A two-week long India-Nepal joint military exercise with focus on jungle warfare and counter-militancy began in Uttarakhand. The 'Surya Kiran' exercise is being held in Pithoragarh city, where a combined ceremonial parade was held by both the participating contingents. Over 600 soldiers from India and landlocked Nepal took part in the exercise. During the combined training, emphasis would be laid on upgrading tactical and practical skills by sharing each other's experiences and also enhancing interoperability in jungle warfare and counter-militancy operations in mountain terrain. The role and importance of armed forces in disaster management in both the countries has assumed increasing significance in the recent years.