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Nepal, India issue 12-point joint statement during PM Oli’s visit

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NEW DELHI — Nepal and India hadve issued a joint statement during the state visit of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to India on Saturday.

On its second point it is stated that the two Prime Ministers have comprehensively reviewed the entire spectrum of multifaceted ties between the two countries.

Recalling that the close and friendly Nepal-India relations are built on the strong foundation of shared historical and cultural links and close people to people contacts, the two Prime Ministers underscored the importance of regular high-level political exchanges in cementing bilateral ties.

Earlier, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held delegation level talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, giving continuity to the tradition of high-level visits.

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Following delegaton-level talks at the Hyderabad House, with Prime Minister OLi and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, sought relations based on shared values and said, “Neighbourhood realities make peaceful coexistence based on principles of equality, justice, mutual respect and benefits, a necessity for shared destiny.”

Highlighting political stability in Nepal, PM Oli who commands a 2/3rds majority in the parliament said his visit is aimed at establishing a ‘strong edifice’ of two neighbours that will lead to a ‘model relationship’.

He also noted that the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) set up during his last visit in 2016 is likely to come up with useful recommendations for the ‘overall review’ of India-Nepal ties.

PM Oli, strongly pitching for an interconnected Asian continent, said Nepal has embarked on a path of social and economic development after 2017 multi-level elections and urged greater connectivity, trade and electricity cooperation with India.

Here is the joint statement in full:

1. The Rt Hon’ble Mr. KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, is on a State visit to India from April 6-8, 2018, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.

2. On April 7, 2018, the two Prime Ministers comprehensively reviewed the entire spectrum of multifaceted ties between the two countries.The two Prime Ministers resolved to work together to take bilateral relations to newer heights on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect and benefit.They welcomed the growing partnership between the two governments, private sector and at the people’s level.

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3. The two Prime Ministers underscored the importance of regular high-level political exchanges in cementing bilateral ties.

4. Prime Minister Oli stated that his government attaches high importance to further strengthening friendly relations with India. He expressed the desire of the Government of Nepal to develop bilateral relations in a way so as to benefit from India’s progress and prosperity for economic transformation and development. Likewise, Prime Minister Modi assured Prime Minister Oli that India remains committed to strengthening its partnership with Nepal as per the priorities of the Government of Nepal.

5. Prime Minister Modi stated that Government of India’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is a guiding framework for India’s engagement with its neighbours for a shared vision of inclusive development and prosperity. He also congratulated the people and the Government of Nepal for successful conduct of local level, federal parliament and first-ever provincial elections in Nepal and appreciated their vision for stability, and development. Likewise, Prime Minister Oli stated that after the landmark political transformation, his Government has given priority to economic transformation with the motto ‘Samriddha Nepal Sukhi Nepali’.

6.The two Prime Ministers inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj in Nepal. They hoped that its early operationalization will enhance cross-border trade and transit of goods and movement of people bringing greater opportunities for shared growth and development.

7.The two Prime Ministers witnessed the ground breaking ceremony of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj cross-border petroleum products pipeline at Motihari, India.

8. The two Prime Ministers underlined the need for expeditious implementation of bilateral projects in Nepal, and to reinvigorate the existing bilateral mechanisms to promote cooperative agenda across diverse spheres.

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9.Three separate joint statements on — India-Nepal: New Partnership in Agriculture, Expanding Rail Linkages: Connecting Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal and New Connectivity between India and Nepal through Inland Waterways — were also issued:

10. The two Prime Ministers agreed that the visit has imparted new dynamism to the multifaceted partnership between the two countries.

11. Prime Minister Oli thanked Prime Minister Modi for the invitation and warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation.

12. Prime Minister Oli extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to pay an early visit to Nepal. Prime Minister Modi accepted the invitation; dates would be finalized through diplomatic channels.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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