of State for Defence Visits Ambajhari
of State for Defence Production and Supplies and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr
O Rajagopal visited Ordnance Factory at Ambajhari.
his stay, he visited four production sections to get a first-hand
information about activities in the factory. His visit boosted the morale
of the workmen of the factory.
on the occasion, the Minister asked the wokers' representatives to place
their problems directly before him. He appreciated the work done by the
factory during Kargil conflict and the efforts taken by the management and
the workers' representatives for maintaining good industrial relations in
the factory. He also stressed the need to utilise the facilities to the
maximum and tap the export potential of the products.
Ldr RK Dhingra
spectacular graduation parade of 127th Fighter Controllers' course was
conducted at Air Force Station, Memaura.
Marshal Ajit Bhavnani, Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command, was
the chief guest on the occasion. He pinned the badges on the uniform of
the officers who passed out. He reviewed the parade and took salute at the
march-past. Sqn Ldr VKS Yadav commanded the smartly turned-up parade.
on the occasion, Air Marshal Bhavnani commended officers for their
achievements and said that they were required to shoulder higher
responsibilities. He also gave away trophies to those who distinguished
themselves in various fields. Flying Officer P Gokhle bagged the
prestigious trophy for overall best in merit as well as a trophy for being
best in academics. The trophy for being best in practical was awarded to
Flying Officer Suhaib Ahmed.
on arrival at the station, Air Marshal Bhavnani was received by
Gp Capt GS Rathore, Station Commander.
passing-out parade of 60 cadets of the Sainik School, Kazhakootam was held
at the school parade ground. Governor of Kerala
Mr Sikander Bakht was the chief guest on the occasion. Keeping the best
traditions of the defence forces, the cadets marched past the saluting
dais while the school band played the slow march tune.
Governor, while addressing the guests, lauded the cadets for their
immaculate turn-out and perfect marching. He also called upon them to
prepare themselves to take on bigger challenges in life. Cadet Capt Kapil
Kareem led the passing-out parade.
APA Robin, Command Education Officer, Cdr Paul Abraham, Principal, Sainik
School, Maj Rishi Raj Singh, Headmaster, senior officers, staff and
parents of cadets attended the function.
troops of 5/11 Gorkha Rifles were deployed in a field area since April
1999 and moved to a peace station after completing its tenure. On the
occasion, a special sainik sammelan was organised and addressed by
Brig Ashok Pillai, Commander, 82 Mountain Brigade. Bidding farewell, the
Commander in his address acknowledged the difficult and challenging tenure
the unit underwent. He specially mentioned long-range patrolling,
construction and maintenance of defences, establishment of new
surveillance and domination post, crossing of mules across a fast flowing
river, establishment of formation rock-craft training area, patrol
obstacle course, construction of aerial ropeway and operational track and
improvised log bridges.
Commander also complimented the unit for maintaining utmost security. He
was confident that the unit would excel in the peace tenure also. The
healthy and friendly interaction with local public was also praised by the
Commander. Reciprocating with vote of thanks, Col Surendra Mehta,
Commanding Officer, 5/11 Gorkha Rifles presented the unit memento to Brig
Ashok Pillai. The sainik sammelan ended with the battalion song.
: Maj TB Subba
Sainik Institute at Pangode
full-fledged Sainik Institute with all modern facilities for recreation
and social gathering of jawans, Junior Commissioned Officers and their
families was inaugurated at Pangode Military Centre by Maj Gen Anup Singh
Jamwal, General Officer Commanding Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala
and Goa Area.
institute, planned by Brig Ranjit Prasad, Station Commander, Pangode has
been started with the aim of providing wholesome and quality facilites
under one roof to the troops and their families. The institute, named Nirvana,
provides a green and natural environment, creating a serene and peaceful
ambience. The facilities provided include a well-stocked air-conditioned
library, modern gymnasium for men and women, home theatre system,
conference hall, launderette with four fully automatic washing machines,
STD booth and cafeteria. For games and sports, a mini basket-ball court,
badminton court and a skating rink are available. Apart from these, play
equipment for children like swings, slides and tree house have also been
made available. A nature park with a walking track is also coming up.
MP Singh, Sub Area Commander and Col BP Ramesh, Deputy Commander were
present at the function. Senior Army officers, jawans, Junior Commissioned
Officers and their families attended the inaugural function.
Lucknow Adjudged Best
the three Armed Forces Medical Stores Depots (AFMSDs) in the country, the
one in Lucknow cantonment bagged the Best Depot award for the year
Gen BN Shahi, DGAFMS and Senior Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps
presented the Best Depot Rolling Trophy to Brig GLN Swamy, Commandant of
the AFMSD, Lucknow during the 61st annual Depot Commanders' Conference.
in 1983, this depot was adjudged a Model Depot. It celebrated its diamond
jubilee on March 1, this year.
Ekka Institute Inaugurated
Ekka Institute for troops and families of Cockerel Division was
inaugurated by Lt Gen DS Chauhan, Army Commander, Central Command at
institute has been named in the memory of late L/Nk Albert Ekka, PVC, the
great son of Jharkhand who laid down his life during Indo-Pak war in 1971.
The institute has a cinema hall, cafeteria, gymnasium, two badmintion
courts, library, internet cafe and video game facilities.
Gen DS Chauhan also presented a cheque for Rs 10,000 to Mrs Albert Ekka
who was present on the occasion with her son.
: Lt Col SM Johar
Command Honours Gardeners
special function to honour gardeners was organised at Headquarters Central
Command in Lucknow cantonment.
Central Command Headquarters lawn was adjudged the best among major units
in the recently concluded Lucknow cantonment garden competition and flower
the function, Lt Gen DS Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief,
Central Command, honoured the gardeners, Ram Sunder (Head Mali), Shiv Ram,
Budha Das, Manoj, Ramesh, Suresh, Thannanatham and Ganga Ram with trophies
and cash wards.
Maj Dhirendra Ojha
on English Teaching
workshop on English language teaching was held at Army School Narangi,
Guwahati in collaboration with Oxford University Press. The Chairman of
the school, Brig SC Uppal lit a lamp on the occasion and spoke on the need
of English language for children. He stressed the role of the workshop as
a platform for learning new and effective communication skills and
interaction with experts.
schools under HQ Eastern Command participated in
the workshop. The two - day workshop covered communicative
skills, grammar and vocabulary, poetry teaching, reading and demonstration
Vidyalaya No 1 Colaba won the 15th Youth Parliament Competition 2002-2003
conducted by the Ministry
of Parliamentary Affairs.
Ms Bhavanaben Chikhalia, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture and
Parliamentary Affairs presided over the function and distributed prizes to
the winners in New Delhi. The contingent consisting of 38 students of KV 1
under the leadership of its Principal, Mr T Punna Rao received the coveted
Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Running Shield and trophy from Ms Chikhalia.
performance of the young Parliamentarians was highly appreciated by the
dignitaries present on the occasion. The first five position-holders of
Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1 were Pranab Kulkarni, Hersha Bajaj, Neha Singh,
Ruchika Sharma and Raksha Verma.
purpose of the competition is to train young generation for the efficient
leadership which may lead the country in the fast-changing socio-economic
and geo-political situation around the globe.
of Naval Staff, Admiral Madhvendra Singh awarded the prestigious Admiral
Kohli Trophy for the year 2002 to Lt Gen RK Mehta, Commodore EME Sailing
Association, President Laser Class Association of India (LCAI) and
Commandant, Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.
The Admiral Kohli Trophy is presented to a personality who has made the
most significant contribution towards promoting the sport of yachting in
India. This honour was conferred on Lt Gen RK Mehta at the annual General
Meet of the Yachting Association of India in Mumbai.
EME Sailing Association was formed in 1964 at Secunderabad. This
institution has earned an enviable reputation in the country with its team
of sailors successfully participating in the Olympics, Asian Games, world
championships and various ocean expeditions. In the year 2000, three
medals in international sailing events were won under the stewardship of
Lt Gen RK Mehta including gold medal at ‘Sail the Gulf’ Championship
at Doha, Qatar, in the radial laser event and a bronze medal at the Asian
Games 2002 at Busan, South Korea.
: Lt Col Sanjay Sahni
Day at Sainik School Nagrota
School, Nagrota, Jammu celebrated its annual day. The Chief Minister of
Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was the chief guest on the
occasion. An impressive guard of honour marked the curtain raiser followed
by the inauguration of art and craft, science and computer exhibitions.
Cdr SB Ray, Principal, read out the annual report. A colourful and
enthralling cultural programme was also presented by students.
: Cdr SB Ray
President Visits Asha School
President of Central Command Army Wives'
Welfare Association (CCAWWA),
Mrs Meera Chauhan visited Asha School for handicapped and mentally
challenged children in Lucknow cantonment.
the visit, Mrs Chauhan evinced keen interest in the facilities available.
She interacted with the school staff and enquired about the welfare of
School provides facilities like vocal training, physiotherapy, speech
therapy and occupational therapy to children of service personnel. The
school also makes an effort to train children to become independent.
the annual inter-battalion hockey championship of Army Medical Corps (AMC)
Centre and School in Lucknow cantonment,
No. 2 Technical Training Battalion (2TT) defeated No. 1 Technical Training
Battalion convincingly by a margin of 3-0 and lifted the prestigious
championship trophy for the fourth year in succession.
throughout the final match, No.2 TT got its first goal through Recruit HS
Dubey in the 14th minute. The tally at half time was 1-0. The second goal
was scored in the 21st minute of the second half by Recruit AR Methi. Four
minutes later, Sep Pradeep scored the third goal in a penalty stroke. In
all, five teams contested for the championship.
AK Nayak, Commanding Officer of the winning team received the glittering
trophy from Col PC Sharma.
won the Army handball championship. The final played at the MEG Centre,
Bangalore was a thriller to watch in which Guards team trounced MEG Centre
by 33-29 goals.
JJ Manavalen, Commandant, MEG Centre was the chief guest and presented the
trophy to the winning team and medals to individuals.
teams namely MEG, AOC, Artillery, Dogra, EME, Guards, MRC and Signals
participated in the six-day championship. Hav RB Mishra scored 7 goals for
Hav Sushil scored 15 goals for MEG & Centre.
: MN Shankar
Gen Abhradhwaj Parmar
took over the charge of Red Eagle Division, one of the oldest fighting
formations, as General Officer Commanding from Maj Gen Milan Latitkumar
at Varanasi, the General had his education from Colvin Taluqudars'
College, Lucknow before joining the Indian Military Academy at Dehra Dun.
He was commissioned in the Twentyfirst Battalion of the Rajput Regiment on
December 21, 1969. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College,
Wellington, Maj Gen Parmar is a post-graduate in Military Science and has
an M.Phil degree.
Gen Parmar has a rich operational experience. For his devotion and
dedication to service, he has been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.
During his services, he has had the distinction of commanding one of the
finest infantry brigades in the Western Sector. He also held prestigious
appointments at Command Headquarters.
Ldr SM Sharma
Gen Kapil Vij has
over as Director General Rashtriya Rifles at Army Headquarters.
Commissioned in 1963, the General took part both in 1965 and 1971 wars
with Pakistan. Among his important assignments have been the commands of
70 Armoured Regiment, an Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division and a
Strike Corps. Lt Gen Vij has also been the Military Attache in Mission to
the erstwhile Yugoslavia and Chief of Staff HQ, ARTRAC. For his
distinguished services, he has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
: Maj Ajay Kotwal
Gen DK Sen,
an ophthalmologist of repute, retired as ADGMS (H&PS) on March 31 last
after a long and illustrious service of over 37 years in Army Medical
input : Lt
Col JP Prasad