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Military digest: Three Army Commanders from Kapurthala Sainik School

Sainik School, Kapurthala was set up in 1961 to prepare boys academically, physically and mentally for the National Defence Academy. Over the years it has turned out to be a significant feeder school for the armed forces. The list of its alumni who have been commissioned as officers is impressive indeed.

A very momentous milestone in the school’s proud history occurred a few months ago. No less than three of its illustrious alumni held the rank of Army Commander at the same time. These were Lieutenant Generals Ranbir Singh (1969-76) who commanded Northern Command, Satinder Saini (1970-77) who was Southern Army Commander and Iqroop Singh Ghumman (197077) who held the reins of Central Command. Something which all Saikapians (as ex-students of the school are known) can be justly very proud of.

Thirteen Military Hospitals Dedicated to Deal with Pandemic

No less than thirteen Army hospitals located all over the country with a total capacity of 3,000 beds have been earmarked to treat Coronavirus patients. These hospitals are located at Lucknow, Pune, Ahmedabad, Belgaum, Golconda (Telangana), Jhansi, Nasirabad (Rajasthan), Saugor (MP), Jodhpur, Panagarh (West Bengal), Shillong, Patiala and Palampur (HP). 370 intensive care and high dependency units are included in the capacity. At the moment more than 1,250 persons are housed in six quarantine facilities run by the Army at Mumbai, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Hindon (UP), Manesar (Haryana) and Chennai.

Separate wards have been designated for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in twenty-nine other military hospitals in addition to regular patients.

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