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Exercise RANBANKURA - 13


Exercise RANBANKURA was conducted recently in the deserts of Rajasthan with an aim to validate operational plans and latest fighting concepts of the Ranbankura Division. The complete spectrum of operations from mobilisation to the execution of defensive manoeuvres were validated. In its final phase, Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, GOC-in-C SAPTA SHAKTI Command accompanied by Lt Gen N S Ghel, GOC CHETAK Corps witnessed an exercise set against a backdrop of battlefield transparency in a network centric environment. This exercise is yet another cornerstone of the Indian Army’s drive to achieve seamless integration of technology in the war fighting philosophy.


Disposal Of Bombs at Barmer


Army Bomb Disposal experts disposed huge quantity of vintage bombs found in the civil area of Barmer recently. These 1965 vintage 2” Mortar Bombs were very sensitive and held a threat to the lives of almost 50 families residing in the area. 67 Bombs were loaded in six specially prepared vehicles & moved outside the city. All the Bombs were disposed by blasting in four specially constructed demolition pits, 20 Km away from Barmer City. This mammoth task involving a number of agencies was successfully accomplished by Counter Explosive Device Unit.




Exercise Panchjanya was conducted by Western Command recently in the plains of Punjab to validate its battle readiness, operational effectiveness including logistic adequacy as part of integrated theatre battle concept. Kharga, Vajra and Rising Star Corps alongwith affiliated component of Air Force participated in the exercise. The focus was on efficient war fighting in a network centric battlefield and the spectrum encompassed new generation equipment, major weapon platforms, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and communication systems in the backdrop


Gentleman Cadets Learn Battle Techniques at Gaya


Gentleman Cadets of Officers Training Academy, visited Ranchi Military Station recently and witnessed a demonstration on the role of an Armoured Regiment in war. It was for the first time the Gentleman Cadets were exposed to mechanics of undertaking swift attack. The demonstration was an illustrated account of firepower and maneuverability of mechanized forces. It was followed by an equipment display and an interactive session.




Mobile Cellular Communication System

A pioneering project called Mobile Cellular Communication System has been undertaken to facilitate smooth communication in the urban milieu in Srinagar. A foundation stone laying ceremony for the project was organised recently, in the presence of a number of civil and military dignitaries. The event commenced with a short brief about the project.


Empowerment of Women In Surankote


A course on blanket making was conducted at Potha by Romeo Force in tandem with Jamola Nehru Youth Club, Surankote. Approximately 30 women from Surankote attended this cadre. The material for the cadre was provided to the participants free of cost by the organizers. Romeo Force is also planning similar initiatives to empower women at other places in Poonch and Rajouri Districts in association with the J & K Bank.

Technical Career Counseling at Rajouri


Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri, organized a technical demonstration cum career counseling seminar at Rajouri on recently. The seminar was attended by representatives of nearly 20 companies including leading public sector, communication, civil engineering, IT, telecom and electrical companies. Approximately 500 students from the University benefited from this event.


Rural Olympics at Mendhar


Over 1500 persons took part in the Rural Olympics organized by Romeo Force at „Op Hill Stadium "Mendhar". During the three day meet participants took part in volleyball, kho-kho, tug of war, kabaddi, and local rural sports like Bhini (Baju Pakarna), pagri wearing and Bukhdhar (Stone Lifting) competition. A total of 34 teams of Volleyball, 28 teams of Kabbaddi, 41 teams of Tug of War, 37 village Panchayat teams for Bhini and 145 youth for Bukhdhar competition participated in the event. The closing ceremony was marked by a cultural programme put up by boys & girls of Poonch and Rajouri Districts based on the theme of brotherhood & communal harmony.


Fd Regt (Kargil) Inducts to UNDOF


Field Regiment (KARGIL), a veteran of Op Vijay and CI operations in both the Northern and Eastern theatres inducted it's first battery to UNDOF (UN Mission in Israel) . The unit, owing to its sterling performance in Op Vijay and CI ops was aptly chosen to lead this deployment in UNDOF. The inducting troops were addressed by Maj Gen Sukesh Rakshit, GOC Dah Division, at New Delhi and were sensitized about various issues of working in the UN environment with multinational forces.


Sahrai-E-Quami Itehad


In furtherance of “Project Sadhbhavna” initiatives and to expose the young generation of Kashmir Valley to the rich cultural heritage, secular fabric and rising economic and technological prowess of the nation, Fd Regt (Kargil) organised a National Integration & Motivation Tour for twenty four students from remote areas of District Kupwara (J&K) to Srinagar, Jammu, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Patiala, Delhi and Jallandhar recently. These tours serve to bring the locals of J&K closer to their counterparts in the country as also serve to broaden their horizon.


Veer Naris & Ex-servicemen Rally at Kishtwar


A Ex-Servicemen Rally was organised at Bhandarkut, Distt Kishtwar on 15 May 2013. The event was presided over by Brigadier Hitesh Kohli, Sector Commander and was attended by 30 Veer Naris, 85 Ex-Servicemen and reps of Civ Adm. Info on various entitlements, pension and welfare schemes were covered for benefit of attendees. The reps of civil adm gave a patient hearing to the problems of the veterans and promised to take immediate steps to resolve the same. All Veer Naris were felicitated by the Sect Cdr with gifts. Important Welfare Scheme of Central Govt and State Govt were disseminated by President Dist Soldier Welfare Board, Doda and Kishtwar District.


Anantnag Premier League


The Army besides conducting relentless counter terrorist operations in Jammu & Kashmir is also providing an opportunity to the young generation of the state to boost the spirit of sportsmanship and create a healthy competitive environment amongst the much capable and talented youth of Kashmir. Anantnag Premier League 2013 T-20 Cricket Tournament was organized by Rashtriya Rifles Battalion . The tournament was a mega hit and it recd optimistic response from all spheres of Kashmir Valley. Most of the local and national newspapers as well as electronic media highlighted and covered the event.


Army Organizes Cricket Tournament : Chinka


In the chain of events for bringing back peace and harmony in J&K and to promote sports and the spirit of sportsmanship, the Rashtriya Rifles at Reasi organized a month long Cricket tournament at Chinka village under Reasi Tehsil. A total of 12 teams from Reasi and Ramban Districts participated. The final match was played on 19th April between Reasi Marhi and Reasi Sharm Clubs. . The final match was won by Reasi Sharm .The Chief Guest complimented all participating teams for the display of sportsman spirit.




Sports Recruitment Rally


Induction rally for recruitment into the Boys Sports Company was conducted by Gorkha Training Centre Shillong for aspiring sports cadets in Archery, Boxing & Football disciplines from 29 to 31 May. A total of 279 boys from far flung areas of North East attended the selection rally. The sports lineage of the Centre is astounding. The enthusiasm of boys translated into an impressive display of talents on the field.


‘Go Green’ Campaign at Laitkor


In continuance with its crusade to serve the people of the North East, the Assam Rifles "Go Green" campaign commenced on 31 May 2013, with Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Director General Assam Rifles planting a sapling at the Laitkor Garrison. This year, the Assam Rifles plans to continue with the drive to plant over 1,50,000 saplings. The school children of Assam Rifles Public School and Assam Rifles Nodal School, Laitkor, planted a number of saplings. More than 5000 saplings were planted, comprising of varied species of coniferous, ornamental and fruit bearing trees.


Best Zonal Hospital


Army Commander's trophy for best Zonal Hospital was introduced with an aim to inculcate healthy competitiveness and progressive work culture amongst hospitals for continuous improvement in quality of patient care. The Best Zonal Hospital Trophy for the year 2011-12 was awarded to Base Hospital, Tezpur & Mid Zonal Hospital Trophy was awarded to Military Hospital, Dimapur.


A memorable day for Students


The Tawang Military Garrison organized a visit for many young and budding students of Tawang to witness an Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopter at the military helipad. On 22 May 13, in a inspiring visit organised by Tawang Military Garrison at military helipad, During the visit, the children and the other civilian visitors were shown a MI-17 VS helicopter, its refueling and operation. Garrison Commander addressed the gathering and motivated the students to join Indian Armed Forces. The visit left an indelible mark on the minds of the youth.




Indian National Defence University (INDU)


The Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for INDU on 23 May 13. The Mission of INDU would be to educate on national defence, its management and all aspects relating to national security. INDU will inculcate and promote coordination and interaction not just between the three Armed Services but also between other agencies of the Government, the Civil Bureaucracy, Paramilitary Force and Intelligence Services. The Defence Minister and all the service chiefs were also in attendance.


Unveiling of Flag of Sikkim Scouts


The VCOAS, unveiled the flag of Sikkim Scouts in New Delhi recently. This new battalion will be raised at  GRRC, Lucknow. Raised on "Sons of Soils" concept to guard the nation's frontiers, this battalion will be permanently located in high altitude and rugged terrain of Sikkim. The VCOAS exhorted all present to work hard and lay a solid foundation. He remarked that other troops will stay for 2-3 years in these altitudes and then withdraw, but the Scouts would be permanently located in Sikkim.


Visually Impaired Boy Wins Laurels


Ajit Singh son of Dfr Jagmohan Singh, Armoured Regiment belongs to a humble family and was born on 30 Apr 1996 at Mathura, UP. The boy lost his eyes at a very young age due to Reteno Blastoma (ie, Cancer Infection of Eyes). He has two sisters, the elder sister is paralyzed and needs complete assistance for-to-day activities. Being blind at an early age posed a great deal of challenge in accomplishing routine tasks, but Ajit Singh against all odds and motivation from his family, particularly his father, Dfr Jagmohan Singh achieved 9.8 CGPA in class X CBSE Exam 2013. His is a true example of indomitable spirit overcoming all odds. He is presently slated to go to USA on scholarship for higher studies.


MEG & Centre's Go Green


In an effort to fight the increasing concretization and loss of greenery in Namma Bengaluru, MEG & Centre in association with BBMP & the BDA undertook a massive plantation drive with the motto „Each one plant one„ on the World Environment Day. A total of about 4000 saplings, which included flowering trees, Medicine yielding trees, Bio fuel trees and Fruit trees have been planted. It was heartening to see the enthusiasm and awareness about environment amongst the school children and the recruits taking part in this drive.




Veterans Rally at Mandalay Brigade


The COAS inaugurated a Veterans rally for ex-servicemen recently organised by Mandalay Brigade. The rally was based on the theme of "Izzat, Sambandh, Sehat aur Sahuliat" and was attended by approximately 11000 veterans from various districts of West Bengal. It provided an excellent opportunity for veterans to come together and share their grievances with representatives PCDA (Pension) Allahabad, Record offices of Arty, BEG, Sig, ASC, AOC, AMC and AEC. The main highlight of the rally was inauguration of a toll free veteran helpline by the COAS.


The Batch of SCO Commissioned at OTA, Gaya


The COAS reviewed the Passing out Parade of the third batch of officers of Officers Training Academy (OTA), Gaya. 37 Special Commission Officers were commissioned into the Army while 91 cadets completed their Basic Military Training before proceeding to various military technical institutions to complete their balance training. The passing out parade mesmerised a large gathering of military, police and civil dignitaries and family members of the trainees with their suave and graceful drill movements.


Passing Out Parade at IMA


631 Gentlemen Cadets and 74 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from friendly foreign countries passed out from the IMA Dehradun on 08 June 2013. The Gentlemen Cadets displayed tremendous enthusiasm, vigour and zeal, putting up an excellent parade before the Reviewing Officer Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne. The synchronicity of the parade drew applause from the ever enthusiastic audience. The Passing Out Parade was witnessed by Military and Civil Dignitaries and the family members, relatives and friends of the newly commissioned officers.


IRS Probationers Visit Sri Ganganagar


A batch of twenty three (including five officers from Bhutan) Indian Revenue Services Probationers visited Sri Ganganagar recently. Major General NC Badhani, General Officer Commanding Amogh Division interacted with the probationers and educated them about the rich ethos, customs and traditions of the Indian Army. The aim of the visit was to acquaint IRS Probationers with the Indian Army and its functioning in various peace and field locations. The IRS Probationers were given an extensive exposure with respect to the functioning of all Arms and Services, to include the profile of the Indian Army, routine of a soldier in an Infantry Battalion, day and night firing, exposure to modern military equipment, a visit to an exhibition of arms and equipment, besides historical war memorials. The visit evoked a positive and an enthusiastic response from the probationers and helped rejuvenate the bonds of mutual understanding between the Probationers and the Army.




Mount Trishul Expedition


The Mount Trishul expedition team of Mahar Regiment and Red Eagle Division commenced its journey on 26 Apr 2013 from Lucknow and finally reached the summit, scaling the mighty Mount Trishul standing tall at 7120 meters on 24 May 2013.The team descended the steep slopes of the peak to reach their respective camps by the dusk of 24 May 2013. The mountaineering team also undertook cleaning of hazardous bio-degradable waste products along the route which were left by past trekking and mountaineering expedition teams.


Achievement of Archer


Archer Sep Sandeep Kumar of JAT represented the Indian Team in 1st Asian Archery Grand Prix held at Bangkok (Thailand) recently and won the Gold Medal in the team event. He bagged the second position on the basis of overall individual rankings thereby bringing laurels to the Army's Archery Node.


NCC Cadets Conquer Everest


History was created when the first ever Mount Everest Expedition of NCC Cadets scaled the world's highest peak in two teams on 19 and 20 May 2013. The first team led by Subedar Jagat Singh, one NCO and five NCC Cadets scaled the peak at 0730 hrs on 19 May 2013 and the second team of two NCOs and three NCC Cadets scaled at 0635 hrs on 20 May 2013. Led by Col SC Sharma, the team was flagged off by the Hon'ble Rakha Rajya Mantri Shri Jitendra Singh on 03 Apr 13 from New Delhi. Lt Gen PS Bhalla, Director General NCC complemented all the team members for this distinguished achievement.


Joint Indo-Nepal Army Expedition


Fostering the spirit of evergrowing bilateral relationship and friendship between two armies, a Joint Indo-Nepal Army Expedition was launched in the Diamond Jubilee year of the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay. The expedition team comprising 20 personnel of Indian Army under Maj RS Jamwal, VSM and 13 personnel of Nepal Army under Maj Sunil Singh Rathour was flagged off by General Bikram Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army on 9 Apr 2013 from Delhi. On 19 and 20 May the joint expedition brought laurels to the two armies by jointly placing 20 members atop Mt Everest. This spectacular success is supplemented by the path breaking endeavor of the team in restoring fragile ecological balance by bringing down approx four tons of non-biodegradable waste left behind in the higher reaches by the previous generation of climbers. The expedition was Flagged In at Kathmandu jointly by the Chief of Army Staff of the Nepal Army General Gaurav SJB Rana and General Bikram Singh on 10 Jun 2013.





HQ Sub Area celebrated its Golden Jubilee

Army Ordinance Corps celebrated

its 238th Corps Day



The Agnibaaz Division celebrated its 12th Raising Day

The Agnibaaz Division celebrated its  12th Raising Day



Pioneer Unit celebrated its Golden Jubilee

Field Regiment celebrated its 31st Raising Day



Company ASC (Supply) Type 'G' celebrated its Golden Jubilee

   Engineer Regiment Celebrates its  48th     Raising Day




On Women Empowerment Plan


A presentation on “Women Empowerment” was organised on 18 May 2013 at Dhana Military Station. The programme had an on-ground audience of officials of Women and Child Welfare Department Saugor Division, families of all ranks of Dhana Military Station. And apart from the media division that encompassed Editors of Sundry networks there were also the ardent young women of various Colleges from neighbouring Dhana Military Station. The most eye catching part of the show was the dramatic piece, staged by families of MAHAR, that put, the social inequity on womenfolk, in the picture and elucidated their stands in various walks of life.


Nursing College Celebrates 8th Annual Day


Army Nursing College celebrated its 8th Annual Day. Lt Gen AK Bakshi, General Officer Commanding, Vajra Corps and Patron of the College was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Army College of Nursing was established in August 2005 by Army for imparting quality nursing education to the female wards of serving and retired Army personnel at an affordable cost. Mrs Shraddha Bakshi Regional President, Vajra AWWA, distributed prizes to the students.


President AWWA, 3 Corps Visits Lohit District


Mrs Vineeta Sahni, President, AWWA Corps alongwith Mrs Pradnya Ambre, Chairperson, FWO, Mountain Division visited Apna Vidya Bhavan School, Wakro in Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh on 29 April 2013. Witnessing the impressive cultural programme put up by the children, Mrs Vineeta Sahni appreciated Apna Vidya Bhavan, Wakro for imparting education & services to the poor people including girls from the remote areas.


Gurj Division Honours Veer Naris


As homage to the gallant soldiers of the Indian Army who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation, the Gurj Division held a ceremony to honour the Veer Naris on 27 April 2013. The event reached out to the Veer Naris from the far flung areas of Samba, Kathua, Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts and spread awareness amongst them about their entitlements and rights.





A Medical Camp was organised by Field Hospital at St Georges HS School Pedong

Mountain Division established a Computer Training Laboratory at Udhampur (J&K)



A free Medical Camp was organised by Rashtriya Rifles at Chinta

A health screening camp was organised by Black Elephant Division at MH Patiala



Educational tour for students of Nubra Valley organised by SIACHEN Brigade

A Medical camp organised by CIF (Romeo) at Rajouri and Poonch (J&K)




The COAS undertook a four day tour to France from 26 to 30 May 2013. India shares deep bilateral and strategic relations with France that are multifaceted and have been strengthened over the years with regular exchange of visits at political, diplomatic and military levels. In the field of defence the relations have graduated from military cooperation to comprehensive defence cooperation, to include courses, training for UN Peacekeeping Operations, joint counter terrorism training and exercises, exchange of observers in exercises and defence procurement. During his visit, the Army Chief interacted with Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, Minister for Defence, Adm Edouard Guillaud, Chief of General Staff and Gen Bertrand Ract-Madoux, Chief of France Army and discussed various related issues to strengthen existing defence ties with France. The COAS also visited Land Forces Command in Lille and the Military School at Draguignan. During his visit the Chief also laid a wreath at Neuve Chapelle Memorial, dedicated to the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in France and Belgium in the First World War.



Lt Gen Dalbir Singh, GOC–in-C

Easter-Command felicitates

General Eiji Kimizuka, COAS Japan

A Delegation from Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), UK, visits

Fort William, Kolkata


Inauguration of Medical Sub Centre


As part of the ongoing efforts to assist local populace in this remote part of Ladakh, an “Augmented Medical Sub Centre” was inaugurated at village Garkhun (Batalik Sect) on 09 Apr 2013 by Tiger Hill Brigade. The Medical Sub Centre has been augmented by providing Army Doctors (incl Lady MO) and also by providing special equipment and medicines.The inauguration event was attended by more than 250 locals including approximately 50 students of local school and was made more colourful with the traditional dances performed by locals and school children.

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