Friday, August 31, 2012

Chief Of Naval Staff Handing-Taking Over


Admiral D K Joshi Is 21st Chief Of Naval Staff

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi took over from Admiral Nirmal Verma on August 31, as the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of Independent India and the 19th Indian to take command of the Indian Navy. 

In the morning, Admiral Joshi paid tribute to the country’s martyrs by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and inspected an impressive Guard of Honour at the lawns of South Block. Later, in the office of the CNS, Adm Nirmal Verma ceremonially handed over the Chief’s telescope to Admiral DK Joshi. 

In his maiden message to the Navy, saying he was “in gratitude for having been given the honour and privileged opportunity to Command the Navy”, Admiral Joshi indicated his priorities as the new Naval Chief. He stated “for the Navy to fulfil its mandate as a maritime power for national prosperity, 24 x 7 attention would need to be paid at all levels to ensure that there are no gaps in our security preparedness”. He emphasised that “to achieve security related objectives, the man-machine interface is crucial and the Navy would need to professionally re-audit, train and consolidate its preparedness to optimize the existing capabilities as well as harness the full potential of the transformational new capabilities being inducted”.

Admiral DK Joshi is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare. In his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Admiral Joshi's Sea Commands include guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, during which he was awarded Nausena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal and Yudh Seva Medal respectively. He subsequently commanded the Eastern Fleet, wherein he was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM).  

After his elevation to Flag rank, the Admiral served in the Integrated Headquarters in all nodal Branches. In the Personnel Branch as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development), in Warship Production and Acquisition as the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft Carrier Programme (ACCP), and thereafter in the Operations Branch both as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Information Warfare and Operations) and as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.
Before taking over as the FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, he contributed towards inter-service integration, first as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command,the only tri-service integrated Command. He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) during this time. Later, he served as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).  
Admiral Joshi is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, USA, an alumnus of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi. He was also the Defence Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999.
He is married to Mrs Chitra Joshi and the couple have two daughters.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nine Killed As Two IAF Mi-17s Crash

Two Mi-17 IAF helicopters crashed near Sarmat range in Gujarat on 30th August 2012 at about 1205 hrs. The helicopters had taken off from Jamnagar airbase and were on a routine flying training mission. There were nine personnel on board and all succumbed to injuries.
An inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident.

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has expressed deep sorrow at the tragic incident. He has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Commissioning Of Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran

Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Rajkiran', the third of the series of eight Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs), designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata was commissioned here today at Vishakhapatnam by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command.
The 50 meter indigenous IPV displaces 300 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots, with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles at economical speed of 16 knots. Equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment, it makes an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, Search and Rescue, and medical evacuation.   The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) and an integrated gun mount with indigenous Fire Control system (FCS).
ICGS "Rajkiran", literally meaning "Royal Light", will be based at Haldia and will be under Administrative and Operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region(North-East).
In his address during the commissioning ceremony, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra assured that the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are working in tandem to achieve the overall objective of Maritime and Coastal Security of our country. He also stated that that there are numerous stakeholders involved in Coastal Security and building synergy amongst all of them is extremely important to achieve the common goal of national security.
The ship is commanded by Lieutenant Cdr Sumanta Roy, who is a specialist in Anti Submarine Warfare, in the presence of Inspector General SP Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Govt. The ship has a crew of 05 Officers and 30 Enrolled Personnel.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MoU For Joint Venture For Indigenous Production Of Smerch Rockets With Russia

Ordnance Factory Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Joint Venture with M/s Rosoboronexport, Russia and M/s Splav “SPA”, Russia to manufacture five versions of Smerch Rockets based on the technology received from Russia. The Smerch Rockets are technologically superior having a range of 70-80- kms. With formation of this Joint Venture, a new Chapter in the Indo-Russian Friendship will commence.

A Memorandum of Understanding duly approved by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri has been signed by three parties yesterday in New Delhi. After indigenizing the technology of Smerch Rockets, OFB will attain new heights in manufacturing of advanced Rocket system.


Monday, August 27, 2012

India, Sri Lanka Coast Guard Chiefs Meet

A high level delegation led by Rear Admiral AARA Dias, the Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG), who is on a visit to India from 26-30 Aug 2012, held a High Level Meeting, with the Indian delegation led by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard here today. The visit is in continuation of the various efforts by the governments of the two countries towards cooperation between the ICG and SLCG and pursuance of the discussions on maritime issues of mutual concerns to formulate a cooperative approach.

The establishment of SLCG on 04 Mar 2010 has been a way forward in meeting the challenges in the new global safety and security regime in this region. The recent visit is very significant in providing a fresh impetus to the existing ties between the two organisations as the meeting is being held in the back drop of the evolving maritime security situation in the region. The focus of the meeting was on further strengthening the operational level interaction between the two Coast Guards.

During the visit, the delegation also interacted with Mr Shankar Aggarwal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence and deliberated on common maritime interests. The delegation would visit Coast Guard’s Western Region at Mumbai, which will offer an insight into various capabilities and activities of Coast Guard at field level including in Search and Rescue and Pollution Control.

During the High Level discussions, it was mutually agreed to strengthen the cooperation on evolving collaborative approach, in addressing a spectrum of maritime issues concerning safety and security.


New Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Mumbai, Appointed

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The Government has appointed Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, presently Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) as the next Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command with effect from August 31, 2012 when Vice Admiral DK Joshi the present Commander-in-Chief takes over as the Chief of the Naval Staff.

Born on August 10, 1954 Vice Admiral Sinha was commissioned on June 01, 1974 in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy as a fighter pilot.

During his long and distinguished service spanning over 38 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Sinha, a Qualified Flying Instructor, has over 2700 hrs of flying on 18 different types of aircraft. Majority of his flying has been on the Sea Harrier from the aircraft carriers. He has Commanded two Sea Harrier Squadrons and Air Station INS Hansa, at Goa. His sea Commands include ICGS Ranijindan, INS Saryu, INS Shakti and INS Delhi.

In the Flag rank, Admiral Sinha has held a wide array of appointments such as Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Air [ACNS(Air)], the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) and Controller Personnel Services (CPS) before taking over as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).

Vice Admiral Sinha is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi.

Vice Admiral Sinha has been decorated with Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM), Nau Sena Medal (NM) and Bar and he is one of the Honorary ADCs of the Supreme Commander.

Vice Admiral SPS Cheema AVSM NM has been appointed to take over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) from Vice Admiral Sinha.


Maharashtra, Gujarat Come Under Electronic Surveillance Of Coast Guard

Marking a major step forward in coastal security mechanism in the country, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony dedicated to the nation the Static Sensors Project of Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) of the Indian Coast Guard at Mumbai and Porbandar today. The network will augment the shore-based electronic surveillance capacity of the Coast Guard along the highly sensitive and high traffic density coast line in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
 “As the western coast line is a highly sensitive one, we decided to operationalise this chain in Maharshtra and Gujarat ahead of the completion schedule of the Project. Our objective is to have this mechanism available for immediate utilization”, Shri Antony said in Mumbai. He said the Project will act as a ‘force multiplier’ and augment the coastal security apparatus. “With its help, the maritime forces will surely be able to devise an objective-based, rapid and effective response mechanism against perceived threats.  The maritime forces will utilise their surface and air assets in such a way that they can derive maximum benefit from this surveillance network”, he said. 
Considering the strategic nature of the Project and with an aim to develop indigenous capabilities in the field, the Government has decided to implement it through Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The contract for this turnkey project was concluded with BEL in September 2011 for an amount of about Rs 602 crores.
  Under Phase I of Coastal Surveillance Network, Coastal Static Sensors will be put up at 46 locations.  Out of these, the mainland radars are expected to be operationalised later this year, while those on the island territories will become operational next year.
Despite this network, Shri Antony conceded that some gaps will still exist. Towards this end, the Coast Guard has carried out a ‘gap analysis’ based on which a second phase of the Project will be implemented and 38 more locations will be added so that there are no gaps in the entire network.
Shri Antony said the patching up of National Automatic Identification System Network (AIS) and Vessel Traffic System (VTS) of Gulf of Khambat, along with the Coastal Security Network, will help us in identifying a friend or foe in our waters.  ‘We are also intensifying efforts to achieve complete Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) so that all our security agencies, State governments and Central Government have real-time pictures and data of our waters’, he said.
Shri Antony struck a note of caution, however. He said, with the Coastal Surveillance Network Project coming up along the coast, any interpretation that the coastline will be completely secure would be a misnomer, till such time complete physical verification takes place. The various Central and state agencies involved in facilitating the security of the coastal areas have to synergise their efforts and share information on a real time basis.
“The fast-changing coastal security scenario and the varied threat perceptions require proper coordination and alertness among all the stakeholders’, he said.
Referring to the role of fishermen community in coastal security, Shri Antony said it is of singular importance and ‘we must ensure maximum community participation to further strengthen our coastal security’.  He urged all the maritime stakeholders and law enforcement agencies to maintain constant vigil and never let their guard down.
Recounting the various measures taken by the government post-26/11 Mumbai Terrorist Attack, Shri Antony said we have increased the capacity of the security forces in terms of surveillance, patrolling at sea, intelligence gathering and manpower. However, a robust coastal security mechanism requires various arms of the government to work in perfect tandem. He said, we also need to take initiatives to enact adequate legislations, in accordance with international conventions, to give our security forces enough legal back up.
The Secretary Defence Production Shri Shekhar Aggarwal, the DG Coast Guard Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan and the CMD of BEL Shri Anil Kumar were present at both the events.

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Rolls-Royce To Design, Power Buoy Tender Vessel For India

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AFT Orders Navy To Reinstate Submariners

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Recommendations of Committee Of Secretaries Submitted To PM

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India To Assist Brazil In Space Program

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External Affiars Minister To Vist Pak On Sep 7th

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India's First AEW&C Aircraft On Indian Soil

First fully modified aircraft for indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems landed on Indian soil at CABS (Centre for Airborne Systems, Bangalore, a DRDO laboratory) at 22:10 hours at HAL airport.   Aircraft was received by enthusiastic crowd from CABS, its work centers, CEMILAC and IAF members. The aircraft and the flight crew was received by Dr Christopher Program Director and Dr K Tamil Mani, Chief Executive, CEMILAC.  The aircraft and its crew from Indian Air Force and M/s Embraer was given a hearty welcome with water cannon.

The acceptance of the Aircraft was completed over a period of 15 days at Embraer Facilities in Brazil,  by a team from CABS,  its work centres, CEMILAC, DGAQA & IAF.

The Aircraft was flagged off from M/s Embraer, Brazil on 17 Aug 2012 at 1125 hours by Shri G Elangovan, Chief Controller R&D, Dr S Christopher, Programme Director, Mr K Tamil Mani, Chief Executive, CEMILAC and team members and was flown across multiple continents to arrive in India today. The Aircraft ferried with several mission system external components of DRDO including the Active Electronically scanned Array Antenna with passive electronics fitted on the Aircraft.

The arrival of this Aircraft marks the beginning of another phase of journey leading to the next major milestone of integration of the DRDO developed mission system, which will be followed by development flight trials in India beginning of 2013.

It may be noted that this is the first Aircraft delivered by M/s Embraer for which the contract was signed in 2008. The next Aircraft is expected to arrive in December 2012.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Second Day Of Visit of Army Chief To Eastern Ladakh & Siachen Base Camp

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Gen Bikram Singh, Chief of the Army Staff visited Siachen Base Camp and forward posts in Eastern Ladakh during second day of his visit to Ladakh.During his visit he was briefed by the formation commanders. He also flew over the line of actual control and laid wreath at the Siachen War Memorial. Siachen Glacier on the Eastern Karakoram Range is known as ‘world’s highest battle field’ where the soldiers have to constantly combat hostile terrain and weather conditions. During interaction with troops, the Chief complimented them for their dedication and steadfastness while guarding the borders in such hazardous conditions. He also reviewed the logistical support structure available to the soldiers and assured quality support to the troops.

Gen Singh emphasised the core values of the Indian Army and stressed upon the Commanding Officers to create a congenial climate in their units to enable collective growth of the organization.

He also visited Gurudwara Pathar Sahab in the evening before concluding his program for the day.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

First EMB-145 I AEW&C Aircraft Delivered To CABS DRDO By Embraer

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In a landmark event the EMB-145I aircraft designed and developed for AEW&C role has been delivered to Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) by M/s Embraer for ferry to India. With ownership of the aircraft transferred to DRDO, the aircraft has been flagged off by the Indian Delegation comprising of  Mr G Elangovan, DS & CC R&D (Avionics & Aero), Dr K Tamilmani, DS &CE, CEMILAC,  Dr S Christopher, DS, Programme Director (AEW&C) & Director, CABS, Mr MS Easwaran, Associate Programme Director (AEW&C), Air Cmde B Banerjee, PD (AFPT), Air Cmde Rippon Gupta, PD, C4ISR at M/s Embraer, Sao Jose dos Compos, Brazil. The Factory Acceptance Test including Ground and Flight tests have been successfully completed and met operational targets set by CABS and Embraer.

One of the major achievements of CABS is the design, development and testing of 10m x 1m x 0.5 m Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) weighing 1600 kg. The structural AESA with dummy electronics is certified for airworthiness by the Brazilian certification agency, ANAC, equivalent of FAA in USA. The aircraft is fitted with AESA and the airworthy units from other workcenters of DRDO have been flight tested prior to ferry to India.

The aircraft after its arrival in India later this month will be integrated with Mission Systems Avionics and will commence the developmental trials of Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System for IAF, after successful Ground Evaluation clearances by DGAQA and CEMILAC.


Defence Minister Felicitates Olympic Silver Medallist Subedar Major Vijay Kumar

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony felicitated the Olympic Silver medal winner Subedar Major Vijay Kumar in a brief ceremony held here today. Congratulating the Subedar Major on winning the Silver medal in the London Olympics the Defence Minister presented a cash incentive of Rs.30 lakhs to him. He acknowledged Sub Major Vijay Kumar’s consistent good performance in the international competitions for which he had been conferred the Arjuna Award in 2007 in addition to out of turn promotions and other awards and commendations by the Army.

The minister also lauded the contribution of the Armed Forces for having scouted and nurtured talent in various sporting disciplines and providing training and coaching using the state-of-the-art infrastructure. He reposed faith on the Armed forces to produce many more international level sportspersonas for the nation and hoped that the nation will have a richer haul of medals at Rio Olympics in 2016.

The ceremony was attended by Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and several other senior officers of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

President Pranab Mukherjee's Independence Day 'At-Home'

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The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, greetings the visitors during the ‘At Home’ on the occasion of India 66th Independence Day. at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 15-08-11.

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IAF's Wg Cdr Srinivasan : Shaurya Chakra

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On 26 Aug 11, Wg Cdr S Srinivasan was authorised to lead a two helicopter formation to rescue a critically ill American member of an Indo-American team of mountaineers who were climbing the Saser Kangri-II peak. The expedition team requested for an air rescue through their organising agency and the embassy of India.

Despite very limited time and information available to him, Wg Cdr S Srinivasan along with his crew members displayed extreme swiftness and professionalism in planning the mission, which included the route and fuel planning, power requirement and a plan to execute the search and rescue. After carrying out the detailed analysis and assessment of situation, he ensured that the formation was airborne in a matter of minutes.

He reached the area, started a search pattern, and quickly spotted the casualty. He found that the landing site was at a density altitude of 23000 ft, which is at the absolute limit of the helicopter’s operating envelope. Also, the site was located on a treacherous glacier amidst wide crevasses. The inhospitable terrain coupled with negligible reserve of power and turbulence in the area, left him with no margins at all, in case of an eventuality. However, he remained undeterred, used his experience, and well calculated judgement to execute an extremely difficult approach to land on loose snow in a very restricted space and the casualty was taken on board without wasting any time. As the entire search and rescue mission was carried out in the most professional way, the critically ill casualty was retrieved within two hours at Leh and a precious human life was saved.

For the act of exceptional courage, professional competence and successful execution of the rescue mission in the face of inhospitable terrain and extremely demanding conditions, Wing Commander Subramaniam Srinivasan has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).


IAF's Sqn Ldr Ajit Bhaskar Vasane : Shaurya Chakra

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On 10 Oct 11, Sqn Ldr AB Vasane was authorised to lead a two aircraft training mission. At an altitude of 9 km, the Head-Up Display (HUD) of the aircraft flickered and after a while, went blank. Immediately thereafter, fire emanated from the starboard side of the HUD. The situation deteriorated rapidly with noxious fumes and smoke filling the cockpit. In these circumstances with rapidly increasing intensity of fire posing a great personal risk, he initiated emergency recovery of the aircraft. While doing so, with exceptional presence of mind and courage of the highest order, he elected to avoid overflying various petro-chemical installations in the vicinity of the area, even though this prolonged flight endangered his life.

Throughout the flight, he displayed exceptional courage, maintained extreme calm and composure, thorough professionalism and presence of mind in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force. Sqn Ldr AB Vasane’s courageous actions in handling such an unforeseen critical emergency not only saving himself and recovering the aircraft, but also preventing possible catastrophic damage to the strategically important and vital petro-chemical installations in the area, which are a national asset.

For the display of exceptional courage and very high standards of professionalism, Squadron Leader Ajit Bhaskar Vasane has been awarded Shaurya Chakra.


IAF's Flt Lt Kharche : Shaurya Chakra

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On 06 Feb 12, Flt Lt GR Kharche was detailed to fly as captain for a low-level navigation sortie on an An-32 aircraft. While effecting the rejoin, when the undercarriage was lowered, the starboard and nose undercarriage was locked down. Even emergency means of lowering the port undercarriage failed to yield any results. Inspite of his limited experience as captain on type, Flt Lt GR Kharche maintained his composure in this grave emergency and decided to carry out an emergency landing on starboard main wheel and nose wheel. While landing in such configuration likelihood of a dangerous situation of aircraft getting out of control is very high. He assessed the situation and ensured that the entire available crew resources were marshaled in the most professional way to handle the emergency. Landing an An-32 aircraft without one of the main wheel is an extremely rare emergency.

Flt Lt GR Kharche carried out a safe emergency landing with only starboard main wheel and nose wheel. The aircraft landing was controlled in the most courageous way and the aircraft suffered minimal damage. After landing, the action to evacuate the personnel on board were carried out most efficiently under his supervision,

Flt Lt GR Kharche displayed qualities of exceptional courage and extreme professionalism during handling of such a grave emergency inspite of limited experience. His actions not only saved the lives of personnel onboard but also recovered the aircraft with minimal damage.

For the display of exemplary courage and composure in handling an extremely rare emergency, Flight Lieutenant Gunadnya Ramesh Kharche has been awarded Shaurya Chakra.


IAF's Wg Cdr Vatsal Kumar Singh : Shaurya Chakra

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On 19 Dec 11, Wg Cdr VK Singh was detailed to fly a helicopter in a low level mission in the densely forested and heavily Naxal infested area, in support of the CRPF. The landing site was only a small clearing in the jungle with very tall trees around it and an undulating landing surface, which made the task even more difficult. After having completed two shuttles and having transported thirty commandos, while he was executing the third shuttle with seventeen persons on board, his helicopter was fired upon with automatic weapons from the left and below the aircraft. He immediately turned away from the probable direction of fire and gained height. After having ascertained that all aircraft parameters were normal, he decided to return to base, i.e. Jagdalpur. Subsequently, the aircraft started experiencing severe vibrations and the entire cargo compartment was filled with the smell of burnt explosives. The severe vibrations made it extremely challenging to make sure that the helicopter does not go out of control with an any time possibility of an engine malfunction, Wg Cdr VK Singh kept his calm and controlled the helicopter with his professional acumen and flying skills. He reduced the speed and minimised the vibrations and kept a close vigil on the vital engine parameters. His calm and controlled composure and exceptional courage ensured that he tracked every event in the helicopter meticulously and brought seventeen men and the machine to safety, in an extremely professional manner after flying for forty long and demanding minutes.

In recovering the helicopter and personnel on board from the precarious situation in the face of intense danger and imminent threat to life, he showed exceptional courage and flying skills of the highest order. For this exceptional display of courage, inspirational leadership and composure under adverse conditions, Wing Commander Vatsal Kumar Singh has been awarded Shaurya Chakra.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August 16, 1947

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Nation Celebrates Independence Day

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Pics : I-Day Celebration

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Pics : I-Day Celebration

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PM Addresses From Red Fort On I-day

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PM's address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day 2012

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, addressed the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort today on the occasion of Independence Day. Following is the English rendering of the Prime Minister’s speech.

“My dear countrymen, brothers, sisters and dear children,

I greet you all on this anniversary of our Independence.

“The leaders of our freedom movement, under the stewardship of Mahatma Gandhi, had dreamt of an independent and prosperous India. On this day in 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru took the first step towards the realization of that dream by hoisting the Tricolour at the Red Fort. The journey we began on 15 August, 1947 is now 65 years old. We have achieved much in these 65 years.

Today is certainly a day to celebrate the success of our democracy. However, on this occasion we should also introspect about what remains to be done. We would achieve independence in the true sense only when we are able to banish poverty, illiteracy, hunger and backwardness from our country. This would be possible only when we learn from our failures and build on our successes.

You are aware that these days the global economy is passing through a difficult phase. The pace of economic growth has come down in all countries of the world. Seen together, the European countries are estimated to grow at 0 percent this year. Our country has also been affected by these adverse external conditions. Also, there have been domestic developments which are hindering our economic growth. Last year our GDP grew by 6.5 percent. This year we hope to do a little better.

We cannot do much about the conditions that prevail outside our country. But we must make every effort to resolve the problems inside our country so that our economic growth and the creation of employment opportunities in the country are again speeded up.

While doing this, we must also control inflation. This would pose some difficulty because of a bad monsoon this year. However, we have taken many measures to deal with the situation. In districts where there has been a deficit of 50 percent or more in the rainfall, diesel subsidy is being provided to farmers by the Government. Seed subsidy has been enhanced. Funds available under the Central scheme for fodder have been increased. Our effort is to ensure that people do not face difficulty due to shortage of seeds, fodder or water in any part of the country. It is good that we have a big stock of foodgrains because of the hard work of our farmer brothers and sisters, and availability of foodgrains is not a problem for us.

As far as creating an environment within the country for rapid economic growth is concerned, I believe that we are not being able to achieve this because of a lack of political consensus on many issues. Time has now come to view the issues which affect our development processes as matters of national security.

If we do not increase the pace of the country’s economic growth, take steps to encourage new investment in the economy, improve the management of Government finances and work for the livelihood security of the common man and energy security of the country, then it most certainly affects our national security.

I promise to you today that our Government will work hard for India’s rapid economic growth and for shielding the country from the effects of the global economic slowdown. I promise that we will work hard for creation of new employment opportunities for our young men and women living in villages and cities. We will make every possible effort to secure the livelihood of our poor brothers and sister, our workers and our farmers. We will leave no stone unturned to encourage investment in our country so that our entrepreneurs can make a substantial contribution to our economy.

I believe that this period of difficulties will not last long. Even as we face these problems, we should be encouraged by the fact that we have achieved extraordinary successes in many areas in the last 8 years. We now need to replicate these successes in newer areas.

It has been our endeavour in the last 8 years to empower our citizens socially and economically so that they can contribute to the sacred task of nation building. Today, one out of every 5 households in the country has become eligible to benefit from the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Act through a job card. In only the last one year we have provided employment to more than 8 crore people under this scheme.

When the UPA Government came to power in 2004, we had promised that we would provide electricity to all villages. To fulfill this promise, we launched the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme. More than 1 lakh new villages have been provided with electricity connections under this scheme and now almost all the villages in the country have been electrified. Our next target is to provide electricity to each and every household in our country in the next 5 years and to also improve the supply of electricity.

No praise is high enough for our hard working farmers. They have produced a record output of crops successively in the last 2 years. Because of our Government's efforts for development of agriculture and for protecting the interests of farmers, agriculture has grown at an average rate of 3.3 per cent in the 11th Plan which is substantially higher than the 2.4 per cent we achieved in the 10th Plan. In the last 8 years, we have doubled the support prices of crops. We are providing loans at low interest rates to lakhs of farmers.

Our children are the biggest strength of our country. If our children are provided with good education and are healthy, then our future would be bright.

This is the reason why we have paid special attention to the needs of children in our policies and programmes. The education of children has been made mandatory by law. In the year 2006-07, only 93 per cent of children in the age group 6-14 years were getting admission in schools. Today almost all children in this age group are being admitted to schools. More than 51,000 new schools have been opened in the country and about 7 lakh teachers appointed in them in just the last 2 years. Now we will focus on improving the quality of education. In the next few months we will put in place a system of continuous assessment of the benefit our children are getting from teaching. Participation of the community and parents would be ensured so that they can be satisfied with the quality of teaching.

The Mid-day-meal Scheme provides nutritious meals in schools for about 12 crore children everyday. This is the biggest scheme of its kind in the world.

In the last one and half years no new case of polio has come to light and now India does not figure in the list of countries affected by this disease.

Malnutrition in children is a big challenge for us. We have taken steps in many dimensions to deal with this problem. In the last 8 years, the number of mothers and children benefitting from the ICDS has doubled. The process of making the ICDS more effective is in its last stages and will be completed in the next 1 or 2 months.

We had launched the National Rural Health Mission in 2005 so that health services can be extended to each village in the country. Today this Mission is being implemented with the help of 10 lakh health personnel including 8.5 lakh Asha workers. After the success of the National Rural health Mission, we now want to expand the scope of health services in our towns also. The National Rural Health Mission will be converted into a National Health Mission which would cover all villages and towns in the country. We are also formulating a scheme for distribution of free medicines through Government hospitals and health centres.

We want to create many new job opportunities for our youth in the coming years. To achieve this it is necessary that we train them in skills which our economy needs. It is our endeavour to put in place a system in which training facilities are available in many new skills. We also wish to provide short duration training courses of 6 weeks to 6 months for our young brothers and sisters. The National Skill Development Council has formulated a major scheme for skill development in which 8 crore people will be trained in the next 5 years. This is an ambitious scheme which can be implemented only through a specialized agency of the Central Government. Therefore, we are considering the establishment of a National Skill Development Authority so that skill development programmes all over the country can be implemented in a coordinated manner. We would also need contribution from the private sector and non-Governmental organizations in this work.

Creation of new employment opportunities is possible only when we encourage industry and trade. For this we need to speedily improve our infrastructure. Recently we have taken new measures to accelerate infrastructure development. Ambitious targets have been fixed in roads, airports, railways, electricity generation and coal production. The Government will take steps to increase investment for infrastructure development with the help of the private sector. To attract foreign capital, we will have to create confidence at the international level that there are no barriers to investment in India.

Just 10 years back only 3 out of every 10 households in our villages were benefitting from banking services. Today more than half of the rural households get the benefit of bank accounts. It will be our endeavour to ensure that all households benefit from bank accounts in the next 2 years.

We want to create a system in which money from Government schemes - pension for old people, scholarship for students and wages for labourers - can be credited directly into people’s bank accounts. This would reduce inconvenience to the beneficiaries, make it easy for them to receive payment and increase transparency. For this work, we will take help from the Aadhar scheme under which about 20 crore people have been registered so far.

To provide housing for our poor brothers and sisters residing in urban areas of our country we will soon launch the Rajiv Housing Loan Scheme. Under this scheme, people belonging to the economically weaker sections would be given relief on interest for housing loans of less than Rs. 5 lakh.

This year we will present the Twelfth Five Year Plan for consideration of the National Development Council. The Plan would determine the future course of action on all important matters relating to the country's development. It would lay down measures for increasing our present rate of economic growth from 6.5 to 9 per cent in the last year of the Plan. The Plan would focus special attention on areas important from the point of view of reaching the fruits of development to each citizen of our country and specially to the weaker sections of our society. I have full confidence that the Centre and the States will act together to implement the Twelfth Plan in an effective manner.

The incidents of violence which occurred in Assam recently are very unfortunate. I know that these incidents have resulted in the disruption of the lives of a large number of people. We fully sympathize with those families which have been affected by the violence. We are doing everything possible to provide relief to them. I also promise to you that our Government will make every effort to understand the reasons behind the violence and work hard with the State Governments to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in any part of the country.

We have achieved success in many areas of internal security. In Jammu and Kashmir, people participated in large numbers in the Panchayat elections. There has been a reduction in violence in the North Eastern States and we are engaged in dialogue with many groups there so that they can join the mainstream of development. We have initiated new schemes of development in areas affected by naxal violence to ensure that the grievances of the people residing there, especially our brothers and sisters belonging to Scheduled Tribes, can be removed and their lot can be improved. However, we need to be constantly vigilant as far as internal security is concerned. Communal harmony has to be maintained at all costs. Naxalism is still a serious problem. The incidents which occurred in Pune in the beginning of this month point to the need for much more work to be done in the area of national security. We will continue to do this work with sincerity in the future also.

I would like to congratulate our scientists and technologists who have enhanced our prestige by successfully testing the Agni V Missile and launching the RISAT- I Satellite in space this year. Recently the Cabinet has approved the Mars Orbiter Mission. Under this Mission, our spaceship will go near Mars and collect important scientific information. This spaceship to Mars will be a huge step for us in the area of science and technology.

We have seen a lot of discussion in the recent months about the role of our armed forces and their preparedness. I would like to emphasise here that our armed forces and paramilitary forces have defended the security of our country both during war and peace with valour and honour. Our soldiers have made the biggest of sacrifices, whenever needed. Today I would like to reassure our countrymen that our armed forces and paramilitary forces are prepared to face any challenge. The Government will continue to work for modernizing these forces and providing them with the necessary technology and equipment. Today, I would like to thank our security forces, who are guarding our frontiers bravely, from the bottom of my heart. We will continue to make efforts for their welfare.

Our Government has set up a committee to examine issues relating to pay and pension of armed forces personnel. This committee will also look into matters concerning pension of retired men and officers and family pension being paid to their families. We will take prompt action on the recommendations of the committee, once they are received.

Our Government has paid special attention to the welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, minorities, women and other weaker sections. The special needs of our tribal and backward districts are being met through programmes such as the Integrated Action Plan, Backward Regions Grant Fund and Tribal Sub Plan. Through the Forest Rights Act, we have given proprietary rights to lakhs of our brothers and sisters belonging to Scheduled Tribes on land on which they have been living for generations. We are formulating a scheme to ensure that people belonging to Scheduled Tribes can get fair and remunerative prices for the forest produce they collect. The Government wants to speedily convert the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill into a legislation. Through this law we want to provide funds for the benefit of our tribal brothers and sisters in the mining areas.

We will make the 15 points programme for minorities more effective. The Multi-Sectoral Development Programme being implemented in districts with large minority populations will be expanded.

We have enhanced the amount of post-matric scholarship available to children belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and minorities. Our efforts to make these scholarship schemes more effective will continue.We are considering a new and effective law to put an end to the repulsive practice of manual scavenging and to provide opportunities to those engaged in this practice to begin their lives afresh.

Our commitment to make the work of the Government and administration transparent and accountable stands. On the last Independence Day, I promised you that we would take many steps for this purpose. I am happy to state that during the last 1 year we have achieved good progress in this area. The Lok Sabha has cleared the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill. We hope that all political parties will help us in passing this Bill in the Rajya Sabha. A number of other Bills have also been presented before the Parliament. The Cabinet has cleared a Public Procurement Bill. We will continue our efforts to bring more transparency and accountability in the work of public servants and to reduce corruption. But we will also take care that these measures do not result in a situation in which the morale of public functionaries taking decisions in public interest gets affected because of baseless allegations and unnecessary litigation.

In my first message to the country after assuming the office of Prime Minister I had appealed to you to contribute to the sacred work of nation building. I am very happy that today more of our citizens than ever before, and specially the youth, are taking interest in issues related to the progress of our society and country. Our Government believes that the difficult problems which India faces can be resolved only with the cooperation of the common man. It will be our endeavour that in the coming time, still more people help us in tasks like removal of poverty, illiteracy and inequality.

I believe that no power in the world can stop our country from achieving new heights of progress and development. What is needed is that we work together as one people for the success of our country. Let us once more resolve that we will continue to work for a progressive, modern and prosperous India.”

Dear children join me in saying

Jai Hind,
Jai Hind,
Jai Hind.”

President At Amar Jawan Jyoti On I-Day

SHIB8612A by Chindits
SHIB8612A, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

President's Address To The Nation On The Eve Of India’s 65th Independance Day

"My fellow citizens:

It is a great privilege to address, for the first time, my fellow Indians living within our country and in a hundred corners across the globe, on the 65th anniversary of our independence. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people and their representatives for the honour of this high office, even as I am deeply conscious of the fact that the highest honour in our democracy does not lie in any office, but in being a citizen of India, our motherland. We are all equal children before our mother; and India asks each one of us, in whatsoever role we play in the complex drama of nation-building, to do our duty with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in our Constitution.

2.    It is important to remember, on Independence Day, that in the age of empires freedom was never given; it was taken. It was won by a generation of giants, led by a mighty man of destiny, Mahatma Gandhi, who fought with selfless, unflinching conviction against the mightiest power in history, with a moral force that transformed political thought and whose reverberations echo in great events all around us today. If the rise of European colonisation began in 18th century India, then the rallying cry of "Jai Hind!" also signalled its end in 1947. The final call to victory, "Jai Hind!" was given by Subhas Chandra Bose, fondly known to every Indian as "Netaji". Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhbhai  Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sarojini Naidu and many others charted the roadmap of independent India. These extraordinary men and women sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows. That tomorrow has come, and there is a question we must ask ourselves: have we honoured the great vision of these stalwarts, as a nation and as a society?

3.    I was a toddler when Netaji, as Rashtrapati of the 51st Session of Indian National Congress in Haripura, on the banks of the river Tapti, reminded us that "our chief national problems are eradication of poverty, illiteracy and disease". His speech echoed through my home, as it did through millions of others. My father was a freedom fighter and through those long years when freedom seemed an illusion, we were sustained by faith in ourselves, in our leaders, in the strength of non-violence, in the courage of Indians liberated from fear. But we knew then, as we do now, that freedom must mean both bread and dreams.

4.    Netaji and Nehruji believed that India could seize the future by an application of synthesis, samyavada, of what might seem on surface to be implacable opposites. They believed that free India would become, by example, an alternative model for a post-colonial world through economic equity and a social revolution inspired by harmony between communities that had been misled into hostility. Propelled by freedom of faith, gender equality and economic justice for all, India will become a modern nation. Minor blemishes cannot cloak the fact that India is becoming such a modern nation: no faith is in danger in our country, and the continuing commitment to gender equality is one of the great narratives of our times.

My fellow citizens:
5.    I am not a pessimist; for me, the glass is always half full, rather than half empty. I would go to the extent of saying that the glass of modern India is more than half full. Our productive working class; our inspiring farmers, who have lifted a famine-wrecked land to food-surplus status, our imaginative industrialist entrepreneurs, whether in the private or public sector; our intellectuals, our academics and our political class have knit together a modern nation that has leapt, within mere decades, across many centuries in economic growth and progressive social legislation.

6.    We cannot appreciate how far we have travelled, until we understand from where we started in 1947. As Jawaharlal Nehru pointed out so often, in his speeches and prose, India was not a poor country when our independence was snatched away. No one, I may add, travels thousands of miles to conquer a poor country. Statistics published by contemporary international scholars are proof for sceptics. In 1750, seven years before the fateful battle of Plassey, India had 24.5% of World Manufacturing Output while United Kingdom had only 1.9%. In other words, one in every four goods on the world market was manufactured in India. By 1900, India had been left with only 1.7% of World Manufacturing Output and Britain had risen to 18.5%. The western industrial revolution was in its incipient stages in the 18th century, but even in this regard India slipped from 7 to 1 in per capita industrialisation in that period, while Britain vaulted from 10 to 100. Between 1900 and 1947 India's economic growth was an annual average of 1%.  From such depths we climbed, first, to 3% growth, and then took a quantum leap forward: today, despite two great international crises that rocked the world and some domestic dips, we have posted an average growth rate of more than 8% over the last seven years.
7.    If our economy has achieved critical mass, then it must become a launching pad for the next leap. We need a second freedom struggle; this time to ensure that India is free for ever from hunger, disease and poverty. As my pre-eminent predecessor Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, speaking from this platform on the 18th anniversary of freedom, said, "Economic progress is one of the tests of democracy."

8.    If progress falls behind rising aspirations, particularly of the young, rage will manifest itself. We are a nation that is becoming younger both in age and spirit; this is an opportunity as well as a challenge. The young thirst for knowledge that will lift their skills; and for opportunity that will put India on the fast track to the first world. They have the character; they need the chance. Education is the seed; and economy is the fruit. Provide good education; disease, hunger and poverty will recede. As I said in my acceptance speech, our motto must be: All for knowledge and knowledge for all. Vision cannot be an open-ended vista; it must be focused on our youth.
My fellow citizens:  
9.    Notwithstanding the tremendous pressure of an adverse external environment, our economy today is more resilient and confident. Two decades of steady economic reforms have contributed to improvement in average income and consumption levels in both rural and urban areas. There is new found dynamism in some of the most backward areas bringing them into national economic mainstream. Yet there are several gaps that need to be bridged. Green revolution has to be extended to the eastern region of our country. Creation of high quality infrastructure has to be fast tracked. Education and health services have to reach the last man at the earliest. Much has been done, a lot more remains to be done.

10.    The monsoon has played truant this year. Large areas of our country are in the grip of drought, some others are devastated by floods. Inflation, particularly food inflation, remains a cause of worry, While our food availability remains healthy, we cannot forget the plight of those who made this possible even in a lean year; our farmers. They have stood by the nation in its need; the nation must stand by them in their distress.

11.    I do not believe that there is any inherent contradiction in protecting our environment and economic development. As long as we heed Gandhiji's great lesson: there is sufficient in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed, we are safe. We must learn to live in harmony with nature. Nature cannot be consistent; we must be able to conserve her bounty during the many seasons of plenty so that we are not bereft during the occasional bout of scarcity.

12.    Anger against the bitter pandemic of corruption is legitimate, as is the protest against this plague that is eroding the capability and potential of our nation. There are times when people lose their patience but it cannot become an excuse for an assault on our democratic institutions.

13.    Institutions are the visible pillars of our Constitution, and if they crack then the idealism of our Constitution cannot hold. They are the interface between principles and the people. Our institutions may have suffered from the weariness of time; the answer is not to destroy what has been built, but to re-engineer them so that they become stronger than before. Institutions are the guardians of our liberty.

14.    The vigilance on our frontiers has to be matched with vigilance within; we must restore the credibility of those areas of our polity, judiciary, executive and legislature where complacency, exhaustion or malfeasance may have clogged delivery. The people have a right to express their discontent. But we must also understand that legislation cannot be wrenched away from the legislature or justice from the judiciary.

15.    When authority becomes authoritarian, democracy suffers; but when protest becomes endemic, we are flirting with chaos. Democracy is a shared process. We all win or lose together. Democratic temper calls for dignity of behaviour and tolerance of contrary views. Parliament will live by its own calendar and rhythm. Sometimes that rhythm sounds a bit atonal; but in a democracy there is always judgement day, an election. Parliament is the soul of the people, the “Atman” of India. We challenge its rights and duties at our peril.

16.    I say this not in a spirit of admonition, but as a plea for greater understanding of the existential issues that lurk behind the mask of the mundane. Democracy is blessed with a unique opportunity for redress of grievances through the great institution of accountability - free elections.

17.    Old fires that threaten the stability of our nation have not been fully doused; the ash continues to smoulder. It is particularly painful for me to witness the violence in Assam. Our minorities need solace, understanding and protection from aggression. Violence is not an option; violence is an invitation to greater violence. Concrete attempts have been made to heal the wounds of Assam, including the Assam accord conceived by our young and beloved former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. We should revisit them, and adapt them to present conditions in the spirit of justice and national interest. We need peace for a new economic surge that eliminates the competitive causes of violence.

18.    It is a fact of our geopolitical environment that some problems transcend borders. SAARC was created 27 years ago to find solutions through dialogue, and by mutual cooperation create the rapid economic growth that is the only long-term answer to problems like migration and uneven development. SAARC must acquire vigour to fulfil its mandate.

19.    The SAARC should be a major instrument in the common war against terrorists. Great success is possible by international cooperation. All SAARC nations must cooperate to bring to justice those who believe in mayhem against innocents. There is no other way towards peace on the subcontinent.
20.    I am proud of our brave armed forces and our valiant police forces, who have done so much, at such great personal risk, to curb this menace of terrorism. It is their vigilance which has prevented more havoc. If we sleep in peace it is because they are awake and vigilant in the desolation of desert and mountain and forest; and in the vast loneliness of the seas. I salute their commitment and their patriotism. It is heartening that the armed forces not only guarantee our peace, but also produce medal winners at Olympics. I congratulate all who have done their nation proud at the recently concluded Games, by winning as well as by participating. The number of trophies may not be too large but it is a remarkable improvement upon the last count, Four years later, when I hope to address you again, I am sure, we will celebrate a medals spring.

My fellow citizens:

21.    If there is one man in history whose name is synonymous with peace, then it is Gandhiji, the architect of our independence. India is a land of plenty inhibited by poverty; India has an enthralling, uplifting civilization that sparkles not only in our magnificent art, but also in the enormous creativity and humanity of our daily life in city and village. When Indira Gandhi reached for the stars, she believed that this would be within the grasp of India in just another generation. But there is neither a present nor a future, except in a climate and culture of national unity and brotherhood.
My fellow citizens:
Let us leave behind the way of hatred, violence and anger;
Let us put aside our petty quarrels and factions.
Let us work together for our nation with the devotion of a child towards a mother.
Let us repose our faith in this invocation from Upanishads:
May God Protect us.
May God Nourish us.
May we Work Together with Vigour and Energy.
May our Studies be Brilliant.
May there be no Hostility amongst us.
May there be Peace Peace Peace.

Peace must be our ideology, progress our horizon.


Lt Sailesh Kumar Tyagi : Nao Sena Medal-Gallantry

. by Chindits
., a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
For gallant action as Boarding Officer in multiple anti-piracy missions in Gulf of Aden.

Lt Sailesh Kumar Tyagi, was posted on INS Sukanya as the Commander of the Marine Command’s Prahar, during the antipiracy patrolling mission of INS Sukanya. The ship took over anti-piracy escort duties on 26 Aug 11 in the Gulf of Aden.

On the 24 Sep 11 at 0300hrs, a distress call was received from MV Fairchem. The area around was illuminated and two men were sighted with guns. Warning shots were fired from the ship and the boat was stopped using the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). A Prahar team was launched in the dark of the night under the able leadership of Lt Sailesh Kumar Tyagi. Without the fear of life in the moonless night with just the lights of the ship as an aid the officer carried out a successful boarding operation at night on the hostile pirate boat.

The officer interrogated the pirates and carried out a thorough search in the night which lasted over two hours. The search revealed a number of piracy equipment including arms and ammunition. He then successfully neutralised all piracy triggers held in the boat and rendered the pirate boat incapable of carrying out piracy operations. Lt Tyagi and his team carried boarding operations on pirate vessels in seven different encounters seizing 15 weapons and a large amount of ammo in all. On 10 Nov 11 an attack came from five pirate boats. Once the attack was neutralised by the ship and the helo, Lt Sailesh Tyagi leading his men boarded the first pirate boat which he used to catch two more boats. It was this tactic of his that ensured that three of the five boats could be caught. The officer in the face of danger stood tall and was always the first person to board a pirate vessel, thus taking the entire risk on his shoulders and ensuring safety of his team. Lt Sailesh Kumar Tyagi meticulously planned and executed all search operations from the front without recourse to personal safety or discomfort at any stage of the entire deployment.

The exemplary high level of unwavering leadership with no regard to personal safety ensured the success of seven missions, including one at night. The personal gallantry displayed by Lt Sailesh Kumar Tyagi, is considered in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy, and accordingly, he has been awarded NM (Gallantry).


Major Vijayendra Singh Yadav : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

IC-66537Y Major Vijayendra Singh Yadav, Brigade of the Guards / 21st Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles

Major Saurabh Suyal : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
IC-67215L Major Saurabh Suyal, Bar to Sena Medal, Armoured Corps / 22nd Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles

Maj Pradeep Mishra : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
SS-40921H Major Pradeep Mishra, JAT regiment / 5th Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles.

Maj Himanshu Panwar : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
IC-60369P Major Himanshu Panwar, 26TH Maratha Light Infantry Battalion

Maj Amit Mohindra : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

IC-58687A Major Amit Mohindra, 666 Army Aviation Squadron (Reconnaissance and Observation)

Lt Saytajeet Ahlawat : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
IC-72377A Lieutenant Satya Jeet Ahlawat, ARMY Ordinance Corps / 9th Battalion The Sikh Light Infantry

Late Maj Chandra Shekhar Singh : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

IC-61591H Major Chandra Shekhar Singh, 666 Army Aviation Squadron (Reconnaissance and Observation) (POSTHUMOUS)

Hav Charanjit Singh : Shaurya Chakra

SHAURYA CHAKRA AWARDEE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Regiment of Artillery, 30th Battalion Rashtriya Rifles. Number 15126119h Hav Charanjit Singh has been awarded the Shaurya Chakra for outstanding bravery and courage.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Defence Minister Dedicates Indian Navy's Financial Information System To Nation

The Defence Minister Mr AK Antony, today dedicated the Indian Navy’s Financial Information System (FIS) to the Nation.

Lauding the Navy’s initiative as a major initiative in the field of financial management Mr Antony said “I hope other two services and all the other departments of the Government of India will follow this timely and useful initiative of the Indian navy.  I would like to congratulate the navy for taking this timely initiative”.

Speaking about the need for judicious utilization of the nations fiscal resources, Mr Antony said  “Now our defence budget is touching nearly 2 lakhs crores, in actual terms 1,93,000 Crores, and in the years to come this will further step up every year, substantial step up is there.  But even then considering the security scenario around us we will not be able to find resources as per the aspirations of the armed forces fully”. Emphasizing the importance of laying out proper priorities he said that “We have prepared the annual plan, five year plan and the LTIPP upto 2027”. Urging other Armed Forces to take a cue from the Indian Navy’s initiative Mr Antony said “if the other services follow, will help you also, for a proper planning how to utilise our rare resources”. Ever conscious of the need for fiscal prudence Mr Antony stressed this aspect saying “Every rupee that we get from the Indian Tax payer we must utilise it properly effectively and as per the priority. That is why I feel it is a very timely initiative by Indian Navy. It will help entire nation even at least entire government if we can follow this initiative with all the departments of the Government of India”.   

The FIS, a comprehensive financial information system, will facilitate effective planning, allotment, expenditure and monitoring of the Naval Budget. The system links the New Delhi based Naval Headquarters with the three Command Headquarters and various ships and establishments located far and wide across the country.

The onerous task of Budget Management involved monitoring allotment and expenditure across about five hundred Code heads being spent by six hundred and fifty units across the Navy. The implementation of FIS marks a transition from the predominantly manual system of budget management and will reduce the delays and efforts involved in data collation and reporting, inherent in any manual system. By consolidating the transactions of disparate organizations across the various code heads on a single unified platform FIS will enable timely decision making to ensure optimal utilisation of budget.

Saying that the FIS “is another step in the series of measures to bring about more probity, accountability and transparency in our public dealings and financial transactions”, Mr Antony stressed upon the need to “Overcome existing constraints and enhance integration of CDAs to ensure maximum utilisation of the FIS”.
The Financial Information System (Navy) is built on SAP Enterprise Resource Planning tools and has been custom configured and developed by M/s Wipro for the Indian Navy.

Earlier in the function, giving the welcome address the Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral RK Dhowan had pointed out that the Indian Navy had fully utilized it’s allocated budget for the last six years. It is pertinent to highlight that the Indian Navy has consistently maintained a healthy ratio of capital budget to revenue budget. For the year 2012-13 the budget allocation for the Indian Navy stands at 68:32 for Capital: Revenue budget.

PRO Navy

Indian Army's Eastern Command Brings Terrorists Back Into Mainstream

The resolute counter terrorist operations carried out by Gajraj Corps with the support of Assam Police, Eastern Command Intelligence Unit and civil administration has resulted in motivating a number of terrorists of different groups to give up arms and join the mainstream. An ‘Adarnee Sabha’ was organized by the Gajraj Corps at District Library, Tezpur, Sonitpur,today, where 06 cadres of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) Anti Talk faction, 02 cadres of United liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) Anti Talk faction and 27 cadres of Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) including Jiten Bey, Self Styled (SS) Deputy Commander-in-Chief (erstwhile); Davinson Rongpi, SS Deputy Commander-in-Chief (current); Dilip Rongphar, SS General Secretary; Maniram Rongpi, SS Foreign Secretary and Francess Milik, SS Joint Secretary (Publicity), surrendered with their arms and ammunition. The arms and ammunition, handed over by the surrendered cadres, which included 05 rifles and 19 pistols and other war like stores, were also displayed during the ceremony.

Honorable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi presided over the homecoming ceremony of these youths into the mainstream.  He welcomed the surrender of these youth, saying it would go a long way in solving the problem in Assam. He further complimented them on shunning the path of violence and exhorted that these small steps taken by them will help in building a peaceful and prosperous Assam.  The ceremony was attended by Lt Gen Shakti Gurung, General Officer Commanding, Gajraj Corps and many other senior officers of the Army and civil administration.

The Adarnee Sabha organized by the Gajraj Corps was the culmination of their uncertain journey of life riddled with violence and uncertainty.  A comprehensive rehabilitation package has been offered by the State Govt to settle them in their new life.  It was requested by the Army authorities from concerned departments of State Administration for providing them vocational training and other assistance for their re-settlement. The demeanour of surrendered rebels indicated that they were happy with the turn of events and were hopeful for a secure and promising future.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

IAF's Sarsawa-Based ALH Carrying Out Relief And Rescue Operations From Dehradun


Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile AGNI-II Successfully Flight Tested By Strategic Forces Command

The surface to surface 2000 km range Ballistic Missile AGNI-II was successfully flight tested for the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) at 8:46 A.M from Wheeler’s Island in Bay of Bengal off Coast of Odisha.

The two stage solid propellant AGNI-II launched as a part of regular strategic Forces Command (SFC) exercise as they reached the pre-designated target point in Bay of Bengal within accuracy of few meters. Two ships located near the target point have tracked the terminal phase of the vehicle and witnessed the final event. The Radars and Electro-Optical Tracking stations have tracked and monitored the vehicle and all the relevant parameters.

All the systems, Propulsion, Control, Actuators, On-Board Computers, Missile Interface Units and the Navigation, Guidance systems functioned fully to the perfection and ensured the vehicle reached the target within few meters of accuracy.

The launch operations were carried out by SFC and the DRDO scientists have monitored and guided all the activities. The teams were led by the Project Director Shri Laxminarayana and the Mission Director Shri Avinash Chander, DS & CC R&D (MSS) who guided and reviewed the activities. Dr. V K Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D and DG (R&D) DRDO were present during the launch and cleared the launch of the vehicle after thorough review.

Hon’ble Defence Minister, Shri AK Antony congratulated the Armed Forces, DRDO scientists and the Industry in the successful launch of AGNI-II. Dr. V.G. Sekaran, Director ASL, Dr S.K. Chaudhary, Director RCI, Shri MVKV Prasad, Director ITR, Dr Satish Kumar, Dr. DN Reddy, Chairman RAC were present during the launch of AGNI-II