Friday, 30 March 2012


UDHAMPUR: On the request of local populace residing in the rural areas of Udhampur district, who find it difficult to travel repeatedly to Udhampur or Jammu Government Hospitals for their medical treatment, Command Hospital Udhampur decided to reach out to this segment of needy people at their doorstep. 
A team of multi specialty doctors from the hospital examined the patients at a medical camp held on 02 Oct 11 in Pancheri village with facilities for Eye, ENT, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical, Surgical along with field Pathological Laboratory services. A large number of people from the surrounding areas turned for the medical camp. 
Majority of the people were treated as out patients. Women of reproductive age group were screened for cervical and breast malignancy and others were screened for diseases like anemia, hypertension and diabetes. Approx 2200 persons benefitted from the camp and 105 cases were screened for further follow up Eye, ENT treatment cum re-constructive surgeries at Command Hospital Udhampur.

Shri Gurudatta of village Pancheri suffering from cataract of both eyes was overcome by the concern of the doctors in removing his cataract and enabling him to see his near and dear ones after eight years. The patients were appreciative of the costly medicines given free of cost to them and further added that such medical camps go a long way in improving lives of poor and aged people in rural areas,
To commemorate the medical camp and follow up surgeries, a valedictory function was held at Command Hospital Udhampur on 28 Mar 12. Lt Gen Balbir Pama, SM, Chief of Staff, HQ Northern Command was the Chief Guest. He complimented the efforts of the Commandant, the doctors and paramedical staff for making the medical camp a success and lauded their hard work and dedication. He distributed free spectacles to patients with eye problems and interacted with them and their relatives.

Maj Gen BS Verma MG of Medical Branch, HQ Northern Command and Maj Gen DS Pathania, VSM, Commandant Command Hospital thanked the Chief Guest for gracing the occasion and his valuable guidance for future conduct of such camps. They also thanked the local administration for their whole hearted support and cooperation in organising the medical camp.


JAMMU: Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu and White Knight Corps jointly conducted a two day Seminar on Afghanistan Dynamics at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium. The Seminar concluded today with a round table discussion on India’s policy options in Afghanistan.  
The seminar titled ‘Afghanistan Dynamics : Impact on Regional and Strategic Environment’, was graced by eminent strategists and luminaries who generated discourses on present situation in Afghanistan. It started yesterday with the Inaugural Address by Lt Gen Balbir Pama, SM, Chief of Staff Northern Command, who defined the aim of the Seminar as being two folds. One, to see how India as a friend could contribute in Afghanistan’s rebuilding and secondly to see as to how the unfolding situation may affect India in general and J&K in particular, in the backdrop of US drawdown.   

The key note address was delivered by Ambassador KC Singh. Mr Singh highlighted how the society in Afghanistan was segmented and why the US withdrawal at this juncture was not in anybody’s interest. He said that Pakistan had overplayed its hand in opposing US and is now desperately trying for a reset of their equation. 

Prof MPS Ishar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Jammu University presided over the inaugural session. In his address The VC said, we should understand that countries act as per their permanent interests. The interests of big powers may not be in our favour and we should act as per our own strategic concerns.

Among the other eminent speakers were Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar, Dr SS Bloeria, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Central University, Prof GN Khaki from Kashmir University, economic expert Prof Nisar Ali, Prof Gulshan Dietl from JNU and many senior serving and retired army officers.

Spanned over four sessions and a round table, the Seminar covered subjects like Afghan political situation, resurgence of Taliban, stakes of India and other regional countries in Afghan nation building, implications of impending US withdrawal and India’s policy options.
Ambassador Bhadrakumar, who headed the Pakistan desk in MEA in the first half of nineties, said that we should not see Taliban from the prism of Western countries. We should endeavour to open our own communication channels with them and look for a regional cooperation framework. Good relations with Pakistan are a key to peace in the neighbourhood and Indian Government has initiated right steps in that direction. However, Mr Bhadrakumar said, the situation is fluid and we need to remain vigilant. We should not lower our guard on the border management front and do everything to prevent overflow of terror into our territory.

Most of the speakers in the final session were of the view that India faces a threat in the eventuality of US withdrawal and consequently Taliban regaining space in the polity of Afghanistan. It may have adverse impact on our security and India needs to gear up for the challenge by putting in place its internal security framework and revisiting the counter mechanisms.

In his concluding remarks Lt Gen A S Nandal, AVSM, SM, GOC White Knight Corps said, “There is an increasing realization amongst the world community today that dealing with terrorism is an extremely complex process and there are no quick fix solutions”. He further added that “India’s strategic vision for Afghanistan is based on belief that economic and human resource development is the best way to deal with myopic ideologies which are trying to push mankind back to medieval times.  

It is heartening to see that most countries in the world, including bulk of our neighbors, today agree with our vision and policies. Our challenge lies in preventing the spillover of Taliban ideology and the resultant violence into our country, especially in J&K. The challenge is immense, but not insurmountable. By employing skillful diplomacy and other means available to the state we can overcome this challenge”.

The Seminar was attended by students of Jammu University in large numbers. It set another milestone by involving Bhaderwah Campus also through a video conference. Students of Bhaderwah raised relevant issues at the end of each session and the initiative was appreciated by one and all.