First Bn 9GR cel­e­brates 200 years

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The First Bat­tal­ion of the 9 Gorkha Ri­fles which was raised by the Bri­tish in 1817 as the ‘Fate­hgarh Levy’ cel­e­brated 200 years of its rais­ing on March 16, 2017, at Se­cun­der­abad. The 9 Gorkha Ri­fles has a unique hon­our that all its bat­tal­ions have been awarded the Chief of the Army Staff’s ci­ta­tion for ex­cep­tional per­for­mance in the line of duty. The Reg­i­ment has been awarded three Vic­to­ria Crosses, five Ma­havir Chakras and 17 Vir Chakras in the two cen­turies of its ex­is­tence. Some of the Reg­i­ment’s bat­tle hon­ours are Afghanistan, France and Flan­ders, Me­sopotamia, North Africa, Chin­dits, Burma, Phillora, Ku­markhalli, Dera Baba Nanak and Jammu and Kashmir.

In­dia and Nepal share a unique bond through 32,000 Nepali cit­i­zens who serve in the In­dian Army and ap­prox­i­mately 90,000 vet­er­ans draw­ing their pen­sions in Nepal. The cel­e­bra­tions cul­mi­nated with a spe­cial din­ner which was at­tended by serv­ing and re­tired soldiers, in­clud­ing former Gov­er­nor of Pun­jab, Gen­eral B.K.N. Chib­ber. More than 500 vet­er­ans from re­mote ar­eas in Nepal graced the oc­ca­sion with their fam­i­lies to reaf­firm their reg­i­men­tal bonds.

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