UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 29 May 2014 awarded the prestigious Dag Hammarskjold medal to the eight Indian soldiers, who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations in 2013. They were awarded along with the other 98 UN peacekeepers who lost their lives during service in 2013.
It was awarded at the annual celebration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May 2014. The ceremony was attended by India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji and he accepted the medal on behalf of the eight Indian soldiers.
The eight Indian soldiers are Lt Col Mahipal Singh; Lance Naik Nand Kishore Joshi; Havildar Heera Lal; Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal and Havildar Bharat Sasmal; Subedar Dharmesh Sangwan; Subedar Kumar Pal Singh; Sepoy Rameshwar Singh.
About Dag Hammarskjold Medal
The Dag Hammarskjold Medal is named after the second UN secretary general and is awarded annually on 29 May, which is commemorated as the International Day of UN peacekeepers.
The Dag Hammarskjold Medal was established in December 2000 and is awarded posthumously to members of peacekeeping operations who lost their lives during service.
Where: New York
When: 29 May 2014