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COAS Felicitates National Bravery Awardees

 

 

         General Bipin Rawat, COAS, felicitated the awardees of National Bravery Award for year 2016 at South Block today. The awardees included 25 children (11 girls and 14 boys including 4 posthumous awardees) from states across the country. The awardees were involved in a wide range of acts of bravery spanning from rescue acts, uncovering international sex racket, actions against anti social elements, amongst others.

       

        Interacting with the children, the Army Chief exhorted them to continue doing well in life, work hard and be a role model for others. Many of the children expressed their desire to join Army.

 

        The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their example. The Awardees are invited to Delhi and receive their awards from the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the eve of Republic Day. The children will also take part in the Republic Day Parade. 

 

               Since the inception of the scheme in 1957, the Indian Council for Child Welfare has given awards to 945 brave children ( 669 boys and 276 Girls). It was in 1957 that two children, a boy and a girl, were first awarded for their presence of mind and courage. Since then ICCW decided to confer national awards on children every year.  Applications for the awards are received from various sources such as central, State Government Departments, Panchayats, Zila Panchayats, Police Departments, School authorities as well as State and Union Territory Councils for Child Welfare.

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

 

President of India Extends his Greetings on the Occasion of Army Day 2017

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to all officers, soldiers, veterans, civilians, ex-servicemen and their families on the occasion of Army Day 2017.

 

In his message, the President has said, “I am happy to learn that the Army Day is being celebrated on 15th January, 2017.

 

The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in ensuring the national security of India, whilst defending our borders across some of the most perilous terrain in the world.  It provides stability during internal security challenges and is often called upon to provide assistance during natural calamities. The Indian Army is known for its professionalism, selfless commitment and the unparalleled bravery of its rank and file.

 

Today, we remember our bravehearts who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.  The nation is indebted to them and their families.  I wish to place on record our deepest appreciation for the dedication and devotion of our soldiers in their service to the nation.

 

I am confident the Indian Army will continue to acquit itself as a robust and vital instrument of national power in the coming years.

 

I wish the Army Day celebrations all success”.

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AKT/HS

 

Lt Gen SK Sinha Passes Away

 

            His Excellency Lt Gen S K Sinha, PVSM (Retired), 90, passed away on 17 November 2016 in Delhi.

 

            Born in 1926, Lt Gen SK Sinha graduated with Honours from Patna University in 1942 at the young age of seventeen. He joined the Army soon thereafter passing out as the Best Cadet from the Officers Training School, Belgaum. He saw combat during the Second World War in Burma and Indonesia and after Independence in Kashmir.

 

            The General commanded battalion of 5 GORKHA RIFILES in Ladakh, a brigade in Manipur, a Mountain Division in Assam, Infantry Division in Jammu,  a Corps and a field Army in the Western Theatre. He also had the distinction of serving as Adjutant General and Vice Chief of Army Staff.

 

            During his varied career, Lt Gen Sinha, in 1949 was appointed Secretary of the Indian delegation for delineation of the Cease Fire Line in Kashmir. In 1972 he led the Indian delegation to Italy for a conference on application of human rights to warfare. In recognition of his service he was awarded Param Vishist Sewa Medal in 1973.

 

            As a Statesman, Lt Gen Sinha was appointed India's Ambassador to Nepal in 1990. Appreciative of his work the then Prime Minister of Nepal had said, "General Sinha was as much India's Ambassador to Nepal as Nepal's Ambassador to India". He also had been Governor of two insurgency prone States of Assam and J&K.

 

 

            A prolific writer, he authored five books including one on Jammu and Kashmir Operation of 1947-48 and his autobiography, "A Soldier Recalls".

Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, serving and retired army personnel will pay homage to the ‘Soldier Statesman’ on 18 November 2016 at Brar Square, New Delhi.

 

 

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

69TH ARMY DAY PARADE-2017

             

On Army Day, Indian Army

Celebrates being Instrument of National Power

 

 

Indian Army celebrated its 69th Army Day today. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff reviewed the Army Day Parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and awarded fifteen Sena Medals (including five posthumously) for individual acts of Gallantry and fourteen COAS Unit Citations for commendable performance of their respective units. 

 

          Every year Indian Army celebrates 15th January as ‘Army Day’ to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M Carriappa took over the command of Army from General Sir F.R.R Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence.

 

General Bipin Rawat, in his address stated that while India sought peace on Line of Control, Cease Fire Violations or untoward incidents propagated by Pakistan will be responded to by force. He also brought out that Confidence Building Measures were being further strengthened along the Line of Actual Control with China to reduce tensions. The COAS  highlighted contribution of Indian Army in UN Peace Keeping Missions, modernization projects in the pipeline and welfare schemes being instituted for serving soldiers, ex servicemen and veer naris. He  reinforced the point that redressal of individual grievances by serving personnel should be carried out through established mechanisms within Army rather than resorting to platform of social media for the same.

 

       

 

 The parade was commanded by Maj Gen Rajesh Sahai, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area.  The leading contingent of the parade was formed of the recipients of the Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra Awardees and International Sports Awardees. This was followed by Army contingents which included T-90 Tank BHISHMA, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP II, Brahmos Missile System,  Weapon Locating Radar (SWATHI), Akash Missile System, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear) Reconnaissance Vehicle, Mobile transportable satellite terminal vehicle and seven marching contingents including mounted horse cavalry. 

 

        The Veterans Tableaux, organized by the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans, depicted their role and contributions towards the nation. A motorcycle display by “SHWET ASHW” team of the Army Corps of Military Police was the other attraction during the parade. A Paramotors display was also carried out by a team from the 50 (I) Para Brigade.

 

       The grand finale was a combat demonstration, which showcased combat techniques of the Army sub units. Combat actions included strafing runs depicted by armed helicopter, combat manoeuvres by tracked combat vehicles and special operations including  air insertion and extrication of soldiers behind enemy lines.  

 

         The Indian Army is regarded as one of the most credible institutions and Instrument of National Power. Indian Army operates in the most inhospitable conditions with resolve and pride. It has acquitted itself extremely creditably in internal security and counter-insurgency operations and has extended invaluable aid to civil authorities in disaster management and maintenance of law and order.

 

        Earlier in the day, wreaths were laid at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate by the three Service Chiefs to commemorate the Army Day.

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

 

       

 

       

         

 

 

Coas Felicitates Miss Tajamul Islam of Army Goodwill School Bandipora, J&K

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, felicitated Miss Tajamul Islam, student of Class II of Army Goodwill School, Bandipora, and winner of ‘Gold Medal’ in World Sub Junior Kickboxing Championship at South Block, New Delhi, today. She won the gold medal in the championship which was held at Andriana, Italy, after beating her American opponent. The child prodigy won six bouts to lift the Championship in her category.

The COAS praised the grit and determination of the little girl who has made the nation proud and hoped that her success would inspire other children of the Valley. Miss Tajamul Islam expressed her joy on meeting the Army Chief.

This young talent was spotted and initially nurtured by the Army Goodwill School, Bandipora. Tajamul started her journey in the world of kickboxing by winning the Gold Medal at the State level championship, held in Jammu in 2015. She thereafter, won gold medal in sub-junior category at 2015 National Kickboxing Championship, held at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Lieutenant General Sarath Chand Takes over as Vice Chief of Army Staff

Lieutenant General Sarath Chand took over as Vice Chief of Army Staff and paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, today. Before taking over as Vice Chief of Army Staff, the General officer was commanding South Western Command.

The General Officer was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in June 1979. During career spanning over 38 years, he has served in all operational theatres and has participated in many active combat leadership roles at every stage of command. The early operational service of the General includes the command of Company in the Kargil Sector of Ladakh and in active operations during Operation PAWAN as part of the IPKF in Sri Lanka. He commanded battalion in Operation RHINO and Operation FALCON, an Infantry Brigade in the deserts and a Counter Insurgency Force deployed in the Kashmir Valley and thereafter commanded a strategically important 4 Corps. He has also held a number of important staff as well as instructional appointments during his career. The General Officer has served at the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM-II).

The General Officer in his capacity as Vice Chief will head the General Staff Branch at the Army Headquarters and will provide crucial support to the Army Chief in discharge of his duties. He will be responsible for ensuring the operational effectiveness of the Army by directly overseeing the functioning of the military operations, intelligence and logistics directorates. He will coordinate and facilitate decision making on critical issues involving multiple stakeholders within and outside Army.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Indo China Joint Military Exercise Hand –in- Hand 2016 Begins

An opening ceremony of the sixth India China Joint Training Exercise “Hand – in – Hand 2016” was held at the parade ground in Aundh Military Camp, Pune today. Maj Gen Y K Joshi, Additional Director General of Military Operations of Indian Army and Maj Gen Wang Haijiang of the People’s Liberation Army and other senior army officers of both the countries were present. The parade was commanded by Lt Col Li Guanghua, Commanding Officer of People’s Liberation Army. Both the senior military officers addressed the contingents before Maj Gen Wang Haijiang of Chinese Army declared the Joint Exercise open. The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both the Armies with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter terrorism environment.

The Opening Ceremony was followed by both the contingents displaying their weapons which included assault rifles, grenade launchers and other sophisticated equipment. The Ceremony concluded with an enthralling and mesmerising display of India martial arts of Kalyaripattu, Khukri dance and Malkhamb by soldiers of Indian Army and a massed martial arts display by the Chinese contingent. The exercise will terminate on 27 Nov 2016.

Earlier on 15 November, the Chinese contingent from the 13 Group Army, Chengdu Military Region comprising of one Infantry Company along with supporting staff landed at the Lohegaon airfield in two IL- 76 Aircrafts from China. The 13 day schedule is focused upon training on crossing of obstacles, special heliborne operations, firing of various weapons, handling & neutralization of improvised explosive devices and conduct of cordon & search operations in insurgency and terrorism environment.

The basic objective of the training is enhancing confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti terrorism operations under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Chief of The Air Staff Visits DG NCC RD Camp-2017


Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) visited the NCC Republic Day Camp 2017 at Delhi Cantt today. On arrival, the Air Chief was received by the DGNCC, Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht, VSM**.

 

The Chief of Air Staff reviewed a ‘Guard of Honour’ presented by the smartly turned out cadets from all the three wings of the NCC i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force. This was followed by a brilliant Band Display by the cadets.

 

The CAS also inspected the well laid out flag area prepared by the cadets from all 17 NCC Directorates depicting various Social Awareness themes.  He was given a crisp brief by the cadets on their respective models.

                                     

The CAS thereafter, visited ‘Hall of Fame’, a proud possession of NCC with display of rich archival collection of alumni photographs, models, motivational and other achievements of NCC.

 

The Air Chief along with other distinguished guests later witnessed a  ‘Cultural Programme’ by the talented cadets in the NCC auditorium.

 

Congratulating the cadets for their captivating cultural programme and soldierly alertness on parade, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa lauded the stellar role played by this premier organization in shaping the youth of our Nation through its motto of ‘Unity and Discipline” enabling them to shoulder the responsibilities of building a strong Nation.

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AB/MKR

 

The Assam Regiment Celebrates Platinum Jubilee

            Gen Dalbir Singh,  the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), presented the colours to the four young Battalions of the Assam Regiment; 16 & 17 ASSAM , 1 & 2 Arunachal Scouts in colour presentation parade led by Brig Sudhir Kumar Jha, Commandant, Assam Regimental Centre in presence of Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts and other serving and veteran dignitaries at Assam Regimental Center, Shillong, Meghalaya today.

 

            The COAS also dedicated the expanded and renovated War Memorial to the Regiment. This war memorial was inaugurated on Nov 24, 1953 by Shri Bishnuram Medhi, Chief Minister of Assam . Etched on the hallowed walls are the names of 376 martyrs.  The expansion and renovation of the War Memorial was initiated in mid 2015 and took almost a year to complete. 

 

            The Assam Regiment that represents the Warrior Prowess of the Northeast is celebrating their Platinum Jubilee at Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya and erstwhile undivided province of Assam. The Regiment was primarily raised to quell the enemy aggression and defend a crucial part of Eastern borders of India. On the occasion of the raising on 15 Jun 1941, Sir Robert Reid, the Governor of Assam  said  “You are the living symbol of Assam’s martial ardour, the embodiment of her physical strength and I have no doubt your steadfastness, your bravery, your skills and your endurance will surpass all”.             

 

The First Battalion proved its mettle by winning six battle honours and theatre honour of Burma during World War II.  Soon after Independence, the Third Battalion demonstrated its prowess by winning a Theatre Honour of J&K 1947-48 in Keri Sector.  The Fifth Battalion put up a valiant fight in the battlefield of  CHHAMB in 1971 winning the Battle Honour CHHAMB and Theatre Honour J&K 1971.  The Fifth Battalion is the only Infantry Battalion to have been awarded this Battle Honour for unparalleled valour and sacrifice in this sector. 

 

            The Regiment has excelled in all other operations to include Op Rakshak, Op Rhino and Op Meghdoot.  It has also performed commendably in United Nation Mission at Cambodia, Congo and Lebanon. The Regiment has so far been awarded Nine Chief of the Army Staff Unit Citations, Twenty Three Army Commanders Unit Citations and Two United Nation Force Commander’s Unit Citations.

 

            In the field of games and sports, the Regiment has secured 27 Gold, 17 Silver and 14 Bronze medal at International level and 152 Gold, 132 Silver and 110 Bronze at National level. The Regiment won the coveted YBC Championship in 2005.  The marching contingent of The Assam Regiment was adjudged as the best Marching Contingent both in Army Day and Republic Day Parade 2016. The Assam Regiment Marching contingent was also adjuged as best Marching Contingent during Army Day Parade 1995, 2004 and 2008 respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Coas Rechristened Army Parade Ground as ‘Cariappa Parade Ground’

 

            Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, dedicated a statue of Field Marshal K M Cariappa at the Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and rechristened the parade ground as “Cariappa Parade Ground” today. 

 It is customary in the Indian Army that parade grounds are named after eminent military personalities and war heroes. Army Parade Ground at Delhi Cantonment has been rechristened as Cariappa Parade Ground in the memory of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. The Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment is one of the largest and most prominent parade grounds of the country. 

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

 

Indo-Nepal Joint Training Exercise - Surya Kiran Culminates

 

            Indo-Nepal Joint Military Training was conducted at Army Battle School (NABS), Saljhandi, Nepal from 31 October to 13 November 2016 wherein the troops of the Kumaon Regt and Jabar Jung Battalion of Nepal Army participated. Surya Kiran-X, which was the tenth such Indo-Nepal joint training exercise between the two nations, provided an ideal platform for troops of the two countries to share their experiences on Counter Terrorists Operations and Disaster Management.

           

Other activities conducted during training included basic familiarisation with each other’s weapons & equipment and concepts while operating in Counter Terrorism environment. The training culminated with a 72 hrs outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a Cordon and Search Operation in a mock village.

 

 

 

 

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

COAS visits Headquarters ARTRAC

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff visited Headquarters Army Training Command at Shimla today on a farewell visit prior to relinquishing office in the end of the year.

 

During the visit, he addressed all Officers of the station, highlighting the existing and emerging security and management challenges. He also gave an insight into the numerous steps being taken by the Army in all spheres, for its continued development and growth. While interacting with the troops, he urged them to dedicate themselves to the nation and maintain the highest tradition of the Indian Army.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

 

Chief of Army Staff Visits Nepal

Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, proceeded on a visit to Nepal from 11 to 13 November 2016. The visit assumes special significance in the light of India’s special relationship with Nepal, underpinning India’s priorities in maintaining friendly relations in the region.

The close ties of both the armies can be viewed in light of the unique tradition of honouring each other’s Chiefs of Army Staff with the Honorary rank of ‘General’. Presence of large number of Nepali Gorkha troops in Indian Army is also worth mentioning.

Upon his arrival at the Nepal Army Headquarters, the Indian Army chief was accorded a Guard of Honour. During the visit he paid a courtesy call to Hon’ble President of Nepal and interacted with the Chief of the Army Staff of Nepalese Army. He is also scheduled to meet the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal during his ongoing visit. Gen Dalbir Singh will also be witnessing EX-SURYA KIRAN-X, a joint training exercise between Indian and Nepalese Armies being conducted at Saaljhandi, Nepal.

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Col Rohan Anand, SM PRO (Army)

COAS visit to Pune

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) made his farewell visit to HQ Southern Command, Pune today. During the visit he addressed all officers of Pune Station in which he complimented all the ranks for the excellent job being done by them. During his address, he spoke on a wide range of issues and highlighted progress made on them during his tenure. He stressed the need to continue to build capability as no enemy respects weakness and also be operationally prepared to meet any kind of security challenge. He informed the officers regarding various welfare measures taken for all ranks and veterans. He exhorted them to maintain high level of alertness and take all security measures to thwart any nefarious activity by inimical or anti- national elements. He also interacted with troops over a cup of tea at Milkha Singh Sports Complex. The COAS returned to Delhi after interacting with Veterans.

Col Rohan Anand, SM PRO (Army)

Gen Dalbir Singh Visits Forward Areas of Uttarakhand

The Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh visited the forward areas of Uttarakhand on 09 November 2016 where he took stock of operational preparedness by own forces and infrastructure development in the crucial Central Sector. On his arrival, the COAS was received by the formation commanders and later given a detailed brief on the operational & administrative preparedness of own forces. The COAS also interacted with the troops at various locations he visited and enquired about their well being.

Gen Dalbir Singh expressed satisfaction with the efforts being made to ensure capability enhancement and operational effectiveness to meet all contemporary and emerging challenges in the forward areas along the LAC. The COAS appreciated the efforts of the formations deployed in the remote & difficult areas and exhorted them to continue their selfless service to the Nation.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

First Skill Certification Ceremony of Pilot Batches of Army Skill Training Centre, Delhi Cantt & Country’s first Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna 2.0 By President AWWA

Army Skill Training Centres are driven by  Compassion and Purpose to Enable and Empower army Spouses and Wards to become Mainstream Contributors in their Household through NSDC Certified Courses thus,enhancing their true self-worth

 

Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC), Delhi Cantt the iconic skill centre, was inaugurated by Mrs Namita Suhag, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) on 22 Aug 2016. ASTC, Delhi Cantt runs aspiration based skilling courses for army spouses and wards in four job roles namely, Data Entry Operator, Assistant Beauty Therapist, Sewing Machine Operator and Block-printing. These skill courses are conducted under the overall guidelines of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship that are promulgated through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Skill courses at ASTC are conducted as per curriculum issued by NSDC aligned to a given NSQF level with a defined Qualification Pack. Pilot batches of three of these job roles, Assistant Beauty Therapist, Sewing Machine Operator and Block-printing have completed their training.

 

These trainees have created history by not just being the pilot batches of ASTC,  but also by producing a remarkable pass percentage of 96.25%. Continuing the trail of creating history, the ASTC Skill Certification Ceremony is also the Country’s First skill certification ceremony under PMKVY2.0 scheme.

 

The successful trainees were awarded Skill Certificates and start up kit by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA. Addressing the trainees President AWWA urged them to put the acquired skills to good use by working and contributing to their household, thus enhancing their self worth and become an inherent part of the make in India ecosystem.

 

Army officers, representatives of NSDC, concerned Sector Skill Councils and IL&FS, the ASTC training partner, attended the ceremony. Army is in the process of setting up ASTCs across the country in a phased manner. In     Phase-I 15 locations have been identified, of which in addition to Delhi Cantt, Missamari and Kolkotta have commenced skilling courses. The number is slated to grow in the near future to bring a larger population of the army spouses into the folds of skilling ecosystem to enable and empower them.

 

 

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

 

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 Award

The winners of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 Competition, received their awards from President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi, today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, congratulated all the winners and said he was really amazed by the range of creativity expressed by these young minds.

 The Minister further said, that the “many wonderful ideas coming from children from diverse backgrounds and regions, goes to show how much pervasive the spirit of creativity and innovation is in our country”.

Addressing the young winners, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, said that they have a duty not to adapt to the problems our society is facing but transcend them and to help India become a creative, compassionate and collaborative society. Given the various challenges the country faces and may face in this 21st century, “we will need an army of young people like you who would help the Government and society by identifying and addressing problems faced in day to day life and also likely to be faced in the long term. I am sure you all will live up to our collective expectations”.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 competition –is a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations by children up to class 12 or those out of school up to the age of 17 years -it is organized by National Innovation Foundation(NIF) every year to promote creativity and originality among children.

The awards of IGNITE competition are announced every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, which is celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.

Starting in 2008, in the last eight years, 173 awards have been given to 246 children. This year, a total of 31 students have been awarded for their ideas/innovations (List of award winners annexed). Overall, 55,089 submissions of students from 458 districts of all the states & Union Territories of India were received during the IGNITE 16 competition, which ran from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.

An exhibition showcasing award winning ideas has been put up at the venue. NIF will file patents in all applicable cases in the name of the students and will also engage designers/fabricators to develop prototypes of the students’ ideas.

NIF, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in our society with active support of Honey Bee Network. NIF has taken major initiatives to serve the knowledge-rich but economically poor people of the country. It is committed to making India innovative by documenting, adding value, protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the contemporary unaided technological innovators as well as of outstanding traditional knowledge-holders and disseminating their innovations on commercial and non-commercial basis.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Award is an effort to focus primarily on the creativity of the children and promote inclusive and compassionate thinking among them.

 

Click here to see the IGNITE Award list :

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256th ASC Corps Day

Army Service Corps celebrated its 256th Corps Day at HQ Western Command Chandimandir on 8th Dec 2016. In its long cherished history, the Army Service Corps has displayed exceptional versatility, indomitable spirit and commendable ability to keep pace with the changing operational scenarios. The Corps has strived hard to achieve the highest standards in the field of logistics.

The ASC is responsible for provisioning rations, petroleum products and transport support to formations across the country. It has consistently evolved and emerged as a modern, information-technology savvy and network-centric organisation catering to the ever changing strategic and operational environment.

To commemorate this day, various events were organized at Chandimandir. ASC veterans also wholeheartedly participated in these events.

Lt Gen Surinder Singh, AVSM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command extended his greetings to all ranks, civilian employees, their families and veterans of the Corps on this day and commended the professionalism displayed by ASC personnel towards discharge of their duties, both during war & peace.

On this momentous occasion, Brig SS Randhawa, VSM of Western Command laid a wreath at Veer Smriti, Chandimandir along with other serving personnel and veteran of ASC.

"We salute our martyrs on this solemn occasion for their selfless and supreme sacrifices." Said Brigadier SS Randhawa while addressing the gathering. The ASC fraternity resolved to continue the march towards excellence in all the fields with utmost professionalism, devotion to duty and above all the will to enforce latest technologies for greater efficiency.

SKM/GKJ/BBS

Text of PM's 'Mann Ki Baat' address on All India Radio on 30 October 2016

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, आप सबको दीपावली की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनायें। भारत के हर कोने में उत्साह और उमंग के साथ दीपावली का पर्व मनाया जाता है। भारत एक ऐसा देश है कि 365 दिन, देश के किसी-न-किसी कोने में, कोई-न-कोई उत्सव नज़र आता है। दूर से देखने वाले को तो कभी यही लगेगा कि जैसे भारतीय जन-जीवन, ये उत्सव का दूसरा नाम है, और ये स्वाभाविक भी है। वेद-काल से आज तक भारत में जो उत्सवों की परम्परा रही है, वे समयानुकूल परिवर्तन वाले उत्सव रहे हैं, कालबाह्य उत्सवों की परम्परा को समाप्त करने की हिम्मत हमने देखी है और समय और समाज की माँग के अनुसार उत्सवों में बदलाव भी सहज रूप से स्वीकार किया गया है। लेकिन इन सबमें एक बात हम भली-भाँति देख सकते हैं कि भारत के उत्सवों की ये पूरी यात्रा, उसका व्याप, उसकी गहराई, जन-जन में उसकी पैठ, एक मूल-मन्त्र से जुड़ी हुई है – स्व को समष्टि की ओर ले जाना। व्यक्ति और व्यक्तित्व का विस्तार हो, अपने सीमित सोच के दायरे को, समाज से ब्रह्माण्ड तक विस्तृत करने का प्रयास हो और ये उत्सवों के माध्यम से करना। भारत के उत्सव कभी खान-पान की महफ़िल जैसे दिखते हैं। लेकिन उसमें भी, मौसम कैसा है, किस मौसम में क्या खाना चाहिये। किसानों की कौन सी पैदावार है, उस पैदावार को उत्सव में कैसे पलटना। आरोग्य की दृष्टि से क्या संस्कार हों। ये सारी बातें, हमारे पूर्वजों ने बड़े वैज्ञानिक तरीक़े से, उत्सव में समेट ली हैं। आज पूरा विश्व environment की चर्चा करता है। प्रकृति-विनाश चिंता का विषय बना है। भारत की उत्सव परम्परा, प्रकृति-प्रेम को बलवान बनाने वाली, बालक से लेकर के हर व्यक्ति को संस्कारित करने वाली रही है। पेड़ हो, पौधे हों, नदी हो, पशु हो, पर्वत हो, पक्षी हो, हर एक के प्रति दायित्व भाव जगाने वाले उत्सव रहे हैं। आजकल तो हम लोग Sunday को छुट्टी मनाते हैं, लेकिन जो पुरानी पीढ़ी के लोग हैं, मज़दूरी करने वाला वर्ग हो, मछुआरे हों, आपने देखा होगा सदियों से हमारे यहाँ परम्परा थी – पूर्णिमा और अमावस्या को छुट्टी मनाने की। और विज्ञान ने इस बात को सिद्ध किया है कि पूर्णिमा और अमावस को, समुद्र के जल में किस प्रकार से परिवर्तन आता है, प्रकृति पर किन-किन चीज़ों का प्रभाव होता है। और वो मानव-मन पर भी प्रभाव होता है। यानि यहाँ तक हमारे यहाँ छुट्टी भी ब्रह्माण्ड और विज्ञान के साथ जोड़ करके मनाने की परम्परा विकसित हुई थी। आज जब हम दीपावली का पर्व मनाते हैं तब, जैसा मैंने कहा, हमारा हर पर्व एक शिक्षादायक होता है, शिक्षा का बोध लेकर के आता है। ये दीपावली का पर्व ‘तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय’ - अन्धकार से प्रकाश की ओर जाने का एक सन्देश देता है। और अन्धकार, वो प्रकाश के अभाव का ही अन्धकार वाला अन्धकार नहीं है, अंध-श्रद्धा का भी अन्धकार है, अशिक्षा का भी अन्धकार है, ग़रीबी का भी अन्धकार है, सामाजिक बुराइयों का भी अन्धकार है। दीपावली का दिया जला कर के, समाज दोष-रूपी जो अन्धकार छाया हुआ है, व्यक्ति दोष-रूपी जो अन्धकार छाया हुआ है, उससे भी मुक्ति और वही तो दिवाली का दिया जला कर के, प्रकाश पहुँचाने का पर्व बनता है।

एक बात हम सब भली-भांति जानते हैं, हिन्दुस्तान के किसी भी कोने में चले जाइए, अमीर-से-अमीर के घर में चले जाइए, ग़रीब-से-ग़रीब की झोपड़ी में चले जाइए, दिवाली के त्योहार में, हर परिवार में स्वच्छता का अभियान चलता दिखता है। घर के हर कोने की सफ़ाई होती है। ग़रीब अपने मिट्टी के बर्तन होंगे, तो मिट्टी के बर्तन भी ऐसे साफ़ करते हैं, जैसे बस ये दिवाली आयी है। दिवाली एक स्वच्छता का अभियान भी है। लेकिन, समय की माँग है कि सिर्फ़ घर में सफ़ाई नहीं, पूरे परिसर की सफ़ाई, पूरे मोहल्ले की सफ़ाई, पूरे गाँव की सफ़ाई, हमने हमारे इस स्वभाव और परम्परा को विस्तृत करना है, विस्तार देना है। दीपावली का पर्व अब भारत की सीमाओं तक सीमित नहीं रहा है। विश्व के सभी देशों में किसी-न-किसी रूप में दीपावली के पर्व को याद किया जाता है, मनाया जाता है। दुनिया की कई सरकारें भी, वहाँ की संसद भी, वहाँ के शासक भी, दीपावली के पर्व के हिस्से बनते जा रहे हैं। चाहे देश पूर्व के हों या पश्चिम के, चाहे विकसित देश हों या विकासमान देश हों, चाहे Africa हो, चाहे Ireland हो, सब दूर दिवाली की धूम-धाम नज़र आती है। आप लोगों को पता होगा, America की US Postal Service, उन्होंने इस बार दीपावली का postage stamp जारी किया है। Canada के प्रधानमंत्री जी ने दीपावली के अवसर पर दिया जलाते हुए अपनी तस्वीर Twitter पर share की है।

Britain की प्रधानमंत्री ने London में दीपावली के निमित्त, सभी समाजों को जोड़ता हुआ एक Reception का कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया, स्वयं ने हिस्सा लिया और शायद U.K. में तो कोई ऐसा शहर नहीं होगा, कि जहाँ पर बड़े ताम-झाम के साथ दिवाली न मनाई जाती होI Singapore के प्रधानमंत्री जी ने Instagram पर तस्वीर रखी है और उस तस्वीर को उन्होंने दुनिया के साथ share किया है और बड़े गौरव के साथ किया है। और तस्वीर क्या है। Singapore Parliament की 16 महिला MPs भारतीय साड़ी पहन करके Parliament के बाहर खड़ी हैं और ये photo viral हुई है। और ये सब दिवाली के निमित्त किया गया हैI Singapore के तो हर गली-मोहल्ले में इन दिनों दिवाली का जश्न मनाया जा रहा हैI Australia के प्रधानमंत्री ने भारतीय समुदाय को दीपावाली की शुभकामनायें और Australia के विभिन्न शहरों में दीपावली के पर्व में हर समाज को जुड़ने के लिए आह्वान किया है। अभी New Zealand के प्रधानमंत्री आए थे, उन्होंने मुझे कहा कि मुझे जल्दी इसलिए वापस जाना है कि मुझे वहाँ दिवाली के समारोह में शामिल होना है। कहने का मेरा तात्पर्य यह है कि दीपावली, ये प्रकाश का पर्व, विश्व समुदाय को भी अंधकार से प्रकाश की ओर लाए जाने का एक प्रेरणा उत्सव बन रहा है।

दीपावली के पर्व पर अच्छे कपड़े, अच्छे खान-पान के साथ-साथ पटाखों की भी बड़ी धूम मची रहती है। और बालकों को, युवकों को बड़ा आनंद आता है । लेकिन कभी-कभी बच्चे दुस्साहस भी कर देते हैं। कई पटाखों को इकठ्ठा कर-कर के बड़ी आवाज़ करने की कोशिश में एक बहुत बड़े अकस्मात को निमंत्रण दे देते हैं। कभी ये भी ध्यान नहीं रहता है कि आसपास में क्या चीजें हैं, कहीं आग तो नहीं लग जाएगी। दीपावली के दिनों में अकस्मात की ख़बरें, आग की ख़बरें, अपमृत्यु की ख़बरें, बड़ी चिंता कराती हैं। और एक मुसीबत ये भी हो जाती है कि दिवाली के दिनों में डॉक्टर भी बड़ी संख्या में अपने परिवार के साथ दिवाली मनाने चले गए होते हैं, तो संकट में और एक संकट जुड़ जाता है। मेरा खास कर के माता-पिताओं को, parents को, guardians को खास आग्रह है कि बच्चे जब पटाखे चलाते हों, बड़ों को साथ खड़े रहना चाहिए, कोई ग़लती न हो जाए, उसकी चिंता करनी चाहिए और दुर्घटना से बचना चाहिए । हमारे देश में दीपावली का पर्व बहुत लम्बा चलता है। वो सिर्फ एक दिन का नहीं होता है। वो गोवर्धन पूजा कहो, भाई दूज कहो, लाभ पंचमी कहो, और कार्तिक पूर्णिमा के प्रकाश-पर्व तक ले जाइए, तो एक प्रकार से एक लंबे कालखंड चलता है। इसके साथ-साथ हम दीपावली का त्योहार भी मनाते हैं और छठ-पूजा की तैयारी भी करते हैं। भारत के पूर्वी इलाके में छठ-पूजा का त्योहार, एक बहुत बड़ा त्योहार होता है। एक प्रकार से महापर्व होता है, चार दिन तक चलता है, लेकिन इसकी एक विशेषता है - समाज को एक बड़ा गहरा संदेश देता है। भगवान सूर्य हमें जो देते हैं, उससे हमें सब कुछ प्राप्त होता है। प्रत्यक्ष और परोक्ष, भगवान सूर्य देवता से जो मिलता है, उसका हिसाब अभी लगाना ये हमारे लिये कठिन है, इतना कुछ मिलता है और छठ-पूजा, सूर्य की उपासना का भी पर्व है । लेकिन कहावत तो ये हो जाती है कि भई, दुनिया में लोग उगते सूरज की पूजा करते हैं। छठ-पूजा एक ऐसा उत्सव है, जिसमें ढलते सूरज की भी पूजा होती है। एक बहुत बड़ा सामाजिक संदेश है उसमें ।

मैं दीपावली के पर्व की बात कहूँ, छठ-पूजा की बात कहूँ - ये समय है आप सबको बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनायें देने का, लेकिन साथ-साथ मेरे लिये समय और भी है, ख़ासकर के देशवासियों का धन्यवाद करना है, आभार व्यक्त करना है। पिछले कुछ महीनों से, जो घटनायें आकार ले रही हैं, हमारे सुख-चैन के लिये हमारे सेना के जवान अपना सब कुछ लुटा रहे हैं। मेरे भाव-विश्व पर सेना के जवानों की, सुरक्षा बलों के जवानों की, ये त्याग, तपस्या, परिश्रम, मेरे दिल-दिमाग पर छाया हुआ रहता है। और उसी में से एक बात मन में कर गई थी कि यह दिवाली सुरक्षा बलों के नाम पर समर्पित हो। मैंने देशवासियों को ‘Sandesh to Soldiers’ एक अभियान के लिए निमंत्रित किया। लेकिन मैं आज सिर झुका कर के कहना चाहता हूँ, हिंदुस्तान का कोई ऐसा इन्सान नहीं होगा, जिसके दिल में देश के जवानों के प्रति जो अप्रतिम प्यार है, सेना के प्रति गौरव है, सुरक्षा-बलों के प्रति गौरव है। जिस प्रकार से उसकी अभिव्यक्ति हुई है, ये हर देशवासी को ताक़त देने वाली है। सुरक्षा-बल के जवानों को तो हम कल्पना नहीं कर सकते, इतना हौसला बुलंद करने वाला, आपका एक संदेश ताक़त के रूप में प्रकट हुआ है। स्कूल हो, कॉलेज हो, छात्र हो, गाँव हो, ग़रीब हो, व्यापारी हो, दुकानदार हो, राजनेता हो, खिलाड़ी हो, सिने-जगत हो - शायद ही कोई बचा होगा, जिसने देश के जवानों के लिए दिया न जलाया हो, देश के जवानों के लिए संदेश न दिया हो। मीडिया ने भी इस दीपोत्सव को सेना के प्रति आभार व्यक्त करने के अवसर में पलट दिया और क्यों न करें, चाहे BSF हो, CRPF हो, Indo-Tibetan Police हो, Assam Rifles हो, जल-सेना हो, थल-सेना हो, नभ-सेना हो, Coast Guard हो, मैं सब के नाम बोल नहीं पाता हूँ, अनगिनत। ये हमारे जवान किस-किस प्रकार से कष्ट झेलते हैं - हम जब दिवाली मना रहे हैं, कोई रेगिस्तान में खड़ा है, कोई हिमालय की चोटियों पर, कोई उद्योग की रक्षा कर रहा है, तो कोई airport की रक्षा कर रहा है। कितनी-कितनी जिम्मेवारियाँ निभा रहे हैं। हम जब उत्सव के मूड में हों, उसी समय उसको याद करें, तो उस याद में भी एक नई ताक़त आ जाती है। एक संदेश में सामर्थ्य बढ़ जाता है और देश ने कर के दिखाया। मैं सचमुच में देशवासियों का आभार प्रकट करता हूँ। कइयों ने, जिसके पास कला थी, कला के माध्यम से किया। कुछ लोगों ने चित्र बनाए, रंगोली बनाई, cartoon बनाए, जो सरस्वती की जिन पर कृपा थी, उन्होंने कवितायें बनाईं I कइयों ने अच्छे नारे प्रकट किये। ऐसा मुझे लग रहा है, कि जैसे मेरा Narendra Modi App या मेरा My Gov, जैसे उसमें भावनाओं का सागर उमड़ पड़ा है - शब्द के रूप में, पिंछी के रूप में, कलम के रूप में, रंग के रूप में, अनगिनत प्रकार की भावनायें, मैं कल्पना कर सकता हूँ, मेरे देश के जवानों के लिये कितना गर्व का एक पल है। ‘Sandesh to Soldiers’ इस Hashtag पर इतनी सारी चीज़ें-इतनी सारी चीज़ें आई हैं, प्रतीकात्मक रूप में।

मैं श्रीमान अश्विनी कुमार चौहान ने एक कविता भेजी है, उसे पढ़ना पसंद करूँगाI

अश्विनी जी ने लिखा है -

“मैं त्योहार मनाता हूँ, ख़ुश होता हूँ, मुस्कुराता हूँ,
मैं त्योहार मनाता हूँ, ख़ुश होता हूँ, मुस्कुराता हूँ,
ये सब है, क्योंकि, तुम हो, ये तुमको आज बताता हूँ,
मेरी आज़ादी का कारण तुम, ख़ुशियों की सौगात हो,
मैं चैन से सोता हूँ, क्योंकि,
मैं चैन से सोता हूँ, क्योंकि तुम सरहद पर तैनात हो,
शीश झुकाएँ पर्वत अम्बर और भारत का चमन तुम्हें, शीश झुकाएँ पर्वत अम्बर और भारत का चमन तुम्हें,
उसी तरह सेनानी मेरा भी है शत-शत नमन तुम्हें, उसी तरह सेनानी मेरा भी है शत-शत नमन तुम्हें ।। ”

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, जिसका मायका भी सेना के जवानों से भरा हुआ है और जिसका ससुराल भी सेना के जवानों से भरा हुआ है, ऐसी एक बहन शिवानी ने मुझे एक टेलीफोन message दिया। आइए, हम सुनते हैं, फ़ौजी परिवार क्या कहता है: -

“नमस्कार प्रधानमंत्री जी, मैं शिवानी मोहन बोल रही हूँ। इस दीपावली पर जो ‘Sandesh to Soldiers’ अभियान शुरू किया गया है, उससे हमारे फ़ौजी भाइयों को बहुत ही प्रोत्साहन मिल रहा है। मैं एक Army Family से हूँ। मेरे पति भी Army ऑफिसर हैं। मेरे Father और Father-in-law, दोनों Army Officers रह चुके हैं। तो हमारी तो पूरी family soldiers से भरी हुई है और सीमा पर हमारे कई ऐसे Officers हैं, जिनको इतने अच्छे संदेश मिल रहे हैं और बहुत प्रोत्साहन मिल रहा है Army Circle में सभी को। और मैं कहना चाहूँगी कि Army Officers और Soldiers के साथ उनके परिवार, उनकी पत्नियाँ भी काफ़ी sacrifices करती हैं। तो एक तरह से पूरी Army Community को बहुत अच्छा संदेश मिल रहा है और मैं आपको भी Happy Diwali कहना चाहूँगी। Thank You .”

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, ये बात सही है कि सेना के जवान सिर्फ़ सीमा पर नहीं, जीवन के हर मोर्चे पर खड़े हुए पाए जाते हैं। प्राकृतिक आपदा हो, कभी क़ानूनी व्यवस्था के संकट हों, कभी दुश्मनों से भिड़ना हो, कभी ग़लत राह पर चल पड़े नौजवानों को वापिस लाने के लिये साहस दिखाना हो - हमारे जवान ज़िंदगी के हर मोड़ पर राष्ट्र भावना से प्रेरित हो करके काम करते रहते हैं।

एक घटना मेरे ध्यान में लाई गई - मैं भी आपको बताना चाहता हूँI अब मैं इसलिए बताना चाहता हूँ कि सफलता के मूल में कैसी-कैसी बातें एक बहुत बड़ी ताक़त बन जाती हैं। आप ने सुना होगा, हिमाचल प्रदेश खुले में शौच से मुक्त हुआ, Open Defecation Free हुआ। पहले सिक्किम प्रान्त हुआ था, अब हिमाचल भी हुआ, 1 नवम्बर को केरल भी होने जा रहा है। लेकिन ये सफलता क्यों होती है ? कारण मैं बताता हूँ, देखिए, सुरक्षाबलों में हमारा एक ITBP का जवान, श्री विकास ठाकुर - वो मूलतः हिमाचल के सिरमौर ज़िले के एक छोटे से गाँव से हैं। उनके गाँव का नाम है बधाना। ये हिमाचल के सिरमौर ज़िले से हैं। अब ये हमारे ITBP के जवान अपनी ड्यूटी पर से छुट्टियों में गाँव गए थे। तो गाँव में वो उस समय शायद कहीं ग्राम-सभा होने वाली थी, तो वहाँ पहुँच गए और गाँव की सभा में चर्चा हो रही थी, शौचालय बनाने की और पाया गया कि कुछ परिवार पैसों के अभाव में शौचालय नहीं बना पा रहे हैं। ये विकास ठाकुर देशभक्ति से भरा हुआ एक हमारा ITBP का जवान, उसको लगा - नहीं-नहीं, ये कलंक मिटाना चाहिये। और उसकी देशभक्ति देखिए, सिर्फ़ दुश्मनों पर गोलियाँ चलाने के लिये वो देश की सेवा करता है, ऐसा नहीं है। उसने फटाक से अपनी Cheque Book से सत्तावन हज़ार रुपया निकाला और उसने गाँव के पंचायत प्रधान को दे दिया कि जिन 57 घरों में शौचालय नहीं बना है, मेरी तरफ से हर परिवार को एक-एक हज़ार रूपया दे दीजिए, 57 शौचालय बना दीजिए और अपने बधाना गाँव को Open Defecation Free बना दीजिए। विकास ठाकुर ने करके दिखाया। 57 परिवारों को एक-एक हज़ार रूपया अपनी जेब से दे करके स्वच्छता के अभियान को एक ताक़त दी। और तभी तो हिमाचल प्रदेश Open Defecation Free करने की ताक़त आई। वैसा ही केरल में, मैं सचमुच में, नौजवानों का आभार व्यक्त करना चाहता हूँ। मेरे ध्यान में आया, केरल के दूर-सुदूर जंगलों में, जहाँ कोई रास्ता भी नहीं है, पूरे दिन भर पैदल चलने के बाद मुश्किल से उस गाँव पहुँचा जा सकता है, ऐसी एक जनजातीय पंचायत इडमालाकुडी, पहुँचना भी बड़ा मुश्किल है। लोग कभी जाते नहीं। उसके नज़दीक में, शहरी इलाके में, Engineering के छात्रों के ध्यान में आया कि इस गाँव में शौचालय बनाने हैं। NCC के cadet, NSS के लोग, Engineering के छात्र, सबने मिलकर के तय किया कि हम शौचालय बनाएँगे। शौचालय बनाने के लिए जो सामान ले जाना था, ईंटें हो, सीमेंट हो, सारे सामान इन नौजवानों ने अपने कंधे पर उठा करके, पूरा दिन भर पैदल चल के उन जंगलों में गए। खुद ने परिश्रम करके उस गाँव में शौचालय बनाए और इन नौजवानों ने दूर-सुदूर जंगलों में एक छोटे से गाँव को Open Defecation Free किया। उसी का तो कारण है कि केरल Open Defecation Free हो रहा है। गुजरात ने भी, सभी नगरपालिका-महानगरपालिकायें, शायद 150 से ज़्यादा में, Open Defecation Free घोषित किया है। 10 ज़िले भी Open Defecation Free किए गए हैं। हरियाणा से भी ख़ुशख़बरी आई है, हरियाणा भी 1 नवम्बर को उनकी अपनी Golden Jubilee मनाने जा रहा है और उनका फ़ैसला है कि वो कुछ ही महीनों में पूरे राज्य को Open Defecation Free कर देंगे। अभी उन्होंने सात ज़िले पूरे कर दिए हैं। सभी राज्यों में बहुत तेज़ गति से काम चल रहा है। मैंने कुछ का उल्लेख किया है। मैं इन सभी राज्यों के नागरिकों को इस महान कार्य के अन्दर जुड़ने के लिये देश से गन्दगी रूपी अन्धकार मिटाने के काम में योगदान देने के लिये ह्रदय से बहुत-बहुत अभिनन्दन देता हूँ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, सरकार में योजनायें तो बहुत होती हैं। और पहली योजना के बाद, उसी के अनुरूप दूसरी अच्छी योजना आए, तो पहली योजना छोड़नी होती है। लेकिन आम तौर पर इन चीज़ों पर कोई ध्यान नहीं देता है। पुरानी वाली योजना भी चलती रहती है, नयी वाली भी योजना चलती रहती है और आने वाली योजना का इंतज़ार भी होता रहता है, ये चलता रहता है। हमारे देश में जिन घरों में गैस का चूल्हा हो, जिन घरों में बिजली हो, ऐसे घरों को Kerosene की ज़रुरत नहीं है। लेकिन सरकार में कौन पूछता है, Kerosene भी जा रहा है, गैस भी जा रहा है, बिजली भी जा रही है और फिर बिचौलियों को तो मलाई खाने का मौका मिल जाता है। मैं हरियाणा प्रदेश का अभिनन्दन करना चाहता हूँ कि उन्होंने एक बीड़ा उठाया है। हरियाणा प्रदेश को Kerosene मुक्त करने का। जिन-जिन परिवारों में गैस का चूल्हा है, जिन-जिन परिवारों में बिजली है, ‘आधार’ नंबर से उन्होंने verify किया और अब तक मैंने सुना है कि सात या आठ ज़िले Kerosene free कर दिए, Kerosene मुक्त कर दिए। जिस प्रकार से उन्होंने इस काम को हाथ में लिया है, पूरा राज्य, मुझे विश्वास है कि बहुत ही जल्द Kerosene free हो जायेगा। कितना बड़ा बदलाव आयेगा, चोरी भी रुकेगी, पर्यावरण का भी लाभ होगा, हमारी foreign exchange की भी बचत होगी और लोगों की सुविधा भी बढ़ेगी। हाँ, तकलीफ़ होगी, तो बिचौलियों को होगी, बेईमानों को होगी।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, महात्मा गाँधी हम सब के लिए हमेशा-हमेशा मार्गदर्शक हैं। उनकी हर बात आज भी देश कहाँ जाना चाहिए, कैसे जाना चाहिए, इसके लिये मानक तय करती है। गाँधी जी कहते थे, आप जब भी कोई योजना बनाएँ, तो आप सबसे पहले उस ग़रीब और कमज़ोर का चेहरा याद कीजिए और फिर तय कीजिए कि आप जो करने जा रहे हैं, उससे उस ग़रीब को कोई लाभ होगा कि नहीं होगा। कहीं उसका नुकसान तो नहीं हो जाएगा। इस मानक के आधार पर आप फ़ैसले कीजिए। समय की माँग है कि हमें अब, देश के ग़रीबों का जो aspirations जगा है, उसको address करना ही पड़ेगा। मुसीबतों से मुक्ति मिले, उसके लिए हमें एक-के-बाद एक कदम उठाने ही पड़ेंगे। हमारी पुरानी सोच कुछ भी क्यों न हो, लेकिन समाज को बेटे-बेटी के भेद से मुक्त करना ही होगा। अब स्कूलों में बच्चियों के लिये भी toilet हैं, बच्चों के लिये भी toilet हैं। हमारी बेटियों के लिये भेदभाव-मुक्त भारत की अनुभूति का ये अवसर है।

सरकार की तरफ़ से टीकाकरण तो होता ही है, लेकिन फिर भी लाखों बच्चे टीकाकरण से छूट जाते हैं। बीमारी के शिकार हो जाते हैं। ‘मिशन इन्द्रधनुष’ टीकाकरण का एक ऐसा अभियान, जो छूट गए हुए बच्चों को भी समेटने के लिए लगा है, जो बच्चों को गंभीर रोगों से मुक्ति के लिए ताक़त देता है। 21वीं सदी हो और गाँव में अँधेरा हो, अब नहीं चल सकता और इसलिये गाँवों को अंधकार से मुक्त करने के लिये, गाँव बिजली पहुँचाने का बड़ा अभियान सफलतापूर्वक आगे बढ़ रहा है। समय सीमा में आगे बढ़ रहा है। आज़ादी के इतने सालों के बाद, गरीब माँ, लकड़ी के चूल्हे पर खाना पका करके दिन में 400 सिगरेट का धुआं अपने शरीर में ले जाए, उसके स्वास्थ्य का क्या होगा। कोशिश है 5 करोड़ परिवारों को धुयें से मुक्त ज़िंदगी देने के लिये। सफलता की ओर आगे बढ़ रहे हैं।

छोटा व्यापारी, छोटा कारोबारी, सब्जी बेचनेवाला, दूध बेचनेवाला, नाई की दुकान चलानेवाला, साहूकारों के ब्याज के चक्कर में ऐसा फँसा रहता था - ऐसा फँसा रहता था। मुद्रा योजना, stand up योजना, जन-धन account, ये ब्याजखोरों से मुक्ति का एक सफल अभियान है। ‘आधार’ के द्वारा बैंकों में सीधे पैसे जमा कराना। हक़दार को, लाभार्थी को सीधे पैसे मिलें। सामान्य मानव के ज़िंदगी में ये बिचौलियों से मुक्ति का अवसर है। एक ऐसा अभियान चलाना है, जिसमें सिर्फ़ सुधार और परिवर्तन नहीं, समस्या से मुक्ति तक का मार्ग पक्का करना है और हो रहा है।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, कल 31 अक्टूबर, इस देश के महापुरुष - भारत की एकता को ही जिन्होंने अपने जीवन का मंत्र बनाया, जी के दिखाया - ऐसे सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल का जन्म-जयंती का पर्व है। 31 अक्टूबर, एक तरफ़ सरदार साहब की जयंती का पर्व है, देश की एकता का जीता-जागता महापुरुष, तो दूसरी तरफ़, श्रीमती गाँधी की पुण्यतिथि भी है। महापुरुषों को पुण्य स्मरण तो हम करते ही हैं, करना भी चाहिए। लेकिन पंजाब के एक सज्जन का फ़ोन, उनकी पीड़ा, मुझे भी छू गई: -

“प्रधानमंत्री जी, नमस्कार, सर, मैं जसदीप बोल रहा हूँ पंजाब से। सर, जैसा कि आप जानते हैं कि 31 तारीख़ को सरदार पटेल जी का जनमदिन है। सरदार पटेल ओ शख्सियत हैं, जिनाने अपनी सारी ज़िंदगी देश नु जोड़न दी बिता दित्ती and ओ उस मुहिम विच, I think, सफ़ल भी होये, he brought everybody together. और we call it irony or we call it, एक बुरी किस्मत कहें देश की कि उसी दिन इंदिरा गाँधी जी की हत्या भी हो गई। and जैसा हम सबको पता है कि उनकी हत्या के बाद देश में कैसे events हुए। सर, मैं ये कहना चाहता था कि हम ऐसे दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण जो events होते हैं, जो घटनायें होती हैं, इनको कैसे रोक सकते हैं। ”

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, ये पीड़ा एक व्यक्ति की नहीं है। एक सरदार, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, इतिहास इस बात का गवाह है कि चाणक्य के बाद, देश को एक करने का भगीरथ काम, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल ने किया। आज़ाद हिंदुस्तान को, एक झंडे के नीचे लाने का सफल प्रयास, इतना बड़ा भगीरथ काम जिस महापुरुष ने किया, उस महापुरुष को शत-शत नमन। लेकिन यह भी तो पीड़ा है कि सरदार साहब एकता के लिए जिए, एकता के लिए जूझते रहे; एकता की उनकी प्राथमिकता के कारण, कइयों की नाराज़गी के शिकार भी रहे, लेकिन एकता के मार्ग को कभी छोड़ा नहीं; लेकिन, उसी सरदार की जन्म-जयंती पर हज़ारों सरदारों को, हज़ारो सरदारों के परिवारों को श्रीमती गाँधी की हत्या के बाद मौत के घाट उतार दिया गया । एकता के लिये जीवन-भर जीने वाले उस महापुरुष के जन्मदिन पर ही और सरदार के ही जन्मदिन पर सरदारों के साथ ज़ुल्म, इतिहास का एक पन्ना, हम सब को पीड़ा देता है ।

लेकिन, इन संकटों के बीच में भी, एकता के मंत्र को ले करके आगे बढ़ना है। विविधता में एकता यही देश की ताक़त है। भाषायें अनेक हों, जातियाँ अनेक हों, पहनावे अनेक हों, खान-पान अनेक हों, लेकिन अनेकता में एकता, ये भारत की ताक़त है, भारत की विशेषता है। हर पीढ़ी का एक दायित्व है। हर सरकारों की ज़िम्मेवारी है कि हम देश के हर कोने में एकता के अवसर खोजें, एकता के तत्व को उभारें। बिखराव वाली सोच, बिखराव वाली प्रवृत्ति से हम भी बचें, देश को भी बचाएँ। सरदार साहब ने हमें एक भारत दिया, हम सब का दायित्व है श्रेष्ठ भारत बनाना। एकता का मूल-मंत्र ही श्रेष्ठ भारत की मज़बूत नींव बनाता है।

सरदार साहब की जीवन यात्रा का प्रारम्भ किसानों के संघर्ष से हुआ था। किसान के बेटे थे। आज़ादी के आंदोलन को किसानों तक पहुँचाने में सरदार साहब की बहुत बड़ी अहम भूमिका रही। आज़ादी के आंदोलन को गाँव में ताक़त का रूप बनाना सरदार साहब का सफल प्रयास था। उनके संगठन शक्ति और कौशल्य का परिणाम था। लेकिन सरदार साहब सिर्फ संघर्ष के व्यक्ति थे, ऐसा नहीं, वह संरचना के भी व्यक्ति थे। आज कभी-कभी हम बहुत लोग ‘अमूल’ का नाम सुनते हैं। ‘अमूल’ के हर product से आज हिंदुस्तान और हिंदुस्तान के बाहर भी लोग परिचित हैं। लेकिन बहुत कम लोगों को मालूम होगा कि सरदार साहब की दिव्यदृष्टि थी कि उन्होंने co-operative milk producers के union की कल्पना की थी। और खेड़ा district, उस समय केरा district बोला जाता था, और 1942 में इस विचार को उन्होंने बल दिया था, वो साकार रूप, आज का ‘अमूल’ किसानों के सुख-समृद्धि की संरचना सरदार साहब ने कैसे की थी, उसका एक जीता-जागता उदाहरण हमारे सामने है। मैं सरदार साहब को आदरपूर्वक अंजलि देता हूँ और इस एकता दिवस पर 31 अक्टूबर को हम जहाँ हों, सरदार साहब को स्मरण करें, एकता का संकल्प करें।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, इन दीवाली की श्रृंखला में कार्तिक पूर्णिमा - ये प्रकाश उत्सव का भी पर्व है। गुरु नानक देव, उनकी शिक्षा-दीक्षा पूरी मानव-जाति के लिये, न सिर्फ़ हिंदुस्तान के लिये, पूरी मानव-जाति के लिए, आज भी दिशादर्शक है। सेवा, सच्चाई और ‘सरबत दा भला’, यही तो गुरु नानक देव का संदेश था। शांति, एकता और सद्भावना यही तो मूल-मंत्र था। भेदभाव हो, अंधविश्वास हो, कुरीतियाँ हों, उससे समाज को मुक्ति दिलाने का वो अभियान ही तो था गुरु नानक देव की हर बात में। जब हमारे यहाँ स्पृश्य-अस्पृश्य, जाति-प्रथा, ऊँच-नीच, इसकी विकृति की चरम सीमा पर थी, तब गुरु नानक देव ने भाई लालो को अपना सहयोगी चुना। आइए, हम भी, गुरु नानक देव ने जो हमें ज्ञान का प्रकाश दिया है, जो हमें भेदभाव छोड़ने के लिए प्रेरणा देता है, भेदभाव के ख़िलाफ़ कुछ करने के लिए आदेश करता है, ‘सबका साथ सबका विकास’ इसी मंत्र को ले करके अगर आगे चलना है, तो गुरु नानक देव से बढ़िया हमारा मार्गदर्शक कौन हो सकता है। मैं गुरु नानक देव को भी, इस ‘प्रकाश-उत्सव’ आ रहा है, तब अन्तर्मन से प्रणाम करता हूँ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, फिर एक बार, देश के जवानों के नाम ये दिवाली, इस दिवाली पर आपको भी बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनायें। आपके सपने, आपके संकल्प हर प्रकार से सफल हों। आपका जीवन सुख-चैन की ज़िंदगी वाला बने, यही आप सबको शुभकामनायें देता हूँ। बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद।

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AKT/AK/HS

Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2016 Culminates

The Sixth India China Joint Training Exercise, Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2016 culminated today with a closing ceremony which was held at Aundh Military Camp, Pune. Thirteen days of Joint Training included understanding of each others operational methodology, developing interoperability and conduct of a joint tactical operations controlled by a Joint Command Post. The exercise concluded with a validation exercise by Indian Army & the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China.

Major General S K Prashar, Indian Army and Major General Wang Haijiang, Deputy Commander of People’s Liberation Army jointly reviewed the parade commanded by Colonel Dayanand Sharma, the Indian contingent commander.

Major General S K Prashar, General Officer Commanding of the Indian Army after addressing the parade declared the joint training exercise closed. Observers of both the nations appreciated the professionally conducted training which has resulted in instilling confidence in each other’s capability. The exercise also demonstrated the determination of the two Armies in working closely with each other to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

PM celebrates Diwali with jawans, people, near India-China border in Himachal Pradesh

PM celebrates Diwali with jawans, people, near India-China border in Himachal Pradesh

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today visited Sumdo near the India-China border, in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, to celebrate Diwali with the jawans.

He interacted with jawans from the ITBP and the Indian Army, and offered sweets to them.

Addressing the jawans, he said he had been visiting armed forces personnel every year on Diwali since 2001.

He mentioned the tremendous response from people across the country, to his appeal for sending messages to soldiers as part of the #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign.

The Prime Minister said that giving One Rank One Pension to ex-servicemen was a promise that he had made, and he was happy that he had been able to fulfil it.

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Dalbir Singh, was present on the occasion.

While returning from Sumdo, the Prime Minister halted briefly at a nearby village - Chango. He exchanged Diwali greetings, interacted with the people there, and offered sweets to children.

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AKT/AK

Aftermath of Indian Army’s Punitive Fire Assaults: Pak DGMO Requests for Unscheduled Talks on Hotline

In an unscheduled Hot Line interaction requested for by Pakistan, Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh spoke to his counterpart this evening. Pak DGMO informed of civilian casualties on Pak side by Indian firing along the Line of Control. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh expressed grief at Pak civilian casualties but emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated cease fire violations on Indian Posts. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh expressed his concerns to Pak DGMO on casualties caused to Indian civilians and soldiers due to unprovoked Pak firing.

Indian DGMO further raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pak side into J&K and the un-ethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the Line of Control by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan. Pak DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on their troops to refrain from any nefarious activities. This would lead to return of normalcy along Line of Control. However, he was categorically informed that if any cease fire violations were initiated by Pak troops or any infiltration attempts were made by terrorists from Pak Occupied Kashmir or territory under its control, it would invite an appropriate response by Indian Army.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Dr Jitendra Singh exchanges Diwali greetings with BSF

 

Asserting that the human rights of an Army soldier are supreme, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the human rights of an Indian soldier should take precedence over those of a terrorist, in Rajpura, Kathua, J&K today. He added that a terrorist forfeits his entitlement to human rights the day he resorts to terrorism which is the biggest violation of human rights.

 

Dr Jitendra Singh first paid a visit to security personnel posted on the border and and exchange greetings on Diwali with them. 

 

 

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,      Dr Jitendra Singh exchanging Diwali greetings with BSF personnel posted on International Border in Kathua-Samba belt of Jammu & Kashmir on 29th October, 2016.

 

 

 

Addressing a public meeting, comprising  ex-servicemen, their families and local residents, and organized by “Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti”, Dr Jitendra Singh said, those who target the military or para-military personnel are the ones who do not have the courage to call a terrorist a terrorist or to condemn the atrocious act of mutilating the dead body of martyred Indian soldier, but find Army a convenient soft target because Indian Army, being one of the most disciplined forces of the world, is trained to exercise restraint while a terrorist, who is not constrained to follow any rule of law, will immediately retaliate and put their life to risk.

 

Reiterating that Diwali of 2016 is dedicated to Indian Army and India’s Para-Military forces, Dr Jitendra Singh said that semblance of Diwali in the country today is because of the young soldiers who are guarding the borders. He added that project has been undertaken to build 1140 updated Sulabh toilets in the border villages, out of which over 150 have been completed. He also added that the construction of bunkers along the border areas has already started from LoC.

 

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PK/RG

AH (R&R) conducts CNE on ‘Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS’

The Army Hospital (Research and Referral) has organized a week long Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) on "Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS" here today. The CNE was inaugurated by Additional Director General, Military Nursing Services Maj Gen Sushila Shahi, where delegates from various civil institutions in and around Delhi attended. A total of 31 delegates are attending the CNE.

Basic Life Support (BLS)/Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac care, acute dysarrhythmias and acute coronary syndrome. It is mandatory for medical professionals to recognize and initiate early management of arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest. This CNE programme will help the participants to gain in-depth knowledge and enhance skills in the recognition and management of cardiopulmonary arrest and activation of emergency medical services.

During the ongoing sessions, resource persons will impart knowledge on various topics like BLS/ACLS, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) / Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), high-quality CPR, Airway management, dysarrhythmias AED and defibrillators which will update the knowledge and bridge the gap between knowledge and skills of the prime life-saving procedure.

NAo/RAJ

The Chief of Army Staff reviews security along India- China border

The Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh reviewed the operational preparedness along the Indo-China border in areas of Puh & Sumdo in Himachal Pradesh on 28 October 2016. He also interacted with troops on ground & expressed satisfaction at the high operational standards achieved. He was accompanied by GOC-in-C Western Command Lt Gen Surinder Singh during this visit.

Manoj Tuli APRO (Army)

COAS Presented Colours to 18 Bihar, 19 Bihar & 20 Bihar

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff presented the President’s Colours to three young Infantry Battalions i.e. 18 BIHAR, 19 BIHAR and 20 BIHAR, during a Colour Presentation Parade held at the Bihar Regimental Centre, Danapur on 19 November 2016. The COAS reviewed the parade and was appreciative of the rich traditions and valour of the regiment. He also congratulated the newly raised units and exhorted them to perform their best.

Raised in 1941, the Bihar Regiment has won six Military Cross before independence and three Ashok Chakra, two Maha Vir Chakra, 13 Kirti Chakra and numerous other gallantry and distinguished service awards post independence.

A team of paragliders from Para Brigade flew past over the Colour Presentation Parade carrying the National Flag, the Bihar Regimental Flag and a banner signifying the Platinum Jubilee of the Bihar Regiment. Another attraction of the Colour Presentation Parade was the Motor Cycle Display conducted by the DARE DEVILS, the Corps of Signals Motorcycle Rider Display Team.

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Manoj Tuli APRO (Army)

Police Commemoration Day to be observed tomorrow

The Police Commemoration Day will be observed at the Police Memorial Ground, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi tomorrow. The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh will lay wreath and pay homage on the occasion.

The day commemorates the sacrifices of ten policemen while defending our borders with China in 1959. Indian Police personnel were responsible for manning the 2,500 mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959.

On October 20, 1959, three reconnaissance parties were launched from Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh in preparation for further movement of an Indian expedition which was on its way to Lanak La. While members of two parties returned to Hot Springs by the afternoon of that day, the third one comprising of two Police Constables and a Porter did not return. All available personnel were mobilized early next morning in search of the missing personnel. A party of about 20 Police personnel led by Shri Karam Singh, DCIO proceeded ahead on horseback, while other followed on foot in three Sections.

At about mid day, Chinese Army personnel were seen on a hillock who opened fire and threw grenades at the party led by Shri Karam Singh. Since there was no cover, most personnel were injured. Ten of them died, seven were taken prisoners by the Chinese and the remaining managed to escape.

Bodies of the ten personnel were returned by the Chinese only on November 13, 1959, a full three weeks after the incident. These bodies were cremated with full Police honours at Hot Springs.

The Annual Conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held in January 1960 decided that October 21 would henceforth be observed as ‘Commemoration Day’ in all Police Lines throughout India to mark the memory of these gallant personnel who were killed in Ladakh and all other Police personnel killed on duty during the year. It was also decided to erect a memorial at Hot Springs and, every year, members of Police Forces from different parts of the country trek to Hot Springs to pay homage to those gallant martyrs. Since the year 2012, the Police Commemoration Day Parade is being held at the National level at the Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri.

Since 1961, more than 33,000 police personnel have sacrificed their lives for security of the nation and service to the society.

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KSD/PK/KM

Wreath Laying at Teen Murti Memorial to Honour Indian Cavalry

A wreath laying ceremony was organised today at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officer’s Association (COA) to honour the sacrifice and splendid contribution of the Indian Cavalry since World War I. The wreaths were placed by serving and retired officers of the Cavalry fraternity of the Indian Army including Gen V N Sharma (Retired), former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C, Eastern Army Command and Lt Gen A B Shivane, DGMF.

Teen Murti memorial was instituted in memory of the Cavalry officers, Non Commissioned Officers and men of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade composed of Cavalry Regiments from the Indian States of Hyderabad, Mysore and Jodhpur and with detachments from Bhavnagar, Kashmir and Kathiawar who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1919 in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria. The Armoured Corps has witnessed the journey of time since independence with raising of modernised Arjun and T-90 Regiments. The year 2016 also marks 100 years of the tank.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Aditya Singh, (Retd), President COA pointed out the great contribution of the Indian Armoured Corps in protecting the Nation’s sovereignty. This is aptly reflected by the gallantry awards earned by the Corps since independence which includes Two Param Vir Chakras, 16 Mahavir Chakras, Three Kirti Chakras, 57 Vir Chakras and 26 Shaurya Chakras.

Manoj Tuli
APRO (Army)

Second Joint tactical Exercise held by Indian and Chinese army in Ladakh

As part of the ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and cooperation between India and China, under the provisions of Border Defense Cooperation Agreement, 2013, the Indian and Chinese armies held Second Joint Exercise “Sino India Cooperation 2016” today, as a sequel to the first Joint Exercise held on 06 Feb 2016 in the area of Border Personnel Meeting Hut at Chushul Garrison of Eastern Ladakh, along with Chinese troops of Moldo Garrison.

During the day long exercise on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) a fictitious situation of earthquake striking an Indian Border village was painted. Thereafter joint teams carried out rescue operations, evacuation and rendering of medical assistance.

The Indian Team for the exercise was led by Brigadier RS Raman and that of the Chinese was led by Sr Col Fan Jun. The exercise was a great success and has not only refined the drills to provide succor to the border population in case of natural calamity but has also increased the level of trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

The joint exercise, compliments the Hand in Hand series of the India -China joint exercises and the effort of both the nations to enhance cooperation and maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas of India and China.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju attends the Platinum Jubilee Ceremony of the Assam Regiment

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju attended the Platinum Jubilee Ceremony of the Assam Regimental Centre at Shillong today. As Chief Guest at the function, in his address to the soldiers, Shri Rijiju highlighted the achievements of the Regiment in these glorious 75 years and congratulated Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts and all ranks of the Regiment for spearheading the enviable saga of honour, glory and sacrifice of the people of North East in their service to the Nation.

During his visit to Assam Regimental Centre at Shillong, Shri Rijiju also attended the inaugural ceremony of Havildar Hangpan Dada Main Office Block. Havildar Hangpan Dada laid down his life while fighting militants at Kupwara in Kashmir Valley on May 27, 2016. Havildar Hangpan Dada was awarded Ashok Chakra (Posthumous) on Independence Day, 2016 for exibiting exceptional bravery, beyond the call of duty. Mrs Chasen Lowang Dada, wife of the martyr, who attended the ceremony as special guest, inaugurated the block.

Thereafter, Shri Rijiju paid homage to the fallen heroes of the Regiment by laying wreath at the War Memorial and felicitatetd the Veer Naris (widows of gallant soldiers). He also inagurated the refurbished state-of-the-art ‘Bishnu’ Museum at the Centre. This museum preserves and showcases the rich heritage and achievement of each battalion and motivates and instills a sense of pride in each individual soldier.

Shi Rijiju also ‘flagged in’ the Motorcycle Rally, which returned back to Shillong after visting and paying homage at the Regiment’s war memorials at Kohima, Jessami, Aradura and Imphal. The rally covered a distance of about 1,700 kms over 14 days. The expedition team met veterans of the Regiment enroute and also interacted with School and College students, motivating them to join the Army. After the inauguration ceremony, the Minister interacted with the soldiers amidst the thundering rendition of ‘Badluram ka Badan ---’ The Regimental song of the Assam Regiment.

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KSD/NK/PK

DG Projects Border Roads Visits Sikkim Road

Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Suresh Sharma has completed a five-day inspection visit of strategic roads in Sikkim. He is constantly keeping focus on the State for fast track completion of Strategic Roads and to plan new roads.

DGBR travelled extensively to see the progress made by Project Swastik on the National Highway to Nathu La and Mangan. He spent two days on roads along the International Border on Lachung and Lachen axis and visited Donkya La Pass at an altitude of about 18000 feet which was recently connected by Project Swastik. This project, linking both Lachung & Lachen axis was completed despite adverse geographical terrain and harsh climatic conditions. After overseeing the progress of the Theng Tunnel construction, DGBR has expressed confidence about its timely completion. He has also emphasised on installation of higher road safety measures all along highways in the State, to ensure zero accidents. He also interacted with construction workers and ground level executives and explained Border Roads Organisation’s current priorities to them.

Lt Gen Sharma met the area Commander of the Army formation to discuss their priority and feedback on quality and productivity.

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NW/Nampi/RAJ