Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil

To commemorate “Kargil Vijay Diwas” the Indian Victory in Kargil War 1999, 13th Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (JAK RIF) who actively participated in the said operations, organised a Motorcycle Expedition from Mana “The Last Village” in Uttarakhand to Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir. The expedition was flagged off on 06th July 2019 from Mana, Uttarakhand and will culminate at Kargil on July 26, 2019 on the eve of “Kargil Vijay Diwas”.

The Expedition reached Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on July 9, 2019. The 22 member expedition team led by Maj Ritwick Singh of 13th JAK RIF visited the premier institute and interacted with Gentlemen Cadets undergoing training. This expedition will surely motivate future leaders of Indian Army, showcasing ethos of the Armed Forces and inspiring younger generation on sacrifices made by their predecessors like CaptainVikram Batra, PVC (P) who underwent training from Indian Military Academy (IMA).

Maj Gen GS Rawat, AVSM, YSM, SM metting the Riders
Maj Gen GS Rawat, AVSM, YSM, SM metting the Riders (Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

After a fruitful interaction with Gentlemen Cadets, the team was felicitated by Maj Gen GS Rawat, AVSM, YSM, SM, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, Indian Military Academy. He appreciated the team for their efforts and the cause for which they have undertaken this expedition.

Earlier on July 7, Vishal Batra, twin brother of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra paid tribute to the hero of the Kargil War on his 20th Death anniversary at 16,000-foot-high Batra Top. Commander of 14 Corps of the Indian Army Lt Gen Yogesh Joshi and soldiers of 13 JAK RIF and 18 Grenadiers accompanies Vishal to the top of the peak. Lt Gen Joshi was commanding officer of the 13 JAK RIF at the time of the war.

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Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero

Vishal Batra, twin brother of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra on Sunday paid tribute to the hero of the Kargil War on his 20th Death anniversary at 16,000-foot-high Batra Top. Commander of 14 Corps of the Indian Army Lt Gen Yogesh Joshi and soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and 18 Grenadiers accompanies Vishal to the top of the peak. Lt Gen Joshi was commanding officer of the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rif) at the time of the war.

Vishal posted pictures of his visit on his twitter handle. In of his tweet, he shared a famous quote of Captain Batra. Vishal tweeted, “Either I would hoist the tricolor or I would come back wrapped… 20 years later (which is 7th July 2019 today), the Indian TRICOLOR furls yet again showing the Dominance of our Indian Army and it’s Brave Hearts.. Jai Hind.” Kargil War 1999: A Story of Indian Army’s Valour and Pakistan’s Betrayal.

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the victory in the Kargil War, Indian army also sent trekking expeditions to the Tiger Hill and the Batra Top. Northan Command of the Army tweeted, “Commemorating victory in recapturing of #PT4875, Trekking Expedition undertaken by 13 JAKRIF was received by #GOCFireAndFuryCorps at #PT4875. Unit had earned Battle Honour Mushkoh & Dras, Theatre Honour Kargil, 2 PVC, 3 VrC & other gallantry awards.”

 

Exactly 20 years ago, Captain Batra sacrificed his life while defending the motherland on Point 4875, which was named as Batra Top. The young officer had joined the 13 JAK Rif of the Indian Army. During the Kargil war, he displayed extraordinary bravery in the face of adversity. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra (posthumously).

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Vishal Batra)

Lt Col Anand Subramaniam, Shaurya Chakra Winner Passes Away; Last Rites Performed at His Native Village in Kanyakumari

Lt Col Anand Subramaniam, a Shaurya chakra award winner passed away on June 29 at an age of 34 in Assam. Lt Col Subramaniam hailed from Thakkala Villukuri village of Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district village. He belonged to 4 Sikh Light Infantry of the  Indian Army and was about to command the unit in some time. Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur – A Passionate Officer, True Gentleman And Inspiration For Young Officers.

Lt Col Subramaniam was suffering from high fever and the infection spread to internal organs. Due to this infection, he became seriously ill. Though the officer was heli evacuated to Jorhat military hospital and put on ventilator but he succumbed to death. When Lt Col Subramaniam became ill, he was serving in Arunachal Pradesh.

Visuals of the last rites of Lt Col Anand Subramaniam:

Lt Col Subramaniam was awarded Shaurya Chakra for his valiant action in Assam against terrorist attacks in 2010. The mortal remains arrived at Thiruvananthapuram by air. His last rights were performed on June 30 at his village. He is survived by his wife Priyanka Nair and son Karthik Pillai.

(Photo Credits: Facebook Page/Indian Military Academy, Dehradun)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Sumit Kumar Clears SSB Interview in 19th Attempt to Join Indian Army

“Some are destined to succeed, and some are determined to succeed.”

Lt Sumit Kumar with his determination achieved his dream of becoming an officer in the Indian Army. Lt Kumar who hails from Ghaziabad cracked Services Selection Board (SSB) in the 19th attempt. He gave his first attempt on January 8, 2012, but had to wait for five years to achieve success. Lt Kumar cleared his SSB interview on July 15 2017. He gave interviews for all the entries to join the defence forces. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Reza Khalid Rejects IIT, Prefers to Serve Nation by Joining Indian Army.

Talking to media he said, “His family members, friends and teachers supported all these years when was giving his SSB interviews. He pursued graduation in Economics from Sri Ram College, Delhi. Lt Kumar was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

On June 08 the Passing Out Parade (POP) of of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course was held at Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) Drill Square. a total of 459 GCs including 77 cadets from friendly foreign countries joined passed out from the IMA. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Reza Khalid Rejects IIT, Prefers to Serve Nation by Joining Indian Army

The Passing Out Parade (POP) of of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course was held at Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) Drill Square on June 8, 2019. A total of 382 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) took oath to serve the nation till their last breathe. Among the newly commissioned officers, Lt Reza Khalid preferred to serve in the Indian Army over joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

Lt Khalid who hails from Ranchi, cleared the entrance examinations of IIT and also of BITS Palani in the first attempt. But the the officer chose to join the armed forces. Lt Khalid joined the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla in 2015. After three years of training at the institute, he was for one year at the IMA. The officer’s father Mohammed Khalid is retired government employee from the state food department.

Lt Reza Khali’s Media Interaction:

Talking to media, Lt Khalid said that he joined the Indian Army as wnted to serve the nation. He further added that he wanted respect, dignity and power in life, which he will get by joining the armed forces. The officer was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

On Saturday a total of 459 GCs including 77 cadets from friendly foreign countries joined passed out from the IMA. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar with 46 officers. Meanwhile, 33 officers were commissioned from Punjab. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy

Indian Military Academy (IMA) is the institute where boys are groomed into men. On June 8, the Passing Out Parade (POP) was held at IMA’s Drill Square. In a rare occasion, identical twins, Abhinav Pathak ans Parinav Pathak  have been commissioned into the Indian Army. Both the brothers hail from Amritsar, but their family currently resided in Jalandhar. They joined the IMA through 127 Technical Entry Scheme (TES) after clearing the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

Abhinav, who is two minutes elder to Parinav will be part of Army Air Defence (AAD), while his brother has been commissioned into Army Aviation Core. Initially, Parinav will serve in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. Both the brothers pursued 12th from the Senior Study  – II, Amritsar. Abhinav did his computer science engineering from DAV Institute of Engineering in Jalandhar, while Parinav studied mechanical engineering from Guru Nanak Dev Engneering Collage in Ludhiana. Talking to the media, they said that during their schooling they were motivated by their teachers. They also revealed that during their schooling and during training at the IMA, often Abhinav was misidentified as Parinav and vice versa. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Multi Activity Display And ‘Son-Et-Lumiere’ Show Held at India Military Academy.

On Saturday, a total of 459 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course, including 77 Foreign GC’s from friendly foreign June 8, 2019. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. GC’s marched with full enthusiasm and vigour during the Passing Out Parade (POP) held at the iconic Chetwode Hall Building. IMA Ball Night – Spring Term 2019: Precursor to June 8 Passing Out Parade Held at Indian Military Academy.

Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar with 46 officers. Meanwhile, 33 officers were commissioned from Punjab. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training. The coveted award of the Sword of Honour and Bronze Medal was presented to Senior Under Officer (SUO) Akshat Raj.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

 

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy

A total of 459 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course, including 77 Foreign GC’ from friendly foreign nations on June 8, 2019. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson PVSM, VSMSM, SM 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 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar with 46 officers. Meanwhile, 33 officers were commissioned from Punjab. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training.

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 Bronze Medal was presented to Senior Under Officer (SUO) Akshat Raj.
  • Gold Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to Academy Cadet ADJT  Surendra Singh Bisht.
  • Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to SUO Kaushlesh Kumar Sinha.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to GC Junior Under Officer Karan Singh.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to Junior Under Officer Shirzad Sarbaz.
  • Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Keren Copmany  for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Spring Term 2019.

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Multi Activity Display And ‘Son-Et-Lumiere’ Show Held at India Military Academy

Indian Military Academy is the premium training institute imparting military training to the future leaders of Indian Army. Showcasing the high standards of the training and physical excellence achieved by  the Gentlemen Cadets of Indian Military Academy, a Multi Activity Display was conducted at Somnath Stadium on 07 Jun 2019 as a prelude to the Passing Out Parade. The Display was witnessed by a large gathering of spectators, which included the Passing Out Course, their parents and relatives. The show was graced by Lieutenant  General Cherish Mathson, PVSM, SM, VSM GOC-IN-C, South Western Command, the Reviewing Officer for the Passing Out Parade. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Commandant Parade Held at Chetwode Drill Square; 382 GCs to Join Indian Army on June 8.

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 was put up by the Gentleman Cadets showcasing their physical prowess through their gymnastic agility and acrobatic skills. “DARE DEVILS” Motor Cycle Display Team of Indian Army led by Lady Officer Capt Shikha Surbhi surprised the audience by the Display of their extraordinary skills on Motor Cycle. The spectacular show of physical agility, quality horsemanship, riding and gymnastics  mesmerized the august gathering.

The second event of the day was the Continuity Drill and “Son-et-Lumiere’’ (Sound and Light show) for the parents of the passing out course and the visiting dignitaries. Held at the historic Chetwode 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. IMA Award Ceremony Spring Term 2019: Lt Gen SK Jha Bestows Recognition & Awards on Outstanding GCs.

Following the continuity drill was the spectacular “Son-et-Lumiere” show, a multimedia, audio-visual presentation on the theme “Indian Military Academy Through the Ages” which took the audience on a nostalgic journey of the Academy from its inception to its present status. The spectacular show combined with the effects of brilliant light and sound mesmerized the august gathering.

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Commandant Parade Held at Chetwode Drill Square; 382 GCs to Join Indian Army on June 8

The historic Chetwode Drill Square played host to the Commandant’s Parade for spring term 2019 on June 6. The Commandant’s Parade marked the culmination of training of 382 Indian and 77 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries. A large number of school children from Dehradun and neighbouring cities, local citizens and Army personnel with their families and friends witnessed the impressive parade.

Lt Gen SK Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Commandant, Indian Military Academy, Reviewing the Parade.JPG
Lt Gen SK Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Commandant, Indian Military Academy (Picture Courtesy: IMA)

Lt Gen SK Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Commandant, Indian Military Academy (IMA) who reviewed the Parade, complimented all the Gentlemen Cadets for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which indicated a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved by them during their training at IMA. He also congratulated everyone for being on the verge of completing the training successfully. IMA Award Ceremony Spring Term 2019: Lt Gen SK Jha Bestows Recognition & Awards on Outstanding GCs.

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Commandant Parade held at Chetwode Drill Square (Picture Courtesy: IMA)

General S K Jha in his address to the Gentlemen Cadets highlighted that the Army’s reputation rests firmly on their shoulders. He said that they have earned this honour with hard work and they need to retain it by living up to the Army’s core values of Character, Competence, Commitment and Compassion. These values are reflected in the IMA’s Code of Conduct and Gentlemen Cadets aspiring to high ideals and pursuing excellence, must demonstrate these at all times. IMA Ball Night – Spring Term 2019: Precursor to June 8 Passing Out Parade Held at Indian Military Academy: Anushka Chauhan Adjudged Miss IMA, GC Armanjit Singh Declared Mr IMA.

The General officer also extended the compliments to the 77 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured through the rigorous regimen of the training, exhibiting excellent transformation and are ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most refined officers. He said the strong bond of togetherness that they have developed in IMA shall foster into a concerted effort towards countering the umpteen global challenges the world faces today.

In the end, he encouraged the Gentlemen Cadets to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade and wished all the

India Signs Rs 300 Crore Deal With Israel to Procure Advanced Version of SPICE-2000 Bombs Which IAF Used to Conduct Air Strikes In Balakot

India on Thursday signed a deal worth Rs 300 crore with Israel to acquire 100 SPICE Bombs with high explosive war heads for the Indian Air Force. The deal was signed under emergency provisions. The bombs which India is procuring are advanced version of SPICE-2000 bomb. According to reports, deliveries of these 100 bombs would be completed in the next three months. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Interestingly, the IAF used these SPICE-2000 bombs while carrying out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) headquarters in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in retaliation to February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were martyred. Terror organisation JeM took responsibility for the attack. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

SPICE-2000 bombs when dropped, create hole in the rooftops and explodes inside the building killing all those present there. However, the advanced version which India is now procuring have the capability to decimate the enemy buildings. The SPICE bombs are manufactured by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It is the first defence deal signed by the Narendra Modi government after returning to power in May this year.

(Picture Courtesy: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)