Indian Army Chief General M.M. Naravane on Thursday paid a courtesy call on K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal. He was accompanied by Ambassador Vinay M. Kwatra and other delegation members.
General Naravane conveyed the best wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to PM Oli and the people of Nepal. He also expressed his personal gratitude for the warm hospitality extended by the Government of Nepal. Both sides also exchanged views on the extensive bilateral partnership between India and Nepal.
The Army Chief reaffirmed that he would work to further strengthen the defence cooperation between the two countries. Earlier in the day, General Naravane had visited Nepali Army Command and Staff College at Shivapuri and addressed the students and staff there.
As the last stop before concluding his tour, General Naravane visited the Indian Embassy where he was briefed about the welfare activities being carried out for roughly over two lakh thirty thousand Indian Army veterans and their families in Nepal.
General Naravane has completed a successful and productive three-day visit to Nepal and departed to India later this afternoon .During the visit, Gen Naravane also presented a welfare grant to Havildar Dil Bahadur Chhettri (Retired), a winner of Maha Vir Chakra, the second highest gallantry award of India.
Havaldar Dil Bahadur Chettri, Mahavir Chakra, was born on 21 August 1950 in Gharti Gaon in Matta Dang district of Nepal and enrolled into 4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) of Indian Army on 21 August 1968. He was known for his bravery and daring acts and was always hand-picked by his superiors for any king of bold actions.
In the 1971 war against Pakistani forces, his Battalion was part of the advance towards Sylhet in erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). His Battalion was given the specific task of clearing a well fortified Medium Machine Gun (MMG) enemy post at Atgram. Rifleman Dil Bahadur Chhetri, with complete disregard to his personal safety, fought fearlessly, charged the bunker, killed eight enemy troops with his khukri and captured the MMG post. For his conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, he was awarded the Mahavir Chakra.
Rifleman Dil Bahadur Chhetri had to quit the service on his own request due to personal reasons before even reaching the requisite pensionable service. He was discharged from service on 8 April 1976. Since then, he has been living a very modest life in a small remote village of Banke district in Nepal. His life, after quitting service, has been filled with misery as he has had no major income source and is surviving on his gallantry award allowance.
Due to his introvert nature, his condition also never got highlighted. However, his case recently came to notice when one senior officer of his unit informed Defence Wing about it. Contact was established with him and a total amount of Rs 10 lakh was approved as a welfare measure to alleviate hardships being faced by him in his old age.
During an ex-servicemen rally at Butwal, Nepal, on 21 November 2019, he was felicitated with a cheque of Rs 5 lakh as first tranche. The COAS, Gen Naravane, during his visit to Nepal, handed over the balance second tranche of Rs 5 lakh to the gallant soldier on 6 November 2020.
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IAF PARTICIPATES IN 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF SRI LANKA AIR FORCE
The Indian Air Force aerobatic display teams, the fixed wing “Suryakirans’ and rotary wing ‘Sarang’, along with the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas arrived at Colombo, Sri Lanka last week on an invitation from Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). The Suryakirans, Sarang and LCA Tejas will participate in an Air Show at Galle Face, Colombo, scheduled from 3rd to 5th Mar 21 as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of SLAF.
IAF & SLAF have seen active exchanges and interactions for a number of years in diverse fields like training, operational exchanges and through professional military education courses.
IAFs participation in the 70th anniversary celebration of SLAF is a further manifestation of the strong professional bonds that the two Air Forces share. The IAF Suryakiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) had earlier toured Sri Lanka in 2001 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of SLAF. As the IAF aircraft take to the skies of Colombo to mark the event, they will script another significant chapter in the traditionally strong IAF-SLAF ties.
NORTHERN COMMAND INVESTITURE CEREMONY
Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command presented Gallantry as well as Distinguished Service awards to Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks in a solemn Investiture Ceremony at Udhampur. During the ceremony, the Army Commander presented two Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry) and 50 Sena Medals (Gallantry) to the brave soldiers of the Army. He also presented, three Sena Medals (Distinguished) and six Vishisht Seva Medals for selfless service to the nation. The Army Commander also awarded Unit Appreciation to 26 units for their overall outstanding performance in the Command Theatre. The ceremony was a solemn occasion to honour the acts of valour and selfless dedication to duty of individual soldiers and units.
Speaking on the occasion, the Army Commander brought out that there has been a reduction in terrorist initiated incidents, stone pelting activities and protests as a result of tireless efforts of the Security Forces and the people of J&K.
The Army Commander commended all ranks of Northern Command for their dedication and devotion to duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. He congratulated those who were decorated for bravery. He conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the brave men who made the supreme sacrifice on the borders and in the battle against Internal Security challenges. In the end he urged all ranks, ex-servicemen, civilians and their families to dedicate themselves to the cause of the Nation.
INDIAN AIR FORCE PARTICIPATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EX DESERT FLAG-VI
Ex Desert Flag is an annual multi-national large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the United Arab Emirates Air Force. The Indian Air Force is participating for the first time in Exercise Desert Flag-VI along with air forces of United Arab Emirates, United States of America, France, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Bahrain. The exercise is scheduled from 3 March 2021 to 27 March 2021 at Al-Dhafra airbase, UAE.
The IAF is participating with six Su-30 MKI, two C-17 and one IL-78 tanker aircraft. C-17 Globe-master will provide support for induction/ de-induction of the IAF contingent. Su-30 MKI aircraft will undertake long range ferry, routing direct from India to the exercise area with aerial refuelling support from IL-78 tanker aircraft. The aim of the exercise is to provide operational exposure to the participating forces while training them to undertake simulated air combat operations in a controlled environment. The participating forces will get an opportunity to enhance their operational capabilities along with mutual exchange of best practices.
The large-scale exercise involving diverse fighter aircraft from across the globe will provide the participating forces, including IAF, a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, experience, enhance operational capabilities and interoperability. Exercising and interaction with the participating nations in a dynamic and realistic warfare environment will also contribute to strengthen international relations.
Over the last decade, IAF has regularly hosted and participated in multi-national operational exercises, wherein collaborative engagements are undertaken amongst the best air forces of the world.
MoU signed to support families of service personnel deceased in line of duty
Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) and Veena Nayyar, wife of late Vice Admiral K.K. Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge Rs 2 crore for welfare schemes run by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Veena Nayyar presented a cheque of Rs 2 crore to three Services which was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff and Air Marshall VPS Rana, Air Officer In Charge of Administration at Army Headquarters, New Delhi.
The main objective of the MoU is to facilitate various welfare schemes instituted for next of kins of service personnel died in harness. The welfare schemes include Education Scholarships and Computer Grant for wards and widows of deceased service personnel, Grant for Higher Education of widows and marriage grant for widows and daughters. The Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff conveyed their gratitude to Veena Nayyar for her benevolent contribution to the three Services and said that her noble gesture would support more than one lakh widows and wards in leading a respectful life.
DIAV is one of the primary organisations of Indian Army which looks after the Rehabilitation and Welfare of the families of Service personnel who have died in harness. DIAV has disbursed approximately Rs 86 crore to about 76,000 beneficiaries over the past 20 years towards various welfare schemes. Lt Gen Harsha Gupta, Adjutant General and Veena Naravane, president Army Wives Welfare Association, and Sudha Gupta, general secretary, Army Wives Welfare Association, were also present on the occasion.
ARMY HOLDS MULTIPLE RECRUITMENT RALLIES IN DIFFERENT STATES
This is the first Army recruitment rally after prolonged lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions.
Army Recruitment Rally for various categories of soldiers is in progress under aegis of Tiger Division at Sunjuwan Military Station from 15 February to 6 March. The rally is being organised for the youth of all the ten districts of Jammu Division. Army Recruiting Office (ARO) Jammu in close coordination with Shivalik Brigade, Civil Administration of Jammu Division and J&K Police is conducting the ongoing rally in a smooth and transparent manner.
Maj Gen Vijay B. Nair, General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division reviewed the conduct of recruitment rally. The GOC was briefed by Brigadier AP Singh, Commander Shivalik Brigade and Director Recruiting, Jammu about various arrangements including various security, anti-touting and Covid-19 related measures.
This is the first Army recruitment rally in this region after prolonged lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions. An overwhelming response from the exuberant youth has been recorded and approximately 40,000 candidates have registered online. The rally is witnessing immense participation from the well prepared local youth of all ten districts of Jammu Division towards joining Indian Army. Covid-19 protocol is being followed during the rally by all participants and recruiting staff.
ARMY RECRUITMENT FOR MAHARASHTRA AND GOA
The Army Recruitment Rally, Kolhapur, was planned to be conducted at Shivaji University Sports Ground, Kolhapur from 5 to 25 March, for the youth of Maharashtra and Goa, thereby giving them an opportunity to serve the motherland and lead a dignified life. However due to alarming situation of increasing Covid-19, the civil administration has requested for postponement of the said rally till 15 March 2021.
Recruitment Rally will now be conducted for Soldier General Duty (All Arms), Soldier Clerk/Store Keeper Technical/ Inventory Management, Soldier Technical, Soldier Technical (Aviation/Ammunition Examiner), Soldier Technical (Nursing Assistant), Junior Commissioned Officer Religious Teacher (RT), Soldier Tradesman 10th and 8th passed categories and Soldier Pharma from 16 March to 4 April 2021 subject to clearance given by Civil Administration. This rally is applicable to candidates of six districts of Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri of Maharashtra State and North Goa & South Goa of Goa State (except Junior Commissioned Officer Religious Teacher (RT), & Soldier Pharma).
Management of such a large number of candidates requires details planning and meticulous execution on ground. Towards this, the State and district administration has been more than forthcoming in providing requisite assistance and making available required infrastructure. Candidates are advised to carry all required original education certificates, adequate number photographs, valid affidavit as per format given in notification and must be properly filled. “No candidates will be allowed entry into rally without correctly filled Affidavit” and a certificate that he is free from Covid-19 symptoms from Government Medical Officer not more than 72 hrs earlier. Candidates in their own interest must carry out basic medical pre-inspection regarding any temporary medical condition, presence of wax in the ears and free from Covid-19, etc. These actions will be enable smooth participation of the youth in the recruitment rally and will facilitate Army authorities in flawless conduct of the rally. Army authorities advise all candidates not fall prey to touts as the entire recruitment process is very fair and transparent. Any tout approaching any candidate must apprise military officials / Civil Police. For any further queries candidates may drop their queries on www.joinindianarmy.nic.in contact land line No 0231-2605491.
RECRUITMENT RALLY UNDER RECRUITING ZONE PUNE
The Covid-19 pandemic situation is now visibly in control. The successful conduct of Recruitment Rally at Jamnagar wef. 1st to 15th Feb has instilled much needed confidence in the environment that with strict implementation of precautions /protocols a recruitment rally can be conducted.The Recruitment Year 2021- 2022 will commence wef. 01 April 2021 onwards and the Zone will witness back to back rallies covering geographical area of Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The Army Recruitment Office (ARO) wise distribution of districts for all rallies commencing wef. 1 April 2021 will be as elucidated. ARO Aurangabad will cover districts of Aurangabad, Buldana, Hingoli, Jalgaon, Jalna, Nanded, and Parbhani. ARO Ahmedabad will cover districts of Ahmedabad, Anand, Arvalli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Chhota udepur, Dahod, Dangs, Gandhinagr, Kheda, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Narmada, Navsari, Panchmahal, Sabarkantha, Surat, Tapi, Vadodara, Valsad, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman.
RO (HQ), Pune will cover Districts of Pune, Ahmednagar, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad and Solapur. ARO Nagpur will cover districts of Nagpur, Wardha, Washim, Amaravati, Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Chandrpur, Akola and Yavatmal. ARO Mumbai will cover districts of Mumbai City and Mumbai Suburban, Thane Raigad, Nasik, Palgarh, Dhule and Nandurbar. ARO Kolhapur will cover districts of Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri & Goa State. ARO Jamnagar will cover districts of Jamnagar, Porbander, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Surendranagar, Kutch, Diu, Gir Somnath, Botad, Morbi, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Patan.Anticipating heavy footfall during these rallies, all necessary arrangements are being made in coordination with the civil administrative to ensure Covid-free conduct.
DRDO celebrates National Science Day
National Science Day 2021 was celebrated in Defence Research & Development Organisation, DRDO Head Quarter in New Delhi on 1 March with great fervour. To mark the occasion, a special function was organised by Defence Science Forum. Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, Prof K. Vijay Raghavan, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The function was presided over by Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.
In his keynote address, Prof Vijay Raghavan said that there is a significant amount of work being done by DRDO that epitomises quality science. He appreciated the speed and quality of innovations by DRDO during the pandemic. He stated, “We are a design driven world, and our two major goals should be designing and manufacturing indigenously”. He further said that in this new era of partnership between DRDO and industry, we should have the capability to buy local and make local.
Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO in his address congratulated the scientific community for its ongoing quest to achieve excellence and self reliance. He emphasised the need to concentrate on science in laboratories and academic institutes to come out with state of art technologies. He highlighted the requirement for a focus group in each DRDO laboratory to work on future technologies. Dr G. Satheesh Reddy further said that it is very important for any nation to work on the fundamental side of science, for which the universities need to be made stronger, so that the nation can come out with quality products.
DRDO Science Day orations were delivered by scientists of three DRDO laboratories namely, Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad, Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru and Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior. National Science Day is celebrated each year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of “Raman Effect” in 1928 by Sir C.V. Raman, which led to the Nobel Prize being awarded to him in the year 1930.
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