Monday, July 31, 2017

Indian Navy Performs At Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Maiden Participation of Indian Navy Band in Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017 at United Kingdom

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an international event of military music performance undertaken by the Armed Forces. In fact, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the largest tattoo performed in the world in the majestic, sprawling stretch of Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Scotland.

The invitation to the Indian Navy Band to participate and perform in this prestigious event scheduled from 01 to 26 Aug 17 is indeed a matter of pride and befitting recognition of the professional prowess of the Naval band. The participation of the Naval Band would further cement the ties between the two countries, more so, when the Govt of India and UK have announced 2017 as the India-UK Year of Culture to celebrate cultural ties and the 70th year of Indian independence.

The Indian Navy Band has been practicing hard in the last few months to further hone their skills to capture the hearts and minds of the music enthusiasts in this international event. The band comprising of 01 officer and 65 musician sailors would perform under the leadership of Commander Vijay Charles D’Cruz, Director of Music (Navy) who would be the Principal Conductor during the event. The Indian Navy band is scheduled to depart for London from Mumbai on 30 Jul 17.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is well renowned event with over 50 bands participating, and nearly 8500 visitors attending the daily performances. A total audience of nearly 2.5 lakh attends the event over the period of 26 days. Apart from India, bands from countries like Australia, France, Germany, Japan, etc, would also be performing at the tattoo this year.

Bangladesh Navy Officers and Cadets visit Indian Naval Academy

A delegation of three midshipmen and two officer cadets led by Lieutenant Commander Mirza Rashadul and Lieutenant M Merazul Islam Saimon of the Bangladesh Naval Academy visited Indian Naval Academy on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 for a period of four days. During this period the Officers, Midshipmen and cadets of Bangladesh Naval Academy were acquainted with training at the INA.

The aim of the visit was to build bridges of friendship between the two navies and exchange best practices. The visit also gave INA staff an opportunity to learn and understand the training processes and philosophy that the Bangladesh Naval Academy follows.

It was a mutually satisfying and enriching experience for the young officers of both Navies and reaffirmed the universal truth that Oceans unite all Nations. The Bangladesh Naval delegation would depart the Indian Naval Academy on Monday, 31 July 2017.

Indian Navy Sailing Team at Guangzhou city, China for Guangzhou Nansha International Regatta

Five members of the Indian Navy Sailing Team are representing India at Guangzhou Nansha International Regatta at Guangzhou city, China from 28 to 30 July 2017. The Indian squad is represented by Cdr Riji Krishnan, MCPO SS Yadav, PO Rahul Rai, PO Imo Lemnok, and PO Virendra Singh. The competition is being conducted in the one-design Far East 26 class of boats.

Airborne Tacticians for Navy and Coastguard

14 officers of the Indian Navy and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard passed out at a Passing out Parade held at INS Garuda, Kochi on 28 July 2017. The officers joined the Aviation Arm of the respective Service on successful completion of the 85th Permanent Commission and 16th Short Service Commission Observers Course. The parade was reviewed by Real Admiral Satyanarayana Alamanda, VSM, Admiral Superintendent Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi.

In the 85th PC course, Lieutenant Tapan Pandit was awarded the Uttar Pradesh Trophy for standing ‘First in the Overall Order of Merit’ and ‘Sub Lieutenant RV Kunte Memorial Book Prize’ for standing first in Ground Subjects. Sub Lieutenant PS Shinde was awarded the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Trophy for being adjudged ‘Best in Flying’. In the 16th SSC Observer course, Sub Lieutenant Disha Ashra was awarded Book Prizes for being adjudged ‘Best in Flying’ as well as ‘First in Over All Order of Merit’ and Sub Lieutenant Jasleen Kaur was awarded Book Prize for ‘Best in Ground Subjects’.

Air Technical Officers inducted into Navy and Coast Guard

15 officers of the Indian Navy and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard passed out at a Passing out Parade held at Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Kochi on 27 July 2017. The officers joined the Aviation Arm of the respective Service on successful completion of the 55th Air Engineering and Air Electrical Officers Specialisation Course. The parade was reviewed by Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan VSM, Chief Staff Officer (Training) Southern Naval Command. Lieutenant Deepak Bamola and Sub Lieutenant Aditya Verma were awarded trophies for standing first in the overall order of merit amongst Air Engineer and Air Electrical officers respectively. The Director General Coast Guard trophy for best all round officer was awarded to Lieutenant Arun R Pisharody and the Venduruthy Shield for Best Air Technical Project was awarded to Assistant Commandant Prasanjeet Nath and Lieutenant Saril T Babu.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Scientifc Exhibition Inaugurated At Avadi To Honour Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr.S.Christopher, Secretary Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO inaugurated  the three days  scientific exhibition from 28 to 30th July, 2017 with  the theme ”Science for Soldiers and Society” at Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment  (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai  on 28th July 2017.  It is being organized in honouring the yeoman services of Bharat Ratna, Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to the nation and prominently for DRDO on the eve of unveiling his National Memorial at Rameshwaram on 27th July 2017.

The Exhibition is jointly coordinated by DEBEL, Bangalore and CVRDE, Chennai and it is open for Kendriya Vidalaya Schools and Educational institutions in and around Avadi on 28th ; Schools & Engineering College Students on 29th  and for the Public on 30th July 2017.  The exhibits are categorized as Surakshit (safe), Sashakt (powerful/empowered), Saksham (capable), Swachh (clean/pure) and Young Scientist Centre (YSC).
The exhibition displays the models of hundreds of products inclusive of missile models developed by DRDO Establishments at CVRDE campus and the live demonstration of the Arjun MBT Mk-II tanks is being organized at OCF, KV ground at Avadi.
Dr.S.Christopher, chairman, DRDO gave the special address on this occasion.  He stated that the products displayed this exhibition will convey the technical competence of DRDO to the stratified domain of peoples in the society.  The exhibition not only ignite young minds as per Dr Kalam’s wishes, but also DRDO scientists,  as it gives opportunity for them to witness the technologies developed by various establishments.    

Dr. Shasi Bala Singh, DS & DG(LS) gave the welcome address and emphasized that this exhibition links the vision of Dr.Kalam with the present PM’s New India Vision Policy.   Dr.P.Sivakumar, DS & Director, CVRDE during his address emphasized that this exhibition would pave a way in sowing the scientific temper in the young minds for Empowering India, while remembering the contributions made by Dr.Kalam to DRDO.  Shri. Upendra Kumar Singh, Director, DEBEL, Bengaluru conveyed the vote of thanks to the guests and dignitaries.  Director Generals of the Clusters of DRDO, Lab Directors and DRDO officials from other establishments expressed their wishes for the grand success of the three days exhibition.

WNC undertakes  Exercise ‘Aarambh’

The Western Naval Command (WNC) of the Indian Navy undertook a Command level Operational Readiness Exercise titled ‘Aarambh’ from 26 to 28 July 2017. The exercise was designed to test responses and validate Standard Operating Procedures of various Operational Authorities, Area Commanders, units and organisations in responding to an emergent situation and effecting transition from a state of peace to higher states of readiness. All ships, submarines, aircraft, repair and logistics support organisations of WNC participated in the exercise.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CGDA Inaugurates 148th Defence Pension Adalat

The 148th Defence Pension Adalat was inaugurated at MCEME Auditorium in Secunderabad Cantonment today. For redressal of grievances of Defence Pensioners including  Defence Civilians residing in the state of Telangana and adjoining states. The Adalat was organized by PCDA(Pensions), Allahabad under the aegis  of  the  Controller General  of Defence  Accounts,   New  Delhi  in consultation  with the  Ministry of  Defence. The Adalat  was  inaugurated by Smt Veena Prasad, IDAS, Controller  General  of  Defence  Accounts.

Smt Veena Prasad, IDAS, Controller General of Defence Accounts intimated in her address about various schemes and facilities being implemented for welfare of Ex-service men. She stated that the Government is committed for welfare of the Ex-service men and whenever any suggestion will come in this regard, the government will positively consider  the same.She is also narrated that this office is in process of  switch over the  pension system in new e-pension system in which PPO directly send to concerned PDA’s and ex-servicemen’s E-Mail & pension directly deposited to concerned ex-servicemen’s Bank accounts by PCDA(Pensions) itself. Smt Veena Prasad, CGDA has unveiled a Defence Pension Booklet on the occasion.

The  dignitaries  present on  the  occasion  were  Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA), Shri Praveen Kumar, IDAS, PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad Shri T Ram Babu, IDAS, Controller of Defence Accounts Secunderabad, Shri Y Raja Reddy, IDAS, Controller IT & SDC, Secunderabad, Shri Vivek B Umap, IDAS, Director (Fin) ASL,  Colonel (Retd) P Ramesh Kumar, Director Rajya Sainik Board, Telangana and officials  from  the  three Service Headquarters,  Defence Accounts Department, Public  Sector Banks, and  other  civil executive  authorities.

In his welcome address, Shri Praveen Kumar, PCDA (Pensions), Allahabad highlighted various projects being implemented for providing improved services to the pensioners. Among others, he mentioned about pensioners portal, Pension Call Centre, e-PPO, e- AUDIT and e-Adalats. Now any pensioner across the country can call on Toll free No.1800-180-5325 and seek clarification or register the pension related problem for speedy disposal.

Major General N Srinivas Rao, GOC, TASAin his inaugural address paid rich tributes to service rendered by Ex-service men during their active service. He lauded various efforts being made by PCDA (P), particularly the initiative of e-Pension Adalat, for increasing the satisfaction level among ex-service men. He advised all veterans to take fullest benefit of the Adalat.

Shri T Rambabu, IDAS CDA Secunderabad spoke about the initiative taken by PCDA(P) Allahabad. He appreciated the efforts of Defence Accounts Department in faster implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP). He also appealed to all pensioners to register their Aadhaar number and mobile number with their pension disbursement agency. This would facilitate banks to inform the details of pension being paid to  them

During the inaugural ceremony a live presentation has been shown by Shri Sandeep Thakur, IDAS, Joint CDA (Pensions) Allahabad for speedy settlement of grievances of pensioners. The various new features of PCDA (P) web side and design a new format of e- ppo (Civil) were the highlighted segments of the Adalat.

The Adalat received an overwhelming response from the Ex-Servicemen. Over 560 cases were received during the first day of the Adalat. Mos of the cases related to pensioners queries regarding correctness of the pension payment being received by them and with the availability of the database brought for the e-adalat, these cases are likely to be settled during the course of the Adalat itself some more cases are expected to come up during the second day of the Adalat.

This is the 11th Pension Adalat in the State of Telangana/Andhra Pradesh since its inception in 1987. The Adalat will also continue on 28th July, 2017  at the same venue. All pensioners having pension related problems are advised to attend the Adalat with all their supporting documents.

Ministry of Defence Enhances Financial Powers of Armed Forces

In an unprecedented move, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to delegate substantial financial powers to the Armed Forces for undertaking works for perimeter security of sensitive military installations. This has been done primarily to expedite the decision making process involved in the modernisation of the security apparatus of airbases and defence installations. The Vice-Chiefs of the three Services have been empowered to place orders, procure equipment and carry out civil works without further seeking approvals of the MoD.

The financial delegation represents a significant jump in the powers currently exercised by the Services. The Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley has also fixed strict timelines to ensure that the works are undertaken on priority and in a time-bound manner to ensure full security of our critical defence assets

Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrated

Kargil Diwas, was celebrated on 26 July 2017 to commemorate the success to Indian Armed Forces during Operation VIJAY. On this day India successfully recaptured the high outposts in the Kargil - Drass Sector which were occupied by Pakastani intruders during the preceding winter months.  The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and finally concluded on 26 July 1999 in a spectacular victory of India.
The day is celebrated every year to honour the Heroes of Operation VIJAY.  Commemorative events are organised all over the country to pay tribute to the supreme sacrifice and glorious victory of the Indian Armed Forces.
At Chennai, the Kargil Diwas was observed with a ceremony organised at the Victory War Memorial.  The ceremony which was conducted in the morning was attended by Lieutenant General RK Anand, General Officer Commanding, Dakshin Bharat Area and Senior serving and retired officers of the three services, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans.  Later in the day citizens of Chennai paid their tribute to the martyrs by lighting candles at the Victory War Memorial.
We salute our war heroes for the supreme sacrifice they made for the Nation.  We also salute the families of these martyrs who produced such brave men who did not even flinch while laying down
their lives for the motherland.  May all the families hold their head high with pride, as the whole Nation is with them.  The sacrifice they made continue to inspire us.  It was on the day of 26 July 1999, the official day of declaration of eviction of all the intruders from Indian soil.  This day also reminds us that while we as a Nation stand as an embodiment of peace, we also have the capability to fight and win a war when forced upon us.  MAY THE FIRE OF PATRIOTISM REMAIN EVER