BEIJING — Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has arrived at Beijing on a six-day official visit on Tuesday during which a host of key projects under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, including a rail link connecting Tibet with Nepal, are expected to be finalised.
Prime Minister Oli has arrived here in Beijing for a six-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Addressing a reception held his honour by Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Poudel on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Oli said that Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future for common development and everlasting peace and prosperity in a spirit of mutual trust, friendship and understanding, and close co-operation and collaboration.
Oli further said that the construction of trans-Himalayan railway and other means of transportation will be expedited by his government.
Nepal and China are committed to taking forward the agreement to develop the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation.
“In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy,” said PM Oli.
PM Oli also shared the fond memories of his visit to China in 2016 as Prime Minister during which the leaders of Nepal and China agreed to elevate bilateral relations to a higher pedestal.
According to him, the rapid and phenomenal advancement of transportation technology has brought profound changes in contemporary society. Transportation was the backbone of an economy, whether in developed or developing status, and is a vital public good today.
In fact, economic growth and socio-economic transformation are not possible without an infrastructure base, particularly in transport and communications, he viewed.
PM Oli also shared that the present government in Nepal has placed high priority on developing transport networks within and across the border.
“I believe railway connectivity, in particular, is of vital importance to a landlocked country in order to reduce transaction and transport transit costs, diversify international trade and transit, and promote tourism and service sectors of the economy. Therefore, with a view to improve connectivity and trade, Nepal and China agreed in principle to develop railway network, across the Himalayas, during my first visit to China in March 2016.”
According to him, Nepal was committed to taking forward this important initiative further and developing the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation. In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy, the PM added.
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Bijaya Dashami today
KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.
The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.
Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.
The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.
People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.
It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.
The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.