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November 12, 2018 witnessed the historic event of affiliation ceremony of 28 Air Defence Regiment with Madras Regiment. The 28 Air Defence Regiment took its birth from 16th Battalion of Madras Regiment (Travancore) at Hyderabad in 1956. The old alliance came alive during the affiliation ceremony. The charter of affiliation was signed by Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra, Colonel of the Madras Regiment and Lt Gen AP Singh, DG Army Air Defence & Colonel Commandant at the Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington. Commanding Officer 28 Air Defence Regiment attended the ceremony, which was graced by a large number of serving officers, families and veterans.
The affiliation will definitely lead to healthy inter-arms relations which will facilitate better training and camaraderie. It also provides an opportunity to understand each other's capabilities and to share military knowledge.
- PRO Chennai
Affiliation Ceremony of 28 Air Defence Regiment With Madras Regiment
Coast Guard Region HQ (East) is conducting the first ever training for Mozambique Navy officers and personnel in Chennai on the highly versatile Indigenously built Interceptor Boat. This training is a part of the International co-operation between the two countries where in Government of India had agreed to donate two Interceptor Boats to the Mozambique Navy. The two nations are working closely on issues of security, especially maritime safety in the Indian Ocean. India and Mozambique have stepped up mutual co-operation and have now taken it to the next level of military training in addition to economic and political relation.
The training programme is being conducted in two groups for 14 personnel each. The first group of 7 officers and 7 PBOR arrived in Chennai and training was held from November 5 – 16, 2018. The second group would be joining in the first week of December 2018. The training scheduled for these personnel is specially formulated to give hands-on-experience in handling the Interceptor Boats by the Coast Guard officers and Subordinate Officers who have considerable experience in these class of vessels. The aim of training curriculum enables the Mozambique Navy personnel to get acquainted with the chances of operating these highly versatile boats which are filled with state of the art equipment and sensors.
- PRO Chennai
Training of Mozambique Navy Personnel of IBs
Army Recruitment Office, Nagpur has successfully conducted the recruitment rally for Vidarbha Region from October 23 to November 3, 2018. This yearly rally was conducted at Amravati after a gap of five years in which more than 45,000 candidates registered and approximate 36,000 candidates actually appeared in the rally.
The rally was conducted in a totally transparent and fair manner in which candidates were tested in different aspects by independent set of officials. Successful candidates have been issued admit cards at the rally site itself for appearing in Common Entrance Examination (CEE) on January 27, 2019.
The Recruiting Office profusely appreciates the Divisional Commissioner and the District Collector for supporting the rally in terms of providing infrastructure, resources, manpower and maintenance of law and order without which the rally could not have been conducted without incident and so successfully. The whole hearted support of the local administration resulted in excellent team work making the recruitment drive a huge success which shall benefit the youth and provide employment in the region.
The Recruiting Office is optimistic of such civil-military cooperation in all future yearly recruitment rallies, which will enable smooth and successful conduct. It will also ensure that the Army is able to identify and employ recruits who are 'best amongst the best' in the defence of the Nation.
- PRO Nagpur
Army Recruitment Rally at Amravati
First part of the Sea Phase of the 25th Edition of SIMBEX - Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise is in progress in the Bay of Bengal. Indian Naval Ships Ranvijay, Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti, Kirch, Kadmatt, Sumedha and Sukanya under the Command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet are exercising with RSN Ships, Formidable, Steadfast, Unity, Valiant, Vigour and RSS Swordsman, an Archer Class submarine and Swift Rescue, a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) under the Command of Senior Lieutenant Colonel Ho Jee Kien, Commanding Officer of 188 Missile Corvette Squadron. Complex maritime combat drills including live weapon firings are included in the Sea Phase of SIMBEX this year.
- PRO
SIMBEX-18 Sea Phase Progress in the Bay of Bengal
The 114 Mahrattas scripted an immortal saga with their valour, mettle and endurance and in recognition of their gallant courage and sacrifice the battalion was awarded the Battle Honour "Sharqat". On October 29, 2018, the Maratha warriors paid homage to the gallant soldiers who sacrificed their lives by laying wreaths at War Memorial.
To grace this occasion Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur and Rajyasabha MP Sambhaji Maharaj witnessed the grand events and cultural programmes showcased by the soldiers of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre. The programmes encompassed the snippets of the "Sharqat Battle", the traditional gymnastic sport Malkhamb, folk dance Lezim and Jhanj, Zumba dance and gymnastic events were displayed by the soldiers and recruits of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre.
To mark the occasion of Sharqat Centenary a Sharqat War Trophy was also unveiled by the Chief along with Honorary Col of the Regt Gen JJ Singh (Retired). The COAS in his address to the gathering lauded the efforts of the Maratha soldiers and recruits. He mentioned that the Maratha LI Regiment is blessed with the kind of resilient and gritty troops who have brought laurels for the country and he believed that the gallant Marathas would continue to keep the Regiments flag flying high.
The cultural evening culminated with the Chief and all dignitaries dining with the troops and families at the Shantaram Jadhav PT Arena of Regimental Centre.
- PRO Maratha LI Centre
Sharqat Day Centenary Celebrated at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre
As a precursor to Navy Week Celebration 2018, Indian Navy conducted another Medical Camp at Raidhighi, South 24 Parganas, organized by INS Netaji Subhas under the aegis of NOIC West Bengal for the local populace and fishermen community in particular on October 31, 2018. Through this outreach program, the Indian Navy tried to bring about awareness in the general public about the role and task of the Navy and also encourage youngsters to consider Navy as a career. Though medical camps by Indian Navy is conducted every year, this year the camp has been held in conjunction with the Community Interaction Program (CIP) for the fishing community who are 'eyes and ears' of coastal security mechanism.
A medical team comprising of two Medical Officers including a lady doctor, eight para-medical staff and two senior sailors from INS Netaji Subhas have been instrumental in the conduct of the camp. The doctors conducted outpatient consultation for medical, surgical, pediatric, Eye, ENT, Skin and Cardiology ailments, followed by distribution of medicines. People were also educated on measures to be adopted to prevent spread of vector-borne diseases and made aware regarding organ donation drive. Nearly 500 people were benefitted by the medical camp which was amply supported by the local administration and several volunteers.
- PRO Kolkata
Medical Camp at South 24 Parganas by Indian Navy
The Indian Army and Japanese Army completed their joint military exercise, 'DHARMA GUARDIAN' – 2018 at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte, Mizoram. It is a significant step towards fostering military and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The primary focus of the exercise was to train and equip the contingents to undertake joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in urban and semi urban terrain. The participants were initially familiarized with each other's organisational structure, tactical drills and planning process before graduating to joint tactical exercises.
The contingents honed their tactical and technical skills in a wide spectrum of counter insurgency operations including joint training on weapons and equipment, field training exercises and handling of improved explosive devices.
Commanders at various levels from both sides were exercised to work in close coordination to receive and collate information jointly, plan operations and issue suitable orders to respective integrated groups. The Exercise provided an ideal platform for both contingents to share their operational experience and expertise and was also instrumental in broadening the interoperability and cooperation between the Armies of India and Japan.
Observers of both the nations appreciated the professionally conducted training which has resulted in instilling confidence in each other's capability.
- PRO Army
Exercise Dharma Guardian - 2018
COAS interacting with Maratha recruits during Sharqat day Barakhana
The joint military exercise between India and Russia, EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) is being conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station from November 18, 2018. Company sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of Republic of India participated in the training exercise spanning for eleven days including induction and de-induction of the Russian contingent. The training is being supervised by a joint directing panel comprising of senior officials of both the national contingents.
The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance interoperability of the two Armies in the peace keeping or enforcement environment under the aegis of the UN. It focuses upon training on enhancing team building, special tactical level operations such as Cordon and Search, house intervention, handling and neutralisation of Improvised Explosive Devices and integrated employment of force multipliers. The primary focus of the tactical field exercise is to share best practices amongst the militaries and hone existing skills of the troops in the backdrop of interoperability between the two Armies in the peace keeping/ enforcement environment. The topics chosen for the exercise are both live and contemporary, affecting both the nations alike.
The tenth exercise in the series of Exercise INDRA is aimed at sending a strong message to the world with an intent of appreciation of interoperability between Indian and Russian Armies for joint tactical level operations in the peace keeping or enforcement environment under the aegis of UN.
- PRO Army
INDO-Russian joint Exercise INDRA 2018
On the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that is marked as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' (National Unity Day), a Run for unity was organised on October 31, 2018 at Headquarters Maintenance Command, Vayusena Nagar, Nagpur. The aim of the Run for Unity was to encourage and foster Unity, Brotherhood and Patriotic mood across the nation, thereby, joining the great nation in paying homage to "Lauh Purush" Sardar Patel, who is credited with uniting India, post Independence.
The event started with administering of Oath of Unity to the Air Warriors along with other personnel and later on flagging the Run for Unity by Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Maintenance Command in the presence of other Senior Officers of Maintenance Command. The Run saw the participation of all the Air Warriors of Maintenance Command and the energetic spirit of participation in such large number have sent out a loud and clear message that "We Stand United", and that 'India is One'. The event proved to be an ideal opportunity for spreading awareness about Sardar Patel's contribution to Indian history.
- PRO Nagpur
Run for Unity at Nagpur
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ MC along with Senior Officers and Other Personnel participating in Run for Unity at Vayusena Nagar, Nagpur.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, accompanied by the White Knight Corps Commander, Lt Gen Paramjit Singh visited forward posts of Poonch Sector to convey Diwali greetings to troops on November 7, 2018.
During the visit to the sector, the Army Commander distributed sweets to Army and Border Security Force troops deployed on the forward posts. The Army Commander interacted with soldiers and complimented them for their unwavering dedication to duty, selfless devotion and high standard of professionalism.
The Army Commander was appreciative of the high morale of troops who are away from their near and dear ones. He also complimented soldiers for measures and standard operating procedures instituted by the units and formations in their area of responsibility to minimise the casualties due to cease fire violations and infiltration bids.
The Army Commander also exhorted all ranks on the need to remain vigilant to counter the nefarious designs of the enemy and anti- national elements and to ensure a robust counter infiltration and counter terrorist grid to enable continued peace and stability in the region.
- PRO Jammu
Northern Army Commander Celebrates Diwali with Borders Troops
Army Aviation Corps celebrated its 33rd Raising Day on November 1, 2018, and to mark this occasion, a Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, New Delhi. The ceremonial wreath was laid by Lieutenant General Kanwal Kumar, Colonel Commandant and Director General of Army Aviation, along with a host of serving officers, soldiers and veterans in attendance.
Army Aviation Corps is the aerial manoeuvre arm of the Indian Army and has played a stellar role by providing vital air support to our soldiers safeguarding the borders in addition to providing relief to the common man during times of natural calamity. The Corps is undergoing a massive transformation effort and is expanding its fleet to augment its combat, tactical lift and surveillance capabilities to act as a potent force multiplier.
- PRO Army
33rd Army Aviation Day Celebrated
Bangladesh military delegation comprising 20 members, was on a five-day visit to Trishakti Corps of Indian Army. The delegation was led by Maj Gen AHS Hasan. On arrival at Phulbari BOP, on Indo-Bangladesh border, the delegation was welcomed by Indian Army officers and thereafter the team proceeded to Indian Army stationed at Darjeeling.
During their stay, the delegation visited the Indian Army formations and units for briefing on various initiatives on military training by the Indian Army. They also familiarized with training in mountain warfare and were shown various training institutions including HMI Darjeeling.
Besides activities of professional nature, sports and cultural events were also organized in honour of the visiting team.
The visit of military delegation was aimed to foster a closer cooperation between both the Armies. The bonhomie and cooperation developed through such visits would go a long way towards enhancing the spirit of mutual understanding and friendship in the years to come.
- PRO Kolkata
Bangladesh Military Delegation Visits Trishakti Corps
To showcase the adventure spirit of the Indian Army to the youth of the country, the Army Adventure Wing is undertaking a Trans-India: North-South Hot Air Ballooning Expedition, from Jammu & Kashmir to Kanyakumari, covering a distance of approximately 3236 Kms.
The Army dedicates the Expedition 'JAI BHARAT' to the martyrs of our nation and national integration. As part of the Expedition the Army will be flying two balloons flying across the country, touching, a total of 31 stations wherein Aero shows will be conducted by this team.
The Joint Hot Air Ballooning Expedition team of JAK RIF RC & 3 EME Centre Bhopal embraced on a trans India North–South Expedition on November 6, 2018. Maj Gen Sharad Kapur, General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division, flagged off the expedition in an impressive ceremony at Zorawar Stadium which was attended by large number of school children, ex-servicemen, soldiers and their families in Jammu.
- PRO Jammu
(pic: SN Acharya)
Army Hot Ballooning Expedition Trans-India
Navy Children School, Delhi celebrated its Annual Day 2018 function on October 29, 2018. The occasion was graced by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Mrs Reena Lanba and other eminent dignitaries. The theme for the Annual day was 'Hope and Aspiration'.
The event highlighted the need to sow hope and aspiration in young minds in order to harvest a world based on equality, equanimity and harmony. The event was a medley of music, theatre and dance. The inaugural performance 'Invocation' was a soulful symphony in Raag Yaman. The street play titled 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' enthralled audience with its energetic depiction of the mottos of Shiksha, Swacchata and Ekta. The dance drama on Einstein transported the audience into the magical world of light. The h arvest dances from across the world kept the audience's feet tapping. The students' presentation of the French and Spanish songs depicted the power of music to unite the world. The 'Khelo India Brigade' spread the message of fitness.
The finale was a powerful bi-lingual rendition of Tagore's 'Where the mind is without Fear'. The Chief Guest appreciated the effort of the school in motivating its students to spread the vision of one world through hope and aspiration. Furthermore, he urged the students to study, play and participate wholeheartedly in all activities to maximize their potential and capabilities. The Chief Guest gifted Rs. 5 lakh for the development of the school.
- PRO Navy
Navy Children School, Delhi Celebrates Annual Day
A Prize distribution function of ECHS Poster Design Competition was held at Telangana & Andhra Sub Area (TASA) Headquarters November 6, 2018. Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, TASA, presided over the function and distributed cash awards and merit certificates to the prize winners. Poster design competition was organised by HQ Telangana and Andhra Sub Area ECHS on topic "Preventive Health Measures". Medical and non medical staff of Military Hospital Secunderabad, Military Hospital Golconda and 16 ECHS Polyclinics located in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh participated in the competition.
The competition was held to design the poster to create the awareness about preventive health. General Rao urged everyone to be more conscious about preventive healthcare, as prevention is not only beneficial for a person but also for his or her family and the society.
- PRO Secunderabad
ECHS Poster Design Competition Winners Awarded
As part of the Indian Army's ongoing outreach programme to foster the spirit of national integration across the country, a tour comprising of 20 school students from Chirang District, Assam reached Agra on November 2, 2018. The participants on their arrival visited places of historical significance at Agra such as Diwan -E-Khas, Chini Ka Rauza, Taj Mahal, Anguri Bagh and Agra Fort.
The tour was flagged off from Bongaigaon (Assam) on October 27, 2018. During the course of their tour the participants visited Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun Zoo, Raj Bhawan, IAS Academy at Dehradun and interacted with Commandant Indian Military Academy, Director Forest Research Institute, Director IAS Academy and Governor Smt Baby Rani Maurya.
During their halt at Delhi, they visited Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate, National Zoological Park, National Science Centre and Rashtrapati Bhawan and also interacted with President Shri Ram Nath Kovind and General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).   
- PRO Lucknow
National Integration Tour of Chirang Distt, Assam
Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar took over as the 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, COSC on November 1, 2018. On assuming command, he paid homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate and accorded the Tri-Services Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns.
Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in December 1980. He is an alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, National Defence College, Delhi and holds a Masters in National Security Administration from NDC, Philippines. He has rich operational and staff experience with the distinction of serving in operational environments such as High Altitude Area, Counter Insurgency area in the North East & Counter Terrorist Operations in Jammu and Kashmir, apart from United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.
During 38 years of his illustrious career, the General Officer has commanded an Artillery Regiment during Operation Parakram, an Infantry Brigade at the Line of Control, a Counter Insurgency Force in Jammu and Kashmir and a Corps in the desert sector. He has also tenanted key staff appointments.
Prior to assuming the appointment as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, COSC, Lt Gen PS Rajeswar was Director General (Perspective Planning) at the Integrated HQ, Ministry of Defence.
- PRO Defence
New Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, COSC
A Medical team from Indian Navy Hospital Sanjivani under Southern Naval Command conducted multi-speciality medical camps in four islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep between October 29 to November 4, 2018 as part of the outreach activities of Navy Week 2018. The camps were held at the Government Hospital, Minicoy, Primary Health Centre, Kalpeni, Community Health Centre, Androth and Community Health Centre, Amini respectively.
The team was led by Surgeon Captain A Rajeev, Paediatrician at INHS Sanjivani and included six other specialists in Psychiatry, Dermatology, ENT, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology and General Physician respectively. Two Nursing Officers and twelve Para Medical personnel were also part of the team.
The Medical Camp was inaugurated at a function at Minicoy Island on October 29, 2018, where Dr Atul Pandey, Deputy Collector, UTL, Mr Shamsuddheen, Chairperson Minicoy Village (Dweep) Panchayat and Dr Salih, Medical Officer in Charge, GH Minicoy welcomed the medical team.
Dr MC Mohammed, Medical Officer in Charge Primary Health Centre, Kalpeni, Dr Sayed Koya, Medical Officer in Charge, Community Health Centre, Androthand Dr T K Abdul Rahiman, Medical Officer in Charge, Community Health Centre, Amini welcomed the team at their respective islands.
A total of 2230 OPD patients were treated by the medical team, which included a case of fractured forearm by the Orthopaedic Surgeon and a case of acute mania by the Psychiatrist. The Paediatrician diagnosed a case of retinopathy of prematurity in a 3 month old infant and recommended immediate treatment to prevent blindness. The Physician and ENT Specialist managed a case of bleeding from the nose in a renal transplant patient with severe hypertension. The Gynaecologist diagnosed a case of obstructed labour on time, which resulted in prompt evacuation of the patient. The doctors also provided consultation to admitted patients. In addition to the medical camps, basic life support training was given to NCC cadets of Govt Higher Secondary School, Amini.
- PRO Kochi
Navy Conducts Health Camp at Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands
A Medical team from Indian Navy Hospital Sanjivani under Southern Naval Command conducted multi-speciality medical camps in four islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep between October 29 to November 4, 2018 as part of the outreach activities of Navy Week 2018. The camps were held at the Government Hospital, Minicoy, Primary Health Centre, Kalpeni, Community Health Centre, Androth and Community Health Centre, Amini respectively.
The team was led by Surgeon Captain A Rajeev, Paediatrician at INHS Sanjivani and included six other specialists in Psychiatry, Dermatology, ENT, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology and General Physician respectively. Two Nursing Officers and twelve Para Medical personnel were also part of the team.
The Medical Camp was inaugurated at a function at Minicoy Island on October 29, 2018, where Dr Atul Pandey, Deputy Collector, UTL, Mr Shamsuddheen, Chairperson Minicoy Village (Dweep) Panchayat and Dr Salih, Medical Officer in Charge, GH Minicoy welcomed the medical team.
Dr MC Mohammed, Medical Officer in Charge Primary Health Centre, Kalpeni, Dr Sayed Koya, Medical Officer in Charge, Community Health Centre, Androthand Dr T K Abdul Rahiman, Medical Officer in Charge, Community Health Centre, Amini welcomed the team at their respective islands.
A total of 2230 OPD patients were treated by the medical team, which included a case of fractured forearm by the Orthopaedic Surgeon and a case of acute mania by the Psychiatrist. The Paediatrician diagnosed a case of retinopathy of prematurity in a 3 month old infant and recommended immediate treatment to prevent blindness. The Physician and ENT Specialist managed a case of bleeding from the nose in a renal transplant patient with severe hypertension. The Gynaecologist diagnosed a case of obstructed labour on time, which resulted in prompt evacuation of the patient. The doctors also provided consultation to admitted patients. In addition to the medical camps, basic life support training was given to NCC cadets of Govt Higher Secondary School, Amini.
- PRO Kochi
Gold Run For Cadets of NCC Directorate, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar
The Ministry of Defence has delegated greater financial decision-making powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services in order to expedite the decision making process involved in the revenue procurements of the Armed Forces. With the new delegation, the Vice Chiefs will be able to exercise financial powers upto five times more than the existing powers with an enhanced ceiling of Rs. 500 crore. This is likely to give another fillip to the capacity of the three Armed Forces.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has taken this important decision to augment the arms and ammunition reserves of the Armed Forces to enhance their operational preparedness.
- PRO Defence
MoD Enhances Financial Powers of Vice Chiefs of Tri-Services by Five Times
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