National Defence Academy cadets excel in Italy

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New Delhi, June 2 : Three young cadets of National Defence Academy (NDA) excelled in an international competition on the Laws of Armed Conflict (LOAC) for Military Academies, conducted recently, at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IHL), San Remo, Italy. According to reports the three cadets were Cadet Harshwardhan Pathak, Cadet Yogender Kathayat and Cadet Ritwik Sankrit.

In the competition, Cadet Harshwardhan Pathak was adjudged the "Second Best Individual Cadet" and Cadet Ritwik Sankrit bagged the "Second Prize" in the team category.

A total of 28 Academies from 18 countries including USA, South Africa, France, Israel, Ireland and Canada took part in the competition. Many countries fielded multiple teams.

India is also likely to field more teams from Army, Navy and Air Force academies in the coming years.

NDA has achieved laurels in this field for the third successive year. In 2005, it was adjudged to be third "Best Academy" of the world. These results clearly demonstrate India's commitment towards international agreements, respect for humanitarian laws and the importance accorded to these aspects in its basic military training

LOAC or (IHL) is a branch of international law and is based on Geneva Conventions. It concerns, firstly, with protection of those who are not taking part in an armed conflict directly and secondly on limitations on means and methods of warfare which have been universally agreed to by almost all countries of the world including India (like non use of poisonous gases).

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