Bhowali.
During the twelve day trek, the team led by Air Commodore VK Sashidaran trekked through the five holy shrines of Kedarnath, Tungnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Rudranath and Kaleswar (Panch Kedar) said to have been traversed by Lord Shiva. The trek while providing the breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayas, promoted the spirit of adventure and team spirit among the participants. Such adventure activities are undertaken by Indian Air Force from time to time to test the physical and mental stamina of the air warriors and also accept unknown challenges. Trekking in the inhospitable mountain range of Garhwal, offers first hand opportunity to the air warriors to understand the challenges of high altitude terrain, where they can be deployed for operations or during natural calamities.
- PRO Lucknow
The Bomb disposal team of Counter Explosive Device Unit of Headquarter Central Command, Lucknow, has successfully disposed off 555 unexploded bombs & ordnances which were buried underground for the past 14 years at Jaspur in District Udham Singh Nagar under provisions of Aid to Civil Authority.
The extremely challenging task of safe extraction and final disposal of the bombs had started on October 12, 2018 and was successfully completed on October 21, 2018. A team of one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and 12 Jawans toiled for 10 days at a site locality near bank of Feeka River near village Hajiro in Udham Singh Nagar district where the unexploded bombs & ordnances were destroyed.
In 2004, out of 16 containers one or two containers had dangerous and extremely hazardous consignments which were brought from Iraq. The scrap had a total of 555 Unexploded Explosive Ordnance and the bombs which were later established as artillery & mortar shells and other projectiles of the Gulf War. These were bought by SD Steel Factory, Kashipur from a scrap dealer at Tuglaqabad, Delhi. A blast occurred at SD Steel Factory in December 2004 resulting in injury and death of workers post which the hazardous unexploded ammunition was buried under the ground.
A request was made by civil administration to Headquarters Central Command, Lucknow for safe disposal of the bombs, artillery shells and other explosive items.
The bombs were destroyed in smaller segregated batches by controlled explosions, so as to mitigate any threat to the local populace, wildlife and properties in the vicinity. The entire process was accomplished under guidance & close supervision of the Commanding Officer, Colonel Vinay Bahl exercising extreme caution and deliberate planning. Counter Explosive Device Unit had pressed into service its entire range of Bomb Disposal equipments and completed this dangerous task on October 21, 2018.
Adventurous back water sailing expedition by Naval Wing NCC cadets of 7 Kerala Naval Unit NCC Ernakulam was flagged off by Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Chief Staff Officer (Training), Southern Naval Command (SNC), on October 15, 2018 from Naval Jetty at Seamanship School, Naval Base, Kochi.
The expedition comprising of 54 senior division NCC cadets including 18 girls under the leadership of, Lieutenant Commander Aswanth P, Executive Officer of 7 Kerala Naval Unit NCC, 1 NCC officer and 10 instructor staff of Indian Navy. The cadets are using 3 in number 27 feet long "Whaler" boats for the expedition and covered a distance of approximately 400 Km in 10 days duration from Kochi to Kollam and back. At night, the team halted at Thavanakkadavu, Alappuzha, Thottappally, Vallikkavu and Kollam.
Captain Sanjay Jayaswal, Commanding Officer 7 Kerala Naval Unit NCC, stated that the aim of the expedition is to train the cadets in long distance Whaler sailing, develop a spirit of adventure, team spirit and also to familiarize them with the back waters of south Kerala.
The Chinar Skill Training Centre (CSTC) at Haiderbeg, in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), has been at the forefront in providing skill development training to the youth of the Valley under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana (PMKVY). Over 100 local boys and girls have directly benefitted from it and are employed full time across the Valley and more will gain employment in due course.
Continuing with its endeavour to empower the youth, a certification course on Screen Acting, in collaboration with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune under their SKIFT (Skilling India in Film & Television) scheme was started on 26th September 2018 during which Mr Phunsuk Ladhaki and his team of artists imparted the nuances of acting to the students Kashmir at Zorawar Auditorium, Haiderbeg.
On successful completion of the course, the closing ceremony was held on October 17, 2018 which was graced by the proud parents of these students along with dignitaries from the Army and Civil Administration. The Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, was the Chief Guest for the occasion and felicitated the students. Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen AK Bhatt highlighted the Army's emphasis in not only providing skill development training but also ultimately resulting in better employability for the youth of Kashmir. He also expressed his gratitude to FTII for their support and Mr Phunsukh Ladhaki for his dedication and zeal towards the youth. The students hailed the sustained efforts of the Army, which results in not only facilitating the talented youth in skilling them but also empowers them with better employment opportunities.
The 27th Senior National Wushu (Men & Women) Championship 2018 was conducted from October 10-14,2018 on behalf of HQ 101 Area at Assam Regimental Centre. A total of 38 teams from States/ Union Territories/ Military/ Para Military participated with more than 900 players. Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, GOC, 101 Area welcomed Shri Tathagata Roy, Governor of Meghalaya as the Chief Guest along with other civil, Military Dignitaries and players. Shri Thathagata Roy in his address to the participants said that our country has made commendable strides in various fields of sports and games & emphasised on the importance of these games for women empowerment and how society needs to respect women in order to achieve true development. He also made a special mention of the Army and Services Wushu Node of the Assam Regimental Centre which has been producing world class athletes ever since.
The overall championship trophy was won by Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and the same was received by GOC 101 Area from the Governor.