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Indo-Nepal Joint Military Training Exercise Starts
Mar 13, 2014

With participation of personnel from the Nepal Army and Indian Army, a 15-days joint military training exercise Surya Kiran-VI started at the Nepal Army's Integrated Army Training Centre (IATC) at Saljhandi, Rupendehi.  Major General of Nepal Army Victor J.B. Rana inaugurated the training.

Nepal expressed hope that such an exercise will strengthen the bilateral military relation between the two countries. The joint military exercise will facilitate coping with issues of disaster management at multinational level and trans-border terrorism among other sectors.

Over 900 Indian and Nepali troops are taking part in this exercise being conducted in mountainous terrains of the area shared by the geography of both the countries in this part of Indo-Nepal border. As many as 250 Indian army personnel and 200 Nepali army personnel are taking part in the exercise.

In this exercise in mountainous terrains of the area shared by the geography of both the countries in this part of Indo-Nepal border. They would be sharing their theoretical and practical experiences till March 18. During this training, troops will be able to entail anti-insurgency and jungle warfare in a practical way. Such training will also help to understand various aspects of military skills and practices at lower level through experience sharing.

A total of five such joint military exercises have already been held in both Nepal and India in the past three years. The training slots which were initially started from the platoon level have now been upgraded to the battalion level. This is the sixth such military exercise between the Nepalese and Indian armies and third in Nepal.

Initially, the Indian Army took the lead in 2011 and concluded the first counter-insurgency and jungle warfare exercise in Mizoram state in India in 2011. Since then, the two sides have been holding the joint military exercise in either country on a regular basis.


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