Exercise Surya Kiran– VI commences

Indo-Nepal Joint Group Training Exercise Surya Kiran-VI is being conducted at Integrated Army Training Centre (IATC) in Saljhandi, Rupandehi from March 5 to March 18, 2014. Amid a ceremony organized at IATC, DGMT Major General Victor Jung Bahadur Rana formally inaugurated the two-weeks-long Joint Group Training Exercise Surya Kiran-VI on March 5, 2014. In his opening remarks, he was confident that the exercise would not only help foster interoperability between two armed forces but would also help to cement Nepal-India relations. A total of 450 personnel among which 200 from the Nepalese Army and 250 from the Indian Army are participating in the battalion level joint military exercise. The joint exercise will focus on jungle warfare, counter insurgency, counter terrorism and disaster response & management operations. The exercise being held is sixth of its kind, which has so far been alternatively hosted by Nepal and India. Earlier suchjoint group training were held at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare (CIJW) School, Mizoram in 2011, Chaubattia,Uttarakhanda in 2012 and Pithoragarh of India in 2013. Similarly the Nepalese Army has also hosted the second and fourthjoint group training at CIJW School, Amlekhgunj in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Organizing these kind of joint exercises help enhance the special bond between the people of India and the people of Nepal beside boosting bilateral relations between the two neighbouring nations.