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Govt selects Rana for top Army post


The government has decided to promote Lt General Gaurav Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana to the post of acting Army Chief effective August 9.

A Cabinet mee-ting on Wednesday decided to request the President to endorse his appo-intment. The Presi-dent is the Supreme Comma-nder of the Nepal Army, who officially appoints the Army Chief after recommendation from the Cabinet. Rana will replace Gurung after the latter completes his one-month customary leave on September 8. Gurung will go on leave on August 9.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Chhatra Man Singh Gurung had earlier forwarded a letter to the defence ministry recommending Rana for the acting chief’s post.

Rana is currently the Chief of Staff of the NA and the seniormost lieutenant general.

Gurung was the first Janajati COAS in NA history. It was during his tenure the Maoist combatants were practically disarmed and brought under the Army. Rana is the son of Aditya Shumsher Rana, the former Major General of the NA, and grandson of Babar Shumsher Rana and great grandson of Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher Rana. He has good ties with the Indian political class.

Fifty-eight-year-old Rana joined the Army on November 27, 1970 and is an alumnus of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

In other decisions, the Cabinet decided to accept the resignations tendered by five secretaries. It further relieved Executive Director of Bharatpur Cancer Hospital Rameshwor Man Shrestha of the post and appointed Dr Bhakta Man Shrestha there. The government also formed a three-member talks team to hold discussions with other parties to fix a date for CA elections.



Posted on: 2012-08-02 08:21