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Warm send-off to Maj Gen M P Singh

THE SIGNAL Officers of the Bhopal Military Station congregated at the AREN Signal Officers Mess on the evening of the January 21 to dine out Maj Gen MP Singh who is retiring on January 31.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 15:42 IST

THE SIGNAL Officers of the Bhopal Military Station congregated at the AREN Signal Officers Mess on the evening of the January 21 to dine out Maj Gen MP Singh who is retiring on January 31.

Maj Gen Singh, who is currently the Commandant, Selection Centre Central, Bhopal, is originally from the Corps of Signals and has an illustrious track record of 39 years of service.

Maj Gen Singh has had the privilege of holding prestigious appointments like Chief Signal Officer (CSO) of Bhopal Corps, Chief Signal Officer of Central Command, CAFSO under the Air Headquarters, ADG Mov under the Army Headquarters besides other Signal and staff appointments.

The Sudarshan Chakra Corps of Bhopal was ARENised and ASCONised to reach the pinnacle in the communication parlance under his guidance when he was the CSO here.

The memento of the corps of Signals was presented to Maj Gen Singh by Brig Sunit Kumar, CSO, Bhopal Corps. Maj Gen Singh, while sharing his thoughts, said the Signals had succeeded in keeping pace with the technology but it needed to improve its presence in the General Staff. He advised the younger generation to hold high the flag of the Corps of Signals. The evening turned poignant with his parting words “Jaa rahe hain hum aaj apne raaste, ho sake to yaad rakhna pichhli yaadon ke vaaste”.

We wish General and Mrs M P Singh a very happy and blissful retired life. Third dose of Hepatitis B given The third dose of Hepatitis B vaccine was given on January 22 to the families and children of Bhopal Military Station.

The vaccination was done at various places like Medical Inspection (MI) Room Military Hospital (MH) Bhopal, MI Room EME Centre, 4021 Field Ambulance and Corps MI Room SI Lines. During the vaccination, the doctors educated people about various facets of Hepatitis B. They informed that the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) lives in blood and other body fluids.

HBV is transmitted from person to person through unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person, or through the sharing of infected needles or other sharp instruments that break the skin. Babies born to an infected mother have a 90 to 95 per cent chance of contracting HBV during childbirth. If a baby is infected, the virus remains in its body for many years, silently attacking liver cells and eventually leading to cirrhosis or, in some cases, cancer of the liver.

Even though an infected baby may show few or no signs of infection, the infant continues to be infectious and can pass the virus on to others.

In up to 10 per cent of HBV infections, patients develop chronic Hepatitis B. They also informed that safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B infection. People who have not been vaccinated but are exposed to Hepatitis may benefit from injections of immune globulin, a mixture of proteins in blood serum. Immune globulin injections can prevent hepatitis A and B infection if they are given within two weeks of exposure.

Did you know?
The formation sign of the Corps in Bhopal is ‘Sudarshan Chakra’, i.e., a whirling disc, a weapon of Gods which symbolises: lightening speed, inherent mobility through any medium, extreme accuracy and ruthless aggressive action. It is believed to be the ultimate weapon of war, sure of achieving decisive results when used and symbolises Satya (Truth), Dharma (Virtue) and Vijay (Victory).

Modelled on the ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ of Lord Krishna, it also symbolises the characteristic of ‘retrieval after use’ for being ‘kept in readiness for re-use’ if and when required. It is a circular disc with 21 sharp jagged saber teeth in conformity with the number of the Corps.

It is depicted at an incline to signify dynamic movement in two planes - one around its own axis and second diagonally towards its target.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 15:42 IST