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
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)