Armed Forces
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma honoured the children selected for the National Bravery Award 2012.
Nineteen children and parents of the posthumous awardees were formally hosted by Admiral Nirmal Verma and Mrs Madhulika Verma at the Navy House in New Delhi. During his interaction with the children and parents of the bravehearts, Admiral Verma commended them for their exemplary courage. He went on to add that he was humbled by the bravery displayed by the children and said that such acts were inspiring for one and all including men in uniform. He also commended the parents for instilling such high values in their children.
Whilst addressing the gathering, Admiral Verma said that such acts of bravery stood out as beacons for the people of the nation and added that these acts were worthy of being included as essential reading in the school curriculum.
When some children expressed the desire to join Navy, Admiral Verma said that such bravehearts would be welcome not just in Navy but Army and the Air Force as well.
-Cdr PVS Satish
Navy Chief Honours Brave Children
The Indian Coast Guard ship 'Rani Abbakka', the first of a series of five Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) built at M/s Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam, was commissioned at Visakhapatnam by Minister of State for Defence, Dr MM Pallam Raju in the presence of Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in- Chief (East), Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard and other dignitaries. The ship is named after Abbakka Mahadevi, the legendary queen of Tulunadu, Karnataka.
The 50-m Inshore Patrol Vessel is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment. The ship is manned by five officers and 34 men under the command of Commandant C Vivekananda. It will be based at Chennai.
- Praween Kavi
First Inshore Patrol Vessel Commissioned
In a solemn ceremony, Dr K Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the golden jubilee celebrations of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. The Academy was established five decades ago on January 1, 1963 in the aftermath of Chinese aggression.
During his visit, the Governor paid tributes to the martyrs from OTA in a solemn wreath-laying ceremony held at Martyrs' Memorial. Lt Gen SS Jog, Commandant, OTA and other senior military and civil officials, diplomats and eminent citizens were also present for the ceremony. Later, the Governor addressed the gathering at the auditorium.
A tree plantation drive to plant 5000 trees in OTA premises was also launched by the Governor to mark the occasion.
-N Andavan from Chennai
OTA Celebrates Golden Jubilee
Lt Gen KT Parnaik, GOC-in-C Northern Command accompanied by Mrs Anagha Parnaik, Regional President, Family Welfare Organisation (FWO) Northern Command paid a two-day visit to White Knight Corps. They were received by Lt Gen AS Nandal, GOC White Knight Corps and Mrs Madhu Nandal, Chairperson, White Knight Family Welfare Organisation. The General visited the troops deployed on the Line of Control and in the hinterland of Jammu region.
The GOC-in-C reviewed defence preparedness and the ongoing counter-infiltration operations. He also interacted with troops and complimented them for their steadfastness in maintaining the sanctity of the LoC.
Mrs Anagha Parnaik reviewed the welfare measures being undertaken for the families of soldiers. She visited Military Hospital in Jammu to meet the patients. Later, she visited Army Goodwill Public School in Rajouri.
-Lt Col Rajesh Kalia
The 3/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrated its diamond jubilee in Lucknow Cantonment recently.
The battalion has a rich history and has fought in all the theatres post-independence. The unit has the distinction of being the first Gorkha battalion to be raised in free India. It has in its rich haul, one Victoria Cross, two Maha Vir Chakras, one Kirti Chakra, seven Shaurya Chakras and 20 Sena Medals for gallantry. The event was attended by many serving and retired officers of the battalion. Lt Gen GM Nair, Colonel 11 Gorkha Rifles and Military Secretary also graced the occasion as the chief guest. He addressed a special 'sainik sammelan' on the occasion.
-Gp Capt Amit Mahajan from Lucknow
Records, the Maratha Light Infantry celebrated its 70th Raising Day recently. The Records Office was established in 1942. Addressing a special 'sainik sammelan' attended by all ranks including the civilian staff, the Chief Records Officer, Lt Col KC Rao highlighted, the major achievements of the Record Office.
The 'sainik sammelan' was followed by an entertainment programme and lunch for staff and their families. The occasion was graced by Brig CK Ramesh, Commandant, Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre who is also the Officer-in-Charge of Records.
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Northern Army Commander Visits LoC
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Raising Day of Records, MLI
Lt Gen KT Parnaik during the visit
Lt Gen GM Nair releasing 'Diamond Jubilee' Journal
Brig CK Ramesh addressing at 'badakhana'
Fourth Battalion of the Fourth Gorkha Rifles (GR) celebrated its golden jubilee on completion of fifty glorious years. The celebrations were attended by both retired as well as serving officers, JCOs and ORs including persons from Nepal.
The celebrations was marked by guard of honour, wreath-laying and a special 'sainik sammelan' by Maj Gen PS Paul Colonel of the Regiment, 4 GR. He also released a 'Special Day Cover' to commemorate 50 years of the battalion and gave medals to retired JCOs and NCOs in recognition of their contributions.
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Golden Jubilee
Maj Gen PS Paul presenting a medal to oldest JCO
Students get a glow on their faces whenever there is a talk of getting an opportunity to work in DRDO", said Prof Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi while addressing a galaxy of Delhi University academicians and top DRDO scientists during a brief ceremony held at New Delhi in which DRDO and University of Delhi entered a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing academic interaction and R & D collaboration.
Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, DG, DRDO in his address, highlighted the longstanding relationship of mutual collaboration between University of Delhi and DRDO. He described the MoU as a step towards formalising the collaborative efforts between the two great institutions and making them more focused.
Earlier, Dr Bhujanga Rao, distinguished scientist and Chief Controller R & D (HR), DRDO welcomed the guests. Mr RK Sinha, Registrar, University of Delhi, Prof Madan Mohan Chaturvedi, Head, Cluster Innovation Centre, Dr AK Singh, Director Human Resources Development, DRDO, Directors of Delhi-based laboratories of DRDO and several senior professors were present during the ceremony.
-Hamid Hussain
Eleven PHE workers, who had gone to repair broken water- supply pipe-lines, got stuck in snow bound forested area of village Aldhar in Doda at a height of 8803ft. On learning this, the Rashtriya Rifles battalion deployed in the area immediately launched a rescue team of two JCOs and 18 ORs including Nursing Assistant with emergency life-saving medicines, warm clothing and meals ready to eat alongwith seven police STF persons and necessary rescue equipment in the projected area, in the night itself.
The rescue team meticulously searched the entire area and finally located the victims in chest-deep snow. They immediately lit a fire to keep the civilians warm and distributed 11 pairs of extreme climate clothing (ECC) including socks and gloves to maintain their body temperature. The entire operation took thirteen hours throughout the night in hostile weather and tough terrain conditions.
-Lt Col Rajesh Kalia
Grenadiers Regimental Centre (GRC) has been awarded a GOC-in-C, Central Command Unit Citation. Brig KK Thacker, Commandant, Grenadiers Regimental Centre and Sub Maj Ajit Singh received the citation from Lt Gen VK Ahluwalia, GOC-in-C, Central Command at an investiture  ceremony at Jabalpur.
The Grenadiers Regimental Centre, in its quest to become a 'Centre of Excellence', has trained recruits more than its designed capacity and excelled in various fields. The centre successfully raised two units during the last one year.
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A National Integration Tour organised by 6 Rashtriya Rifles was flagged in by Mrs Manju Thodge, wife of Maj Gen Ravi Thodge, GOC Counter-Insurgancy Force (K). The tour-which comprised of twenty ladies of Ramhal, visited Jammu, Delhi, Dehra Dun, Jalandhar and Amritsar. In addition to visiting important historical monuments and other places of interest they interacted with Mrs Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi. Mrs Manju Thodge welcomed all the participants and appreciated their courage and initiative for taking part in the tour inspite of other responsibilities.
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MoU for Enhanced Academic Interaction
Rescue Operation at Doda
Unit Citation to GRC
Tour for Ladies of Kashmir
A view of the MoU signing ceremony
Rescue in progress
Lt Gen VK Ahluwalia presenting the citation
Ladies with Mrs Manju Thodge
As a part of Operation 'Sadbhavana', the EME Battalion (Transport) at Udhampur conducted a medical aid camp at village Dehuri.
Dehuri is a remote village located 40 km in the interiors of Udhampur district. The villagers had approached the Army authorities for conducting a medical camp as this area is deprived of good medical facilities. The 71 Sub Area undertook the task. A large number of villagers were benefited with this camp. The services of specialists in ophthalmology, ENT, gynaecology, paediatrician and pathology were also provided along with ultrasound and X-ray facilities. Free consultation and free medicines were provided to all the patients.
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Medical Aid Camp
A view of the camp
Indian Army organised a general health check-up camp at Pine Wood School, Hamirpur. The school  is being run under Operation 'Sadbhavana'  for the people of far-flung regions of  Poonch and Rajouri.
The health ckeck-up camp was organised by 13 Battalion of the Dogra Regiment and 325 Field Hospital, under the aegis of 120 Infantary Brigade. Over 450  teachers and children of the school were benefitted from the camp. Apart from a complete physical check-up and medical consultation, the students were also immunised for diseases like tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis-B. A comprehensive dental check-up and treatment was also undertaken at the camp. Beside these facilities, laboratory was also established for blood and urine examination.
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Health Check-up Camp
Health check-up at Pine Wood School
Navy Mela' 2011-12 was held at Indira Park, Kamorta Island. The event comprised of various sports events and cultural activities which saw participation of residents of the Nancowery group of Islands. The 'Mela' began with the display of Air Force and Naval Marine commandos as they demonstrated their offensive and tactical manoeuvres. Later in the evening, the Nicobarese in and around Nancowery presented various programmes showcasing their culture, traditions and heritage. The sports activities too witnessed a massive turn-out participants and fans.
The volleyball teams of both men and women gave a great show of team work and sportsmanship. The individual events like badminton and table tennis unveiled the great store of talent in the Islands. The success of the 'mela' was evident in the huge turn-out of people. The various stalls at Indira Park were a hit amongst the crowd. The Armed Forces sensitized the public on the opportunities in the forces for the youth. Besides popular Hindi feature films, various promotional movies of the defence forces were screened every evening. In his vote of thanks, Capt Raghwendra  Rai, CO Kardip expressed his gratitude to the people of Nancowery Islands for their participation.
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Navy Mela at Kamorta
Sailboat expedition in progress
As a part of the biennial event 'Milan-2012' an expedition of the J-24 class saiboat took off from Port Blair to the beautiful island city of Phuket, Thailand. This maiden voyage was flagged off from Naval Wharf, Haddo by Rear Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The J-24 class sailboat is 24 feet-long and has an approximate weight of 1400 kg. The total sailing duration from Port Blair to Phuket and back was about ten days.
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Sailboat Expedition to Phuket
After having performed in 30 prominent cities across the country under 'Parikarma' campaign, the fusion band of the Territorial Army performed at  Chandigarh. The event was organised by the Territorial Army Group Headquarters of Western Command.
Speaking on the occasion, the TA Group Commander Brig Ashwini Sharma said that the aim of this programme was to make people aware Territorial Army (TA) and spread the message of camaraderie and patriotism.
-Pavitar Singh from Chandigarh
Fusion Band Performed
Admiral Nirmal Verma and Mrs Madhulika Verma with an awardee
ICG Ship 'Rani Abbakka'
Dr K Rosaiah lighting the traditional lamp at the inauguration ceremony