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India sends railway feasibility study draft MoU

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KATHMANDU — India has forwarded a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) on conducting a feasibility study for the Kathmandu-Raxaul rail project.

The MoU was expected to be signed during Modi’s visit but it did not happen due to some differences, The Kathmandu Post reported. India has agreed to build the rail link between Kathmandu and the Indian border with its own resources.

According to officials, the proposed MoU includes completion of the survey of Kathmandu-Raxaul railway service within one year.

As proposed, railway officials from Nepal and India will jointly conduct and complete the survey within one year, followed by preparation of the detailed project report and project implementation.

According to the joint statement issued on Saturday, the two Prime Ministers agreed to maintain the momentum generated by Oli’s visit to India in April. Expressing concern over Nepal’s growing trade deficit with India, PM Oli stressed measures to address the problem.

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They also agreed that effective implementation of the bilateral initiatives in agriculture, railway linkages and inland waterways development would transform the areas.

In this context, the two prime ministers are said to have welcomed the outcome of the recently held Inter-governmental Committee meeting on Trade, Transit and Cooperation to control unauthorised trade, to jointly initiate a comprehensive review of the bilateral Treaty of Trade.

The two leaders also underlined the role of connectivity in stimulating economic growth and promoting people’s movement and directed officials to expand cooperation in civil aviation sector, including early technical discussion on additional air entry routes to Nepal by technical teams on both sides.

According to the joint statement, they agreed to take further steps to enhance the economic and physical connectivity by air, land, and water.

The two PMs are said to have reiterated the importance of advancing cooperation in water resources for mutual benefit in areas such as river training, inundation and flood control, irrigation, and enhancing the pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral projects.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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