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Multinational peace keeping military drill from today

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KATHMANDU — The third edition of multinational peace keeping military drill entitled ‘Exercise Shanti Prayas III’ is kicking off Monday at the Nepal Army’s Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre where 1024 army personnel from 28 countries are participating.

The multi-national military exercise co-sponsored by Nepal Army and US Army’s Pacific Command will last for 14 days.

The military exercise which aims at enhancing peacekeeping capabilities prior to being deployed for peacekeeping missions under the United Nations, according to a press statement issued by the Public Relations Directorate of Nepal Army.

‘The main objective of the joint military exercise is to help increase the participants’ interoperability and peacekeeping skills prior to their deployment to the UN peace missions,’ it said.

“The exercise will enhance global interoperability and develop common tactics, techniques and procedures required to effectively support real-world UN peacekeeping operations,” Admiral Harris Jr. has been quoted as saying in US Army’s DVIDS report.

Army personnel from Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and Zambia were invited to take part in the exercise.

Saying the Nepal-US relationship is strong and continues to grow, the US Navy commander added, “And the training we are conducting at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre in Nepal is a testament to our shared commitment to enhancing global peacekeeping operations and the enforcement of UN mandates.”

United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)’s Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr has already arrived here in the capital on Sunday to take part in a multinational military drill for peacekeeping, Nepal Army said.

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The exercise includes various components including Staff Training Event (STE), Field Training Event (FTE), Critical Enabler and Capability Enhancement Events and Regional Training Seminar.

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Province 6 named Karnali, capital Surkhet

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SURKHET — Province number 6 has became the first province to get a name as a provincial assembly meeting renamed it Karnali on Saturday. The meeting also fixed Birendranagar in Surkhet as its Capital.

A meeting of the provincial assembly convened on Saturday unanimously endorsed the proposal to name the province as ‘Karnali’ and also fixed Birendranagar in Surket as the capital of the province which until now, Birendranagar was the temporary provincial capital.

CPN-UML Parliamentary Party leader of the province Yam Lal Kadel had proposed the name of the province while Din Bandu Shrestha of Nepali Congress, Ganesh Prasad Singh of CPN (Maoist Center) and Sohila Sahi of Rastriya Prajatantra Party seconded the proposal.

The name Karnali was endorsed by 37 of the 40 provincial assembly members.

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Likewise, Birendranagar, Surkhet, as Capital was proposed by opposition Nepali Congress’s Jiban Bahadur Shahi.

Speaking at the assembly, lawmaker from Jumla Dig Bandu Shrestha said Karnali will be an appropriate name as it sends out a strong message of geographical unity.

The meeting later unanimously endorsed the proposal. After that, another proposal was also tabled at the assembly, to fix Birendranagar as the provincial capital .

Nepali Congress PP leader of the province Jiwan Bahadur Sahi had proposed to make Birendranagar the province capital while Ambar Bahadur Sahi of CPN-UML and Naresh Bhandari of CPN (Maoist Center) seconded the proposal.

Lawmakers from CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Center) and Nepal Congress voted for the proposal. Only Rastriya Prajatantra Party lawmaker Soshila Sahi voted against .

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