project Suvidha Sadan, a Sainik Aramghar for the benefit of
ex-servicemen and their families was inaugurated by Mrs Lizy Jacob,
Principal Secretary, Government of Kerala at Military Hospital, Pangode.
The main aim of the scheme is to provide shelter to the ex-servicemen and
their dependents who come here from far away places for treatment at
Military Hospital. This long-felt need was fulfilled by the initiative of
Lt Gen GS Sihota, Chief of Southern Army Command and Maj Gen AS Jamwal,
GOC, ATNKK & G Area.
package of new welfare schemes for the ex-servicemen was also announced by
Col BLT Joseph, Commanding Officer, Military Hospital at the function.
Project Sahayog-Assured Decent Last Rites Scheme provides all
assistance to the families of ex-servicemen on their demise while Palm
Grove Widows Welfare Scheme ensures financial assistance to the needy
widows of servicemen/
Gen SK Pillai (Retd) also attended the function besides other senior
serving and retired officers.
Gen (Mrs) P K Sethi, Additional Director General, Military Nursing
Service, Army HQs, recently visited Military Hospital at Allahabad. She
was received at the Military Hospital by Col R K Thaker, Commanding
Officer and Lt. Col RK Sudan, Principal Matron of the Hospital. Lt Col
(Ms) RK Sudan briefed the visiting dignitary about the deployment of
nursing officers and escorted her to various wards of the hospital
including the Red Cross Department at Military Hospital. The Major General
also interacted with doctors, nursing staff and patients during her visit.
Gen (Mrs) Sethi addressed all nursing officers of Military Hospital and
shared with them her rich personal experiences. Maj Gen Sethi highlighted
the importance of specialisation in the field of military nursing and
encouraged the nursing officers to go in for specialised courses during
their service career. She said that specialisation would not only provide
confidence to the nursing officers in their profession, but would also
give them the much desired satisfaction.
in the evening, a social evening was organised in honour of the visiting
dignitary at the Nursing Officers Mess which was attended by all nursing
officers, medical officers and specialists from Military Hospital,
Allahabad and other senior officers of Allahabad Station.
Col Sarabjit Kaur
Course for Teachers
primary teachers were awarded certificates for their participation and
successful completion of the In-service course for primary teachers by the
Assistant Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Jammu region at a
colourful valedictory function at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, No 1 Udhampur.
proceedings commenced with a warm welcome extended by the programme
coordinator, Mr Manish Trivedi to the chief guest, Mr SD Sharma and the
guests of honour. A presentation of the complete proceedings of the In
-service course by the Course Director, Mr SD Nagpal followed. In his
brief, informative and impressive report, he highlighted every minute
details of the programme.
the trainees introduced themselves to the guests of honour. Two
participants, Miss Bhavishka Thapa and Mrs SR Awasthi shared their views
about the course while Miss Thapa lauded the efforts put in by the Course
Director and his team.
farewell song was presented by the trainees of KV No 1 Udhampur in honour
of guest participants followed by the certificate distribution.
SD Sharma, in his inspiring speech, guided the teachers to provide
goal-oriented and child-centred education. He stressed that the children
must be dealt with by teachers like their own children. He urged the
trainees to be, vigilant about the academic changes and live up to the
expectations of parents and society.
Col SPK Singh
attestation parade of Assam Rifles’ recruits was held at 11 Gorkha
Rifles’ Regimental Centre (11 GRRC) in Lucknow Cantonment. Altogether,
135 recruits, on successful conclusion of their training, were inducted
into the Assam Rifles as full-fledged soldiers. The recruits had been
undergoing training at the 11 GRRC, under the guidance of Lt Col Rejeev
the new soldiers of the Assam Rifles, the chief guest on the occasion, Col
Hardev Singh, Commandant, 11 GRRC, asked them to remain alert against any
eventuality. He also took salute at the march past by the newly inducted
soldiers who were led by Nb Sub LB Limbu in four platoons.
the occasion, Deepak Prakash Singh, Hukum Chand, Saroj Rai and Mongko
Yangchu were declared "best recruits"
Maj RS Bhandari assisted by Sub LP Gautam, administered the oath of
allegiance to the recruits.
mortal remains of Capt Badal Singh Sikarvar who attained martyrdom due to
enemy shelling in operation Parakram were cremated with full
military honours at Bhainsa Kund in Lucknow. During the cremation, arms
were reversed as a mark of respect to the martyr and a two-minute silence
Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Vishnu Kant Shastri, Urban Development
Minister, Mr Lalji Tandon and Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Indrajeet
Saroj offered their tributes to the martyr.A Wreath was also also laid by
Chief Signal Officer, Central Command, Maj Gen GB Tripathi, on behalf of
Army Commander, Central Command, Lt Gen DS Chauhan. Earlier, on arrival at
the Amausi airport, a contingent of the 11 GRRC presented a guard-of-honour
and received the body with full military honours.
Steps at Army Cantonment
a time when most of the Army personnel are deployed on the borders to make
even supreme sacrifice for their motherland, the Army Cantonment in
Allahabad has become a soft target for not only ISI operatives but also
for anti-social elements. These ISI operatives and anti-social elements,
in connivance with land mafia have become active in and around cantonment
with their nefarious designs. It is a matter of shame that when soldiers
are away on borders, the Army land gets illegally trespassed and
encroached by land mafia.
a meeting with Adm Commandant, CEO, DEO and other authorities of Cantt,
Brig NS Rana, Commander, Allahabad Sub Area has reiterated that no one
would be allowed to encroach upon the Army land and people trying to
trespass or encroach Army land would be severely dealt with. He appealed
to the citizens visiting cantonment area to carry valid identity card to
prove their identity to avoid embarrassment. The matter has also been
discussed with district administration and local police who have promised
full support to Army authorities in this regard.
Rana further stated that keeping in view the current situation in the
cantonment area, the mobile quick reaction teams, sentries and military
police have been given strict instructions to keep an eye on anti-social
elements who may try to enter residential areas with ulterior motives. In
addition, special teams have been detailed to keep a watch on the Army
land and ward off any designs by the land mafia to encroach upon the land.
He also requested the citizens to co-operate with the Army to ensure
safety and security of the cantonment at this hour of crisis.
Ldr RK Singh
Force Wrestling Championship
five-day long wrestling bonanza at the Diamond Jubilee Sports Complex of
Air Force Station, Bamrauli came to an end with an impressive closing
ceremony which was presided over by Air Marshal SP Tyagi, Air Officer
Commanding -in-Chief of Central Air Command. The complex was full with
officers and Air Force personnel who witnessed the last four bouts of the
championship with lot of cheers and enthusiasm for their favourite teams.
Finally, the team from Western Air Command (WAC) bagged the first place in
both Greeco Roman and Free Style Wrestling and also won the most coveted
overall champion trophy. Air Marshal SP Tyagi handed over the overall
champion trophy to the team Captain and manager of Western Air Command.
South Western Air Command was the runners-up.
Ldr RK Singh
a part of enhancement of sports facilities by HQ ATNKK & G Area, under
the aegis of Station Headquarters Chennai, a basketball court has been
inaugurated at Army Parade Ground, Fort St George. Cmde CTD
Nair, Commandant, Embarkation Headquarters, Chennai inaugurated the court
and a friendly basketball match between Island Ground team and Fort team
was held as inaugural match.
General Visits PRC
of Staff, Western Command, Lt Gen HS Kanwar visited the Paraplegic
Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Mohali. He was accompanied by Maj Gen RS
Batra, MGIC (Administration) and Maj Gen TA D’ Cunha, MGAOC.
Gen Kanwar was briefed about the activities of the centre that cater to
the medical and rehabilitative needs of the paraplegic soldiers. Col
Jaswant Singh Director, PRC told that the centre was established in 1978.
Chief of Staff went around the various sections of the centre such as
physiotherapy room, wards, vocational training workshop and inmates
quarters. He emphasised the need to rehabilitate them in government and
private sector jobs after imparting suitable vocational training.
vocational training at the PRC is financed by the Ministry of Social
Justice and Empowerment. The inmates and their families are being trained
in cutting and tailoring, knitting with machines, candle-making and
canning of chairs. The products are sold at nominal price through AWWA
shops, unit canteens and sector welfare societies.
on Safe Driving
Headquarters, Chennai organised a campaign on safe driving at Island
Ground. Brig BK Unnikrishnan, Station Commander, Chennai, inaugurated the
campaign. Drivers from all military units in Chennai attended the
in the field of automobiles addressed the military drivers about the
habits to be inculcated for safe-driving.
first multimedia centre in the Indian Army was inaugurated at the Officers
Training Academy, Chennai by its Commandant, Maj Gen Sudhir Mohan.
on the occasion, the General Officer said that the state-of-art facility
had been set up at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. It is equipped with 35 computers
with necessary accessories. He said that the fully integrated computer
managed contro1 system would qualitatively enhance the efficiency and
effectiveness of indoor training, besides facilitating personalised
multimedia instruction. The instructor could communicate with each trainee
and monitor his progress, thereby exercising complete command and control.
The centre would be used for imparting basic computer training, teaching
of application software, multimedia demonstration and software simulation
packages. It would also function as a hi-tech language laboratory for
enhancing the communication skills of the cadets, he added.
for Glider Crash Victim
Cadet Corps (NCC) paid a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the parents of R
Sathya who was killed in the glider crash at Tambaram.
R Raghunathan, father of the victim received the bank draft from
Cmde PP Singh, Deputy Director General, NCC (Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry &
Andaman & Nicobar), Chennai.
Cadet Welfare Society, New Delhi has sanctioned a total compensation of Rs
2 lakh for the parents of R Sathya. The balance Rs 1 lakh will be paid
after the completion of formalities.
interacting with media persons, Cmde Singh said that the report of the
enquiry into the crash would be available shortly. The state government
had also been approached for grant of relief to the parents of R Sathya,
Command, Air Force won the overall trophy at the four-day Air Force
Weightlifting Championship which was held at the Lecma Auditorium of the 3
Base Repair Depot (BRD), Chandigarh. The Maintenance Command bagged the
first position with 145 points, while the Western Air Command and Southern
Air Command stood in the second and third places with 119 points and 79
points respectively. Cpl A Nasruddeen of Air Headquarters was adjudged the
new records were established in various weight categories. On the basis of
this championship, 16 lifters were selected for the forthcoming services
weightlifting championship scheduled to be held in Roorkee in September,
Air Force Sports Control Board, Air Vice Marshal AK Singh gave away prizes
to the winners. Earlier, the Air officer Commanding, 3 BRD, Air Cmde SB
Prasher inaugurated the championship.
all, eight teams representing Air Headquarters and various Air Commands
vied for top honours in various categories.
Ever Tele-medicine Facility in Army
first-ever telemedicine with video conferencing facility was inaugurated
by Maj Gen AS Jamwal, GoC, ATNKK & G Area at the Military Hospital,
being a strategic essential of a modern health care system, enables
doctors to examine patients at distant places through the medium of
telecommunications and videoconferencing technology. This facility has
been established in consultation with the specialists of Apollo hospital,
Chennai, who will provide necessary expertise and guidance.
on the occasion, Maj Gen Jamwal said that the project would benefit a
large clientele consisting of serving personnel of Army, Air Force, Navy
and Coast Guard apart from ex-servicemen and their families.
SR Kamtekar, Deputy Director Medical Service said that this facility would
be extended to seven military hospitals in the southern states in about a
month and all military hospitals in the country would be covered in two
Maj Gen AS Jamwal presented sophisticated medical equipment worth about Rs
50,000 to the Dental Care Centre at the hospital.
Delegation Visits AF Training Command
high level defence delegation from Afghanistan led by its Defence
Minister, Mr Marshal Mohammad Fahim was given a detailed presentation on
training facilities available at the Air Force Training Command
Headquarters in Bangalore.
Marshal TJ Master, Commanding-in-Chief of the Training Command told the
delegation that officers from many countries in the Middle East, Africa
and South Asia have been availing the IAF’s training facilities.
11-member delegation included the Governor of Kabul, Chief of the Afghan
Air Force and other senior officers. Mr Vivek Katju, Ambassador of India
to Afghanistan was also present on the occasion.
Air Force held a static display of aircraft for the benefit of students
from different parts of the country including those from Jammu and
Kashmir. AN-32 and MI-8 aircraft of the Air Force were on
display at Air Base, Air Force Station, Shanghumugham. The crew members of
the aircraft explained the role of the aircraft to the students. The
students showed keen interest in the working of aircraft and its various
roles. The display was arranged to create awareness among the students
about the Air Force.
Cdr Yogesh Jain inaugurated the display. Senior officers and Air Force
personnel attended the function.
Guard Personnel Donate Blood
a part of its silver jubilee celebrations, the Indian Coast Guard
organised in Chennai a one-day blood donation camp in collaboration with
Jeevan Blood Bank & Research Centre (JBBRC) and Rotary Club of India
at its regional headquarters.
100 personnel of the Coast Guard and their family members led by Cmde RS
Vasan, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) voluntarily donated blood.
Defence Team Visits Bangalore
defence study team from Italy led by Lt Gen Ugo De Carolis, President of
the Centre for Higher Defence Studies visited the Training Command
Headquarters of the Indian Air Force in Bangalore to acquaint itself with
the methodology and strategy adopted by the IAF to train its personnel.
Marshal TJ Master, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Training Command
received the team.