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58th NCC Day celebrations

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 21:19 IST

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THE PRESIDENT and Prime Minister have sent greetings to the cadets, officers and staff of the NCC community on the occasion of its 58th anniversary. The President, in his message, highlighted that the core competence of the NCC is discipline and integrity and the NCC fraternity should use this to make a positive impact on the society through its cadets. The Prime Minister, on the other hand, appreciated the priority attached to social service activities and community development by the NCC.

To mark the occasion, NCC day parade was organised at Motilal Nehru Stadium, Lal Parade Ground, Bhopal. Minister for Higher and Technical Education Tukojirao Puar was the chief guest. He also awarded a cash of Rs 5,000 and merit certificate to 35 cadets of the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh directorate who stood first in a national-level camp held at Vishakhapatnam. The NCC directorate at Bhopal looks after NCC activities in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Senior officers of the station attended a cocktail party at the NCC Mess. A National Cadet Corps ‘Run for Fun’ is organised at all NCC units to spread the message of ‘Unity and Discipline’. The week-long celebrations include various activities like pledge-taking ceremony, social awareness rallies, visit to blind schools, orphanages & old age homes and inter-unit firing competition that are being held simultaneously in different parts of the State.

Lt Gen Prakash S Chaudhary, AVSM, SM, VSM, director general, NCC, also wished the NCC fraternity on the occasion.
226th Corps of Engineers Day 

THE CORPS of Engineers celebrated its 226th anniversary on November 18. To mark the occasion, a social evening was organised at the Defence Services Officers Institute (DSOI) in Mhow. All veterans and serving officers along with their families were present for the function.

The Corps of Engineers is one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army. The origin of the corps dates back to 1780 when two regular pioneer companies of the Madras Sappers were raised. Subsequently, the Group of Madras, Bengal and Bombay Sappers were formed and later merged on November 18, 1932 to form the Corps of Engineers in its present form. Since then, the Corps continues to march forward in its relentless pursuit for excellence in all spheres of activities.

The Corps of Engineers consists of three major constituents namely Combat Engineers, MES and Border Roads. The Corps also provides officers to the Military Survey and Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). The Sappers continue to extend quality engineering assistance to conflict-torn countries as part of the United Nations Peace Keeping forces. They have brought laurels to the country by constructing bridges, opening communication lines and executing numerous humanitarian tasks.

True to the motto of Sarvatra, the Corps of Engineers has excelled in multifarious activities in war and peace. In peace, the Sappers have always been in the forefront in rendering aid to the civil authorities during natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes. Engineers’ units have also been engaged in counter insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast.

The Corps of Engineers has been a pioneer in sports and adventure since long. Scaling the mighty Everest, contributing towards scientific expedition of the Antarctica, winning numerous accolades at international sports events bears testimony to the fact.

Did you know?
Traditionally pronounced “Khaa-kee”, it comes from the Persian word khak meaning earth-coloured or dust-colored. The original khaki fabric is a closely twilled cloth of linen or cotton. Brigadier Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden began the use of khaki for British Army regiments serving under him in India in 1848.
All British troops in India adopted khaki in 1885. The Boers used khaki clothing as camouflage in the First Boer War while in the second Boer War the British did as well.

The United States army adopted khaki, where it means a greenish tan or sand colour, during the Spanish American War. It has become de rigueur for military uniforms of armies the world over but has also spread to civilian clothing, where khakis since the 1950s has meant tan cotton twill trousers.

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