Visit to MCEME
Gen JJ Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC)
visited Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME)
at Secunderabad recently.
arrival, the General Officer was received by Lt Gen RK Mehta, Commandant,
MCEME. Lt Gen Mehta briefed the General Officer on training activities and
development programmes at the college. The college imparts training to all
ranks of the Corps of EME and other Arms including civilians from
technician to post graduate levels.
Gen JJ Singh visited faculty of electronics and interacted with the
Gentlemen Cadets. While addressing the cadets, he boosted the morale and
wished them all success during the training.
He also visited faculties of mechanical engineering, aero-nautical
engineering and simulator development division.
Anupama Singh, President AWWA, ARTRAC visited the MCEME children school
and interacted with the wives of all ranks of the MCEME.
integrated rally of ex-servicemen and people of border areas was organised
by 12 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles in a forward area of Rajasthan. The rally
generated tremendous enthusiasm, goodwill and participation among
ex-servicemen and villagers. The rally was inaugurated by Maj Gen Susheel
Gupta, GOC of an Infantry Division. A large number of ex-servicemen
including Lt Gen Chimman Singh and war widows participated in the rally.
war widows were felicitated and were presented gifts on the occasion. A
cultural programme with participation of Army and children from local
schools was organised to mark the occasion. A medical camp organised on
the occasion provided medical facilities to the local public and
than 2000 villagers and ex-servicemen were benefitted from the camp. An
audio exhibition highlighting various aspects of welfare measures and
recruitment policy also formed part of the rally.
Corps Day Celebrated
Sub Area Signal Company celebrated the 92nd anniversary of Corps of
Signals at Bolarum . On the occasion, a barakhana was organised in
which senior serving and
retired signal officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks
Gen (Retd) SRR Aiyengar, who was the chief guest, greeted the signal
officers, JCOs and other ranks on the occasion. Brig SP Sree Kumar,
Commander, Andhra Sub Area, Brig Kashyap, Brig (Retd) AS Apte were also
present on the occasion.
the chief guest was received by Maj SN Shastry, Officer Commanding, ASA
Signal Company. The Corps of Signals is the most technologically advanced
corps of the Indian Army. It serves the purpose of establishing,
maintaining and monitoring the entire communication network which is vital
for Indian Armed Forces.
week-long eye camp for ex-servicemen and their families was organised at
167 Military Hospital. Brig VK Sharma, Commander, 21 Sub Area inaugurated
the camp. Altogether 201 cases were taken up in OPD by Lt Col Gautam Datt,
Lt Col AK Sood, and other specialists. Fiftyone cataract operations were
done and IOL implanted. One hundred presbyopic lenses were issued free of
(Mrs) Saroj Mukerjea, Commandant 167 MH distributed free medicines to
patients. The vote of thanks was given by Lt Col Gautam Datt.
Lt Col JP Prasad
Postal Philatelic Exhibition (APPHILEX) 2003, an annual event of the
Indian Army, was inaugurated by Mrs Neelue Tej Kaul, President, Army Wives
Welfare Association (AWWA) Mumbai at Army School, Colaba. Apart from the
exhibition, a number of other programmes like philately workshop, quiz for
children, stamp designing competition and displaying of CDs on philately
were also held on this occasion.
Gen TK Kaul, General Officer Commanding, Maharashtra and Gujarat Area
inaugurated the Nehru Philatelic Club on this occasion. A number of
internationally renowned philatelists like Mr Dheeru Bhai Mehta, Mr CD
Singh, Mr UV Shenoi, Mr HV Kapadia, Mr AP Shrivastava, Post Master
General, Mumbai and Col KC Mishra, Director, Army Postal Service,
Headquarters Southern Command were present on the occasion.
aim of this exhibition was to motivate young children for philatelic
activities", said Capt KY Darule, Officer-in-charge Army Postal Unit,
Cdr AK Lambhate
Donation Camp at Mamun
blood donation camp was organised by 2 Guards (1 Grenadiers) at Mamun
Cantt. The camp, in addition to providing blood to the Armed Forces Blood
Bank in New Delhi, marked the begining of the 225th Raising Day
the last two and a quarter centuries, 2 Guards had served with distinction
in India and abroad. The battalion has to its credit 13 Battle Honours and
a large number of decorations. In 1948, the battalion liberated the Gurez
Valley from Pakistani raiders and won the Battle Honour Gurez.
the camp, a large number of personnel and their families volunteered and
about 250 blood units were collected. A large number of civil and military
dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
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Day of Army Postal Service Corps
Army Postal Service (APS) Corps celebrated its 31st anniversary recently.
The youngest corps of the Indian Army has Mail Milap as its motto.
Vice Marshal HV Hariharan, Senior Officer Incharge (Administration) at HQ
Central Air Command graced the function organised by the Air Formation
Postal Unit under the supervision of Capt K Chandra Mohan, Officer
Commanding of the unit to celebrate the occasion at the Central Air
Command in Bamrauli. Many senior officers from HQ Central Air Command, Air
Force Station Bamrauli, Air Formation Signal Regiment, Station Workshop
EME, Post Master General, Allahabad Region also joined the celebrations.
on the occasion, Air Vice Marshal Hariharan conveyed his best wishes to
all APS personnel and their family members. He complimented them for
prompt and speedy receipt and dispatch of mail and for financial services
like postal life insurance and saving facilities. He also added that APS
is keeping pace with the civil postal department. New services like speed
post, express parcel post and greeting post have been introduced. A sports
meet was also organised on the occasion for the families and children at
the Air Formation Postal Unit.
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Vice Marshal GP DíSouza, Air Officer Logistics and Maintenance, HQ
Maintenance Command, Air Force presided over the valedictory function of
civilian store-keepers course, held at Air Force Station, Manauri. A total
of 24 store-keepers from various Equipment Depots, BRDs and Air Force
Stations in Northern Region successfully completed the 3 month-long course
after learning about various aspects of logistics management.
on his arrival at Manauri, the Air Vice Marshal was received by Air Cmde
SK Sinha, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Manauri and was
briefed on the various activities of the station. Gp Capt V Ramesh, CLO,
presented the course report and a list of other achievements of the
course. Air Vice Marshal DíSouza gave away the certificates. Mrs Jayanti
Gupta was first, Mr Sanjay Kumar second and Mrs Lilly Chowdhary third in
the merit list.
Vice Marshal, while addressing the participants of the course said that
this was the first step in a long and demanding career which would lead
them to display a high sense of commitment.
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Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu said that the
valour and sagacity of Armed Forces have been periodically tested since
India attained independence. "We are all proud of the matchless
courage, determination and discipline of our Armed Forces that have
defended the motherland from external threats and countered terrorism and
internal disturbances within the country. I may specifically like to
mention the supreme sacrifices made by our brave officers and men like
Capt Veera Reddy, Col Raju and Maj Padmapani Acharya", he said while
speaking at the Civil-Military Liaison Conference held at AOC Centre,
Chief Minister said that the state government has been taking care of the
families of the brave soldiers hailing from the state. He thanked the
defence forces for their immediate response and cooperation during natural
calamaties. "In a vast democratic, federal and secular republic like
ours, it is imperative that there should be a close coordination and
cooperation between the civil and military authorities for the allround
development of the country," he added. He informed that the state
government has undertaken a member of welfare measures for the Armed
Forces which include providing house sites for war widows and disabled
ex-servicemen, reservation of government jobs and other facilities. As
requested by the military authorities, the government would provide all
assistance to protect military lands from encroachments.
Maj Gen AS Jamwal, GOC, ATNKK & G Area, requested the state government
to provide more facilities to ex-servicemen staying in the state.
81 Medium Regiment which has participated in all major wars after
1961celebrated its 42nd Raising Day.
Gen Milan Naidu, General Officer Commanding, Red Eagle Division and Brig
Harmesh Sethi, Commander, highlighted the achievements of the regiment and
urged the present generation to honour the blood and sweat shed by their
forefathers. They also appreciated the efforts put in by the regiment for
looking after ex-servicemen and war widows.
special sainik sammelan was also organised in which the Commanding
Officer of the Regiment, Col Ashish Uppal commended all ranks for their
dedication and selfless service and gave away the Ikiasi Stamb
award to personnel who distinguished themselves in various activities.
celebrations started with the Guard of Honour and wreath-laying ceremony
at the majestic War Memorial of the regiment. On this occasion, all the
personnel of the regiment rededicated themselves to the defence of the
nation and pledged to uphold the finest traditions and values of their
other functions were also organised to mark the occasion, which included a
painting competition for children, a variety entertainment programme and pagal
gymkhana in which all families in the regiment took active part.
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Inmates Visit Air Force Museum
residents of the Delhi Cheshire Home (DCH) visited the Air Force Museum,
Palam recently. The event weas presided over by Mrs Matilda Ghandhi,
President, AFWWA (R) WAC and Mrs Neelam Singh, President, AFWWA (L) AF
Station, Palam. The event was organised under the auspices of AFWWA, Palam.
this occasion, clothes and food articles were donated. Col Bhalla (Retd),
Manager, DCH, received the items on behalf of the Delhi Cheshire Home.
Cheshire Homes are the institutions where the physically and mentally
challenged individuals are looked after. The Cheshire Homes were founded
by Gp Capt Leonard Cheshire of the Royal Air Force in 1948. It is an
organisation spread over 40 countries with a total of 287 units. In India
there are 26 Homes.
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Group Capsule Course
Vice Marshal HV Hariharan, Senior Officer-in-Charge Admi-nistration,
Central Air Command,
inaugurated a week-long Administrative Group-Capsule Course at HQ, Central
Air Command. Twenty-one Warrant Officers drawn from Gorakhpur, Bareilly,
Agra, Gwalior, Bamrauli, Lucknow, Darbhanga, Bihta and Nainital Air Force
Stations participated in the course. Selected officers drawn from HQ
Central Air Command and Military Engineering Services conducted the
course would work as the interface between the Administration and Military
Engineering Services to facilitate and supervise various work projects and
day-to-day maintenance being carried out at various Air Force stations.
This is a thrust area which has been identified by the Chief of Air Staff
during his visits to the Command HQ and Air Force stations.
on the occasion, Air Vice Marshal HV Hariharan said that the course would
have a vital role to play in the monitoring of work services at a station
and supervision of day-to-day maintenance activities. This group capsule
would contribute substantially towards a more efficient and effective
working environment at Air Force bases.
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Raising Day of Vajra Corps
and elite, 11 Corps of the Indian Army, widely known as Vajra Corps,
celebrated its 53rd Raising Day somewhere in Western Sector.
Vajra Corps proved its mettle right from its inception and won many
laurels braving all odds. The corps was raised at Ambala under the
leadership of Lt Gen Kulwant Singh. Later, the Vajra Corps was commanded
by distinguished Generals like Lt Gen SP Thorat, Lt Gen Choudhary, Lt Gen
VP Malik, Lt Gen HB Kala and Lt Gen Kamal Davar. The corps is presently
commanded by Lt Gen K Nagaraj, who has held illustrious appointments both
in command and staff. The Vajra Corps has been illustrious in all the
battles it has fought since its raising. The battle honours include Asal
Uttar, Dera Baba Nanak, Dograi and Barki. During operation Parakram,
the Vajra Corps was mobilised in record time to defend the Punjab borders.
the occasion of 53rd Raising Day, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at
Vajra Corps War Memorial. Maj Gen RS Jamwal, Chief of Staff, Vajra Corps
laid a wreath at War Memorial in memory of the gallant soldiers, who laid
down their lives for sake of the nation. Other senior Army officers also
paid homage to the martyrs.
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students from Kashmir Valley came to Pune, thanks to Sarhad, a city
based non-governmental organisation. These children visited the Institute
of National Integration (INI), an Army institute, located in Pune. They
were briefed by the Commandant, Brig Kanwar Lal and religious teachers of
these children, it was an enlightenment to know Hinduism, Christianity,
Sikhism and Islam and the commonality of all religions. They realised how
the power-brokers and self-appointed vanguards of religion in modern times
have misued the name of God and exploited the simple people. They also
realised that all the religions are thriving in India with harmony since
ages and the nation has reverence towards all of them. They learnt how
each individual can prosper by focusing on his efforts and energy for good
education and job opportunities offered by the country.
Institute of National Integration propagates harmonisation of faiths and
commonalities of religions. It is a unique institute in the Indian Army. A
visit to the institute kindled young hearts of the Kashmiri students who
carried the message of good citizenship, values of life and national
integration back home to the valley.
: Lt Col SK Singh
crew of the Coast Guard ship Sangram pledged to donate their eyes
after their demise.The pledge came after an awareness camp was conducted
onboard the ship. During the camp, Dr Augustine Thomas, opthalmic surgeon,
General Hospital, Ernakulam appraised the personnel of the importance of
donating eyes and also cleared the myths associated with eye donation.
shipís crew in association with the mobile opthalmic unit of the General
Hospital would conduct a series of eye camps in the coastal areas. The
first camp will be held in Njarackal.
attestation parade was held at the Veer Sthal Parade ground at the
Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, Delhi Cantt. Altogether, 285 recruits
of 90th Course were attested on the occasion. Medals for outstanding
performance in training and sports were also awarded to the recruits.