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WORLD NEEDS A NEW ORDER AND EVERLASTING PEACE

Making a rule or law with agreement of all is the first step to have acknowledged the problem and need for correction. However, more important are constantly making amendments in the law as per changing times, effective monitoring by unbiased body, strict implementation to ensure timely justice and punitive punishments to violators.

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World has been facing the most challenging medical emergency in last one century since December 2019 causing deaths in millions. This time it is due to a well concealed pandemic by inimical forces of humanity and treacherous intentions beyond comprehension. Historically on occurrence of crime, motive is the first and foremost thing to be investigated and most important clue is revealed by singling out the beneficiary. Evident motive in the present case of worldwide pandemic unleashed is to damage world economy, stemming the increasing influence of western culture by discrediting it and above all breaking the morale of developed nations by manipulating world organizations. It is quite obvious that a new world order is desired to be set. Wrongdoer was well aware that the collateral damages would be deaths in millions, discrediting of world leaders and dislocated governing bodies. In fact, the perpetrator must be overjoyed to have achieved more than what it had planned for however, it has also revealed itself in this act of treachery towards humanity. Nations of the world surely are not going to watch it go helplessly.

There are many pertinent questions to be asked such as; was the virus developed in a lab, was it allowed to escape, was it allowed to be sent worldwide? The leading world body being compromised what is the authenticity of the findings given by the investigating teams? It is difficult to believe that any punitive actions would be taken against the offender in a comprehensive manner to punish him as those actions would again be a violation of basic human rights and against the democratic values which the majority of the world players presently support. All this can happen only after the world is sufficiently assured of the correctness of judgment and identification of the guilty. Given all these there would still be a need for justice to the world humanity and human cause. Answer for destruction cannot be even more destruction however, suitable steps must be taken to make the culprit realize the futility of such covert and inhuman acts.

World at this juncture must address the much larger issue of the way forward for the humanity and world peace. They had come together earlier after WW I with formation of League of Nations and after WW II created United Nations just to ensure peaceful world and a better future for humankind. Anybody reading the preamble of United Nations would even today wonder how to improve upon it as it already has all the ingredients that are desired for world peace and harmony. Happenings after WW II has been well documented and we must contemplate a repeat.

Forty-six nations, including the four sponsors, were originally invited to the San Francisco Conference: nations which had declared war on Germany and Japan and had subscribed to the United Nations Declaration. There were 850 delegates, and their advisers and staff together with the conference secretariat brought the total to 3,500. There were only ten plenary meetings of all the delegates but nearly 400 meetings of the committees at which every line and comma was hammered out.

There was also considerable debate on the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the conference decided that member nations would not be compelled to accept the Court’s jurisdiction but might voluntarily declare their acceptance of compulsory jurisdiction. Likewise, the question of future amendments to the Charter received much attention and finally resulted in an agreed solution. Above all, the right of each of the “Big Five” to exercise a “veto” on action by the powerful Security Council provoked long and heated debate. The smaller powers feared that when one of the “Big Five” menaced the peace, the Security Council would be powerless to act, while in the event of a clash between two powers not permanent members of the Security Council, the “Big Five” could act arbitrarily. But the great powers unanimously insisted on this provision as vital, and emphasized that the main responsibility for maintaining world peace would fall most heavily on them. Eventually the smaller powers conceded the point in the interest of setting up the world organization.

“The Charter of the United Nations which you have just signed,” said President Truman in addressing the final session “is a solid structure upon which we can build a better world. History will honor you for it. With this Charter the world can begin to look forward to the time when all worthy human beings may be permitted to live decently as free people. If we fail to use it” he concluded, “we shall betray all those who have died so that we might meet here in freedom and safety to create it. If we seek to use it selfishly – for the advantage of any one nation or any small group of nations — we shall be equally guilty of that betrayal.”

On October 24, 1945 Charter came into force when the Governments of China, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States and a majority of the other signatory states ratified it and deposited notification to this effect with the State Department of the United States then the United Nations came into existence.” (Excerpt from un.org)

So, what led us as nations to violate the basic intent of collective resolve undertaken in 1945? Is it blatant disregard for rules or desire for growth or seeking better future for own people or jealousy or simply dominance? What did we overlook while finalizing the Charter? Causes of our collective failure lies in basic nature of human’s struggle to achieve equality. Equality of knowledge, wealth, status and every aspect of human life is a must to create a harmonious and peaceful co-existence. Non agreement on universal applicability of ICJ judgments and allowing veto powers to big five are the two major reasons which caused failure of the world body to prevent wars and manmade calamities. World thereafter witnessed numerous skirmishes, wars, long drawn out cold war, nations breaking up, meddling in others affairs with impunity and many more actions by signatory nations that were in violation to the spirit of UN Charter. One good thing that occurred during the meetings was agreement to carry out future amendments to UN Charter as and when felt necessary.

Making a rule or law with agreement of all is the first step to have acknowledged the problem and need for correction. However, more important are constantly making amendments in the law as per changing times, effective monitoring by unbiased body, strict implementation to ensure timely justice and punitive punishments to violators. Struggle would always be there between pure and the evil; the way forward should be to restrict, reduce and finally eradicate evil to diminish and eventually eliminate sufferings. Same struggle can be identified among the human race with religion to search for something pure which would eradicate all distress. World effort should be to establish such Charter that wipes out agony and replaces it with peace for the human race in this world. World after recovering from this artificial calamity must resort to rebuilding and restructuring the architecture of the world body. World certainly needs a new order today to ensure peace and alleviation of affliction of the human race.

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Pakistan at the dawn of 2021

A glance at some opinion pieces from the first three days of January 2021 of ‘Dawn’ shows there is little anti-India rant and in fact a sense a grudging admiration for the eastern neighbour. Sadly, Pakistani frustrations at not being India might fuel the anti-India sentiment even further.

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I have picked some opinion pieces from the first three days of January 2021 of Dawn. Barring one article on “Kashmir’s Future” by A.G. Noorani there is no anti-India rant at the beginning of 2021. In fact, in all the articles I have read, I sense a grudging admiration for India! When Pervez Hoodbhoy says ‘the West, China, and India developed modern scientific cultures’, he has bracketed us in an elite league already. When a Pakistani educationist starts talking of Kendriya there is something which we might have done well. 

A New Year is full of resolutions and soul searching. That seems to be the case in Pakistan too. An elemental truth of the country emerges in the first few articles of 2021. For what it’s worth, the sense I got was that India is turning out not exactly as Pakistan imagined or wanted it to be, but as what Pakistan itself wanted to be! Of course, the Pakistani Army will contend with my views. They want to be what they are. Sellers of their nation to the highest bidder (presently China) and make a fat buck and more! The danger in all this soul-searching is that ‘neighbours’ envy owner’s pride’ factor might kick in. Pakistani frustrations at not being India might fuel the anti-India sentiment even further. That applies to the rest of Pakistan also. We will have to watch this carefully. 

TILL THEN PIA REMAINS GROUNDED!

Hope Pakistan continues to internalise. The indications appear so. Whenever we wanted to settle Kashmir, we had to dance to Pakistan’s tunes. Read this with my earlier articles of similar genre on Pakistan. This is the window we are looking for when Pakistan cannot interfere in our internal affairs beyond a point! You will get the drift that the window is good enough for us to make some meaningful moves. Settle Kashmir! 

PLOTS AND PLANS FOR 2021 BY FAHID HUSAIN 

The view of a Pakistani Chamcha! This guy thinks that Imran Khan is finally reaching the edge of a wonderful world he has created! The problem for ‘Im the Dim’ is that he  might fall of the cliff or the edge of a tank!

…. It is a pretty good start of the year for Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Perched on his high chair he surveys the land he rules and sees his enemies struggling to break free from the shackles of their purported clarity. He watches them scurry back to their drawing boards in a desperate bid to figure the next course of action in the wake of the PPP’s decision to contest the Senate elections, and he allows himself a satisfied smile. In the third year of his five-year term, he can now sit back, look beyond the PDM threat, and focus on getting some governance done—finally. So, he thinks to himself, what a wonderful world.

MUSLIMS AND TECHNOLOGY BY PERVEZ HOODBHOY

I like reading his views. He pinpoints the Pakistani mindset like a lance. Recommended to read the full article. Except for some defiant holdouts, most Muslims have come to accept the printing press, loudspeaker, weather forecasts, cameras and television, blood transfusions, organ transplants, and in-vitro fertilisation. Earlier fears that technology will destroy their faith are disappearing. Although religious extremists have killed polio vaccine workers by the dozens, Pakistanis are likely to accept the Covid vaccine more easily than Americans. This is progress. Pakistan functions as a nation of shopkeepers, property dealers, managers, hoteliers, accountants, bankers, soldiers, politicians and generals. There are even a few good poets and writers. But there is no Pakistani Covid vaccine. With so few genuine scientists and researchers it produces little new knowledge or products. That 81 Pakistanis were recently ranked in the world’s top two per cent of scientists by Stanford University turned out to be fake news. Stanford University was not involved in this highly dubious ranking. This was confirmed to me over email last week by Prof John Ioannidis of Stanford University. He, together with three co-authors, had been cited as the source. Separation is the key! When Galileo famously said “the Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go”, he was arguing the domains of science and belief do not overlap. This is how the West, China, and India developed modern scientific cultures. 

BIG IDEAS BOLD MOVES BY SAKIB SHERANI

Another article by another chamcha of Imran Khan. However, the importance of this article lies in the fact that the Pakis have started to understand that near-existential challenges of Pakistan are internal to them and do not lie to their west! It also highlights the challenges faced by Pakistan. Pkistan has been beset with severe challenges on a wide number of fronts for the past several decades, ranging inter alia from poverty to pollution, climate change and water stress. These near-existential challenges require ‘big’ responses—in scale as well as scope. To be successful, the responses need to be underpinned by resources and the means to deliver. These include both fiscal resources as well as a minimum threshold level of state capacity. They also need to be sustained over a protracted period of time.

A FLUCTUATING GRAPH BY KHURRAM HUSAIN 

Interesting article. The short point is that Pakistan is starting 2021 the same way as 2020… at the bottom of its economic down fall. What does it tell me? It tells me that Pakistan will continue to internalise. The year 2020 began and ended with the government talking about economic recovery, but along the way it faced challenges of an unprecedented nature. Past crises have almost always involved a sudden drain of the country’s foreign exchange reserves, prompting an emergency appeal to the IMF, followed by a gruelling period of macroeconomic adjustment that forces the government to sharply curb expenditures, raise taxes, hike interest rates and devalue the currency. The resultant economic pain almost always drains the political goodwill of the government which is forced to administer this medicine, and very soon the economic crisis gives way to increasing political challenges for the government. In 2021, the government will have to face the question it was supposed to have faced in 2020: how does it plan to walk the line set by the IMF programme and continue with its pro-growth policies at the same time?

CRISIS OF PAKISTANI DEMOCRACY BY ZAHID HUSAIN 

For a change the writer is speaking some hard truths about Pakistan. The problem is within! Pakistan remains a nation where democracy has been a corpse for a long time. The ongoing battle between the opposition and the PTI government has brought to the surface the worst of the prevailing political culture. It illustrates patterns of behaviour that should have little to do with the norms and values relevant to a democratic polity. While the country is ruled by a self-righteous and novice leadership perceived as being propped up by the security establishment, the motley opposition alliance seems hardly capable of bringing any change to the existing dynastic power structure that contradicts the very ethos of democracy. For over 70 years, the country has alternated between authoritarian military regimes and ineffective elected civilian rule. But there have been no fundamental changes to Pakistan’s political power structure. A small power elite has dominated the country’s political scene under civilian as well as military rule. The extractive nature of the state institutions has stunted the growth of an inclusive democratic process. Democracy is not about power but about fundamental structural political reform.

AT A LOSS FOR WORDS BY ANJUM ALTAF

Another interesting read. Pakistanis are discovering that there is something far more than terrorism as a subject of state education. Also nation building starts with getting back to cultural and linguistic  roots even if they are derived partly from Sanskrit! I had one incongruous visual impression pertaining to the names of the schools that might seem peripheral to many. In villages with every student a native speaker of Punjabi and Urdu the medium of instruction, the names of schools, written in both Urdu and English, were comprised entirely of English words — ‘government’, ‘girls’, ‘high’, and ‘school’. I wonder if this strikes anyone as odd? It would be fine to refer to a school thus in a report written in English but shouldn’t it have an indigenous name as well? In India, one comes across ‘kendriya vidyalaya’ and in Iran I am sure there is some equivalent of ‘madressah-i markazi’. Thinking along these lines, it occurred to me that we have no word for ‘college’ and although ‘jamia’ is a perfect equivalent for university (there is the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. When I looked up websites of institutions in Iran and India, I saw their indigenous names along with their English translations with both displayed on their respective logos. Thus, Daneshgah-i-Tehran (Tehran University), Jawaharlal Nehru Vishvavidyalaya (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Bharatiya Praudyogikee Sansthaan (Indian Institute of Technology), Bharatiya Prabandh Sansthaan (Indian Institute of Management), etc. All have websites in the local language as well. Contrast that with Lahore University of Management Sciences that was conceived and born in English and has not felt the need to invent a local name or offer a website in Urdu. (‘Lums,’ on the other hand, has entered the vocabulary as a local term which led to a mercifully aborted move by the university to rename itself ‘LumsU’).

BAN SALE OF ACID BY EN BANDIAL 

This is heart wrenching. For a Pakistani to appeal for ban of sale of acid on the new year reflects the depravity of Pakistan! CHAND raat 2015, Karachi: in a dimly lit neighbourhood, an agitated man clenched a vial, as moonlight refracted through the translucent liquid inside it. Stillness eventually broke with an intensifying engine growl and tyre screech overlapping a splash and incessant wailing. The man had successfully hurled acid at his target, 19-year-old Raheela, and inadvertently splattered her infant nephew. As the acid trickled down their faces, skin crumbled and dissolved, leaving scars that would haunt them forever. Today, Raheela looks in the mirror to find two passages instead of a nose, a crooked slit instead of lips and contorted skin; she suffers from visual and other sensory impairments and breathing difficulties. Selling this lethal liquid in Pakistan for trivial purposes like unclogging drains threatens the right to life and security. Acknowledging that acid attacks kill or result in permanent disabilities, strip identities, and cause mental and physical agony, the courts condemn them as a crime against the state, a bigger crime than murder, and yet the root cause remains. Over-the-counter sales and unlicensed production, import, transport, storage and use of acid must be strictly prohibited and stringently enforced. Preventative policing and awareness campaigns on women’s rights, gender equity and equality for Pakistani men and women should be launched in a bid to abolish the culture of accepting brutality against women. Creating an egalitarian environment based on impartiality, tolerance and respect is vital. The Quaid may have left Pakistan with the ideology of protecting women, but today, indifference towards these victims of violence taints Pakistan’s image.

DISINFO PERILS BY BEENISH ZIA

Read this article and one realises that women empowerment is the least of Pakistani priorities. Their higher priority seems to be Hafiz Sayeed and LeT and Jaish! It is astonishing but there are some women’s rights that are extensively protected in Pakistan through existing legal mechanisms. More surprisingly, some of them are practically implemented. One such right that enjoys proper legal protection is the right of a woman to dissolve her marriage. But then, one may ask, where does the problem lie? Why are vulnerable women still suffering in silence? The important point here is that women are not dependent on men to end their marriage. It is their choice and theirs only whether to start, continue or to end a marriage. One of the key perpetrators for spreading disinformation is our entertainment industry, in particular the drama industry. A majority of women religiously watch the dramas that air on different channels. The dramas regularly show women being physically abused or being portrayed as home-wreckers but what has caught my attention of late is the regular portrayal of what women have to go through to end an abusive marriage.

Discuss what you might…the true story of Pakistan won’t change.

Lt Gen P.R. Shankar was India’s DG Artillery. He is highly decorated and qualified with vast operational experience. He contributed significantly to the modernisation and indigenisation of Artillery. He is now a Professor in the Aerospace Dept of IIT Madras and is involved in applied research for defence technology. His other articles can be read on www.gunnersshot.com.

Pakistan remains a nation where democracy has been a corpse for a long time. The ongoing battle between the opposition and the PTI government has brought to the surface the worst of the prevailing political culture. It illustrates patterns of behaviour that should have little to do with the norms and values relevant to a democratic polity. While the country is ruled by a self-righteous and novice leadership perceived as being propped up by the security establishment, the motley opposition alliance seems hardly capable of bringing any change to the existing dynastic power structure that contradicts the very ethos of democracy.

Women empowerment is the least of Pakistani priorities. Their higher priority seems to be Hafiz Sayeed and LeT and Jaish! It is astonishing but there are some women’s rights that are extensively protected in Pakistan through existing legal mechanisms. More surprisingly, some of them are practically implemented. One such right that enjoys proper legal protection is the right of a woman to dissolve her marriage. But then, one may ask, where does the problem lie?

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GUJARAT GOVERNOR HAILS INDIA’S 1971 VICTORY OVER PAKISTAN

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On the occasion of Army Day on 15 Jan, Konark Corps of the Indian Army organised a marathon under the banner of “Vijay Run”. The event was spread across multiple locations to commemorate the golden jubilee year celebrations of the Indian armed force’s resounding victory over Pakistan in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.

The event was conducted physically at more than 15 locations and virtually for the citizens across the nation.  More than 5000 personnel from the Army, Air Force, BSF, Coast Guard, Police and other enthusiasts participated in the marathon to celebrate the saga of valour and courage of our armed forces in the “Run for Soldiers, With the Soldiers”. The event also highlighted the need to foster the spirit of physical fitness and spread the message of unity amongst the countrymen.  

The main events of active run marathon were conducted at Parbat Ali Brigade in Gandhinagar Military Station in which more than 200 participants took part under various categories and ran while observing due Covid protocols.

A grand prize distribution ceremony was organised to felicitate the winners.

The event was presided over by the Chief Guest Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat. A grand display of martial arts including ‘Khukri Dance, Malkhamb and martial music’ was also organised for the participants. 

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Armed forces felicitate veer naris on Army Day

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On the occasion of 73rd Army Day in the spirit of a noble effort to mitigate the hardships and provide organisational support as per true traditions of the Indian Army, three Veer Naris from Nagpur and Gondia districts were felicitated by Station Headquarters, Kamptee.

Brigadier Deepak Sharma, Commandant Guards Regimental Centre, Station Commander presented a cheque of Rs 30,000 to each Veer Nari.

Also the issues related to pension and other emoluments in respect of these Veer Naris were addressed during the function and the event was attended by service personnel and their families from the station.

Army Day marks a day to salute and honour the valiant solders who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.

Army Day marks a day to salute and honour the valiant solders who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.

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INDIA SALUTES VALIANT SOLDIERS ON ARMY DAY

The celebrations commenced with a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial where CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs paid homage to the martyrs.

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Indian Army celebrated its 73rd Army Day on Friday. Every year Indian Army celebrates 15 January as ‘Army Day’ to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Carriappa took over the command of the 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. The celebrations commenced with a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial where CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs paid homage to the martyrs.

General M.M. Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff, reviewed the Army Day Parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and awarded 15 Sena Medals (including five posthumously) for individual acts of Gallantry and 23 COAS Unit Citations for commendable performance of their respective units. The Army Day parade was commanded by Maj Gen Alok Kaker, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area. The leading contingent of the parade was formed of the recipients of the Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra awardees. This was followed by army contingents which included T-90 tank BHISHMA, infantry combat vehicle BMP II, BRAHMOS missile system, PINAKA Multiple Launch Rocket System, upgraded SCHILKA Gun System, Bridge Layer Tank, international sports awardees and seven marching contingents including mounted horse cavalry.

The Indian Army also carried out a live demonstration of Drone Swarming capability using 75 indigenously designed and developed drones which executed an array of artificial intelligence-enabled simulated offensive missions and close support tasks.

NORTHERN COMMAND LAUNCHES THE BIGGEST TALENT EVENT OF J&K

On the occasion of the Army Day, Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command paid a tribute to the brave-hearts of the Indian Army by laying a wreath at the Dhruva War Memorial. Later in the day he interacted with the media where he also launched the biggest musical talent hunt event of UT of J&K called “Shaurya”.

The Army Commander during his interaction with the media said that in Northern Command, we are contending with triple challenges. First we have the western adversary that is Pakistan which has not relented from using terror as an instrument of state policy. Secondly, we have northern borders where we have seen the Chinese belligerence on the LAC where it has tried to alter the status quo which has been contested with resolve and courage by the Indian Army. Thirdly, the internal situation in J&K which is stable and under control but has the propensity to flare up at any time. There is also the collusivity factor with threats ranging from supplying weapons to sharing of operational practices and so on.

The Army Commander also brought out the complex, volatile, uncertain and ambiguous conflict paradigm in the Northern Command. Relentless operations on the LC backed  with robust multi agency grid in hinterland has forced the deep state in Pakistan to recalibrate its approach to handle this situation. The terrorist networks across are trying hard to abet recruitment by extensive use of social media. The recent DDC elections have conveyed the resolve and will of the awaam to shun separatism and embrace democracy. The abrogation of Article 370 and improvement in governance has been a major game changer and helped in restoring faith of the common people in the institutions of the Government.

Indian Army has played its designated role of creating an ecosystem of safety and normalcy during Covid. “Op Sadbhavna” has been pivotal in providing avenues of employment and education to the youth. The challenge in eastern Ladakh has been further complicated by vagaries of weather and terrain. The Indian Army has displayed immense grit and determination to match the Chinese belligerence and give them a befitting reply. The Army Commander said that we Northern Command is now perched at a position of operational advantage and are negotiating with the PLA from a position of equivalence. 

While inaugurating the launch of the musical talent hunt “Shaurya”, the Army Commander lauded the efforts of “Mausqui Studios”, who along with active support of the Northern Command Army, have conceptualized and organized musical talent hunt programme.  Bollywood celebrities such as Shukhwinder Singh and Dilshaad Shabbir Shaikh have promoted the talent hunt and provided an opportunity at the doorsteps of the youth of J&K to help them explore new vistas in the music industry.

Over 2000 talented youth of Jammu & Kashmir joined the online audition which was spread over seven days. This was followed up by offline audition for four days, two days each from Jammu and Srinagar.  Finally, ten talented youth comprising vocalists and instrumentalists have been selected to form the J&K Band. This Band will be groomed before they showcase their talent on 18 Jan 2021 in Srinagar. While the entire Band will share the stage with famous singer Sukhwinder Singh, the top three will be performing with him. Post this performance, the Band members will be travelling to Mumbai for training and grooming and undertaking contractual performances

 While interacting with the media, based on the recommended list provided by Press Council of India, Jammu, the Army Commander awarded “Certificates of Appreciation” to the outstanding media personnel, who have served the public interest in a fair, accurate and unbiased manner, especially during  Covid times, bringing out the best form of truth but yet holding the national interest. 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 brought out that the success of the Indian Army is due to its gallant and brave soldiers who have minimal requirements but will achieve victory every time even at the cost of their lives. He said it is never about the weapon but the man behind it who wins the battle.

‘KNOW YOUR ARMY’ MELA IN UPPER SUBANSIRI, ARUNACHAL

A ‘Know Your Army’ Mela was organised by Indian Army on 15 January at Government Higher Secondary School, Daporijo as part of the Army Day celebrations. The aim of the Mela was to spread awareness about armed forces among the civil population and motivate youth to join the forces.

The event included display of a wide array of state-of-the-art military weapons and equipment which demonstrated the technological advancement and military might of our country. During the event, the students were allowed to get hands-on experience of handling real weapons and it was the main attraction of the event. In addition to the above, Army Band Display was also organised. This event saw overwhelming participation from students and youth of the adjoining areas.

SOUTHERN COMMAND ARMY AWARENESS OUTREACH CAMPAIGN

Headquarters Southern Command organised a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial, Pune on 15 Jan being 73rd Army Day. Lieutenant General C.P. Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command laid the wreath and paid homage to all valiant soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice while safeguarding the sovereignty and integrity of the Nation. The Army Commander also conveyed his best wishes to all ranks, veterans, veer naris and their family members on the auspicious occasion and called upon all ranks of Southern Command to rededicate themselves to the task of protecting and safeguarding the motherland from both internal and external adversaries.

He said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic the Southern Command was operationally geared up to give a befitting response to misadventures by our adversaries and was prepared to thwart any challenge that comes on its way. He also reassured Southern Command’s commitment towards continued assistance to citizens in times of any calamities or natural disasters.   

On the occasion of 73rd Army Day results for the Southern Command Army awareness campaign on the theme “Indian Army a Symbol of Unity in Diversity” which was run by Headquarters Southern Command through Social Media from 19 October 2020 to 10 January 2021 were announced.

The competition was organised in four disciplines namely video making, painting, slogan writing and photography. The response was overwhelming with over two lakh entries having been received from within the Army as well as civil society.

Out of 52 prizes at the National level, Puneites bagged five individual prizes. Lieutenant General C.P. Mohanty, GOC-in-C Southern Command gave prizes to the winners. The Army Commander felicitated and congratulated the awardees at the National War Memorial.

SWORDS & SHIELD AREA CELEBRATES 73RD ARMY DAY AT MUMBAI

Swords & Shield Area celebrated the 73rd Army Day at Shaheed Smarak in Colaba Military Station, Mumbai yesterday. Lieutenant  General  S.K. Prashar, General Officer  Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area laid the wreath on behalf of all ranks. Several senior dignitaries attended the solemn ceremony of honouring the supreme sacrifice by our gallant soldiers made while safeguarding the sovereignty of the Nation.

The Indian Army remains steadfast in its resolve and commitment to serve the nation with vigour and professionalism of highest order.

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DRDO, Army develop India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol

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India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army. Infantry School, Mhow and DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, have designed and developed this weapon using their respective expertise in the complementary areas. The weapon has been developed in a record time of four months.

The machine pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre. 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.

The weapon has huge potential in armed forces as personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders, tank and aircraft crews, drivers/dispatch riders, radio/radar operators, Closed Quarter Battle, counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations etc. This is also likely to find huge employability with the central and state police organizations as well as VIP protection duties and Policing.

The machine pistol is likely to have production cost under Rs 50,000 each and has potential for exports. The weapon is aptly named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect”&“Hard Work”.

Keeping the Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmnirbhar Bharat in view, this small step will pave way for self reliance and it is expected that the Services and Paramilitary Forces (PMFs) will induct this expeditiously.

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GUYANA, INDIA SIGN CONTRACT FOR OCEAN-GOING VESSEL

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It was a huge boost for the export initiatives of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, a Government of India Undertaking (GRSE), when the Harbour Department, Ministry of Public Works, Government of Guyana, signed the contract with the shipyard last week, to build an Ocean-Going Vesselat a cost of $12.7 million. The 1,700 tons vessel is to be used on the Coastal and Riverine Areas of Guyana, and shall be equipped with two Caterpillar Marine Diesel Engines coupled with Twin Disc Reduction Gear Boxes to achieve 15 knots speed.

GRSE has been a pioneer warship builder of the nation having delivered the highest number of warships till date, since its inception as a DPSU in 1960. The 106 warships built by GRSE so far range from Advanced Frigates to Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to Fleet Tankers, Fast Attack Crafts etc. with the Shipyard having many firsts to its credit including the unique achievement of having exported the first warship by an Indian Shipyard, CGS Barracuda to Mauritius.

GRSE has the capability to construct 20 ships concurrently, spread across its three production locations and having modernized its infrastructure with Modular Integrated Facility. This Project shall further consolidate GRSE’s position as a unique shipyard with all round capability to design and build warships and vessels for export with State-of-the-Art Technology. GRSE in the recent past has delivered 14 Warships in 42 months which clocks an average of a delivery every three months, a no mean feat.

The export initiative of the shipyard have gained momentum with the award of this order and it is expected that the coming years will see a marked rise in its export order-book.

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