Leh shiv­ers at -6.3 de­grees, cold­est in Val­ley

■ Sri­na­gar city recorded a low of 2.9 de­grees, an in­crease of 3.6 de­grees from Sun­day night. The rise in tem­per­a­ture has been due to the cloud cover over most parts of the Val­ley, which is pre­dicted to bring in rain in the next 24 to 48 hrs

The Hitavada - - NATION -

A DEL­E­GA­TION of the Garhwal Ri­fles Reg­i­men­tal Cen­tre on Tues­day LEHandKargilwit­nessed­cold­est­nights this win­ter as the tem­per­a­ture at the two sta­tions dipped sev­eral de­grees be­lowthe­freez­ing­pointeve­nasKash­mir Val­ley saw the mer­cury rise above freez­ing point ow­ing to a cloud cover. Leh recorded a min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of mi­nus 6.3 de­grees Cel­sius on Mon­day night and was the cold­est place in the State, a Met depart­ment of­fi­cial said.

He said that it was the cold­est night recorded in the Ladakh re­gion this win­ter. Kargil town also recorded a sub­zero tem­per­a­ture as the mer­cury set­tled at mi­nus 5.2 de­grees Cel­sius on Mon­day night, he said.

Sri­na­gar city, which wit­nessed its re­turned with soil from France where two sol­diers of the 39 Garhwal Ri­fles had laid down their lives fight­ing in World War I.

first sub-zero night on Mon­day, recorded a low of 2.9 de­grees, an in­crease of 3.6 de­grees from Sun­day night, the of­fi­cial said. The rise in tem­per­a­ture has been due to the cloud cover over most parts of the Val­ley, which is pre­dicted to bring in rain in the next 24 to 48 hours. The min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture at other places across the Val­ley,

Two urns con­tain­ing the soil were handed over to De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man by the del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing Com­man­dant Bri­gadier Indrajit Chat­ter­jee and Sube­dar Ma­jor Trilok Singh.

The urns, brought from Laven­tie in France, would now be car­ried to the Garhwal Ri­fles Reg­i­men­tal Cen­tre at Lands­downe.

On Septem­ber 20 last year, dur­ing an ex­ca­va­tion on the south­ern side of Richebourg vil­lage near Laven­tie Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery, ap­prox­i­mately 230 km from Paris, two hu­man re­mains were found.

They were iden­ti­fied to be of sol­diers of the 39th Royal Garhwal Ri­fles.

The of­fice of Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion de­cided to hold a cer­e­mony to rest them along with their com­rades with full mil­i­tary hon­ors dur­ing the an­nual memo­rial ser­vice that is held to com­mem­o­rate the In­dian sol­diers who were mar­tyred in ac­tion in France and Bel­gium.

The de­ci­sion was taken in con­sul­ta­tion with the French Gov­ern­ment and In­dian Em­bassy.

ex­cept in Kup­wara, stayed above the freez­ing point. While Kok­er­nag in south Kash­mir recorded a low of 5.0 de­grees Cel­sius, the mer­cury in Qazi­gund set­tled at 1.6 de­grees Cel­sius, the of­fi­cial said. He said that Pa­hal­gam, reg­is­tered a low of 0.8 de­grees Cel­sius, while the fa­mous ski-re­sort of Gul­marg recorded the min­i­mum of 0.0 de­gree Cel­sius.

Bri­gadier Indrajit Chat­ter­jee, Com­man­dant and Sube­dar Ma­jor Trilok Singh Negi of the Garhwal Ri­fles Reg­i­men­tal Cen­tre pre­sent­ing to De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man an urn con­tain­ing the soil of the grave of two In­dian sol­diers of 39 Garhwal Ri­fles who lost their lives dur­ing WWI in France, in New Delhi on Tues­day. Army chief Gen Bipin Singh Rawat is also seen. (PTI)

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