Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents

Colonel Ranveer Jamwal became to first army officer to scale the seven highest peaks across all the continents. He achieved the feat on January 4, at 5 pm by scaling Mount Vinson in Antarctica despite adverse wind and climatic conditions. He shared his achievement on Facebook. Col Jamwal posted, “Mount Vinson, the highest mountain of Antarctica Climbed successfully on 04 Jan. just landed at Punta Arenas (Chile) from Antarctica.”
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Earlier, on December 25 last year, the officer had left for had left for Antarctica. Before this, the officer has scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World and Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. Col Jamwal is the only person in India to lead ‘back-to-back three Everest Expeditions’. Apart from this, a total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership.

He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The army officer was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 and was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats. He is a resident of a of Badhori village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district.

Army Day 2019: General Bipin Rawat Addresses Nation of The Eve of 71 Raising Day of Indian Army, Says ‘Armed Forces Are Capable Repulsing Foreign Aggression’

On the occasion of the Army Day 2019, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat extended his wishes to all ranks of the Indian Army. Addressing the nation of the eve of the Army Day,  Gen Rawat said that the last year was full of challenges, but the army gave befitting reply to perpetrators. The COAS also appreciated the contribution of Indian Soldiers in the United Peacekeeping Force. During his address Gen Rawat stated that the secularism forms the basis of the army’s discipline and compassion. He further added the army along with the Indian Navy and the Air Force is capable of repulsing any foreign aggression. He also appreciated the humanitarian values of the Indian army soldiers. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

The army will be celebrating its 71st Army Day on January 15. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi will be leading 144 Jawan contingent in the parade on the Army Day. This will be the first time a lady officer is leading a contingent in Army Day parade. Meanwhile, Captain Shikha Surbhi will also be leading Army’s Daredevil Motorcycle Display team. The team will comprise of 33 men riding nine bikes to form a pyramid formation. In addition to these two lady officers Captain Bhavana Syaal of Signals core will be participating in the Army Day parade along with Transportable Satellite Terminal.

The Army Day in India is celebrated every year on January 15 in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He took charge from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit. The Indian Army also conducted an online video making, painting, photography and slogan writing competition on the occasion of Army Day on January 15.

Army Day 2019: Know The Importance of The Day In Indian Army’s History

Army Day in India is celebrated every year on January 15 in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He took charge from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

Parades and military shows are organised at all the Army Command headquarters and national capital. The day is also celebrated to pay homage to courageous and brave soldiers of the Indian Army who laid their lives for protecting the nation. Weapons of the army are displayed during the parade. Government Mulling Over Granting Permanent Commission to Women Army Officers; Still ‘No’ for Combat Role.

This year on January 15, the Indian Army will be celebrating the 71st army day. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi will be leading 144 Jawan contingent in the parade on the Army Day. This will be the first time a lady officer is leading a contingent in Army Day parade. Meanwhile, Captain Shikha Surabhi will also be leading Army’s Daredevil Motorcycle Display team. The team will comprise of 33 men riding nine bikes to form a pyramid formation.The Indian Army also conducted an online video making, painting, photography and slogan writing competition on the occasion of Army Day on January 15.

Indian Army Rescues 2,500 Tourists Stuck in Snowfall Near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La

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Indian Army rescued more than 2,500 tourist near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

The Indian Army not only defends our borders or fights insurgency in forward areas, it also puts its foot forward during various rescue operations in times of natural disaster. Continuing its tradition of ‘country before self’, the Indian Army has rescued around 2500 tourists who were stuck in around 400 vehicles near the India-China border in Sikkim’s Nathu La due to heavy snowfall. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

The tourist including women were stranded between the 17 Mile area and Nathu La in Sikkim. The army has provided them food, shelter and warm clothes. Medical treatment was also given to the tourists. As per reports around 1500 tourists have been accommodated at 17 Mile, while the remaining tourists were shifted to 13 Mile.

 

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The Indian Army has also provided two sets of JCBs and Dozers of BRO for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity, reported news agency ANI. The army will continue the rescue operation till all stranded tourists are safely moved out towards Gangtok. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India.

Earlier this year, the Indian Army along with the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard rescued 23,000 people during Operation ‘Madad’ in flood-hit areas of Kerala. The medical teams of the armed forces provided free treatment to the people stuck in the floods. People were airlifted from the roofs of their houses with help of choppers to safe locations.

Rafale Deal: Narendra Modi Led BJP Government Made 25 Percent Payment to France

Amidst the political controversy over the Rafale deal, the Indian government has made 25 percent payment to the French government for purchasing the Rafale fighter jets. The entire deal is worth Rs 59,000 dollars (Approx). In September 2016, the Indian government signed a government to government deal with the French Government to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation of France.

The Indian Air Force is expected to get the delivery of the first aircraft by September 2019. Meanwhile, the sources told news agency, ANI that the first batch of four aircraft will be delivered in 2020 fully equipped with weaponry.

The opposition is alleging corruption in the deal. The opposition parties are targeting the government for procuring the aircraft at higher prices as compared to the price of each fighter jet in the proposed deal of the previous UPA government. The Congress is also raising questions over the offset contract worth Rs 30,000 given to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited ignoring Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL).

After coming to power in 2014, the NDA government signed a deal to procure 36 fighter jets in ready to fly condition scrapping the proposed deal of the UPA government to acquire 126 fighter jets, out of which 108 were to be made in India.

Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents

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Col Ranveer SIngh Jamwal (Picture Courtesy: Instagram/@indianarmy.adgpi)

Indian Army is a profession where one ‘leads a life less ordinary’. Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is showcasing a true spirit of an army man. He is the first Army personnel to attempt the seven summits. Colonel Jamwal is on a mission to climb the highest mountain of all seven continents. His final Frontier is Mt Vinson in Antarctica for which he is scheduled to depart on today, 25 December 2018. The probable date of summit will be from January 6-9, 2019, depending on the weather. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India.

Till now, the officer has scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World and Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. Col Jamwal is the only person in India to lead ‘back-to-back three Everest Expeditions’. Apart from this, a total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

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Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is the first Army man to attempt the seven summits. Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is on a mission to climb the highest mountain of all seven continents. His final Frontier is Mt Vinson in Antarctica for which he is scheduled to depart on 25 December 2018. The probable date of summit will be between 6-9 January 2019, depending on the weather. The officer has already scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World & Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. He is the only person in India to lead 'back-to-back three Everest Expeditions' & total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership. He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India (Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award). He was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 & was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats. #IndianArmy #Proud #SagaOfChampions

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He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The army officer was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 and was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats.

Meanwhile, in July this year, Major General VD Dogra completed an exhausting ‘Ironman’ competition held in Austria. After achieving this feat, he became the first serving Indian Army officer and the only General across the world to have completed this competition.

Big Boost to Indian Defence Forces! India Successfully Test Fires Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Agni-IV Missile; Here You Need to Know All About The Missile

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Agni-IV Missile (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@SharmaKhemchand)

India on Sunday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV. The missile was launched from complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, at about 8.35 am. The surface-to-surface ballastic missile if deployed in Northeast India, can cover entire China. The missile met all the objectives during the test-fire. This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial of the missile was conducted on January 2, 2018.

Here some key features of Agni-IV:

  • The missile has a striking range of 4,000 Km.
  • It has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.
  • Agni-IV is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability and precision.
  • The missile is indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture.
  • It can correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
  • The missile is also equipped with Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System (RINS), supported by highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System (MINGS) which ensures that it hits its target with great precision.
  • Its length is 20 meters and launch weight 17 tonnes.
  • Agni-IV can withstand temperatures in the range of 4000 degrees centigrade as it has re-entry heat shield which also makes sure that the weapon functions normally under 50 degrees centigrade.

India has also varied range of ballistic Missiles like Agni-I and Agni-II missiles, Prithvi series missiles, Shaurya missile and Sagrika missile. In addition to this we have Anti-Tank Guided missile – Nag. India also possesses Akash and Astra Missiles. If we talk about cruise missiles, India possesses deadly rahmos supersonic cruise missile. BrahMos can travel at three times the speed of sound,  attaining maximum speed of Mach 3.0. Nirbhaya is another cruise missile which India is looking forward to. It is still under trial phase. Once developed Nirbahaya is said to supplement the role played by BrahMos missile.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India

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Indian and Chinese troops during Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

Troops of the Indian army returned to India after successful completion of seventh edition of Hand-in-Hand exercise with China at Chengdu. Yesterday, the joint military drill culminated on a high note with troops of the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) displaying synergy of actions and achieving interoperability. Dignitaries from both the nations witnessed the closing ceremony. Before culmination of the exercise, both Indian and Chinese troops carried out Reflex shooting practices to enhance interoperability during counter terrorist operations.

The opening ceremony of the joint military drill was held on December 11. The military exercise was scheduled from December 10 to 23. Company size contingents of 11 SIKHLI from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army participated in the exercise. Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, led the Indian contingent, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

The exercise consisted of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise was to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries. The exercise also involved tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate. The seventh edition of the exercise was conducted after a gap of one year. The last edition of ‘Hand-in-Hand’ took place in 2016. The drill was not held in 2017 due to the Doklam stand-off in Bhutan between Indian and Chinese troops.

Indian Army’s Three Battalions Carrying Out Operation Kibungu During in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo

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Indian peacekeepers carrying out operation in Congo (Picture Courtesy: Facebook)

India is one of the largest contributors to the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping missions. It has provided around 2,00,000 troops in almost 50 UN peacekeeping missions in the last seven decades since 1950. Currently, India soldiers are serving in 13 out of 16 missions. One such operation is being carried out in Kibungu area of Democratic Republic of India. The operation is known as Operation Kibungu.

There are three Indian Battalions participation in the operation. These battalions are designated as INDBATT-I, INDBATT-II and INDBATT-III. Earlier in December, INDBATT-I launched a Standing Combat Deployement (SCD) to Kibungu in North Kivu province with total strength of two officers, three JCOs and forty other ranks. Considering the impending elections and dynamic security situation, it is imperative upon MONUSCO to conduct operations under ‘Protection by Projection’.

To address the security threats and to interact with the locals and administration, INDBATT-I launched Op Kibungu from 05 Dec 2018. During the Operation, Force Newsletters were also distributed to the locals for information dissemination about MONUSCO’s activities. This initiative was lauded by locals as it continues to assure about the dedication of MONUSCO towards their safety.

Troops of INDBATT I project the presence of Blue Helmets at Kibungu in North Kivu to gauge the security situation at remote locations in the volatile pre-election phase of strife torn DR Congo assuring people about their safety and unflinching security from the peacekeepers.

Till now, India has lost the highest number of its peacekeepers in various UN peacekeeping operations in the last 70 years. A total of 163 military, police and civilian personnel from India has lost their lives in the various UN missions. India is also considering to double the number of women peacekeepers in UN missions by 2019. Till now India has provided 11 force commanders, five deputy commanders and three military advisers in the missions.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video

During the ongoing joint military exercise Hand-in-Hand with China at Chengdu, troops of both the nations actively took part in the cultural activities. There was a magnificent display of their cultures by the contingents of Indian and Chinese armies. The Indian contingent of 11 SikhLi stole the show by performing bhangra in colourful attires. The joint exercise had promoted understanding and inter-operability between both the armies.

Last week, a video of Indian Army troops teaching bhangra to People’s Liberation Army of China went viral on social media. The joint military drill is being conducted in China’s Chengdu from December 10 to 23. The opening ceremony of the exercise was held on December 11. More than 100 personnel from both the armies are participating in the exercise. Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, led the Indian contingent, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun.

The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Exchange Gifts With PLA Soldiers During The Military Drill.

The seventh edition of the exercise is being conducted after a gap of one year. The last edition of ‘Hand-in-Hand’ took place in 2016. The drill was not held in 2017 due to the Doklam stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Bhutan. Indian troops entered the Doklam plateau to stop the Chinese military from building a new road as it would have given strategic advantage to China. India considered it as a serious security concern.