Saturday, 25 February 2012


HAJAN: Second semi final of the Victor Force Inter District Volleyball Tournament which is  being organized by 13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) under the aegis of 3 Sector  Rashtriya Rifles was played today at  Army Goodwill School, Hajan, between Shupian-I and Ganderbal-I. The match was won in three straight sets by Ganderbal-I with a score of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-10. Ganderbal-I will meet Pulwama-II in finals on 28 Feb 2012 at Army Goodwill School, Hajan.       
The tournament commenced on 7th Feb 2012 with 14 teams participating from seven districts namely Anantnag, Badgam, Shupian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal of Victor Force. 
The tournament aimed at developing a competitive spirit amongst the Kashmiri youth has brought together youth from over 50 villages of Kashmir. The matches were keenly witnessed by one and all and drew tremendous participation and enthusiasm from the locals.


RAJOURI:  An educational tour organised for children of  far flung border areas of Poonch District under “Operation Sadbhavna” by a unit of Romeo Force was flagged in by Maj Gen GS Shergill, GOC, Counter Insurgency Force Romeo. The tour was aptly named ‘KARWAN-E-AMAN’ as its aim was to spread the message of peace and bring awareness about the educational and professional avenues available to the students and to highlight them the rich cultural heritage of the country.

The children visited Bhulbhuliya, Zoo, Dr Din Dayal Upadhya Park, Science City and Chota and Bada Immamwada at Lucknow. During their visit to Ramgarh, they visited The Sikh Regimental Centre and thereafter these students were taken to Kolkata, where they visited Hoogly and Howrah Bridge, Daknishwar Tample, Alipore Zoo, Aquriam, Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. The tour after an eventful visit of Lucknow, Ramgarh and Kolkata started for their next destination, Jammu.

Zafar Iqbal, a 17 yrs student of Sarswati Sewa Sadan School, Surankote and Mukhtar Ahmed, a 16 yrs student of National Public School, Daraba were very excited after the tour and said to the media that the event has given them an opportunity to have a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage and the progress and development made by our beloved country.

The successful completion of this tour has resulted in fostering closer relationship between the locals and the Army. It has also developed a deep sense of belonging to the national mainstream amongst these children of remote areas. The enthusiasm and glow on the face of all children clearly showed that they thoroughly enjoyed and learned from this unique experience. The parents of children expressed their gratitude to the Army for providing this lifetime opportunity to their children.


SONAMARG: On 23rd evening, Air Force station Srinagar received information that two civilians were stranded in Sonamarg sector which had been hit by a catastrophic avalanche. After thorough rescue mission planning and briefing, rescue helicopter was launched but the inclement weather precluded any rescue attempt.
At the first opportunity on 24th early morning, the IAF helicopter, commanded by Wing Commander Vikram Singh along with Flight Lieutenant R Desai, LAC AK Singh and Major Khati of Indian Army got airborne again from the Air Force station Srinagar to rescue the stranded civilians.  During the search of the affected area, they discovered that there were nine civilians stranded there.  
The avalanche hit area was totally covered with deep snow with no possible landing ground in the vicinity.  Displaying exceptional flying skill and professionalism, hovering literally at the snow level, the pilots carried three personnel at a time and in four shuttles they extricated the nine civilians to safety.  The Army, civilian authorities and the local population were full of praise for the exceptional professionalism displayed by the IAF pilots. 


SRINAGAR: GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen KT Parnaik, arrived on a day’s visit to the Valley.  On arrival, the Army Commander was received by Lt Gen SA Hasnain, GOC Chinar Corps who briefed him on the damages and unfortunate loss of lives in the recent avalanches as well as the rescue effort underway.  The Army Commander attended the wreath laying ceremony for the 13 brave soldiers who lost their lives in the avalanche at Dawar (Gurez).  

The Army Cdr also interacted with the print and electronic Media and expressed his deep condolences to the families of the brave soldiers who have laid down their life in the service of the Nation and assured them that in their hours of grief, all assistance shall be provided to them.  He also appreciated the rescue efforts launched by the Army and thanked the Chief Minister and the Civil Administration for all the assistance provided by them. 

The Army Commander also informed the Media about the extensive damage to the LC fence and other infrastructure and assured that the efforts to repairs and rebuild these facilities will commence once the snow recedes. His plans to visit the affected areas and meet the troops stationed there could not materialize due to adverse weather conditions.  The Army Commander left for Udhampur in the evening.