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Sunday, 13 December 2015

From Today's Papers - 13 Dec 2015

Tokyo to be permanent partner in navy exercise that riled China
Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
Today’s military-diplomatic moves between India and Japan fit into what, among strategic circles, is referred to as a “security diamond”—an alliance or a close-knit group comprising India, the US, Japan and Australia.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in a joint statement today made it clear that Japan would be a permanent partner in the much-watched navy exercise named “Malabar” – the last one conducted in the Bay of Bengal in October included a “hunt for a submarine”.

The joint statement said: “The two prime ministers welcomed Japan’s participation in the India-US Malabar exercises on a regular basis, as it would help create stronger capabilities to deal with maritime challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.” This is what India tried in 2007 and then backed off under pressure from China that had protested against such an India-US-Japan grouping and termed it “anti-China”.

The “security diamond” got boost recently when India-Japan-Australia launched their trilateral dialogue in addition to the existing India-US-Japan dialogue. The moves fall in place with Prime Minister Abe’s advocated “security diamond” policy. In December 2012, Abe in an essay posted on the website of Project Syndicate, a Prague- and New York-based non-profit syndicate of newspapers from around the world saying, “I envisage a strategy whereby Australia, India, Japan and the US state of Hawaii form a diamond to safeguard the maritime commons stretching from the Indian Ocean region to the western Pacific.”
519 Gentlemen Cadets pass out from IMA
Himanshu Kumar Lall

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 12
As many as 519 gentlemen cadets, including 50 from abroad, passed out from the portals of the Indian Military Academy amid a colourful ceremony here today.

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh, who reviewed the passing out parade, asked the cadets to utilise the lessons of determination and courage learnt at the prestigious institute for the service of their country.

The cadets displayed their marching skills to the tunes of ‘Col Bogey’ and ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’ in front of the historic Chetwode Hall. Gen Dalbir Singh said the bond of camaraderie that was established among the cadets during their training would get strengthened in the future. He said the pre-commission training had prepared them to face the toughest of the challenges. He asked them to remain updated on tactics, warfare, arms and equipment.

The Army Chief gave away prizes. The coveted Sword of Honour award was bagged by Lalit Thapaliyal for best all-round performance. The Gold Medal went to Abhishek Kumar Singh while Somanagouda Mulimani was awarded the Silver Medal. Among foreign cadets, Nabin Shrestha from Nepal was given the Silver Medal. The Chief of Army Staff Banner was presented to Hajipir Company.

Uttar Pradesh accounted for the highest number of 74 cadets, followed by Haryana with 67 and Bihar, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan with 29 each. Of the cadets, 382 were from 137 Regular Course and 87 from 120 Technical Graduate Course and 50 from five friendly nations: Afghanistan (31), Tajikistan (10), Maldives (6), Nepal (2) and Sri Lanka (1).
Doon boy Lalit Thapliyal wins Sword of Honour
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 12
Academy Under Officer (AUO) Lalit Thapliyal, the winner of the Sword of Honour, says youths should come forward in a large number to join Indian defence forces. Thapliyal is a Rimcollian, a former student of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), and his father DN Thapliyal was vice-principal of the RIMC. He is from Dehradun. His elder sister, Capt Swarnima Thapliyal, is the person behind his success, he adds.

Thapliyal says rigorous training in the Indian Military Academy (IMA) makes Gentleman Cadets mentally and physically tough and helps them to overcome any challenge. He dedicates the award to his parents and says hard work with determinations always helps in achieving goals.

The gold medal awardee, AUO Abhishek Kumar Singh, is from Uttar Pradesh. He has done his schooling from Sainik School, Gorhakhal, Uttarakhand. The only son in the family, Abhishek wanted to join the Indian Army in deference to his father’s earnest desire.

The silver medal awardee, GC Iqbal Singh, is from Amritsar. He says his father retired Subedar Santokh Singh was his source of inspiration to join Army. Iqbal resigned from a renowned IT company to join the Army.

Another silver medal awardee, Battalion Under Officer Ravi Somanagouda Mulimani did his schooling from Sainik School, Bijapur, Karnataka. He says there are many misconceptions about the Indian Army. The Army service is a noble profession. Ravi has no Army background but it was his childhood dream to join the Army as he was always attracted to the olive green uniform.
Afghan cadets excel in passing-out parade
Himanshu Kumar Lall

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 12
Out of 50 Foreign Gentleman Cadets (FGCs), who participated in the passing-out parade, the maximum number of them (31) were from Afghanistan, followed by Tajikistan (10). Six FGCs were from Maldives, two from Sri Lanka and one from Nepal.

Nabin Shrestha from Nepal was adjudged the best cadet. Anwesh Gurung from Nepal said training helps in the overall development of a cadet. “Rigorous training, sports, drill and map-reading, extra-curricular activities shape the personality of an individual,” he added.

Jawad Ehsani from Afghanistan said the training at the IMA would help them neutralise terrorists in their country. He would share warfare techniques and counter-insurgency skills with his fellow officers when he joins the Afghan army. Similar feelings were expressed by cadet Hadir Rasa from Afghanistan.

FGC Adam Naseem from Maldives said the training schedule of the IMA for transforming young men to vibrant Army officers was the best in the world. Every cadet was mentally and physically groomed during the pre-commission training.

According to Naseem, the life of a Gentleman Cadet at the IMA was a tough one but it helped us to cope up with challenges in life.

FGC Dima from Tajikistan said the training at the IMA was scientifically-evolved and special focus was laid on the overall development of a cadet. He said the pre-commission training helps to improve cadets’ strength, endurance and swiftness.

It may be recalled that 1,863 FGCs have passed out from the portals of the IMA so far.
Highest number of cadets from UP
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 12

Uttar Pradesh has continued its tradition to send young and vibrant officers to the Indian Army in large numbers.

The figures issued by the IMA authorities state that the maximum number of Gentlemen Cadets to pass out were from Uttar Pradesh (74), followed by Haryana (67), while 29 cadets were from Uttarakhand, Bihar and Rajasthan each.

Interestingly, there was not even a single representation from Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Pondicherry, while one cadet each was from Gujarat, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.

There were 28 cadets from Kerala and Punjab each while there were 24 and 20 cadets from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, respectively.

The newly formed state of Telangana had seven officers, while 12 cadets each were from Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, and 16 from Jammu and Kashmir. Delhi had 23 gentleman cadets, while Karnataka and Jharkhand had 11 and seven cadets, respectively. The eastern states of Manipur and Assam had eight and five officers, respectively.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh and Odisha had three and two cadets, respectively.

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