Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Exchange Gifts With PLA Soldiers During The Military Drill

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Troops of both the armies exchanged gifts during the ‘Hand-in-Hand’ exercise 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China is holding a joint military exercise ‘Hand in Hand’ with the Indian Army. The seventh edition of the military drill is being conducted at China’s Chengdu from December 10 – 23. The exercise has helped the both the armies to strengthen the mutual confidence level. Troops of both the nations exchanged gifts and pleasantries during the exercise. Yesterday, soldiers of the Indian and the Chinese armies played a friendly basketball match as part of the military drill. Both sides showcased excellent sportsmanship during the match. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018:Indian Army Contingent Plays Friendly Football Match With Chinese Army Troops, Watch Video

Troops from both the nations exchanged pleasantries and gifts during ‘Hand in Hand’ joint military drill:

Commanding Officer of 11 Sikh Li, Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar who is leading the Indian Contingent said that the exercise would achieve synergy in joint operations. He further added that the military drill is designed to exchange best practices between both the nations and would further strengthen ability of both the armies to operate jointly. Meanwhile, the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Soldiers Teach Bhangra to Chinese Army Troops During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video

The opening ceremony of the exercise was held on December 11. The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The seventh edition of the military 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. This year, more than 100 personnel from both the armies are participating in the exercise. The exercise will also involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate.

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1971 India-Pakistan War: Meet Param Vir Chakras of The War Which Led to Formation of Bangladesh

On December 16, 1971, the Indian Army defeated the Pakistani Army. Around 93,000 Pakistani Army soldiers surrendered before our army. The war which went on for two weeks from December 3, 1971 to the fall of Dacca. Pakistan Army commander Lt. Gen. Niazi signed the documents of surrender before Lt. Gen. JS Aurora in Dacca on this day leading to the formation of Bangladesh. As per government data 1769 army personnel sacrificed their lives in the war. Meanwhile, 11 Air Force and 204 Navy personnel achieved martyrdom in the war.

Four Param Vir Chakras were given during this war:

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2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal

2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal:  21-yr old officer hailed from Pune. 2nd Lt. Joined 17 Poona horse regiment. He made supreme sacrifice in the Battle of Basantar on the eastern front. In spite being hit Khetarpal refused to vacate his tank. His last words to his commander on the radio sets were, “No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My Main gun is still working and I will get these bastards.” Hi was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallantry.

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Major Hoshiar Singh

Major Hoshiar Singh: Major Hoshiar Singh belonged to 3 granediers. His battalion was given task to establish brigade head across the river Basantar in Shankargarh district between December 15 and December 17. River was well fortified by Pakistani army with mines on both sides. He was commanding the ‘C’ company. He was ordered to capture Pakistani post in Jarpal. Pakistani’s launched counter attack. He went from trench to trench motivating his men in spite of seriously injured. His courage and leadership repulsed the counter attack inflicting heavy causalities on Pakistani Army. For his bravery he was awarded Param Vir Chakra. He retired as Brigadier from the army.

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Lance Naik Albert Ekka

Lance Naik Albert Ekka: He achieved martyrdom on 3rd December in the Battle of Hilli on the eastern front. For his bravery during the battle he was posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra.

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Flying Officer NirmalJeet Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer NirmalJeet Singh Sekhon: During the Indo-Pak war of 1971 he was serving No. 18 Squadron, ‘The Flying Bullets’ of The Indian Air Force’. Flying Officer Sekhon was flying Folland Gnat fighter stationed at Srinagar. He was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously for single-handedly defending Srinagar Air base against Pakistan Air Force air raid.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018:Indian Army Contingent Plays Friendly Football Match With Chinese Army Troops, Watch Video

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Indian Army Contingent in China to take part in ‘Hand-in-Hand’military exercise (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

After the video of Indian Army troops teaching bhangra to Chinese soldiers during Hand-in-Hand joint military exercise in China’s Chengdu went viral on social media, the official twitter handle of the Indian Army posted another video of soldiers of both the nations playing friendly football match during the military drill. The joint military exercise is being conducted from December 10 to 23. The opening ceremony of the exercise was held on December 11. The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Soldiers Teach Bhangra to Chinese Army Troops During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

Friendly football match played between both Indian and Chinese troops during ‘Hand-in-Hand’ military drill:

More than 100 personnel from both the armies are participating in the exercise. 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.  The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate. Troops from both the nations also carried out live firing practice during the military drill.

Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, led the Indian contingent, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun. 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.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Soldiers Teach Bhangra to Chinese Army Troops During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video

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A video on Indian Army soldiers teaching Bhangra lessons to troops of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during a joint military exercise ‘Hand-in-Hind’ is doing rounds on social media. The joint millitray 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 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.

Video of Indian troops teaching  bhangra to PLA soldiers:

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.  The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate.

Last month, India held joint military exercises with Russia and Japan. The 10th Indo-Russian Joint Exercise, INDRA 18 was held at Babina Military Station in Uttar Pradesh. The military exercise began on November 18 and concluded on November 28. Meanwhile, the first ever joint military exercise with Japan, ‘Dharma-Guardian 2018’ was conducted between the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairengte, Mizoram from November 1 to 14, 2018.

India, China Resume Joint Military Training ‘Hand-in-Hand’; Indian Army’s 11 SikhLi Participates in The Exercise

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Indian Army’s contingent arrived in China to participate in ‘Hand-in-Hand’ (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

The opening ceremony for the 7th Indo-Sino joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018 was held on December 11, 2018 at China’s Chengdu. The military exercise is 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.

Major General Kuang Dewang, a senior representative of joint training from People’s Liberation Army (PLA), reviewed the parade. Officials from both the countries were also present at the ceremony. The exercise is being conducted after a gap of one year. It was last conducted in 2016. However, due to Doklam stand-off the exercise was suspended.

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.  The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate.

Opening ceremony of Hand-in-Hand, joint military exercise:

 

Last month, India held joint military exercises with Russia and Japan. The 10th Indo-Russian Joint Exercise, INDRA 18 was held at Babina Military Station in Uttar Pradesh. The military exercise began on November 18 and concluded on November 28. Around 250 Russian troops are participating in the 11-day exercise. The troops of the Eastern Military District were airlifted by two Ilyushin Il-76 “Candid” military transport aircraft from Vladivostok to New Delhi. Later, they were transferred to Babina Military Station.

Meanwhile, the first ever joint military exercise with Japan, ‘Dharma-Guardian 2018’ was conducted between the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairengte, Mizoram from November 1 to 14, 2018. The 6/1 Gorkha Rifles represented the Indian contingent, while the Japanese contingent was represented by 32 Infantry Regiment.

Indian Military Academy POP 2018: 347 GCs Commissioned Into The Indian Army

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IMA GCs marching during POP (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

A total of 427 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) of 143 Regular Course, 126 Technical Graduate Course and 26 UES Course, including 80 Foreign GC’ from seven friendly foreign countries passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun on December 08, 2018. Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Vice Chief of Army Staff reviewed the parade. GC’s marched with full enthusiasm and vigour during the Passing Out Parade (POP) held at the iconic Chetwode Hall Building.

Maximum number of 53 officers were commissioned from Bihar, followed by Haryana with 51 officers. Meanwhile, 36 officers were commissioned from Bihar. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 49 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training.

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Lt Gen Devraj Anbu during his address to the Gcs (Picture Courtesy: Indian Military Academy, Dehradun)

Congratulating the GCs on successful completion of their training at IMA, the Reviewing Officer complimented all cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp and energetic drill movements indicating the high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young Gentlemen Cadets. He also congratulated the award winners on their commendable achievement which is a reflection of their hard work and toil that they have put in while undergoing training here in IMA. He expressed his felicitations to the Gentlemen Cadets of friendly foreign countries who were also getting commissioned.

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Lt. Gen Anbu presenting Sword of Honour to ACA Arjun Thakur (Picture Courtesy: Indian Military Academy, Dehradun)

At the end he said that IMA’s world class reputation and the achievements of its Officers are attributed to the outstanding quality of its instructors and staff. He acknowledged the commitment of the instructors and staff of the IMA and their dedication to the Gentlemen Cadets. Complimenting the effort, he said, that the IMA has instilled in the GCs a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the Nation. Finally, he congratulated the parents and the families once again for the accomplishment of the vibrant, energetic young men, which is a result of their support and encouragement.

 

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Lt Gen Anbu with the medal winners (Picture Courtesy: Indian Military Academy, Dehradun)

While interacting with the media, the Vice Army Chief said that the IMA cadets are being trained seeing the modern day security threats including hybrid warfare. He added that the cadets trained at the IMA are capable to fight with the enemy on any front.

 

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Adjutant of the academy Lt Col Ilavia on his charger Tuglaq (Picture Courtesy: Indian Military Academy, Dehradun)
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Instructurs of the IMA with their families (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

GCs celebrating after commissioning into the Indian Army:

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

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Lt Thakur interacting with the media (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

 

• The coveted award of the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal was presented to ACA Arjun Thakur. While interacting with the media Lt, Thakur said that he wanted the training to be tougher as after passing out the situation ouside would be harsher

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Lt. Talwar interacting with media after the piping ceremony (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

• Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to AUO Gurvir Singh Talwar.

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Bronze medalist Lt Gosal (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

• Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to SUO Gurvansh Singh Gosal.

• Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to GC Harsh Bansiwal.

• Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to CSM Bishal Chandra Wajee.

• Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Sangro Coy, MA Bn for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2018.

Indian Armed Forces Stabbed by Government! Centre Rejects Demand For Higher Military Service Pay

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Indian government today rejected the demand of the armed forces of higher Military Service Pay including Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs). According to reports, around one lakh service personnel including 87,646 JCOs and 25,434 personnel from the Navy and the Indian Air Force will be affected by the decision. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2008 promised to create separate commission for the armed forces, with appropriate participation from the forces. However, till now, no separate commission, or military representation, including in the secretariat, and among consultants hired by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The MSP has two categories – one for officers while other for JCOs. The seventh Pay Commission had fixed Rs 5,200 as MSP per month for JCOs and jawans while the MSP for officers between Lieutenant-rank and Brigadier-rank is Rs 15,500. In 2016, Chief of three wings of Defense forces met the then defense minister Manohar Parrikar during the naval fleet held in Vishakhapatnam and raised their concern over the recommendations of the 7th pay commission and the effect on the moral of the defense forces.

As per seventh pay commission, an army officer is getting Rs. 42,500 for serving in Siachin and a JCO is getting Rs. 30,000 for the same, whereas an IPS officer is getting additional one-third of his/her basic salary, which amounts to Rs. 75,000 for serving in cities like cities as Guwahati or Leh. For armed forces, Siachin glacier is considered as the hardship area, where as for the IPS or the IAS officers, areas like Guwahati, Andaman and Nicobar islands are termed as ‘Hardship Area’, where the armed forces personnel get zero allowance.

Meanwhile, In the United Kingdom, Pay Commission is “An independent Body which provides advice to the Review Body (AFPRB), Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence on the remuneration and charges for Service personnel”. Whereas, the United States, has a far more evolved Military Compensation system. In the US the military compensations are reviewed after every four years.

Defence Acquisition Committee Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Procurement Including Brahmos, ARVs For Arjun MBTs

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Picture Courtesy: @DefenceMinIndia/File)

The Defence Ministry on Saturday approved military procurement worth Rs 3,000 crore including Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles for Navy’s two stealth frigates which are to be manufactured by Russia. Apart from Brahmos Missiles, the Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) also gave a green signal to the purchase of armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s Arjun main battle tanks. The meeting of the DAC was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Meanwhile, the ARVs are designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and would be manufactured by defence public sector undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).

The move came days after Naval chief Admiral Sunila Lanba’s visit to Russia. In October, India signed a $1 billion deal with Russia to purchase two ‘Project 1135.6’ frigates. Meanwhile, India also signed another deal of $550 million with Russia from to manufacture two frigates of the same class at Goa Shipyard Limited with transfer of technology. According to reports, taking into consideration the United States’ Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against Russia, India could make payments for the ships using the rupee-rouble route. India already operates six of the Talwar-class (Project 1135.6) frigates.

Brahmos Missilie:

The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest cruise missile in the world. It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s DRDO who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace. The missile travels at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0,[8] which is being upgraded to Mach 5.0. Last year, supersonic crise missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet.

Arjun MBT:

Silent features of Arjun Mark 2:

It is a third generation main battle tank developed by DRDO, for the Indian Army. The Arjun has a 120 mm main rifled gun with indigenously developed armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot ammunition, one PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and a NSVT 12.7 mm machine gun. It is powered by a single MTU multi-fuel diesel engine rated at 1,400 hp, and can achieve a maximum speed of 67 km/h (42 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). Meanwhile, in 2014, the DAC gave the green signal for the Rs 6,600-crore procurement of 118 Arjun Mark II MBTs to equip two regiments

 

Border Security Force – India’s First Line of Defence Celebrating Its 54th Raising Day, Know More About The Para-Military Force

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BSF Day Parade (Photo Credits: Twitter/@neeraj_rajput)

The Border Security Force (BSF), India’s first line of defence is celebrating its 54th raising day. Established on December 1, 1965, it is a paramilitary force charged with guarding India’s land border during peace time and preventing transnational crime. It is a Union Government Agency under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs. It is one of many law enforcement agency of India. It currently stands as the world’s largest border guarding force.

The BSF has its own cadre of officers but its head, designated as a Director-General (DG), since its raising has been an officer from the Indian Police Service. The para-military force has 186 battalions and has a sanctioned strength of 257,363 personnel including an expanding air wing, marine wing, artillery regiments, and commando units.

From 1947 to 1965, respective state police were responsible for protecting the borders. The BSF actively participated in 1971 war, including famous Battle of Longewala. The para-military force also trained supported and formed part of “Mukti Bahini” and had entered erstwhile East Pakistan before the actual war broke out. The BSF was also involved in counter-insurgency operation in Punjab during 1980’s and early 1990s. Currently, the force is actively carrying out operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East states of India along with the Indian Army.

Indian Police Officer (IPS) K F Rustamji was the first Director General of the BSF from 21 July 1965 to 30 September 1974. Rajni Kant Mishra is current chief of the para military force. The BSF has its Headquarters at New Delhi and is known as Force Headquarters (FHQ) headed by a Director General.