India-Nepal joint army exercise ends

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) “Surya Kiran-X”, the 10th edition of India-Nepal joint military exercise, culminated in Nepal on Sunday with a 72-hour-long outdoor exercise on counter-terrorism and disaster management, the Defence Ministry said.

Surya Kiran-X provided an ideal platform for troops of the two countries to share their experiences on counter-terrorist operations and disaster management, a Defence Ministry statement said.

The exercise was conducted at the Army Battle School at Nepal’s Saljhandi from October 31 to November 13 where the troops of Indian Army’s Kumaon Regiment and Nepal Army’s Jabar Jung Battalion participated, it said.

The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted bi-annually, alternatively in Nepal and India. Among the exercises undertaken by various countries, Surya Kiran series is the largest in terms of troop participation.

“Other activities conducted during training included basic familiarisation with each other’s weapons and equipment and concepts while operating in counter-terrorism environment,” said the statement.

“The training culminated with a 72-hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both the contingents carried out a cordon-and-search operation in a mock village,” the statement added.