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The 'war raising' Rajput Regiment turns 72 today

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 16 April 2014 | 08.20

BANGALORE: April 15, 1942, Fatehgarh, the Rajput Regiment was raised by field marshal Cariappa. Today, the regiment turns 72.

And ministry of defence's group captain Tarun Kumar Singha, chief public relations officer, Kolkata, features the regiment from Kolkata. Times of India got access to his article authored from Kolkata, and it reads: "Among all battalions of the Rajput Regiment, 17 Rajput has a unique place in present day history of the Indian Army. It was raised during the period of Quit India Movement in 1942. It was also among 10 other Rajput Battalions that were raised following outbreak of World War-II from 1940 to 1943."

In so far as its historical significance is concerned, 17/7 Rajput as it was then known, was the only 'War Raising' battalion by any Indian officer who was none other than Lt col KM Cariappa, OBE, popularly called 'Kipper' who went on to become the first Indian commander-in-chief and later the chief of army staff. He was also conferred the highest rank of field marshal on April 28, 1986.

Popular in the army as the barhe chalo battalion, a motto coined by the first commanding officer to spur his troops, it was meant to convey 'get cracking on'. The battalion continues to crack on regardless in pursuit of glory as one of Indian Army's proudest and finest fighting outfits in recent times.

17/7 Rajput was raised at Fatehgarh on April 15, 1942 as the Machine Gun Battalion of the erstwhile 7th Rajput Regiment. A distinctive colour of maroon and blue was adopted for the new outfit. On August 1, 1942, the battalion was converted into a Regiment of Indian Armoured Corps (IAC) and designated 52nd Rajput Regiment IAC (Bawanja Risala) and moved to Lahore.

On September 15, 1942, the battalion was converted into a 'Lorried Battalion' and moved to Secunderabad to form part of 268th Lorried Brigade. On March 16, 1943, Kipper was transferred and succeeded by Lt Col G.B. Macnamara. In May 1944, 17/7 Rajput moved to Kohima and later deployed at Imphal.

Informed readers may know that Rajput Regiment is one among the senior most regiments of our country. It must therefore, logically, rank higher in the hierarchy of the nomenclatures. Then why the seventh standing?

Evidently, Maj Gen Parr, who had commanded the 7th Rajput in Mesopotamia during world war-I desired that the Regiment to which his battalion belonged be named 7th Rajput Regiment. The suffix '7' was adopted and remained so for all battalions of the Rajput Regiment between 1920 till Independence, where after it was dropped altogether.

In the redesignations that followed, Barhe Chalo became 17th Battalion of the Rajput regiment on May 1, 1948. Later when its founding father, Lt Gen KM Cariappa became Army Chief on January 15, 1950 (commemorated as Army Day), an honour was bestowed on the battalion. The distinct maroon and royal blue hackle of the unit was now adopted by all Rajput Regiment battalions. In 1965, Barhe Chalo participated in Op Riddle as part of 7th Infantry Division, where it successfully executed its task of capturing Bedian bridge. The unit also participated in Op Cactus Lily in 1971 as part of 86 Infantry Brigade in Dera Baba Nanak sector, where it captured Khokherke and Sadhuwan posts of enemy and provided a firm base for Op Akal. The unit was also successful in capturing a crucial enemy post for which Capt Nawal Singh Rajawat and Late Sep Satyawan Singh were awarded VrC.

In 1982, the battalion underwent a change in class composition and reorganised to include Rajputs, Gujjars, Brahmins, Bengalis, Jats, Ahirs and Muslims in equal percentage composition. If ever anyone needs to see the secular credentials of an Indian Army's fighting unit, one need not go beyond Barhe Chalo whose war cry - Bol Bajrang Bali ki Jay! Hanuman ki Hunkare! - yelled by one and all can easily curl any enemy's guts.

The battalion was also the first unit of Rajput Regiment to be inducted in Siachen Glacier in 1991. The unit had a successful tenure without having a single fatal casualty, which indeed is a unique achievement.

Among the wars and major operations that Barhe Chalo participated include world war-II, between May to August 1944, Indo-Pak War of 1965 between September 1965 to February 1966 and Indo-Pak War 1971, from October to December 1971. Among the various military operations include Operatons Orchid, Rhino, Vijay, Rakshak and Parakram.

Glory to the Barhe Chalo has been brought through its gallant officers and soldiers through 2 Military Cross, an OBE and PVSM each, 7 Kirti Chakras, an AVSM, 4 Shaurya Chakras, 3 Vir Chakras, 12 Sena Medals, 3 VSM, 6 Mention-in-Despatches, 38 COAS, 7 VCOAS and 33 GOC-in-C Commendation Cards including several other gallantry certificates.

The battalion is presently serving at an undisclosed high altitude location standing vigil under Eastern Command. The Barhe Chalo battalion is presently being commanded by Colonel Balbir Singh Siwach, a second-generation army officer, commissioned in December 1990.


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Five bombs recovered in Hazaribagh on poll eve

RANCHI: On the eve of polling for Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat, five improvised bombs were today recovered by security forces from a jungle area of the constituency in Jharkhand.

Officials said the bombs were recovered by a joint squad of CRPF and state police from a place under Vishnugarh police station area which goes to polls tomorrow.

The squad was on an anti-Naxal operations task, they said. The bombs, kept in cans as Improvised Explosive Devices, were later destroyed, they said.


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Five bombs recovered in Hazaribagh on poll eve

RANCHI: On the eve of polling for Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat, five improvised bombs were today recovered by security forces from a jungle area of the constituency in Jharkhand.

Officials said the bombs were recovered by a joint squad of CRPF and state police from a place under Vishnugarh police station area which goes to polls tomorrow.

The squad was on an anti-Naxal operations task, they said. The bombs, kept in cans as Improvised Explosive Devices, were later destroyed, they said.


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10 injured, 7 missing in China's chemical plant blast

BEIJING: An explosion at a chemical factory on Wednesday in East China's Jiangsu Province has left ten people injured and seven others missing.

The blast took place at Shuangma Chemical Plant in Rugao City, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Ten people have been rescued from the scene and sent to hospitals, while seven others remain missing, it said.

Firefighters have extinguished the flames, and the search for the missing is under way.

Established in 1997, Shuangma Chemical Plant mainly produces stearic acid, fatty acid and glycerol.


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Voting time reduced in Bihar's Naxal-hit areas of Ara and Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituencies

PATNA: Fearing threat from Maoists during the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Bihar on Thursday, Election Commission has decided to cut polling period by two hours in Naxal-hit areas of Ara and Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituencies.

The voting time in Agiyaon and Terari Assembly segments in Ara, and Jehanabad and Makhdumpur in Jehanabad will now be from 7:00am to 4:00pm, additional chief electoral officer R Lakshmanan told reporters here.

The DM and SP of Ara and Jehanabad had sent proposals to the EC to curtail the polling period in the two Maoist-hit areas.

"The EC today approved them. We are publicizing the changed timings among the voters there," Lakshmanan said.

Former Union home secretary RK Singh is in fray in Ara on BJP ticket.

With the latest change in polling schedule, 11 Assembly constituencies figuring in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls will witness curtailed timing for voting.

In rest of the places electors would exercise their franchise from 7:00am to 6:00pm.

The first phase of voting in the state on April 10 in six seats in Maoist-affected areas had witnessed killing of two CRPF personnel in a blast and later an ambush in Munger.

Can bombs, IED and explosives were found in Gaya and Aurangabad districts the same day when Maoists gave a poll boycott call.

Seven Lok Sabha seats — Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Nalanda, Jehanabad, Munger, Ara and Buxar — are going to polls in the second phase in the state tomorrow. Over 1.22 crore electors will decide the fate of 117 candidates in these seats.

Meanwhile, the EC dispatched polling and security personnel along with EVMs to 11,846 polling stations for tomorrow's poll.


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Doctor beaten to death in UP by those who were harassing his daughter

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 15 April 2014 | 08.21

MEERUT: A 42-year-old doctor has been mercilessly beaten to death allegedly by three youths, after the victim had protested harassing of his daughter by the accused in the district's Inchauli area, police said on Tuesday.

According to an FIR filed by his relatives, victim Indresh Parashar was attacked last night by the three accused when he was returning from his clinic. The trio, Nishu, Rahul and Mayank assaulted him with metal rods, sticks and clubs, police said.

Parashar ran to a nearby gymnasium to save his life but the assailants got hold of him there as well and beat him within an inch of his life and escaped thereafter, they said.

The police later reached the spot and took the grievously injured victim to a nearby nursing home where the doctors declared him dead.

One of the accused Nishu has been arrested and hunt is on for the remaining two, police said.

The assailants were sons of the victims' neighbour Ashwini Sharma in Ganganagar and used to often harass Parashar's daughter. The doctor on Monday went to Sharma'a house and complained about the three, following which he was attacked, the complaint said.


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Jolt to Nitish Kumar, Kisanganj candidate withdraws in favour of Congress

KISANGANJ (Bihar): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday suffered a jolt as JD(U) candidate from Kisanganj withdrew in favour of Congress nominee in the parliamentary election.

"I have decided to withdraw myself from election in favour of sitting Congress candidate to check split of minority votes," JD(U) candidate Akhtarul Iman said.

Congress candidate Maulana Asrarul Haque is seeking re-election from the minority dominated Kisanganj Lok Sabha seat.

Iman had recently crossed over to JD(U) from RJD and had resigned as MLA of that party from Kochadhaman in Kisanganj district. He was among 13 RJD MLAs to rebel against the party and seek separate status.

He was rewarded by Nitish Kumar with Lok Sabha ticket from Kisanganj.

With the withdrawal of Iman, Kisanganj will witness a direct contest between Asrarul Haque (Cong) and D K Jaiswal (BJP). The seat will go to voting on April 24.

Iman said he tried to contact the chief minister to acquaint him with his decision to withdraw from the race, but could not get through him. "I have acquainted JD(U) leaders in Kisanganj about the decision," he said.

"My purpose to enter the field was to defeat communal forces represented by Narendra Modi...I decided to withdraw from the race to strengthen the secular forces " he said.

Iman, however, said he would remain in JD(U). Sources in Kisanganj attributed the withdrawal to lack of support he was getting from the chief minister.

JD(U) cannot put a replacement for Iman as last date for filing nomination for April 24 poll ended on April 9.

The bad news from Kisanganj came to Nitish Kumar close on the heels of another party candidate Shabir Ali pulling him out of the race from Sheohar Lok Sabha seat.

JD(U), however, was able to field state minister Shahid Ali Khan from Sheohar Parliamentary seat.

Later Shabir Ali left JD(U) for BJP, but soon he was out of the saffron party because of strong resistance from BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Nitish Kumar on Tuesday suffered a jolt as JD(U) candidate from Kisanganj withdrew in favour of Congress nominee in the parliamentary election.


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Jolt to Nitish Kumar, Kisanganj candidate withdraws in favour of Congress

KISANGANJ (Bihar): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday suffered a jolt as JD(U) candidate from Kisanganj withdrew in favour of Congress nominee in the parliamentary election.

"I have decided to withdraw myself from election in favour of sitting Congress candidate to check split of minority votes," JD(U) candidate Akhtarul Iman said.

Congress candidate Maulana Asrarul Haque is seeking re-election from the minority dominated Kisanganj Lok Sabha seat.

Iman had recently crossed over to JD(U) from RJD and had resigned as MLA of that party from Kochadhaman in Kisanganj district. He was among 13 RJD MLAs to rebel against the party and seek separate status.

He was rewarded by Nitish Kumar with Lok Sabha ticket from Kisanganj.

With the withdrawal of Iman, Kisanganj will witness a direct contest between Asrarul Haque (Cong) and D K Jaiswal (BJP). The seat will go to voting on April 24.

Iman said he tried to contact the chief minister to acquaint him with his decision to withdraw from the race, but could not get through him. "I have acquainted JD(U) leaders in Kisanganj about the decision," he said.

"My purpose to enter the field was to defeat communal forces represented by Narendra Modi...I decided to withdraw from the race to strengthen the secular forces " he said.

Iman, however, said he would remain in JD(U). Sources in Kisanganj attributed the withdrawal to lack of support he was getting from the chief minister.

JD(U) cannot put a replacement for Iman as last date for filing nomination for April 24 poll ended on April 9.

The bad news from Kisanganj came to Nitish Kumar close on the heels of another party candidate Shabir Ali pulling him out of the race from Sheohar Lok Sabha seat.

JD(U), however, was able to field state minister Shahid Ali Khan from Sheohar Parliamentary seat.

Later Shabir Ali left JD(U) for BJP, but soon he was out of the saffron party because of strong resistance from BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Nitish Kumar on Tuesday suffered a jolt as JD(U) candidate from Kisanganj withdrew in favour of Congress nominee in the parliamentary election.


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Another child falls into borewell in Tamil Nadu; rescue operations on

TIRUVANNAMALAI: A one-and-half-year-old boy accidentally fell into a 160-foot open borewell at Kalasapakkam in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. Fire and rescue services personnel and police were trying to pull the boy out of the borewell.

According to reports reaching here, the boy was playing near the borewell in a farmland when he accidentally slipped into the seven-and-half inch wide abandoned borewell. Neither the owner of the farmland nor the contractor who drilled the borewell had taken necessary safety measures when they abandoned it, the reports said.

The rescue team started to dig a parallel pit in an attempt to rescue the boy. The boy is said to be stuck at a depth of 40 feet in the borewell.

The condition of the boy was not known. District collector (Tiruvannamalai) A Gnanasekaran was overseeing the rescue operations. This is the third incident of a child falling into an open borewell in the last 10 days in the state.

A four-year-old boy, G Harshan, was pulled out of a borewell after a six-hour operation in Tirunelveli district on Monday. The boy fell into a 400-foot borewell in Kuthalaperi village near Sankarankoil at 10am and was stuck at a depth of 17 feet. Fire and rescue services personnel dug a parallel pit and rescued the boy from the borewell at 4pm.

A three-year-old girl in Villupuram district who fell into a 500-foot open borewell and rescued after 19 hours in a severely asphyxiated condition was not so lucky. R Madhumitha died at a government hospital in the district on April 6.


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Vice R K Admiral Dhowan likely to be next Navy chief

NEW DELHI: Vice Admiral R K Dhowan may be the next Navy chief as the defence ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the post which has been lying vacant for nearly two months since D K Joshi quit suddenly in the wake of a series of mishaps.

Dhowan, who has been the acting Navy chief since Joshi's exit, was in contention for the top job along with Western Navy Commander Shekhar Sinha and Eastern Commander Anil Chopra.

Vice Admiral Sinha is the seniormost among the three but he has been edged out of the race, apparently because majority of the 14 mishaps, including two major submarine accidents, took place under his command during the last 10 months.

"The Defence Ministry has recommended the name of acting chief Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan for the appointment and the Prime Minister's Office will go through the file before taking a final decision on the matter," top government sources said here.

If confirmed by the Prime Minister, 59-year-old Dhowan will have a tenure of 25 months as Chief of Naval Staff.

Admiral Joshi, who had 15 months left in service, resigned on February 26 in the wake of a mishap involving submarine INS Sindhuratna in which two Navy officers lost their lives and several others were left injured.

A few months earlier, another submarine Sindhurakshak had drowned, killing 18 personnel on board.

The sudden resignation by Admiral Joshi resulted in the change in the line of succession of the Navy. Had he retired in August next year as per his tenure, Southern Navy Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni would have become the next chief.

In the new circumstances, National Defence College Commandant Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba is expected to be the successor of Dhowan in May 2016.


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