Communication and Information Technology Seminar At MisamariA Communication and Information Technology seminar was organised at Misamari. It aimed to provide a platform for a deliberate and structured user-industry interactions to explore viable technology solutions, customizing robust communication and information technology systems for the Army. Eminent speakers from the industry and the defence forces participated.
Palliative Care Centre Opened At Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt A number of serving personnel, ex-servicemen and their dependents suffer from terminal stage of Cancer, necessitating active total care at a time, when their disease does not respond to curative treatment, and life expectancy becomes limited. Hence, the need was felt to integrate psychological, social and spiritual care for patients, so that they may come to terms, fully and constructively- and the families can cope during the patient’s illness.
To meet this need, a Palliative Care Centre was established at Base Hospital Delhi Cantt and inaugurated by the COAS, General VK Singh on 23 Aug. It is designed to have a round the clock availability of doctors, trained nurses and paramedical staff. It is equipped with 24 beds for patients accompanied by care takers and an eight bedded critical care room for those without. Other facilities like a recreation room, Sarva Dharam Sathal, and free food are provided, to the patients.
Assam Rifles Organises ‘Know Your Army & Assam Rifles’ CampAssam Rifles organized a ‘Know your Army & Assam Rifles’ Camp for 450 students of Jawahar Navoday Vidyalaya, Umathel at the school premises, to acquaint them with the multiple facets of Indian Army & Assam Rifles. The events included a lecture-cum-presentation on career options in the Armed Forces, various schemes to join Army/Assam Rifles, an interactive session with the students and the faculty, a cultural programme by the students and presentation of sports amenities to the school.
Record Haul of Medals for AR School, MedziphimaAssam Rifles (AR), as part of their campaign for active engagement of children of its area for growth and development, commenced Teakwondo training for 45 students of AR school in Jul 2009 at Ghaspani under the supervision of a qualified instructor. On 15 Jul, their efforts fructified during the 10th Dimapur Teakwondo Championship, where 27 children participated and won the overall championship by winning 14 Gold, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals. Out of the medal winners, 14 selected children participated in the 24th Nagaland State Taekwondo Championship conducted from 27 to 29 Jul at Kohima, where they won further laurels.
Fauji Mela at Mendhar Attracts YouthA Fauji Mela was organised at Mendhar. It provided a platform for youth to have a close look at the values & traditions of Indian Army. The main attractions were an equipment display, a cultural event by school children and a dog show. Information useful to locals was provided in the form of an interaction with officials of Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Health & Hygiene departments. Our Veer Naris were honoured at this event.
Welding Class for Local Youth At SarnaThe remote villages of Sarna and Dhara in Doda District have a considerable percentage of youth, who are unemployed. In a bid to generate options for employment and to create a pool of skilled labour, the Army organised a training workshop on welding, for 11 locals, from 04 to 31 Jul. The villagers were given a hands-on experience on the lathe machine and welding. The civil administration and the villagers were appreciative of the efforts of the Army.
Kalka Mail Accident : Army To The Rescue The tragic derailment of the Kalka Mail at Fatehpur and its aftermath lead to a rapid induction of the Army and Air Force. On receiving the request, the Army responded swiftly and moved one Engineer Column alongwith complete Rescue and Relief Equipment, as also a Medical team comprising doctors, medical assistants, medical van and ambulances from Allahabad, to the site. Another Infantry column with a medical team moved from Kanpur. Seven lives were saved (including one woman, and one Swedish national), more than 150-200 injured passengers were treated & nearly 70 dead bodies of passengers were removed from the mangled mass of steel. Critical passengers requiring hospitalisation were immediately moved to the civil hospital at Kanpur.
IDP Camp Saved by Timely Action of INDIAN ARMY AT CONGO On 21 Jul, at around 1445 hours, a house in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camp of 350 closely located huts, outside Company Operating Base (COB) Kiwanja caught fire. Owing to close proximity of other houses, the fire soon spread to three other houses. On being alerted, 50 soldiers of the COB reacted quickly with a water bowzer and a modified fire fighting vehicle. The troops evicted the residents of nearby houses and the synchronized effort succeeded in controlling the fire. The quick action saved hundreds of refugees from being rendered homeless.
Trekking Expedition to Kalihani Pass Laungewala Paltan recently undertook a trekking expedition to commemorate 250 years of the Punjab Regiment. The team, carried the message of National Integrity, Unity and the indomitable spirit of the Indian Army. Kalihani Pass, perennially covered with snow, is a challenging feature for trekkers. The trek was completed in eight days.
Mountaineering and Trekking Expeditions A mountaineering expedition to Mt Stok Kangri in the Himalayas was undertaken on 01 Aug. The 6121m high peak was successfully summitted on 17/18 Aug. Also flagged off simultaneously was a trekking expedition to the 4725m high Kalihani Pass in HP. The approximately 100 km long trekking route, took the troops through rugged mountain terrain and virgin forests, thus bonding with nature & the people of the area.
Medical Camps were organised at NE and J&K