has been at the forefront for the past few years in generating awareness
on AIDS. The two AIDS-infected children, Benson and Bensy of Kollam
district in Kerala were inhumanly ostracised and removed from a number of
schools due to the stigma attached to the disease.
RRK Nair, Group Commander NCC along with NCC cadets visited the children.
The cadets interacted with Benson and Bensy. The cadets tried to convince
the people who gathered there that AIDS–affected people need social
acceptance as the disease is not transmitted by ordinary social contact.
As a small gesture, the cadets presented the aids-affected family a cheque
of ten thousand rupees. Col Nair stressed the importance of treating the
AIDS– affected people with dignity. He told the mediapersons that the
children would be enrolled as cadets when they come of age, if otherwise
Lt Col YS Chauhan
Sixteen in Assam
Punjab (Patiala) has been deployed for counter-insurgency operations in
Darrang district of Assam since October 4, 1999. The challenge of
combating insurgency in its area of responsibility was accepted by the
battalion with determination. So far, it has eliminated 69 and apprehended
295 hardcore militants. In addition, the unit took the surrender of 30
militants. The unit has been successful in transforming the once hard-bed
of militancy into an area of peace and normalcy.
unit's performance can be gauged from the fact that it has earned 41
gallantry awards during its tenure in operation Rhino. The awards include
One Bar to Sena Medal, nine Sena Medals, one Vishisht Seva Medal, four
mentioned in despatches, 19 COAS Commendentation Cards and seven GOC-in-C
unit’s constant interaction with the local public alienated the
militants and their supporters and aroused a patriotic feeling amongst the
mass and emboldened them to publicly protest against militancy. The unit
has also contributed towards the conduct of Assembly and Panchayat
elections. Its rapport with civil administration, clean human rights
record and successful accomplishment of operation Samaritan projects not
only won the hearts and minds of the local residents but also raised the
image of the Army in the eyes of the general masses.
the performance of the unit has been commendable. This was duly recognised
by the Army Chief by awarding the prestigious COAS Unit Citation on
January 15, last. The unit’s Commanding Officer, Col VD Chowgule and Sub
Maj Karnail Singh received the citation from Gen NC Vij, Chief of the Army
: Capt PP Pandey
Trans-India Ballooning Expedition under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing
was conducted from Ahmedabad to Kolkata covering Dahod, Indore, Dewas,
Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ambikapur, Ranchi and Jamshedpur enroute. The expedition
team comprised four officers, two JCOs and seven ORs from Corps of EME
which runs the Army Ballooning Nodal Centre at 3 EME Centre, Bhopal.
expedition has been the first of its kind in India, when hot air balloons
actually flew from one place to another, making use of the westerly winds.
the last leg of the expedition, from Jamshedpur to Kolkata, a distance of
310 kms was covered in 8 hours and 15 minutes. The balloon was piloted by
Maj Kumar Bhaskar of 3 EME Centre and Capt Dwij Kishore of 7033 EME
Batallion. This duo set a new record with travelling a distance of 310 kms.
They broke the previous record of 253 kms set by Mr Vishwa Bandhu Gupta,
founder President of Ballooning Club of India.
Col Rajesh Kochhar
Rita Vij, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) has said that
widow rehabilitation has been the prime concern of AWWA for which all
possible efforts are being taken.
addressing a special conference of AWWA held in New Delhi, Mrs Vij
informed that out of 414 houses built by Delhi Development Authority in
Dwarka, Delhi, 316 houses of the Vijayee Veer Awas Yojana have been
allotted to the next of kin of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in
various operations. She added that 43 gas connections and petrol pumps
were released by the Ministry of Petroleum in the last three years.
three-day conference that was attended by the heads of Command AWWA
discussed various welfare measures for families of troops.
Lt Col BMR Mehta
Madras Sappers coffee-table book, "An Enduring Legacy" was
released at a function at the MEG and Centre in Bangalore by Lt Gen GS
Sihota, GOC-in-C Headquarters Southern Command.
book published by the Madras Sappers is a fine tribute to rich history of
this elite corps. It gives a pictorial account of several events. The
authors have delved deep into regimental histories and personal records
for highlighting different facets of this more than 200 year-old regiment.
: MN Shankar
fighting-fit pugilists from the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) not
only regained their supremacy but finished with a blaze of glory capturing
six gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the 49th senior national boxing
Championship held in New Delhi. All of them, except one, were trained at
the Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune.
Services boxers performed with exceptional abilities and firepower to
score 63 points to claim the overall team championship while dethroning
the Indian Railways which scored 51 points. Haryana, the bastion of the
Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), took the third slot with 21
points to its credit.