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18 Infantry Division RAPID

Vice chief of the Army staff, Lieutenant General Milan Lalit Kumar Naidu addressed a gathering of army men on the occasion of the 183rd Raising Day celebrations of fifth battalion of the Rajput Regiment. The battalion was originally raised 1925 in Kanpur as the second extra regiment of Bengal Native Infantry by Major Simpson and after independence it came to be known as Rajput Regiment. Lt Gen Naidu asked the army men to adopt a more flexible attitude towards the people to win over their confidence. Naidu advised army men to become more efficient in their work and utilise all equipments at their disposal properly so as to attain good standards in their operations.

The HQ 627(I) Mechanised AD Brigade organised a display of Army equipment at Kota in Rajasthan. This display was organised for school and college students of Kota. The main aim of this display was to familarise the students about the Army equipment.

The 2nd Battalion, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment [1 JAT (LI)]. moved to Babina in September 1990 under 31 Armoured Division and remained there till September 1993. Subsequently, it moved to Lalgarh Jattan under 18 Infantry Division (RAPID). After a three-year long tenure, the battalion moved to Sangrur as part of 1 Armoured Division in October 1996.

General NC Vij commanded 44 Mountain Brigade; 18 Infantry Division (RAPID); two Corps i.e XXI and IV Corps and Southern Command. He became the Colonel of the Dogra Regiment and Dogra Scouts on 1st April 2002 and continued to hold that office till his retirement in Jan 2005. On 31st December 2002, General N C Vij, took over as the Chief of the Army Staff.

The city of Kota (previously spelt as Kotah) is the divisional head quarter of the Indian Army's 18 Infantry Division RAPID. Kota is recognised as a major army headquarter and a prime industrial center of Rajasthan. This is the prodigal little town of the state situated at a distance of 242 km from the state capital and 500 km from Delhi. The prime spots in the city include city palace and fort complex. The fort and the palace called City Fort Palace is one of the largest of its kind in Rajasthan. The entrance of the fort is called Naya Darwaza or the new gate. The Durbar Hall of the palace has beautiful mirror works and ebony doors. In addition to these, there are lakes and gardens which will provide you natural beauty and eternal peace. Kota is also famous for its industrial establishments and Atomic Power Plant. The handicrafts of the city are very rich. Among the best are the Kota saris which are designed with Royal style. The fabric is so made to keep out of the horrible heat. Kota in Rajasthan is famous for the fine translucent muslins called Masuria Malmal. Originally, such sarees were called Masuria because they were woven in Mysore. The weavers were subsequently brought to Kota by Rao Kishore Singh who was a general in the Mughal army. The weavers were brought to Kota in the late 17th and early 18th century and the saris came to be known as 'Kota-Masuria'. Kota sarees are popularly known as 'Masuria' in Kota and Kotadoria outside the state. 'Doria' means thread.

The fine-grained variety of limestone is known as Kota stone. The rich greenish-blue and brown colours of this stone are most popular. Kota stone is preferred for flooring and wall cladding, paving and facades of buildings. This is because they have the unique properties of limestones. They are very tough, non water-absorbent, non-slip, non-porous and have excellent stain removability. Moreover, their resistance to wear and delamination is higher than other stones. They are available in different sizes and thicknesses. The varieties include Kota Blue Natural, Kota Blue Honed, Kota Blue Polished, Kota Blue Cobbles, Kota Brown Natural and Kota Brown Polished.

Zalim Singh is one of the most important character of modern Rajput history. Starting out as a general of the kota armies he become a regent of the kingdom completely by setting up a modern administration adopting European weapons and lactic for his army and created a compromise revenue system. Under his leadership kota became one of the first rajput states to sign a treaty with the british.



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