Friday, 16 March 2012

Indian Armed Forces: Gallantry Awards 2012

President Confers Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards
The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil conferred one Kirti Chakra, and twelve Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here today.

            The President also conferred twelve Param Vishisht Seva Medals, one Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, three Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and twenty six Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order. The following is the list of awardees in order of Presentation:-

PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

1.                
VICE ADMIRAL RABINDER KUMAR DHOWAN, AVSM, YSM (01563-A)

2.                
AIR MARSHAL KUZHIKOMBIL JOSEPH MATHEWS, AVSM, YSM (13393) FLYING (PILOT)

3.                
IC-27215H LIEUTENANT GENERAL NAND KISHORE SINGH , UYSM, AVSM, VSM, INFANTRY HEADQUARTERS INTEGRATED DEFENCE STAFF

4.                
IC-27258X LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAJINDER SINGH, UYSM, SM, MECHANISED INFANTRY

5.                
IC-25544A LIEUTENANT GENERAL VINOD NAYANAR, AVSM REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY

6.                
IC-25815M LIEUTENANT GENERAL GURDEEP SINGH, AVSM, VSM, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY

7.                
MR-03301P LIEUTENANT GENERAL GOPALA KRISHNAN RAMDAS, SM, VSM
ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

8.                
IC-25812Y LIEUTENANT GENERAL SUBRAMANIAN RAVI SHANKAR, VSM, CORPS OF ENGINEERS

9.                
IC-25457M LIEUTENANT GENERAL VIJAY KUMAR AHLUWALIA, AVSM*, YSM, VSM, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ HEADQUARTERS CENTRAL COMMAND (RETIRED)

10.            
IC-25538M LIEUTENANT GENERAL RABINDRAN KRISHNA SWAMY, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, INFANTRY (RETIRED)

11.            
IC-25808W LIEUTENANT GENERAL DUSHYANT SINGH CHAUHAN, AVSM, ARMOURED CORPS (RETIRED)

12.            
IC-25833P LIEUTENANT GENERAL GOVINDA MOHAN NAIR, AVSM, SM, VSM, INFANTRY (RETIRED)

KIRTI CHAKRA

13.            
SS-43842Y LIEUTENANT SUSHIL KHAJURIA, ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 18TH BATTALION THE GRENADIERS (POSTHUMOUS)

UTTAM YUDDH SEVA MEDAL

14.            
IC-30353P LIEUTENANT GENERAL SYED ATA HASNAIN, AVSM, SM, VSM, INFANTRY/ HEADQUARTERS 15TH CORPS

BAR TO ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

15.            
IC-30503A LIEUTENANT GENERAL  JAI PRAKASH NEHRA, AVSM, INFANTRY

16.            
IC-30137F LIEUTENANT GENERAL SUKHRAJ PAL KOCHHAR, AVSM, SM, VSM, CORPS OF SIGNALS

17.            
IC- 27264L LIEUTENANT GENERAL AVINASH CHANDER SONEJA, AVSM, VSM*, INFANTRY (RETIRED)

ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

18.            
IC-27352F LIEUTENANT GENERAL MANJINDER SINGH BUTTAR, VSM, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY

19.            
IC-30392N LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAVIKIRAN PRABHAKAR DASTANE, VSM, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / HEADQUARTERS 14TH CORPS

20.            
IC-30482P LIEUTENANT GENERAL VINOD BHATIA, SM, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 33RD CORPS

21.            
IC-30118W LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANJAN MUKHERJEE, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY

22.            
IC-30683N LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAMESHWAR YADAV,  VSM, INFANTRY

23.            
IC-30783Y LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL MALHOTRA, ARMY SERVICE CORPS

24.            
IC-31327A LIEUTENANT GENERAL RANBIR SINGH, SM, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS STRATEGIC FORCES COMMAND

25.            
AIR MARSHAL DHANANJAY PARASHURAM JOSHI (13905) MEDICAL

26.            
AIR MARSHAL PACKIRISWAMY KANAKARAJ, VSM (15066) AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (MECHANICAL)

27.            
IC-34356A MAJOR GENERAL NAVKIRAN SINGH GHEI,  INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 21ST MOUNTAIN DIVISION

28.            
IC-34392L MAJOR GENERAL GURMIT SINGH, VSM, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS COUNTER INSURGENCY FORCE (DELTA)

29.            
IC-34424H MAJOR GENERAL SUNIL KUMAR GADEOCK, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION

30.            
IC-34600P MAJOR GENERAL SAMIR KUMAR CHAKRAVORTY, SC, SM*,  INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 28TH INFANTRY DIVISION

31.            
IC- 34775X MAJOR GENERAL  RAVINDRA VASANTRAO THODGE, SM, VSM, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS COUNTER INSURGENCY FORCE (KILO)

32.            
IC-35789K MAJOR GENERAL RANJIT SINGH, VSM, ARMY EDUCATION CORPS/ AEC TRAINING COLLEGE AND CENTRE

33.            
REAR ADMIRAL GIRISH LUTHRA, VSM (02011-W)

34.            
REAR ADMIRAL HARISH CHANDRA SINGH BISHT (02035-Z)

35.            
REAR ADMIRAL KALPATHI NARASIMHAN VAIDYANATHAN, NM (40665-W)

36.            
REAR ADMIRAL KURUMANGHAT RAMACHANDRAN NAIR, VSM, (50575-T)

37.            
SURGEON REAR ADMIRAL YASH PAL MONGA, NM (75204-T),

38.            
AIR VICE MARSHAL ASHOK SINGHAL, VSM (14615) AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (ELECTRONICS)

39.            
AIR VICE MARSHAL AMIT CHAKRABORTY (14716) ADMINISTRATION

40.            
AIR VICE MARSHAL VIRENDER MOHAN KHANNA, VSM (15071) AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (MECHANICAL)

41.            
AIR VICE MARSHAL MATHEW GEORGE, VSM (14987) ACCOUNTS

42.            
AIR VICE MARSHAL RAVINDER KUMAR DHIR, VM (15678) FLYING (PILOT)

43.            
AIR COMMODORE UPKARJIT SINGH (16204) FLYING (PILOT)

SHAURYA CHAKRA

44.            
G/5004672 RIFLEMAN ANIRUDDH YADAV, 3 ASSAM RIFLES

45.            
13620144 naik (NOW HAVILDAR) rajesh kumar, 3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

46.            
SS-41822 MAJOR DUSHYANT SINGH SHEKHAWAT, 8TH BATTALION THE DOGRA REGIMENT

47.            
NO. EX GS-184959F OPERATOR EXCAVATING MACHINERY SAMSHER SINGH, BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION (POSTHUMOUS)

48.            
IC-66865 MAJOR ABHISHEK CHAKRABARTY, ARMY AIR DEFENCE / 23 RASHTRIYA RIFLES

49.            
GS – 166845N OPERATOR EXCAVATING MACHINERY-2 KANHAYA PRASAD, BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION (POSTHUMOUS)

50.            
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROHITH MOHANDAS NAMBIAR (05622-A)

51.            
JC-413091F SUBEDAR MANJEET SINGH, 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

52.            
14433512W NAIK SUMER SINGH, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ 18TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

53.            
5048550P RIFLEMAN TEJ BAHADUR GURUNG, 1ST GORKHA RIFLES / 15TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

54.            
IC-60963W MAJOR RAVINDRA KUMAR GURANG, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 33RD FIELD REGIMENT

55.            
15143280N NAIK SANKAR TARAFDAR, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 33RD FIELD REGIMENT

Impact of 2012 Budget on Indian Auto Market: What to Buy & Why?




The news for the Auto Industry is mostly good and arguably bad.

Good because the fears of the duty hike on Diesel vehicles have proven unfounded and the technology led intervention pricing towards fuel conservation and environment friendly small vehicles continues.

Arguably bad, because there is an across the board hike in excise duty from 10 to 12 per cent, the impact of which on price increase will be marginal.

The share prices of Auto manufacturers Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Maruti Suzuki have all since registered an upward trend given the budget direction.

February car sales had seen a steep spike especially in Diesel vehicles before the budget.

This has however proven a mistake in posterity, as neither have the prices of Diesel been increased, nor has the Government imposed a Diesel cess or tax demanded by Oil Marketing companies and environmental groups, proposed to the tune of Rs. 81,000 on diesel cars.


This will on the one hand see a continuation of the trend of increased sales in the last few years towards Diesel cars, Mini SUVs, SUVs and the lately popular crossovers, and on the other hand be a positive trigger for the investment plans by auto manufacturers. The apprehension of a Diesel Tax had put an eclipse on the investment environment of new plants to meet the surging Diesel vehicle demand until the policy flip flops over diesel were resolved.


Now what this means for the car buying consumer in terms of price is that Excise duty on small cars under 4 meters in length with petrol engine capacity of below 1200CC or Diesel engine capacity of below 1500CC will fall attract an excise duty increase of 10 to 12 per cent. The Maruti small cars like Alto, Swift, the Hyundai i10, and Honda Brio will get very marginally pricier.

The Excise duty on large cars measuring above 4 meters in length and having petrol engine capacity of over 1200CC or diesel engine capacity of over 1500CC has been increased from 22 to 24 per cent. Sedans like the Ford Fiesta, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna will see a small price increase.

The Excise duty on MUVs and SUVs has been changed from 22 per cent + Rs. 15,000 to a flat 27 per cent. This will impact the prices of Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari, as well as those of Mahindra Thar, Bolero, Tata Sumo, Force Motors Trax, which will see an increase.

The news is bad for those in the market for imported CBU SUVs costing over USD 40,000 that saw excise duty, go up from 60 to 75 per cent. This will impact Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Volvo, Toyota, Renault and other foreign automakers very negatively. This will favour domestic luxury SUV makers like Tata Aria, and the Mahindra XUV500.

The exemptions towards R&D and eco friendly hybrid and electric vehicles also continue, which needs to be encouraged in an era of insane crude oil as energy security becomes more important every day.

Clearly the move towards Diesel based cars under 4 meters with an engine less than 1500CC will be the high growth segment, besides of course the ubiquitous small car. This will mean increased competition in the small car market; better functionality like ABS, climate control, automatic gear boxes in the same price category.

This budget also means a renewed demand surge for mini SUVs with monocoque bodies like Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster, Premier Rio, and Mahindra Mini Xylo, among many others. In keeping with this theme expect a similar mini or compact SUV from the Maruti Suzuki stable. This will as a corollary push domestic manufacturers to upgrade and invest in smaller engines with similar outputs, and better quality bodies and ergonomics, in keeping with global competition.

If you are the weekend warrior or someone that is required to drive on rough and broken roads across India’s rural landscape, mountains and jungles, the finance gods have been kind. This is the vehicle for you!

The Indian Auto Industry overall is unlikely to be affected, if anything Pranab Mukherjee’s otherwise insipid Budget of 2012, will increase investment, and promote fuel efficient, contemporary technology in the Indian auto market.

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