Snippets : Nov 2011

4/9 Gorkha Rifles Team Wins Gold in Cambrian Patrol Competition in UK

The Indian Army team of 4/9 Gorkha Rifles (Chindits) won the coveted Gold Medal, from amongst 100 teams (including 14 foreign teams) that took part in the Cambrian Patrol competition held in United Kingdom in Oct. Starting in 1959 as a ‘March & Shooting Competition’, in 1986 it became a 'Long Range Patrol’.



Indo-Mongolia Joint Training Exercise

Exercise Nomadic Elephant-11 a joint exercise with Mongolian Army was conducted from 16 - 29 Sep at Mongolia. The emphasis was on joint operations to enhance interoperability for operations under the UN mandate. Mr Satbir Singh, Indian Ambassador to Mongolia and Lt Gen TS Bayambajav, Chief of General Staff, Mongolian Armed Forces, addressed troops at the opening ceremony. Our DGMO witnessed the closing part of the exercise.

Army Aviation Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Raised on 01 Nov 1986, Army Aviation Corps celebrated 25 years at he Aviation Base, Nasik. The celebrations commenced on 25 Nov with the COAS, Gen VK Singh, releasing the ‘First Day Cover’ & inaugurating ‘The Sky Soldiers’ photo gallery. The showcasing of combat maneuvers executed by Dhruv, Chetak and Cheetah helicopters gave a glimpse of the daring tasks undertaken by aviators in battle. Release of the Army Aviation film ‘Swift and Sure’, and a Book ‘Wing of Commitment’ were the other highlights.

MS Dhoni, Abhinav Bindra and Dr Deepak Rao Granted Honorary Ranks

Strengthening the citizen-soldier bonds, MS Dhoni & Abhinav Bindra were commissioned as Honorary Lt Colonels and Dr Deepak Rao as a Honorary Major in the Territorial Army(TA).By donning the Olive Greens, these Brand Ambassadors will be an inspiration to youngsters of our Nation.
Dhoni and Bindra were bestowed the honour for their outstanding contribution in the field of sports. Deepak Rao has specialised in modern Close Quarter Battle Training (CQB), and imparted this expertise for 17 years to train soldiers. He has also been an Instructor in Reflex Shooting and Deep Sea Diving. Col Anil Habbu, Lt Col Kapil Dev and Lt Col Mohan Lal are the other Honorary TA officers.

Jak Li Military Band Enthralls Lolab Vally

Rashtriya Rifles organized a Military Mass Band Display in Sogam Tehsil of picturesque Lolab Valley, which was the first of its kind in Northern Kashmir in 30 years. The Military Mass Band received an overwhelming response from the local populace, as they turned out in great number to witness their ‘sons of the soil’ from JAK LI Regimental Centre perform in an immaculate manner. The initiative was deeply appreciated by all especially the youth, who were witness to this finer and softer aspect of Army for the first time.

Nature Bazaar Organised by Gurj Division

A ‘Nature & Artisans Bazaar’ was organised at Mamun Cantt wherein artisans and craftsmen from various States displayed their products. It also gave an opportunity to NGOs to display wares created as welfare ventures and for self betterment of various craftsmen/artisan groups who come from all parts of the country.

The participants included NGOs like. Kadam Haat, Karam Marg, Antradrishti, Antarkranti, Agor Dagra Afad, Bondwal, Anand Chitrakar, Haati Chaap and Manas.

Officers Training Academy at Gaya

Towards addressing the problem of shortage of officers, Officers Training Academy, Gaya, was raised on 18 July, and commenced training. The Academy, in merely four months of existence, is now functional with state of the art infrastructure and training facilities. Gen V K Singh, COAS, congratulating the pioneer batch of 149 GCs, advised them to lead by personal example and exhorted them to imbibe the Academy motto- 'Shaurya, Gyan aur Sankalp' in letter and spirit.

Rescue and Relief of Gangotri Pilgrims

On 10 Oct, a civil passenger bus enroute to Gangotri, carrying 42 people including ladies, children and foreigners on board fell into a 30 meter deep gorge. In a swift and timely action, disaster QRT of MAHAR Unit, carried out rescue and relief. Their prompt action resulted in saving the lives of more than 20 passengers and was widely appreciated.


Seminar On Environment Protection, Climate Change & Global Warming

Kripan Division and Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Eastern Region, jointly organised a seminar on environment protection, climate change and global warming, on 24 Oct at Binnaguri Military Station. Experts from PCRA enlightened the audience about the overall energy scenario and also explained the techniques of conserving energy in fields like electricity, LPG and transport. They also covered climate change and global warming and its effect on our lives. 'Project Green Kripan', launched by the Formation, has achieved its annual target of planting 40,000 trees.

Succor to Ex-Servicemen : Polyclinic Opened at Nagrota Gujroo

A large number of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and widow pensioners reside in remote villages along the Dhar-Udhampur road, Udhampur being the nearest military station with support facilities





Vajr Cup Football Tournament

An intra district football tournament was organised by Vajr Division from 25 Sep to 01 Nov in which 10 teams of Kupwara District participated. In a closely fought final match, the team of Langait beat Kupwara by a margin of four goals. The tournament gained immense popularity amongst the locals, who turned out in large numbers to cheer their respective teams.






Modern Transit Facility Inaugurated at Leh

To facilitate movement of troops to Leh and beyond upto Siachen, the world’s highest battle field, a Modern Transit Facility (MTF) has been opened at Leh. The MTF, inaugurated by the COAS, Gen V K Singh recently, will aid soldiers travelling to and from Chandigarh using Service Courier flights operated by the IAF.





Seminar on Career Guidance in South Kashmir

A seminar on Career Guidance was organized on 17 Oct at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipura by HQ, CI Force (Victor).

The panelists, headed by Maj Gen (Retd) P K Saighal, included Ms Aparna Reddy, Mr Zubin Malhotra and Md Ayub Shah, who discoursed on career opportunities in the 21st century, women empowerment and entrepreneurship in Kashmir. GOC, Chinar Corps, in his address said that development of youth will ensure a brighter future for Kashmiri youth.



Adarsh Gram Project: Towards A Better Tomorrow

To promote better standards of living and environment friendliness in an insurgency afflicted area, Red Horns Division initiated project ‘Adarsh Gram’, at Deepabasti village, North Assam. Under the project, various self help programs were initiated. An afforestation drive and instituting 'Zimmewari System' for safety of saplings, was implemented.


Army’s Efforts help Rescue Trapped Elephants

An Army location on outskirts of Siliguri covers nearly 1300 acres, out of which 959 acres is hired reserve forest, that forms a part of an elephant corridor (connecting elephant habitats of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary with those of Bagdogra). Herds regularily cross this corridor round the year.

While transiting, the calves start explorating in the depot, and in their inquisitiveness, tend to jump in Static water tanks(SWTs). One such incident occurred at the depot recently, that triggered a rescue operation. First a JCB was obtained to break the Tank walls, than water was suctioned out and the base filled by stones/cement blocks. This effort to save an animal’s life was appreciated by Mr Hiten Barman, Minister of Forest, Paschimbanga.

Joint Indo-Nepalese Lady Officers Himalayan Trek

As part of military interaction between India & Nepal, a first ever Joint Women Officers’ Ecological Himalayan Trek was conducted from 08 to 25 Oct in Nepal. The Indian team of ten Lady Officers was led by Maj Reema Sobti. Lt Col R Rana and Major RJ Thapa from the Nepalese Army, alongwith eleven lady officers, joined in Kathmandu. The trek was routed through the famous Annapurna Route, commencing from Nayapul. The group moved to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters), then descended to Sinua and moved to Tadapani and Ghorepani, finally culminating at Tatopani Hot Water Springs. The acting Chief Of Nepalese Army, DG MT and the Indian Defence Attache interacted with the team on return.

Bronze Medal at Shooting Grand Prix, Tehran

Hav Om Prakash of the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), won the bronze medal at the recently concluded Shooting Grand Prix at Tehran from 07 to 13 Nov. Having scored a brilliant 576/600 in the 10m air pistol match, he won the 3rd position with the Gold going to Iran, and the silver medal being won by teammate Amit Pilania.




Terriers White Water Rafting Expedition

Under technical guidance & supervision of Army Adventure Wing, Territorial Army, Central Zone conducted a white water rafting expedition in the Ganges from 01 to 04 Nov. The 151 kms stretch was encountered by a specially trained 'Terriers' team of 20 led by Major Pawan Rauthan. The participants interacted with locals as well as tourist on tree plantation, checking of soil erosion, water conservation and above all, keeping rivers free from pollution.

13th Raid De Himalaya Car Rally

A team from 105 Engineer Regiment took part in the 13th Maruti Suzuki Raid-De- Himalaya. The event, which saw over 200 participants (including international teams & ten Army teams) concluded after six days of gruelling ride, covering over 2000 kms from Shimla to Srinagar, traversing through high motorable roads & passes across the mighty Himalayas. Lt Col H S Sidhu & Naik Sanjay Lade were sixth in their category and the team of Lt Col Subodh Verma & Maj Kaushalendra came 2nd in X-treme category.

Celebration of Martyr’s Day in Kiwanja, Congo

The 'Blue Turbans' celebrated its 24th Martyrs Day in the memory of 29 braves, who, on 12 Oct 1987, during Operation Pawan (Sri Lanka) had laid down their lives. It was a nostalgic moment for the battalion to celebrate the Martyrs Day in a foreign land, as the gallant sacrifice was also made on foreign soil. On the occasion, a number of functions were organized, to include wreath laying, presentation on regimental history and Op Pawan by a young officer to all ranks and prayers in the Gurudwara.

Automotive Training School Opened by INDBATT-1

14 Garhwal Rifles Infantry Battalion Group, which was recently inducted into mission area of MONUSCO, has established itself professionally and has carved a niche in hearts of the locals through WHAM activities. One such step was the setting up of an Automotive Training School to impart Basic Automobile Repair training to youth of Goma town. The first batch, 34 students from various societal strata are presently being trained. This contribution will equip the youth of Goma with a new skill and help them contribute meaningfully to the society.

UN Day Celebrations

24 Oct is celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948, with humanitarian meetings, discussions and exhibits on achievements of UN. In order to reach out to the masses, INDBATT-2 celebrated this day with fervour & support from locals and dignitaries of Kiwanja and Rutshuru, in Congo.

In a special blood donation camp, three Offrs, two JCOs and 21 other ranks belonging to rare blood groups donated blood. Thereafter, a 'Race for Peace' was organised near COB Kiwanja. Later, a drawing competition, with the theme “Love & Peace” was conducted for school children of Kiwanja. A ‘Pipe Band Display’ to express MONUSCO’s solidarity followed.