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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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