14-day ‘Surya-Kiran 15’ begins in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh


A 14-day joint military exercise Surya-Kiran 15 of India and Nepal began on Monday in the frontier district of Pithoragarh.

A battalion of the Nepal Army and a battalion of the Garhwal Regiment from India are participating in the 15th edition of the exercise.

On the first day, more than 650 soldiers from both countries gathered at the Friendship Ground of the Army here.

The main objective of the 15th joint military exercise between India and Nepal is to establish military relations in inaccessible mountainous areas by the soldiers of both countries, as well as to provide humanitarian assistance under disaster management and to get training in anti-terrorist operations.

“Every year, there is a battalion exercise. One year it is in Nepal and, one year it is held in India. It is an exercise in which we will establish military relations between the two countries. To provide counter-terrorism training and to provide humanitarian assistance, medical evacuation under disaster management, we will be conducting this exercise,” LT General S S Mahal, VSM.


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