Indian COASs Official Visit to Nepal Comes to an End

General Vijay Kumar Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army and his six-member delegation left for India on 23 December 2010 after completing a four-day official visit to Nepal. The Right Honourable President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav on 22 December 2010, conferred the Indian COAS General Singh with the rank of the Honorary General of Nepal Army at an Investiture Ceremony held at the President�s Office at Shital Niwas. Right Honourable President Dr. Yadav conferred by presenting insignia, cap, sword and certificate to General Singh. The Nepal Army has a long history of honouring the visiting Indian Chiefs with the rank of Honorary General of the Nepal Army. General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, the then Commander-in-Chief, was the first Indian Chief to be conferred with this honour when he visited Nepal in 1950 AD. General Singh had courtesy calls with Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal and Defence Minister Mrs. Bidhyadevi Bhandari at their offices at Singh Durbar on 22 December 2010. Similarly, he had a courtesy meeting with his counterpart, General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung at the Army Headquarters on 20 December, 2010. The two generals discussed on enhancing bilateral cooperation. After the meeting, Director of Military Operations Brigadier General Mahesh Bikram Karki, briefed on the current situation and the various roles of Nepal Army. Brig Gen Karki highlighted on Nepal Army�s contribution in development work, conservation of nature and wild life, participation in the United Nations peace missions, assistance in disaster management and security of vital installations. He emphasized on Nepal�s role in combating international terrorism, contribution to international peace and security by Nepal�s active involvement in the peace missions, potential terror and criminal activities due to open border with India and the need to address them with priority as major security concerns. During the occasion, Major General DS Hooda from the Indian delegation mentioned the Indian perspective on the security of the South Asian region. Before his call on with COAS Gen Gurung, he laid a wreath at the �Bir Smarika�, a memorial of the fallen soldiers, at the Army Pavilion. Following this, he inspected the guard of honour offered to him. During his stay in Nepal, he visited Birendra Peacekeeping Operations Training Centre at Panchhkhal, Kavre and High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School at Kaishang, Mustang; where the Commandants briefed him on various aspects including the training conducted at their respective centre and school. He also visited the Western Division Headquarters at Pokhara. Gen Singh addressed the veterans of the Indian Army at a function organized at the Pension Paying Office, Pokhara during his visit there. On the occasion, he distributed specially modified scooters to the physically disabled ex-service members. Similarly, his spouse, Mrs. Bharati Singh, handed over sewing machines to the widows of those fallen on the line of duty.