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.
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.
“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.Follow @gorkhapost
Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters
JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.
The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.
Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.
The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.
Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.
Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.
The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.
After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.Follow @gorkhapost