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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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