On 5 December 1961, 3/1 Gorkha Rifles was ordered to clear up a roadblock established by the gendarmerie at a strategic roundabout, at Elizabethville, Katanga. The plan was that one company with two Swedish armoured cars would attack the position frontally and Capt Gurbachan Singh Salaria with two sections of Gorkhas and two Swedish armoured personnel carriers would advance towards this road-block from the airfield to act as a cutting-off force.
Capt Salaria with his small force arrived at a distance of 1500 yards from the roadblock at approximately 1312 hours on 5 December and came under heavy automatic and small arms fire form an undetected enemy position dug in on his right flank. The enemy also had two armoured cars and about 90 men opposing Capt Salaria`s small force.
Capt Salaria appreciating that he had run into a subsidiary roadblock and ambush and that this enemy force might reinforce the strategic roundabout and thus jeopardise the main operation, decided to remove this opposition. He led a charge with bayonets, khukris and grenades supported by a rocket launcher. In this gallant engagement, Capt Salaria killed 40 of the enemy and knocked out the two armoured cars. This unexpectedly bold action completely demoralised the enemy who fled despite his numerical superiority and protected positions.
Capt Salaria was wounded by a burst of automatic fire in his neck but continued to fight till he collapsed owing to profuse bleeding. Capt Salarias`s gallant action had prevented any movement of the enemy force towards the main battalion`s action at the roundabout. It had also prevented the encirclement of UN Headquarters in Elizabethville. Capt Salaria subsequently died of his wounds.
Capt Salaria`s personal example, utter disregard for personal safety, and dauntless leadership inspired his small but gallant force of 26 Gorkhas to hold on to their position, dominate the enemy and inflict heavy casualties despite the enemy`s superiority in numbers and tactical position.
Capt Salaria`s leadership, courage, unflinching devotion to duty land disregard for personal safety were in the best traditions of our Army.
Lieutenant General Noble Thamburaj assumed the office of Vice Chief of the Army staff .
Lieutenant General Noble Thamburaj, a 1969 batch officer, had a distinguished career spanning 38 years.
Associated with the Armed Forces services right from childhood, this second generation officer is an alumnus of King George’’s Military School Chail which he joined in 1959 (reg no. 338) and the 34th NDA Course, before he was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers.
An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the General has done his Senior Command, Higher Command and NDC Courses. He is also accredited with higher technical qualification, M Tech (Bldg Sc) from IIT Delhi and M Phil (Defence Studies) from Indore University. During his illustrious career, the General has held many important assignments including that of a Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade, command of 411 parachute field company, command of his parent unit 109 engineer regiment in high altitude area in the eastern region. He commanded a Rashtriya Rifle sector in counter Insurgency environment during ”Operation VIJAY” and an infantry division during ”Operation PARAKRAM”, in deserts. Besides, he has been an instructor in Defence Services Staff College Officers Training Academy, Chennai. A paratrooper, the General still participates in the para drops whenever opportunity comes his way. For his distinguished service, the General has been awarded Sena Medal and Chief of the Army Staff commendation card twice in his career. In his career spanning 39 years, the General has seen action during Indo-Pak war, counter insurgency in North East and Jammu and Kashmir. The General is married to Anita Thamburaj and has two daughters. Lt Gen Noble Thamburaj has been appointed as VCOAS.
nominated by Georgian Association North
Shri Amrik Singh Pooni, an IAS officer of the 1965 batch, was also President of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi (PSA), Ludhiana from 1996 to 2002 .A noted Punjabi poet and former Chief Secretary of Punjab Amrik Singh Pooni was a Georgian who contributed towards a larger society. He was born on October 9, 1935 at village Jindowal in Jalandhar district.
He published anthologies of ghazals namely, Kandiali Raah (1974), Nange Paer (1977), Paani Vich Lakeeraan (1986), Moye Mausam Da Marseea (1991), Rut Aaye Rut Jaaye (1999), Asur ton Sur Tak (2000), Akkhin Vekh Na Rajjeeaan ( 2006), Aakhan Vala Kya Vechara (2007), and Aapay Naal Turdean (2010).
He passed away on April 3rd 2010.
Brig Zora Singh, an alumnus of King George Royal Indian Military School, Jalandhar, joined the IMA, Dehradun, in December 1941. He played an exemplary role during the Kashmir Operation in 1948 and the Peace Keeping Mission in Congo in 1962.
He was also awarded the PVSM (Param Vashisht Sewa Medal) by the President of India on January 26, 1966. He is also remembered for his contribution in bringing massive development to Brahampur (Punjab), spreading education in the rural areas and promoting talent. Brig Zora Singh Memorial Running Gold Trophy wasinstituted in 2009 in his rememberance.
nominated by Admin Chail Military School webs
Hind Rattan Award 2009
Medical Director of the year 2009
Gullands Excellence Award (London)
NRI Excellence Award
Hero of Emergency Medicine
Chairman and Medical Director of Emergency Department at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital in Houston, Texas,USA.
Chief Quality Officer of Eight Different Memorial Hospitals in Houston.
Dr HPS Chadha passed out from Chail in 1964. His school number is 446 and he was house captain at Ujjain house. He was adjudged best Junior Athelete in his school days.
Harparminder Chadha, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Northwest Recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine”
Houston, Oct. 6, 2008 - The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recognized Harparminder Chadha, M.D., TeamHealth medical director at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine.”
Celebrating ACEP’s 40th anniversary, the organization recognized emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.
“The dedication, passion and commitment Dr. Chadha has shown embodies the vision of ACEP’s founders and the ideals of our specialty,” says ACEP President Dr. Linda L. Lawrence.
Dr. Chadha was noted for guiding a busy, high-acuity emergency department through the transition from another management group to TeamHealth in June 2007. During that transition, the team decreased bed-to-provider times from 160 minutes to less than 15 minutes, increased patient satisfaction from the 3rd percentile to the 66th percentile, decreased the left-without-treatment rate from 11 percent to less than 6 percent and reduced door-to-intervention times for acute and minor patients from 160 minutes to 61 minutes.
These accomplishments are a credit to Dr. Chadha’s collaborative leadership and the value he places on working inclusively with all disciplines, gaining from the contributions and input of everyone involved in the care delivery process. He works closely with fellow physician colleagues and mid-level providers, the departmental nursing director, the hospital administrative team and the medical staff.
Along with being home to a “Hero of Emergency Medicine,” Memorial Hermann Northwest also takes pride in having one of the lowest nursing turnover rates in the region and excellent staff satisfaction.
Passed out fro OTS with a SILVER medal in Dec 1972. He was commissoned in 5/8 Gorkha Rifles and he commanded 4/8 Gorkha Rifles from 1992 to 1994 in Arunachal Pardesh. During Operation VIJAY in 1999 he was awardedI Vishisht Seva Medal. Brig Sharma erved in Kashmir Valley from 1998 to 2006 and also commanded an Infantry Brigade in south Kashmir 2003 to 2004.
Brig V K Sharma passed out from Chail Military School Chail in1969. His roll number is 514.
Captain Ranjit Singh Dev, who piloted the helicopter that rescued the stranded youth in Pavna river near Ravet on Tuesday, has been the saviour in several such rescue operations earlier.
“The focus of the entire operation was on saving the marooned victim safe and secure,” the Shaurya Chakra award winner Capt Dev told.When all effort for more then five hours failed to get the main out of river due to very high current of water and bad weather Commissioner Pune contacted my brother Col Ranjit Singh Dev who was leaving at 1800hrs after landing back at Pune. He was requested to rescue the person. Weather condition did not permit to fly and sun set was very near. Being a private Helicopter there is no provision for Sling to lower rope for person to catch and hang on to it.
Col Ranjit Singh Flew with another person and with his vast experience being Master green flier instructor pilot lower the helicopter with precision to catch the person by hand. And they succeeded and took the person back to base. One could see people watching cheering after man was lifted from river.
Four youths, who had ventured into the Pavana river near Ravet, got stuck due to a heavy downpour on Tuesday afternoon. While three of them were rescued by fire brigade officials, the fourth one Vikas Jaywant Jagdale, slipped while crossing the bund and landed on a rock amidst swirling waters.
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) requisitioned the private helicopter of Avinash Bhosale construction company, and the boy was lifted to the shore safely after a dramatic six-hour operation.
Capt Dev recounted, “We had to fly very low, almost to the water level, in order to reach him. The rock was submerged in the water and the weather was very rough. The operation was dangerous but achievable.”
For Vikas, Capt Dev came as a godsend, because the water level was rising and he stood on the rock petrified. “I heaved a sigh of relief, when I saw the approaching helicopter which finally rescued me.”
Captain Dev took premature retirement as a Colonel from the army aviation after serving for 23 years, and joined the commercial flying subsequently. “We have to undergo tactical training to fly in all kinds of conditions,” he said.
This is not the first time when he has been involved in such a breathtaking operation. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for his valour and courageous action in 1981, when four Japanese mountaineers had to be rescued from a Himalayan peak, after a seven-and-a-half hours long operation. Capt Dev has undertaken rescue operations in places such as Himalaya, Ladakh and Siachen glacier.
He has received lot of calls for his bravery including Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Pune Commissioner will be holding official reception to-day to honor him . The rescue of person by helicopter struck in the middle of river in Pune was shown on national news by star news and other channels. This mission of rescue was done by elder brother Col Ranjit Singh dev . School no. 455. School caption 1966 for short period as he joined NDA then.His contact no of Pune is 09822293996.
nominated by Ajit Singh Dev (Delhi)
Indian Army Annapurna I led by Col. Satish Sharma (School number 979) . 4 members summitted the summit of Annapurna pioneering a new route later to be established as Indian
nominated by Harpreet Singh (2359) Los Angeles
Since its inception, the 'Flying Rabbits' have many laurels to its credit. It has conducted ten courses of microlight-flying and 12 students have done solo flight, including one from Indian Navy. Aero shows at Leh, Lucknow, Pithoragarh, Bareilly, Gaya, Varanasi, Jabalpur, Chindwara, Nagpur, Warangal, Hakimpeth, Bangalore have been conducted by ANC.
The "Flying Rabbits" has also conducted Army Microlight Expedition from Gaya to Bangalore. During this expedition, they flew 2230 kilometres which is a national record and is included in the Limca Book of Records. The flying team which undertook the expedition comprised Capt Sandeep Sinha, Anand Adhaw, Arun Balhara and the first Indian lady microlight pilot, Captain Modi Yogini.This expedition was unique and it established three landmarks in microlight-flying. Firstly, it flew the longest distance of 2230 kms in the minimum time thus establishing a flying record. Secondly, while flying, it displayed the longest banner of the size 30 feet by 3 feet. And lastly, it had the unique distinction of having the first Indian lady microlight pilot on board.
Besides this, the "Flying Rabbits" participated in the International Fleet Review, 2001 conducted by the Navy alongwith 36 other countries. Capt Anand Adhaw also had the unique experience of landing his aircraft in a playground of a school after an engine seizure at 300 feet height. The "Flying Rabbits" recently displayed their talent at Tezpur. It conducted an aero show at the Golf Course at Solmara, Tezpur. Pilots who were seen in action were Brig H J Singh, the pioneer of microlight-flying in India and Capt Anand Adhaw, Chief Flying Instructor, ANC. It was a unique experience for the people of Tezpur to witness a world class adventure sport right at their door step.
The "Flying Rabbits" recently displayed their talent at Tezpur. It conducted an aero show at the Golf Course at Solmara, Tezpur. Pilots who were seen in action were Brig H J Singh, the pioneer of microlight-flying in India and Capt Anand Adhaw, Chief Flying Instructor, ANC. It was a unique experience for the people of Tezpur to witness a world class adventure sport right at their door step.
1812 Arun Balhara Aviation Corps.
nominated by Satender Prakash Sharma (1836) from Aligarh
The Quality of life is not judged by the years we live, but by the purpose coming out of that life.Lt. Cdr. Shwet Gupta. has lived the life of a pure soldier. Not many people live by that Standards. Lt Commander Shwet, who was present during the accident on board of INS Jalashwa, promptly reacted after seeing his mates falling unconscious, who were trying to trace a source of leakage. However, the fumes overpowered the Lt Commander, as he too was not wearing a mask then. He rushed into rescue mission as soon as he saw other Navy Personnel aboard INS Jalashwa in some trouble. He never worried about the ultimate results. He was on duty and performed his duty cent-percent.
He joined Chail Military School in 1989 (roll number 2263) and was also a School Captain in 1995-1996. He had won the sword of honor for the best passing-out officer in Naval College of Engineering.
Shwet was awarded a Nau Sena Medal (gallantry) for his act (posthumously). His family has started an award for Georgians in 2008.
nominated by Sahil Juneja Bangalore
Karamjit Singh Yadav joined school in 1992 (roll number 2423) and passed out in 1999. He participated in a commando operation against terrorists in Mumbai in No 2009. In Mumbai operations the challenge was to go in 49 and come out 49,” Bharath said. “If only we had come a little earlier, we could have saved a few more innocent people,” he felt. “Life is too short - 2 inches,” Bharath recalled a message from commando Karamjit Singh Yadav, who sustained an ear injury when a bullet whizzed past his ear during the operation.