Shershaah, Movie on Captain Vikram Batra’s Life, to Hit Theatres on July 2, 2021; Actor Siddharth Malhotra Confirms Release Date

Shershaah, the movie based on the life of Kargil War Hero and Param Vir Chakra winner Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, will hit theatres on July 2, 2021. Siddharth Malhotra will portray the role of Captain Vikram Batra. The announcement regarding the release date was made by Siddhartha Malhotra on his Twitter handle. Kaira Advani will essay the the role of Dimple Cheema, Captain Batra’s girlfriend. Remembering Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, ‘Shershaah’ of 1999 Kargil War, on His 21st Martyrdom Day.

Siddhartha in a tweet said,” The untold true story of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) is all set to unravel on the big screens. #Shershaah coming to theatres near you on 2nd July, 2021. See you at the movies!”

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The film is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Vishnu Vardhan is the director of the movie. The movie was scheduled to hit theatres in July last year, but due to COVID-19, its release was postponed to July 2, 2021. In January this year, Karan Johar released posters of the movie.

Shaheed Captain Batra had become a household name in India during the Kargil War. The young and jovial officer of the Indian Army, also code named as “Shershaah” during the Kargil War 1999 attained martyrdom while fighting for his motherland on July 7, 1999. Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey 21st Martyrdom Day: Remembering Kargil War Hero And Param Vir Chakra Awardee on His Death Anniversary.

Captain Batra was born on September 9, 1974 in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur to Girdhari Lal Batra, a government school principal, and Kamal Kanta Batra, a school teacher. Captain Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in 1997 and commissioned as a lieutenant into the 13th battalion of the Indian Army on December 6, 1997. In January 1999, Batra was sent to attend the Commando Course at Belgaum, Karnataka where he excelled.

The young officer gave his success signal “Yeh Dil Mange More!” after the capture of Point 5140. He attained martyrdom while capturing the Point 4857. Later, the point was renamed as “Batra Top.” For displaying bravery in the battlefield, Captain Batra was awarded Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously), India highest wartime bravery award.

India-China Border Dispute in Ladakh: 10th Round of Talks Between Indian And PLA Commanders Lasts 16 Hours

The 10th round of talks between top commanders of the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which took place on20 February  to resolve the deadlock in the Ladakh sector, lasted for 16 hours. The talks were held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Disengagement in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra was reportedly remained the main agenda of the talks. Notably, the meeting took place a day after the disengagement process by the two armies on both the banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh was completed. Moldo is the de-facto India-China border – near Chushul. It is on the South Bank of Pangong. Also Read: PLA Soldiers Crying on Way to LAC in Ladakh? Video Goes Viral Amid India-China Border Dispute.

In the last round of meeting, it was decided that the PLA troops would while the Indian troops will move to its base near Finger 3. The development was confirmed by defence minister Rajnath Singh during his speech in Parliament earlier this month. He had also said that two sides had agreed to temporarily suspend their regular patrolling activities on the north bank of Pangong Lake. India claimed its territory till Finger 8, while Chinese claim is up to finger 4 of the Panging so lake. Also Read: Rajnath Singh on India-China Standoff in Ladakh: Defence Minister Says ‘Border Dispute Unresolved, China Unilaterally Alter Status Quo’

The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5  Over 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in the violence. The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.

In June last year, Indian and Chinese soldiers were engaged in a violent clash at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. Twenty Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the clash. According to reports around 40 Chinese troops were also killed in the Galwan Valley clash. However, China officially confirmed only the death of four soldiers. In September last year, India had captured advantageous positions in  the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake.

Indian Singer Bobby Cash Delivers Mesmerising Performance at Indian Military Academy

In a series of events that Indian Military Academy, Dehradun has been organising towards all round personality development of the Gentleman Cadets, the Singing Cowboy of India, Bobby Cash delivered  a mesmerising performance. A solo performer, with his magical guitar, the famous local singer has earned a name for himself with his performance  at home  and abroad. Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Former Fire And Fury Corps Commander, Takes Over as 50th IMA Commandant.

Cash’s string and country songs enthralled the young future Military Leaders. The singer also shared the rich experiences and motivated the Gentlemen Cadets to always remain prepared to grab opportunities as also precious moments that life offers.    At the end Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commandant, Indian Military Academy appreciated and felicitated the guest singer.

Last week, a talk was organised at Khetarpal Auditorium of the Academy by Commander Abhilash Tomy, Kirti Chakra, Nausena Medal (Retired). Abhilash Tomy shared challenges he faced undertaking solo sailing of 151 days across 65,000 nautical miles. The officer has also authored two books. The talk by the ‘First Indian Circumnavigator of the Earth’, was highly appreciated by all and he received a standing ovation from the Academy.

Abhilash Tomy, Indian Solo Circumnavigator Motivates IMA Gentlemen Cadets

The Indian Military Academy at Dehradun continuously endeavors to evolve a training regime committed to transforming young Gentlemen Cadets into warrior leaders of the future. In addition to Basic Military Training, the focus therefore reamains on leadership development and all round personality development. As part of a series of varied programs, performance and talks structured to motivate and inspire these young minds, a talk was organised at Khetarpal Auditorium of the Academy by Commander Abhilash Tomy, Kirti Chakra, Nausena Medal (Retired).

The eminent speaker has the distinction of non stop, solo sailing across 65,000 nautical miles. This circumnavigation and the challenges he faced undertaking it, were shared by the speaker in his extremely captivating narrative of the experiences of 151 Solitary days of his sailing record. The officer has also authored two books. The Gentlemen Cadets could appreciate the grit, determination, courage, resilience and risk taking involved in this adventure. These are the qualities that academy nurtures amongst the future Military Leaders and such events supplement those efforts. Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Former Fire And Fury Corps Commander, Takes Over as 50th IMA Commandant.

The talk by the ‘First Indian Circumnavigator of the Earth’, was highly appreciated by all and he received a standing ovation from the Academy In the closing remarks, the Commandant, Indian Military Academy, Lt Gen Harinder Singh  exhorted all Gentlemen Cadets to imbibe adventure and risk taking qualities in them to be proficient Military Leaders ahead and be better equipped to face the challenges that the nation faces.

Defence Budget 2021: Defence Allocation Increased to Rs 4.78 Lakh Crore With 18.75% Hike in Capital Outlay

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented the Budget 2021 in the Lok Sabha. A significant push has been given to the defence sector. Defence allocation in the budget has been increased to Rs 4,78,195.62 crore for the Financial Year 2021-22. Excluding defence Pension, the total allocations for Defence Services and other organisations/departments under Ministry of Defence for the FY 2021-22 is Rs 3,62,345.62 crore which is an increase of Rs 24,792.62 crore over the Current FY 2020-21.

The allocation under capital expenditure which relates to modernisation and infrastructure development of Armed Forces has also been increased significantly.  The allocation under Capital of Rs 1,35,060.72 crore for FY 2021-22 represents an increase of 18.75 per cent over FY 2020-21 and 30.62 per cent over FY 2019-20. This is the highest ever increase in capital outlay of Defence in the last 15 years. Defence Budget 2019 is Only 1.5% of GDP Despite Crossing 3-Trillion Mark, Lowest Since 1962 War.

Notably, India spent Rs 20,776 crore on emergency defence purchase amid border tension with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India purchased weapons and systems to boost its military capabilities. In the last budget, Rs 1.13 lakh crore were earmarked as capital expenditure but in the revised estimates in the current budget, the armed forces spent Rs 1.34 lakh crore. The increase in the capital expenditure for the defence sector has come at a time when the country is planning to buy modern weapon systems, including fighter jets.

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Lt Gen Chandi Prasad Mohanty Assumes Charge as New Vice Chief of Indian Army

Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty on Monday assumed the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. Lt Gen CP Mohanty takes over the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff from Lt Gen SK Saini who superannuated on 31 January 2021, after completing four decades of illustrious career in the Indian Army.

An alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, Lt Gen CP Mohanty was commissioned into the Rajput Regiment on 12 Jun 1982. In a career spanning four decades, the General officer served across a wide spectrum of conflicts and terrain profiles and tenanted a host of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Former Fire And Fury Corps Commander, Takes Over as 50th IMA Commandant.

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Lt Gen Mohanty commanded a battalion on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and later in the North East. He has the unique distinction of commanding two brigades: first on the Line of Actual Control and later on, the multinational c in Democratic Republic of Congo. He later commanded the Rangiya based Division in a counter insurgency environment and the Sikkim based Trishakti Corps immediately after the Doklam incident. The General officer also has a unique distinction of commanding two Administrative formations as well: the Jodhpur Sub Area as a Major General and Uttar Bharat Area as a Lieutenant General.

An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Higher Defence Management Course Secunderabad and the National Defence College New Delhi, the General Officer’s staff and instructional assignments include an instructional tenure at NDA, Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, Military Advisor in Seychelles, Colonel Military Secretary (Selection) in the MS Branch, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) of a Corps in the Eastern Theatre and Director General, Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement.

Galwan Valley Heroes Get Gallantry Awards; Mahavir Chakra For Col Santosh Babu, 5 Others Awarded Vir Chakra (Full List of Awardees)

The President approved awards of 455 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of 72nd Republic Day celebrations. Colonel Santosh Babu was awarded Mahavir Chakra (Posthumously) – the second highest wartime gallantry award for displaying exceptional leadership and bravery during the Galwan Valley clash with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in June last year. He was the commanding officer of the 16 Bihar Regiment. ‘Indian Army Soldiers Have Fired Warning Shots at PLA Troops at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh’, Claims China.

Col Santosh Babu laid down his life while fighting Chinese troops in the Eastern Ladakh sector on June 16, 2020. Five other soldiers of the Indian Army were awarded Vir Chakra – the third highest wartime gallantry award -for displaying bravery during the Galwan Valley clash. These fiver bravehearts are – Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren of 16 Bihar (Posthumously), Havildar K Palani of 81 Field Regiment (Posthumously), Havildar Tejinder Singh of 3 Medium Regiment, Naik Deepak Singh of 16 Bihar (Posthumously), Sepoy Gurtej Singh of 3 Punjab (Posthumously).

Lieutenant Harinder Singh, the Fire and Fury Corps Commander, at the time of Galwan clash, was also named for Param Vashisht Seva Medal. Lt Gen Singh served as the Fire and Fury Corps commander from October 2019 till October 2020.

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The violent clashes erupted on the intervening night of June 15 and 16. In the face-off 20 Indian Army soldiers, including a commanding officer of Bihar Regiment, were martyred. According to reports, 45 PLA soldiers were killed or severely injured in the clashes. However, China have not yet confirmed the number of casualties suffered by its army.

The gallantry awards approved by the President, include one Mahavir Chakra, 05 Kirti Chakras, 05 Vir Chakras, 07 Shaurya Chakras, 04 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry),130 Sena Medal (Gallantry), one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 04 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 30 Param VishishtSeva Medal (PVSM), 04 UttamYudhSeva Medal (UYSM) and 51 AtiVishishtSeva Medal (AVSM).

The gallantry awards approved by the President, include one Mahavir Chakra, 05 Kirti Chakras, 05 Vir Chakras, 07 Shaurya Chakras, 04 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry),130 Sena Medal (Gallantry), one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 04 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 30 Param VishishtSeva Medal (PVSM), 04 UttamYudhSeva Medal (UYSM) and 51 AtiVishishtSeva Medal (AVSM).

Meanwhile, Major Anuj Sood, who attained martyrdomduring the Handwara encounter in May last year was awrded Shaurya Chakra- the third highest peacetime gallantry award. Col Ashutosh Sharma, who laid down his life during the same encounter while fighting terrorist was named for Bar To Sena Medal (Gallantry).

Garima Abrol, Widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol, Joins Indian Air Force as Flying Officer

Garima Abrol, widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol, got commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as flying officer after passing out from Airforce Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad on December 19. Last year in July, Garima cleared Services Selection Board (SSB) from AFSB Varanasi in the widow category. She joined the Airforce academy in January this year. Nikita Kaul, Wife of Martyred Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal, Clears SSB Interview, All Set to Join Indian Army as Commissioned Officer.

On February 1, Sqn Ldr Abrol and Sqn Ldr Siddhartha Negi lost their lives after Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft crashed at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru. Sqn Ldr Negi died on the spot, while Sqn Ldr Abrol succumbed to injuries after being taken to the Command hospital.

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Days after the tragic death of Sqn Ldr Abrol, his brother Sushant Abrol had penned down an emotional poem alleging that corruption in the bureaucracy took his brother’s life. He had also blamed the government for the tragic incident. Kanika Rane, Wife of Martyred Major Kaustubh Rane, Joins Indian Army as Lieutenant in POP Held at OTA Chennai.

The Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy in Dundigal on Saturday. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was the reviewing officer of the parade. The event saw 114 officers being commissioned into various branches of the IAF. The President’s plaque & CAS sword of Honour was awarded to Fg Offr Ashish Khattri in the Pilots’ course, while Fg Offr Yash Kshirsagar was awarded the President’s plaque in Ground duty branches. It was 100th course passed out yesterday from the AFA since its establishment in 1971.

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OTA Gaya POP Autumn Term 2020: 22 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army, 15 Into Assam Rifles (View Pics)

The Officers’ Training Academy wore a spectacular look with traditional military regalia and splendour. The occasion was the 18th Passing Out Parade of 22 officers of Special Commissioned Officers’ Course (SCO)-45. The SCO Course also included 15 Gentlemen Cadets who were commissioned as officers into the Assam Rifles. 98 Gentlemen Cadets of TES-42 Course proceeded to various Army Cadet Training Wings to pursue a degree in Engineering at Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad, Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow and College of Military Engineering, Pune.

The Gentlemen Cadets enthralled everyone with their elegant and synchronised drill movements. Lieutenant General Sunil Srivastava, Commandant, Officers’ Training Academy Gaya was the Reviewing Officer of the parade.  The Silver Medal for standing first in the order of merit amongst the passing out Special Commissioned Officers’ Course was awarded to Senior Under Officer N Tomba Singh. Gurez Company was awarded the Chief Of Army Staff Banner for Autumn Term 2020 for Best Overall Performance as a company. IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: 325 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army, 70 Gentlemen Cadets of Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy.

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Addressing the parade, the General Officer congratulated the Gentlemen Cadets for their excellent drill. Lieutenant General Sunil Srivastava urged the future officers to make their Nation and their Alma Mater proud by rendering selfless and honourable service. He emphasised the importance of being scholar warriors, spearheading innovative responses to myriad challenges on the battlefield so as to outthink and outperform the adversaries.

Congratulating the proud parents who were witnessing the event via live streaming, Lieutenant General Sunil Srivastava said that they were amongst the lucky few whose sons will get the opportunity to serve in the Armed Forces which stand amongst the best in the world.

OTA, Gaya was raised on 18 July 2011 with the motto of ‘Shaurya Gyan Sankalp’ (Courage, Knowledge and Resolve). Presently, the Academy conducts training for Technical Entry Scheme (TES) and Special Commissioned Officer (SCO) entries. The Cadets belonging to TES course join the Academy after completing their intermediate exams. SCO cadets are selected from the ranks.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: 325 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army, 70 Gentlemen Cadets of Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy

The Passing Out Parade (POP) of the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA) took place on December 12 at Drill Square of the Chetwode Hall. A total of 395 Gentlemen Cadets of 147 Regular Course and 130 Technical Graduate Course, including 70 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of the IMA, overcoming all challenges of COVID-19. Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General S K Saini was the reviewing officer of the IMA POP Autumn Term 2020. Out of the total, 325 cadets were commissioned into the Indian army, while 70 are from friendly foreign countries. Gentlemen Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching with perfection to Military tunes of Col Bogey’, ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’ with pride and élan reflecting in each step. They knew that their parents and loved ones were witnessing each step with great pride and affection through the live coverage on all media platforms across the globe.

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Lt Gen Saini congratulated the Gentlemen Cadets on successful completion of their training at IMA. Lt Gen Saini, complimented the instructions and Gentlemen Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders. The entire ceremony was conducted with due COVID precautions, including wearing of masks, gloves and drill formations adapted to maintain requisite distance between files/columns while executing the drill movements over the reverberating Drill Square. In many ways, this Passing Out Parade has been one of its kind amongst peer institutions across the world as each adapted itself to prevailing COVID environment.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: Multi Display Activity Held at Somnath Stadium of Indian Military Academy (View Pics and Videos)

LT Gen Saini, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM, ADC, the Reviewing Officer, also complimented the 70 Gentlemen Cadets from friendly foreign countries who trained at IMA. He said “I am sure, you as ambassadors of your country carry back a treasure of fond memories of IMA and training which you shall cherish for a lifetime. The Indian Military Academy has imparted training to which will form the bedrock for your growth, both professional and personal, and will definitely strengthen the ties between our countries”. Another first during this time was the introduction of “Pehla Kadam” signifying the first step that the Gentlemen Cadets take as they join the fraternity of the brave Commissioned Officers of their respective Army.

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While addressing the Passing out Course, the Reviewing Officer, exhorted all to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. He said “you are just a step away from the historic and magnificent moment of your commissioning into the most elite forces. Let me adjure you to value the great traditions of the Indian Army, the basic tenets of which are the love for your country, love and compassion for the men you command and unflinching loyalty towards them. The fundamentals of soldiering have been instilled in you here; the onus is now on your young and firm shoulders to define the various facets of the art of soldiering and to be men of formidable bearing, courage and stature”. He also complemented and thanked the parents of the passing out course who had motivated their wards for having chosen such a noble profession to serve the nation and face all threat that our country might be required to counter at present and in the future.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: Award Ceremony Conducted at Indian Military Academy’s Khetarpal Auditorium; Check Full List

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

• The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to ACA Watandeep S Sidhu.

• Gold Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to Academy Under Officer Majji Giridhar.

• Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to BUO Nidesh Singh Yadav.

• Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to Senior Under Officer Shikhar Thapa.

• Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to Junior Under Officer Jasminder Pal Singh Sidhu.

• Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to GC Tandin Dorji.

• Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Cassino Compnay for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2020.

While being conducted in scaled down backdrop on account COVID-19, the Passing Out Parade retained ceremonial grandeur and regalia symbolic of this ‘once in a lifetime’ moment for the proud Gentlemen Cadets. The Parade was earlier preceded by a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Academy War Memorial in which the Academy remembered its 889 martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the nation through the years and all committed themselves to follow the same path of bravery and selfless courage.