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Subedar CA Kuttappa, boxing coach of Madras Engineer Group (MEG) was conferred with the prestigious Dronacharya Award on September 25, 2018 by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind for his outstanding contribution towards Boxing in the Country. Subedar CA Kuttappa joined MEG Boys Sports Company in 1992 at the age of 14 years and was later enrolled into boxing team of Madras Engineer Group in 1996. He participated in several Services and National championships for the Army and won gold medal in 2003 National Games.
After completing his coaching diploma from Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in 2006, he joined National Boxing team and has played a crucial role in development of Indian Boxing, for which he was conferred with Dronacharya Award. Five MEG sports persons have been awarded the Dronacharya award till now.
- PRO Bengaluru
One more Dronacharya Award for the Madras Sappers
Professional interaction between RNO delegation and Indian Naval officers.
Astra, the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), was successfully test fired by the Indian Air Force from Su-30 aircraft on September 26, 2018 from Air Force Station, Kalaikunda. The missile successfully engaged a manoeuvring target with high precision meeting the mission objectives. In the series of trials held to date, Astra has been launched in the complete Su-30 flight envelope. The flight test assumes significance as it was part of the series of final pre-induction trials. Astra is the best in class weapon system and has undergone more than twenty developmental trials.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the efforts of Indian Air Force, DRDO and associated team members involved in the mission and said India has attained a high level of capability in the indigenous design and development of advanced weapon systems.
- DPR Defence
Successful Flight Test of Astra BVR Air-to-Air Missile
Indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM), was successfully flight tested for the second time from the Ahmednagar range. All the mission objectives have been met. The two missions on 15 and 16 September 2018 have been successfully flight tested for different ranges including the maximum range capability. Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the team DRDO, Indian Army and associated Industries for the twin success of MPATGM weapon system.
- DPR Defence
Second Flight Test of MPATGM successful
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the indigenously developed surface-to-surface tactical missile 'Prahar', from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Balasore. Range stations and electro-optical systems tracked the missile throughout its flight. 'Prahar' is a contemporary weapon system capable of carrying multiple types of warheads and neutralizing a wide variety of targets.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO, Army, Industries and other team members for the successful mission and said, "indigenously developed Prahar will further strengthen our defence capabilities."
Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy witnessed the launch and complimented all the team members.
- DPR Defence
Successful Flight Test of Prahar
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 9,100 crore. Pursuing the goal of indigenisation and self-reliance, the DAC approved procurement of two Regiments of Akash Missile Systems under 'Buy Indian' category from M/s BDL. The Missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets. The DAC also accorded approval for progressing Design and Development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T 90 Tanks. Developed by DRDO Lab DEBEL, the IUWBA is used by the crew of Tanks as a safety gear and is required by the Tank crew for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles while deep fording. The DAC also accorded approval for Design and Development of Test Equipment for Guided Weapons System of T 90 Tank. The equipment is being developed by DRDO and will give an indigenous solution to the Test Equipment used for checking the Guided Weapon System of Tank T 90. The equipment earlier procured from foreign OEMs, has been developed indigenously and is in pursuit of the Government's 'Make in India' initiative.
- DPR Defence
DAC approves Procurement of Equipment worth Rs 9,100 Crore
Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Air Command and Mrs Devika Hari Kumar, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) arrived on a two-day visit at Air Force Station, Jammu on September 6-7, 2018. The dignitaries, on their arrival, were received by Air Commodore Shashi Kant Mishra, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Jammu and Mrs Nisha Mishra , President, AFWWA (L).
On his arrival, the AOC-in-C was given an impressive Guard of Honour by a well turned out contingent of Air Warriors of Air Force Station, Jammu. The Guard of Honour parade was commanded by Lady Officer Squadron Leader Shweta Dhiman. Thereafter, the AOC-in-C was introduced with the Personal Staff Officers, Commanding Officers of various units, senior most Warranted rank officials, DSC and Non Combatant staff of Air Force Station, Jammu. The AOC-in-C was also introduced with Senior Defence Civilian officials and Defence PRO Jammu by AOC.
Air Marshal Hari Kumar then proceeded towards the Station War Memorial. The War Memorial was dedicated in memory of the brave air warriors who have made supreme sacrifice of their lives in the service of nation. A wreath was laid at the War Memorial by the AOC-in-C in the backdrop of bugle sound and ceremonial Guard of Honour. Later, the AOC-in-C was briefed by AOC of the Station on current security scenario, operational and infrastructure aspects of the Air Force Station, Jammu.
- PRO Jammu
AOC-in-C, Western Air Command visits Air Force Station, Jammu
Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defence Administration, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Abdeltif Loudyi was on a two-day official visit to India. The Moroccan Minister met Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitaraman in South Block in New Delhi on September 25, 2018. This is the first ever visit of a Moroccan Defence Minister to India.
During the meeting, both Ministers agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security. The Minister identified fields of Hydrography, Peacekeeping, Telemedicine, Information Technology and Communications as well as Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency as potential areas for bilateral engagement.
Cooperation on defence industry, including collaboration in Ship Building and manufacturing support were also discussed. Raksha Mantri invited the Moroccan Minister to attend Aero India 2019 to be held in Bengaluru in February 2019.
Two bilateral MoUs, (i) 'Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Outer Space' between ISRO and the Moroccan Centre of Remote Sensing and (ii) 'Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security' between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT –IN), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Moroccan Computer Response Team (ma-CERT) were signed in the presence of Raksha Mantri and the Moroccan Defence Minister.
The Moroccan delegation also visited and interacted with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at Bengaluru as part of programme for the visit.
- DPR Defence
India and Morocco agree to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security
A six-member delegation, headed by Commodore Khamis Salim Sulaiman Jabri, the Director General (Operations) of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) visited Kochi on September 20, 2018 as part of a five day visit to India.
During their visit to Kochi, the RNO delegation called on the Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM and discussed scope for further improving the cooperation between the two Navies. The dignitaries also visited the Navigation and Direction School, Signal School and the Water Survival Training Facility at the Naval Base. They also interacted with the four RNO trainees presently undergoing training at various units of the Southern Naval Command(SNC). The delegation departed Kochi on September 21, 2018 for INS Shivaji, the Marine Engineering training establishment at Lonavala, where they spend a day to visit the various training facilities there.
Prior to visiting Kochi, the delegation participated in the 2nd Indian Navy-Royal Navy of Oman staff talks at Delhi from September 18-19, 2018.
- PRO Kochi
Royal Navy of Oman Delegation Visits SNC
A nine member Myanmar delegation led by Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Myanmar Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) visited Headquarters Eastern Command, Kolkata on September 20, 2018. The team had earlier visited Pune to attend MILEX-2018 (Joint exercise amongst BIMSTEC countries).
The visit will strengthen bilateral Defence cooperation mechanism between the two friendly neighbouring countries and would help in ensuring better management of Indo-Myanmar Border.
Vice Senior General Soe Win interacted with Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command in his office at Fort William and discussed various regional and other security-related challenges concerning both the countries.
- PRO Kolkata
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Myanmar Defence Services visits Headquarters Eastern Command
Commander Abhilash Tomy, KC, of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race # GGR 2018 on an indigenously built sailing vessel 'Thuriya', was hit by a storm on September 21, 2018. His vessel got dismasted and he suffered a back injury. On September 24, 2018, at about 1130 hrs Indian time, French Fishing Vessel (FV) Osiris reached in vicinity of 'Thuriya' and carried out a successful rescue operation. Indian Navy's P8I aircraft was also in the area providing close support and monitoring the rescue operations. Cdr Abhilash Tomy was rescued by a boat and rescue team from FV Osiris. The rescue team shifted Cdr Abhilash in a stretcher from 'Thuriya' to Osiris using their Gemini boat. Cdr Abhilash was conscious and was provided with initial medical care. Thereafter, Osiris moved to take shelter at Ile Amsterdam/ Ile S. Paul about 100 nautical miles north of the rescue position. Indian Naval Ship Satpura closing the islands took Cdr Abhilash onboard and brought him back to India safely.
The Indian Navy is truly indebted to all the agencies involved in this rescue operation, especially Royal Australian Navy and FV Osiris for their timely and proactive help.
- PRO Navy
Golden Globe Race 2018 – Commander Abhilash Tomy, rescued safely by FV OSIRIS
2nd Mizoram Battalion NCC, Lunglei was inaugurated by Pu Lal Thanhawla, the Chief Minister of Mizoram at Electric Veng, Lunglei.
A case was taken up by State with the Government of India to raise another Battalion to cover South Mizoram. This Bn of NCC will have a strength of 1,120 senior and 2,400 junior NCC Cadets - a total strength of 3,520 Cadets, increasing the strength to 8378 cadets. The Battalion will cover not only Lunglei district but the entire South Mizoram, four districts of Lunglei, Saiha, Lawngtlai and Serchhip.
Among the dignitaries present at the event were Minister Pu Joseph Lalhimpuia, MLA Lunglei East, Minister Pu PC Lalthanliana, MLA Lunglei North, Dr Ankita Chakravarty, DC, Col KS Dhindsa, CO 1 Mizo Battalion NCC Aizawl, Lt Col Clement Lalhmingthanga and Pu Zothanmawia, Director Sports & Youth Services, Government of Mizoram. The Battalion will function under NCC Directorate North Eastern Region, Shillong headed by Maj. Gen Raju Chauhan, Additional Director General.
In a message, Maj Gen Raju Chauhan said, "The raising will enable better inclusion and representation of South Mizoram districts in Local, National and International level NCC events and activities. In addition, the State will have a ready pool of disciplined, socially sensitive and highly motivated youths, i.e., 8,738 NCC Cadets at any given time. The Battalion will also provide an ideal launching pad to the youth in South Mizoram to ultimately join the Indian Armed Forces."
Along with the inauguration of 2 Mizoram Battalion NCC, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of Agri-Marketing & Training Infrastructure under the Commerce and Industries Department and inaugurated the Skill Development Training Centre.
- PRO Shillong
New NCC Battalion raised at Lunglei, Mizoram
Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) of the Indian Army celebrated its 25th Raising Day on September 6, 2018. A Wreath Laying Ceremony was organised at Headquarters Delta Force on the occasion in the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Raised on September 6, 1994, the Force has been instrumental in eliminating terrorism from the Chenab Valley and ushering peace in the Region.
Till date, the Force has been honoured with 1380 Gallantry Awards including one Ashok Chakra, five Kirti Chakras and forty six Shaurya Chakras. Addressing the troops on the occasion, General Officer Commanding Delta Force, Maj Gen Rajiv Nanda conveyed his felicitations to all veterans and personnel of Delta Force who have contributed to the success of the Force. He further called upon all ranks to rededicate themselves to the motto "Dridhta aur Veerta" and to strive for further excellence.
Delta Force continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring peace, security and development in the region through relentless Counter Terrorist Operations. Endeavours are also being concurrently undertaken to provide opportunities to the Awaam in areas beyond the reach of local administration.
- PRO Jammu
Delta Force Celebrates 25th Raising Day
Lieutenant General Depinder Singh Ahuja, General Officer Commanding 101 Area flagged off a Army Cycle Rally from Rhino Museum, Shillong. This cycle rally is part of Army's Adventure Activities, comprising of 22 Cyclists from 58 Gorkha Training Centre and Assam Regimental Centre covering a distance of 2231 Kms and will culminate at the Nation's Capital. The month long cycle rally expedition has been organised with an aim to give a Pan India visibility in promoting the spirit of adventure in Army and interaction with Veterans/ Veer Naris enroute. This opportunity was also utilised to encourage the youth to join Indian Army.
- PRO Shillong
Cycle Rally as part of Army Adventure Activity
The College of Air Warfare (CAW) conducted the 34th Senior Officers' Study Period (SOSP) at Secunderabad from September 10-20, 2018. The strategic level interactive programme was aimed at increasing awareness on global and regional security issues while enhancing integration among the three services. The programme was attended by 25 officers of the rank of Air Commodore and equivalent from the three services. In consonance with the objectives of the programme, many speakers of national and international repute including Air Marshal M Matheswaran (Retd), Lieutenant General SL Narsimhan (Retd), Dr Mohan Kanda, IAS (Retd) and Dr Ajai Sahni among others, addressed the participants. The speakers covered diverse topics including changing geo-political and economic environment, cyber security threats and concerns, nuclear doctrine of India, India's foreign policy, social media and its impact on Defence forces, India-China relations, India's space programme and Left-Wing extremism. Air Vice Marshal R Radhish, Commandant, College of Air Warfare delivered the closing address at the valedictory function. The programme served as a useful forum for all participants for scholarly interaction and gaining a fresh insight into issues of geopolitical and military significance.
- PRO Secunderabad
Senior Officers' Study Period conducted at College of Air Warfare
Aimed at providing a suitable platform to the youth of J&K to showcase their talent, Army along with Bhadarwah University Campus organised a five-day youth festival 'Sangam-2018' at the Bhadarwah. 850 students including boys and girls from 32 Colleges and University campuses from across J&K, participated in this mega event.
The event was inaugurated by General officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) in the presence of a large number of civil and military dignitaries.
A total of 35 events (outdoor and indoor) took place during this five days mega festival to include fine arts, culture and various sport activities.
During the inaugural ceremony, traditional folk dance and other cultural programmes were performed by students of various schools and mesmerised the audience with their talent. The General Officer Commanding in his address to the students, brought out the positive impact of youth power and urged them all to develop a strong bonding, share good values and spread the message of peace and tranquility in the entire state of J&K.
- PRO Jammu
Chenab Valley Youth Festival
Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) is an organisation which provides an opportunity of self employment to Ex-Servicemen (ESM) to lead a life with dignity and self respect in second innings of their life.
DGR through Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Industry/Dept of Public Enterprise had requested for empaneled Security Agencies. Many Government offices, PSUs, PSEs, Banks are seeking security cover from DGR empaneled Security Agencies through DGR.
Retired Officers, JCOs/OR get opportunities to work with security agencies closer to their home and obtain second income. DGR ensures fixed service charges for Security Agencies Proprietors and fixed wage structure for ESM employed as Security Supervisors and Guards.
The Security Agency Scheme is the largest employer of ESM across the country with about 1000 security agencies operational pan-India and approximately 70,000 ESM are employed.
Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) conducts regular inspection of DGR empanelled security guards to ensure ESM receive the correct wages as per revised wage structure and are in receipt of uniforms and provided with reliever for weekly one day off. In addition, it also verifies on ground the employability of ESM and Civil Guards in the ratio of 90:10.
- PRO Udhampur
Second Career through DGR Security Agency Scheme
The fraternity of Corps of EME, popularly called 'The Eagles' is an organisation with the best skilled technicians and engineers of the Indian Army. A 'Powerhouse' of technology and innovations, the Corps has proved its mettle in providing effective engineering support to the Weapon System and Equipment of the Indian Army in all operations. The Corps is playing a pivotal role today in the Army's drive towards self-reliance through indigenisation and innovation under the able guidance of Lieutenant General KK Aggarwal, Director General of EME.
The Corps is celebrating its 10th Corps Reunion in the month of December 2018. In order to commemorate the event, pay homage to the martyrs of the Corps and spread the message of a healthy, clean, green and pollution free India, an EME Ultra - Cycling Expedition was undertaken by a team of seven cyclists from 1 EME Centre, Secunderabad led by Lieutenant Colonel Vishal Ahlawat, from August 15 to December 2, 2018.
The team has already travelled approximately 5600 kms across various cities and negotiated treacherous terrains of Ladakh after their start from Secunderabad on August 15, 2018. As part of the expedition, the team of cyclists traversed through Secunderabad on September 17, 2018 when they were welcomed and cheered up by all ranks of 1 EME Centre. The team was subsequently flagged off by Brigadier Sandeep Bhalla, Commandant, 1 EME Centre.
The cyclists intend to break the existing Guinness World record for the longest distance cycling in a single country and the fastest Golden Quadrilateral route by cycle. The team also intends to make a mark in the Limca Book of Records for the fastest North - South and East - West traverse by cycle.
- PRO Secunderabad
EME 25000 kms Cycling Expedition to break the Guinness World Record
Headquarter Recruiting Zone (UP & Uttarakhand) is the largest recruiting organisation in the entire country, which enrolls 7000-10000 candidates for the Indian Army every year from the two states. Major General AK Sapra, has taken over the reins of Headquarter Recruiting Zone (UP & Uttarakhand) on August 1, 2018.
Director Recruiting Conference was organised on September 24, 2018 wherein Director Recruiting of nine AROs of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand along with Medical officers attended the conference to streamline and improve the Recruiting process in the two states. An upcoming recruitment rally at Kanpur with effect from September 26 to October 14, 2018 was also discussed in length wherein Recruiting Office (Headquarters) of Lucknow will carry out rally for 13 districts, wherein 85,000 candidates have registered for the recruitment rally in www.joinindianarmy.nic.in website.
- PRO Lucknow
Director Recruiting Conference organised
A Ceremony to Commemorate "International Day of Peace" was organized at Malakal (South Sudan) on September 21, 2018. The day recognizes the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.
The ceremony commenced with peace walk from Mayor's Office to the Malakal Sports Stadium. The peace walk was shared by top Government Officials, UNMISS officials, Uniformed personnel, UN police and civilians from Malakal town and POC. The Pipe Band of Indian Battalion led the peace walk. John Odhong Deng, Deputy Governor of Central Upper Nile State was the Chief Guest of the event who also joined the peace walk for promoting peace. Speaker of the Assembly, State Ministers, Mayor of Malakal city, Acting Head of Field Office (HoFO), Sector (North) Commander also participated in Peace walk.
At the sports stadium, everyone witnessed the scintillating tribal dance performance by local boys and girls. They also staged an educative drama with the message of promoting peace among people from different tribal groups of the Country.
Mr Mike Dzakuma, acting HoFO read out the message of Secretory General of United Nation on this occasion. At the end of the event, Deputy Governor addressed the audience and complimented the efforts of UNMISS for their role in promoting peace and harmony in the Country. He also called on everyone to participate and engage themselves for establishing peace and development in South Sudan.
- PRO Army
Indian Battalion led the Peace Walk at Malakal (South Sudan)
"Karvaan-E-Shaheen" a Capacity Building Tour for fifteen students and two professors of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, conducted under the aegis of Romeo Force of Indian Army was flagged off from HQ Romeo Force on September 16 by the General Officer Commanding (Designate) Brig PS Bajwa. The tour aimed at exposing these participants to the advancements made by our country in various fields and to make aware of career opportunities in different fields.
The ten-day tour to the coastal city which is a Naval Base and an important hub for Fishery Industry and has a state of the art Shipyard was conducted from September 16 to 27, 2018. The General Officer Commanding interacted with the students and wished the participants all the success in their endeavours.
The tour to Goa included a visit to the Naval Base, Signals Training School, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), wherein the students got a chance to interact with faculty and students of the premium institute in addition to visiting their facilities and infrastructure.
Students also visited Naval Base and its infrastructure and facilities, Dockyard, Fishery Industries. They were taken for local sightseeing and tourism activities including visit to Dona-Paula, Fort Aguada, Panjim Church, Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus and a cruise on river Mandovi. Students met and interacted with important dignitaries like Governor of Goa and Comdt, 2 STC were highlights of the tour. The tour involved many 'firsts' for most of the participants to include air travel, Maiden visit to Goa, meeting with dignitaries and watching sea shore are a few of them. Students and University Authorities were very excited to be a part of this learning experience, which is surely going to contribute immensely in motivating them to perform better in their academics and contribute meaningfully to the progress of the nation.
- PRO Jammu
Karvaan-E-Shaheen: CBT to Goa Flagged off by GOC, CIF (R)
An inaugural function of "Swachhta Hi Sewa", an initiative of Government of India was organized at NCC Group Headquarters, Gogji Bagh, Srinagar in which three Officers, 10 ANOs, 20 PI Staff and 230 NCC cadets from various schools and colleges of Srinagar NCC Group participated enthusiastically and pledged to ensure clean and healthy society through cleanliness drive. Chief Guest of the function, Brig RG Patil, Group Commander, Srinagar NCC Group, while addressing, motivated the cadets to become ambassadors of change and make the entire society aware of the importance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He further expressed that we are proud to be part of this national mission which has implication for one and all. Youth play a major role in any social campaign. We as NCC fraternity have greater responsibility towards changing the mindset of people on the cleanliness issues. If we start reforming ourselves, we can also influence others to maintain hygiene and cleanliness. NCC has footprint in entire Kashmir valley with more than 10,000 cadets from Institutions covering all ten Districts. The NCC institutions participated in Swachhta Pakhwada from September 15 to October 2, 2018 whole heartedly in which large number of activities such as Mass Awareness Rallies, Nukad Nataks, Shramdaan, Wall Paintings, Cleanliness Drive, Cleaning of Public Parks, Awareness Rally, Seminar, Cleaning of Hospitals etc., were carried out by the cadets during the fortnight. The Pakhwada culminated on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2, 2018.
- PRO Srinagar
NCC inaugurates "Swachhata Hi Sewa Pakhwada"
Aviation Medicine Specialist, Lt Col Srinivas G, a Medical Officer from Pune, became the first solo Indian to finish the gruelling 2200 km 'Race Around Austria' (RAA) in 5 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes - on August 20, 2018. The multinational event (18 countries), saw participants of 6 countries dropping off, at several stages, given the inclement weather and the punishing high altitude terrain of the Alpine mountain ranges. The officer was the only Asian to participate in this marquee event. Lt Col Srinivas also has to his credit, in achieving a podium finish at the 650 Km Pune - Goa Cliffhanger race, is also the Limca Book of Records Holder, for being the fastest cyclist from Khardungla to Kanyakumari, the fastest Indian cyclist in the Ultra Spice 1750 km event, as well the fastest Indian in the Race Across America in 2017. He took the chequered flag at Austria, despite a serious accident involving irreparable damage to his bicycle and multiple injuries just a few days before the event.
- PRO Pune
Lt Col Srinivas G - First Solo Indian to 'Race Around Austria'
The Oceans have been treated as a convenient dumping ground for the man made waste generated all–round the globe and the marine debris collected from the oceans indicate that majority have emanated from the land sources which are non-biodegradable. The debris have caused catastrophic effect on the marine flora and fauna as the marine animals get entangled with the floating plastic bags and other debris. In order to prevent dumping of waste into the ocean and to sensitise the coastal population regarding the conservation of the oceans, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) was started as a part of UN Environmental Programme Initiative in 1986 to engage volunteers to clean the oceans and to create awareness amongst the local population. Accordingly, the International Coastal Cleanup Day is celebrated worldwide during the third week of September every year to generate awareness for the conservation and protection of marine environment.
The Indian Coast Guard is responsible for safe guarding the national interest in the maritime zones of India and their natural wealth. Accordingly, the Service has been undertaking various programmes for kindling the interest of public in general and fisher folk in particular by undertaking awareness programmes on environment conservation issues.
Accordingly, the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day was organised at Elliot's Beach, Chennai, by the Indian Coast Guard on September 15, 2018. The theme for the event is "Harnessing the power of people to fight Ocean Trash". During the event about 1280 volunteers from various units of Coast Guard, NIOT, State Fisheries Dept, Local Army Units, Port Trust, Local Police, NGO's, volunteers, Civil Organization etc., and students from various schools, colleges, National Cadet Corps, NSS and NGOs participated.   
The event was flagged off by Inspector General S Paramesh, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region(East). The Inspector General emphasized on keeping the coastal areas, specially the beaches, in a clean and hygienic condition. He also extorted the gathering to exercise self-restraint in the usage of plastic and non-biodegradable items and its scientific disposal.
During the cleanup drive 4300 Kgs of non-biodegradable waste were collected and handed over to the municipal authorities for proper disposal.
This opportunity was utilized to create awareness on environmental protection and proper disposal of waste amongst the local populace and students.
- PRO Chennai
Indian Coast Guard conducts International Coastal Cleanup
In the relentless efforts to alleviate the day-to-day commuting problems of the population residing in far flung areas of the state, Indian Army constructed a footbridge over a nala to improve connectivity for school going children. In addition, the facilities of the playground at Government Middle School, Jaba were also improved.
The school located in remote area of Rajouri District in Kalal village had requested Army authorities for construction of a footbridge over nala to ameliorate the problems being faced by the school children. The Army took up this cause and completed the construction of the footbridge over the nala in a week time. The Army also undertook the activity of school playground improvement in terms of leveling and marking. The same will help the children to indulge in sports and recreational activities in future.
The Sarpanch of the Village on behalf of the students and the villagers expressed gratitude towards the Army for undertaking this essential task. This initiative has been highly appreciated by locals.
- PRO Udhampur
Army constructs footbridge for school going children
To commemorate MARATHA LI Regiment's 250 years of glorious raising, a mountaineering expedition to Mt Kun was flagged off from Pune by Lt Gen DR Soni, GOC-in-C Southern Command on July 17, 2018.
Mt Kun stands at an arduous altitude of 7077 meters (21231 ft) and is a part of Nun Kun Massif near Kargil. Scaling of Mt Kun is considered as a benchmark to be achieved before attempting Mt Everest, this being one of toughest peak of 7000 meters plus category with its steep gradient, glaciated approach and unreliable weather, has always been a daunting challenge to the mountaineers all over the world.
Mt Kun was successfully summited by the expedition team of the Maratha Light Infantry led by Lt Col Yogesh Dhumal on August 20, 2018 at 1045 hours. This incredible feat achieved by the expedition team of the Regiment epitomizes the true ethos and underlines the rich legacy of the Maratha Light Infantry.
Lt Gen PJS Pannu, DCIDS (DOT) and Col of the Maratha LI interacted with the expedition team members on September 10, 2018 at Purple Bay Jodhpur Hostel. Senior Officers of the Regiment were present during the event including Col HS Chauhan (Retd), President Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The expedition leader Lt Col Yogesh Dhumal presented the Col of the Regiment with the customary 'Ice-Axe'.
- PRO Army
Mountaineering Expedition to Mount Kun by the Maratha Light Infantry
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