On Army Day, 120 Infantry (TA) Battalion-Bhubaneswar Salutes the Martyrs

The day comes every year on January 15. The day of the recognition of valor. The day of the romance of supreme sacrifice for the motherland.

On this day, after our independence, Lieutenant General K. M. Cariappa had, as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, taken over the charge from the last British commander Sir Francis Butcher, in 1948. In commemoration thereof, the day is being observed as the Army Day.

All these years since then, Indian Army has celebrated this day as the symbol of pure love for duty and sacrifice in course of duty.

All these years, Indian Army has celebrated this day as the day of pride over martyrdom that has been expanding every year by its valiant members whom life has never appeared more important than duty and discipline.

Brave members of Indian Army salute the brave Army Martyrs this day for their valiant patriotism.

DSC03196This year, Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, whose path to martyrdom was paved by bloody infiltrators from Pakistan Army on January 8 in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, were, as in every Army point in the country, given memorial salutes by the war veterans and incumbent officers at the Amar Jawan War Memorial post in the campus of 120 Infantry Battalion (TA) Bihar, Bhubaneswar.

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Lieutenant General J. K. Mohanty, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM, ADC, the senior most retired officer and ex-Army Commander, Central Command, Lucknow, and Brig B. Routray, AVSM, President War Veteran Officers Association, and Colonel S. K. Padhi, Senior retired TA officer, and Major R. C. Maharana of War Veteran Officers Association, Bhubaneswar as well as Lieutenant Colonel P. K. Das, Administrative Commandant, Station Headquarters, Bhubaneswar, and Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Nayak, Officiating Commanding Officer, 120 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Bihar, and Honorary Lieutenant Mahendra Singh, Subedar Major, 120 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Bihar laid wreaths in honor of the martyrs.

It may be mentioned that this battalion’s contributions to martyrdom comprise Colonel J P Janu, then Commanding Officer, 120 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Bihar, who had laid down his life during militancy action in 2001 and eight others who sacrificed their lives for Defense of our Nation.

gen bikram singhIn a message of greetings and good wishes to all ranks of the Army, veterans, civilians and their families, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh has said, “This day marks yet another year of the Army’s selfless service and commitment to the nation”.

“The year gone by is replete with acts of your bravery and unswerving sense of duty. You epitomize the very spirit of secularism, national integration and harmony” he has said.

When 2012 was observed as ‘Year of the Veterans’, General Singh has announced that this Millennium has been dedicated to the Veterans “to emphasize our resolve to strive for their betterment”.

“There will be many challenges ahead in the year to come. I am sure; we shall surmount these with added zeal, gusto and confidence that have been the hallmark of our great Army. Our efforts to upgrade the Army and make it technologically sound are beginning to bear fruit. Once completed, these will go a long way in making our Army more vibrant and dynamic”, General Singh has said.

“On behalf of the entire Army fraternity”, says he, “I salute all our comrades in arms, who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and those who sustained grave injuries while upholding the nation’s honor and security”.

Govt. mum on issues raised by ORISSA MATTERS; makes provisions to regularize illegal works of BRPL/Stemcor

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In these pages, on January 3, 2013, I had raised the question as to how Stemcor completed 95% of its Project sans entitlement, specifically in absence of a valid MoU.

Suppressing the fact that this London based foreign company will be the end beneficiary of the project involved, the Government of Orissa run by Naveen Patnaik had signed a MoU with a cover called Brahmani River Pellets Limited (BRPL) on 15 March 2007, which, when executed, would cause massive loss and disadvantages to the people, as shown in my article referred to above and a subsequent one published on 12 January 2013.

I had elaborated in those articles the illegalities committed by the company after lapse of the MoU on March 15, 2009.

Unidentifiable front men were engaged to browbeat me by hurling obnoxious words in form of comments, when the Government run by Naveen Patnaik was keeping mum on the company’s claim of completion of approximate 95% of the project sans entitlement.

The Government had to explain, how this foreign company working under a cover was admittedly carrying out its work for more than two years and three months till June 27, 2011 despite loss of validity of the MoU on March 15, 2009.

This was necessary for the people to know who in the Government acts a comprador to keep the eyes of administration closed to this company’s illegal activities.

Instead of explaining its inability to stop massacring of our biosphere by the foreigner Stemcor through its cover called BRPL in absence of a valid MoU, the government has promulgated a new guideline by notification No. 359 dated 15th January 2013 that aims at regularizing the company’s illegal activities.

The guideline at clause iv thereof says, “A fresh instrument will be signed allowing further time for establishment of the project after obtaining Government orders. The instrument will contain a clause providing that the actions done pursuant to the provisions of the existing MoU after expiry of the validity period will be treated to have been done as per the instrument”.

Readers now can use their sense of grasping to arrive at whether or not the State is running by compradors that make the Government dance to the tune of private companies, howsoever disastrous that be to the future of the State.

Journalist in medical: MUFP Appeals for financial support

Prameya TV person Jyoti Prakash Mishra, only 30 years in age, is in end stage renal disease with both the kidneys affected. According to Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar, where he is now under treatment, the only possible remedy lies in kidney transplantation.

Rs.6.6 lakhs is the cost of transplantation and care as estimated by the said hospital.

The family of Mishra having no capacity to organize this amount, Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) has invoked the extended family of the fraternity and humanity to come to his rescue.

MUFP Presidium comprising Prasanta Patnaik, Sampad Mohapatra, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Rabi Das, D.N. Singh, Prafulla Das, Gopal Mohapatra, Sudhir Patnaik and Dwijen Padhi has appealed all lovers of Free Press to contribute liberally to the treatment fund of Sri Mishra.

The support amount may please be deposited in Account No. 20026001893 in the I.R.C. Village Evening Branch of State Bank of India for his treatment.

Drops of water makes an ocean, the MUFP has stressed in its appeal.

Let us all join hands to save a very young and promising media person.