Parade at OTS
newly commissioned officers participated in an impressive passing-out
parade on the occasion of their completion of Medical Officers Basic
Course-153. The course was conducted at Officers’ Training School (OTS)
of Army Medical Corps (AMC) Centre and School in Lucknow Cantonment.
76 Army officers and 7 Naval officers, including 8 lady officers, had
successfully undergone the course. The young medical and dental graduates
were imparted initial military training. Lt Gen SP Malhotra, Commandant,
AMC Centre and School took the salute at the parade.
the Lieutenant General distributed prizes to the best officers of the
course. Whereas Lt Gen FN Bilmoria Trophy for best all-round officer was
bagged by Maj Piyush Angrish, the prize for best shot was received by Capt
S Lathwal. Maj Angrish and Capt (Ms) Vasu Aggarwal were adjudged the best
in drill. A number of general officers of AMC and AD Corps and senior
officers and ladies witnessed the parade.
three-day workshop for management development officers of the Ordnance
Factories was held at the Ordnance Factories Staff College (OFSC),
Ambajhari. It was attended by senior HRD officers from various ordnance
factories across the country.
central theme of the workshop is the need for strategic programmes and
initiatives in the context of the emerging HRD challenges. The workshop
also focused on issues related to HRD policy of the Ordnance Factory Board
and designing and evaluating HRD courses.
faculty for the programme included Prof Krishna Kumar of the Indian
Institute of Management, Lucknow, Mr Sukumar Kolay, Deputy Director
General, Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata, Mr BK Arora,
General Manager (HRD), WCL Nagpur and Mr Rakesh Babu, Additional Principal
Director at OFSC.
the valedictory function of the workshop, Principal Director, OFSC, Mr AO
Abraham emphasised the need to revitalise the organisation and bring about
a transformational change. He stressed the need for innovation, creativity
and dynamism for effective development and utilisation of human resources.
course director, Mr CB Sharma conducted the proceedings and presented the
Cdr SN Mukerjee
Trainer for T-72
Gen RK Mehta, Commandant, MCEME and Colonel Commandant of Corps of EME
flagged off the first indigenously developed ‘Aiming Trainer’ for T-72
tank for Armoured Corps at Simulator Development Division (SDD),
Secunderabad. The simulator has been designed and developed by SDD which
is a premier category ‘A’ establishment of the Indian Army,
established in 1991 for in-house development of training simulators for
various defence needs.
Aiming Trainer has been developed for enhancing training skills of persons
of Armoured Corps of Indian Army. It is a state-of-the-art simulator for
imparting basic aiming training to the gunners and commanders. The fully
indigenous simulator has world class features for imparting cost-effective
training to the crew of T-72 tank.
Camp by TA
Hospital (Territorial Army) Allahabad organised a health camp for children
of Annie Beasant School, Prayag. Altogether, 816 children were medically
examined during this camp, held under the initiative of Lt Col MPS Rawat,
Officer Commanding of General Hospital (TA). The specialist doctors from
TA treated the ailing children and explained them the ill-effects of bad
health on their studies. Children were also educated on importance of
balance diet and hygiene. Medical officers, nursing officers and
paramedical staff participated in this camp with great enthusiasm.
of the school, Mrs Krishna Mitra thanked the General Hospital authorities
for organising the camp and also generating health consciousness among the
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Fighting Course Concludes
Force Station, Gwalior conducted a course on ‘fire fighting’ in which
the trainees were educated on operation of various types of fire fighting
equipment by JWO MB Ahirkar Ach GD and Mr J Singh (Fire Supervisor). The
trainees were also imported fire fighting skills. As a part of the course,
the trainees participated in a joint rescue operation with Civil Fire
Brigade, Gwalior at Kendriya Vidyalaya 2, Gwalior.
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Drivers Pass Out
260 mechanical transport driver trainees passed out from the Mechanical
Transport Training Institute, Air Force Station, Avadi after completion of
15-month basic and trade training. The impressive passing-out parade was
commanded by Aircraftman BK Tiwari.
Vice Marshal NI Razakki, Senior Officer-in-Charge of Administration,
Headquarters Training Command, Bangalore reviewed the parade and gave away
trophies to the best drivers.
Aircraftman (LAC) RM Mohan was declared the best in education and LAC
Majic won the best in Mechanical Transport Driver Trade. Aircraftman BK
Tiwari won the trophy for being best in general service training.
his arrival at Avadi, Air Vice Marshal Razakki was received by Air Cmde HR
Karkal, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Avadi.
Cards for Ex-servicemen
Gen AS Jamwal, GOC, ATNKK & G Area inaugurated the first medical camp
in Chennai for issuing "Palm Grove Health Record Card" to all
ex-servicemen under "Project Pre-Care." The project envisages a
thorough medical check-up of ex-servicemen and widows of former soldiers.
Brig JK Bohre, Deputy Director (Medical Services), ATNKK & G Area and
KS Pathy, Commanding Officer, Military Hospital, Chennai made arrangements
for issue of medical cards.
the first-ever camp under this project held at the Military Hospital, St
Thomas Mount, over 500 ex-servicemen and widows in and around Chennai were
camps will be conducted at the Military Hospital, Wellington and also at
Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Triunelveli, Srivilli-puthur,
Madurai and Trichy to cover about one lakh ex-servicemen and 38,000 widows
in the state. Launched as a pilot scheme in Tamil Nadu, "Project
Pre-Care" will be extended to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and
Gen RS Kadyan, DCOAS (T&C) inaugurated the institute for the other
ranks (OR) at the Headquarters of the Indian Military Training Team of Haa,
a high altitude valley in western Bhutan. The General conveyed his
felicitations to all ranks and civilians who participated in the project
on the occasion. The institute has been constructed by the Engineer Cell
personnel of IMTRAT in a record
was a need to provide recreation facilities for the troops at Haa
Garrison, who are often cut off for days during the rainy season with
little or no means of entertainment. It was also decided that this
multi-facility institute would cater not only to the needs of the Indian
troops but also the civilians of the Engineer Cell at IMTRAT and the local
to heavy rains at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, the life at Kamalkot, Shahdara,
Sultan Dhakki and other villages came to a virtual standstill.
caused by heavy rains had blocked a large stretch of Uri-Kamalkot road in
the area of Dachhi and Basgiran villages. There was a mammoth pile of
debris and large rocks blocking the stretch. The entire life came to a
grinding halt as the vehicles got stuck. The required help was nowhere in
sight and in the meantime, the villagers kept suffering as their lifeline
kept drifting away due to continuous rains.
again, Army extended a helping hand to the desperate villagers. Heavy
machinery to clear the road was provided by the Uri Brigade. The soldiers
of the local unit, 15 Maratha Light Infantry despite its deployment in
Operation Parakram worked indefatigably alongwith the local
villagers. They used dozers to remove the debris from the road.
soldiers worked round-the-clock and were instrumental in restoring the
paralysed conditions of the villagers.
Capt Biju EK
veterinary and medical camp was organised by 1/4 Gorkha Rifles in a remote
area of Dubhi-Bari Baihk on Line of Control (LOC) for the poor. It is
located at a height of 10000 ft between LoC and Rajwar-Bangash forest.
Nearly 1200 livestock and 600 patients were treated by the trained and
qualified team of Army doctors from Trehgam and Chowkibal. Free medicine
was distributed during the camp. The camp was inaugurated by Brig Prakash
Menon, Commander, 68 Mountain Brigade.
Maj Mukesh Sharma
NS Rana, Commander, Allahabad Sub Area inaugurated the Allahabad Sub Area Van
Mahotsav festival on the banks of Yamuna. The function was organised
at Saraswati Ghat by Ordanance Depot and the Army unit at Allahabad Fort.
aim is to develop the area around the Ghat which has been named Sarswati
Vatika. Brig NS Rana and Mrs Nirmal Rana planted peepal and neem
saplings at the Vatika in the presence of a large number of
Army officers, jawans and their families.
a part of the afforestation drive, it is proposed to cover the entire
Sarswati Ghat area with trees, thereby promoting the prospects of enhanced
green ridge on the banks of river Yamuna and also to save it from erosion.
Personnel from the forest department besides the NSS volunteers took part
in this endeavour.
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adapted mini check dam was inaugurated at Dachhi village by Brig Ramesh
Halgali, Commander, 12 Infantry Brigade. The check dam is the result of
the efforts put in by the personnel of 15 Maratha LI and villagers of
Dachhi as part of Operation Sadbhavana.
seeing the success of this venture, a linking project of
water supply scheme has also
been sanctioned by the Army for effective utilisation of water in the
Capt Biju EK
Visits 2 Guards
Vinod Chopra, Commandant, Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee visited 2 Guards
(1 Grenadiers) presently deployed somewhere in the western
sector. The Commandant commanded this unit from 1991 to 1994 and led many
counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Chopra was accorded a warm welcome by all ranks. He addressed a special sainik
sammelan in which he exhorted all ranks to live up to the expectations
of the regiment. He also expressed confidence in the battalion’s ability
to fulfill any assigned operational task with competence. His visit has
infused new zeal and enthusiasm among all ranks of the paltan.
Chopra also met Commanding Officers of other Guards Battalions located in
the near vicinity.
Col BB Vats
children from different schools of Meerut and Yamuna Nagar participated in
a school excursion called Operation Maitree. The excursion was
conceived by Headquarters, 15 Corps and executed by 832 Light Regiment
under the guidance of 28 Artillery Brigade.
excursion team, accompanied by an Army officer visited various places of
interest in Jammu, Srinagar and Gulmarg. The children also visited Army
units including artillery gun positions at Tangdhar, Machhal and 2 Gali.
The local schoolchildren organised many cultural programmes for the
excursion team which were also attended in large numbers by the local
children were given Gondola rides and horse rides at Gulmarg. They also
saw Pakistani posts and Indian artillery guns deployed in high altitude
their visit to various places, the children got an insight into the
cultural heritage of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
COAS Golf Tournament 2002 was held at the Royal Thimphu Golf
Course. The tournament received a overwhelming response. The participants
included dignitaries from Royal Government of Bhutan, Royal Body Guards,
Royal Bhutan Army, Indian Embassy and Project Dantak. Three ladies
also participated in this tournament for the first time.
event contributed in a big way to strengthen the Indo-Bhutanese
friendship. While Mr Sonam Wangchuk Kesang was declared the winner, Mr
Sonam Tshering and Mr Tashi Tshering were runners-up and best gross
respectively. The tournament, was formally instituted in 1996.
part of the endeavour to achieve excellence in various games, the 1 Army
HQ Signal Regiment has been identified by the Army Sports Control Board (ASCB)
as a suitable location for establishment of a basketball node. This node,
equipped with all requisite infrastructure, will train all potential Army
the team is being trained by Mr Emilio Merlo Mezo, a coach from Cuba, with
Sub SK Raja of the Signal Regiment assisting him. Maj Gen Ashok Vasudeva,
officiating DGMT paid a visit to this node to have a first hand
information about the training facilities available here and also to
assess further requirements to make this node one of the best in the
location of the node is in Delhi and with the present facilities, the
players get ample opportunities to gain vital experience by playing with
various teams. The node is under the overall supervision of Col Vikram
Tiwathia, who was also the manager of the Services basketball team which
took part in the last national games.
Red Clinches Trophy
Red bagged the 52nd
Interservices Aquatic Championship Trophy-2002-2003 with 216 points while
Army Green stood in the second position with 128 points. Indian Navy and
Indian Air Force were in third and fourth position with 120 and 79 points
N Jana of Army Red was adjudged the best swimmer of the championship.
Indian Air Force won the water polo trophy while Army Red scored the
highest points in all diving events.
Gen RK Mehta, Commandant, MCEME, Secunderabad presented the trophy and
medals to the winners. Air Vice Marshal VK Verma, Commandant, Air Force
Academy and a large number of officers, cadets and families were present
on the occasion.
Gen PPS Bhandari took
over as General Officer Commanding of 21 Corps.
in the famous ‘Hodson’s Horse’ in the year 1966, General Bhandari
commanded 72 Armoured Regiment and later an Armoured Brigade and Armoured
Division that formed parts of strike formations of Indian Army. He has
also been Brigadier, General Staff of a Strike Corps. He has also been a
Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade.
as a mechanised warfare expert, the General Officer is an alumnus of
Defence Service Staff College, Higher Command and Royal College of Defence
Studies (UK). He has held a number of important instructional assignments
including tenures at the Indian Military Academy, Armoured Corps School,
Defence Service Staff College and senior and higher Command Wings of
College of Combat.
assuming the Command of 21 Corps, Lt Gen PPS Bhandari was Additional
Military Secretary at Army HQs.
Gen Narayan Chatterjee took over as the new
Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery in place of Lt Gen AS
Khanna who retired recently.
Gen Narayan Chatterjee was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery on
June 30, 1963. The General Officer, an ace aviator, had a very
distinguished career. He took part in the Indo-Pak wars in 1965 and 1971.
The General Officer held distinguished appointments including Additional
Director General, Army Aviation Corps, Major General incharge
Administration, Southern Command and Director General Resettlement. On
promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General in September last year, he was
appointed Director General, Manpower Planning and Personnel Services at
the Army Headquarters.
Gen Chatterjee is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal,
Vishisht Seva Medal, Mention-in-Depatches, Chief of the Army Staff
Commendation and Chief of the Air Staff Commendation (twice).
Vice Admiral SP Malhotra took charge as
Director General Medical Services (Navy) after relinquishing his
appointment as Commandant, AMC Centre and School, Lucknow.
Flag Officer was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps in 1964. He is an
eminent ENT specialist with masters degree in Otology. He was professor of
ENT at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He has the distinction of
serving both Army and Navy in various capacities. He was the Director,
Institute of Naval Medicine in Mumbai from February 1995 to January 1997
and was DMS (P&M) at NHQ from February 1997 to June 2000. He was
awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal last year.
Capt KA Kumar took charge as the Air Officer
Commanding of Air Force Station, Bamrauli in the place of Air Cmde Ashok
Kumar Bhardwaj who moved to Headquarters, Southern Air Command at
Tiruvananthapuram on his new assignment as Senior Officer-in-Charge
the occasion of the change of guard, a ceremonial parade was organised at
the station. The parade contingent led by the Air Force Band put up a
grand show befitting the occasion. Speaking on the occasion Air Cmde
Bhardwaj said that he could accomplish the task set for the station with
the active participation of the members of the station. He asked the
personnel of the station to become model "air warriors" to take
the Indian Air Force to new heights in the 21st
century. Later, he handed over the ceremonial parade to Gp Capt KA Kumar
who received his first salute as the new Station Commander.
Ldr RK Singh