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.
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.
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.
176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border
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.
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.