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New Delhi: Command Hospital, Northern Command, Udhampur celebrated International Women’s Day 2021 on Monday highlighting the contributions and personal sacrifices made by lady corona warriors of Command Hospital (Northern Command) during the recent Covid pandemic. The theme of the event was “Corona Ke Vaar Pe Naari Shakti Ka Prahaar!”

Despite long working hours they put their foot forward to save innumerable lives. Experiences of these women of substance were shared with the audience. Sudha Mohan, Regional Vice President AWWA (Northern Command) was the Chief Guest and she felicitated the brave women on this occasion. Sudha Mohan also lauded the efforts of the uniformed lady health care workers during the pandemic. Speaking on the occasion, the Commandant of the Command Hospital, Northern Command, Maj Gen A.K. Jindal highlighted the compassion with which the women corona warriors worked selflessly during the fight against corona & thanked them for extreme dedication and their tireless work for the community.

Among the first Service hospitals to initiate RT-PCR testing, the Command Hospital, Northern Command at Udhampur was the first service hospital to conduct more than one lakh Covid tests. During the Covid pandemic the Command Hospital, proactively conceptualised and operationalised capacity building for Covid-19 patient care & extended full support to the Civil Administration in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.  


As part of annual the ‘Atoot Bandhan’ initiative, Machhal Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, Kupwara organises felicitation program for the Veer Naris every year. However, this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and various advisories on the subject, it was not prudent to organise such a large gathering. Therefore, this year the event was conducted virtually in which the Veer Naris were not required to travel physically to the venue and had participated online via video-conferencing. Necessary co-ordination was done by the volunteers from the battalion for the smooth conduct of the event.

These volunteers on behalf of the battalion presented mementoes to the Veer Naris. To make this event possible, the volunteers of the battalion travelled all the way from Machhal to Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Bhavnagar & Vadodara in Gujarat, Gorakhpur (UP), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Sangrur (Punjab), Ujjain (MP), Jhunjhunu & Bhilwara in Rajasthan and Satara, Sangali, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Beed & Mumbai in Maharashtra. They also apprised the families regarding the activities of the battalion and about the various welfare schemes and provisions by the Government of India, State Government & the Indian Army.

The grievances and difficulties faced by the Veer Naris were also noted for resolution. This Battalion has served in Uri, Baramulla and Machhal (Kupwara) since raising in year 2004 and this was the first time in the history that local Kashmiri Youth had participated in the event and felicitated the Veer Naris on the behalf of Kashmiri Awaam. Patriotic Kashmiri citizens have physically travelled to the location of events all the way from Kashmir to express gratitude and pay their respect to the soldiers’ families who had made the supreme sacrifice for the cause of Kashmir.


On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the NCC Directorate of Maharashtra organised an event to commemorate the contribution of Women and Girls of NCC in various fields. Yashomati Chandrakant Thakur, Honorable Minister for Woman and Child Development in the Maharashtra government, who had also been an NCC Cadet, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest along with Sunil Kedar, Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports in Govt of Maharashtra. Principals of various schools/colleges of Mumbai were present along with lady Associate NCC officers. Nearly thirty NCC Girl cadets from various schools & colleges attended the function.

Maj Gen Y.P. Khanduri, Additional Director General NCC Maharashtra Directorate and Khanduri introduced the Ministers to all the officers from NCC and the cadets from all three wings of Armed Forces who have been instrumental in various socially relevant programmes especially in times of Covid 19 pandemic. Yashomati Chandrakant Thakur also exhorted the girl cadets to continue their stellar contribution to the society and always strive hard to achieve their objectives by never giving up.

Cadet Warrant Officer Kashish Methwani of 3 Maharashtra Air Squadron Pune, who was adjudged the best cadet in the Republic Day Parade 2021 and Junior Wing Cadet Kaamya Karthikeyan of 1 Naval unit, Maharashtra were presented a memento by the Chief Guest for their achievements. Cadet Kaamya also shared her experience of an adventurous journey of being a young mountaineer and awardee of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Shakti Puraskar for being the youngest girl to summit Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America.

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