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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Independence Day Celebrations at ENC

On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, a Ceremonial Parade was held at the Eastern Naval Command today, 15 August 2018. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command took the salute and inspected a 50 men Armed Guard. He reviewed the platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments and Defence Security Corps indoors at the Command Gymnasium owing to inclement weather. Vice Admiral MS Pawar, Chief of Staff, ENC, was the Conducting Officer of the Parade which was attended by all Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships and establishments at Visakhapatnam and a number of service personnel, their families and veterans. The parade concluded with singing of the National Anthem by all present. The Commander-in-Chief conveyed good wishes and greetings to all personnel on parade and to their families on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day. He complemented the men on Parade for their immaculate turn-out and outstanding drill. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Karambhir Singh reiterated the need to remember the sacrifices of our martyrs who fought for our freedom and those who laid down their lives in service of the motherland. He also emphasized that as primary custodians of maritime security, we need to do our utmost in providing a favorable maritime environment for the country’s economic growth prosperity and well being. He reminded everyone present that with the changing security dynamics and the Governments Act East Policy, the proverbial Centre of Gravity in the maritime domain had shifted towards the eastern seaboard. It is therefore the responsibility of everyone in ENC to be prepared to face challenges from traditional to non-traditional asymmetric threats. Vice Admiral Karambhir Singh highlighted ENCs increasing engagement with friendly foreign navies towards strengthening our capabilities and interoperability. He also commended all personnel manning and supporting the ships for smooth transition to Mission Based Deployments aimed at maximizing time at sea with well defined outcomes in our areas of interest. Underscoring the need to ensure that the ships, submarines and aircraft remained combat ready at all times, he emphasised professional excellence by the personnel manning the platforms with rigorous on-job training and adherence to laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). He called upon all personnel of ENC to pull together and make a happy team honouring the core values of Naval Service – Duty, Honour & Courage and contribute to nation building. He emphasised the importance of nurturing the time tested Divisional System. In a parallel event at the "Victory at Sea" War Memorial on the Beach Road Vice Admiral SR Sarma, AVSM, VSM Director General Naval Projects, Visakhapatnam placed a floral wreath and paid tributes to Martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the Nation. A two minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the Martyrs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri visits Fiji

An Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahyadri entered Port of Suva on Monday on a goodwill visit to further strengthen bilateral relations with Fiji. The Naval Ship is visiting Republic of Fiji enroute to India after participation in the RIMPAC 2018 at Hawaii. During the visit, the Indian Naval Ship personnel will have professional interaction with their Republic of Fiji counterparts and the Ship will have an Open Day for general public on 14 August 2018. A Medical Camp will be organized in collaboration with Fijian Government where the doctors from India and Fiji will jointly perform Free Health Screening on 15 August 2018 from 10:00 hours to 16:30 hours at Ratu Sukuna Park, Suva where IN and RFMF bands will also perform jointly at 11:30 to 13:30 hours. Officers from INS Sahyadri, RFMF and Indian High Commission will also be participating in mangrove/ sandalwood planting activities on 14 August 2018 from 16:00 hours to 18:00 hours. The Ship will also be celebrating the 72nd Independence Day of India in the Port of Suva on 15 August 2018. INS Sahyadri (F49) is the third and latest ship among the Shivalik Class of indigenously built Stealth Frigates and forms a part of the Eastern Fleet of Indian Navy. INS Sahyadri draws her name from the beautiful, age-defying Western Coast (also known as Sahyadri ranges) stretching across 1600 Kms. along the Western Coast of India.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Second edition of Model United Nations concludes

The second edition of Model United Nations (MUN) was hosted by Navy Children School (NCS) Nausena Baugh campus Visakhapatnam on 11 and 12 August 18. The event was inaugurated by Commodore Sushant Dam, Director Maritime Warfare Centre (Vizag). Two model councils of the United Nations namely United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with the theme Situation in Syria and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with the theme Assessing the situation of fatal punishment across the Globe were conducted. More than 80 participants from over 10 schools in Vizag participated in the event representing various Countries of the World and debated about the contemporary themes. The Chairperson for the UNSC and UNHRC were Mr Fazil Razak and Mr Srinivasan from Chennai respectively. There was also a separate committee of students for media coverage and press release. The closing ceremony was held on 12 Aug 18 at the Navy Children School auditorium where the Director NCS gave away the prizes to the winners and participants. The best delegate award for both the councils were won by Ms Chitrangada Singh for UNSC and Ms Manya Karri for UNHRC, both from NCS Visakhapatnam. The MUN concluded with the release of the MUN journal and screening of the MUN movie by the media team.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Furniture gutted in Andhra University reading room

Furniture was gutted in the reading room adjacent to the Andhra University library after a fire broke out there in the early hours of Friday (10-08-2018). The benches and chairs in the room were reduced to cinders even as the employees tried to douse the flames. Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao, after visiting the reading room, asked Chief Librarian K. Visweswara Rao to lodge a police complaint. Its learnt that the AU officials were suspecting a foul play as there was reportedly no evidence of power short circuit. The officials announced closure of the reading room after the mishap. The necessary repairs would be done after the probe into the incident is completed, sources in Andhra University said.

Friday, August 10, 2018

WIPS celebrates formation day in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

Managing Director, Patra BPO Services & Chairperson of Information Technology Association of Andhra Pradesh, M. Lakshmi on Thursday (09-08-2018) highlighted the need for women to develop the culture of courage to encounter difficulties they face . She made this observation while speaking at the Women in Public Sector (WIPS) Formation Day organised in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Addressing the women employees of the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited RINL, the corporate entity of Viskhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), she suggested that women must learn to negotiate with the situation to emerge successful, citing that the government policies for women empowerment were yielding good results. "India has a young population and the next generation women will play a dominant role in various fields. Women workforce has been increasing rapidly in the country since 1990s," she pointed out. RINL-VSP Director (personnel) K.C. Das exhorted the women employees to work with commitment and focus on learning . Later, Mr. Das released the annual newsletter Disha being brought out by the WIPS-VSP, on the occasion. V. Padmavathi, DGM(HR) & Co-ordinator of WIPS read out the annual report, highlighting the achievements of women employees of RINL and their activities. Debasish Ray, Executive Director (Personnel & IR), R.V. Rao, GM(HR) and Honorary president of WIPS, senior officials and women employees were present on the occasion.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Relay Hunger Strike shifted to Gandhi Statue

Naval Dockyard Ex-apprentices Relay Hunger Strike is into 70+days and there was no action from Dockyard management to resolve the issue. On Saturday 04-08-2018 Malkapuram police approached the protesters and asked them to remove their tents at the Dockyard Main Gate citing Independence Day celebrations and traffic issues. But ex-apprentices were doing the protests peacefully and traffic was not interrupted not even a single day during their Relay Hunger Strikes. After discussions with Police Commissioner they were allowed to continue their protests at Gandhi Statue opp GVMC.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

All-India motor vehicle strike

Autorickshaw drivers unions affiliated to AITUC and CITU formed a Joint Action Committee on Tuesday and decided to observe a total autorickshaw bandh against the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill - 2017 and demanding for the withdrawal of bill.