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On Sunday, Dr Manmohan Singh became the first Indian prime minister to visit the inhospitable Siachen glacier.

The 73-year old Singh undertook the trip to the glacier, situated at more than 12,000 ft above sea-level, to see for himself the life and conditions of Indian troops stationed there.

Singh told soldiers at the Base Camp situated at an altitude of 11,118 feet, 'I wanted to see for myself what your living conditions and what the arrangements are, what your problems are, and what the government can do to address those.'

The jawans found the PM's gesture -- Singh has undergone a cardiac bypass surgery -- touching.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets the troops in Siachen.

Photographs: PIB

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