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Central selection at British Gurkhas Pokhara

Central Selection for Recruit Intake 2015, is in full flow at British Gurkhas Pokhara. This year the target is to recruit 230 young Trainees with the aptitude, upon completion of their training, to meet the demands of the contemporary Brigade of Gurkhas. From the 7,865 who originally applied, 500 have been called forward to Central Selection.

They undergo a number of objective tests: medical, education and physical before going through to the final interview. All recruits have now completed the Doko race, a 5km push uphill carrying 25kg in a Doko basket. This tests their determination and grit and so far this year, only 33 of 500 have failed to finish the race within the cut-off time of 48 minutes. The Potential Recruits (PRs) now also undergo new medical tests. They undertake Electro-Cardiograms (ECGs) and also, a new addition is Functional Movement Screening of the PRs. Under an examination from a physiotherapist this should flag-up any existing injuries and perhaps, more importantly, identify those PRs more at risk of sustaining an injury over the next 6 months. This will give Gurkha Company Catterick (GCC) the chance to correctly manage those successful T/Rfn who are slightly more prone to injury.

This is a great move forward and a test that currently only the UKSF and PARAS commit to. The 230 young men who are successful will then complete 3 weeks induction training with instructors from GCC before being officially handed over to GCC at the Attestation Parade in Pokahara. At the Attestation Parade, they will swear their allegiance to the Queen in front of Chief of Staff Land Forces and Colonel QGE, Major General Tyrone Urch CBE, before saying farewell to their families and departing back to the UK to begin their 9 months training in Catterick.

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18th SAARC Summit concludes issuing 36-point declaration

The 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has concluded on Thursday, November 27, 2014, issuing a 36-point declaration of the future actions to be performed either independently or jointly by the member countries. Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala issued the declaration in the presence of all eight executive heads of the SAARC member countries and announced that the Summit has come to an end. Presidents of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives along with PMs of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan attended the ceremony held at City Hall in the Nepali capital. In particular, the member states signed an energy exchange deal aimed at boosting up energy generation and consumption in the region that has enormous potentials for the same.

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Nepal jails 5 former rebels for journalist’s murder, torture

KATHMANDU – A Nepalese court jailed five former Maoist rebels on Sunday over the torture and killing of a journalist, lawyers said, in the first such ruling for crimes committed during the country’s civil war. The men, all middle-ranking cadres, were convicted and sentenced to up to two years in prison over the abduction and murder in 2004 of Dekendra Raj Thapa, a radio reporter and human rights activist. Investigations have showed that Thapa was repeatedly beaten unconscious before being buried alive during the decade-long conflict that ended in 2006.

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LCpl Trishna Gurung QG Signals, from 11 Sig Regt won the Gold Medal under 66 Kg Dan Grade category during the Army Judo Championship held at the Shrivenham Defence Academy on Fri 31 Oct 14.

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Similarly, Rfn Madhu Ghimire, 1RGR won the gold medal in the Senior Poomse category and bronze in the Senior Sparring category on the Army Teakwondo Invitational Championship held at the Canada house in Aldershot on 30 Nov. Similarly, Rfn Pravin Giri, 1RGR also succeeded in achieving bronze medal in the Senior Sparring Category. The competition comprised of Military and Civilians totalling to 40 players in different weight, KUP and DAN. Aftab Hussain, The head of the Army Teakwondo congratulated the winners.

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