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Nepal Army bags gold in Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2017

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Army (NA) has bagged the gold medal in the Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2017, an arduous test in which around 131 teams from armies across the globe participated, held in Brecon, Wales.

A 10-member NA team led by Major Aayush Rana had reached the United Kingdom to participate in the exercise held from October 13 to 22. The Gorakh Box Battalion had participated in the event on behalf of the NA.

The grueling patrolling exercise, organised and run by the British Army annually, is physically and mentally demanding as the participants have to cover a distance of 80-kilometres in 48 hours while trekking through the rugged Cambrian mountains in Wales.

The exercise involves passing through difficult terrain in two days where a participant carries logistics and equipment weighing about 50 pounds. The participating teams must cross the specified locations including rivers based on the preparation of war, maps and compass and also manage injured persons and identify and take precaution of explosives planted in their path.

Cambrian Patrol is arduous and concentrates on leadership, teamwork, physical fitness and achieving the mission,according to British military website.

“It is conducted for the benefit of units and there is no final order of merit. The exercise is designed to be within the capability of any well-led and well-trained patrol from any Arm or Service,” it said.

Started some 50 years ago, the exercise is held every year in Wales and is delivered by HQ 160 Infantry Brigade on behalf of CLF. The aim of this exercise is to provide a challenging patrol exercise in order to enhance operational capability.

A total of 111 British army teams and 139 army team of various 28 participating countries had joined the event this year. Nearly one third of the total teams had failed to even complete the patrol exercise.

NA has said that these kinds of military exercises have helped to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Nepal and the United Kingdom.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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