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Sacrifice of nation?s martyrs remembered

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 01:44 IST

THE COUNTRY’S 58th Republic Day was celebrated in the Bhopal Military Station with gusto and zeal. The occasion was a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of martyrs who died during the freedom movement and the succeeding wars while defending the country.

Various functions were held throughout the week to mark the occasion. A social evening was organised at the Defence Services Officers’ Institute (DSOI) on the eve of the Republic Day. On this day, as per the age-old tradition all Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) were formally invited for a cocktail at their respective Officer’s Mess.

All Army schools also celebrated the occasion with fervour, with flag hoisting, patriotic songs and briefings about the significance of the day.

Army Wives’ Welfare Association (AWWA) Staff Officer Col AK Parsai said an interactive motivational workshop was organised at AWWA School, SI Lines by Mrs Kumar for teachers. The workshop aimed at bringing the best out of a teacher and further enhancement of their teaching capabilities.

Maj Gen KPD Samanta awarded AVSM
SELECTION CENTRE Central, Bhopal, Commandant Maj Gen KPD Samanta has been awarded the coveted Ati Vishisht Sena Medal (AVSM) by the President of India this Republic Day. The AVSM is awarded to recognise “distinguished service of an exceptional order” to all ranks of the armed forces. The award carries with it the right to use ‘AVSM’ as post-nominal letters. The awards were first recognised on January 26, 1960 by the President of India as the ‘Vishisht Seva Medal, Class II’. Later the award was renamed on January 27 1967.

Maj Gen KPD Samanta, VSM, took charge as the Commandant, Selection Centre Central, Bhopal on March 16, 2006. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery.

He has commanded two artillery regiments and two artillery brigades. Before coming to Bhopal, he was posted in New Delhi where he was ADG in one of the branches in the Army HQ.

Bhanu claims Sudarshan Chakra Cup golf title
AS MANY as 32 golfers vied at the Sudarshan Chakra Environmental Park and Training Area (SCEPTA) for what is surely one of the most challenging golf tournaments - the Sudarshan Chakra Cup. The tourney is one of the most coveted annual events. The winner of the tournament was Master Bhanu Pratap Singh – one of the most promising and upcoming golfers of Bhopal.

Winner of the second best card was Adil Warsi. Nearest to the pin hole no 13 was won by Master T Chandan son of Lt Col Venugopal. Longest drive on the Hole No 13 was won by Omar Ali. Later the ladies putting competition was won by Manju Kumar. A history of sorts was created when a new category for veterans above 65 years of age was introduced. This was won by Lt Col JS Bhalla.

This was followed by lunch. Golf fever is slowly catching up in the City and turfs, mounds, the climate, the yards of green all make golf as enticing as ever.

Did you know?
THE FIRST public flag salutation ceremony was held in the afternoon of August 15, 1947. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the national flag at Prince’s Park (near India Gate) against a clear warm summer sky. To the amazement of all present
a rainbow appeared on the horizon from nowhere.

People interpreted the occurrence as a salute of Lord Indra to the Tiranga (the tricolour). Lord Mountbatten who watched the ceremony from a distance mentioned this strange phenomenon in his 17th report dated August 16, 1947 submitted to the crown. He wrote that the three colours i.e. saffron, white and green in the flag of the new dominion resembled the hues of the rainbow.

Columnist can be reached at-ambreen2you@gmail.com/ambreen2you@-yahoo.co.in

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