New Delhi, 30 September: The Army chiefs of India and Nepal today witnessed a combined exercise by a battalion of the two armies. They carried out a joint training programme to ensure inter-operability of both armies in the disaster-prone region of Uttarakhand.
The Army chief, Gen Bikram Singh, and his Nepalese counterpart, General Gaurav Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, witnessed the training exercise currently underway in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Lt Gen Rajan Bakhshi, Army Commander Central Command, was present.
The joint exercise is in accordance with the agreement reached between the two countries during the Seventh Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Group on Security. The first exercise was held in 2011 at the platoon level.
The current exercise named Surya Kiran V is the first at the battalion level with about 400 soldiers from each Army participating in the combined exercises. The focus this year is ‘disaster response’ in a geologically disaster prone zone in the Himalayas. SNS