the Path of Glory
111 Infantry Battalion (TA) Kumaon had its share of glory when it was
adjudged the best Territorial Army Battalion for the year 2001-2002. This
year, the coveted COAS Silver Trophy was presented to Col Nirmal Singh,
CO, 111 Infantry Battalion (TA) Kumaon and Sub Maj Rajender Singh Deo
during the Army Commander's Conference. Maj Gen ND Jetli, ADG TA was
present on the occasion.
Chief of Army Staff's Silver Trophy was instituted in 1958 by Gen KS
Thimmayya, the then Chief of Army Staff.
Capt Unnat Sharma
of the Inner Strength
paraplegic patients from Military Hospital, Kirkee, Pune participatred in
the fifth National Athletics Championship for Physically Challenged held
in Bangalore. The games were organised by National Paralympic Committee of
India for selection of candidates for international paralympics.
events included wheel-chair race, javelin throw, shot put, discus throw
and swimming. Nk Phool Singh won two gold medals, one each in wheel chair
race and shot put. L/Nk MS Reddy won one bronze each in discus throw and
shot put whereas Rfn NS Thapa won one bronze each in wheel-chair race and
Col AS Kandalla
Patrol Vessel Launched
35-knot Fast Patrol Vessel, designed and manufactured by Goa Shipyard
Limited (GSL), was launched in Panjim. This is the second vessel of the
class and the fastest in its category with a minimum endurance of 1500
nautical miles. The vessel is primarily designed for patrolling
anti-smuggling and anti-terrorist operations, fisheries protection and
search and rescue. It can also support the Navy during wartime as a
coastal convoy escort and a communication link.
vessel is fitted with 30-mm gun forward, machine-guns on port starboard
and state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. Options are
also available to fit naval stabilisied gun system of various makes with
multi-sensor stabilised integrated system as well as night vision device.
For hot pursuit and capture operation requiring high speed and excellent
manoeuvrability, the vessel is powered by three 2720 kw MTU diesel
AWWA (SC) Visits Chennai
Shivjot Sihota, President AWWA Southern Command was recently on a tour to
HQ ATNKK & G Area, Island Grounds, Chennai where she visited St Mary's
Church and Archaeological Fort Museum. She was accompanied by Mrs Kanta
Jamwal, Chairperson of AWWA ATNKK & G Area.
St George is the first fort to be built by the British on Indian soil. It
was completed on St. George’s Day on April 23, 1640. Since then this
Fort has played a key-role in the history of India during the Raj period
as well as the present era. The State Secretariat and a number of Army
units are located within the fort.
of the most important monuments of the fort, St. Mary's Church was built
by East India Company in the 17th century. This is the oldest Anglican
Church east of Suez. It is not only the oldest place of worship built by
English settlers in India, still in use, but also believed to be the
oldest British building of any kind in the whole of India. Its three
aisles arched with brick and stone have a bomb-proof vaulted roof. The
church has important records, articles, marble plaques and tablets.
St. George Museum housing the relics of the British period in South India
is located within Fort St. George. The building served as the Madras Bank,
which later merged with the Bombay and Bengal Banks to become the Imperial
Bank (now State Bank of India). The Long Hall on the first floor of the
building was the Public Exchange Hall and served as a place for public
meetings, lottery drawings and, occasionally, for entertainment. In not so
distant a past, the edifice had been the Officers' Mess of British
Regiment quartered at Fort St George.
Raising Day of Project Vartak
the largest project of the Border Roads Organisation, celebrated its 42nd
raising day at Tezpur. Inter Task Force sports competitions, special GREF sammelan
and a colourful cultural programme marked the occasion. As a part of
the celebration, trophies for the best Road Construction Company (RCC) and
other units were given away by the Chief Engineer, Brig M S Ghai during
the sammelan. Cash incentives for the best pioneers and other
tradesmen were also distributed.
project achieved all the laid down targets for the year 2001-2002.
Governor Dave’s Trophy for the best RCC was awarded to 90 RCC of 14
Border Road Task Force for having excelled in performance. A large number
of personnel from RCCs and Task Force HQs participated in the activities.
Col Shruti Kant
Letter from Home Front
esteemed magazine is a widely read publication in the Armed Forces.
Through your journal I want to disseminate a message among my those
sisters whose husbands have been deputed at country’s borders to
discharge their obligations towards the motherland. I am an Army officer’s
wife. We are living in a very isolated area near Jammu.
the Army wives are fully aware that our husbands are doing their duty. We
must create conditions to boost their morale. But life sometimes does get
very lonely and depressing without our husbands. However, we ladies
decided to make the best of whatever we have. The seven families, staying
here, have become very close to one another and share joys and sorrows in
times of crisis. Not only that, each one of us is trying to evolve as an
individual in our own right, by taking up a job or cultivating a healthy
hobby. We are doing everything possible to give mental freedom to our
husbands so that they are free from domestic worries.
have a message to all those women whose husbands are at borders:
"Ladies! think positive, make the best of whatever you have and pray
for your husbands’ safety."