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Discipline, character building must in life: Nepal army chief

Arvind Kashyap, Hindustan Times  Solan, October 04, 2013
First Published: 19:04 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:05 IST(4/10/2013)

Giving a lesson of discipline, decency and character building to students, chief of Nepal army staff Gen Gaurav Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana on Friday said the spirit of “never give in” always pays in achieving the targets of life.

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Presiding over the valedictory function of the founder's day celebrations of the Lawrence School, Sanawar, on its campus, Rana said it was only discipline and spirit of never give in that took him to the present position.

Earlier, Rana, who is also alumnus of the 1972 batch, took the salute of an impressive NCC parade, presented by the students for trooping the school flag followed by a march-past by the former students of 1963 and 1988 batches, celebrating their golden and silver jubilees.

Lauding the parade of students, Rana said he had attended and witnessed a large number of parades across the world, but the parade by Sanawarians had no match elsewhere.

Felicitating the staff and students on the occasion, the army general shared his cherished memories of schooldays and expressed his happiness to see the old traditions being maintained in tandem with modernisation at the school.

Being an army man, he appreciated the display of discipline, decorum and confidence coupled with leadership that he imbibed as a student during schooldays. He said the spirit to fight a good fight, discipline, decency, dignity and decorum were the keys to success.

Welcoming the chief guest, school headmaster Praveen Vasisht read out the school annual report highlighting the achievements of students in academics, sports and co-curricular activities. He said the school had won accolades for shining in sports, debates and adventure. Besides healthy exchange programmes, the school made its presence felt in Round Square with Andrew Solomon and Yashodita Gaekward bagging the Constantine Gold Medal and Community Service Award, respectively.

Later, the army chief awarded the chief of the army staff trophy for the best all-round boy and girl in Class 12 for 2012-13.

Nepal army chief refuses to answer queries
Chief of the Nepal army staff Gen Gaurav SJB Rana categorically declined to comment when mediapersons approached him over some vital issues. On being asked about the use of Nepal land by certain militant outfits as major escape routes, Rana said no comment.

Even, when journalists asked to tell some of old memories of his schooldays in Sanawar, he said, “There are jumble of memories. Can't tell you. Since I have come here to attend the founder's day celebrations, I will not answer any query or question.


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