Sunday, 25 March 2012


SURANKORE:  In its endeavour to channelize resourceful energy of youth in constructive manner a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion under the aegis of Romeo Force conducted a two week vocational training on Light Vehicle Maintenance at Daraba for unemployed youth hailing from village Bafliaz and adjoining area. The training got concluded today. The aim of the training was to enable the youth for self employment. 

Md Saduk said that these kind of training courses give opportunities to young section of society to set up their own small business and help them earn their livelihood leading to better financial status in the society. Mr Wazir Khan, Village head, one of the participants thanked the army for having trained them, and told that this was an excellent opportunity for them to learn new skills through first hand training and thereafter use this skill to supplement their income. People lauded the efforts of Rashtriya Rifles unit in enabling and empowering the local youth through this training programme.



 UDHAMPUR: The Annual Northern Army Commander’s Invitational Golf Cup was played at the Dhruva  Environmental  Park & Training  Area (DEPTA) Udhampur on 25 Mar 2012. HE The  Governor of  J&K Shri NN Vohra  inaugurated the  tournament by ‘Teeing -Off’ alongwith   Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM,
UYSM, YSM, GOC-in-C Northern Command.

The trophy is rolling trophy, presently held with  Dhruva  Golf  Club which were the winners of the Army Commanders  Cup in 2010. Seven ‘four balls ‘ each, comprising of a combined team of  Kashmir  Golf
Club, Srinagar- Jammu & Kashmir  Golf  association played versus  the combined  Army &  Air Force team.  The event was played as Stableford over eighteen holes in accordance with the  rules of  “ The Royal and
Ancient  Golf  Course of  St.  Andrews” and  local rules of  Dhruva Golf  Course, Udhampur.  Best  eight cards from these were considered to decide the winners.

 Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, GOC-in-C Northern Command and     Mrs  Anagha  Parnaik, Regional  President , Central  Welfare Organization distributed the  prizes to the winners  &  Runners-up in
the various categories from  Best  Gross Score , Max No of  Birdie, Longest Drive , Closet – To-Pin  .  A special ‘putting’ event was also conducted for the ladies. The event was attended by a host of  Defence and civil dignitaries .


KISHTWAR: In the series of Op Sadbhavana activities conducted by the Army, a grand  function was organised on 24 Mar 2012 by Rashtriya Rifle Battalion deployed in Kishtwar to hand over the study material and furniture provided to Govt Primary School at Village Sonabathi (Palmar), Kishtwar district under the aegis of Op Sadbhavana by the Sector Rashtriya Rifle. 

 The function was inaugurated by the Commanding Officer of the Rashtriya Rifle Battalion with the opening address in which he highlighted the importance of education and competitive environment for the students.  He further spoke about the various projects being planned under Op Sadbhavana by the Army.  Thereafter, the Chief Guest of the function  Mr Manoj Kumar, Sarpanch of Sonabathi spoke about the contribution of the Army to the society and the various projects undertaken by Army .

He further spoke about the importance of education for students and also urged them to take the full advantage of facilities being provided.  He also spoke about the noble cause taken up by the Army to help local population by provisioning of furniture to school.  Later  Mr Ranjit Singh, Headmaster, Govt Primary School Sonabathi thanked the Army for the assistance to the school.  Among the other guest included the education fraternity, school children and the civil dignitaries.   

The school children had also organised a colourful cultural presentation which was appreciated by all those present. The study material and furniture provided to the school will be of great assistance as the school did not have any and the children were perforce made to sit on the ground causing great inconvenience and discomfort.  The children hail from very poor families and cannot afford even the basic requirements of education.  The provision of school bags and tiffin boxes to the children will brighten their prospects of attending school regularly and avoid the feeling of deprivation.  Similarly, the teachers in the school have been provided with tables and chairs which is befitting their status and has provided additional impetus to impart quality education. It has totally changed the appearance of the class/staff rooms and will certainly benefit the students and locals in equal measure.