Military exercise, Sindhu Sudarshan, to evaluate capacity of striking deep into enemy territory from Nov 28 in Rajasthan
The Southern Army with its key strike formation Sudarshan Chakra Corps will conduct its largest military exercise since 2015, Sindhu Sudarshan, in the deserts of Rajasthan from November 28 to December 4.
The exercise is being conducted to evaluate the capability of the defence services to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
The exercise underscores the Indian Army’s resolve to implement the integrated launch of the Strike Corps in developed and desert terrain in consonance with its enunciated pro-active strategy using integrated battle groups (IBGs) along the western front.
The exercise will witness more than 40,000 troops in an all arms battle array of divisions and brigades carrying out offensive operations in deserts. This will provide the unique opportunity to employ entire mechanised formations consisting of tanks and infantry combat vehicles in order to evaluate the capability to strike deep along western borders.
The exercise will witness the Army assessing the operational efficiency of the Strike Corps to fight in the desert terrain and the Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide intimate support in terms of destruction of targets and air lifting troops.
Unique in scope and scale, the exercise will simulate battlefield conditions and focus on fine tuning surveillance and destruction mechanisms to support precision strikes and manoeuvres by network enabled forces.
78th Raising Day: Pioneer Corps
Lieutenant General SK Saini, General Officer Commanding-in-chief, Southern Command conveyed his best wishes to the serving and retired personnel of the Pioneer Corps on their 78th Raising Day on November 25 and lauded them for their selfless devotion and dedication to duty towards the Indian Army and the nation.
The Pioneer Corps is one of the oldest Corps of the Indian Army and has a glorious history spanning over two centuries. The origin of Pioneers dates back to 1758 in Madras Presidency where the first Pioneer Company was formed. Pioneers were employed in various military campaigns in India and abroad and they were highly regarded for their determination and resolve to complete the assigned task against all opposition. The reorganisation of Pioneer Corps commenced on June 24, 1940 and November 25,1941 is celebrated as the Raising Day of the Pioneer Corps.
At the time of the partition, the Pioneers contributed in tackling refugee problem, they played a vital role in maintaining the supply of all stores during World War I, World War II and all conflicts post-independence. The Corps is also instrumental in maintaining troops in Ladakh and Kargil sector by air and a number of posts in Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland.
Pioneer Corps personnel have been decorated with 47 honours and awards during pre-independence and 347 post-independence, including three Kirti Chakras, six Shaurya Chakras and three Sena Medals. The Corps has produced outstanding sportsmen and have contributed effectively in national and international sports events. In keeping with the motto “Shram Sarva Vijayee”, the Corps is poised to meet the increasingly challenging tasks in the years to come.
The Delhi International Airport Limited, the operator at the Indira Gandhi International airport, on Wednesday announced that all private and commercial vehicles that pick passengers from Terminal 3 can now do the same through levels 1 and 2 of the multi-level car parking (MLCP) area. The move is aimed at decongesting Lane 3 and the forecourt area outside the terminal, officials said. After this, applicable parking charges will apply.
Five members of a family were killed and one was seriously injured in a road accident near Ranjangaon MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) on Pune- Ahmednagar highway near Karegaon, officials said. Police officials said that the accident took place after a container coming from the wrong side rammed into a car, at 1:30 am on Wednesday. All these are residents of Avane Budruk village in Ahmednagar district. Ranjangoan MIDC police are investigating the case.
Bengaluru City Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested as many 13 persons in connection with an illegal gambling ring and seized over Rs 1 lakh from them. The incident occurred within the Kodigehalli police station limits. The identities of the accused have not been revealed but CCB officials said the accused were running 'andar bahar' games in the gambling den. Andhar Bahar is a game of chance played with a standard deck of cards.
The Congress party in Udupi district requested the police and district administration to remove Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's posters installed on the backdrop of Independence Day celebrations. Their move comes after Karnataka Police on August 15 imposed Section 144 in parts of Shivamogga district after a clash over Savarkar and Tipu Sultan's banners at Ameer Ahmed circle on Independence Day. Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said nobody should take the law into their hands at any cost.
At least 27 kanwariyas were injured, eight of them seriously, when a bus bound to Kishanganj from Deoghar hit the divider on NH-31 near Kajra bridge under Dagarua police station about 15km from Purnia district headquarters on Wednesday morning. Station house officer, Dagarua Ramchandra Mandal claimed the accident took place due to the negligence of the bus driver. An injured, identified as Ghan Shyam Pandit, said they were returning from Deoghar and were on their way to Chhatarghat in Kishanganj.