President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday conferred the honorary rank of Suprabal Jana Sewa Shree of the Indian Army on General Gaurav Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, Chief of the Army Staff of Nepal, for his “commendable military prowess and immeasurable contribution to further fostering the long and friendly association with India.”

The special investiture ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Referring to General Rana’s career, spanning 39 years, a statement issued by the President’s Office said he “has distinguished himself by his exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of positions of great importance and responsibility to the Army, culminating in various coveted staff appointments.”

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