India, Nepal exchange MoU on Raxaul-Kathmandu rail line

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 09:52:48


 

By Shirish B Pradhan,

KATHMANDU,

(PTI),

INDIA and Nepal on Friday exchanged an MoU to build a strategic railway line connecting Bihar’s Raxaul city to Kathmandu after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on all aspects of the bilateral ties with his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli. This was the third meeting between Modi and Oli this year. They met earlier during Oli’s visit to India in April and the subsequent visit of Prime Minister Modi to Nepal in May.

“Our deliberations were wide-ranging, covering multiple aspects of India-Nepal relations,” Prime Minister Modi said after the meeting on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit here. “We discussed ways to further deepen our economic, trade and cultural ties. Enhancing connectivity between our nations was discussed as well,” he added. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the two leaders held a detailed review on all aspects of the bilateral relationship. They had a “warm meeting”, Kumar added.

“Following the talks, PM @narendramodi and PM of Nepal K P Sharma Oli witnessed the exchange of an MoU between the Government of India & the Government of Nepal regarding preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey of the broad gauge line between Raxaul (India) & Kathmandu (Nepal),” Kumar tweeted. Meanwhile, Modi on Friday said his visit to Nepal will further deepen India-Nepal friendship as he wrapped up the two-day tour after attending the 4th BIMSTEC Summit and holding a series of bilateral meetings with regional leaders.

 

PM inaugurates Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala

 KATHMANDU,

(PTI)

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli on Friday jointly inaugurated a 400-bed Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala - a rest house for pilgrims - build with the Indian assistance in Kathmandu.

“I am glad to inaugurate the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala in Kathmandu,” Modi said as he handed over the rest house to the Pashupati Area Development Trust. Dharmashala has provision for family rooms, kitchen, dining hall, library and some multipurpose halls to meet the requirements of the travellers and families on pilgrimage to Pashupatinath.

Temple - located on the banks of the Bagmati River.“This is not just a building...The Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala will remind the visitors about the friendship of the two neighbours,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a gathering, amid applause.

He also hailed the Nepal Government’s decision to publish in Nepali language the poems of late Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. “I thank Prime Minister Oli and the Nepal Government for this touching gesture,” Modi said. He said the Buddhism teaches how to successfully confront the challenges of extremism and terrorism. Modi also lauded the political stability in Nepal, saying the Government in Kathmandu is working for the welfare of the Nepalese people.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his visit to Nepal will further deepen India-Nepal friendship as he wrapped up the two-day tour after attending the 4th BIMSTEC Summit and holding a series of bilateral meetings with regional leaders. Modi concluded his visit after offering prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, the most sacred and oldest temple of Shiva (Pashupati) in Nepal.