Terrorist Attack at AIR Force Station Pathankot

Terrorist Attack at AIR Force Station Pathankot 
On receipt of intelligence inputs of a likely attempt by terrorists to infiltrate into military installations in Pathankot area, Air Force Station Pathankot was put on heightened alert status. Air warriors were issued arms and ammunition to protect vital assets. Air Force Garud Special Forces were reinforced from other Air Force Stations and were deployed at strategic locations around the airfield. Aerial surveillance was mounted using night vision and thermal imaging devices on board Remotely Piloted Aircraft, C-130J Special Operations aircraft and helicopters. First contact with the terrorists was made through a remotely piloted aircraft. On detection, the terrorists were immediately engaged by the Garuds. One Garud, Corporal Gursewak Singh, was martyred in the initial engagement. Terrorists opened fire on unarmed Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel in the DSC Mess, where one of the DSC Jawans grappled with a terrorist and shot him dead. However, the DSC Jawan was killed by the other terrorists present there. 

Swift response by the Station resulted in pinning down of the terrorists in a limited area, preventing their movement towards the sensitive Technical zone where bulk petroleum and weapon storage areas were located and also where aircraft were parked. A well coordinated effort by all security agencies including the Army, NSG, local police and Indian Air Force (IAF) succeeded in neutralising the terrorists. The airbase remained operational throughout and flights operated to and from the airfield during the period of engagement with the terrorists.

IAF salutes the brave air warriors who fought the terrorists without fear of personal risk. 

Joint Army- NSDC Skill Symposium 2016 held at Manekshaw Centre 
The Indian Army, as part of the 68th Army Day 2016 Celebrations, conducted an Indian Army Skills Symposium in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantonment. The Skills Symposium was presided by Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, Adjutant General of the Indian Army along with representatives from the Ministries of Defence and Skill Development.

Shri Jayant Krishna, CEO, NSDC delivered the opening address wherein he highlighted the importance of building a relationship between the Armed Forces and the NSDC on skilling prospective military retirees in a nation building role. An orientation workshop was conducted by Shri Rajiv Mathur, Head Standards & Quality Assurance, NSDC, in presence of the Commandants and Training Commanders of the various Regimental Training Centres in the Indian Army. Approximately, 90 Military & Civilian delegates attended the symposium.

The Indian Army Skills Symposium was followed by a field visit of the Army delegates to IL&FS Skill Development Centre located at Okhla. The visit gave an opportunity to the Indian Army leadership to witness the training standards and norms as prevalent in the industry and explore possible avenues to partner with them in this field.

The symposium is a significant step after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) on Skill Development in July 15 and aims at building a better understanding among the Army Leadership about the National Skilling Initiative and possible opportunities to align prospective military retirees to civilian job roles, as defined under the new NSDC Policy Framework issued in 2015.

The symposium has paved the way for better coordination and collaboration between the NSDC and Indian Army in the future which will eventually benefit the over 60,000 personnel retiring from the Army each year. 

National Level Inter Army Public School (APS) Debate Competition held at New Delhi 
As part of Army Day celebrations 2016, National Level Inter Army Public School (APS) Debate Competition was held at APS, Shankar Vihar, Delhi Cantt today. The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen MMS Rai, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chief of Army Staff said that the event was organized as part of Army Day celebrations 2016. Army Day celebration is an occasion to remember those Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice and showed us the way to Selfless Sacrifice and Patriotism. As the entire event was being webcast live, he exhorted the students of Army’s Educational Institutions to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit for excellence and expressed his desire to see more young men and women from APSs join the Armed Forces.

The debating spectacle was the culmination of a hard fought series at cluster and regional level Competitions where APS across India vied for top honours. Debating on the topic “Academic excellence infused with skill development alone meet the future challenges ", APS Patiala emerged winners and APS Lucknow (Nehru Road) were runners up. Miss Jyotshana Singh of APS Bikaneer was adjudged Best Speaker ‘for the motion’, Miss Aafreen Choudhary of APS Patiala ‘against the motion’ and Mr Anish Sundaram of APS Udhampur as the ‘best interjector’.

The Vice Chief also gave away prizes for Academic Excellence to schools that have performed creditably in CBSE Class XII exams in 2014-15. Trophies were also given to schools topping the list for maximum contributions to training establishments. 

Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma takes over as Director General Border Roads (DGBR) 
Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma has taken over as the 24th Director General Border Roads (DGBR) here today.

Lt Gen Suresh Sharma was commissioned into Corps of Engineers from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and has attended all prestigious courses of the Indian Army including Staff Course at Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, Higher Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and the National Defence College, New Delhi. The General Officer has held various staff, instructional and command appointments. Some of his important assignments include Command of an Engineer Regiment during ‘OP PARAKRAM’, Staff Officer of an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, Colonel Administration of an Infantry Division and Brigadier Administration of a Strike Corps.

He has been Chief Operations Officer and advisor to United Nations Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The General Officer has also tenated the prestigious appointment of Chief Engineer (Indian Navy and Coast Guards), Mumbai and later commanded Bengal Engineer Group & Centre, a premier training institution of the Indian Army. The General Officer was Command Chief Engineer South Western Command and has been elected as Colonel Commandant “The Bengal Sappers and Military Survey” from 01 August 2015. The General Officer is a qualified mountaineer and has participated in an international Mountaineering Expedition. Before taking over as Director General Border Roads, he was holding the appointment of Director General Combat Engineers at Army HQ. 


Vice President inaugurates DG NCC Republic Day Camp 2016 
Vice President of India Shri M Hamid Ansari formally inaugurated the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp 2016 at the DGNCC Camp adjacent to Garrison Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt. On his arrival, the Vice President was received by the Director General NCC, Lt Gen Aniruddha Chakravarty.

2069 Cadets including 695 girl cadets drawn from 17 NCC Directorates covering all the States and Union Territories of the Country are participating in this camp that culminates into the Prime Minister’s Rally on 28 January 2016. The cadets attending the camp will be participating in a number of activities, like Cultural Programme, National Integration Awareness and Institutional Training Competitions.

A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings of Army, Navy and Air Force, presented a “Guard of Honour” to the Vice President on his arrival. The Vice President also visited the Flag Area where he listened to the young cadets briefing about their respective States and appreciated the various social themes displayed in the Flag Areas prepared by them.

In his address, the Vice President complimented the efforts of National Cadet Corps, the largest uniformed organization in grooming the youth of the country and its contribution towards “Nation Building’. He also mentioned that NCC is and would be in the vanguard of all activities of our youth helping to channelise our youth into a creative force to usher in social changes through spectrum of activities. The Vice President also appreciated the impressive turnout of the ‘Guard of Honour’. He urged the NCC cadets to avail the best of NCC training and be more responsible and empowered citizens of the country. 

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