Indian Armed Forces Current Affairs - 2019

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Ponung Doming – First woman officer from Arunachal Pradesh to become Lieutenant Colonel In Indian Army

Ponung Doming is the first lady officer from Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian army to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant colonel.

She was commissioned into the Indian army as Lieutenant in 2008. She is currently posted in Pune, Maharashtra. Doming had completed her graduation in civil engineering. She served the UN Peace keeping force in Congo in 2014.

Women in Indian Armed forces

Women in armed forces were recruited only in the officer’s rank till 2018. The Indian army for the first time issued notification in 2019 inviting female applicants for the position of Soldier General Duty, personnel below officer rank. There are around 3.8% of women officers in the army. Navy has 6% of women officers and air force has 13% of women officers.

Punita Arora was the first woman officer to become Lieutenant General in the Indian armed forces. She had won 15 medals in her 36 years of services in the Indian armed forces. She was from Punjab.

In India, females are not allowed to serve in combat units like armored corps, infantry and Mechanised infantry. The role of women in Indian army began in 1888 when the British Raj began Indian Military Nursing Service. It was only in 1992, the Indian army began inducting women in non – medical roles. Later in 2007, the UN first all female peace keeping force was deployed to Liberia by India. This was first of its kind not only in India but through out the world!

New Delhi to host 1st conference on Military Medicine for SCO member states

The first Conference on Military Medicine for Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) Member States will be held in New Delhi from 12-13 September 2019. The conference will also be 1st military co-operation event hosted by India under SCO Defence Co-operation Plan 2019-2020, after India became an SCO member country in 2017.

About Conference on Military Medicine for SCO Member States

Objective of Conference: To share best practices in field of military medicine, build capacities and overcome common challenges

Participants: SCO Member States will be represented by senior military medical practitioners. These Military medicine experts from SCO member countries will meet in New Delhi for a 2-day conference starting from September 12. Apart from member countries, Dialogue Partners Nepal and Sri Lanka will also be sending their delegations to participate in conference. Representatives from Pakistan may also attend the event.

It will be conducted by Indian Armed Forces under the aegis of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS).

Key Highlights of Conference:

During the conference, Indian Armed Forces will also demonstrate Rapid Action Medical Team and organise a visit for delegates to Army Research and Referral Hospital.

Deliberations will take place between participating military medicine experts of SCO Member countries on rendering of combat medical support, measures to improve patient safety and humanitarian assistance during disasters.

Conference will be preceded by a meeting of heads of delegations to discuss areas of cooperation in field of military medicine between SCO member countries.