Nepalese top honour for Indian Army chief

 The decoration for General Kapoor comes after the Nepalese Army Chief Chhatra Mansingh Gurung was conferred with the Honorary title of General of the Indian Army by President Pratibha Patel in New Delhi on December 14, upholding a six-decade old tradition.

The Indian Army chief is scheduled to visit Nepal from January 21-23, Ministry of Defense was quoted as saying by the Republica newspaper on Friday.

An invitation letter to General Kapoor has been sent by his Nepalese counterpart on October 23 soon after the cabinet cleared the proposal of the Ministry of Defense, the report said.

A reported comment by Gen Kapoor opposing en masse integration of the former Maoist guerrillas had sparked a row in Nepal. Maoists supremo Prachanda had criticised the alleged remark of the Indian general. Indian General N C Vij had also received the top honour in 2003 from  the then King Gyanendra, who was deposed by the 601-member Constituent Assembly in 2008.

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