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    The Indian Army has celebrated its Annual Army Day in the Capital, New Delhi.

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    The Indian Army has celebrated its Annual Army Day in the Capital, New Delhi.

    SYNOPSIS: This year the salute was taken by the new Army Commander, General L.P.Malhotra, who took command of the Armed Forces last year. Evoking India's colourful military past were the Lancers representing the cavalry. In a written message, General Malhotra has said Army Day is an occasion for the Army to honour the memory of the past; take stock of present problems, and to plan to meet the challenges of the future.

    Pipers led the various representatives of the elite infantry units. General Malhotra said that the Indian Army had a proud record of service to the nation and its professionalism had won world-wide acclaim. This should not lull the present generation of soldiers in the Army into a sense of complacency but should provide the urge and impetus to further improve on past performance, he added.

    Even as the Army Day parade was taking place troops were on the alert in India's north-east Assam state, where Naga rebels were reported to have machine-gunned an armed police patrol.

    This followed attacks by rebels on villages near the Assam-Nagaland border last week when some fifty people were reported to have been killed.

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