Sunday, March 17, 2013

Important notice for Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) - 2013

Every applicants and registered candidates of JEE (Main) 2013 are intimated to log on the website and fill up their roll numbers of class XII /qualifying examination. The candidates who have not entered correctly the name of the board and/or roll number can also correct this time. Pl. note that this facility will be available upto midnight on 20th of March 2013.

Friday, February 3, 2012

First 'Sainik Centre' in Ernakulam

Ernakulam is all set to get its first ‘Sainik Centre’ for the ex-servicemen. Sprawled over an area of around 2,000 sq ft, the new centre is located at Kizhakkambalam, Kakkanad. The centre is equipped with a conference hall which will be used for organising various training programmes for the retired army personnel. This is the fifth centre in the state, the others being in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur and Alappuzha.

The project worth Rs 95 lakh will be inaugurated in March, said K K Govindan Nair, Director, Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Vikas Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. He said that the conference hall would be opened to the public.

Sainik centres are constructed to give accommodation facilities to ex- servicemen who go to different parts of the state for various purposes. “Such centres will be of great relief to ex-servicemen, and the accommodation provided here will be at a subsidised rate,” District Sainik Welfare officer P J Jacob said.

He said that the meagre pension of the ex-servicemen did not help them find appropriate lodging. “As the pension they get is not attractive, it would always cost the ex-servicemen dear, when it comes to their stay at a hotel or a lodge when they go to other districts. Hence this is an attempt by the government to mitigate the trouble of ex-servicemen,” he said. The conference hall which will be built at the centre is aimed at providing various training and other awareness programmes. “The conference hall is mainly intended for training programmes. The department offers various guidance programmes for them to make them think about a second career,” Jacob said. The move to launch the project soon came as a relief to the officials of the Ernakulam District Zilla Sainik Welfare Centre, Kakkanad, as the project has been moving at a snail’s pace for the past three years. The work was entrusted with the Public Works Department and the project was financed both by the Central and the State Governments, he said. via IBN Live

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

20 Thousand Army personnel Denied Right to Vote

As published in Daily News & Analysis, more than 20,000 serving army personnel in Pune city have been deprived of their right to vote, though an Army order issued in 1995 to this effect has been backed by both the election commission and the Supreme Court. According to this provision, defence service employees are entitled to vote wherever they go with the help of a specific document signed by the local defence authority.

The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) and Justice For Jawan, who have been jointly fighting for the franchise of servicemen, have brought the topic to the fore again on the eve of the civic elections. They have demanded that the serving personnel in Pune be permitted to cast their votes. The demand has been made by Commander (retd) RW Pathak, convenor of IESM and Col (retd) Suresh Patil of Justice For Jawan.

Colonel Abhijit Mitra, the public relations officer for Southern Command said, “The option of postal ballot is available for serving defence personnel and I have used it previously, but I cannot say anything right now. IESM had moved a query under the Right To Information (RTI) Act in this regard and the Southern Command has sent a reply to it.”

When asked about details of the reply given to the IESM, Pathak said “The Southern Command has just written to us that the query has been forwarded to army headquarters.” The Southern Command has not taken any stand on the issue and has forwarded the matter to the Army headquarters (HQ).

Pathak said the city has 20,000 people in defence service. “The IESM recently met the suburban commander of the city and submitted a memorandum to make provisions to allow serving officers to cast their votes. Our officers want to vote in the municipal, MLA and MP elections scheduled in the next two-three years,” he added.

He explained that the responsibility for this rested with the secretary of defence and since Pune has many defence institutes such as the National Defence Academy (NDA), College of Military Engineering (CME), Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Southern Command, Bombay Engineering Group (BEG) and Signal Regiment and Infantry Brigade that have a total vote bank of 20,000 that should be used.

The IESM and Justice For Jawan had filed a RTI query with the Southern Command on December 28 to ascertain reasons for failure to implement the order, but the query was forwarded by the Southern Command to the Army headquarters and till January 27, there has been no response from any office about the RTI query. via DNA

Monday, January 16, 2012

Will Fauji Factor Work?

Uttarakhand Raksha Morcha (URM), a regional political outfit which was launched four months back, is likely to make a dent into the votebanks of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttarakhand. Founded by former BJP MP Lt Gen (retd) TPS Rawat, the party claims to enjoy the support base among ex-soldiers and their families in the state.

With an organisational team of ex-army officers and para-military officers, URM is hopeful of winning at least seven seats in the state. The known faces in the party include faujis such as Brig (retd) Jagmohan Rawat and Brig (retd) Raju Rawat of Garhwal Rifles and General (retd) Shailendra Raj Bahuguna of Kumaon Regiment, Bahuguna also happens to be a close relative of chief minister Maj Gen (retd) BC Khanduri. Read More...Hindustan Times

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Benefit Schemes for Ex-servicemen

Andhra Pradesh State government is providing several schemes for the benefit of ex servicemen and their widows, said District Sainik Welfare Officer G. Satyanandam.

Under the Prime Minister Self Employment Scheme, the government will provide loans ranging between Rs.5 lakh and Rs.25 lakh from banks.

The government will give 25 to 35 per cent subsidy on the loan and the beneficiaries should bear five per cent of the investment cost.

Interested retired Army, Navy and Airforce staff are requested to avail the opportunities, said Mr.Satyanandam.

Published in THE HINDU: Vijayawada

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

NDA & Naval Academy Exam (I), 2012

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2012 on April 15, 2012, for admission to Army, Navy and Air force Wings of NDA for 129th Course and for the 91st Indian Naval Academy Course(INAC) commencing from December, 2012.

Candidates are required to apply only through online mode. No other mode is allowed for submission of application. For details regarding the eligibility conditions, syllabus and scheme of the examination, centers of examination, guidelines for filling up online application form etc. aspirants must refer to the detailed notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated December 31, 2011 or the UPSC website

Monday, January 2, 2012

Global Peace Palace a ‘monument for war heroes’

ALAPPUZHA: Chief minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate Global Peace Palace, a monument for war heroes and victims of terror attacks built by AKB Kumar, an ex-service man, at Thumboli near here on January 27. The construction of the monument, a replica of Agra's Taj Mahal, started on January 28, 2008.

"I have spent Rs1.25 crore for constructing this monument dedicated to India's war heroes who sacrificed their lives for the nation," said 61-year-old Kumar at a press conference.

Kumar was a chief petty officer in the Indian Navy. He had joined the Navy at the age of 15. During his 18 years of service, he participated in the Indo-Pak war in 1971. Read more.