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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

INS Rana at South Korea to Participate in IFR

INS Rana which is currently on Operational Deployment to the North West Pacific region in the pursuance of India’s Act East Policy, arrived Jeju, Repubic of Korea to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR) being held at from 08 – 15 Oct 18. During the 7 day visit, INS Rana, commanded by Capt Atul Deswal will have a series of confidence building engagements with Republic of Korea Navy and other foreign Navies participating in the IFR. During the visit, the ship will be actively participating the engagements related to IFR. A Naval Contingent will be part of the opening ceremony. The ship will also be a part of the various other sport, cultural events and will host reception onboard as per the IFR schedule. The historical cultural links between India and the Republic of Korea have laid the foundation of vibrant bilateral relations between the two countries. These include the growing economic engagements and military to military interactions.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Japan And India (JIMEX 18) to commence at Visakhapatnam

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma – a Guided Missile Destroyer arrived at Visakhapatnam on 07 October 2018. The JMSDF Ships under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4), would be participating in the third edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) with the ships of Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy (IN) from 07 to 15 October 18. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe the best practices of each other. The India will be represented by three indigenously designed and built warships and a Fleet Tanker. The ships participating are INS Satpura, multipurpose stealth frigate, INS Kadmatt, Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, Missile Corvette and INS Shakti, the Fleet Tanker. In addition, one submarine, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft and a number of integral helicopters would also be participating in the exercise. The Indian ships participating would be under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. JIMEX 18, spread over eight days, will comprise a Harbour Phase and a Sea Phase of four days each. The Harbour Phase of the exercise scheduled from 07 to 10 October 18 will include professional and social interactions between ship’s crews, sports fixtures and operational planning for the Sea Phase. The Sea Phase would include Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) Drills, Gun Firings, Cross Deck Helo Operations and coordinated operations in Anti-Submarine/ Anti-Air threat scenarios. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in Dec 2013 off Chennai. The conduct of JIMEX-18 after five years is indicative of an upswing in the Indo-Japanese defence relations and the continued efforts of both Governments to work closely to enhance safety and security of the global commons in keeping with ‘rule based order’. It is pertinent to highlight that JMSDF is a regular participant in the Malabar series of exercises between Indian and US Navies. In addition, the ships of the two navies have been working in close coordination in Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (GoA) for the past few years. JMSDF Ships also participated in the recently concluded MALABAR 18 off Guam (along with Indian and US Navy units) in the Pacific Ocean in Jun and biennial multilateral exercise RIMPAC-18 off Hawaii, USA.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Navy Day 2018

The celebrations started with a Mega Blood Donation Camp organised as humanitarian effort by the Eastern Fleet at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam on 05 October 2018. The blood donation camp was inaugurated by Captain Vikram Mehra Commanding Officer INS Ranjit. There was an overwhelming response from volunteers amongst the uniformed and Defence civilians, wherein 268 personnel donated blood which was handed over to NTR Trust Blood Bank and would be utilized to those in need especially for Dengue patients and road traffic accident victims. Other events being organised as part of the Navy Day celebrations this year include a Organ Donation Seminar, Special Children visit to INS Dega and Eastern Fleet ships, Public performances of Naval Band, two more Blood Donation Camps and an Outreach Program along with a Medical Camp in November. The most popular event, the fourth edition of Vizag-Navy Marathon is scheduled on 18 Nov. Naval ships will be open to school children on 24 and 25 Nov. On the occasion of the Navy Day, the ENC will conduct a Naval Operational Display on 04 December at the RK Beach highlighting the multi dimensional warfare capability of the Indian Navy in protecting the vast maritime borders and interests of the country. Rehearsal for the Op Demo would be held on 28 Nov, 30 Nov and final dress rehearsal is scheduled on 03 Dec 18.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Buddhist Heritage Site - Thotalakonda

Construction work continuing on ancient Buddhist Heritage Site - Thotalakonda in violation of court orders and Government Orders despite an assurance by the District Collector to members of INTACH on Monday that work would be stopped.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rich tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi in Vizag

RINL, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant joined the Nation in celebrating the "Father of the Nation", Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in Ukkunagaram today with much enthusiasm. Sri P K Rath, CMD, RINL garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Ukkunagaram. Addressing the gathering, Sri P K Rath recalled the services, principles and the high moral values of Mahatma Gandhi and said that his principle of non-violence is a unique tool with which he fought and won us Independence. Mahatmas principle of cleanliness is the basis of overall improvement of the society as well as the nation, he added. He explained that the Swachata Bharat drive initiated by our Honble PM which works on Gandhijis principle provides a hygienic environment and thus paves a path for clean thoughts. He also said that Gandhijis principle of business which emphasizes the importance of customer holds good forever in the business environment. He exhorted RINL collective to contribute for nation building by realizing the goals of the organization. As part of Sarvamatha Prardhana, special prayers were recited by members of all religions as a mark of respect to the Father of the Nation on the occasion. Sri P Raychaudhury Director (Commercial), Sri KC Das, Director (Personnel), Sri VV Venugopala Rao, Director (Finance) also paid floral tributes o Mahatma Gandhi. Shri P K Rath distributed "Swachhta Puraskars" to various departments for their exemplary contribution to swachhta activities undertaken during the fortnight campaign. To commemorate the occasion, CMD also distributed wheel chairs and adoptive devices to persons with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Prosthetics, Orthotics, Spine Braces & Callipers to Amputees under CSR initiative of RINL. These devices will enable the beneficiaries to lead a better life. This project taken up through The Ability People at an estimated cost of Rs.10 Lakhs will benefit a total of 60 persons, which include 38 persons with Spinal Cord Injury and 22 amputees. Senior officers of RINL, representatives of SEA, union leaders SC&ST association, representatives of Women in Public Sector, school children and large number of employees participated. At Andhra University (AU), rector prof. K. Gayatri paid floral tributes to the Father of the Nation.