Defence diary: Week on, Sukhois take to skies again

Pranav Kulkarni Posted: Dec 20, 2011 at 0239 hrs
Pune Week on, Sukhois take to skies again

After a weeklong halt, the Sukhois have started soaring again. An official of Indian Air Force said, “The sorties were halted after the crash since we were investigating the cause of the crash, however, even then, the flying was limited to emergency sorties. Today, we have started with routine sorties and 12-13 aircraft performed their routine sorties on Monday.” Two squadrons of Sukhoi- 30 MKIs at Lohegaon- based 2 Wing were temporarily stopped after a Su- 30 MKI crashed near Wagholi last week.

Training week at NADFM

As part of the celebration of Training and Development Week from December 5, and in keeping with this year’s theme - Giving customer orientation to our systems, a number of activities were organised by National Academy of Defence Financial Management (NADFM) during the week to mark the occasion. NADFM had invited Commissioner of Police Meeran Borwankar to deliver a talk on- Customer Satisfaction on December 7. Borwankar spoke about the various customer oriented schemes run by the Pune Police, followed by question – answer session by IDAS (Probationers) and other participants. A talk cum presentation on- The Magic of Self-Talk was organised by a member of Tej Gyan Foundation and was very well received by one and all. Faculty members of the academy as well made presentations on various topics of their choice, followed by question-answer sessions.

Circum navigation talk organised

The Indian Maritime Foundation had organised a lecture by Commander Dilip Donde, circum- navigator on Sunday. Commander Donde, a retired Naval officer and 175th circum- navigator in the world shared his experiences while sailing in INSS Mhadei as a part of the expedition. Narrating about a memory at the time of closure of the expedition, Donde said, “When I was at the end of my trip and arrived on May 19, I was asked to stay at a hotel and not contact the press since I had arrived three days earlier and not on the due date on which the Vice President was due to receive me. Hence I was asked to go out, hoist a flag and bring the boat back again.” Captain Donde, after his trip also took part in the Cape to Rio Trans Atlantic Race in January -February this year. The lecture was attended by a large number of senior retired officers of the Indian Armed Forces.

Lecture on China’s periphery strategy

Dr Abanti Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi will make presentation on the subject- China’s Periphery Strategy : Implications for India on December 20 at 11 am. The event will be held at the D E Society’s Technical Institute Hall, near IMDR, Servants of India Society Road/BMCC Road near Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. Bhattacharya was an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi where her research was primarily on Chinese nationalism, minority politics and China’s foreign policy. Bhattacharya was also a member of the editorial board for the IDSA journal, Strategic Analysis, and part of many specialised projects on China. She has published in national and international journals.