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Indian Army Chief Pande Handsover Military Equipment To Nepali Army

Chief of Indian Army, General Manoj Pande, handed over military equipment worth Rs 223 million to Nepali Army (NA) as assistance.

The Indian Army Chief arrived here on Sunday on a five-day visit at the official invitation of Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma. The assistance that includes medical equipment, parts of weapons and four horses was handed over here today amid a special programme organised at the Army Headquarters, according to the Nepali Army (NA).

The assistance followed the decision taken by Nepal India Bilateral Consultative Group. Gen Pande, at today’s event, handed over the file to CoAS Sharma containing details of those equipment which include parts of various weapons, 10 Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV)and medical equipment.

NA’s Spokesperson Brigadier General Narayan Silwal said the horses received as assistance could be used for advance breeding and for other various military purposes. Prior to the handover of in-kind assistance, Gen Pande held a meeting with CoAS Sharma at Army Headquarters. He also received a guard of honour presented by a contingent of the NA today morning.

On the occasion, Gen Pande also planted a sapling on the premises of the main building at the Army Headquarters. He laid a wreath and paid tributes to the ‘Brave Soldier’ at the Bir Smarak at the army pavilion, Tundikhel today.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to confer on Gen Pande the insignia of honorary title of General of NA amid a special ceremony at the Rastrapati Bhawan today. The Head of State is the Supreme Commander of NA in Nepal.

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