India-Nepal joint exercise Surya Kiran ends

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, March 21, 2017

The two-week long India-Nepal joint military training exercise, Surya Kiran-XI, which began on March 7, ended at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand yesterday.
The Ekta Shakti battalion of The Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army and Durga Bahsh battalion of the Nepalese Army participated in the 11th edition of the annual exercise.
The exercise was aimed at training troops in counter insurgency operations and enhancing defence cooperation and military relations between the two countries. It provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two armies to share their experiences, an official press release said.
The training was conducted in the hills adjoining Pithoragarh, which provided the participants a realistic environ to practise their skills. The training culminated with a 48-hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a cordon and search operation in a mock village.
Besides training, troops also rubbed shoulders in friendly matches, spent spare time in local sightseeing and engaged in other traditional military activities. A customary exchange of mementoes marked the successful completion of the training, the release added.