Naik Buta Singh Martyred While Serving at 2nd Highest Post in Sikkim, Air India Staff, Passengers Stand Up to Honour Indian Army Soldier, Watch Video

In a heart touching incident, Air India cabin crew and passengers paid homage to the fallen hero of the Indian Army, Naik Buta Singh who made a supreme sacrifice while serving at a high altitude area in North Sikkim. When the Captain of Air India announced the carriage of his mortal remains, all the passengers of the aircraft stood up and paid homage to the brave heart. The video of the entire incident is doing rounds on social media.

Singh lost his life last week due to the heavy snowfall in Sikkim. He was posted in artillery regiment which is currently posted in Sikkim. His body was recovered almost five days after he went missing last week. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.

Video of Air India Captain announcing carriage of mortal remains of Naik Buta Singh:

Singh was deployed at the second highest post of the world at an altitude of 19,088 feet. The brave heart belonged to Buraj Hari Singh village in Punjab’s Ludhiana district. He is survived by his wife, nine-year-old daughter and parents. All the ranks of his regiment paid tribute to the brave soldier.

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Defence Budget 2019 is Only 1.5% of GDP Despite Crossing 3-Trillion Mark, Lowest Since 1962 War

The Narendra Modi government on Thursday allocated Rs 3.05 lakh Crore for the defence forces of the country. However, later the defence ministry put the total allocation at Rs. 3,18,931 crore which included funds set aside for Border Roads Organisation, Coast Guards and salaries if civil staff of the defence ministry. Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal while presenting the budget, said that it was for the first time that the defence budget crossed 3-trillion mark. But if we deeply analysis the budget it is merely 1.5 percent (approx.) of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) so this becomes the lowest defence budgetsince China war of 1962. Defence Budget 2018 is another farce, 1.58% allocated for defence.

This year’s budget was 6.7 percent than previous year’s budget. Meanwhile, in 2018, the budget represented a growth of 7.81 per cent over budget of 2017. In the interim budget 2019, Rs 1,03,380 crore was allocated for capital expenditure to modernize the forces, while rest of the amount is to meet the revenue expenditure. Apart from the defence budget, the government also allocated Rs 35,000 crore for One Rank One Pension (OROP). The government also announced a hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high-risk duties. Meanwhile, Rs 1.12 lakh crore have been allocated for pensions. Expectations from Defence Budget 2018-19 and needs of our Defence Forces.

If we talk about last year’s budget, it was 1.58 percent of the GDP. A total of Rs 2,95,511.41 crore was allocated for defence, out of which Rs 99,563.41 is allocated for capital expenditure. Meanwhile, the remaining budget outlay, Rs 1,95,947.55 was set aside for for revenue expenditure. In 2018 budget Rs 1,08,853.30 was also allocated for defence pensions.

Defence Acquisition Council Approves Indian Army’s Request to Procure 5,000 Milan 2T Missiles, Also Gives Nod to Rs 4,000 Crore Project to Construct 6 Submarines

The Defence Acquisition Council on Thursday approved the procurement of 5,000 French-made Milan 2T missiles. The meeting was headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Three services chief were also present in the meeting. the Indian Army had requested to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T missiles as India till now have not approved Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’ and Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile is still under trials. Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31.

Milan 2T is an advanced variant of MILAN missiles which India used in the Kargil War of 1999 to destroy the bunkers built by Pakistani soldiers in the mountains. MILAN is a wire-guided missile. The purchase of MILAN 2T missiles will also fulfil the immediate need of anti-tank missiles and these missiles could also serve for another decade. It has a range of over 2 kilometres. Currently, the Indian Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles and 850 launchers. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

Apart from the Milan 2T Missiles, The DAC also approved the project to construct six submarines. The total cost of the project will be Rs 40,000 crores. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Indian government signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd, Goa to-date for the construction of two naval frigates. The contract was part of an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of Republic of India and Government of Russian Federation which was concluded on 15 October 2016. As part of the IGA, India signed a deal with Russia in October to directly purchase two project 1135.6 class frigates, while another deal was signed to build two other frigates at Goa Shipyard Ltd.

Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31

As India demanded new tests for Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’, the Indian Army has requested to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T. Moreover, the army has been forced to request for these French missiles, as Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile is still under trials. The Milan 2T is an advanced version of MILAN missiles which were first produced in 1972. Army Day 2019: General Bipin Rawat Addresses Nation of The Eve of 71 Raising Day of Indian Army, Says ‘Armed Forces Are Capable Repulsing Foreign Aggression’.

MILAN 2T was developed in 1993 to counter ‘reactive armour’. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and including the three service chiefs will look at the request to procure 5,000 MILAN 2T missiles on January 31. The process to purchase these missiles will be simpler as Trials would not be necessary as it is a repeat order. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

India used MILAN missiles in the Kargil War of 1999 to destroy the bunkers built by Pakistani soldiers in the mountains. MILAN is a wire-guided missile. The purchase of MILAN 2T missiles will also fulfil the immediate need of anti-tank missiles and these missiles could also serve for another decade. It has a range of over 2 kilometres. India taking a step forward in terms missile technology, Test fires BrahMos.

As per some reports, if the DAC approves the request, then these missiles will be license-produced by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in partnership with a French firm. Currently, the Indian Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles and 850 launchers.

General Bipin Rawat Conferred With Param Vishisht Seva Medal in Recognition of Peace-Time Services

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat have been conferred conferred the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), the highest military medal awarded. The award is given in recognition of peace-time services but not related to gallantry. Apart from Gen Rawat Fifteen lieutenant generals and three major generals have the PVSM. Army Day 2019: General Bipin Rawat Addresses Nation of The Eve of 71 Raising Day of Indian Army, Says ‘Armed Forces Are Capable Repulsing Foreign Aggression’.

Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, a terrorist-turned-soldier who had joined the Army’s 162 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 2004, will be conferred the award posthumously by President Ram Nath Kovind on the 70th Republic Day. Meanwhile, Major Tushar Gauba from the Jat Regiment and Sowar Vijay Kumar ((posthumously)) from 22 Rashtriya Rifles have been awarded Kirti Chakra — India’s second highest peacetime gallantry award. Meanwhile, Nine army men have been awarded Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry.

The Shaurya Chakra awardees included Lieutenant Colonel Vikrant Prasher of 10 Parachute Regiment (Special Forces), Major Imliakum Keitzar from 4th Gorkha Rifles, Major Amit Kumar Dimri from 14 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Rohit Lingwal of 9th battalion, Parachute Regiment and Captain Abhay Sharma, first battalion, Parachute Regiment. Captain Abhinav Kumar Choudhary from 21 Rashtriya Rifles, Lance Naik Ayyub Ali from 9th battalion of Rashtriya Rifles, Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 42nd battalion of Rashtriya Rifles and Sapper Mahesh HN, 44th battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles have also been awarded with the third highest gallantry award.

Army Day 2019: General Bipin Rawat Addresses Nation of The Eve of 71 Raising Day of Indian Army, Says ‘Armed Forces Are Capable Repulsing Foreign Aggression’

On the occasion of the Army Day 2019, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat extended his wishes to all ranks of the Indian Army. Addressing the nation of the eve of the Army Day,  Gen Rawat said that the last year was full of challenges, but the army gave befitting reply to perpetrators. The COAS also appreciated the contribution of Indian Soldiers in the United Peacekeeping Force. During his address Gen Rawat stated that the secularism forms the basis of the army’s discipline and compassion. He further added the army along with the Indian Navy and the Air Force is capable of repulsing any foreign aggression. He also appreciated the humanitarian values of the Indian army soldiers. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

The army will be celebrating its 71st Army Day on January 15. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi will be leading 144 Jawan contingent in the parade on the Army Day. This will be the first time a lady officer is leading a contingent in Army Day parade. Meanwhile, Captain Shikha Surbhi will also be leading Army’s Daredevil Motorcycle Display team. The team will comprise of 33 men riding nine bikes to form a pyramid formation. In addition to these two lady officers Captain Bhavana Syaal of Signals core will be participating in the Army Day parade along with Transportable Satellite Terminal.

The Army Day in India is celebrated every year on January 15 in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He took charge from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit. The Indian Army also conducted an online video making, painting, photography and slogan writing competition on the occasion of Army Day on January 15.

Army Day 2019: Know The Importance of The Day In Indian Army’s History

Army Day in India is celebrated every year on January 15 in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He took charge from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

Parades and military shows are organised at all the Army Command headquarters and national capital. The day is also celebrated to pay homage to courageous and brave soldiers of the Indian Army who laid their lives for protecting the nation. Weapons of the army are displayed during the parade. Government Mulling Over Granting Permanent Commission to Women Army Officers; Still ‘No’ for Combat Role.

This year on January 15, the Indian Army will be celebrating the 71st army day. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi will be leading 144 Jawan contingent in the parade on the Army Day. This will be the first time a lady officer is leading a contingent in Army Day parade. Meanwhile, Captain Shikha Surabhi will also be leading Army’s Daredevil Motorcycle Display team. The team will comprise of 33 men riding nine bikes to form a pyramid formation.The Indian Army also conducted an online video making, painting, photography and slogan writing competition on the occasion of Army Day on January 15.

Indian Army Rescues 2,500 Tourists Stuck in Snowfall Near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La

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Indian Army rescued more than 2,500 tourist near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

The Indian Army not only defends our borders or fights insurgency in forward areas, it also puts its foot forward during various rescue operations in times of natural disaster. Continuing its tradition of ‘country before self’, the Indian Army has rescued around 2500 tourists who were stuck in around 400 vehicles near the India-China border in Sikkim’s Nathu La due to heavy snowfall. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

The tourist including women were stranded between the 17 Mile area and Nathu La in Sikkim. The army has provided them food, shelter and warm clothes. Medical treatment was also given to the tourists. As per reports around 1500 tourists have been accommodated at 17 Mile, while the remaining tourists were shifted to 13 Mile.

 

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The Indian Army has also provided two sets of JCBs and Dozers of BRO for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity, reported news agency ANI. The army will continue the rescue operation till all stranded tourists are safely moved out towards Gangtok. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India.

Earlier this year, the Indian Army along with the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard rescued 23,000 people during Operation ‘Madad’ in flood-hit areas of Kerala. The medical teams of the armed forces provided free treatment to the people stuck in the floods. People were airlifted from the roofs of their houses with help of choppers to safe locations.

Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents

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Col Ranveer SIngh Jamwal (Picture Courtesy: Instagram/@indianarmy.adgpi)

Indian Army is a profession where one ‘leads a life less ordinary’. Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is showcasing a true spirit of an army man. He is the first Army personnel to attempt the seven summits. Colonel Jamwal is on a mission to climb the highest mountain of all seven continents. His final Frontier is Mt Vinson in Antarctica for which he is scheduled to depart on today, 25 December 2018. The probable date of summit will be from January 6-9, 2019, depending on the weather. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India.

Till now, the officer has scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World and Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. Col Jamwal is the only person in India to lead ‘back-to-back three Everest Expeditions’. Apart from this, a total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

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Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is the first Army man to attempt the seven summits. Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is on a mission to climb the highest mountain of all seven continents. His final Frontier is Mt Vinson in Antarctica for which he is scheduled to depart on 25 December 2018. The probable date of summit will be between 6-9 January 2019, depending on the weather. The officer has already scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World & Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. He is the only person in India to lead 'back-to-back three Everest Expeditions' & total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership. He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India (Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award). He was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 & was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats. #IndianArmy #Proud #SagaOfChampions

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He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The army officer was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 and was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats.

Meanwhile, in July this year, Major General VD Dogra completed an exhausting ‘Ironman’ competition held in Austria. After achieving this feat, he became the first serving Indian Army officer and the only General across the world to have completed this competition.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India

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Indian and Chinese troops during Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

Troops of the Indian army returned to India after successful completion of seventh edition of Hand-in-Hand exercise with China at Chengdu. Yesterday, the joint military drill culminated on a high note with troops of the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) displaying synergy of actions and achieving interoperability. Dignitaries from both the nations witnessed the closing ceremony. Before culmination of the exercise, both Indian and Chinese troops carried out Reflex shooting practices to enhance interoperability during counter terrorist operations.

The opening ceremony of the joint military drill was held on December 11. The military exercise was 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. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

The exercise consisted of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise was to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries. The exercise also involved tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate. The seventh edition of the exercise was 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 in Bhutan between Indian and Chinese troops.