MUSTANG — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two day official visit to Nepal at the invitation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, paid homage to Lord Muktinath in Mustang today.
Modi landed at the helipad situated 300 meters to the east of Muktinath Temple. Modi then entered the temple to pay homage amid tight security arrangement where both the Hindu and Buddhist priests are performing prayers at the temple.
PM Modi wore Buddhist traditional red costumes before carrying out rituals in both Hindu and Buddhist way, including ‘Arati’. He worshiped the shrine of Lord Muktinath at the temple.
Modi offerred a 25-minute long special puja at the Temple. The weather is clear today.
Lord Muktinath is regarded as sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley. The temple is at an altitude of 3,710 metres at the foot of the Thorong La pass in mountainous Mustang district.
General public as well as journalists were not allowed to go near the temple by the accompanying security forces.
Earlier yesterday, Modi and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli jointly laid a foundation stone for much-awaited Arun III hydropower project and held a one-on-one talks at Dwarika’s Hotel on Friday evening.
The visiting Indian Prime Minister also received a civic felicitation at Janakpurdham and a guard of honor at Nepal Army Pavilion,Tundikhel in Kathmandu yesterday.
Modi also paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun yesterday.
PM Modi will also offer prayers at Pashupatinath temple after his return from Muktinath today itself. This will be followed by meeting with leaders of political parties of Nepal.
The Indian PM is scheduled to attend a civic reception hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City at Rastriya Sabha Griha before departing for India today itself.
Modi will return home today itself.Follow @gorkhapost
Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday
KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.
According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.
President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.
As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.
Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.Follow @gorkhapost