Wednesday, September 27, 2017


The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat in a group photograph with the youth of Assam, who are on the Army sponsored ‘National Integration Tour’, in New Delhi

The DGAFMS and Senior Colonel Commandant, Lt. Gen. M.K. Unni addressing the seminar at Army Hospital (Research and Referral), in New Delhi

Exercise Pralay Sahayam

“Pralay Sahayam”, a conceptualized Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise supported by the Govt. of Telangana State in conjunction with the Armed Forces and other Disaster mitigation agencies conducted at Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad last month.In this connection, a joint conference for coordinating the exercise was held at the office of the Chief Secretary, Telangana State Govt.was held.

Passing Out Parade Officers Training Academy Chennai 

A Combined Display consisting of Equitation, Gymnastics Display, Para Motors, Parasailing activities, Dog show and Military Band Performance was held at Officers Training Academy, Chennai today (08th Sep 2017) as part of the Passing Out of Gentleman and Lady Cadets.  The Combined Display marks the culmination of the Club and Adventure Training at the OTA and showcases the expertise of Officer Cadets and Indian Army Display Teams.  An exciting show was put up by the Officer Cadets, Instructors of the OTA, Chennai and also by selected Regimental teams.  The event was witnessed by proud Parents and Guests of Passing out Officer Cadets.

Equestrian Display. Horse riding epitomises martial prowess and requires courage and boldness, Equestrian proficiency is a mandatory part of training and is also a Club Activity in OTA.  This display included Horse Riding, Tent Pegging, Indian File and Show Jumping.

Gymnastics Display. ‘High Horse’ is an Artistic Gymnastic Apparatus on which the gymnasts perform their vaulting skills.  It was first introduced in the Indian Army in July 1946 by the Physical Training School, then located in Ambala.  It is an advanced and challenging physical training activity which tests the dexterity and courage of the performer.  This display by the instructors and officer cadets of OTA, Chennai includes Through Vault, Astride Vault, Fly Dive and Ring Fire Dive.

Paramotor Display. Paramotor, as a sport came into prominence in Europe in 1986.  Paramotor is a generic name for the propulsive portion of a Powered Paraglider.   The Pilot controls thrust via a hand-held throttle and steers using the Paraglider’s brake toggles.  The renowned Paramotor Display team of PRTC Bangalore, will present this adventurous sport.

Parasailing. This sport originated in America in 1961, where a person is towed behind a vehicle while attached to a specially designed Parasail Wing.  The movement of the vehicle carries the parascender and parasail into the air.  This adventure activity requires presence of mind and skill and regular practice.

Dog Show.An enthralling Dog Show by Remount & Veterinary Corps Centre & College, Meerut included demonstrations such as Lotus Formation, Action Drill and Obedience Show, by specially trained Army Dogs.

Band Display.Martial tunes have motivated soldiers since ages.  The Pipe Bands from ASC Centre, Bangalore and 25 MADRAS with enthusiastic Pipers and Drummers presented a scintillating show.
The Passing out Parade of the Officers Training Academy, a unique biannual event, was held at Chennai today (09th Sep 2017).  A total of 322 Officer Cadets to include 266 Gentleman Cadets, 31 Lady Cadets were commissioned as Officers of the Indian Army following the completion of vigorous training at the Academy.  Further, 25 Cadets from Bhutan, Maldives, Fiji and Afghanistan also were commissioned into their respective Armies.

Lieutenant General PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command reviewed the spectacular parade which was commanded by Academy Under Officer (AUO) Abhishek R.

The Officer Cadets marched out with precision from Parameshwaran Drill Square to the tune of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, taking the ‘Final Step,’ thus symbolising the end of their training, the ‘Final Step’ in fact is the ‘First Step’ towards an exciting and demanding career as the custodians of the Nation’s integrity and honour.  The proud parents of the Officer Cadets, dignitaries, relatives of our fallen war heroes, and members of the diplomatic fraternity witnessed the mesmerising parade.

Addressing the Parade, the Reviewing Officer congratulated OTA for having toiled hard to turn out such a smart and dynamic group of young Military Leaders.

During the Parade, the Reviewing Officer presented various awards.  The most coveted “Sword of Honour” and the “Gold Medal” was presented to AUO Abhishek R.  The Silver Medal for standing second in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to BCA Aarushi Sharma and the Bronze Medal for standing third in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to ACA Vivek.  The COAS banner for Champion Company was awarded to Jessami Company.

Later in an impressive ‘Pipping Ceremony’ the Officer Cadets were pipped (putting on of rank badges on uniform) by their parents.  The event was followed by the Oath Taking Ceremony.  The audience gathered at the Pipping Lawn under the “TRICOLOUR” fluterring proudly atop a 100 feet Mast and listened spellbound as the Cadets took the oath in the name of Constitution of India.  The Passing Out Cadets stated under oath that “I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully serve in the regular Army of the Union of India and go wherever ordered by Land, Sea or Air and that I will observe and obey all commands of President of the Union of India and the command of any Officer set over me even to the peril of my life’. The newly Commissioned Officers are now all set to join their new assignments in Units across the country.

GoC, TASA Meets Ex-Servicemen At Gulbarga

Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA) visited Ex-Servicemen Complimentary Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinic in Gulbarga (Karnataka) today.  He interacted with the Ex-Servicemen and their dependents and General Rao explained them about the initiatives undertaken by the TASA Headquarters to make the ECHS polyclinic most efficient and responsive. He also said that he would reconnoiter every possibility to ensure the best medical care to the veterans.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Visits CDM

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development, visited the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and addressed the course participants of Higher Defence Management Course Serial No.13 (HDMC 13) and their spouse on an important topic of “Women and Child Development and Management of Stray Animals’. HDMC is a prestigious course comprising 152 officers (Colonels and equivalent ranks of all three services) including from friendly foreign countries. The topic gains immense relevance as the Course participants are carefully selected and are expected to tenant apex leadership roles in the Indian Armed Forces in the years to come. The spouses are accordingly expected to oversee the welfare of families of a large number of officers and troops, in their future capacities. Among the audience were 30 ladies, spouses of the participant officers of HDMC who are undergoing a nine week structured programme on “Social Awareness & Life Skills for Responsible Citizenship" (SALSRC). This is a certificate programme being conducted by CDM for the 2nd year, in association with Osmania University (OU) and All India Management association (AIMA).

Hon’ble minister drew upon her childhood memories of growing up in Military Cantonments and identified with the audience based on her own familial connections with the armed forces. She remembered how her mother would pledge to make the Cantonment and the surroundings ‘cleaner and greener’ than what they first moved into. It remained a major source of inspiration and memory which guided her own values and activism. Hon’ble Minister spoke of how important role was played by the Ladies in the armed forces and how they can be role models in sphere of Women and Child Development and Management of Stray Dogs. She exhorted audience to remember that every person consumes equivalent of seven trees per year of his age and hence it should be moral obligation by all citizens to plant equivalent trees as return to Mother Earth. She also emphasised that there is no reason to believe that tree plantations can be done only in monsoons and this activity must be carried out round the year. She exhorted the ladies to start a mission to plant trees with commercial and health benefits such Tamarind tree and coined the word “Mission Imli”. Hon'ble Minister gave examples where women groups can acquire skills to produce quality items rather than limiting to simple products and thereby make substantial livelihood choices.

Rear Admiral Dushyant Singh Chouhan, Commandant College of Defence Management, conveyed the gratitude of CDM faculty, student officers and members of SALSRC certificate course members to the Hon’ble minister for her highly inspirational talk at CDM and time given to this CDM from her very busy schedule.

BDL Signs Contract For Supply For Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles To Indian Army
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed contract with Research Centre Imarat (RCI) for supply of Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (MRSAM) to Indian Army at RCI in Hyderabad today.

The Contract was signed by CMD, BDL, Shri V. Udaya Bhaskar and Director, RCI and Programme Director, MRSAM (Army) Shri BHVS Narayana Murthy in the presence of Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) and Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Government of India. The contract was signed for production, deliveries and product support of MRSAM system for the Indian Army. Directors and senior officials from BDL and senior scientists from DRDO were present on the occasion.

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