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Gurkha soldier’s number to remain intact

Gurkhas from the 1st Batallion The Royal Gurkha Rifles perform a Khukuri fighting demonstration at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone, England, Thursday July 19, 2007. The 1RGR will be deployed to Afghanistan in autumn 2007. The MOD has announced improved pensions for Gurkhas and a review of the mechanism for increasing Gurkha pensions. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Gurkhas from the 1st Batallion The Royal Gurkha Rifles perform a Khukuri fighting demonstration at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone, England, Thursday July 19, 2007. The 1RGR will be deployed to Afghanistan in autumn 2007. The MOD has announced improved pensions for Gurkhas and a review of the mechanism for increasing Gurkha pensions. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

KATHMANDU: Brigade of Gurkhas will remain intact with a strength of 2600 soldiers while the British soldiers which currently numbers 97000 will be reduced to 82000 regulars post 2020.

“I am delighted that the Gurkha brigade has survived these difficult cuts. This is good news for our Gurkhas and for Nepal, and is testament to the high regard that the British Government and people have for their Gurkhas,” said the Defence Attache at the British Embassy.

The regular soldiers will be bolstered by a part-time force of 30000 Territorial Army soldiers.

Published Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012 | 09:20 AM

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