With reference to the Indian army, consider the following statements:
|1. The Army has eight different trades of dogs.|
|2. Virat, Darmi and Heena were awarded the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation on the eve of Army Day on January 15 for their exemplary service.|
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
|A. 1 only|
|B. 2 only|
|C. Both 1 and 2|
|D. Neither 1 nor 2|
Answer: Both 1 and 2
Explanation: Virat, Darmi and Heena were awarded the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation on the eve of Army Day on January 15 for their exemplary service.
Virat is a horse with the President’s Bodyguard (PBG), while Darmi and Heena are Army dogs.
Virat, a Hanoverian breed, was issued to the PBG on September 12, 2000. He performed his duties as the Commandant’s charger for over a decade and awed spectators, including foreign dignitaries, with his trademark poise and confidence, an official said.
The Army has eight different trades of dogs: tracker, guard, mine detection, explosive detection, infantry patrol, avalanche rescue operations, search and rescue, assault and narcotic detection.
Darmi was pressed into service for a search and rescue operation at a post on the Siachen Glacier on April 25 last year.
Heena, a Labrador retriever, is a tracker aged five years and is highly loyal, even-tempered, intelligent, obedient and exceptionally reliable.