A Rare Stem-Cell
Malignant Disease Treatment Centre (MDTC) at the Southern Command
Hospital, Pune has performed a rare stem-cell transplant successfully on a
36 year-old patient suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia, a type of
the cancer of blood and bone marrow. The patient,
Hav Shyam Singh, belongs to Jat Regiment and his younger brother, Vijendra
Singh who donated the blood cells, is also from the same regiment.
This has been
the first case of stem-cell transplant in a patient suffering from blood
cancer, said oncologists
Lt Col Prakash Chitalkar and Lt Col BN Kapoor who have been attending
to Hav Shyam Singh. So far, the centre has handled 11 similar cases and
this was the second allogenic transplant.
Pune and Delhi
centres are the only places in the Armed Forces to have successfully
performed similar transplants. The Pune Centre receives around 500 cases a
year out of which about 12 per cent are the cases of leukaemia.
on the pressing need to maintain a database of bone marrow donors in the
country, the oncologists said that this would ensure that the people
requiring a transplant could contact donors easily. While the United
States has a registration of over three million people, All India
Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has only 3,000 entries.
with the mediapersons, Hav Singh said he would be able to go back to his
duties within a year. At present, this physical education instructor has
been recuperating at a special ward to reduce the chances of any
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150 Infantry Battalion (TA) Punjab celebrated its second anniversary. The
unit was raised in 2001 at the Red Fort, Delhi by Col Reghuvir Singh. To
mark the occasion, a flag hoisting ceremony was conducted jointly by the
then Colonel of the regiment, Lt Gen Shankar Prasad and Col Raghuvir
The troops of
this battalion hail from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The
strength of this unit was drawn from the Army, 102 TA Battalion, 105 TA
Battalion, 969 Railway TA while eight personnel were granted direct
commissions. Lt Rohit Kochar was commissioned as the first TA officer into
On the second
Col Raghubir Singh held a special sainik sammelan for all ranks of
the battalion where he exhorted all to excel in all fields and live upto
the expectations of the regiment and the Army. A special bara khana and
a regimental get-together were the other highlights of the occasion.
-Col Anil Shorey
out Instructor Pilots
Force station, Tambaram turned out another batch of 41 flying instructors
at the end of a 24-week 115th Qualified Flying Instructors Course. Among
those who graduated as qualified flying instructors included four each
from Army and Navy and one each from Coast Guard and United States Air
Air Marshal M
McMahon, Vice Chief of Air Staff who reviewed the ceremony, said that the
military aviation has become a very complex and technology-intensive
activity and military aviators have almost no margin for error. Reminding
the instructors of a long teaching career at flying schools and units, the
Air Marshal said that they would form the core of professional pilots in
the Air Force.
during the course was on interfacing theoretical knowledge with practical
aspects of aircraft systems and piloting. The training on Kiran and
Deepak aircraft and Chetak helicopter involved a total
flying of 3340 hours. Thirteen trainees flew Kiran, twenty trainees
Deepak and eight Chetak helicopter. A continuous emphasis
was laid on situational awareness and emergency handling, said Gp Capt A
Ghosh, Commanding Officer, Flying Instructors School (FIS) who read the
course report at the graduation ceremony.
McMahon presented awards to the meritorious instructors. Majithia Trophy
for overall performance was awarded to Sqn Ldr DS Handa of the IAF. He
also bagged the Dilbagh Trophy for instructional techniques and Commodore
Commandant Trophy for aerobatics. Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh bagged the
Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for standing first in flying fixed-wing
aircraft. Sqn Ldr H Pandit won the trophy in the rotary wing category. Air
Officer Commanding-in-Chief Trophy for ground subject was awarded to
Sqn Ldr M Midha.
Air Cmde MPS
Gill, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force station, Tambaram and Wg Cdr M
Fernandez, Chief Flying Instructor, FIS were among those present at the
Seminar on NBC
in the fields of NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) warfare were
invited to the Northern Command Hospital, Udhampur for a two-day seminar
to discuss morbidity and mortality in an NBC war, casualty management,
protection and medical counter-measures against NBC warfare agents.
Lt Gen NP Aul,
COS, Northern Command, inaugurated the seminar while the keynote address
was given by Col Sanjeev Sehgal. Maj Gen SK Sahijpal released a precis on
NBC warfare. Maj Gen SC Sood, Commandant Northern Command Hospital,
welcomed the distinguished speakers, guests and delegates.
data was compiled, following the delilberations, on prompt recognition of
NBC injuries, effective casualty management and familiarisation with
specialised protection gear.
-Lt Col RK Sen
Parade At Mirc
than two hundred recruits joined Mechanised Infantry Regiment after 59
weeks of rigorous training at the Ahmednagar-based Mechanised Infantry
Regimental Centre (MIRC). The colourful and impressive attestation parade
was reviewed by Maj Gen HS Panag, officiating Director General, Military
Training. The event coincided with the thirteenth biennial conference of
soldiers took a solemn oath to safeguard the integrity of the country even
at the peril of their lives. Recruits Shrikant Kumar, Kishor Singh,
Prakash Tamang and Anurundra Bahadur Singh were awarded Commandant Medals
for their outstanding performance in individual events. Recruit Anurundra
Bahadur Singh was adjudged the best recruit of the batch. A para-motor
display was also organised to mark the occasion.
Air Awareness Campaign was organised at Chennai by Air Force
station, Tambaram to motivate the youth of the area to join Indian Air
Force. On the occasion, a static display of aircraft was organised at
Meenabakkam in which various fighter aircraft, helicopters, missiles
radars and other sophisticated equipment used in the IAF were arranged for
As a part of
the campaign, a sensational flying display of fighter and transport
aircraft alongwith helicopters was organised under the supervision of
Chief of Air Staff,
Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy. The Suryakiran team also put up a
scintillating aerobatic display. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms J
Jayalalitha was also present on the occasion.
A large number
of people witnessed the show evincing keen interest to know about the
opportunities in the IAF. After the display, a mass recruitment rally was
organised at Air Force station, Tambaram. Musical concerts by Air Force
Symphony at Marina Beach and Chidambaram Stadium also marked the occasion.
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short-term course in "Recent Trends in Oncological Nursing" was
conducted at the College of Nursing, AFMC, Pune for 30 Nursing Officers of
various commands and staff nurses of civil hospitals in Pune. Maj Gen DP
Asthana, Deputy Director Medical Services, Headquarters Southern Command,
in his inaugural address, highlighted the key-role of nurses in the
multi-disciplinary approach in cancer care.
Lt Col Prakash
Chitalkar, a classified specialist in medicine and onclogy, delivered the
keynote address on "Past, Present and Future of Oncological
Nursing". He stressed that a nurse should be equipped with sound
knowledge and skills in the field of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and
symptom-relief measures. Appropriate interventions and nursing care can go
a long way in mitigating the suffering and stress of cancer patients, he
added. Brig CV Koshy, officiating Commandant, AFMC, released a precis on
Advisory Council Meeting
first meeting of Academic Advisory Council (AAC) constituted by the Army
Welfare Educational Society (AWES) was held in New Delhi. Chaired by Lt
Gen K Natarajan, Adjutant General, the council has been providing academic
guidance for faculty develop-ment, evaluation system, teaching
methodologies, content development, computer aided learning, personality
development and value education. This is a major step towards attainment
of academic excellence and all-round development of the wards of Army
personnel and widows studying in 116 Army Schools and eight vocational
colleges run by AWES.
Officers Pass Out
impressive passing-out parade of the Associate NCC officers was held at
Seamanship School Parade Ground at the Naval Base in Kochi, on successful
completion of their pre-commissioning course. This course for selected
college lecturers/professors for senior division and school teachers for
junior division from all over India was held at the Seamanship School.
Twelve officer cadets of senior division and 37 cadets of junior division
attended the course for 11 and six weeks respectively.
cadets were given an exposure to various aspects of Naval training by way
of attachment to professional schools, visits to ships and sailing on
board INS Sharda. Cmde MS Pavithran, Commanding Officer INS Venduruthy,
reviewed the parade. H Ramakrishnaiah and Amitabh Agnihotri were
awarded Best Cadet Trophy in the senior and junior division respectively.
Brig MPS Bajwa, Deputy Director General, NCC (K&L) and senior Naval
Officers were also present on the occasion.
Cdr Rakesh Wadhawan, Chief Course Officer, Lt Cdr Prem Kumar, Course
Officer, MCPO VRK Pillai, five instructor staff and two ship modelling
instructors conducted the training.
-Cdr M Nambiar
Artillery Celebrates Gunners Day
On the occasion
of the 176th anniversary of the Regiment of Artillery, Lt Gen Shantanu
Choudhary, Vice Chief of the Army Staff and Colonel Commandant alongwith
Lt Gen RS Nagra, Director General of Artillery and Colonel Commandant and
Lt Gen K Natarajan, Adjutant Genral, laid wreaths at Amar Jawan Jyoti in
remembrance of the officers, JCOs and Jawans of the regiment who made the
supreme sacrifice on various battlefields and in counter-insurgency
second largest arm of the Indian Army, constitutes almost one-sixth of its
total strength. The personnel of the regiment, also known as 'Gunners',
deliver lethal punch on the enemy in terms of concentrated artillery
This year, Maj
IS Babbar of the regiment has been awarded Kirti Chakra and three
other officers have been awarded Shaurya Chakra for exceptional
gallantry in counter-insurgency operations. Gunners are thorough
professionals, a fact amply proved by many General Officers of the
Regiment, four of whom rose to become Chief of the Army Staff.
Prasad, a Petty Officer of the Indian Navy, has been conferred a Ph D
degree in Hindi by Mumbai University. The matriculate-entry sailor, in the
course of his career since 1988, continued his academic pursuits and
completed his graduation in 1992, post-graduation in Political Science and
Hindi in 1995 and 1997, respectively in addition to a diploma in
management from the National Institute of Labour Education and Management.
Prasad takes part in all extra-curricular activities including debates and
essay-writing contests without compromising on the demands of the service.
This makes his achievement all the more exemplary.
Officer of Valsura, a premier Naval training establishment near
Jamnagar, Gujarat congratulated the sailor on behalf of the Indian Navy on
his remarkable achievement.
-Wg Cdr TK Singha
Course in Army Medicine
Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune has become the first college in the
country to make training in military medicine mandatory. The training has
been included in the curriculum from this academic session.
field in Western countries, military medicine deals with medical problems
a soldier could face–from terrain-specific disorders to battle fatigue.
The idea of training was conceived last December when the National
Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recommended it.
would impart specialised training in war surgery, aviation and naval
medicine, high altitude and snow-bound disorders and psychiatric and
psychosomatic illnesses. The college would hold 32 lectures of the
31-chapter course from the sixth term.
General, EME organised a seminar on ‘New Military Technologies :
Harnessing their Combat Potential’ at Headquarters Technical Group,
Delhi Cantonment. The participants discussed substantial advances in
technologies in the perspective of future warfare.
participants observed that technology has assumed a critical mass in
nation’s overall security considerations and development of desired
level of defence capabilities. Nations that can exploit emerging
technologies and synergise the same with operational doctrines and
concepts can harness them towards enhancing their combat potential. To
successfully leverage the power of technologies, the Indian Army has to
evolve strategies for the management of "technology transition".
The seminar provided a forum for holistic deliberations on the
methodologies of optimising the technologies.
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meet of the IX Maharashtra Chapter of the Indian Association of Medical
Microbio-logists, organised by the Department of Microbiology, Armed
Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune was inaugurated by Air Vice Marshal KS
Soodan, Dean and officiating Commandant of the AFMC. As a part of the
meet, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme with the theme
"Newer Techniques in Microbiology" was also conducted.
Speaking on the
occasion, the Air Vice Marshal said the fight for the survival for the
fittest between micro-organisms and microbiologists would continue.
Therefore, microbiologists should be very vigilant. Citing the example of
tuberculosis, he said the disease is resurging in a different form.
Strains of TB resistant to all major anti-TB drugs have emerged. He urged
the microbiologists to go into the causes and draw a foolproof course of
treatment. Maj Gen DP Asthana, Deputy Director, Medical Services, Southern
Command, Pune called upon the delegates to use the latest techniques very
intelligently. "Nothing can replace the basic acumen of a
clinician", he observed.
presidential speech on "Laboratory Monitoring of HIV Disease",
the President of the Maharashtra Chapter of the Association, Dr Preeti
Mehta observed that prohibitive cost of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and
lack of laboratory infrastructure is one of the reasons for slow progress
in transforming HIV into a treatable disease.
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Welfare Association (AWWA) celebrated its raising day at Military College
of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME).
Mrs Dolly Mehta,
President AWWA, MCEME presided over the function which included several
competitions for the ladies of MCEME. Wives of JCOs and Jawans
participated in a very large number. Mrs Dolly Mehta gave away prizes to
the winners in different categories of competitions.
- PJ Sudhakar
To mark the
occasion of its second reunion, Air Defence Artillery launched a mountain-eering
expedition to Mt Sri Kailas (6932 M) in Garhwal Himalayas. The team of
three officers and 12 ORs summitted the peak without mishap or casualty.
logistical and technical difficulties, the climb entailed a long and
arduous trek of approximately 40 km on moraines, steep slopes and
crevasses. The team was flagged in by Lt Gen Shantonu Choudhary.
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Inter-Services Handball Championship
Inter-Services Handball Championship was held at Mondo Indoor Stadium at
MEG & Centre, Bangalore. Army Red and Army Green and teams of Indian
Navy and Indian Air Force participated in this championship. The matches
were played on league-cum-knockout basis. In the semi-finals, Army Red
defeated Indian Air Force by 33-10. In other semi-finals, Indian Navy
defeated Army Green by 27-26.
defeated Indian Air Forces by 39-21 for the third place. Finals were
played between Army Red and Indian Navy. In an exciting match, Army Red
defeated Indian Navy by 35-34. Air Marshal BK Pandey, AOC-in-C, Air Force
Training Command, Bangalore gave away prizes to the winning and the
- MN Shankar
Inter-Services Aquatic Championship was held at Air Force Academy,
Hyderabad. In all, four teams from Air Force, Army Red, Army Green and
Indian Navy participated in the championship. The championship include
swimming, water polo and diving events.
and international level players like Sub Sujit, Hav Wadve, Hav Rehman,
Junior Warrant Officer (JWO) Abe Jose, JWO C Madhu, JWO Brij Mohan, JWO
Martin Joseph, JWO Sibu Sebastian and Sgt John Siddique participated in
this championship. Air Cmde AD Chhibbar, Deputy Comman-dant, Air Force
Academy inaugurated the championship.
Army Red with
an overall tally of 156 points emerged as the champions. Army Green
finished second with 66 points while the Indian Navy and Air Force were
placed in third and fourth position respectively TA Sujit of Army Red was
adjudged the best swimmer of the meet. In water polo, Air Force, Navy and
Army Red secured first, second and third place respectively.
Air Marshal BK
Pandey, AOC-in-C, Training Command, IAF, Bangalore gave away trophies to
Naval Staff Retires
Vice Chief of
Naval Staff, Vice Admiral John Colin DeSilva relinquished his office after
a glorious innings that spanned across 40 years in the Navy.
held a variety of command and staff appointments. His command assignments
afloat included the command of missile vessels INS Sindhudurg, INS Vijaydurg
and commissioning of the guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay in
the erstwhile USSR. He was at the helm of the Western Fleet of the Indian
Navy in 1995-96.
of India decorated Vice Admiral DeSilva with Ati Vishist Seva Medal
in 1993 and Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2001 for meritorious
service of an exceptional order.
- PIB (DW)