Defence Diary

Defence Diary

The Commissioning was preceded by a march past where officers being commissioned into the three services marched in their resplendent new uniforms.

93 docs commissioned into AFMS

93 graduate doctors were commissioned into the Armed Forces Medical Services in a crisp commissioning ceremony witnessed by parents and siblings of the graduating batch,senior officers of the AFMS and a number of senior retired officers. The Commissioning was preceded by a march past where officers being commissioned into the three services marched in their resplendent new uniforms. This year 14 medical cadets also qualified for the award of 25 different Certificate of Merit/Gold/Silver Medals and trophies for excellence achieved in the University examinations. The Kalinga Trophy for the best academic achievement was awarded to Fg Officer Ankit Batra and the prestigious President’s Gold Medal for the best outgoing medical Cadet was awarded to Surg Sub Lt Ruchika Jha of the Navy.

The DGAFMS,Air Marshal D P Joshi,AVSM,PHS took the salute as the chief guest. As many as 113 medical cadets successfully passed the Final MBBS examinations held by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) including five cadets from foreign countries. 47 medical cadets received permanent commission (PC) and 46 were granted short service commission (SSC) with a liability to serve for seven years initially extendable by another seven years. The grant of commission is based on a merit cum choice selection procedure and the medical cadets opt for the nature of commission and the service they wish to join. Based on their marks,choices exhibited and vacancies in the three services,the cadets are allotted their service and nature of Commission. This year 59 cadets were commissioned into the Army,25 into the navy and nine into the Air Force. Lt Tejpal Singh Bedi led the parade as the parade commander.

4 caught while hunting within NDA campus

Four people were caught by security officials of the National Defence Academy on Sunday for allegedly engaged in hunting wildlife within the NDA campus. The apprehended people have been identified as Sandeep Sonar (32) and Amit Sonar (26) both belonging to Sonarwadi; Shanker Baper Parge (24) from Aglambe Village and Devshanker Wanjale (21) from Ahire village. A press release issued by the NDA said,“The NDA security section staff under the command of Lt Col Mohanty,security officer,followed and apprehended a group of civilians along with a pack of hunting dogs who were engaged in hunting wild life within the NDA premises and recovered weapons used by them. The offenders were handed over to the Forest Department for lodging of necessary FIR and subsequent legal actions. The Warje-Malwadi police station has also been informed.” The NDA press release said that the security section team was activated post receipt of the intimation from Lt Col Gagandeep Singh (Adjutant,NDA) regarding the poaching activity,who was leading a hack ride team near the area. “The team swung into action at 7.45 am on March 17. The team reached the spot and tailed the group to observe their activity and post confirmation of their intent the team closed in and apprehended four civilian,seven hunting dogs along with three spears,two handmade stun bombs and four mobile phones used for coordinating the hunt. The wild boar hunted down by the team was also recovered.”

Young Scientist’ Meet at HEMRL

High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) a laboratory under Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) hosted second Young Scientist Meet (YSM-2013) on March 15 and 16. A press release issued by PIB said,“The event is of great importance as it brings young scientists of DRDO to a common platform to understand,appreciate and provide an overall picture of DRDO,and to facilitate interaction among these young scientific minds for enhancing the team spirit and competitive skills.” The program was inaugurated by T K A Nair,advisor to Prime Minister and the guest of honor was DRDO chief V K Saraswat,About 200 young scientists from 52 labs of DRDO attended.