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General Manoj Pande, Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army Conferred Honorary Rank of General of Nepali Army

Posted on: September 05, 2022 |

The Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army General Manoj Pande was conferred the title of Honorary General of the Nepali Army by Rt Hon. Smt. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal, on 5 September 2022. He was honoured at a special ceremony at the President’s official residence ‘Shital Niwas’ in Kathmandu. He was also presented a sword and scroll during the function.

The practice follows a seven decade old tradition of decorating army chiefs of each other’s country with the honorary title. Commander-in-Chief General KM Cariappa was the first Indian Army chief to be decorated with the title in 1950. In November last year, Chief of Nepali Army, General Prabhu Ram Sharma was also made the Honorary General of the Indian Army by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in New Delhi.

Following the ceremony, General Manoj Pande called on the President of Nepal Right Hon'ble Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari. During the call on Right Hon’ble President, General Manoj Pande conveyed his gratitude for the honour bestowed upon him.

Earlier in the day, in a solemn ceremony, General Manoj Pande laid a wreath and paid homage at Bir Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) at Army Pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu.  Thereafter, he visited the Nepali Army headquarters where he was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour. This was followed by meeting with his counterpart General Prabhu Ram Sharma, during which both delegations discussed strengthening long standing army-army relations. He was also given a comprehensive briefing by senior officers of the Nepali Army.

On behalf of the Government of India, Gen Manoj Pande presented training equipment to Nepali Army along with Light Vehicles which would augment  capabilities of Nepali Army personnel.

Chief of Army Staff Indian Army General Manoj Pande arrived in Kathmandu on 04 September 2022 for a five-day official visit to Nepal, on the invitation of General Prabhu Ram Sharma, Chief of Army Staff, Nepali Army.



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