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Warm adieu to Annie Panag

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 17:42 IST
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LADIES OF Bhopal Military Station bid an emotional farewell to the first lady of the station Annie Panag on December 20, 2006. The whole DSOI was converted into a village of Punjab - the theme of the evening. The traditional Punjabi entertainment programme and eats gave the evening a fairly formal yet a comfortable feel. 

In her farewell address she emphasised on working as a team for the organisation and making a difference in the lives of all those who matter.

During her tenure as Sudarshan Chakra Army Wives’ Welfare Association (AWWA) president she had stressed on the dedication involved in an organisation where women worked for women. According to her its strength lies in the solidarity shown by Army wives and the love and understanding of a truly integrated family of women who hail from different backgrounds, but are brought together by the exclusivity of being married to the Olive Green. She said the women provide an effective support system to their husbands in the Olive Green and they should always be proud of it.

Christmas at DSOI
CHRISTMAS WAS celebrated with great enthusiasm at the Defence Officers’ Services Institute (DSOI) Bhopal. Santa Claus arrived with his cart full of gifts and surprises for children. A dance competition was organised for children of all age groups, which further pumped up energy levels. All through the evening children were eagerly waiting for the moment when Santa would shower them with gifts. Finally, Santa Claus distributed gifts and chocolates to the children and took them for a grand feast that was arranged in the main hall of the club.

Did you know?
COLD KILLS more troops in Siachen glacier than bullets. Soldiers brought down to base camp often suffer hearing, eyesight and memory loss because of prolonged use of oxygen masks. Many lose eyes, hands or feet to frostbite. At glacial heights, where even drinking water is from melting the ice on stoves, bathing is a rarity. Washing of clothing, too, is not possible.

Hence, a fixed number of thermal clothing per individual are given for a 90-day stay so that the problem of washing at the posts is eliminated. But soldiers have to wash their clothing before depositing it back and leaving the glacier. For a soldier, this is where hell freezes over, a 46-mile river of slow-moving ice surrounded by stupendous towers of snow. Temperatures go to 50 below zero and sudden blizzards can bury field artillery in minutes.

Men sleep in ice caves or igloos and breathe air so spare of oxygen that it sends their hearts into a mad gallop. Rifles must be thawed repeatedly over kerosene stoves, and machine guns need to be primed with boiling water. Fainting spells and pounding headaches are frequent. Frostbite chews its way through digits and limbs. But in spite of these they are prepared, to battle on the roof of the world forever.

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