NSG Group Commander BK Jha Dies Due to COVID-19, First Coronavirus Related Death In The Force

A senior commando of the National Security Guard (NSG) succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday morning at the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Hospital in Greater Noida. Notably, it is the first coronavirus related death in the NSG. Group Commander (coordination) BK Jha was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 19.

Jha was shifted to the CAPF Hospital as his health deteriorated. He was reportedly recovering from the virus. However, his health worsened on the intervening night of May 4 and 5. “When we realised, he was critical, we asked the officer to be put on a ventilator. Unfortunately, the two ventilators at the hospital were non-functional,” reported India Today quoting sources in NSG as saying. Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra Awardee, Cremated With Full Military Honours in Bengaluru.

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According to a report by the media house, AIIMS was contacted first, but the hospital officials expressed their inability to make arrangements in such a short notice. Notably, the CAPF Hospital does not have a specialised ambulance to shift Jha to Fortis. After some time, the NSG dispatched one of its Advanced Cardiac Life Support Ambulances (ACLS), but it was too late. The officer suffered a cardia arrest at 2:30 am when he was being taken to into the ambulance. He breathed his last at around 3 am.

Group Commander BK Jha was a 1993-batch officer of the Border Security Force (BSF) cadre. He belonged to Bihar. In 2018, Jha joined NSG on deputation. Over 400 NSG troops have contacted COVID-19 so far. There are close to 60 active coronavirus infection in the force.

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Exercise Varuna 2021: 19th Edition of Indian And French Navy Bilateral Exercise Scheduled To Take Place From April 25-27

The 19th edition of the Indian and French Navy bilateral exercise ‘VARUNA-2021’ is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea from April 25 to 27, 2021. From the Indian Navy’s side, guided missile stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, guided missile frigates INS Tarkash and INS Talwar, Fleet Support Ship INS Deepak, with Seaking 42B and Chetak integral helicopters, a Kalvari class submarine and P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, will participate in the exercise.

The French Navy will be represented by the Aircraft Carrier Charles-de-Gaulle with Rafale-M fighter, E2C Hawkeye aircrafts and helicopters Caïman M and Dauphin embarked, Horizon-class Air defense destroyer Chevalier Paul, Aquitaine-class multi-missions frigate FNS Provence with a Caïman M helicopter embkared and Command and supply ship Var. The Indian side will be led by Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, Nau Sena Medal, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, while the French side will be led by Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat, Commander Task Force 473. Exercise Desert Flag-VI: Annual Multi-Lateral Military Drill Culminates With De-Induction of IAF’s Contingent From UAE.

The three-day exercise will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, intense fixed and rotary wing flying operations, tactical manoeuvres, surface and anti-air weapon firings, underway replenishment and other maritime security operations. Units of both navies will endeavour to enhance and hone their war-fighting skills to demonstrate their ability as an integrated force to promote peace, security and stability in the maritime domain.

On completion of exercise VARUNA-21, to consolidate accrued best practices and enhance interoperability, Indian Navy’s guided missile frigate INS Tarkash will continue to exercise with the French Navy’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) from 28th April to 1st May 2021. During this period, the ship will take part in advanced surface, anti-submarine and air-defence operations with the French CSG.

VARUNA-21 highlights growing bonhomie and showcases increased levels of synergy, coordination and inter-operability between the two friendly navies. These interactions further underscore the shared values as partner navies, in ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.

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IAF Commanders’ Conference 2021: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Addresses Inaugural Session of AFCC

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday addressed the biannual Indian Air Force (IAF) Commanders’ Conference (AFCC-21) at Air Headquarters. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria welcomed Singh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, and other senior officials from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

During his address the Defence Minister expressed happiness that the conference coincides with the birth anniversary of the Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC. Singh congratulated the IAF for ensuring a timely and befitting response to the sudden developments in Eastern Ladakh. He advised the Commanders to draw up long term plans and strategies for capability enhancement to counter future threats. He appreciated the critical focus of IAF towards reorienting for the future. IAF Inducts Light Bullet Proof Vehicles to Strengthen Airbase Security Against Terrorist Attacks.

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Speaking about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Defence Minister appreciated the role played by the IAF in assisting other government agencies in their task. Referring to changing international geopolitics, he observed that the perceptible shift of focus from Trans-Atlantic to Trans-Pacific has become more obvious in the recent past. Changing dimensions of war would now include advanced technologies, asymmetric capabilities and info-dominance, and it was very important that the IAF’s preparations for the future must include these aspects.

Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Self Reliance”, the Defence Minister stressed on the need to promote Atmanirbharta in Defence Infrastructure. He added that the IAF’s order for LCA would result in a substantial boost to the domestic defence industry and will be a game changer from the indigenisation perspective.

Singh urged the Commanders to continue their efforts for achieving even greater results in the field of indigenous defence production and aircraft maintenance. He added that national security and economic development are complementary aspects of national policy. The IAF’s support for the indigenous industry would result in the development of MSMEs in this field which will simultaneously serve the cause of self-reliance and socio-economic development of the country.

He urged the Commanders to take stock and implement all directions issued by the Hon’ble PM during the Combined Commanders’ Conference. He stressed on the need to continue to work proactively towards the integration process currently underway, implementation of the joint logistics plan and to enhance synergy in areas of joint planning and operations.

In his closing remarks, the RM assured the AF Commanders of the wholehearted support from the Ministry of Defence in achieving the goal of being a potent Strategic Aerospace Force. He expressed confidence that important decisions taken during the conference would enhance the combat potential of the IAF.

The Commanders’ Conference will conclude on 16 Apr 21. The status of strengthening current combat capabilities and the action plan for making IAF a future-ready combat force would be examined. Issues pertaining to systems, reforms and restructuring for ensuring more efficient processes across all domains and optimised operational training will also be discussed.

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IAF Inducts Light Bullet Proof Vehicles to Strengthen Airbase Security Against Terrorist Attacks

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday inducted Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBVPs) in a bid to enhance its capability to tackle terrorist attacks on its airbases like the one on Pathankot Airbase. The LBVPs can withstand even grenade attacks. Each vehicle weighs six tonne. These vehicles are manufactured by Ashok Leyland. Defence Ministry Signs Contract With Mahindra Defence to Supply 1,300 Light Combat Vehicles to Indian Army.

“The Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBPVs) have been inducted into the service and would be deployed at the airbases to be used during any terrorist attack to suppress them,” reported news agency ANI quoting IAF officials as saying.  These vehicles can accommodate six Garud Commandoes or members of Quick Reaction Team. More men could be accommodated in the open space in the rear. NAG, Anti Tank Guided Missile, Successfully Clears Final User Trial (Watch Video).

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The vehicles have a unique design. Their engine remains hidden from the front and rear side and due to these reasons they cannot be targeted easily. They are equipped with 6 mm thick armoured protection. Their 40 mm windshield can withstand bullets of AK-47 and sniper rifles.

A gunner can free fire at its target as a canopy covered by armour has been provided in the LBVPs. These vehicles have maximum speed of 100 to 120 km per hour and even can run on flat tyres.

The 2016 Pathankot attack was a terrorist attack which took place on January 2, 2016. A heavily armed group of four terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station. All the four terrorists were killed in the attack, while two security personnel also attained martyrdom.

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Indian Army’s Lt Col Bharat Pannu Creates Guinness World Record of Fastest Solo Cycling From Manali to Leh

Indian Army’s Lieutenant Colonel Bharat Pannu created a Guinness World Record of the fastest cycle journey from Leh to Manali by covering the distance in 35 hours, 32 minutes and 22 seconds. Lt Col Bharat Pannu earned two world Guinness World Records for his fastest solo cycling. Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2019: Indian Army’s Col Sarfaraz Singh, Son of Olympic Hockey Legend Balbir Singh, Selected For Prestigious Award.

Lt Col Pannu created the first world record when he cycled from Leh to Manali on October 10, 2020, in just 35 hours and 25 minutes in October last year. Prior to his journey, he received training for 20 days. The Indian Army officer embarked on the journey on October 10, 2020. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.

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“This record has never been attempted earlier and I got a cut-off time of 40 hours to get into the record books. The terrain was unforgiving, 40% of roads in bad state and the low temperature at night tested our grit to reach the finish point within the cut-off,” the Indian Army officer said on his website. Major Vikas Shukla Creates History by Climbing Three Highest Peaks of South America – ‘The Triple Crown’.

He added, “It was very challenging to hold the handlebar straight due to the freezing temperatures and braking on the downhill sections was actually dicey. The route has 04 high altitude passes (Taglang La, Nakee La, Lachulung La and Baralacha La) highest being at the height of 17,480 feet and the cumulative elevation gain of 29,200 feet.” The Indian Army officer had to take the longer route via Rohtang Pass as the Guinness authorities had not permitted to take the newly constructed Atal Tunnel, which would have reduced the distance by 40 km.

Lt Col Pannu created a second record when he cycled the 5,942-km-long ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ route in 14 days, 23 hours and 52 minutes. The corridor connects Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The event started on 16 October 2020 from India Gate in New Delhi.

In July last year, the Indian Army officer finished third on the leaderboard at the first edition of the Virtual Race Across America (vRAAM) 2020. The RAAM is a 5000-kilometre transcontinental race from the West Coast to the East coast of the United States of America.

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‘Sam Bahadur’: Vicky Kaushal-Starrer Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s Biopic Tittle Announced

Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal on Saturday announced the title of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s biopic. The title of the biopic is “Sam Bahadur”. The title was announced on the 107th birth anniversary of Field Marshal Manekshaw, i.e April 3, 2021. The movie is directed by Meghna Gulzar. Vicky Kaushal is playing the role of India’s first Firld Marshal.

Ronnie Screwvala produced the biopic. Production company RSVP revealed the title through a video voiced by lyricist Gulzar. In the video, Gulzar could be heard saying, “Kayi naamo se pukaare gaye, par ek naam se humare hue,” The name of the movie then appears on the screen. Shershaah, Movie on Captain Vikram Batra’s Life, to Hit Theatres on July 2, 2021; Actor Siddharth Malhotra Confirms Release Date.

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“He was a soldier’s soldier and a gentleman’s gentleman. They don’t make men like Sam Bahadur anymore. On the Field Marshal’s birth anniversary, his story has got its name. I couldn’t be happier,” reported The Indian Express quoting Gulzar as saying in a statement. In 2019, the production team had shared Kaushal’s first look from the “Sam Bahadur”. Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw 107th Birth Anniversary: Remembering The 1st Field Marshal Of The Indian Army With His Inspirational Quotes.

Field Marshal Manekshaw was the brain behind India’s victory against Pakistan in 1971. He was the eighth Chief of Army Staff of India. Manekshaw was born in a Parsi family on April 3, 1914, to Hormizd Manekshaw and Hilla Mehta, in Amritsar. He did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital. Manekshaw was part of the first batch of cadets – called Pioneers, who joined the Indian Military Academy in 1932.

On January 1, 1973, he became the first General of the Indian Army to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. Manekshaw retired from the Indian Army on January 15, 1973, after serving for 39 years. At the age of 94 years, Field Marshal Manekshaw died on June 27, 2008.

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Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw 107th Birth Anniversary: Remembering The 1st Field Marshal Of The Indian Army With His Inspirational Quotes

India is observing the 107th birth anniversary of Indian Army’s first Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw on Saturday. Field Marshal Manekshaw was the brain behind India’s victory against Pakistan in 1971. He was the eighth Chief of Army Staff of India. Manekshaw was born in a Parsi family on April 3, 1914, to Hormizd Manekshaw and Hilla Mehta, in Amritsar. He did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital. Manekshaw was part of the first batch of cadets – called Pioneers, who joined the India Indian Military Academy in 1932.

After completing the training he was commissioned into the British Indian Army in 1934. During the World War II Manekshaw was awarded Military Cross for his gallantry. Field Marshal Manekshaw during his military career spanning four decades fought four wars – World War –II, 1948 Kashmir War Against Pakistan and Afghan tribals, 1962 Indo-Sino war, 1951 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. After the partition of 1947 Field Marshal Manekshaw was first reassigned to the 16th Punjab Regiment and then moved to 8 Gorkha Rifles. Fact Check: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw Denied Pension After Retirement From Indian Army? Here is The Truth.

Here Are Motivational Quotes By Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw:

  • “Give me a man or a woman with common sense and who is not an idiot and I assure you can make a leader out of him or her.”
  • “If anyone tell you he is not afraid, he is a liar of or he is Gurkha.”
  • “Professional knowledge and professional competence are the main attributes of leadership.”
  • “Unless you know, and the men you command know that you know your job, you will never be a leader.”
  • “Professional knowledge has to be acquired the hard way. It is continuous study and you never acquire it in today’s fast-moving technological world that you are living in.”
  • “A ‘yes man’ is a dangerous man. He is a menace. He will go very far. He can become a minister, a secretary or a Field Marshal but he can never become a leader nor, ever be respected.”
  • “You should have to fight and fight to win. There is no roof for the losers. If you lose don’t come back. You will have disgraced the country and the country won’t accept you.”

On January 1, 1973, he became the first General of the Indian Army to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. Manekshaw retired from the Indian Army on January 15, 1973, after serving for 39 years. He was also a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. After retirement, Field Marshal Manekshaw spent rest of his life in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. At the age of 94 years, Field Marshal Manekshaw died on June 27, 2008.

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India Likely to Get Air Defence And Maritime Theatre Commands By August 15, 2021: Report

India is likely to get two theatre commands by August 15, reported CNN News 18. According to the report, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make announcement in this regard on August 15.  The two theatre commands will be  – the Maritime Command and the Air Defence Command. These commands will reportedly become operations on August 15.

The Air Defence Command will have headquarters in Allahabad. This command will control air assets of all the three service wings- Indian Air Force (IAF), Army and Navy. The Air Defence Command will be commanded by a three-star IAF officer. It will protect the military assets from airborne attack. Defence Budget 2021: Defence Allocation Increased to Rs 4.78 Lakh Crore With 18.75% Hike in Capital Outlay.

The Maritime Command will have its headquarters in Karwar. It will guard the Indian Ocean region and will be responsible for its security. It will be commanded by a three-star Indian Navy officer. The country will also get three or four integrated commands to secure borders with Pakistan and China.

A theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir will look after the Line of Control and the International Border on the Pakistan front. The concept of theatre commands will bring jointness in the three services and hence will increase operation efficiency. BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Test-Fired From Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai.

A theatre command is an organisational structure to control all military assets in a theatre of war to achieve mission in a quick time as it will be commanded by a single commander. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, is given the task to complete project of creating theatre commands by the end of 2022. Notably, the United States and China also have structures similar that of theatre command.

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Exercise Desert Flag-VI: Annual Multi-Lateral Military Drill Culminates With De-Induction of IAF’s Contingent From UAE

Exercise Desert Flag –VI successfully culminated today with de-induction of the Indian contingent from UAE. Ex Desert Flag is an annual multi-lateral large force employment exercise hosted by UAE. The sixth edition of the exercise was conducted from March 4 to March 27 at Air Force Base Al Dhafra, UAE. IAF participated in the exercise for the first time, fielding Su-30MKI fighter aircraft. Six countries; UAE, USA, France, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain apart from India participated with aerial assets. Jordan, Greece, Qatar, Egypt and South Korea participated as observer forces.

The objectives for the exercise were to expose coalition participating forces to large force employment, sharpen tactical capabilities, and enhance interoperability along with fostering closer relations between the participating forces. The aim for the participating crew and specialist observers was to expose them to operational environment in scenarios requiring multinational forces working together. Timely and seamless induction and de-induction was facilitated by IAF C-17 Globe master aircraft. Exercise Desert Flag VI: IAF to Participate in The Military Drill in UAE For The 1st Time.

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During the exercise IAF flew Large Force Engagement (LFE) missions in near realistic environment involving many aircraft of varied types. IAF successfully undertook all the planned missions, both by day and night, without any mission abort.  All possible assistance was provided by UAE Air Force ensuring that all planned activities were completed in time.

IAF has been actively participating in operational international exercises, wherein collaborative engagements are enhanced. A multinational Exercise in UAE with friendly forces afforded a unique opportunity to gain valuable learning to all the participating forces. The knowledge gained, lessons learnt and bonds made during the course of Ex Desert Flag-VI will go a long way in bolstering professional capabilities of the participating forces.

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Defence Ministry Signs Contract With Mahindra Defence to Supply 1,300 Light Combat Vehicles to Indian Army

The Defence Ministry on Monday signed a contract Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL) to acquire 1,300 light combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of Rs 1,056 crore. As per the deal, the MDSL will provide these vehicles to the Indian Army over the period of next four years. The deal will give a boost to the “Make in India” campaign. BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Test-Fired From Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai.

The ministry in a statement said, “This is a flagship project showcasing the indigenous manufacturing capabilities of the defence industry and will add another milestone to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’ and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.”

It added, “The Light Specialist Vehicle is a modern fighting vehicle and will be authorised to various fighting units for carriage of Medium Machine Guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers as well as Anti-tank Guided Missiles.”. These vehicles. NAG, Anti Tank Guided Missile, Successfully Clears Final User Trial (Watch Video).

The Light Specialist Vehicle is indigenously designed and developed by MDSL. These combat vehicles are extremely agile with all round protection against small arms fire and will assist small independent detachments which are required to operate this weapon platform in the operational area.