Thursday, November 25, 2010

Adventure activities


Imphal, November 23: The spirit of Adventure lies dormant in each human heart. Adventure forms an essential component of military training. Adventure activities develop key leadership traits such as mental and physical robustness, team work, decision making and problem solving abilities.
ARMY ADVENTURE WING is the premier node for conduct of all adventure activities of Indian Army. ASC has always been forerunner in all kind of adventure activities specially Aero. The Army Aero Nodal Centre (AANC) for microlight flying proudly known as “FLYING RABBITS” was est on the directions of Army Adventure Wing at ASC School, Bareilly in 1996 and then shifted to ASC Centre (North) in May 99.
Twenty one courses on microlight have been conducted till now. The AANC has participated in Air shows at Leh, Lucknow, Pithoragarh, Ramgarh, Bangalore, Dehradun, Faizabad, Jhansi,Bhopal, Raipur and Ranchi.
The AANC, Gaya to its credit has 4 limca book of national records. They are; Longest distance flown by this category of Aircraft, Fly past with longest cloth banner (90 sq ft), First Indian women to fly the longest distance on this category of aircraft and the Longest distance covered in one day from Gaya to Dehradun, a distance of 964 kms in 7 Hrs 34 Min.Striving for something more adventurous and a bold leap into the next millennium, participation of various Army Adventure teams at international competitions/events is being planned /encouraged by AAW during 2010-11. An expedition was flagged off on 19 Nov 2010 from the ancient land of Lord Vishnu and Lord Buddha (Gaya) to the city of gardens (Bangalore) where they will be performing an Air show on the occasion of the 250th ASC Corps Day at ASC Centre & College on 08 Dec 2010.
The Expedition is led by Lt Col B M Talwar with Lt Col Anand P Adhaw, Lt Col A K Pandey, CHM J Suresh Kumar, Hav Ram Kumar and Hav Srinivas C K. The expedition is touching all state capitals and Union Territories of India covering a total distance of 12,340 km over an estimated period of 13 flying days. The expedition landed at Imphal on 23 Nov 10 and was flagged off by the Dy GOC 57 Mountain Division, Brig R S Grewal on 24 Nov 10 for their leg to Aizawl and onwards to Agartala. The expedition also plans to establish following World and National Records; Longest distance covered in One day by each type of aircrafts, Longest distance covered in Thirteen flying days by each type of aircrafts, Largest under Slung banner during Air show at Bangalore, Longest distance covered in One day in Formation flying and the Longest distance covered in Twelve days in Formation flying.

Nitish gets absolute majority in Bihar, RJD-LJP routed out


The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)-BJP alliance on Wednesday bagged 135 seats, 13 more than the simple majority, and was ahead in 70 other places in the 243-member Assembly. The Bihar election has written a new story, Kumar said as he prepared for a second stint as chief minister with voters sweeping his alliance with the BJP back to power.
The Bihar election has written a new story, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar said Wednesday as he prepared for a second stint as chief minister with voters sweeping his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party back to power. Stating that development had won in Bihar, Nitish Kumar said the people wanted to put the state on the path of progress and pointed out that this election had seen women voters come out in a big way. He described his victory as a victory of the people of Bihar.
He also said that after the people’s mandate, his responsibilities increased manifold. Taking a dig at the RJD, he termed the poll results as a defeat e of those who fought the election on the basis of caste.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and assured him that the Centre will work with the stategovernment for the development of Bihar. However, this did not deter Kumar from criticising the Prime Minister for the latter’s remark that the Nitih Government had failed to used the central funds. The BJP president Nitin Gadkari has termed the victory as a recognition of the JD(U)-BJP’s efforts for Bihar’s development.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi congratulated Nitish Kumar on the landslide victory of the JD(U)-BJP coalition. She also said that the party would have to postmortem its performance in the crucial election. She said that the Congress will have to rebuild itself from the scratch.
Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi lost election for both Raghopur and Sonepur Assembly seats. The wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was defeated by Satish Kumar of the ruling Janata Dal-United in Raghopur by a margin of 11,000 votes. It is a major setback to the RJD, which was routed by the ruling Janata Dal-United - Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in the Assembly Elections. Conceding the defeat, the RJD supremo offered all help to the new government.
LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan too congratulated Nitish but said that his party would closely monitor the performance of the government as a responsible opposition. RJD-LJP alliance suffered major reverses bagging only ten seats and leading in 16 other places against its tally of 64 last time. Congress too suffered a setback winning three seats and leading in three compared to nine seats it had won in 2005. The CPI won one seat and others 2.