Gauri Mahadik, Wife of Martyred Major Prasad Mahadik, Commissioned Into Indian Army as Lieutenant After Passing Out of OTA

Gauri Mahadik, the wife of martyred Major Prasad Mahadik on Saturday joined the Indian Army as a commissioned officer after the passing out ceremony held at Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. The 33-year-old Gauri commissined into the Indian Army as a Lieutenant after completing the 11-month training. She joined the OTA, Chennai in April last year. On Saturday, a total of 136 men and 31 lady officers commisioned into the Indian Army as commissioned officers. Nikita Kaul, Wife of Martyred Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal, Clears SSB Interview, All Set to Join Indian Army as Commissioned Officer.

During his media interaction, a day before commissioning into the Indian Army, Lt. Gauri said, “Wearing the Army uniform will always feel his (Major Mahadik’s) presence around me.” Lt Gauri added that she would do what her husband wanted to do for the nation. The new commissioned officer stated, “Major Mahadik was in infantry, but I could not join the combant forces, but in future if I get the chance, I will definitily like to join the combat forces.” Lt Sangeeta Mall, Widow of Gorkha Rifles Jawan Joins Indian Army.

Lt Gauri Mahadik’s Interaction With Media:

Glimpse of Passing Out Parade of OTA:

Major Mahadik lost his life in a fire on December 30, 2017, in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, close to China border. The army officer hailed from Virar in Mumbai. He joined the OTA in Chennai (SSC-93 Batch) and was commissioned on 17 March 2012, into 7 Bihar Regiment.

Nikita Kaul, Wife of Martyred Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal, Clears SSB Interview, All Set to Join Indian Army as Commissioned Officer

A year after Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal laid down his life while fighting terrorists, his wife Nikita Kaul, is all set to join the Indian Army. Nikita Kaul cleared the Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and also got recommended in the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. She is now waiting for the merit list. She will join the Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Chennai in April this year. Kanika Rane, Wife of Martyred Major Kaustubh Rane of Indian Army, Set to Join Officers Training Academy in October.

After 11 months of rigorous training, Nikita will be commissioned into the Indian Army as Lieutenant. While speaking to CNN News 18, she said, “I filled the SSC form six months after Vibhu’s martyrdom. It was my way to heal. When I wrote the exam and gave the interview, I could feel what he would have felt when he wrote his SSC. I connected with him, his fears and his anxiety. Somehow that gave me strength.”  Gauri Mahadik, Widow of Major Prasad Mahadik Of Indian Army to Join Officers’ Training Academy in April.

Nikita is cuurently working in an MNC in Noida. She will soon quit her job to join the OTA. Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal attained martyrdom on February 17, 2019, almost nine months after his marriage with Nikita. Garima Abrol, Widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol of Indian Air Force, Clears SSB Interview, Will Join Air Force Academy in January 2020.

Major Dhoundiyal was among four Army men martyred in the encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Pulawama, a short distance away from the spot where 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack on February 14, 2019. He was posted with 55 Rashtriya Rifles. Major Dhoundiyal was a resident of Dehradun.

Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi Takes Charge as 49th Commandant of Indian Military Academy From Lt Gen SK Jha

Lieutenant General Jaiveer Singh Negi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM**, on Saturday took over as the 49th Commandant of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Lt Gen Negi took over the Command Baton of the academy from Lt Gen Sanjay Kumar Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, who superannuated after four decade of distinguished service on Jan 31, 2020. After taking the charge, Lt Gen Negi paid tributes to the martyrs at the War Memorial. General Bipin Rawat Takes Over as India’s First Chief of Defence Staff; Here is What New Uniform of CDS Looks Like.

The General Officer was commissioned into 16 DOGRA in Jun 1981. In his illustrious career spanning close to four decades, he has held many important challenging command and staff appointments in India and abroad. He has commanded his Battalion during ‘Operation Parakram’ in the Western Sector, an Assam Rifles Sector in Counter Insurgency Area in North East, a Division in High Altitude Area of Ladakh Area and a Strike Corps in Wester Sector.

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Lt Gen Negi Taking Over The Command Baton of the IMA from Lt Gen Jha (Photo Credits: IMA)

He is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, Army War College (Higher Command Course) and National Defence College. He has done instructional tenures at Infantry School, Mhow and Indian Military Training Team, Bhutan. Lt Gen Negi has also been the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of an Indian Brigade deployed in UN peacekeeping Mission in the conflict zone of Congo. IMA POP Autumn 2019 – Multi Activity Display And “Son-Et-Lumiere” Show Held at Indian Military Academy, Rajnath Singh To Be Reviewing Officer of Passing Out Parade.

The General officer has tenanted important instructional and staff appointments in Infantry School, Mhow, Colonel General Staff of a Division, Military Secretary’s Branch and as a Maj Gen served in both Military Operations Directorate as also Military Secretariat Branch. He has vast operational experience and service experience having served in all terrains of the country.

For his dedicated and distinguished service of the highest order, he has been Awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal and Bar to Vishist Seva Medal. He has also been awarded the UN Force Commander’s Commendation for his distinguished service in United Nations. Prior to taking over the reins of Indian Military Academy, he was handling a crucial appointment of Deputy Commander and Chief of Strategic Force Command.

Republic Day 2020 Gallantry Awards – Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, VCOAS Lt Gen SK Saini Awarded PVSM; UYSM to Kargil War Hero Lt Gen YK Joshi, Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday approved awards of 409 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of 71st Republic Day celebrations. A total of 19 top Indian Army commanders were awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM). The Army Commanders who were awarded the Param Vashishth Seva Medal include – Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS)  Lt Gen Satinder Kumar Saini.

Out of the 19 Officers who were awarded the PVSM, three were Major General-ranked officers. Besides, Indian Army commnders, six Indian Air Force and ther Indian NAvy officers were also awarded the PVSM. The government of India awarded Uttam Yiudh Seva Medal (UYSM) to four Indian Army Officers including Kargil war Hero Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi and Commander of Chinar Corps Lt Gen Kanwaljeet SIngh Dhillon. The other two officers who were conferred with the UYSM were Lt Gen Paramjit SIngh Sangha and Rajiv Sirohi. General Bipin Rawat Conferred With Param Vishisht Seva Medal in Recognition of Peace-Time Services.

Besides PVSM and UYSV, other awards approved by the President include – 53 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 10 Yudh Seva Medals, 123 Vishisht Seva Medals, four Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 107 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), fourVayu Sena Medals (Gallantry), four Bar to Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), 36 Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), eight Nao Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), one Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) and 13 Vayu Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty).

Two IAF helicopter pilots – Squadron Leaders Ninad Anil Mandavgane and Siddharth Vashisht- who were killed by friendly fire in Jammu and Kashmir, the day when the Pakistan Air Force fighter jest violated the Indian air space were also awarded Vayu Sena Medal poshumously.

This year, Shaurya Chakra was awarded to six Indian Army personnel for showing bravery against all odds. Shaurya Chakra, the third highest gallantry award during peace time, was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Lama, Major KB Singh, Naib Subedar Narender Singh, Naib Subedar Sombir, Naik Naresh Kumar and Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon. Three policemen – Challapilla Narasimha Rao, Kamal Kishore and Aman Kumar were also awarded Shaurya Chakra (posthumously).

 

Six Indian Army Personnel Awarded Shaurya Chakra on Republic Day

Ahead of the Republic Day 2020, the government of India on Saturday released a list of gallantry awards. This year, Shaurya Chakra was awarded to six Indian Army personnel for showing bravery against all odds. Shaurya Chakra, the third highest gallantry award during peace time, was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Lama, Major KB Singh, Naib Subedar Narender Singh, Naib Subedar Sombir, Naik Naresh Kumar and Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Get Vir Chakra, 5 IAF Pilots to be Conferred Vayu Seva Medal For Carrying Out Balakot Airstrikes; Yudh Seva Medal For Sqn Ldr Minty Agarwal.

Lt Col Jyoti Lama was awarded the third highest gallantry award for killing two terrorists in an operation in Manipur in July last year. Lt Col Lama also captured fourteen hardcore terrorists in his area of operation. Major Konjengbam Bijendra Singh of Army Air defence deployed with Assam Rifles killed two terrorits in Manipur last year.

Indian Army’s Tweet:

Naib Subedar Sombir of Jat Regiment was awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously for killing foreign terrorist in operation in Jammu & Kashmir. Naib Subedhar Narender Singh of Parachute Regiment of the Special Forces, was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for engaging and eliminating two armed intruders along the Line of Control. President Ram Nath Kovind Approves 132 Gallantry Award For Armed Forces Personnel and Members of Paramilitary Forces, Check Full List.

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Naik Suresh Kumar of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry gunned down “A++ terrorist” last year. Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon, was awarded Shaurya Chakra for an operation on Line of Control where he was hit by bullet on his bulletproof patka. Even after being hit by the bullet, he lobbed nine grenades and killed two terrorists while thwarting the attack by four terrorists.

Three policemen – Challapilla Narasimha Rao, Kamal Kishore and Aman Kumar were also awarded Shaurya Chakra (posthumously). President Ram Nath Kovind Approved 409 gallantry and defence decorations on Saturday. These includes nine Shaurya Chakras, 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, four Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 53 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 10 Yudh Seva Medals, 123 Vishisht Seva Medals.

Kargil War Hero Lt Gen YK Joshi Appointed as Northern Army Commander, Will Take Charge on February 1

Kargil War hero Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi on Thursday was appointed as the new Northern Army Commander. Lt Gen Joshi will succeed Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who is superannuating on January 31. Lt Gen Joshi is currently serving as the Chief of Staff of the Northern Command and will take charge as the Northern Army Commander on February 1. Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero.

The Kargil War hero also served as commander of Leh based Fire and Fury Corps till October 2019. He also commanded a Brigade and a Division in Leh and served as Director General, Infantry. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

During the Kargil war, Lt Gen Joshi, who was then Lt Col, led the 13th Battalion of the J&K Rifles to launch four successful attacks on the enemy during the Operation Vijay in 1999. For his gallant effort during the Kargil War, Lt Gen Joshi was awarded Vir Chakra.

Joshi hails from Faridabad, Haryana. He was an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. Lt Gen Joshi was commissioned into the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen CP Mohanty has been appointed as the commander of the Southern Command. He will succeed Lt Gen SK Saini who will take charge as the Vice Chief of  Army Staff (VCOAS) on Saturday.

General Bipin Rawat Takes Over as India’s First Chief of Defence Staff; Here is What New Uniform of CDS Looks Like

A day after General Bipin Rawat was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI) on Tuesday tweeted out images of the badges of his new uniform. General Bipin Rawat today retired as the Chief of Army Staff. Speaking to reporters, after receiving his farewell ‘Guard of Honour’ at South Block, General Rawat said, “I will fulfill my role as Chief of Army Staff till the handover.”

The colour of the uniform of the CDS will be olive green. However, there will be few changes in it as the CDS will represent all the three wings forces. The insignia of the Chief of Defence Staff draws elements from all the three wings of the armed forces which are encircled by laurel wreath. There will be a maroon patch on the shoulders of the uniform with golden ranks. There will no lanyard as the CDS will represent all the three service wings. General Manoj Mukund Naravane Takes Charge as 28th Indian Army Chief.

Sneak Peak Into Badges of the Uniform of Chief of Defence Staff:

 

 

 

 

 

There will also be no four stars on the collar of the uniform of the CDS. The Chief of Defence Staff will have his office in South Block. According to reports, General Bipin Rawat will reside at 3, Kamraj Marg in New Delhi. The CDS will head the Department of Military Affairs and will bring jointness in the military operations.

The creation of CDS was announced in August in 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The announcement was made on the Independence Day during his address to the nation. The demand to create CDS dated back to 1998, when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government came to power. The recommendation for creating the post was first made after the Kargil War.

General Manoj Mukund Naravane Takes Charge as 28th Indian Army Chief

General Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as the 28th Indian Army Chief on Tuesday. General Naravane succeeded the outgoing Chief General Bipin Rawat, who has been appointed as the first Chief of Defence Staff. Containing cross border-terrorisms in Jammu and Kashmir, resolving border issues with China and bringing Army reforms will be on priority of the new Army Chief. With General Naravane taking charge as the 28th Army Chief, now all the three chiefs of the service wings are from the 56th batch of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune.

An alumnus of the NDA and the Indian Military Academy, the General Officer was commissioned into the seventh Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Higher Command Course, Mhow. He holds a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies, M. Phil Degree in Defence and Management Studies and is currently pursuing his Doctorate. President Ram Nath Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards 2019 to Indian Army, Paramilitary Personnel, General Bipin Rawat Receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

Video of Gen Rawat Passing on the Army Chief’s Baton to General Manoj Mukund Naravane:

 

In a distinguished military career spanning almost four decades, the General Officer has the distinction of tenating key command and staff appointments in Peace and Field both in North East and Jammu & Kashmir and has been part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during ‘Operation Pawan’. The Officer brings with him enormous experience of serving in the most challenging areas. Gen Naravane had also commanded 2nd Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles (Sikh Light Infantry), 106 Infantry Brigade, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) at Kohima, Nagaland and 2 Corps.

His staff assignments included tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General (AA&QMG) of Headquarters Establishment No 22, Defence Attache at Yangon, Myanmar, an instructional appointment in the Army War College as Directing Staff in the Higher Command Wing, besides two tenures at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi. The General Officer had the privilege of commanding the Republic Day Parade in 2017 in his capacity as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area. After successfully commanding the Army Training Command, Shimla, he took over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Command on October 01, 2018.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 306 Officers, 71 GCs From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy

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A total of 377 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) of 145 Regular Course, 128 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course, including 71 Foreign GC’ from friendly foreign nations on June 7, 2019. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the parade. GC’s marched with full enthusiasm and vigour during the Passing Out Parade (POP) held at the iconic Chetwode Hall Building.

The maximum number of 56 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Haryana with 39 officers. Meanwhile, 24 officers were commissioned from Bihar. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training.

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Congratulating the GCs on successful completion of their training at IMA, the Reviewing Officer motivated the young officers. 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.

  • The coveted award of the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal was presented to Academy Under Officer Vinay Vilas Garad.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to Senior Under Officer Peekendra Singh.
  • Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to Battalion Under Officer Dhruv Mehla.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to Junior Under Officer Shiv.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to Gentleman Cadet Kuenzang Wangchu.
  • Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Keren Coy for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Spring Term 2019.

IMA POP Autumn 2019 – Multi Activity Display And “Son-Et-Lumiere” Show Held at Indian Military Academy, Rajnath Singh To Be Reviewing Officer of Passing Out Parade

 

Aa a prelude of Passing Out Parade (POP) at Indian Military Academy(IMA), a Multi Activity Display was conducted at Somnath Stadium on December 6, 2019. The Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) showcased the high standards of the training and physical excellence. The IMA is the premium training institute imparting Pre-Commissioning military training to the future leaders of Indian Army. The Display was witnessed by a large gathering of spectators, which included the Passing Out Course, their parents and relatives.

The aim of training at the Academy includes developing physical fitness and a robust mind with a sense of adventure amongst the Gentlemen Cadets. The Gentlemen Cadets showcased dare devil acts on horse back, which included tent pegging, trick riding and show jumping. Further, a scintillating performance by the Gentleman Cadets showcasing their physical prowess through their gymnastic agility and acrobatic skills. The Malkhamb Team of 5th Battalion Maratha Light Infantry surprised the audience by the display of their extraordinary skills. IMA Ball Night – Autumn Term 2019: Precursor to December 7 Passing Out Parade Held at Indian Military Academy; Yashaswini Sharma Adjudged Miss IMA, GC Dhruv Mehla Declared Mr IMA.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the Light And Sound Show at IMA Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

The second event of the day was the Continuity Drill and “Son-et-Lumiere’’ (Sound and Light show). The show was graced by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Defence Minister of India the Reviewing Officer for the Passing Out Parade alongwith the parents of the passing out course and the visiting dignitaries.

The event was held at the sprawling Drill Square which provided the pristine environment for the conduct of the event, the spectacular show commenced with exquisite drill movements of Continuity Drill by the Gentlemen Cadets. A contingent comprised of sixty four Gentlemen Cadets bidding farewell to the senior colleagues, conducted a masterly display of drill movements synchronized with an accompanying band.

The Sound and Light Show conducted at The Indian Military Academy, is one of its kind in Armed forces in India. It is done in front of the famous Chetwode Building, covering a stage of more than 400 feet, it depicts the history of eight decades of Indian Military Academy. People come to know the discipline, bravery, camaraderie and the valour of the Heroes in making. It is more of a heritage and an iconic legacy into practice for more than 87 years. An audience of more than 3000 people and a crew of more than a hundred people. It uses live action, horses, lasers, light, films, world class audio and fireworks. All these activities of 40 minutes, give parents of Gentlemen Cadets, Officers and Guest an enthralling experience of their life time, and swells their hearts with pride.