Celebrating 50 years of Being Sainik School alumni

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: July 09, 2019 13:20 IST
Celebrating 50 years of Being Sainik School alumni

Displays by Army, Navy and Air Force teams will mark the three-day 50th anniversary celebrations of the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) of Sainik School, Kazhakuttam, which begins on the school campus later this week.

 
The event will kick off with a cultural and musical eve on Thursday, organised by alumni for the school cadets. The main events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Displays by ‘Akash Ganga’ and ‘Sarang’ — IAF’s sky diving and helicopter aerobatics teams respectively — will be held on Friday afternoon.
 
They will be followed by an aero-modelling display by cadets of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
 
A motorcycle display and a dog show by Army teams are the other big attractions planned for Friday. Shashi Tharoor, MP, is the chief guest for the event.
 
Air Marshal B. Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, is the chief guest on Saturday. He will lay a wreath at the ‘Stupa of Remembrance’ to honour martyrs.
 

Respecting teachers

The ceremony will be followed by ‘Guruvandanam’, a commemorative meeting where former teachers will be honoured. In the afternoon, the old boys will take on school teams in cricket, basketball and volleyball. Curtains will fall on the anniversary celebrations with displays by the IAF’s continuity drill team and the IAF and naval bands. All events are planned on the sprawling, 225-acre campus of the school, OBA vice president Soni Somarajan says.
 
Established to mould officers for the armed forces, Sainik Schools were meant to act as feeder institutions to the National Defence Academy (NDA). The schools were, in fact, the brainchild of former Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon. The lone Sainik School in Kerala began functioning out of the Army camp at Pangode on January 20, 1962, with 120 cadets. Mr. Krishna Menon himself laid the foundation stone for the Kazhakuttam campus in February the same year. Two years later, the school moved to Kazhakuttam.
 
The OBA was founded in 1969, and owes much to late N. Balakrishnan Nair — 'NBN' as he was fondly known — a former master of the school.
 
To date, nearly 6,000 students have graduated from the school, of which nearly half are OBA members.
 
Today, the OBA has local chapters in various Indian cities as well as abroad. Annual reunions are held at the school in June or July.
 
Of the approximately 800 alumni who joined the defence services, 17 have attained the rank of Lieutenant General or its equivalent while 21 have become Major Generals or its equivalent in the Navy and IAF.
 
At present, one General Officer Commanding-in-Chief and two Flag Officers Commanding-in-Chief are school alumni.
 
At the 50th anniversary celebrations, tributes will be paid to alumni who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
 

Tributes to heroes

Lieutenant Colonel N.J. Nair — a recipient of both the Ashoka Chakra and the Kirti Chakra for valour — died fighting insurgents in the northeast; Lieutenant Radha Mohan Naresh made the supreme sacrifice in the 1971 war. Captain R. Harshan died fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.



Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 08, 2019 12:22 IST
Police abruptly withdraw security to retired High Court Judge B Kemal Pasha

The Kerala police "abruptly withdrew" security provided to retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha on Saturday.
 
He alleged that they withdrew security at a time when he was facing threat from Islamic State's terror operatives in Kerala.
 
The retired judge said four armed police guards deputed for his personal security had withdrawn by the government.
 
When contacted, he said, "The decision had taken at the Home Secretary-level on Friday. The police personnel left me ending their service today (Saturday)."
 
The retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha, who had been vocal against the CPM-led LDF government's 'failure' in handling various cases, sources said here.
 
Alleging the security has withdrawn for raising voices against the policies of the government over various issues including the alleged killing of four Maoists in an encounter by police in Attappadi recently, the eminent jurist said he would continue to protest its 'wrong policies'.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: November 08, 2019 16:46 IST
Free Internet to 2 million poor households by 2020: Kerala Government

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Now, 20 lakh poor can access the internet for free in Kerala after the state cabinet made the internet connection a basic citizen right, similar to water, food, and education.
 
The path has now cleared to provide internet access to every household in the state. It comes in line with the directions by the United Nations (UN), which believes every country must provide free internet access to every citizen so as to exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion.
 
"Internet connection (has been) made a basic citizen right," Kerala's Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted. The project will ensure that there is internet service in every household of Kerala, Isaac added.
 
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Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: October 30, 2019 16:52 IST
Top Tamil Nadu Maoist leader killed in Kerala, encounter ongoing for 2nd day

A top Maoist leader from Tamil Nadu got killed in an encounter between Maoists and policemen that continued for the second day on Tuesday at the Attappadi forest, Kerala. The police said that three Maoists got killed earlier and the policemen have engaged in the inquest of their bodies when some other Maoists attacked the policemen, triggering a fresh gunfight.

 
According to the Kerala police, Maoists fired at the Thunderbolt patrolling team inside the forest areas of Attapadi Hills of Palakkad early Monday morning. In retaliation, the Thunderbolt forces fired back, killing three Maoists, including a woman.
 
The police had launched an operation to look for the missing fourth Maoist. But had to abandon it due to rain and darkness, a senior commando police officer told.
 
On Tuesday morning, when the Revenue Divisional Officer and local administration reached the encounter spot to identify the bodies, they have attacked again. The team had to take defensive positions and retaliate, killing one more Maoist.
 
The police identified two out of the four slain Maoists. One was Karthick from Tamil Nadu and the woman member was Jyoti from Karnataka. The identities of the other two deceased are yet to ascertain.
 
Police sources said the Maoists belonged to the Kabani Dal.


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