Tuesday, 28 February 2012


BHADARWAH - A Mel-milap between army and the local people was organised at village Sitengal on 28 Feb 2012 with the representatives of villages Upper Hadal, Sitengal, Upper Bheja, Sharekhi, Seri, Dhareu, Atalgarh,  Nalthi, Garh, Badrot, Bhamlakhi, Katare and Butilu.  
The main agenda of the Mel-milap was discussion over security arrangements, training of Village Defence Committees, plan for medical camps and mutual coordination between Armed Forces and locals.   The village representatives took part in the mel-milap with utmost zeal and enthusiasm.  A total strength of 40 person attended the mel-milap, which included Sarpanch, Namberdar, Village Defence Committee members and youths.

The village representative were informed about forthcoming recruitment rally, which was given a patient hearing by all.  The village representative appreciated efforts of the mel milap and praised Army located at Bhadarwah for the efforts towards security, upliftment and civic actions for development of far flung villages. 
Satish Kumar, Sarpanch of Upper Bheja appreciated this noble initiative on part of the Army wherein he remarked that “these kind of initiatives by the government are always welcome as they help such far flung areas to relate itself with main stream activities”.


RAJOURI- In an endeavor to promote national awareness amongst the youth of Rajouri district 57 Fd Regt under the aegis of Ace of Spades Division conducted an educational and motivational tour for nineteen school students of Govt Higher Secondary School and Pahari Hostel, Rajouri (J&K) and two teachers to Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Chittorgarh. The duration of the tour was 11 days from 18 Feb to 28 Feb 2012.

On successful completion, the tour was flagged in today at ALG, Rajouri by Maj Gen KH Singh, GOC 25 Infantry Division.

The students during their tour got the opportunity to interact with the Governor of Rajasthan and Army Commander, South West Command. They visited a large number of  tourist places at Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Chittorgarh like Birla Mandir, Raj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Pushkar Lake, Pushkar Fort, Nathdwara Temple Udaipur, Ranakpur temple, Chittorgarh Fort to name a few.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to get a glimpse of the progress which the nation has made, its cultural diversity and rich cultural heritage. The students as well as their parents expressed their gratitude towards the Army for organizing such a tour under OP SADBHAVANA.

The students were extremely joyful and described it as an experience of a lifetime. The tour has certainly left a positive impact on the students and has motivated them to work for the progress and development of the society.


DODA- On 27 Feb 2012 a closing ceremony of a two month long English speaking classes was conducted at village Ghat. This English speaking classes were organised bya Rashtriya Rifles Battalion  students of Udianpur, Bhart, Hajipura, Ogadh and Ghatfor. About 400 students attended the classes. 
The Classes helped the students to constructively utilize their winter vacation and gave an opportunity to the students to learn the global language which would help them to express themselves better in today’s competitive world and be at par with their counterparts from rest of the country. 
The closing ceremony was attended by a large number of villagers and prominent people of the area including Mr Mohd Hafiz, Imam of Ghat, Mr Quazi, BDO Ghat, sarpanches of neighboring villages and parents of the students. It  was presided byCommander Sector RR, who motivated the students and asked them to widen their horizons and excel in all works of life.

The Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, has undertaken numerous youth empowerment  initiatives such as welding classes, driving classes etc to make the youth of this region self reliant. The local community, especially the parents and the students, have appreciated this initiative by the Army to empower the youths.


SRINAGAR: Victor Force Inter District Volleyball Tournament organised under the aegis of 3 Sector Rashtriya Rifles  by 13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) had commenced on 07 Feb 2012 onwards with 14 teams participating from 07 District of Victor Force (Anantnag, Badgam,Supian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal). 
Youths from around 50 villages participated in the overall tournament. The final match was played on 28 Feb 12 betweenPulwama-II and Ganderbal-I. In a very electrifying and thrilling match, players of Pulwama-II befittingly won the tournament. “It was a nail biting match till the last” said one of the spectator while another said “throughout it was an edge of the seat experience”. 
The tournament was aimed at developing a competitive spirit amongst the local youths and also to provide them a platform to showcase their talent. The matches were witnessed with keen interest by one and all and generated bonhomie amongst the villagers and troops stationed nearby. The event drew tremendous participation and enthusiasm from the locals.Major General Gurdeep Singh, AVSM, GOC  Victor Force gave away the prizes to the winner and runners up of the tournament. 
All the participating players were also given certificates and consolation prizes. Apart from senior Army officials­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Brig Niraj Seth, Commander 3 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, Brigadier  Shivender Singh, Commander  12 Sect Rashtriya Rifles, Mr M A Lone DC Bandipora, Mr B A Khan SP Bandipora and other prominent personalities of the participating villages attended the tournament. Khurshid Ahmed, one of the player of the participating teams remarked “13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) is doing a good service for the area by conducting such sports, with this exposure we too now can dream of participating in the district level matches”.


KISHTWAR: Presence of our Army in the remote border area of Machhal once again helped in saving a precious life from snow bounded cut off areas.  The degree of difficulty of civilians living in the areas came to fore when Mr Abdul Samed Sheikh a 75 yrs old, resident of Thalli, Machhal developed critical heart problem and was stranded at snow bound area cut off from Kupwara.  
This precious life was saved by the efforts of Army Medical Officer Captain Ankur Rawat who managed this critically ill old man for more than 24 hours before evacuating him by service helicopter to SKIMS Srinagar on  27 Feb 12.
On 26 February 2012 at 1750hrs, Mr Abdul Samed Sheikh r/o Thalli (Dudi) was brought on a stretcher by locals to the Medical Room of RR unit deployed in the sector with complaints of extreme breathlessness and generalized swelling of the body. On being checked by Captain Ankur Rawat, Army Medical Officer the patient was diagnosed as a case of Congestive Cardiac Failure.  
Considering the seriousness of his illness and the remote area cut off due to heavy snowfall it was decided to evacuate the patient by air to save his life.  Due to prevailing bad weather and continuous snow fall during morning of 27 Feb 12, helicopter could reach only at 1530h at Dudi helipad.  Patient was finally evacuated to SKIMS, Srinagar alongwith his two sons and is reported to be stable 


GULMARG: Jammu & Kashmir affords great opportunities for adventure sports like Skiing, Snow Surfing, Hot Air Ballooning, Trekking, Wind surfing, Heli Sking etc which are being used extensively by tourists including foreigners.  During winters, Gulmarg becomes a global destination for professional and amateur skiers because of its excellent ski slopes.
Keeping in view the celebrations of “2012 – A Year of Adventure Tourism” by Jammu & Kashmir, the response of children & on popular demand of locals, Dagger Division once again took the initiative to introduce the art of skiing to local boys at Gulmarg. 
The Skiing Camp is underway at Gulmarg under the aegis of 4 RAJPUTANA RIFLES from 27 February to 04 Mar 2012. Dagger Division of the Indian Army earlier also conducted skiing camp at Gulmarg during the year 2011 with great zeal & enthusiasm.
The camp was formally inaugurated by Brig Sanjeev Saini Commander, Pir Panjal Brigade in an impressive ceremony at Gulmarg.  25 Children from remote areas of Valley are taking part in the camp during which, besides skiing, events like trekking, sightseeing, cultural evening, motivational lectures and various competitions have also been planned.


NOWSHERA:  Continuing with the Indian Army’s drive for improvement of educational facilities in remote areas of the state under Operation Sadbhavana, Tithwal Brigade distributed educational aids to various schools in its area of responsibility, on 28 Feb 2012. On the occasion, three computers alongwith peripherals were presented to Government High School, Bhajnowa and desks and benches were presented to three Government schools located in Kalsiyan of Nowshera Tehsil.  
The presentation ceremony was held at Rashtriya Rifles Battalion Headquarter and was attended by Dr Sahid Iqbal, SDM Nowshera, Dr Koshal Sharma, ASP, Mr Trilok Chand  ZEO, Mrs Jitender Kaur Bhel, Dy CEO, students alongwith their Principals and teachers of the concerned schools and respective village Sarpanches. 
The presentation ceremony was presided over by Commanding Officer of Rashtriya Rifles.  Mr Ved Prakash, Headmaster Government High School Bhajnowa conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the army for this noble gesture and remarked, “This will largely benefit their school thereby increasing the educational standards and uplifting the morale of the children”.  An enthralling cultural programme was also presented by the students to commemorate the event.
The Commanding Officer in his address, impressed upon the people and the students to be progressive in their approach and cooperate with the army in its efforts towards the development of the society and to strive for their bright future ahead.  Promising to continue such efforts, he encouraged the children to take advantage of the facilities being provided for their personality development.  He emphasized the need for the students to come forward and make full use of various opportunities provided by the Army from time to time, so as to better their educational standards.