Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Defend India’s borders with all your might, Arun Jaitley tells forces

Referring to cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, defence minister Arun Jaitley said the Indian Army continues to be vigilant on the LoC in defending the nation. Photo: PTI Referring to cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, defence minister Arun Jaitley said the Indian Army continues to be vigilant on the LoC in defending the nation. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: In the backdrop of rising cross border terror activities in Kashmir and standoff with China in Dokalam, defence minister Arun Jaitley on Monday called upon the armed forces to defend the country’s borders with “all its might”.
In a strong message to Pakistan, he asked it to refrain from continuing with “abhorrent acts” of terrorism against India and reminded Islamabad of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on 29 September last year on terror launch pads.
He said “significant casualties” were caused to terrorists and those providing support to them in the surgical strikes. While referring to contributions of countless patriots in India’s freedom struggle, Jaitley without directly referring to any country, said the nation now looks at the armed forces to defend its borders.
“The nation now looks to you to defend its borders with all your might and to the best of your strength and abilities so that all our people sleep in peace tonight, so that we all see a new dawn together, tomorrow and to take our country to new heights of peace and prosperity for all our people,” he said.
The comments assumed significance as armies of India and China are locked in a face-off in Dokalam for the past eight weeks. The defence minister was addressing the armed forces personnel in a customary radio broadcast on the eve of the 71st Independence Day.
Referring to cross border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley said the armed forces personnel continue to be vigilant on the Line of Control in defending the nation as “our adversary continues with its abhorrent acts”. “Despite our repeated requests to our Western neighbour not to use our territory occupied by it not only to train terrorists but also use it as launch pad for pushing these militants into India, such nefarious activities continued,” he said.
Jaitley said India ran out of patience as these terrorists were not only targeting the armed forces but also civilians and based on credible inputs, the Indian Army had conducted surgical strikes on 29 September last year at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists.
“The operations were focused on ensuring that these terrorists did not succeed in their design to cause destruction and endanger the lives of our citizens. During these counter terrorist operations significant casualties were caused to terrorists and those providing support to them,” he said.
“Even now our jawans continue to be vigilant on the Line of Control, defending the nation, as our adversary continues with its abhorrent acts. Some of our soldiers continue to make the supreme sacrifice while defending our motherland. The nation is indebted to their martyrdom,” he further said.
Hailing sacrifice of the armed forces, Jaitley assured them that the government will do all that is necessary to keep their morale high and to meet their functional requirements. Listing initiatives for welfare of the security personnel, he said the government has taken decision on recommendations of the 7th pay commission on allowances, which will benefit 14 lakh personnel.
He said rates of Siachen allowance for extreme risk and hardship has been increased from Rs14,000 per month to Rs30,000 per month while counter insurgency operations allowance was increased from between Rs3,000 and Rs11,700 per month to between Rs6,000 and Rs16,900 per month.
He said territorial army allowance has been hiked from between Rs175 and Rs450 per month to Rs1,000 and Rs2,000 per month. Jaitley said the benefits of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme started reaching the ex-servicemen and families since last year.
“Till 10 July this year, a sum of Rs4,156 crore and Rs2,385 crore have been paid towards first and second instalments of OROP arrears to around 20,40,000 Ex- Servicemen/family pensioners and 15,93,000 Ex-Servicemen respectively.
“Further, a sum of Rs2,250 crore has also been paid to 15,13,000 ex-servicemen as third instalments of OROP arrears. The government is also sympathetically considering the report of the one-man judicial committee headed by justice L. Narasimha Reddy on OROP to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP and will take decision soon,” he said.
Jaitley also said that the government has enhanced penury grant to non-pensioner ex-servicemen/widows to Rs4,000 per month from the existing rate of Rs1,000 per month. The defence minister also mentioned about the a campaign to have a ‘Wall of Valour’ in 1,000 educational institutions across the country. “Portraits of Param Vir Chakra decorated soldiers will be displayed at designated places on educational campuses to instil sense of nationalism among the students,” he said.
(Source- Livemint)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

INTO THAT HEAVEN OF FREEDOM...Greetings on Independence Day!

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action;

Into that heaven of freedom, My Father, 
let my country awake.

~ Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

(Source- Via Gp e-mail from Lt Col BGV Kumar (Retd)

An Old Hyderabadi 's Message :: May India conquer all black forces and become truly magnificent. Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind

On Independence today I am doing to do what I would like every one of my friends on Facebook (Those who are Indian) do. Be Indian for the next one year. Don't be a Muslim, nor a HIndu, neither a sikh or even a christian - just be Indian.

Before I shift into Independence mode in order to help my brethren I would like them to contemplate on what Ambedkar said off the Muslims. The man said it over seventy years ago. I leave it to you to decide whether he was right or not:
".. Hinduism is said to divide people and in contrast Islam is said to bind people together. This is only a half-truth. For Islam divides as inexorably as it binds. Islam is a close corporation and the distinction that it makes between Muslims and non-Muslims is a very real, very positive and very alienating distinction. The brotherhood of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is brotherhood of Muslims for Muslims only. There is a fraternity, but its benefit is confined to those within that corporation. For those who are outside the corporation, there is nothing but contempt and enmity. ... "

This was no scathing indictment by Ambedkar on Islam just a reminder that its time that every Muslim start to become an Indian first and then follow his religion.

May India conquer all black forces and become truly magnificent. 
Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind.

Saad Bin Jung's  Independence Day Message

(Source : Via Gp e-mail from  A Sunder Rajan, Vet)

The President of the Republic of India, has Conferred Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wg. Cdr. Ravinder Ahlawat. Citation for the Award is nicely depicted below.

Depicting the daredevil act of Wing Commander R Ahlawat.
Image may contain: airplane and outdoor
On 26 Jul 16, Wg Cdr Ravinder Ahlawat was authorized to carry out a 'Range Instructional Technique' (RIT) sortie over Pokharan Range in Mirage 2000 Trainer aircraft as the captain of the aircraft, occupying the front cockpit. While carrying out "Pull Up Attack" circuit, at 500 ft above ground level at high speeds and in a turn, the aircraft experienced a Bird Hit. The severity of the impact shattered the canopy perspex completely and the bird hit Wg Cdr Ahlawat, damaging his helmet, breaking his visor and injuring his face, neck, arms and chest resulting in profuse bleeding and nearly incapacitating him. The bird also broke the glass separator between the front and the rear cockpit as well. The impact also damaged the front pilot ejection system.
Due to the injuries, blood streaming down his face and bird remains, Wg Cdr Ahlawat had limited vision available from his left eye only. Despite the nature of his injuries, shock of impact, high wind blast and minimal reaction time since the aircraft was flying at low level, he took all the emergency actions correctly to save the aircraft and people of a village in close vicinity of the Pokharan range. During recovery, the rear pilot could not see the runway due to the perspex being obscured. Without the front pilot taking over and landing, the aircraft would have to be abandoned. There were significant chances of ejection system failure due to damage to the same. Displaying gallantry and upholding the virtues of "service-before-self", Wg Cdr Ahlawat used his one hand to open his left eye, took over the controls with the other hand and despite incapacitating injuries, limited binocular vision and with the canopy perspex blown off, he executed a safe landing on the nearest runway of an Air Force Base which resulted in saving of an expensive national asset and lives on ground.
For this act of gallantry, Wing Commander Ravinder Ahlawat is awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
Credits; Saurav Jain
(Source- FB post of Subin Raju)

Sunday, August 13, 2017


 12 Aug 2017
Dear Friends,
1.         You are fully aware of the way Military is being downgraded and degraded. Govt continues to remain adamant by not even replying to numerous letters written to PM  & RM on the above issues.
2.         Jantar Mantar Protest Movement commenced to get Actual OROP Implemented.  Not only the OROP Anomalies have not been rectified, it seems the Govt has closed the file.  One Man Judicial Committee Report which was submitted to Govt on 26 Oct 2016 has neither been made public nor implemented even after the then RM Mr. Parikar’s assurance that it will done by 15th Mar 2017.  The committee constituted in 2006 to resolve 6th CPC Anomalies did not meet for 10 years. 
3.         Serving Chiefs are also the Chiefs of Veteran Defence Personnel.  It is surprising to note that they have also not replied to any of our letters written to them requesting them to intervene to resolve above issues. 
4         Protesting Veterans are being denied their right to be heard.  We heard the New Vice President yesterday in Rajay Sabha saying to Parliamentarians to Debate, discuss & decide; is it not applicable to the issues of Welfare being projected by Veteran Defence Personnel to the Govt?  Right to be heard is the Core Value of Good Governance in a Democracy. 
5.         790 days at Jantar Mantar and total neglect by the Govt.  Calling Protesting Veterans as Negative people to say the least is Unfair and Unjust. You are all aware that what has been implemented is not OROP but only one time increase in pension.  However, the Govt has been misinforming the nation that OROP has been implemented.
6.         We have been requesting for Meeting with PM and RM which is being denied.  Unwritten blockage of media on Defence Veterans affairs since 12 Sep 2016 is also unfair.
7.         Our OROP Case in SC is taking too long a time.  The next date mentioned in SC schedule is 18 Aug 2017.  We are not sure if it will take place.  Court Case will go on for a long time.
8.         Inspite of Honble Hight Court Judgement, our Bank Account has not been opened for withdrawals.  May we appeal to veterans to kindly voluntarily contribute for the logistic Management of the Protest Movement.
9         We also request those veterans who have been suggesting closing down Jantar Mantar to suggest alternate option to be adopted to get Actual OROP Implemented and lead the same.  Our similar requests earlier have had “No takers”. 
10.         Under the circumstances, it is imperative and necessary to continue Protest at Jantar Mantar to raise our voice for Justice.  We, therefore appeal to all members of the Defence Veterans Fraternity to visit Jantar Mantar regularly to showcase solidarity to the Cause.  Your “Yogdan” is requested please.
            With regards,                                               
            Yours Sincerely,
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)                                                                                     United Front of Ex Servicemen Jantar Mantar                                                               Tele No: 0124 -4110570 & Mobile: 9312404269,                                              


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Books for Medical Students: Children of ESM only (also Chemistry books)

Dear All

Gp Capt Sharma had been kind enough to donate some books which would be useful for medical students.

List attached.

First preference: Children of Ex-Servicemen

Those interested may come to the Directorate with a copy of their ID Card and Medical college ID card of their children.

The books will be given free of cost.  No payment required.

Thanks and Regards,

Col.P.Ramesh Kumar (Retd)
Director, Sainik Welfare

Ser No
Book Title

Practical Aspects of Pediatrics
Dr Mayoor K Chheda
3rd Edition

Essential Pediatric
OP Ghai, Piyush Gupta
VK Paul
5th Edition
Croftor and Doughlas’s Respiratory diseases
Antony Seaton, Douglas Seaton,   A Gordon Leitch
5th Edition
Medicine(Preparation Manual for Under Graduates)
K George Mathew

Manual of Practical Obstetrics and gynecology
AM Virkud
2nd Edition
Hutchison’s Clinical Methods
Michael Swash
21st Edition

Text Book of Orthopedics
John Ebnezar
2nd Edition

International English Language Testing System
Dr Lin Loughed, Ed.D

Principles and Practice of Medicine
Christopher Haslett, Edwin R Chilvers,Nicholas A Boon

19th Edition (50th Anni Edition)
Postgraduate Medicine
Dr Ashok Kumar Das
Vol   - XXIV

How to beat the Heart Disease Epidemic among South Asians
Dr Enas A Enas

Localization in Clinical Neurology
Paul W Brazis, Jose C Masdeu
Joe Biller
5th Edition
Stroke in Children and Young Adults
Jose Biller
2nd Edition
Manipal Manual of surgery
K Rajgopal, Shenoy

Fundamental of Bio Chemistry
Dr AC Deb

Conquest of diabetes by Diet and Exercise
Hemraj B Chandalia,SV Modi

Current Medical Diagnosis  and Treatment
Stephen J Mcphee,Maxine A Papadakis,Lawrence M Tierney, Jr

Dorland’s illustrated Medical Dictionary
32nd Edition
Text Book of Pathology
Harsh Mohan
4th Edition

J Maheshwari

3rd Edition
Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System
Sheila Sherlock,James Dooley

Medicine Update
(Proceedings of scientific Sessions)
SK Bichile, NK Hase, SS Mehta

APICOM 2008 (Kochi)
Medknow Publications
Ref 2nd Edn

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
MC Graw Hill
Vol 2
Cunningham’s Manual of Practical Anatomy
GJ Romanes
15th Edition
Practical Medicine
PJ Mehta’s
19th Edition

Medicine for PGMEE
Ashish Gupta,Amit Tripathi
Vol 1
Medicine for PGMEE
Ashish Gupta, Amit Tripathi
Vol 2
Principles of internal Medicine
MC Graw Hill
16th Edition

Respiratory Diseases 2
Anthony Seaturi, Douglas Seaton
5th Edition
Mudit Khanna
2nd Edition

Medicine Update (Proceedings of scientific Sessions)
Murlidhar S Rao,MiIind Y Nadkar
APICON 2010 (Jaipur)
A Short Text Book of Psychiatry
Niraj Ahuja
5th Edition
Pathologic basis of Disease
Ramzi S Cotram, MD Vinay Kumar, Tucker Collins
6th Edition
Manual of Practical Physiology
Proof AK Jain

Diseases of Ear, Nose  and Throat
PL Dhingra

ECG Guide

Series 1

Clinical Electrocardiography
7th Edition

API Text Book of Medicine
Siddharth N Shah
7th Edition

Principles of Neurology
Allan H Ropper
Robert H Brown
8th Edition
Principles and practice of emergency Medicine
Praveen Agarwal, LR Murmu,
CS Yadav

Neurological Complications of systemic Disease
Michael J Aminoff
Chapter 53
Kevin Duff,Jane s Paulsem
Chapter 37
Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders
David C Preston
Barbar E Shapiro
2nd Edition
Manual of Practical Anatomy
GJ Romanes

Dr KPS Dhama Dr (Mrs) Suman Dhama

Di Fiore’s Atlas of Histology
Victor PEroschenko
7th Edition
Text Book of Medicine
Dr Siddharth, N Shah
8th Edition
Vol 2
Principles of Internal Medicine
17th Edition
Vol 2
Adams and Victor’s
Principles of Neurology
Ropper Samuels
9th Edition
An Introduction to Electrol Cardiography
Colin Schamroth
7th Edition
Practical Clinical Biochemistry
Ranjna Chawla
2nd Edition

Macleod’s Clinical Examination
John F Munro,Ian W Campbell
10th Edition
Textbook of Microbiology
R Ananthanarayan,CKJ Paniker
6th Edition
Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry
Robert K Murray, Daryl K Granner
Victor W Rodwell
27th Edition
Mudaliar and Menonb’s Clinical Obstetrics
AL MudaliarMK  Krishna Menon
9th Edition
Text Book of Human Histology
Inderbir Singh
3rd Edition

Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary
28th Edition
API Text Book of Medicine
Siddharth N Shah
8th Edition
Vol 1
Short Practice of Surgery
RCG Russell, Normans SWilliams Christopher JK Bulstrode
24th Edition
Practical Guidelines on Fluid therapy
Dr Sanjay Pandya
2nd Edition
Human Embryology
Inderbir Singh
6th Edition

Medical Parasitology
CK Jayaram Panikar
4th Edition

Disease of Ear, Nose and Throat
PL Dhingra
3rd Edition
Human Anatomy(Neuroanatomy)
AK Datta
4th Edition
Surface and Radiological Anatomy
A Halim
2nd Edition
Manual of Practical Anatomy
GJ Romanes
15th Edition
Vol 3
Principles of Internal Medicine
17th Edition
Vol 1
Principles of Internal Medicine
18th Edition
Vol 1
Principles of Internal Medicine
18th Edition
Vol 2
Manipal Medical Manual
Vidya Sagar, Aacharya
4th Edition

Reviews in Neurology
Sudesh Prabhakar, Arun B Taly

Beside Clinics in Medicine
Dr Arup Kumar Kundu
4th Edition
Part 1
Essentials of
Medical Pharmacology
KD Tripathi
4th Edition
Self Study guide Post Graduate Medical Admission Test
CK Sinha

AK Khurana
2nd Edition

Text Book of Bio chemistry
AVSS Rama Rao
8th Edition

Text Book of Obstetrics
DC Dutta

Text Book of Gynecology
VG Padubidri Shirish N Daftary
12th Edition
Symptoms and Signs in Clinical Medicine
Colin Ogilvie,
Christopher C Evans
12th Edition

I am also keen to donate Chemistry Books and Notes for the level of +1 & +2 and for competitive exams. 

Should anyone be keen they are most welcome to contact me.  mahesh khorana


(Source- Via Gp e-mail)