Saturday, 10 March 2012


AKHNOOR: On 26 Dec 11 at approx 1130h Shri Ravi Kumar Sharma, S/O Kaku Ram, resident of Ghora Pattan, Teh Akhnoor, was crossing the Iron Bridge over Chenab River at Akhnoor when he saw a girl falling from the Iron Bridge into the Chenab River.   
The river at this place is 12-15 feet deep with very fast and turbulent water currents. The current of Chenab river is so hostile that even the best of swimmers do not enter the river at this particular spot. Shri Ravi Kumar Sharma in an exceptional act of bravery, and with total disregard to his own personal safety, jumped into the fast flowing, turbulent and ice cold waters of the river and pulled her to the riverbank, thus saving her from certain death.  
Shri Ravi Kumar Sharma acted with exceptional fortitude in affecting the rescue of the girl at immense risk to his own life.   His courage against seemingly insurmountable odds is a testimony to the highest quality of valour and compassion that an individual can display for the life of a fellow human being. As a acknowledgement of this display of unparalleled courage and human character of exceptionally high order in protecting the life of the girl, Sri Ravi Kumar was awarded Rs 5000/- by the Army.


AKHNOOR : A T-20 Cricket Tournament Akhnoor Premier Leauge was organised by    10 Infantry Division under Operation Sadbhavana, from 27 February 2012  to        10 March 2012 at Army School Senior Wing at Akhnoor. 

The Tournament was played in three pools among nine teams of Akhnoor district.  A total of 135 players participated. A large number of young spectators from various schools and colleges were present to witness the exciting matches. The final match was played between Dheriyan Club Rakhmuthi & Singh Club Akhnoor on 10 Mar 2012.  Singh Club Akhnoor won the tournament by  08 wickets. 

The aim of the tournament was to encourage sports amongst the youth and to identify young and budding talented cricketers from Akhnoor District, to further represent the district in Jammu region in a state lavel event scheduled in March.

Brig AK Shukla, VSM, Deputy General Officer Commanding 10 Infantry Division distributed the prizes to the winner and runner-up teams and emphasised on the role of sports in moulding and channelising the youth positively for constructive development of our country.  The event was attended by a large number of civil dignitaries including 150. The organisation of Cricket Tournament was appreciated by one and all.


MAGAM: As part of The Indian Army’s continuing endeavour to reach out to the populace, 47 Rashtriya Rifles under the aegis of Headquarter 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, conducted a Volleyball tournament at Magam with effect from 03 Mar 2012 to 09 Mar 2012. 
A total of six teams participated in the tournament. The teams were as Magam A, Magam B, Magam C, Shogpora, Nilipora and  Magam High School.

The final match was played on 09 Mar 2012 at Boys Higher Secondary  School, Magam, between Magam C and Shogpora and Magam C won the tournament. Commanding Officer 47 Rashtriya Rifles Bn (BIHAR) witnessed the final match andprize were distributed at the end.
The tournament aimed at developing a competitive spirit among the Kashmiri youth and has brought together youth of Magam.  Colonel Jacob Freeman, Commanding Officer, 47th Battalion, The Rashtriya Rifles (BIHAR) while interacting with the general public said, “Such events will continue and the Army will maintain the friendly approach with a commitment to ensure a peaceful environment.”


BARAMULLA: The Dagger Infantry Division conducted a seminar at Baramulla with the aim of achieving synergy between the efforts of the Military and the Media. The Seminar “Media and Military : Towards a Common Goal of Lasting Peace in J & K”, successfully provided a platform for sharing of views and ideas of military and media on their functioning and understanding each other’s responsibilities. 
The distinguished speakers included Maj General (Retired) Raj Mehta, erstwhile General Officer Commanding of the Dagger Division, Syed Sujaat Bukhari, Mr Sameer Yasir, Asst Professor in Centre for International relations at Islamic University of Science and Technology, Srinagar and a young journalist from Pulwama, Mr Waheed–ur-Rehman.
The speakers accepted the far reaching impact of the media and its capability to heavily influence local perceptions and thus ‘drive the happenings in the Valley’. The requirement of the Military and the Media to be mutually supportive emerged clearly. The need for having a close interaction between the military and the media was emphasized as was the need for responsible and ethical reporting which presents the correct perspective. Issues related to the pressures of “breaking news” leading to publishing of news items without due analysis and verification were also analysed.
The Seminar saw participation by a wide spectrum of the society to include civil dignitaries like the DIG BSF, DC Baramulla, Principal St Joseph Convent and other Govt schools of Baramula, local media correspondents, journalism students from Kashmir University as also school and college students in addition to senior Army, Police, BSF and CRPF officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen SA Hasnain, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps emphasized that peace cannot be ushered in overnight and definitely not with just the efforts of a single agency. He said that for this the military, the media and the AWAM need to combine their efforts. 
The General highlighted that the terrorists also need the media to publicise their deeds and retain their fast eroding support base but it is for the media to shun sensationalism and embrace the tenets of truthful reporting. He concluded the event by expressing confidence that the outcome of this seminar will harbinger such coordination and cohesion between the media and the military that peace will once again reign supreme in Kashmir.