Indian Army Chief Manoj Pande awarded the honorary rank of General of the Nepalese Army

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General Manoj Pande arrested Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Kathmandu:

Indian Army Chief, General Manoj Pande on Monday received the title of Honorary General of the Nepalese Army from Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu.

General Pande was honored in a special ceremony at the official residence of President ‘Shital Niwas’ in the capital of Nepal during his ongoing visit to the Himalayan nation.

“Indian Army Chief of Staff, General Manoj Pande was awarded the title of Honorary General of the Nepalese Army by Rt Hon. Smt. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal on 5th September 2022. He was honored in a special ceremony at the official residence of the President “Shital Niwas” in Kathmandu. He was also awarded a sword and scroll during the ceremony,” the Indian Embassy said in a statement.

The practice follows a seven-decade-old tradition of decorating army leaders from each other’s countries with the honorary title.

The Commander-in-Chief, General KM Cariappa was the first Indian army chief to be decorated with this title in 1950. In November last year, the Nepalese army chief, General Prabhu Ram Sharma , was also made an Honorary General of the Indian Army by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in New Delhi.

After the ceremony, General Manoj Pande visited Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari. During the roll call, General Manoj Pande expressed his gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him.

Earlier in the day, in a solemn ceremony, General Manoj Pande laid a wreath and paid respects at Bir Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) at the army pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu. Thereafter, he proceeded to the Nepal Army Headquarters where he received a ceremonial honor guard.

This was followed by a meeting with his counterpart General Prabhu Ram Sharma, during which the two delegations discussed strengthening long-standing army-army relations. He was also given a full briefing by senior Nepalese army officers.

On behalf of the Government of India, General Manoj Pande presented training equipment to the Nepal Army, along with light vehicles that would increase the capabilities of Nepal Army personnel.

General Manoj Pande arrived in Kathmandu on September 4 for a five-day official visit to Nepal, at the invitation of General Prabhu Ram Sharma, Chief of Staff of the Nepal Army.

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