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Indian PM Modi arrives in Janakpur

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JANAKPUR — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Janakpur on a two-day state visit to Nepal today at the cordial invitation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut received the Indian PM at the airport.. Various local artists were also received Prime Minister as they showered flowers upon him.

The Indian PM will pay homage at Janaki temple for around six minutes along with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. PM Modi will now head towards the Ram Janaki Mandir situated at Janakpur in the Mithila region of Nepal.

Prime Minister Oli has also reached Janaki temple to welcome his Indian counterpart. The two prime ministers would inaugurate the Ramayana Circuit and the direct bus service from Janakpur to India’s Ayodhya. Ramayana Circuit is an initiative undertaken by the Indian Ministry of Tourism to help promote religious tourism.

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The Prime Ministers are further scheduled to flag-off a new bus service named Janakpur-Ayodha bus (TBC) and launch Ramayana Circuit.

Following that, PM Oli is scheduled to fly back to Kathmandu after the Janaki temple programme, while Modi would attend a civic reception hosted by Janakpur Sub Metropolitan City at Baarhabigha ground in his honour. The event is expected to last for about an hour.

Prime Minister Modi then will visit the Barbigha Ground in Janakpur to address a public rally. A large crowd has gathered at the location to listen to him.

Modi will then fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon where he will be welcomed by Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, at around 1:30 pm today.

The Indian PM is staying at the Hyatt Regency in Bouddha, Kathmandu. Following his lunch at Hyatt, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, Modi will pay a courtesy call to the Indian PM and hold bilateral talks. Modi will then be escorted to Tundikhel where he will receive guard of honour.

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He will then call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun, in separate visits.

The two Prime Ministers will then hold bilateral talks at Dwarika’s Hotel, followed by a joint press conference and remote inauguration of Arun-3 hydropower project.

This is Modi’s third visit to Nepal since 2014, and follows the state visit of Oli to India last month.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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