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Army chief to gift howitzers to Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: Forty years after taking part in the liberation war against Pakistan, Indian Army Chief Gen V K Singh will gift howitzers and modern computers to Bangladesh during his five-day visi

Published: 16th June 2011 09:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:10 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Forty years after taking part in the liberation war against Pakistan, Indian Army Chief Gen V K Singh will gift howitzers and modern computers to Bangladesh during his five-day visit to Dhaka staring Sunday.

"During the five-day visit, the Army chief will gift two howitzers to the Bangladesh Army along with a modern lab of 50 computers for training its troops," Army officials said here.

The 3.7 inch howitzers were part of the first artillery unit of the Bangladesh Army and they had requested the Indian Army for these, they said.

The two guns have already been phased out from the service.

The Chief will also gift a rock-climbing wall to the Bangladesh Army for helping in training of its mountaineers.

Commissioned in the Rajput Regiment in 1971, Singh was part of the operations in several cities in the erstwhile East Pakistan.

Going there on the invitation of his counterpart General Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, Singh will also call on President Mohammed Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He will also review the passing-out parade of the 64th Long Course and the 35th Special Course of the Bangladesh Military Academy on June 22 before returning next day.

Singh will also be accompanied by his wife Bharati Singh and other senior officers during the visit.



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