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Nepal, India decide to speed up connectivity, boost cooperation

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NEW DELHI — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is on a three-day state visit to India, today held extensive deliberations with his Indian counterpart Prime Minster Naredra Modi, covering entire expanse of bilateral relationship and vowed to boost ties in key areas of connectivity, defence, security and trade.

During a joint press conference at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Indian PM Modi congratulated KP Oli on his electoral victory and hailed the people of Nepal for reposingtheir faith in the democratic process at the provincial and central levels.

“This is a matter of joy for us in India”, the Mr Modi said., adding, “PM Oli’s vision of ‘prosperous Nepal and developed Nepal’ is compatible to ‘sabka sath sabka vikas (collective efforts inclusive growth)'”, Mr. Modi said.

Modi said India will continue to support Nepal as per that country’s priorities, adding both sides have agreed to expedite all connectivity projects. Modi also said the two countries agreed on laying a new railway line to link Kathmandu with India.

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Modi said that Nepal would gain access to coast with inland waterways. “Sagarmatha ( Mt Everest) will be connected to Sagar(ocean)”, he said.

He said cooperation between the two countries will enhance Nepal’s democracy.

Promising to expedite the Arun 3, Pancheshwar, and Saptakoshi projects, the Prime Minister also wanted the borders to be safe. “Both the countries are committed to prevent abuse of open borders”, Mr. Modi said.

PM Oli, on his part, said, he has come to India to take the bilateral ties between the two countries to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century.

“We want to erect a strong edifice of trust-based relationship between the two close neighbours that we are,” he said.

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“Nepal has great importance to its relations to India. We have many things to offer each other ranging from economical to commercial. Prosperity is our common goal,” said Oli.

“I and Modi noted the ongoing works to understand the overall growth of our bilateral ties and discussed developmental projects. Infrastructure and connective are vital agendas of this visit,” he added.

Oli and Modi held bilateral talks this afternoon. He also met top Indian leaders including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh later this evening.

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Constitution Day today

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KATHMANDU — The Constitution Day is being observed throughout the country by organising various programs on Wednesday.

The government has organised a special function at the Nepal Army pavilion to mark the third anniversary of the Constitution, promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari,Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, security chiefs, heads of diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu, among others, are attending the function.

The government had formed a main organising committee chaired by Prime Minister Oli to celebrate the event.

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An aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2075’, balloons, and flowers were showered from helicopter as parts of the celebration.

Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts are set to perform march past.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to fellow citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day and National Day 2075.

In her message, President Bhandari said it was a matter of happiness for all to have an environment conducive to prosper democratic political system of Nepal through constitutional roadmap.

She said that the Constitution has envisaged creating an equitable society based on social justice with a goal to develop a socialism-oriented economy.

“I think it is the timely need for all the actors including people-representative institutions, political parties, state organs and entire Nepali people to embrace the letter and spirit of the Constitution to expedite socio-economic development”.

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Likewise, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives and also owed heartfelt gratitude to entire people of the country for their substantial contributions to bound the country to rule of law.

He said that the consitution, which was framed through the Constituent Assembly after a seven-decade long wait not only fulfilled people’s aspiration and optimism but also included principles and values.

Prime Minister Oli has also said that the Constitution has guaranteed fundamental rights and freedom to all citizens without any discrimination.

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