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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

From Today's Papers - 29 Dec 2015

Former defence personnel start up on biz front
Colonel Rajeev Mannali trained to kill but al ways had a desire to save lives.After dedicating over 33 years to the Indian Army , he retired in January 2009 to pursue his passion for healthcare. He's not alone. Armed with credentials and field experience, several former defence personnel are increasingly venturing into entrepreneurship Mannali worked with hospitals in Kerala and Vellore for five years before starting Healthy World in 2013, a consultancy firm to assist those who wanted to enter the healthcare space. He now focuses on his pet project -a hospital that will focus on prevention rather than cure. For him, the transition from the strict army life to a civilian way demanding. "First, I deliberately forgot my army life to understand a civilian's life.Then, I retrieved all the values that I learnt in the army and infused it in my life as a civilian," said Mannali.

For some, the central idea comes even from an unfortunate incident. When the infamous sexual assault by an Uber driver in Delhi came to light in 2014, R N Jayaprakash, founder, Agni Group, and Saleem Ali, former special director of CBI, decided to come together and build an organization that would help bring down the ris ing rate of crimes in the country. Thus Fourth Force, a Chennai-headquartered background verification company backed by senior ex-law enforcement personnel from CBI, RAW , RPF, and the state police, was born. With an office in each state across the country , over 135 people on the field and a proprietary platform for seamless integration of work, the company is set to provide due diligence services for the corporate, BFSI and domestic sector. Even as the company was just launched last week, 15-16 companies have already evinced interest.

Colonel Samrendra Kumar, who retired from the army in 2007 after 21 years of active service, set up Mitkat Advisory Services in 2010 to provide risk management consultancy services along with an ex-Navy officer Pavan Desai. With over 100 clients in the banking and oil sector, Kumar believes his stint in the ar my instilled in him values such as leadership and team work that have helped him succeed. Kumar has also founded Def Mart, a social, for-profit enterprise that provides energy efficiency products, and Idea on India, a conclave for entrepreneurship ideas. "My days in the army taught me valuable lessons of delegation and commitment to excellence which are critical to running a business as well," said Kumar.

Colonel Manjeet Singh Bilochpura's brief association with former President Abdul Kalam and other personalities like Ratan Tata inspired him to set off on his own. After over 22 years of service, he set up Lancers Army School in Surat, Gujarat in 1992. Bilochpura, who is a first-generation entrepreneur, owns several resorts in Goa. Besides a thriving agriculture business, he also has a real estate and construction business in Mumbai and Rajasthan.
Indian army repatriates Pakistan national
A Pakistani national who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) into Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district was repatriated on Monday as a goodwill gesture, an army official said.

"Abdul Rehman, son of Asgar Ali from Barnala tehsil of Bhimber, had inadvertently crossed over to India on December 16 this year.

"Indian Army informed Pakistan about his details. After confirmation by the Pakistan government, he was repatriated at Chakan-da-Bagh crossing on the LoC in Poonch district on Monday," army's northern command spokesman Col. S.D.Goswami told IANS.
Send your daughters to fight for India, appeals Indian Army Chief
New Delhi, Dec 27: Stressing on the need to empower girls, Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday said that he wants maximum girls to join armed forces.
“Give your daughters the best education and opportunities that are at par with boys to prepare them as future soldiers of the country,” Suhag was quoted as saying by Time of India during his first visit to his native village Bishan in Haryana’s Jhajjar district after assuming the office of Indian Army chief.
Well received by his fellow villagers, Suhag also sought blessings from his clan deity. He was accompanied by his wife and children.
Suhag said that if he could become army chief after studying under the trees in Bishan, then they could achieve anything in life. Suhag said that he wants to see more defence officers from the village on General rank. He also announced to institute two scholarships of Rs 2,100 each which would be given to the meritorious students of the school every year. The scholarship would continue till his lifetime, TOI report stated.

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