Seminar on India-China Relations
A two-day seminar on 'Strategic Contours of India-China Relations' was held at Samudrika Naval Auditorium, Visakhapatnam. Issues pertaining to strategic and security orientation in the Asian and global context, implications of military capabilities, economic and technological advances in furtherance of strategic goals as well as the challenges and opportunities for both nations were analysed during the seminar conducted by the Eastern Naval Command in association with National Maritime Foundation (NMF). The panel of distinguished speakers included Rear Admiral (Retd) K Raja Menon, Mr B Raman of Centre for China Studies, Chennai, Dr C Raja Mohan of Centre for Policy Research, Brig (Retd) Arun Sehgal and Dr Zorawar Daulet Singh of Cente for Policy Alternatives.
Cmde (Retd) Uday Bhaskar, Director, NMF delivered the inaugural address while Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command welcomed the distinguished guests and delegates. Mr Shyam Saran, Chairman, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) delivered the keynote address.
Dignitaries at the venue of the seminar
Year of the Disabled Soldier
The indian Army declared this year as the 'Year of the Disabled Soldier'. Focussing on this commitment, a large number of serving and retired soldier from various districts of West Bengal were invited for an informative seminar-cum-assistance programme conducted under the aegis of HQ Bengal Area.
The ex-servicemen were informed of the benefits and grants available from the central and state governments, vocational training, rehabilitation and employment scheme which have been tailor-made for various categories of retired/retiring soldiers. Stalls were set up by the Rajya Sainik Board, Army Placement Node, National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped and Special Employment Exchange to facilitate the disabled soldiers.
The event was inaugurated by Lt Gen Bikram Singh, GOC-in-C Eastern Command. Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal, Adjutant General of the Army delivered the keynote address in which he encouraged the ex-servicemen community to reach out for the rehabilitation scheme being offered by the Army.
Lt Gen Bikram Singh interacting with a soldier
Military Hospital at Hisar
Centre for Technological Solutions
Vocational Training Facility
Annual Declamation Contest
Iron Fist & Velvet Glove', a recollection of Mr Mahesh Nair's experiences, was released at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi by the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen V K Singh. The book is interspersed with touching images of the lives of locals in border areas and Army's involvement in almost every aspect of their lives.
The inspiration for the book came to Mr Mahesh Nair, photo-journalist, during a visit to Kashmir four years back. He wanted to capture the diversity of the Sadbhavana projects, which represent the humane face of the Army in the remote locations where they operate.
DDG NCC Directorate Rajasthan, Air Cmde R Shankar visited Group HQ NCC, Jodhpur. He inspected the guard of honour and visited various units of NCC at Jodhpur.
Air Cmde R Shankar addressed the cadets at Jodhpur and encouraged them to join Armed Forces and focus towards their personality development in order to effectively contribute to the society and nation at large. Col RL Sharma, Group Commander, briefed DGG on the NCC activities of his area of responsibilities.
An Equine Training Course for the veterinary interns was conducted at Jammu under operation Sadbhavana. A total of 51 Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry interns of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Jammu were trained in finer aspects of equine medicine, surgery and management under the aegis of Headquarters 71 Sub Area by 3 Advance Field Veterinary Hospital.
Speaking on the occasion, Brig Anil Khosla, Commander 71 Sub Area appreciated the efforts of 3 Advance Field Veterinary Hospital.
A250-bed multi-specialty hospital was formally inaugurated by Chief of the Army Staff, Gen VK Singh at Hisar. The function was attended by GOC-in-C South Western Command, Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (Army) and GOC 1 Corps along with other civilian and military dignitaries.
Military Hospital, Hisar is the 111th hospital of the Army. When fully commissioned the hospital will have nine specialties. It will also have a blood bank, an ICU and a physiotherapy department.
The Army Chief accompanied by his wife Mrs Bharti Singh, President AWWA visited various wards of the hospital and distributed hampers to the patients. He interacted with the doctors and paramedical staff of the hospital and encouraged them to put in their best effort to achieve clientele satisfaction.
Mrs Bharti Singh inaugurated Vocational Training Centre, Prerna, which is an initiative to empower the families of soldiers.
The Armed Forces yet again came to the aid of the people undertaking the Amarnath Yatra. Consequent to the heavy rains, a large number of pilgrims were stranded on the southern route. Swinging into action, the troops of 3/3 Gorkha Rifles came to the assistance of the pilgrims.
The Gorkha soldiers, unmindful of the weather, helped the pilgrims to reach the sheltered locations. The soldiers encouraged and even carried the pilgrims to secured places. The Army camp at Zajipal created adhoc facilities and accommodated a large number of pilgrims who were unable to continue further. Pilgrims who had crossed Zajipal were assisted to reach Seshnag.
The Army has also been providing medical assistance to the locals. On the southern route itself, more than 5500 `people have been rendered medical assistance. Some of these have been life-saving intervention along the route. The Army also organised a medical camp at Chandanwari wherein medical treatment was given to the local residents.
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The DOT War Memorial was inaugurated by Lt Gen SK Singh, GOC-in-C South-Western Command at Hisar Military Station. Lt Gen Ashok Singh, GOC Strike -1, senior serving officers and veterans from nine districts of Haryana were present on the occasion. The inauguration was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.
The war memorial is a noble initiative of the DOT Division and the first of its kind at the military station. A beautiful lawn with palm tree surrounds the memorial, at the centre of which stands a white marble pillar on a platform. Three black-coloured statues of lancemen of different regiments of the Indian Army, representing the combined arms synergy, are placed around the marble pillar. A T-55 tank and a Topaz OT-62 amphibious vehicle, which have been the mainstay of the DOT Division in the past, have been placed on either side of the war memorial as war trophies. The war memorial commemorates the spirit of the “DOT Yodha”.
Air Marshal PV Athawale, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force arrived at Bangalore on a two-day visit. On his arrival, he was received by Air Cmde Anil Handa, Air Officer Commanding of the Air Force Equipment Depot and Mrs Anitha Handa, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local).
The Air Marshal visited the Equipment Depot and took stock of the overhauling of European and Indian-orign aircraft in the inventory of the Indian Air Force.
This depot is a major stock holding Depot for many new generation aircraft of the IAF and works in close liaison with HAL to ensure high serviceability of aircraft in the Air Force.
Dhruva Centre for Technological Solutions was inaugurated by Lt Gen KT Parnaik, GOC-in-C Northern Command at Udhampur. The centre has been conceptualised as a hub for finding pragmatic solutions for the needs of the Army units by making use of latest technology prevalent around the world.
Lt Gen IJ Singh, Director General of EME was also present on the occasion. The inauguration ceremony was followed by a display of large number of creative ideas and innovations from the units.
Eye Department of the Central Command Hospital, Lucknow organised a 'Dry Eye and Computer Vision Syndrome Awareness Week' at Lucknow Cantonment. The event was inaugurated by Brig (Mrs) Vibha Dutta, President Army Wives Welfare Association, Central Command Hospital.
Speaking on the occasion, Col VK Baranwal, the eye specialist of the Command Hospital highlighted the adverse effects of prolonged computer usage. A large number of officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks, veterans and their families were benefited with this programme.
Mrs Shashi Sibal, Chairperson, Family Welfare Organisation, Vajra Corps, inaugurated a vocational training facility at Asha School in Ferozpur Cantonment. Asha School is an initiative for empowering and honing the skills of the physically and mentally challenged children. An awareness campaign has been launched to enable the parents of these challenged children to come forward and utilise this facility.
The facilites of equine, pet, hydro, physio and speech therapy are available for the children of Asha School. The noble efforts of the staff was appreciated by Mrs Shashi Sibal for creating a positive environment for the children.
Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional), South-Western Air Command (SWAC), organised a declamation contest at Ambedkar Bhavan, Gandhinagar. Selected students from different Kendriya Vidyalayas and Air Force Schools of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat region participated in the contest. Mrs Leena Gogoi, President AFWWA (Regional) Gandhinagar was the chief guest.
Master Shubham Sharma of Air Force Station Vadodara stood first in the English contest whereas Ms Bidisha Mandal of Air Force Station, Jamnagar stood first in the Hindi contest. These two winners will now represent SWAC region at the AFWWA Declamation Contest in New Delhi.
Military Station, Jodhpur organised a tree plantation drive. Maj Gen RS Chopra, officiating GOC Desert Corps inaugurated the event by planting a sapling at the Konark War Memorial. This was followed by officers, JCOs and men commencing the plantation drive at the station. Various saplings such as neem, amaltas, shisham, nimbu, ber and anar were planted.
An NGO headed by Mr Ganeshram Prajapati, a leading environmentalist of Jodhpur, joined hands with the Army in this noble venture.
Navy Children School, Chanakyapuri in New Delhi organised its investiture ceremony for the session 2011-12. Rear Admiral Ajit Kumar, Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development) was the chief guest. Spearheading the student council were the Head Boy Anadi Vashisht and the Head Girl Awadhi Saxena followed by the four house captains and prefects.
A battle royale was witnessed on the famous Naini Lake between four Army teams and four teams of Nainital Yacht Club (NTYC) for the coveted trophy of the Army Commander's Sailing Regatta-2011.
The Army Team was declared the winner and the team of NTYC was the runner up. The trophy was given away to the winning team by Lt Gen VK Ahluwalia, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command.
Mrs Shobha Ahluwalia, President Family Welfare Organisation, Central Command, senior Army officers and their families were also present on the occasion. Earlier, the Sailing Regatta was flagged off by Gen VK Singh, Chief of the Army Staff and Mrs Bharti Singh, President Family Welfare Organisation.
Gen VK Singh releasing the book
Air Cmde R Shankar at NCC HQ, Jodhpur
Dignitaries browsing through course material
Gen VK Singh at MH, Hisar
Army personnel providing help to 'Yatris'
Lt Gen SK Singh endorsing his remarks in the visitors book
Air Marshal PV Athawale being received at Bangalore
Lt Gen KT Parnaik at the Centre
Brig (Mrs) Vibha Dutta inaugurating 'Eye Awareness Week'
A view of the inauguration ceremony
Mrs Leena Gogoi with the participants of the contest
Gen VK Singh flagging off the Sailing Regatta