‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’ Trailer Released; Ajay Devgn As Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik in Movie Based on 1971 Indo-Pak War, Know The True Story

The much-awaited trailer of Ajay Devgn’s movie “Bhuj: The Pride Of India” was released on Monday, i.e. July 12. The movie, directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, is based on the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The lead role of Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Karnik is played by Ajay Devgn. Sanjay Dutt, Sunakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk and Nora Fatehi are other stars in the movie. The movie will be released on the OTT platform Disney Hotstar on August 13.

The film is inspired by a real incident during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. The Indo-Pak war was fought on two fronts against Pakistan for the liberation of erstwhile East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The movie is based on the story of one of the battles fought on the western front. Shershaah, Movie on Captain Vikram Batra’s Life.

What Actually Happened in Bhuj During The Indo-Pak war of 1971?

On December 8, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) attacked the IAF airstrip in Bhuj. Pakistani Sabres dropped over 14 napalm bombs were dropped on the IAF airstrip. In the PAF attack, the airstrip was heavily damaged, and the IAF’s fighter jets were unable to take off to carry out an offensive against Pakistan. The Indian Air Force then built the airstrip with the help of 300 villagers of Madhapur in Bhuj. Most of the villagers were women.

Sqn Ldr played an important role in rebuilding the airstrip. “We were fighting a war, and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss to the war effort. But I took the decision, and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked, and they followed it bravely,” the ex-IAF officer told The Asian Age. As per reports, 50 IAF and 60 Defense Security Corps personnel and 300 villages made sure that the airstrip was rebuilt in time.

Trailer of Bhuj: The Pride of India:

In the movie, Sanjay Dutt played the role of Indian Army Scout Ranchordas Pagi. Sonakshi Sinha portrayed the role of an activist Sunderben Jetha Madharparya. Nora Fatehi played the role of a RAW agent Heena Rehman. Meanwhile, Sharad Kelkar and Ammy Virk essayed the roles of Military Officer Ram Karan “RK” Nair and Flight Lieutenant Vikram Singh Baj Jethaaz, respectively. Bhuj: The Pride of India is the debut movie of Pranitha Subhash. The film is packed with action and patriotism.

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Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra 22nd Martyrdom Day: Lt Gen YK Joshi Flies Over Batra Top to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Hero on His Balidan Diwas

The Indian Army observed the 22nd martyrdom day of the 1999 Kargil War hero Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra. To commemorate the “Balidan Diwas” of Captain Batra, Lt Gen YK Joshi, the Commander of the Northern Command, flew over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI and paid tribute to his comrade. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, which is now known as “Batra Top”. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2020: Know All About ‘Operation Vijay’ Launched By The Indian Army To Flush Out Pakistani Soldiers And Terrorists From Mountains of Kargil in 1999.

The Northern Command in a tweet, said, “#IndiaSalutesKargilHeroes On 7th July Capt Vikram Batra   @SherShah led the capture of Pt 4875 & made supreme sacrifice. To commemorate his Balidan Diwas, #LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC, the then CO flew over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI & paid rich tributes to his Kargil War comrade.” Remembering Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, ‘Shershaah’ of 1999 Kargil War, on His Martyrdom Day.

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Captain Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in 1996 and commissioned as a lieutenant into the 13 JAF Rif of the Indian Army on December 6, 1997. 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” in the Kargil War 1999.

During the war he played a pivotal role in the capture of Point 4875. He laid down hi life while achieving his mission and protecting his comrades. He attained martyrdom while fighting for his motherland on July 7, 1999. Point 4875 was named “Batra Top” after Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra.

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Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari Assumes Charge As Vice Chief Of The Air Staff

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari took over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff on July 1, 2021. The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Fighter stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982. The Air Officer has a flying experience of more than 3,800 hours on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, including missions flown during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Major General Alok Joshi Assumes Charge Of IMA’s Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor.

During his illustrious career in the IAF, the Air Officer has commanded a frontline Fighter Sqn and a Fighter base. As an Air Vice Marshal, he has been Deputy Commandant, Air Force Academy, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers). He has also held the coveted appointments of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command. Major General Alok Joshi Assumes Charge Of IMA’s Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor. Lt Gen Manoj Pande to Take Charge as Eastern Command Chief Succeeding Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on June 1.

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He has succeeded Air Marshal HS Arora who retired after more than 39 years of illustrious service on June 30, 2021. During his tenure as VCAS, he was instrumental in ensuring prompt and optimum operational deployment of assets in proportionate response to the developing situation in Eastern Ladakh. Under his guidance, IAF also effectively contributed towards various HADR and COVID related tasks, both within India and abroad. On the occasion, the Air Marshals were presented the ceremonial Guard of Honour at Air Headquarters.  They also took part in the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial.

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Major General Alok Joshi Assumes Charge Of IMA’s Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor

Major General Alok Joshi on Thursday assumed the charge of Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of the Indian Military Academy (IMA). During a simple and solemn ceremony held at the IMA, out going Deputy Commandant Major General Jagjit Singh Mangat handed over the baton to Maj Gen Joshi. Indian Military Academy Provides COVID-19 Related Assistance to People of Koti-Dhaloni Village in Dehradun.

Major General Alok Joshi is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun & was commissioned into The Rajput Regiment on December 19, 1987. He has commanded a formation in Counter Insurgency Operations in Jammu & Kashmir. Officer is moving in after a successful command tenure and carries varied operational experience having served in different terrains and sectors.

Major General Jagjit Singh Mangat bid adieu to his Alma Mater on July 1, 2021 after a challenging tenure of 16 months. The Academy pursued a dynamic training regime with strict COVID-19 protocols during this period. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets.

A number of transformational efforts have been actualised and the Academy received appreciation from Army Training Command for its stellar standards showcased during the Passing Out Parades conducted amidst the prevailing conditions. Maj Gen Mangat is now moving for his next assignment at Army Headquarters.

(Article Source: Press Release From IMA)

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Agni Prime Missile Successfully Test Fired by DRDO Off Odisha Coast

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni Prime. The missile was test fired from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island in Balasore off the coast of Odisha at 10:55 am.

The defence ministry in a statement said, “Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed text book trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy.” IAF Inducts Light Bullet Proof Vehicles to Strengthen Airbase Security Against Terrorist Attacks.

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Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 km. The missile is a part of a family of medium to intercontinental range ballistic missiles developed by India. The first Agni series missile, Agni-I, was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and tested in 1989.

The development came three days after the DRDO test fired test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL). at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. 

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Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw 13th Death Anniversary: Remembering One Of The Most Decorated Officers Of The Indian Army With Interesting Facts About His Life

India observes 13th death anniversary Field Marshal  Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw. Sm Manekshaw died on June 27, 2008. He was the first field Marshal of the Indian Army.Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was the brain behind India’s victory against Pakistan in 1971. Manekshaw was born in a Parsi family on April 3, 1914, to Hormizd Manekshaw and Hilla Mehta, in Amritsar.

Maneskshaw joined the first batch of the Indian Military Academy in 1932. After completing the training, he was commissioned into the British Indian Army in 1934. His career spanned for four decades. After the partition of 1947 Field Marshal Manekshaw was first reassigned to the 16th Punjab Regiment and then moved to 8 Gorkha Rifles.

Here Are Facts About Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw:

  1. He did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital.
  2. Field Marshal Manekshaw during his military career spanning four decades fought four wars – World War –II, 1948 Kashmir War Against Pakistan and Afghan tribals, 1962 Indo-Sino war, 1951 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.
  3. During the World War II Manekshaw was awarded Military Cross.
  4. The first batch of IMA cadets, also called pioneers, included  Smith Dun and Muhammad Musa Khan, future commanders-in-chief of Burma and Pakistan.
  5. Sam Manekshaw succeeded the Gen P. P. Kumaramangalam as the Chief of Army Staff in June 1969.
  6. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1972.
  7. On January 1, 1973, he became the first General of the Indian Army to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.
  8. Manekshaw retired from the Indian Army on January 15, 1973, after serving for 39 years.
  9. He married Siloo Bode on April 22, 1939.

After retirement, Field Marshal Manekshaw spent rest of his life in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. At the age of 94 years, Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Manekshaw died on June 27, 2008. On December 16, 2008, the then President Pratibha Patil released a postal stamp of Manekshaw in his field marshal’s uniform.

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International Yoga Day 2021 Observed at Indian Military Academy (View Pics)

As a part of nationwide celebrations of the 7th International Yoga Day, a yoga session was organised at Indian Military Academy on 21 Jun 2021.All Gentlemen Cadets undergoing training at the Academy, the instruction staff along with Officers participated in the event with great enthusiasm and fervour.

This includes Gentlemen Cadets from ten Friendly Foreign Countries. Yoga constitutes an important discipline of the Gentlemen Cadets routine as an integral part of their training curriculum at the Indian Military Academy. Indian Military Academy Provides COVID-19 Related Assistance to People of Koti-Dhaloni Village in Dehradun.

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The Yoga session was conducted by qualified and trained Yoga instructors highlighting the importance of Yoga and its growing popularity in the entire world. Different exercises and their benefits were explained and practiced. During the entire event, strict enforcement of COVID protocols continued to be enforced.

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Combined Graduation Parade Held at Air Force Academy: 161 Flight Cadets of Flying & Ground Duty Branches Commissioned Into IAF

The Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) was held at Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal Hyderabad on June 19, 2021, marking the successful culmination of training for 161 Flight Cadets of Flying and Ground Duty Branches in the Indian Air Force. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was the Chief Guest and Reviewing Officer of the CGP, where he conferred the President’s Commission upon the graduating flight cadets. On this occasion, 6 officers from the Indian Navy and 5 officers from the Indian Coast Guard were also awarded ‘Wings’ on successful completion of their flying training.

The Reviewing Officer was received by Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command and Air Marshal IP Vipin Commandant Air Force Academy. Chief of the Air Staff was presented with a general salute by the Parade on his arrival followed by an impressive march past. Highlight of the parade was the ‘Pipping Ceremony’ in which the graduating flight cadets donned their ‘Stripes’ and were awarded ‘Wings’ & ‘Brevets’ by the Chief Guest. The newly commissioned officers were then administered the ‘Oath’ by the Commandant of AFA in the presence of the Reviewing Officer and other dignitaries. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets.

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After the ‘Pipping Ceremony’, the Reviewing Officer presented awards to the Trainees who had excelled in various disciplines of their training. Flying Officer Prajwal Anil Kulkarni from Flying branch was awarded the President’s Plaque as well as the Chief of the Air Staff Sword of Honour for standing first in overall order of merit in the Pilots’ Course; while Flying Officer Kritika Kulhari was awarded the President’s Plaque for being first in overall order of merit in Ground Duty branches. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 341 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army; 84 Gentlemen Cadets From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy.

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Addressing the Parade, CAS commended the AFA and other Training Establishments for timely completion of the training despite severe Covid constraints placed upon the training infrastructure. He noted the significant milestone achieved by the Air Force Academy in achieving over 20,500 flying hours in the last one year – the highest ever in the Academy’s history.

CAS referred to unprecedented and rapidly evolving security challenges and reminded the young officers that they were entering the IAF at a juncture when a rapid infusion of technologies and combat capabilities was driving a monumental transformation in the Air Force. He also highlighted the change in operational methodologies and functioning with development and operationalisation of major automation and networking projects. He exhorted them to hit the ground running and prove their mettle once they reach the field; in order to exploit the state of art aircraft, weapons, sensors and technologies to their fullest.

The grand ceremony culminated with the newly commissioned officers stepping out in slow march to the traditional notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’; as they received their first salute from the junior course. They then went past the Saluting Dias and passed through the portals of the Academy, symbolising the beginning of their journey in the IAF. Flypast by Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II, Hawks, Kirans and Chetaks as well as display by Sarang, Suryakirans & Akash Ganga Sky Diving team added colour and cheer to an impressive graduation parade.

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Indian Navy – European Union Naval Force Joint Exercise Begins in Gulf of Aden

Indian Naval Ship Trikand, mission deployed for Anti-Piracy Operations, is participating in the maiden IN – EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden commencing today. A total of five warships from four navies are participating in the exercise on June 18and 19, 2021. Other warships include Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabinere, Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra, and two French Navy Ship FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf.

The two day exercise will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, cross deck helicopter operations, tactical manoeuvres, boarding operations, underway replenishment, Search & Rescue, Man Overboard drills, and other maritime security operations. Ships of the four navies will endeavour to enhance and hone their war-fighting skills and their ability as an integrated force to promote, peace, security and stability in the maritime domain. Concurrently, a virtual “Information sharing Exercise” is also being conducted between the Indian Navy Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region and Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa on 18 June 21. Exercise Desert Flag VI: IAF to Participate in The Military Drill in UAE For The 1st Time.

EUNAVFOR and the Indian Navy converge on multiple issues including counter piracy operations and protection of vessels deployed under the charter of World Food Programme (UN WFP). Indian Navy and EUNAVFOR also have regular interaction through SHADE (Shared Awareness and De-confliction) meetings held annually at Bahrain. This engagement showcases increased levels of synergy, coordination and inter-operability between IN and EUNAVFOR. It also underscores the shared values as partner navies, in ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open, inclusive and a rules-based international order.

Indian Military Academy Provides COVID-19 Related Assistance to People of Koti-Dhaloni Village in Dehradun

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun in its endeavor to reach to the local population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commandant IMA Lt Gen Harinder Singh, decided to provide COVID-19 Related Assistance to the villagers of Koti-Dhaloni in  Dehradun district.

Village Koti- Dhaloni has  had a very close association with the GCs of IMA as the village  is the  start point  for the climb  to Bhadraj during the outdoor exercise. The village has a nostalgic connect with every  GC passing out  from IMA. COVID-19 in India: Medical ICU Installed Onboard ALH MK III Aircraft For Evacuation Of Critical Patients.

The IMA representated by Col Praneet Dangwal and Sub Maj Raju Sinha, handed over essential equipment and medicines like  fridge, beds, mattress, sanitizers , fans ,pillows , masks , face shields , oxymeters  etc to the Gram Pradhan for the quarantine facility and health centre  of the village. The villagers appreciated the efforts of IMA and paid their gratitude to the  Commandant, IMA for his  generosity.

(Article Source: Indian Military Academy)

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